2018 TGC Message Two

The Reality of the Body of Christ

Message Two

Living in the Resurrection for 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:

2 Cor. 1:8-9 …That we were excessively burdened, beyond our power, so that we despaired even of living. Indeed we ourselves had the response of death in ourselves, that we should not base our confidence on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead;

Phil. 3:10-11 To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if perhaps I may attain to the out-resurrection from the dead.

Word of Appetizer

How do we live in resurrection for the reality of the Body of Christ?

In order to be in the reality of the Body of Christ, we need to be absolutely in the resurrection life of Christ; in order to live in resurrection, we must know, experience, and gain the God of resurrection; in order to live in resurrection, we must be renewed day by day by being nourished with the fresh supply of the resurrection life.

Spiritual Burden

In order to be in the reality of the Body of Christ, we need to be absolutely in the resurrection life of Christ

in order to live in resurrection, we must know, experience, and gain the God of resurrection; God is working through the cross terminate us, to bring us to an end, so that we will no longer trust in ourselves but in the God of resurrection.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

In order to live in resurrection, we must see the unveiled truth concerning Christ’s resurrection.

The budding rod signifies that Christ, the resurrected One, should be our life, our living, and the resurrection life within us and that this life should bud, blossom, and bear fruit to maturity; resurrection is an eternal principle in our service to God.

In order to be in the reality of the Body of Christ, we need to be absolutely in the resurrection life of Christ; in order to live in resurrection, we must know, experience, and gain the God of resurrection.

The Experience of Life

God is working through the cross terminate us, to bring us to an end, so that we will no longer trust in ourselves but in the God of resurrection. When the God of resurrection works, His life and nature are wrought into man. As we pass through afflictions, there needs to be a continual renewing taking place in us day by day so that God can accomplish His heart’s desire to make us the New Jerusalem.

Practice and Application

In order to live in resurrection, we must be renewed day by day by being nourished with the fresh supply of the resurrection life; in order to receive the renewing capacity of the divine life in resurrection, we need to contact God, open ourselves up to Him, and let Him come into us to be a new addition into us day by day.

We need to be received every morning; we should come to the Lord’s table in the principle of newness by forgiving others and seeking to be forgiven.

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

Key Verses (1)

1 Pet. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Num. 17:5 And the rod of the man whom I choose shall bud; …

8             And on the next day Moses went into the Tent of the Testimony, and there was the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi: it had budded; it even put forth buds and produced blossoms and bore ripe almonds.

I.Seeing the unveiled truth concerning Christ’s resurrection

II.The budding rod signifies that Christ, the resurrected One, should be our life, our living, and the resurrection life within us

  • Without these major of the Lord’s resurrection (the firstborn Son of God, the many sons of God, and the life-giving Spirit), there would be no church, no Body of Christ, and no economy of God.
  • God said, “The rod of the man whom I choose shall bud“.
  • The budding rod signifies our experience of Christ in His resurrection as our acceptance by God for authority in the God-given ministry.
  • The principle to every service lies in the budding rod; God returned all the eleven rods to the leaders but kept Aaron’s rod inside the Ark as an eternal memorial; this means that resurrection is an eternal principle in our service to God.
  • Resurrection means that everything is of God and not of us; it means that God alone is able and that we are not able.

Key Verses (2)

And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.—Eph. 2:6

To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if perhaps I may attain to the out-resurrection from the dead.—Phil. 3:10-11

III. In order to be in the reality of the Body of Christ, we need to be absolutely in the resurrection life of Christ

  • The church is absolutely of the element of Christ, absolutely in resurrection, and absolutely in heavenlies.
  • The golden lampstand, typifying the church as the Body of Christ, portrays Christ as the resurrection life, growing, branching, budding, and blossoming to shine the light.
  • When we do not live by our natural life but live by the divine life within us, we are in resurrection; the issue of this is the Body of Christ.
  • Anything that is carried out in the natural life, even if it is carried out scripturally, is not the reality of the Body of Christ.

Key Verses (3)

…that we were excessively burdened, beyond our power, so that we despaired even of living. Indeed we ourselves had the response of death in ourselves, that we should not base our confidence on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.—2 Cor. 1:8-9

…but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.—4:16

For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.—Phil. 3:3

IV.In order to live in resurrection, we must know, experience, and gain the God of resurrection

  • God is working through the cross to terminate us, to bring us to an end, so that we will no longer trust in ourselves but in the God of resurrection.
  • Although the living God can perform many acts on man’s behalf, the life and nature of the living God are not wrought into man; When the God of resurrection works, His life and nature are wrought into man.
  • In order to live in resurrection, we must be renewed day by day by being nourished with the fresh supply of the resurrection life.

Our natural strength and ability need to be dealt with by the cross to become useful in resurrection for our service to the Lord.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1  The first born of God, the many sons of God and the life-giving Spirit—Acts 13:33; 1 Pet. 1:3; 1 Cor. 15:45b

(Please illustrate that God accomplished three big things by raising up Jesus Christ from the dead according to the Bible.)

T2 Resurrection is the life pulse and lifeline of the divine economy.—1 Cor. 15:12

(Why is it that if there is no resurrection, God’s New Testament economy would altogether collapse and God’s eternal purpose would be nullified?)

D2

T1 The budding rod Aaron typifies the resurrected Christ.—Num. 17:8

(Please illustrate that resurrection is the basis of God’s selection.)

T2 The principle to every service lies in the budding rod.—Num. 17:8

(Please illustrate that resurrection is an eternal principle in our service to God.)

D3

T1 Being in the reality of the Body of Christ.—Eph. 2:6

(Please illustrate that in order to be in the reality of the Body of Christ, we need to be absolutely in the resurrection life of Christ.)

T2 The Lord is resurrection—John. 11:25

(Please illustrate that resurrection is not a matter of time but a matter of His person.)

D4

T1 Knowing, experience, and gain the God of resurrection.—2 Cor. 1:8-9

(Please illustrate that when the God of resurrection works, His life and nature are wrought into man.)

T2 God uses the environment in order to work His work His life and nature into us.—2 Cor. 4:16

(Please illustrate what is the primary purpose of suffering in this universe, particularly as it relates to the children of God.)

D5

T1 Being renewed day by day by—2Cor. 4:16

(How can we practice being renewed day by day by being nourished with the fresh supply of the resurrection life.)

T2 Our spirit is the place where we receive the renewing.—Eph. 4:23

(Please illustrate that which the four best provisions that God has to help us to receive the renewing.)

D6

T1 The natural strength and ability need to be dealt with by the cross.—Phil. 3:3; Acts 7:27-30

(Please illustrate that how Moses  learned to serve God according to His leading and to trust in Him.)

T2 The natural strength and ability need to be dealt with by the cross.—Phil. 3:3; Matt. 26:69-75

(Please illustrate how Peter was broken and turned from the natural ability to something in resurrection.)