Genesis (Program #16) – Transformation for Building in the Flow of Life (1)
It’s amazing to me how God’s purpose and ultimate plan are so clearly visible in Genesis once we’ve been given the key. And that is precisely what Witness Lee is doing it seems, in every one of these classic messages.
We have an entity in New York called the United Nations. But, I think we all realize that the United Nations is actually the divided nations, that there is no real oneness outside the Triune God.
This passage (the Lord’s prayer in John 17) is maybe the most important portion of the Holy Word because this is the Lord’s final recorded prayer before He goes to the cross to die. And, what we see in this prayer is the aspiration of the Lord’s heart’s desire actually becomes His specific prayer to the Father. So, in this prayer, what we see is the very heart’s desire of the Triune God. And, in verse 1 of this prayer, the Lord opens by saying, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You.” So, this is a prayer for the Father to glorify the Son that the Son may glorify the Father. And, what this means is for the Father and the Son to have a full expression through His many believers. And, this expression of Himself is His glorification.
Genesis (Program #15) – God’s Procedures to Fulfill His Purpose (2)
Witness Lee today is going to develop and discuss a profound thought that we see throughout the entire Bible and that is how God has created man as a vessel and with a human spirit in order to receive and contain Him. It is interesting that God’s first action was not to teach him to worship or to serve Him, but rather to place him in front of the tree of life.
When the Spirit as the essence of the Word makes that written Word living, immediately we receive the dispensing of the Father’s life. And, in that life we can be one with all the believers in Christ Jesus.
Upon a first reading or a rather superficial reading of John 17, we may have the impression that the central point is the oneness of the believers. Although this point is crucial, it is neither the central point of the chapter, nor the subject of the Lord’s prayer in this chapter. The subject is clearly indicated in verse 1, where the Lord Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, … glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify you.” This sets the tone and reveals the subject of the Lord’s prayer. He is praying for His glorification so that in His glorification the Father would be glorified.
Genesis (Program #14) – God’s Procedures to Fulfill His Purpose (1)
We had a couple of wonderful messages dealing with two very significant and important words; image and dominion in Genesis 1:26
We have seen that in the past programs, that these words are very significant in the book of Genesis and especially as they are related to the creation of man. When God came to the point of making man, He said “let Us make man in our image”. Oh that is a wonderful, wonderful word. That we human beings are made in the image of God. That means we should have the expression of God. So image, we saw has been related to expression. God wants to be expressed.
John (Program #41) – The Work of the Spirit unto the Mingling of Divinity with Humanity (2)
You come into this chapter (John 17); it’s like stepping into a room where a Godly person is praying and you feel uneasy to interrupt Him. And, you certainly don’t want to come in to inject any thought of your own. So, there’s a holy atmosphere here, of the communication in the divine Trinity that only the Holy Spirit can make known to us.
I believe the prayer, in John 17, is very very significant, mainly because it comes at the end of a long message that the Lord Jesus gave to His disciples just before He went to the cross. Chapters 14, 15, and 16 give us the message that the Lord Jesus spoke on His way to be crucified. So, this of course is a very significant portion of the Word of God, particularly in the Gospel of John. And, after that long message, then He closes with this prayer. And, this prayer is so meaningful that unless you really pray it, or I should say, read it prayerfully, you will not know what its subject is.
Genesis (Program #13) – God’s Restoration and Further Creation (8) – Ultimate Consummation
In our last broadcast, Witness Lee pointed out that in Genesis 1:31, on the sixth day God’s response to the creation of man was “very good”. In today’s message, we began with Genesis 2 verses 2 & 3. We know that God rested on the seventh day because his work was finished. But the question I want to ask is did the creation of man also have an impact on God’s resting on the seventh day?
John (Program #40) – The Work of the Spirit unto the Mingling of Divinity with Humanity (1)
Acts 13:33 tell us that on the day of resurrection, He was begotten by God. His humanity was actually born into divinity to make Him the first born Son of God.
These 3 chapters (John 14, 15, 16) are very rich and very meaningful because these 3 chapters are the contents of the Lord’s final message given in His earthly ministry before He went to the cross, was crucified, and then resurrected. In these 3 chapters, what we see s God’s heart’s desire and God’s eternal purpose.
Genesis (Program #12) – God’s Restoration and Further Creation (7) – Ultimate Consummation
The whole Bible is a record of two seeds in Genesis 1; image and dominion. The last example in the Book of Revelations which is the New Jerusalem. How we can see God’s image and dominion in the New Jerusalem?
John (Program #39) – The Organism of the Triune God in the Divine Dispensation (3)
Those who refuse Christ and who stay in Adam by so doing will remain one with Satan, and as a result will participate in the judgment reserved for God’s enemy.
In this chapter (John 15), the Lord speaks plainly, directly, and profoundly concerning the divine organism. And, He says, “I am the true vine, you are the branches.” So, here we have a corporate entity. The vine with its branches composed of Christ as the embodiment and manifestation of the triune God. And, all those who have believed into Christ by receiving Him into them. The Lord calls this the true vine, the real vine. What we have in this marvelous picture is God the Father embodied in Christ who is the stock of the vine. And, all the believers who have been added to Christ, to become parts of Christ, just as the branches of the vine are parts of the vine to be an organism. So, now we have on this earth the living, divine organism of Christ and His believers, the vine and the branches.