General Service in Malang, May 24, 2015 (Sunday Morning)
and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
3:1-6 is about the church in Sardis.
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These
things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars:
"I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but
you are dead.
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are
ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.
Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast
and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as
a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
appears as He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars to
preach the Word of God to the church in Sardis or all of us so we can
experience the last sanctification. Thus, we will also experience the
spiritual revival and always watch.
must watch especially in two things as follows.
watchful about the ministry.
watchful about Jesus' second coming, so we are not left and
destroyed together with this world.
second coming is related with the time of His coming that is as a
thief. It has been discussed.
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their
garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.
watchful about Jesus' second coming means being watchful to keep
the garment white and spotless.
Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run
greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the
rebellion of Korah.
These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you
without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water,
carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice
dead, pulled up by the roots;
spot of Korah is the one of rebelliousness.
Therefore you and all your company are gathered
together against the Lord. And what is Aaron that you
complain against him?"
form of rebelliousness is complaining and gossiping bad matters. It
equals to doing adultery, and it has destroyed the Israelites.
Because of complaining, from 603.550 people who went out from Egypt,
there were only two left and reached Canaan.
Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we
should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
And do not become idolaters as were some of
them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and
rose up to play."
Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and
in one day twenty-three thousand fell;
nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and
were destroyed by serpents;
nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were
destroyed by the destroyer.
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they
were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have
equals to becoming idolater, doing adultery, and tempting God.
being saved, ministering God and being blessed, let us not be left on
His second coming just because of the sin of complaining.
are three places of complaining as follows.
because of rejecting the Word of God that is hard. It equals to
rejecting the Word whose secret is revealed or the true teaching
Word that is sharper than any two-edged sword.
many of His disciples, when they heard this,
said, "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?"
Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He
said to them, "Does this offend you?
then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?
of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
consequences are as follows.
faith is shaken so one goes back and walks with God no more. He no
longer follows the true teaching Word. It happens because of
preserving sins. Hereafter, he will follow false teachings and the
teaching of Satan, until he falls and is destroyed forever.
unable to see Jesus who comes for a second time on the glorious
he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written in it; for the time is
right attitude is reading, hearing, and obeying the teaching Word
that is sharper than any two-edged sword. Thus, the results are as
will experience the eternal Heavenly joy that cannot be affected by
will be sanctified up to perfection as Jesus, and lifted up on His
in suffering or when facing temptation.
be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how
the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting
patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord
is at hand.
not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned.
Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as
an example of suffering and patience.
one complains in suffering, he confronts God as the Just Judge who
The right attitudes in facing suffering and
impossible problems are as follows.
patient in waiting His time, neither complaining nor grumbling.
silent and correcting our selves through the sharpness of the sword
of the Word.
in the shepherding, that is in three main services as follows.
the shepherding, our body, soul, and spirit attach to God the
Trinity so Satan cannot touch us. We are in calm and peace. We
always give thanks and worship Him.
Candlestick refers to perseverance in the General Service. We have
fellowship with Holy Spirit God in His anointing and gifts.
of Showbread refers to perseverance in the Bible Study Service
with Holy Communion. We have fellowship with the Son of God in the
true teaching Word and the sacrifice of Christ.
Altar of Incense refers to perseverance in the Prayer Service. We
have fellowship with Father God in His love.
we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance
of Job and seen the end intended
the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth
or with any other oath. But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and
"No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.
we stand face to face with Jesus as the High Priest who is very
compassionate and merciful to bless our life and solve all our
problems right on His time.
Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi:
a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from
the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the
work of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the
congregation to serve them;
that He has brought you near to
you and all your brethren, the sons of Levi, with you? And are you
seeking the priesthood also?
you and all your company are
gathered together against the Lord. And what is
Aaron that you complain against him?"
happens because of demanding the right, that is physical right
(eating-drinking), appreciation, acknowledgment, position, et
A ministry that demands the right equals to the ministry of flesh,
and usually it does not do the duties. One who does this kind of
ministry will never be satisfied.
Jesus surrenders all His right
until He dies on the cross, and He only does His duty. The true
satisfaction in a ministry is when we lose our right and are able to
do our duty.
it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the
ground split apart under them,
the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their
households and all the men with Korah, with all their
consequence of complaining is the physical, spiritual, and marriage
life degenerate. If it is continued, one will be destroyed forever.
it shall be that
the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid
Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make
Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders
gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers'
houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was
among their rods.
Moses placed the rods before the Lord in the tabernacle of
it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle
of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had
sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe
way out to erase complains is the rod that sprouts, produces
blossoms, and yields ripe fruits. It means we must minister with the
anointing of Holy Spirit. The process is as follows.
rod that is separated from the root and placed before God all night
will sprout, produce blossoms, and yield ripe fruits.
must be a rod.
A rod is a small wood that is separated from the
root. It means to be able to minister in the anointing of Holy
Spirit, we must be separated from the roots of sin. The roots of
sin are as follows.
must be set free from the roots of sin through repentance, that is
stopping sinning to return to God. We die to sins. The process is
root of evil, that is the lust of money.
root of uncleanness, that is the sin concerning eating-drinking
and marrying-being given in marriage.
root of bitterness, that is envy, revenge, and hatred without any
hearing the Word that is sharper than any two-edged sword points
our sin, we regret and confess it. If we are forgiven, we must not
repeat it anymore.
we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as
Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even
so we also should walk in newness of life.
result of water baptism is new life, that is living in
work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of
righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
we have lived in righteousness, we will live in peace. There is no
more complaint, but we keep giving thanks to God.
rod is placed before God all night, meaning being faithful in
ministry to God.
and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is
enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the
world makes himself an enemy of God.
unfaithful means becoming the friend of the world and the enemy of
God. If one becomes the enemy of God, surely he will complain. The
lazy (unfaithful) servant is evil, meaning liking to beat the other
servants of God through words.
If we are faithful in the
ministry because of the anointing of Holy Spirit, we will always
give thanks to God.
means there is life, or there is anointing of Holy Spirit.
is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words
that I speak to you are spirit, and they
signs are being obedient and able to cry out "Abba, Father".
No matter how great a servant of God is, if there are no
anointing of Holy Spirit and obedience, he is useless and has no
On the contrary, although our life is just as a small and
dead rod and powerless, if we repent and enter water baptism, as
well as become faithful and obedient, we will live. Holy Spirit is
able to raise the dead.
blossoms refers to the gifts of Holy Spirit, that is the miraculous
ability from Holy Spirit so we can do the work of God. We are used
in the revival of building the perfect body of Christ. It is
started from within the marriage, and is continued in the
Producing blossoms is the beautiful period. If we
are used in the building of the body of Christ, God beautifies and
tidies up our life up to perfection.
ripe fruits means being renewed from the flesh man to the spiritual
one as God.
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
self-control. Against such there is no law.
fruit is for satisfying God and the others. The fruit also gives us
the Heavenly joy, so we do not grumble but always give thanks and
worship Him. It is started from the fruit of the mouth or good
words. Without Holy Spirit, Peter lies, swears, curses, and denies
God. But in the upper room in Jerusalem, Peter is fulfilled with
Holy Spirit and able to say good words.
miracle happens, the physical one will also happen. The impossible
matters will be made possible. On Jesus' second coming, we will
offer the fruit of the bride and be lifted up to the glorious
clouds to be with Him forever.