Tag-Archive for ◊ Romans ◊

13 Aug 2018 Ecclesiastes (Program #1)

Ecclesiastes (Program #1) – Vanity of Vanities

The book of Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon after his fall as described in 1 Kings 11:1-8 in his following after the foreign wives. Ecclesiastes begins, “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, the king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; Vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What advantage does a man have in all his work which he does under the sun? A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth stands forever. Also, the sun rises, and the sun sets…All things are wearisome; No one is able to tell it; The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, And what has been done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun…I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and indeed, all is vanity and a chasing after wind…

Play
10 Aug 2018 Galatians (Program #13)

Galatians (Program #13) – Christ and the Spirit

If you’ve been following along with us, you realize that today we’re scheduled to bring you a life study message from the book of Galatians. We really thought we were going to. When we begin work on this particular program, we knew we had a tape of Witness Lee from 1979 that was going to be difficult. But, we thought we’d be able to restore it to a condition that was acceptable to broadcast. But in our final review, we realize the audio quality of that old recording just did not meet our standards. So we’ve decided to bring you instead, a highlight program from the life study of Romans. This program deals with very much the same topic as the Galatians message we were scheduled to bring you. We think you’ll enjoy this.

To find our way out of this experience of Romans 7, we need to see in detail what this experience is. And, I believe this can be a big help to us today. The first thing we need to see is although this is the experience of an unsaved person, nearly all Christians can identify with this chapter. Romans 5 speaks of the truth of being in Adam, where as when we come to Romans 6, we see what the truth is of being in Christ. When we come to Romans 7, what we see is the experience of someone who is in Adam. And, of course Romans 7 describes a very terrible situation that we would like to be delivered from. Eventually when we come to Romans 8 and we will come to Romans 8 in a future broadcast, this shows us the experience of being in Christ. We’re in Christ doctrinally and positionally. But, we want to have the daily experience of being in Christ through the law of the Spirit of life.

Play
10 Apr 2018 1 Corinthians (Program #1)

1 Corinthians (Program #1) – Introduction (1)

Every detail of the Bible is under the sovereign arrangement of God. Not only the words themselves have God as their source even the arrangement of the Bible is significant.

Romans for example gives us a full and complete sketch of both the Christians life and the church life. Then immediately following Romans we  1 Corinthians. What we have is the illustration of the same church life in the Christians life. What Romans reveals 1 Corinthians illustrates.

As we begin the life study of 1 Corinthians, a book that on the surface seems to be mainly focus on the problems of this 1st century gentile church in the city of Corinth but actually we will come to appreciate there is a very positive message in this book that is critical in God’s economy.

Play
09 Apr 2018 Romans (Program #1)

Romans (Program #1) – A Foreword

Our God is a God of newness and we enjoy Him and apply Him for this new start in the Life-Study series.

Historically, Romans has been presented and studied as one of the great books of Christian doctrine and theology. Certainly we will recognize it in this way and touch these bulwarks of the truth in the weeks ahead, but that will not be our primary emphasis in this Life-Study of Romans. Although we in no way intend to minimize the significance of Romans as a basic book of doctrine and theology – more…

Play
08 Apr 2018 Romans (Program #70)

Romans (Program #70) – Being in the Spirit to Experience the Work of the Spirit

We may have the assurance that we are children of God by the witnessing of the Spirit with our spirit. This is not a method, this is an action of the Spirit.

Today brings us to our 70th and final life study of the book of Romans. It has been quite an examination of one of the classic books of the Christian faith.

What has been the central message of this life study of Romans?  One way to summarize it is with five words: sinners, sons, members, Body and churches. The central thought or message of Romans is that God is making sinners into sons to be the members of the Body of Christ expressed in local churches…

Play
07 Apr 2018 Romans (Program #69)

Romans (Program #69) – God Condemning Sin in the Flesh That We May be in the Spirit

We have a very helpful program today dealing with a topic that’s often debated among believers.

Today we have one of the great goals that we as Christians set for ourselves and that is the matter of walking according to spirit. Is this a proper goal for us as Christ to set for ourselves?   It seems like in one sense like one of those nebulous and kind of spiritual items that may be somewhat difficult to get a handle on in our experience.

Of course It is very critical that we Christians walk according to the spirit.  In Epistles, Paul even commands us to do this.  more…

Play
06 Apr 2018 Romans (Program #68)

Romans (Program #68) – The Processed God Being the Law of the Spirit of Life

Today we will see a particular term the law of the Spirit of life in Romans chapter 8 which tells us how the Triune God is transforming the tripartite man.

One of the wonderful verses in the New Testament tells us that the law of the Spirit of life has freed us from sin and from death. It may seems strange that a law frees us from sin and from death. We will explore this freeing law of life on today’s life study.

For our final three programs in Romans we come back to chapter 8 and revisit some of the real highlights of this crucial chapter in all of Scripture.

Play
05 Apr 2018 Romans (Program #67)

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?

Play
04 Apr 2018 Romans (Program #66)

Romans (Program #66) – Transformation and Conformation by the Grafted Life (2)

In this wonderful message today, we see that our relationship with the Lord is a union of life and this life is a growing life and this life is a grafted life and this life is a shaping life until we are all conformed to the image of Christ, the first born Son of God.

As redeemed believers we treasure the work of Christ on the saving cross to satisfy God’s demands on our behalf. But do we equally treasure the life union aspect of our salvation, we will look at our organic relationship with God on today’s life study.

Today’s message did highlight many of the types and pictures that had come up in our study of Romans regarding the Christian life and Witness Lee does use this word “organic” to describe our union with Christ. How did such a word has a spiritual application?

Play
03 Apr 2018 Romans (Program #65)

Romans (Program #65) – Transformation and Conformation by the Grafted Life (1)

Today we would see although God created man in His own likeness in Genesis, still we would need the process of transformation and conformation to express Him as the sons of God.

Most of us recall the account of creation in Genesis that man was created in the image of God  and with His likeness,  the real purpose of this similarity between man and God is what we are exploring on today’s life study.

In Romans 12 we see the words, conform and transform and we are going to see there is definitely linkage between what the apostle Paul developed in Romans and the marvelous way that God created man in His own image. The obvious question is why are we created in God’s image? more…

Play