John (Program #34) – The Dispensing of the Triune God for the Producing of His Abode (2)
Most Christians think that the Father’s house is heaven, or a heavenly mansion. But, I hope that those who are listening would come to the Word again to see what the Bible says that the Father’s house is.
In the last message, we saw that there are two major sections to the Gospel of John. The first section is the eternal Word incarnated to bring God into man. And, this is a marvelous section. Especially we saw from Johns 3 through John 11 how when God as the Word becomes flesh to bring God into man. He is the very divine, eternal, uncreated life of God to meet the need of every man’s case.
John (Program #33) – The Dispensing of the Triune God for the Producing of His Abode (1)
The Lord went through death and resurrection in order to be the way and also to open the way for us in Him to go, not to heaven, but to go into God.
The first section concerns Christ coming to incarnation. The second section is about Jesus going through death and then coming in resurrection as the life giving Spirit. In the first section, Christ as the eternal Word came through incarnation to bring God into man in order to be life to us and our life supply. Then, we see that He came, so that He Himself as life may meet every human need for the building up of God’s dwelling place.
John (Program #32) – Life’s Washing in Love to Maintain Fellowship (2)
We need to be those who actually experience Christ as life meeting our various needs. The more we experience Him this way the more we are constituted with Him as the life that washes our brothers and sisters.
Here at a certain point, as the Lord was acutely aware that He was leaving the world and going to the Father, He engaged in a very particular, significant, and touching action. He laid aside His garments. That’s a sign. He girded Himself with a towel, another sign. And, He began to wash the disciples’ feet. This is still yet another sign. And in particular He said, “What I have done to you, you should do to one another. If I, who am your Lord and master, has washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet”.
John (Program #32) -Life’s Washing in Love to Maintain Fellowship (2)
We need to be those who actually experience Christ as life meeting our various needs and the more we experience Him in this way the more we are constituted with Him as the life that washes our brothers and sisters.
Today we have the second message concerning the matter of foot washing. It’s on the last message that we have to allegorize this section to get the real significance…
John (Program #31) -Life’s Washing in Love to Maintain Fellowship (1)
So you can say that the Lord washes our feet by the working of the Holy Spirit and also by the enlightening of the Word of God and by the operating of the inner law of life within us.
John chapter 13 is very meaningful. Not many people really understand this chapter and it had quite a background. If you go back to all that has been covered in the first 12 chapters of the gospel of John, you will see how the Lord Jesus meets the need of every man. In every kind of situations, He brings life out of death…
John (Program #30) – Life’s Issue and Multiplication (2)
We need to praise the Lord for the redeeming aspect of His death. We need to praise thee Lord for the Satan destroying aspect of His death and we need to praise Him for the life-releasing aspect of His wonderful death on the cross.
We’ve seen thus far from John chapter 3 to John chapter 11 is a long section showing us how Christ as the divine eternal life of God meets the need of every man’s case. We went through all those cases in a marvelous way. Then when we come to John chapter 12, we see the issue of life. What is the issue of Christ as life meeting the need of every man’s case? The issue of life is a house of feasting. This house of feasting is a miniature of what our church life should be…
John (Program #29) – Life’s Issue and Multiplication (1)
In the divine life there is a longing for the kind of church life portrait in chapter 12 of John. But unfortunately, religious concept inclines us very much in another direction. It’s striking that the Lord Jesus went to a little house to have His church life.
It surely is a pleasant message on a very pleasant matter; the miniature of the church life portrait in the first part of John 12. For you have Martha and Lazarus and Mary together with the Lord Jesus enjoying kind of feast together. Two or three things are very striking about this. One is the fact that it follows the record of the raising of Lazarus and since everything in this gospel virtually is a sign, the scene in chapter 12 is also a sign of the genuine and proper church life as an issue of resurrection.
John (Program #28) – The Need of the Dead – Life’s Resurrecting
Lazarus comes forth, but he still has his grave clothes on. So, what the Lord told the ones around him is, “loose him and let him go”. We still need the brothers and sisters. When we meet with them, we are loose and we are free to follow Christ with those who cooperate with the Lord in resurrection.
This is the conclusion of a long section from John 3 through John 11 that shows us how Christ as the divine, eternal, uncreated life of God meets the need of every man’s case.
John (Program #27) – The Need of the Blind in Religion – Life’s Shepherding
Our good Shepherd laid down His human life for us in order that the divine life could now be imparted to us.
John 10 is the direct continuation of the events in chapter 9. And together, they form a case of the need of the blind in religion. In chapter 9, there was a man blind from birth. And, the Lord gave him sight by the Lord’s being the light of life to him and by the anointing through His speaking. This took place on the Sabbath day. And, healing on the Sabbath was something prohibited, not by God, but by the religionists.
John (Program #26) – The Need of the Blind in Religion – Life’s Sight
When we have the anointing, that is the inward speaking of the life within us. We must obey that anointing. We should always be those who are sent by the anointing to obey the living Word of God.
Witness Lee has been covering 9 specific cases in the Gospel of John. We’ve been seeing how in these cases, which are actually historic events in history, but they have a much deeper spiritual meaning, showing that Christ as life meets every man’s needs.