“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
I really enjoyed the campus Bible studies this week! On Thursday, we read the footnote for John 19:34, and a few paragraphs from the first message from Life-study of Romans.
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.
So, I had read this footnote before, and appreciated that the blood is for redemption, the purchasing of the church, and that the water is for imparting life, for the producing of the church. It’s pretty amazing to see that, to realise that it is not random or even just for biological reasons that both blood and water came out of the Jesus’ side, but that both are so significant. But in our fellowship at the Bible study, I saw in a fresh way that the blood was for the purchasing of the church, and that the water was for the producing of the church.
- Yes, He loved the whole world (John 3:16)
- He died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 9:22)
- He died to terminate everything of the old creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), the old man (Romans 6:6), and the flesh (Galatians 5:24), Satan (Hebrews 2:14), the world (John 12:31), sin (John 3:14), and death (2 Timothy 1:10).
(I enjoyed looking up these verses! I hope you enjoy reading them too. :) Hover over the links to read the verses, and click on the links to go to the footnotes in the Recovery Version!)
But He didn’t do this just for us as individuals, He did this to redeem, to purchase the church, and to produce the church. The church is what is on God’s heart!
So, we also looked at the picture of Adam and Eve, and how Eve was built from a rib out from Adam’s side. Adam and Eve had the same source, the same nature, the same life, and even the same living. We also, as the church, have come out of the Lord’s pierced side, we have His life and His nature, and now we are learning to have one living with Him!
This couple is the secret of the universe. The secret of the whole universe is that God and His chosen ones are to be one couple. Hallelujah! We, God’s chosen ones, and God are of one source, of one nature, and have one life. Now we also need to have one living. We are not living by ourselves or for ourselves; we are living with God and for God, and God is living with us and for us. Hallelujah!Life-study of Romans, message 1
What about us? Is the church also on our heart? I realised that I need to see a fresh vision of the church, to see the church as God sees the church, to love the church as Christ loves the church!
Here is a very sweet song that matches this thought. (You can click on the link below to listen to it and sing along!)
1. Don’t you want to know your God?
What’s hidden in His heart for you?
How much He longs for you to come
And open up—
To let Him in to every part
Let Him reveal what’s on His heart
What was the joy set before Him?
It was for her the church—His bride
It was for her, willingly He died
She is the joy deep in His heart
2. The Lord chose you to be a part
Of His great plan, His work of art.
What wonder! What a privilege!
His yearning to share all He is—
Divine, unsearchable riches!
What wisdom, multifarious expressed!
3. As we enjoy and enter in
To all He is then we’ll begin
To understand the feeling in
His heart toward us.
What love that motivated Him
To come to us, despite our sin
Why did He go and sell all that He had?
Lord Jesus, cause my heart to be a duplication of your heart, that I would see the church as You see the church, and love the church as You love the church.
I wasn’t paying much attention to the new year. On the 31st December, I was in bed by 9.40pm and asleep by 10.30pm. :)
But in the Lord’s day meeting on 1st January, one brother’s shared something that was a little related to the new year. Actually he had mentioned this to us in the WST office during the previous week, but I am glad he respoke it!
He pointed out that at this time every year, three revolutions take place:
Right now I’m at one of my busiest points in the year, and I am learning that I need to learn to depend… on the Lord, and on the Body!
Last Saturday was the second young adults fellowship in London. I really appreciated the time. One of the questions that came up in the Q&A was:
As young adults, how can we help to prepare ourselves to take responsibility in the church, so that we will be the most useful to the Lord in the future?
The more I consider this question, the more I am treasuring it. And I am also treasuring the answer given by one of the brothers.
I enjoyed this one sentence from today’s Holy Word for Morning Revival, and thought I would quickly share it with you :)
The best way for us to swim in the river is to put our trust in the flow of the river, forget our own efforts, and let the flow carry us along.
And I just was reminded that the flow is the Spirit, and we can trust in this wonderful, all-inclusive, all-sufficient, all-fitting, life-giving and bountifully-supplying Spirit, Who is waiting just to fill us and meet our every need!
1. We work together with God by a life,
We work together with God by a life:
(Brothers) Able to fit
(Sisters) All situations,
(Brothers) Able to endure
(Sisters) Any kind of treatment,
(All) To accept any kind of environment;
(Brothers) All-fitting life!
2. Able to work
In any condition,
To take any kind
For the carrying out of our ministry;
We work together with God by a life,
We work together with God by a life:
Today was such an awesome day! It certainly wasn’t a waste of time at all! I actually went to two Lord’s table meetings today. The first was in district 9 of the church in London. We had our regular meeting this morning, and it was so full of life, life, life, and we were all being encouraged to just eat, eat, eat!
Then the second meeting was in Greenwich, for the first Lord’s table in district 11 of the church in London! Praaaaise the Lord! Many saints came together for this new beginning from all across London and nearby cities. It was glorious! Maybe you can tell I am a little excited :) But it was just awesome!