2. The Apostolic Ministry in Cooperation with Christ’s Heavenly Ministry to Shepherd the Church of God as His Flock for the Building Up of the Body of Christ
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Scripture Reading: John 10:11, 16; 21:15-17; 1 Pet. 2:25; 5:4; Heb. 13:20; Rev. 1:13; 2:1, 7
John 10:11    I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
John 10:16    And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must lead them also, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.
John 21:15    Then when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs.
John 21:16    He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Shepherd My sheep.
John 21:17    He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Peter was grieved that He said to him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.
1 Pet 2:25      For you were like sheep being led astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Pet 5:4        And when the Chief Shepherd is manifested, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Heb 13:20     Now the God of peace, He who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, in the blood of an eternal covenant,
Rev 1:13       And in the midst of the lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment reaching to the feet, and girded about at the breasts with a golden girdle.
Rev 2:1         To the messenger of the church in Ephesus write: These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, He who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
Rev 2:7         He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.
 
I.     Psalms 22 through 24 are a group of psalms revealing Christ from His crucifixion through His shepherding to His kingship in the coming age:
Psa 22           To the choir director: according to the hind of the dawn. A Psalm of David
Psa 22:1        My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? / Why are You so far from saving me, / From the words of my groaning?
Psa 22:2        O my God, I call out in the day, but You do not answer; / And in the night, but there is no rest for me.
Psa 22:3        But You are holy, You who sit enthroned / Upon the praises of Israel.
Psa 22:4        In You our fathers trusted; / They trusted and You rescued them.
Psa 22:5        To You they cried out and were delivered; / In You they trusted and were not put to shame.
Psa 22:6        But I am a worm and not a man, / A reproach of men and one despised by the people.
Psa 22:7        All who see me deride me; / They sneer at me; they shake their heads, saying,
Psa 22:8        He committed himself to Jehovah; let Him rescue him; / Let Him deliver him since He takes pleasure in him.
Psa 22:9        But You are the One who drew me forth from the womb, / Who made me trust while at my mother's breasts.
Psa 22:10      I was cast upon You from birth; / From my mother's womb You have been my God.
Psa 22:11      Do not be far from me, / For trouble is near, / For there is none to help me.
Psa 22:12      Many bulls surround me; / The mighty bulls of Bashan encompass me.
Psa 22:13      They open their mouth at me, / Like a ravening and roaring lion.
Psa 22:14      I am poured out like water, / And all my bones are out of joint. / My heart is like wax; / It is melted within me.
Psa 22:15      My strength is dried up like a shard, / And my tongue is stuck to my jaws; / You have put me in the dust of death.
Psa 22:16      For dogs surround me; / A company of evildoers encloses me; / They pierce my hands and feet.
Psa 22:17      I count all my bones; / They look, they stare at me.
Psa 22:18      They divide my garments to themselves, / And for my clothing they cast lots.
Psa 22:19      But You, O Jehovah, be not far off; / O my help, hasten to aid me.
Psa 22:20      Deliver my soul from the sword, / My precious life from the power of the dog;
Psa 22:21      Save me from the mouth of the lion; / Indeed while I am in the horns of wild oxen, answer me.
Psa 22:22      I will declare Your name to my brothers; / In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
Psa 22:23      You who fear Jehovah, praise Him! / All you seed of Jacob, glorify Him! / And stand in awe of Him, all you seed of Israel!
Psa 22:24      For He has not despised nor detested / The affliction of him who is afflicted; / And He has not hidden His face from him; / But when he cried out to Him, He heard.
Psa 22:25      From You comes my praise in the great assembly; / My vows will I pay before those who fear Him.
Psa 22:26      The lowly will eat and be satisfied; / Those who seek after Jehovah will praise Him—/ May your hearts live forever!
Psa 22:27      All the ends of the earth / Will remember and return to Jehovah, / And all families of the nations / Will worship before You;
Psa 22:28      For the kingdom is Jehovah's, / And He rules among the nations.
Psa 22:29      All the flourishing of the earth / Will eat and worship. / All who go down into the dust will bow down before Him, / Even he who does not keep his soul alive.
Psa 22:30      A seed will serve Him; / That which concerns the Lord will be told to a coming generation.
Psa 22:31      They will come and declare His righteousness / To a people yet to be born, that He has done this.
Psa 23           A Psalm of David
Psa 23:1        Jehovah is my Shepherd; I will lack nothing.
Psa 23:2        He makes me lie down in green pastures; / He leads me beside waters of rest.
Psa 23:3        He restores my soul; He guides me on the paths of righteousness / For His name's sake.
Psa 23:4        Even though I walk / Through the valley of the shadow of death, / I do not fear evil, / For You are with me; / Your rod and Your staff, / They comfort me.
Psa 23:5        You spread a table before me / In the presence of my adversaries; / You anoint my head with oil; / My cup runs over.
Psa 23:6        Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me / All the days of my life, / And I will dwell in the house of Jehovah / For the length of my days.
Psa 24           A Psalm of David
Psa 24:1        The earth is Jehovah's, and its fullness, / The habitable land and those who dwell in it.
Psa 24:2        For it is He who founded it upon the seas / And established it upon the streams.
Psa 24:3        Who may ascend the mountain of Jehovah, / And who may stand in His holy place?
Psa 24:4        He who has clean hands and a pure heart, / Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood / Or sworn deceitfully.
Psa 24:5        He will receive blessing from Jehovah, / And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Psa 24:6        This is the generation of those who seek Him, / Those who seek Your face, even Jacob. Selah.
Psa 24:7        Lift up your heads, O gates; / And be lifted up, O long enduring doors; / And the King of glory will come in.
Psa 24:8        Who is the King of glory? / Jehovah strong and mighty! / Jehovah mighty in battle!
Psa 24:9        Lift up your heads, O gates; / And lift up, O long enduring doors; / And the King of glory will come in.
Psa 24:10      Who is this King of glory? / Jehovah of hosts—/ He is the King of glory! Selah.
A.     Psalm 23, which concerns Christ as the Shepherd in His resurrection and ascension, is the bridge between Christ’s redeeming death and His church-producing resurrection in Psalm 22 and Christ’s coming back as the King, who will regain the entire earth through the church as His Body in Psalm 24.
B.     In His heavenly ministry Christ is shepherding people, and we need to cooperate with Him by shepherding people; if this fellowship is received by us, there will be a big revival on the earth to bring the Lord back.
 
II.   John 21 reveals the apostolic ministry in cooperation with Christ’s heavenly ministry; it is the completion and consummation of the Gospel of John:
John 21:1      After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. And He manifested Himself in this way:
John 21:2      Simon Peter and Thomas, called Didymus, and Nathanael from Cana of Galilee and the sons of Zebedee and two others of His disciples were there together.
John 21:3      Simon Peter said to them, I am going fishing. They said to him, We also are coming with you. They went forth and got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.
John 21:4      Now as soon as the morning broke, Jesus stood on the shore; however the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
John 21:5      Then Jesus said to them, Little children, you do not have any fish to eat, do you? They answered Him, No.
John 21:6      And He said to them, Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. They cast therefore, and they were no longer able to haul it in because of the abundance of fish.
John 21:7      Then that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! Therefore when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment around himself, for he was naked; and he threw himself into the sea.
John 21:8      But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away, dragging the net of fish.
John 21:9      Then when they got out onto the land, they saw a fire of coals laid there, and fish lying on it and bread.
John 21:10    Jesus said to them, Bring some of the fish that you have just now caught.
John 21:11    Simon Peter therefore went up and hauled the net to the land full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.
John 21:12    Jesus said to them, Come and have breakfast. But none of the disciples dared to inquire of Him, Who are you? knowing that it was the Lord.
John 21:13    Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise.
John 21:14    This was now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples after He had been raised from the dead.
John 21:15    Then when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs.
John 21:16    He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Shepherd My sheep.
John 21:17    He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Peter was grieved that He said to him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.
John 21:18    Truly, truly, I say to you, When you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.
John 21:19    Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had said this, He said to him, Follow Me.
John 21:20    Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also reclined on His breast at the supper and said, Lord, who is the one betraying You?
John 21:21    Peter therefore, seeing him, said to Jesus, Lord, and what about this man?
John 21:22    Jesus said to him, If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.
John 21:23    This word therefore went out among the brothers, that that disciple would not die, yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?
John 21:24    This is the disciple who testifies concerning these things, and the one who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
John 21:25    And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which, if they were written one by one, I suppose that not even the world itself could contain the books written.
A.     The Gospel of John has twenty-one chapters, but it actually ends with chapter 20.
John 20         (to be omitted)
B.     The entire book covers the earthly ministry of Christ, beginning with His incarnation as the Word of God to become a man in the flesh (1:14) and ending with His resurrection as the last Adam to become the life-giving Spirit (20:22); hence, chapter 21 should be an appendix.
John 1:14      And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
John 20:22    And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
John 21         (to be omitted)
C.     Although it is correct to say this, it is more intrinsic to say that John 21 is the completion and consummation of the Gospel of John; it consummates the entire Gospel of John by showing that Christ’s heavenly ministry and the apostles’ ministry on the earth cooperate together to carry out God’s economy.
John 21         (to be omitted)
 
III.  In John 10:10-11 and 16 the Lord unveiled to the disciples that He was the good Shepherd who came that the sheep might have life abundantly and that He had other sheep (the Gentiles) which He must lead to join with them (the Jewish believers) to be one flock (one church) under one Shepherd:
John 10:10    The thief does not come except to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and may have it abundantly.
John 10:11    I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
John 10:16    And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must lead them also, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.
A.     The Lord’s shepherding was firstly in His earthly ministry—Matt. 9:36; cf. 10:1-6.
Matt 9:36      And seeing the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and cast away like sheep not having a shepherd.
John 10:1      Truly, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter through the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up from somewhere else, he is a thief and a robber;
John 10:2      But he who enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
John 10:3      To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
John 10:4      When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
John 10:5      But they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.
John 10:6      This parable Jesus spoke to them, but they did not know what those things meant that He spoke to them.
B.     The Lord’s shepherding is secondly in His heavenly ministry (1 Pet. 5:4) to take care of the church of God, issuing in His Body.
1 Pet 5:4        And when the Chief Shepherd is manifested, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
 
IV.  The Lord commissioned Peter to feed His lambs and shepherd His sheep:
A.     When the Lord stayed with His disciples after His resurrection and before His ascension, in one of His appearings, He commissioned Peter to feed His lambs and shepherd His sheep in His absence, while He is in the heavens—John 21:15-17.
John 21:15    Then when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs.
John 21:16    He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Shepherd My sheep.
John 21:17    He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Peter was grieved that He said to him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.
B.     This is to incorporate the apostolic ministry with Christ’s heavenly ministry to take care of God’s flock, which is the church that issues in the Body of Christ.
C.     Later, in the book of Acts, Peter said, “We will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word” (6:4); this is to cooperate with Christ’s heavenly ministry of intercession (Heb. 7:25) and of ministering God into His people (8:2).
Acts 6:4        But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word.
Heb 7:25       Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.
Heb 8:2         A Minister of the holy places, even of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.
D.     Peter was so impressed with this commission of the Lord that in his first book he told the believers that they were like sheep being led astray, but they had now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of their souls—1 Pet. 2:25:
1 Pet 2:25      For you were like sheep being led astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1. Christ indwells us to be our life and everything, but He is also overseeing, observing, the condition and situation of our inner being.
2. He shepherds us by caring for the welfare of our inner being and by exercising His oversight over the condition of our soul, our real person—cf. Heb. 13:17.
Heb 13:17     Obey the ones leading you and submit to them, for they watch over your souls as those who will render an account, that they may do this with joy and not groaning; for this would be unprofitable to you.
E.      Peter exhorts the elders to shepherd the flock of God among them so that when the Chief Shepherd is manifested, they, the faithful elders, will receive the unfading crown of glory—1 Pet. 5:1-4.
1 Pet 5:1        Therefore the elders among you I exhort, who am a fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, who am also a partaker of the glory to be revealed:
1 Pet 5:2        Shepherd the flock of God among you, overseeing not under compulsion but willingly, according to God; not by seeking gain through base means but eagerly;
1 Pet 5:3        Nor as lording it over your allotments but by becoming patterns of the flock.
1 Pet 5:4        And when the Chief Shepherd is manifested, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
F.      Peter’s word indicates that the heavenly ministry of Christ is mainly to shepherd the church of God as His flock, which issues in His Body.
 
V.   The following words of the apostle Paul also show the incorporation of the apostolic ministry with Christ’s heavenly ministry to take care of God’s flock:
A.     In Acts 20:28 Paul told the elders in Ephesus, “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among whom the Holy Spirit has placed you as overseers to shepherd the church of God, which He obtained [or purchased] through His own blood.”
Acts 20:28    Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among whom the Holy Spirit has placed you as overseers to shepherd the church of God, which He obtained through His own blood.
B.     Paul said, “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (v. 29); the apostle did not care for his own life (v. 24), but he was very concerned for the future of the church, which was a treasure to him and to God.
Acts 20:29    I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.
Acts 20:24    But I consider my life of no account as if precious to myself, in order that I may finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus to solemnly testify of the gospel of the grace of God.
C.     Paul says in Hebrews 13:20, “God...brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, in the blood of an eternal covenant”:
Heb 13:20     Now the God of peace, He who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, in the blood of an eternal covenant,
1. The eternal covenant is the covenant of the new testament to gain a flock, which is the church issuing in the Body and consummating the New Jerusalem; the eternal covenant of God is to consummate the New Jerusalem by the shepherding.
2. God raised up our Lord from the dead to be the great Shepherd to consummate the New Jerusalem according to God’s eternal covenant.
 
VI.  The main purpose and goal of the apostolic ministry incorporated with Christ’s heavenly ministry are to build up the Body of Christ, which will consummate the New Jerusalem for the accomplishment of the eternal economy of God—cf. Eph. 3:2, 8-9; 1 Pet. 5:10.
Eph 3:2         If indeed you have heard of the stewardship of the grace of God which was given to me for you,
Eph 3:8         To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,
1 Pet 5:10      But the God of all grace, He who has called you into His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and ground you.
 
VII. The matter of shepherding God’s flock for the main purpose and ultimate consummation of the eternal economy of God is even referred to in Song of Songs:
A.     “Tell me, you whom my soul loves, Where do you pasture your flock [for satisfaction]? / Where do you make it lie down at noon [for rest]?”—1:7a.
S S 1:7a        Tell me, you whom my soul loves, Where do you pasture your flock? / Where do you make it lie down at noon?…
B.     “Go forth on the footsteps of the flock, / And pasture your young goats / By the shepherds’ tents”—v. 8b.
S S 1:8b        …Go forth on the footsteps of the flock, / And pasture your young goats / By the shepherds' tents.
C.     “My beloved is mine, and I am his; / He pastures his flock among the lilies [the seekers of Christ who live a life of trusting in God with a single heart]”—2:16.
S S 2:16        My beloved is mine, and I am his; / He pastures his flock among the lilies.
D.     “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine; / He pastures his flock among the lilies”—6:3.
S S 6:3          I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine; / He pastures his flock among the lilies.
 
VIII.     To shepherd the believers is very crucial for their growth in life; we must take the shepherding way to preach the gospel and revive the church:
A.     We should pray, “Lord, I want to be revived; from today I want to be a shepherd; I want to go to feed people, to shepherd people, and to flock people together.”
B.     In John 10 and 21 the Lord used three words concerning shepherding: feed, shepherd, and flock (10:16; 21:15-16); we can also use the word flock as a verb.
John 10:16    And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must lead them also, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.
John 21:15    Then when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs.
John 21:16    He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Shepherd My sheep.
C.     All the churches have to learn how to flock together so that they can be blent together; the elders and co-workers should take the lead to practice this.
 
IX.  The organic maintenance of the golden lampstand is Christ’s heavenly ministry to cherish the churches in His humanity and nourish the churches in His divinity to produce the overcomers through His organic shepherding—Rev. 1:13; 2:7; John 10:11, 14; 1 Pet. 2:25; 5:4; Heb. 13:20:
Rev 1:13       And in the midst of the lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment reaching to the feet, and girded about at the breasts with a golden girdle.
Rev 2:7         He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.
John 10:11    I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
John 10:14    I am the good Shepherd, and I know My own, and My own know Me,
1 Pet 2:25      For you were like sheep being led astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Pet 5:4        And when the Chief Shepherd is manifested, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Heb 13:20     Now the God of peace, He who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, in the blood of an eternal covenant,
A.     The Son of Man is in His humanity, the golden girdle signifies His divinity, and breasts are a sign of love:
1. Christ was girded at the loins, strengthened for the divine work (Exo. 28:4; Dan. 10:5) to produce the churches, but now He is girded about at the breasts, caring for the churches that He has produced by His love (Rev. 1:13).
Exo 28:4       And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate and an ephod and a robe and a tunic of checkered work, a turban and a girding sash. So they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and for his sons that he may serve Me as a priest.
Dan 10:5       I lifted up my eyes and I looked, and there was a certain man, clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with the fine gold of Uphaz.
Rev 1:13       And in the midst of the lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment reaching to the feet, and girded about at the breasts with a golden girdle.
2. The golden girdle signifies Christ’s divinity as His divine energy, and the breasts signify that this golden energy is exercised and motivated by and with His love to nourish the churches.
B.     Christ takes care of the churches in His humanity as the Son of Man to cherish them—v. 13a:
Rev 1:13a     And in the midst of the lampstands One like the Son of Man, …
1. He dresses the lamps of the lampstands to make them proper, cherishing us that we may be happy, pleasant, and comfortable—Exo. 30:7; cf. Psa. 42:5, 11:
Exo 30:7       And Aaron shall burn on it fragrant incense; every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it.
Psa 42:5        Why are you cast down, O my soul? / And why are you disquieted within me? / Hope in God, for I will yet praise Him / For the salvation of His countenance.
Psa 42:11      Why are you cast down, O my soul? / And why are you disquieted within me? / Hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, / The salvation of my countenance and my God.
a. The Lord’s presence provides an atmosphere of tenderness and warmth to cherish our being, giving us rest, comfort, healing, cleansing, and encouragement.
b. We can enjoy the cherishing atmosphere of the Lord’s presence in the church to receive the nourishing supply of life—Eph. 5:29; cf. 1 Tim. 4:6; Eph. 4:11.
Eph 5:29       For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ also the church,
1 Tim 4:6      If you lay these things before the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, being nourished with the words of the faith and of the good teaching which you have closely followed.
Eph 4:11       And He Himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as shepherds and teachers,
2. He trims the wicks of the lamps of the lampstand, cutting off all the negative things, which frustrate our shining—Exo. 25:38:
Exo 25:38     And its tongs and its firepans shall be of pure gold.
a. The charred part of the wick, the snuff, signifies things that are not according to God’s purpose, which need to be cut off, such as our flesh, our natural man, our self, and our old creation.
b. He trims away all the differences among the churches (the wrongdoings, shortages, failures, and defects) so that they may be the same in essence, appearance, and expression—cf. 1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Cor. 12:18; Phil. 2:2.
1 Cor 1:10     Now I beseech you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be attuned in the same mind and in the same opinion.
2 Cor 12:18   I entreated Titus and sent with him the brother. Titus did not take advantage of you, did he? Did we not walk in the same spirit? In the same steps?
Phil 2:2         Make my joy full, that you think the same thing, having the same love, joined in soul, thinking the one thing,
C.     Christ takes care of the churches in His divinity with His divine love, signified by the golden girdle on His breasts, to nourish the churches—Rev. 1:13b:
Rev 1:13b     …clothed with a garment reaching to the feet, and girded about at the breasts with a golden girdle.
1. He nourishes us with Himself as the all-inclusive Christ in His full ministry of three stages so that we may grow and mature in the divine life to be His overcomers to accomplish His eternal economy.
2. As the walking Christ, He gets to know the condition of each church, and as the speaking Spirit, He trims and fills the lampstands with fresh oil, the supply of the Spirit—2:1, 7; cf. Exo. 27:20-21; Zech. 4:6, 11-14.
Rev 2:1         To the messenger of the church in Ephesus write: These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, He who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
Rev 2:7         He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.
Exo 27:20     And you shall command the children of Israel to bring to you pure oil of beaten olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually.
Exo 27:21     In the Tent of Meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall maintain it in order from evening to morning before Jehovah; it shall be a perpetual statute to be observed throughout their generations by the children of Israel.
Zech 4:6        And he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of Jehovah to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says Jehovah of hosts.
Zech 4:11      Then I answered and said to him, What are these two olive trees on the right of the lampstand and on its left?
Zech 4:12      And I answered a second time and said to him, What are the two olive branches that are by the side of the two golden spouts, which empty the gold from themselves?
Zech 4:13      And he spoke to me, saying, Do you not know what these are? And I said, No, sir.
Zech 4:14      And he said, These are the two sons of oil, who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
3. To participate in His move and enjoy His care, we must be in the churches.
 
X.   Through Christ’s wonderful shepherding, we will enjoy Him as our blessings both today and for eternity—Isa. 49:10; Rev. 7:9-17.
Isa  49:10     They will not hunger or thirst; / Neither the scorching heat nor the sun will strike them; / For He who has compassion on them will lead them / And will guide them beside the springs of water;
Rev 7:9         After these things I saw, and behold, there was a great multitude which no one could number, out of every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and palm branches in their hands.
Rev 7:10       And they cry with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb.
Rev 7:11       And all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God,
Rev 7:12       Saying, Amen. The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanks and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
Rev 7:13       And one of the elders answered, saying to me, These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where did they come from?
Rev 7:14       And I said to him, My lord, you know. And he said to me, These are those who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Rev 7:15       Because of this they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits upon the throne will tabernacle over them.
Rev 7:16       They will not hunger anymore, neither will they thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat upon them, nor any heat;
Rev 7:17       For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and guide them to springs of waters of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
 
 
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