2017 WT Message Eleven


Crystallization-Study of Leviticus (1)

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Message 11

Experiencing Christ as the Peace Offering

for the Body of Christ

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

For He Himself is our peace, He who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of partition, the enmity, abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace—Eph. 2:14-15

And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful—Col. 3:15

Word of Appetizer

Why is there no peace, only enmity, discord, and war among the human race?

Due to man’s fall, among mankind there are many ordinances, customs, habits, and ways to live and worship, all of which have divided, scattered, and confused mankind; there are partitions between every nationality and race, and thus among the human race there is no peace, only enmity, discord, and

War; Because there can be no peace in the universe without Christ, the Peacemaker, we need Christ as our peace offering.

Spiritual Burden

Because there can be no peace in the universe without Christ, the Peacemaker, we need Christ as our peace offering; we have been called to the peace of Christ in one Body; No one who is independent of the Body has real peace; dependence on the Body brings in genuine peace; For the Body life we need to allow the peace of Christ to arbitrate, to adjust, and to decide all things in our hearts in our relationship with the members of His Body.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The Triune God is a God of peace.

Due to man’s fall, among mankind there are many ordinances, customs, habits, and ways to live and worship, all of which have divided, scattered, and confused mankind; there are partitions between every nationality and race, and thus among the human race there is no peace, only enmity, discord, and

war.

Because there can be no peace in the universe without Christ, the Peacemaker, we need Christ as our peace offering.

Christ is the peace offering for the Body of Christ as revealed in Ephesians.

Christ is the peace offering for the Body of Christ as revealed in Colossians.

The Experience of Life

If we allow the peace of Christ to arbitrate in our hearts, this peace will settle all the disputes among us; then we will have peace with God vertically and with the saints horizontally;

Through the arbitration of the peace of Christ, our problems are solved, and the friction between the members of the Body disappears.

Practice and Application

We need Christ as our peace offering; In the Body life and for the Body life, we need Christ as our peace.

In the Body life we should keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace.

In the church life we need to be at peace in everything, in every way, and with everyone; for this we need the Lord of peace to give us peace continually in every way.

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

Key Verses (1)

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen—Rom. 15:33

For He Himself is our peace, He who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of partition, the enmity, abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace—Eph. 2:14-15

The Triune God is a God of peace

Among the human race there is no peace, only enmity, discord, and war

we need Christ as our peace offering

I. The Triune God is a God of peace:

  • God is the God of peace; The peace of God is the God of peace infused into us through our fellowship with Him.
  • In the world we have affliction, but in Christ we have peace.

II. Due to man’s fall, among mankind there are many ordinances, customs, habits, and ways to live and worship, all of which have divided, scattered, and confused mankind; there are partitions between every nationality and race, and thus among the human race there is no peace, only enmity, discord, and war

III. Because there can be no peace in the universe without Christ, the Peacemaker, we need Christ as our peace offering

  • As the fulfillment and the reality of the type of the peace offering, Christ is our peace; through Him and in Him we have peace with God and with one another.

Key Verses (2)

And might reconcile both in one Body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity by it. And coming, He announced peace as the gospel to you who were far off, and peace to those who were near—Eph. 2:16-17

Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace—Eph. 4:3

And having shod your feet with the firm foundation of the gospel of peace—Eph. 6:15

Now the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you—Rom. 16:20

IV. Christ is the peace offering for the Body of Christ as revealed in Ephesians

  • Christ, who accomplished full redemption for both the Jewish and the Gentile believers, is Himself our peace, our harmony.
  • In resurrection Christ came as the Spirit to preach peace as the gospel; the Christ who died as the Peacemaker, shedding His blood in order to reconcile us to God, came to us as the life-giving Spirit, even as the preaching Spirit, to preach the gospel of peace.
  • In the Body life we should keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace.
  • In order to engage in spiritual warfare, we need to have our feet shod with the firm foundation, the establishing, of the gospel of peace.
  • Now the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly; It is only when we have a proper local church as the practical expression of the Body that Satan is crushed under our feet.

Key Verses (3)

And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful—Col. 3:15

And through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross—through Him, whether the things on the earth or the things in the heavens—Col. 1:20

V. Christ is the peace offering for the Body of Christ as revealed in Colossians

  • For God to reconcile all things to Himself is to make peace unto Himself for all things; this was accomplished through the blood of the cross of Christ.
  • We have been called to the peace of Christ in one Body.
  • No one who is independent of the Body has real peace; dependence on the Body brings in genuine peace.

For the Body life we need to allow the peace of Christ to arbitrate, to adjust, and to decide all things in our hearts in our relationship with the members of His Body.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1.  The peace of God and the God of peace are one.(Rom.16:20; Phil. 4:7)

(Please explain that the genuine peace we enjoy is God Himself.)

T2. In the world we have affliction, but in Him we have peace.(John.16:33)

(Please use your experience to illustrate that we meet much tribulation from without, yet inwardly he still has peace)

D2

T1. Due to man’s fall,among the human race there is no peace.(Eph. 2:14-15)

(Please explain that there can be no peace in the universe without Christ, we need Him to be our peace offering.)

T2. Christ Himself is our peace.(Eph. 2:14)

(Please explain that Christ is the peace offering for the Body of Christ.)

D3

T1. In one Body both the Jews and the Gentiles were reconciled to God.(Eph. 2:16; Col. 3:15;)

(Please explain that we were saved in the Body of Christ, and also we have been called in the one Body.)

T2. Christ came as the Spirit to preach peace as the gospel.(Eph. 2:17)

(Please explain that the very Christ, who died on the cross came to us as the Spirit to preach the gospel of peace.)

D4

T1. This peace should bind all believers together and thus become the uniting bond.(Eph. 4:3)

(Please use your experience to illustrate that if we remain on the cross, this peace becomes the uniting bond in which we keep the oneness of the Spirit.)

T2. The establishment of the gospel of peace.(Eph. 6:15)

(Please explain that what is the meaning of that we need to have our feet shod with the firm foundation of the gospel of peace.)

D5

T1. “Now the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly” (Rom.16:20)

(Please explain that God promises that He will crush Satan under the feet of those who live the church life. )

T2. We have been called to the peace of Christ in one Body.(Col. 3:15; Gal. 6:16)

(Please use your experience to illustrate that No one who is independent of the Body has real peace; dependence on the Body brings in genuine peace.)

D6

T1. Allowing the peace of Christ to arbitrate in our hearts.(Col. 3:15)

(Please use your experience to illustrate that through the arbitration of the peace of Christ, our problems are solved, and the friction between the members of the Body disappears.)

T2. We need the Lord of peace to give us peace continually in every way.

(Please use your experience to illustrate that In the church life we need to be at peace in everything, and with everyone.)

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