The word of God in the Bible is God’s love letter to us; it shows us who God is, what He is, and what is His heart’s desire and economy. The word of God contains God’s essence, which is Spirit; if we come to God’s word in a proper way by contacting the Lord, we receive life.
However, throughout the ages many believers took God’s word and did their best to fulfill it, keep it, and obey it, and they kept coming to the Bible in an outward way. The Bible is a book that is different from any other books; it not only contains God’s purpose and His intention but also can be unto life or unto death. Depending on the kind of person that approaches the Bible, this book is unto life or unto condemnation (death).
If we have the right attitude and the proper heart when we come to God’s word, we will be infused with God’s substance and thus we will be enabled to live out what the Bible says. But if we come to the Bible seeking knowledge and striving to obey what this book says, we will become letter-keepers who are under condemnation and who condemn others also.
For example, Moses went up on the mountain to be with God twice for 40 days and 40 nights, and he was thoroughly infused with God until he shined out God; he then became a person according to God, and he expressed God in his living. On the other hand, Saul of Tarsus took God’s law and did his best to keep it, and he was righteous according to the law; however, he became a blasphemer of God and a persecutor of men, being zealous to put away those who didn’t obey the law as he did.
In contrast, the Psalmists loved God, treasured His law, had a heart for God, and were loving seekers of God; they never condemned others but rather pursued God and desired to be in His house all the days of their life. What God desires is to have true worshippers, those who are according to what He is by coming to His word and being infused with His substance to reflect His glory.
Becoming God’s True Worshippers by being Infused with God through His Living Word
Today God is seeking true worshippers, those who worship Him in Spirit and in truthfulness (John 4:24). How can we become God’s true worshippers? By being infused with God’s substance through His living word, we become the true worshippers of God, those who are according to what God is, who correspond to what God is, and who reflect what God is for His glory (John 4:24; 5:39-40; 2 Cor. 3:18).
If we come to God’s word by seeking Him with all of our heart, we will enjoy His riches and receive a rich infusion of His element into our being; what is then lived out of us will be the expression of God. The result is that we become true worshippers of God, those who are according to what God is and correspond to God. A true worshipper of God is one who is infused with God and lives out God. A true worshipper of God is a person according to what God is, and his living corresponds to God’s living and reflects what He is – this is the living testimony of Jesus.
The law is the living word of God which we need to take in by means of all prayer and petition so that we may be infused with God’s element; then, as God is being infused into us, we will have the strength of life to live out the law, which corresponds to God’s nature and expression (Eph. 6:17-18; Rom. 8:4).
May the Lord save us from falling into the trap of doing our best in ourselves and striving to keep God’s word without coming to the Lord! In the Lord’s days the Jews searched the Scriptures, thinking that in them they have eternal life, but they didn’t come to Christ, the One who is the living Word of God and who can give life. When we come to God’s word we need to come to Christ so that we may receive more of His divine life.
As we are infused with God’s divine life through our living prayerful consideration of God’s word, God in us will be the One who fulfills His own law and lives in us a life that corresponds to what He is. For this we need to exercise our spirit to touch and enjoy the Spirit in God’s word, and we need to allow the Lord to infuse us with Himself so that His truth and reality would become our genuineness, and we would live out God.
A worshipper of God is not merely one who outwardly declares that he worships God or one who lifts up his hands and goes through some motions to “offer worship to God”. The real worship of God as seen in John 4 is in spirit and truthfulness, that is, in contacting God the Spirit with our human spirit having God as our reality and living day by day. May we be the men of God who enjoy the breath of God so that we may have the strength of life to live out the law, thus becoming the living testimony of God!
Lord Jesus, we want to be Your true worshippers, those who are infused with God’s substance through His living word to be persons according to what God is. Lord, infuse us more with Yourself in Your word until we reflect what you are for Your glory. Keep us coming to You as we come to Your word, loving You and exercising our spirit to receive a rich infusion of God’s element into our being so that we may have the strength of life to live out the law and become the living testimony of God!
The Highest Profession is to Spend time to be Infused with God to Shine Forth God
When Moses came down from the mountain after spending 40 days in God’s presence, the skin of his face was shining (even though he was unaware of this). He talked to God, communed with Him, and received God’s infusion for 40 days and 40 nights; therefore, he glowed with God and shined forth God.
In 1 Cor. 3 Paul tells us that Moses’ ministry of the old covenant was glorious, but our ministry in the new covenant is even more glorious. Moses had to cover his face after a while, because the shining was fading away, but we all, with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed inwardly and organically into the same image as the Lord is, from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18).
Our face doesn’t need to be covered: we need to behold the Lord without any veil on our face, and He will transfuse Himself into us, transforming us into His image. All the veils of religion, human concepts, good opinions, and all kinds of things need to be removed, and we need to be completely unveiled so that we may behold the Lord and be transformed into His image.
The highest profession on earth is to spend time with God to be infused with God so that we can glow with God and shine forth God; this accomplishes God’s eternal economy to work Himself into man so that He may have His testimony, His enlarged and expanded expression (2 Cor. 3:15-18). The way God is gaining His enlarged expression is by gaining a group of people who spend time being infused with God so that they may glow with God and shine forth God.
The glory of God is in the face of Jesus Christ; when we take time to behold Christ’s face in His word with an exercised spirit and a turned heart, we will be infused with His element and we will reflect His glory; this glory never fades away but it is from glory to glory! Spending time with God to be infused with God is far greater than doing anything for God. We can become God’s expression shining Him forth by spending time with Him.
We need to have set times with the Lord, beginning from our time with Him in the morning, in which we would spend time with God to be infused with Him, be saturated with Him, and receive His element through our prayerful musing and consideration of His word. God doesn’t require us to do anything for Him; He just wants us to be like Moses: go up on the mountain to be with Him!
The Lord Jesus spent time with the Father again and again, and He was in a constant conversation and fellowship with the Father. The way we can express God, become God’s true worshippers, and shine forth God is by spending time with God again and again. Through our constant and continual spending time with God, God can accomplish His economy of obtaining an enlarged corporate expression.
Lord Jesus, we want to exercise our highest profession of spending time being infused with God so that we may glow with God and shine forth God. Lord, we want to cooperate with You and allow You to remove any veils from our face so that we may behold You and reflect You like a mirror, being transformed into Your image from glory to glory even as from the Lord Spirit! Thank You Lord for being so available, so real, so life-giving, and so ready to infuse Your element into us as we spend time with You in Your word!
References and Hymns on this Topic
- Inspiration: the Word of God, my Christian experience, brother Andrew Yu’s sharing in the message for this week, and Life-study of Exodus, msg. 62 (by Witness Lee), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on,Crystallization-Study of Exodus (2), week 1 / msg 1, The Law – the Testimony of God Revealing him to His People and the Living Word of God to Infuse His Substance into His Loving Seekers.
- All Bible verses are taken from, Holy Bible Recovery Version.
- Hymns on this topic to strengthen this burden:
# Take time to behold Him, / Speak oft with Thy Lord, / Abide in Him always, / And feed on His Word. / Wait thou in His presence, / Submissive and meek, / Forgetting in nothing / His blessing to seek. (Hymns #643)
# When we are with unveiled face / Beholding and reflecting the glory of the Lord, / He infuses us with the elements / Of what He is and of what He has done. / But we all with unveiled face, / Beholding and reflecting / Like a mirror the glory of the Lord, / Are being transformed / Into the same image / From glory to glory, / Even as from the Lord Spirit. (Song on 2 Cor. 3:18)
# Take time to behold Him, gaze oft on His face, / Receiving His Person, and grace upon grace. / By His pleasant shining, infused we will be; / Our faces will glow with His light, radiantly. (Song on Spending time with God)