Two Silver Sockets
Two Tenons for Each
Board of the Tabernacle
< Exodus 26:15-37 >
“And for the tabernacle you shall
make the boards of acacia wood, standing upright. Ten cubits shall
be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the width
of each board. Two tenons shall be in each board for binding one
to another. Thus you shall make for all the boards of the tabernacle.
And you shall make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards
for the south side. You shall make forty sockets of silver under
the twenty boards: two sockets under each of the boards for its
two tenons. And for the second side of the tabernacle, the north
side, there shall be twenty boards and their forty sockets of silver:
two sockets under each of the boards. For the far side of the tabernacle,
westward, you shall make six boards. And you shall also make two
boards for the two back corners of the tabernacle. They shall be
coupled together at the bottom and they shall be coupled together
at the top by one ring. Thus it shall be for both of them. They
shall be for the two corners. So there shall be eight boards with
their sockets of silver—sixteen sockets—two sockets under each of
the boards. And you shall make bars of acacia wood: five for the
boards on one side of the tabernacle, five bars for the boards on
the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of
the side of the tabernacle, for the far side westward. The middle
bar shall pass through the midst of the boards from end to end.
You shall overlay the boards with gold, make their rings of gold
as holders for the bars, and overlay the bars with gold. And you
shall raise up the tabernacle according to its pattern which you
were shown on the mountain. You shall make a veil woven of blue,
purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven
with an artistic design of cherubim. You shall hang it upon the
four pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold. Their hooks shall
be gold, upon four sockets of silver. And you shall hang the veil
from the clasps. Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony in
there, behind the veil. The veil shall be a divider for you between
the holy place and the Most Holy. You shall put the mercy seat upon
the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy. You shall set the table
outside the veil, and the lampstand across from the table on the
side of the tabernacle toward the south; and you shall put the table
on the north side. You shall make a screen for the door of the tabernacle,
woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen,
made by a weaver. And you shall make for the screen five pillars
of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold; their hooks shall be
gold, and you shall cast five sockets of bronze for them.”
The Tabernacle itself was constructed
with 48 boards; twenty boards each for the south and north sides,
six boards of the west side, and two boards for the two back corners.
Each board measured 4.5 m (15 feet) in length and about 67.5 cm
(2.2 feet) in width. For each board to stand upright, there were
two silver sockets and two tenons that fitted correctly together.
This shows us again that God’s salvation is given only by His grace
through faith in Christ.
Salvation by Grace through Faith in Christ
Most Christians know and even recite
the famous passage of Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have
been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the
gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” But unfortunately,
they don’t know what His grace exactly is and what kind of faith
they should have to be saved. However, the mystery of the two silver
sockets and two tenons that fitted correctly together shows us clearly
the mystery of God’s salvation.
For us to realize the truth of the
“two tenons and two silver sockets” placed at the bottom of the
boards, we need to first know the basic truth of the gospel. All
the doors of the Tabernacle were woven of blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and fine woven linen. These four colors show us that for
us to be saved from our sins and destruction, the baptism and blood
of Jesus were necessary. And they enable us to believe in the truth
of Jesus’ salvation, free from any doubt. We must have a clear knowledge
of the truth that has saved us, manifested in the blue, purple,
and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen, and believe in it.
Jesus said, “You shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). As such,
we must all receive the perfect remission of our sins by knowing
the spiritual truth that is hidden in the four colors manifested
in the screen door of the Tabernacle and the veil of the Most Holy.
Blue, purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen are the materials
of the door of the Tabernacle.
In other words, Jesus Christ is our
Savior and the King of those who believe, He who has at once saved
us from all the sins of the world by being baptized by John and
taking upon all our sins onto His own body once for all, and by
carrying the sins of the world and shedding His blood on the Cross.
That Jesus Christ, who is the King, could have definitively saved
us from our sins is because He was baptized and crucified. Therefore,
the blue and scarlet threads tell us of the clear and certain truth
which cannot be left out for us to be saved from our sins. To take
upon our sins, Jesus was baptized by John, and by carrying the sins
of the world and shedding His blood on the Cross, He has saved us
once for all from all our sins, thus completing His works of salvation.
Here, we must believe that these four
points of the blue thread (Jesus’ baptism), the scarlet thread (His
bloodshed), the purple thread (He is our King), and the fine woven
linen (He is the God of the elaborate Word, and has made us righteous)
are all the materials used for our salvation. We must realize that
if we in spite of this try to be saved from all our sins by believing
in only one of these, then such salvation will not be whole. Why?
Because at the bottom of each board of the Tabernacle, there were
two tenons coming out to be plugged into the silver sockets to support
Silver in the Bible denotes God’s
grace, the gift of God. And it is written in Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore,
having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into
this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of
God.” Our salvation can be granted to us only when our faith
meets God’s grace correctly. Just as there were two tenons at the
bottom of each board of the Tabernacle, and these tenons were fitted
into the silver sockets to support the board, God is telling us
that our salvation is completed only when we likewise believe in
both the baptism of Jesus and the blood of the Cross.
All of us had to believe in the reason
and the actual substance as to why each board had two tenons protruding.
These two sockets and two tenons of
the board are the shadow of the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
that in the age of the New Testament Jesus Christ would come, be
baptized by John the Baptist, be crucified, shed His blood and die
on the Cross, and thereby fulfill our salvation completely.
The grace of the remission of sin,
in other words, is bestowed on the hearts of only those who actually
believe in their righteous salvation that Jesus fulfilled by being
baptized by John and shedding His blood on the Cross to blot out
their sins. As such, for us to be saved from our sins, we need the
faith that believes in these two works of Jesus. As a matter of
fact, everything of the Tabernacle provides a detailed portrait
of Jesus who has saved us from our sins. It was not for no reason
that the Lord made the Israelites to use two tenons and two silver
sockets for each board of the Tabernacle.
We have been saved and delivered from
all our sins and all the condemnation of sin entirely through the
works of baptism and bloodshed that God has given us. In other words,
it is by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that
we have received the right to become God’s children. Our faith that
is like pure gold has been built by receiving this gift of God.
Do You Still Not Know Who You Really Are Even as
You Believe In Jesus?
Do you consider yourselves as good?
Do you think by yourselves that you have a righteous character that
cannot tolerate any unrighteousness at all, under any circumstances
and in any forms? Do you think that you are somehow righteous before
God, just because you keep God’s commandments in your hearts everyday
and try to obey and act them out in your lives? All that we are
doing is just pretending to be righteous, while we are committing
adultery and fornication in privacy.
Nowadays, hundreds of channels are
available for viewing from cable or satellite TV. Running for 24
hours a day, these channels carry their own specialty-programs and
feed them continuously. Among these channels, the most commercially
successful specialty-channels are, above all, adult channels. There
are many such adult channels where all kinds of pornographic materials
are available for viewing by simply flipping through channels. How
about pornographic web sites? Needlessly to say, a flood of pornographic
spam-mails are now deluging the world. Everyone deplores the evils
of these obscene websites, but when we think of “the law of supply
and demand,” their success can only mean that countless people actually
enjoy such websites in their privacy.
This phenomenon shows us that we human
beings are fundamentally corrupted and obscene. The Bible points
out the sinful hearts of mankind by referring to fornications, adulteries,
and lewdness. God said that these things come out from the hearts
of people and defile them, and that they are clearly sins. Are we
not, then, all filled with sin? God repeatedly said that the properties
intrinsic to us are sinful.
But do we really admit this? How is
it? Can we escape from the properties of sin that are intrinsic
to us by closing our eyes and covering our ears? We cannot help
but commit all kinds of sin with the imaginations of our minds and
thoughts. No matter how much we tell ourselves that we have to move
away from such sins, and no matter how hard we try to do so, they
are all in vain. In fact, our flesh is such that not only can we
never become perfect saints who commit no carnal sin, but we actually
have affinity to sin with no desire to be distanced from it. The
flesh and hearts of mankind are always far removed from the things
that are holy, and it is a fact, moreover, that they not only want
to be closer to sin, but they want to commit even greater sins.
In the East, many learn the teachings
of Confucius from their birth, and so they try very hard to put
these teachings into practice. In the West, on the other hand, Catholicism
or legalistic Christian churches have dominated its religious landscape,
and many Westerners have tried hard to keep the Law of God, thinking
that they can be holier and holier as long as they keep trying harder.
But no matter what their religious backgrounds may be, when they
place themselves before God and are stripped to their true selves,
they are all just masses of sin and seeds of evildoer alike.
Human beings are unrighteous, full
of blemishes, and masses of sin made of dust and dirt. Even the
seemingly good people whose good deeds are done not for recognition
but out of their sincere hearts, and who are actually discomforted
to receive any praise for their good deeds, cannot escape from the
fact that when their fundamental essence is reflected before God,
they are masses of sin and seeds of evildoers. Because advocating
the righteous of mankind is a great evil before God, people cannot
escape from the condemnation of sin unless they recognize their
punishment and accept the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the
love of God. Before God, the efforts of mankind cannot be translated
into any goodness, not even as small as dust, and the will of mankind
is only filthy before Him.
In the Bible, human beings are often
implied as wood. A log of acacia wood itself cannot be raised as
a pillar at the entrance of the Temple of God unless God first overlays
them with gold. And without the grace of salvation given by God,
people are nothing more than dust that cannot but face the judgment
However, God removed all our sins
and transgressions by having Jesus Christ the Messiah receive baptism
and bleed to death, even as we remained only as sinners. Such salvation
was prophesied in detail by King David about a thousand years before
the Messiah came: “As far as the east is from the west, So far
has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his
children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our
frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:12-14).
Before we knew the righteousness of
God, the righteousness of mankind had been our standard of life.
I, too, had been like that when I did not know God’s gift of salvation
and did not have faith in His Word. In fact, I had no righteousness
of my own, but I still thought of myself as decent. So since my
childhood, there had been many times when I could not tolerate injustice
and got into a fight with even people for whom I was no match. “Live
a righteous life” had been my motto. Like this, because I had failed
to see myself before God, I was full of my own righteousness. So
I thought of myself better than others and tried hard to live righteously.
But such a being as myself was no
more than a mere mass of sin before the righteousness of God. I
was not someone who could keep even one of the Ten Commandments
or the 613 laws that God commanded to be kept. The fact that I had
the will to keep them was itself an act of unrighteousness that
rebelled against the Word of God declaring me to be completely incapable
of doing nothing but sin, and that stood against Him. All the righteousness
of mankind is only unrighteousness before God.
This generation, which has lost God
and His Law amid a flood of lewdness and corruption, has also lost
any sense of guilt. However, we have to recognize that we human
beings cannot but sin everyday and therefore we are doomed to go
to hell without exception.
We Had Been Unrighteous and Filled with Sin, But
the Lord Has Now Made Us His Own People by Saving Us from Our Sins
with the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit
We were all unrighteous, but through
the gift of salvation, the Lord has saved such beings as us from
all our sins. Each board of the Holy Place, measuring 4.5 m (15
feet) in height and 67.5 cm (2.2 feet) in width, were made of acacia
wood overlaid with gold and raised as the walls of the Holy Place.
Under each board, two silver sockets were placed to sustain the
board. The silver sockets here manifest that God has saved you and
me entirely on His own.
The truth that God has saved us from
sin is His love, in that Jesus Christ came to this earth and was
baptized to take upon our sins, bore the condemnation of our sins
by dying on the Cross, has thereby saved us from all the sins of
the world and all condemnation. By believing in the gift of salvation
He has given us, we have been born again. This gift of salvation
that the Lord has given us is incorruptible like gold, and so it
is forever unchanging.
The salvation that the Lord has given
us is made of the baptism and blood of Jesus, and it has entirely
and cleanly blotted out all our sins. It is because the Lord has
saved us from all our sins that you and I could have been wholly
delivered from all the sins that we commit with our minds, with
our thoughts, and with our actual deeds. By believing in the gift
of salvation that God has given us in our hearts, we have become
His precious saints. Through the two sockets that sustained each
board of the Tabernacle, God is telling us of the salvation of the
water and the Spirit. God is telling us that it is 100 percent His
grace and gift that we have become His children.
If we take out our faith in the baptism
and blood of Jesus from us, then there is nothing remaining in us.
We had all been such beings that were bound to be condemned for
sin. We had been mere mortals who were bound to tremble before our
certain death in accordance to the law of God declaring the wages
of sin to be death, who were to realize and morn over the righteous
judgment of fire awaiting us. This is why we are nothing if we leave
out our faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Living in an age that is permeated
by sin now, we must never forget that our fate had been that of
waiting only for the judgment of fire. We were such mortal beings.
However, God’s grace has been bestowed on us entirely because He
has given us the salvation of the water and the Spirit. The Messiah
came to this earth, was baptized by John, shed His blood and died
on the Cross, rose from the dead again, and has thereby saved us
from all our sins, all our unrighteousness, and all our condemnation.
By believing in this perfect gospel of the water and the blood,
we have now been saved from all sins, and we can only thank God
with our faith.
Though we are insufficient in the
flesh, our workers, ministers, and I are preaching this gospel of
the water and the Spirit throughout the whole world. Though this
age is such a corrupt one, because we believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, we have been able to serve the Lord purely,
free of any wickedness. That we have come to have this mind is not
because of our own power, but because the Lord has given us holiness
by clothing us in His grace of salvation.
It is because the Lord has saved us
perfectly from sin and condemnation that we have been clothed in
the power of this salvation, and it is entirely because of this
that we have been able to serve the Lord purely. Because the Lord
has saved us from all our sins with the water and the Spirit, I
believe that we can serve Him in spite of our insufficiencies, no
longer bound by our sins, shortcomings, and condemnation.
That I Am What I Am Is Absolutely by the Grace of
Truly, these are all impossible things
to do had it not been for the grace of our Lord. Spreading the gospel
of the water and the Spirit throughout the whole world and serving
this gospel purely would not have been possible at all if it had
not been for the grace of the Lord. It is 100 percent by the grace
of salvation God has given us that you and I are able to live our
lives defending and serving the gospel.
We have become the pillars of the
Temple of God (Revelation 3:12) and the people of His Kingdom by
faith. Because the Lord has given us faith like gold, we now live
in the House of God. In this age when the world is flooded by and
drowning in sin, in an era when most people are forgetting or even
blaspheming God, we have been washed with clear water and become
clean, and we have been able to drink clear water and serve the
Lord purely—words cannot express just how profoundly grateful I
am for this blessing.
This is indeed how our faith is. How
could we have become righteous? How have we been able to call ourselves
righteous when there is no goodness in us. How could such sinful
beings as you and I become sinless? Could you have become sinless
and righteous by the righteousness of your flesh? The thoughts of
the flesh, your own efforts, and your own deeds—could any of these
turn you into sinless, righteous ones? Could you have become righteous
but by faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit? Could you
have become righteous but by your faith in God’s salvation manifested
in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen?
Could you have become righteous without believing in your salvation
through the gospel of the water and the Spirit fulfilled by the
Messiah and revealed in the Word of God? You could never have become
so! By believing in only the scarlet thread, we can never become
Because Jesus Christ, our Savior and
Messiah, shouldered all the sins of the world, including all the
sins of our entire lifetime, through the baptism that He received
from John to blot out all our sins on our behalf, we have become
righteous by faith. Just as the sacrificial offering of the Old
Testament bore sin when sinners or the High Priest put their hands
on its head, in the New Testament’s time, Jesus accepted all the
sins of the world passed onto Him by being baptized by John. Jesus
actually took upon all our sins through His baptism (Matthew 3:15)
And He was testified by John as “the Lamb of God who takes away
the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
Having received His baptism, Jesus
lived the next three years of His life for our salvation, ending
all our sins and condemnation by going to the Cross and giving up
His own body to God, as a silent sheep before its shearers, and
has given us new life.
It is because Jesus Christ took upon
our sins through the baptism that He received from John that He
gave Himself up quietly and was nailed on both His hands and feet
when He was crucified by Roman soldiers. Hung on the Cross, Jesus
shed all the blood that was in His body. And He put the final period
to our salvation, saying, “It is finished”(John 19:30).
Having thus died, He rose again from
the dead in three days, ascended to the Kingdom of Heaven, and has
become our Savior by giving us eternal life. By shouldering the
sins of the world through the baptism that He received from John
the Baptist, and by His Cross, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus
has become our perfect Savior. So, the Bible declares, “Now where
there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for
sin” (Hebrews 10:18).
Faith in Only the Blood of the Cross and the Doctrine
of Incremental Sanctification Has Never Saved You Wholly from Your
Christians should know that they cannot
be saved perfectly from their sins by believing only in Jesus’ blood
of the Cross. Because people sin everyday with their eyes and acts,
they cannot blot out their sins just by believing in the blood of
the Cross alone. One of the most pervasive iniquities committed
in people’s lives nowadays is sexual immorality. As a culture of
explicit and obscene sexuality pervades the world, this sin is ingrained
in our flesh. The Bible commands not to commit adultery, but today’s
reality is that because of the circumstances that surround them,
many people end up committing this sin even as they do not want
God declares that anyone who looks
at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in
his heart (Matthew 5:28), and yet what our eyes see everyday is
all obscene. So people are committing such lewd sins every minute
and every second. When this is the case, how can they be sanctified
by giving their prayers of repentance and enter the Kingdom of God?
How can they become righteous? Do their hearts become righteous
when they discipline themselves for a long time and somehow get
sanctified when they get old? Do their character become meeker?
Do they become more patient? Of course not! What happens is the
Among the prevailing Christian doctrines
is the “doctrine of incremental sanctification.” This doctrine holds
that when Christians believe in the death of Jesus on the Cross
for a long time, give prayers of repentance daily, and serve the
Lord daily, then they gradually become holy and good-tempered. It
claims that the more time goes by since we began to believe in Jesus,
the more we are made into someone who has nothing to do with sin
and whose deeds are virtuous, and that by the time death approaches
us, we would have become completely sanctified and therefore completely
And it also teaches that because we
would have given our prayers of repentance all the time, we would
have been washed of our sins everyday, as our clothes are washed,
and therefore when we die in the end, we would go to God as someone
who has become perfectly righteous. There are many who believe like
this. But this is only a hypothetical speculation conjured up by
Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one
man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s
obedience many will be made righteous.” The passage tells us
that all of us are made sinless by one Man’s obedience. What you
and I could not do, Jesus Christ achieved when He personally came
to this earth. Knowing well that you and I could not free ourselves
from sin, Jesus remitted our sins on our half, something that neither
you nor I could ever do. By coming to this earth, receiving baptism,
being crucified, and rising from the dead again, He has saved you
and me and cleansed us from all our sins once for all.
That Jesus Christ could give salvation
to His people by the remission of their sins was because He obeyed
the will of God. Obeying God’s will as the Messiah, Jesus Christ
has bestowed on us the grace of salvation through His baptism, Cross,
and resurrection. By thus giving us the gift of salvation, Jesus
fulfilled the remission of sin perfectly. And now, by faith, we
have been clothed in the grace of this salvation, for the Lord has
fulfilled our salvation from sin, which could never have been achieved
by our own endeavors.
However, most Christians do not believe
in the baptism that Jesus received, but instead believe only in
the blood that He shed on the Cross and try to become sanctified
through their own deeds. In other words, even as Jesus took upon
all the sins of mankind when He was baptized by John, people still
do not believe in this truth. Chapter 3 of Matthew tells us that
the first thing that Jesus did in His public life was receiving
baptism from John. This is the truth attested by all the four gospel-writers.
Jesus took upon our sins by being
baptized by John the Baptist, the representative of mankind and
the greatest of all who were born of women, and yet there are so
many people who ignore this fact and do not believe in it. Such
people believe in Jesus without believing in His baptism, and fervently
praise only the precious blood of the Cross that He shed. Pained
by the death of Jesus on the Cross, they rouse up their emotions,
make all kinds of rackets in their praise, shouting out, “♫There’s
wonderful power in the blood. ♪There is power, wonder-working
power in the precious blood of the Lamb!♫” They try to go
to God, in other words, fueled by their own emotions, vigor and
strength. But you must realize that the more they do so, the more
hypocritical they become, pretending to be holy but actually accumulating
sins in their hearts in secrecy.
How Could We Believe in Jesus as Our Savior without
Even Knowing the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit?
When we hear people talking about
the Tabernacle, we often see that they don’t even the slightest
clue as to what they are really talking about. When it comes to
believing in the Tabernacle, how can we just believe in whatever
way we deem convenient and fitting? Because the salvation from sin
that the Lord has fulfilled is so elaborate, God has enabled us
to realize how elaborately and how concretely our salvation has
Through the Tabernacle, He has also
made us realize that the Lord has saved us with the blue and purple
threads, the water and the blood. We come to realize that to blot
out our sins, the Lord came “not only by water, but by water
and blood” (1 John 5:6). The water, the blood, and the Spirit
in which we believe are one. It is by coming as a man, being baptized
by John the Baptist, dying, and rising from the dead again that
God has saved us.
Through the Tabernacle, we have been
able to discover and believe in this detailed portrait of salvation.
By studying the two tenons and two silver sockets of each board,
we have come to realize the method by which Jesus has saved us from
our sins. And we have thus found the truth that we must surely believe
in the ministries of Jesus manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet
Apart from the Bible, nowhere else
can this salvation find its origin. We need the gift of salvation
that is made of these two elements of baptism and the Cross. Those
who believe in this truth can then become the ones who are born
of God. By delivering us from our sins with the water and the Spirit,
God has fulfilled our salvation perfectly.
Two tenons, in other words, were made
under each board and plugged into two silver sockets. This truth
is absolutely necessary and tremendously important for us and our
remission of sin. Most critically, we must believe in our salvation
that God has completed for us, for if we do not believe in the truth
of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread, we can never be saved.
As each board of the Holy Tabernacle
needed two silver sockets to stand upright, when it comes to believing
in Jesus Christ, two truths of His grace are absolutely necessary.
What are they? They are that Jesus took upon our sins by being baptized,
and that He bore all the condemnation and curses of our sins by
carrying them to the Cross and being crucified. Whoever is made
righteous can be made so only when he/she wholly believes in these
two graces of perfect salvation. Our faith in both the baptism of
Jesus and the blood of the Cross, the two pivots of His gift of
salvation, makes us stand firmly in the House of God. As the two
tenons were put into the two silver sockets, each board could stand
Like this, it is by our correct faith
that believes in the two pivots of His salvation that we are made
His truly blameless people. By believing in the gospel of the water
and the blood given by Jesus, we receive faith like gold that is
forever unchanging. By believing in this gospel of the water and
the Spirit manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and
the fine woven linen, we become the saints who have received the
salvation of the perfect remission of sin.
Theology Until Now and the Age of the Gospel of
the Water and the Spirit
Excluding the Early Church period,
since the Edict of Milan in 313 A.D., Christianity, including today’s
Christianity, has been spreading the gospel of the Cross that leaves
out Jesus’ baptism. From the Early Church period to 313 A.D., which
legalized Christianity as the new Roman religion, Christianity had
preached the gospel of the water and the Spirit, but afterward the
Roman Catholic Church came to dominate the religious scene. Then
from the early 14th century, a culture that centered everything
on man-made thoughts and called for the restoration of humanity
began to emerge, first in some prosperous city-states of northern
Italy. This was Renaissance.
By the 16th century, the undercurrent
of this culture that began in Italy started to spread throughout
the western world, and scholars who studied humanistic, man-made
philosophy began to study theology. Interpreting the Bible with
their own heads, they began to build Christian doctrines. But because
they did not know the truth, they could not understand the Bible
soundly and wholly. So what they could not understand with their
heads, they overcame by incorporating their secular knowledge and
thoughts, thus producing their own Christian doctrines.
As a result, a multitude of Christian
doctrines and theologies arose in Christian history: Lutheranism,
Calvinism, Arminianism, New Theology, Conservatism, Rationalism,
Critical Theology, Mystical Theology, Liberation Theology, Feminist
Theology, Black Theology, and even Atheistic Theology, etc.
The history of Christianity may seem
very long, but it actually is not that long. For 300 years since
the Early Church period, people could learn about the Bible, but
this was soon followed by the Medieval Age, the dark age of Christianity.
During this era, for laymen reading the Bible itself was a crime
punishable to death by beheading. It was not until the 1700s when
the wind of theology began to blow, and then Christianity seemed
to blossom in the 1800s and 1900s as its theologies grew vibrant
and active, but now, many people have fallen into mystical doctrines,
believing in God based on their own personal experiences. But despite
its theological diversities, all the branch streams of Christianity
have one common denominator of faith, that is, believing in only
the blood of Jesus.
But is this the truth? When you believed
in this way, did your sins actually disappear? You sin everyday.
You sin everyday with your hearts, thoughts, acts, and shortcomings.
Can you then be remitted of these sins just by believing only in
the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross? That Jesus shouldered our
sins by being baptized and died on the Cross is the biblical truth.
Yet there are so many people who say that their sins have been remitted
by believing only in the blood of the Cross and giving their prayers
of repentance everyday. Were the sins of your hearts and consciences
cleansed away by giving such prayers repentance? This is impossible.
If you are Christians, then you must
now know and believe in the salvation of this truth, that Jesus
Christ came to this earth and took upon our sins of the world by
being baptized by John. In spite of this, do you yet ignore this
truth, not even trying to know it, nor to believe in it? If so,
you are committing the sin of mocking Jesus, of lowering and despising
His name, and you cannot say that you truly believe in Jesus as
your Savior. By leaving out Jesus’ baptism from this salvation fulfilled
by Jesus Christ and believing in Him in whatever way that you want,
you can never be clothed in the grace of salvation.
Yet many Christians do not believe
in the truth as it is, that Jesus has blotted out our sins, but
instead follow their own thoughts and believe in whatever twisted
truths they want to believe. Nowadays, their hearts have been hardened
more and more by their mistaken doctrinal faith, believing that
their sins can be blotted out just by believing in the blood of
the Cross alone.
But the answer of salvation planned
by God is as the following: We can receive the everlasting remission
of sin by believing in Jesus’ baptism, His death on the Cross, and
His resurrection. Yet there have risen a countless number of people
who believe in Jesus by taking out His baptism from this truth of
salvation, misunderstanding and misbelieving the following equation
to be an immutable law: “Jesus (the Cross and His resurrection)
+ prayers of repentance + virtuous deeds = salvation received through
incremental sanctification.” Those who believe in this way are only
saying with their lips that they have received their remission of
sin. However, the truth is that their hearts are actually filled
with heaps of sins that still remain unsolved.
Do you still have sin in your hearts?
If you have sin in your hearts even as you now believe in Jesus,
then clearly, there is a serious problem with your faith. It is
because you believe in Jesus merely as a matter of religion that
your consciences are not clean and you have sin. However, the very
fact that you can realize you still have sin remaining in your hearts
is extremely fortunate in itself. Why? Because those who truly realize
that they have sin will recognize that they cannot avoid but be
bound to hell for this sin, and when they do so they can finally
become the poor in spirit and thereby be able to hear the Word of
If you want to receive the remission
of sin from God, then your hearts must be prepared. Those whose
hearts are ready before God admit, “God, I want to receive the remission
of sin. I have believed in Jesus for a long time, but I still have
sin. Because the wages of sin is death, I cannot but be cast into
hell.” Like this, they recognize themselves as wholly sinful before
God. Those who recognize the Word of God, those who believe that
the Word of God is surely fulfilled exactly as it says—none other
than these are the ones whose hearts are ready.
God meets such souls without exception.
Such people hear His Word, see the Word with their own eyes and
confirm it, and from doing so they come to realize, “Ah, I had believed
mistakenly. And a countless number of people are believing mistakenly
now.” And by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
regardless of what others might say, they then receive their remission
Those Who Have Been Saved from All Their Sins Must
Defend Their Faith by Believing in the Gospel of the Water and the
However, this world is full of countless
evil doctrines that can unsettle and defile even the hearts of the
born-again. The Lord Jesus warned us, “Take heed, beware of the
leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod” (Mark 8:15).
But we cannot even count just how many such leavened teachings there
are, defiling people’s heart just by hearing only once. We must
realize just how this world is waving in sexual immorality.
We who believe must know exactly in
what kind of age we are now living and defend our faith. Yet even
as we live in such a sinful world, in our hearts is the unassailable
truth that the Lord has delivered us from sin. The Word of testimony
that bears witness to our unchanging salvation is the gospel of
the water and the Spirit. We must have faith in the truth that is
neither shaken by the world nor dragged by it.
Everything from this world is not
the truth. God told us that the righteous overcome the world. It
is by their faith in the gospel of the unchanging truth that the
righteous overcome the Devil and triumph over the world. Though
we are insufficient, our hearts, our thoughts, and our bodies are
still in the House of God and are standing firmly on the gospel
of salvation with faith. We are standing steadfastly on the gospel
of the water and the blood with which the Lord has saved us.
Because of this, we are so thankful
to God. No matter how sin abounds in this world, at least we the
righteous truly have spotless consciences and faith that shine like
gold in our hearts. We the righteous will all live a life that overcomes
the world by this faith. Until the day of the Lord’s return, and
even as we are in His Kingdom, all of us will praise this faith.
We will forever praise the Lord who has saved us and praise our
God who has given us this faith.
As this truthful faith that we have
with us before God is raised on the rock, it is not shaken under
any circumstances. As such, no matter what happens to us as we live
on this earth until the day we stand before the Lord, we will defend
our hearts by faith. Even if everything in this world is destroyed,
even if this world is drowning in sin, and even if this world becomes
worse than Sodom and Gomorrah of the old, we will not follow this
world, but we will believe in God chastely, we will pursue His righteousness,
and we will continue to do the works that spread these two graces
(the baptism of Jesus and His death on the Cross) of salvation,
the true graces of God.
Those Who Pretend to Believe in the True Gospel
Some people, even as they do not actually
believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, still pretend
to believe in the truth of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
But we can see that such people have sin in their hearts from not
believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit sincerely. They
are like the one who lost the iron ax head, which he had borrowed
from his neighbor, into the water (2 Kings 6:5).
In a similar manner, it is possible,
as needs arise, for some people to make use of the gospel of the
water and the Spirit for a short while. But without believing that
this gospel of the water and the Spirit is the truth, they are unable
to speak with the true faith when preaching or having fellowship.
And those without faith in the truth tragically end up renouncing
their life of faith in midway. But the truth of the gospel of the
water and the Spirit does not change, and this is why they must
believe in this gospel of the water and the Spirit.
But quoting Hebrew 7:12, which says,
“For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also
a change of the law,” some people claim, “The Law has also changed.
So the salvation that Jesus fulfilled was not really fulfilled according
to the same method in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ came and has
saved us just by dying on the Cross, a modified method.” Some others
claim, “It seems likely that it was when Jesus died on the Cross
when God passed our sins onto His Son.”
But such claims are all flawed and
groundless. We can easily refute their claims by asking, “Does this
then mean that God just crucified Jesus who was sinless and only
then passed the sins of the world onto Him?” When we believe in
the Word of God, we must believe as it is, not by insisting on our
own thoughts. Even if we happen to have our own contentions, if
the Bible tells us that these contentions are wrong, then we have
to break off our own righteousness and believe in the Word of God.
The more time goes by, the more grateful
and precious is the fact that the Lord has saved us with the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. When we believed according to our own
thoughts, there were times when our life of faith was at risk and
we almost fell apart from the Church. But just as two tenons held
up each board of the Tabernacle by being put into two silver sockets,
our faith in the truth of Jesus, that He took upon our sins by being
baptized and shed His blood, holds us steadfastly. By being baptized
by John and bearing our condemnation by being crucified and shedding
His blood, our Lord has saved us from all our sins. As such, our
faith will not waver forever.
Proverbs 25:4 says, “Take away
the dross from silver, And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.”
Like this passage, even as many vile, evil, and corrupted things
emerge in our thoughts of the flesh, with His baptism and blood,
Jesus has purified us of these filthy things, of the sins of mankind,
and has made us the workers of the righteousness of God. The Lord
has purified us of the sins of the world. By being baptized by John
and thereby accepting all our sins once for all, and by being crucified
and shedding His blood and thereby bearing all the condemnation
of our sins, Jesus has cleanly saved us from the sins of the world.
As such, those who believe in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit are guaranteed of their everlasting
salvation. Our acts may seem worrisome for at times, but the gospel
of the water and the Spirit holds our faith steadfastly, just as
silver sockets sustained each board by grabbing its two tenons.
The Everlasting Grace of Salvation That Holds Us
Now, let us turn our attention to
the bars that held the boards of the Tabernacle together. Exodus
26:26-27 says, “And you shall make bars of acacia wood: five
for the boards on one side of the tabernacle, five bars for the
boards on the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the
boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the far side westward.”
The overall shape of the Tabernacle was rectangular. Pillars were
placed at the door of the Tabernacle and for the veil of the Most
Holy, and the rest was made of boards. These boards were wrapped
around with five bars.
To hold these bars, five gold rings
were placed on each board, and the bars themselves, made of acacia
wood, were also overlaid with gold. The five bars were placed on
the boards on all three sides of the Tabernacle, north, south, and
west. As the boards were held by these bars passing through the
rings of gold, they remained fixed. So supported at their bottom
by silver sockets, and held together at their sides by five bars,
the boards stood firm and fixed.
And as the 48 boards were wrapped
around by five bars and supported one another, the people of God
are also tied together with God with the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. God’s Church is the place where those who have received
the gift of the salvation of the water and the Spirit gather together
and live their lives of faith. Jesus told Peter that He would build
His Church on the rock (Matthew 16:18-19). As such, the place where
the Kingdom of God is formed by the gathering of those who have
received the remission of sin is God’s Church. God is showing us
that He has saved us wholly from the sins of the world with the
works of Jesus manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
Exodus 26:28 says, “The middle
bar shall pass through the midst of the boards from end to end.”
This middle bar was made long enough to bind all the boards
of one side all at once. What, then, is the meaning of this middle
bar passing through the midst of the boards from end to end? It
means that the righteous unite with each other, and that their faith
commune with each other. In other words, by believing in salvation
fulfilled through the gospel of the water and the Spirit given by
the Lord, they can commune with one another in faith. The righteous
meet eye to eye by their faith. This is why when we meet our fellow
saints or ministers and have fellowship with them, we can actually
feel this communion of hearts.
“One Faith, One Baptism, and One God”
Let’s turn to Ephesians 4:3-7: “Endeavoring
to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one
body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your
calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of
all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But to each
one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.”
The Apostle Paul told us to endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace. Jesus’ baptism and the Cross—when we receive
the gift of salvation made of these two, then peace comes into our
hearts. When we receive the remission of sin into our hearts, then
we become one family in Christ. We become, in short, one body.
“One Lord.” Jesus Christ who
has saved us is one. “One faith.” What do you believe in?
You believe in the salvation of the water and blood of Jesus and
of the Spirit, manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread
and the fine woven linen. “One baptism.” The Apostle Paul
emphasized Jesus’ baptism once again. He did not refer to the Cross
here, but rather he stressed the baptism of Jesus that cleansed
all believers unconditionally. For us to believe in His baptism
is being baptized into Christ and thus having put on Christ (Galatians
3:27). “One God.” God is one. This God has saved us by sending
His own Son.
All these things refer to one faith
in the water, the blood, and the Spirit (1 John 5:8). It is when
we have faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that our
hearts can commune with one another. Those who have received the
remission of sin can meet each other eye to eye. There may be a
few times when they cannot understand each other completely. But
as the middle bar passed through the midst of the boards from end
to end, if they have really received the remission of sin in the
center of their heart, then they can all commune with one another.
“This brother has also been saved from sin, but his flesh is weak
and there are many carnal remnants in his heart. Like everyone else,
he, too, a seed of evildoers, but the Lord has still remitted his
sin with the gospel of the water and the Spirit.” Like this, they
come to understand one another and praise the Lord.
No matter how insufficient people
may be, if they receive the remission of sin and stay in the Church,
then their faces will light up, their thoughts will light up, their
hearts will light up also, and they will be able to commune with
one another. The righteous can see each another eye to eye. What
makes this possible? Faith makes it possible. They see each other
eye to eye not because of any other condition but because of faith.
What, then, explains our inability to commune with some others?
We cannot share our hearts with those who are not in Christ, because
they do not, in their hearts, believe in the truth, in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. Those who do not believe in this gospel
of the water and the Spirit cannot commune with us at all.
Brothers and sister, what exactly
is God’s Church? It is the gathering of those who are sanctified
in Christ Jesus, called to be saints (1 Corinthians 1:2). It is
the congregation of those who believe in the truth that Jesus Christ
has washed away their sins by being baptized, that He has saved
them by shouldering these sins and bearing all their condemnation
on the Cross, and that He rose from the dead again and has become
their own Savior. God’s Church is none other than this gathering
of those who have become one by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit.
It is because this faith is in both
my heart and your hearts that we can see each other eye to eye when
we are in His Church. Just as God does not look at our outside appearances
but at the center of our hearts when He sees us, we who have received
the remission of sin do not look at outside appearances either,
but we have fellowship by looking at the center of each other’s
faith. “Does this person really believe in the truth in the heart?”—this
is what we look for. No matter what difference there may be in his/her
personality, this does not matter at all as long as he/she believes
in “oneLord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all.”
Because we believe, we have become
the pillars and boards of the Tabernacle, and because we believe,
we have become the family of God. Do you believe in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit? It is because we believe that we are spreading
the light of salvation throughout the whole world, just as pure
gold (faith) shines in the House of God. We can share our hearts
with those who have only recently received the remission of sin,
for the Holy Spirit dwells in their hearts also. If only we have
received the remission of sin, then we can all commune with each
other, but if we have not received the remission of sin, then we
cannot commune with one another. Sinners who discriminate people
based on outside appearances treat each other differently based
on such superficial aspects as looks, wealth, or fame, but we the
righteous just do not do this in our hearts. There is no discrimination
for the righteous.
When people first receive the remission
of sin, I often ask them, “Have you really received the remission
of sin? Do you still have sin, or have all your sins disappeared?
By the way, you must have a lot of questions about the Bible, don’t
you? Ask them in time as you go along with your life of faith. Also,
your shortcomings will be revealed and you will probably make some
mistakes along the way. But the leaders and those who have gone
before you in the Church will help you, so that everything will
turn out just fine.”
Brothers and sisters, we the righteous
need the Church. The Tabernacle also means God’s Church. Those who
do not believe in the water and the blood cannot come into God’s
Church and dwell in it. Those who do not believe in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread cannot come into and dwell in His Church. Only those who
believe in the truth can dwell in the Church, become God’s people
and His workers, and see the glory of God also. It is not only by
blood or some qualification of their flesh that people can become
God’s children. No matter how authoritative some pastors might be,
if they do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
then they are not God’s children.
Jesus Who Came by Water and Blood Has Saved Us Perfectly
What the Lord did when He came to
this earth can be summarized by His birth, baptism, bloodshed, and
resurrection. All these are His ministries of the remission of sin.
Jesus has fulfilled His mission with His ministries of the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread. The blue, purple, and scarlet thread
manifested in the Tabernacle were for our own salvation from sin.
God’s salvation is so elaborate that we should not believe in Him
in our own way. We have to believe in His salvation as it is.
Our faith should correctly accord
with the two truths of His salvation: His baptism and His blood
on the Cross. That’s why the two tenons were correctly fit to the
holes of the two silver sockets. We cannot regard the truth that
Jesus has given us as just one of the knowledge of the world and
believe it only as such. You and I are the ones who have been saved
from sin before God by believing in Jesus’ works of salvation manifested
in the two silver sockets.
The Tabernacle tells us of Jesus’
detailed method of salvation, and this salvation has actually been
fulfilled for us already. Believe in the two gifts of salvation
that God has given you. Gold that used in the Tabernacle implies
faith. If you believe in the truth as it is, then salvation and
the glory of the Lord can become yours, but not if you do not believe.
Do you want to live inside the Tabernacle by faith, clothed in God’s
glory and protected by Him, or do you want be cursed forever by
continuing to not believe? If you believe only in the blood of the
Cross, then you cannot be saved. You must believe that the blood
of the Cross and baptism are one. The gift of the Lord is made of
The Spirit of God dwells in our hearts
only when we believe in both of these two elements (Jesus’ baptism
and bloodshed). The Holy Spirit never dwells in the hearts of those
who do not believe in them. If you confess your faith only with
your lips but do not believe in your hearts, and if your knowledge
is no more than a mere intellectual exercise, then you can never
be saved. To be saved, you must first draw a clear line of demarcation
setting the boundaries of your salvation: “Until now, I had not
been saved. The salvation that I had believed in was not the real
one. But by believing in Jesus who came by the water and the blood,
I have now been saved.” People can become righteous only when they
first become sinners at least once. They must admit that as the
unsaved, they are bound to be condemned for their sins, and then
become the perfectly saved ones by believing in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit.
With the blue and purple thread, the
baptism and blood of Jesus, we must receive our perfect salvation.
With His baptism and blood, the Lord has given us the gift of perfect
salvation. To prevent us from believing based on our own thoughts,
the Lord revealed this salvation in detail through the Tabernacle
also. Because this salvation is so precious and perfect, it is worthy
for everyone to believe. Do not believe in just a single aspect
of His salvation, the blood of the Cross, but believe in both the
baptism and blood of Jesus all at once! If there is anyone among
us who has not been saved yet, then it is my sincere hope that he/she
would be saved by believing, even now, in this truth.
Is there anyone like this among us?
There is always the possibility. But my hope is that this possibility
will never be realized to any of us. No matter what happens, I cannot
belong to a crowd of the unsaved. We are the ones who have been
saved perfectly by believing in these two things (blue and scarlet
thread)—that is, in the baptism and blood of Jesus. I thank God
for these two gifts of salvation through which the Lord has saved
me. Because God has fulfilled my salvation perfectly, I have already
been freed from curses and judgment also.
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Truly, our salvation that has come
of the blue and scarlet thread is precious beyond all words. Remember
and believe that your salvation is made perfect not just by the
blood of the Cross, nor by only the baptism of Jesus, but by both
the baptism and the blood of the Cross, and that it is by believing
in these two that you can become God’s children. We have received
eternal life by believing in the gospel Word of the water and the
Spirit, the mystery hidden in the two tenons and the two silver
sockets of the boards of the Tabernacle.
I give all my thanks to our Lord who
has saved us from the sins of the world. Hallelujah!