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Definition: Saints, separate from common condition and use, dedicated hallowed.
1Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.2Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda.3To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 5To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours. 6Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia. 7Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus.
8Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
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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I. The Centrality of Christ
B. Christ in the Realm of Resurrection
Another crucial matter is that the reality of the church as Christ is in the realm of resurrection. To see this, we must read John 2:14-17: 14 “And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, ‘Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!’ 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.’ ”
Just consider the Lord here with His reaction to all the false things in the Father’s house. He made a whip of cords and then He overthrew the false things. Why? Because He was eaten up with zeal for the Father’s house. The false things were deceiving all the people about what the Father’s house was. So, the Lord Himself went through the temple to upset the whole situation. Now, if you and I were there, what would you say about the Lord? Was He a bad man? Was He mean? Was He doing something out of Himself? Of course, none of us would charge the Lord this way. But, here was the Lord. Why? Because He was in the realm of resurrection, eaten up with the zeal for the reality of the Father’s house.
Immediately following the Lord’s purging of the temple, verse 18 says, “So the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?’ ” The Jews were always asking political kinds of questions. Their questions and talk were filled with ulterior motives. They were not pure in their asking for a sign. When we do something in the realm of resurrection, we are often confronted by religious people with their political talk and impure motives. I told some of the brothers here that I am not in the realm of politics, discussion, or debate in regard to why they went to court against their brothers. Neither am I on the level of taking sides. I’m not in that realm and will not come down to that level. I only want to remain in the realm of resurrection where there is fellowship in the Spirit, where Christ is all and in all. Let us talk in a way in which we can find Christ in all the saints! There’s no place for politics in the church life. I’ll only talk to you about your heart, about your spirit, about your attitude, about whether you’re presently ready to forgive seventy times seven. I’ll only talk to you about whether you will allow Christ to be your relation- ship with your brothers and drop your court orders and injunction against them. I told the brothers to drop it. I was not asking them to drop it, or negotiating with them about dropping it. I was exhorting them to drop it. This is Christ. This is not politics.
When the Jews asked for a sign, Jesus answered them in verse 19 by saying, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” In other words, the Lord’s answer to political questions was not to come down to that level, but to remain in the realm of death and resurrection. They asked for a sign, and the sign the Lord gave them was a word about destroying Him through crucifixion so that He would be the raw material for resurrection life to come forth. Hallelujah!
Again, I must testify that the enjoyment and the sense of flow and anointing that I’m enjoying in these days here in the Seattle area in resurrection life is due to our having been destroyed for seven years. In coming back here, I didn’t have an opinion or thought about doing anything in this area. In fact, for the last seven years we have stayed away from divisive speaking that would undermine a servant of the Lord’s ministry. The whole church in Scottsdale, with all the saints, is very positive. Neither do we allow zealous brothers from other locali- ties to come and impose one man’ s ministry in an improper way (1 Cor. 4:6). If some compel others to follow “the ministry” in a more absolute way, this is to act in the flesh, apart from Christ (1 Cor. 3:3-5) and to bring a Judaizing atmosphere into the church. However, if they would drop their imposing attitude and behavior, preserving the atmosphere of freedom, then the Spirit would be between us, and we could have fellowship in Christ.
Brothers who are here in the meeting, who have come with any other motive than just to enjoy Christ, are like the spies in Galatians. In the book of Galatians they were called spies. They came to spy out the freedom that the saints had in Christ Jesus (Gal. 2:4). Brothers and sisters, there’s a freedom here! There’s an enjoyment of the Spirit! The reality of the church is here with this Christ who raises us up in resurrection. John 2:20 says, “Then the Jews said, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ ” Again we see how the Jews were always in the realm of their reasoning mind trying to figure out another realm they knew nothing about. The Lord was speaking in one realm and the Jews were reacting in another realm. Verses 21 and 22 say, 21 “But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.” For the Lord to raise the temple of His body in three days, refers to His physical body. But we also realize that He has a spiritual body, which we are. We are the members of His Body, the church; and in resurrection, we have all been raised together with Him. So, when we speak about the church being Christ, we are speaking of the realm of resurrection. This realm is a realm of life out of death. It is life that has gone into death, passed through death, and come out of death victoriously. It is this resurrection life that is the reality of the church today. This reality is Christ Himself.
So, whatever we have passed through where some- thing apparently was destroyed — that’s part of the process for the Lord to perfect the church, and bring it into the realm of resurrection. There must be some destroy- ing. There must be some sad things that happen. There must be some with sad faces, like those leaving Jerusalem in Luke 24 walking on the road to Emmaus. These disciples had thought that the Lord was going to redeem Israel. They were disillusioned, disappointed, wonder- ing, Why did all this happen? Let me say, that’s as it should be. In verse 15 the Lord comes alongside them. He’s right there. And in verse 17 he asks them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” And then they related to Him all the things that had happened in Jerusalem concerning Jesus, and how they had thought He was going to be the Redeemer. Then, in verses 25 and 26 He says, 25 “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” In other words, don’t you know that there is a suffering part, and it is the suffering part that leads to the glory of resurrection? The destroying part is for the raising-up part!
Many of you, a few years ago, were disappointed. You thought this was the church. But some things happened in such a legalistic way that it virtually destroyed the church life we had experienced in Seattle. Many could not take the Judaizing element that invaded the local churches. From the Judaizers’ point of view, among the saints there was not an absolute oneness with “the ministry.” Everything not “one with the ministry” was considered by them as divisive. Actually, prior to this there was no division among us; but this sinister Judaizing attack created the problem of division. And then the same Judaizing attackers turned around and blamed the division on co-workers, elders, and saints who just wanted Christ and the church with a supply from the ministry in a normal way. This was the situation in 1986, and it is still the existing situation that God has allowed to become a destroying factor for many. But, brothers and sisters, if we are rooted in God’s economy, then we all have to admit that this had to happen. We are “always” bearing about in our bodies the dying of the Lord Jesus. We are “always” handed over into death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus would be made manifest in our mortal bodies (2 Cor. 4:10-11). “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter” (Rom. 8:36).
The way that the church is in the reality of Christ is in the realm of resurrection. And the way that we experience death should be in the realm of resurrection life (Phil. 3:9-10). In that life we are in the fellowship of His sufferings — not the burden or bitterness of His sufferings, but the fellowship of His sufferings. Then the church is sweetened with Christ, not living with hurt, bitterness, and anger. We must all throw “the tree” of the cross into our bitter waters (Exo. 15:23-25). When we do, those bitter waters become so sweet. There is nothing sweeter than the taste of the realm of resurrection. The church is Christ in this realm.