Archive for ◊ March, 2018 ◊

17 Mar 2018 Romans (Program #48)

Romans (Program #48) – The Meaning of Reigning in Life

We need to see that man is the battle field.  Satan as sin is in man’s flesh.  But God in Christ as grace is in man’s spirit.

The book of Romans gives us perhaps the clearest definition of God’s full salvation.  One such defining section is chapter 5, where eventual we are brought to reigning in life in verse 17.  What is it to reign in life?

17 Mar 2018 Judges (Program #1)

Judges (Program #1) – An Introductory Word

The first chapter of the book of Judges records the marvelous story of Judah and Caleb fighting against the Canaanites after the death of Joshua. Jehovah displayed again that He was with Israel and that they can trust Him to fight with and for them against their enemy. But just as an unfaithful wife forsake her husband thereby damaging their marriage Israel eventually forsook Jehovah.

Listen to Judges 2 : 11-13  “And the children of Israel did what was evil in the sight of Jehovah and served the Baals. And they forsook Jehovah, the God of their fathers, who brought them out from the land of Egypt; and they followed after other gods from among the gods of the peoples who surrounded them; and they worshipped them and provoked Jehovah to anger. And they forsook Jehovah and served Baal and the Ashtaroth. Then the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel, and He delivered them into the hands of plunderers; and they plundered them. And He sold them into the hand of their enemies around them, and they were no longer able to stand before their enemies.”

From this point on the book of Judges becomes an ugly history a failure and humiliation for Israel as she turned from the purity and enjoyment of her days as a bride to Jehovah, becoming a harlot in His eyes.

16 Mar 2018 Romans (Program #47)

Romans (Program #47) – Reigning in Life by Grace

The Bible is the book of life.  Genesis tells us about of all kinds of created life.  The gospel of John tells us how to receive and live in the divine life.  Romans reveals how we can reign in life even today.

For several programs now we have been discovering what it is to be saved in life as promised in Romans 5:10.  Today we want to go even further; to see that not only are we saved in His life, but eventually we will reign in life.  Reigning in life is the focus of today’s life study.  Only one verse in the Bible uses this phrase “reigning in life” and that is Romans 5:17…

16 Mar 2018 Joshua (Program #14)

Joshua (Program #14) – Three Particular Matters Concerning the Allotment of the Land and the Departure of Joshua

The two concluding chapters of the book of Joshua concern his departure and his deep burden to charge the children of Israel not to forsake Jehovah as they were endeavoring to possess the land of Canaan. If they did he warned the ungodly nations that were in the land will become a snare to them. What a fitting conclusion coupled with an equally fitting warning. A warning that is still be heeded by God’s people today.  We will consider the final chapters of Joshua on our life study today and several meaningful points in our fellowship as we look back over this book.

15 Mar 2018 Romans (Program #46)

Romans (Program #46) – Saved in Life from Self-Likeness (2)

Today we come to Romans to see Christ in a new way as the firstborn Son of God, and to see our experience of Christ in a new way as His many brothers.

Today’s message is going to touch a verse in chapter 1, verse 4, dealing with designation and also connected to Romans 8:29 where we see the firstborn Son and the many brothers. We don’t often think of Christ as the Firstborn, I think it’s more normal for us to consider Him the only begotten from John 3:16.

It’s very good that we came in our study of Romans to this point where we are considering Christ as the Firstborn. This is distinguished from Christ as the eternal Son of God in John chapter 3 and many other places. Here He is the firstborn Son of God. This has to do with His status among the many born. We are the many born sons of God, He is the firstborn Son of God. more…

15 Mar 2018 Joshua (Program #13)

Joshua (Program #13) – Ten Aspects of Christ

In the book of Mathew, one of the early names given to the Lord Jesus was Emmanuel, which means God with us. In Isiah chapter 8 Canaan the good land is called the land of Emmanuel, clearly identify the good land as a type of Christ. Canaan is a land that is rich in its’ variety. Listen to the wonderful details given to us in Deuteronomy 8 “For Jehovah your God is bringing you to a good land, a land of waterbrooks, of springs and of fountains, flowing forth in valleys and in mountains; A land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive trees with oil and of honey; A land in which you will eat bread without scarcity; you will not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and from whose mountains you can mine copper. And you shall eat and be satisfied, and you shall bless Jehovah your God for the good land which He has given you.”

Actually it takes all the rich details in the Old Testament books like Deuteronomy and Joshua to depict all of the riches of the all-inclusive Christ.  Today as we look at 10 different aspects of Christ in the book of Joshua.

14 Mar 2018 Romans (Program #45)

Romans (Program #45) – Saved in Life from Self-Likeness (1)

Sometimes our environment seems terrible and hard, but we need to remember this verse, “All things work together for good” (Rom. 8:28). The “good” in this verse is that we would be transformed and conformed to the image of Christ.

Romans chapter five unveils our salvation in two marvelous aspects. We have been reconciled to God eternally by the death of Christ on the cross, but much more we shall be saved in His life. It’s this “much more salvation” that we’re going to look at again today on the life study of the Bible.

14 Mar 2018 Joshua (Program #12)

Joshua (Program #12) – The Saving of Gibeon

One of the most interesting aspects of the relationship between husbands and wives is how easily and freely the wife can agreed to do something often involving money without checking first with her husband. The husbands also make the same mistake with unfortunate frequency and result is usually the same. A cooling trend seems to over take the relationship for a period of time and the sweetness at least for a season is gone .

God’s relationship to Israel in the Old Testament was also as a husband and the Israel was as His wife. Listen to Israel Jeremiah chapter 2, “Thus says Jehovah: I remember concerning you the kindness of your youth, The love of your bridal days, When you followed after Me in the wilderness.”  So what happened in this marriage when the wife acted on her own? Predictably the result was always a suffering for Israel. Such a case is recorded in Joshua 9, the story of the Gibeonites.

Today’s message touches the very essence of the divine romance; a favorite subject of the life study of the Bible and also a topic that Witness Lee frequently came to in his ministry.

13 Mar 2018 Romans (Program #44)

Romans (Program #44) – Saved in Life from Divisiveness

In practicing the church life and the Christian life revealed in the book of Romans, we need to be exercised to keep the oneness by receiving with grace, all genuine believers in Christ, even as God in Christ has received us.

We are going to talk a lot today about the tendency in human beings to be divisive.  Of course, this is really just an extension of our tendency toward individualism.  Individualism is something that we esteem quite highly actually in our American culture.  I think we view it more as a virtue in that context at least.  Why is it not such a virtuous thing, in our Christian life, our church life?

13 Mar 2018 Joshua (Program #11)

Joshua (Program #11) – The Destruction of All the Nations

The last chapter in the book of Ephesians gives us the clear speaking in all of the New Testament regarding spiritual warfare. Listen to a few verses from chapter 6,  “Finally, be empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil, For our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Throughout the ages these verses have aspired powerful sermons, stirring hymns, indeed of incredible faith and courage by the saints. But an enlighten study of the Old Testament provides us with even more of the details of how the forces of darkness are raged against God’s people, to frustrate and limit their pursuit and enjoyment of Christ. Among these portions are the middle chapters in the book of Joshua.  We will considered the warfare of the children of Israel and how their experience can be very meaningful in understanding much of what we go through in our Christian life.