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Ceremony: Bible Study at Surabaya
Date: Monday, September 03, 2007
Location: WR Supratman 4 Sby
Pastor: Pdt. Widjaja Hendra
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We are still discussing Jude which points to the covering of badger skins in Tabernacle. The definitions of covering are the protection and blessings from God for His true churches and the separation of the true churches from the false ones. We often hear that the true and false churches are similar to wheat and coarse grasses which grow together (and even the false churches seem more advance than the true ones), yet they will be separated. The false churches/ coarse grasses will be burnt and the true ones will enter the barn/ the everlasting kingdom of heaven. We have learnt about the false churches (Jude 1: 8- 19). Now, we are going to discuss the true churches. Let us read Jude 1: 20, 21 --> signs of the true churches
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
The signs of the true churches are:
Steps of faith are:
A) RIGHT FAITH.
It is the first step of our faith before we reach the most holy/ perfect faith. In the Tabernacle, the right faith refers to two kinds of tools; they are:
In short, the practice of the right faith --> believe and confess/ receive Jesus --> we are corrected, then believe/ faith and repent --> we live in righteousness. This is the right faith. If we say that we believe in Jesus but we do not live in righteousness, our faith will be false faith and it is vain.
Let us be serious now if we want to build ourselves on the perfect faith. Thus we have to start with the right faith/ the gate --> we strengthen it by believing and confessing our sins so that we are saved. Then the altar of burnt incense --> we strengthen our repentance and live in righteousness. In conclusion, the right faith is we are corrected and live in righteousness. I hope we do not underestimate our belief and say that we believe in Jesus but our deeds are not right.
In Tabernacle, the holy/ strong faith refers to the showbread table (http://www.gptkk.org/tabernacle_table+of+showbread.html). There are twelve loaves of bread which are divided into two rows on the table --> each of them consists of six loaves of bread --> 66 and it refers to the content of Holy Bible --> The old testament consists of 39 books and the new one consists of 27 books.
In short, loaves of bread here have two definitions as follows:
In the previous section we know that the right faith means that we enter the gate and now the table of showbread, our faith becomes strong/strong faith. What is the function of strong faith? To face the work of lion/ Satan. 1 Peter 5: 8, 9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
Hence, it is important to be patient in Bible Study devotion because we can understand, believe and do the word of God = the word of God becomes blood and flesh so that we have strong faith.
Satan/ lion tries to fall the faith of children or servants of God through two ways as the following:
Bitten Ear --> 2 Timothy 4:3, 4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
To satisfy ears --> you like jokes and fables which are stories not based on the verses in Holy Bible which will lead us to false doctrine.
If ears have been bitten by lion, you will not willing to hear the true/ healthy doctrine but you start to love hearing fables/ Satan's doctrine and your heart will be sealed and when your heart is sealed, you will fall from your faith/ fall from the true teaching word --> 2 Timothy 4: 1, 2
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
If we have heard the true teaching word, yet then we cannot hear it anymore and hearing Satan's doctrine and fables, our heart will be sealed with number 6.6.6 and we will fall from faith and destroyed --> this is the aim of Satan. Therefore, nowadays we need Bible Study devotion so that we understand, believe and do the word of God and Holy Communion --> it is the word of God which becomes blood and flesh and strong faith to face the lion which has two ways to fall our faith. I hope we can understand it.
What is the characteristic of strong faith? We have strong attitude --> Holy Spirit strongly.
One who is in the ointment of Holy Spirit/ has strong faith will have strong stand, he will not go here and there, does not doubt but has strong stand on the true teaching word. Strong stand for what? To hear and do one true teaching word. Do not hear and hold anything, but the true teaching word. If we hear and do one true teaching word, our heart and mind will be sanctified because this true teaching word is sharper than any two-edged sword.
In short, the determinant is in the Bible Study devotion/ the showbread table. With what will we want to fill in our heart? --> Whether we want to be sealed by false doctrine/6.6.6 or sanctified by the true teaching word, which is sharper than two-edged sword and will sanctify our heart and thoughts from hidden sins. Those are lusts of evil and filthiness. Thus, we have to be wholehearted in Bible Study devotion.
Now, let us pray in order I, as the shepherd here, am able to preach the true teaching word/ word of God which is sharper than two-edged sword since we are sanctified from the hidden lusts of evil and filthiness in our heart through Bible Study devotion. Other people (our parents/wife/husband/ siblings) do not know what is in our heart and thoughts which mostly contain of evil and filthy things. Thus, we need Bible Study devotion because our parents or children cannot touch our heart. Richness is also not able to touch our heart. It is only the word of God which is sharper than two-edged sword which is able to sanctify our heart and thoughts.
Mark 7 -->these are what in our heart and thoughts. Even though we often read it, we are going to reread it --> Mark 7: 20- 23
20 And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.
21 "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 "thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
23 "All these evil things come from within and defile a man."
Heart and thoughts refer to evil and filthy thoughts. Through Bible Study devotion, if we are willing to hear and do the true teaching word and Holy Communion, we will be sanctified from hidden evil and filthy lusts by the word of God which is sharper than two-edged sword. Other people (our husband, wife or parents) do not know. Parents only know that their children are good because they always stay at home, but actually their thoughts are full of filthiness. They have not done it yet, but they think of it in their heart and thoughts. You also do not know what in my heart are and vice versa.
But let us get into the Bible Study devotion! From the Bible Study devotion, whatever our conditions (maybe our heart has been fulfilled by twelve hidden sins of evil and filthiness), if we are willing to receive the true teaching word now, the power of word of God, which is sharper than two-edged sword, sanctifies us from the twelve sins of hidden evil and filthiness so that the table of our heart and thoughts are filled with twelve loaves of bread.
Coming to Bible Study devotion does not mean that we only eat and drink the Holy Communion, but in fact we do not understand the word of God --> it is risky. When delivering of the word of God you make jokes then you use Holy Communion, it will be risky for you. Therefore, we have to be serious because it is the determinant whether we are filled with stamp of twelve lusts of evil and filthiness which have the same mark as antichrist that is 6.6.6 or we are filled with twelve loaves of bread/ the true teaching word.
If we are willing to be filled with twelve loaves of bread/ the true teaching word which is the defense so we do not do the same sins anymore and we are able to live in holiness, this is the holy faith/ we live in holiness and have the holy faith.
Do not fill our heart and thoughts only with knowledge, position, diploma, etc since these things are not able to fight Babylon. Thus, our heart and thoughts have to be filled with twelve loaves of bread/ Bible Study devotion then we will be strong in confronting Babylon.
Revelation 17: 5, 6
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
The Mother of Harlots --> the term in the Holy Bible
With the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus mean the servants of God who are run after by the Babylon with the Spirit of evil and filthiness.
Revelation 18: 2
2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
Hence, the true churches of God have to build themselves on the most holy faith. It is started from:
Thus, for parents who have young/ teenager children, you have to suggest them to get into devotion besides the suggestion to go to school or work since it is very essential. Do not be satisfied if your children come to public service devotion, but they also need Bible Study devotion/ twelve loaves of bread since hands of parents are not able to protect their children --> their children pretend to be good children at home, yet they do bad things at school, e.g. smoking. Do not blame your children if they are not fulfilled with twelve loaves of bread. This is strong and holy faith.
C) THE MOST HOLY/PERFECT FAITH.
Let us hear the word of God wholeheartedly until we:
Hebrews 9: 4
4 which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
In Tabernacle, there is a tool which is placed in the deepest place that is the ark of covenant (http://www.gptkk.org/tabernacle_the+ark+of+covenant.html) which has mercy seat made of pure gold while the ark is made of wood which is overlaid with gold. There are three things in the ark of covenant:
Human actually is pot made of soil/ vessel from soil since we were created from dust. Hence, whoever the man, whether he is a children/ servant of God or smart/ stupid/ small/ old person, he is only pot made of soil. Thus, if we want to be golden pot that has the manna, the pot of soil has to be filled with manna and now we are insisted on becoming golden pot that has the manna that is having the perfect faith.
What is the definition of manna? Psalms 78: 23- 25
23 Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven,
24 Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven.
25 Men ate angels' food; He sent them food to the full.
manna = the bread of heaven = angels' food.
On the previous part, it is explained that bread points to the word of God, while angel is a description of shepherd like it is written in Revelation --> "write it to angel of congregation of Ephesians, of Thyatira, etc because there are seven congregations. It does not mean angels in heaven but the shepherd".
In short, manna = angels' food --> bread = the word of God, angel = shepherd.
In GPT (Tabernacle Pentecost Churches), the tithes have to be given to the central office. It is for the opening of heaven. A shepherd has to be trusted to receive the tithes, which is God's own, since if a shepherd does not have trust to receive the tithes, the doors of heaven will be shut although the shepherd is great with his transparent management. The trust God gives to a shepherd to receive the tithes is related to the true teaching word/ the shepherding word. So does the congregation. If you do not give tithes, you will not be able to receive/ eat the word of God so that heaven will be closed for you. I hope we can understand it.
Moses and Israelites were in the dessert which is a difficult (not level ground) place, but God nourished them with manna.
Exodus 16: 32- 36
32 Then Moses said, "This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: 'Fill an omer with it, to be kept for your generations, that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.'"
33 And Moses said to Aaron, "Take a pot and put an omer of manna in it, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations."
34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.
35 And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.
36 Now an omer is one-tenth of an ephah.
It is the story about manna inside the golden pot. In short, manna placed in the soil pot related to the tithes. Moses was commanded to put earthly manna inside the golden pot. Now, it means --> manna = the shepherding word. So, the soil pot has to be filled with the shepherding word/ true teaching word which is given to a shepherd (by God) to be delivered in the congregation. I hope we can understand it.
In 2 Corinthians 4, there is the term 'in earthen vessels which has to be filled'. I remind you once again --> you may fill it with science, etc from this world, but you also have to fill it with the most important thing that is manna. It means you have to have a special time to get into Bible Study devotion.
2 Corinthians 4: 7-9
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--
Treasure = the shepherding word/ true teaching word/ the gospel of glory = manna
Earthen vessel has to be filled with treasure which is the shepherding word which is more valuable than any treasure in this world.
Why does earthen vessel have to be filled with manna? In order to get extra strength from God so that we are able to face the sprinkling of blood/ sufferings without sins/ cross/ temptation which we have to undergo. We have to undergo them because Jesus Christ underwent the cross.
If the earthen vessel is filled with treasure / richness/ intelligence, it will be weak, e.g Japanese. A ministry or any Japanese will do hara-kiri (suicide) if they cannot confront their problems. On the other hand, if we are filled with treasure true teaching word/ shepherding word/ manna from heaven, we will have the extra strength from God for us to confront temptation/ sufferings without sins = cross. If we undergo the sprinkling f blood, we will be near to the most holy place.
In the teaching of Tabernacle, the sprinkling of blood is in the most holy place and it is meant we are close to the perfection. Thus, do not be shocked if you are faithful and holy, but you are slandered or you are fired even though you are not false --> it indicates that you face the sprinkling of blood which is the last thing which we have to undergo
So, why does earthen vessel have to be filled with manna?
Why should we confront the cross?
10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
We are tempted so that Jesus is real in our earthly life = we are renewed from earthly men/ earthen vessel to spiritual ones/ golden pot like Jesus. Our flesh and blood do not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1Cor15). Hence, we are tempted in order to get perfect faith and we are renewed from earthly men to spiritual ones like Jesus.
What is the beginning of renewing of life?
8 "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
These characteristics have to be renewed since they bring men into the hell --> earthly men/ earthen vessel has to be broken.
Afraid --> afraid to sacrifice (such as time for God)
Unbeliever --> doubt
Murder --> hatred
Sorcerer --> horoscope
Deceiver --> it is the first thing which has to be renewed because it is the closing of sins. As long as we lie, we are still earthen vessel although we have served God for years and consequently we cannot get into the heaven. Therefore, do not lie anymore and the other sins will be renewed little by little until we become golden pot/ the same as Jesus.
What are the practices of pure faith?
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
It is hard to walk n the pure gold. Hence we have to be trained from now on.
When we are tempted and we keep in courage and we are renewed, it means we are trained to walk on the pure gold/ New Jerusalem.
Thus, do not be afraid because it is the Great Shepherd who trains us if we are shepherded. We will not fall even though we walk as a little child. We are like a little child, but if we are shepherded, the hands of the Great Shepherd will lead us and we may not be afraid.
Revelation 7: 17
17 "for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
We should not be afraid in confronting temptations because:
Therefore, do not be hopeless, all of us are leading by God as David and Job and if we give up, the hands of the Great Shepherd will lead us and wipe our tears. Do not hope on other people because they cannot help you. It is only the Great Shepherd who is able to lead you.
God blesses us!
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