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:To reap, harvest, to reap the reward of to gather in harvest, reap.
1Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.2 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.3Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.4 Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.5And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
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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Understanding the Church as Christ
Revelation and Understanding – The Need for Understanding
When Paul deals with the matter of the reality of the church he emphasizes importance of having an adequate understanding. To gain this understanding requires a settling down of our being before the Word. We need to read it, dig into it, feed on it, internalize it, see it for ourselves (2 Tim. 2:15). The result of being in the Word in this way is that we receive revelation that is solidly based upon the understanding of the Word. It is this understanding that will preserve us, change us, and transform our living.
In Colossians 2:2 Paul says, “That their [the saints’] hearts may be [comforted], being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of under- standing, [unto] the [full] knowledge of the mystery of God, [Christ].” In this verse Paul gets right to the root of the problem in Colosse — the saints were being robbed of Christ because of the deficiency in their understanding about Christ. They were open to winds of teaching and other influences about the law, about asceticism, and about all kinds of mystical things. They were carried off by many different things. Because of this, they were disappointed and their hearts needed comforting. They needed to be restored, touched, and healed.
Let us look further into what Paul identifies as their condition. He knew that somehow in their understanding they did not have the riches of the full assurance. This deficiency kept them from having the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ. “Full knowledge” does not mean merely objective knowledge about something. The word in Greek for that kind of knowledge is gnosis. The Greek word for “full knowledge” is epignosis and means experientially apprehending or laying hold of something. Paul is saying that believers need the riches of the full assurance of understanding. We need revelation that enters into our mind, causing a renewal and giving clear vision. Then Satan cannot invade our understanding to distract us in any way. The riches of the full assurance of understanding is “unto” a rich, full experience of Christ. Without adequate understanding, our experience will be deficient and there will be open doors for the enemy to come in because we lack the full assurance of understand- ing.
Now, after passing through a church trial where it seemed like everything was turned upside down, we can testify that it was the full assurance of understanding that fully preserved us. The Lord’s deposit in us of the riches in our understanding of the Word led us and gave us clear direction to pursue Him and the church life. According to our realization, we didn’t miss a step in our following Him, because through the years we allowed the Word of God itself to be etched into our minds. Regardless of who, what, or when — any kind of storm that would come in the church life — our understanding has been solidly based upon the Word of God. Thus, our thinking was automatically pointed in the one direction of Christ and the church. This, we believe, has been due to the riches of the full assurance of understanding. These riches issue into a full knowledge, that is, into a deeper and richer experience and apprehension of the mystery of God, Christ.
The Colossian believers were hurt, they were dam- aged, they were under a negative influence. They didn’t have the full assurance of understanding, and as a result they were distracted by such things as angels, visions, restrictive practices in eating and drinking (asceticism), and philosophy. They were getting robbed of Christ, their prize. They thought they needed Christ, but they thought they also needed a lot of other things. They thought that the fullness really wasn’t in Him. To their understanding, you could have Christ, but the fullness was not in Him. That is why Paul responds, “in Him dwells [all] the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9). Saints, you think you need something more. But, let me tell you, in Him dwells all the fullness.
There is no other book like the book of Colossians that opens up the details of the riches of what Christ is in this universe. For example, Colossians 1:16 says, “For [in] Him all things were created . . . all things were created through Him and [unto] Him.” Also, Colossians 2:3 tells us that in Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” It’s the “word of Christ ” in Colossians 3:16 that dwells in you. And in Colossians 3:15 it’s the “peace of [Christ] ” that makes the saints so happy. Throughout the book of Colossians, it’s Christ, Christ, and more Christ.
In the Colossian believers’ understanding Christ’s sufficiency was being undermined. They lacked the full assurance in their apprehension of Christ so they were vulnerable to being cheated by the enemy. The subtlety of intruding influences caused some of the believers to look elsewhere, other than to Christ. So Paul says in Colossians 2:2-3, “That their hearts may be [comforted], being knit together in love, and attaining [unto] all [the] riches of the full assurance of understanding, [unto] the [full] knowledge of the mystery of God, [Christ], in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Amen.
We need to know more and more about what Christ is. We need the portrayal of Him from Genesis to Revelation fixed in our understanding. Our minds need to be renewed to the extent that He is all-inclusive to us. Christ is our moon! Christ is our day! Christ is our peace! Christ is our rest! Christ is our everything! Book after book, verse after verse, word after word, gives me the full assurance of understanding. It is by this that I enter into a rich enjoyment and apprehension of Christ in my daily life. For example, when I’m denied something, Christ at that moment is my portion. I don’t need anything else, and I don’t want anything else, but Christ.
Paul declares in Colossians 2:9-10, 9 “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” If God’s estimate of things is centered in His Son so that all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him, then who am I to challenge God about what is important in my life? I surely do not want to go after something else other than Him. It is God who said that the fullness dwells in Him. Are we going to challenge God’s interpretation of our life? Do we think we need something more than Christ? A better husband? A better wife? A better job? A better environment? Better security? We think we need something more than Christ. Don’t challenge God. God says, “In Him dwells all the fullness” and not only so, “you [have been made full] in Him.” What contentment! What satisfaction! I might be deprived in my outward circumstances. I might even be tried to the limit, but I have a Christ in me who is rich and all-sufficient. He is my fullness and my satisfaction.
Because Paul knew Christ as his fullness and his satisfaction, he could be in prison and talk about “always” rejoicing (Phil. 4:4). He could pray, sing, and praise the Lord in the midst of suffering because his understanding was so full and rich with Christ (Acts 16:24-25). The “full assurance of understanding” and “the excellence of the knowledge of Christ” were constantly ushering Paul into more and more experiences of Christ in his daily life (Phil. 3:7-8). Thus, we can see that a proper understand- ing of Christ is crucial. The book of Colossians reveals that the way our understanding of the unsearchable riches of Christ can increase is by letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16).
We also need to be enlarged and expanded in our understanding concerning the mystery of Christ, the church. In Ephesians 3:3-4 Paul says, “How that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I wrote before in a few words, 4 by which, when you read, you may [perceive my understanding] in the mystery of Christ).” Paul wants us to perceive his understanding in the mystery of Christ. Again he uses the word “mystery,” which refers to something that cannot be known apart from divine revelation. A mystery in the Bible is not something we cannot know. It is simply something we cannot know by our natural thought. It cannot be known apart from divine revelation in our spirit. That is why the church in the Bible is not in the category of our thought. The church is in the category of God’s thought. No one knows the church, no one can create the church, no one can explain the church or understand the church. The church is one hundred percent in the realm of mystery. That means no one knows the church until God reveals it (Matt. 16:16-18). This is what we have enjoyed through the years. The church to us is not in the realm of man’s choice — my choice, your choice, his choice, their choice. It is simply not in that realm.
Salvation is not in the realm of our choice. For example, there is no salvation in Buddha, there is no salvation in Confucius, and there is no salvation in the New Age movement. We know, it’s not our choice. There’s only one name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). This means that concerning salvation, it is altogether a matter of God’s choice. And the church is no different. It is also in the realm of God’s choice. The choice has been made. We simply see it.
This seeing involves an understanding. In Ephesians 3:3 Paul says, “by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I wrote before in a few words).” No doubt he is referring back to chapters one and two. And then in Ephesians 3:4 he says, “(by which, when you read, you may [perceive my understanding] in the mystery of Christ).” We need to enter into Paul’s understanding. Paul was given understanding for all believers, as he says in Ephesians 3:2, “If indeed you have heard of the [administration] of the grace of God which was given to me for you.” Paul wants the believers to enter into his understanding of the mystery of Christ. When we read about his understanding in Ephesians chapter 2, we see that when Christ died on the cross He made the Jew and the Gentile one. He broke down the middle wall of partition, creating the two peoples in Himself into one new man, and reconciled both in One Body to God. Paul shows us that the mystery of Christ is the church, His Body. And he wants us all to enter into his understanding. So we need to understand Christ is everything, and we need to understand that the church is simply the expression and testimony of a Christ who is everything.