The Faith Manifested in
The Altar of Burnt Offering
< Exodus 27:1-8 >
"You shall make an altar of
acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide-the altar shall
be square-and its height shall be three cubits. You shall make its
horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with
it. And you shall overlay it with bronze. Also you shall make its
pans to receive its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its
forks and its firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze.
You shall make a grate for it, a network of bronze; and on the network
you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. You shall
put it under the rim of the altar beneath, that the network may
be midway up the altar. And you shall make poles for the altar,
poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. The poles shall
be put in the rings, and the poles shall be on the two sides of
the altar to bear it. You shall make it hollow with boards; as it
was shown you on the mountain, so shall they make it."
would like to discuss the faith manifested in the altar of burnt
offering. When the people of Israel broke any of the 613 articles
of the Law of God and the commandments that they had to keep in
their everyday life, and when they recognized their sins, they gave
to God their unblemished offerings according to the sacrificial
system set by Him. The place where they gave these offerings is
the altar of burnt offering. The people of Israel, in other words,
received their remission of sin by laying their hands on the head
of the unblemished sacrificial animal, cutting its throat and drawing
its blood, putting this blood on the horns of the altar of burnt
offering and pouring the rest on the ground, and burning the flesh
of this sacrifice on the altar.
What Is the Spiritual Meaning
of the Altar of Burnt Offering?
The altar of burnt offering, measuring
2.25 m (7.5 feet) in both length and width and 1.35 m (4.5 feet)
in height, was made of acacia wood and overlaid by bronze. Whenever
the Israelites looked at this altar of burnt offering, they came
to recognize that they were the ones who had been locked in their
judgment and unable to avoid their condemnation. And just as the
sacrificial animal was put to death, they also realized that they,
too, had to die because of their sins. But they also came to believe
that the Messiah would come to this earth and blot out their sins
by being condemned and put to death like the sacrificial offering
because of their sins.
The altar of burnt offering was a
shadow of Jesus Christ our Savior. As the unblemished animals were
sacrificed with the laying on of hands and the shedding of its blood,
Jesus Christ came to us as the Son of God and bore the condemnation
of all our sins. Just as the sacrificial offerings of the Old Testament
had to accept all sins through the laying on of hands and shed their
blood, He accepted all the sins of the world passed onto Him by
being baptized by John, and bore the condemnation of these sins
by shedding His blood on the Cross.
In this way, the altar of burnt offering
shows us that Jesus Christ took all our sins upon Himself with His
baptism, died on the Cross, rose form the dead again, and has thereby
To Be Forgiven of Their Sins,
the Israelites Had to Give Their Sacrificial Offerings at the Altar
of Burnt Offering
When we look at chapter 4 of the Book
of Leviticus, we see that whenever the anointed priests, the whole
congregation of Israel, a ruler, or any of the common people sinned,
they received their remission of sin by bringing a sacrificial offering
to God, putting their hands on its head, killing it, drawing its
blood, and taking it to the altar of burnt offering and offering
it to God.
As a matter of fact, as this altar
of burnt offering was where the Israelites gave their sin offerings
everyday, not a day went by when it was not busy. The Israelites
who wanted to get rid of their sins prepared an unblemished animal
and gave it to God on the altar of burnt offering as their sacrificial
offering. Sinners passed all their sins onto the sacrificial animal
by putting their hands on its head, and, as the judgment of these
sins, drew its blood by cutting its throat. Priests then put this
blood of the sacrificial offering on the horns of the altar of burnt
offering, and burnt its flesh and fat on the altar. This is how
the people of Israel received their remission of sin.
Regardless of who it was that sinned,
whether it was a leader of the people of Israel, the High Priest,
ordinary priests, the whole congregation, or any of the common people,
they had to receive their remission of sin by bringing a sacrificial
animal, such as a bull, goat, or ram, and giving it to God as the
Sinners or their representatives had
to put their hands on the head of the sacrifice, kill it, put its
blood on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, pour the rest
of the blood on the ground, and thereby burn the fat of their sacrificial
offering that would forgive them of their sins. Therefore, many
had to bring their sacrificial animals to the altar of burnt offering,
lay their hands on the head of the offerings, draw their blood and
give it to the priests.
When offerings were given at the altar
of burnt offering, these sacrificial offerings had to be unblemished.
And when sinners gave offerings to God, they had to make sure to
bring unblemished animals before God, and only by laying their hands
on the heads of these unblemished sacrificial offerings were their
sinned passed onto them. As such, nothing could be left out when
giving the sacrificial offering.
Normally, the person who sinned had
to put his own hands on the head of his sacrificial animal, but
when the whole congregation of Israel sinned, its representative
elders laid their hands on the sacrificial offering (Leviticus 4:15).
Of course, the sacrificial animal on whose head hands were laid
had to be killed by cutting its throat and drawing its blood. And
lastly, it had to be burnt on the altar.
The smoke of burning flesh, fat, and
wood therefore always filled the place around the altar of burnt
offering, and its horns and the ground underneath it were all soaked
with the blood of sacrificial animals. The altar of burnt offering
was the place of the remission of sin where sacrificial offerings
were given to God to cleanse away the sins of the people of Israel.
This altar of burnt offering, where
smoke never ceased to rise, was a square measuring 2.25 m (7.5 feet)
in both length and width, it was 1.35 m (4.5 feet) in height. A
grate of bronze network was placed at its middle, and smoke incessantly
rose from the offerings that were burnt by the fire of wood on its
grate. Like this, the place where the offerings were burnt and given
to God was the altar of burnt offering.
The Utensils of the Altar
of Burnt Offering Were All Made of Bronze
The utensils of the altar of burnt
offering used to remove and put away ashes were all made of bronze.
The altar of burnt offering itself was made by overlaying bronze
on acacia wood, and so the altar and its utensils were all made
This bronze of the altar of burnt
offering has a definite spiritual meaning. Bronze refers to the
judgment of sin before God. As such, the altar of burnt offering
is a place that shows us clearly that the sinful are most certainly
judged of their sins. God will surely condemn people for their sins
without fail. The place where the sacrificial offerings were vicariously
judged for the sake of sinners by being burnt was this altar of
burnt offering, and the altar itself and all its utensils were made
of bronze; as such, these things tell us that every sin most certainly
entails its judgment.
The altar shows us that because of
their sins, people are bound to be condemned and put to death, but
by bringing their sacrificial animal to the altar of burnt offering
and giving it to God, they can be washed of their sins, receive
the remission of sin, and thereby live again. Here, the offerings
that were sacrificed on the altar of burnt offerings all tells us
that the baptism of Jesus Christ and His bloodshed has forgiven
the sins of believers. So this faith that gave the sacrificial offering
at the altar of burnt offering is continued on into the New Testament's
time as the faith in the baptism and blood of Jesus Christ.
When we believe in Jesus Christ as
our Savior, we must give to God our faith that believes in the baptism
of Jesus and His blood as our remission of sin. In the Old Testament,
this faith is traced to the faith that opens and enters into the
gate of the court of the Tabernacle woven of blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and fine woven linen.
All the Offerings That Were
Sacrificed at the Altar of Burnt Offering Symbolize Jesus Christ
did Jesus Christ do when He came to this earth? We were sinful;
we had sinned against God and broke His Law and commandments. But
to blot out all theses sins of ours, Jesus Christ was baptized by
John and took the sins of the world upon Himself, and thereby shed
His blood on the Cross. Just as the sacrificial offering bore the
sins of the Israelites passed onto it with the laying on of hands,
and was thereby killed and burnt at the altar of burnt offering,
because Jesus Christ came to this earth as the unblemished sacrificial
offering, and was baptized, He could then shed His blood of sacrifice
on the Cross and die on it in our place. By being nailed on both
his hands and feet and shedding His blood, our Lord bore the condemnation
of all sins for us, instead of us being condemned for our sins.
Thus, He has saved us from all our sins and condemnation.
What did Jesus Christ, who has become
the true substance of this altar of burnt offering, do when He came
to this earth? Jesus Christ has saved us by taking all our sins
upon Himself with His baptism, being crucified and dying on the
Cross, and rising from the dead again. Our Lord came to this earth,
completed our certain salvation, and then ascended to the Kingdom
We Who Cannot Help But Sin
There is also another meaning of the
altar of burnt offering, which is "ascending." As a matter
of fact, you and I sin everyday. Therefore, we have to always give
our sacrificial offering to God, and because of this, the smoke
of the condemnation of our sins is always ascending to God. Is there
any day at all when you do not sin but live perfectly? The sacrificial
offerings of the people of Israel were given continuously until
the priests were too exhausted from giving these offerings that
forgave the countless of sins of the Israelites and could no longer
carry them out. Because the people of Israel broke the Law and sinned
against God everyday, they had to give their sacrificial offerings
Moses, representing Israel, declared
the 613 articles of the Law and commandments of God to the Israelites:
"If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant,
then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for
all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests
and a holy nation" (Exodus 19:5-6).
The people of Israel then promised,
"All that the LORD has spoken we will do" (Exodus 19:8).
So the people of Israel wanted to recognize and believe in this
God who appeared before Moses and spoke to them through him as their
true God, and they wanted this God to protect them. By keeping all
that God spoke to them, they also wanted to become not only a special
treasure to Him, but also a kingdom of priests and a holy nation
that belonged to God. As such, they tried to keep all the commandments
of God that He had given them.
Did God already know that the Israelites
would sin? Of course He did. This is why God called Moses to the
Mountain Sinai, showed him the Tabernacle in vision, explained its
format in detail, told him to build it, and made him build it accordingly.
And He also established the sacrificial system by which offerings
were to be given in this Tabernacle.
When the people of Israel sought to
give a sin offering to God, they had to bring an unblemished bull,
sheep, goat, turtledove, or pigeon; and save a few exceptions, they
had to make sure to pass their sins onto their sacrificial offering
by putting their hands on its head (Leviticus 1:1-3). And then draw
its blood by cutting the throat and give this blood to the priests.
Their priests then took this blood, put it on the horns of the altar
of burnt offering, poured the rest of the blood on the ground, cut
the sacrificial offering into pieces, put these pieces on the altar,
and offered them to God by burning them.
This is how the Israelites could be
forgiven of their sins. When the offering was burnt, they had to
burn not only its flesh, but they had to also strip and burn all
its fat from the entrails and the liver. In this way, God forgave
the sins of the Israelites.
The Only Way to Receive the
Remission of All Sins
When we look at ourselves, we can
all actually realize that we cannot help but sin all the time. We
live our lives always sinning. We commit countless sins for various
reasons, whether it is because we are weak, have too many blemishes,
are too greedy, or have too much power. Even among those who believe
in Jesus as their Savior, there is no one who does not sin.
The only way for us, who always sin
like this even as we believe in God, to be washed of all these sins
and be saved is to believe in the baptism of Jesus Christ. He is
God Himself who came by water and blood (1 John 5:6); He came to
this earth as the sacrificial offering of the altar of burnt offering
through the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven
linen. When this Jesus took our sins upon Himself by being baptized
and paid the wages of our sins by shedding His blood on the Cross
and dying on it, how could we not receive the remission of sin through
faith? Because of the salvation of our Messiah Jesus Christ, through
faith you and I could receive our remission of sin all at once.
Although we indeed sin always, because
of the salvation of the baptism and the blood that Jesus Christ
fulfilled when He came to this earth, we could be freed from all
our sins. Our Lord took our sins upon Himself with His baptism,
carried the sins of the world to the Cross and was crucified, and
has thereby delivered us from our sins wholly. By being baptized
for our sins, bearing the condemnation of all our sins with His
crucifixion, and rising again from the dead, He has wholly saved
us who believe in this truth. Though we could not avoid but be condemned
for our sins, because of the love of salvation and mercy that Jesus
has given us through the blue, purple, and scarlet thread, you and
I have been saved through faith. God, in other words, has saved
us from our sins. It is by believing in Him that we have been delivered
from all our sins. This is what the altar of burnt offering is showing
You may think that inside the Tabernacle
everything was beautiful, but if you had actually entered into its
court, you would encounter an unexpected and disgusting scene. The
bronze altar of burnt offering, shaped as a rectangular, would be
threatening to spew out smoke and fire at anytime. The bronze altar
would be waiting for sinners, its ground would be soaked in blood,
and anyone would realize that this was the place of the condemnation
of sin. As this place was where the sacrificial offerings were given
everyday, you would be overwhelmed by the stench of burning flesh
Beneath the altar of burnt offering,
blood would be flowing like a river. Whenever the Israelites sinned,
they brought their sacrificial animal to the Tabernacle, passed
their sins onto it by putting their hands, cut its throat, drew
its blood, and gave this blood to the priests. The priest then put
this blood on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and poured
the rest on the ground.
They then cut the offering into pieces,
and along with its kidneys and fat, put its flesh on the grate and
burnt them. When blood is drawn, it is quite fluid at first, flowing
in red. But after some time, it coagulates and becomes rather sticky.
If you had actually entered into the Tabernacle, you would have
seen this horrifying blood.
Whenever the people of Israel broke
God's commandments, through the altar of burnt offering, they recognized
that they were to die like their sacrificial offerings on the altar.
Why? Because God made His covenant with them with blood. "If
you keep My Law, you will become My people and the kingdom of priests,
but if you fail to keep it, you must die like these sacrificial
offerings are put to death." This is how God established His
covenant with blood. As such, the people of Israelites accepted
it as a given fact that if they sin and break the Law, they had
to shed their blood.
As a matter of fact, not only the
Israelites, but those who believes in God must also all give the
blood of sacrifice for their sins. It shows us that anyone who sins
before God and therefore has a sin in his/her heart, regardless
of how small or great it is, must face the condemnation of this
sin as a result. Although the law of judgment-that the wages of
sin is death-applies to everyone before God, there are not so many
people who actually are afraid of God's judgment and thus try to
commit themselves to God's law of salvation manifested in His sacrificial
The altar of burnt offering tells
us that according to the law that set the wages of sin as death,
Jesus Christ has saved us from our sins and condemnation through
the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen manifested
in the gate of the court of the Tabernacle. For us, who always sin
and must be condemned for our sins, Christ came to this earth in
the flesh of a man, took all the sins of us the mankind onto His
own body by being baptized by John, carried these sins of the world
to the Cross, was crucified and shed His blood on it, bore great
sufferings and pain, sacrificed Himself, and has thereby saved you
and me from all our sins.
It is because Christ sacrificed His
own body and has thereby saved us that you and I could be delivered
from all our sins by faith. For the sake of those who could not
avoid but die because of their sins, in other words, Jesus Christ
took all their sins upon Himself with His baptism, was crucified
to death, rose again from the dead, and has thereby save them from
all their sins and condemnation.
When we look at this altar of burnt
offering, we come to have this faith. Seeing that the sacrificial
offering was given all the time at the altar, we can realize and
believe that even though it is we who have to die because of our
daily sins, God did not turn us into His sacrificial offerings,
but instead our Lord Himself came to this earth and fulfilled our
salvation. By being baptized, shedding His blood on the Cross, and
rising from the dead again, Jesus has saved us.
This is why God the Father accepted
the sacrificial offering of the Israelites and forgave all their
sins, instead of condemning them for sinning. By making the people
of Israel pass their sins onto their sacrificial animal by putting
their hands on its head, and by making them kill it and offer its
blood, flesh, and fat to Him, God forgave the sins of the Israelites.
Through this sacrificial offering, He has also washed us of all
our sins. None other than this was the mercy of God and His love.
God Has Not Dealt with Us
Only by the Law
If God were to judge you and me, and
all the people of Israel just according to His Law, how many would
still remain alive on this earth? If God measures and judges us
by His Law alone, none of us would live even for a day. The vast
majority of us would last not even for 24 hours, but die in just
a few minutes. Some of us might die in just an hour while others
might last for 10 hours, but the difference is insignificant-either
way, we would all be bound to die. People would not be able to live
as long as they do now, reaching 60, 70, 80, and even beyond. In
no time, everyone would be condemned.
Think of what happened this morning.
Your son is still struggling to get out of the bed, having stayed
up all night partying. Your wife is trying to wake him up. A shouting
match ensues, with your son yelling at his mother for waking him
up, and your wife yelling at your son for shouting at her-and thus
begins the morning battle. In the end, both the mother and the son
here end up sinning before God, and neither of them would last even
for today, for they would both be condemned for this sin.
But God has not dealt with us only
by His righteous Law. "He has not dealt with us according
to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities" (Psalm
Far from judging us by the righteous
Law, God instead prepared the sacrificial offering that would take
our place, to fulfill this righteous Law. By making us pass our
sins onto this offering of sacrifice by laying our hands on it,
and by making us give Him the blood of this offering instead of
our own life, God has accepted the life of the sacrificial offering
instead of our own life, and has forgiven all the sins of mankind,
including ours and those of the Israelites, has saved us from them
all, and has made us live again. And by saving the believers from
their sins, God has made them His own people. This is how God made
the people of Israel into the priests of the Kingdom of God.
The sacrificial offering here refers
to none other than Jesus Christ. Because of our sins, Jesus Christ
became this sacrificial offering, and to save us who had faced the
condemnation of sin, He took all our sins upon Himself with baptism,
shed His blood and died on the Cross. To save us from our sins,
the only begotten Son of God came to this earth in the flesh of
a man and became the sacrificial offering through His baptism, all
in obedience to the Father's will. By taking the sins of mankind
upon Himself with His baptism received from John, by carrying these
sins of the world to the Cross, being crucified, shedding His blood,
and thereby sacrificing Himself, and by dying and rising from the
dead again, Jesus has saved you and me wholly.
When we hear the Word of salvation
telling us that Jesus, in our place, was baptized, crucified, and
rose again from the dead in three days, our hearts are greatly inspired.
Because He who was sinless received, instead of us, the baptism
that passed all sins onto Him, and as the wages of these sins, He
bore all kinds of persecution, oppression, pain, suffering, and
ultimately death, all of which should have been ours in the first
place. When Christ has thereby saved us from our sins, nothing could
be more malicious than not believing in this truth.
We Must Believe in the Salvation
Fulfilled through the Blue, Purple, and Scarlet Thread
Jesus Christ bore our sins and the condemnation of these sins through
His baptism for us, and when He has saved you and me from our sins
by sacrificing Himself in our place, we must all have the kind of
faith that says, "Thank You, Lord!" Though many people
are easily inspired by touching love stories, life stories, or just
about any kind of heartfelt stories, when it comes to their hearts
toward God's unconditional love, they are as cold as ice. When the
grace of our Lord is so great that He was baptized and died on the
Cross for our sake, there are still beastly people who cannot realize
this grace and do not thank Him for it at all.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came
to this earth and became the sacrificial offering for us. He accepted
all our sins onto His own body with His baptism and sacrificed Himself
by giving up His body on the Cross. He was slapped, stripped naked,
persecuted and oppressed, all for us. This is how He has saved us.
It is by believing in this truth that we have become God's children.
This is the greatest inspiration of all, the great grace of God
that words cannot express. When this is how Christ has saved us,
it saddens me deeply to see that many people still do not believe
and thank Him even after hearing it.
It is because Jesus came to this earth,
received His baptism, and sacrificed Himself that you and I have
been saved from all our sins. Therefore, Isaiah 53:5 says, "But
He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes
we are healed."
We sin throughout our entire lives.
To save us, who could not avoid but be condemned, from all our sins,
condemnation, destruction and curses, our Lord left the throne of
the Kingdom of Heaven behind, and came all the way down to this
earth. He bowed His head before John and was baptized, carried these
sins to the Cross and suffered greatly, shed all the blood of His
heart to the ground, rose from the dead again, became the sacrificial
offering for us, and has become the true God of our salvation.
Do you think about this fact and keep
it in deep in your hearts? When you hear the Word, it is only proper
that you should believe and be greatly inspired in your hearts that
Jesus Christ indeed came to this earth in the flesh of a man, and
that He was baptized, crucified to death, and resurrected to save
His people from their sins. If we realize that we had all been bound
to hell, we can realize deep in our hearts just how greatly inspiring
and thankful this salvation is. Though we had wanted to believe
in God and become His people, there was no way for us to achieve
this. But for you and me, who truly sought after our remission of
sin, He has met us with the Word of truth that Christ came to this
earth, was baptized, died on the Cross, and rose from the dead again
in three days.
Were it no this sacrifice of Jesus,
how could we ever have received our salvation? We could never have!
Were it not for baptism of Jesus and the blood of the Cross, and
were it not for the salvation of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread
and the fine woven linen manifested in the Tabernacle, salvation
would have been only a midnight summer dream for us. Were it not
for His sacrifice, we could never have been freed from our sins
and avoided their punishment, but would be cast into the eternal
fire of hell and suffer forever. Yet Christ has saved us by sacrificing
Himself for our sake, just like the sacrificial offering of the
The Salvation of the Blue,
Purple, and Scarlet Thread Fulfilled in the New Testament
My beloved readers, you must never
forget the truth of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the
fine woven linen used for the Tabernacle. The fine woven linen is
the Word of the Old and New Testaments, the Word that God promised
from long ago that He Himself would come to us as our own Savior,
and in accordance to this promise, Jesus Christ came to this earth.
The blue thread tells us that Christ, coming to this earth, took
all our sins upon Himself through His baptism. He was baptized,
in other words, according to the promise that He would save us from
our sins and deliver us from our condemnation. To take our sins
and the sins of everyone in this world upon Himself, He was baptized
by John, and did indeed bear all the sins of the world. We must
never forget this, for if we forget that Jesus came as our sacrificial
offering and took all our sins upon Himself through His baptism,
there would be no salvation.
More often than not, we live in this
world attaching a great self-importance to ourselves. People's hearts
are such that although they cannot tolerate hearing someone else
boasting, they themselves love to boast nevertheless. But there
came a certain time when I started to boast of not myself, but of
someone else, and this was when I became grateful to Jesus for saving
me through the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven
linen. In other words, I came to boast of Jesus. Now, I tell and
boast as often as I can that Jesus came to this earth; that to blot
out our sins, He took all our sins upon Himself by being baptized;
that Jesus could be crucified on account of His baptism; and that
this is how the Lord has saved us. I do not fail to boast of this
truth, to preach it, and to give all glory to God.
Yet there are way too many people
who, though professing to believe in Jesus, preach the Word while
leaving out His baptism, or only boast themselves by borrowing His
name. There was a false minister who used to claim that he only
spent $300 a month for his living. As if it were a great accomplishment,
he used boast that he can get by with only $300 a month, and that
he doesn't have to take any money when he is traveling because his
followers pay for all his expenses. But is the believers' money
somehow not money? Does this money not count for anything, while
only his own money matters? This Christian leader claimed that all
that had to do was just pray whenever he needed something. "God,
cover my travel expenses! I believe You, Lord!" With this prayer,
some saint popped out and gave him a load of cash, he testified.
Looking at such people who say these things as if they were something
to boast of, what kind of thoughts come to your minds?
Matthew 3:13-17 state, "Then
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by
him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, 'I need to be baptized
by You, and are You coming to me?' But Jesus answered and said to
him, 'Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill
all righteousness.' Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized,
Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens
were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like
a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven,
saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'"
This passage describes what happened when Jesus was baptized. When
Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist at the Jordan River and came
out of the water, the gate of Heaven was opened and the voice of
God the Father was heard: "This is My beloved Son, in whom
I am well pleased." John the Baptist was stunned at that
John the Baptist was astonished twice
at this Jordan River. He was first stunned when he saw that Jesus
came to him and wanted to be baptized by him, and he was stunned
again after baptizing Jesus when the gate of Heaven was opened and
heard the voice of God the Father saying, "This is My beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased."
What is the reason for Jesus to be
baptized by John the Baptist? Matthew 3:15 here gives us the answer.
Let's read verses 15 and 16 again: "But Jesus answered and
said to him, 'Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for
us to fulfill all righteousness.' Then he allowed Him. When He had
been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold,
the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending
like a dove and alighting upon Him."
Matthew 3:15 tells us the reason why
Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Even though Jesus was the
High Priest of the Kingdom of Heaven and the only begotten Son of
God, He nevertheless came to this earth to save us, His people,
from our sins. In other words, Jesus came to this earth as the sacrificial
offering that pays the wages of our sins by taking these sins upon
Himself and being sacrificed in our place. This is why Jesus sought
to be baptized by John.
But why was Jesus baptized by none
other than John the Baptist? Because John the Baptist was the representative
of mankind, for he was the greatest of all those born of women.
Matthew 11:11 says, "Among those born of women there has
not risen one greater than John the Baptist." John the
Baptist was the servant of God prophesied from the Old Testament's
time in the Book of Malachi: "Behold, I will send you Elijah
the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the
LORD" (Malachi 4:5). John the Baptist was this very Elijah
whom God had promised to send.
Why did God call John the Baptist
as Elijah? Elijah was a prophet who turned the hearts of Israelites
back to God. At that time, the people of Israel were worshipping
Baal as their God, but Elijah showed them clearly who the real God
was, whether it was Baal or Jehovah God. He was the prophet who,
with his faith and through the sacrificial offering, demonstrated
to the people of Israel who really was the living God, and thereby
led them, who had been worshipping idols, back to the true God.
This is why at the end of the Old Testament, God promised, "I
will send you Elijah." Because all the human beings, who were
made in the image of God, were on the wrong path of idolatry and
demon-worship, God said that He would send them His servant who
would lead them back to God. The one who would thus come is John
Matthew 11:13-14 state, "For
all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are
willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come." This
Elijah who is to come is none other than John the Baptist. In verse
11-12, it is written, "Assuredly, I say to you, among those
born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist;
but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven
suffers violence, and the violent take it by force."
So when it says here that "among
those born of women there has not rise one greater than John the
Baptist," it means that God raised John the Baptist as
the representative of all mankind. God made John the Baptist be
born unto this earth six months before the birth of Jesus. And God
prepared him as the last prophet and priest of the Old Testament.
Therefore, as the High Priest of the earth, John the Baptist baptized
Jesus Christ and thereby passed all the sins of mankind onto Him.
In other words, the reason why John the Baptist baptized Jesus was
to pass all the sins of the world onto Him. The reason why Jesus
Christ was baptized by John the Baptist was to take all the sins
of mankind upon Himself through His baptism.
This is why Jesus said in Matthew
3:15, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for
us to fulfill all righteousness." Because all righteousness
could be fulfilled only when Jesus received His baptism from John
the Baptist to accept all the sins of the world, Jesus said that
it was fitting.
Our Lord Has Thus Saved Sinners
with This Method
baptism that Jesus received from John is the same as the Old Testament's
laying on of hands. It was, in other words, the laying on of hands
that was done before the altar of burnt offering in the Old Testament's
time to pass one's sins onto the sacrificial offering. By coming
to this earth and being baptized, Jesus Christ fulfilled the promise
of the laying on of hands-the promise made whenever the daily offerings
were given where sinners passed their sins onto their sacrificial
offering by putting their hands on its head, and whenever the yearly
offering was given on the 10th day of the seventh month,
the day of great atonement, through which the High Priest passed
the year's worth of sins of all the Israelites onto the offering
of sacrifice by putting his hands on its head.
Like the Old Testament's laying on
of hands, because Jesus accepted all the sins of the world onto
Himself by being baptized, He washed away all these sins, and because
He took all these sins of mankind upon Himself, He bore the condemnation
of these sins in our place and was sacrificed. This is how Jesus
Christ could become the true God of our salvation.
As such, we must truly admit that
because of our sins, we could not avoid but face our certain death
and be condemned. We must know this and feel it. And we must realize
that Jesus Christ our Savior has saved us by coming to this earth
and being sacrificed for our sake-that is, through His works of
salvation with His baptism, crucifixion, and resurrection, Jesus
Christ has washed us of all our sins and saved us wholly from our
sins. We must also believe that Jesus has given us the gift of salvation,
that He has fulfilled our salvation and has given us this completed
salvation as His gift for us. Jesus has fulfilled all righteousness,
so that if one were to only believe, and if one were to only accept,
he/she would surely be saved.
To make us realize this, the gate
of the court of the Tabernacle was woven of blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and fine woven linen. This is also the reason why we would
first see the altar of burnt offering if we open and enter into
this gate of the court of the Tabernacle. The offerings that were
given at the altar of burnt offerings were also the foreshadow of
the method of salvation through which Jesus Christ has saved us.
The offerings that were sacrificed on the altar of burnt offering
had to accept the iniquities of sinners onto themselves through
the laying on of hands and bleed to death in the sinners' place.
The blood of the sacrificial offerings was then put on the horns
of the altar, and the rest was sprinkled on the ground. Then, they
offered the flesh and fat of the animals on the altar as the burnt
offerings. These were the method by which the sacrificial offerings
were given to God. All these features of the sacrificial offerings
are exactly the same as the method by which Jesus Christ has become
our Savior. Through the sacrificial offerings, in other words, God
has shown us that Jesus Christ would come to this earth and save
us in this way.
Without fail, sinners' hands had to
be put on the sacrificial animals given at the altar of burnt offering.
This is why the Tabernacle is telling us of the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. Coming to this earth, Jesus Christ was baptized
to take the sins of mankind upon Himself. Baptism is the antitype
of salvation that Christ received to become the sacrificial offering
for all the sinners of the world before God the Father.
Through this Tabernacle, we can now
have clear faith. Just as the sacrificial offering accepted the
sins of the people of Israel on the Day of Atonement through the
laying on of the High Priest's hands, and just as it had to be sacrificed
in their place because their sins had now been all passed onto it
(Leviticus 16), Jesus Christ came to this earth to take our sins
upon Himself and to become our own sacrificial offering for these
sins, did indeed become our sacrificial offering, and has thereby
saved us from all our sins and condemnation. We can now wholly believe
in this salvation of love. It is by believing in this truth that
we can thank and repay our debt to God for this salvation of love
that He has given us.
No matter how knowledgeable of the
Tabernacle one might be, if he/she does not believe, then all this
knowledge is useless. As such, we must realize, as well as believe,
just how important the baptism of Jesus Christ really is. The Tabernacle
had three gates, all of which were woven of blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and fine woven linen. People may express each gate of the
Tabernacle differently because of their ignorance.
In its ordering of threads, the first
to be woven was blue thread, followed by the order of purple thread,
scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. Only by making the gate in
this way can it properly be described as the real gate of the Tabernacle,
for this is exactly how God commanded the Israelites to build it
in the Old Testament's time.
There was a reason why the gates had
to be made in this way. Regardless of how Jesus Christ was born
unto this earth as the Savior of mankind in the flesh of man and
through the body of the Virgin Mary, if He had not been baptized
to take our sins upon Himself in the first place, He could not have
become our true Savior. If He had not been baptized, He could not
be crucified and die on the Cross, either. As such, the blue thread
had to be woven first, and its relative importance was also critical.
Whom Must We Believe in?
Therefore, we must believe in Jesus
Christ who has saved us from our sins. We can be truly born again
only when we believe in the salvation that this Son of God, Jesus
Christ our Savior, has given us. When we believe in the Son of God
as the God of our salvation, and when we believe in the truth that
He came to this earth, took our sins upon Himself all at once by
being baptized for us, and bore our condemnation on the Cross, we
can then all receive our true salvation.
Because Jesus Christ could not take
our sins upon Himself in any other way but through His baptism,
only by bearing our sins by this exact method could He go to the
Cross, shed His blood and die on it. No matter how He is the Son
of God and how He came to this earth as our Savior, if He had not
taken our sins upon Himself through His baptism, our salvation could
never be found in this world.
Therefore, it is essential for you
to confirm the biblical evidences in detail to be in full conviction
that your sins have been blotted out already.
Let's assume for a moment that you
owe a considerable debt. Then someone says to you, "Don't worry;
I'll pay it off for you. No need to worry; I'll solve this problem."
Whenever you meet him, this guy keeps telling us, "Didn't I
tell you not to worry? I told you that I'd take care of it!"
Let's further assume that this person even gets angry, asking why
you don't believe him. Even if this person tells you everyday, "I
paid it all off; just trust me," when he did not actually pay
your debt off, would you really be freed from this debt just by
believing him? Of course not!
No matter how confidently he tells
you, "If you trust me, all your debt is resolved," if
he did not actually pay it off, then your debt remains as it is,
and this person is only deceiving you. So you ask him again and
again, "So did you pay off my debt?" He then tells you
repeatedly, "Why are you so doubtful? Just trust me unconditionally!
I told you that I paid off all your debt. All that you have to do
is just believe me, and yet you are so suspicious! Don't be like
this!" So, let's assume again, you trusted him with all your
heart. But no matter how much you believed him, if he did not actually
pay off your debt, then his words are all lies.
This Is How the Faith of
Today's Christians Are
Today's Christians say, "Jesus
has saved you by shedding His precious blood on the Cross. He bore
all the condemnation of sin there. This is how He has saved you."
Many pastors preach like this to their congregations. When someone
among the congregation rises and tells them, "But I am still
sinful," they say, "That's because you have little faith.
Just believe! None other than your disbelief is your sin!"
"I too really want to believe, sir. But I don't know why I
can't believe." "I don't know why I'm still sinful even
though I believe. I really believe." "You don't have enough
faith. You need to believe more. Climb up a mountain and try fasting.
Believe while skipping your meals." "Can't I just believe
while not skipping meals?" "No, you have to try believing
while you fast."
Many of today's pastors tell you to
believe, yet they do not solve the problem of your sins, and they
only rebuke you for not believing. On your part, you try to believe
and yet it's too hard to believe, or you truly believe blindly but
the problem of your sins still remains. What's wrong here? What
can explain this? People cannot have true and strong faith because
they do not know that Jesus Christ took all their sins upon Himself
by being baptized. It is because they believe in delusions with
which they cannot solve the problem of their sins no matter how
much they believe.
Does faith come just by believing
unconditionally without any definite evidence? Of course not! Whole
faith comes all at once only when you know how the problem of sin
was really solved and believe in it. "Though I had doubted
You, it is far too clear that You have already solved the problem
of my sins. No matter how much I try not to believe, I cannot help
but believe in Your salvation, for this salvation is so certain.
Thank You for solving my problem." Though we may doubt at first,
in other words, because the evidence of our salvation is so certain
that we can no longer doubt anymore. As the mark of our salvation
and its evidence, Jesus has shown us His receipt called the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. "I have paid off your debt for
you in this way." Only when we look at this receipt that shows
that all our debts have been paid off can the truth faith come to
We cannot believe even as we profess
to believe in God, say that Jesus Christ, God Himself, is our Savior,
and claim to believe in the Savior, when we do not have the evidence
of how He has saved us and how our sins were blotted out. In other
words, we can't have firm conviction unless we have seen the receipt
showing the full payment of the wages of our sins. People who believe
without seeing this receipt may appear to have a strong feeling
of faith at first, but their faith is, in fact, simply blind. It
is no more than a fanatical faith.
Do You Consider a Fanatical
Faith as a Good Faith?
How would you like if a pastor with
a fanatical faith demanded the same fanaticism from others also?
"Believe! Receive the fire! Fire, fire, fire! The Holy Spirit
that is like the fire, fill us with the fire! I believe that the
Lord will bless you all! I believe that He will make you all rich!
I believe that He will bless you! I believe that He will heal you!"
When such a pastor puts up this kind of show, the audience's ears
start ringing and their hearts start jumping. Channeled through
a sound system of the highest quality, when he starts shouting,
"Fire, fire, fire," the audience's hearts start jumping
at the majestic sound of his voice. They are then overwhelmed emotionally,
as if a strong faith had really come to them, and wail, "Come,
Lord Jesus! O, come, the Holy Spirit!"
At about this time, the pastor then
incites the audience's emotion even more by saying, "Let us
pray. I believe that the Holy Spirit is now descending and filling
us all." The band's playing of inspiring hymns soon follows
this, and people raise their hands up high, going wild with enthusiasm,
and their emotional outbursts reach the climax. Right on cue, this
is when the pastor says, "Let us give our offerings. In particular,
this evening, God wants to receive a special offering from you.
Let us all give this special offering to God."
Overwhelmed by their emotions, people
then end up emptying their pockets. This false pastor has already
prepared an immense pulpit that is large enough to pile up all the
money collected, and put dozens of butterfly nets (collection bowls)
at its front. When the band starts playing hymns and people's hearts
are overwhelmed by their excitement, he then sends off the butterfly
collectors (volunteers passing the collection bowls) amid the audience.
By lying that more offerings mean
more blessings, and by incite people's emotions, such false pastors
induce people to shed their tears and open their wallets. It is
to make them hand over their money without even realizing by depriving
them of their reason and perception and overwhelming them with their
emotions instead. This is neither based on the Word of God, nor
any kind of a sermon, but a fanatical and blind act that verges
on a fraud. Like this, the pastors whose faith is fanatical incite
people's emotions to reach their own ulterior objectives.
If we know that our Lord took our
sins upon Himself through His baptism, and if we believe in this
Jesus Christ as our Savior, then we are not shaken, but remain at
peace. The only thing that inspires us quietly is that Jesus shouldered
our sins with His baptism and was crucified to death. When we think
about this, that Jesus, God Himself, took our sins upon Himself
with His baptism and died to pay the wages of these sins, we become
immensely thankful, and our hearts are filled by a great joy. However,
this tranquil inspiration in our hearts is far greater than anything
else in this world; neither any romantic confession of love, nor
any gift of the most precious diamond of this world can ever inspire
us more than this.
In contrast, the emotionally oriented
inspiration of the fanatics does not last that long. Though they
may dwell in this inspiration for a while, when they sin everyday
and are disgraced by such sins, they cannot but hide their faces
out of shame. "When Jesus bore our condemnation and died on
the Cross for us, why do I still sin everyday?" So they lose
their face and can no longer be inspired as time passes by; what's
more, out of shame, they cannot even go to God.
This is why God has shown us the altar
of burnt offering. The offering of sacrifice that was given on this
altar of burnt offering according to the sacrificial system was
none other than Jesus Christ our Savior. As such, the altar of burnt
offering manifests that Jesus came to this earth and has in fact
saved us all at once through the blue, purple, and scarlet thread
and the fine woven linen. God has made us see this altar of burnt
offering, and He wants us to be saved by believing in it.
What Is It That We Must Do
in This Era?
There are many things that we the
born-again must do in this era. First of all, we have to preach
the gospel of the water and the Spirit all over the world. We must
spread the truth to those who remain ignorant of this truth of the
blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen, and we
must thereby help them to be saved from the condemnation of fire
in hell. Why? Because there are many people who are following Jesus
without even realizing and believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit manifested in the Tabernacle.
To spread this truth to them, there
are still many things for us to do. We have to publish our books
that are sent throughout the whole world; from translating, proofreading,
and editing to make these books to securing the necessary funds
to print them and send them to countries all over the world, there
indeed are many works that need to be done.
So when we look at our fellow workers
and ministers, we see just how busy they all are. Because all the
saints and workers of God's Church are so busy in this way, they
are going through some tough time physically. It is said that marathon
runners reach a certain point in their 42.175 km course when they
become so exhausted that they are not even sure if they are running
or doing something else entirely different. In short, extreme exhaustion
would make them mentally vacuous. Perhaps we now have also reached
this point in our run for the gospel. Living our lives for the gospel
is like running a long distance toward our goal without stopping,
as the marathon runners do. Because our running for the gospel must
go on until the Day of our Lord's coming, we all face hardship.
But because our Lord is in us, because
we have the gospel of the water and the Spirit, because our faith
believes that the Lord has saved us with the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and the fine woven linen, and because we believe in the most
certain truth, we can all receive new strength. It is because Jesus
has given us the gift of salvation that you and I have received
this gift. So our hardships of the flesh cannot trouble us. On the
contrary, the more difficult it gets, the more strength the righteous
find. I truly thank the Lord.
Spiritually, in our hearts, in our
thoughts, and throughout our actual surroundings, we can feel the
new strength that our Lord has given us, and that He is with us.
Because we can feel that He is helping us and holding us, and that
He is with us, we give even more thanks to Him. So, the Apostle
Paul also said, "I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). We therefore confess
everyday that we cannot do anything at all if the Lord does not
empower us. Not only was Jesus Christ baptized for us, but He was
also sacrificed for us by being crucified, faced His own death,
rose from the dead again, and has thereby become our true Savior.
Whenever we look at the altar of burnt offering, we come to remind
ourselves of this truth.
The altar of burnt offering was made
of acacia wood, and it was overlaid in and out with thick bronze.
Its height was about 1.35 m, and its grate, a network of bronze,
was placed near its middle, at about 68 cm in height. The flesh
of offerings were put on this grate and burnt.
Whenever we look at the altar of burnt
offering, we must be able to see ourselves as we are. We must also
be able to see that Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself by being
baptized in His flesh, and that He bore all the condemnation of
our sins by shedding His blood on the Cross. You and I truly could
not avoid but die before God because of our sins and condemnation.
Because of our sins and condemnation, you and I could not avoid
but die and be cursed forever. But because of Jesus Christ, who
came to this earth as the eternal offering of atonement, was baptized,
and died, all for us, like the sacrificial offering of the Old Testament,
we have been saved.
A sacrificial animal may look cute
and cuddly when alive, but how gruesome would it be when it bleeds
to death, with its throat cut open, after it accepts sins through
the laying on of hands? That we, who deserved to die in this gruesome
way, have escaped our condemnation is truly a great blessing. This
blessing has been possible because the Lord has given us the gift
of the salvation. Just as manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and the fine woven linen, Jesus Christ came to this earth
in the flesh of a man, has saved you and me through His baptism
and the blood of the Cross, and has thereby given us the true gift
of salvation. God has thus given you and me the gift of salvation-do
you believe this in your hearts? Do you believe in this gift of
salvation, the love of Jesus? We must all have this faith.
When we look at the altar of burnt
offering, we must realize that Jesus Christ has saved us this way.
He was sacrificed like this to give us the gift of salvation. As
hands were laid on the sacrificial offering, and as this sacrificial
offering bled to death, Jesus has given us our salvation by suffering
in this manner. This is how He has saved us from our sins. We must
realize this, believe in our hearts before God, and give thanks
to Him with all our hearts.
God wants us to receive through faith
the gift and love of salvation that He has given us. He wants us
to believe in our hearts in the salvation of the baptism and the
blood of the Cross that He fulfilled by coming through the water
and the Spirit. It is my hope that you would all believe in the
love of our Lord in your hearts and truly accept into them His gift
of salvation. Do you truly accept it into your hearts?
Who Was Sacrificed in This
Way for You?
I once saw a witnessing leaflet that
said, "Who will die for you? Whom did you meet today that comforted
you? Jesus Christ was sacrificed for you. Is your heart not comforted
by this?" Who will really bear your sins by being baptized
and die on the Cross in your place to blot out your sins? Who will
shed all his/her blood and die to bestow his/her love on you? Who
will ever be willing to face this sacrifice for you? Is it your
relatives? Your children? Your parents?
None of them! It is God Himself who
made you. To save you from your sins, this God came to this earth
in the flesh of a man, was baptized to take your sins upon Himself,
was crucified and shed His blood to bear the condemnation of your
sins, has become your true Savior, rose from the dead again, is
living even as now, and has given you His salvation and love as
a gift. Do you truly want to accept this salvation of love into
your hearts? Do you really believe in your hearts?
Whoever believes will receive the
Lord, and whoever receives Him will be saved. Receiving Him means
to accept the salvation and love that Christ has given for us. It
is by believing in our hearts in this love, this remission of sins,
this bearing of sins, and this condemnation of sins, that we are
saved. This is the faith that receives the gift of salvation.
Everything of the Tabernacle manifests
Jesus Christ. God does not demand any sacrifice from us. All that
He asks from us is that we believe in the gift of salvation that
He has given us in our hearts. "To give you the gift of salvation,
I came to this earth. Like the sacrificial offering of the Old Testament,
I accepted all your sins passed onto Me through the laying on of
hands, and like this offering of sacrifice, I bore the gruesome
condemnation of your sins for you. This is how I have saved you."
This is what God is telling us through the Tabernacle.
No matter how God has thus saved us,
has loved us this much, and has given us the gift of perfect salvation
in this way, if we do not believe, everything is useless. The salt
in your cabinet must first be put into your soup for it taste salty;
likewise, if you and I do not believe in our hearts, even His perfect
salvation turns completely useless. If we do not thank in our hearts
for the gospel of the water and the Spirit and accept it into our
own hearts, the sacrifice of Jesus becomes worthless.
Salvation can be yours only when you
know just what sacrifice and love Jesus, God the Savior, has given
you, accept them into your hearts and thank Him for them. If you
do not accept Christ's gift of perfect salvation into your hearts
but only understand it in your heads, then it is completely useless.
All You Have to Do Is Just
Grab the Truth
It does not matter how much your soup
is boiling on the stove; if you only think to yourself that you
are going to put in the salt and yet do not actually do so, your
soup can never be salty. You can be saved only when you accept into
your hearts and believe that our Lord has saved you from your sins
by being baptized and sacrificed for us, just like the sacrificial
offering that was sacrificed on the altar of burnt offering. When
God is giving you the gift of salvation, just accept it in thankfulness.
When our Lord is telling us that he has saved us wholly, the right
thing for us to do is to simply believe so.
Is the love of God that He has given
you only half-hearted? Of course not! The love of our Lord is perfect.
Our Lord, in other words, has saved you and me completely and perfectly.
Because He took our sins upon Himself perfectly with His baptism
and died on the Cross for sure, we cannot have any doubt about this
love. He has saved us this perfectly and given us the gift of salvation.
We must all accept this gift of salvation that God has given us.
Let's assume for a moment that I am
holding a very valuable jewelry made of most precious gems. If I
give it to you as a gift, all that you have to do is just accept
it instinctively. Is this not the case? How simple and easy is it
for you to make it yours? To make this jewelry yours, all that you
have to do is just reach out and grab it. That's it.
If you would just open your hearts
and pass all your sins onto Jesus through His baptism, you can all
easily receive the remission of your sins and fill your empty hearts
with the truth. This is how the Lord said that He would give us
salvation as a free gift. Salvation can be yours just by reaching
out and grabbing it.
We have received our salvation as
a gift, without paying a single cent for it. And because God is
the One who is pleased to give this gift to whoever wants to receive,
blessed are those who have received it in thankfulness. Those who
accept the love of God in joy are clothed in His love, and they
are the ones who love this giver, for by accepting it, they have
pleased His heart. Accepting this gift is the right thing to do.
It is only when you accept the gift of perfect salvation that God
has given you that this true gift of salvation can be yours. If
you do not accept it into your hearts, then the gift of salvation
can never be yours, no matter how hard your try.
I, too, have received this gift of
salvation. "Ah! The Lord was baptized in this way for me. By
being thus baptized, He bore the condemnation of all my sins. He
was baptized ultimately for my own sake. Thank You, Lord!"
This is what I came to believe. I am, therefore, now sinless. I
have received the perfect remission of sin. If you, too, would also
like to receive this remission of sin and be saved, accept it right
I have thought about this gift of
salvation all the time from then on. Even now, when I think about
it again, I realize that there is nothing else I can do but to thank
the Lord for my salvation. Because this love of salvation is in
my heart, I can never forget it. When I first received my remission
of sin by accepting and believing in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, the truth manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and the fine woven linen, I was infinitely grateful to God.
And even now, after several years have passed by, I still have this
same thankful heart, and am renewed everyday.
Jesus surely came to this earth to
save me, was baptized to take all my sins upon Himself, and died
on the Cross to bear the condemnation of my sins. When I realized
that all these things were done for me, I immediately accepted them
and made them mine. I realize all the time that this was the best
thing that I have ever done in my entire life, the wisest and smarted
act of all. I therefore believe that the Lord truly loves me and
cares for me, and I also believe and confess that He did all these
things because He loved me. "Lord, I give all my thanks to
You. Just as You have loved me, I also love You." Confessing
thus is a great joy for the born-again.
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Our Lord's love is forever unchanging.
Just as His love for us does not change forever, our love for Him
cannot change forever, either. At times, when we suffer and face
hardships, our hearts might turn astray and we might even wish to
forget and betray this love. But even when we are overwhelmed by
our pain and our consciousness fails us, and even when all that
we can think of is our own pain, God still holds us faithfully so
that our hearts would never forget His love.
God loves us forever. That our Lord
came to this earth as a creation for our sake was because He loved
us to His own death. Now, I entreat you to believe in this love
of God for yourselves. And accept it into your hearts. Do you believe
I thank the Lord for saving us perfectly
from our sins with this love.