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?
Philippians (Program #19) – The Excellency of the Knowledge of Christ
The apostle Paul was one who was very knowledgeable about the law of the Old Testament. He had years of first hand experience with the law and what it was to live under the law. Yet he also became fully acquainted with Christ. The book of Philippians gives us a unique comparison of these two levels of spiritual experience from one who is fully qualified to make such a comparison.
Genesis (Program #133) – The Reigning Aspect of the Matured Israel (7)
This is our next to the last program from Genesis and soon we will be going on to the book of Romans and we certainly look forward to that.
…this particular exposition of the book of Genesis is really a spiritual classic. We called it a life study; it’s a study in a particular sense in that we want to see how God in Christ as the spirit wants to be our life and our everything. Especially we just like to review for our listeners, we’ve see these 9 great men in the book of Genesis – we have seen a complete picture of the believers’ experience of Christ as life for God’s eternal purpose…
Philippians (Program #18) – Counting All Things Loss on Account of Christ
“I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as refuse that I may gain Christ.” What a blessing for a believer in Christ to reach a point the apostle did in Philippians 3:7-8 where the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus caused him to count all things as dung.
Before Paul was converted to Christ he was not one who had a problem loving the material things, the material world. Quite the contrary he was a person who was fully given to the Jewish religion, to philosophy and to the culture of his time. His whole being was for Judaism and for everything that’s included in it. So, we read these verses in Philippians 3, how Paul, the apostle counted all things loss on account of Christ, we have to realize he is talking about here giving up his Jewish religion, his philosophy and his culture, that were all referred to in earlier verses and not the aspect of the material world. 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?