Ephesians (Program #9) – To Head Up All Things in Christ (1)
The book of Ephesians presents the highest view in the entire New Testament. The apostle Paul identifies the focus of this book in the very first chapter when he says, “Making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, Unto to the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;” (Ephesians 1:9-10) This is not a book about improved behavior, how to raise our children or even how to have a successful marriage; yet in one sense, it’s on all these things. But fundamentally this book is altogether dealing with God’s eternal purpose which is according to His good pleasure and on how He is working in the world situation without and more specifically on how He is working within us to bring this purpose into reality.
The Christ of our salvation is the crucified Christ. As Christians if we are living according to law, attempting to please God by our own behavior, then we have no need of the One who was crucified and resurrected for us. Listen to Paul’s words in Galatians 3:1: “O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly portrayed crucified?” Please stay with us as we focus today on the crucified Christ on this life study of the Bible.
Romans (Program #28) – Transformation in Practicing the Body Life and in Subjection, Love and Warfare
In all of our experiences we need to have the real expression of the life of Christ in all that we do; in our behavior, in our habits, in our ways, we like to be living out Christ.
The emphasis that Paul places on the gifts both in Romans and also in Corinthians. He surely acknowledges the so call the gifts of the Spirit but it seems that his emphasis is on the gifts that help us in the growth of life. Witness Lee picked up the concept and the revelation that came through our brother Paul. Paul was very much on the gifts that have to do with the growth in life. Regarding the gifts of the Spirit, this is one area that has been very much misunderstood by a lot of Christians. more…
Nehemiah (Program #3) – The Reconstitution of the Nation of God’s Elect (1)
To come back to God we need to come back to His word. God’s word reconstitutes us. We all have our own kind of disposition and habitual behavior but God is able to reconstitute us through His word. That’s why we need to read the Bible. God’s word gradually changes our mind and our way of thinking.
Luke (Program #13) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in Galilee (4)
The Bible tells us to love our enemies. Even to treat those who hate us well and to the ones that beat us in the cheek we should turn the other. Well we all heard such teachings and we may agree with them and even strongly desire to be such humble and meek persons. But when confronted with evil treatment or slander we lash out in anger and hatred of our own. But there is One in whom this kind of behavior does not come with difficulty and strife, in fact it matches the very character and nature of His life. For there was a time when we were His enemies and even His haters but He captured us with His love and now He blesses us by imparting His very life into us with the same capacity to love and forgive and forget.
Leviticus (Program #28) – Uncleanness in Human Birth
What does it mean to be clean in the eyes of God? Does it mean that our behaviour is proper and according to His principles? Or does it mean that we get down on our knees and determine before Him to be a better person or even a better Christian? Well the Bible says that regardless of our behaviour or our determination there is no way to be clean if the source of what we are offering Him is the natural life we were born with regardless of how good we may think it is. So what is God’s view of us and all mankind in our natural life? We will see today that the very source of all human life is depicted in this riveting account in chapters 11 and 12 of Leviticus.