TESTIMONIES OF PASTOR OCK SOO PARK

 1973, when I first went to Daegu, there was another problem. Although the brothers and sisters were happy about me coming and preaching the Word, they were burdened as to how I was to live, and after discussing it they strongly suggested that I get a job. 


Bible Study In Pahdong 
When I lived in Pahdong, Daegu, God had performed many works in my life. The works of God occurred at a coinage factory. Many people received salvation, and my son Yeong-kook had been born, which gave us much joy. When I was at Pahdong, the church was very small and there weren’t many people, therefore, I read the Bible most mornings. I especially read a lot of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, or in other words, the five books of Moses. I read much of the Bible and examined it. Till then, I read a lot of Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, but I had never once realized the deep meanings hidden within the Word. Although Genesis was an easy read, but with Exodus and its tabernacle and measurements of this being that many cubits, and that being this many cubits, I really couldn’t understand a thing. Leviticus was boring and frustrating, and even more so was Numbers with its population count and continuous names. Deuteronomy was the same. Then one day, I was reading C.H. Macintosh’s lectures on the five books of Moses. That book brought me many realizations and learnings. I reread the five books of Moses and both examined and thought about them. I read a lot of the Bible while living in Ahpgok Village, and while I was in the army. However, while examining the Bible in Pahdong, the five books of Moses strongly touched my heart and were a great blessing to me. 

Connection Of Leviticus And Hebrews, And The Eternal Sin Offering 
While reading the Words in the Bible and thinking about the tabernacle in Leviticus, I drew each part of the tabernacle, and when I saw Jesus Christ in the tabernacle, I was very amazed. Leviticus talks about the laws of offerings. During a sin offering, when the high priest places his hand on the offering, it says that sin crosses over. When reading these Words, it connected to Hebrews chapter 10. Through the laws written in Leviticus, I realized the truth of redemption that all my sins had been cleansed as white as snow forever, and was surprised. In the past, I had preached the gospel, saying that Jesus was crucified on the cross for our sins. However, through the laws of offerings, when I realized that Jesus had come to this earth as a high priest for our sins, not in the tabernacle of this earth, but that of heaven, He became an everlasting sacrifice with His own blood, not with the blood of goats or lambs. He has also redeemed us. My heart was overwhelmed. From then on, I began to preach the gospel through the Words of Leviticus and Hebrews. In the past, I used the Scriptures in John 5:24 which said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. I also preached the gospel with such Scriptures as John 1:12, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: and John 1:29, The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! But while examining the Scriptures of the five books of Moses, especially Leviticus, where it talks about the sin offering, there were many Words God showed and revealed to me. When the high priest committed sin, when the whole congregation of Israel sinned, when the elder of a clan sinned, when a commoner sinned; God showed me how each of these groups gave sin offerings and how they were redeemed forever through Jesus Christ. These Words were such a great grace to me. Not only was it a joy to me, but when I preached the gospel to others, using these Words, they were able to easily understand the gospel. From then on, the number of people who received salvation in our church greatly increased. The same way that when a person places their hand upon the head of the sin offering, the sin passes over, and through the death of that offering, the price of sin is paid and is forgiven, when John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ at the Jordan River, he laid his hands on Jesus, and that is when all of man’s sin passed over to Jesus. After Jesus had received our sin, He died for our sin. I have told people how our sin was ended and solved. People have heard these Words and many have been saved. Miraculous works of salvation began to occur ever since Pahdong. 

God’s Guidance That Causes Me To Overcome The Borders Of My Heart And Thoughts 
Due to my foolishness and naivety, I always had a foolish heart. With that foolish heart, I had lived only for myself. I thought of only myself, and I therefore, never once broke the barriers of my thoughts. I always thought only within the borders of my thoughts. Within those thoughts there was no redemption, holiness, or righteousness. However, as I came into Jesus and was led by the Holy Spirit and denied myself, I overcame the boundaries of my heart and thoughts, and was able to be led by Jesus. Amazingly, Jesus led me to a world I could never have imagined on my own. When I read the Bible, the Spirit within me revealed to me the will of God in the Bible, broadened my understanding of it, and led my heart into it as well. He opened up a world I could never have seen or understood. Therefore, when I stand at the pulpit and preach God’s Word, I don’t speak of my own things, but I speak of what God has shown me. I was able to see those Words give strength, life, and power to those who listened to them. 


Even Now Whenever I Open The Bible, The Lord’s Spirit Shows Me A New World 
Even now, I want to once again experience the time I spent in Pahdong examining the Bible all day. With the Words of Genesis, I preached many times for many years, and taught the missionary students. However, even now when I read Genesis, I see a new world which I had not seen before. The Word still leads my heart, and I can see that it opens up a new world for me. These Words are truly the power of God. After receiving the forgiveness of sin, Jesus entered me and made me realize the Bible, and the Bible led me. The Word had worked in our church and crushed all humanistic and fleshly thoughts, and it became the driving force in leading us in faith. I truly treasure and believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments which God has given us. Still, whenever I have the time, I enter the Word of God and live my life soaked in His heart. God has given me the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, and those Words are alive in my heart, leading me, and this is so interesting and amazing that even today, I praise and glorify God for this.

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