the real gospel preaching is the speaking of the truth (see: blood and water, the double cure!)

the real gospel preaching is the speaking of the truth (see: blood and water, the double cure!)This week we come to the fourth great pillar in the Lord’s recovery, the gospel. The first great pillar, truth, brings in the second great pillar, life. The hearing of the truth brings in the divine life into us. Once we have life, the second great pillar, we become the church, the third great pillar. The church has the unique and great commission to preach the gospel (the fourth great pillar). What is the gospel? The gospel is the truth and the preaching of the gospel is the speaking of the truth (the first great pillar). Truth, life, the church, and the gospel are a wonderful cycle!

the real gospel preaching is the speaking of the truth

What is the gospel? The word of the gospel is the truth in the Bible, and the real gospel preaching is the speaking of the truth. We all have a heart to preach the gospel, but if we don’t know the truth, we don’t know what to speak and the others won’t listen to us! We may say a few sentences to them but if we are not constituted with the truth, we will soon run out of words. This is why we need to be willing to seriously learn the truth and be constituted with the truth. We need to learn the truth in a proper way, because for us to speak the word of the truth we must first know the truth!

the water and the blood – the double cure

Today we have in our hands the highest truths – the Lord has given us many rich truths in His recovery. All we have to do is to dive into the truth and learn it, be constituted with it, and then speak it. Many gold nuggets of the truth can be found in the hymns also. For example, the first stanza of Hymns #1058 says, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, / Let me hide myself in Thee; / Let the water and the blood, / From Thy riven side which flowed, / Be of sin the double cure, / Save me from its guilt and power.

Here we have the water and the blood, the double cure, and the guilt and power. What do these phrases refer to? The precious blood of the Lord Jesus cleanses us from our outward acts, from our sins (John 1:29; Heb. 9:22), while the water signifies the life imparted by the Lord to deal with our sinful nature (John 19:34). This is the double cure: we are cured from our sinful outward acts and from the sinful inward nature by the Lord’s blood and by His life. The precious blood redeems us from the eternal punishment, and His divine flowing life saves us continually from the power of our sinful nature.

speaking the high gospel

From this hymn we can see that the gospel is not about “going to heaven” or “prosperity and being rich”; rather, the high gospel is concerning Christ who shed His blood on the cross to redeem us from our sin and gave His life to us to save us from our inward sinful nature. We need to be constituted with the truth and then speak it to others – under the Lord’s shining and our speaking of the divine truth with an exercised spirit, the Lord will have a way to save him! Sing this stanza to him, then speak it, explain it, and the Lord will do the rest.

Our daily and continual constitution with the truth and learning the truth by reading the Bible, enjoying the footnotes, reading the life-studies and the ministry books, etc will put a rich deposit of the divine truths into our being. Then, when we open our mouth to speak, we will tell others concerning the Triune God – the Father, the Son, and the Spirit – who is dispensing Himself into us – sinful, tripartite men – so that our sins may be forgiven and that we may receive God’s life and become sons of God who are being transformed to be the same as Christ is! Praise the Lord!

[sharing inspired from, Truth, Life, the Church, and the Gospel—the Four Great Pillars in the Lord’s Recovery, ch. 10; and, The Organic Aspect of God’s Salvation, chs. 1-2, 5, as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, The Four Great Pillars in the Lord’s Recovery. You can purchase the morning revival book online, follow the articles on The Four Great Pillars on this blog and become a fan on Facebook for more updates. Picture source: Reading the Bible]

Lord, make us those who pay the price to know the truth in the Bible in its depth and in its richness! O, Lord, may we be those who dive into the truth to learn the truth and speak the highest gospel! Praise You for Your blood and for Your life, the double cure. Your blood cleanses us from any sin and releases us from the guilt of sin. Your life saves us subjectively from the power of sin through the transformation of our inward nature. Lord, praise You for the blood and water, the double cure!

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