The Altar of Incense
< Exodus 30:1-10 >
“You shall make an altar to burn
incense on; you shall make it of acacia wood. A cubit shall be its
length and a cubit its width--it shall be square--and two cubits
shall be its height. Its horns shall be of one piece with it. And
you shall overlay its top, its sides all around, and its horns with
pure gold; and you shall make for it a molding of gold all around.
Two gold rings you shall make for it, under the molding on both
its sides. You shall place them on its two sides, and they will
be holders for the poles with which to bear it. You shall make the
poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. And you shall
put it before the veil that is before the ark of the Testimony,
before the mercy seat that is over the Testimony, where I will meet
with you. Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when
he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it. And when Aaron
lights the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense on it, a perpetual
incense before the LORD throughout your generations. You shall not
offer strange incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering;
nor shall you pour a drink offering on it. And Aaron shall make
atonement upon its horns once a year with the blood of the sin offering
of atonement; once a year he shall make atonement upon it throughout
your generations. It is most holy to the LORD.”
The Altar of Incense
Was a Place of Prayer
The altar of incense was made of acacia
wood, and it was square, measuring a cubit (45 cm : 1.5 feet) in
both its length and width, and 2 cubits in its height. Placed inside
the Holy Place, the altar of incense was overlaid with gold in its
entirety, with a molding of gold all around it. Four rings of gold
were placed under its molding to hold the poles used to carry it.
On this altar of incense, nothing else but only the holy anointing
oil and the sweet incense were to be used (Exodus 30:22-25).
The altar of incense was where the
incense of prayer was offered to God. But before we pray at the
altar of incense, we must first find out whether we are qualified
to pray to God at this altar or not. Whoever seeks to be qualified
to pray to the holy God must first become sinless by washing away
his/her sins by faith. To do so, one must be cleansed of all his/her
sins by the faith of the burnt offering and of the laver.
God does not hear the prayers of sinners
(Isaiah 59:1-3). Why? Because God accepts only those who have been
washed of all their sins by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. Because God has washed away all our sins by the
truth manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the
fine woven linen. God, in other words, is pleased to hear only the
prayers of the righteous (Psalms 34:15, 1 Peter 3:12).
The Nature and Reality of All Human Beings
When we look closely, we see that
all human beings, including you and me, were fundamentally born
as a sinful seed, and therefore they all sin. Each and every one
is a seed of evildoer. Because people were originally born with
sin, they cannot help but live their lives doing evil deeds. Think
about yourself, whoever you may be. We can admit before God that
we had been evil ones who could not avoid but be cast into hell.
Above all, when we judge our acts before God, we come to recognize
that in accordance to the law of God declaring the wages of sin
to be death, we simply cannot escape from His righteous judgment
Because what comes out of the hearts
of human beings is just evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, pride
and foolishness, and so on, they do these things whenever they are
given a chance (Mark 7:21-23). How can the hearts of human beings,
who were fundamentally born as a seed of evildoers and cannot help
but sin whenever circumstances allow and opportunities arise, ever
be shameless before God? It is impossible through man-made efforts.
But there is one and only faith that allows us to have no shame
before God, and it is here. We must all know and believe in the
truth made of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine
woven linen, the truth that enables us to be washed of all our sins
and therefore stand before God with no shame. As such, all of us
absolutely need the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
None of us could deny the fact that
we were all bound to hell for our sins but only admit this fate.
And for those who recognize before God that they are bound to hell,
it is not so difficult to believe in their hearts in the salvation
that God has given them. When we face God with truthfulness and
sincerity, we cannot deceptively hide our hearts from Him, and so
we come to acknowledge the justice of the righteousness of God.
Everyone is positioned in such a place that they cannot avoid but
be punished for their sins by the righteous judgment of God.
The righteous law of God that declares
the wages of sin to be death is not a law that all sinners can skirt
around with their own thoughts or religious faith. Because the Law
of God is detailed, exact, and just, it forces whoever stands before
it to admit that he/she is bound to hell for his/her sins. All sinners
come to realize that they cannot escape from God's judgment even
for the smallest of their sins.
Therefore, we are in need of a Savior
who delivers all of us from sin, and we have to find out who this
Savior is. This is Jesus Christ, the Savior of the entire mankind.
He is the Savior who came to this earth, who was baptized by John
to take upon the sins of the world, who bore the punishment of the
iniquities of all sinners by being crucified and shedding His blood,
and who has thereby saved us from all our sins.
All of us had misunderstood that receiving
the remission of sin would be extremely difficult. In fact, we had
thought that we could be saved only if we know the Bible in its
entirety, or that our salvation required some kind of good deeds.
But the truth of salvation given by God was different. This truth
of salvation opened and showed the way for us to be saved from all
our sins by examining our consciences before the Law of God, recognizing
all the sins that are found in our hearts, and believing in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. This truth was foreshadowed
in the door of the Tabernacle.
Mankind’s remission of sin comes from
the truth of precious salvation fulfilled through the blue, purple,
and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen. It is by believing
in this truth that all can receive the eternal remission of sin
once for all. To do so, everyone must recognize that they are all
bound to hell for their sins and believe in the gospel manifested
in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread, thereby receiving the remission
of their sins all at once. The gospel that God has given us is the
gospel that is found in the gospel of truth held in the blue, purple,
and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen.
All must believe in this gospel of
truth, for if they do not believe in the truth held in this gospel,
then they cannot be freed from their sins. But those who believe
in this truth of salvation that God has fulfilled with the gospel
of the water and the Spirit are worthy enough to be saved from all
their sins and become God’s own children. As such, to become the
ones who can go before God and pray to Him, we must first believe
in the truth of the water and the Spirit, the gospel of the remission
of sin. When we are saved from all sins by knowing the true gospel
and believing in it in our true hearts, we then become qualified
to pray to God. The faith that enables us to pray to God is attained
by believing in our hearts the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
the gospel from God.
It is wrong to try to pray to God
without the faith that knows and believes in the truth of the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread manifested in the screen door of the
Tabernacle. Such faith is akin to committing the sins of blasphemy
and mockery against God. How could we become God’s enemy by refusing
to believe in the truth manifested in the Tabernacle in our hearts?
When you refuse to believe in Jesus
Christ who came by the truth of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread,
it is a shortcut for you to garner the enmity of God. This is an
act of horrendous unbelief that stands against God. The souls that
continue to commit the sin of despising the holiness of God are
those who do not believe in the salvation that God has fulfilled
for them but believe according to their own thoughts and on their
own accord. Such souls are the ones who, covering themselves in
the garments of fig leaves called “hypocrisy,” despise God’s love
But you must realize that though these
people may be able to deceive their own hearts, they cannot escape
from the judgment of God. Those with such unbelief will be condemned
to suffer the terrifying punishment of sin by the righteous law
of God. Why? Because they sought neither to know the gospel of the
water and the Spirit with which the Lord has blotted out their sins,
nor to believe in this gospel.
When our consciences are filthy even
in our own eyes, how can we hide our sins from the holy God? This
is simply impossible! Anyone who seeks to hide his/her sins will
be left out of God’s love and mercy. Those who deceive their own
hearts will end up as the devil’s evil servants who deceive God
and their fellow human beings. The very notion that they can somehow
deceive God just by blindfolding their own eyes is a reflection
of their arrogance coming out of their conceited thoughts. In fact,
those who rely on their own thoughts are the ones who challenge
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and who seek to become Satan’s
servants out of their own volition.
People must realize that though they
may be able to deceive their own hearts, they can never deceive
God. And they must change their minds to believe according to the
Word of God. How could everyone wash away their sins without believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit? As it is written that
the wages of sin is death, no sinner who deceives his/her heart
before God can ever escape from the judgment of God. If we acknowledge
the Law of God, then it is clear that we are all bound to hell for
our sins. As such, all those who seek to come out to God must be
saved by believing in the truth of the gospel manifested in the
door of the Tabernacle.
However, because many have failed
to realize the fact that they are to be condemned for their sins,
they have also failed to accept into their hearts the gospel of
salvation that has come by the truth of the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread, and, as a result, they are all heading to hell. Regardless
of whether they are already Christians or not, those who do not
believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit will face the
same punishment. As such, we must not deceive our own consciences
before our God, but yield in our hearts to the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, and acknowledge and believe in this gospel of truth.
We Must Cleanse away Our Sins by Believing in the
Word of Truth
People have two consciences: one is
the conscience of the flesh, and the other is the conscience of
faith with respect to the gospel of truth. We must be honest to
these two realms, but of these two, we cannot fail to have, in particular,
the conscience of faith that recognizes the gospel of truth. We
must examine the conscience of our faith before the Word of God;
believe that Jesus accepted our sins by being baptized, was condemned
on the Cross, and has thereby saved us; and wash away, by this faith,
the sins of our consciences. It angers me that even when this is
the truth that cannot possibly be any more definitive, there are
still people who do not believe in the gospel of truth.
There is an order of faith to cleanse
our consciences. First, we must recognize and confirm the fact that
we are bound to hell, and second, we must believe in our hearts
that our Savior came to this earth, was baptized by John for our
sins, died on the Cross, rose from the dead, and has thereby saved
us from all sins. Sinners must be saved from their iniquities and
receive eternal life by their faith in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit that is thus manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet
Despite the fact that we must be save
from our sins, some people still do not believe, even as they know
about the remission of sin fulfilled through the blue, purple, and
scarlet thread. How can they do this? Surely, they must be responsible
for all the consequences of their own unbelief. If we had just known
the truth manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread but
had not believed, then we would still be sinful, and if we are still
sinful, then would we not have to be judged for our sins according
to the law of God? Each and every one of us, male or female, all
had to be saved from sin by believing in the heart in the truth
of salvation that God has fulfilled through the blue, purple, and
People must have the kind of faith
that saves them from their sins. They must have the faith that only
believes in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Do you believe
in the gospel manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread,
that the Lord bore all our sins by being baptized and has saved
us with His bloodshed on the Cross? When you think of yourselves
first, do you admit the fact that you were indeed destined to hell?
Do you realize that even as we were bound to hell, the Lord has
nonetheless saved us from our sins with the truth manifested in
the blue, purple, and scarlet thread?
You must realize that it was to take
care of all our sins that the Lord came to this earth, was baptized,
and shed His blood. To blot out your and my sins, our Lord came
to this earth incarnated into the flesh of man, accepted at once
all the sins of the whole humanity onto His own body by being baptized
by John in the Jordan River at the age of 30, and bore the condemnation
of sin once for all by being crucified and shedding His blood. All
at once, God has remitted all the sins of those who believe.
We can be saved from all our sins
by believing in the truth manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread. We must examine and confirm whether or not we have truly
been saved from all our sins by this truth. We must have the faith
that believes in Jesus Christ who came of the blue, purple, and
scarlet thread as the Savior. As the Bible says, “With the heart
one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10). Romans 10:17 also declares,
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
This Word of Christ tells us that
we are saved by believing in the salvation fulfilled with the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread. The remission of sin is not something
that is attained by believing with our own thoughts, but it is something
that is taken by believing in our hearts in the salvation that has
come of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread. The faith that can
truly deliver us from sin is the faith that believes in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit.
Must we then pray to God by placing
our faith in this truth? Of course! We have to always give all prayers
and supplications in the Spirit, having girded our waists with the
truth (Ephesians 6:14,18). But what, then, is this truth?
It is the gospel that tells us that
our Lord came to this earth to save us, was baptized by John the
Baptist at the age of 30, carried all the sins of the world, was
crucified on both his hands and feet, was spit at, shed His blood,
and has thereby washed away our sins. We must confess that it is
by our faith in this truth that our remission of sin has been fulfilled.
Our Lord has saved us from our sins by being condemned for the sins
of the world through His baptism and the blood of the Cross.
“Lord, You loved me so much that You
have made me God’s own child.” This is how we must confess our faith.
When all that we had was just sin, our Lord has still given us the
qualification to enter the Kingdom of Heaven by blotting out all
our sins through His baptism and crucifixion. We must all believe
in this truth and receive eternal life.
What reason is there for you not to
believe in this truth? As for me, I would have had nothing to say
even if the Lord was not thus baptized to save me from my sins,
and yet for my own sake, He was in fact baptized, shed His blood,
and has thereby saved me from my sins. And so I believe! There is
no reason why all of us should not believe in this gospel. It is
clear that if sinners do not believe in the truth of the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, then they will surely be cast into
hell. But I want each and every one of you to be saved now from
sin by believing in the gospel of the blue, purple, and scarlet
There was a time when I myself had
remained a sinner even as I professed to believe in Jesus. Wanting
to be a good Christian, I tried very hard to have no shame under
Heaven. But contrary to my wishes, I kept on sinning time after
time; the only consolation was that when I compared myself to others,
I thought I was at least somewhat better than them. However, my
conscience kept telling me that I still had sin, and since the wages
of sin is death according to the law of God, I was someone who was
bound to hell for my iniquities.
After a decade of my weary and legalistic
life, I was almost dead spiritually. However, God awakened me by
grace that Jesus Christ was baptized for me and took upon my own
sins. He took upon not only my sins, but also all the sins of everyone
in the whole world. He then bore the condemnation of these sins
by carrying them to the Cross and being crucified and dying on it,
rose from the dead again, and has thereby become my true Savior
who lives even now. When I came to know this gospel of truth, I
could not but believe in it. And by believing that Jesus Christ
has become my God of salvation through His baptism and His bloodshed
on the Cross, all my sins have been washed away. I have received
the remission of sin into my heart by faith.
It is not because I knew well about
all the Word of God that I received the remission of my sins, but
I was remitted of my sins because I knew the sins of my own conscience,
passed these sins onto Jesus Christ through His baptism, and believed
in my heart that Jesus was condemned on the Cross to pay the wages
of my sins. It is because I have received this remission of sin
that I am now living my life preaching the gospel. You and I are
the same; there is no difference between us in reality.
Just like you, I had also been heading
to hell, and just like you, I have also received the remission of
sin by believing in the same gospel of the water and the Spirit.
By believing in the gospel with which the Lord has blotted out our
sins, you and I alike have both been saved by faith. So I give my
thanks to the Lord. It is because in this way we now have the conscience
of faith by receiving the perfect remission of sin through the water
and the Spirit that we are now able to go to God and pray to Him
as His own children have received the remission of sin.
As the Bible tells us that the fragrance
for the altar of incense was made of the holy anointing oil and
the sweet incense, Jesus has made us clean by washing away all our
sins with the holy gospel of truth. In the ancient age of the Old
Testament, the people of Israel had to make this incense and burn
it on the altar exactly as God had commanded. So inside the Holy
Place, incense was burnt and its aroma rose up everyday. This incense
means praying to God.
In the age of the New Testament, for
you to burn this incense in the Holy Place, you must first believe
in the gospel of the truth and receive the remission of sin into
your hearts. In other words, it is by believing in the gospel of
truth that one can burn the incense of prayer. How else could we
burn incense in the same way as it was burnt during the Old Testament’s
time? When such utensils of the Tabernacle as the altar of burnt
offering and the altar of incense are not lying around before us
now, how could you and I make incense and burn it on the altar?
We can burn the incense of prayer by faith, for Jesus Christ has
blotted out our sins and saved us. Because our hearts have been
cleansed by faith when we received the remission of sin, we can
now burn incense rising up to God with our fervent prayers.
We believe that by our wholehearted
faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit all our sins were
passed onto Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ vicariously bore
the condemnation of our sins in our stead. Your and my hearts have
thereby become all clean. Since all the sins in our hearts were
passed onto Jesus, our hearts have become, by faith, completely
clean all at once. If all your sins were passed onto Jesus through
the baptism that He received from John, then all your sins were
washed away and blotted out once for all There is no longer any
sin left in your hearts. Because our sins were blotted out and cleansed
away by believing in the gospel, we can now go to the holy God and
ask for His help. That we are able to pray to God is premised on
our faith, that we have received the remission of sin by definitively
believing in the gospel, which is now at the background of our sincere
Brothers and sisters, go to the altar
of incense and pray incessantly. “Father, please help me. This is
the situation that I am in, and this is what I need. I want to spread
the true gospel and live righteously, Father. I want to live virtuous
life fitting for someone who has truly been remitted of sin. And
I want to bear the fruits of righteousness. Give me faith in You.
I want to live my life according to Your will.” Like this, asking
for one’s needs is what prayer is about. It is about asking for
God’s help according to His righteousness.
You probably have various passions
and desires as well. Because we have been made righteous by our
faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that has justified
us, it has now been made possible for us to ask God for all things
with our prayer. Those who are able to pray to God for His help
are the happy. Now that all of us have received the remission of
our sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
there is no doubt that we can all pray to God.
Those who, by their faith in God and
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, have received the remission
of sin into their hearts have at least become qualified to go to
the holy God and ask for His help. And all the born-again believers
inevitably and instinctively come to pray for the Father’s help
in their lives, as a child makes a cry for help to his/her parents
when he/she is in trouble. Their faith that has brought them the
remission of sin is not only the faith that enables them to call
God as their Father, but it is also the faith that enables them
to pray for the Father’s help at all times as His own sons and daughters.
Because God has indeed become our own Father by our faith, we are
now fit to ask for His help through our prayer according to our
I do not know, of course, what your
personal prayers have been or how they have been met by God after
you’ve received your remission of sin. But what I do know is that
when we pray to God to enable us to unite with His Church and spread
the gospel, He surely answers our prayer. It is in this process
that we come to pray for others. At first, everyone prays only for
the needs of his/her flesh. But by the works of the Holy Spirit,
we come to realize that we are in urgent need of prayers for others,
and thus we come to devote ourselves to pray for the salvation of
other souls and the spreading of the gospel of the water and the
Spirit throughout the whole world. Why? Because the prayers of the
born-again saints are led by the Holy Spirit. The Lord has told
us, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew
But among the born-again, those who
are still spiritually immature do not know how to pray for the right
things, for they have not yet experienced God’s answer to their
prayers. This is because they still do not know how powerful is
faith in God’s righteousness. Those of little faith not only do
not know whether their prayers will be answered or not, but moreover,
they are haunted by doubts.
As such, they must pray together with
those who believed prior to them. Those whose faith is young are
hesitant to pray to God. And when they do pray, they only ask for
what they want—“give me, give me, give me.” But if the young in
faith unite with the Church even without any great faith in God,
they can still learn what the true prayer is, for their predecessors
of faith in the Church are praying for the righteousness of God.
Also, because the Holy Spirit gives the faith of prayer to those
who are united with the Church, they gradually come to pray for
the righteousness of God. “The effective, fervent prayer of a
righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).
The faithful prayers of the born-again
who have the right to pray to God avail much. The prayers
of those who have faith in God are actually answered by Him. When
people pray to God, for their prayers to be answer by the Father,
they must first believe that God is their own Father, and that He
answers their prayers exactly according to their faith. As such,
when the predecessors of faith unite together and pray for those
who are following in their footsteps and for the righteous works
of the spreading of the gospel, they come to experience great works.
If you stand next to your predecessors of faith who believe in God,
you will be greatly helped in your faith. Because God knows that
we are in need of much help not only with the grace of salvation
but also in other aspects of life, He answers our prayers. This
is why we all need the faith that is united with God’s Church.
When we pray for the things that please
God, our faith is greatly emboldened. As spiritual children emulating
to pray eventually come to take such prayers as their own and mature,
we can also come to pray to God the Father for our own problems
later on. Those who by doing so truly believe in God then come to
walk by faith on the path following the real truth. As the Bible
tells us that the righteous shall live only by faith, they come
to live not for themselves alone, but for the salvation of other
How did we earn the qualification
to pray to God? We earned it by being born again through our faith
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit given by God. It is only
to those who have received the remission of sin by believing in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit that the boldness of faith
enabling one to pray to God the Father is given. Faith is a gift
from God. To earn the qualification to pray is to receive the great
blessing of faith from God.
Among the many Christian believers
on this planet, how many of them do you think are qualified to pray
with such faith? Not many! One of the most blessed gifts from God
is, first of all, that we have come to have the faith that has saved
us from our sins with the truth manifested in the blue, purple,
and scarlet thread. And the second is that we have received the
power and qualification to pray to God as His own children; and
third, that we have come to have the faith that allows us to live
as God’s workers.
God Does Not Answer the Prayers of Sinners
Some sinners, even as they profess
to believe in Jesus, pray to God to blot out their sins by climbing
some mountain and shouting out the name of the Lord incessantly.
Even in cold and windy nights, they still climb the mountain, covering
their bodies with plastic sheets, and though they are often fearful,
they still pray fervently with all their devotion. But their prayers
only ring hollow into the empty space.
Though they pray all night long, they
have no faith whatsoever that God would really answer their prayers.
The reason why they pray so devotedly in spite of this lack of faith
is because they pray to show off to others, merely as an exhibition.
Their prayers are unanswerable prayers. In fact, they know in their
conscience that their prayers are not reaching God, for they still
have sin in their hearts. Because they are yet to receive the remission
of their sins, there is no answer to their many prayers, no matter
how much they pray, cry and wail, scream on top of their lungs,
and do all kinds of things to ask God for what they want.
What they need to realize is that
the prerequisite to pray to God is met only when they first receive
the remission of sin. But because many sinners have no alternative
until they come to know the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
they cannot help but continue to live their lives of faith as sinners.
When people are not cleansed once for all by believing in their
hearts in the gospel of the water and the Spirit given by the Lord,
then their prayers are in fact all in vain. Whenever sinners try
to pray to God, their consciences shout, “You think your prayers
will reach God? Dream on! They’re all in vain!” So even as they
keep praying to God, “Give me this, give me that,” their prayers
are actually futile.
“Before you pray to Me, first receive
the remission of your sins.” This is God’s will. When those who
have not received the remission of sin pray to God, they realize
out of their experience that their consciences do not consent to
their reason. When sinners pray, they keep saying, “Give me this,
Lord, and give me that also,” but there is no answer to their prayers.
Far from it, their consciences only tell them, “No way! Your prayers
will go unanswered, because you are sinful!” When even in their
own consciences sinners cannot tolerate their faith, how could they
possibly deceive God, how could they be approved by Him, and how
could their prayers be answered? Sinners are simply not qualified
to pray to God. Far from it, even their own hearts distrust their
Our Prayers Begin to Be Answered When We Become
Righteous by Faith
But the prayers of many who had been
sinners before begin to be answered once they receive the remission
of their sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread of the Tabernacle.
Those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit in the
center of their hearts may be insufficient on their own, but they
can go to God by faith, and by faith they can boldly pray to Him,
asking Him for their needs. When those who have received the remission
of sin by faith pray to God according to His will, then they come
to pray in boldness.
But when they are praying for their
own flesh, they at times feel unsuitable. We the righteous are the
happiest when we pray for the spreading of the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, for the souls of others. When we pray for the dynamic
spreading of the gospel, snared by no hindrance of the flesh, then
we can overcome the obstacles of our limitations through prayers
of faith. But at times, we feel frustrated when we are unable to
overcome such obstacles by faith. In times like these, all that
we can do is pray, and believe that God will eventually answer.
And sure enough, in time we witness that this prayer is indeed answered
What we must do is pray and then wait,
not wonder in impatience why our prayers are not answered right
away. God wants us to pray by faith, and we believe that if our
prayers are in harmony to God’s will, then He will answer them when
the time comes. And when we receive the remission of sin by faith,
and when we pray by faith in our lives, then we will see at first-hand
experience that many of our prayers are indeed answered.
But have you lived by faith like this?
If so, then you can truly pray to God. When we examine ourselves
once more, we realize that we are bound to hell, and we also realize
once more that we can be qualified to pray only by receiving the
remission of sin through our faith in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. As such, we must remember for sure that those who can
pray are those who have received the remission of sin by believing
that the Lord has blotted out all the sins of their entire lifetime
with the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Among those who have not yet been
born again, there are many people who are so proud of themselves.
What about you? Do you have anything to be proud of? Are your arms
strong? Are your legs strong? No matter how strong our bodies may
be, they cannot even withstand common cold viruses, nor can they
resist for long any marginally strong physical force, belying their
true weakness. Do you realize just how weak human beings are? We
can die from a single mosquito bite, or drop dead hit by a falling
stone while walking. We are nothing. If someone utters a single
phrase that wounds our pride, our hearts can be hurt so much that
we become half-dead. Is this not the case? Of course it is!
How many people die before even turning
60? There are countless people who die even before reaching 30.
Such weak beings are none other than human beings. The everlasting
strength of human beings can be found nowhere. Should such weak
beings, then, be hardened only in their hearts and not believe in
the Word of God in the center of their hearts? Having nothing to
be proud of, nor pretend to be strong at—this is what human beings
As such, we must realize our own weaknesses,
recognize our insufficiencies and sins, believe in the gospel of
truth fulfilled through the blue, purple, and scarlet thread in
our hearts, and thereby earn the qualification to pray to God. We
must have faith in God. To have this faith that pleases God in the
center of the heart, people must believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, but there are many who still do not believe in it.
Could you have earned the right to pray to God from another gospel
other than this gospel of the water and the Spirit? Could your sins
have been blotted out had Jesus, coming to this earth, not taken
upon your sins by being baptized for your sake? Could you have passed
your sins of the heart onto Jesus and washed them away without believing
in the baptism that Jesus received?
The answers are no, no, and absolutely
not! It is because Jesus shouldered the sins of the world with the
baptism received from John that He was crucified and bore the condemnation
of all sins with His own blood. Could you then have been saved without
the baptism of Jesus and the Cross? Of course not! That Jesus was
baptized was to take upon our sins once for all and wash them away,
to cleanse away our sins. And that He was crucified was to bear
the punishment of our sins. It is by believing in this truth of
the gospel of the water and the Spirit that we have been remitted
of all our sins.
Thus, we can go to God at any time
and boldly confess, “Lord, I am this insufficient, but because You
have saved me with Your water and blood, I am now sinless. You came
to this earth, at once took upon all sins by being baptized, carried
these sins of the world to the Cross, was punished for them, and
rose from the dead again. And by doing so, Lord, You have truly
become my God of salvation. It is with my faith in this truth that
I believe in You.” When we keep our faith, in other words, we can
always go to God and pray to Him despite our insufficiencies. We
can pray for the expansion of His Kingdom, we can pray for our brothers
and sisters, and we can pray for the other souls that are yet to
receive the remission of sin.
It is only when people believe in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit that they can always be without
any shame under the heavens. But not having this faith in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, some people might try to fill the void
with something else—you should realize that such efforts are completely
futile. This is why their hearts are distressed and tormented, turning
their lives unbearable. Whether in the truth or lies, everyone wants
to believe in something. Consider yourselves.
Examine yourselves to see whether
you really believe in the Lord with the faith that believes the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, or whether you do not believe
in this gospel of the water and the Spirit. The Lord has blotted
out your sins with the water and the blood—if you believe in this,
then, would there still be sin in your hearts? If you truly believe,
in the bottom of your hearts and spirits, in this gospel of the
water and the Spirit, then there is surely no sin at all. With your
wholehearted faith in this truth, receive the true remission of
your sins now.
Because God has given us our remission
of sin through the truth manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and the fine woven linen, we have now received this everlasting
remission of sin. And because of this, those who believe in this
truth have become God’s own children, clothed in the grace that
enables them to come forth to Him. Therefore, we have to love one
another, understand each other’s insufficiencies, serve the works
of God until the end, and then go to Him and stand before His presence.
Those who have received the remission
of sin love all sinners. The hearts of the righteous desire every
sinner to know the truth manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and be born again. But there is a certain kind of people
who cannot actually love people. These are the obstinate sinner—Christians
who deceive their own consciences of faith and delude themselves
into thinking that they believe in God even as they still remain
By believing in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit and receiving the remission of sin into our
hearts, we must all defend our consciences of faith. Let us run
our race well until the end, keeping our consciences of faith and
not losing our faith. And when someone seems to be going through
a hard time spiritually, then help each other and hold one another
steadfast. No matter what happens, the righteous must not leave
the Church. If the righteous leave God’s Church, they will die immediately.
Leaving God’s Church is like losing your own home. Losing your home
is losing your refuge, and so your hearts will find neither rest
nor comfort anywhere, and you will die in the end.
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God’s Church is a place where His
sheep are fed and given rest and relief. As such, when the sheep
lose their strength and become too weary, God’s Church helps their
hearts to be strengthened by hearing the Word. When you accept the
Word by believing in your hearts, then the Holy Spirit in you will
rejoice, your hearts will also be strengthened, and, as the final
result, you will receive eternal life.
All of us the righteous give our thanks
to God. We thank the Lord, for in order to qualify us to pray, He
has given us the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Hallelujah!
I pray to the living God that He would enable us to trust in Him
and live by faith.