Reverend Dr. Philip Lee’s sermon from Shiloh’s 21st General Assembly on Lord’s Day, October 6, 2019
What must we do to glorify our Father?
I sincerely congratulate Shiloh for its 21st General Assembly today. I bless you all in the name of the Lord to become the church that glorifies Father. The Word of God declares, “Everyone who is called by My name, I have created them for My glory” (Isa 43:7). Our Father God has created all of us for His glory. Therefore, whatever we do, we must do all to the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31). When we eat, work, or when we sing, we have to do it only for our Father God. So, how can we glorify our Father God?
The church that accomplishes the work that Father has given us
In order to glorify our Father, we must become the church that accomplishes all the work that our Father has given us to do (John 17:4). Jesus glorified only the Father in heaven by accomplishing all the work that Father gave to Him. On the cross, Jesus declared, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). What a great confession. Likewise, we can confess in the last hour of our lives, “It is finished!” The Apostle Paul confessed and said; “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course and accomplished all that the Father has given me” (2 Tim 4:7). The Phrase “finished it” in Greek is τελέω (teleó), meaning to complete, finish or to accomplish. So, we can confess like the Apostle Paul and declare that “We have finished all missions that Father gave to us.” Dear Shiloh, let us confess, “It is finished,” in the final hour of our lives. Our Man of God the Reverend Abraham Park gave us a great mission, and that is to proclaim the Word of Redemptive History until that day when all nations come singing and dancing. This is our mission! Therefore, let us have faith and live our lives and accomplish this great mission until the day of transfiguration. I pray that all of Shiloh will glorify our Father in heaven in these last days. I pray this blessing upon you that you will confess in your final hour, “Father, I have accomplished all that you have given me.” This is glorifying our Father.
The church that proclaims Father’s Word
In order to glorify our Father, we must be the saints that proclaim only Father’s Word and not the words of man. Jesus said, “Father, the Word that you have gave Me I have given them” (John 17:8). Jesus only proclaimed Father’s Word, not men’s Word. He gave His disciples the Word that Father gave Him. Jesus said to His disciples, “The Word that you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s Word (John 14:24). Jesus proclaimed only the Father’s Word (John 17:14). Likewise, we must also proclaim only Father’s Word and not that of men. When we do so, we become the church that glorifies Father only. Dear Shiloh, today, God has given us the amazing Word of our Father in heaven, the Word of Redemptive History. Therefore, when we testify the Word of Redemptive History we become the church that glorifies Father. Only then can we be holy by the Word of our Father. For only Father’s Word is the truth, which makes us holy and sanctified (John 17:17). Thus, we have to hold onto and keep Father’s Word. I believe that Shiloh is the leader of spreading the Word of Redemptive History and may Shiloh be even more active from this day forward in spreading Redemptive History so that our Father will say, “Shiloh is my number one missions in Pyungkang Cheil Church.
Let us be the church that glorifies Jesus
Glorifying Jesus is glorifying Father. Jesus said, “Glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify Father” (John 17:1). Thus, glorifying Jesus is glorifying Father as well. Before the world was, Jesus and the Father were glorified together (John 17:5). So, therefore, glorifying Jesus is glorifying Father. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). The amazing redemptive providence is that the Son and the Father are always together. When the Son is glorified, automatically, the Father is also glorified. This is why our founding Pastor Reverend Abraham Park always said, “Only Jesus!” Thus, by saying “only Jesus” we are saying “only Father.”
Conclusion: Today, this fallen world is getting darker and darker, but as we preach the Word of God and the Word of Redemptive History even more powerfully, the eternal light will surely come to this fallen world. The Word of God is light, eternal light. So, when we proclaim the Word of Redemptive History, we are proclaiming the eternal light to this fallen world. The Word of God proclaims that at “evening time,” there will be light (Zech 14:7). This “light” is the “light” of the Word. This teaches us that in the end-times, the powerful Word of God and the powerful light of the Word of Redemptive History will brighten the whole world. Jesus faced the darkness of death on the cross, but He triumphed over darkness and rose again (Col 2:15). When Jesus died upon the cross, Satan was so pleased and tried to bind Jesus with death, but Jesus can never be bound by death (Acts 2:24). Only Jesus can triumph all death. Dear Shiloh, this power will be upon you and then you can triumph over all darkness and sufferings in this fallen world. May you proclaim the Word of Redemptive History even more as the world gets darker each day. May the power of light take over your family, workplaces, and businesses so that you will all become God’s leaders who triumph over all darkness and be transformed into eternal lives. So please hold unto the Word of Redemptive History for it is our lives. When we preach only Father’s Word, we can glorify our Father God. I pray that all of Shiloh become the leaders of proclaiming the Word of Redemptive History in glorifying our Father God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.