2019 ITEROF Message Six

The One New Man Fulfilling God’s Purpose in Creating Man

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Message Six

The Prayer Needed for the Reality and Practicality of the One New Man

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

Persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving—Col.4:2

And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…—3:15-16

If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.—1-2

Word of Appetizer

Why the experience during times of genuine prayer enables us to touch the reality of the one new man?

During times of genuine prayer, we are in our spirit, and we are one spirit with the Lord; it is at these times that we live Christ. Whenever we experience genuine prayer, we are outside of our culture; in particular, we are outside of our cultural opinion. Then we realize that the new man is constituted with Christ alone and that in this realm there are no differences of culture.

Spiritual Burden 

Persevering in prayer for the one new man is related to the peace of Christ, to the word of Christ, and to living in union with Christ. We need to be ruled by the peace of Christ, to be inhabited by the word of Christ, and to live in union with Christ.

In His heavenly ministry Christ is interceding, ministering, and executing God’s administration, and we need to be those who respond to Christ’s activities in His heavenly ministry. Through our prayer Christ, the Head, is given a way to carry out His administration through His Body.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The governing principle of our prayer should be that prayer brings us into God.

The experience during times of genuine prayer enables us to touch the reality of the one new man.

We need to persevere in prayer because prayer involves a battle, a fight.

Persevering in prayer for the one new man is related to the peace of Christ, to the word of Christ, and to living in union with Christ.

The Experience of Life 

When we pray, we enter into fellowship with the Lord and become conscious of the fact that we are truly one spirit with Him and that He is actually one spirit with us.

If we keep ourselves in a praying condition, we will be outside of culture, and we will be one spirit with the Lord, enjoying His presence and spontaneously living Him.

If we continuously receive the divine transmission, being infused with a supply from heaven and experiencing the transaction between the heavenly Christ and us, we will respond to Christ’s interceding, ministering, and executing of God’s administration.

Practice and Application

In order to fight on God’s side against Satan, we need to persevere in prayer. To pray is to go against the current, the trend, in the fallen universe.

In His heavenly ministry Christ is interceding, ministering, and executing God’s administration, and we need to be those who respond to Christ’s activities in His heavenly ministry. When we seek the things which are above, we respond to Christ’s heavenly ministry and reflect it.

We need to be ruled by the peace of Christ, to be inhabited by the word of Christ, and to live in union with Christ.

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

Key Verses (1)

And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.—Col.3:10-11

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.—1Cor.6:17

I. The governing principle of our prayer should be that prayer brings us into God.

II. The experience during times of genuine prayer enables us to touch the reality of the one new man.

  • Whenever our prayer does not bring us into God, it is wrong, and we should not continue to pray in this way. The issue of proper prayer is that we find ourselves in God.
  • During times of genuine prayer, we are in our spirit, and we are one spirit with the Lord; it is at these times that we live Christ.
  • Whenever we experience genuine prayer, we are outside of our culture; in particular, we are outside of our cultural opinion. Then we touch the reality of the one new man.

Key Verses (2)

Persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving,—Col.4:2

And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.—3:15-17

III. We need to persevere in prayer because prayer involves a battle, a fight.

IV. Persevering in prayer for the one new man is related to the peace of Christ, to the word of Christ, and to living in union with Christ.

  • In order to fight on God’s side against Satan, we need to persevere in prayer. As those who take sides with God, we find that the whole universe is against us and, in particular, against our prayer.
  • The peace of Christ, which is Christ Himself, has made the Jews and the Gentiles one new man, and now we should let this peace arbitrate in our hearts for the Body life and for the practical existence of the one new man.
  • The way for Christ to exercise His headship and to minister His riches to us is through His word.
  • To live in union with Christ means that in our living we are not apart from Christ; rather, we are one with Him and do everything in His name by acting in the spirit.

Key Verses (3)

If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.—Col.3:1-2

And I saw in the midst of the throne…a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God—Rev.5:6

We have such a High Priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens—Heb.8:1

V. In His heavenly ministry Christ is interceding, ministering, and executing God’s administration, and we need to be those who respond to Christ’s activities in His heavenly ministry.

  • As the High Priest, He intercedes; as the heavenly Minister, He ministers; and as the Redeemer with the seven eyes of God, He administers the government of God for the accomplishment of God’s purpose.
  • Christ’s ministry in the heavens requires our response. To seek the things which are above means that we correspond to Christ’s heavenly ministry.
  • Through our prayer Christ, the Head, is given a way to carry out His administration through His Body.
  • If we seek the things which are above and have one life and one living with Christ, we will be wholly occupied with the enterprise of our Master.
  • In order for the recovery to be the Lord’s recovery, it must be under His direction. If we continuously receive the divine transmission, being infused with a supply from heaven and experiencing the transaction between the heavenly Christ and us, we will respond to Christ’s interceding, ministering, and executing of God’s administration.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 Prayer brings us into God(Luke 11:1-13)

(Please illustrate that the governing principle of our prayer)

T2 We receive the Holy Spirit as our life supply.( Luke 11:5-13)

(Once we pray ourselves into God, what should we do to remain in God?)

D2

T1 When we pray, we enter into fellowship with the Lord and we are truly one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17)

(Please illustrate that what are the rewards of praying)

T2 The experience during times of genuine prayer enables us to touch the reality of the one new man. (Col. 3:10-11)

(Please illustrate by experience that whenever we experience genuine prayer, we are outside of our cultural opinion)

D3

T1 We need to persevere in prayer. ( Col.4:2; Eph. 6:17-18)

(Please illustrate that we need to persevere in prayer because prayer involves a battle, a fight.)

T2 To pray is to go against the current, the trend, in the fallen universe. ( Col.4:2)

(Please illustrate by experience that almost everything in our environment is contrary to prayer.)

D4

T1 allow the word of Christ to dwell in us( Col.3:16)

(Please illustrate by experience that we may study the Bible, but we do not allow the word of Christ to dwell in us. )

T2 to live in union with Christ ( Col.3:17)

(Please illustrate by experience that what is the meaning of living in union with Christ)

D5

T1 Today His ministry in heaven is still going on. ( Heb. 1:3; 8:1)

(Please illustrate that the two types of ministries that Christ has)

T2 Christ today is living in the heavens to intercede for the churches. ( Col.3:1-4)

(Please illustrate by experience that Christ’s ministry in the heavens requires our response)

 

D6

T1 When we pray, we are a heavenly ambassador on earth as the extension of God’s kingdom(Col. 1:9, 12-13)

(Please illustrate that through our prayer Christ, the Head, is given a way to carry out His administration through His Body.)

T2 The new man is the spontaneous issue of our taking Christ as our life and living Him. ( Col.3:1-2)

(Please illustrate that the new man does not come by way of organization.)