1 John 1:9—“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Note 2 on faithful and righteous: “God is faithful in His word (v. 10) and righteous in the blood of Jesus His Son (v. 7). His word is the word of the truth of His gospel (Eph. 1:13), which tells us that He will forgive us our sins because of Christ (Acts 10:43); and the blood of Christ has fulfilled His righteous requirements that He might forgive us our sins (Matt. 26:28). If we confess our sins, He, according to His word and based on the redemption through the blood of Jesus, forgives us because He must be faithful in His word and righteous in the blood of Jesus; otherwise, He would be unfaithful and unrighteous. Our confession is needed for His forgiveness. Such forgiveness of God, which is for the restoration of our fellowship with Him, is conditional; it depends on our confession.”
As one who has believed in Christ, have you ever wondered, “How can I get to know the Lord Jesus more? How can I know Him in my daily life?” The Lord has provided a wonderful answer. The answer is our human spirit. Our human spirit is the key to experiencing Christ and to living a normal Christian life. When we believed in Christ, we received forgiveness of our sins, and we were delivered from God’s eternal judgment. But even more, we received Jesus Christ Himself, the most wonderful Person, into us. This wonderful Person came to live in our deepest part, our human spirit, to be our life and enjoyment today.
“‘The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.’ It is not exactly ‘all sin’ in the general sense, but every sin, every item. What does it mean? Oh, it is a marvelous thing! God is in the light, and as we walk in the light with him everything is exposed and open to that light, so that God can see it all—and yet the Blood is able to cleanse from every sin. What a cleansing!”
From The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 17). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy on our order page.
Our Christian life needs two sides: the seen and the unseen. Living in a physical world, it’s easy to focus on the seen—our behavior, church activities, work for God, or our care for people. We work hard to be “good Christians.” But it’s possible that by focusing on what is seen, we may neglect the unseen—our hidden relationship with the Lord. We have to beware of this potential pitfall in our Christian life.
Galatians 5:6—“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything nor uncircumcision, but faith avails, operating through love.”
Note 3 on love: “Love is related to our appreciation of Christ. Without such an appreciation, faith cannot operate. The hearing of faith awakens our loving appreciation, and the more we love the Lord, the more faith operates to bring us into the riches, the profit, of the all-inclusive Spirit.”
I’m in the midst of preparing to make my first interstate move, and I don’t have somewhere to move into yet. An impending move-out deadline, coupled with trying to find a new place to live in a busy city, really got me thinking about the idea of home. What is it that makes a place a home?
During this unsettled state of affairs, the Lord reminded me of some verses in the Bible that have helped me realize I’m not alone in my feeling of homelessness.
God Himself is looking for a place to call home.
God Himself is looking for a place to call home.
In Ephesians 2:22, Paul told the believers that they “are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.” This verse shows us that God wants to set up His dwelling place in mankind, in our spirit.
In the same book, the apostle Paul also prays on behalf of the believers, “that Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith” (Eph. 3:17). I’m sure most of you have heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is.” This verse clearly indicates that Christ wants to make our heart His home.
“If you enjoy Christ as the resurrected One and by the power of His resurrection you live the life of Jesus on this earth to suffer all kinds of pressure, persecutions, troubles and conflicts, you will realize the sweetness and satisfaction of Christ within you, and you will manifest the beauty and the abundance of life to others. When others touch you, they will sense the loveliness and attractiveness of Christ, and an abundance of life will be imparted to them.”
From The All-Inclusive Christ by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., pp. 60-61). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy on our order page. You can also download a free PDF version here.
Did you know the Bible speaks of something called transformation? It’s found in these two verses in the New Testament:
2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
Romans 12:2: And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
So what does it mean for us as believers to be transformed? And how can we experience transformation in our Christian life?
Galatians 2:16—“And knowing that a man is not justified out of works of law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, we also have believed into Christ Jesus that we might be justified out of faith in Christ and not out of the works of law, because out of the works of law no flesh will be justified.”
Note 1 on faith in Jesus Christ: “Faith in Jesus Christ denotes an organic union with Him through believing. This is related to the believers’ appreciation of the person of the Son of God as the most precious One. The believers are infused with the preciousness of Christ through the gospel preached to them. This Christ becomes in them the faith by which they believe and the capacity to believe through their appreciation of Him. This faith creates an organic union in which they and Christ are one.”
The terms soul and spirit have been discussed at length throughout philosophy, literature, and religion. Even scientists have ventured remarks about the soul. Often, though, soul and spirit are interpreted to mean the same thing and end up being used interchangeably.
This can lead to the question, “Is there a difference between the soul and the spirit, and does it really matter if there is?”
Regardless of what philosophy, literature, religion, or some scientists say, we have to ask, “What does the Bible say?” The Bible clearly makes many references to both. So what does God’s Word say about our soul and our spirit? And why can knowing this be a crucial factor in our spiritual progress and relationship with God?