2016 ICSC Message Three


The Gospel

Message Three

The Structure of the Gospel of God—

the Righteousness of God, the Life of Christ, and the Faith of the Believers

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Readingthe verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

For the righteousness of God is revealed in it out of faith to faith, as it is written, “But the righteous shall have life and live by faith”—Rom. 1:17.

For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled—Rom. 5:10.

Now faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen—Heb. 11:1.

Word of Appetizer

What is the structure of the gospel of God? From which verse in Romans was it revealed to us?

Romans 1:17 reveals the structure of the gospel of God—“the righteous shall have life and live by faith.” In this verse there are righteousness, life, and faith; righteousness is of God, life is of Christ, and faith is of the believers. The structure of the gospel of God is of the righteousness of God, the life of Christ, and the faith of the believers.

Spiritual Burden

The righteousness of God is the procedure of God’s salvation judicially; the life of Christ is the purpose of God’s salvation organically; the faith of the believers is the substantiation of God’s salvation practically..

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The key word concerning the gospel of God in Romans and the banner of God’s eternal economy is Romans 1:17, which reveals the structure of the gospel of God—“the righteous shall have life and live by faith.”

The righteousness of God is the procedure of God’s salvation judicially.

The life of Christ is the purpose of God’s salvation organically.

The faith of the believers is the substantiation of God’s salvation practically.

The Experience of Life

The result of our justification is the full enjoyment of God in Christ as our life; in God’s organic salvation we have love, grace, peace, hope, life, glory, the Holy Spirit, Christ, and God as our enjoyment.

This life sanctifies us with the holy nature of God as the holy element.

Practice and Application

Faith is to believe that God is and we are not; He must be the only One, the unique One, in everything, and we must be nothing in everything.

As believers, we live by faith and infuse Christ as faith into others by exercising our spirit of faith so that they may be brought into the following organic relationships with Christ for His purpose.

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

Key Verses (1)

For the righteousness of God is revealed in it out of faith to faith, as it is written, “But the righteous shall have life and live by faith.”—Rom. 1:17. .

The Structure of the Gospel of God—The Righteous, Life, Faith

I. Romans 1:17, which reveals the structure of the gospel of God—“the righteous shall have life and live by faith.”

II. The righteousness of God is the procedure of God’s salvation judicially:

Christ, the righteous One, was judged on behalf of us, the unrighteous, by the righteous God according to His righteousness so that Christ might remove the barrier of our sins and bring us to God, making us the righteousness of God in Him

Because God is bound by His righteousness to forgive us, righteousness is the power of God’s salvation and the unshakable foundation of our salvation.

Key Verses (2)

For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled—Rom. 5:10.

The Life of Christ Is the Purpose of God’s Salvation Organically

III. The life of Christ is the purpose of God’s salvation organically

The result of our justification is the full enjoyment of God in Christ as our life; in God’s organic salvation we have love, grace, peace, hope, life, glory, the Holy Spirit, Christ, and God as our enjoyment.

The saving life of Christ is accomplishing the organic goal of God’s dynamic salvation in the following ways:living before God, regenerating us, sanctifying us, renewing us, transforming us, conforming us to the image of Christ as the firstborn Son of God, glorifying us, and making us reign as kings.

Key Verses (3)

Now faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen—Heb. 11:1.

But without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to Him, for he who comes forward to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek—Heb. 11:6.

The Faith of the Believers Is the Substantiation of God’s Salvation Practically

IV. The faith of the believers is the substantiation of God’s salvation practically—Heb. 11:1:

The faith of the believers is actually not their own faith but Christ entering into them to be their faith; when man hears Christ, knows Him, appreciates Him, and treasures Him, He causes faith to be generated in man, becoming the faith in man that enables man to believe in Him.

Faith is to believe that God is and we are not; as believers, we live by faith and infuse Christ as faith into others by exercising our spirit of faith.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1
T1 The structure of the gospel of God (Rom. 1:17)

(The structure of the gospel of God is of the righteousness of God, the life of Christ, and the faith of the believers.)

T2 “The righteous shall have life and live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17b)

How can we, the sinners receive God’s divine life according to the righteousness of God?)

D2
T1 The righteousness of God is the procedure of God’s salvation judicially (1 Pet. 3:18)

(Please explain that Christ died a vicarious death as the Substitute for sinners, a death that was legal according to God’s law.)

T2 The foundation of the salvation is righteousness, not love or grace (Psa. 89:14; 1 John 1:9)

(Why does God have no choice except to forgive us whenever we confess our sins?)

D3
T1 The life of Christ is the purpose of God’s salvation organically (Rom. 5:10)

(Please explain that justification is not an end in itself, it is for life.)

T2 The result of our justification is the full enjoyment of God in Christ as our life (Rom. 5:1-11)

(Please explain that in Romans 5:1-11, six wonderful things and three wonderful Persons are unveiled.)

D4
T1 The life of Christ is accomplishing the organic goal of God’s dynamic salvation (Rom. 5:10)

(Please briefly narrate that what the life of Christ in God’s dynamic salvation has accomplished for us.)

T2 “… the mind set on the spirit is life and peace” (Rom. 8:6b)

(Please use personal experience to explain that life and peace result from setting our mind on the spirit.)

D5
T1 The faith of the believers is the substantiation of God’s salvation practically (Rom. 3:22 and footnote 1; Gal. 2:16 and footnote 1)

(Please explain that the faith of the believers is actually not their own faith but Christ entering into them to be their faith.)

T2 “So faith comes out of hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Rom. 10:17)

(Please explain what the three aspects of the Word are.)

D6
T1 “But without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to Him” (Heb. 11:6a)

(Please explain that the title the believers is related to faith.)

T2 “He who comes forward to God must believe that He is” (Heb. 11:6b)

(How can we experience that He is, I am not in our daily living?)

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