2016 ICSC Message Five


The Gospel

Message Five

The Highest Point of God’s Gospel

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Readingthe verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

Concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh, who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord—Rom. 1:3-4.

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—Rom. 8:29.

Word of Appetizer

What is the highest point of God’s gospel?

We are not merely Christians or believers in Christ—we are God-men, God-man kind, the reproduction of God; this is the highest point of God’s gospel.

Spiritual Burden

The highest point of God’s gospel is that God created us for the accomplishment of His economy with the intention that we would become God in life and nature but not in the Godhead for His expression.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The eternal God in His eternity had a “dream” according to the desire of His heart, and He made a plan, which in the New Testament is called God’s economy.

God created us for the accomplishment of His economy, with the intention that we would become God in life and nature but not in the Godhead for His expression.

In Christ God and man have become one entity, the God-man. Initially, the Bible speaks of the God-man; today this God-man has become the God-men.

The Experience of Life

We have been born of God, we may say that we are God in life and in nature but not in the Godhead; we are not merely Christians or believers in Christ—we are God-men, God-man kind, the reproduction of God; such a reproduction makes God happy because they look like Him, speak like Him, and live like Him.

Practice and Application

At the end of this age, we are teaching and preaching the truth that God became a man in order to make man God, the same as He is in life and nature but not in the Godhead.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outlines

Key Verses (1)

And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things—Eph. 3:9.

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—Rom. 8:29.

God Becoming Man and Man Becoming God Is the Economy of God

I. The eternal God in His eternity had a “dream” according to the desire of His heart, and He made a plan, which in the New Testament is called God’s economy:

God becoming man and man becoming God is the economy of God.

At the end of this age, we are teaching and preaching the truth that God became a man in order to make man God, the same as He is in life and nature but not in the Godhead; it is a great blessing to hear this truth.

Key Verses (2)

And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth—Gen. 1:26.

Now the origin of Jesus Christ was in this way: His mother, Mary, after she had been engaged to Joseph, before they came together, was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit—Matt. 1:18.

Man Was Created According to God’s Kind, the Lord Jesus Is the First God-Man

II. God created us for the accomplishment of His economy, with the intention that we would become God in life and nature but not in the Godhead for His expression:

God created man in His image and according to His likeness; man was not created according to his own kind but according to God’s kind.

III. In Christ God and man have become one entity, the Godman:

The conception of the Holy Spirit in a human virgin constituted a mingling of the divine nature with the human nature, producing the God-man, the One who is both the complete God and a perfect man.

Key Verses (3)

And Concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh, Who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord—Rom. 1:3~4.

Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit—John 12:24.

The Highest Point of God’s Gospel:We Are God-Men, God-Man Kind, the Reproduction of God

IV. Initially, the Bible speaks of the God-man; today this God-man has become the God-men:

The Lord Jesus, the first God-man, is the prototype for the producing of the many God-men; the many God-men are His reproduction.

We are not merely Christians or believers in Christ—we are God-men, God-man kind, the reproduction of God; this is the highest point of God’s gospel.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1
T1 The eternal God made a plan, which in the New Testament is called God’s economy (Eph. 3:9)

(Please present the content of God’s economy.) (Please refer to Outline I. A, B, C)

T2 The Divine Trinity is for the divine dispensing (Eph. 1:4, 7, 14)

(Please explain that the Triune God dispenses Himself through His Divine Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.)

D2
T1 God did not create mankind, He created man according to God’s kind (Gen. 1:26)

(Please explain that man was not created according to his own kind but according to God’s kind.)

T2 As believers in Christ, we are God-man kind (Rom. 8:16, 29; Heb. 2:10-11)

(Please explain what the differences between the significance of mankind and the significance of God-man kind are.)

D3
T1 The Bible tells us that there is only one new man, this one new man is a corporate man (Eph. 2:15)

How was the new man created?)

T2 “And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was manifested in the flesh…” (1 Tim. 3:16)

(According to the context of 1 Timothy 3:16, what does “godliness” refer to?)

D4
T1 Christ as the God-man possesses both the divine essence and the human essence (Matt. 1:18)

(Please explain that the Lord Jesus was conceived of the divine essence and born of the human essence.)

T2 Christ is both the complete God and a perfect man (Matt. 1:18, 20-23)

(Please explain that Christ possesses the divine nature and the human nature distinctively, without a third nature being produced.)

D5
T1 Christ as the God-man is the prototype for the mass reproduction of many God-men. (Rom. 8:29; John 12:24)

(How does Christ reproduce Himself to be many God-men?) (Please refer to Outline IV. C)

T2 The first qualification of the God-men is that they are born of God to be His many sons (John 1:12-13; Heb. 2:10)

(Please testify that you were born of God to be His son, not adopted by God to be His adopted son.)

D6
T1 The highest point of God’s gospel (Rom. 8:16, 29; Heb. 2:10-11)

(Please explain that we are not just a Christian or a believer in Christ but a God-man.)

T2 As believers in Christ and children of God, we are God-man kind (Rom. 8:16, 29; Heb. 2:10-11)

(When we think of ourselves as God-men, how should this realization influence our daily living?)

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