Message 3: A Church Life in the Inward Parts of Christ Jesus
  • 2014-05-12,
  • 上傳者: 洪國恩,
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Scripture Reading: Phil. 1:8; 2:1; Col. 3:12; Philem. 7, 12, 20.
I. As a man Christ had the human inward parts with their various functions, and Christ’s experiences in His inward parts were His experiences in His mind, emotion, will, soul, heart, and spirit, including His love, desire, feeling, thought, decision, motive, and intention—Luke 2:49; John 2:17; Matt. 26:39; Isa. 53:12; 42:4; Mark 2:8.
II. Paul was a person who continually experienced Christ in His inward parts—Phil. 2:5; 1 Cor. 2:16b; Rom. 8:6:
A. Paul was one with Christ even in His inward parts—in His affection, tender mercy, and sympathy.
B. Paul did not keep his own inward parts but took Christ’s inward parts as his:
1. He took not only Christ’s mind but also His entire inward being.
2. Paul’s inner being was changed, rearranged, and remodeled.
3. Paul’s inward being was reconstituted with the inward parts of Christ.
C. What was in Christ as truth—as honesty, faithfulness, and trustworthiness—was also in Paul—2 Cor. 11:10.
D. Paul’s love for the saints was not his love but the love in Christ, which is Christ’s love; thus, Paul loved the saints not by his natural love but by the love of Christ—1 Cor. 16:24.
III. To live Christ requires that we remain in the inward parts of Christ—Phil. 1:21a, 8: 
A. Paul experienced the inward parts of Christ; he was one with Christ in His inward parts in longing after the saints—v. 8.
B. Paul did not live a life in his natural inner being; he lived a life in the inward parts of Christ.
C. If we would be those who are in Christ, we must be in His inward parts, in His tender and delicate feelings—John 15:4a.
D. To live Christ is to abide in His inward parts and there to enjoy Him as grace—Phil. 1:7; 4:23.
IV. In the book of Philemon, we have a picture of the church life lived in the inward parts of Christ Jesus—vv. 7, 12, 20:
A. The inward parts signify inward affection, tenderheartedness, and compassions—Phil. 1:8; 2:1; Col. 3:12.
B. Paul’s inward affection and compassions went with Onesimus to Philemon—Philem. 12.
C. All the spiritual and divinely good things in us are unto Christ, toward Christ, and for Christ—v. 6:
1. “Every good thing which is in you” refers not to natural things but to spiritual and divinely good things, such as our love and faith toward the Lord Jesus.
2. Paul prayed that the fellowship, the communication, the sharing of Philemon’s faith toward all the saints might become effective in them in the element and sphere of the full realization of all the good things in us for Christ, causing them to acknowledge, appreciate, and recognize all the spiritual and divinely good things that are in the believers for Christ.
V. Since we are members of the Body of Christ, we need to have the consciousness of the Body and have a feeling for the Body—1 Cor. 12:25-26; Rom. 12:15:
A. In order for us to live the Body life, we need to care for our fellow members and be full of feeling for the Body.
B. The Christ we enjoy is the Head of the Body; thus, the more we enjoy Him, the more we become conscious of the Body—Col. 2:9-10, 16-17, 19.
C. Paul took the inward parts of Christ Jesus as his own inward parts in caring  for the church—Phil. 1:8:
1. Paul took care of the Body of Christ by taking Christ’s feeling as his own feeling.
2. Christ’s feeling for the Body became Paul’s feeling for the Body.
3. Like Paul, we should take the feeling of the Head as our own feeling; this is most necessary for our living the Body life—Phil. 1:8.
D. The feeling for the Body of Christ is closely related to one’s frame of mind, that is, to one’s perception of things—Col. 2:18; 3:2; Rom. 12:2-3; Eph. 4:23.
E. If we as members have the feeling of the Head in everything and care for the Body, we will take the Body as the rule in our mind, thoughts, words, and actions—1 Cor. 12:12-27; 2 Cor. 8:21; Col. 3:15.
1. Because whatever we do involves the Body, in all that we do, we should care for the Body.
2. We should deny ourselves and identify ourselves with the Body—Matt. 16:24.
3. If we do this, there will be no separation or disconnection from the Body; the life we live will fully be the Body life; and the Lord will gain the expression of His Body.
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