Many new believers shortly after receiving Christ as their Savior and experiencing a wonderful and dynamic salvation, go through a period of doubting and questioning. It seems that the new life they found in Christ to somehow evaporated. At such a time it’s common to question whether or not we are really saved. But to the Corinthian believers, Paul pointed out that we all receive two initial gifts when we received Christ. First, we received eternal life, that’s the uncreated divine life of God. And we also received the Holy Spirit. Based upon the word of God and these two indisputable gifts we have an outward assurance and the inward confirmation that he who has the Son has the life.
When you hear the word “saint”, what comes to mind? Well, most of us draw a pretty vivid mental portrait of the genuine saint of God. But you know in the Bible the word saint is used to describe every single member of the Lord’s Body, the church.
Yes, even the smallest most seemingly insignificant of the believers is a saint in the Father’s eyes. We find this in 1 Corinthians 1:2 “To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours:”
Every detail of the Bible is under the sovereign arrangement of God. Not only the words themselves have God as their source even the arrangement of the Bible is significant.
Romans for example gives us a full and complete sketch of both the Christians life and the church life. Then immediately following Romans we 1 Corinthians. What we have is the illustration of the same church life in the Christians life. What Romans reveals 1 Corinthians illustrates.
As we begin the life study of 1 Corinthians, a book that on the surface seems to be mainly focus on the problems of this 1st century gentile church in the city of Corinth but actually we will come to appreciate there is a very positive message in this book that is critical in God’s economy.
Romans (Program #70) – Being in the Spirit to Experience the Work of the Spirit
We may have the assurance that we are children of God by the witnessing of the Spirit with our spirit. This is not a method, this is an action of the Spirit.
Today brings us to our 70th and final life study of the book of Romans. It has been quite an examination of one of the classic books of the Christian faith.
What has been the central message of this life study of Romans? One way to summarize it is with five words: sinners, sons, members, Body and churches. The central thought or message of Romans is that God is making sinners into sons to be the members of the Body of Christ expressed in local churches…
Romans (Program #69) – God Condemning Sin in the Flesh That We May be in the Spirit
We have a very helpful program today dealing with a topic that’s often debated among believers.
Today we have one of the great goals that we as Christians set for ourselves and that is the matter of walking according to spirit. Is this a proper goal for us as Christ to set for ourselves? It seems like in one sense like one of those nebulous and kind of spiritual items that may be somewhat difficult to get a handle on in our experience.
Of course It is very critical that we Christians walk according to the spirit. In Epistles, Paul even commands us to do this. more…
Romans (Program #68) – The Processed God Being the Law of the Spirit of Life
Today we will see a particular term the law of the Spirit of life in Romans chapter 8 which tells us how the Triune God is transforming the tripartite man.
One of the wonderful verses in the New Testament tells us that the law of the Spirit of life has freed us from sin and from death. It may seems strange that a law frees us from sin and from death. We will explore this freeing law of life on today’s life study.
For our final three programs in Romans we come back to chapter 8 and revisit some of the real highlights of this crucial chapter in all of Scripture.
Romans (Program #67) – God Condemning Sin in the Flesh
The Spirit of life, the life-giving Spirit in my spirit is the remedy for the subjective condemnation we all experienced.
In Romans chapter 3 we clearly saw that God’s condemnation falls upon all man but in Christ we absolutely set free from that condemnation by the shed blood of Christ. But what about the inner, self condemnation? How are we free from that?
Today we got a marvelous, marvelous word before us. We touched this topic some weeks back in Romans 8, the first time through. We are coming back today with some very fresh speaking and insights from Witness Lee. What we mean by two kinds of condemnation?
Romans (Program #66) – Transformation and Conformation by the Grafted Life (2)
In this wonderful message today, we see that our relationship with the Lord is a union of life and this life is a growing life and this life is a grafted life and this life is a shaping life until we are all conformed to the image of Christ, the first born Son of God.
As redeemed believers we treasure the work of Christ on the saving cross to satisfy God’s demands on our behalf. But do we equally treasure the life union aspect of our salvation, we will look at our organic relationship with God on today’s life study.
Today’s message did highlight many of the types and pictures that had come up in our study of Romans regarding the Christian life and Witness Lee does use this word “organic” to describe our union with Christ. How did such a word has a spiritual application?
Romans (Program #65) – Transformation and Conformation by the Grafted Life (1)
Today we would see although God created man in His own likeness in Genesis, still we would need the process of transformation and conformation to express Him as the sons of God.
Most of us recall the account of creation in Genesis that man was created in the image of God and with His likeness, the real purpose of this similarity between man and God is what we are exploring on today’s life study.
In Romans 12 we see the words, conform and transform and we are going to see there is definitely linkage between what the apostle Paul developed in Romans and the marvelous way that God created man in His own image. The obvious question is why are we created in God’s image? more…
Romans (Program #64) – Not an Exchanged Life, but a Grafted Life
In today’s message we can see that we’ve been grafted with a better life that is the wonderful Christ. He shallows up all of our shortages, our defects, our inadequacy and uplifts our humanity to the uttermost that we become the same as Him in life and nature for His expression.
Many Christians teachers talk about the Christians life been an exchange life. Our natural created life exchanged for His eternal life. But the Bible does not use this language, rather it speaks in Romans of a grafted life. This is our focus today on the life study of the Bible.