2. The Knowledge of Life
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 2:7-9; Psa. 36:7-9; John 12:24-26; 2 Cor. 4:10-12; Rom. 8:13; Matt. 7:13-14
Gen 2:7         Jehovah God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
Gen 2:8         And Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there He put the man whom He had formed.
Gen 2:9         And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Psa 36:7        How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! / Thus the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Psa 36:8        They are saturated with the fatness of Your house, / And You cause them to drink of the river of Your pleasures.
Psa 36:9        For with You is the fountain of life; / In Your light we see light.
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.
John 12:25    He who loves his soul-life loses it; and he who hates his soul-life in this world shall keep it unto eternal life.
John 12:26    If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
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.
Rom 8:13      For if you live according to the flesh, you must die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the practices of the body, you will live.
Matt 7:13      Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter through it.
Matt 7:14      Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it.
 
 
I.     Christ as life is the reality of the tree of life, which is the center of the universe—Gen. 2:9; John 1:4; 10:10; 14:6; 15:1; 6:35, 63; 1 Cor. 15:45b:
Gen 2:9         And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
John 1:4        In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
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 14:6      Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 15:1      I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.
John 6:35      Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst.
John 6:63      It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
1 Cor 15:45b …the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
A.     Life is the goal of God’s creation—Gen. 1:26-28, 31; 2:7-9.
Gen 1:26       And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Gen 1:27       And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Gen 1:28       And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
Gen 1:31       And God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Gen 2:7         Jehovah God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
Gen 2:8         And Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there He put the man whom He had formed.
Gen 2:9         And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
B.     God’s organic salvation, being saved in Christ’s life, is the goal of the process of God’s judicial redemption—John 19:34; Rom. 5:10; Col. 3:3-4; Rev. 22:1-2.
John 19:34    But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.
Rom 5:10      For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled,
Col 3:3          For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Col 3:4          When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
Rev 22:1       And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
Rev 22:2       And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
C.     Life is God Himself in Christ as the Spirit flowing out to be enjoyed by man and to please and satisfy man—Psa. 36:7-9; Rev. 22:1; Jer. 2:13.
Psa 36:7        How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! / Thus the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Psa 36:8        They are saturated with the fatness of Your house, / And You cause them to drink of the river of Your pleasures.
Psa 36:9        For with You is the fountain of life; / In Your light we see light.
Rev 22:1       And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
Jer 2:13         For My people have committed two evils: / They have forsaken Me, / The fountain of living waters, / To hew out for themselves cisterns, / Broken cisterns, / Which hold no water.
D.     God is in Christ, Christ is the Spirit, and the Spirit is life—John 14:9-10, 17-19; 6:63; Rom. 8:2.
John 14:9      Jesus said to him, Have I been so long a time with you, and you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how is it that you say, Show us the Father?
John 14:10    Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak from Myself, but the Father who abides in Me does His works.
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 14:18    I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.
John 14:19    Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me; because I live, you also shall live.
John 6:63      It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
Rom 8:2        For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death.
E.      Life is the Lord Himself as the bread of life for us to eat—John 6:35, 57, 63; Matt. 15:22-27.
John 6:35      Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst.
John 6:57      As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.
John 6:63      It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
Matt 15:22    And behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders and cried out, saying, Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter suffers terribly from demon possession.
Matt 15:23    But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us.
Matt 15:24    But He answered and said, I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matt 15:25    But she came and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me!
Matt 15:26    But He answered and said, It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs.
Matt 15:27    And she said, Yes, Lord, for even the little dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
F.      Life is the light, light overcomes darkness, and light is in God’s word—John 1:4-5; Psa. 36:8-9; John 6:63:
John 1:4        In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:5        And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Psa 36:8        They are saturated with the fatness of Your house, / And You cause them to drink of the river of Your pleasures.
Psa 36:9        For with You is the fountain of life; / In Your light we see light.
John 6:63      It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
1. If we want to touch life, we need the word, the inner feeling given to us by the Spirit; such a feeling is the living word of God—v. 63; 1 Sam. 3:19-21.
John 6:63      It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
1 Sam 3:19    And Samuel grew, and Jehovah was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
1 Sam 3:20    And all Israel, from Dan to Beer-sheba, knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of Jehovah.
1 Sam 3:21    And Jehovah continued to appear in Shiloh, for Jehovah revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of Jehovah.
2. If the Spirit in us gives us a word or a feeling to open our mouth and praise the Lord, we should receive this word and open our mouth to praise the Lord; thus, we will have light within, and this light is life, the Spirit, Christ, and God.
3. When we respond to this feeling and offer a prayer of praise to the Lord, we sense the satisfaction of life, the sweetness of Christ, the presence of God, and the moving of the Spirit.
G.     All the beauty, power, brightness, and ability of the church come from the fact that Christ as life is her inward content; the church is the result of life, and life is the content of the church—Gen. 2:22; John 19:34; 12:24; 1 Cor. 10:17.
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.
John 19:34    But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.
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.
II.   We need to see the obstacles that God’s life encounters in man:
A.     The first problem that God’s life encounters in us is that we do not realize the darkness of our human concepts:
1. We need to see that the only thing that matters in the Christian life is how we take care of the living Christ in us—Gal. 1:16; 2:20; 4:19; Phil. 1:19-21; Eph. 4:13; 2 Cor. 3:18.
Gal 1:16        To reveal His Son in me that I might announce Him as the gospel among the Gentiles,
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,
Phil 1:19       For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Phil 1:20       According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.
Phil 1:21       For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Eph 4:13       Until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
2 Cor 3:18     But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
2. Being a Christian means not taking anything other than Christ as our aim; many people have difficulty in their spiritual life after they are saved, because they do not know the pathway of life, and they do not take Christ as their life.
B.     The second problem that life encounters in us is hypocrisy—Matt. 6:2, 5; 7:5; 23:13-29:
Matt 6:2        Therefore when you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be glorified by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward in full.
Matt 6:5        And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward in full.
Matt 7:5        Hypocrite, first remove the beam from your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye.
Matt 23:13    But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you close off the kingdom of the heavens in the face of men; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to enter.
Matt 23:14    But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour the widows' houses, even while for a pretense you make long prayers. For this reason you shall receive greater judgment.
Matt 23:15    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you go about the sea and the dry land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of Gehenna as yourselves.
Matt 23:16    Woe to you, blind guides, who say, Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound.
Matt 23:17    Fools and blind men, which is greater, the gold or the temple which sanctifies the gold?
Matt 23:18    And, Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift which is upon it, he is bound.
Matt 23:19    Blind men, which is greater, the gift or the altar which sanctifies the gift?
Matt 23:20    Therefore he who swears by the altar swears by it and by all the things upon it;
Matt 23:21    And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by Him who dwells in it;
Matt 23:22    And he who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.
Matt 23:23    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you give a tenth of the mint and the anise and the cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law-justice and mercy and faithfulness. But these you should have done and not neglected the others.
Matt 23:24    Blind guides, who strain out the gnat but swallow the camel!
Matt 23:25    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, but inwardly they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
Matt 23:26    Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup and the dish so that their outside also may become clean.
Matt 23:27    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you resemble white-washed graves, which outwardly appear beautiful but inwardly are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
Matt 23:28    So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Matt 23:29    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build up the graves of the prophets and adorn the tombs of the righteous,
1. A person’s spirituality is not determined by outward appearance but by how he takes care of the indwelling Christ.
2. Our natural goodness is false spirituality and is actually a great hindrance to life; the expression of life involves rejecting our natural disposition and preference and simply allowing Christ to operate in us and break us.
3. If we always do things according to our disposition and natural being, the outcome will always be hypocrisy.
C.     The third problem that life encounters in us is rebellion:
1. Christ operates and moves in us in order to make us clear about His will and requirements for us and about His leading and dealing with us.
2. However, if we do not obey but go against the feeling within, not accepting His leading or paying the price, this unwillingness and opposition are rebellion.
3. The sin that we commit the most frequently and most severely is not outward and visible; rather, it is the sin of disobeying the sense of Christ in us; Christ is living in us, and He is constantly giving us an inward sense of life—Rom. 8:6; 1 John 2:27; cf. Eph. 3:1; 4:1; 6:20; 2 Cor. 2:12-14.
Rom 8:6        For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.
1 John 2:27   And as for you, the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you; but as His anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and is not a lie, and even as it has taught you, abide in Him.
Eph 3:1         For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you, the Gentiles-
Eph 4:1         I beseech you therefore, I, the prisoner in the Lord, to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called,
Eph 6:20       For which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I would speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
2 Cor 2:12     Furthermore, when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and a door was open to me in the Lord,
2 Cor 2:13     I had no rest in my spirit, for I did not find Titus my brother; but taking leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia.
2 Cor 2:14     But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ and manifests the savor of the knowledge of Him through us in every place.
D.     The fourth problem that life encounters in us is our natural capability:
1. Many brothers and sisters truly love the Lord, are zealous for the Lord, and are very godly; nevertheless, their greatest problem is the strength and greatness of their capabilities and abilities; consequently, Christ has no ground or way in them.
2. We may be capable and talented, but we do not consider these things as sin or filthiness; instead of despising our natural capabilities, we treasure them; if they remain unbroken in us, they will become a problem to Christ’s life.
E.      There is one solution to all these obstacles in us—we must pass through the cross and let the cross break us; if we want Christ’s life to be unhindered in us, we must experience the breaking of the cross and allow these obstacles to be dealt with and removed—Matt. 16:24-25.
Matt 16:24    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.
Matt 16:25    For whoever wants to save his soul-life shall lose it; but whoever loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it.
III.  We need to see the subjective obstacles encountered by God’s life in us:
A.     A proper Christian is one whose mind, will, and emotion cooperate with his spirit; an abnormal Christian is one whose mind, will, and emotion cannot cooperate with, and even contradict, his spirit; thus, he lives under a veil.
B.     The first subjective problem is the problem of our mind:
1. If the things we want to do originate from our thoughts, then these things will be nothing more than religious activities, even if they are successful; they are not a testimony of Christ lived out from our spirit—cf. Phil. 2:5; 1 Cor. 2:16; Eph. 4:23; Rom. 12:2.
Phil 2:5         Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
1 Cor 2:16     For who has known the mind of the Lord and will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Eph 4:23       And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Rom 12:2      And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
2. Although we have the life of Christ within, we do not cooperate with Christ’s life in our thoughts and actions, and so this life cannot be lived out from us.
3. When our mind is set on the spirit, our outward actions are in agreement with our inner man, and there is no discrepancy between us and God; He and we are at peace, not at enmity; the result is that we feel peaceful within—8:6.
Rom 8:6        For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.
C.     The second subjective problem is the problem of our will:
1. Even though our mind often understands the intention in our spirit, and we know the will of God, we are unwilling to submit and obey.
2. We may understand, know, apprehend, and deeply sense that the Lord wants us to do a certain thing, but our will refuses to submit and surrender, and we lose the Lord’s presence.
3. Both a strong will and a weak will to carry out the Lord’s will are hindrances to God’s life; a will that has been dealt with is both strong and pliable by being subdued and resurrected by the Lord; having a will that can cooperate with God is a great matter—Phil. 2:13.
Phil 2:13       For it is God who operates in you both the willing and the working for His good pleasure.
D.     The third subjective problem is the problem of our emotion:
1. Our emotion needs to have God’s emotion, and we need to fully enter into God’s emotion—2 Thes. 3:5; Phil. 1:8.
2 Thes 3:5     And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the endurance of Christ.
Phil 1:8         For God is my witness how I long after you all in the inward parts of Christ Jesus.
2. We should love whatever God loves, like whatever God likes, and hate whatever God hates; our emotion and His emotion should become one emotion—Eph. 5:25; 2 Cor. 12:15; 1 Cor. 16:24; Rev. 2:6.
Eph 5:25       Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
2 Cor 12:15   But I, I will most gladly spend and be utterly spent on behalf of your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved less?
1 Cor 16:24   My love in Christ Jesus be with you all.
Rev 2:6         But this you have, that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
E.      From all this we can see that our person is truly an obstacle for the living out of God’s life; this is why we need to be broken and why we daily need to be strengthened into the inner man so that Christ can make His home in our heart, the main parts of which are the mind, will, and emotion—Eph. 3:16-17.
Eph 3:16       That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph 3:17       That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
IV.  We need to see the pathway of life—Matt. 7:13-14:
Matt 7:13      Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter through it.
Matt 7:14      Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it.
A.     A part of God’s work in His salvation is to pave a clear way for His life in us; this work is accomplished through the death of the cross—Phil. 3:10.
Phil 3:10       To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
B.     There is life in a grain of wheat, but unless the grain falls into the ground and dies, the life within the grain will not be released—John 12:24-26.
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.
John 12:25    He who loves his soul-life loses it; and he who hates his soul-life in this world shall keep it unto eternal life.
John 12:26    If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
C.     The way of life is the way of death; when there is the death of Christ operating in us, there is a way for the life of Christ to come out of us—2 Cor. 4:10; Phil. 3:10; Gal. 2:20.
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.
Phil 3:10       To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
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.
D.     The cross of Christ is experienced by us through the Spirit—5:16, 24; Rom. 8:13-14; Exo. 30:23-25; Phil. 1:19.
Gal 5:16        But I say, Walk by the Spirit and you shall by no means fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:24        But they who are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and its lusts.
Rom 8:13      For if you live according to the flesh, you must die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the practices of the body, you will live.
Rom 8:14      For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Exo 30:23     You also take the finest spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred fifty shekels, and of fragrant calamus two hundred fifty shekels,
Exo 30:24     And of cassia five hundred shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
Exo 30:25     And you shall make it a holy anointing oil, a fragrant ointment compounded according to the work of a compounder; it shall be a holy anointing oil.
Phil 1:19       For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
E.      The stronger the Holy Spirit’s work in us is, the stronger our experience of the cross will be; wherever the Holy Spirit works, there is a putting to death by the Spirit, and resurrection life can be manifested in and through us—2 Cor. 4:11-12.
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.
F.      The discipline of the Holy Spirit also carries out the work of the cross in us:
1. For our spiritual understanding, it is not enough only to know the Holy Spirit; we must also know the “all things” in our circumstances (Rom. 8:28); a Christian who is spiritual and lives before God needs to “read” three things every day: first, he needs to read the Bible; second, he needs to read his inward sense of the spirit; third, he needs to read his environment and circumstances, which are the persons, matters, and things around him; God arranges our environment and circumstances to cause all persons, matters, and things to work together for good, that is, for transforming and conforming us to the image of God’s firstborn Son—vv. 28-29.
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;
2. The environment that the Lord has created for us causes us to know the Lord’s grace and experience the Lord’s power—2 Cor. 12:9.
2 Cor 12:9     And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly therefore I will rather boast in my weaknesses that the power of Christ might tabernacle over me.
V.   We need to see a vision of how the life of God can be lived out of us:
A.     We need to realize and know that the life of God is in us—Col. 3:4; Rom. 8:10.
Col 3:4          When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
Rom 8:10      But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.
B.     We need God to open our eyes to see that our natural man, our very person, is a hindrance to the life of God.
C.     We need to see that we have been crucified on the cross, and we must hate our self; the more we see God, know God, and love God, the more we abhor ourselves and the more we deny ourselves—Col. 3:3; Gal. 2:20; Rom. 6:6; Job 42:5-6; Matt. 16:24; Luke 9:23; 14:26.
Col 3:3          For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
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.
Rom 6:6        Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be annulled, that we should no longer serve sin as slaves;
Job 42:5        I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear, / But now my eye has seen You;
Job 42:6        Therefore I abhor myself, and I repent / In dust and ashes.
Matt 16:24    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.
Luke 9:23     And He said to them all, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
Luke 14:26    If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and moreover, even his own soul-life, he cannot be My disciple.
VI.  “What every church today needs most is the things of life. All our work and activity must come out of life…Unless it comes out of life, our work and service will neither last nor bear much weight. If we want our work to bear abundant and lasting fruit, we must have a foundation in life…Our work should just be the releasing of the life of the Lord, the imparting and supplying of the Lord’s life to others. May the Lord have mercy upon us and open our eyes to see that the central work of God in this age is that man may gain His life and grow and mature in His life. Only the work which comes out of His life can reach His eternal standard and be accepted by Him”—The Knowledge of Life, pp. 57-58.
 
 
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