The Faith Manifested in
< Exodus 30:17-21 >
"Then the LORD spoke to Moses,
saying: 'You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also
of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle
of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron
and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from
it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come
near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to
the LORD, they shall wash with water, lest they die. So they shall
wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be
a statute forever to them-to him and his descendants throughout
The Laver in the Court of
Made of bronze, it was always filled with water.
Spiritual meaning: Bronze means the
judgment of all the sins of mankind. To bear the condemnation of
all the sins of mankind, Jesus took the sins of the world upon Himself
by being baptized by John. As such, the meaning of the laver is
that we can be washed of all our sins by believing that all these
sins of ours were passed onto Jesus with His baptism.
The priests that served in the Tabernacle
also washed their hands and feet at the laver before entering the
Tabernacle and thereby avoided their death. Bronze refers to the
judgment of all sins, and the laver's water refers to the baptism
that Jesus received from John and through which He took the sins
of the world upon Himself. In other words, the laver tells us that
Jesus accepted all sins passed onto Him and bore the condemnation
of these sins. The water in the laver means, in the Old Testament,
the blue thread of the Tabernacle, and in the New Testament, the
baptism that Jesus received from John (Matthew 3:15, 1 Peter 3:21).
So the laver refers to the baptism
of Jesus, and it is the place where we confirm our faith in the
fact that Jesus bore all our sins, including our actual sins, and
washed them away all at once through the baptism that He received
from John the Baptist over 2,000 years ago.
There are the righteous in this world
who have been born again by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. They are the ones who have received the remission
of their sins by believing that all their sins were forgiven by
the works of Jesus manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread
and the fine woven linen. However, because even the righteous who
have received the remission of sin are insufficient in their flesh,
they cannot help but sin everyday, and such sins are called actual
sins. The place where the righteous who have received their remission
of sin comes to solve the problem of their actual sins is none other
than this laver. Whenever the righteous commits actual sins, they
come to the laver in the court of the Tabernacle and wash their
hands and feet, and they can thereby confirm the fact that Jesus
has already forgiven all their actual sins also by believing in
the written Word of God.
In the Bible, water at times is used
to refer to the Word of God also, but the most important meaning
of water is the baptism of Jesus. Ephesians 5:26 says, "that
He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the
word," and John 15:3 says, "You are already clean
because of the word which I have spoken to you." The laver
enables the holy saints who have received the remission of their
sins to possess the evidence that the Lord has forgiven all their
sins with water no matter how insufficient their flesh might be.
1 Peter 3:21 and 22 state, "There
is also an antitype which now saves us-baptism (not the removal
of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward
God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into
heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and
powers having been made subject to Him." Just before
these verses, Peter explains the spiritual meaning of the water
of Noah's days. Even though Noah had warned sinners, the souls imprisoned
by sin in other words, of the flood that would cleanse away all
the filth of the first world, only eight were saved through water.
The water of the flood at that time perished all those who had never
believed in God's Word. And now, Peter extracts from the incident
of flood that Jesus' baptism is the antitype of this water. As such,
the laver is the place where we confirm our salvation once again
before God both when and after we are saved.
The saints who have been saved from
their sins by faith are clothed in God's grace by believing in the
water of the laver (the baptism of Jesus), bronze (God's judgment
of all sins), and that Jesus has delivered them from their sins.
Even if we are so full of weaknesses and shortcomings that we can
hardly even recognize ourselves as the righteous, we can surely
confirm that we are wholly righteous by recommitting our faith in
the baptism of Jesus (the bearing of sins, water) and His bloodshed
on the Cross (the condemnation of sins, bronze). Because we believe
in the Word of God that has already saved us all from all our sins
and the condemnation of these sins, we can always become the righteous
who are sinless.
The Word of God in which we believe
tells us that Jesus took our sins upon Himself through His baptism
received from John, shed His blood on the Cross to bear all the
condemnation of sins in our place, and has thereby saved us wholly
from our sins. God placed the laver in the court of the Tabernacle
so that we would confirm with our faith that we are, no matter what
the circumstances might be, the ones who have been saved perfectly
from all our sins.
Have You Been Delivered Eternally
from All Your Actual Sins?
During the Last Supper, after sharing
the Passover bread and drinks with His disciples, Jesus, before
dying on the Cross, wanted to wash Peter's and other disciples'
feet with water. Because Jesus had already taken all the sins of
His disciples through His baptism received from John, He wanted
to teach them the truth of the laver. Jesus told them that after
being baptized, He, as the Passover Lamb, would pay the wages (death)
of sin by being hung on a tree. As such, the twelve disciples of
Jesus, though they remained insufficient after believing in Him,
never again became sinners.
Likewise, the fact that Jesus washed
their feet confirmed them what the Word of truth witnessed-that
Jesus has already washed away all their sins of the world. This
is how the disciples could always preach to the people of the world
that Jesus is the Savior and spread the gospel of the water and
the Spirit that He had already fulfilled (Hebrews 10:1-20). The
laver thus allows the righteous who have been saved from all their
sins by believing in the truth to remember the baptism of Jesus.
It also gives them the conviction of salvation that God Himself
has delivered them.
The Bible Does Not Record
the Size the Laver
While the size of everything else
in the Tabernacle is recorded, the size of the laver is not. This
shows us the fact that Jesus the Son of God took our sins upon Himself
with His baptism is infinitely great. It also tells us that the
love of Jesus who has saved us from our sins and condemnation is
unlimited. The laver manifests the great love of God that is immeasurable.
Human beings are bound to continue to sin as long as they live.
But by taking all the sins of the world upon Himself through His
baptism received from John, and by being crucified and shedding
His blood on the Cross, Jesus has blotted out all our sins forever.
The laver was made by melting the
bronze mirrors of the women who served in the Tabernacle (Exodus
38:8). This means that the Word of God shines the light of salvation
on sinners and takes away their darkness. We must realize that God
has made the laver so that He Himself could wash away our sins.
This Word of truth has shone the light on the sins of people hidden
in the depth of their hearts, washed away their sins forever, and
has given them the remission of sins, and has thereby turned them
into the righteous. In other words, the laver plays the role of
clearly testifying the truth that Jesus Christ has saved us the
sinners wholly with the Word of God.
The Laver Was Also Made of
Do you know what the significance
of the bronze that was used to make the laver is? Bronze refers
to none other than the condemnation of sin that we were to face.
To be more precise, it tells us that Jesus carried all our sins
to the Cross with His baptism and was condemned in our place. It
was we who were actually supposed to be condemned for our sins,
but through the water of the laver, we can confirm once again that
all our sins have been washed away clean. Those who believe in this
become the ones who have been judged through their faith, and therefore
they no longer face any more judgment.
The laver filled with water is telling
us, "Through the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine
woven linen, Jesus has already cleansed away your sins and has wholly
saved you from your sins. He has made you clean." The laver,
in other words, is the proof positive for the righteous who have
received the remission of sin that they have been washed of their
sins and saved.
The altar of burnt offering means
the judgment of sin, while the laver, related to the blue thread
among the materials of the Tabernacle, tells us that Jesus took
our sins upon Himself with His baptism in the New Testament.
We can enter into the Holy Place only
when we open and enter the gate of the court of the Tabernacle,
pass by the altar of burnt offering, and then pass by the following
laver. Those who can enter into the Tabernacle where God dwells
are only those who have clearly gone through the altar of burnt
offering and the laver by faith. Only those who have received the
remission of sin by believing in the truth of the laver in the outer
court of the Tabernacle can enter into the Holy Place.
When someone tries to enter the Holy
Place by his/her own strength, fire will come out of the Holy Place
and devour this person. Even Aaron's sons were no exception to this,
and some of them, in fact, actually died as a result (Leviticus
10:1-2). Those who are ignorant of God's righteous bearing of sins
and judgment and ignore this truth will be put to death because
of their sins. People who try to enter into the Kingdom of God by
believing according to their own thoughts instead of believing in
His exceedingly elaborate salvation from sin will most certainly
face the judgment of fire for their sins. Because of the inevitable
judgment of sin, all that awaits them as a consequence is only hell.
Jesus completed our salvation from
sin with the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven
linen so that we would be able to enter into the Holy Place. It
is by believing in this truth that we are wholly saved from all
our sins. God had set His plan to save the mankind from sin even
before the creation, and let us know His will in detail through
the truth of the blue thread (the baptism of Jesus), the scarlet
thread (the death of Jesus on the Cross), and the purple thread
(God became a man) in the Bible. And according to this plan, He
has indeed saved all sinners from their sins and iniquities through
the works of Jesus manifested in these blue, purple, and scarlet
1 John 5:4 says, "This is
the victory that has overcome the world-our faith," and
this is followed by verse 10, which says, "He who believes
in the Son of God has the witness in himself." What is
this witness of salvation? The gospel of truth that has given us
our salvation through the water, the blood, and the Spirit is the
witness of our faith in the Son of God (1 John 5:6-8). In other
words, only the gospel of the water and the Spirit in which we believe
is the evidence that God has washed us of our sins and made us His
own people. The only way for us to be saved from all sins, enter
into the Holy Place, feed on the bread of life given by God, and
live in His grace is to believe in none other than this gospel of
the water and the Spirit. By believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit that cleanses away our sins, we must now be saved
and live our lives of faith by uniting with God's Church.
It is by the truth of the gospel of
the water and the Spirit that we can feed on the Word of God in
His Church, be united with it, and live as the righteous whose prayers
are heard by God. When we believe in this truth, we can become the
righteous who have the faith of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread,
and who live clothed in the grace of God before His presence. The
life of faith that can be lived only by the people of God comes
solely by believing in the water, the blood, and the Spirit. We
can be saved from all our sins by believing with our hearts in the
baptism of Jesus, His bloodshed and death, and that Jesus is God
Himself. The faith that has enabled you to live in God's Church
is the faith in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine
Nowadays, many people are saying,
"All that we have to do is just believe in Jesus; why bother
with all these complexities? Let's not waste our time with useless
talks and just believe in whatever way we think is fitting."
To such people, we may only seem to be troublemakers in Christianity,
but what is absolutely clear is that if one believes in Jesus without
having received the remission of sin, he/she must face eternal condemnation.
Not believing wholly in the gospel of the water, the blood and the
Spirit is a false and flawed faith. It is, in fact, not believing
in Jesus as the Savior.
If I, to win the favor of some stranger,
were to insist blindly to this stranger, "I believe in you,"
would this person be convinced, "This guy really must really
believe me," and be happy about it? On the contrary, he would
probably say, "Do you know me? I don't think I know you."
If I say to him again, "But I still believe in you anyway,"
and look at him with earnest eyes trying to making him feel better,
would he then be happy about it? It's far more likely that he will
only see me as a sycophant with no backbone, who is just trying
to read his mind and curry his favor.
Neither is God pleased by people who
just believe in Him blindly. When we say, "I believe in God.
I believe in Jesus to be the Savior of sinners," then we must
profess our faith in Him after knowing and believing how Jesus has
taken care of the iniquities of sinners. If we believe thoughtlessly
or blindly, as if we have no character at all, then we can never
be saved. We are saved only when we believe by first knowing clearly
how Jesus has made our sins disappear. When we say that we believe
in someone, we place our true confidence in this person because
we know him/her well enough and consider this person to be believable.
Placing confidence in someone whom we do not know well can only
mean that we are either lying, or we are fools primed for betrayal.
As such, when we profess to believe in Jesus, we must know exactly
how Jesus has made all our sins disappear. Only then can we not
be abandoned by our Lord at the last moment and enter Heaven as
the born-again children of God.
The true faith that can lead us to
Heaven is the faith in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread. In
other words, the real faith is believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit that has saved us through the water (the baptism
of Jesus), the blood (the death of Jesus), and the Holy Spirit (Jesus
is God). We must know just how great is the grace of our Lord that
has saved us, and believe in it, for believing in this truth will
lead us to our salvation.
Whether one's faith is whole or not
is determined just by whether or not this person knows the truth.
You can believe in Jesus as your Savior only when you believe in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit with your hearts. And this
faith in Jesus as our Savior, who has given us the remission of
sin through the gospel of the water and the Spirit, is the true
faith that has saved us from all our sins.
The Laver Is the Affirmation
of Salvation That Has Forgiven Our Sins
The laver was filled by water. It
was placed right in front of the Holy Place. The laver is the place
where we remind ourselves that we have received the remission of
sin, and affirm its reception by faith. It is the affirmation of
the fact that God has cleansed away all the sins of believers. Just
as the priests serving in the Holy Place washed their hands and
feet at the laver whenever they got soiled, those who have received
the remission of sin, whenever they sin, also wash away such sins
by reminding themselves and affirming once again, through the Word
of God, that Jesus also has already blotted out these sins that
soiled them and atoned for them as well by being condemned vicariously.
We get defiled because we cannot help
but continue to sin as we live in this world. With what should we
cleanse away all these sins that defile us then? We wash them away
by believing that Jesus Christ, the King of kings, came to this
earth over 2,000 years ago in the flesh of a man to save sinners,
took their sins upon Himself through His baptism, shed His blood
on the Cross, and has thereby forgiven sinners of all their sins.
We can receive the remission of sin and wash away our actual sins
as well only when we believe in the truth that Jesus took all sins
upon Himself by being baptized. We can be cleansed of our actual
sins as well, in other words, only when we believe in this truth
that God has already washed away all our sins through the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread.
We Must Have the Faith That
Knows and Believes in the Truth of the Laver
Without faith in the laver, we can
never enter into the Holy Place where God dwells. Our deeds cannot
always be perfect. Because we have shortcomings, we sin at times.
But the salvation that God has given us is perfect nonetheless,
for the Word of God is perfect. Because God has washed away our
shortcomings with His perfect salvation, we can boldly enter into
the Holy Place by faith. Those who do not go through the laver can
never enter the Holy Place. We are made eligible to enter into the
Holy Place by our faith in the truth that Jesus came to this earth
2,000 years ago and blotted out all the sins of the world with the
gospel of the water, the blood and the Spirit prophesied through
the blue, purple, and scarlet thread. Without believing that the
Lord has already blotted out all our sins and made us sinless, we
cannot enter into the Holy Place.
As we cannot enter into the Sanctuary
of God without believing in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread,
if we do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
nor can we enjoy the blessing of going forth to the throne of the
grace of God by believing in His Word in His Church, of praying
to Him and receiving His grace, and of living with His servants
and saints. We can live our lives in God's Church with our fellow
believers, hearing and believing in His Word and praying to Him,
only when we believe that God has already saved us from all our
sins through the blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
The laver is the final confirmation
of our salvation from sin. God placed the laver right in front of
the Holy Place and filled it with water in order to give the affirmation
of faith to those who believe in the gospel of the remission of
sin. This laver cleanses the defiled consciences of the righteous
Let's read 1 John 2:1-2. "My
little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not
sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our
sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world."
If we sin, we have an Advocate with
the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Jesus washes the defiled
hearts of the righteous clean with water. The day before He was
crucified, during the Last Supper Jesus gathered His disciples together,
poured water into a basin, and started to wash their feet. "When
I was baptized, I bore all yours sins, including even the sins that
you will commit later, and I will be condemned on the Cross in your
place. I took even your future sins upon Myself as well, and I blotted
them out. I have become your Savior."
It was to tell this that Jesus washed
the disciples' feet during the Last Supper of the Passover. To Peter
who refused to have his feet washed by Jesus, He said, "What
I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this"
(John 13:7). Jesus wanted to become the perfect Savior of
those who truly believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
For those who believe in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread, Jesus
has become their eternal Savior.
The Use of the Laver
laver was used to wash away all the filthiness of the priests when
they worked in the Tabernacle giving offerings to God. It was needed
to wash away the grimes that the priests got from killing the sacrificial
offering, drawing its blood, and cutting it to pieces to give to
God the offering that would atone for the sins of the people of
Israel. When the priests got soiled while giving offerings, they
had to be washed with water, and the laver was the place where all
this filthiness was cleansed away.
Whenever we sin, whether spiritually
or in our flesh, and whenever we become defiled by breaking God's
commandments, we must wash away all our filthiness with this laver's
water. The priests, whenever their bodies touched anything unclean
or dirty, had to wash the soiled parts of their bodies with water,
whether they wanted to or not.
Like this, whenever all those who
believe in God come into contact with something dirty or unclean,
the water of the laver is used to wash away all such filthiness.
In short, the laver's water was given to be used for washing away
filthiness of the born-again. As such, the laver contains God's
mercy. The meaning of the laver is not an optional item that we
can choose to either believe or not, but it is the necessary item
absolutely essential to those who believe in Jesus.
God set the size for all other items
in the Tabernacle, specifying how many cubits they should be in
height, length and width. But He did not specify the size of the
laver. This is a characteristic particular only to the laver. This
manifests the endless love that the Messiah has bestowed on us,
who commit actual sins everyday. In this love of the Messiah was
found His baptism, a form of the laying on of hands that washes
away all our sins. As a lot of water had to be used when priests
got soiled while performing their duties, the laver must always
have been filled by water. So the size of the laver depended on
this need. Because the laver was made of bronze, whenever the priests
got washed with its water, they came to think of the judgment of
The priests who were serving in the
Tabernacle had to wash away all the uncleanness of their hands and
their feet with the laver's water. If bronze manifests the judgment
of God, then water manifests the washing of sin. Hebrew 10:22 says,
"our bodies washed with pure water," and Titus 3:5
says, "the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy
Spirit." Like these passages, the Word of the New Testaments
also tells us much about washing away filthiness with the water
If the priests washed away their filthiness
accrued in their lives with the water of the laver, we, the born-again
Christians of today, can wash away all our actual sins committed
in our lives by believing in the baptism of Jesus. The water of
the laver of the Old Testament shows us that the Messiah came to
this earth and has washed away all the sins of the world with the
baptism that He received from John.
Through the Bible, God tells us that
not only the sins committed by the people of Israel but the actual
sins committed by all the people of the entire human history were
all passed onto Jesus with the baptism that He received from John.
When Jesus was baptized by John, He said in Matthew 3:15, "Permit
it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness."
By receiving His baptism, the same form of the laying on of hands,
from John, the representative of mankind, Jesus accepted all the
sins of mankind onto His own body.
Therefore, by believing in the fact
that all our sins were passed onto Jesus the Messiah through His
baptism, we can all be washed of all the filthy sins of our hearts.
Because we already passed all our sins onto Jesus by believing in
this truth, all that we have to do is just believe that the Son
of God carried the sins of the world to the Cross, was crucified
and shed His blood, became the perfect sacrificial offering for
all mankind, and has thereby delivered us from all our sins. Do
you believe this in your hearts? Those who truly believe that the
Messiah became our own sacrificial offering are eternally saved.
The Problem of Actual Sins
Can Also Be Solved by Believing in the Baptism of Jesus
Does the Bible tell us how we can
wash away all our actual sins? As the priests washed away their
filthinesses with the water of the laver in the Old Testament, in
the New Testament, we can receive the remission of our actual sins
by believing that Jesus has fulfilled the righteousness of God by
taking the sins of the world upon Himself through His baptism received
from John. In the end, all sins are washed away by believing in
When the people of Israel gave the
sin offering to God, they brought to the Tabernacle an unblemished
sacrificial animal like a sheep or goat, confessed their sins and
passed them all onto the offering by putting their hands on its
head, and killed this offering of sacrifice that accepted their
sins. They then cut its throat and drew its blood, putting the blood
on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pouring the rest
on the ground (Leviticus 4). Even a year's worth of their sins were
all remitted at once by faith through the sin offering of the Day
of Atonement (Leviticus 16). In the end, we receive our remission
of sin with the same method as the sin offering of the Old Testament-that
is, by believing in the baptism of the Messiah who came to blot
out our sins and in the blood of the Cross.
The Old Testaments' laying on of hands
is the same as the baptism that Jesus received in the New Testament.
Our Messiah took care of and washed away all our sins by being baptized
by John and crucified. When it is by the works of the baptism of
the Messiah and His blood on the Cross that God has saved us perfectly
from all our sins, what more is there for us to do to be forgiven
of our sins? What we must remember and believe is that even when
we sin daily in our lives because of our weaknesses, all these sins
have also been washed away by Jesus Christ who came of the water
and the blood. Even though we believe in God, because of our shortcomings,
we still fall into our weaknesses and trespasses. But our God, who
knows all this, has saved us by sending the Messiah to this earth,
making Him take the sins of mankind upon Himself through His baptism,
and sacrificing Him.
By placing the altar of burnt offering
and the laver in the court of the Tabernacle, God has allowed us
to wash away all our actual sins committed daily before we enter
into the Sanctuary, the House of God. But this does not mean that
we are supposed to wash away our actual sins with the daily prayers
of repentance. On the contrary, it is our faith in the baptism of
the Messiah and His blood on the Cross that cleanses away all our
sins. God has set that when the righteous make mistakes and commit
sins and wrongdoings after believing in Jesus, they should be washed
of all such sins by believing in the baptism that the Messiah, the
Lord of the laver, received.
Many people are prone to regard Jesus'
bearing of sins and His being judged for all the sins as the same
thing, tying them together blindly into a single bundle. But because
we commits actual sins on a daily basis from our weaknesses, the
washing of sin and the judgment of sin must be separated into two.
The baptism that Jesus received from John and His death on the Cross
were to bear all our sins upon Himself, to be judged for these sins,
and to save us from them perfectly. In this faith, we can thus receive
the judgment of our sins all at once. As such, the problem of our
actual sins committed daily must be solved by believing in the baptism
of the Messiah. It is by uniting these two components, the baptism
and the Cross, that the single, perfect salvation is completed.
This is the truth of the perfect remission of sin. Insofar as the
solution to the problem of our sins is concerned, we must think
of and believe in it by separating Jesus' baptism and the Cross
from each other.
When the priests killed sacrificial
animals in the Tabernacle, they were soiled by grimes and splashing
blood. We can't even begin to imagine just how filthy they got.
The priests had to wash away all this filthiness, but if there had
been no water in the laver of the court of the Tabernacle, they
would not have been able to do so. No matter if it was the High
Priest or a common priest who had been forgiven of a year's worth
of sins, without washing away the filthiness on him right away with
the water of the laver, this person could not help but live with
the filth still on him.
Even if the High Priest had all kind
of filth on him, because there was the laver in the court of the
Tabernacle, he could always be cleansed. Even if a priest were forgiven
of a years' worth of sins entirely, it was still by thus washing
away the daily sins that this person was cleansed. God set that
the priests who gave offerings to Him had to be thus washed of all
their filthiness at the laver. We can then realize why God put the
laver in the court of the Tabernacle. We can also know why this
laver was placed between the altar of burnt offering and the Sanctuary.
Why Do We Need the Laver?
The truth implied in the laver is
revealed in John 13. During the Passover, after having the Last
Supper with His disciples, Jesus began to wash their feet, and it came Peter's turn. When Jesus tried to wash his feet, He asked Peter to
put out his feet so that He could wash them. However, Peter declined,
saying, "I should be washing Your feet; how can You, Lord,
wash my feet?"
Peter declined because he thought
that it just was not fitting for a teacher to wash his own disciples'
feet. "How can I dare to ask my teacher to wash my feet? I
Peter kept declining Jesus' service.
What Jesus then spoke to Peter here is of deep import.
"What I am doing you do not
understand now, but you will know after this" (John 13:7).
This is what Jesus meant: "You cannot understand now why I
have to wash your feet. But this will surely be the key to solving
the problem of your actual sins. You will commits many actual sins
from now on, but I have already taken even your actual sins of the
future upon Myself, and because of these sins, I must now shed My
blood on the Cross. You must therefore know and believe that I am
the Messiah who took care of even your actual sins of the future."
In Peter's mind, it just looked simply
unethical for the Messiah to wash his feet, and this is why he declined
to be washed. But Jesus told Peter, "You will know after this,"
and washed his feet.
"Only when I wash your feet can
you have relations with Me. You do not understand now why I am washing
your feet. But after I am crucified and ascend to the Kingdom of
Heaven, you will know why I washed your feet. Because I am your
Messiah, I already bore even your future sins with My baptism, and
by becoming the sacrificial offering for your sins, I have become
As our Lord said, Peter did not understand
any of this at the time, but after the resurrection of the Lord,
he came to realize it. Truly, this was the event that blotted out
even his actual sins.
"Because I cannot but commit
actual sins in the world, the Lord washed my feet so that I would
believe that Jesus the Messiah took even these actual sins upon
Himself with His baptism from John the Baptist! The baptism of the
Messiah took care of even these actual sins of the future! Jesus
took all these sins upon Himself with His baptism, carried the sins
of the world to the Cross, and bore the condemnation of all sins
by being crucified! And by rising from the dead again, He has truly
and wholly saved us from all our sins!"
Only on a later time, after he even
betrayed the Lord three times, did Peter come to realize this and
believe in it. This is why he said in 1 Peter 3:21, "There
is also an antitype which now saves us-baptism (not the removal
of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward
God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ." Here,
the word 'antitype' means "one that is foreshadowed by or identified
with an earlier symbol or type, such as a figure in the New Testament
who has a counterpart in the Old Testament." So, the preceding
context clearly declares that the baptism of Jesus is the very antitype
of the 'water' in the Old Testament.
In the Old Testament, when the sin
offering of the Day of Atonement was given to God to receive the
remission of a year's worth of sins, the High Priest, representing
the people of Israel, had to lay his hands on the sacrificial offering
and confess the sins that the Israelites had committed in order
to pass their sins onto the offering. This method of the laying
on of hands was the same format as the baptism of Jesus. In the
Old Testament, the sacrificial offering had to bleed to death because
it had accepted the sins of all the Israelites passed onto it. Its
throat was cut, and it soon bled all its blood. The priests then
skinned it, cut it to pieces, and offered its flesh to God by burning
it with fire.
The Messiah, who is the real substance
of the sacrificial offering of the Old Testament, came to this earth,
accepted our sins through the laying on of hands, bled on the Cross,
and died in our place. Today, you and I have therefore wholly received
the remission of our sins through the baptism of Jesus Christ and
His death on the Cross. And we must wash away our actual sins committed
in our everyday lives also by believing that these sins have already
been cleansed away by the baptism that our Lord received and the
blood that He shed on the Cross. We must know this truth and believes
in it. We can be delivered from all our actual sins only when we
believed that Jesus took all our sins upon Himself and washed them
all away through His baptism. Whenever we commit actual sins, in
other words, we must confirm our faith in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. And by ruminating over the truth that even these
actual sins were already blotted out by Jesus with His baptism and
the Cross, we cannot lose our salvation at any case, and can restore
it at once whenever our hearts are attacked by a sense of guilt.
Because Jesus has already blotted
out even the daily sins committed by the righteous who have received
the remission of sin in their everyday lives, God permitted the
laver to them so that these righteous, whose remission of sin came
by the water, the blood and the Spirit, would be washed of their
actual sins through their faith in the gospel of the water and the
This is why God made the laver by
gathering and melting the hand mirrors used by the women who had
been serving in the Tabernacle of meeting, for these mirrors provide
the reflection of the self. Whenever we commit actual sins and fall
into despair because of our weaknesses, we must go to the laver
and wash our hands and feet. The laver's role is to remind us that
Jesus took the sins of mankind upon Himself all at once when He
was baptized by John. It was to teach this truth to the righteous
who have received the remission of sin that our Lord made the Israelites
make the laver by melting the hand mirrors of these women, fill
it with water, and allowed the priests to cleanse away all the filthiness
of their hands and feet with this water.
We believe that Jesus is the Son of
God, the Creator, and the Savior of mankind. And we must remember
that the Messiah came to this earth in the flesh of a man and accepted
all our sins passed onto His own body through the baptism that He
received from John-that is, whenever we commit actual sins in this
world, fall into weaknesses or our weaknesses are revealed, we must
remember even more that the Messiah came in the flesh, was baptized
and crucified, and thereby has already blotted out all our sins.
If we do not remember this and believe
in it, even though we have received the remission of sin, we would
yet again be bound by our actual sins and return to our old, sinful
selves. As such, we must believe everyday that all our sins committed
because of our weaknesses and shortcomings had already been passed
onto Jesus through His baptism. Everyday, we must remember, believe
again, and affirm that the Messiah took all our sins upon Himself
with His baptism received from John and has washed them all away.
There is no one on the face of this
earth who can receive the remission of sin by believing in Jesus
without believing that He bore the sins of the world by being baptized
by John and shed His blood. And even if people have received the
remission of sin, there is not a single person who does not commit
actual sins. As such, without believing in the baptism of
Jesus, everyone would be sinful, and the will of God would never
have been fulfilled to everyone. This is why God gave us His Son,
had Him be baptized by John, and gave Him up to the Cross to bleed.
If we believe in Jesus Christ as our
Messiah, we must believe that all our sins were passed onto Him
through His baptism received from John, and that He bore all our
condemnation by carrying the sins of the world to the Cross, being
crucified, and shedding His blood. We receive our remission of sin
by believing in the baptism of Jesus and His blood. All our sins
have been blotted out by believing in this truth. We have reached
righteousness by believing in the love of God with our hearts. Our
hearts are now sinless, clean and spotless. But there are still
shortcomings in our flesh. This is why we have to remember the baptism
of Jesus everyday and remind ourselves of this faith always. Whenever
our shortcomings and weaknesses are revealed, whenever evil thoughts
rise up and we are defiled, and whenever our acts go astray, our
Lord is pleased only when we remember that Jesus took all these
sins upon Himself with His baptism received from John and cleanse
our hearts by believing in this truth once again.
Whenever we commit sin, we must first
admit our sins before God. We must then believe once again that
all these sins were already passed onto Jesus through His baptism.
We who have been cleansed by the work of Jesus' baptism must cleanse
away our actual sins everyday by believing in this work. This is
why we absolutely must remember and believe in the fact that we
can wash away all our sins through the baptism of Jesus Christ.
We have now examined why God placed
the laver between the altar of burnt offering and the Tabernacle.
God placed the laver between the altar of burnt offering and the
Tabernacle so that when we go before Him, we would go with clean
bodies and hearts. Even after we became the righteous who have received
the perfect remission of sin through the baptism of Jesus and the
Cross, our hearts are still prone to be defiled whenever we sin,
whether willingly or unwillingly. This is why we must cleanse away
this filthiness at the laver when we pass the altar of burnt offering
and go before God. Because we cannot go before God if we have even
the smallest of all filthiness, God placed the laver between the
altar of burnt offering and the Tabernacle so that we may be able
to enter into the presence of God in cleanness, having washed ourselves
with the water of the laver.
What Kind of Conscience Is
a Good Conscience before God?
1 Peter 3:21 also defines Jesus' baptism
to be "the answer of a good conscience toward God."
Here, 'a good conscience' is the one that believes that Jesus
washed away all the sins of mankind, including all actual sins committed
daily, with the baptism that He received from John at the Jordan
River. To take our sins upon Himself, our Lord was baptized by John
and thereby accepted our sins onto His own body. Because Jesus bore
all our sins on His body, He had to die on the Cross. If we ignore
and do not believe in what He did, then our consciences can only
be evil. This is why we must believe in His baptism. We must have
good consciences before God. Though in our flesh we may not be able
to live perfectly 100 percent, at least in our consciences, we can
and must have good consciences before the sight of God.
About half a century ago, when Korea
lost everything in the ruins of the Korean War, a flood of foreign
aids came into the country to relieve its plight. Even though orphanages
were to receive such aids first, instead of being so, some unscrupulous
people diverted them into their own pockets and built their own
wealth. They had no conscience. When foreign countries gave powdered
milk, flour, blankets, shoes, clothes, and other aid supplies, the
supporters sent them so that the naked and hungry people in dire
needs would be clothed and fed properly; they could hardly imagine
that some evil public officials and swindlers would divert these
People with good consciences would
have distributed them fairly among the poor. Those who, instead
of turning the foreign aids into an opportunity to build their wealth,
distributed them fairly among the poor dying of hunger would have
had nothing to be ashamed of before God, for they would have lived
with good conscience. But those who did not do so would have been
accused of being thieves by their own consciences. Of course, these
thieves could still be washed of all their sins if they turn around
and believe in the baptism of Jesus even now.
To take our sins upon Himself and
to blot out all our actual sins, Jesus came to this earth and was
baptized. Having thus been baptized by John, Jesus washed away our
sins all at once. I would like to rebuke the unbelievers in His
baptism, saying, "What, then, makes you to be so proud as not
to believe in His baptism? With what confidence do you not believe?
Are you good enough to enter the Kingdom without the faith in His
If we truly want to be the people
of good consciences, we must wash away all our actual sins with
the baptism that Jesus received from John. To do so, we must believe
in our hearts that Jesus took upon Himself all the sins that we
commit in our entire lifespan and has washed them all away. This
is why Jesus our Messiah was baptized by John before going to the
Jesus said to the woman who was caught
in adultery, "I do not condemn you, either. I do not judge
you, either." Why? Because Jesus had already taken this woman's
sin of adultery upon Himself also, and because Jesus Himself would
bear the condemnation of this sin also. He said, "I am the
One who would be condemned for your sins. But be washed of all your
sins by believing in My baptism. Therefore, be saved from all your
sins by believing in Me. Be saved from all the condemnation of sin
also by faith, and be washed of all your sins. Be cleansed of the
sins of your conscience and drink the water from Me that lets you
never thirst again."
Today, you and I believe that Jesus
is the One who has saved us from our sins. Do you truly believe
that Jesus indeed took our sins upon Himself with His baptism and
washed them all away? Our Lord cleansed away our sins by being baptized.
We can now go to God in good conscience. Why? Because our Lord took
all our sins upon Himself and washed them all away by being baptized,
carried these sins to the Cross, was condemned in our place by being
crucified, and rose from the dead again. A long time ago, Jesus
came to this earth, and through His 33 years of life, He took all
our sins upon Himself and washed them all away with His baptism.
By taking even our actual sins all
upon Himself and washing them away, our Lord has enabled us to go
to God and become the righteous, and to be judged of all our sins
through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is by believing in this
Lord, in other words, that we can call God as our Father and go
before His presence. As such, those who believe in Jesus' works
of the water, the blood and the Spirit are the ones who have good
consciences. On the contrary, it surely is the evil conscience that
does not believe in the Lord's righteous acts, His baptism and crucifixion.
Nowadays, Many People Do
Not Take the Word of God Seriously Because of Their Superstitious
Many liars, discarding the Word of
God as if it were merely an ornament, only preach that we should
also do good over our faith in God to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
And when it comes to salvation, they only speak of the blood of
the Cross, and mistakenly think that they have to climb up some
mountain to pray or fast in order to then meet God through their
experience of the flesh. Although nothing could be more wrong than
this faith, they are absolutely certain of it. They say, "I
was tormented by my sins, and so I stayed up all night praying,
'God, I have sinned. I believe in You, Lord.' On that day, I was
still tormented in the evening, but after I stayed up all night
praying, when the dawn came, suddenly I felt as if a bundle of fire
had been thrust upon me, and, right at that time, my mind was all
cleared-all the sins of my heart were washed away white as snow.
So it was at this time that I was born again. Halleluiah!"
Such thoughts are only man-made, ignorant
and foolish thoughts that turn the Word God useless. You must remember
that God will punish, by many folds, those who say such mystical
non-sense and thereby deceive people and lead others to the fire
"My ears hurt so much. But I
believed in what the Lord said, that we would be healed if we believe,
and so I withstood my pain saying, 'Lord, I believe!' When I believed
like this, then the pain was all gone!"
"I had a gastric ulcer, so every
time I ate something, I got a terrible stomachache. So before I
ate, I prayed, 'Lord, I am hurting here, but You said that You would
hear whatever we pray for with faith. I still believe in Your Word.'
Sure enough, I had no problem digesting!"
What are all these? These are the
cases where people did not meet the Lord through the Word. These
cases demonstrate the falseness of their faith that does not believe
by the Word. These are not the answers to their prayers received
through the Word, but just their mystical faith. They believe in
God not by the Word, but in their mistaken confusion based on their
own emotions and experiences. What is so regrettable and saddening
is that there are so many such mystics among today's Christians.
Like this, pushing aside the Word
of God and believing in Jesus blindly based on their emotions or
experiences only amount to a superstitious faith. People who claim
to believe in Jesus even as they do not believe by the Word need
to examine themselves to see whether they are possessed by demons
or not. "I met Jesus while praying. Jesus appeared in my dream.
I prayed ardently and my illness was healed." Anyone with a
half-intact mouth can make such claims, but what is clear is that
this is not the faith given by God, but it is the false faith give
Through the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and the fine woven linen, our Lord has revealed Himself to
us. Does our Lord reveal Himself to us in new and different ways
in today's era? Does He really appear before us in an illusion or
a dream? He is dragging huge chains at His feet, bleeding all over,
has a crown of thorns on His head, and says, "You see, this
is how I suffered so much for you. Now, what will you do for Me?"-is
this how our Lord reveals Himself to us? This is all nonsense!
Yet there are still people who, after
supposedly having this kind of a dream, make a vow before God, "Lord,
I will become Your servant and serve You with all my heart for the
rest of my life. I will build a prayer house here. I will build
a church here. I will carry my cross on my back for the rest of
my life and testify You throughout the whole nation and the entire
In fact, we can easily come across
such devotional preachers in the streets or public places. With
no exception, they are all mystics who say that they decided to
live like this after seeing Jesus in their dreams or hearing the
voice of the Lord while praying. But the Lord reveals Himself only
through His Word; He does not speak to us in a dream or while we
are praying, especially in this era when all His Word has been given
to mankind completely. Dreams just come from the complicated realm
of human sub-consciousness. These people have this kind of a dream
because they have all kinds of imaginations about Jesus in their
unrequited love and just think too much.
When your mind dwells deeply on some
matter before drifting to sleep, you are likely to see yourself
grappling over this issue in your dream also. Like this, dreams
are made of your sub-consciousness. This is why if we think too
much, we get all kinds of weird dreams. They all have nothing to
do with faith, but they are merely a reflection of the physical
changes or sub-consciousness.
This is why if people think a lot
about Jesus bleeding on the Cross, in their dream He appears with
a crown of thorns on His head. In itself, there is nothing wrong
with such a dream. But to take this dream too seriously is a grave
mistake. What if Jesus appears before them, bleeding all over, and
actually says, "What will you do for Me? You shall live the
rest of your life for Me as an ascetic. For Me, You shall not have
any possession"? There are foolish people who actually give
up all their possessions so that they can live like this. Is there
anyone who was terrified because of a dream, who took it seriously,
or whose life was changed because of it? None other than this is
God meets us through the Word. He
is not someone whom we can meet in a dream or a vision in our prayer.
The Word of God is written in the Old and New Testaments, and it
is when we hear this Word preached to us and accept it into our
hearts that our spirits can meet Him through the Word. It is, in
other words, through the Word and only through the Word that your
spirits can meet God.
It is from the Word that we came to
know that Jesus took all our sins upon Himself with His baptism;
it is by hearing this Word that we have come to believe in our hearts.
The answer to the question of why Jesus had to die on the Cross
is also found in the Word. It is because Jesus took our sins upon
Himself by being baptized that He died on the Cross and has saved
us. By the Word, we come to know God, and by the Word, we come to
believe in Him. That Jesus Christ is God is also known and believed
by us only through the Word.
How Could We Have Come to
Believe in God? Were It Not for the Written Word of God?
If there were no Word of God, how
could we have come to meet and believe in Jesus, who has made all
our sins disappear? If there were no Word of God, our faith would
be nothing. "This is what I think"-we may speak out our
thoughts, but this is not the truth, and when our hearts are filled
with what is not true, then the real truth cannot enter into our
hearts. The right thing to say is not, "This is what I think,"
but it is, "This is what the Bible says." When we read
the Bible, the truth spoken by God comes into our hearts and corrects
the errors of our previous thoughts.
What is your faith in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit made of? Is it made of your own thoughts?
Or did you become the born-again by coming to know and believe in
it from hearing the Word? It is through the Word that we have come
to believe in and meet God in our hearts. This is why the gate of
the court of the Tabernacle was woven of the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and the fine woven linen.
The water held in the laver means
the baptism through which Jesus Christ took all our sins upon Himself.
"Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to
fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15). Through the
Word of God, we came to know the baptism with which Jesus took the
sins of the world upon Himself. Because it is from the Word that
we came to know the baptism of Jesus who took upon all the sins
that you and I commit throughout our entire lives, this Word has
made us have the faith of baptism in our hearts. It is through the
Word that we come to find out the truth manifested in the laver.
From the Word of God, we can find
out that the laver was made of bronze. In the Bible, bronze means
judgment. As such, the meaning of the bronze laver is that when
we look at ourselves before the Law, which plays the role of a mirror
that reflects ourselves, we are all bound to be condemned. This
is why the laver was made of the mirrors of the women serving at
the Tabernacle. The Lord has save us, who could not avoid but be
condemned because of our sins, by coming to this earth, being baptized,
and dying on the Cross. Through the written Word of God, we came
to know that it was because Jesus was baptized that He took all
our sins upon Himself, went to the Cross, and bore the condemnation
of sin. And it is by accepting into our hearts and believing in
this truth that we have been saved. What about you? How have you
In a certain denomination that follows
mysticism, they claim that its members must know the exact date
of their salvation, on which month and day they were saved. And
a pastor in this denomination is said to have testified before many
believers that he believed in Jesus and was saved when he climbed
up some mountain to pray and realized that he was nothing. He claimed
very proudly that he had never forgotten the exact date and time
of his being born again. This certainly has nothing to do with the
fine woven linen, but is only emotional. This pastor's faith has
nothing to do with the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the
fine woven linen. The salvation taught by this denomination has
nothing to do with the true salvation made of the Word of God, but
it is only of their own making.
It's actually possible to hypnotize
oneself. If people keep insisting that they are sinless, and think
like this over and over again, then they end up being hypnotized
by themselves and become sinless on their own. If they keep chanting
this spell to themselves, then they may actually feel as if they
really became sinless, but such feelings can never last long. So,
in no time, they have to hypnotize themselves again, chanting, "I'm
sinless. I'm sinless." How self-centered, untrue, ignorant,
and superstitious faith this is!
The fine woven linen means God's Word
of the Old and New Testaments. That the gates of the court of the
Tabernacle, of the Holy Place, and of the Most Holy were all woven
of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen
tells us that Jesus has become the door of our salvation and our
Savior exactly as written in the Old and New Testaments. I therefore
truly thank God, for how certain is this salvation that God has
spoken to us!
This is why when I pray, I do not
try to appeal to emotions or put on a show. I just pray by leaving
everything to God and trusting in Him. "Father, please help
us. Make us preach the gospel through the whole world. Protect and
keep all my fellow ministers and saints. Give us the workers who
can serve the gospel, allow this gospel to be spread, and make the
believers realize and believe in Your Word." This is all I
say when I pray; I do not pray trying to stir up my emotions and
crying, and none of this mumbo-jumbo is any part of my prayers.
Some people, when they just can't
rouse their emotions no matter how hard they try, even think of
their long dead fathers and mothers to ilk out tears and to feign
their prayers to be taken seriously by others. Such invented prayers
are like a bunch of garbage that would make God vomit. People also
stir up their emotions by thinking of Jesus' crucifixion and keep
shouting out blindly, "I believe in You, Lord!"
But does this really mean that such
people's faith is strong? If you think about your sins and try to
stir up your emotions, saying, "Lord, I've sinned. Help me
live righteously," then it actually is quite possible to rouse
yourselves emotionally. Because having such an emotional experience
and a good crying session can vent out a lot of stress, many people,
feeling refreshed, think this is what faith is all about. Though
their lives are full of troubles, such emotional experiences at
least make them feel better for a while, and so they continue their
religious lives in this way.
You Must Believe that the
Lord Has Come to Us through the Blue, Purple, and Scarlet Thread and
the Fine Woven Linen
Our Lord came to us through the Word.
You should therefore not wait upon your senses, but you must listen
to what the Word of God says to you. What is important is whether
or not you believe in this Word of God in your hearts. When you
pray, do not try to concentrate on your emotions. Rather, you should
control them down to an appropriate level. Why? Because there are
many liars in this world who will approach those who like to be
emotionally roused and inspired to take advantage of their emotional
holes. Because people so often lose the intellectual parts by pursuing
their feelings, when revival meetings are held under the banner
of "Great Spiritual Revival," more often than not, the
aim is only to stir up the participants' emotions.
However, now that I have been born
again, I cannot hold such a revival even if I were to try, for preaching
the Word of God is not inciting people's emotions like these great
spiritual revival meetings of the world. Because I have been born
again of the Word of truth, I have long bid my farewell to my emotional
aspect that used to intrude into my spiritual life.
We, the righteous who hear the Word
of God, use our intellect, and believe in our hearts, never like
to be emotionally stirred. We believe in the truth by quickly realizing
whether or not someone speaks of the Word of God to us as it is,
and by quickly discerning whether or not this person is speaking
to us by truly believing in it. Because we who know and believe
in the truth of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine
woven linen have the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we all realize that
emotional incitement is far from the truth, and we accept only the
real truth into our hearts.
Jesus came to us by the blue, purple,
and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen. How marvelous is this
truth? How wonderful is the love of our Lord that has saved you?
Through the four-fold works of Jesus written in God's Word, we all
have come to believe that Jesus took all your sins upon Himself
with His baptism, died on the Cross, and has thereby saved you with
His fulfillment of all righteousness.
Do you believe this truth in your
hearts? Those who preach the gospel must spread it within the fine
woven linen, that is, God's Word of the Old and New Testaments,
and its content must be the blue, purple, and scarlet thread. And
those who hear it must accept it into their hearts and believe in
The Water of the Laver Washes
away Our Sins
Through His baptism, Jesus took upon
all our sins on Himself and washed them all away. The baptism of
Jesus refers to the water of the laver; it has cleansed us, who
were all bound to hell because of sins, and enabled us to stand
before God. Because Jesus accepted all our sins onto Himself through
His baptism, He could go to the Cross and wash them away by being
crucified to death. Both the baptism of Jesus and the Cross testify
that Jesus bore the condemnation of all our sins. Through the baptism
and the Cross, Jesus fulfilled all our salvation.
Giving the prayers of repentance can
never cleanse us of our sins. It is because Jesus already took our
sins upon with His baptism that our sins have been all washed away.
It is by hearing this Word and believing in what Jesus has done
for us that we can be freed from the condemnation of all our sins.
Thanks to the condemnation that Jesus had borne, we have already
borne all our condemnation of sin through our faith in His baptism.
Truly, we have been saved by faith. In a way, salvation is utterly
simple. If we believe in the gift and love of salvation, we can
be saved, but if we do not believe, then we cannot be saved.
Apart from the Salvation
Fulfilled by God, There Is Nothing That We Can Do to Be Saved
We cannot do anything at all for our
salvation, were it not for God. As our Lord decided to save us in
this way even before the creation and fulfilled our salvation, everything
depends on how God decides. God the Father decided to save us through
His Son and the Holy Spirit, and when the determined time came,
He sent His only begotten Son Jesus to this earth. When Jesus turned
30 and the time came for Him to fulfill these works of salvation,
the Father then made Christ be baptized and die on the Cross, resurrected
Him, and has thereby saved us. We are saved by learning and knowing
what the Lord has done for us from the Word of the Old and New Testaments,
and by believing in it in our hearts. Being saved by believing in
our hearts is none other than accepting faith into our hearts.
Do you believe that this Word of the
Bible is the Word of God? None other than this Bible is God Himself
who has existed since the beginning, and His Word. Through the Word
of the Old and New Testaments, the Word of God, we can know and
meet God. And through the Word of the Old and New Testament, we
can realize and believe that he has saved us through the blue, purple,
and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen. Also, because those
who actually believe in this truth are saved, they can testify that
this Word has power for sure. We should not judge and measure the
Word of God with our own narrow thoughts, but we must rather realize
from it how exactly God has saved us.
From the Old and New Testament, I
hope and pray that you would all now hear and believe in the Word
of the blue (Jesus' baptism), purple (Jesus is King of kings), and
scarlet thread (the Cross), and the fine woven linen (God's Word
of the Old and New Testament). If you put aside the Word of God
and judge His Word with your own measuring rod for the rest of your
life, you will never be saved.
If you recognize yourself that you
do not know the Word of God well, then you must listen carefully
to what the predecessors of faith say. Whether they are pastors,
workers, or laymen, when you listen to the Word of God preached
by them, and when what they are preaching is indeed right before
God, all that you have to do is recognize that it is right and believe
it in your hearts.
Those who spread the Word do not spread
it because it is so easy, but they do so because what they are spreading
is right before God. This is why they preach the right knowledge
before God-that is, the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the
truth of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven
linen. Regardless of from whom we hear it, if it is the true Word
of God, then there is nothing else that we can do but accept it
with a yes, for there is not a single jot nor a tittle that is wrong
with God's Word.
We must believe in the Word of God.
What is 'believing'? It is to accept. It is to trust. In other words,
because our Lord was baptized for us, we entrust all our infirmities
to Him and rely on Him. "Did the Lord really save me by doing
this? I trust and believe in You." Believing like this is the
Among the theologians of this world,
it is very hard to find anyone who knows and believes correctly.
Even before reaching the laver, they are stuck at the gate of the
court of the Tabernacle, unable to even enter into the court. When
they give sermons on the Tabernacle, they make a conscientious effort
to shrewdly skirt the gate of its court, and when they publish books
on the Tabernacle, they insert illustrations that leave out the
huge gate that took up over 9 m of the court's fence.
Occasionally, there are some who boldly
preach about the gate of the court of the Tabernacle, but because
they do not know the fundamental substance of the blue thread, they
only say, "blue is the color of the sky." So they claim
that the blue thread is the color of the sky that manifests that
Jesus is God Himself, and that the scarlet thread refers to the
blood that Jesus shed on the Cross while on this earth, thereby
skirting over, very shrewdly, the truth of the gate of the court
of the Tabernacle. What about purple? Purple tells us that Jesus
is the King of king and God Himself. The divinity of Jesus is already
held in the purple thread perfectly, so that there is no need to
reiterate the truth with another color of thread.
The truth of the blue thread is that
Jesus came to this earth and took all the sins of mankind on Himself
all at once by being baptized by John. But the theologians of this
world, because they do not recognize this baptism of Jesus, can
neither know it, nor preach it, but only utter their nonsense. Those
who are not born again by not believing in Jesus who came by the
blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen do not
know that Jesus took all sins upon Himself through baptism and bore
their condemnation. As such, they have become spiritually blinded
and unable to solve the Word, and therefore they have religionized
the Word of God by interpreting it arbitrarily based on their own
thoughts. They teach, "Believe in Jesus. You'll then be saved.
And be good and meek from now on." They have turned faith in
Jesus Christ into a mere religion that only emphasizes their virtuous
Because people know that they cannot
be good no matter how hard they try, they are easily deceived by
such words that invoke the will of mankind to try to be good. Religions
follow the same old pattern, "If you try, you can do,"
or "Try your best to become holy." The common theme running
across all religions is that they rate the decent thoughts, efforts,
and will of mankind very highly. What about, for example, Buddhism?
Buddhism emphasizes the endless efforts and will of mankind and
teaches its followers to try to become holy by themselves, saying,
"Do not kill; seek the truth and be good." In certain
ways, its teachings are quite similar to Christian doctrines. The
reason why Christianity and Buddhism appear so closely related despite
being at the opposite end of each other is because they are both
Religion and faith are completely
different from each other. The true faith is to recognize and accept
into our hearts the gift that our Lord, who has saved us solely
through the righteousness of God, has given us. Faith is receiving
the remission of sin by believing in our hearts that the Lord came
to this earth and was baptized to take our sins upon Himself, and
that He bore all the condemnation of our sins by being crucified.
Believing that the Lord has delivered us from all our sins and condemnation
by saving us through the water and the Spirit is faith. Do you believe?
We must truly believe in our hearts.
God Has Already Saved You
and Me from All Our Sins
As such, all that we have to do is
just believe this in our hearts and accept it. This is what the
truly obedient children of God have to do before Him, and everything
else is not that important. Because God has loved you, He sent His
only begotten Son to this earth, made Him take your sins upon Himself
by having Him be baptized, had Him crucified and bleed, and put
Him to death by condemning Him, resurrected Him, and has thereby
saved you from all your sins.
Then, if you do not believe in this
truth, how would God feel? Even now, if you want to become His obedient
sons and daughters who can please His heart, then you must believe
that God has, through His Son, blotted out all your sins and saved
you from them. If you believe in your hearts and in thankfulness,
you must then confess with your mouths. Do you also want to believe
in Him, but it seems to be too difficult for you to believe in your
heart? Then, try to confess your faith with your mouth clearly.
When you thus confess that you believe, then faith will be planted
and grow little by little. Faith belongs to those who take it bravely.
Let's assume for a moment that I have
a real diamond ring. Let's further assume that I would give it to
you, but one of you refuse to accept it saying that he/she cannot
believe that the ring is made of real diamond. Although the ring
is a real diamond ring, because this person did not believe, it
is not diamond for him/her, and so he/she has now lost the chance
to get a real diamond ring.
Faith is like this. If an authoritative
gemologist proved to people with his/her written statement that
the ring is made of real diamond, they would come to believe so.
God has told us in detail through His written Word that the salvation
He has given us is true. And those who believe in His salvation
because His Word testifies so are the people of faith. "It's
hard for me to believe that it's actually true, but since You who
are the Absolute One say that it's true, I believe so." When
people thus believe, they can then become the people of faith, and
the most precious gift becomes theirs as promised.
On the other hand, there is also a
different kind of faith. Let's assume that a swindler imitated a
diamond ring, and that someone bought it intoxicated by its brilliant
colors, convinced that it was a genuine one. This person is totally
convinced that he/she made a wise choice, but in fact, he/she has
been cheated. When people believe in false witnesses who claim that
the ring is made of diamond when it is not, then this fake diamond
is the same as the real diamond for these people, for they believe
blindly that the ring is made of diamond. But what they have, of
course, is only a fake. Likewise, there are people who have false
faith. Even though they are convinced of their faith, it is false,
groundless and mystical, for it did not come from God's Word.
God said, "Do not worship other
gods but Me." The Word of God is God Himself, and the Word
tells us that unless we are born of water and the Spirit, we cannot
see the Kingdom of God (John 3:5). God is telling us that without
first going through the gate of the court of the Tabernacle woven
of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen,
we cannot enter into the Tabernacle's court, and that those who
do not first wash their hands and feet clean in the laver cannot
enter into the Tabernacle. As only this Word is the truth, anything
other than this is all a fake.
Only faith in the truth is the real
faith, and faith in anything else is all fake. No matter how ardently
people might have believed, what is not the Word of God is not the
Word of God to the very end. When Jesus tells you that He has made
all your sins disappear with His baptism and the blood of the Cross,
all that you have to do is just believe. Since the One who says
that He has done so is God, this faith in His Word is real. If our
Lord has not really done this, then this is His wrongdoing, and
your faith itself is not wrong. On the other hand, if the Lord has
definitely done so, and yet you did not believe and therefore was
not saved, then this is clearly all your own responsibility. This
is why what we have to do is believe. We must believe what God speaks
to us through His Church. Do you believe?
What is the Word spoken through the
Church? It is the Word of Jesus Christ who came to us by the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen. The Church
spreads all the Word of God, that Jesus took our sins upon Himself
by being baptized, that Jesus is God Himself, and that He bore the
condemnation of all our sins on the Cross. Faith in this truth,
that Jesus has thus saved us, is the faith of real diamond guaranteed
When we first know the will of God
and the spiritual meanings manifested in the Tabernacle and then
speak of them, it is this simple. But if we were to pursue, unable
to know them, only superficial knowledge about the external format
of the Tabernacle, the original Hebrew word for it, or the historical
background to it, then we will not benefit at all but only end up
with a headache.
Believe in the baptism of Jesus. Jesus
received the baptism that cleanses away all the dark, filthy sins
that are even in our hearts. Baptism means to wash away sin, to
pass on, to bury, to transfer, and to cover. It is because Jesus
received such baptism that He took all your sins upon Himself. Those
who do not believe in this now will all be put to death and cast
out to hell. "You shall also make a laver of bronze, with
its base also of bronze, for washing... So they shall wash their
hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever
to them-to him and his descendants throughout their generations"
(Exodus 30:18, 21). Not to believe is to be cursed. Not to believe
is to be cast out to hell. If you do not believe, the curse of Jehovah
and destruction will descend upon you, and you will be thrown into
the eternal fire.
"So they shall wash their
hands and their feet, lest they die." God said this to
the High Priest, saying that it is an eternal law that he and his
descendants throughout their generations must abide by. Anyone who
wants to believe in Jesus as his/her Savior must believe in His
baptism and the blood of the Cross. Faith belongs to those who take
it bravely. Salvation becomes yours when you accept it into your
hearts by believing. Truth can be beneficial to us only when we
believe in it. We must believe in what God has told us. There is
no obstacle to a heart that is greater than disbelief.
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God said that when priests come before
Him, they must first wash their hands and feet clean at the bronze
laver, and yet there are too many people who have no faith to wash
their hands and feet with the water of the laver. Everyone who does
not have this faith manifested in the laver will all be put to death
before God. Believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit in
your hearts and be washed clean, and thereby go before God, avoid
your death, and receive His Kingdom as your gift. No matter how
much you argue and insist before God, you will most certainly be
condemned for not believing when you were given a chance. I hope
and pray that no one among you would face death for not believing
in the truth.
If you do not believe in the truth
of salvation that has blotted out your sins with the baptism of
Jesus and His blood of the Cross, you will be greatly harmed. Do
you believe? We must give our thanks to God for saving us from our
sins and condemnation through the laver.
The remaining part of the Tabernacle
will be discussed in sequels to this book. I hope you all have the
privilege of becoming God's children through the messages in these