John (Program #38) – The Organism of the Triune God in the Divine Dispensation (2)
When He speaks to us, we have to keep it. When His word abides in us, then right away, we are abiding in His love. So, just by saying Amen to His speaking, love will fill us, and we will find the prevailing way to love the Lord Jesus and abide in His love.
The very striking point in John 15 to me is the illustration of the vine and the branches. There’s no other plant that could adequately illustrate the life flow that exists between the Lord and His believers. The Lord said, “I am the vine, and you are the branches.” Could any other illustration make it more clear? Then, what God is producing is an organism, not an organization. The “I am” here is Christ when He said, “I am the vine.” And, the “you are” is that part of the vine known as branches. Christ, the Son, is the very center of God’s economy, and He’s also the embodiment of all the riches of the Father.
Zechariah (Program #15) – The Prophecies of Encouragement (6)
We all have our own favorite verses throughout the Bible. For many of us, some of our favorite verses are found in pages of the Old Testament. And we tend to avoid the Old Testament often in terms of its bigger meaning because it does seem to be somewhat veiled and obscure. However, the real meaning of all of our verses in the Old Testament match that of the revelation in the New Testament. And, that is that at the heart of God’s desire is an economy. In the life study of Zechariah, God’s economy is summarized: “The center of God’s economy is to have a Body to express Christ. Eventually, this Body will be Christ’s Bride to match Him as His counterpart and to come down to earth with Him to carry out the final step of God’s economy. Today, the world situation is ready for His coming, but the Lord has not yet gained His counterpart. Therefore, He has no way to come back. He is still waiting.”
Zechariah (Program #5) – The Visions of Consolation and Promise (4)
Zechariah is full of mysterious visions revealing Christ. Listen to the first four verses from Zechariah chapter 4, “Then the angel who spoke with me returned and roused me as a a man is roused from his sleep. And he said to me, What do you see? And I said, I see that there is a lampstand all of gold, with its bowl on top of it and its seven lamps upon it, with seven pipes for each of the lamps on top of it; And there are two olive trees beside it, one to the right of the bowl and one to the left. And I answered and spoke to the angel who spoke with me saying, What are these, sir?”
Daniel (Program #16) – The Visions of the Overcoming Daniel (6)
Anyone who has ever studied history realizes that throughout the ages Israel has been a land of wars and destruction. Yet it survives and even today after so much turmoil but once again it is the center of the world’s attention and occupies so much space in our newspapers and newscasts.
Daniel saw prophetically that Israel will be such a land of distress. He also saw how God’s purpose and His people will ultimately prevail as Christ Himself will come to that very place to rule and reign on this earth for a thousand years.
Daniel (Program #12) – God’s Economy in the Book of Daniel
Though the book of Daniel in the Old Testament is a short book. It has many points with many events and many persons each with their own spiritual lesson and significance. But we should always be mindful that the real focus of this book as it is in every book of the Bible is Christ. And in Daniel specifically the Christ of God’s economy. To bring us all into this view of Daniel and of Christ is the goal of this ministry. Because it truly is a view that can not only change or deepen our understanding of the Bible, it can affect our whole life as well as a believer.
The very first message in the life-study of Daniel shows us that this book gives us 5 main points concerning Christ. This is somewhat a review program today of this 5 items in the book of Daniel.
Daniel (Program #10) – The Visions of the Overcoming Daniel (2)
“The Ancient of Days sits upon His throne.” This is a word from Daniel. Today we want to consider further the visions of Daniel in chapter 7 concerning the four beasts out of the Mediterranean sea. We have previously seen that these four beast are dreadful and terrible doing whatever they desire as if there was no God in the universe. However these chapter reveals that the Ancient of Days is still on the throne.
Daniel (Program #8) – The Victory of the Young Descendants of of God’s Degraded Elect (6)
The Old testament book of Daniel is of course one of the great story books in the Bible. Children and adults alike love these stories and the inspiration that countless believers have derived from them from over the years. But much more than just wonderful and inspiring stories, these chapters convey tremendous insights into God’s move on this earth in His economy. This deeper view not only inspires us but it can compel us to join with God. Not just to live a proper christian life but to actually become engaged with Him for the accomplishment of His eternal purpose.
Daniel (Program #6) – The Victory of the Young Descendants of of God’s Degraded Elect (4)
Daniel is a book of wonderful Bible stories but in reality these stories convey not just moral lessons for children. They convey the reality of God’s economy to us.
Daniel is a book that has a lot of dreams in it and we have another dream today that comes up in Daniel chapter 4. In chapter 2 we have the dream of the great human image and really that is the central focus of this entire book. Now again today King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has a second dream….
Luke (Program #33) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in His Human Virtues with His Divine Attributes from Galilee to Jerusalem (13)The story of the prodigal son as presented in Luke 15 is perhaps one of the most popular stories in the New Testament. There are surely aspects of the story of a wayward son who comes to realize the benefits of his father’s house that he had rejected in his youth that most us can relate to. But much more if the Lord in His mercy grant us eyes to see we can realize depth and aspects of God’s full salvation from the story that are not so clearly seen in nearly any other portion of Scripture. Stay with us today as we look at the prodigal son through the lens of God’s economy.
Ezekiel (Program #6) – The Coordination of the Four Living Creatures (1)
The spiritual application of the mysterious vision in Ezekiel chapter 1 of the four living creatures is marvelous on many levels. First, it portrays Christ in various aspects; but more than just revealing aspects of Christ in this vision, we can see ourselves in God’s economy and how the various aspects of Christ become the genuine aspects of our experience of Him. Ultimately, God’s purpose and His move on earth are revealed in this vision. A vital key in our entering into God’s move is revealed in Ezekiel is the matter of the coordination typified by the four living creatures.