2016 ST Message Two 1


Crystallization-Study of Exodus (4)

Message Two

Knowing God and His Ways

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

For I delight in lovingkindness and not sacrifice, / And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings—Hosea 6:6.

Now therefore if I have found favor in Your sight, please let me know now Your ways, that I may know You…—Exo. 33:13.

He made His ways known to Moses; / His acts, to the children of Israel—Psa. 103:7.

Word of Appetizer

What are the ways of God?

The ways in which God deals with us are His ways. His ways entail what He wants to do. The ways of God are the choices He makes concerning us. These are the ways of God. His ways are higher than our ways (Isa. 55:9). The ways of God imply that God acts according to His desire and choice.

Spiritual Burden

God’s ways are the ways in which He deals with us. His ways are higher than our ways. A great problem among God’s people is their wanting everything to revolve around them and to serve their interests. A great need among believers today is to learn the lesson of knowing God’s ways and embracing them.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

“I delight in…the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings”. We need to have the consciousness of God and the full knowledge of God.

“Please let me know now Your ways” (Exo. 33:13a); “He made His ways known to Moses” (Psa. 103:7a).

“That I may know You” (Exo. 33:13a). “The people who know their God will show strength and take action”(Dan. 11:32).

The Experience of Life

By imparting His divine life into us, God puts the highest law, the law of life, into our spirit, whence it spreads into our inward parts. By the function of the law of life, we know God in the inward way of life.

The more the divine life grows within us, the more we know God.

Practice and Application

To accept the ways of God is to worship the ways of God. We must worship God, and we must accept the ways in which He deals with us.

Our heart must be brought by God to the point of bowing down before Him and saying, “I worship You for what You choose and for what You have ordained for me.”

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

Key Verses (1)

For I delight in lovingkindness and not sacrifice, / And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings—Hosea 6:6.

Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the full knowledge of Godand of Jesus our Lord—2 Pet. 1:2.

God Delights in Our Knowing Him; We Need to Have the Full Knowledge of God

I.”I delight in…the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings”:

God delights in our knowing Him; therefore, He wants us to “pursue knowing Jehovah”

II.We need to have the consciousness of God and the full knowledge of God:

The consciousness of God is the consciousness of one’s relation to God, indicating that one is living in an intimate fellowship with God.

• The full knowledge of God is an experiential knowledge of God.

Key Verses (2)

Now therefore if I have found favor in Your sight, please let me know now Your ways, that I may know You, so that I may continue to find favor in Your sight. Consider also that this nation is Your people—Exo. 33:13.

He made His ways known to Moses; / His acts, to the children of Israel—Psa. 103:7.

III.”Please Let Me Know Now Your Ways”

•To know God’s ways—knowing the principles by which He does things.

God’s ways are the ways in which He deals with us; His ways are higher than our ways.

The ways of God are what He wants to do concerning us.

We must learn to know the ways of God, the methods by which He deals with us.

• Our entire spiritual future hinges on our ability to worship the ways of God.

Key Verses (3)

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding that we might know Him who is true….—1 John 5:20.

…But the people who know their Godwill show strength and take action—Dan. 11:32.

Eternal Life with a Special Function, That Is, to Know God;
The People Who Know Their God Will Show Strength and Take Action

VII. God’s building, the church, is covered by a “fourfold” Christ:

IV. “That I may know You“—Exo. 33:13:

Eternal life is the divine life with a special function, that is, to know God and Christ.

• The Son of God has come and has given us an understanding so that we might know the true One, the genuine and real God.

V.” The people who know their God will show strength and take action”—Dan. 11:32:

Knowing God strengthens us; our strength depends on the degree of our knowledge of God.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 God delights in our knowing Him (Hosea 6:6)

(Please explain that although God delights in man’s sacrifices to Him, He delights in man’s knowing Him even more.)

T2 “The consciousness of God” and “the full knowledge of God” (1 Pet. 2:19; 2 Pet. 1:2)

(How could we exercise to have a keen sense toward God and an experiential knowledge of God?)

D2

T1 God’s ways are the principles by which He does things (Exo. 33:13)

(What are the ways of God?) (Refer to Outline III. A-D)

T2 Knowing God as our God (John 20:17) (Refer to Outline III. F)

(Please explain that we need to know God not only as our Father but also as our God.)

D3

T1 The eternal life has the ability to know God (John 17:3) (Refer to Outline IV. A. 1-2)

(Please explain that the eternal life has a special function, that is, to know God and Christ)

T2 “For all will know Me from the little one to the great one among them” (Heb. 8:11)

(Please explain that in Heb. 8:11, to know God Himself is to know the nature of God.)

D4

T1 Knowing God in the inward, subjective consciousness by the sense of life (Rom. 8:6) (Refer to Outline IV. B)

(Please explain which two means our inward knowledge of God come by.)

T2 The law of life and the teaching of the anointing (Heb. 8:10-11; 1 John 2:27)

(Please explain that the law of life primarily causes us to know the nature of God; the teaching of the anointing primarily causes us to know God Himself.)

D5

T1 We have an understanding so that we might know the true One (1 John 5:20a) (Refer to Outline IV. C. 1-3)

(Please explain what the meanings of “understanding”, “know”, and “the true One” are in 1 John 5:20.)

T2 “And we are in Him who is true” (1 John 5:20)

(Please use an example to illustrate that the objective God becomes the subjective reality to us in our experience.)

D6

T1 This is the true God and eternal life (1 John 5:20b)

(Please explain what the word “this” refers to in 1 John 5:20.)

T2 “But the people who know their God will show strength and take action” (Dan. 11:32)

(Please explain that those who know God will be strong to take action in order to expand their horizons, extend their boundaries, and break new ground for God.)


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