Message Three The Vision and Experience of Christ in His Resurrection (3) Living in Resurrection for the Reality of the Body of Christ
  • 5,718 views,
  • 2014-12-02,
  • 上傳者: 洪國恩,
  •  0

Scripture Reading: 2 Cor. 1:8-9; Rom. 8:28-29; Phil. 3:10-11; 2 Cor. 4:16; 1 Cor. 15:58

2 Cor 1:8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of our affliction which befell us in Asia, that we were excessively burdened, beyond our power, so that we despaired even of living.
2 Cor 1:9 Indeed we ourselves had the response of death in ourselves, that we should not base our confidence on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead;
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Rom 8:29 Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Phil 3:10 To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Phil 3:11 If perhaps I may attain to the out-resurrection from the dead.
2 Cor 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

 

I. In order to live in resurrection, we must see the unveiled truth concerning Christ’s resurrection:
 
 
A. Christ in His humanity was begotten by God in His resurrection to be the firstborn Son of God as the Head of the Body—Acts 13:33; Rom. 8:29b; Col. 1:18.
Acts 13:33 That God has fully fulfilled this promise to us their children in raising up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, "You are My Son; today I have begotten You."
Rom 8:29b … that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Col 1:18 And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
B. All the believers of Christ were regenerated by God the Father through the resur­rection of Christ for the producing of the church as His Body, His reproduction—1Pet. 1:3; John 12:24; 1 Cor. 10:17; 12:12.
1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
1 Cor 10:17 Seeing that there is one bread, we who are many are one Body; for we all partake of the one bread.
1 Cor 12:12 For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.
C. Christ as the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit as the essence, content, and reality of the Body—15:45b; Eph. 4:4.
1 Cor 15:45b … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
Eph 4:4 One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
D. Without these major items of the Lord’s resurrection (the firstborn Son of God, the many sons of God, and the life-giving Spirit), there would be no church, no Body of Christ, and no economy of God.
E. Resurrection is the life pulse and lifeline of the divine economy—see 1 Corinthians 15:12, footnote 1, Recovery Version.
1 Cor 15:12 But if Christ is proclaimed that He has been raised from the dead, how is it that some among you say that there is 1no resurrection of the dead?

note 1 In this chapter the apostle dealt with the Corinthians’ heretical saying that there is no resurrection of the dead. The Corinthians were like the Sadducees (Matt. 22:23;Acts 23:8). This was the tenth problem among them. It is the most damaging and destructive to God’s New Testament economy, worse than the heresy of Hymenaeus and Philetus concerning resurrection (2Tim. 2:17-18). Resurrection is the life pulse and lifeline of the divine economy. If there were no resurrection, God would be the God of the dead, not of the living (Matt. 22:32). If there were no resurrection, Christ would not have been raised from the dead. He would be a dead Savior, not a living One who lives forever (Rev. 1:18) and is able to save to the uttermost (Heb. 7:25). If there were no resurrection, there would be no living proof of our being justified by His death (Rom. 4:25andnote), no imparting of life (John 12:24), no regeneration (John 3:5), no renewing (Titus 3:5), no transformation (Rom. 12:2;2Cor. 3:18), and no conformity to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29). If there were no resurrection, there would be no members of Christ (Rom. 12:5), no Body of Christ as His fullness (Eph. 1:20-23), and no church as Christ’s bride (John 3:29), and therefore no new man (Eph. 2:15;4:24;Col. 3:10-11). If there were no resurrection, God’s New Testament economy would altogether collapse and God’s eternal purpose would be nullified.

 

II. The Spirit is the reality of the Triune God, the reality of resurrection, and the reality of the Body of Christ:
A. The reality of the processed Triune God is the consummated Spirit of reality—John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 1 John 5:6.
John 14:17 Even the Spirit of reality, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him; but you know Him, because He abides with you and shall be in you.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of reality, who proceeds from the Father, He will testify concerning Me;
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality; for He will not speak from Himself, but what He hears He will speak; and He will declare to you the things that are coming.
1 John 5:6 This is He who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ; not in the water only, but in the water and in the blood; and the Spirit is He who testifies, because the Spirit is the reality.
B. The reality of resurrection is Christ as the life-giving Spirit—John 11:25; 20:22; 1Cor. 15:45b.
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live;
John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor 15:45b … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
C. The Spirit of reality makes everything of the processed Triune God a reality in the Body of Christ—John 16:13-15.
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality; for He will not speak from Himself, but what He hears He will speak; and He will declare to you the things that are coming.
John 16:14 He will glorify Me, for He will receive of Mine and will declare it to you.
John 16:15 All that the Father has is Mine; for this reason I have said that He receives of Mine and will declare it to you.
D. Without the Spirit, there is no Body of Christ, no church—Eph. 4:4.
Eph 4:4 One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

 

III. In order to be in the reality of the Body of Christ, we need to be absolutely in the resurrection life of Christ:
A. The church is absolutely of the element of Christ, absolutely in resurrection, and absolutely in the heavenlies—1 Pet. 1:3; Eph. 2:6; cf. Gen. 2:21-24.
1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Eph 2:6 And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,
Gen 2:21 And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.
Gen 2:22 And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.
Gen 2:23 And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.
Gen 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
B. The golden lampstand, typifying the church as the Body of Christ, portrays Christ as the resurrection life, growing, branching, budding, and blossoming to shine the light—Exo. 25:31-40; Num. 17:8; Rev. 1:11-12; Eph. 5:8-9.
Exo 25:31 And you shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand with its base and its shaft shall be made of beaten work; its cups, its calyxes, and its blossom buds shall be of one piece with it.
Exo 25:32 And there shall be six branches going out of its sides; three branches of the lampstand out of one of its sides, and three branches of the lampstand out of its other side;
Exo 25:33 Three cups made like almond blossoms in one branch, a calyx and a blossom bud; and three cups made like almond blossoms in the other branch, a calyx and a blossom bud-so for the six branches going out of the lampstand.
Exo 25:34 And there shall be on the lampstand four cups made like almond blossoms, its calyxes and its blossom buds;
Exo 25:35 And a calyx under two branches of one piece with it, and a calyx under two branches of one piece with it, and a calyx under two branches of one piece with it, for the six branches going out of the lampstand.
Exo 25:36 Their calyxes and their branches shall be of one piece with it; all of it one beaten work of pure gold.
Exo 25:37 And you shall make its lamps, seven; and set up its lamps to give light to the area in front of it.
Exo 25:38 And its tongs and its firepans shall be of pure gold.
Exo 25:39 It shall be made of a talent of pure gold, with all these utensils.
Exo 25:40 And see that you make them according to their pattern, which was shown to you in the mountain.
Num 17:8 And on the next day Moses went into the Tent of the Testimony, and there was the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi: it had budded; it even put forth buds and produced blossoms and bore ripe almonds.
Rev 1:11 Saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,
Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness but are now light in the Lord; walk as children of light
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
C. When we do not live by our natural life but live by the divine life within us, we are in resurrection; the issue of this is the Body of Christ—Phil. 3:10-11:
Phil 3:10 To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Phil 3:11 If perhaps I may attain to the out-resurrection from the dead.
1. We all need to be discipled by the Lord to be divine and mystical persons, living the divine life by denying our natural life—cf. John 3:8.
John 3:8 The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it goes; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.
2. Anything that is carried out even scripturally but in the natural life is not the reality of the Body of Christ—1 Cor. 3:12.
1 Cor 3:12 But if anyone builds upon the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, stubble,

 

IV. In order to live in resurrection, we must know, experience, and gain the God of resurrection—2 Cor. 1:8-9:
2 Cor 1:8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of our affliction which befell us in Asia, that we were excessively burdened, beyond our power, so that we despaired even of living.
2 Cor 1:9 Indeed we ourselves had the response of death in ourselves, that we should not base our confidence on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead;
A. God is working through the cross to terminate us, to bring us to an end, so that we will no longer trust in ourselves but in the God of resurrection—v. 9.
2 Cor 1:9 Indeed we ourselves had the response of death in ourselves, that we should not base our confidence on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead;
B. Although the living God can perform many acts on man’s behalf, the life and nature of the living God are not wrought into man; when the God of resurrection works, His life and nature are wrought into man—4:16:
2 Cor 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
1. God is not working to make His might known in external acts but is working to impart and work Himself into man—Gal. 1:15-16; 2:20; 4:19.
Gal 1:15 But when it pleased God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me through His grace,
Gal 1:16 To reveal His Son in me that I might announce Him as the gospel among the Gentiles, immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood,
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Gal 4:19 My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you,
2. God uses the environment in order to work His life and nature into us—2 Cor. 4:7-12; 1 Thes. 3:3.
2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us.
2 Cor 4:8 We are pressed on every side but not constricted; unable to find a way out but not utterly without a way out;
2 Cor 4:9 Persecuted but not abandoned; cast down but not destroyed;
2 Cor 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
2 Cor 4:11 For we who are alive are always being delivered unto death for Jesus' sake that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 Cor 4:12 So then death operates in us, but life in you.
1 Thes 3:3 That no one would be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed for this.
3. In order to live in resurrection and be constituted with the God of resurrection, we must be conformed to the image of Christ as the firstborn Son of God through “all things”—Rom. 8:28-29; Heb. 12:10; Jer. 48:11.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Rom 8:29 Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Heb 12:10 For they disciplined for a few days as it seemed good to them; but He, for what is profitable that we might partake of His holiness.
Jer 48:11 Moab has been at ease from his youth; / And he is settled on his lees / And has not been emptied from vessel to vessel; / Nor has he gone into exile. / Therefore his taste remains in him, / And his scent is not changed.
4. The primary purpose of suffering in this universe, particularly as it relates to the children of God, is that through it the very nature of God may be wrought into the nature of man so that man may gain God to the fullest extent—2 Cor. 4:16.
2 Cor 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
5. As we pass through afflictions, a continual renewing needs to take place in us day by day so that God can accomplish His heart’s desire to make us the New Jerusalem—Ezek. 36:26; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rev. 21:2.
Ezek 36:26 I will also give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
2 Cor 5:17 So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.
Rev 21:2 And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
C. In order to live in resurrection, we must be renewed day by day by being nourished with the fresh supply of the resurrection life—2 Cor. 4:16:
2 Cor 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
1. The real Christian life is to have the God of resurrection added into us morning and evening and day by day—Col. 2:19; Rom. 8:10, 6, 11.
Col 2:19 And not holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God.
Rom 8:10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.
Rom 8:11 And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.
2. In order to receive the renewing capacity of the divine life in resurrection, we need to contact God, open ourselves up to Him, and let Him come into us to be a new addition into us day by day—Phil. 2:13; 3:10-11:
Phil 2:13 For it is God who operates in you both the willing and the working for His good pleasure.
Phil 3:10 To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Phil 3:11 If perhaps I may attain to the out-resurrection from the dead.

a. We are renewed by the cross, the Holy Spirit, our mingled spirit, and the word of God—2 Cor. 4:10; Titus 3:5; Eph. 4:23; 5:26.

2 Cor 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
Titus 3:5 Not out of works in righteousness which we did but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Eph 4:23 And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Eph 5:26 That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,

b. We need to be revived every morning—Matt. 13:43; Prov. 4:18.

Matt 13:43 Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Prov 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, / Which shines brighter and brighter until the full day.

c. We should come to the Lord’s table in the principle of newness by forgiving others and seeking to be forgiven—Matt. 26:29; 5:23-24; 18:21-22, 35.

Matt 26:29 But I say to you, I shall by no means drink of this product of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in the kingdom of My Father.
Matt 5:23 Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you,
Matt 5:24 Leave your gift there before the altar, and first go and be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Matt 18:21 Then Peter came and said to Him, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?
Matt 18:22 Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, Up to seven times, but, Up to seventy times seven.
Matt 18:35 So also will My heavenly Father do to you if each of you does not forgive his brother from your hearts.
3. The killing of the cross results in the manifestation of the resurrection life; this daily killing is for the release of the divine life in resurrection—2 Cor. 4:10-12.
2 Cor 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
2 Cor 4:11 For we who are alive are always being delivered unto death for Jesus' sake that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 Cor 4:12 So then death operates in us, but life in you.
D. Our natural strength and ability need to be dealt with by the cross to become useful in resurrection for our service to the Lord—Phil. 3:3:
Phil 3:3 For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh,
1. After being put aside by God for forty years, Moses learned to serve God accord­ing to His leading and to trust in Him—Exo. 2:14-15; Acts 7:22-36; Heb. 11:27-28.
Exo 2:14 And he said, Who appointed you a ruler and a judge over us? Are you thinking to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? And Moses became frightened and said, Surely the matter is known.
Exo 2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh to dwell in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.
Acts 7:22 And Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in his words and works.
Acts 7:23 But when he was approaching forty years of age, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the sons of Israel.
Acts 7:24 And when he saw one of them being wronged, he defended him, and he avenged him who was being oppressed by striking the Egyptian dead.
Acts 7:25 And he supposed that his brothers understood that God through his hand was giving salvation to them; but they did not understand.
Acts 7:26 And on the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting and tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, Men, you are brothers. Why are you wronging one another?
Acts 7:27 But the one who was wronging his neighbor pushed him away, saying, "Who appointed you a ruler and a judge over us?
Acts 7:28 Do you want to do away with me the same way you did away with the Egyptian yesterday?"
Acts 7:29 And Moses fled at this word and became a sojourner in the land of Midian, where he begot two sons.
Acts 7:30 And when forty years had been fulfilled, an Angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai in the flame of a thornbush fire.
Acts 7:31 And when Moses saw it, he marveled at the vision; and as he approached to examine it, there came the voice of the Lord:
Acts 7:32 "I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob." And Moses trembled and dared not examine it.
Acts 7:33 And the Lord said to him, "Untie the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.
Acts 7:34 I have surely seen the ill-treatment of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. And now, come, I will send you into Egypt."
Acts 7:35 This Moses, whom they refused, saying, Who appointed you a ruler and a judge? this one God has sent as both a ruler and a redeemer, along with the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the thornbush.
Acts 7:36 This man led them out, doing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.
Heb 11:27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, for he persevered as one seeing the unseen One.
Heb 11:28 By faith he instituted the Passover and the pouring out of the blood so that the one destroying the firstborn would not touch them.
2. After becoming a complete failure, Peter learned to serve the brothers by faith and with humility—Luke 22:32-33; John 18:15-18, 25-27; Matt. 26:69-75; 1 Pet. 5:5-6.
Luke 22:32 But I have made petition concerning you that your faith would not fail; and you, once you have turned again, establish your brothers.
Luke 22:33 And he said to Him, Lord, I am ready to go with You both to prison and to death.
John 18:15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, as well as another disciple. And that disciple was known to the high priest, and he entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest;
John 18:16 But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, the one known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the maid who kept the door and brought Peter in.
John 18:17 Then the maid who kept the door said to Peter, Are you not also one of this man's disciples? He said, I am not.
John 18:18 Now the slaves and the attendants were standing there, having made a fire of coals, for it was cold, and they were warming themselves; and Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.
John 18:25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. Then they said to him, Are you not also one of His disciples? He denied and said, I am not.
John 18:26 One of the slaves of the high priest, who was a relative of him whose ear Peter had cut off, said, Did I not see you in the garden with Him?
John 18:27 Then Peter denied again, and immediately a rooster crowed.
Matt 26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him and said, You also were with Jesus the Galilean.
Matt 26:70 But he denied it before all, saying, I do not know what you are talking about!
Matt 26:71 And after he had gone out to the porch, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.
Matt 26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man!
Matt 26:73 And after a little while those who were standing there came to Peter and said, Surely you also are one of them, for your speech also makes it clear that you are.
Matt 26:74 Then he began to curse and to swear: I do not know the man! And immediately a rooster crowed.
Matt 26:75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly.
1 Pet 5:5 In like manner, younger men, be subject to elders; and all of you gird yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
1 Pet 5:6 Therefore be humbled under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time,
3. The budding rod signifies our experience of Christ in His resurrection as our acceptance by God for authority in the God-given ministry—Num. 17:8.
Num 17:8 And on the next day Moses went into the Tent of the Testimony, and there was the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi: it had budded; it even put forth buds and produced blossoms and bore ripe almonds.
4. The sevenfold intensified life-giving Spirit only honors things in resurrection; if we do any work that is not in resurrection, the life-giving Spirit will never honor it—1 Cor. 15:58; 3:12.
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Cor 3:12 But if anyone builds upon the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, stubble,
Facebook 討論區載入中...
發表時間 :
2014-12-02 22:16:00
觀看數 :
5,718
發表人 :
洪國恩
部門 :
老洪的 IT 學習系統
QR Code :