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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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Reigning in Life

30 Nov 2016

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 says: “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.”

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The Key to Experiencing Jesus Christ in Your Everyday Life

28 Nov 2016

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The day we get saved is a wonderful, momentous day. Here, though, we want to talk about the days that follow. After experiencing the joy of salvation, a person may wonder how to continue experiencing the Lord Jesus. Questions such as these come up: How can I know Jesus personally? How can I experience Jesus in my life? Is being forgiven and saved from God’s judgment all there is to the Christian life?

Some may try different ways to experience Jesus like they did the day they were saved. Perhaps they try studying the Bible more, but though they learn something new, the Lord Himself still seems far away.

Similar to how we need the right key, not just any key, to enter into a locked room, we need to use the right key to experience Jesus. What’s the key for us to know Jesus personally in our day-to-day life?

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How Can We Sacrifice for God?

23 Nov 2016

“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.”

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.

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Living the Gospel

16 Nov 2016

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 says: “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:

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In Everything Give Thanks

14 Nov 2016

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To give thanks seems like such a simple matter. We teach our children to say, “Thank you,” when something is given to or done for them. Yet at certain times in our lives, giving thanks to the Lord can be hard for us. In this post, we’ll see the secret to giving thanks in all things and how giving thanks is a crucial part of our experience of Christ.

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God's Valuation of Man

09 Nov 2016

“How God values man! Even He Himself became a man! God’s plan is to gain man. When man is gained by God, God’s plan is accomplished.”

From The Glorious Church, by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 7). 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.

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The Peace of God

02 Nov 2016

Philippians 4:7—“And the peace of God, which surpasses every man’s understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”

Note 1 on peace of God says: “The result of practicing fellowship with God in prayer is that we enjoy the peace of God. The peace of God is actually God as peace (v. 9) infused into us through our fellowship with Him by prayer, as the counterpoise to troubles and the antidote to anxiety (John 16:33).”

Cross-reference “a” on peace of God directs us to these related verses:

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