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2 Corinthians 12:1–4 (NKJV)1 It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.Most scholars would say Paul was referring to himself here. He was caught up into the third heaven, where the Heavenly Father and Jesus dwell. The third heaven is also called Paradise. Up in the third heaven, Paul heard words that could not be expressed in the natural language and not lawful to say; meaning he was not authorised nor permitted to say.When he was caught up into the third heaven, of course he saw visions and received revelations of the Lord and things from Him. These visions and revelations of heaven gave Paul an absolutely clearer understanding of both heaven and spiritual things than us here reading from the Bible.It was God who brought Paul into the third heaven that he may see and know, and to receive the extraordinary abundance of revelations, that would raise him up to a far higher spiritual level of understanding.2 Corinthians 12:7 (NKJV) And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.The “abundance of the revelations” means “extremely more revelations”, “extraordinary abundance of revelations”. These extraordinary abundance of spiritual revelations lifted Paul’s faith to a much higher level because faith comes from knowledge. With greater knowledge that came through the abundance of revelations, also came a greater cooperation with the Holy Ghost that He may manifest Himself in a greater measure. It would lift Paul up to operate in the realm of the Spirit at a level far above any other ordinary minister could. Paul was able to minister with great grace, great power, and with far more greater effectiveness. In order to prevent Paul from operating from such a higher level of spirituality, Satan sent a messenger, a demonic spirit, to buffet Paul. One dictionary definition says, it was a supernatural being (spirit) that fulfils the purpose of Satan. Obviously it was not God sent. The word “buffet” means “to strike, to beat”. The demonic spirit kept beating or striking him down so that Paul could not operate from such a high spiritual level. Preachers generally minister at a certain level or measure. The extraordinary abundance of revelations would lift Paul above that general ordinary level or measure. But Satan’s demonic spirit tried again and again to oppress Paul to keep him from operating above the ordinary spiritual level of ministry.Why would God send a demonic spirit to beat or buffet Paul to prevent him from rising higher spiritually? It was not God but Satan who did it.Paul’s thorn in the flesh was not God sent. It was a demonic spirit, a messenger sent by Satan to oppress Paul, to keep him from producing effective results because of his abundance of revelations. - Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

2 Corinthians 12:1–4 (NKJV)
1 It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: 
2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 
3 And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—
4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Most scholars would say Paul was referring to himself here. He was caught up into the third heaven, where the Heavenly Father and Jesus dwell. The third heaven is also called Paradise. Up in the third heaven, Paul heard words that could not be expressed in the natural language and not lawful to say; meaning he was not authorised nor permitted to say.

When he was caught up into the third heaven, of course he saw visions and received revelations of the Lord and things from Him. These visions and revelations of heaven gave Paul an absolutely clearer understanding of both heaven and spiritual things than us here reading from the Bible.

It was God who brought Paul into the third heaven that he may see and know, and to receive the extraordinary abundance of revelations, that would raise him up to a far higher spiritual level of understanding.

2 Corinthians 12:7 (NKJV) And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

The “abundance of the revelations” means “extremely more revelations”, “extraordinary abundance of revelations”. These extraordinary abundance of spiritual revelations lifted Paul’s faith to a much higher level because faith comes from knowledge. With greater knowledge that came through the abundance of revelations, also came a greater cooperation with the Holy Ghost that He may manifest Himself in a greater measure. It would lift Paul up to operate in the realm of the Spirit at a level far above any other ordinary minister could. Paul was able to minister with great grace, great power, and with far more greater effectiveness. 

In order to prevent Paul from operating from such a higher level of spirituality, Satan sent a messenger, a demonic spirit, to buffet Paul. One dictionary definition says, it was a supernatural being (spirit) that fulfils the purpose of Satan. Obviously it was not God sent. The word “buffet” means “to strike, to beat”. The demonic spirit kept beating or striking him down so that Paul could not operate from such a high spiritual level. Preachers generally minister at a certain level or measure. The extraordinary abundance of revelations would lift Paul above that general ordinary level or measure. But Satan’s demonic spirit tried again and again to oppress Paul to keep him from operating above the ordinary spiritual level of ministry.

Why would God send a demonic spirit to beat or buffet Paul to prevent him from rising higher spiritually? It was not God but Satan who did it.

Paul’s thorn in the flesh was not God sent. It was a demonic spirit, a messenger sent by Satan to oppress Paul, to keep him from producing effective results because of his abundance of revelations. 

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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The late Kenneth E. Hagin had two visions in 1970 and 1979. The visions were concerning America. But today we can see it played out in Hong Kong. Through his visions, the churches can learn how to deal with the satanic strategies against Hong Kong. It is also a vital lesson for churches found in any nation or city.There are three things churches could learn from the two visions to prevent the Hong Kong crisis from happening in our city or country.1. Understand the three strategies of Satan. 2. Have the knowledge and understand how to you use your God given authority in the Name of Jesus to deal with Satan.3. Pray with understanding and with unknown tongues regarding the mysteries of Satan’s schemes for we do not know how to pray as we ought concerning what is to come.The Vision of the ‘Frogs’ by Kenneth E. HaginThe vision of the three frogs can be found in the book TRIUMPHANT CHURCH by Kenneth E. Hagin, Faith Library Publications, USA.I had two very similar visions and unusual spiritual experiences, one in 1970 and the other in 1979, that showed me how real our responsibility is to pray for our nation and for the world. In both visions I saw three huge, black, frog-like creatures coming up out of the Atlantic Ocean. They looked like huge frogs except they were much larger - about the size of whales. In the first vision in 1970, I saw these dark beings come up out of the Atlantic, and they seemed to leap all the way across the land. In the second vision in 1979, I again saw three frog-like creatures, and one of those creatures came up out of the water and looked like it was about to land on our shores. You need to to know how to interpret spiritual visions. Because these creatures came out of the ocean doesn’t mean they came up out of a literal ocean. From Genesis to Revelation, “seas” or “waters” often symbolises a multitude of people. In the first vision, I knew that the three frog-like creatures leaping across our country meant that three strategies of the devil would arise out of the multitude of peoples against our nation. The first strategy of Satan would be riots and disturbances. The second, would be political upheaval (Watergate, as it turned out). And the third, problems in the economic sector of our nation. These evil strategies from the enemy don’t arise from the Christian population; they come from the masses of those walking in darkness because sinners are held in bondage and dominated by the devil in the kingdom of darkness. In the second vision in 1979, Jesus said to me, “If the Christians of this nation had done what I told them to do in My Word and had prayed for the leaders of their country, they could have kept those evil spirits you saw in 1970 from operating in this nation. None of those upheavals would have occurred in your nation. You would not have had the political, social, and economic disturbances in this nation, and the President never would have made the mistakes he made. In fact, I’m holding the Church responsible for the President’s mistakes.” Jesus was saying that Christians could have stopped those evil strategies of the devil by taking their place in prayer based on the Word of God. Christians have authority on the earth in Jesus’ Name, and if Christians had prayed for those in authority, America would not have had the riots or the political and economic upheavals we experienced in our nation in the 1970s.In this vision in 1979, I saw those other frogs about to land on our shores again, and Jesus said to me, “You can see that three similar evil strategies of the devil are about to happen again in this nation. First, unless Christians pray, there will arise another time of riots and tumults and disturbances all across the nation, coming from different causes than the disturbances of the early 1970s. "Second", He said, "something is about to happen to your President that should not happen and will not happen if Christians will pray, and take authority over the devil’s strategies and bind his works in My Name. And third, unless Christians pray, there is something about to happen that will bring further trouble in the economic scene and in the financial structure of this nation.” Jesus concluded, “Once again, Christians can stop all three of these strategies of the devil against this nation. They can stop the upheaval through riots, tumults, and disturbances in the social structure. They can stop the upheaval and the activity of the devil in the political scene of their nation. And they can stop the devil from disrupting the financial scene of their nation.”Satan’s three strategies are being played out in Hong Kong now at the time of writing this article. Firstly, there are riots and disturbances. Secondly, there is political upheaval, and thirdly, problems in the economic sector have begun to emerge. What should the churches do?1. Bind the strategies of Satan in the Name of Jesus. Command Satan to stop operating through the leaders who are used by Satan to cause this crisis.2. Ask God to give the people of Hong Kong the spirit of wisdom and understanding so that the eyes of their spirit may see and know, so as not to be Satan’s instruments.3. Pray much with unknown tongues for you do not know how to pray as you ought (Romans 8:26). We also cannot see Satan’s schemes because they are in the spirit realm, therefore a mystery to the human mind (Ephesians 6:10-12,18; 1 Corinthians 14:2).- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The late Kenneth E. Hagin had two visions in 1970 and 1979. The visions were concerning America. But today we can see it played out in Hong Kong. Through his visions, the churches can learn how to deal with the satanic strategies against Hong Kong. It is also a vital lesson for churches found in any nation or city.

There are three things churches could learn from the two visions to prevent the Hong Kong crisis from happening in our city or country.
1. Understand the three strategies of Satan. 
2. Have the knowledge and understand how to you use your God given authority in the Name of Jesus to deal with Satan.
3. Pray with understanding and with unknown tongues regarding the mysteries of Satan’s schemes for we do not know how to pray as we ought concerning what is to come.

The Vision of the ‘Frogs’ by Kenneth E. Hagin
The vision of the three frogs can be found in the book TRIUMPHANT CHURCH by Kenneth E. Hagin, Faith Library Publications, USA.

I had two very similar visions and unusual spiritual experiences, one in 1970 and the other in 1979, that showed me how real our responsibility is to pray for our nation and for the world. In both visions I saw three huge, black, frog-like creatures coming up out of the Atlantic Ocean. They looked like huge frogs except they were much larger - about the size of whales.   

In the first vision in 1970, I saw these dark beings come up out of the Atlantic, and they seemed to leap all the way across the land. In the second vision in 1979, I again saw three frog-like creatures, and one of those creatures came up out of the water and looked like it was about to land on our shores.     

You need to to know how to interpret spiritual visions. Because these creatures came out of the ocean doesn’t mean they came up out of a literal ocean. From Genesis to Revelation, “seas” or “waters” often symbolises a multitude of people.     

In the first vision, I knew that the three frog-like creatures leaping across our country meant that three strategies of the devil would arise out of the multitude of peoples against our nation. The first strategy of Satan would be riots and disturbances. The second, would be political upheaval (Watergate, as it turned out). And the third, problems in the economic sector of our nation.    

These evil strategies from the enemy don’t arise from the Christian population; they come from the masses of those walking in darkness because sinners are held in bondage and dominated by the devil in the kingdom of darkness.     

In the second vision in 1979, Jesus said to me, “If the Christians of this nation had done what I told them to do in My Word and had prayed for the leaders of their country, they could have kept those evil spirits you saw in 1970 from operating in this nation. None of those upheavals would have occurred in your nation. You would not have had the political, social, and economic disturbances in this nation, and the President never would have made the mistakes he made. In fact, I’m holding the Church responsible for the President’s mistakes.”                                                                                                                                                   

Jesus was saying that Christians could have stopped those evil strategies of the devil by taking their place in prayer based on the Word of God. Christians have authority on the earth in Jesus’ Name, and if Christians had prayed for those in authority, America would not have had the riots or the political and economic upheavals we experienced in our nation in the 1970s.

In this vision in 1979, I saw those other frogs about to land on our shores again, and Jesus said to me, “You can see that three similar evil strategies of the devil are about to happen again in this nation. First, unless Christians pray, there will arise another time of riots and tumults and disturbances all across the nation, coming from different causes than the disturbances of the early 1970s.    

Second, He said, something is about to happen to your President that should not happen and will not happen if Christians will pray, and take authority over the devil’s strategies and bind his works in My Name. And third, unless Christians pray, there is something about to happen that will bring further trouble in the economic scene and in the financial structure of this nation.”    

Jesus concluded, “Once again, Christians can stop all three of these strategies of the devil against this nation. They can stop the upheaval through riots, tumults, and disturbances in the social structure. They can stop the upheaval and the activity of the devil in the political scene of their nation. And they can stop the devil from disrupting the financial scene of their nation.”

Satan’s three strategies are being played out in Hong Kong now at the time of writing this article. Firstly, there are riots and disturbances. Secondly, there is political upheaval, and thirdly, problems in the economic sector have begun to emerge. 

What should the churches do?
1. Bind the strategies of Satan in the Name of Jesus. Command Satan to stop operating through the leaders who are used by Satan to cause this crisis.
2. Ask God to give the people of Hong Kong the spirit of wisdom and understanding so that the eyes of their spirit may see and know, so as not to be Satan’s instruments.
3. Pray much with unknown tongues for you do not know how to pray as you ought (Romans 8:26). We also cannot see Satan’s schemes because they are in the spirit realm, therefore a mystery to the human mind (Ephesians 6:10-12,18; 1 Corinthians 14:2).

- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

The fifth pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts”. The five fold ministry gifts operate in the universal church at large. They are necessary for the building up of the Body of Christ “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God—a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:13–14).#5 Pillar : THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY GIFTS 1 Corinthians 12:28 (KJV)
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.Paul grouped all the ministry gifts here and said that it was God who set people into these ministry gifts in the Church. The Holy Ghost had Paul list them down - apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles and gifts of healings are the works of the evangelist, governments are the works of the pastors who govern the local churches. There are also people whom God set in the church for the ministry of diversities of unknown tongues. Listed among the apostles and prophets are people whom God set in the ministry of helps in the churches. These people are specially set into positions to help the church supernaturally. When God sets someone in the office of a ministry gift, he or she will have the grace of God to function in that office. Therefore it is imperative that someone whom God did not set in any of these ministry gifts, should not try to operate from that office. Do not try to be an apostle if God did not set you into that office. If you do, you will not have the grace of God to operate and to function in and from that office. For example, someone whom God sets in the office of a pastor in a local church, will have the pastoral wisdom to govern and to oversee the sheep in his fold. Likewise, if God did not set you into the office of a prophet, you will not have the grace to see into the future and teach like a prophet. Believers in a local church will partake and benefit from the grace that is upon the pastoral office. And every sheep needs a shepherd. In the natural, the sheep needs a shepherd and spiritually, a believer needs a pastor (spiritual shepherd). If you think you do not need a local church and a pastor, then why did God ordain a pastor to oversee a local church in the first place? An apostle who starts churches will also have the pastoral wisdom when he oversees the churches he started. In conclusion, the five pillars which supported the outer veil between the Holy Place and the Outer Court are types of the five channels through which the grace of the Presence of God moved from the Holy of Holies into the Holy Place and which flowed to the Outer Court where the believers and unbelievers are now. The five pillars that typify the five ways through which grace flows into the local church should be taught, experienced and testified. By teaching this to the believers, they will have faith to receive from these five pillars. The experiences of the believers will inspire the church to operate at a higher spiritual level of faith. Then grace will be multiplied in your church. Acts 4:33 (NKJV)
33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.Where there is great grace, there will be great power of the Holy Ghost coming into manifestation. Many needs shall be met and the Gospel will go forth with great effect. God has ordained these five pillars to typify the five ways His great grace be released into and through the church. It is not an option to not have any of these. We should embrace and desire all the five channels through which His great grace is released.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The fifth pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts”. The five fold ministry gifts operate in the universal church at large. They are necessary for the building up of the Body of Christ “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God—a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:13–14).

#5 Pillar : THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY GIFTS 

1 Corinthians 12:28 (KJV)
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Paul grouped all the ministry gifts here and said that it was God who set people into these ministry gifts in the Church. The Holy Ghost had Paul list them down - apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles and gifts of healings are the works of the evangelist, governments are the works of the pastors who govern the local churches. There are also people whom God set in the church for the ministry of diversities of unknown tongues. Listed among the apostles and prophets are people whom God set in the ministry of helps in the churches. These people are specially set into positions to help the church supernaturally. 

When God sets someone in the office of a ministry gift, he or she will have the grace of God to function in that office. Therefore it is imperative that someone whom God did not set in any of these ministry gifts, should not try to operate from that office. Do not try to be an apostle if God did not set you into that office. If you do, you will not have the grace of God to operate and to function in and from that office. For example, someone whom God sets in the office of a pastor in a local church, will have the pastoral wisdom to govern and to oversee the sheep in his fold. Likewise, if God did not set you into the office of a prophet, you will not have the grace to see into the future and teach like a prophet. 

Believers in a local church will partake and benefit from the grace that is upon the pastoral office. And every sheep needs a shepherd. In the natural, the sheep needs a shepherd and spiritually, a believer needs a pastor (spiritual shepherd). If you think you do not need a local church and a pastor, then why did God ordain a pastor to oversee a local church in the first place? An apostle who starts churches will also have the pastoral wisdom when he oversees the churches he started. 

In conclusion, the five pillars which supported the outer veil between the Holy Place and the Outer Court are types of the five channels through which the grace of the Presence of God moved from the Holy of Holies into the Holy Place and which flowed to the Outer Court where the believers and unbelievers are now. 

The five pillars that typify the five ways through which grace flows into the local church should be taught, experienced and testified. By teaching this to the believers, they will have faith to receive from these five pillars. The experiences of the believers will inspire the church to operate at a higher spiritual level of faith. Then grace will be multiplied in your church. 

Acts 4:33 (NKJV)
33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

Where there is great grace, there will be great power of the Holy Ghost coming into manifestation. Many needs shall be met and the Gospel will go forth with great effect. 

God has ordained these five pillars to typify the five ways His great grace be released into and through the church. It is not an option to not have any of these. We should embrace and desire all the five channels through which His great grace is released.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

The fourth pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit”. These are the nine manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The door to these supernatural manifestations of the gifts is the baptism with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues. #4 Pillar : THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 1 Corinthians 12:7–11 (NKJV)
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.The gift of speaking with unknown tongues when baptised with the Holy Ghost is a gift that you always possess. Whereas the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit listed above are only available to you if they are in manifestation. It is the Holy Spirit’s sovereign will to manifest upon whomever He chooses. When the Holy Spirit manifests, the gifts of His grace are released. Once the manifestation ceases, you no longer have any of these nine gifts; you do not possess them.Another point to note is that the gift of speaking with unknown tongues is as you will. Since you have the gift in your possession, you decide when and where you want to use it. On the contrary, the manifestation of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are given only when they are in manifestation and according to the Holy Spirit’s will. They are the gifts of grace. Paul told us to covet the best gifts.1 Corinthians 12:31 (NKJV)
31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.The word “gift” is the Greek word “charisma” which means the gift of grace. Teaching these gifts will create desire in the hearts of the believers. When you teach and operate in these gifts in the local church, this pillar of grace will be found in your church. These gifts are essential to both the local church and individuals in the church. For example, when the word of wisdom is in manifestation, it reveals the future. Your pastor will be able to pray and guide you, to prepare you for what is ahead. However, the word of knowledge reveals the past and the present which your pastor may use to counsel you for the current situation. These gifts release tremendous power to intervene in the course of nature for your your life, to receive healing, or deliverance from demonic spirits. These gifts strengthen, encourage and bring comfort to the believer in need.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The fourth pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit”. These are the nine manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The door to these supernatural manifestations of the gifts is the baptism with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues. 

#4 Pillar : THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

1 Corinthians 12:7–11 (NKJV)
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

The gift of speaking with unknown tongues  when baptised with the Holy Ghost is a gift that you always possess. Whereas the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit listed above are only available to you if they are in manifestation. It is the Holy Spirit’s sovereign will to manifest upon whomever He chooses. When the Holy Spirit manifests, the gifts of His grace are released. Once the manifestation ceases, you no longer have any of these nine gifts; you do not possess them.

Another point to note is that the gift of speaking with unknown tongues is as you will. Since you have the gift in your possession, you decide when and where you want to use it. On the contrary, the manifestation of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are given only when they are in manifestation and according to the Holy Spirit’s will. They are the gifts of grace. 

Paul told us to covet the best gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:31 (NKJV)
31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

The word “gift” is the Greek word “charisma” which means the gift of grace. Teaching these gifts will create desire in the hearts of the believers. When you teach and operate in these gifts in the local church, this pillar of grace will be found in your church. 

These gifts are essential to both the local church and individuals in the church. For example, when the word of wisdom is in manifestation, it reveals the future. Your pastor will be able to pray and guide you, to prepare you for what is ahead. However, the word of knowledge reveals the past and the present which your pastor may use to counsel you for the current situation. These gifts release tremendous power to intervene in the course of nature for your your life, to receive healing, or deliverance from demonic spirits. These gifts strengthen, encourage and bring comfort to the believer in need.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

The third pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Leading of the Holy Spirit”. Without this pillar, the believers in the local church will not be able to grow beyond a certain spiritual level. When the believers are enabled to constantly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, they are able to reach a higher level of spiritual maturity. The Word of Truth is the most important ingredient for spiritual growth. But developing the believer’s spirit to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading consistently, will help develop their spiritual maturity further than those who do not know how to.A real deeper walk with God is not for someone who only knows the Word, but for one who follows the Holy Spirit deeper into the depths of the Spirit. The ability of your spirit to hear from the Holy Ghost and the ability to draw from the depths of the Spirit will take you further into the realm of the spirit that many have not reached before. To know how to follow the Holy Spirit is to know how to flow with Him in the many prayer streams and to flow with the gifts of the Holy Ghost when He manifests.#3 Pillar : THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Galatians 5:4 (NET)
5:4 You who are trying to be declared righteous by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace!Fallen from grace means:90.72 ἐκπίπτωf: to no longer experience a state or condition—‘to be outside of, to experience no longer.’ τῆς χάριτος ἐξεπέσατε ‘you no longer experienced (God’s) grace’ Ga 5:4. For another interpretation of ἐκπίπτω in Ga 5:4, see 34.26.
[Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 807). New York: United Bible Societies.]The Jews tried to justify their righteousness by the law. Hence, they no longer experienced the grace of God that comes by righteousness, justified by faith in Christ Jesus. Consequently, they fell from a higher level of grace to a lower level. Galatians 5:18 (NET)
5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace and He dwells in our spirit. He recreated our spirits and made them righteous on the day we were born again. Therefore we should not go back to the life made righteous by the law. Instead, we are to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. As we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading daily, we are walking in His grace. As a result, we will not come under the law and we will not fall from grace. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will continue to experience the richness of God’s grace.Every born again child of God should learn and develop the sensitivity of their spirit man to recognise and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. The Holy Spirit inside us is meant to lead and guide us. He will lead us in the plan of God for our lives. The Heavenly Father has a plan which is still unfolding for every individual. The Holy Spirit will lead us to pray with unknown tongues, and as He unfolds the mystery of His plan in our spirit, each step of the way will be made clearer. He will lead us to execute the Father’s plan. He will guide us along the way on this journey of His grace on earth. If we can constantly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, our lives will be lived in His grace.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The third pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Leading of the Holy Spirit”. Without this pillar, the believers in the local church will not be able to grow beyond a certain spiritual level. When the believers are enabled to constantly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, they are able to reach a higher level of spiritual maturity. The Word of Truth is the most important ingredient for spiritual growth. But developing the believer’s spirit to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading consistently, will help develop their spiritual maturity further than those who do not know how to.

A real deeper walk with God is not for someone who only knows the Word, but for one who follows the Holy Spirit deeper into the depths of the Spirit. The ability of your spirit to hear from the Holy Ghost and the ability to draw from the depths of the Spirit will take you further into the realm of the spirit that many have not reached before. To know how to follow the Holy Spirit is to know how to flow with Him in the many prayer streams and to flow with the gifts of the Holy Ghost when He manifests.

#3 Pillar : THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Galatians 5:4 (NET)
5:4 You who are trying to be declared righteous by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace!

Fallen from grace means:
90.72 ἐκπίπτωf: to no longer experience a state or condition—‘to be outside of, to experience no longer.’ τῆς χάριτος ἐξεπέσατε ‘you no longer experienced (God’s) grace’ Ga 5:4. For another interpretation of ἐκπίπτω in Ga 5:4, see 34.26.
[Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 807). New York: United Bible Societies.]

The Jews tried to justify their righteousness by the law. Hence, they no longer experienced the grace of God that comes by righteousness, justified by faith in Christ Jesus. Consequently, they fell from a higher level of grace to a lower level. 

Galatians 5:18 (NET)
5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace and He dwells in our spirit. He recreated our spirits and made them righteous on the day we were born again. Therefore we should not go back to the life made righteous by the law. Instead, we are to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. As we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading daily, we are walking in His grace. As a result, we will not come under the law and we will not fall from grace. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will continue to experience the richness of God’s grace.

Every born again child of God should learn and develop the sensitivity of their spirit man to recognise and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. The Holy Spirit inside us is meant to lead and guide us. He will lead us in the plan of God for our lives. The Heavenly Father has a plan which is still unfolding for every individual. The Holy Spirit will lead us to pray with unknown tongues, and as He unfolds the mystery of His plan in our spirit, each step of the way will be made clearer. He will lead us to execute the Father’s plan. He will guide us along the way on this journey of His grace on earth. If we can constantly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, our lives will be lived in His grace.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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Paul also wrote to the Philippian churches concerning the gift of grace that was released through prayer for his deliverance. There was more than one church, in more than one city praying for him. And these were churches Paul pioneered, got the members filled with the Holy Spirit and taught them to pray. #2 Pillar : THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER (continuation) Paul received a vision of a Macedonian man while he was in Troas (Acts 16:-10), urging him to go over to Macedonia. Paul made his way there and the church of Philippi was started. It was here where Paul was arrested for preaching the gospel. In prison, Paul wrote the letter to the Christians in Philippi as he was in danger of death (Philippians 1:20-23). But Paul had hope that God would deliver them just as He said in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11; that He would deliver him again.Paul was confident about two things about the Philippians churches which he pioneered and trained:Paul knew they would prayPaul knew when they prayed, he would be deliveredPhilippians 1:19 (NKJV)
19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,…Paul was confident because he taught and trained them to pray. He knew when the Philippi church prayed, the gift of grace for deliverance would unconditionally be dispensed to them. Paul’s revelational knowledge of the gospel came directly from the Lord (Galatians 1:12). He taught us, it is of faith that it might be according to grace (Romans 4:16); he in fact taught us faith and grace. Paul also taught that we will enter into His rest as we continue to believe (Hebrews 4:1-8). Paul was in a state of rest when he was in prison because he believed God would deliver him again (2 Corinthians 1:8-11). However, he needed the churches in Achaia, Philippi, and elsewhere, to come together as a local church to pray for him that he may receive the gift of grace for his deliverance every single time. The church in Jerusalem understood they needed to come together (Acts 12:12) in corporate prayer as a church for Peter’s deliverance, and hence many came. They prayed into the wee hours of the night.Acts 12:5 (NKJV)
5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.The church was in constant, earnest, fervent prayer for Peter’s deliverance. And in Peter’s case, the manifestation of the gift of grace brought him out of the prison safely:An angel was sent by God into the prison cell to instruct Peter what to do and to follow him. After Peter walked out of the iron gate into the street, the angel left him. This signified that the angel was not Peter’s personal angel but sent by God for a specific task (Acts 12:7-10).The chains fell off Peter’s hands and the iron gate opened by itself. This was the result of the gift of the working of miracles of the Holy Spirit in manifestation and the power of the Holy Ghost released. It was not the angel who removed the chains and opened the iron gate.The working of miracles by the gift of the Holy Spirit kept the guards in the prison and at the two guard posts from being awakened, so that Peter could walk past them without their knowledge. All these were the gifts of grace released to deliver Peter. Many had come together to pray as a church because of the severity of the situation. It had become intense because James, the apostle of the Lamb, was executed by Herod to please the Jews, not long ago. And if Peter was executed, Herod would continue to execute the next apostle of the Lamb. There are many things you could pray yourself and get answers for them. Small prayer groups of believers in the same church could get many answers too. But there are situations in a nation, or in a church, regarding the lives of people and those in the five-fold ministry that could only be changed by corporate prayer. There is an aspect of the gift of grace that could only be released by coming together to pray as a church, and not done through any other way. The gift of grace is released when an individual prays, a small group prays, and the church coming together in corporate prayer. The difference is in the degree of the power released. For greater is the grace, greater is the power of the Holy Ghost released. Acts 4:33 (NKJV)
33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.There is great grace when the local body comes together to pray in united, corporate prayer and great power is made available by the Holy Ghost to effect a change in the realm of the spirit first and then in the natural realm.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Paul also wrote to the Philippian churches concerning the gift of grace that was released through prayer for his deliverance. There was more than one church, in more than one city praying for him. And these were churches Paul pioneered, got the members filled with the Holy Spirit and taught them to pray.  

#2 Pillar : THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER (continuation) 

Paul received a vision of a Macedonian man while he was in Troas (Acts 16:-10), urging him to go over to Macedonia. Paul made his way there and the church of Philippi was started. It was here where Paul was arrested for preaching the gospel. In prison, Paul wrote the letter to the Christians in Philippi as he was in danger of death (Philippians 1:20-23). But Paul had hope that God would deliver them just as He said in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11; that He would deliver him again.

Paul was confident about two things about the Philippians churches which he pioneered and trained:
Paul knew they would pray
Paul knew when they prayed, he would be delivered

Philippians 1:19 (NKJV)
19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,…

Paul was confident because he taught and trained them to pray. He knew when the Philippi church prayed, the gift of grace for deliverance would unconditionally be dispensed to them. 

Paul’s revelational knowledge of the gospel came directly from the Lord (Galatians 1:12). He taught us, it is of faith that it might be according to grace (Romans 4:16); he in fact taught us faith and grace. Paul also taught that we will enter into His rest as we continue to believe (Hebrews 4:1-8). Paul was in a state of rest when he was in prison because he believed God would deliver him again (2 Corinthians 1:8-11). However, he needed the churches in Achaia, Philippi, and elsewhere, to come together as a local church to pray for him that he may receive the gift of grace for his deliverance every single time. 

The church in Jerusalem understood they needed to come together (Acts 12:12) in corporate prayer as a church for Peter’s deliverance, and hence many came. They prayed into the wee hours of the night.

Acts 12:5 (NKJV)
5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

The church was in constant, earnest, fervent prayer for Peter’s deliverance. And in Peter’s case, the manifestation of the gift of grace brought him out of the prison safely:
An angel was sent by God into the prison cell to instruct Peter what to do and to follow him. After Peter walked out of the iron gate into the street, the angel left him. This signified that the angel was not Peter’s personal angel but sent by God for a specific task (Acts 12:7-10).
The chains fell off Peter’s hands and the iron gate opened by itself. This was the result of the gift of the working of miracles of the Holy Spirit in manifestation and the power of the Holy Ghost released. It was not the angel who removed the chains and opened the iron gate.
The working of miracles by the gift of the Holy Spirit kept the guards in the prison and at the two guard posts from being awakened, so that Peter could walk past them without their knowledge. 

All these were the gifts of grace released to deliver Peter. Many had come together to pray as a church because of the severity of the situation. It had become intense because James, the apostle of the Lamb, was executed by Herod to please the Jews, not long ago. And if Peter was executed, Herod would continue to execute the next apostle of the Lamb. 

There are many things you could pray yourself and get answers for them. Small prayer groups of believers in the same church could get many answers too. But there are situations in a nation, or in a church, regarding the lives of people and those in the five-fold ministry that could only be changed by corporate prayer. There is an aspect of the gift of grace that could only be released by coming together to pray as a church, and not done through any other way. 

The gift of grace is released when an individual prays, a small group prays, and the church coming together in corporate prayer. The difference is in the degree of the power released. For greater is the grace, greater is the power of the Holy Ghost released. 

Acts 4:33 (NKJV)
33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

There is great grace when the local body comes together to pray in united, corporate prayer and great power is made available by the Holy Ghost to effect a change in the realm of the spirit first and then in the natural realm.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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The second pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Spirit of Prayer”. When we pray in the Spirit, the gift of grace is released. There is an aspect of the gift of grace which is released through the Spirit of prayer, and it does not come by any other way. Paul said if it was not for the churches who prayed for him in united prayer, he would not have been delivered from the jaws of death. Kenneth E. Hagin said this, “Many of the bad things that happened to us - or the good things that should have happened but didn’t - are a result of our failing in the past to pray out God’s plan. You see, God has planned many things for us in the future that as we pray in the Spirit we will be praying out ahead of time. (We can pray in the Spirit both in tongues and in our native language when we pray by the unction of the Holy Spirit.)�In fact, what is happening in your life in the present, whether good or bad, is a result of what you have or have not prayed out in days gone by. And what will happen in your life in the future will be a result of your present prayer life.”#2 Pillar : THE SPIRIT OF PRAYERPaul’s deliverance from perils came about through the prayer of the saints who came together to pray in the churches. He was delivered from death more than once through their prayers.2 Corinthians 1:8–11 (NKJV)�8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren,�of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.The word “gift” in verse 11 is translated from the Greek word, “charisma," and it means the “gift of grace.” God had delivered Paul and his companions in the past, so he believed God would deliver them then as He would deliver them in the future. But Paul also recognised an important factor for their deliverance was the prayers of the Corinthian churches and the believers in all Achaia (2 Corinthians 1:1). How did the churches help them? Through their prayers together in united prayer, the gift of grace for deliverance was given to Paul and his companions. As a result, many gave thanks for this gift of grace for their deliverance. There are three dynamics of prayer:1. Individual Prayer2. Small Group Prayer3. Church Corporate PrayerFor an apostle like Paul to be delivered from the peril of death, I believe what Paul meant when he said it was through their helping together in prayer, was that the churches came together to pray in a corporate setting - Church Corporate Prayer. Paul needed the church praying together for him. There are many situations concerning a nation, or a church that can only be changed by the corporate prayer of believers coming together, for the gift of grace to be released to make the change.We see the gift of grace for deliverance from death came about through praying together in united prayer. Grace is unearned, unmerited, unlimited, and unconditionally given. The churches must have prayed completely by the grace of the Holy Spirit because they did not know the danger Paul was in when he was adrift at sea for 14 days, without seeing any sunlight. Paul could not send them an sms or a WhatsApp message to plead with them to pray regarding his peril. The churches must have prayed by the Spirit of grace and supplication (Zechariah 12:10) and praying with unknown tongues because it was a mystery to them. Paul also assured them the grace that delivered them in the past, would be the same grace that would deliver them in the present, and in the future. For instance, it is just like His grace that has unconditionally forgiven us of our past sin, continues to forgive us now in the present, and will forgive us of any sin in the future. - Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The second pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Spirit of Prayer”. When we pray in the Spirit, the gift of grace is released. There is an aspect of the gift of grace which is released through the Spirit of prayer, and it does not come by any other way. Paul said if it was not for the churches who prayed for him in united prayer, he would not have been delivered from the jaws of death. 

Kenneth E. Hagin said this, “Many of the bad things that happened to us - or the good things that should have happened but didn’t - are a result of our failing in the past to pray out God’s plan. You see, God has planned many things for us in the future that as we pray in the Spirit we will be praying out ahead of time. (We can pray in the Spirit both in tongues and in our native language when we pray by the unction of the Holy Spirit.)�In fact, what is happening in your life in the present, whether good or bad, is a result of what you have or have not prayed out in days gone by. And what will happen in your life in the future will be a result of your present prayer life.”

#2 Pillar : THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER

Paul’s deliverance from perils came about through the prayer of the saints who came together to pray in the churches. He was delivered from death more than once through their prayers.

2 Corinthians 1:8–11 (NKJV)�8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren,�of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.

The word “gift” in verse 11 is translated from the Greek word, “charisma, and it means the “gift of grace.” 

God had delivered Paul and his companions in the past, so he believed God would deliver them then as He would deliver them in the future. But Paul also recognised an important factor for their deliverance was the prayers of the Corinthian churches and the believers in all Achaia (2 Corinthians 1:1). How did the churches help them? Through their prayers together in united prayer, the gift of grace for deliverance was given to Paul and his companions. As a result, many gave thanks for this gift of grace for their deliverance. 

There are three dynamics of prayer:
1. Individual Prayer
2. Small Group Prayer
3. Church Corporate Prayer

For an apostle like Paul to be delivered from the peril of death, I believe what Paul meant when he said it was through their helping together in prayer, was that the churches came together to pray in a corporate setting - Church Corporate Prayer. Paul needed the church praying together for him. There are many situations concerning a nation, or a church that can only be changed by the corporate prayer of believers coming together, for the gift of grace to be released to make the change.

We see the gift of grace for deliverance from death came about through praying together in united prayer. Grace is unearned, unmerited, unlimited, and unconditionally given. The churches must have prayed completely by the grace of the Holy Spirit because they did not know the danger Paul was in when he was adrift at sea for 14 days, without seeing any sunlight. Paul could not send them an sms or a WhatsApp message to plead with them to pray regarding his peril. The churches must have prayed by the Spirit of grace and supplication (Zechariah 12:10) and praying with unknown tongues because it was a mystery to them. 

Paul also assured them the grace that delivered them in the past, would be the same grace that would deliver them in the present, and in the future. For instance, it is just like His grace that has unconditionally forgiven us of our past sin, continues to forgive us now in the present, and will forgive us of any sin in the future. 

- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

When Jesus died on the cross, the veil that separated the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place in the Temple was torn from top to bottom. This signified the Presence of God was no longer shut up in the Holy of Holies but released into the Holy Place. The Outer Court typifies where the unsaved are (Jews and Gentiles). How was the Presence of God released and flowed to and into the people of the Outer Court? The Presence of God is the gift of Grace from the Heavenly Father. He so loved the world that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us so that the unsaved may receive His gift of grace.The five pillars that held the Outer Veil between the Holy Place and the Outer Court of the Temple of Moses represent the five ways the gift of grace is released into the world. It is the knowledge of these five pillars of grace that the people (Jews and Gentiles) receive and be blessed by these gifts of grace. #1 Pillar : THE WORD OF TRUTH The first pillar typifies “The Word of Truth”. Grace and truth came through our Lord Jesus Christ. When the knowledge of the truth of God’s Word is made known, grace is released. John 1:1,14 (NKJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.The Word is God and the Word is Jesus. When Jesus came to earth, grace and truth came. When the Word of Truth comes, the grace of God is released to us. If we do not know the truth and are not exposed to the truth, we will not know grace has come and therefore not able to receive His grace. Grace for salvation has already come. Only when unbelievers hear the knowledge of the truth of the gospel of salvation, then can they receive the gift of grace for salvation. Romans 10:9,13 (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”Unbelievers must also receive the Word of truth regarding God raising Jesus from the dead and acknowledge this with their mouths. When they call upon the Name of Jesus, they receive the gift of grace for their salvation. Mark 16:17–18 (NKJV)
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name…18 …they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”In the Great Commission, Jesus instructed us to lay hands on the sick in His Name, and they will recover. Is this the Word of Truth spoken by Jesus? If it is and if you believe it, you will have grace to lay hands on the sick and they will receive the gift of grace for their healing. 2 Peter 1:2 (NKJV)
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, …Grace is multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. When we have more knowledge, more grace will be multiplied to us; not just added to us. When someone has no knowledge in a certain aspect of the gospel, he is not able to receive any grace in that aspect. For example, if someone has no knowledge that God heals today, then he is not able to receive grace for divine healing. Similarly, if you do not have knowledge that Jesus became poor that we may become rich, then you will have no grace for divine prosperity. Grace is freely given to us. It is unearned, unmerited, and unconditionally given to us since the veil was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died on the cross. But if you have no knowledge of the truth of God’s Word concerning any aspect of the Gospel for your life, you are not able to receive the blessings that come by His gift of grace. For this reason, the Outer Veil was not torn because each pillar that supported it, represents the pillar through which the gift of grace is released from the Holy Place to the people (Jews and Gentiles) in the Outer Court. - Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

When Jesus died on the cross, the veil that separated the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place in the Temple was torn from top to bottom. This signified the Presence of God was no longer shut up in the Holy of Holies but released into the Holy Place. The Outer Court typifies where the unsaved are (Jews and Gentiles). How was the Presence of God released and flowed to and into the people of the Outer Court? The Presence of God is the gift of Grace from the Heavenly Father. He so loved the world that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us so that the unsaved may receive His gift of grace.

The five pillars that held the Outer Veil between the Holy Place and the Outer Court of the Temple of Moses represent the five ways the gift of grace is released into the world. It is the knowledge of these five pillars of grace that the people (Jews and Gentiles) receive and be blessed by these gifts of grace. 

#1 Pillar : THE WORD OF TRUTH 

The first pillar typifies “The Word of Truth”. Grace and truth came through our Lord Jesus Christ. When the knowledge of the truth of God’s Word is made known, grace is released. 

John 1:1,14 (NKJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Word is God and the Word is Jesus. When Jesus came to earth, grace and truth came. When the Word of Truth comes, the grace of God is released to us. If we do not know the truth and are not exposed to the truth, we will not know grace has come and therefore not able to receive His grace. 

Grace for salvation has already come. Only when unbelievers hear the knowledge of the truth of the gospel of salvation, then can they receive the gift of grace for salvation. 

Romans 10:9,13 (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Unbelievers must also receive the Word of truth regarding God raising Jesus from the dead and acknowledge this with their mouths. When they call upon the Name of Jesus, they receive the gift of grace for their salvation. 

Mark 16:17–18 (NKJV)
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name…18 …they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

In the Great Commission, Jesus instructed us to lay hands on the sick in His Name, and they will recover. Is this the Word of Truth spoken by Jesus? If it is and if you believe it, you will have grace to lay hands on the sick and they will receive the gift of grace for their healing. 

2 Peter 1:2 (NKJV)
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, …

Grace is multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. When we have more knowledge, more grace will be multiplied to us; not just added to us. When someone has no knowledge in a certain aspect of the gospel, he is not able to receive any grace in that aspect. For example, if someone has no knowledge that God heals today, then he is not able to receive grace for divine healing. Similarly, if you do not have knowledge that Jesus became poor that we may become rich, then you will have no grace for divine prosperity. 

Grace is freely given to us. It is unearned, unmerited, and unconditionally given to us since the veil was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died on the cross. But if you have no knowledge of the truth of God’s Word concerning any aspect of the Gospel for your life, you are not able to receive the blessings that come by His gift of grace. 

For this reason, the Outer Veil was not torn because each pillar that supported it, represents the pillar through which the gift of grace is released from the Holy Place to the people (Jews and Gentiles) in the Outer Court. 

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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The Tabernacle of Moses had three parts. The Holy of Holies, the Holy Place and the Outer Court. The Holy of Holies was separated from the Holy Place by a veil. And the Holy Place was separated from the Outer Court with an outer veil hung on five pillars. Matthew 27:45–51 (GW)45 At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 About three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”…50 Then Jesus loudly cried out once again and gave up his life.51 Suddenly, the curtain in the temple was split in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split open.When Jesus died on the cross, the veil that separated the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place was split from top to bottom. Before this, the Presence of God was shut up in the Holy of Holies. Only the high priest could walk in after sprinkling the blood of the sacrificed lamb. The torn veil symbolised the presence of God was no longer shut up but released and to abide in those who are born again. To the believers, they have the abiding presence of God dwelling in them. But notice that the outer veil supported by the five pillars overlaid with gold was not split. What do the five pillars symbolise that separate us from the presence of God?Jesus’ death and resurrection was a gift of grace and the presence of God released from the Holy of Holies to the Holy Place was by the grace of God. For the grace of God to flow to the people, there were five pillars that represented truths that we must embrace to receive the presence of God. What do these five pillars represent which concerns us today to receive the gift of Grace from the Heavenly Father?- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The Tabernacle of Moses had three parts. The Holy of Holies, the Holy Place and the Outer Court. The Holy of Holies was separated from the Holy Place by a veil. And the Holy Place was separated from the Outer Court with an outer veil hung on five pillars. 

Matthew 27:45–51 (GW)
45 At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 About three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”…
50 Then Jesus loudly cried out once again and gave up his life.
51 Suddenly, the curtain in the temple was split in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split open.

When Jesus died on the cross, the veil that separated the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place was split from top to bottom. Before this, the Presence of God was shut up in the Holy of Holies. Only the high priest could walk in after sprinkling the blood of the sacrificed lamb. The torn veil symbolised the presence of God was no longer shut up but released and to abide in those who are born again. To the believers, they have the abiding presence of God dwelling in them. 

But notice that the outer veil supported by the five pillars overlaid with gold was not split. What do the five pillars symbolise that separate us from the presence of God?

Jesus’ death and resurrection was a gift of grace and the presence of God released from the Holy of Holies to the Holy Place was by the grace of God. For the grace of God to flow to the people, there were five pillars that represented truths that we must embrace to receive the presence of God. What do these five pillars represent which concerns us today to receive the gift of Grace from the Heavenly Father?

- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

Abraham and Sarah were confronted with the fact that Abraham’s body and Sarah’s womb were dead (to have children). These were impossible conditions. But nothing is impossible with God to those who believe. Abraham and Sarah had to make an adjustment from doubt and unbelief to one of belief.How did they do it? Abraham and Sarah turned from unbelieving to considering the promises and the faithfulness of God. When they considered these facts they could believe what God had promised; He was faithful to make it happen. Romans 4:21 (NIV) [Abraham] being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.Abraham was fully convinced that God had the power and would do what He promised. Abraham considered both God’s promise and His faithfulness.Hebrews 11:11 (NKJV) By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.Sarah, too, received God’s power. The condition of her womb was reversed and she was able to conceive because she considered God’s promise and His faithfulness to do what He promised.Thus, consider not the fact that your body is sick, or in pain, or that you have no direction, or your needs not met, but consider what the Lord Jesus has done for you on the cross and consider His promises. Consider the Heavenly Father and Jesus who are faithful to do what they have promised.Ezekiel 36:36 (NIV) Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’What the Lord speaks, He will do. Consider what He has spoken to you and He will do what He said. When we consider and are convinced that the Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus are faithful to do what they promised, our faith will be standing on these two pillars - God’s faithfulness and His promises. Then our faith will be unshakeable and unmovable. And with patience, we will see the promises of God come to pass.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Abraham and Sarah were confronted with the fact that Abraham’s body and Sarah’s womb were dead (to have children). These were impossible conditions. But nothing is impossible with God to those who believe. Abraham and Sarah had to make an adjustment from doubt and unbelief to one of belief.

How did they do it? Abraham and Sarah turned from unbelieving to considering the promises and the faithfulness of God. When they considered these facts they could believe what God had promised; He was faithful to make it happen. 

Romans 4:21 (NIV) [Abraham] being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

Abraham was fully convinced that God had the power and would do what He promised. Abraham considered both God’s promise and His faithfulness.

Hebrews 11:11 (NKJV) By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

Sarah, too, received God’s power. The condition of her womb was reversed and she was able to conceive because she considered God’s promise and His faithfulness to do what He promised.

Thus, consider not the fact that your body is sick, or in pain, or that you have no direction, or your needs not met, but consider what the Lord Jesus has done for you on the cross and consider His promises. Consider the Heavenly Father and Jesus who are faithful to do what they have promised.

Ezekiel 36:36 (NIV) Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’

What the Lord speaks, He will do. Consider what He has spoken to you and He will do what He said. 

When we consider and are convinced that the Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus are faithful to do what they promised, our faith will be standing on these two pillars - God’s faithfulness and His promises. Then our faith will be unshakeable and unmovable. And with patience, we will see the promises of God come to pass.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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