Breaking of the Outward Man unto the Release of the Spirit.” These messages served as a prelude The Release of the Sp. Lee, Witness: Basic Elements of the Christian Life (with other works; 3 volumes; Anaheim, CA: Living Stream Ministry, c), also by Watchman Nee (PDF and. Witness Lee, a bondslave of Christ Jesus, having la- bored selflessly throughout his entire life and having poured out his being for his Lord's interest, rested from.
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Inspired by the preaching of Peace Wang, Lee dedicated himself to serve God for the rest of his life in April at the age of In , when elected to the board of the Chinese Independent Church, he declined the position and left the denomination. Lee then began to meet with the Benjamin Newton branch of the Plymouth Brethren where he remained for seven and a half years and was baptized in the sea by a local Brethren leader, Mr.
Burnett, in Lee began to correspond with Nee to seek his guidance for a better understanding of the Bible. In Nee visited Yantai, and the two met for the first time. During the visit, Lee felt that his relationship with God and his understanding of how to study the Bible were revolutionized. During this time, Lee began to feel that God was calling him to quit his job and serve as a full-time minister, which he did in August How do you feel?
May the Lord lead you. The following year, he began to travel throughout China giving messages to Christians and helping to establish local churches ; many churches were established in Zhejiang Province as well as in Beijing and Tianjin.
He also traveled to the northwestern provinces of Suiyuan , Shanxi , and Shaanxi to preach the gospel and edify Christians there prior to the Japanese invasion in With the war beginning, Lee returned to Yantai caring for churches in Yantai and Qingdao. At the end of a revival broke out in Yantai, and the church met continuously for one hundred days.
Under suspicion of espionage due to his experimentation with evangelism by migration, Lee was arrested by the Imperial Japanese Army in May and underwent a month's interrogation through flogging and water torture. His health was greatly weakened by this imprisonment and he developed tuberculosis. In order to rest and recuperate, he moved to Qingdao in for two years.
In , Nee and his co-workers sent Witness Lee to Taiwan in order to continue Nee's work free from the threat of government persecution Chinese communism. Nee charged Lee to instruct, teach, and lead the elders and to make arrangements concerning the church services, as well as the download of land for the building of a new meeting place.
Nee then returned to mainland China where, in , he was imprisoned for the remaining twenty years of his life by the CCP. The two were never able to communicate again. Ministry in Taiwan[ edit ] When Witness Lee moved to Taiwan in May he began his work with a few believers and churches already present there.
Within five to six years, the number of Christians under his leadership increased from five hundred to over fifty thousand. Lee also began to publish books through his publishing company, The Taiwan Gospel Book Room, as well as The Ministry of the Word magazine published from until in issues.
Between and , he also visited the United States three times. It is not accurate to say, as Lutheran and Reformed writers usually do, that the righteousness of Christ is reckoned to our account. This means that for our justification by God, we believe in Jesus Christ through Him as our faith. When we believe in the Lord Jesus, we believe into Him.
By believing into Him, we enter into Him to be one with Him, to partake of Him, and to participate in all that He has accomplished for us… Faith in Christ brings us into an organic union with Christ, and it is in this union that we are justified by God.
If we would be justified by grace, by faith, and through the redemption which is in Christ, we must be in Christ, that is, we must be in Him as a realm, a sphere… To be justified by God, we not only must believe Him or believe in Him—we must be in Him as the One who was resurrected to be our Savior… justification is not only a matter of faith in Christ but also of being in Christ through believing into Him. No, instead, they say that Christ is our faith.
It is by means of our organic union with Christ that God can reckon Christ as our righteousness… We should not have a mere doctrinal understanding of justification by faith. According to the concept of some Christians, Christ is the just One, the righteous One, on the throne in the presence of God, and God reckons Christ to be our righteousness when we believe into Christ.
This understanding of justification is not adequate. This is like saying that holiness, love, righteousness, patience, and endurance are Christ. When the pneumatic Christ was revealed in us through the preaching of the gospel, He became the believing element and ability within us.
My intention here is to show you how theology is systematic. You cannot alter one doctrine without it having an effect elsewhere. LSM understands this and have sought to work out the implications of their heretical view of God into all the other Christian doctrines:.
It is my intention here, against the background of the classic forms of the doctrine thus far reviewed, to present a view of justification that respects the outlook of this journal, an organic view of God and His work in humankind… there is undeniably some dissatisfaction with the models of justification that have gone before, and these compel further consideration and refinement. In what follows, the studied reader will not find a wealth of innovation, except perhaps in the definition of faith, but instead a reapplication of a number of notions previously presented.
Luther will echo [though they misinterpret Luther], as will also Trent [Roman Catholicism], and Osiander will come alive again, hopefully with some needed correction.
Justification of Life. So they are clear that they are rejecting the Protestant Christian doctrine of justification and replacing it with a new doctrine of justification that implements their heretical view of God and mankind.
Recall the video above. Sproul makes it clear that the debate of the Reformation was imputation vs. The Reformers argued that we are justified by the alien rightouesness of Christ imputed to us. It is something outside of us that is credited to our account imputed. Rome, on the other hand, rejecting this idea and said righteousness is infused into our hearts, making us actually righteous.
LSM attempts to form a hybrid between these views, using their newly invented and absurd definition of faith: We must say here, above the objections of the Protestants, that God infuses something into us for our justification, that is, the faith that justifies us. But for this we must understand the preaching to be something more than the simple delivery of gospel truths… It is important to realize that the faith infused into us through the gospel is not something different from Christ Himself; it is not some emanation from God into us.
Rather, the Christ who is preached to us is infused into us through the word of the gospel. Faith is not merely a mental comprehension of the things preached but the apprehended reality of what is preached; it is the actual token of the things we believe. Our believing in Him, initiated through the preaching and helped by His infusion within us, is indeed righteous because it is the first and only response within us that matches the real state of affairs with regard to the righteousness of God… for the first time in our lives there is a righteous and justifiable response within us… Contrary to the harsher forms of Reformation justification, this justification is real because it is indeed within the believer.
In this sense, God justifies our organic union with Christ. Objective justification is actual because there is righteousness within us, indeed the righteousness of the God-man in both His divine and human natures, and our union with Him admits us into His righteousness for our justification.
Objective justification is not forensic in the sense that it is based on a righteousness that is external or alien to us and is externally imputed to us by God without regard for any righteousness within us. With one single word, LSM has denied the gospel. Justification, based on who He is and because of our living out of Him, proves to be the aspect of salvation as deification relative to His exquisite attribute of righteousness.
So God uses man, an empty vessel, to process Himself into God-men, in order to express His righteousness through us. Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory Romans 9: And so this brings us to the eternal purpose of God.
From the manger to the cross, Christ, the first God-man, unceasingly manifested God in His human living as the prototype for His believers, the many God-men, His mass reproduction John 5: Nathan Betz: A thorough re-alignment of thought must take place in the Christian community concerning the definition and thus the experience of the salvation that God has prepared for us.
The Son prayed that that those who believed through the preaching would be one, but He refined this oneness by making it equivalent to being in Him and the Father. He desired not just that we would believe the precious word of the gospel but that we would be made one through it, and this oneness is not simply a oneness of belief nor a oneness among the believers themselves but is more deeply a oneness that results from the believers being in the Father and the Son.
Characterized in this way, this oneness that enlarges is the oneness that already exists between the Father and the Son.
Ultimately, the church is a group of people who are in union with the Triune God and are mingled with the Triune God. The Triune God and the church are four-in-one. Because the believers are incorporated into Him, He as the heavenly ladder serves as the personal bridge to the Triune God, incorporating in Himself the Divine Trinity and the believers. This is the very center of the universe, for in Him God and man are joined together, and the ministrations of God are focused on Him as this heavenly bridge.
The salvation of God is not primarily to save us from hell and to bring us into heaven, but rather to impart His divine life into us. By regeneration, we receive His divine life into our spirit. From our spirit, He is spreading into our soul by the process of transformation, and at His second coming, He will even saturate our body. The Gospel in Romans. Witness Lee taught a false gospel and Living Stream Ministries continues to propagate that false gospel throughout the world.
They have successfully stopped many publishers from exposing them by bankrupting them in lawsuits. Perhaps in fear of facing such bankruptcy , Hank Hanegraaff led CRI on a multi-year journey to defend their teaching. On a side note, in my effort to clearly demonstrate the errors of Lee and LSM and show the contrast between their views and Christianity, I have to note how counterproductive Westminster Theological Seminary has been in this process.
WTS has not done this. Instead, they have enabled their errors. Gaffin, Jr.
He confronts the theological concerns that inform this hesitation by identifying the life-giving Spirit with the Holy Spirit… Gaffin points out that the principal concern is a reluctance to identify the life-giving Spirit with the Holy Spirit.
The underlying base of this concern, however, goes much deeper because it seemingly places proponents of this identification at odds with orthodox understandings of both the Trinity and Christology, including Paul himself. Consequently, his utterance is often diluted, rationalized, or ignored.
Gaffin, however, does not ignore this verse. In contrast, men like John Robbins who have clearly and sternly proclaimed the gospel in the face of its deviations cannot be looked to for support by LSM.
May we all learn to stand firm in the face of opposition and clearly differentiate the gospel from its deviations the way that John Robbins did. I appreciate all comments from anyone who desires to interact with what I have written here. However, all comments that are not directly related to what I have written will not be approved. The Combox is not a place for you to share your personal opinions and experiences that do not interact with what I have written.
In your criticisms you merely relay your opinion and include hyperlinks to secondary sources like Norman Geisler, Ron Rhodes, etc. At least writers, such as Norman Geisler use Scriptural references. Such an error automatically exposes that your criticisms are personal, lack depth, and are without sufficient evidence, both qualitatively and quantitatively no verses.
I would be more interested if you could show using the Scriptures only how the teachings of Witness Lee are heretical. Until then your commentary is juvenile and poor. Like Like. Instead, my purpose was to provide an overview of his teaching and contrast it with orthodox teaching that Christians already agree the Bible teaches.
Perhaps if I have time I will do a more in-depth exegetical refutation, but for now I do not have that time and those who have ears to hear will understand the point of my post.
Like Liked by 1 person. Thank you for exposing yourself and the primary problem with opposers to the ministry of Witness Lee. Laziness is no excuse for poor research. If you really want to present things purely why not reference all the biblical scholars like Athanasius. Francis Assissi, Andrew Murray, etc.
Do you believe the Plymouth Bretheren Assembly is also a heretical group? May the Lord Jesus judge all our speaking; repent Brandon and give no more ground in your being or otherwise for Satan to confuse and divide the members of the Body of Christ. These false criticisms, including yours, are just the work of the enemy Satan. Man is not the enemy of God; our battle is not against flesh and blood but the evil forces of Satan Eph 6: Yes Jarrod, that must be it.
For all your hot air, you fall prey to the same criticism you throw against me: Obviously I can discern that the point of your post was not to provide extended exegetical argumentation but to point people to others who do. Open your eyes — I am merely doing the same in my post. I believe, most of the preachers and church leaders follow the teachings of main stream Christianity. Who said the main stream Christianity is right?
Everyone must repent and come to Christ because our God is a speaking God and wants to be expressed. The only way anybody can express God is when Christ is formed in them.
All I was pointing was to build and not destroy. If we all accepted Christ, then we are brothers in Christ. As brothers we can edify each other to build each other so that Christ will be formed in us and under His Headship we can Fellowship and be a Testimony for God.
God desires a home to live.
Arguments destroy the Fellowship and does not build. I believe for us Christ, is not a Philosophical Ideology. He is God Incarnate. God became a man as Christ to bring man to God and to bring God to man. He did not come to bring people to Christianity.
In fact Christianity is a religion. Religion by definition is a product of Satan that separates man from God in an attempt to frustrate God in His building. Think of how would the Gospel be taken to all parts of the world if everyone believed in Christ? Holding the Bible as the complete and only divine revelation, we strongly believe that God is eternally one and also eternally the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, the three being distinct but not separate.
We hold that Christ is both the complete God and the perfect man. Without abandoning His divinity, He was conceived in the womb of a human virgin, lived a genuine human life on earth, and died a vicarious and all-inclusive death on the cross. After three days He resurrected bodily and has ascended to the heavens. He is now in glory, fully God but still fully man.
We look to His imminent return with the kingdom of God, by which He will reign over the earth in the millennium and in eternity. We confess that the third of the Trinity, the Spirit, is equally God. All that the Father has and is, is expressed by the Son; and all that the Son has and is, is realized as the Spirit.
For I testify concerning you that if possible you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. My argument above was that your critiquing of Scripture interpretation lacked Scriptural evidence as a support and is therefor elementary. My argument as stated does not attempt to interpret scripture; therefor, I do not need scriptural support. Thank you for your continued support. Let us bring Christ to those who have turned away from Him and were fooled by Satan and the things of this world.
We are followers of Christ and I appreciate your understanding of the Scriptures. Concerning the first issue—fanaticism—all lovers of Jesus want to abandon family, job, and life for Christ. Yet we are faced with two real economies—the spiritual and the material. Certainly Jesus does not require every Christian to follow the way of quitting your job, leaving your family, and pursue a life of a hermit in the desert. Jesus did not ask the Father to take us out of the world but to keep us from the evil one while we live in the world John Fanaticism is emotive and can lead to great harm in the Body.
The recovery has many fanatical elements, which, again, is explained by pointing to its Asian heritage: Many Christian churches founded in Asia are similar in intensity. Many Korean churches, for example, are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and prayer meetings are held into the early hours of the morning. This fanatical element is seen in the West, as well. It is well-known, for example, that the Vineyard Christian Fellowship drove many Believers out the door because of its extreme, fanatical focus on the works of the Spirit—namely, speaking in tongues and prophecy.
We are always looking for miracles to sustain our faith. That is all that is needed. You do not need to abandon all and move to Anaheim or Texas or Pasadena. All you need is faith. This teaching by the recovery is a great error because it errs on the side of uniformity of the Body rather than what Christ has asked, which is unity of the Body, and the recovery is judged for standing in front of the tree of knowledge for this great error. The sectarianism found within the recovery makes this teaching void.
Alex, I am so glad you mentioned Matthew The cross reference is Luke The Bible is very clear about this. The two men in the field and the two women grinding at the mill must be brothers and sisters in Christ. Please see Revelation It is the same Greek word as in Acts 8: Details concerning this matter are revealed in other books of the New Testament, such as Matthew and Revelation. The man-child is in Revelation Details concerning this matter are revealed in other books of New Testament, such as Matthew and Revelation.
In Revelation During the time of the great tribulation, God will prepare a place where she can be nourished for a thousand two hundred and sixty days before He brings His people into the millennial kingdom. This is similar to the time when Pharaoh persecuted the children of Israel and God brought His people to the wilderness, where He nourished them before bringing them into the good land.
That the woman the remaining and living majority of the believers will be preserved and nourished by God for a thousand two hundred and sixty days during the great tribulation is a strong proof that their rapture will take place on the last day of the three and a half years of the great tribulation, that is, the last day of the one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
On other items that you mentioned like money and alike I tried to explain in the following paragraph. Many may claim that they have never had anything to do with idols. Materially speaking, it may be true to say that you have no idols. But we must know, spiritually speaking, what an idol is. An idol is anything that replaces God.
Your education, your ambition, your position, your name, your desire, and your intention may replace God in your life and thus become idols. If you view the matter in this light, then you will have to admit that you have had many foreign gods.
People worship idols for the sake of gaining long life and happiness. Satan threatens people, telling them that if they do not worship idols, they will not have long life and happiness, but that if they worship idols, then they will have long life and happiness.
Happiness includes many things: Many have idols due to their desire to be healthy. Why do you have something that replaces God? Simply because that thing may make you happy…. Today, man has lost God and, pursuing foreign gods, seeks his happiness in idols. But God is our long life and happiness.
All I am trying to convey is we are followers of Christ and are not followers of human made organizations. We should keep in mind that Christ has to increase and we must decrease.
There are many people that serve full time or part time. The pressures are there because we all need discipline. Without a dedicated time very few will come to the Lord so if any ministry is providing the means for the Body of Christ to Fellowship with one another to build each other up I suppose we all should be thankful and embrace it not destroy it.
If you look at Matthew I will try to be brief after I show the Scriptures. The critical point is shown on verse Christ, the Son of the living God. The significance of stone is for building. Here the Lord is telling Peter and everyone that the Rock is Him and we should be clear that Christ, the Son of the living God is the Rock which He will build His church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
This shall by 1no means happen to You! You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men. The Lord is very clear in verse Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul-life? Christ also told us in Matthew 6: You cannot serve God and mammon.
This is why, I left my everything for Christ. It was not because of LSM or anything else. LSM simply pointed to the verses and Christ made me understand by coming to my spirit. The correct version should be: The Lord is very clear about His Followers. He said, 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
He said in 1 John 1: Sorry but to say the bible is not written based on experience is completely naive and ignorant. The more you write, Brandon, the less credible you become, as if you had any credibility to begin with.
John rested on his experience of Christ to deal with the heretical teachings that Christ was not a man in the flesh; thus, he emphasized the Word which they beheld experiential and handled with their hands. Brandon, if you are a Christian then you should know the faith you believe in, and for you to attempt to contrast the faith of Witness Lee with other Christians then you must presume to know what the Bible reveals concerning the Christian faith. Thank you in advance and I believe we will be pleasantly surprised with the result of this little endeavor.
Shame on you…. Leave them alone.. Is that being Christian? See 1 Corinthians 1: Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? Here Paul came to his subject. Because the churches in Galatia were deserting the grace of Christ and backsliding to the observance of the law, Paul was burdened to write this Epistle.
This grace is versus the law of Moses John 1: This was the Judaic observance of the law. Moreover, it covers many more items so that the revelation of the word of God in the New Testament might be completed Col. Galatians 1: The observance of the law could never be a gospel that could set sinners free from the bondage of the law and bring them into the enjoyment of God; it could only keep them as slaves under the bondage of the law, entangling them with the yoke of slavery of the law 5: The Judaizers, whom the apostle Paul considered false brothers.
The Judaizers troubled the churches by perverting, distorting, the gospel of Christ, thus misleading the believers into going back to the law of Moses. See 2 Cor. Or am I seeking to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a slave of Christ. I am not defending any man made organization, I am a follower of Jesus Christ alone.
Arguing does not build. I think you are so closed minded that you do not want to let Christ to operate in you. I am not sure why you are so afraid to let Christ in. You were robbed and we care for you and want to bring you to Christ. But to receive Christ you have to be willing and have to be open. You have to be willing to eat.
This is similar to feeding a three year old baby who wants to play at the table. But there are other hungry children who are willing to be fed. The law was a temporary child conductor and could not give life. The law always demands and cannot give. Since this is your way, I am going to shake the dust off my feet and edify those who are willing to accept Christ.
As the Lord said in Matthew 7: God Bless you my brothers. Thank you for your support and for your prayers. We are filled with Christ and cannot be offended. We care for God to have a dwelling place on this earth in order for one day we can all say Praise The Lord. O Lord how excellent is Your Name in all the earth.
Rom As long as there is air in my lungs, I will praise the lord for His speaking and for being my life, my happiness, and my everything. I cannot do anything worth mentioning but it is the Lord who is the builder and the building material that will withstand the test of fire. Galatians 2: Although this is not wrong, the root word in Greek means to be a slave. Hence, the thought here is not simply to be in bondage, but to be enslaved, to be held in slavery.
If we would understand the contrast between freedom in Christ and slavery under law, we need a proper definition of the terms freedom and slavery. As we read these terms in the Scriptures, we may take them for granted without having a proper and adequate understanding. Otherwise, the Judaizers, the false brothers, would not have crept in to spy out this freedom. What is this freedom in Christ? First, freedom in Christ implies liberation from obligation. Because we are free in Christ, we are no longer obligated to the law and its ordinances, practices, and regulations.
Anyone who tries to keep the law makes himself a debtor to the ordinances, practices, and regulations of the law. Hence, if you try to keep the law, you will place yourself under slavery and you will serve the law as a slave. Freedom in Christ, however, liberates us from all such obligation. Second, freedom in Christ includes satisfaction with a rich supply. If we are free outwardly but do not have anything to support us or satisfy us, this freedom is not genuine. Proper freedom is not only liberation from obligation; it is also full satisfaction because of an adequate supply and support.
Third, to be free in Christ is to enjoy rest. Those who still observe the Sabbath day do not have true rest because their efforts to keep the Sabbath place them under a heavy burden. But in Christ we have true rest. Fourth, freedom in Christ implies the enjoyment of Christ.
Because we are free in Him, we enjoy all that He is. Real freedom in Christ is the full enjoyment of the living Christ. Those who have this kind of freedom are not enslaved by anything. Although Satan may sometimes put us into a difficult situation, we can still be at rest.
We need not be enslaved by any situation. Instead, we can enjoy the Lord. This means that we are free in the depths of our being.
This is our freedom in Christ. As you consider this description of freedom in Christ, you will find that it corresponds to your experience with the Lord. Our experience may differ in degree, but it does not differ in nature.
Freedom in Christ is a treasure. Satan, the subtle one, sent in the Judaizers to spy out this freedom and to deprive the Galatian believers of this treasure. He wanted to take away their liberation from obligation and their satisfaction, their rest, and their enjoyment of Christ. I have pointed out that faith is the appreciation of Jesus. This appreciation is implied even in Galatians 2: In this verse we see that we have been crucified with Christ.
This refers to one aspect of our history. We also see that Christ lives in us and that the life that we now live in the flesh we live in the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us. Living faith comes from our sense of His love. This indicates that the faith by which we believe in Him is related to our appreciation of His loveliness.
As we sense His preciousness, spontaneously an appreciation for Him wells up within us. This appreciation is our faith. This appreciation is the very faith about which he speaks in this verse. The life he lived in the flesh he lived in this faith, the faith of the Son of God. Our organic union with Christ is strengthened also.
Furthermore, we sense that we have been cut away from sin, the world, the flesh, and religion. Some who have seen the light concerning the church have not been willing to give up the denominations. But one day they told the Lord how much they loved Him. Spontaneously they had the sense within that they should give up their association with the denominations. Because their organic union with Christ was strengthened, they experienced more cutting. As we tell the Lord Jesus that we love Him, we experience the operation of genuine faith that is implied in our appreciation of Him.
By this faith we realize our union with Christ. In this union we realize that His history is our history; with Christ we have been crucified, buried, and resurrected.
We are dead to everything other than God, and we are living to God. How foolish the Galatians were in turning from the Lord to the law! Did they not realize that they had been cut off from the law and joined to the living God? Through the organic union we are released from slavery under law. In this union we enjoy the freedom that is ours in Christ. This was true at the time of Saul of Tarsus, it has been true throughout the centuries, and it is true today.
Instead of focusing his attention on this living Person, man has a natural tendency to direct his attention to religion with its tradition. But from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22 the Bible reveals a living Person. God cares only for this living Person, not for anything else.
The record of the experience of the disciples with the Lord Jesus on the mount of transfiguration illustrates this Matt. He also saw Moses and Elijah speaking with Him. Although it is doubtful that Moses and Elijah were in glory, they nonetheless were speaking with the glorified Jesus. According to Matthew He was heir of the centuries-old tradition concerning Moses, who represented the law, and Elijah, who represented the prophets.
Hence, even on the mount of transfiguration, Peter was zealous for the traditions regarding Moses and Elijah. Moses and Elijah then disappeared from the scene. Unfortunately, Satan has blinded the eyes of many with religion in an effort to frustrate God. Dear brothers in Plano TX. Praise The Lord saints. We have God with Us. I came to the following conclusion for Brandon. I believe, he is not open to receive the Lord.
Unfortunately, he will suffer tremendously because he gave his full attention to other gods. Others like him are those who share the same views. They replaced the True God with their idols and Philosophical ideas and debates. They think Christ is a political debate. Our Ministry on the other hand is very rich with Christ. We are In Christ and enjoy the Dispensing.
I thought to share something for those who do not yet know Christ so they would repent of their ways and enjoy the Flow of Life. Matt 1: In [Matthew] 1: Jesus was the name given by God, and Emmanuel was the name called by man.
Jesus is not only God; He is God with us. In Matthew This is Emmanuel. Whenever we Christians gather together, He is in our midst. According to Matthew, Jesus came, but He never went away. He was buried in the tomb for three days, but He came in resurrection and never left. He is with us as Emmanuel. Sometimes, we Christians are rather stupid.
We call on Jesus and we find God; yet we wonder whether or not Jesus is God. Jesus is God! He is not only God—He is God with us. When we call on Jesus, we have Jehovah, we have the Savior, we have salvation, and we have God with us.
We have God in the very place where we are. Romans No, you will not continue later. Please stop flooding the combox. If you wish to post a link to the text you are copying and pasting from, please do so. Any further comments that should be links or references instead of massive posts will be deleted. Because of the nature of spiritual pride, it is the most secret of all sins. There is no other matter in which the heart is more deceitful and unsearchable and there is no other sin in the world that men are so confident in.
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What's All the Fuss? Sign me up! Contrast The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. De Jure or De Facto?
Conditional New Covenant? New Covenant Conditional or Absolute? Courtesy of Blendedbody. Rate this: Share this: Email Print Facebook Twitter Pocket. Like this: Like Loading Comments Trackbacks 3 Trackback. By the way, I find two of your comments especially interesting: I will leave that for readers to decide for themselves. Brandon, and Alex Jarrod is absolutely right. Hello Brother, Thank you for your continued support. Revelation The Lord is very clear in the above verse.
The First Unveiling of the Crucifixion and Resurrection Transfiguration in the Miniature of the Kingdom Gents, I am sorry, there were two typographical error from my text. Brandon, In your response please read the following, See 1 Corinthians 1: If you change your mind, please let me know. Matthew Mark Luke 1: Acts 3: Thank you my brothers. Amen Sister. In their opinion what kind of king would die and since the Lord died on the cross, to them Jesus Christ could not have been the king.
That is why they went back to the Law. That is why to the Jews the cross is a stumbling block.. Our Freedom is in Christ alone. I have attached only 12 verses from Galatians 5 for us to enjoy all the wonderful Blessings we have in Christ. Not Entangled by the Yoke of Slavery under Law 5: Galatians 5: Freedom from the slavery of the law. Christ has set us free through His redeeming death and life-imparting resurrection that we may enjoy this freedom in grace.
Stand fast in the freedom from the slavery of the law, not deviating from Christ, not falling from grace. Entangled with a Or, held in a snare. To deviate from Christ to the law is to be entangled or held in a snare.
The yoke of slavery is the bondage of the law, which makes the law keepers slaves under a binding yoke. Not Separated from Christ 5: The Judaizers, the false brothers, made circumcision a condition of salvation 2: To go back to the law is to be severed from Christ, to be brought to nought, separated from Christ.
To be brought to nought, separated from Christ, is to fall from grace. This implies that the grace in which we believers are is just Christ. By the Spirit In contrast to by the flesh 3: Hope of righteousness. The righteousness we hope for, which is Christ Himself 1 Cor. It is not in the flesh out of the works of law but in the Spirit out of faith.
Avails I. Operating through Living faith is active. It operates through love to work out the fulfillment of the law v. Circumcision is simply an outward ordinance, having no power of life. Hence, it avails nothing. Faith receives the Spirit of life 3: Love is related to our appreciation of Christ.
Without such an appreciation, faith cannot operate. The hearing of faith awakens our loving appreciation, and the more we love the Lord, the more faith operates to bring us into the riches, the profit, of the all-inclusive Spirit. Who hindered you that you would not believe and obey the truth? Truth Not the doctrine but the reality in Christ, as preached to the Galatians by the apostle. Leaven refers to the false teachings of the Judaizers cf. Then the stumbling block of the cross has been annulled.
The Judaizers endeavored to bring the Galatians back to the shadow; the apostle Paul struggled to keep them in the reality. The apostle Paul wished that the Judaizers who upset the Galatians by insisting on circumcision would cut off not only their own foreskin but even themselves.
Their upsetting, disturbing self needed to be amputated. Our entire being must be turned to Christ under His Headship. Therefore, these books are very important. Galatians is concerned with Christ, and Philippians, with the experience of Christ.
In Colossians and Ephesians we receive a clear view of the Head and the Body. In Galatians and Philippians we see Christ and the experience of Christ.
Just as there are four seasons in the year, so there are seasons in our Christian experience.
This means that in our experience with the Lord we pass through winter as well as summer. The winter experiences are helpful, for they prepare us for a new beginning, which comes in the spring. During the winter season the various kinds of life are reduced. Through the reduction that takes place in winter, life is prepared to grow again. Because in our spiritual experience there is the need for us to be reduced, we must be ready for winter at the appointed time.
We may say that Galatians is a winter book, a book that reduces us and eliminates everything that should not be permanent. However, this reduction serves a very positive purpose: We all need to be reduced. We need to be reduced not only in things that are natural or worldly, but even in the various aspects of our spiritual experience. For the sake of further growth in the Lord, we need to be reduced.
Certain things in our Christian life may be very good, scriptural, and spiritual. But as long as these things are not Christ Himself directly, they should not be given a place with us very long. Only Christ Himself should have a permanent place in our Christian life.
All other things, even the most spiritual experiences, must be reduced. In order for this reduction to take place, God ordains winter. We should never expect to have an endless summer in the Christian life. On the contrary, we should expect the recurring cycle of spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
Whenever we come to a winter in our experience with the Lord, we should be encouraged that spring and summer will follow in due time. Therefore, we should be encouraged to be reduced in order to have another new beginning. It is my hope that these messages on Galatians will serve this purpose. All the books in the New Testament have a particular background. We thank the Lord for these backgrounds, even though, for the most part, they were not very positive. The Lord uses the negative background as a basis for the release of the divine revelation.
The more negative a certain background is, the greater is the opportunity for the Lord to release His revelation. If we see this, we shall thank the Lord for all the negative backgrounds that made it necessary for the books in the New Testament to be written. The Gospel of John is a good example of a New Testament book written against a negative background. This Gospel was written during the last decade of the first century.
At that time there was a tendency, even among Christians, to deny the deity of Christ. With such a trend as the background, this Gospel was written by the Apostle John. Neither could we realize how Christ could become our life. In this Gospel we also have the clear view of eternal life and of how Christ can be life to us. If there had not been such a dark background at the end of the first century, this wonderful Gospel probably would not have been written.
The Epistles of Paul were also written according to certain backgrounds. First Corinthians, for example, was written because of the confusion and divisiveness in the church at Corinth. If we did not have the book of 1 Corinthians, we would not know how Christ could be our enjoyment in all kinds of situations.
This book describes the enjoyment of Christ in a way not found elsewhere in the New Testament. We should thank the Lord for the confusion in Corinth that gave rise to this Epistle. The book of Colossians was also written according to a particular background, the background of the culture that had invaded the church at Colosse. With this cultural invasion as the background, the marvelous book of Colossians was written. Without that background, we would not have this book today. In the same principle, the recovery of justification by faith at the time of the Reformation came forth out of a negative situation and a dark background.
Apart from such a situation and background, the truth of justification by faith would not be as clear as it is today. This truth can no longer be blurred because the dark background causes it to stand out so definitely. Now we come to the background of the book of Galatians. Written before A. In order to have the proper experience of the church as the Body of Christ, we need the book of Galatians. We need both an adequate experience and understanding of all that is conveyed to us in this Epistle.
If we intend to practice the church life today, we need to know the Christ revealed in Galatians. Galatians reveals that Christ is versus religion with its law. The law given by God through Moses was the foundation of the Jewish religion.
Judaism was built on the law. The book of Galatians reveals that the very Christ whom we need for the church life is versus law and religion. The churches in Galatia had been bewitched by the Judaizers 3: They had been distracted from Christ to Judaism. A good number of the New Testament believers in the churches of Galatia had turned back to the old Jewish religion and were endeavoring to keep the law with the ordinance of circumcision.
This was the background that gave Paul the opportunity to write this wonderful book. In writing to the Galatians, Paul was very frank and straightforward; he was not in the least political. The Galatian believers had been bewitched by these false brothers.
The grace of Christ is versus the law of Moses John 1: The Judaizers troubled the churches by perverting the gospel of Christ, or distorting it, thus misleading the believers, taking them back to the law of Moses. However, the observance of the law could never be a gospel that sets free the sinners under its bondage and brings them into the enjoyment of God.
It could only keep them as slaves under its bondage. Brought to Nought from Christ Because they were distracted from Christ to law, the Galatians were being brought to nought from Christ 5: To be brought to nought is to be brought to nothing. In His salvation God has brought us into Christ and has made Christ to be profitable to us in every way. In His redemption God has placed us into His Son who is now everything to us.
But the Judaizers had caused the Galatian believers to be distracted from Christ to the law. By turning from Christ to the law, the Galatians were being brought to nothing from Christ. They were being deprived of all the profit that is in Christ and were separated from Him as a result. Fallen from Grace In 5: This implies that Christ Himself is the very grace, and that we, the believers, are in Him as grace.
The profitable Christ is grace to us. To be severed from Him is to be fallen from grace. To Be Justified by Law In 5: Although they had been justified in Christ, they had gone back to keeping the law and were trying to be justified by the works of the law. What a devilish subtlety! Fallen man cannot be justified before God by keeping the law.
The only way to be justified is by faith in Christ, by believing in the Lord Jesus. Nevertheless, the Galatian believers had been bewitched and therefore were trying to keep the law. They were endeavoring to be justified and to please God by their own works. To Practice Circumcision The Judaizers were also constraining the Galatians to practice circumcision 6: In Genesis 17 God commanded Abraham and his male descendants to be circumcised. Circumcision, however, was simply a type of the crucifixion of Christ.
The true circumcision that cuts off the flesh is not the circumcision practiced in the Old Testament; it is the crucifixion of Christ. Our flesh can be dealt with only by the cross of Christ. Since we have the reality of circumcision, there is no longer the need for the shadow.
Nevertheless, the Judaizers turned the Galatian believers from the reality back to the shadow. How foolish!