"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as ye see the day drawing nigh." ....Hebrews 10:25

Christ is the Head of the Church as His body and, "We who are many, are one body in Christ and severally members one of another." All Christian relationships therefore are of one member to another, never one of the leader of an assembly to its members. When an apostle is preaching a great sermon and all the believers are nodding assent, adding thei...
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"These are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in His name." John 20:31

Watchman Nee: "I was once holding meetings in a college in South China. There I found an old school fellow of mine was now a professor of psychology, so before the meetings began I went to call on him, and spoke to him of Christ. After listening a while politely, he said smiling, "It's no good preaching to me, I don't believe there is a God! I 'm a...
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"The city was pure gold, like unto pure glass." ....Revelation 21:18

Gold speaks to us here of something that is totally of God and of glass that is transparently pure. May we adapt the latter simile, and suggest that future purity is well illustrated by pure glass, but that our present purity is best described by clear water? For water can readily become clouded with defilement, but no impurity can enter the textur...
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Part two of a three day series: "It is no longer I but Christ"

"I am crucified with Christ: yet it is no longer I who lives, but Christ that lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" Galatians 2:20. The cross of Christ is not only the greatest terminator in the universe, it is also the greatest translator. It translates...
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Part one of a three day series: "I am crucified with Christ" "I am crucified with Christ: it is no longer I who lives, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" ......Galatians 2:20.

The cross of Christ stands in eternity as the greatest terminator of all time! At the cross, God has dealt with us perfectly and completely.The cross terminates all that I am as 'self' and translates me into all that that God has made Christ to be , for me. To be crucified with Christ is to know in your heart that God has included you and me in the...
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"It was the good pleasure of God ... to reveal his Son in me.".....Galatians 1:15

I would not, even if I could, exchange places with the disciples, even on the Mount of Transfiguration! The Christ with whom they lived was the Christ in the flesh, a Christ limited by time and space. Was He in Galilee? Then he could only be found in Galilee; He could not be found in Jerusalem or elsewhere. Was He in Jerusalem? if so, then men soug...
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"The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would." .....Galatians 5:17

Consider carefully what this says. "The flesh" in us is not opposed to us but to the Holy Spirit of God! It is He, not we, who meets and deals with its ways and its lusts. And with what result? "That you may not do the things that you would." I think we have often failed to grasp the importance and significance of that last clause. Today in the Chu...
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"Now if we be dead with Christ, we know that we shall also live with Him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead will not die again; death no longer has dominion over Him anymore." ...Romans 6:8-9

"Knowing," as expressed here, is something much more than either thought or feeling. To really know something is to have the existence of that thing in your life. To know is to have faith. To know is to have reality. To know is to see as God sees, i.e. from His viewpoint. Faith is confidence in God not self. Allow me to give you an example of faith...
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"The true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshipers." ....John 4:23

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart" ...Deut 6:5. The Decalogue opens with God's claim to exclusive worship. This expression of God's will is not only His command, it is also His desire. But if the ten commandments show us what gives God joy, the temptations in the wilderness reveal what will bring joy to Satan. In both cases it is...
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"We which have believed do enter into that rest." ....Hebrews 4:3

Rest follows work. In the fullest sense, rest is only possible when the work is completed to a point of satisfaction. It is no trifling matter that God rested after those six days of creation. How, we may ask, could He - this God of purpose, this God of abundant life - come to such a rest? Genesis 1:31 gives us the reason: "God saw everything that ...
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