Monday

Crystallization-study of 1 & 2 Kings – Week 8 & 9

Growing into a Holy Temple in the Lord
and
The Temple of God Filled with the Glory of God

Related Verses

Eph. 2:5-6, 18-20
5 Even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)
6 And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,
18 For through Him we both have access in one Spirit unto the Father.
19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
20 Being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone;

Eph 3:4-5, 16-17a
4 By which, in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ,
5 Which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit,
16 That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
17a That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith,

Matt. 16:18
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Related Reading

As sinners we need God’s forgiveness and justification, as revealed in the book of Romans. But as dead persons we need to be made alive. Forgiveness and justification bring us back to God’s presence to enjoy His grace and participate in His life, whereas making us alive enables us, as the living members of the Body of Christ, to express Him. God made us alive by imparting His eternal life, which is Christ Himself (Col. 3:4), into our deadened spirit through His Spirit of life (Rom. 8:2). He has enlivened us with Christ. God enlivened us together when He enlivened the crucified Jesus. Therefore, He made us alive with Christ.

[“Grace” in Ephesians 2:5] denotes not only God freely dispensed into us for our enjoyment, but also God’s action in freely saving us. By such grace we have been saved from our wretched position of death into the marvelous realm of life. (Life-study of Ephesians, p. 180) [Week 8, Day 1, Morning Nourishment]

In the one Body we have been reconciled to God through the cross. This is a fact. Now we may have access unto the Father and contact Him directly. This is an experience. We have been reconciled to God positionally for salvation, and we have access unto the Father experientially for enjoyment.

In verse 18 the Trinity of the Godhead is implied. Through God the Son who is the Accomplisher, the means, and in God the Spirit who is the Executor, the application, we have access to God the Father who is the Originator, the source of our enjoyment.

After being reconciled to God, there was still the need for the Jews and the Gentiles to have access unto the Father for enjoyment…To be in the Body is a fact, but to be in the Spirit is an experience. Although we are in the Body, we may not be in the Spirit. Instead, we may be in our wandering thoughts.

We may have God in fact by being in the Body, but if we would enjoy the Father in experience, we must be in the Spirit. Once we were far off from God, but we have been reconciled to Him positionally. Now there is no separation, no partition, between us and God. However, if we are not in the Spirit, we do not have the enjoyment of this fact. Hence, in order to enjoy experientially what we possess positionally, we need to be in the Spirit. (Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 227-230) [Week 8, Day 1, Today’s Reading]

In considering the church as God’s building, we need to pay special attention to the foundation…Many Christians have difficulty understanding what the foundation is in Ephesians 2:20…Christ is the only foundation [1 Cor. 3:11]. Nevertheless, Ephesians 2:20 speaks of the foundation of the apostles and prophets…In contrast to Revelation 21 where the foundations are the very persons of the apostles, the foundation here is not the apostles and prophets themselves. Since the mystery of Christ has been revealed to the apostles (Eph. 3:4-5), the revelation they received is considered the foundation upon which the church is built. This corresponds to the rock in Matthew 16:18, which is not only Christ Himself but also the revelation concerning Christ, upon which Christ will build His church. Therefore, the foundation of the apostles and prophets is the revelation they received regarding Christ and the church for the building of the church. The church is built upon this revelation. (Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 233-234) [Week 8, Day 2, Morning Nourishment]

Ephesians 2:20 reveals that in God’s building Christ is the cornerstone. Here Christ is referred to, not as the foundation (Isa. 28:16), but as the cornerstone, because the main concern here is not the foundation but the cornerstone that joins together the two main walls: the wall of the Jewish believers and the wall of the Gentile believers. [Week 8, Day 2, Today’s Reading]

Corporate Reading: The Meaning of Human Life and a Proper Consecration, chapter 10, section(s):A Commission to Lead Classmates to Salvation

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