The Church in Moses Lake is a meeting place for Christians and Believers who live in the Moses Lake, Washington area. We meet in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We gather together to read and share the Word of God and encourage one another in our Life in Christ. You are most welcome to join us in Praise and Worship, but If you are not able to attend, the recorded messages are available to minister to you. You will find our meeting times and location on the Contact Us tab.
Definition: Life,the present state of existence.
1 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them,“Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”
2Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
3For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.4By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
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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Revelation and Practice
The Real Nature of Division
Now we need to understand the reality of the church in relation to our practice of the church. The practice of the church should be based upon the revelation that the church is Christ; otherwise the result will be division. Paul knew that the division in the church in Corinth was due to the believers’ lack of revelation. Thus, when he dealt with their divided situation, he did so in a way that revealed that the church is Christ. In 1 Corinthians 1:10- 13 we read, 10 “Now I plead with you, brethren, [through] the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s house- hold, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that each of you says, ‘I am of Paul,’ or ‘I am of Apollos,’ or ‘I am of Cephas,’ or ‘I am of Christ.’ 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized [into] the name of Paul?” Paul’s question to the Corinthians, “Is Christ divided?” exposes the real nature of division — division is not merely to divide an organi- zation or a group of people. Division is to divide Christ.
Usually when the problem of division is spoken of among believers, it is identified as “church division.” In fact, as we read the above passage in 1 Corinthians chapter 1, we would logically conclude that Paul would have said, “Is the church divided?” But Paul deals with “church division” as “Christ division.” Even while he is dealing with a problem, he imparts a high vision of what the reality of the church is. For Paul to ask, “Is Christ divided?” reveals the real nature of division, on the negative side; and it reveals that Christ is the inner reality and content of the church, on the positive side.
When we gather together as believers, we need to be mindful of the real nature of our standing and meeting. We should not stand on the ground of division. What is the ground of division? Anything that replaces Christ Himself. Even to meet around the apostle Paul is to meet in a divisive way. The church is Christ and Christ alone. There should not be any name or denomination appended to Christ. We need to be watchful as we come together as Christians. When we see that the church is Christ, we could never stand as a denomination or meet according to our preferences. Our standing and meeting as the church must be pure and simple — a standing where Christ is all and in all (Col. 3:11).
As believers, are we coming together as Christ? Or, are we coming together as our own group ? It makes a big difference how we gather together. Paul told the believers in 1 Corinthians 11:17, “Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.” The context of this verse reveals that they were not coming together simply as Christ, but with parties and factions and divisions among them. According to Paul’s analysis of the situa- tion in 1 Corinthians 11:20, he had to say, “Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.” In other words, Paul was exposing that they had nullified the reality of the Lord’s supper by their improper way of meeting and practicing the church. This shows us that it is not a small matter to gather as the church. We must stand and meet according to the revelation of the Word of God. We meet not just for Christ or under the banner of Christ, but as Christ!
Paul’s interaction with the saints in Corinth (1 Cor. 1:10-13; 3:3-9, 21-23; 4:6) indicates that as good as Paul, Peter, and Apollos were, they were never to be the factors around which to create a church. To meet as the church in any way other than around Christ is to meet without revelation and in ignorance. This gives ground to the flesh and the proud, undealt with self. Of course, we should realize that the self is so subtle that even the name of Christ can be used in a fleshly and proud way. Paul condemned not only the ones who said they were of Paul, or of Peter, or of Apollos, but also the ones who said they were of Christ. It seems like a paradox, but when believers gather together in an impure way, even their so- called gathering around Christ can be very divisive.
Paul’s way of dealing with the problems of the church in Corinth brought forth revelation and clarity about how believers should meet together. Paul’s utterance and statement, “Is Christ divided?” at once reveals the inner nature and reality of the church. Like the statement in 1 Corinthians 12:12, we see that Christ is composed not merely of Himself, alone in the heavens, but also of all His members meeting on earth. Such a statement identifying the church with Christ teaches us that the church does not belong to a worker, a pastor, a pope, a group of elders, or even the most legitimate of apostles, such as Paul and Peter. The church is God’s building in Corinth (1 Cor. 3:9). This means the church is God’s own property (1 Cor. 1:2; Acts 20:28), and the only thing that He will own is Christ (Col. 3:11; Gal. 3:27-28)!
The truth that the church is Christ is the reason why, in the New Testament, the singular term “church” is used along with the city’s name where the church meets. For example, to say “the church in Jerusalem” is like saying “the Christ in Jerusalem.” The church is Christ enlarged and expressed in Jerusalem. The church in Philadelphia is Christ expressed in that city, or the churches of Galatia are Christ expressed in that region. In Romans 16:16 Paul says, “The churches of [the] Christ greet you.” Of course, Paul is not referring to a denomination called “the church of Christ.” He is referring to the reality of all the churches in plurality being an enlargement of Christ. It means the churches are just Him in their identification and expression.
That is why over the years I have said many times, it is not left up to us to name the church. God did not give us that prerogative. No! We do not name the church, we see the church. To see the church is like seeing salvation.
We do not make it up, create it, or invent it. Salvation is one hundred percent a matter of revelation from the Word of God. Our part is to respond by faith and say, “Amen! I believe!” By this we are saved. It is the same way with the church. The church is one hundred percent a matter of revelation from the Word of God (Matt. 16:17-18; Rom. 16:25-26). To be the church and meet as the church is a matter of faith. We simply believe the Word of God, which reveals to us that the church is Christ. Christ is in you, and you are one of His members. Christ is in me, and I am also one of His members. When we come together we just need to see this and say, “Amen! I believe.” Hallelujah! We are all in Christ together and we see it!
The apostle Peter saw the church in this way. The Jews had received the Holy Spirit, the church was established in Jerusalem, and Peter was practicing the church as he knew it. But the Gentiles had not yet been included in the church with God’s salvation. Then in Acts 10 we read of the account of Peter’s divine guidance to preach the gospel to the Gentiles in Cornelius’ household. As he stood before them to preach the gospel, the first word out of his mouth was, “In truth I perceive that God [is not a respecter of persons]” (Acts 10:34). As Peter continued to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon Cornelius and his household and interrupted his message. Peter reported this experience later in Acts 15:7-8 during a council in Jerusalem: 7 “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us.” It was God who chose. In other words, Peter didn’t choose, James didn’t choose, John didn’t choose. It was God who made the choice. Peter saw God’s choice before his eyes and all he could do was recognize it. This is the principle of standing and meeting together as the church. We simply recognize Christ in one another and gather ac- cording to God’s choice.
Brothers and sisters, when we see that the church is Christ, it is for keeps. We are not trying something out to see if we like it or not. We are not gathering in an experimental way. We are here for God’s building — the building that the gates of Hades cannot prevail against. The church as Christ is for keeps. It is for keeps now in time and for eternity. Amen! Hallelujah! What a vision! What a revelation of what the church is! We stand and meet together in Christ, with Christ, and as Christ!