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A Nobler Love

01 Mar 2017

2 Peter 1:7—“And in godliness, brotherly love; and in brotherly love, love.”

Note 2 on love says: “The Greek word is used in the New Testament for the divine love, which God is in His nature (1 John 4:8, 16). It is nobler than human love. It adorns all the qualities of the Christian life (1 Cor. 13; Rom. 13:8-10; Gal. 5:13-14). It is stronger in ability and greater in capacity than human love (Matt. 5:44, 46), yet a believer who lives by the divine life (v. 3) and partakes of the divine nature (v. 4) can be saturated with it and express it in full. Such a love needs to be developed in brotherly love to govern it and flow in it for the full expression of God, who is this love. Faith can be considered the seed of life, and this nobler love, the fruit (v. 8) in its full development. The six steps of development in between are the stages of its growth unto maturity.”

Cross-references “b” on love directs us to one related verse:

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The Christian Life Being a Life of Forbearance

22 Feb 2017

“Forbearance is Christ as our living. The Christ whom we live becomes the forbearance we exercise and make known. If we see this, we shall realize that forbearance is a matter of great significance. It is by no means an isolated virtue in the Christian life. On the contrary, forbearance is actually a synonym for Christ in our Christian living.”

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5 Spiritual Exercises You Can Practice through Prayer

20 Feb 2017

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Prayer is an essential component for believers in Christ. We begin our Christian life by praying to receive the Lord Jesus as our Savior. We also grow in our Christian life by prayer. Praying to the Lord we love and who loves us is a top blessing for us believers.

Certainly prayer in the Bible is a great matter. But could we be limiting our prayer life by our own concepts about what prayer is and what to pray for? In today’s post we’ll look at just five verses related to prayer to help broaden our view and enrich our experience of prayer.

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The Manifestation and Embodiment of God

15 Feb 2017

“Christ is God’s manifestation and embodiment; He is God becoming our experience.”

From The Knowledge of Life, by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 20). 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 of God

08 Feb 2017

2 Timothy 1:10—“But now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who nullified death and brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel.”

Note 3 on life says: “The eternal life of God, which is given to all believers in Christ (1 Tim. 1:16) and which is the main element of the divine grace given to us (Rom. 5:17, 21). This life has conquered death (Acts 2:24) and will swallow up death (2 Cor. 5:4). It was according to the promise of such a life that Paul was an apostle (v. 1). This life and the incorruption that is its consequence have been brought to light and made visible to men through the preaching of the gospel.”

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

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Two Important Greek Words in the Bible: emLogosem and emRhemaem

06 Feb 2017

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Did you know the Bible uses two different Greek words to refer to the word of God? One of these words is logos, and the other is rhema.

Understanding the meaning of these two words can help us know and experience God in a deeper way. That’s why we’re taking some time in this post to discuss logos and rhema and their importance to our Christian lives.

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Mingling Our Bible Reading with Prayer

01 Feb 2017

“If by the Lord’s mercy and grace we desire and agree to spend more time daily in the presence of the Lord, what shall we do? By what means can we touch the Word of God for nourishment and enjoyment? We must learn to do only one thing—we must mingle our reading with our praying. We must contact the Lord by mingling our reading of the Bible with prayer, and by mingling our prayer with reading.”

From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 2, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 8). 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 Constituted with God

25 Jan 2017

“Because we have a stomach, we can receive food into us, enjoy it, digest it, and assimilate it into our being, making it our constituent. In the same manner, since we have a spirit within us, we can receive God into us and assimilate Him, making Him our very constituent.”

From Spiritual Nourishment, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., day 5). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here.

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Renewing Your Bible Reading—A New Season, a New Beginning

23 Jan 2017

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The beginning of a new year is a great time to start reading the Bible. Take a look at our post on Bible reading, why it’s important, and how to make this a year of reading the Bible.

With the beginning of this new year, it’s a good time to reflect on our year before. One valuable question we can ask ourselves is how we did with reading the Bible last year. Did we consider it, but didn’t know where to start? Did we try to begin, but got sidetracked along the way? Or maybe we made a daily Bible-reading schedule, but fell behind and got discouraged.

The good news is, whether you lost your stride last year, managed to keep to your daily Bible reading, or even if you’re deciding to read the Word for the first time in a regular way, you can start afresh with the Lord. A new day, a new week, a new month, and a new year give us all the opportunity to have a new beginning. Why not take the start of this year as an opportunity to renew your reading and enjoyment of God’s Word?

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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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