The Need for the Mending Ministry of John


Paul’s ministry was to complete the word of God (see Col. 1:25), Peter’s ministry was to “catch men alive” (through his gospel preaching), and John’s ministry was to mend the holes in the church. It is impressive to see how John, who was an impetuous young man ready to call fire from heaven over the unbelieving cities, became a person full of life, love, and light.

He went through a long process and at the end of his life, most likely when he was in his 90’s, he wrote his gospel (the gospel of life), his epistles (closing the epistles), and the book of Revelation (as a conclusion and last work of the New Testament and the entire Bible).

Why do we Need the Mending?

To mend doesn’t mean merely to put together or fix what has been broken, but it also means to perfect, complete, fix, and make whole. John’s mending ministry is very much needed in the church today. All the genuine Christians need mending – they need to be restored, attuned, perfected, and completed, so that they would be framed and built up together into God’s building.

The Lord wants us to open to Him and allow Him to mend us inwardly through the other members of the Body who have already been mended by Him, so that we would be buildable materials for His church, His Body. It is recommended to read the following articles for more on this topic,

What is the real growth in the divine life?


The increase of the element of God means that more of God Himself has been mingled with us and received by us to become our element. Therefore, the real growth of life is the increase of God’s life within us.

The increase of the element of God means that more of God Himself has been mingled with us and received by us to become our element. Therefore, the real growth of life is the increase of God’s life within us. Life is God Himself. When life grows in us, God is increased in us. Life grows and increases to an extent that we may be filled unto all the fullness of God. This is the final word of Ephesians 3:19….

Colossians 3:4 says that Christ is our life. Thus, growth of life is the increase of Christ within us. The more we love Christ and pursue Christ, the more the measure of the stature of Christ will increase within us. This is the real growth of life. (Witness Lee, Further Talks on the Knowledge of Life, pp. 180-181).

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Our Christian Life is a Life of Grace, so Just Enjoy the Lord!


Our Christian Life is a Life of Grace, so Just Enjoy the Lord!Our Christian life and our Christian living are a of grace and by grace. Grace is simply the Triune God as our enjoyment to be our supply and everything. There are a few verses in the Bible that show us how much grace is to us – from the beginning to the end of our Christian life.

This article is a continuation and a supplement to the article on agodman.com entitled,

How the Priesthood and the Kingship Fulfill God’s Purpose in Creating Man.

John 1:16 – we receive grace upon grace! For us to reign in life, we need to receive grace upon grace by opening to the Lord. Just tell Him, Lord, I open my entire being to You without reservations. Take away any insulations, any barriers, and any reservations. I want to receive You right now as grace upon grace!

Gal. 6:18 – the grace of our Lord be with your spirit, brothers! Hallelujah, grace is with our spirit! This means grace abides with us in our spirit, and our mingled spirit is a country of grace. Our mind is a terrible place, a country of quarreling and doubting, so we need to turn from our mind to our spirit, where grace is!

Acts 20:32 – the words of His grace. In order for us to receive grace, get grace, and give grace, we need to be in the word of God and in the words of the ministry.

Heb. 10:29 and Zech. 12:10 – the Spirit of grace. The Spirit with our spirit is grace. The way to get more grace is through prayer and supplications. When we have a prayer life before the Lord, we enjoy Him as the Spirit of Grace.

Eph. 6:24 – To be those who enjoy the Lord, we need to love Him. Whenever we say, Lord Jesus, I love You!, you feel a sweet enjoyment of the Lord. We need to love Him in the new creation, in incorruptibility!

Acts 4:33 – great grace was upon them all! Acts 11:23 – Barnabas saw the grace of God among the saints. Wow, the grace of God can be visible in the church life! In our salvation, in our change of life, in our holy living, and in the gifts exercised in the meeting, grace is visible!

1 Cor. 15:10 – I am what I am by the grace of God. Paul was what he was not in or by himself but by the grace of God. By the enjoyment of Christ, Paul labored more abundantly than any other apostles, and yet not him but the grace!

1 Cor. 12:7-19 – “My grace is sufficient for you”. Paul had a thorn in the flesh, but God is not in the “thorn-removing business”; He is in the increasing-the-level-of-grace business. Grace as a river flows and is increased in times of suffering to override the thorns.

Eph. 3:2 speaks of the stewardship of the grace of God. To each one of us God gave a stewardship, a certain measure of enjoyment of God, which is “to me for you”. Our enjoyment of God is not merely for our sake and edifying; it is for all the saints.

Rev. 22:21, the last verse in the Bible, says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.” Our entire Christian life is of and by grace, and grace is with us and will be with us until the consummation of the age, making us God’s house and His city in full, for His corporate expression!

Hallelujah for grace! God Himself wants to be our enjoyment, being with us wherever we are, filling us, overflowing from us, and being increased as the situations become more difficult. God simply gives us grace – grace upon grace!

We need to enjoy God as grace for our growth in life in Christ, and we need to speak with grace to one another for the building up of the Body of Christ. In conclusion, Just Enjoy the Lord – Enjoy Grace!

Note: the above verses are inspired from a recent sharing by a dear brother in the Lord, who encouraged us so much concerning enjoying God as grace in our daily living!

What Substitutes Christ in Our Life as Seeking Believers Today?


What Substitutes Christ in Our Life as Seeking Believers Today? [see John 5:39]God’s children have been very much distracted from Christ as the center and the focus of their life. There are many things – even spiritual and scriptural things – that rise up in our being to replace Christ as the Preeminent One. There are so many things and matters that want to rob us from seeing and enjoying Christ. Recently I was impressed with at least four things that can distract us from Christ as the preeminent One.

1. Concepts, Doctrines, and Teachings

Good teachings, excellent doctrines  and sound concepts – no matter how scriptural and spiritual they are, if they are without Christ they become a substitute for Christ. You can teach certain doctrines and yet you may not have a personal relationship with the Person who is the center of these doctrines and the subject of the teachings!

It is so easy to be familiar with the doctrines and teachings, and it is so quick that these can become substitutes for Christ. We don’t need to hate or despise teachings, doctrines, or concepts – we rather need to give Christ the first place, and pay much more attention to Christ than to these things.

2. Different Ways of Practice

There are so many different ways of practicing the Christian life and the church life, and many of them are spiritual and Scriptural. Practices like reading the Bible or prayer, if they are taken as activities, they replace the living Christ in us. We read the Bible because we love the Lord Jesus in our spirit! We pray because Christ is praying in us – we merely join Him in His prayer!

May we not become like those exposed by the Lord in John 5:39, who searched the Scriptures and yet totally missed Christ, who has the eternal life. If we read the Bible without enjoying Christ, we miss the point, we miss the mark, and Christ is substituted “with a good practice”!

3. Various Activities and Movements

Men like movements, and human beings love to be involved in a lot of activities. Even after becoming a Christian, we want to be in a “Christian movement” and do a lot of activities “for the Lord”. But movements are from man, and they come and go. The Lord’s recovery is NOT a movement.

There are a lot of evangelical movements, Pentecostal movements, etc. but the local churches are NOT another kind of movement. We are here in the move of the Triune God Himself, the move of the wonderful One who lives inside of us and becomes one with us day by day!

The local churches are NOT “Watchman Nee and Witness Lee’s movement”. The local churches are in God’s move today, and they are not man’s work or doing. Stay away from movements and activities, and give Christ the preeminence, the first place!

4. Organization can Replace Christ

We don’t hate being organized, and we don’t despise order. But organization is hated by God. The Roman Catholic Church is a big organization, where everything is well arranged and organized, and there are specific layers of leaders appointed by men – whether you’ve been called by God or not, this is secondary.

Our God is a God of order, and we want to have order, but we are absolutely NOT for organization, a human system of organizing things and services in the church. We are not in an organization – we are members of the organism of God, the Body of Christ, something organic, something of the divine life.

Christ Needs to be Preeminent!

We need to see the subtlety of the enemy, who uses many things to take us away from Christ and distract us from taking Christ as our centrality and universality. Christ must fill our personal universe in every detail of our daily life! Is Christ involved in all your services and in all you do for Him? Is Christ your supply, your source, and your goal?

God’s final work today is that Christ’s preeminence would be restored among God’s people so that His corporate dwelling place may be rebuilt among men. He wants to build His church, His house, His temple, where He can dwell. We want that this Christ would fill our heart, our spirit, our daily life, and everything we do! When the day comes that Christ is our all in all, that will be the completion of God’s eternal purpose! God is working towards that purpose today – He desires to make Christ the preeminent One in us, and all in all to us!

Note: Picture credit: John 5:39. This portion is inspired from a recent sharing on, Christ as Everything for the Building of the Temple of God. Read the continuation of this article,

God’s Goal in His Eternal Economy is the Temple of God, His Corporate Building

Being the Daniels of Today as Men of Prayer having an Excellent Spirit


Daniel was a man of prayer with an excellent spirit, a man fearing God, honoring God, exalting God, and living under God’s rule in the reality of the kingdom of the heavens, the ruling of the heavens.What would people say about you after they get to know you? Will they say something like, “He is a good brother”, or “he’s an intelligent man”, or, “I like him, he’s nice”….?

About Daniel the kings and the people said, He has an excellent spirit! Wow! Daniel prayed continually, and he exercised his spirit to such an extent that it wasn’t his intelligence, his knowledge, his words, or anything else that stood out – it was his excellent spirit!

Daniel was a person who was always praying, even at the risk of his life. Because he was such a praying person, the kings (Nebuchadnezzar, Darius, and Belteshazzar) spoke of him as “having an excellent spirit”.

Daniel had an excellent spirit because he had an exercised spirit, a spirit that always prayed to His God. He feared God, honored God, and exalted God, being always under the rule of the heavens by the God of the heavens (Dan. 6:10; 9:1-4, 17; 5:12, 14; 6:3; 5:22-23; 4:25-26, 32).

Even when the jealous rulers tricked the king into signing a decree that no one should pray to his god but to the king for 30 days, Daniel went to his upper room, opened his windows toward Jerusalem, and prayed three times “because he had always done so previously” (Dan. 6:10).

Satan hates our prayer life and he will raise up all kinds of things and persons to stop and frustrate us from praying. We need to realize that we can offer God our best cooperation and coordination through prayer, and therefore we should keep our prayer time with the Lord every day.

Continue reading this article via today’s blog post at agodman.com,

A Man of Prayer with an Excellent Spirit Living Under the Rule of God