An Exceedingly Good Land – Its Unsearchable Riches – Water

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6pm.

We feel that the Lord is really with us. He cares that we would experience Him and not just know about Him. This is the real feeling in our Bible Studies so far this semester.  This time we read verses from Deuteronomy and from the New Testament. Here are the ones from Deuteronomy.

8:7 For Jehovah your God is bringing you to a good land, a land of waterbrooks, of springs and of fountains, flowing forth in valleys and in mountains.

11:11 But the land into which you are crossing over to possess is a land of mountains and valleys; by virtue of heaven’s rain, it drinks in water.

Because the Good Land is a land of mountains and valleys it points to the high and low experiences of the believers. Yet, in these experiences, Christ is the satisfying water. Furthermore, although the water comes from heaven, as believers, we have this water flowing within us already.

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An Exceedingly Good Land – Its Ascendancy

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6pm.

In this Bible Study we saw how the elevation of the good land signifies Christ’s ascendancy. The Great Sea and the Dead Sea signify death while the elevated good land signifies Christ’s resurrection and ascension.

Moreover, the way to experience Christ in His ascendancy is to contact Him. We read from the book: All Inclusive Christ, “When you contact Him, you will be resurrected, you will be ascended, for the Christ whom you contact is the Christ who has ascended to the heavens. When you contact Him, you will be on the high mountains, not in the valleys. You will be in the high land, far above sea level.”

We fellowshipped in small groups and helped each other with these questions:

  • How is it that we can be on the high mountains when we contact Christ?
  • What does contacting Christ look like?

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An Exceedingly Good Land – Its Spaciousness

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6pm.

What is our patience, and what is the patience of Christ? What is our love, and what is the love of Christ?

In this Bible Study we covered the Spaciousness of the good land. It is good – in its spaciousness. The good land is the all-inclusive type of Christ. As such, its spaciousness points to Christ’s unlimitedness. To apply the spaciousness of Christ is to apply His unlimitedness to our limitedness.

We read from Exodus and from Ephesians and we also read an excerpt from the book, The All Inclusive Christ, by Witness Lee.

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An Exceedingly Good Land – Its Recovery

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6pm.

Here’s a question for you: As a Christian, what is the measure of your experience of Christ?

This semester we started a new Bible Study on the good land. The Bible calls it an exceedingly good land (Numbers 14:7) and we will dive in to explore how the good land is applicable to us, the believers in Christ.

In this first Bible study we saw that Christ is the reality of all. Furthermore, as the reality of the good land, Christ is the center of God’s eternal plan. However, there is a battle for this land.  We also explored some practical examples. Although a downloadable Bible Study PDF is available, we encourage you to come and join us, as most of the “meat” of our Bible Study is in the speaking that comes out through the group.

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College Conference Testimonies – Knowing, Seeing, & Gaining God In an Age of Godlessness

We had our Fall College Conference this November in Glorieta, New Mexico. Students from all over the mountain states came together to know, see, and gain God.

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Christians-on-Campus-College-Conference-Singing“Here is something that I got from the conference concerning knowing God. We can know God with experience and without experience; these are two kinds of knowledge. One is inward and the other is outward. When we talk about knowing God, we are talking about simply knowing God Himself. Thus, we need to touch Him. We need to touch Him with the right organ, which is our human spirit. He is now in us as the Spirit in our spirit. We also need a close and personal relationship with God. This is to pursue Him inwardly. This may not be easy so we need much practice in our contact with the Lord and the exercise of our spirit.

I appreciated the following example: If Cain had known God, he would have turned to Him when he became angry instead of killing his brother. We may also be like this, forgetting about God and trying to solve our problems with our own reasoning.

By our practicing to contact God, eventually, it will not only be ‘I who live’, but, ‘Christ who lives in me’.” – Kevin

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“The Lord showed me that first we must know God. We must be open to see a vision of who God is– then we can even gain God. We will be able to eat Him as the tree of life. Eventually, He also wants us to know that we’re His sons. As sons, we can come to God as our Father.” – David

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“This has been my best college conference so far. We saw that the Trinity, although having ‘three’, has to be ‘one’. We really need to give ourselves to know Him. We should even get to know His ways. Sometimes we don’t get answers to our prayers because we didn’t ask Him according to His ways. We need to take initiative to know His ways, especially in the morning. Otherwise, throughout the day, we’ll just be playing catch-up. I’m thankful I got to see the contrast between Lot and Noah. Lot just followed Abraham, but Noah followed God directly. So with Lot, it’s like He loved God, but not.” – Anda

 

The Tree of Life – How to Feast… Through Prayer

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6pm.

Feast-on-the-tree-of-life-through-prayerElijah was a man of like feeling with us, and he earnestly prayed that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. (James 5: 17)

The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship were like the sight of beryl. And the four of them had one likeness; that is, their appearance and their workmanship were as it were a wheel within a wheel. (Ezekiel 1: 16)

note: In James 5:17, the words ‘earnestly prayed’ can also be translated ‘prayed in prayer’. Furthermore, the inner wheel in Ezekiel 1:16 represents the praying Christ while the outer wheel represents our prayer.

In our experience, how can we know that Christ is praying within us while we are praying?

And receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God, By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints. (Ephesians 6: 17-18)

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6: 33)

What is the proper way to take the word? What is the relationship between prayer and the word?

“The proper prayer must be started from the Holy of Holies, from the place where the glory of God is, from the place where the Father can glorify the Son and let the Son glorify Him.”

Further reading: The Tree of Life, chapter 12, published by Living Stream Ministry

 

The Tree of Life – How to Feast… Through the Word

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6pm.

It-is-the-Spirit-who-gives-LifeI. THE STORY OF THE CHILDREN’S BREAD

Matt 15:21-28 And Jesus went from there and withdrew into the parts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders and cried out, saying, Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter suffers terribly from demon possession. But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us. But He answered and said, I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But she came and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me! But He answered and said, It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs. And she said, Yes, Lord, for even the little dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you as you wish. And her daughter was healed from that hour.

II. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE BEING A LIFE OF ENJOYMENT

A. The Beginning of the Christian Life—a Marriage Feast

Matt 22:2 The kingdom of the heavens has become like a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son.

B. The Continuation of the Christian Life—the Lord’s Table

1 Cor. 11:24-26 And having given thanks, He broke it and said, This is My body, which is given for you; this do unto the remembrance of Me. Similarly also the cup after they had dined, saying, This cup is the new covenant established in My blood; this do, as often as you drink it, unto the remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you declare the Lord’s death until He comes.

C. The Consummation of the Christian Life—the Marriage Dinner of the Lamb

Rev. 19:9 And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.

III. THE LORD BEING THE SPIRIT AND THE WORD

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

2 Cor. 3:6, 17 Who has also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant, ministers not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life… And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

IV. EXERCISING OUR SPIRIT TO TOUCH THE WORD

John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness.

Eph. 6:17-18 And receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God, By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints,

V. THE WRITTEN WORD BECOMING THE LIVING WORD

John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another even as I have loved you.

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 of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Further reading: The Tree of Life, chapter 11, published by Living Stream Ministry

The Tree of Life – Growing Within Us

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6pm.

Behold the sower went out to sowAnd out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every three that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 2:9)

Taste and see that Jehovah is good; / Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. (Psa 34:8)

As newborn babes, long for the guileless milk of the word in order that by it you may grow unto salvation, If you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Pet 2:2-3)

What does God, as this tree of life, want us to do?

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went out to sow. (Matt 13:3)

And as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the way, and the birds came and devoured them. And others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much earth, and immediately they sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But others fell on the good earth and yielded fruit, one a hundredfold, and on sixty fold, and one thirtyfold. (Matt 13:4-5, 7-8)

Another parable He set before them, saying, The kingdom of the heavens has become like a man sowing good seed in his field. (Matt 13:24)

Nor will they say, Behold, here it is! Or, There! For behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you. (Luke 17:21)

Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)

1. What is the metaphor here for the kingdom of God?
2. From these verses above we can tell the sower sows a seed and it yields fruit. What would a seed need in order to grow and yield fruits?
3. Given the answer to the VERY FIRST question, how are these verses related to God’s purpose? In other words, what do we need to do to pursue the growth of life?

Further reading: The Tree of Life, chapter 10, published by Living Stream Ministry

The Tree of Life – Christ Opening the Way

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6pm.

Christ Opening the WayAnd Jehovah God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever—Then Jehovah God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to work the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out, and at the east of the garden of Eden He placed the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. (Gen. 3:22-24)

He then says, “And their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall by no means remember anymore.” Now where forgiveness of these is, there is no longer an offering for sin. Having therefore, brothers, boldness for entering the Holy of Holies in the blood of Jesus, Which entrance He initiated for us as a new and living way through the veil, that is, His flesh, (Heb. 10:17-20)

Genesis 3 describes how Adam and Eve were driven out from the Garden of Eden. What happened to the way to the tree of life?

In Hebrews 10 we can see that we have the way to enter into the Holy of Holies. Compare the way that was lost in Genesis in the Old Testament to the New Testament way that was regained and is presented in Hebrews.

For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Having therefore a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast the confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all respects like us, yet without sin. Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help. (Heb. 4:12, 14-16)

Tell us something about this great High Priest presented in Hebrews.
We’ve covered many aspects of Jesus Christ as the tree of life but how can we enjoy Him and even eat Him as the tree of life?

Further reading: The Tree of Life, chapter 9, published by Living Stream Ministry

The Tree of Life – The Fire, the Breath, and The Water in Ezekiel

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6pm.

The Fire the Breath and the Water in EzekielThen I saw something like the sight of electrum, like the appearance of fire encased all around, from the appearance of His loins and upward; and from the appearance of His loins and downward, I saw something like the appearance of fire. And there was brightness all around Him. (Ezekiel 1:27)

note: God is a burning fire to burn away all things which do not correspond with His divine nature.

How does God burn away all that is in us that does not correspond with His divine nature?

Then He said to me, Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of Jehovah. Thus says the Lord Jehovah to these bones: I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. (Ezek 37:4 – 5)

note: The air, the breath, is the divine Spirit. The air came into the dead and dry bones to quicken them, to make them alive, and to give them all that they needed in order to constitute them into a body. By this breathing out of God we will be quickened, regenerated, and we will grow up and be built up.

Based on what is presented about God’s breath, what can we do to cooperate?

And on the banks on both sides of the river will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail; but they will bring forth new fruit every month, because the water for them flows out of the sanctuary. And their fruit shall be for food, and their leaves for healing. (Ezek 47:12)

In Ezekiel 47:12, where does the ministering and supplying water come from? What about today?

And these are the exits of the city: On the north side, which measures four thousand five hundred reeds, (Now the gates of the city shall be according to the names of the tribes of Israel) three gates to the north: the gate of Reuben, one; the gate of Judah, one; the gate of Levi, one; And on the east side, which is four thousand five hundred reeds, another three gates: the gate of Joseph, one; the gate of Benjamin, one; the gate of Dan, one; And on the south side, which measures four thousand five hundred reeds, another three gates: the gate of Simeon, one; the gate of Issachar, one; the gate of Zebulun, one; On the west side, which is four thousand five hundred reeds, their three gates: the gate of Gad, one; the gate of Asher, one; the gate of Naphtali, one. (Ezek 48:30 – 35)

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God. (Rev 2:7)

Use “THREE”, “FOUR”, “TWELVE”, “MULTIPLICATION”, and “MINGLING” to explain Ezekiel 48:30-35.

How does MINGLING explain EATING?

Further reading: The Tree of Life, chapter 8, published by Living Stream Ministry