Afterthoughts

Only personal ideas about general things, spiritual or secular. A keepsake of some realizations I especially encountered in my student-life.


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Only a Member, Reality of the Body of Christ

There is one point I am deeply impressed from tonight’s fellowship and that is – I am only a member of the Body of Christ.

I am a believer in the Lord and I am a child of God. Being so, I can exist alone. However, as a member I cannot exist alone neither can I live independently apart from the Body and that in itself it is incomplete. To be a member, we not only have the consciousness that we believe in the Lord and that we are truly children of God but most of all, we must have the Body-consciousness.

In Romans 12:2, we see the perfect will of God and in verses 4-5, we see the one Body in Christ. This one Body is what God has willed.

“..the will of God is that we whom God has chosen, called, redeemed, justified, sanctified, and conformed unto glorification in the preceding eleven chapters may be members one of another to have the living of the Body of Christ (vv. 3-5). The Body of Christ is the peak of God’s divine revelation. The living of the Body is the issue and goal of the presenting of our bodies, the renewing of our mind, and all the life practices in the foregoing chapters.” (Romans12:2 note 6)

“We are one Body in Christ, having an organic union with Him. This union makes us one in life with Him and with all the other members of His Body. The Body is not an organization or a society but is altogether an organism produced by the union in life that we have with Christ.” (Romans 12:5 note 1)

Thank the Lord that He was processed that we may be one in Him! As being in Him, we need to stay in Him. Only when we are in Christ are we in one Body. Positionally, we have been in the one Body. But in reality, are we always in the one Body? Christ as the life of the Body is in all the members in the mingled spirit. Thus, even when we’re gathered together but are in the mind, we only think that we are in the Body but not in reality. For us to be in the reality of the Body, we need constant exercise of the mingled spirit!

The goal of our gospel preaching and establishing of churches is not just for the increase in number. The goal is the building up of the Body of Christ. And this is the direction of the Lord’s move today. Without the Body, there can be no Bride, no Army, no Stone, and no Kingdom(Mountain).

In Ephesians 1:23, we can see that the Body is “the 2bfullness of the One who 3cfills all in all.”

The Body of Christ is not an organization but an organism constituted of all the regenerated believers for the expression and activities of the Head. The Body of Christ is the issue of the incarnated, crucified, resurrected, and ascended Christ, who has come into the church. By means of the ascended Christ’s heavenly transmission, we are made one with Him, and thus His Body is produced.”

Other verses that relate to the Body are Colossians 1:18, showing that Christ is the Head of the Body, 1 Corinthians 1:910:16, Acts 2:42, and 1 John 1:3 where we can see the fellowship of the Body. As the Head, only Christ has the authority in Himself. We have no authority in ourselves and we should never assume authority. We should honor the head by praying to Him. Also, we need to learn how to fellowship which is a way to honor the Body.

If we see that we are members of the one Body, we can never be independent, never individual. This is our goal in all of this, whatever this is that we do. This is the direction of the Lord’s move. Without the Body, the Lord cannot come back. He will not return for the trees (local churches) alone, He is returning to gather the first fruits (reality of the Body). The Body cannot be built by doctrine and theology. May we all come to the Lord that we may be brought to the experience of the reality of the Body of Christ. May God’s will be done on earth!

(An enjoyment on bro. R.K’s fellowship about God’s Will and the Direction of the Lord’s Move in Malabon, Philippines last Jan. 26-27)


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Just as the days of Noah

The Lord’s speaking these days mostly concerns His coming back. For this there is the exhortation to be watchful by beseeching as seen in Luke 21:36

But be awatchful at every time, bbeseeching that you would 1prevail to 2escape 3all these things which are about to happen and 4cstand before the Son of Man.

Several verses in the New Testament also describes what the Lord’s second coming is like and these verses say that it will be like the days of Noah.

37 aFor just as the 1days of Noah were, so will the bcoming of the Son of Man be.

38 1For as they were in those days before the flood, 2eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day in which aNoah entered into the ark.

1aAnd even as it happened in the 2bdays of Noah, so will it be also in the cdays of the Son of Man.

In the days of Noah until now, the people are still doing the same thing – eating, drinking, marriage, and given in marriage. But the instrumental thing here which brought the Lord’s judgment on the time of Noah was the building of the ark that eventually became their salvation. They entered into the ark and they were saved from the flood, the judgment.

1Who had formerly disobeyed when the long-suffering of God waited in the days of aNoah, while the ark was being prepared; entering into which, a few, that is, eight souls, were 2brought safely through 3by bwater.

Today, what brings the Lord back is also a building. The ark typifies today’s built-up church. Being in the church is our salvation from the coming judgment to the world. The church is also our refuge. In order to participate in this building, the need is not just for us to read our Bible, to beseech, to be spiritual, but much more for us to be built-up with others especially in our small groups. When Daniel overcame by setting his heart not to be defiled, he wasn’t alone, rather, he had his three companions. Likewise, if we would be the overcomers to hasten the Lord’s return, we must be ones who are built-up with others. Unless, the church is built-up, the Lord can’t come back. Our Bible reading, our praying, our loving the Lord and pursuing of Him are not merely for us but must be for His building. If we love the Lord, not only do we keep His words but also we love those whom He loves. Since He loved the church that He even gave gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25), how much more should we, the constituents of His beloved bride, love one another (John 13:34,35;15:12,13,17;Romans 12:10).

Since we all love the Lord’s appearing, may we all give ourselves for His building!

(This post is based on my enjoyment received from a brother’s sharing during our collegian’s Campus Meeting on Nov. 12, ’12, monday 3-5pm).


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Why should you “Consider your ways”

This is my very first blog and I chose it’s title to be ‘Consider your ways’ taken from a verse in the Bible, Haggai 1:5.

Now, what’s with this title?

The book of Haggai is the 37th book in the Bible belonging to the books of the Minor Prophets and is one of the shortest book having only two chapters at all. It was written at the time when the children of Israel had returned from their captivity from Babylon during the second year of king Darius of Medo-Persia. This book unveils what was on God’s heart regarding the delay of the building of His house.

It is striking for me that in this book Jehovah had said, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your panelled-up houses, while this house lies waste?”(v.4) which is why in the following verse is the conclusion “Consider your ways”.

Today, rich or poor, all of us wants to be in a well-roofed nice house, a place where we can have full rest and satisfaction. How much more our God is! No wonder He said in Isaiah 6:6, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth the footstool for My feet. Where then is the house that you will build for Me, and where is the place for My rest?”

Then the next verses in Haggai reveal the consequences of the people having been ignorant to Him. Verse 6 says, “You have sown much but you bring in little; you eat but there is no satisfaction; you drink but there is no being filled with drink; you dress yourselves, but there is no warmth in doing so; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put them into a bag with holes”. Verses 9-11 continues, “You looked for much, and yet it amounted to little; and when you brought it home, I blew on it. Why? declares Jehovah of hosts. Because of My house that lies waste while you each run to your own house. (10)Therefore over you the heavens withhold their dew, and the earth withholds its yield. (11)Indeed I called for a drought upon the land and upon the mountains and upon the grain and upon the new wine and upon the fresh oil and upon that which the ground brings forth and upon man and upon beast and upon all the toil of the hands.”

Isn’t this word from Jehovah clear? Why do we toil and gather less? Why do we seem ‘unblessed’ or unfruitful in anything we do? As believers in Christ, our hearts must only be set on one thing, the thing which is on God’s heart, His house. All our attainments, success, achievements or whatever is actually not for us, but for the sake of His building. And we need to see that the reason why we suffer is due to our not taking care for His building. For this, we need to consider our ways.

A more practical view concerning Jehovah’s rebuke is on the Life-Study of the  Minor Prophets message 31:

  • The word “run” in verse 9 indicates that the people were busy caring for their own houses. Today some saints are so busy caring for their own houses that they have no time to attend the meetings. As we consider this, we need to realize that in the entire universe there is no such thing as neutrality. We must be absolute. We must either take care of our houses first or take care of the Lord’s house first. My point here is that we need to learn to save some time for the Lord’s interests. How many sinners are waiting for our visitation? How many saints, especially younger ones, are waiting for our cherishing and nourishing? We may excuse ourselves today, but we need to consider how we will answer the Lord Jesus when He comes. We may have many relatives who are unsaved. Their being unsaved may be our fault, not theirs. If so, when the Lord comes to settle accounts with us (Matt. 25:19), He will surely rebuke us. It has been difficult for us to get the increase, not mainly because of our environment but because of our excuses.

In line with this, we also need to be clear that His building does not refer to a physical one but to God’s spiritual building, the church, which is composed of His believers expressed locally as the local churches in every city. Since the building refers to people, this means then that our need is to care for the people around us, our relatives, classmates, colleages, and friends for the gospel. Brother Lee has a word for this:

  • “I hope that all the dear saints will be busy in going out to visit people and in contacting their relatives, classmates, and colleagues for the gospel. All the saints should be occupied by the Lord Jesus in preaching the gospel, feeding the new believers, and taking care of others. I hope that concerning this the whole atmosphere and environment among us will be revolutionized. (http://www.ministrybooks.org/books.cfm?id=22DBAD

Oh, may we be delivered from all our excuses! May we be absolute for the Lord! May we all redeem our time to take up the Lord’s charge – “Go up to the mountain and bring wood and build the house, and I will take pleasure in it and will be glorified, says Jehovah”(v.8). Let us not delay His building work! Let us consider now our ways!