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From today's Bible study, based on John 14:21, 23:
We all must learn one thing, that obeying the Lord’s commandments depends upon our love toward Him. If you love the Lord, you will say amen when He says no. If you mean business in saying amen, you will have His manifestation. The Lord will manifest Himself to whoever loves Him and keeps His commandments. This does not mean that before the Lord manifests Himself to us He is in the third heaven. No, He is within us, but because of our disobedience His presence disappears, light becomes darkness, strength becomes weakness, and life becomes death.
We all must love Him. His presence is always related to our love toward Him. The more we love Him, the more we enjoy His presence. What is His presence? It is simply the enjoyment of Himself. As long as we have His presence, we enjoy Him. The more we love Him, the more we shall have His presence. The more we are in His presence, the more we shall enjoy all that He is to us. We need only to love Him. Knowing means nothing; only loving counts. How we all need to love Him!
Life-Study of John, message 32, p. 383
http://www.ministrybooks.org/books.cfm?id=0AD5C1
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From this week's Bible study:
In ancient times the Jews wore sandals, and since their roads were dusty, their feet easily became dirty. If, when they came to a feast, they sat at the table and stretched out their feet, the dirt and the smell would certainly frustrate the fellowship. Hence, for the feast to be pleasant they needed foot-washing. The Lord washed His disciples' feet to show them that He loved them to the uttermost (v. 1), and He charged them to do the same to one another in love (vv. 14, 34). Today the world is dirty, and we, the saints, are easily contaminated. For us to maintain pleasant fellowship with the Lord and with one another, we need spiritual foot-washing — with the washing Holy Spirit, the washing word, and the washing life — carried out both by the Lord in His love and by one another in love. This is absolutely necessary in order for us to live in the fellowship of the divine life, which is revealed in John's first Epistle, a continuation of the Gospel of John.
Holy Bible Recovery Version, John 13:5 note 3
http://online.recoveryversion.org/FootNotes.asp?FNtsID=2650
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From yesterday's Bible study on John 12 (Part 2):
In one aspect, the Lord's death was His falling into the ground, as revealed in v. 24; in another aspect, it was His being lifted up on the tree (1 Pet. 2:24). His falling into the ground was to produce the many grains; His being lifted up on the tree was to draw all men to Himself. The many grains produced by His falling into the ground are the "all men" drawn by His being lifted up on the tree.
In this chapter the Lord's death is revealed not as the redeeming death but as the producing, generating death. By this death His incarnation-shell of humanity was broken that He might accomplish His threefold purpose: (1) the producing of many grains, the drawing of all men to Himself (vv. 24, 32); (2) the releasing of the divine element, the eternal life (vv. 23, 28); and (3) the judging of the world and the casting out of its ruler, Satan (v. 31). We must experience the Lord's death that we may participate in the threefold purpose that He accomplished.
The Holy Bible Recovery Version - Note 1 of John 12:32
http://online.recoveryversion.org/FootNotes.asp?FNtsID=2637
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“I have often thought that if a person were made aware of God's government immediately upon becoming a Christian, he would spare himself many troubles and problems. Fellowship is easily restored for those who confess with a true heart. Once they confess that they have sinned against God, God will recover the fellowship between Him and them. But God's way of dealing with these ones may immediately become different. God's discipline may be exercised upon them. He may no longer allow the to be as free or loose. ”

From Watchman Nee’s New Believer’s Series #18, “Governmental Forgiveness”
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From today's Bible study on John 11:
In the Lord's salvation He does not merely heal the sick; He also gives life to the dead. Hence, He remained two days until the sick one had died (v. 6). The Lord does not reform or regulate people — He regenerates people and raises them out of death. Hence, the first of the nine cases in chs. 3-11 was a case of regeneration, and the last was a case of resurrection, revealing that all the aspects of Christ as life to us, as unveiled in the other seven cases, are in the principle of regeneration and resurrection. This last case was the actual changing of death into life.
The Holy Bible Recovery Version - Note 1 of John 11:14:
http://online.recoveryversion.org/FootNotes.asp?FNtsID=2608
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“The life we possess has one basic demand – to walk according to God’s will. The more we obey God’s will, the happier we become within. The more we deny our own will, the straighter our pathway will be before God. If we walk according to our own will as we once did, we will not feel happy. Instead, we will suffer. After we are saved, the more we walk according to our own will, the more suffering and the less joy we will have. But the more we walk according to the new life and the more we obey God’s will, the more peace and joy we will have. This is a wonderful change. ”

From Watchman Nee’s New Believer’s Series #17, “Seeking God's Will”
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From today's Bible study on John 10:
"The pasture here signifies Christ as the feeding place for the sheep. When the pasture is not available (e.g., in the wintertime or at night), the sheep must be kept in the fold. When the pasture is ready, there is no further need for the sheep to remain in the fold. To be kept in the fold is transitional and temporary. To be in the pasture enjoying its riches is final and permanent. Before Christ came, the law was a ward, and being under the law was transitional. Now that Christ has come, all God's chosen people must come out of the law and come into Him to enjoy Him as their pasture (Gal. 3:23-25; 4:3-5). This should be final and permanent. Because they did not have such a revelation, the leaders in Judaism considered the law, on which Judaism was based, as permanent. As a result, they missed Christ and could not participate in Him as their pasture."
Note 2 on John 10:9, The Holy Bible Recovery Version:
http://online.recoveryversion.org/FootNotes.asp?FNtsID=2593
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“The fundamental relationship between Christ and us is conveyed in the words 'Christ our life.' We can imitate the Lord only because He has become our life. We can ask Him for strength only because He has become our life. There is no way to imitate Him or be empowered by Him unless we understand the meaning of 'Christ our life.' If a Christian does not know what is meant by 'Christ our life,' and what is meant by 'for to me, to live is Christ,' He will not experience the Lord's life on earth; he will not be able to follow the Lord, to experience victory in Him, or to proceed on the course before him.”

From Watchman Nee’s New Believer’s Series #16, “Our Life”
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From today's Bible study on John 9:
Blindness, like sin in the previous chapter, is a matter of death. A dead person surely is blind. "The god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelievers." Hence, they need "the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ" to shine on them (2 Cor. 4:4) "to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God" (Acts 26:18). In the principle set forth in ch. 2, this also is the changing of death into life.

Note 1 on John 9:6, The Holy Bible Recovery Version:
http://online.recoveryversion.org/FootNotes.asp?FNtsID=2577
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“It is a very painful experience for a person to be continually troubled by sin after he has believed in the Lord. A person who has been enlightened by God has a sensitive conscience. He is sensitive toward sin and has a life that condemns sin. However, he may still be bothered by sin. This results in much frustration and even discouragement. It is indeed a very painful experience. God's Word, however, does not tell us to struggle with sin by our won efforts. It says that we should be delivered from sin, that is be released or freed from sin. Sin is a power which enslaves man. The way to deal with this power is not by destroying it ourselves but by allowing the Lord to free us from it.”

From Watchman Nee’s New Believer’s Series #15, “Deliverance”
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