Message 1: A Church Life in the Organic Union with Christ
  • 2014-05-12,
  • 上傳者: 洪國恩,
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Scripture Reading: 1 Cor. 6:17; John 15:4-5; Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Thes. 1:1; Philem. 6-9, 20
I. The emphasis on the organic union is an outstanding feature of Paul’s writings—Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:17; 12:2:
A. Faith in Christ denotes an organic union through believing—Gal. 2:16.
B. Through the organic union with Christ, we share whatever Christ is and has—1 Cor. 1:30.
C. When Paul says that the church is in the Lord Jesus Christ, he indicates that we have been brought into the organic union with Christ—1 Thes. 1:1.
II. The Bible unveils the organic union in God’s relationship with man—John 15:4-5; 1 Cor. 6:17; Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Thes. 1:1:
A. The first step of the organic union is God’s creation of man—Gen. 1:26; 2:7:
1. God’s intention in creating man was that God and man would be joined in a union that is altogether organic, a union in life; we were created to be like God and to be one with God—1:26.
2. God created man for the purpose that He would enter into man, be one with man, and make man one with Him; this is the organic union.
3. The spirit of man is for God, that is, for man to worship God, to be regenerated by God, and to be joined to God that man may live and walk in the organic union with God—Zech. 12:1; John 4:24; 3:6; 1 Cor. 6:17; Gal. 5:16; Rom. 8:4.
B. The incarnation was to bring God as life into man—John 1:1, 4, 14; 14:6; 10:10b:
1. God’s incarnation is to carry out God’s desire with His good pleasure to be one with man in the organic union—Eph. 1:5, 9.
2. Through God’s incarnation, man is in an organic union with the organic God—John 1:14.
C. God’s salvation is the saving God Himself plus His redemption; the redeeming and saving God Himself is our dynamic salvation—Luke 2:30; 19:10:
1. God’s salvation is God Himself making Himself our content and making us a part of Him in the divine organic union—Eph. 3:17; 5:30.
2. In God’s salvation He is everything to us, and we are His expression; because He and we are one, He lives in us and we live in Him, and thus we are humanly divine and divinely human—Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:20.
3. As those who are now the counterpart of God, we should live God, express God, and manifest God by walking according to the mingled spirit—Rom. 8:4.
D. We are one Body in Christ, having an organic union with Him—Rom. 12:4-5:
1. This union makes us one with Christ and with all the other members of His Body—1 Cor. 12:26-27.
2. The Body is held together in the organic union with Christ.
3. The actuality of the Body is the remaining in the organic union with Christ—John 15:4-5.
4. Living in fellowship proves that we know the Body—Philem. 6-9, 20.
E. The organic union in God’s relationship with man consummates in the New Jerusalem—Rev. 21:2-3, 10-11, 22:
1. The New Jerusalem will be a mutual abode in the organic union—vv. 3, 22.
2. The entire New Jerusalem will be a vast, eternal organic union.
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