Message 2: A Church Life in Faith and Love
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Scripture Reading: Philem. 5-9; Titus 3:15; 1 Tim. 1:14; 2:15; 2 Tim. 1:13; 3:2-4; Gal. 5:6
I. Faith and love are two inseparable, excellent virtues of the believers in Christ—1 Tim. 1:14; 2 Tim. 1:13; Gal. 5:6:
A. Through faith we receive the Lord, and through love we enjoy the Lord whom we have received—John 1:12; 14:21; 21:15-17:
1. By faith we receive the Lord and therefore please God—Heb. 11:6.
2. By love we enjoy the Lord and thereby keep His word—John 14:23.
B. Faith and love are the reality and expression of the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit—in whom we believe and whom we worship and receive—Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14:
1. This wonderful faith and this super-excellent love are out of the Triune God, who desires to be joined to us to be our everything—Eph. 3:16-17a.
2. Such faith and love are the rich grace given to us in Christ by the Triune God, not only to be the motivating power and expression of our spiritual life but also to become our breastplate, which covers and protects the vital parts of our being—1 Tim. 1:14; 1 Thes. 5:8.
II. God’s economy is initiated and developed in the sphere of faith—1 Tim. 1:4:
A. On the negative side, to exercise faith is to stop our work, our doing; on the positive, to exercise faith is to trust in the Lord—Heb. 11:6.
B. Faith is a proclamation that we are unable to fulfill God’s requirements but that God has done everything for us and that we receive all God has planned for us, all God has done for us, and all God has given to us—John 1:16.
C. Faith is a matter of seeing a view of the contents of God’s economy—Heb. 12:2:
1. Because we have seen a revelation regarding the contents of God’s economy, we spontaneously believe in what we see—Eph. 3:9.
2. The ability within us to believe is a product, a result, of having a proper view of God’s economy—Heb. 11:6, 9, 23-26; 12:2.
D. The Christian life is a life of faith, a life of believing—Gal. 3:2, 14:
1. We do not live according to what we see; we live according to what we believe—John 20:25-29.
2. Our walk is by faith, not by sight—2 Cor. 5:7.
III. Faith is for appreciating, substantiating, and receiving the unlimited riches of the Triune God—John 1:12; Eph. 3:16-17a:
A. Faith is given to us by God that by it we may receive Christ, the embodiment of the Triune God, and thereby enter into the Triune God and be joined to Him as one, having Him as our life, life supply, and everything—2 Pet. 1:1.
B. The way for us to be saved and regenerated is simply to believe in the Lord Jesus—John 3:15-16; 1 John 5:11-12:
1. By faith in the Lord, we receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life—Acts 10:43; John 3:16.
2. When we believe in the Lord, we believe into Him—v. 15:
a. By believing into Him, we enter into Him to be one with Him, to partake of Him, and to participate in all that He has accomplished for us.
b. By believing into Him, we are identified with Him in all that He is and in all that He has passed through, accomplished, attained, and obtained—1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 2:5-6; Col. 3:1.
IV. Love is for experiencing, enjoying, and living out the immeasurably rich Triune God—Mark 12:30:
A. Love issues out of faith and enables us to live out all the riches of the Triune God in Christ with those who have believed into Christ with us in order that the Triune God may have a glorious corporate expression—Eph. 3:19-21.
B. Love is for the believers to minister and transmit the Triune God to their fellow believers so that all the believers may love one another with divine, transcendent love and live a corporate life in Christ—Rom. 12:4-5, 10.
C. Our love for the Lord must be absolute—Matt. 10:37; 1 John 2:15; Rev. 12:11.
D. To give the Lord the first place in all things is to love Him with the first love, the best love—Col. 1:18; Rev. 2:4.
E. Whatever one loves, his heart, even His whole being, is set on and occupied and possessed by—1 Tim. 6:10; 2 Tim. 3:2-4; 4:8, 10a:
1. Whether there would be a day of glory in the church’s victory or grievous days of the church’s decline depends on what kind of lovers we are.
2. To maintain the victorious standard of the church, we must be lovers of God and lovers of the good that pertains to God’s economy—3:3-4.
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