Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Law - Setting Up The Temple (SD21)

Col 3:12  Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

As we come before the Lord to constantly confessing and repenting of our sins, we have established the bronze Altar of burning offerings in the Temple in us.

Eph 5:26  that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

By obeying His commandments and words, we are cleansed from our consciences our weaknesses and lusts, then we have established the bronze Laver in the Temple. As we slowly forsake the world and the things therein, our love for the Lord will grow till we can enter into the Holy Place.

2Cor 4:2  But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

Mat 4:4  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’"

After entering into the Holy Place,  as we hunger for His words in the Bible (not books, literature, etc., which are mainly opinions of man), we have established the table of showbread in the Temple.

Eph 1:17-18  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

As the Holy Spirit enlightens us in the truth, understanding, and knowledge of Him, our love for Him will increase. Then we have established the Lampstand in the Temple.

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

When we become a living sacrifice (loving one another as Jesus had loved us), we are the sweet aroma offered to Him at the golden Altar of incense.

Mat 5:44-45a;48  "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven... Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."

When our love is perfected and we are merciful even to all our enemies, persecutors, etc. then we have established the Mercy Seat (Throne of God) in the Temple within us.

Luke 6:36  "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful."

Brethren, unless we are merciful to the lowly, despised, poor, needy, hungry, how do you expect His mercy?

Every Christmas, we give to every baptised OA brethren 2 tins milk, 2 tins sardines, 2 kilo cooking oil, 1 kilo rice and 1 kilo sugar, latest by 15th Dec before the floods and landslides hit Gua Musang and Kuala Lipis. We are given you this opportunity to be merciful to these oppressed and hardcore poor 6,500 OA brethren living in the interior.

We are also sending food and frozen meat into the jungle where all will come home to celebrate the Lord's birth.

Brethren, please do not forget Christian charitable homes and missions for they need financial support during these difficult times. For whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? (1John 3:17).