We’ve had several programs recently that have focused on Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28. Today’s program is going to deal specifically with one item that appeared in that dream; the pillar. A very crucial part of this dream.
Today in Genesis chapter 35, we come to a matter we are going to spend a couple programs on and that’s the matter of pillars. We’ve seen before that Genesis is a book in which all of the seeds of the great truth of the Bible are sown. The seed of this matter, the pillar appears first in chapter 28. We are back with it today in more detail in chapter 35. Where else in Scripture in addition to these portions in Genesis do we encounter pillars?
From his prison cell in Rome, the Apostle Paul wrote stirring words to the saints in Philippi. “Even now, Christ will be magnified in my body whether through life or through death”, and then again, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. Was Paul speaking matters of doctrine and theology for our future study and contemplation, or was this the living reality of a genuine witness of Christ? Welcome to our final program of the life study of Acts, a program you will surely not want to miss.
Our life study of Genesis today brings us once again to chapter 35. Chapter 35 means that we are going to remain today at Bethel, the House of God. During the message today, Witness Lee again will use the term “church life”. We’ve had it in the past, and this is in reference to the place or condition that we as believers need to be to experience God in a full way. What is meant by this term “church life” and how it differs from just Christians “going to church”?
Acts (Program #71) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (37)
After an arduous and perilous voyage with threatening so extreme that they must have been attacks directed by Satan himself against God’s chosen witness. The Apostle Paul arrives at Rome amidst the warm and genuine greetings of the saints of God. Despite his continued imprisonment, Paul rejoiced in God’s sovereignty, the divine arrangement and entered into the most productive stage of his ministry. Stay tuned for a delightful and masterful unveiling of the riches of God’s word on today’s life study of the Bible.
Acts (Program #70) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (36)
From the Epistles of the Apostle Paul in the New Testament come profound and inspiring passages such as “For me to live is Christ”, “Whether in life or in death, Christ shall be magnified in my mortal body,” and also “that I may be found in Him”. Where did these incredible utterances come from? Was Paul simply a mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit as the word of God came forth? Or where these phrases the expressions that flowed out of his own experience of the living Christ? We will view the living of the Apostle Paul under the most extreme circumstances as recorded in the pages of Acts on today’s life study of the Bible.
Jacob returns to the place of his dream in chapter 28. It must significant that after so many dealings and events in Jacob’s life that God would bring him back to the place that Jacob had identified as the House of God.
Acts (Program #69) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (35)
Once again the apostle Paul is given an opportunity to speak during his two year imprisonment at the hands of the corrupt Roman government. With his wisdom and knowledge of Roman laws and custom, he likely could have talked his way out of this difficult situation. But he chooses instead not to say all the right things in order to gain his freedom, but rather boldly testifies of the vision of the resurrected Christ that he had seen and who charged him with the marvelous commission of the New Testament ministry. Stay with us today for a rich and enlightening life study of the Bible.
Today we are coming back to the goal and the subject of the entire Bible. There is a definite focus in this program, the life study of the Bible; to see that every portion of the Scriptures is consistent and always leading to one goal and one purpose. This really is the Bible isn’t it?