2018 ITEROS Message Three


Taking Christ as our person and living Him in and for the church life

Message Three

Living Christ by Walking

according to the Spirit for the Body Life

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain—Phil 1:21

As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me—John 6:57

That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit—Rom 8:4

Word of Appetizer

What is the only one thing that the Bible Ultimately requires of us?

Ultimately, the Bible requires only one thing of us—that we walk according to the mingled spirit; Based on Romans 8:4, we have seen the matter of walking according to the spirit, which is the practical way to live Christ. To walk according to the spirit is to do everything in our daily life according to the spirit. We need to walk according to the spirit moment by moment not only in big things but also in small things. The more we walk according to the spirit, the more the Triune God will live in us so that we may live Him for the Body life.

Spiritual Burden

We need to live Christ in and for the church life; God desires us to live Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ;The main point of our Christian life is to live Christ.

The practical way to live Christ is to walk according to the spirit; Ultimately, the Bible requires only one thing of us—that we walk according to the mingled spirit.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

We need to live Christ in and for the church life; Our primary concern should not be anything outward but whether we are living the self or living Christ.

The practical way to live Christ is to walk according to the spirit; To walk in the spirit is to do everything in our daily life according to the spirit.

The more we walk according to the spirit, the more the Triune God will live in us so that we may live Him for the Body life.

The Experience of Life

When we are not walking according to the spirit in our daily life, we are walking according to the flesh.Christ as the Spirit is in our spirit, and we are one spirit with Him; To live in the spirit is to let Christ fill and saturate us until He permeates our whole being and is thereby expressed through us.

Practice and Application

Living Christ requires that we love Him to the uttermost; If we do not love the Lord, we cannot live Him; Part of the secret of living Christ is telling the Lord again and again that we love Him.

We need to pay our full attention to walking according to the spirit in order to live Christ. To walk in the spirit is to do everything in our daily life according to the spirit.

The way to walk according to the spirit is to pray unceasingly, just as we breathe unceasingly; We can walk according to the spirit by consistent, unceasing, moment-by-moment prayer.

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

Key Verses (1)

I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me—Gal 2:20

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain—Phil 1:21

As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me—John 6:57

Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me; because I live, you also shall live—John 14:19

I. We need to live Christ in and for the church life

  • The central thought of the Bible is that God desires us to live Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ.
  • In the New Testament there are four main verses that reveal the matter of living Christ—John 6:57; 14:19; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21a.
  • The Christian life is the life in which the believers of Christ live Him.
  • Our primary concern should not be anything outward but whether we are living the self or living Christ.
  • If we would live Christ, we must take Him as our person and be one person with Him.
  • Living Christ requires that we love Him to the uttermost.

Key Verses (2)

That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit. For those who are according to the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but those who are according to the spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace—Rom 8:4-6

Unceasingly pray—1 Thes 5:17

II. The practical way to live Christ is to walk according to the spirit

  • We need to pay our full attention to walking according to the spirit in order to live Christ.
  • The word walk in Romans 8:4 denotes the general walk in our living, including how we think, speak, act, and move.
  • The spirit in verse 4 is the regenerated human spirit indwelt by and mingled with the Spirit; Ultimately, the Bible requires only one thing of us—that we walk according to the mingled spirit.
  • When we are not walking according to the spirit in our daily life, we are walking according to the flesh.
  • Other aspects of our Christian life, such as preaching the gospel, should be the result of walking according to the spirit; In order to exhibit Christ in the meetings, we must gain Christ in our daily life by walking according to the spirit.
  • Unceasing prayer is the way to walk according to the spirit.

Key Verses (3)

That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit—Rom 8:4

For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another—Rom 12:4-5

III. The more we walk according to the spirit, the more the Triune God will live in us so that we may live Him for the Body life

  • When we walk according to the spirit daily and moment by moment, the Triune God as the Spirit will have the opportunity to make His home in us, settle down in us, and take possession of and occupy our entire being.
  • Romans 8 reveals that the Triune God lives in us so that we may live Him; this should be the focus of our Christian life.
  • The Body of Christ in Romans 12 issues from the experience of walking according to the spirit in Romans 8.

We need to see one thing—that the goal of the Lord’s recovery is to recover Christ, who is the embodiment of the Triune God to be our life and who is the Spirit to live within us and make us His living members so that His Body will be built up.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

   T1.  The main point of our Christian life is to live Christ.(Phil. 1:21a)

   (Please explain that the central thought of the Bible is that God desires us to live Christ for the

    building up of the Body of Christ.)

T2. Living Christ requires that we love Him to the uttermost. (Mark 12:30)

(Please explain that part of the secret of living Christ is telling the Lord again and again that we love Him.)

D2

T1. The Christian life is the life of living Christ and magnifying Christ.(John 6:57; 14:19; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21a)

(Please explain in the New Testament there are four main verses that reveal the matter of living Christ. )

T2. ‘For to me, to life is Christ’.(Phil. 1:21a)

(Please explain that the meaning of living Christ.)

D3

T1. The practical way to live Christ is to walk according to the spirit.(Rom. 8:4)

(Why does it say that if we do not live Christ or walk according to the spirit, our spiritual activities may be a performance?)

T2. To walk in the spirit is to do everything in our daily life according to the spirit.(Rom. 8:4)

(Please explain that the difference between to walk according to the mingled spirit and to walk according to the teaching in the Bible.)

D4

T1. There are only two sources and two conditions of our daily living—the spirit and the flesh.(Rom.8:4-5)

(Please use your experience to illustrate when we are not walking according to the spirit in our daily life, we are walking according to the flesh.)

T2. Gaining Christ in our daily life by walking according to the spirit.(Phil. 3:8)

(Please explain that our gospel preaching and shepherding should not be activities but should be the issue of a daily life of walking according to the spirit. )

D5

T1. To practice to walk according to the spirit.(1 Cor. 12:3; Phil. 3:17 )

(Please use your experience to illustrate that we primarily need to walk according to the spirit in their daily life and help other saints to enter into this kind of living)

T2. Unceasing prayer is the way to walk according to the spirit.(1 Thes. 5:17)
(Please use your experience to illustrate that we can walk according to the spirit by unceasing, moment-by-moment prayer.)

D6

T1. Through the bountiful supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ, magnifying Christ by living Him.(Phil. 1:19)

(Please use your experience to illustrate that the Spirit has a rich provision to supply us in full to live Christ for His magnification.The Spirit has a rich provision to supply us in full to live Christ for His magnification.)

T2. Walking according to the spirit, we will spontaneously be in the Body life.(Rom. 8:4; 12:4-5)

(Please explain that the Body of Christ in Romans 12 issues from the experience of walking according to the spirit in Romans 8. )

 

 

 

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