Tuesday

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
Matt. 5:21-22
21 You have heard that it was said to the ancients, “You shall not murder, and whoever murders shall be liable to the judgment.”
22 But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, Raca, shall be liable to the judgment of the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, Moreh, shall be liable to the Gehenna of fire.

Gen. 39:21
21 Jehovah was with Joseph; and He extended kindness to him and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.

Acts 26:19
19 Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,

Isa. 50:4-5
4 The Lord Jehovah has given me The tongue of the instructed, That I should know how to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens me morning by morning; He awakens my ear To hear as an instructed one.
5 The Lord Jehovah has opened my ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn back.

Eph. 1:17
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him,

Eph. 3:3a
3a That by revelation the mystery was made known to me,

Acts 16:9-10
9 And a vision appeared to Paul during the night: A certain man, a Macedonian, was standing and entreating him and saying, Come over into Macedonia and help us.
10 And when he had seen the vision, we immediately endeavored to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to announce the gospel to them.

Related Reading
Joseph behaved so excellently and marvelously because he was directed by the vision he saw in his dreams…The young man Joseph [was] influenced by the heavenly vision, the vision that he was a sheaf rising up full of life and that he was a star worshipped by all the other stars!…The vision of his two dreams controlled his life and directed his behavior. He behaved as the sheaf standing up and full of life, and he conducted himself like a heavenly star shining in the darkness. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 1424-1425)

Just as we all have anger, we also have lust. If you have no lust, then you must be a bench or a stone. Every human being has lust. The way to control our lust is to be subdued, controlled, and directed by the vision…The people perish when they do not have a vision. Because we have seen the vision, it is very difficult for us to indulge in lust…Here in the church life we have the vision of the sheaf and the vision of the star.

Joseph’s life under the heavenly vision was the life of the kingdom of the heavens described in Matthew 5, 6, and 7. According to the constitution of the heavenly kingdom revealed in these chapters in Matthew, our anger must be subdued and our lust conquered (Matt. 5:21-32). If we claim to be the kingdom people, yet we cannot subdue our anger or conquer our lust, we are finished. Instead of being in the kingdom, we are on the seashore. We are those giving vent to our anger and indulging in lust. But all the kingdom people subdue their anger and conquer their lust. This is the kingdom life.

In the kingdom life today, kings are being trained. We, the kingdom people in the kingdom life, are being trained to be kings, to be Josephs, to be the reigning aspect of the mature life. For this, we must subdue our anger and conquer our lust. What a wonderful picture Joseph’s life is of our experience today!…Instead of agreeing with our anger or cooperating with our lust, we reject our anger and condemn our lust, because we are the reigning aspect of the mature life. We have the constitution of Christ within us, and we are being prepared to reign as kings.

A life such as Joseph’s always has the presence of the Lord (Gen. 39:2-5, 21-23). Wherever the presence of the Lord is, there is authority. If you have the presence of the Lord, the authority of the Lord will be with you. For example, in captivity Daniel had the Lord’s presence; therefore, the Lord’s authority was with him…In the case of Joseph, Potiphar, an officer in Pharaoh’s palace, was in control of things. Eventually, however, Potiphar was under Joseph’s control because Joseph had the Lord’s presence…Although there was a ruler over the prison, eventually this ruler was not the actual ruler. Instead, Joseph, a prisoner who had the presence of God, became the ruler. Both in Potiphar’s house and in the prison Joseph became king.

Wherever the constitution of Christ goes with the presence of God, there will be the reigning part. In the coming kingdom it will be this part that will be the co-kings with Christ in the kingdom of the heavens. Thus, the reigning aspect of the mature life is a life that always enjoys the presence of the Lord. The authority in this universe is the Lord Himself. Wherever His presence is, there is authority, the ruling power. As long as we have the Lord’s presence, we have authority, even if we are in prison. Although we may be prisoners, we shall eventually become rulers. We shall rule wherever we are. This indicates that we are the reigning aspect of the mature life. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 1428-1429)

Further Reading: Life-study of Genesis, msg. 111

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