Our last program open up the matter of the two kinds of light that God brought forth in creation. May be we can begin today with a short review of the significance of these two kinds of light.
It is a sad fact that great many genuine children of God grow minimally, if at all after their rebirth experience. They may increase in knowledge, they may improve their behavior, but they may be far behind in the genuine increase of Christ as life within them. One reason for this is the lack of what we may call following Brother Lee’s exposition of Genesis; the fourth day lights. This is a more solid light a more intense light. Whereas the light of the first day was the light for rebirth, the light of the fourth day is the light for growth. To be regenerated we need the divine light. If we are to grow in the divine life we received through regeneration, we need a brighter light, a more intense light a more solid light. This kind of light is signified by the lights on the fourth day; the sun, the moon and the stars…
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 and the more we experience Him in this way the more we are constituted with Him as the life that washes our brothers and sisters.
Today we have the second message concerning the matter of foot washing. It’s on the last message that we have to allegorize this section to get the real significance…
Jeremiah (Program #24) – Separation of the Church, God’s New Testament Elect from the World in All its Aspects
The Bible, especially the Old Testament is often studies merely in the way of history, looking at names, dates and places. And though there are some values in this manner of study, for us as believers the greater need is to see the Bible open up as a book of life. For this, it is seeing the spiritual significance of events that yields the greatest benefit. And It is in this light that our study of Jeremiah has brought us to consider the final chapters where God’s wrath even His vengeance is poured out on one nation on earth that has been the most offensive to Him and rendered the most damage upon His chose people. God’s judgment upon Babylon and its significance for God’s people today is our topic.
Jeremiah (Program #22) – The Spiritual Sequence in the Bible and in Jeremiah
The Bible presents God’s work and God’s plan in a marvelous sequence. If we see the spiritual significance, we can see that right after creating man, God presents Himself to man as man’s source, only to be rejected by the very man that He had created. But what seems to be the end of God’s plan is really just the beginning. As God deals with the sins that besets mankind by coming Himself to be man’s righteousness and his life and ultimately to gain man fully for Himself as His enlargement and expression. This is the sequence of the whole Bible. And that sequence is closely parallel by the account of the prophet Jeremiah. The sequence of the divine revelation in the Bible and the same sequences as found in Jeremiah is our topic on today’s life study.
Mark (Program #37) – The Preparation of the Slave-Savior for His Redemptive Service (11)
In Mark chapter 14, the Lord Jesus initiated the Lord’s Supper as we know it today and is very deep in its’ significance.
Mark chapter 14: 22-24 tells us, “And as they were eating, He took bread and blessed it, and He broke it and gave it to them, and said, Take; this is My body.
And He took a cup and gave thanks, and He gave it to them; and they all drank of it.
And He said to them, This is My blood of the covenant, which is being poured out for many.”
Mark (Program #34) – The Preparation of the Slave-Savior for His Redemptive Service (8)
Mark chapter 13, is a chapter that’s difficult to understand. In this chapter the Lord Jesus was speaking to His disciples by way of prophecies concerning events that must occur before the ushering in of the kingdom age.
Many people studied this chapter focusing on these prophecies while missing the real significance of His speaking. For in this chapter He is not just predicting the future events in order to entice us to follow the prophecies but rather He was preparing the disciples as well as all those who would follow the disciples to become His believers in future generations. This preparation was with a definite goal and purpose. Not merely to strengthen our faith in His word by accurately predicting future events. No. Much more than that.; His speaking in this portion of scripture is to prepare all His seeking ones for the producing and bringing forth of the New Man.
Mark (Program #15) – The Move of the Slave-Savior’s Gospel Service (2) & (3)
Mark chapter 6 presents us with 4 seemingly unrelated cases. To our shallow understanding these 4 cases seems to be merely 4 separate stories of events that took place during the Lord’s earthly ministry. However if we receive even a little enlightenment we can see that once again the sequence in the divine record of how these events are unfolded is really marvelous. And that when taken together these 4 cases really are layers of meaning and significance.
So here are 4 cases, 2 negative and 2 positive. That individually show us the rejection, hatred and justice even martyrdom that typifies the world’s response to the gospel. But collectively they fill us with encouragement, conviction and even a renewed determination to go forth to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom to the whole inhabited earth.
Mark (Program #8) – The Ways the Slave-Savior Carried Out His Gospel Service (3)
After opening with the clear picture of meaning and contents of the glad tidings of the gospel. The book of Mark then give us the 5 cases in which the Lord Jesus carries out the gospel in His dealing with so many fallen people. The first of these cases involved a paralytic man who not only received healing from the Lord, but even more importantly at least in its’ significance was the forgiveness of sins. We then had the case of a saved sinners, Matthew, the tax collector preparing a feast for His Savior and for many of His friends. This case was a case of enjoyment.
Three additional cases followed in chapter 2, and the first part of chapter 3. Each one depicting the carrying out of His gospel service. A gospel not only of forgiveness and of enjoyment but of joy, of satisfaction and freedom as well.
We come to another enjoyable, joy-filled, satisfying and liberating message from this life study of Mark.
Job (Program #14) – The Significance in the Sequence of Job and the Psalms
As Christians we all hold the Bible as the infallible and inspired word of God. But not only are the words themselves divinely inspired even the arrangement of the book also bears God’s direct involvement. Take for instance the sequence of the various books in the Bible. Many do not actually follow the historic timeline yet the sequence in the divine record is truly marvelous. Consider the book of Job and the book of Psalms. They are separated by nearly a thousand years historically but Psalms immediately followed by Job in the Bible. What the Bible sequence reveals is that the divine revelation is not static, but rather shows a progression. A progression that should also be matched in our experience.
Nehemiah (Program #4) – The Reconstitution of the Nation of God’s Elect (2)
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah bear a strong intrinsic significance for the Lord’s recovery today. We should not think that the Old Testament is unrelated to us. The Bible is written in two sections – the Old Testament and the New Testament. The first section contains pictures while the second section contains the fulfillment of what is signified by the pictures. Without an intrinsic understanding of the Old Testament types, it is not easy to understand the fulfillment of God’s economy in the New Testament.