5. The Recovery of the Church Life
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Scripture Reading: Matt. 16:18; 18:17; Rev. 22:16; Eph. 2:21-22; 3:16-21; 1 Cor. 1:9

Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Matt 18:17    And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to hear the church also, let him be to you just like the Gentile and the tax collector.

Rev 22:16     I Jesus have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright morning star.

Eph 2:21       In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

Eph 2:22       In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.

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,

Eph 3:18       May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are.

Eph 3:19       And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.

Eph 3:20       But to Him who is able to do superabundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power which operates in us,

Eph 3:21       To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.

1 Cor 1:9       God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

I.     Before the Lord Jesus comes back, He will fully recover the proper church life—Matt. 16:18; 18:17; Rev. 1:11; 22:16, 20:

Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Matt 18:17    And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to hear the church also, let him be to you just like the Gentile and the tax collector.

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 22:16     I Jesus have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright morning star.

Rev 22:20     He who testifies these things says, Yes, I come quickly. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

A.     Nothing touches the Lord’s heart as much as the recovery of the church life.

B.     In this present age, before His coming back, the Lord must have the church life to shame His enemy.

C.     No matter what Satan does to damage the church, the Lord Jesus will return, and His church will be waiting for Him.

II.   The church life is Christ lived out through us in a corporate way—Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21a; 3:9-10:

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.

Phil 1:21a      For to me, to live is Christ ….

Phil 3:9         And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is out of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is out of God and based on faith,

Phil 3:10       To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

A.     The church life is a life in which we take Christ as our life and our person—Col. 3:4; 1 John 5:11-12; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 3:16-17.

Col 3:4          When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.

1 John 5:11   And this is the testimony, that God gave to us eternal life and this life is in His Son.

1 John 5:12   He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

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.

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,

B.     The Christian life is not a religious life; it is a life that is Christ Himself lived out through us—Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21a.

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.

Phil 1:21a      For to me, to live is Christ ….

C.     When we live Christ, He joins us together in oneness, and Christ will be lived out through us in a corporate way—Rom. 12:4-5.

Rom 12:4      For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,

Rom 12:5      So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

D.     Christ Himself is our life, and He is the Spirit within us; the church life is Christ Himself realized as life and as the life-giving Spirit dwelling in us—Col. 3:4; 1 John 5:11-12; 1 Cor. 15:45b; 2 Cor. 3:17.

Col 3:4          When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.

1 John 5:11   And this is the testimony, that God gave to us eternal life and this life is in His Son.

1 John 5:12   He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

1 Cor 15:45b …the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.

2 Cor 3:17     And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

E.      The way to practice the church life is to put ourselves and everything on the cross and take Christ as life; then we will be permeated and saturated by Christ and with Christ—Rom. 6:6; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:4.

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;

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.

Col 3:4          When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.

F.      We need to learn to be inward Christians who are being transformed for the practice of the church life—2 Cor. 3:18; Rom. 12:2-21:

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.

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.

Rom 12:3      For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think, but to think so as to be sober-minded, as God has apportioned to each a measure of faith.

Rom 12:4      For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,

Rom 12:5      So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Rom 12:6      And having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Rom 12:7      Or service, let us be faithful in that service; or he who teaches, in that teaching;

Rom 12:8      Or he who exhorts, in that exhortation; he who gives, in simplicity; he who leads, in diligence; he who shows mercy, in cheerfulness.

Rom 12:9      Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

Rom 12:10    Love one another warmly in brotherly love; take the lead in showing honor one to another.

Rom 12:11    Do not be slothful in zeal, but be burning in spirit, serving the Lord.

Rom 12:12    Rejoice in hope; endure in tribulation; persevere in prayer.

Rom 12:13    Contribute to the needs of the saints; pursue hospitality.

Rom 12:14    Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Rom 12:15    Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.

Rom 12:16    Be of the same mind toward one another, not setting your mind on the high things but going along with the lowly; do not be wise in yourselves.

Rom 12:17    Repay no one evil for evil; take forethought for things honorable in the sight of all men.

Rom 12:18    If possible, as far as it depends on you, live in peace with all men.

Rom 12:19    Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

Rom 12:20    But "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will heap coals of fire upon his head."

Rom 12:21    Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

1. The church life is Christ Himself as the Spirit permeating, saturating, and transforming us—1 Cor. 15:45b; Eph. 3:16-17.

1 Cor 15:45b …the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.

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,

2. The church life is a transformed life, not a natural life; it is Christ Himself as the subjective Spirit living within us—Rom. 12:2.

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.

3. The more we are transformed and filled with Christ, the more we will be living, real, and practical members of Christ and realize the genuine church life—Eph. 3:17; 2 Cor. 3:18.

Eph 3:17       That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

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.

4. If we are transformed, it will be easy for us to be joined, knit, and built up together with others; this is to be built up in the church life—Eph. 2:21-22.

Eph 2:21       In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

Eph 2:22       In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.

III.  The genuine experience of Christ always issues in and requires the church life—1 Cor. 1:2, 9, 30; 2:2, 10; 5:7-8; 10:3-4; 12:12-13, 27:

1 Cor 1:2       To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours:

1 Cor 1:9       God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Cor 1:30     But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

1 Cor 2:2       For I did not determine to know anything among you except Jesus Christ, and this One crucified.

1 Cor 2:10     But to us God has revealed them through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

1 Cor 5:7       Purge out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened; for our Passover, Christ, also has been sacrificed.

1 Cor 5:8       So then let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Cor 10:3     And all ate the same spiritual food,

1 Cor 10:4     And all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of a spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ.

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.

1 Cor 12:13   For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit.

1 Cor 12:27   Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

A.     The more we experience Christ, the more something within requires that we live in the proper church life.

B.     When we experience Christ in a genuine and living way, He will require us to get into the church life because the dispensing of Christ into us is for the producing of the church—Rom. 8:11; 12:2-21.

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.

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.

Rom 12:3      For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think, but to think so as to be sober-minded, as God has apportioned to each a measure of faith.

Rom 12:4      For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,

Rom 12:5      So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Rom 12:6      And having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Rom 12:7      Or service, let us be faithful in that service; or he who teaches, in that teaching;

Rom 12:8      Or he who exhorts, in that exhortation; he who gives, in simplicity; he who leads, in diligence; he who shows mercy, in cheerfulness.

Rom 12:9      Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

Rom 12:10    Love one another warmly in brotherly love; take the lead in showing honor one to another.

Rom 12:11    Do not be slothful in zeal, but be burning in spirit, serving the Lord.

Rom 12:12    Rejoice in hope; endure in tribulation; persevere in prayer.

Rom 12:13    Contribute to the needs of the saints; pursue hospitality.

Rom 12:14    Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Rom 12:15    Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.

Rom 12:16    Be of the same mind toward one another, not setting your mind on the high things but going along with the lowly; do not be wise in yourselves.

Rom 12:17    Repay no one evil for evil; take forethought for things honorable in the sight of all men.

Rom 12:18    If possible, as far as it depends on you, live in peace with all men.

Rom 12:19    Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

Rom 12:20    But "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will heap coals of fire upon his head."

Rom 12:21    Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

C.     God dispenses Himself into us as everything for the purpose of gaining His corporate expression, which is the church—Eph. 3:16-21.

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,

Eph 3:18       May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are.

Eph 3:19       And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.

Eph 3:20       But to Him who is able to do superabundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power which operates in us,

Eph 3:21       To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.

D.     When we take Christ as our life, our person, and our everything, this Christ within us will require the proper church life; in fact, the Christ in us will become the church life.

IV.  The church life is a life of being headed up under the unique headship of Christ—1:10, 22-23; 4:15-16:

Eph 1:10       Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

Eph 4:15       But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ,

Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.

A.     God is heading up His chosen ones to be the Body of Christ, with Christ as the Head—1:4, 22-23:

Eph 1:4         Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

1. The first step in the heading up of all things in Christ is for God to place His sons under the unique headship of Christ—vv. 5, 10.

Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:10       Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

2. When the church takes the lead to be headed up under the headship of Christ, God has a way to head up all other things—vv. 22-23, 10.

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

Eph 1:10       Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

B.     In the proper church life we are being headed up in Christ—1 Cor. 11:3:

1 Cor 11:3     But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ.

1. If we do not know what it is to be headed up in Christ, we cannot know the church—Eph. 1:10, 22-23.

Eph 1:10       Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

2. In the church life we are taking the lead to be headed up in Christ; for this we need to grow up into the Head, Christ, in all things—4:15-16.

Eph 4:15       But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ,

Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.

V.   Fellowship is the reality of the church life—1 Cor. 1:9; 10:16-17; Acts 2:42; 1 John 1:3, 7:

1 Cor 1:9       God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Cor 10:16   The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the fellowship of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the fellowship of the body of Christ?

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.

Acts 2:42      And they continued steadfastly in the teaching and the fellowship of the apostles, in the breaking of bread and the prayers.

1 John 1:3     That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:7     But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.

A.     This fellowship involves not only the oneness between us and the Triune God but also the oneness among all the believers—John 17:21-23; Eph. 4:3.

John 17:21    That they all may be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that You have sent Me.

John 17:22    And the glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, even as We are one;

John 17:23    I in them, and You in Me, that they may be perfected into one, that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.

Eph 4:3         Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace:

B.     The church is the fellowship, the communion, the co-participation, the mutual enjoyment of Christ—1 Cor. 1:9.

1 Cor 1:9       God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C.     Fellowship also implies a mutual flowing among the believers—1 John 1:3, 7:

1 John 1:3     That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:7     But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.

1. In the New Testament, fellowship describes the flowing both between us and the Lord and between us and one another—Phil. 2:1.

Phil 2:1         If there is therefore any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of spirit, if any tenderheartedness and compassions,

2. The flow, the current, that we have in our spiritual fellowship involves both oneness and life; our fellowship is a flow of oneness.

3. This fellowship, this mutual flowing, is the reality of the church life—1 Cor. 1:9, 2.

1 Cor 1:9       God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Cor 1:2       To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours:

VI.  The church life is the continuation of the divine glorification—the continuation of Christ being glorified by the Father with the divine glory—John 12:23-24; 13:31-32; 17:1, 5, 22; Acts 3:13:

John 12:23    And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

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 13:31    Then when he went out, Jesus said, Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and God has been glorified in Him.

John 13:32    If God has been glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and He will glorify Him immediately.

John 17:1      These things Jesus spoke, and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You;

John 17:5      And now, glorify Me along with Yourself, Father, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

John 17:22    And the glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, even as We are one;

Acts 3:13      The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.

A.     Glory is the expression of the divine life and the divine nature—7:2; Eph. 1:17:

Acts 7:2        And he said, Men, brothers and fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran,

Eph 1:17       That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him,

1. If we live by the divine life and nature, we will express the divine glory—4:18; 2 Pet. 1:4.

Eph 4:18       Being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance which is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

2 Pet 1:4        Through which He has granted to us precious and exceedingly great promises that through these you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption which is in the world by lust.

2. The more we live by the divine life and the divine nature, the more divine glory there will be in the church—Eph. 3:21.

Eph 3:21       To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.

3. The expression of this glory is the glorification of the Lord Jesus.

B.     The divine glorification began with the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and it is continuing today—Luke 24:26; Rom. 6:4; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 3:21.

Luke 24:26    Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory?

Rom 6:4        We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life.

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.

Eph 3:21       To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.

C.     The church has been produced in this glorification, and it continues to grow in the divine glorification—John 14:2; 15:1, 4-5; 16:21.

John 14:2      In My Father's house are many abodes; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

John 15:1      I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.

John 15:4      Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

John 15:5      I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.

John 16:21    A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow because her hour has come; but when she brings forth the little child, she no longer remembers the affliction because of the joy that a man has been born into the world.

D.     Whatever the church does in the matter of fruit-bearing is a continuation of the divine glorification—15:8.

John 15:8      In this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so you will become My disciples.

VII. The church life is the corporate expression of Christ—Eph. 3:16-21; 4:16; 5:27:

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,

Eph 3:18       May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are.

Eph 3:19       And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.

Eph 3:20       But to Him who is able to do superabundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power which operates in us,

Eph 3:21       To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.

Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.

Eph 5:27       That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.

A.     The key to the church life as the expression of Christ is the spirit of the mind—4:23:

Eph 4:23       And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind

1. If we live according to the spirit of the mind, there will be in the church life an expression of the divine character—v. 24; Col. 3:10.

Eph 4:24       And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.

Col 3:10        And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

2. We will be a corporate people with the flavor of Christ and the expression of God.

B.     In our virtues of lowliness, meekness, long-suffering, and love, there should be the expression of Christ as the embodiment of the Triune God—Eph. 4:2-6.

Eph 4:2         With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing one another in love,

Eph 4:3         Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace:

Eph 4:4         One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

Eph 4:5         One Lord, one faith, one baptism;

Eph 4:6         One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

C.     The church life must be filled with the aroma and flavor of Christ and with the character of God; such a living is the living of the Triune God through our humanity—Phil. 1:20-21a.

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 1:21a      For to me, to live is Christ…

D.     For centuries the Lord has been longing for such a church life—Eph. 1:5, 9:

Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,

1. We pray that before long this kind of church life will be fully practiced among us in the Lord’s recovery—Col. 1:9; 4:12; Matt. 6:10.

Col 1:9          Therefore we also, since the day we heard of it, do not cease praying and asking on your behalf that you may be filled with the full knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Col 4:12        Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

Matt 6:10      Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.

2.       May the Lord be satisfied by seeing such an expression of Himself through the recovery of the genuine church life throughout the earth.
 
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