“Our salvation lies in looking away to the Lord Jesus and in seeing that the Blood of the Lamb has met the whole situation created by our sins and has answered it. That is the sure foundation on which we stand. Never should we try to answer Satan with our good conduct but always with the Blood. Yes, we are sinful, but, praise God! The Blood cleanses us from every sin.”
From The Normal Christian Life, by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 20). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy on our order page.
We may be familiar with the phrase “witnessing for Christ,” but do we know why we should witness for the Lord and how we should do it?
Witnessing for Christ means simply telling others what we have personally seen and experienced of the Lord Jesus.
When we received Him as our Savior, our first reaction might have been to tell our best friend all about our salvation, that is, to witness to them of Christ. This is what Philip did in John 1:45. Immediately after he met the Lord, he found Nathaniel and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote, Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” To tell others about Christ in this way is to witness for Him.
Let’s look at why we should witness for Christ. We’ll also discuss some practical points on how to do it.
Romans 5:17—“For if by the offense of the one death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Note 3 on reign: “The life we have received does not merely save us from a few things; rather, it enthrones us as kings to reign over all things. This is much higher than being saved in life. We have received righteousness objectively, but we still need to continually receive the abundance of grace so that we can reign in life subjectively. This reigning is defined in chs. 6—16; all the matters expounded there are the issue not of our endeavoring but of our receiving the abundance of grace.”
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is foundational to the Christian faith. All other Christian truths rest upon it. Without it, the Christian faith would merely be a moral code of conduct, just one of the many philosophies and religions of the world.
But the resurrection is real; the Lord Jesus did rise from the dead. And to be a Christian, a person must believe in His resurrection. When we believe in Christ Jesus’ resurrection and even declare it as absolute fact, we can be assured of our salvation and receive by faith all the wonderful promises and experiences that rest on such a foundational truth.
Christ’s resurrection was a momentous event in history, and for us today, it’s even something more. It’s more than a historical event to believe in objectively. It’s something related to our experience as Christians today. This is because three wonderful things happened in Christ Jesus’ resurrection, and these three things directly affect our lives as believers.
“Christianity does not require that we ask whether something is right or wrong, good or evil. On the contrary, whenever we do anything, there is a life within us which rises up to speak with us. When we feel right inwardly, when we feel the life inside of us moving, when we are strong within and sense the anointing, we know that we have life.”
From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 3 by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 10). 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.
We discussed in previous posts the meaning of consecration and the reasons we should present ourselves to the Lord. We also discussed God’s purchase of us being the solid base of our consecration and God’s love being the motivating power for us to give ourselves to Him.
Here we’ll discuss the practice of consecration. Just how do we consecrate ourselves to the Lord? Is it once in a lifetime? Or is once in a great while enough? What does it look like?
1 Thessalonians 1:5—“For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, even as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.”
Note 1 on what kind of men we were: “The apostles not only preached the gospel; they lived it. Their ministering of the gospel was not only by word but also by a life that displayed the power of God, a life in the Holy Spirit and in the assurance of their faith. They were the pattern of the glad tidings that they spread.”
Cross-reference “d” on what kind of men we were directs us to a related verse:
Throughout the Bible, numerous verses show us God’s desire for us to take Him in, to drink of Him as the living water. For example, in John 7:37-38 we see that God’s desire for us to drink of Him is so great, Jesus actually stood up and cried out during a feast, issuing a call for people to come to Him and drink:
“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”
So, how do we come to Him and drink? Only the Lord Jesus can quench our inner thirst; only He is the living water. He wants us to drink of Him to quench our own thirst, and He even wants us to drink until rivers of living water flow out of our innermost being to others. But quite often, instead of feeling satisfied and watered ourselves, we feel dry and even dead. We may want to drink the living water, but not know how!
“How did God create man? He created man in His own image. God wanted a man like Himself. It is very evident then that man’s position in God’s creation is entirely unique, for among all of God’s creatures man alone was created in God’s image. The man that God’s heart was set upon was completely different from all other created beings; he was a man in His own image.”
From The Glorious Church, by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 6). 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.
When we received Christ, what He accomplished on the cross became ours by faith in Him. But did you know Christ’s death is not something only in the past? We can actually apply Christ’s death right now in our daily living.
In this post we’ll consider three aspects of Christ in His death for us as revealed in the Gospel of John—the aspects of the Lamb of God, the bronze serpent, and the grain of wheat. Then, with each aspect, we’ll look at how important Christ’s death is for our daily Christian life and how we can apply it.