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. 50:20
20 Even though you intended evil against me, God intended it for good, to do as it is this day, to preserve alive a numerous people.

Rom. 8:28-29
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
29 Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;

Rev. 3:18
18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be manifested, and eyesalve to anoint your eyes that you may see.

Rev. 21:5
5 And He who sits on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said, Write, for these words are faithful and true.

Prov. 4:18
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, Which shines brighter and brighter until the full day.

Heb. 11:21
21 By faith Jacob, while he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshipped God, while leaning on the top of his staff.

Rom. 12:1-2
1 I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.

Related Reading
If we realize that we are here for the Lord’s purpose, for the Lord’s recovery, then we shall know that whatever happens to us is for God’s purpose [Rom. 8:28]…Joseph loved God; therefore, whatever happened to him was for good. To be unwilling to forgive those who have offended you indicates that you are shortsighted. But if you see into the depth of what God has done, you will never seek revenge. Instead, you will always be willing to forgive those who have offended you. You will say, “Praise the Lord! Whatever happened to me was for good, not only for me, but for God’s people. Whatever happens to me works good for the kingdom of God.” (Life-study of Genesis, p. 1515)

Joseph also supported his brothers and comforted them (Gen. 50:15-21). Joseph’s brothers could not forget what they had done to him, and they were afraid that after their father’s death Joseph would do something to get revenge. Joseph wept when he heard his brothers’ request, for he had no thought of rendering evil to them. Rather, he said, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? Even though you intended evil against me, God intended it for good, to do as it is this day, to preserve alive a numerous people” (50:19-20). Joseph also promised to support them and their little ones. Then he comforted them and spoke kindly to them (50:21). Joseph seemed to be saying to his brothers, “Your intention was evil, but God’s intention was marvelous. He intended to send me here to save many lives. Please do not be bothered. I thank you for what you did to me. You helped God to fulfill His purpose.” In the church life we need this kind of spirit. Even if others offend you, you need to consider that whatever they do to you is of God. If you take everything as of God, all the offenses will be over.

Joseph comforted those who had offended him. What grace he had! Because the offended one could comfort the offending ones, they could enjoy a pleasant life in the kingdom. Remember, Joseph and his brothers represented the people in the kingdom. Because of Joseph’s excellent spirit, they could enjoy a good time together in the kingdom. But suppose Joseph wanted to render evil to his brothers. If such had been the case, the kingdom would have been an impossibility.

By making the last payment, the payment of themselves, to Joseph, the people partook of the top portion. When you pay the first, second, and third price, you enjoy the first, second, and third portion. But when you pay the highest price, you enjoy the best portion. Eventually, we receive not only food for satisfaction, but also seed for reproduction. In order to get the food and the seed, we need to pay the full price. Before handing over ourselves, we must hand over everything else. After they gave everything to Joseph, the people could say, “Praise the Lord, we are released! We don’t care for our money, cattle, land, or even ourselves. We just enjoy the rich supply.” All that remained was the enjoyment. What a great blessing it is to give up everything for this enjoyment!

When the Lord Jesus comes, the whole earth will be under one landlord and one banker. All the land will belong to Christ, and we shall hand over whatever we have and whatever we are to Him. We are the enjoyers, not the lords. At that time in Egypt everything was under the hand of one lord. Joseph moved the people to cities “from one end of the border of Egypt even to the other end” (47:21) in order to have an even distribution. There were no rich and no poor. It is the same today regarding the spiritual supply. Christ has the riches. The amount of these riches that He is able to supply us depends on what we are willing to pay. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 1533, 1531)

Further Reading: Life-study of Genesis, msgs. 120, 104-105, 108

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

Hymn: #943
1 Requirements of the Kingdom are
Much stricter than the law’s decrees;
No other requisite of God
Has ever higher been than these.

“Repent, the Kingdom has come near,”
This is the Kingdom’s first demand;
A change of mind we all must have
And on God’s side must firmly stand.

That we the Kingdom enter in,
Surpassing righteousness we need,
Exceeding that which is of law;
From life alone it must proceed.

That we the Kingdom enter in,
We need to do the Father’s will,
Not by our choice to work or act
But His one purpose to fulfill.

That we the Kingdom enter in,
A simple child we must become—
Adjustable, obedient, meek—
And everything of self o’ercome.

The Heav’nly Kingdom e’en requires
That we as God should perfect be;
This standard we must fully meet
That we may share its ecstasy.

The Kingdom is the reign of God;
To match His nature is required;
’Tis only by the life of God
The Kingdom’s entry is acquired.

The Kingdom is the rule of heav’n;
With heaven’s state we must accord;
’Tis only by the life of heav’n
That we may share it with the Lord.

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