2018 TGC Message One

The Reality of the Body of Christ

Message One

The Spirit of the Reality Being the Reality of the Body of Christ

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality…

15:26       But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of reality, who proceeds from the Father, He will testify concerning Me.

Eph. 4:21 If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him as the reality is in Jesus.

Word of Appetizer

What is the reality of the Body of Christ?

The Body of Christ is the church, and all its reality is the Spirit of the reality of the processed and consummated of Triune God; if there were no Spirit of reality, there would be no Body of Christ, no church.

The Spirit of reality makes everything of the processed and consummated Triune God a reality in the Body of Christ; all that the processed and consummated Triune God experienced, including incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection, is realized by the Spirit of reality to be the attributes and experiences of the Body of Christ in reality.

Spiritual Burden

The Spirit as the reality of the Triune God is also the reality of the Body of Christ; the Spirit of reality makes everything of the processed and consummated Triune God a reality in the Body of Christ.

As members of the Body of Christ, we should live a life of reality, as the reality is in Jesus—a life of expressing God.

  Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The writings of John reveal that the Spirit is the Spirit of reality.

The Spirit of reality guides us into all the reality.

The Spirit as the reality of the Triune God is also the reality of the Body of Christ.

If we would be in the reality of the Body of Christ, we need to have the Spirit of reality constituted into our being.

The reality of the Body of Christ is “the reality…in Jesus”.

The Experience of Life

Through the Spirit, the reality of the Triune God is transmitted into us; as the Spirit of reality guides us into the divine reality by transmitting this reality into us, the divine reality—the processed and consummated Triune God—becomes the constituent of our being.

The All-sufficient God, as the Spirit of reality dwelling in our spirit to be joined as one mingled spirit.

Practice and Application

If we would be in the reality of the Body of Christ, we need to have the Spirit of reality constituted into our being.

Our standard of living must be according to the reality in Jesus, the reality lived out by the Lord Jesus when He was on earth; we need to learn Christ and be taught in Him to live a life of reality. As members of the Body of Christ, we should live a life of reality, as the reality is in Jesus—a life of expressing God.

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

Key Verses (1)

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of reality, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him; but you know Him, because He abides with you and shall be in you.

15:26 But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of reality, who proceeds from the Father, He will testify concerning Me;

16:13 But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality; for He will not speak from Himself, but what He hears He will speak; and He will declare to you the things that are coming.

I.The writings of John reveal that the Spirit is the Spirit of reality. 

II.The Spirit of reality guides us into all the reality

  • In the whole universe only One is real—the Triune God; only the Triune God is the reality. In God’s New Testament economy the Spirit has the attribute of reality.
  • The Spirit of reality is the reality of the Triune God; that is, He is the reality of all that the Triune God is, all that He has accomplished, and all that He has attained and obtained. The reality of the Triune God and of all His attributes is the Spirit of reality.
  • The Spirit of reality guides the believers into all the reality of the Triune God and of all divine matters.
  • In John 16:13 the reality refers to what the Father has, what the Son has, and what the Spirit receives of the Son and of what the Father has.
  • Through the Spirit, the reality of the Triune God is transmitted into us; thus, the reality into which the Spirit guides us is the reality of the Triune God.
  • The Spirit of reality guides us into the reality of the Body of Christ.

Key Verses (2)

1 Cor. 12:13 For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ. For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit.

Eph. 4:4 One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

III. The Spirit as the reality of the Triune God is also the reality of the Body of Christ

  • The Body of Christ is the church, and all its reality is the Spirit of the reality of the processed and consummated Triune God; if there were no Spirit of reality, there would be no Body of Christ, no church.
  • The reality of the Body of Christ is the Spirit whom we have received, experienced, and enjoyed in many aspects.
  • The Spirit of reality makes everything of the processed and consummated Triune God a reality in the Body of Christ.
  • All that the processed and consummated Triune God experienced, including incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection, is realized by the Spirit of reality to be the attributes and experiences of the Body of Christ in reality.
  • Only when we touch reality through the Spirit of reality can we live out the Body life.

Key Verses (3)

John 14:19-20 Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me; because I live, you also shall live. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

Eph. 4:21 If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him as the reality is in Jesus.

24 And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.

IV. If we would be in the reality of the Body of Christ, we need to have the Spirit of reality constituted into our being.

V. The reality of the Body of Christ is “the reality…in Jesus”.

  • The Spirit of reality has come into the believers to be the reality of Christ within them.
  • To be in the reality of the Body of Christ is to have the Spirit of reality wrought into us and constituted into our being.
  • The reality in Jesus is the actual condition of the life of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels.
  • The essence of the life of Jesus is reality; “The reality” in Ephesians 4:24 is the personification of God.
  • The way that the Lord Jesus lived on earth is the way that the members of the Body of Christ should live today. We need to learn Christ and be taught in Him to live a life of reality—a life of expressing God.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 Only the Triune God is the reality—John 14:6

(Please illustrate that in the whole universe only One is real—the Triune God.)

T2 The Spirit is the all-inclusive reality—1 John 5:6

(Please illustrate that reality is one of the most marvelous attributes of the Spirit.)

D2

T1 The Spirit of reality guides us into all the reality—John 16:13-14

 (Please illustrate that the Spirit of reality is the Executor of all spiritual things.)

T2 The spiritual reality must be in the Holy Spirit—1 John 5:6

(Please illustrate that all spiritual things must be in the spirit of reality before they can be real, living and organic.)

D3

T1 Through the Spirit, the reality of the Triune God is transmitted into us—1 John. 4:13

 (Please illustrate that how can we experience and enjoy the reality of the Triune God.)

T2 The Spirit as the reality of the Triune God is also the reality of the Body of Christ— John. 14:17

(Please illustrate that if there were no Spirit of reality, there would be no Body of Christ, no church.)

D4

T1

The Spirit is the inward essence and the expressed reality of the Body of Christ. —Rom. 15: 16b; 14:17; Eph. 3:16

(Please illustrate that the Spirit is the secret to all that the Triune God is to the Body of Christ.)

T2 Turn to our Spirit, put our mind into Spirit, and acts according to the Spirit.—1 Cor. 6:17

(Please illustrate that when we live in the mingled spirit, we will be able to live out the Body of Christ and become His corporate expression.)

D5

T1 The Spirit of reality has come into the believers to be the reality of Christ within them. —John 14:17, 20

 (Please illustrate that the reality of Christ now lives within us with experience.)

T2

The church must be one Body with the Spirit as its substance—1 Cor. 12:13

(Please illustrate that the Spirit is the essence and substance of the Body)

D6

T1 The reality is in Jesus—Eph. 4:21

(Please illustrate that what is the reality in Jesus.)

T2 The way that the Lord Jesus lived on earth is the way that we should live today. —John 1:14, 17

T2 (How can we practice as the reality in Jesus to treat every aspects of our daily life? )

(How can we practice considering the various aspects of our daily life according to the truth as it is in Jesus.)