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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we are human beings are nothing and vanity without the Lord! But Christ comes in to replace us!

to believe in the Lord is to receive Him; to love the Lord is to enjoy Him - we are nothing without Him!This morning I was impressed with how short, how vain, and how passing man’s life is. David prayed to the Lord in Psa. 39:4-5,

O Jehovah, cause me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is. May I know how transient I am. Behold, You have made my days as mere handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before You; surely every man at his best is altogether vanity. Selah

The Lord wants us to realize that we as human being are nothing and vanity – today we are here and we think we can do great things, but tomorrow we’re passing away. Even more, our condition is sinful, and our situation is one of vanity. This is why the Lord Jesus came as light and life to us – He came to shine on us and show us our real condition, and then to fill us with His life! God wants us to be replaced with Christ – the way to be saved from a vain life and a sinful condition is to be replaced by Christ in our organic union with Him! Continue reading this portion via,

to believe in the Lord is to receive Him; to love the Lord is to enjoy Him – we are nothing without Him!

Love the Lord Jesus – He meets all our needs! 2011 Christian Students Conference in Wales(2)

This article is the continuation of the first part of the “Christian Students Conference in Wales – life and building as revealed in the Gospel of John(1)” – and it introduces two testimonies of the students that were in the recent College Age Conference in Wales(UK). Praise the Lord, we all have(1 Cor. 14:6) – something of Christ, something that the Lord put in us, that we may share for the building up of the Body of Christ!

Hallelujah – The goal of the gospel is to love the Lord Jesus! The College Age Conference in Wales last weekend was my first conference ever. Although I have been a Christian for many years I am very new to the church life and it is by His great mercy that 6 months ago “He brought some saints my own way“. O Lord!

In the meetings in the conference we went almost through the entire Gospel of John. John is a book of Life and Building. Thank You Lord that You have come that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10b)! Continue reading this sharing via, The goal of the gospel is to love the Lord Jesus!(sharing from the college-age conference).

The Gospel of John is a book on life and building. It tackles nine cases of man and how Christ as life meets every man’s need. In this Gospel we see that nothing in this world can satisfy us. We were made as a vessel to contain God. We have to see our true condition today. We are a thirsty sinner and we have a thirsty Savior who is longing for our consecration. Whenever we feel thirsty, dissatisfied, and empty, we just need to come to Him and take Him as our life. God is continually flowing out to dispense Himself with His divine life as the life element to meet the need of His elect to be their pleasure and satisfaction. Continue reading this sharing via, Christ as life meets every man’s need(sharing from the college age conference).

the Word of God needs to become our reality and our speaking(sharing from the conference in Portugal)

The recent conference we had in Portugal was about speaking God’s Word. I was really touched that we need to read His Word, and then we will be filled with it so that we can speak it to others! His Word has to become reality in us – if we read it in the same way we read any other book, then it won’t have any effect in us! But when we come to the Word of God to read it in a appropriate way and we pray over the Word of God, it will become reality in us! We really need this! We need to touch the Lord every day and a very easy way to do this is by reading His word. God wants us to become His expression!

I was also impressed with the fact that we really need to love the Lord. Sometimes we may say, Lord I love You! – but how much do we actually love Him? The more we love the Lord, the more we will be able to speak for Him! Our love for God is the basic element which will enable us to proclaim the Lord with power!

To conclude, I was really touched with the fact that we really need to share in the church meetings. To prophesy means to speak God’s word to the saints for the building up of the Body of Christ. Sometimes, I have something to share in the meeting, but the enemy just doesn’t let me stand up and speak. It’s a weird feeling – you want to stand up and share, but the enemy within gives you all kinds of reasons not to! But as the brother said, the enemy does this because he doesn’t want the building up of the church! So what we need to do is to pray, Lord I want to speak Your Word! and then, stand up! Amen, I really enjoyed everything of this conference. The Word of God is God Himself, the Spirit. We really need to be filled with Him, more and more! Praise the Lord! [sharing from the recent conference in Portugal by sister Lidia M.]

Christ expressed the bountiful God in His rich attributes through His aromatic virtues

This is not my utterance – this is a rich utterance in the ministry of the age regarding our wonderful Lord Jesus! The Lord Jesus didn’t just bring God into man and mingled God with man in His incarnation – He also expressed the bountiful God in all His rich attributes through His aromatic virtues! There was something special about the Lord Jesus as He lived on the earth – and it was NOT His outward appearance! The Lord Jesus was “a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief“, yet wherever He went He comforted people, He shepherded people, and He even attracted and captivated people! There was an aroma about Him that really attracted everyone to Him! He lived not His human life but lived by the life of the Father, expressing God in all that He did. There was an inward beauty about Christ, a powerful aroma – the divine attributes expressed in His human virtues to make them aromatic! You cannot describe aroma – you need to smell it / taste it to see what it really was…

The Lord Jesus passed by Matthew the tax collector, as recorded in the gospels, and though these two never met, when the Lord Jesus called him to follow Him, Matthew left everything and followed the Lord! He left his job, his old life, everything – to follow Him! Also, one time some parents brought their children to the Lord that He may bless their children, and the disciples “rebuked the parents”(Matt. 19:13-15) – yet the Lord was indignant with the disciples, saying, Let the little children come to Me! In doing so, the Lord didn’t just bless the children, but He also shepherded the parents. He cherished and nourished the ones around Him by Him living out God and expressing God. The others were simply attracted to Him, blessed to be in His presence, and they loved to spend time with Him! Peter, though he was rebuked by the Lord several times, didn’t and even couldn’t leave the Lord – he saw the aromatic virtues of Christ expressing the divine attributes, and he realized that the Lord has the words of life! Even after His resurrection, the Lord still shepherded Peter when He told Mary to go to His brothers, “and Peter”! His whole living and being was just God expressed in man, the rich divine attributes expressed through His aromatic human virtues!

Wow… what a God-man! Human words cannot describe Him or speak adequately about Him! That’s why I just love this utterance from the book, How to Be a Co-worker and an Elder and How to Fulfill Their Obligations, by Witness Lee(chapter 1),

[We need to enjoy Christ] In the first stage, the stage of His incarnation, from His human birth to His death:
1. To bring the infinite God into the finite man.
2. To unite and mingle the Triune God with the tripartite man.
3. To express in His humanity the bountiful God in His rich attributes through His aromatic virtues:
a. Christ expressed the bountiful God in His human living.
b. Mainly expressing God in His rich attributes, that is, in the unsearchable riches of what God is.
c. Through Christ’s aromatic virtues by which He attracted and captivated people:
## 1) Not by living His human life in the flesh.
## 2) But by living His divine life in resurrection.
4. To accomplish His all-inclusive judicial redemption:
a. Terminating all things of the old creation.
b. Redeeming all the things created by God and fallen in sin—Heb. 2:9; Col. 1:20.
c. Creating (conceiving) the new man with His divine element—Eph. 2:15.
d. Releasing His divine life from the shell of His humanity—John 12:24.
e. Laying a foundation for His organic salvation and setting up the procedure to attain His ministry in the stage of His inclusion.

This is the process He went through in His incarnation – and this is what He accomplished in the stage of His incarnation for God and for us! How we praise Him and we love Him! This One is our enjoyment, our life, and eventually our replacement! As we spend time with Him, though we don’t see Him or feel Him physically, He is attracting us to Himself and captivating us with His beauty! We see Him in the spirit and we behold Him, we enjoy Him! [enjoyment from the message 5 on the Crystallization-Study of Isaiah(2)]

Lord, we love You! What a rich expression of the Bountiful God in all His attributes in the human virtues! Lord Jesus, You are so wonderful and so aromatic! Keep drawing us to Yourself, Lord, every day! Keep mingling Yourself with us, Lord! Unveil us to see You more and appreciate You more! How we love You, Lord, as the One who lives out God and expresses God! How we love to spend time with You and be infused with You! Lord, You are the One expressing God fully in humanity, and You are so aromatic! We love breathing You in, enjoying You, and being under Your continual dispensing!