Knowing the Desire and Preference of the Lord

18 Jan 2017

Luke 10:42—”But there is need of one thing, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Note 1 on good part says: “The Lord prefers that His saved ones who love Him listen to Him (v. 39) that they may know His desire, rather than do things for Him without knowing His will (cf. 1 Sam. 15:22; Eccl. 5:1).

It is quite significant that this story of Martha and Mary immediately follows the parable of the good Samaritan. The parable shows the compassion and love of the Savior, who is a man and becomes the sinners’ neighbor; the story of Martha and Mary unveils the desire and preference of the Lord, who is God and becomes the believers’ Master. The Savior gives us His compassion and love so that we can be saved by Him; the Lord expresses His desire and preference so that we can serve Him. After receiving salvation from the Savior, we should render service to the Lord. For our salvation we need to realize the Savior’s compassion and love; for our service we need to know the Lord’s desire and...

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A Purified Conscience

11 Jan 2017

Hebrews 9:14—“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Note 3 on conscience says: “The blood of Christ purifies our conscience to serve the living God. To serve the living God requires a blood-purified conscience. To worship in dead religion or to serve any dead thing, anything that is outside God, does not require our conscience to be purified. The conscience is the leading part of our spirit. The living God whom we desire to serve always comes to our spirit (John 4:24) by touching our conscience. He is righteous, holy, and living. Our defiled conscience needs to be purified that we may serve Him in a living way. To worship God in our mind in a religious way does not require this.”

Cross-reference “d” on conscience directs us to two related verses:

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Praying God’s Word—An Unexpected Experience

09 Jan 2017

A BfA staff member talks about his experience of praying with the Word of God.

In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul tells us to receive the Word of God “by means of all prayer” (vv. 17-18).

There are certainly many ways to understand and practice this charge, and probably all are profitable. If the content of our prayer mirrors the content of God’s speaking to us in His Word, we’re probably on the right track.

I once read a book that used an illustration likening the words in the Bible to a tree with limbs full of fruit, and that by prayer, we can shake a limb until some fruit comes down for us to eat. I read the Bible regularly, chapter by chapter, but I decided to experiment and add a little bit of “pray-reading” to my daily Bible reading.

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The Virtues of Life

04 Jan 2017

“Any virtue or goodness that we live out, unless it is the expression of God through us, is not life. The good virtues we live out must be the flowing out of God, the manifestation of God, and the expression of God; then we are living out life; for life is God Himself.”

From The Knowledge of Life, by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 15). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here. You can also download a free PDF version here.

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Being Sanctified Wholly and Preserved Complete

28 Dec 2016

1 Thessalonians 5:23—“And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Note 6 on complete says: “God not only sanctifies us wholly but also preserves our spirit, soul, and body complete. Wholly is quantitative; complete is qualitative. Quantitatively, God sanctifies us wholly; qualitatively, God preserves us complete, i.e., He keeps our spirit, soul, and body perfect. Through the fall our body was ruined, our soul was contaminated, and our spirit was deadened. In God’s full salvation our entire being is saved and made complete and perfect. For this, God is preserving our spirit from any deadening element (Heb. 9:14), our soul from remaining natural and old (Matt. 16:24-26), and our body from the ruin of sin (4:4; Rom. 6:6). Such a preservation by God and His thorough sanctification sustain us to live a holy life unto maturity that we may meet the Lord in His parousia.”

Cross-reference “f” on preserved directs us to a related verse:

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Top 10 Posts of 2016

26 Dec 2016

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It’s been a wonderful year here at BfA! We’ve given away over 500,000 free Bibles and Christian books, and more than 650,000 of you have come to read these blog posts.

Since so many have been visiting the blog this year, we wanted to give you a chance to read our top 10 most visited posts. We hope they’re an enjoyable and encouraging way for you to close out 2016!

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Where Is the Triune God Today?

21 Dec 2016

“Where is this Triune God today? Praise the Lord, this wonderful One, the Triune God, is today in our spirit! We have Him! Yes, we have Him in our spirit! This wonderful, all-inclusive Spirit is in us! If we are a believer, we have the Triune God in our human spirit. Our need, today, is to discern our spirit from our soul. When we know the proper way to discern the spirit from the soul, we will hit the mark of contacting this Triune God.”

From The Economy of God, by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 34). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here. You can also download a free PDF version here.

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The Eternal Life

14 Dec 2016

1 John 1:2—“And the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and report to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us.”

Note 3 on the eternal life says: “Lit., the life the eternal. This life denotes the divine spiritual life, not the human soulish life or the physical life (see note 174 in Rom. 5). Eternal denotes not only duration of time, which is everlasting, without end, but also quality, which is absolutely perfect and complete, without any shortage or defect. Such an expression emphasizes the eternal nature of the divine life, the life of the eternal God. The apostles saw this eternal life and testified and reported it to people. Their experience was not of any doctrine but of Christ, the Son of God, as the eternal life, and their testimony and preaching were not of theology or biblical knowledge but of such a solid life.”

Cross-reference “d” on the eternal life directs us to these related verses, among others:

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Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World

12 Dec 2016

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In Mark 16:15 the Lord Jesus gave this command:

“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all the creation.”

Who is this command given to? In this post we’ll discuss who the proclaimers are and why they must proclaim the gospel.

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The Way to Enjoy the Lord’s Presence and All His Riches

07 Dec 2016

“Romans 10:12 says that the Lord of all is rich to all who call upon Him. The way to enjoy the riches of the Lord is to call upon Him. The Lord is not only rich, but also near and available, because He is the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45b). As the Spirit, He is omnipresent. We may call on His name at any time and in any place. When we call on Him, He comes to us as the Spirit, and we enjoy His riches.”

From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1 by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 34). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here. You can also download a free PDF version here.

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