Monday

The Enjoyment of Christ
and Our Growth in Life unto Maturity –Week 5

The Reigning Aspect of the Mature Life
Seen in the Life of Joseph

Related Verses
Gen. 37:7-8
7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly my sheaf rose up and remained standing; and then your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.
8 And his brothers said to him, Will you indeed reign over us and actually be a ruler among us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

Heb. 6:1
1 Therefore leaving the word of the beginning of Christ, let us be brought on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith in God,

Phil. 3:14-15
14 I pursue toward the goal for the prize to which God in Christ Jesus has called me upward.
15 Let us therefore, as many as are full-grown, have this mind; and if in anything you are otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you.

Phil. 2:15
15 That you may be blameless and guileless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine as luminaries in the world,

Rom. 5:17
17 For if by the offense of the one death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

2 Tim. 2:12a
12a If we endure, we will also reign with Him;

Rev. 5:10
10 And have made them a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign on the earth.

Related Reading
When Jacob was matured, his name was changed. Not only was his disposition transformed, but his name was changed from Jacob, a supplanter, to Israel, a matured prince of God, one who could reign for God.

The reigning aspect of…the matured Israel [is] portrayed in the biography of Joseph. Because Joseph represents an aspect of Jacob, we should not consider Joseph a person separate from Jacob. This is the reason the last fourteen chapters of Genesis combine the record of Joseph’s life with the record of Jacob’s.

As a type of Christ, Joseph signifies the reigning aspect of a matured saint, the mature Israel. Certainly the reigning aspect of such a person must be perfect. None of us, of course, is perfect. However, in our reigning aspect we are perfect. Whenever we are reigning in the spirit, we are perfect. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 1406-1408)

A matured saint who has passed through the experiences represented by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…has an aspect that is constituted solely of Christ. Because this aspect of him is the constitution of Christ, it is perfect.

Joseph represents this constituted aspect of a matured saint. In each of us there is a part that is constituted of Christ. Even if you have just been regenerated, a part of you, your regenerated spirit, has been constituted of Christ. This is the beginning of Christ’s constitution in you. The process of being constituted of Christ will continue until it reaches its climax when the reigning aspect comes forth in you. When you are fully matured, you will have this top portion, this top aspect. Joseph represents the constitution of Christ in Jacob’s mature life. This aspect, Christ constituted in the matured saints, is perfect. Hence, it perfectly typifies Christ.

Although God’s people are positioned in heaven as the sun, the moon, and the stars, they are living on earth as sheaves (Phil. 3:20; 2:15), for sheaves grow in the field. Today we are the heavenly people living on earth.

We are God’s people…If you say that the brothers and sisters are so bad, it means that you are extremely shortsighted. But if you use the divine telescope to see through time, you will behold the New Jerusalem where there is nothing but sheaves and stars. In the New Jerusalem there are no “gophers” or “scorpions.” There, everything is full of life and light…Only God could have caused Joseph to have these dreams.

The mature life has a reigning aspect. The more mature in life you become, the less you will speak negatively concerning the saints or the church…In God’s eyes the believers are all sheaves. They are also the sun, the moon, and the stars.

After seeing such a vision, I have nevertheless said at times, “Yes, I have seen that the church is wonderful. But actually it is not so.” In saying this, the “tail” was exposed. Even this “tail” caused me to suffer death. Eventually, I was completely subdued and convinced, and I said, “Lord, I forget my short sight and use the divine telescope. The church is excellent, marvelous, and wonderful. There is nothing wrong with the church. It is perfect and complete.” When I speak like this, I am full of life and I enjoy life. To me, every brother and sister is wonderful, and I love them all, including the backsliders. The more I speak this way about the brothers and sisters, the more I am full of life. I believe many of us have experienced this. We are not the ones to judge. God is the Judge. And He is not judging the saints; He is working on them to transform the “scorpions” into sheaves and the “gophers” into stars. Eventually, we all shall be sheaves and stars. May we all have this eternal view. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 1409-1410, 1418-1420)

Further Reading: Life-study of Genesis, msg. 110

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