Jude a short book of only one chapter with twenty five verses is known primarily for the classic call in verse three “to contend for the faith”.
Yet in addition to this well known passage it also contains some marvelous utterances that help bring the believers into a rich and glorious experience of the divine life. And even some practical help on how not just to live a godly manner but how to live in the Triune God Himself. Listen to verses 20 and 21 – “But you, beloved, building up yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Exodus (Program #44) – Drinking the Water of Life (2)
Not all divine secrets in the Bible are revealed in a clear and evident way. Sometimes God reveals His secrets in a hidden way. The Bible contains many such hidden secrets that require the Lord’s shining to see clearly. For example, the Bible commands man to believe in order to be saved, but where does it tell us how to believe? The Bible also tells us to eat and drink of Christ, but how do we eat and how do we drink? Don’t miss this classic presentation on this life study.
Yesterday, we saw very strikingly that eating and drinking in the Bible are not simply metaphors for us to contemplate. They are genuine, crucial matters revealed in Scripture. The Lord clearly said in John that if we don’t know how to eat and drink, we will not have the eternal life in us in a practical way. It seems that all of us as Christians need to pay our full attention to these matters.
Jude (Program #2) – Evils of the Apostates and Their Punishment Under the Lord’s Judgment
Jude charges the believers in verses three and four in his epistle, “…to earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who of old have been written of beforehand for this judgment, ungodly men, perverting the grace of our God into licentiousness and denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Exodus (Program #43) – Drinking the Water of Life (1)
Sometimes the most obvious things in life are the easiest to overlook. This is often also the case with the Bible. Have you ever noticed it begins with man’s food and water and it ends the same way in Revelation. Revelation 22, the last chapter of the Bible shows us a river of water of life and on this side and on that side of the river is the tree of life. If we miss the matter of eating and drinking in the Bible, we miss a major portion of what God desires to reveal to man.
In a sense the Bible ends the way it began; a flowing river and the tree of life. In fact what man takes in has a lot of implications.
Jude verse 3 says, “Beloved, while using all diligence to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you and exhort you to earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.“
Exodus (Program #42) – The Water of Life in Resurrection
Every record in the Bible has a spiritual significance. We shouldn’t try to understand any portion of the biblical record simply according to the black and white letter. Let’s take Exodus 16 as an example. This is a chapter revealing the giving of manna to the children of Israel. Surely manna is something mysterious and spiritual. Chapter 17 shows us how God provided water for the children of Israel as Moses struck or smote the rock in the wilderness and the water flow from the clefts. Surely this also bears tremendous spiritual significance. The spiritual reality of the water flowing from the smitten rock is our story today of this life study of the Bible.
We are going to pick up Witness Lee’s own speaking for our introduction today. He make a very striking point about interpreting the Bible. Of course, we do believe it literally word for word. But we also don’t want to be blind to its spiritual and mysterious implication.
Exodus (Program #41) – The Living Water Out of the Smitten Rock (2)
As Christians, from time to time we pass through stages of spiritual dryness. We just can’t seen to find the flowing and satisfying water that previously has wonderfully quench our inner thirst. Actually God will lead His people to such a dry place to test them. For when we are short of this living water our real inner condition is surely exposed. Such was the case with His people Israel as they journeyed in the wilderness following Jehovah God in Exodus 17.
Today we are going to join the children of Israel now some two months after their miraculous deliverance from Egypt. They experienced many miracles by this time and they are being led day by day by this pillar of cloud and at night a pillar of fire into and through the wilderness. They’ve come now to a place seemingly without any water to sustain them.
The apostle Peter tells us in chapter 3 of his second epistle that the day of the Lord will come as a thief and that we should expect and hasten the day of God. The apostle Paul on the other hand refer to today as “man’s day” in 1 Corinthians 4:3, where man is put in the place of judgment. But the day is coming where the Lord will judge and that day is called the day of the Lord or the day of God in 2 Peter chapter 3.
Exodus (Program #40) – The Living Water Out of the Smitten Rock (1)
When the children of Israel were in bondage, they cried out and Jehovah God heard their cry and rescued them. When they were hungry, He heard their cry and sent them manna, bread from heaven. Exodus 17 shows us the story of God providing another necessity of life; water, to sustain and satisfy. Stay with us as we enjoy another marvelous view of our Savior God taking care of His people on today’s life study of the Bible.
We return to Moses and the children of Israel. This time murmuring to God and murmuring to Moses because of their thirst.
We come to the rock that was sovereignly waiting for the children of Israel. The Lord led them to this place to another great miracle that has very much to do with, as we are going to find out, our own experience. Let’s read this portion that we are going to be talking about for several programs that are coming up in the days immediately ahead. more…