2017 ST Message Four


Crystallization-Study of Ezekiel (2)

Message Four

The God of Blessing and the Blessing of God

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

And I will make them and places around My hill a blessing, and I will cause the showers to come down in their season; there will be showers of blessing.– Ezek. 34:26

Jehovah bless you and keep you; make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; Jehovah lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.So shall they put My name upon the children of Israel, that I Myself may bless them.– Num. 6:24-26

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.– Eph. 1:3

Word of Appetizer

In the entire universe what is the unique blessing?

In the entire universe the unique blessing is the Triune God; Anything besides
God is vanity. The entire universe was created by God, yet without God, apart from God, even the universe created by God is vanity universe is vanity. Apart from God, everything is“ vanity of vanities”. Only God Himself is real. Only He is the blessing to us. If we gained the entire universe yet missed God, we would be the most pitiful persons.

Spiritual Burden

In the entire universe the unique blessing is the Triune God, and this blessing comes to us through the dispensing of the Divine Being into us in His Divine Trinity—in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We need to treasure God’s blessing. The normal life of a Christian is a life of blessing, and the normal work of a Christian is a work of blessing. In serving the Lord, we should believe in and treasure God’s blessing. We should rely on God’s blessing and eliminate the barriers that prevent us from receiving it.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

Through His shepherding, the Lord brings us into the enjoyment of His blessing and causes us to become a source of blessing under the showers of blessing. God is a God of blessing. We need to treasure God’s blessing.

In Genesis 1:28 God blessed man to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it:

In Numbers 6:23-27 the Divine Trinity is revealed in the threefold blessing of Jehovah to His people:

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.

Galatians 3:14 indicates that the Spirit is the blessing that God promised to Abraham for all the nations and that has been received by the believers through faith in Christ.

The Experience of Life

In the gospel we have received not only the blessing of forgiveness, washing, and cleansing; even more, we have received the greatest blessing, which is the Triune God—the Father, Son, and Spirit—as the processed, all-inclusive life-giving Spiri dwelling in us in a most subjective way for our enjoyment.

Under Christ’s shepherding, our cup runs over as we enjoy the Father as the source of blessing; At the Lord’s table, when we drink the cup, we receive God’s blessing—the blessing that is God Himself.

Practice and Application

We need to treasure God’s blessing. We should rely on God’s blessing and eliminate the barriers that prevent us from receiving it. We need to learn to live and to practice the church life in a way that does not hinder God’s blessing.

The life in Psalm 133:3 is the eternal life of God (John 3:16; Eph. 4:18), which is commanded by God as a blessing to those who dwell together in oneness in the church life. If we would be under the Lord’s commanded blessing of life, we must be on the ground of oneness.

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

Key Verses (1)

And I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing, and I will cause the showers to come down in their season; there will be showers of blessing.– Ezek. 34:26

And I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.– Gen. 12:3

To become a source of blessing under the showers of blessing; God is a God of blessing
To treasure God’s blessing

I. Through His shepherding, the Lord brings us into the enjoyment of His blessing and causes us to become a source of blessing under the showers of blessing.

II. God is a God of blessing:

•God’s blessing promised to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 consists of the blessings of creation and redemption, including all that God wants to give man—God Himself and all that He has in this age and in the age to come:

III. We need to treasure God’s blessing:

•The normal life of a Christian is a life of blessing, and the normal work of a Christian is a work of blessing

•In our work, in our Christian life, and in our church life, everything depends on God’s blessing. We need to treasure and focus on the New Testament blessings.

Key Verses (2)

And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.– Gen. 1:28

Jehovah bless you and keep you; make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; Jehovah lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.– Num. 6:24-26

Like the dew of Hermon / That came down upon the mountains of Zion. / For there Jehovah commanded the blessing: / Life forever.– Psa. 133:3

In Genesis 1:28 God blessed man
In Numbers 6:23-27 the threefold blessing of Jehovah
Psalm 133 reveals the blessing of life

IV. In Genesis 1:28 God blessed man to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.

• The qualifications for receiving God’s blessing are image and dominion.

V. In Numbers 6:23-27 the Divine Trinity is revealed in the threefold blessing of Jehovah to His people:

• The blessing in Numbers 6:23-27, like that in 2 Corinthians 13:14, is the eternal blessing of the Triune God.

VI. Psalm 133 reveals that the blessing of life is intrinsically related to the oneness of God’s people; we must practice the oneness to bring in God’s blessing.

Key Verses (3)

Blessed be God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ,– Eph. 1:3

In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.– Gal. 3:14

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the fellowship of the blood of Christ?…–1 Cor. 10:16a

Every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ
The Spirit is the blessing that God promised to Abraham for all the nations
The cup of blessing

VII. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.

Christ, the Son Himself, is the blessing; the Spirit is the nature and essence of the blessing; and the Father is the source who gives this blessing.

VIII. Galatians 3:14 indicates that the Spirit is the blessing that God promised to Abraham for all the nations and that has been received by the believers through faith in Christ.

IX. The Bible uses the word cup to indicate blessing; In 1 Corinthians 10:16a Paul speaks of “the cup of blessing” : This cup is the new covenant, comprising all the rich blessings of the New Testament, including God Himself.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 God is a God of blessing (Ezek. 34:26; Gen. 12:3)

(Please illustrate that God not only blessed him but also made him a blessing to others.)

T2 In Genesis 12:3 consists of the blessings of creation and redemption,( Gen. 12:3,22:18, Gal. 3:16)

(Please illustrate that this blessing would come to all the nations through Abraham’s seed, who is Christ)

D2

T1 Treasure God’s blessing (Deut.28:2-8;Matt.5:3-11)

(Please illustrate that the normal life of a Christian is a life of blessing.)

T2 Do not hinder God’s blessing (Acts 1:14; 2:46; 4:24; 5:12)

(Please illustrate that we need to learn to live and to practice the church life in a way that does not hinder God’s blessing)

D3

T1“the fullness of the blessing of Christ”(Rom.15:29)

(What’s the New Testament blessings?)

T2 The qualifications for receiving God’s blessing are image and dominion.(Gen1:26.28;14:17-19)

(Please illustrate that God’s blessing is with the priesthood and the kingship.)

D4

T1 Eternal blessing of the Triune God (Num6:23-27)

(Please illustrate that the blessing in Numbers 6:23-27, like that in 2 Corinthians 13:14, is the eternal blessing of the Triune God)

T2 In the entire universe the unique blessing is God himself (Num6:23-27)

(Please illustrate according to the historical examples that if we gained the entire universe yet missed God, we would be the most pitiful persons.)

D5

T1 The one accord is the master key to every blessing in the New Testamentm (Rom15:6)

(According to the first paragraph in Today’s Reading how can we practice to have the one accord?)

T2 God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.(Eph1:3)

(Please illustrate that the Father is the source of the divine blessing, the Spirit is the nature and essence of the divine blessing, and the Son is the sphere of the divine blessing.)

D6

T1 The Spirit is the blessing that God promised to Abraham for all the nations (Gal3:16)

(Please illustrate according to our experience that what a blessing that we can enjoy such an all-inclusive One as our daily portion!)

T2 Cap runs over (Psa23:5)

(Please illustrate that this cup is the new covenant, comprising all the rich blessings of the New Testament, including God Himself.)

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