In this Bible Study we found that there is a law within us that frees us! To see just how this works, we thought it best to present an excerpt from a very helpful book: The Jubilee, by Witness Lee.
You can read the whole book for free here:
The Jubilee, by Living Stream Ministry
Also, read the PDF of all the verses for this Bible study: The Jubilee 05
Excerpt from The Jubilee, chapter 3:
Our possession is God. We cannot renounce God, saying that we want freedom instead of God, because without God there is no freedom. Our possession is God, and our freedom comes from our enjoyment of God. When we have our possession and enjoy our possession, the result is that we have freedom.
Announcing the gospel to the poor [in Luke 4] does not refer to preaching the gospel to those who are poor in material things. Otherwise, millionaires, bankers, and presidents would not need the gospel, since they are not poor in material things. The accurate meaning here is that all men, whether rich or poor, honored or despised, need the gospel, and they need to gain God.
Moreover, Luke 4:18 says, “To proclaim release to the captives.” America today is the freest country; no one can wrongly capture anyone here. In reality, however, nearly everyone is a captive. The leaders have been captured, and the people have also been captured. Who captured them? According to Acts 26:18, the Lord told Saul of Tarsus that He would send him to the Gentiles “to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God.” Strictly speaking, we have all been captured by Satan.
Now we must go further to see what sin is. The common definition is that rape, robbery, sorcery, and fornication are sin. Likewise, extravagant eating, drunkenness, sexual indulgence, and gambling are also sin. Similarly, murder and arson are sin; not honoring one’s father and mother is sin; stealing and looting are sin; lying and cheating are sin; and cursing and hating are sin. However, in the intrinsic sense, these are not the real sin. Sin is something intrinsic in man’s being; murder and arson are merely the outward, sinful acts that are carried out and manifested. They may be regarded as the results of sin, but they are not sin itself. What, then, is sin?
In actuality, sin is just Satan. Romans 7 says that sin can dwell in us (v. 20). Normally we say that a table is placed in a house; no one would say that a table dwells in a house. Only living persons can dwell in a house. The fact that sin dwells in us proves that sin is in us as a living person. Romans 7 also says that the sin that dwells in us has killed us (v. 11). A table cannot kill, but sin kills. Before sin kills a person, it oppresses him, forcing him to do what he does not want to do. Sin is a “gangster” who coerces people to do what they do not desire to do. Paul said that he did not want to covet, but the sin that dwelt in him made him unable to control himself. He said that to will to do good was present with him, but to work out the good was not, because someone who was stronger than he was dwelt in him. This one not only overcame him but also killed him. In this way the Bible reveals that sin is Satan.
If we want to be free, if we do not want to commit sin, then we must obtain the Son of God and enjoy Him. The Son of God today is the life-giving Spirit. This life-giving Spirit is the Spirit of life, who is in us as the law of the Spirit of life.
The law of the Spirit of life releases us from the law of sin. We enjoy the freedom of the jubilee not only at the moment we believe in the Lord, but beginning from that day we should enjoy this freedom all our life and for eternity. This freedom comes from our enjoyment of God. He has become our possession for our enjoyment, and when we enjoy Him, we obtain freedom. This is how we have the real freedom and are no longer in bondage. However, if we do not enjoy God sufficiently, we will still be in bondage in many things.
Thank you to Kevin for providing us this wonderful note concerning the jubilee. It is so appropriate for this Bible Study!..
The parable of the prodigal son in the gospel of Luke is an excellent illustration of the jubilee. Man is the vessel of God, and God is the possession and enjoyment of man. The prodigal son selling all his possessions and even himself is like man losing God as his possession and man selling himself to slavery. However, one day the prodigal son returned to his possessions and to his father’s house; that was a jubilee! Today, WE have Christ as OUR real jubilee! He is the one who set us free from our poverty, captivity, blindness and oppression.
“If therefore the son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
When we repent and return to God like the prodigal son, God in Christ becomes the fattened calf for our enjoyment. We can enjoy God as our possession from now unto eternity. When we gain and experience Christ, we are living in the jubilee. Hallelujah! We are living a life full of enjoying the Lord, a life full of joy and praise!
Read all the verses for this Bible Study! Download the PDF here: The Jubilee 04
Rejoicing is a central theme of the jubilee. There is always much rejoicing in our Bible Studies. Rather than boring, academic exercises, our Bible Studies are filled with singing, and our singing is filled with rejoicing!
Isaiah 12:3-6 says:
Therefore you will draw water with rejoicing / From the springs of salvation, And you will say in that day, / Give thanks to Jehovah; call upon His name! / Make His deeds known among the peoples; / Remind them that His name is exalted. Sing psalms to Jehovah, for He has done something majestic! / Let it be made known in all the earth! Cry out and give a ringing shout, O inhabitant of Zion, / For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Read all the verses from this Bible Study here: The Jubilee 03
Not only do we know that Christ is the reality of the Jubilee; we are also learning to apply this wonderful one in every situation!
As the Jubilee, Christ truly satisfies us when we…
- Contact Him in prayer
- Call upon His name
- Sing to Him
Philippians 4:6-7 also stood out to us during the Bible study:
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; And the peace of God, which surpasses every man’s understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus
Read all the verses we prepared for this Bible Study: The Jubilee 02
It was another wonderful Bible Study. We spent half the time singing with grace to the Lord! You know, by singing, we can enjoy God and also get filled up with truth! The other half of the time we got into the Jubilee mentioned in Leviticus. We saw that the year of Jubilee is actually Christ Himself! Furthermore, the word Jubilee means… Happy – Year !!!
Read all the verses we read in the Bible Study here: The Jubilee 01
Join us for more Jubilee, Wednesdays at 6pm – Union 311.
A story from the Fall 2018 College conference held in Wanship, Utah
The last message of the conference was about the Jubilee. God had delivered the Israelites, His people, from Egypt and from oppression.. At the end of Leviticus God gave them the instruction to observe the year of Jubilee – that was supposed to be every 50th year. The children of Israel each had received a portion of the good land from God. Over time, if some mismanaged their possessions, they might have sold everything they had, even their portion of the land, and possibly even themselves (into slavery). However, on the year of Jubilee, they got to go back to their possessions!
Today Jesus is the real Jubilee–and we are those who have been set free from all slavery that is in the world! When we got saved, Jesus restored us to Himself as our allotted portion and to our family–all the brothers and sisters in the church! We used to live oppressed but now have Jesus and our new family! – Debbie
A story from the Fall 2018 College Conference held in Wanship, Utah
The Bible verses in the College Conference emphasized the importance of eating Christ. For example, John 6:57 says, “As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.” For us to actually experience this, we were sent off to spend personal time with the Lord. During that time, I practiced singing to the Lord, reading His word, praying, and simply learning to spend time with Him, even learning to just communicate with Him.
Another aspect of eating Christ that stood out to me in the conference was that whatever we are surrounded by, that is what we take in to us and that is what we end up expressing. On the one hand, this is quite serious, as we could end up with “Garbage in, garbage out.” On the other hand, if we’re taking Christ in, then we’re expressing Him. – Eli
Some new people joined us for this Bible study (come back any time!). All enjoyed presenting aspects of who Christ is. Two aspects that came out strongly were:
- Jesus is the Savior, for Jesus means Jehovah the Savior.
- Jesus is God Himself, the creator.
In addition to the verse in the picture above, we really enjoyed:
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall
call His name Jesus, for He shall save His
people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21)
Feel free to get more into this Bible Study through the attached Pdf: Who Christ is 05
The Bible shows us that in God’s plan there were two crucial steps that Christ went through. In John chapter 1 we see His becoming flesh. In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, a chapter on Christ’s resurrection, we see that He became a life giving Spirit. This is who Christ is today, in His resurrection – He is the Life-giving Spirit.
In order to enjoy this marvelous Life-giving Spirit, for our Bible study, we also sang the following song:
Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit;
Now Christ is the Spirit today.
Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit;
So turn to your spirit and say—
O Lord, Amen,
O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!
O Lord, Amen,
O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!
More of the lyrics can be found at: https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/ns/103
See the PDF of this Bible Study here: Who Christ is 04
Join us on Wednesdays at 6pm for dinner and more of what Christ is!
Christ is the Word. He is the explanation and definition of God. And He is the Word of life, particularly, conveying the eternal life, the very divine person of God.
John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1 JOHN 1:1 – That which was from the beginning,
which we have heard, which we have seen with
our eyes, which we beheld and our hands
handled, concerning the Word of life
The burden of the Spirit that came forth in this Bible study was that we need to be handling the Word of life. In addition to what we came up with and what is shown in the photo above, here are some more ways that we can handle the Word of life.
- Share the Word of life
- Post the Word of life
- Tweet the Word of life
- Like the Word of life
- Pin the Word of life
- Publish the Word of life
- Announce the Word of life
Download the Pdf of this Bible Study: Who Christ is 03
Our club is going to this conference – Contact us to register! www.uuChristiansOnCampus.Org
Thank you to all who have been participating in this year’s welcome activities. It has been a joy getting to know the new students. We also praise the Lord Jesus for our getting more built together through these get-togethers!
This year’s welcome activities included the Welcome Dinner, the Gospel Dinner, hiking to Twin Lakes and recreation times at Sunnyside Park.
Let’s keep pursuing Christ together. We still have more activities that you can join:
Contact us to participate!
As the only begotten Son of God, Christ gives us the zoe life, the eternal, uncreated life of God.
John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
In His resurrection, Christ became the Firstborn Son of God. His resurrection was a birth for Him–and actually, for us too!
Acts 13:33 says, That God has fully fulfilled this promise to us their children in raising up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, “You are My Son; this day have I begotten You.”
Romans 8:29 says, Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Being the Firstborn implies that there are many more. Those of us who believe into Jesus Christ receive His divine life and become the many brothers of Christ! Hallelujah!
Download the Pdf of the Bible Study here: Who Christ is 02
August 31, 2018 Gospel Meeting
Many came together for this gospel meeting on campus. We had a Barbecue dinner, sang a hymn, and heard the good news of Christ as our sin offering.
In order to know, see, and even love the wonderful person of Jesus Christ, we must see that we are sinners. Furthermore, we need to see that Christ died for us as the sin offering, as typified in Leviticus chapter 4 and revealed throughout the Bible. By Believing in what Christ has done for us, our sins are forgiven and we receive His life!
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29
Him who did not know sin He made sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:21
The gospel message was based on a training outline produced by Living Stream Ministry for the Winter Training of 2017. A link to the outline of the original message is below:
This wonderful person, Christ, wants us to know Him. In this Bible Study we read a passage from Colossians 2 and other related verses. We saw that Christ is God and also the Son of God.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, – Colossians 2:9
This verse (Colossians 2:9) is a true gift to us from God. We can really treasure it, as it shows us that the entire Godhead dwells in Christ and that outside of Christ there is no God.
As an assignment for the week, we presented this open-ended question:
How should we be affected by seeing who Christ is?
Download the pdf of this Bible Study: Who Christ is 01
You can also read last year’s related Bible Study: The Tree of Life – Who is Christ?
Below is our 2018 Activities List.
Contact us to participate!
• Welcome Dinner – Wed, Aug. 22 6-8pm @Union Den
• Hiking Together – Sat, Aug. 25 10am meet @PHC
• Recreation & Meeting New Students – Sun, Aug. 26 5pm
• Gospel Dinner – Fri, Aug. 31 6pm @West Village Community
Center – come and bring your friends!
• Bible Study (Dinner) – Wednesdays 6pm always @Union Rm
311 (Except on Sep. 5 @Collegiate Rm & Nov. 7 @Union Den)
• College Conferences – with Other Universities
• Club Field Trips
We are so happy for the start of a new school year! Come Join us!
This lovely testimony from E.A. reminds us that there’s a lot more grace ahead!
This much anticipated Spring Break trip took us through the following cities:
Colorado: Denver, Boulder, Estes Park
When we were in Denver on Thursday and Friday morning of the trip we gathered together before going sight-seeing. Those morning times were full of fellowship and worship. We released our spirits in praise to the Lord like never before, especially as we sang Psalm 30:11-12 “Thou hast turned my mourning into dancing for me…!”
Here are the lyrics of this song:
Thou hast turned my mourning into dancing for me;
Thou hast put off my sackcloth;
Thou hast turned my mourning into dancing for me,
And girded me with gladness;
To the end my glory may sing praise unto Thee,
And not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever.
Listen to the tune here: https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/1334
In Denver we also visited the Red Rock Amphitheater where we sang some songs from the stage!
Boulder is such a colorful town! We hiked and went tea tasting, of course!
During the Christians on Campus Mountain States College Cconference at Estes Park, every student from every campus prepared a one minute point of truth. One person shared on 2 Corinthians 4:7 “We have this treasure in earthen vessels…”. According to the verses surrounding this verse, the light of God is what brings the treasure into us, the vessels. This Treasure is Jesus Christ! What is needed, is for us to open our minds to God. This is like a camera opening the shutter to let the light in and then the light burns the image onto the film! Lord Jesus, We’d like to turn to you again and again, and gain You more and more!