Knowing the Lord’s Desire and Preference

October 21, 2014

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: “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 preference.”

Cross-references “a” on one thing and “b” good part direct us to two related verses:

8 Verses that Show Jesus Christ Lives in You

October 19, 2014

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In 2 Corinthians 13:5, the apostle Paul asks the Corinthian believers a question: “Or do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?” We might find this phrase, “Jesus Christ is in you” surprising, or perhaps we just read over it without thinking too much about its significance. But what does this phrase mean? And what is its importance for our Christian lives today?

In saying, “Jesus Christ is in you,” Paul wasn’t speaking poetically or metaphorically. He truly meant that Jesus Christ is literally, practically dwelling within the believers. Many other verses in the Word of God confirm the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ actually dwells in His believers.

We too, like the Corinthians, need to realize this fact about ourselves. Christ is not merely outside of us, a Helper in our time of need, but He dwells in us, living in and with us all the time.

Enjoying the Riches of the Lord

October 14, 2014

“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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Private Prayer in an Age of Distraction

October 12, 2014

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Speaking about prayer in Matthew 6:6, the Lord Jesus tells us,

“But you, when you pray, enter into your private room, and shut your door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”

These words seem simple enough, and we don’t have much problem understanding what they mean. It’s in the practice that we find the difficulty. If we stop to consider, when was the last time we had private, secret time with the Lord of any sort?

A Purified Conscience

October 7, 2014

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: “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:

One Major Function of the Word of God: To Testify concerning the Lord Jesus Christ

October 5, 2014

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In previous posts, we discussed the Spirit being the essence of the Word of God, Christ Himself being its content, and God being its origin.

Additionally, we’ve talked about the functions of the Word of God, what it does. Did you know the Word of God has at least six major functions? In this post, we’ll focus on just one: to testify concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.

How Can We Sacrifice for God?

September 30, 2014

“How can we sacrifice? We have no energy to sacrifice, for our life is a natural life, a selfish life. Only the life of Christ is a life of sacrifice. If you contact this Christ and experience His sacrificing life, He will energize you, He will strengthen you to sacrifice for God and for others. Then you will be the most happy person; you will be drunken with happiness. This is the experience of Christ as the vine tree. By this experience you will become a vine to others. All those who contact you will be happy with you, and you will bring cheer to God.”

From The All-Inclusive Christ, by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 56). 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.

Knowing Jesus versus Knowing about Him

September 28, 2014

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Knowing about something objectively and knowing it subjectively are two very different things. This applies to our knowing Jesus. Knowing about Jesus objectively means we possess some knowledge about Him. But knowing Jesus subjectively means we have firsthand experience of Him. We have personal knowledge of Him. This is the kind of knowing Christ wants us to have.

In this post, we’ll use two major examples to show the difference between knowing about Jesus and truly knowing Him.

God Sanctifies Us Wholly and Preserves Us Complete

September 23, 2014

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: “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.”

What Does It Mean to Be in the World but not of the World?

September 21, 2014

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In the Bible, the Greek word kosmos, translated world in English, has different meanings depending on its context. The meaning of kosmos we’ll discuss today is “system” or “organization,” specifically, the organized system set up by Satan to keep people from living for God.

God gave us a strong and unequivocal command concerning the world in 1 John 2:15: “Do not love the world.”

As Christians, we need to know clearly what the world is so we can guard ourselves from loving it and being deceived and distracted by it.

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