The seeking ones among God’s people need to know the Lord as life, and they need to experience Christ as life, and they need to study the Bible in the way of life. It is for those seekers that we commend the life study of the Bible. Listen and enjoy Christ as life.
The Gospel of John is simply profound. It’s simple. The words, the vocabulary, the expressions appear so simple. In the beginning was the Word. The Word was God. The Word became flesh. But, it’s profound also. If you’ve had the opportunity to follow us through the heart of chapters 14 through 17, you perhaps have some sense of appreciation of the profound depths of the Gospel of John.
The Gospel of John is a Gospel of life and building. We need to really dwell on these two crucial words: life and building. Life is God Himself. Life is Christ. He said “I am the life”, “I came that you may have life”, and “life is the Spirit.” Eternal life is not merely an eternal state of existence in another realm. Eternal life is God dispensed into us. It cannot reasonably be denied that the Gospel of John is the Gospel of eternal life.
John (Program #48) – Life Processed for Multiplication (3)
I really like this marvelous term here. “Go tell my brothers.” In the Gospel of John, He was with these disciples a lot, but He never referred to them as brothers. He always called them either by name or referred to them as friends. But, after His resurrection for the first time, He calls them brothers.
In this Gospel, the presentation of the crucifixion is really more complete and more meaningful than you have it in the other three Gospels. First, the account here brings out the two aspects of the Lord’s death by mentioning two substances, which came out of the Lord’s side when the soldier pierced Him. When the soldier pierced Him, out came blood and water. The blood of Christ there is to answer to our need for the dealing with sin. The blood of Christ cleanses us from every sin. And, the water that came out is really meeting the need for our life. Water in the scripture is often a picture of life. There’s the water of life that’s in the book of Revelation. And, there’s the water that flowed out of the rock in the Old Testament. So, water really means life, the imparting of life.
Because of the deceit of religion and the darkness of politics, He was delivered to death. He was proved to be without fault, but religion and politics were exposed to be dark, deceitful, and corrupt.
We’ve come today to the section of John 18 through 20 dealing with the Lord’s death on the cross and His resurrection. Generally, we consider the Lord’s death in relationship to the work of redemption. But we will see once again today that this Gospel, though certainly not minimizing the redemptive aspect, has another emphasis; the release and multiplication of life which resulted from Christ’s death.
John (Program #34) – The Dispensing of the Triune God for the Producing of His Abode (2)
Most Christians think that the Father’s house is heaven, or a heavenly mansion. But, I hope that those who are listening would come to the Word again to see what the Bible says that the Father’s house is.
In the last message, we saw that there are two major sections to the Gospel of John. The first section is the eternal Word incarnated to bring God into man. And, this is a marvelous section. Especially we saw from Johns 3 through John 11 how when God as the Word becomes flesh to bring God into man. He is the very divine, eternal, uncreated life of God to meet the need of every man’s case.
John (Program #32) – Life’s Washing in Love to Maintain Fellowship (2)
We need to be those who actually experience Christ as life meeting our various needs. The more we experience Him this way the more we are constituted with Him as the life that washes our brothers and sisters.
Here at a certain point, as the Lord was acutely aware that He was leaving the world and going to the Father, He engaged in a very particular, significant, and touching action. He laid aside His garments. That’s a sign. He girded Himself with a towel, another sign. And, He began to wash the disciples’ feet. This is still yet another sign. And in particular He said, “What I have done to you, you should do to one another. If I, who am your Lord and master, has washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet”.
Genesis (Program #2) -The General Sketch and Central Thought (2)
The real focus of not only Genesis but the whole Bible is life. It begins with life and ends with life. The light that we received in this life study of Genesis will bring out all the seeds of the truth that is unfolded throughout the Bible. Everything here is opening up that this is a book of life. When we touch the Bible at any point, If we really touch the Lord Himself as life we will be very much nourished.
When we come to the Bible we have to realize that every book has been breathed out by God. We have to say “Lord I want to touch You, as I read this book I want to contact You.” I realize now that the book of Genesis is really also a book of life, not just a book of stories, not just of lives of man but the book of life itself, which is God Himself breath into this book and now when we breath Him in as we read this book we really get a supply of the divine life.
John (Program #30) – Life’s Issue and Multiplication (2)
We need to praise the Lord for the redeeming aspect of His death. We need to praise thee Lord for the Satan destroying aspect of His death and we need to praise Him for the life-releasing aspect of His wonderful death on the cross.
We’ve seen thus far from John chapter 3 to John chapter 11 is a long section showing us how Christ as the divine eternal life of God meets the need of every man’s case. We went through all those cases in a marvelous way. Then when we come to John chapter 12, we see the issue of life. What is the issue of Christ as life meeting the need of every man’s case? The issue of life is a house of feasting. This house of feasting is a miniature of what our church life should be…
John (Program #27) – The Need of the Blind in Religion – Life’s Shepherding
Our good Shepherd laid down His human life for us in order that the divine life could now be imparted to us.
John 10 is the direct continuation of the events in chapter 9. And together, they form a case of the need of the blind in religion. In chapter 9, there was a man blind from birth. And, the Lord gave him sight by the Lord’s being the light of life to him and by the anointing through His speaking. This took place on the Sabbath day. And, healing on the Sabbath was something prohibited, not by God, but by the religionists.
Malachi (Program #2) – Christ in His Two Comings as Revealed in Malachi
Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament and it’s also the last book of the minor prophets. Today, we are going to touch Malachi – the center of the book of Malachi is the healing Christ. This healing Christ is the Messenger of God, the Angel of the Covenant and the Desire of the Nations. The whole earth is filled with death and injustice but with the healing Christ we have life and justice.
John (Program #26) – The Need of the Blind in Religion – Life’s Sight
When we have the anointing, that is the inward speaking of the life within us. We must obey that anointing. We should always be those who are sent by the anointing to obey the living Word of God.
Witness Lee has been covering 9 specific cases in the Gospel of John. We’ve been seeing how in these cases, which are actually historic events in history, but they have a much deeper spiritual meaning, showing that Christ as life meets every man’s needs.