The Salvation of Sinners
in the Tabernacle
< Exodus 27:9-21 >
"You shall also make the court
of the tabernacle. For the south side there shall be hangings for
the court made of fine woven linen, one hundred cubits long for
one side. And its twenty pillars and their twenty sockets shall
be bronze. The hooks of the pillars and their bands shall be silver.
Likewise along the length of the north side there shall be hangings
one hundred cubits long, with its twenty pillars and their twenty
sockets of bronze, and the hooks of the pillars and their bands
of silver. And along the width of the court on the west side shall
be hangings of fifty cubits, with their ten pillars and their ten
sockets. The width of the court on the east side shall be fifty
cubits. The hangings on one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits,
with their three pillars and their three sockets. And on the other
side shall be hangings of fifteen cubits, with their three pillars
and their three sockets. For the gate of the court there shall be
a screen twenty cubits long, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet
thread, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver. It shall have four
pillars and four sockets. All the pillars around the court shall
have bands of silver; their hooks shall be of silver and their sockets
of bronze. The length of the court shall be one hundred cubits,
the width fifty throughout, and the height five cubits, made of
fine woven linen, and its sockets of bronze. All the utensils of
the tabernacle for all its service, all its pegs, and all the pegs
of the court, shall be of bronze. And you shall command the children
of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the
light, to cause the lamp to burn continually. In the tabernacle
of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron
and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the
LORD. It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf
of the children of Israel."
The fence of the rectangular court
of the Tabernacle measured 100 cubits in length. In the Bible, a
cubit was set as the length extending from one's elbow to the tip
of his finger, about 45 cm (18 inches) in today's measurement. As
such, that the fence of the court of the Tabernacle was 100 cubits
long means that it was about 45 m (150 feet) , and that its width
was 50 cubits means that it was approximately 22.5 m (75 feet) wide.
So this was the size of the House in which God dwelt among the people
of Israel in the Old Testament's time.
The Outer Court of the Tabernacle
Was Surrounded by a Fence
you seen a model of the Tabernacle in a picture or painting by any
chance? Broadly speaking, the Tabernacle was divided into its court
and the Tabernacle itself, the House of God. In this House of God,
the Tabernacle, there was a small structure called the Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary was covered by four different coverings: a covering
woven of fine woven linen and blue, purple, and scarlet thread;
another of goats' hair; that of lam skins dyed red; and a covering
of badger skins.
At the eastside of the court of the
Tabernacle was found its gate, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and fine woven linen. Entering into this gate, we would have
seen the altar of burnt offering and the laver. Passing the laver,
we would have then seen the Tabernacle itself. The Tabernacle was
divided into the Holy Place and the Most Holy, where God's Ark of
the Testimony was found. The fence of the court of the Tabernacle
was built with 60 pillars with hangings of fine white linen. The
Tabernacle itself, on the other hand, was built with 48 boards and
9 pillars. We need to have at least a general idea of the external
features of the Tabernacle in order to be able to understand what
God is speaking to us through its format.
God dwelt inside the Tabernacle built
with 48 boards. God manifested His presence to the people of Israel
with the pillar of cloud by day and that of fire by night above
the Tabernacle. And inside the Sanctuary, where God Himself dwelt,
the glory of God filled the place. Inside the Holy Place, there
were the table of showbread, the lampstand, and the altar of incense,
and inside the Most Holy, there were the Ark of the Testimony and
the mercy seat. These were off-limit places for the common people
of Israel; only the priests and the High Priest could enter the
places according to the system of the Tabernacle. It is written,
"Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests
always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the
services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once
a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for
the people's sins committed in ignorance" (Hebrews 9:6-7).
This tells us that in today's age, only those who have the faith
of gold that believes in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
can live their lives with God while serving Him.
What is the meaning of the bread placed
on the table of showbread? It means the Word of God. What does the
altar of incense mean then? It tells us of prayers. Inside the Most
Holy, there was the Ark of the Testimony, and the mercy seat, made
of pure gold, was put above the Ark. The cherubim stretched out
their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and
they faced one another toward the mercy seat. This was the mercy
seat, the place where God's grace was bestowed. Inside the Ark of
the Testimony, the two stone tablets into which the Ten Commandments
were carved, the sprouted staff of Aaron, and a jar filled with
manna were placed. The Ark was covered by a gold covering (the mercy
seat), and above it the cherubim were looking down toward the mercy
Where Do Those Who Received
the Remission of Sin Live?
The place where those who received
the remission of sin live is inside the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary
was built with 48 boards, all of which were overlaid with gold.
Think about it. When you are looking at the golden wall not of just
a handful, but of 48 golden boards, how brilliantly would it shine?
As the interior of the Sanctuary and all its utensils were made
of pure gold in this way, they shined brilliantly.
The altar of burnt offering and the
laver in the outer court of the Tabernacle were all made of bronze,
and the fence of the court was made of the pillars overlaid with
silver and fine white linen. In contrast, all the utensils inside
the Sanctuary were made of gold; the lampstand was golden, and so
was the table of showbread. As all the items in the Sanctuary and
its three-sided walls were thus made of pure gold, the inside of
the Sanctuary always shined brilliantly in golden radiance.
That the inside of the Sanctuary thus
shined brilliantly in golden radiance tells us that the saved saints
live their precious lives of faith inside God's Church. The saints
who live in their faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
are like the pure gold found in the Sanctuary. The life that such
saints live inside the Sanctuary is the blessed life that dwells
in the Church, feeds on the Word of God, prays to and praises Him,
and goes before the throne of God and is clothed in His grace everyday,
all through the Church. This is the life of faith inside the Sanctuary.
You must take it to your hearts that only the righteous who have
been saved through the gospel of the water and the Spirit can live
this precious life of faith inside the Sanctuary.
God Divided the Inside and
Outside of the Sanctuary Clearly
As most houses have fences, the court
of the Tabernacle also had a fence made of 60 pillars and surrounded
by the hangings of fine white linen. At the east of the court, a
gate made of blue, purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen
was placed for all to see, measuring as long as 9 m (30 feet) in
In studying the Tabernacle, we must
realize clearly what is the brilliant faith that God wants from
us, what kind of faith is the faith of the saved, and, through the
materials used for the Tabernacle, how our Lord has saved us. To
learn what is the golden and brilliant faith captured inside the
Sanctuary, we must first look carefully at the laver, the altar
of burnt offering, and the fence that were placed in the outer court
of the Tabernacle, and all the materials used for them. By doing
so, we can find out with what kind of faith we can enter into the
brilliantly golden and radiant Sanctuary.
What were in the outer court of the
Tabernacle? There were the laver and the altar of burnt offering.
And it was surrounded by 60 wooden pillars, and on these pillars
the hangings of fine linen were placed as the court's fence. The
pillars of this fence was made of acacia wood, which, despite its
hardiness, was very light. The pillars made of this wood was approximately
2.25 m (7.5 feet) high, making it impossible for most people with
normal heights to peek into the inside of the Tabernacle from the
outside of the fence of the outer court. If something was deliberately
placed to step on, one could possibly see inside the court, but
without such help, it was impossible to peek inside. This tells
us that through our own man-made efforts, we can never enter into
the Kingdom of God.
At the bottom ends of the wooden pillars
of the outer court, bronze sockets were placed, and their tops were
capped with silver capitals. As the pillars could not stand on their
own, silver bands clasped steadily the adjacent pillars to each
other. And to support the pillars firmly in cross-directions, the
silver hooks placed in the silver cover of the pillars were tied
to the bronze pegs with the cords (Exodus 35:18).
What Were the Materials Used
for the Gate of the Court of the Tabernacle?
materials used for the gate of the court of the Tabernacle were
blue, purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen. The height
of the gate was 2.25 m (7.5 feet), , and its width was about 9 m
(30 feet) . It was a screen woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread
and fine woven linen, which was hung on four pillars. As such, whenever
one tried to enter into the court of the Tabernacle, he/she could
easily find its gate.
The materials of blue, purple, and
scarlet thread and fine woven linen used for the gate of the Tabernacle
manifest that God would save us from all our sins through the four
works of His Son Jesus. All the 60 wooden pillars and the fine linen
of the fence of the court of the Tabernacle also manifest clearly
through what method God would save you and me from our sins through
His Son Jesus.
Through the gate of the outer court
of the Tabernacle, in other words, God is revealing the mystery
of salvation to us clearly. Let us once again go over the materials
used for the gate of the court of the Tabernacle: blue, purple,
and scarlet thread and fine woven linen. These four threads are
critically important for us to be saved by believing in Jesus. If
these materials were not important, the Bible would not have recorded
them in so much detail.
All the materials used for the gate
of the court of the Tabernacle were absolutely necessary for God
to save you and me. However, the fact that the gate was woven of
the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen without
fail is of utmost importance for God to save sinners, because these
four threads were the very revelation of God's perfect salvation.
This is how God determined. This is why God showed the model of
the Tabernacle to Moses on the Mountain Sinai and told him to make
the gate of the court of the Tabernacle accordingly.
What Are the Meanings of
the Blue, Purple, and Scarlet Thread and the Fine Woven Linen?
The gate of the Holy Place was made
of a curtain woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread and fine
woven linen, and the veil between the Holy Place and the Most Holy
was also woven of these four threads. Not only this, but the ephod
and the breastplate of the High Priest were also woven of blue,
purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen. What, then, do
the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen tell
us? What exactly do these blue, purple, and scarlet thread and fine
woven linen, which were absolutely necessary for our Lord to save
us, say to us? We must make sure to examine this issue closely.
First of all, the blue thread tells
us of the baptism of Jesus Christ. Those who are ignorant of the
significance of baptism do not know that the blue thread refers
to the baptism of Jesus Christ. As such, those who are not born
again generally claim that the meaning of the blue thread is, "Jesus
Christ is God Himself, and He came to this earth in the flesh of
a man." Others, on the other hand, claim, "the blue thread
just means the Word." However, the Bible tells us that the
blue thread means "Jesus' baptism through which He accepted
the sins of the world onto Himself after coming this earth."
The Scripture shows us clearly that the blue thread refers to the
water baptism that Jesus received from John the Baptist. Reading
the Word on the Tabernacle, I came to realize, "Aha, God wants
to shows us the importance of our faith in the baptism of Jesus."
The robe worn by the high priest while
giving offerings was also woven of blue thread. A plate of gold
was hung on the turban that the High Priest wore on his head, and
the cord that tied the plate to the turban was also blue. And on
this plate of gold, the phrase, "Holiness to the Lord,"
was engraved. We can see that the blue cord that tied the gold plate
on the High Priest's turban clearly manifests the baptism of Jesus
that gives holiness to the Lord.
In this way, through the blue chord
that tied the plate of gold to the turban, God speaks to us of our
true salvation. In other words, the linchpin that gives us holiness
is blue, and this is Jesus' baptism. Although the color blue generally
reminds us of the blue sky, blue does not refer to only God. Of
the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen, the
blue thread surely means the baptism of Jesus Christ. Put differently,
the blue thread tells us that Jesus Christ took the sins of all
the sinners of this world by being baptized (Matthew 3:15). Had
Jesus not taken everyone's sins by being baptized, we the believers
would not be able to give "holiness to the Lord." Were
it not for the baptism that Jesus received, we could never be clothed
in holiness before God.
Do you know the spiritual meaning
of God's command to weave the gate of the court of the Tabernacle
with blue thread according to the format shown to Moses? The gate
of the court leading into the Tabernacle where God dwelt refers
to Jesus Christ. No one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but through
Jesus Christ. The gate of the court, which refers to Jesus, was
woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen,
clearly because God wanted to reveal the truth that leads us to
our salvation. The purple thread refers to the Holy Spirit, telling
us, "Jesus is the King of kings." The scarlet thread refers
to the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross. The blue thread, as just
mentioned, refers to the baptism that Jesus received from John the
The blue, purple, and scarlet threads
therefore tell us of Jesus' baptism, God's incarnation, and His
death on the Cross. The works of Jesus manifested in these three
threads give us the faith that enables us to go before Jehovah in
holiness. That Jesus, God Himself, came to this earth in the flesh
of a man, took the iniquities of sinners upon His own body by being
baptized, and vicariously bore the condemnation of all sins and
curses by shedding His blood-this is the very spiritual mystery
of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
Perhaps you had thus far thought of
the blue thread only as manifesting God or His Word. But you must
now know clearly that the blue thread actually refers to the baptism
of Jesus Christ. The baptism through which Jesus accepted all our
sins passed onto Him is critically important and cannot left out
of His works; as such, from the Tabernacle of the Old Testament,
God is telling us of its importance.
Baptism Was the Means by
Which Jesus Bore Our Sins
pillars of the fence of the Tabernacle were made of acacia woods.
Bronze sockets were placed at the bottom of these pillars, and silver
capitals were capped on top of them. This tells us first that sinners
must be judged for their sins. Only those who have been judged once
for their sins can be saved. Those who have not been judged yet
and therefore are not saved cannot avoid but be condemned to bear
the eternal punishment for their sins when they go before God.
As it is written, "For the
wages of sin is death,"(Romans 6:23) sinners will most
certainly be subjected to God's fearful judgment for their sins.
Sinners must therefore be judged by God once for their sins, and
then live again by being clothed in His grace. This is what being
born again is. The faith of the blue thread, that Jesus Christ took
all our sins upon Himself through baptism, and the faith of the
scarlet thread, that Jesus has delivered all sinners by being judged
on the Cross-none other than this faith is what make us die once
to our sins and be born again. You must realize that only the eternal
condemnation awaits those who, because of their disbelief, cannot
pass through the judgment in faith.
The baptism of Jesus was the means
by which Christ bore all our sins to save us from our sins. Jesus
was baptized by John the Baptist in order to take all our sins upon
Himself. Jesus is God Himself, and yet to save us, He came to this
earth in the flesh of a man, took all the iniquities of sinners
upon Himself by being baptized by John the Baptist, the representative
of mankind, and was condemned vicariously on sinners' behalf by
giving up His own body on the Cross and shedding water and blood.
The gate of the court of the Tabernacle is telling us in elaborate
detail about the works that Jesus fulfilled as our Savior. Through
the gate of the court of the Tabernacle, God is telling us clearly
that Jesus has become the Savior of sinners.
The fine woven linen refers to the
Word of the Old and New Testaments, which is this much detailed,
and matches one another. How intricately would each strand be knitted
to make this fine woven linen? Through the fine woven linen, God
is telling us in detail how He has saved us.
When we look at carpets, we see that
they are knitted by weaving different threads. Like this, God told
the Israelites to make the gate of the court of the Tabernacle by
weaving blue, purple, and scarlet thread on fine woven linen. This
tell us that Jesus who came to us through the water (baptism), the
blood (the Cross), and the Holy Spirit (Jesus is God), which are
hidden in the intricate Word of God, is the very door of our salvation.
By having the proper faith in Jesus Christ that is revealed in the
intricate Word of God and by being clothed in His love, we have
now been saved wholly through faith.
Jesus Christ did not save us haphazardly.
We can see this when we look at the Tabernacle. Jesus has saved
sinners elaborately. We can realize how elaborately He has saved
us when we look at only the pillars of the fence. Why, of all numbers,
is the number of the pillars of the fence 60? It is because the
number 6 refers to man, while the number 3 refers to God. In Revelation
13, the mark of 666 appears, and God tells us that this number is
the number of the Beast, and that the wise know the mystery of this
number. Therefore, the number 666 means that man acts like God.
What is the wish of mankind? Is it not to become like a perfect
divine being? If we truly want to become like a divine being, then
we must be born again by believing in Jesus and become the children
of God. The 60 pillars refer to this implication elaborately.
However, instead of having faith,
people commit the boastful, evil act of trying to be partakers of
the divine nature through their own efforts. None other than this
is the reason why people reinterpret all the Word according to the
lust of man and misbelieve in their own man-made thoughts, for they
do not have faith but only the lust that stands against God. Because
of this lust of the flesh that tries to become whole by themselves
and to reach the perfection of their flesh, they end up far removed
from the Word of God.
The Word of Salvation Revealed
in All the Items of the Tabernacle
For Jesus Christ to save sinners and
pull them into the Sanctuary, all the utensils and materials of
the Tabernacle were necessary. The altar of burnt offering was necessary,
the laver was necessary, and the pillars, bronze sockets, silver
capitals, hooks and silver bands were also all necessary. All these
things are the utensils found outside the Sanctuary, and their materials
were all necessary to turn a sinner into a righteous.
All these things were necessary to
enable sinners to enter and live in the Kingdom of God, but the
most important among them was the blue thread (Jesus' baptism).
The blue, purple, and scarlet threads were used to make the gate
of the court of the Tabernacle. These threads refer to the three
works of Jesus that are needed by us when believing in God. First,
Jesus came to this earth and took all our sins upon Himself with
His baptism; second, Jesus is God (Spirit); and third, Jesus died
on the Cross to bear the condemnation of all the sins that He accepted
onto Himself through John at the Jordan River. This is the correct
order of true faith that is needed for sinners to be saved and become
When we read the Bible, we can realize
just how intricate our Lord is. We can clearly find out that the
One who has saved us so elaborately, strand by strand like the fine
woven linen, is none other than God Himself. Furthermore, God made
the Israelites to build the gate of the court of the Tabernacle
by weaving blue, purple, and scarlet thread on fine linen that was
as long as 9 m. As such, God made sure that anyone looking at the
Tabernacle, even from far away, could discern the gate of the court
of the Tabernacle.
The hangings of the fine white linen
hung over the pillars of the court of the Tabernacle manifests God's
holiness. As such, we can realize that sinners cannot dare to approach
the Tabernacle, and that they can enter into its court only when
they are saved by believing in the ministries of Jesus manifested
in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread woven into the gate of the
court of the Tabernacle. In this way, God has enabled sinners to
know that Jesus Christ has blotted out all their sins and saved
them through the water, the blood, and the Holy Spirit.
Not only this, but the materials of
all the items that make up the Tabernacle, including the gate of
its court, also show us the intricate Word needed for God to turns
sinners into the righteous. Because God told the Israelites to make
the gate of the court of the Tabernacle large enough for everyone
to find, and because this gate was made by intricately weaving blue,
purple, and scarlet thread on fine linen, God enabled all to understand
clearly the important Word that can turn sinners into the righteous.
The gate of the court of the Tabernacle
tells us that God has wholly saved us, who were like acacia wood,
from sins through the blue thread (Jesus' baptism), the scarlet
thread (the blood of the Cross), and the purple thread (Jesus is
God). God has determined that only those who clearly believe in
this can enter into the Sanctuary, the House of God.
Jesus Christ Is Telling Us
God tells us that to live the golden,
brilliantly shining life of faith, we must be washed of all our
sins through Jesus' baptism and go before the Lord. This is why
God Himself showed the model of the Tabernacle to Moses, built it
through Moses, and made the people of Israel to receive the remission
of sin through the institution of this Tabernacle. Let us recapitulate
the faith that took us through the court of the Tabernacle and into
the Sanctuary. Through the court of the Tabernacle, God continues
to speak to us of our faith in the truth that Jesus has saved us
through the water, the blood, and the Holy Spirit. The faith in
the gate of the court, that it was woven of blue, purple, and scarlet
thread, in the High Priest's laying on of hands on the sacrificial
lamb and the bloodshed of this sacrificial lamb, and the faith with
which the High Priest washed his hands and feet at the laver-all
these things let us know that only our faith in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit is the faith of pure gold that enables us to
enter into the Sanctuary and live there in glory.
Through the Tabernacle, God has permitted
all of us to receive the grace of salvation and His blessing. Through
the Tabernacle, we can know the blessings that God has bestowed
on us. We can realize and believe in the grace of salvation that
has enabled us to go before the throne of the grace of God and be
saved all at once. Can you realize this? Through the Tabernacle,
we can see just how elaborately our Lord has saved you and me, how
intricately He planned our salvation, and how definitely He fulfilled
it according this plan and has turned us the sinners into the righteous.
Have you, by any chance, been believing
in Jesus only vaguely all this time? Did you believe that the color
blue only means the sky? Were you only aware of the faith of purple
and scarlet colors, that Jesus Christ, the King of kings, came to
this earth and saved us on the Cross, and did you believe accordingly?
If so, now is the time to find the true faith. I hope that you would
all clearly know the baptism of Jesus, the faith of blue color,
and thereby realize and believe in the immeasurable grace of salvation
that God has given you.
God has not saved us only through
the blood and the Holy Spirit. Why? Because God clearly speaks to
us of the blue, purple, and scarlet colors, and through these three
threads He is telling us exactly how Jesus has saved us. Through
the Tabernacle, our God has shown us Jesus' works of salvation in
detail. After telling through Moses to build the Tabernacle, through
this Tabernacle, God promised that He would save us in this way.
As promised, Jesus Christ came in the flesh of a man and took our
sins upon Himself by being baptized in the water (blue) of the Jordan
River. Through His baptism, Jesus has actually saved sinners from
all sins. How intricate, how exactly correct, and how certain our
salvation is then!
When we enter into the Holy Place,
we can see the lampstand, the table of showbread, and the altar
of incense. Before entering the Most Holy, we come to live for a
while in this Holy Place that shines brilliantly in gold, being
fed with the bread of the Word to our hearts' content. How blessed
is this? Before entering the Kingdom of God, we live in His Church
as the ones who have been wholly saved by being born again through
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. God's Church that gives
us the bread of life is the Holy Place.
In the Holy Place-that is, God's Church-there
were the lampstand, the table of showbread, and the altar of incense.
The lampstand, with its shaft, branches, bowls, ornamental knobs,
and flowers, was made in a single piece by hammering a talent of
pure gold. The lampstand that was made by hammering a talent of
pure gold in this way tells us that we the righteous must unite
with God's Church.
On the table of showbread, unleavened
bread was placed, symbolizing the bread of the pure Word of God
that is free from the evil and filthy teachings of the world. The
Sanctuary of God-that is, God's Church-preaches this pure Word of
God that is without any leaven, and lives by the pure faith without
doing evil before God.
In front of the veil to the Most Holy,
the altar of incense was placed. The altar of incense was where
prayers were given to God. Through the utensils in the Sanctuary,
God is telling us that when we go before Him, we must have unity,
faith in His pure Word, and prayers. Only the righteous can pray,
for God listens to only the righteous' prayers (Isaiah 59:1-2, James
5:16). And only those who pray before God can meet Him.
Like this, the Holy Place tells us
how glorious it is for us to be saved in God's Church. The key materials
used for the Tabernacle-the blue thread (Jesus was baptized), the
scarlet thread (Taking all our sins upon Himself through His baptism,
Jesus died on the Cross and bore the condemnation of our sins),
and the purple thread (Jesus is God)-refer to the faith that we
absolutely cannot fail to have. These three constitute the whole
of our faith. When we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and God
Himself in essence, and that He has saved us, we can then enter
into the Holy Place shinning in gold, where God dwells. If we do
not believe in the works of Jesus that are manifested in these three
threads, then we can never enter into the Holy Place, no matter
how ardently we believe in Jesus. Not all Christian can enter into
the Most Holy.
Those Who Stay in the Court
of the Tabernacle with Mistaken Faith
Today, there are many Christians who
are unable to enter into the Holy Place even as they profess their
faith. There are, in other words, many people who try to be saved
with their blind faith. None other than those who think that they
can be saved just by believing in the blood of Jesus Christ, and
that He is God Himself and the King of kings, are precisely such
people. They believe in Jesus simplistically. Believing only in
the blood of Jesus, they stand before the altar of burnt offering
and pray blindly, "Lord, I'm still a sinner today. Forgive
me, Lord. I give You all my thanks, Lord, for being crucified and
dying in my place. Oh, Lord, I love You!"
After doing this in the morning, they
go back to their lives, and then return to the altar of burnt offering
again in the evening and give the same prayer. People who haunt
the altar of burnt offering every morning, evening, and month cannot
be born again, but fall into the fallacy of believing according
to their own thoughts.
They put the sacrificial offering
on the altar of burnt offering scorching with red flames and give
their offering by fire. Because the flesh is burnt in the flames
there, the smell of burning flesh spreads, and black and white smoke
continues to rise. The altar of burnt offering is not a place where
we cry asking God to make our sins disappear, but it is, in fact,
a place that reminds us of the fearful fire of hell.
However, people go to this place every
morning and evening, and say, "Lord, I've sinned. Please forgive
my sins." They then go back home, satisfied on their own as
if they had really been forgiven of their sins. They may even be
so happy as to sing, "I've been forgiven, you've been forgiven,
we've all been forgiven." But such feelings are only ephemeral.
In no time, they sin again and find themselves standing before the
altar of burnt offering once again, confessing, "Lord, I'm
a sinner." Those who commute to and from the altar of burnt
offering everyday are, regardless of their professed faith in Jesus,
still sinners. Such people can never enter the Holy Kingdom of God.
Who, then, can wholly receive the
remission of sin and enter into the Holy Place of God? They are
the ones know and believe in the mystery of the blue, purple, and
scarlet thread set by God. Those who believe in this can pass by
the altar of burnt offering by their faith in the death of Jesus
who accepted their sins passed onto Him, wash their hands and feet
at the laver and remind themselves that all their sins were passed
onto Jesus through His baptism, and then enter into the Holy Place
of God. Those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
and have received the remission of sin enter the Kingdom of Heave
by their faith, for their faith is approved by God.
I hope that you would all realize
and believe that the biblical meaning of the blue thread is the
baptism of Jesus. There are many who profess to believe in Jesus
today, but few go as far as to believe in the water (the blue thread),
the baptism of Jesus. This is a deeply saddening phenomenon. It
is a cause for a great distress that so many people leave out the
most important faith of baptism from their Christian belief, even
when Jesus did not merely come to this earth as God and only died
on the Cross. I hope and pray that even now, you would all know
and believe in the faith of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread,
and thereby become the ones who enter the Kingdom of God.
We Must Believe in the Lord
Manifested in the Blue, Purple, and Scarlet Thread of the Tabernacle,
Its Actual Substance That Has Saved Us
Our Lord has save you and me. When
we look at the Tabernacle, we can find out with how elaborate a
method the Lord has saved us. We cannot thank Him enough for this.
How grateful we are that the Lord has saved us through the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread, and that He has also given us the faith
that believes in these blue, purple, and scarlet threads!
Sinners can never enter into the Holy
Place without being clothed in God's grace and going through His
fearful judgment of their sins. How can one who has not been judged
of his/her sins ever open the door of the Tabernacle and enter into
the Holy Place? They cannot! When such people enter into the Holy
Place, they will be cursed to turn blind at a first flash. "Wow,
it's so bright in here! Uh-oh, how come I can't see anything? When
I was outside, I thought I could see everything in the Holy Place
if I were just to enter into the place. Why can't I see anything
at all, and why it is so completely dark in here? I could see well
when I was outside the Holy Place I was told that the Holy Place
is bright; how come it is even darker?" They cannot see because
they have turned spiritually blind, for they do not have the faith
of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread. Like this, sinners can
never enter into the Holy Place.
Our Lord has enabled us to not be
blinded in the Holy Place, but to receive the blessing of living
in the Holy Place forever. Through the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and the fine woven linen found in every quarter of the Tabernacle,
God has told us exactly the method of our salvation, and according
to this Word of prophecy, He has indeed delivered us from all our
Our Lord has saved us through the
water, the blood, and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:4-8), so that we
would not turn blind but live forever in His shinning grace. He
has saved us through the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the
fine woven linen. Our Lord promised us with the intricate Word of
God, and He has told us that He has saved us by fulfilling this
Do you believe that you and I have
been saved through the intricate works of Jesus manifested in the
blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen? Yes!
Have we been saved only haphazardly? No! We cannot be saved without
believing in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
The blue thread does not refer to
God. It refers to the baptism of Jesus with which He took all the
sins of every sinner of the world at the Jordan River.
It is possible, incidentally, to stand
before the altar of burnt offering without believing in the blue
thread, the baptism of Jesus. People may even reach as far as the
laver next to the altar of burnt offering, but they cannot enter
the Holy Place where God dwells. Those who can open the door of
the Tabernacle and enter the Holy Place are only the children of
God who have received the remission of sin by wholly believing in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. But the sinful, no matter
who, can never enter the Holy Place. How far, then, do we have to
enter to reach our salvation? We are saved not when we just enter
into the court of the Tabernacle, but when we enter into the Holy
Place where God is.
The Difference between the
Faith inside the Tabernacle and the Faith outside the Tabernacle
The altar of burnt offering and the
laver in the outer court of the Tabernacle were all made of bronze,
and the fence was made of wood, silver, and bronze. But when we
enter into the Tabernacle, the materials are completely differently.
A key characteristic of the Tabernacle is that it is a "house
of gold." The three-sided walls were built with 48 boards of
acacia wood, all overlaid with gold. The table of showbread and
the altar of incense were also made by acacia, and overlaid with
gold, and the lampstand was made by hammering a talent of gold.
As such, all the utensils inside the Holy Place were made of or
overlaid with pure gold.
On the other hand, what were the sockets
underneath the boards made of? They were made of silver. While the
sockets for the pillars of the fence of the Tabernacle's court were
made of bronze, the sockets for the boards of the Tabernacle were
made of silver. And while the pillars of the fence of the court
were made of wood, the boards of the Tabernacle were made of acacia
wood overlaid with gold. But the sockets for the five pillars of
the door of the Tabernacle were made of bronze.
Although the sockets for the boards
of the Tabernacle were made of silver, the sockets for the pillars
of the door of the Tabernacle were cast in bronze. What does this
mean? It means that whoever comes into God's presence must be judged
for his/her sins. How, then, can we go before God when we are judged
and put to death? If we ourselves die, we would not be able to go
Through the bronze used for the sockets
of the five pillars of the Tabernacle's door, God is therefore telling
us that although we had to be judged for our sins, Jesus took our
sins upon Himself through His baptism and was condemned for these
sins in our place. We were the ones who had to be condemned for
our sins. But someone else bore this condemnation of all our sins
in our place. Instead of us, someone else died for us. The One who
was vicariously condemned and died in our place is none other than
The faith that is manifested by the
blue thread is the faith that believes that Jesus Christ accepted
all our sins passed onto Him through His baptism and has forgiven
us of all sins. As God took the life of Jesus Christ for the condemnation
of all our sins passed onto Him through His baptism and has thereby
solved away all our sins, we are no longer facing any condemnation
for our sins. The faith manifested by the scarlet thread is the
faith in the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross. This faith believes
that Jesus Christ vicariously bore the condemnation of our sins
that we ourselves were supposed to face.
Only those who passed all their sins
onto Jesus by believing in His baptism, and have been judged for
all their sins by believing in the blood that Jesus shed on the
Cross with the death of His flesh because of all these sins, can
enter into the Holy Place. This is the reason why the sockets of
the door of the Tabernacle was made of bronze. As such, we must
believe in the blood of Christ who took all our sins upon Himself
through His baptism and was condemned in our place.
God has determined that only those
who are convinced of the fact that Jesus Christ who has saved them
is God Himself (the purple thread), of the baptism of Jesus (the
blue thread), and of the truth that Jesus was vicariously condemned
for their sins in their place (the scarlet thread) would be able
to enter into the Holy Place. God has permitted only those who have
once been judged for all their sins by believing in Jesus, and who
believe that Jesus has saved them from all their sins, to enter
into the Holy Place.
The sockets of the pillars of the
Tabernacle's door were cast in bronze. The bronze sockets have the
spiritual meaning that God has allowed sinners who are born as the
descendants of Adam to enter into the Holy Place of His dwelling
only when they, no matter who they are, have the faith of the blue
thread (the baptism of Jesus), the scarlet thread (Jesus' vicarious
judgment in sinners' place), and the purple thread (Jesus is God
Himself). That the five sockets of the pillars of the door were
all made of bronze tells us of the gospel of God, that as written
in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the
gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,"
Jesus has forgiven all our sins with the water, the blood and the
We Must Not Ignore But Believe
in the Word and God
Believing in Jesus does not mean that
you are unconditionally saved. Nor does attending your church mean
that you have unconditionally been born again. Our Lord says in
John 3 that only those who are born again of water and the Spirit
can see and enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus decisively told Nicodemus,
a leader of Jews and a faithful believer of God, "You are a
teacher of Jews, and yet do not how to be born again? Only when
one is born again of water and the Spirit can he/she see and enter
the Kingdom of God." People who believe in Jesus can be born
again only when they have the faith of the blue thread (Jesus took
all our sins upon Himself at once when He was baptized), the scarlet
thread (Jesus died for our sins), and the purple thread (Jesus is
the Savior, God Himself, and the Son of God). As such, through the
blue, purple, and scarlet thread found in every quarter of the Tabernacle,
all sinners must believe that Jesus is the Savior of sinners.
It is because many people believe
in Jesus without believing in this truth that they are neither able
to be born again nor know the Word of being born again. Our Lord
has clearly told us that even if we profess to believe in Jesus,
if we are not born again, then we can never enter the Holy Place,
the Kingdom of the Father, nor live a proper life of faith.
In our man-made thoughts, we may wonder
how nice it would be if all Christians were approved to be born
again no matter how they believe. Is it not so? If we could be saved
just by calling on the name of Jesus and professing our faith in
Him just in words without even knowing the details of what He did
to save the mankind, people would find it amazingly easy to believe
in Jesus. We may thank Him whenever we meet a new Christian, singing,
"I've been forgiven; you've been forgiven; we've all been forgiven."
"Since there are so many believers, what's the point of witnessing?
Things are just fine as they are. Isn't this just wonderful?"
If this were indeed the case, people would think of salvation too
easily, since whoever calls on the name of the Lord can be saved,
and their salvation would come even if they live in whatever way
they wish. But God told us that we can never be born again with
such blind faith. On the contrary, He told us that those who claim
to have been saved without even knowing the gospel of the water
and the Spirit are all practicing lawlessness.
What Is Born again Is Your
Spirit, Not Your Flesh
Jesus became a man, came to this earth,
and has saved us through the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Joseph, Jesus' father in the flesh was a carpenter (Matthew 13:55),
and Jesus served His family under this carpenter father, Himself
working as a carpenter for the first 29 years of His life. But when
He turned 30, He had to begin His divine works, that is, carry out
His public ministries.
As Jesus thus had both divine and
human nature, we the born again righteous also have two different
natures. We have both the flesh and the spirit. However, when one
professes to believe in Jesus even as his/her spirit is not born
again, then this person is not born again-that is, he/she has no
born-again spirit. If one tries to believe in Jesus without being
born again in his/her spirit, then this person is merely someone
who is trying to be born again in the flesh like Nicodemus, and
is never someone who is born again. Although Jesus was God Himself
in His substance, He nevertheless was also in the flesh of a man
full of weaknesses. As such, when we say that we have been born
again, it means that our spirits have been born again, not our flesh.
If all those who profess to believe
in Jesus somehow were indeed born again, I would have tried to be
known as a benevolent pastor. Why? Because I would not have been
so exasperated by those who do not believe in the truth, and therefore
I would not have been so blunt in my sermons hoping that they would
come to know the truth. I would be known as a well-mannered, noble,
benevolent, tender and humorous pastor, explaining how people can
become holy in their flesh. Of course, I can beautify my image to
be so, but I never do that. It is not because I have no ability
to plant in your minds the impression, "This pastor really
takes after the holy and merciful image of Jesus." It is because
the flesh of a man cannot change, and because being a little kind,
benevolent, and merciful in the flesh does not mean that this person
is a born-again righteous. No one can be born again in the flesh.
It is the spirit, another human element, that must be born again
by believing in the Word of God.
When you believe in Jesus, you must
know the truth. "You shall know the truth, and the truth
shall make you free" (John 8:32). Only the truth of God
makes us born again, frees our souls from the bondage of sin, and
makes us born again as the righteous. Only when we know, believe,
and preach the Bible properly can we enter into the Holy Place and
live our lives of true faith, as well as go to the mercy seat of
the Most Holy. The gospel of the water and the Spirit that makes
our souls born again is the truth, and our faith in this has forgiven
us of all our sins and allows us to live in the realm of faith with
God. The gospel of the water and the Spirit that is in our hearts
enables us to live as the born-again children of God in the spiritual
and shinning realm with the Lord in happiness.
Believing in Jesus blindly is not
the proper faith. Looking from a human perspective, I have many
shortcomings. I am not just saying this with my lips, but whenever
I do something, I actually come to realize that I have many shortcomings.
For instance, when I am preparing for a Bible camp so that the participating
saints and new comers would hear the Word in comfort, be inspired
in their hearts by the grace of God, receive the blessing of being
born again, and return after having rested in both their bodies
and hearts, I find out that there are so many things that I failed
to think of and to prepare beforehand. Things that would been easily
taken care of by giving just a little bit more attention and care
always appear when the preparation time is over and the camp is
about to begin. I wonder to myself why I had not thought of such
things before and prepared them in advance, when if I had been just
a little more attentive and careful in my planning of the Bible
camp, the saints and the new souls would have heard the Word well,
been saved, and spent a good time. Also, even when I work the whole
day, because of the lack of efficiency on my part, there are many
times when the results do not match my efforts. I myself am well-aware
of the fact that I have far too many shortcomings.
"Why can't I do this? Why didn't
I think of this? All that I have to do is be just a bit more attentive,
and yet why is it that I can't do this?" When I am actually
serving the gospel, I realize my shortcomings very often. So I recognize
myself and admit, "This is who I am. This is how insufficient
I am." I am not just saying this only with my lips, and I am
not pretending to be modest, but I am, in fact, someone who cannot
tie the loose ends of even small affairs properly but go about haphazardly.
Looking at myself, I really feel my many shortcomings.
We Receive Holiness through
the Faith of the Blue Thread
When people think of themselves, they
feel like they can do everything well without making any mistakes.
But when they actually tackle a task, their true competence and
shortcomings are clearly revealed. They find out that they are truly
insufficient and that they cannot help but sin and make mistakes.
Also, when people think that they are doing okay, they delude themselves
thinking that they are going to the Kingdom of God because of how
good their faith is.
But the flesh never changes. There
is no flesh without shortcomings, and it always does wrong and reveals
its shortcomings. If, by any chance, you think that you can go to
the Kingdom of our Lord because of some good that your flesh has
done, you must realize that no matter what it is that your flesh
had done well, it is absolutely useless before God. The only thing
that enables us to enter the Lord's Kingdom is our faith in the
Word of truth-the blue, purple, and scarlet thread, that the Lord
has saved us. Because our Lord has saved us through the blue, purple,
and scarlet thread, we can enter the Holy Place only by believing
Had God not saved us through the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread, we would all never be able to enter
the Holy Place. No matter how strong our faith might be, we cannot
enter it. Why? Because if this were the case, it would mean that
our faith of the flesh must be good everyday for us to be able to
enter. If we can enter the Kingdom of God only when our faith is
good enough everyday, how can we, who have such weak flesh, ever
make our faith good everyday and be able to enter it? When there
is no way for us to receive the remission of sin by ourselves, and
when we have no faith to turn around everyday whenever we sin, how
can we ever make our faith good enough to enter the Kingdom of God?
Our bodies would have to be holy bodies that do not sin at all to
begin with, or we would have to give our prayers of repentance and
fasting everyday, but whose body is ever holy and who can ever do
Had God not saved us through the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread, there would be no one among us who would
be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We are such that our faith
may be good one moment but disappear the next moment. When our faith
becomes good only to disappear again repeatedly, we get confused
whether or not we really have faith, and end up losing even the
faith that we first had. Ultimately, we become even more sinful
long after first believing in Jesus. But Jesus has perfectly saved
us, the insufficient sinners, according to His plan of salvation
manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine
woven linen. He has given us the remission of our sins.
Only when we have this evidence can
we put the golden plate, "holiness to the Lord," to our
turban like the High Priest (Exodus 28:36-38). We can then carry
out our priesthood. Those who can testify their "holiness to
the Lord" to people while they serve Him as His priests are
the ones who have the evidence in their hearts that they have received
the remission of sin through the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
A golden plate was attached to the
High Priest's turban, and what tied this golden plate to the turban
was also a blue cord. Why, then, did God say that the turban should
be tied with this blue cord? What was needed for our Lord to save
us was the blue thread, and this blue thread refers to the baptism
that Jesus received to take all our sins upon Himself. Had the Lord
not blotted out our sins by taking them upon Himself in the New
Testament through His baptism, the same form as the Old Testament's
laying on of hands, we cannot receive holiness from Jehovah no matter
how well we believe in Jesus. This is why the golden plate was tied
to the turban with a blue cord. And everyone who sees the High Priest
with the golden plate into which "holiness to the Lord"
is engraved can remind him/herself that they must be holy before
God by receiving the remission of their sins. And it makes people
think how they can be holy before God.
We, too, must then recall how we have
become the righteous. How have we become the righteous? Let's read
Matthew 3:15. "But Jesus answered and said to him [John],
'Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill
all righteousness.'Then he allowed Him." Jesus has saved
us all from our sins by being baptized. Because Jesus took our sins
upon Himself with His baptism, those who believe in this are sinless.
Had Jesus not been baptized, how could we even dare to say that
we are sinless? Did you receive the remission of sin only by your
confession of faith in Jesus' death on the Cross with your sincere
tears in your eyes? There are so many people who, finding it difficult
to be saddened by the death of Jesus, someone whom they have no
relation whatsoever, try to squeeze tears by thinking of the death
of their grandparents, the difficulties they had when they fell
ill, or the hardships and sufferings of their own past. Whether
you feign to cry like this, or you are truly saddened by the crucifixion
of Jesus, your sins can never be blotted out in this way regardless.
As the golden plate with the engraving
of "holiness to the Lord" was tied with a blue cord to
the High Priest's turban, what blots out our sins and makes us holy
is the baptism of Jesus. Our hearts received the remission of sin
because Jesus took all our sins upon Himself with His baptism, because
Jehovah burdened all our sins onto Him, and because all the sins
of the world were passed onto Jesus through His baptism. No matter
how devoid of emotion our hearts might be, and no matter how insufficient
we might be in our acts, we have become the righteous and been save
perfectly by the Word of the blue thread written in the Bible. When
we look at our flesh, we cannot be dignified, but because the faith
of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread is in our hearts-that is,
because we have the perfect gospel of the water and the Spirit that
tells us that Jesus took all our sins upon Himself through baptism
and bore our condemnation on the Cross-we can boldly and fearlessly
speak of the gospel. It is because we have the gospel of the water
and the Spirit that we can live by our faith as the righteous, and
also preach this righteous faith to people.
We cannot thank enough for the grace
of our Lord. As our salvation did not come by haphazardly, we are
even more thankful for it. The salvation that we received is not
a trivial one that just about anyone can receive even if he/she
does not believe properly. Calling upon the Lord at one's own whim,
saying, "Lord, Lord," does not mean that everyone who
does so can be saved. Because we have in our hearts the evidence
that our sins have disappeared through the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, that the Lord has saved us elaborately with the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen, we are so thankful
for this great salvation.
The Bible tells us that everyone
who believes in Jesus Christ the Son of God has the witness in his/her
heart (1 John 5:10). If there is no witness in our hearts, we would
be turning God into a liar, and so we must all have the conclusive
evidence in our hearts. As such, there is no reason to be recoiled
if some people challenges you and demands, "Show me the proof
that you have been saved. You say that when people receive the remission
of sin, they receive the Holy Spirit as a gift, and that there is
a clear evidence of salvation. Show me this evidence." You
can show the evidence boldly as the following: "I have in me
the gospel of the water and the Spirit with which Jesus has saved
me wholly. Because I have been saved perfectly by Him, I have no
If you do not have the evidence of
your salvation in your hearts, then you are not saved. No matter
how ardently people might believe in Jesus, this in itself does
not constitute their salvation. This is only an unrequited love.
It is a love that has no regard for how the other person might be
feeling. When someone whom we cannot love has a fluttering heart,
expects something from us, feels love, and looks at us as if he/she
is dying to be loved, it does not mean we have to love this person
in return. Likewise, God does not embrace into His arms those who
have not received the remission of their sins just because their
hearts are aching for Him. None other than this is the unrequited
love of sinners for God.
When we love God, we must love Him
by believing in His Word in the truth. Our love for Him must not
be one-sided. We must tell Him our love for Him, and we must first
find out whether He truly loves us or not before we love Him. If
we give all our love to the other person who really does not love
us, all that we end up with is a broken heart.
Our Lord has clothed us in the glory
of salvation from our sins so that we would not be condemned for
them. He has allowed us to enter the Kingdom of God and to live
with God, and He has given us the gift that enables us to receive
the remission of sin through the grace of God. God's salvation has
brought to us countless spiritual blessings of Heaven. This salvation
alone that God has given us, in other words, has enabled us to receive
all these blessings from Him.
The Salvation that Jesus
Himself Has Brought to Us
Our Lord has saved us through the
blue, purple, and scarlet thread. He has given us salvation made
of three different threads. This salvation of the blue, purple,
and scarlet thread is none other than the gift of salvation given
by God. It is this gift of salvation that enables us to enter and
live in the Holy Place.
The gospel of the water and the Spirit
has turned you and me into the righteous. It allowed us to come
into God's Church and live a life of purity. And the true gospel
also enabled us to feed on the spiritual Word of God and receive
His grace. It has also allowed us to go before the throne of the
grace of God and pray, and thereby given us the faith with which
we can take the abundant grace bestowed by God as our own. By our
salvation alone, God has made such great blessings ours. This is
why salvation is so precious.
Jesus told us to build our houses
of faith on the rock (Matthew 7:24). This rock is none other than
our salvation coming through the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
As such, we must all live our lives of faith by being saved-become
the righteous by being saved, enjoy eternal life by being saved,
and enter Heaven by being saved.
The end times of this world are nearing
us. In this age, therefore, people have even more reason to be saved
by the exact Word. There are some people who say that one can be
saved just by believing in Jesus roughly without knowing the faith
of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and that there is no need
to talk about the life of faith, for it suffices to be saved in
However, the reason why I repeatedly
say this is because only those who have received the remission of
sin in their hearts can live their lives of faith that God approves.
Because the heart of every saint who received the remission of sin
is the holy temple where the Holy Spirit dwells, he/she must live
his/her life of faith in order not to defile this holiness.
How the righteous live their lives
is on a whole different dimension from how sinners live. From God's
standpoint, how sinners live is completely below His standard. Their
lives are filled by only hypocrisy. They try very hard to live according
to the Law. They set their own standards of how they should walk,
how they should live their lives, how they should talk, and how
they should laugh.
But this is far removed from the life
of faith that the righteous live. God tells the righteous in detail,
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and strength and
love your neighbors as you love your own body." This is the
mode of life that God has given to the righteous. It is proper for
us the righteous to live our lives by loving God with all our hearts,
and by following His will with all our strength and will. To save
our neighbors, we must make countless investments in His works.
This is the life of Christians.
If we remain at a level where we think
that all that matters is that we ourselves do not sin, then we cannot
follow the faithful life of the born-again Christians. Before I
was born again, I had led a legalistic life of faith in a conservative
Presbyterian denomination, and so as far as the life of the Law
was concerned, I tried to keep it thoroughly. Nowadays, people tend
to no longer do so, but because I have been leading my religious
life from long ago, I had been very apt at keeping the Law in my
everyday life. I was so thoroughly obedient to the Law that I never
worked on the Lord's day, as the Law commands that the Sabbath should
be remembered and kept holy, to the extent that I didn't even get
into a car ever on Sundays. If I were to demand you to live like
I did, there would be virtually no one who could live such a legalistic
life. This was how legalistic my life had been before I was born
again. However, no matter how piously I had spent my religious days,
that had nothing to do with God's will and was absolutely of no
Readers, do you have the faith of
the blue, purple, and scarlet thread? Because Jesus' salvation is
contained in these three threads, we can enter into the Holy Place
by our faith. Our salvation was fulfilled over 2,000 years ago.
Jesus Christ, even before we came to know Him, already took upon
all our sins upon Himself by being baptized and bore the condemnation
of our sins by dying on the Cross.
Salvation from Sin Is Set
in Jesus Christ
When those who are not born again
enter into the Tabernacle, they do not enter through the gate of
its court, but they climb over the fence illegally. They say, "Why
is the fine linen of the fence so white? It's so burdensome. They
should have colored it with some red and blue. It's what's fashionable
nowadays. But this fence is just too white! It sticks out too much.
And why is it so high? It's over 2.25 m. My own height does not
even reach 2 m; how am I supposed to get inside when the fence is
so high? Well, I can climb over using a ladder!"
Such people are trying to enter with
their good deeds. They climb up the fence of the court of the Tabernacle
with their offerings, charitable works, and patience, and they jump
off the fence, saying, "I can surely leap down 2.25 m in any
way." So having climbed into the court of the Tabernacle, they
look back and see the altar of burnt offering. They then take their
eyes off the altar and look toward the Holy Place, and the first
thing that they see is the laver laying in front of it.
The height of the pillars of the fence
of the Tabernacle's court is 2.25 m, but the height of the pillars
and the screen of the door of the Holy Place where God dwells is
4.5 m. People can enter into the court of the Tabernacle by their
will if they have enough determination. But even if they leap over
the 2.25 m high fence and enter into the court of the Tabernacle,
when they try to enter into where God dwells, they will encounter
the 4.5 m high pillars and a screen of the door of the Holy Place.
People can leap over 2.5 m with their own effort. But they cannot
leap over 4.5 m set by God. This is their limit.
This means that when we first believe
in Jesus, we can believe merely as a religion. Also, some people
can believe in Jesus as their Savior by their own will, and believe
that the Savior is only one of the four great sages. Regardless
of how people believe, they can have their own faith of whatever
way they choose, but they cannot be truly born again through such
To be truly born again, they must
pass through the gate of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread by
their faith. We are born again before God by believing that Jesus
is our Savior and the door of the truth, and that He has saved us
through the water, the blood, and the Spirit. The faith that believes
in the works of Jesus manifested in the three threads is none other
than the faith of the water, the blood, and the Spirit. People are
free to believe in something else, but there is absolutely no proof
positive that they can be saved and greatly blessed by believing
so. Only with our faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
can we receive the approval of God and the great grace and blessings
of God's salvation. The objective of this faith in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit is to clothe us in God's grace.
Do you regard the Tabernacle as merely
a rectangular shaped court, with a house standing in it? This cannot
bring any benefit to your faith. The Tabernacle is telling us about
the whole faith, and we must know exactly what this faith is.
Not knowing the Tabernacle well, you
might think that the height of the Tabernacle is about the height
of its fence, 2.25 m. But this is not the case. Even if we were
not to enter into the court but look at the Tabernacle from outside
the fence, we would be able to see that the Tabernacle is twice
higher than the fence. Though we would not be able to see the bottom
of the Tabernacle, we would still see its door clearly, telling
us that the Tabernacle stands higher than the fence of its court.
Those who have receive the remission
of their sins by believing in Jesus and thereby entered into the
gate of the court of the Tabernacle must confirm their proper faith
at the altar of burnt offering and the laver, and then enter into
the Holy Place. To enter into the Holy Place, there must be self-denial
without fail. The utensils inside the Holy Place must be distinguished
from all the utensils found outside the Holy Place.
Do you know what Satan hates the most?
He loathes that the demarcation line between the inside and outside
of the Holy Place is drawn. Because God works among those who divide
the inside and outside of the Holy Place, Satan hates that such
a line is drawn and tries to prevent people from drawing this line.
But remember this: God clearly works through those who draw this
demarcation line of faith. God is please by such people who draw
this dividing line, and He bestows His blessings on them so that
they can live inside the Holy Place with their brilliant faith.
Believe that all the utensils in the
outer court of the Tabernacle and all the materials used for them
have been prepared and prearranged by God so that people can receive
the remission of their sins. And when you enter into the Holy Place
by believing in this, God will bestow on you even greater grace
The Mercy Seat Is the Place
Where the Grace of Salvation Is Received
the Most Holy, two cherubim stretching their wings looked down from
above the lid that covered the Ark of the Testimony. The space between
the two cherubim is called the mercy seat. The mercy seat is where
God bestows His grace on us. The covering of the Ark of the Testimony
was stained by blood, as the High Priest sprinkled the blood of
the sacrifice given for the people of Israel on this mercy seat
for seven times. God thus descended on the mercy seat and bestowed
His mercy on the people of Israel. To those who believe in this,
God's blessings, protection, and guidance begin. From then on, they
become the true people of God and are eligible to enter into the
Among the many Christians of this
world, there are some whose faith has allowed them enter into the
Holy Place, while others do not have such faith with which they
can enter into the Holy Place. What kind of faith do you have? We
need the faith that can draw the clear line of salvation and enter
into the Holy Place of God, for by only doing so can we be greatly
blessed by God.
But it is not that easy to have this
kind of faith. Because Satan hates when people draw the clear line
of salvation, he constantly attempts to blur this line. "You
don't have to believe in that way. Not everyone else believes like
that, so why do you place so much importance on it and keep repeating
yourself? Take it easy; go with the flow." Saying such things,
Satan tries to obscure this clear line of salvation. Also, Satan
reveals our weaknesses of the flesh and tries to turn them into
troubles. Would you be the ones who listen to the deceptive words
of Satan trying to separate us from God? Or would you live your
lives by reminding yourself of your salvation daily, uniting with
the Church, following the Word of God, leading a life of prayer,
and receiving the grace that God bestows on you?
Actually, those who have received
the remission of sin like to remind themselves of their salvation.
They like to dwell on the gospel of the water and the Spirit over
and over. Meditating on the gospel is good and essential to you.
Are you not like this? "Gosh, is it that story again, when
we have been saved? The story material and the plot might be different,
but it's still the same old story. I'm getting so tired of it!"
Is there anyone who might be saying
this? I would be sorry if I were to tell the same story about myself
everyday, but when the Bible tells us that we should ruminate over
our salvation everyday, what can I do? When both the Old and New
Testaments speak to us of the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
what is evil before God is for people to actually preach something
else other than this. All the Word of the Bible speaks of the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. "Salvation, life of faith, faith,
spiritual living, fight against Satan, Heaven, glory, grace, blessing,
resurrection, eternal life, hope, and the Holy Spirit"-all
these key concepts of the saints are related to this true gospel.
Speaking of something else other than these is none other than heresy
and false teachings. What looks similar but is different in substance
is none other than false teachings. Gospels that appear similar
outside but are different inside from the gospel of the water and
the Spirit are merely the pseudo-gospels of false religions.
How wonderful is it that God's Church
spreads the Word of God everyday, not the deceptive words of false
religions? It is a blessing that we are united to God's Church,
hear and believe in the pure Word of God. By always preaching the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, God's Church enables the saints
to think of the grace of God everyday, to pray to Him, and revere
Him, and to live a life that does not pursue evil. Are you not happy
that you have heard once again and believed in the Word of truth
that allows you receive the remission of sin? I, too, am very happy.
If I were to be coerced to preach
something else other than this gospel of the water and the Spirit,
I would suffer greatly. If I were coerced to spread not the Word
of salvation but some other man-made teachings, I would want to
escape. It is not, of course, because I have nothing else to talk
about. There are plenty of other humanistic issues that I can address,
but these are all unnecessary and are merely the teachings of corrupting
leaven for those of us who are born again.
Only this gospel of the water and
the Spirit through which Jesus, God Himself, has saved us is the
precious Word of God that gives out its sweetness even as we chew
on it over and over again. There are so many other stories that
I could tell you, but I like it the most when I am speaking of the
gospel of the water and the Spirit that saves us. I get most elated
then. I am happiest when I am speaking of this salvation, for this
is when I can reminisce about old memories, remind myself of how
the Lord has saved me, thank Him once more, and feed again on the
bread of salvation.
I am sure that you, too, like it the
most when you hear this Word of salvation. Perhaps you might complain
that it's the same story everyday, but deep inside, you think, "Now
that I heard it again, it's even better. At first, it wasn't that
great, but when I continue to hear it, I can see that there is no
other story that is as worthy of listening as this one. I thought
today's story might be somewhat special, but the conclusion tells
me that it was the same story again. But still, I'm happy."
I am sure that this is how your hearts feel.
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Brothers and sisters, what I am preaching
here is the Word of Jesus. Preachers must preach the Word of Jesus.
Preaching what Jesus has done for us and spreading the truth of
the water and the Spirit through the written Word are none other
than what God's Church is supposed to do. We are now leading our
lives of faith in the Church. Entering into the Holy Place, lighting
under the lampstand with seven branches made by hammering a talent
of gold, eating bread in the house of pure gold, praying at the
altar of incense, going to the Temple of God, worshipping Him, and
living in this house of gold-none other than these are our lives
You and I are now leading the lives
of faith given by God. Receiving the remission of sin and living
the lives of faith are what the life inside the golden House of
God is all about. "Even though our outward man is perishing,
yet the inward man is being renewed day by day" (2 Corinthians
4:16). With our faith in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread
and the fine woven linen manifested in the Tabernacle, our souls
are living in the House of God shinning in gold.
I give my thanks to God forever for
saving us from all our sins and condemnation. Hallelujah!