Ephesians (Program #71) – Ordinances and the Church Life
The book of Ephesians reveals that what God is after is for Christ to be wrought into His chosen and redeemed people to produce the Church. But it also exposes many of the negative things that frustrate us form attaining to His purpose. Among these are the obvious items of sin and worldliness. But though these things surely damage the Church none are so great a problem as the not so obvious matter of ordinances.
Ordinances expressed our own way of practicing the Christian life. And each group, each gathering of believers has its’ own particular characteristics, its’ way to practice, to meet and to worship. Yet these ways that we treasure and value so dearly may in fact be the factor divide us from other believers and thereby frustrate God to the uttermost and He desires to obtain His heart desire, the Church as the One New Man.
Ephesians (Program #61) – Ordinances and Doctrines
The cross of Christ which is the very foundation of salvation for a believer. Represents the termination of so many negative things like sin and death, the flesh, the old nature or old man, even Satan and the world.
Christians love to hear messages on these things. But have you ever listen a message about the ordinances been included in what is slain on the cross? Well, here is the message for you, in Ephesians 2:14-15, “For He Himself is our peace, He who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of partition, the enmity, abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace.“
Ephesians (Program #23) – The Two Created Into One New Man
When the Lord Jesus gave His life on the cross or our redemption, what were the main items that the Bible tells us were dealt with by His death? Well, the first answer most people would give, of course is our sins. Then some might mention the devil, Satan. If you still would add the corrupted world, and our old fallen nature that the Bible calls our old man. These could be a good list an accurate one according to the New Testament but still incomplete. Or it is probably fair to say that the precious view would include on the list, the last item that the apostle Paul gives us in Ephesians Chapter 2 :15 “Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace.” Isn’t this interesting? And isn’t it surprising? Included among the crucial items dealt with by Christ on the cross are ordinances. How could ordinances be included with such obvious matters as sins, Satan and the world. We’ll find out in today’s fellowship.
Genesis (Program #24) – God’s Dealing with Man’s First Fall (1)
Today Witness Lee is going to develop and expound more on Genesis 3:9-15.
What these verses talk about is what happened to Adam and Eve after they fell and partook of the wrong tree and the element of Satan which is sin, entered into their being. This passage of Scriptures started off by God asking Adam “where are you?”
Galatians (Program #9) – Dead to Law but Living to God
Did you know the Bible tells us that in Christ, not only have we died to sin, but we’ve also died to the law? In Christ we are free from sin. Wonderful! But equally in Christ, we’re free from law. Do these two spiritual truths describe your condition and your experience? Please stay with us today as we see our organic union with Christ and how this union can become our living reality.
Ezekiel (Program #22) – The Return of God’s Glory to the House
Early in his ministry as recorded in chapters 9 and 10, the prophet Ezekiel had seen the glory of Jehovah depart from the temple and even from the earth. It was the gross sin of the people, the abominations, the whoredom, the carcasses and the degradation that caused the Lord’s glory to depart. But after receiving the vision of the completion of the building of the temple in chapter 43, Ezekiel saw another vision. This time a vision of the glory of Jehovah returning to the earth and filling the temple. This is Ezekiel 43:1-5, “Then He brought me to the gate, that is, the gate that faces toward the east. And the glory of the God of Israel was there … and His voice was like the sound of many waters, and the earth was illuminated with His glory. And it was like the appearance of the vision which I saw, that is, like the vision that I had seen when He came to destroy the city; and the visions were like the vision that I had seen by the river Chebar. And I fell on my face. And the glory of Jehovah came into the house through the gate which faced toward the east. And the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner court, and just then the glory of Jehovah filled the house.”
Following the vision of the glory of the Lord filling the house, the Lord had many things to say to Ezekiel as He also does to us concerning His house. Question is, do we have ears to hear and eyes to see the house of God?
Jeremiah (Program #9) – Israel’s Sin against Jehovah, Jehovah’s Punishment upon Israel (2)
During one of the dark hours in Israel’s history, Jehovah poured His heart out to Jeremiah, the prophet that He raised up to speak to Israel on His behalf. Listen to his word and see if you can sense in His speaking the anguish of a distraught husband over the unfaithfulness of a wife to whom He had been faithful to the uttermost. Jeremiah 3:6-9 “Then Jehovah said to me in the days of Josiah the king, Have you seen what Israel the apostate has done? She went up on every high mountain and under every flourishing tree and committed fornication there. And I said, After she has done all these things, she will return to Me; but she did not return…And I saw that because of all the adultery that Israel the apostate committed I divorced her and gave her a certificate of divorce, And because she treated her fornication lightly, she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.”
Isaiah (Program #10) – The Judgment of Jehovah Upon the Nations and Its Issue (1)
When God’s people give in to temptation, sin and corruption, God in His righteousness surely must judge and discipline. Of course, as Christians He also has a way to forgive us and lead us back into His loving presence. But ultimately the solution for our continuous failures lies not in renew commitment and more earnest and sincere effort. Rather we need to be fired, terminated and eventually replaced. We all desperately need to see that God’s solution for us is to be replaced. Don’t miss this extraordinary life study of the Bible.
Romans (Program #67) – God Condemning Sin in the Flesh
The Spirit of life, the life-giving Spirit in my spirit is the remedy for the subjective condemnation we all experienced.
In Romans chapter 3 we clearly saw that God’s condemnation falls upon all man but in Christ we absolutely set free from that condemnation by the shed blood of Christ. But what about the inner, self condemnation? How are we free from that?
Today we got a marvelous, marvelous word before us. We touched this topic some weeks back in Romans 8, the first time through. We are coming back today with some very fresh speaking and insights from Witness Lee. What we mean by two kinds of condemnation?
The Bible reveals to us three big enemies to our Christian life: sin, Satan and death. All of these three take advantage of our fallen flesh to frustrate us, but God’s approach to our flesh may surprise you. That’s the focus on today’s Life-Study of the Bible.
In these chapters in Romans, we’re seeing the three enemies and how they are seen as enemies that reign over us. In Romans 5:21, it mentions that sin reigned in death. In 5:14, it says “death reigned”. We learned from the book of Acts that Satan has some kind of authority like the power of darkness. These are the three big enemies. Now, in 5:17, we are promised that those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through Jesus Christ. more…