We need to call it by its right name – it’s death. God in His organic salvation has a way of deliverance from it, a way to overcome it – in Christ as our resurrection life.
Today in chapter 8, we’re going to find out about being freed from sin and death. What is the death that we are being freed from?
Romans 8 is a chapter of experience and the death here is not the physical death to which we are subjected in the old creation. When we are talking about being free from death, we are not talking about some kind of miraculous cure for our mortality or some premature deliverance from the power of death in a physical way. Death in Romans 8 is a terrifying and powerful spiritual source and force that has its source in Satan, the origin of death. more…
Genesis (Program #132) – The Reigning Aspect of the Matured Israel (6)
Today we have another program dealing with the way that Joseph elected to reveal himself to his 11 brothers. As Witness Lee begins today he once again is going to mention that with Joseph we do have these two lines: the line of the type and the line of life. What does he mean by these two lines?
We sinners are not sinners only because we commit some sin. Through the fall of Adam, we all were constituted sinners by being born in sin.
We’re somewhere at the midpoint in our study of Romans. I think it’d be helpful if we reviewed briefly and summarized the central focus of this book that has been dubbed, as we mentioned before, “The Gospel of God”. This book of Romans is called “The Gospel of God” because it gives us the full gospel including the judicial redemption by Christ’s death and the organic salvation in His resurrection life. The focus of the revelation of this book is that God is making sons out of sinners to form the Body of Christ to express Christ. In this book, we have seen also that God is expressed in the Son, Jesus Christ, and further that the Son is expressed in a Body. We have seen and we will see further that the Body is expressed in the local churches.
That’s “The gospel of God” and Romans, as we’ve indicated, has also been called the fifth gospel.
Romans (Program #35) – Being Freed from Sin, the Law and the Flesh
Our destiny is not merely to go from hell to heaven. Our destiny is God’s heart desire which is to make us sinners into sons of God, to be constituted the Body of Christ for His glorious expression in this universe.
Many of us know what it is to struggle against sin and the flesh. And many also know the struggle of never living up to the standard that we or others set for us. All three requires the freeing of the spirit recorded in Romans chapter 8. This is our focus of the life-study of the Bible today.
Once again today we look at the tremendous revelation that God is busy making sinners into sons. Sometimes you hear the word “adopted” inserted into this portion regarding our being the sons of God. To be a son of God, you need the life of God. The word “adopted” doesn’t do justice simply because of our understanding of “adopted”. more…
Romans (Program #34) – The Basic Points in Chapters 5-8
The Lord is with our spirit, so this wonderful. If we’re going to contact God, we need to exercise our spirit. God is Spirit, those who worship Him must worship Him in their spirit so that we can live and walk according to the Spirit who is mingled with our spirit.
If you’ve ever had the experience of making a resolution to be better, or to try harder, or promising never to do something again and then failing miserably, you will want to stay tuned for today’s Life-Study of Romans with Witness Lee.
We’re going to revisit Romans 5 to 8. In these chapters, we’ll see something wonderful concerning how we can experience and enjoy Christ. In today’s message we’re going to hear Witness Lee talk about the Spirit as it’s mentioned in chapter eight. In reading these verses, it seems almost impossible to tell whether the reference is made to the divine Spirit or the human spirit. What’s the relationship between these two and is it important for us to make a distinction? more…
Genesis (Program #129) – The Reigning Aspect of the Matured Israel (4)
Once again today our life study covers the matter of Joseph and his reigning in the final stage of his life. This is the first part of a two part message today, where Joseph in the final stage of his experience fully typifies Christ and it’s a wonderful picture. To summarize briefly, the story of Joseph and his brothers, emphasizing how the whole world came to be under famine and all have to come to Joseph for the supply…
Romans (Program #33) – The Consummation of the Gospel
In God’s salvation, He does not just wash us from our sins, forgive us and make us clean, but He imparts His very life into us. He does this in order to make us His sons. So sonship or being sons of God is a matter of receiving the life of God.
God’s plan or eternal purpose cannot be realized without genuine sons of God that are match to Him in righteousness, holiness and glory. But all He has to work with is just sinner like you and me. How can He accomplish such a lofty goal?
We have a favor theme of Romans as our focus today and that is God is making sons out of sinners. This seems out of comprehension to most of us. But what does it mean really to make such a statement?
Genesis (Program #128) – The Secret of Joseph’s Release and Exaltation
We have today a marvelous and even special life study before us. This is a wonderful story with a lot of spiritual significance for us. For the benefit of those that are not that familiar with the story, a quick overview…
Concerning Joseph, we should realize that he is a full and complete type of Christ. Joseph’s life is characterized by two matters; dreams and suffering. He saw dreams and he spoke about them this led to suffering. Eventually his suffering brought him to prison, where he remained for quite a period of time. However, he remained faithful to his dreams. He was used by God to interpret the dreams of others and eventually by speaking forth the interpretation of the dreams, he was released from the prison…