Philippians (Program #24) – Having the Same Mind and Walking by the Same Rule
What is your goal in life? Time management seminars are constantly telling people to prioritized their time according to their goals. But what is God’s goal for us? Does our goal in life match God’s goal? Today’s life study of the Bible covers pursuing Christ in Philippians chapter 3, a marvelous and wonderful topic.
A tremendous verses Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers, I do 1not account of myself to have laid hold; but one thing I do: Forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before, I pursue toward the goal for the prize to which God in Christ Jesus has called me upward.”
We all know that Moses was a great man used mightily by God for the accomplishment of His purpose. Have you ever noticed though that God did not use him until he was well beyond the peak of his natural strength and ability. In the New Testament, the apostle Peter was also greatly used by the Lord, but not until after the Lord had subdue his natural strength and severely dealt with him and restricted him. What can we learn from the experience of these spiritual men as it relates to our life before Christ.
We are going to have another surprising message for our listeners today. We are going to look at the characteristic or trait that most equips or qualifies a person to be useful to God in the accomplishment of His purpose.
Philippians (Program #23) – Gaining Christ by Pursuing Him
“I pursue, if even I may lay hold of that for which I also have been laid hold of by Christ Jesus”, Philippians 3:12 and in it the apostle Paul tells us that Christ Jesus has lay hold of us for a purpose, a specific purpose and that purpose is that we may lay hold of or gain Him.
Focus on Philippians 3:12-14 and this conveys a picture of the apostle Paul pursuing after Christ to gain Him. But this happened only after Paul had been gained by Christ. This is a wonderful picture of the Christian life, Christ gaining us beginning with our salvation for a purpose and then our life becomes fills with meaning as that purpose become for us to gain Him. This is marvelous. These three verses just crystallized the whole feeling of the apostle’s Paul’s life…
Exodus (Program #3) – Preparation of the Slave Savior
Surely Moses is a great man of God used by Him for His purpose. But chapter 2 of Exodus, the story of Moses from his birth until he is finally prepared by God for His use, is a story where women, females play nearly all of the major parts. Is this just idle curiosity or is there a valuable message for us to be seen from these details?
We saw at the end of our broadcast yesterday that God uses the female life very significantly in the accomplishment of HIs purpose. This may be a little hard to grasp but concepted may be is a little obscure when you first hear it
Philippians (Program #22) – Conformed to Christ’s Death to Attain the Out-Resurrection from the Dead
“To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, If perhaps I may attain to the out-resurrection from the dead.” Those were the words of apostle Paul in Philippians 3:10-11 and also the subject of our life study today.
Philippians 3, on the heart of the experience of Christ. These are very deep yet practical experiential points and on being conformed Christ death so that we may attain to a spiritual reality called the Out-Resurrection from among the dead.
Exodus, the second book in the Bible begins with God’s people in a pitiful condition. Enslaved by the evil Pharaoh and daily being killed under the tyranny of his heavy hand. Exodus is the story of how God release His people from this bondage and it has a glorious conclusion. The worldly people today are in a condition much like the children of Israel in Exodus. The parallels are striking in this graphic Old Testament book of pictures.
When we come to this book, we often refer to it as a “picture book”. We spoke a little about this in our program yesterday. What do we mean when we say Exodus is a book of pictures?
Philippians (Program #21) – Seeking to Know Christ, the Power of His Resurrection, and the Fellowship of His Sufferings
Philippians 3:8-11 for those who love the Lord Jesus and the Word of God this has to be the cherished portion of the Word. “But moreover I also count all things to be loss on account of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as refuse that I may gain Christ. And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is out of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is out of God and based on faith, To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” This portion of the Word is altogether in the realm of experience and enjoyment and certainly not one of any doctrine. This is marvelous.
The divine revelation in the Scriptures is progressive unfolding and developing book by book and chapter by chapter. The 66 books of the Bible were written over a period of 1600 years. During this long period, God did not speak once for all at one specific time rather He spoke to His people progressive, time after time over a long period. So begin the life study of Exodus. For the next several months we will explore this classic book of the Old Testament through rich spiritual insight of Witness Lee.
We were in the life study of Genesis, Exodus in a sense continues that book. The book of Genesis principally issues in the life of 3 people; Abraham, Issac and Jacob, which is really a complete picture of the called one of God. In Abraham you see God’s calling and fellowship and living by faith with God. In Issac you see the aspect of enjoying God’s riches and inheriting the rich inheritance that God has for us. And in Jacob, you see God’s transforming work to produce a prince, from Jacob to Israel. more…
When someone comes to our home to visit us where might they find us? Well maybe they find us preoccupied with normal daily human life, may be they find us in good pleasant behavior. Probably they would find us in neither of these cases we would be happy, nothing sinful here, nothing immoral. But the apostle Paul was not so easily satisfied. He was desperate in earnest in his desire and aspiration to be found in Christ. And not just in the doctrinal, objective way, but that he would be found fully occupied and filled with this One, Whom he love and pursue and to lay hold of.
Genesis (Program #134) – The Reigning Aspect of the Matured Israel (8)
We come today to our final regular program of the life study of Genesis. We have one final look at Joseph as a full type of Christ. We’ve said that often before. But really what do we mean by that comparison?