2018 ITEROF Message Two

Propagating the Resurrected, Ascended, And All-Inclusive Christ As the Development of The Kingdom of God

Message Two

The Continuation of the Book of Acts— Living in the Divine History within Human History

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

 

Acts 28:30-31 And he [Paul] remained two whole years in his own rented dwelling and welcomed all those who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, unhindered.

Acts 6:7 And the word of God grew, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem multiplied greatly; and a large number of the priests obeyed the faith.

Word of Appetizer

Why the Acts of the Apostles is a book without an ending?

Because this book is still being continued as the divine history within human history. The book of Acts is a record of the work of God; after Acts 28 many of God’s vessels are still carrying on with His work; His work is continuing and has not stopped. His work will go on until the kingdom and even until the new heaven and new earth; God is always advancing; He never stops; The work of the Holy Spirit in preaching Christ for His propagation, multiplication, and spread through the believers of Christ was not yet completed and needed to be continued for a long period of time.

Spiritual Burden

 

The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history as the acting God; they have become God in life, in nature, in expression, and in function (but not in the Godhead) for the spreading and building up of the church as the corporate manifestation of Christ. In order to live in the divine history within human history and by the divine life in our human life, we need to be vessels open to the Lord, loving Him, receiving Him, being filled with Him, and letting Him be everything to us and do everything in us, through us, and for us.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

 

The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history as the acting God; they have become God in life, in nature, in expression, and in function (but not in the Godhead) for the spreading and building up of the church as the corporate manifestation of Christ.

The Acts of the Apostles is a book without an ending, because this book is still being continued as the divine history within human history.

The word of God is still growing and being multiplied as the continuation of the book of Acts.

The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history by living, moving, and acting as one Body; by rejecting themselves and living by another life—Christ as the divine life; and by continuing steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word;

 

The Experience of Life

 

Our divine history in the midst of human history is a history of calling on the name of the Lord to enjoy the riches of Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ as the fullness of Christ.

As we are living in the divine history, we suffer on behalf of the Lord’s name within the human history; it is a real honor to be dishonored on behalf of the Name, the very name of the man-dishonored but God honored Jesus.

 

Practice and Application

The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history by continuing steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word.

We need to enjoy the processed and consummated Triune God as the life-dispensing and outpoured Spirit day by day.

We need to dwell in Christ as the “shore” of the evangelists for the transportation and spreading in the preaching of the gospel.

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

Key Verses (1)

And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh…—Joel 2:28

And everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah shall be saved—Joel 2:32

And he remained two whole years in his own rented dwelling and welcomed all those who came to him, Proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, unhindered. — Acts 28:30-31

a group of people who live in the divine history within human history as the acting God;

The Acts of the Apostles is a book without an ending

I .    The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history as the acting God; they have become God in life, in nature, in expression, and in function (but not in the Godhead) for the spreading and building up of the church as the corporate manifestation of Christ.

  • The book of Joel reveals the intrinsic, divine history within the outward, human history. Joel speaks concerning the outpouring of the processed, consummated, compound Spirit, who was poured out on the day of Pentecost.

II .   The Acts of the Apostles is a book without an ending because this book is still being continued as the divine history within human history.

  • His work will go on until the kingdom and even until the new heaven and new earth; God is always advancing; He never stops.
  • The work of the Holy Spirit in preaching Christ for His propagation, multiplication, and spread through the believers of Christ was not yet completed and needed to be continued for a long period of time.

Key Verses (2)

And the word of God grew, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem multiplied greatly; and a large number of the priests obeyed the faith. —Acts 6:7

But the word of God grew and multiplied. —Acts 12:24

So they went from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be dishonored on behalf of the Name. —Acts 5:41

But Barnabas took hold of him ……and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus. —Acts 9:27

By calling on the name of the Lord, we keep ourselves in God’s golden, divine history

living in the divine history within human history by calling on the name of the Lord

III .   The word of God is still growing and being multiplied as the continuation of the book of Acts.

  • Grew in Acts 6:7 refers to the growth in life, indicating that the word of God is a matter of life that grows as a seed sown into man’s heart for the increase of Christ.
  • Multiplied in Acts 12:24 refers to the increase of Christ in numbers; actually, the multiplication of the disciples depends on the growth of the word.

IV. The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human historyby calling on the name of the Lordsuffering on behalf of the name of the Lord, and speaking in the name of the Lord, the name of Jesus:

  • We call on the name of the ascended Lord, who has accomplished all, attained unto all, and obtained all. By calling on the name of the Lord, we keep ourselves in God’s golden, divine history.
  • We carry out the divine history within human history by speaking “boldly in the name of Jesus.

Key Verses (3)

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and spoke forth to them: —Acts 2:14

Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life. —Acts 5:20

But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word.— Acts 6:4

The Lord gives the command; / The women who bear the glad tidings are a great host. —Psalms 68:11

by living, moving, and acting as one Body; by rejecting themselves and living by another life; by continuing steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word; live in the divine history within human history seen in Psalm 68

V The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history by living, moving, and acting as one Body; they do everything in the Body, through the Body, and for the Body:

VI .  The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history by rejecting themselves and living by another life—Christ as the divine life; this corporate living of Christ is the reality of the Body of Christ.

VII . The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history by continuing steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word; this is to live in the apostolic ministry in coordination with Christ as our great High Priest in His heavenly ministry.

VIII . The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history seen in Psalm 68, which shows that Christ is the center of God’s move on the earth and the reality of God’s activities through the church.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 The physical human history and mysterious divine history (Joel 1:1-4, 2:28-32)

(Please illustrate that in the Universe there are two histories: the history of man and the history of God.)

T2 Joel speaks concerning the outpouring of the processed, consummated, compound Spirit, who was poured out on the day of Pentecost (Joel. 2:28-29)

(Please illustrate that this Spirit is the consummated Triune God and the realization of Christ for the manifestation of Christ.)

 

D2

T1 The book of Acts was not actually ended, rather, it was left open that more may be added (Acts 28:30-31)

(Please illustrate that the Acts of the Apostles is a book without an ending.)

T2 Every time God advances, He finds some vessels (Rom. 12:1-5)

(Please illustrate that God is not after an individual vessel today, but a corporate one.)

 

D3

T1 The Kingdom of God is the expansion of Christ (Rom. 8:29)

(Please illustrate that the Kingdom of God, along with Christ’s propagation and multiplication, grows out of and spreads from God’s life.)

T2 The Churches are golden lampstands (Rev. 1:10-12)

(Please illustrate that God is after a corporate, shining vessel, a vessel of testimony.)

 

D4

T1 But the word of God grew and multiplied (Acts 12:24)

(Please illustrate that the word of God is still growing and being multiplied as the continuation of the book of Acts.)

T2 Calling on the name of Lord is not a new practice that began with the New Testament; rather, it began in Genesis 4 (Gen. 4:26; Rom. 10-13)

(Please illustrate that calling on Lord’s name enables us to enjoy the processed Triune God for our full salvation.)

 

D5

T1 The book of Acts reveals a group of people who live, move, and act as one Body (Acts 1:14; 2:14)

(Please illustrate that they do everything in the Body, through the Body, and for the Body)

T2 This corporate living of Christ is the reality of the Body of Christ (Acts 28:13-15)

(Please illustrate that the book of Acts reveals a group of people who live by rejecting themselves and living by another life—Christ as the divine life.)

 

D6

T1 To live in the apostolic ministry in coordination with Christ as our great High Priest in His heavenly ministry (Acts 6:4)

(Please illustrate that the book of Acts reveals a group of people who live by continuing steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word.)

T2 Christ is the center of God’s move on the earth (Psa. 68:1, 24)

(Please illustrate that the book of Acts reveals a group of people who live in the divine history within human history seen in Psalm 68)