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Definition: To rejoice, to glory, boast,to boast of a person or thing, to undertake a complimentary testimony to, exult.
1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.2 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
3I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.4 For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God, night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?5 Rejoice always.
6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.7Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.8Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
The Supplied Life has been republished
The Supplied Life is a daily devotional by Bill Freeman.
The very nature of the Christian life requires that we live a life of being supplied. The Christian Life is a supplied life. Indeed, The Supplied Life is Christ Himself. He has been prepared by God for us and is now being supplied and furnished to us. The way God does this is by organically joining us as branches to Christ, the true Vine (John 15:1, 4-5).
May these daily selections be an added stimulus to feed upon the Lord Himself, in order that His eternal purpose would be fulfilled through a daily supply of His Life.
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The Reality of the Church as Christ
Once we see the sense in which the church is Christ, we need to see the reality of the church as Christ. Many verses in the New Testament confirm the objective truth that the church is Christ. However, the Greek word althea, translated “truth,” includes not only the thought of objective truth, but the subjective reality of the truth. Thus, in this chapter we need to consider the factors that reveal the reality of the church as Christ.
I. The Centrality of Christ
A. Christ Having the First Place
For the church to be the reality of Christ expressed on this earth, the saints need to know Christ as the centrality of all things. Colossians 1:15-18 unveils the truth concerning the centrality of Christ: 15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn [of] all creation. For [in] Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and [unto] Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the [first place].” These verses clearly point to the centrality of Christ in the universe. In verse 15 and 16a, His centrality is related to all of creation. In verse 16, His centrality is related to the means through which the universe came into being, and to the purpose of the universe, since all things were created “unto” Him. In verse 17, His centrality is related to His having priority in time over all things, as well as to His present intrinsic presence that holds the universe together. In verse 18, His centrality is related to His being the Head of His Body, the church. All of these points unveil to us just how central Christ is in this entire universe.
Experiencing the centrality of Christ in our lives is essential for Him to be the reality of the church. Practically, this centrality is worked out by our giving Him the first place in all things. This means that we do not initiate things and matters in our lives. Our mind, emotion, and will are not the initiators in our living. We do not think on our own, feel on our own, decide on our own, choose on our own, go on our own, stay on our own. In everything He has the first place! I’m not qualified to initiate anything. I’m not qualified to speak; neither am I qualified to issue a rebuke! In everything He must have the first place! This is how His centrality is worked out.
I must give a word of personal testimony about my speaking here in Seattle concerning Christ being the church. Inwardly, I have the full assurance that He has the first place in my speaking. He is the centrality. My firm conviction is that Christ is all and in all. Because of this, I come here to ask one question, where is Christ? Where is Christ in dealing with the problems among the saints? I have become aware of some of the problems here. I am burdened to fellowship with all of you that the church is Christ. We must give Him the first place in all things. Christ must be the centrality of solving our problems.
For the church to be Christ we must hold fast to the Head in the midst of trials and problems. It is in this kind of environment that we need to learn to touch Him and be oriented to Him. He must be our point of reference in relating to all things. When we give Him the first place by holding Him firmly in our spirit, He grows in us, and we grow up into Him. As we are all growing up into Him in this way, the church is just Christ.
Christ is the centrality of all things by our actually giving Him the first place. To do so is to stand on the same ground as the Father. It is the Father that recognizes Christ as the centrality of all things. Don’t dispute with the Father. We don’t dare to think differently from the Father. The Father has already made the decision about Who is the centrality in this universe. The Father made Christ to be everything by making Him the firstborn of all creation. The Father has caused the fullness of the Godhead to dwell in Christ bodily. The Father said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). Oh, brothers and sisters, we must see that the Father has put His stamp of approval on His Son. He wants His Son to be the source of all things. Don’t reason and dispute in your small, feeble thinking, that you are going to have the first place in your life or in the church. No! Christ has the first place. We must let Him be our relationship with all of our affairs by calling on His name and submitting to His inner authority. As we let Him transmit Himself into us, He infuses us with His life and virtues. In this way, He is the centrality and He has the first place. This is how the church is Christ.