General Service in Malang, October 14, 2012 (Sunday Morning)
Peace and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The whole Matthew 27 refers to the seven sprinklings of blood upon the Ark of the Covenant. It means the suffering Jesus experiences until He dies on the cross to save, purify, bless, and perfect us.
There are seven passages in it that refer to seven sufferings of Jesus.
We are studying the sixth in Matthew 27:57-61 about Jesus is buried.
27:57 Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
27:58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him.
27:59 When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
27:60 and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.
Jesus is buried to prove that He really dies.
We can learn two things from this passage.
Joseph from Arimathea asks for the body of Jesus and wraps it in a clean linen cloth.
A clean linen cloth denotes righteous and holy deeds, also good deeds. Both come from pure and good heart.
6:5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6:6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
Meanwhile, the fact we face is the heart of man is the store or the hiding place of sins, so that man tends to have evil and unclean deeds, that make God, pastor, and parents grieve. The consequence is evoking the judgment of God.
From where do we get pure and good conscience?
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
8:1 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia:
8:2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.
8:3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,
8:4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
8:5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
Righteous, holy, and good deeds are started by giving for the ministry of the building of the body of Christ, that is the revival of Holy Spirit in the last rain.
The revival of the building of the body of Christ is started from within the marriage, shepherding, between shepherding, until the union of Israelites and Gentiles as one perfect body of Christ. We give our time, energy, thought, money, et cetera, until our whole body for God. We prioritize God more than everything.
Giving for the ministry of the building of the body of Christ does not depend on being rich or poor, having time or not, but it depends on pure and good conscience. If we have pure and good conscience, God will always open the way so we can give in the ministry of the building of the body of Christ.
Righteous, holy, and good deeds are the deeds according to the true teaching Word or the Holy Bible.
19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."
19:8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Righteous, holy, and good deeds according to the Holy Bible will peak on the cloth of the bride of God at Jesus' second coming, that is the clean and bright fine linen.
The term 'bright' means it shines from pure and good conscience.
18:15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
18:16 and saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!
Babylon also has the fine linen, but it is not bright because it does not come from pure and good conscience. It is just good deed that is done with purpose or certain intention. If they cannot get their aim, they will become evil and rude. Or after getting their aim, they will become evil and rude.
It happens especially in the environment of God's servant. For example is Judas Iscariot. When there is a woman who anoints Jesus' feet with fragrant oil, Judas says that it is a waste and better to give the money for the poor. He seems good, but not pure. At the end Judas becomes the most evil life since he sells Jesus his Shepherd for thirty pieces of silver.
1 Peter 3:3-5
3:3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel--
3:4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
3:5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,
The daily practices of having bright fine linen are as follows.
Being gentle, silent, and submissive means stretching out both our hands to God, and God will also stretch out His hands to us. We live within the hands of God and experience the unlimited power of God.
The results are as follows.
God blesses us.