Keeping the Law of the House of God and being Fashioned According to God’s House

Most believers today feel that moral regulations and spiritual principles are sufficient as rules of behavior and conduct; few realize that our behavior and conduct should be examined not only according to moral regulations and spiritual principles but also according to the church, the house of God - 1 Cor. 14:4-5, 12, 26; Rom. 14:19; 15:2. The Lord cares for the church--the place of His throne, the place of the soles of His feet, and the place where He can dwell for rest and satisfaction - Ezek. 43:7. Because the Lord cares so much for the church, His house, we also should care for the church as His house and fashion ourselves according to it - Eph. 2:21-22. Crystallization-Study of Ezekiel (2), outline 8

Since today we are no longer in the age of the law but in the age of the church, we need to keep the law of the house of God, and we need to fashion ourselves according to the church. Our main concern should not be with behaving ourselves or with … [Continue reading]

What does it mean in our Experience for us to be Measured by God’s Building?

If what we are and what we do cannot match God’s building, it amounts to nothing in the sight of God.

Our main concern as believers in Christ and members of the Body of Christ should be not with behaving ourselves or becoming spiritual but with being measured by God's building and fitting into God's house. If what we are and do can't match God's … [Continue reading]

When God’s Light Shines on us, we will be Measured by the House of God for the Body

1 Tim. 3:15 ...I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.

After revealing the pattern, design, and features of the house of God to Ezekiel in a vision, God instructed him to describe God's house to God's people so that they would be measured by the house of God and be ashamed of their iniquities (see Ezek. … [Continue reading]

Christ Builds the Church by Making His Home in our Heart to Constitute us with God

In Matthew 16:18 the Lord Jesus said, “I will build My church.” But how is the church to be built? The church is built with the Triune God: with the Father as the source, with the Son as the element, and with the Spirit as the essence. This is clearly indicated in Ephesians 4:4-6. According to these verses, the whole church, the Body of Christ, is a mingling of the human frame with the Triune God as the source, the element, and the essence. On the one hand, the gifted persons perfect the saints unto the work of the ministry so that the Body may build up itself in love. On the other hand, the processed and consummated Triune God as the source, the element, and the essence is building the church by building Himself into our being. Witness Lee, Life-Study of 1 & 2 Samuel, p. 162

Christ is the only One qualified to build up His church, and he does this by building Himself into our being, that is, by making His home in our heart so that we may be mingled with the Triune God and become a mutual abode with Him. This is what the … [Continue reading]

The Bible is a Book of Building, and we need to Let Christ Build Himself into us

2 Sam. 7:12-14 When your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your seed after you, which will come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. It is he who will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he will be My son...

After God showed the vision of His holy building to Ezekiel, He measured His people by His building, by all the details and features; the entire Bible is a book on building, and for us to build the church we need to let Christ build Himself into us … [Continue reading]

We Experience the Cross as the Center of God’s Building to be Built into the Church

Gal. 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.

Although we as believers in Christ meet the cross everywhere in our Christian life, we experience the cross in a particular way when we come to the altar at the centre of God's building, and here the cross becomes our center.The center of the … [Continue reading]

The Cross Leads us to the Body and the Cross Operates in the Sphere of the Body

1 Cor. 12:27 Now you are the Body of Christ, and members individually.

The cross and the experience of the cross is not an end in itself; the cross leads us to the Body of Christ, the cross operates in the sphere of the Body, and in the Body of Christ we cannot go on without the cross.The cross of Christ and the … [Continue reading]