Report On the China Bible Conference, October, 2009
Dear friends in the Lord,
Two days after my return from London, I flew to Nanjing from Guangzhou to attend the five-day Bible Conference there, for my loving wife and son had booked me a return ticket long before. There were round five hundred pastors and preachers present from different parts of China, with a few from overseas countries. This Conference takes place, three times a year now, normally during our National holidays--in the first seven days of May, October and the Chinese New Year Week.
In my heart I've always desired to make a short report to keep you informed about what GOD is doing here in China and to strengthen our friendship and fellowship in Jesus Christ. The Conference focused on Mt 25:1-13 The Ten Bridemaids. Down below is a VERY small part of the meeting.
V 1 "The kingdom of heaven is like this."
The kingdom of heaven is the will of the Father in heaven (Mt7:21). The law is the will of GOD (Rom2:1
. What Paul preaches is the law (Ac24:14). What Yahveh proclaims through his servants the prophets is the law (2Ki17:13, Dan9:9-11). So, the whole Bible is a book of the law. The law is the glorious name of Yahveh (Dt28:5
, and so are the commands (Mal 2:1-3). The law is the words from the mouth of GOD (Jer9:12-13CPs119:65-72). And man lives by every word from the mouth of GOD (Mt4:4).
Then how can we know the words from the mouth of GOD? The words of the Bible were Yahveh GOD (2Ch34:21, 2Ki22:13)...And what is got by casting lots with the measuring line is the words from His mouth (Isa34:16-17). The Lord speaks through an alien tongue and a foreign lip, a little here and a little there, and explains the message of the Bible (Isa28:9-13). What the Lord speaks through the foreign tongue is Jesus (1Co 14:21)--the word. The words of the Bible which are explained are Jesus himself (Lk24:25-27)--the word of GOD our Savior (Ti 2:9-10).
Jesus is the Word (Jn1:1-2), and Jesus is the word from of old (Pr8:22-32). To persecute the believers of the word is to persecute Jesus (Ac15:7, 9:1-5)...
Yahveh is the lamp (2Sam22:29).
GOD says, "I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and they will prophecy."(Ac2:17-1
. Prophecy is to speak the words of GOD in the Holy Spirit with nothing of men (2Pe1:20-21), for the things of men belong to Satan (Mt16:21-23). The prophets who spoke the words of GOD are now in heaven (Heb 12:22-23, Rev6:9-10, 13:5-6).
"GOD says": Christ belongs to GOD (1Co 3:23). The Lord speaks through an alien tongue (1Co14:21), and the words Christ speaks are spirit (Jn6:62-65). The Lord speaks face to face to Israel through Moses standing between and proclaiming His words (Dt5:1-5). The words of GOD are Spirit (Eph6:17, Jn6:62-63).When we have something not good born in us, Jesus won't entrust himself to us (Jn2:16-25). Jesus speaks and opens the Scriptues (Lk24:30-35). When He entrusts Himself to us, our minds will be opened and understand the Scriptures (Lk24:44-45).
"All flesh": Those who are flesh have no spirit (Jude17-19).
"My Spirit": The words of GOD are spirit (Jn3:34).
Why is the oil on the head of Aaron (Ps133:1-2-3)?
Yahweh taught Moses to speak, and Aaron served as the mouth of Moses who served as GOD for Aaron (Ex4:10-16), for what Moses spoke was the word of GOD and Yahweh GOD (Nu9:23). Aaron spoke all the words that Yahweh had spoken to Moses (Ex4:27-30). Aaron did all the things that Yahweh had commanded Moses (Lev8:31-32,36). What Moses spoke would endure from generation to generation (Nu15:22-23). Yahveh seeks out what has gone by (Ecc3:14-15). He has rasied up one like Moses among our brothers (Dt18:17-22) so that we can inherit the covenant of our fathers, that is, this Bible (Ac3:22-26). The law of Moses (the words of the Bible explained) is the words spoken by Jesus (Jn5:45-47). The words of the law are our everlasting life (Dt32:45-47). The end of the law is Christ (Rom10:4).
Moses speaks in the Spirit and distributes the Spirit upon the seventy elders (Nu11:16-17,23-29), and Israel eats the same spiritual food and drinks the same spirtual drink (1Co10:1-11)...
V 2 "Five of them are foolish and five are wise."
To use the wisdom of the world and its discernment is the foolish before GOD, for they cannot know GOD (1Co1:18-21). For, to use the wisdom of the world, the Holy Spirit cannot work within us. The wisdom of GOD is His law (Dt4:1-6). To read aloud the book of the law is the foolishness of Paul's proclaimation. To speak and act according to the law, this is the great wisdom of GOD (James2:12-13). To abandon Yahwweh, Yahweh will abandon us (1Ch28:9)...
V 3-4 How to know that the Holy Spirit is in everyone of us?
As we keep His commands, we have the Spirit of truth in us (Jn14:15-26). His commands are the words He commanded (Jn15:14-16).
The Holy Spirit the Comforter or the Advocate will remind us of what He has spoken. The Spirit of GOD will lead us (Rom8:4-17), and we will follow the things of the Spirit. The law is spiritual (Rom7:14). The law of Moses has been written by Yahweh GOD on the mountain(Ex24:12), the mountain of Yahweh where He teaches by Himself (Mic4:1-2). Those who are taught by GOD come to Jesus (Jn6:45). Those who are taught by GOD will mind their business (1Th4:9-11), and then comes the lifting-up in the end(4:15-1
When the Holy Spirit is within us, He will guide us into all truth and speak what He hears(Jn16:7-15). He will convict us about sin...
How to tell the words of GOD when they come up in our hearts?
The words from the mouth of GOD are before us and have not run away from us and want to be our shepherd iJer17:14-1
. If His words are the joy of our hearts, we will be His mouth (Jer15:16-21). When the Spirit moves us to speak, and we don't, there will be a fire in our bones (Jer20:7), and a distress (Ps39:1-4). To speak in the Spirit, he won't flatter (Job32:18-22)...
V 5-6 "The bridegroom is delayed."
GOD does not want a single soul to perish, but wills everyone to repent (2Pe3:9). This is the time the day declines and the shadows of evening lengthens (Jer6:1-4), the time for Benjamin to rise up, Benjamin, whose soul is to leave (Gen35:16-19)...
"LookIHere is the bridegroom."
The Word is Jesus!
Once more, I must admit that this report is really incomplete and far from satisfactory. If you are inspired to come for it one day, please feel free to contact me. And I will be honored to show you around a bit. My email: email@example.com
With every blessing!
Rev Prof John Chao