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"Gen.22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh, as it is said to this day, On the mount of Jehovah it will be provided.
Rev.14:1 And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.

Praise the Lord that today we are Isaacs, not Ishmaels. We are not journeying southward toward Egypt; we are traveling northward to Mount Zion.
In order to see this, we must have the life at Beer-sheba, because only this life builds us up and qualifies us to be the burnt offering for God’s satisfaction and to receive the vision. The name Moriah means “the vision of Jah,” that is, the vision of Jehovah, the vision of the Lord. This has two meanings—that we see the Lord and that the Lord sees us. On Mount Moriah Abraham undoubtedly saw God and God saw him. Likewise, on today’s Mount Zion we have a vision. There is no cloud here. We are not in darkness; we are in the vision. The church life is a vision in which we see God and God sees us. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 764-765)"

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We need to practice turning to our spirit mingled with the divine Spirit, and stay in the spirit by exercising to reject ourselves and turn to the Lord. We can practice this in our set time of prayer with the Lord.
Then we will expand this practice in more aspects of our daily living until no matter what we do – we practice exercising our spirit to enjoy the grace flowing from the throne of God in the center of our being. 

HWMR: Enjoying Christ in His Heavenly Ministry by Fighting for the Brother: Week 17 Day 1:

Gen.13:11-12 So Lot chose for himself the entire plain of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed east; and they separated themselves from each other. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

[In Genesis 14], the fighting [among the kings] occurred mainly at Sodom...because one of God’s people, Lot, was living there. Before the time of that fighting, Lot had separated himself from Abraham (13:11). Do you think that it was good for Lot to have separated himself from Abraham? No, it was not good. All of the young people today like to be separated from the older generation. In God’s economy, however, it is not good for the young ones to be separated from the older generation. If you do this, you will miss the mark and the protection. At the time of Genesis 13, God’s goal and eternal mark were with Abraham. If you had been there and had separated yourself from him, it would have been equal to separating yourself from God’s mark. God’s goal is with the called ones. If you separate yourself from the called ones, you separate yourself from God’s goal. Lot should never have separated himself from Abraham, because God’s goal was with Abraham. To leave Abraham was to leave God’s mark. Moreover, to leave Abraham was to leave the protection. (Life-study of Genesis, p. 578)

Today’s Reading:

Lot was not firstly defeated by the four kings. That defeat was the issue of at least two foregoing defeats. Before Lot was captured by Chedorlaomer, he already had had two defeats. The first defeat occurred when Lot’s herdsmen were striving against Abraham’s herdsmen and Abraham offered Lot the choice of the land (Gen. 13:7-11). When Abraham offered the choice to Lot, Lot should have said, “Uncle, my choice is you. My choice is your choice. I don’t like to make any choice of my own. If my herdsmen will not listen to me, I will fire them, but I will never go away from you. I have no choice but you and your choice.” But, on the contrary, when Abraham gave him his choice, immediately, without much consideration, Lot made his choice and went his way. That was his first defeat.

After separating from Abraham, “Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and moved his tent as far as Sodom” (13:12). Lot was going downhill. After taking the first step downward, it was easy for him to take the second and the third. The first step was leaving Abraham, who stood afar off from Sodom. Lot took the way that was toward Sodom. He walked in the direction of Sodom. In the eyes of God, Sodom was a wicked and sinful city (13:13). Lot, as one of the people of God, surely knew this. He should have stayed away from Sodom and not have walked towards it. Nevertheless, because the land around Sodom was rich, Lot journeyed toward Sodom. Eventually, he moved into the city, lived there, and settled there. That was his second defeat.
Do you think that God will allow His people to dwell in such a wicked city? Certainly not. Thus, under God’s sovereignty, Chedorlaomer led the attack against Sodom. 

God allowed that war to take place. Four kings fought against five kings. Humanly speaking, the five kings should have been victorious since their number was greater. But the four kings defeated the five kings, and the city of Sodom was taken. The Bible stresses the taking of Sodom because Lot dwelt there. This fighting was not merely a matter of four kings against five kings; it was a fighting for one of God’s people. Lot might have been peaceful as he dwelt in Sodom, but God was not peaceful. God would never allow Lot to stay there in peace. God might have said, “Lot, you may have peace within, but I will stir up some disturbance from without. I will send the four kings to defeat the five kings and capture your city. They will capture you, your family, and all that you have.” This is in fact what happened to Lot. Lot suffered defeat after defeat. Eventually, as the last step of his defeat, he fell into the hands of the enemy. He was captured, and the king of Sodom could not help him. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 578-579)

Further Reading: Life-study of Genesis, msg. 42

HWMR: The Land for the Fulfillment of God’s Purpose. Week 16: Day 3:

Gal.3:14 In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
1 Cor.15:45...The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.

Because it combines the promise of the Spirit with the blessing of Abraham, Galatians 3:14 is extremely important. The blessing of Abraham is the blessing promised by God to Abraham (Gen. 12:3) for all the nations of the earth. This promise was fulfilled, and this blessing has come to the nations in Christ through His redemption by the cross. The context of Galatians 3:14 indicates that the Spirit is the blessing which God promised to Abraham for all the nations and which has been received by the believers through faith in Christ. The Spirit is the compound Spirit and actually is God Himself processed in His trinity through incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and descension for us to receive as our life and our everything. This is the focus of the gospel of God.

The physical aspect of the blessing God promised to Abraham was the good land (Gen. 12:7; 13:15; 17:8; 26:3-4), which was a type of the all-inclusive Christ (Col. 1:12). Since Christ is eventually realized as the all-inclusive life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45; 2 Cor. 3:17), the blessing of the promised Spirit corresponds to the blessing of the promised land. Actually, the Spirit as the realization of Christ in our experience is the good land as the source of God’s bountiful supply for us to enjoy. (Life-study of Galatians, pp. 130-131)

Today’s Reading:

Galatians 3:14 does not say that in receiving the blessing of Abraham we receive Christ. Instead, this verse tells us that we receive the Spirit. Surely this indicates that the Spirit here is the blessing of Abraham....What Spirit would be the all-inclusive blessing, which is Christ as the seed and as the land? It must be the Spirit, the all-inclusive life-giving Spirit. First Corinthians 15:45 says that the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit, and 2 Corinthians 3:17 declares that now the Lord is the Spirit.
At the time of the Lord’s incarnation, the Holy Spirit began to have the element of humanity as well as divinity. From that time, the Holy Spirit was compounded with the Lord’s human living, crucifixion, and resurrection and became the Spirit, the all-inclusive Spirit compounded with divinity, humanity, and the Lord’s human living, death, and resurrection. All that God has purposed and planned and all that He has accomplished through incarnation, human living, crucifixion, and resurrection are included in the Spirit. Hence, the Spirit is all-inclusive, the Triune God processed to be everything to us. This Spirit is the blessing of the gospel.

The Spirit we have received as the blessing of the gospel is the all-inclusive, compound Spirit typified by the compound ointment in Exodus 30:23-25. The compounding of the spices with the olive oil to produce the ointment typifies the compounding of Christ’s humanity, death, and resurrection with the Spirit of God to produce the all-inclusive Spirit. This Spirit is the bountiful supply to the believers in God’s New Testament economy (Gal. 3:5; Phil. 1:19). By faith we have received this Spirit as the blessing of the gospel promised to Abraham by God. As the processed Triune God, the Spirit is the full realization of the all-inclusive Christ as the good land.

Since the Spirit in Galatians denotes the processed Triune God, we may say that the good land is the very processed Triune God. In the gospel what God gives us is nothing less than Himself.

We can say that the processed Triune God is the all-inclusive One who is everything to us and that this One is our good land. When the children of Israel entered into the good land, they had no lack. Therefore, this good land is a type of the processed Triune God who is realized in full as the all-inclusive Spirit indwelling our spirit. The good land today is in our spirit. (Life-study of Galatians, pp. 131-132, 134, 149-150)

Further Reading: Life-study of Galatians, msgs. 15, 17

HWMR: The Land for the Fulfillment of God’s Purpose. Week 16: Day 2:

Col.1:12 Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light.
2:6 As therefore you have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him.
Gal.5:16 But I say, Walk by the Spirit and you shall by no means fulfill the lust of the flesh.

God’s promise to Abraham with respect to the good land is of great significance. When Paul was writing the Epistle to the Colossians and was speaking of the portion of the saints, he no doubt had in mind the picture of the allotting of the good land to the children of Israel in the Old Testament. The Greek word rendered “portion” in 1:12 can be also rendered “lot.” Paul used this term with the Old Testament record of the land as the background. God gave His chosen people, the children of Israel, the good land for their inheritance and enjoyment. The land meant everything to them....[Even today] the problem in the Middle East regarding Israel and the surrounding nations is a problem of the land. (Life-study of Colossians, p. 48)

Today’s Reading:

As we have received Christ, we should walk in Him. To walk is to live, to act, to behave, and to have our being. We should walk, live, and act in Christ so that we may enjoy His riches, just as the children of Israel lived in the good land and enjoyed all its rich produce.

In our experience Christ should be the good land in which we live and walk. This should not merely be a doctrine to us. We need to pray, “Lord, I want to live and walk in You. Lord, I pray that You will be the good land to me in my experience, and that every aspect of my living may be in You.”

[In Galatians 3:14] Paul refers to the blessing of Abraham and the promise of the Spirit. This blessing refers to the good land, and the fulfillment of this blessing for us today is Christ as the all-inclusive Spirit. Therefore, according to Paul’s concept, to walk in Christ as the good land is to walk in the all-inclusive Spirit.

In Colossians 2:6 Paul tells us to walk in Christ, but in Galatians 5:16 he charges us to walk by the Spirit. Furthermore, in Romans 8:4 he speaks of walking according to spirit. These verses indicate that the good land for us today is the all-inclusive Spirit who indwells our spirit. This all-inclusive Spirit is the all-inclusive Christ as the processed Triune God. After being processed, the Triune God is the all-inclusive Christ as the all-inclusive Spirit for us to experience. Today this all-inclusive Spirit indwells our spirit to be our good land.

Christ is the embodiment of God and the expression of God. Through incarnation, He became the last Adam, who was crucified on the cross for our redemption. In resurrection this last Adam became a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). Therefore, in 2 Corinthians 3:17 Paul says, “And the Lord is the Spirit.” Because Christ as the life-giving Spirit dwells in our spirit, we are one spirit with Him. In 2 Timothy 4:22 Paul says, “The Lord be with your spirit,” and in 1 Corinthians 6:17, “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” Therefore, Christ as the all-inclusive good land is now in our spirit. Concerning this, we all need the riches of the full assurance of understanding.

Having the full assurance that the all-inclusive Spirit is mingled with our spirit, we should set our minds on this mingled spirit (Rom. 8:6). By doing this, we are spontaneously setting our minds on Christ. Then we must go on to walk in this mingled spirit. This means that we must live, move, behave, and have our being according to the spirit. In this way we shall experience Christ and enjoy Him as the good land. Nothing in the New Testament is more central, crucial, and vital than walking according to the mingled spirit. Christ as the all-inclusive Spirit dwells in our spirit to be our life, our person, and our everything. Our need today is to return to Him, to set our minds on the spirit, and to walk according to the spirit. This is to walk in Christ as the mystery of God. (Life-study of Colossians, pp. 159, 167-168)

Further Reading: Life-study of Colossians, msgs. 6, 19-20

HWMR: The Land for the Fulfillment of #God’s Purpose. Week 16: Day 1:

Gen.12:7 And Jehovah appeared to Abram and said, To your seed I will give this land...
13:14-15 And Jehovah said to Abram after Lot had separated from him, Now lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your seed forever.

Both the #seed and the #land are #Christ . The seed is Christ in us and the land is the Christ in whom we live. Christ lives in us as the seed, and we live in Him as the land. He is both the seed and the land for the fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 601-602)

Today’s Reading:

Many #Christians think that the land is heaven, considering physical death as the Jordan River. This concept is altogether not according to the proper understanding of the holy Word. During #Abraham’s time, the land was a place in which he could live. Abraham needed a place to live in and to live on. Hence, the land is a place for God’s people to live in and to live on. Furthermore, during Abraham’s time, the land was a place in which Abraham could defeat all of his enemies in order that God might have a kingdom on earth. Moreover, the land was the place where God could have a habitation as the expression of Himself. Thus, we see five points concerning the land: that it was a place for God’s people to live in, a place for them to live on, a place where God’s enemies could be defeated, a place where God could have His kingdom, and a place where God could have a habitation for His expression. 

Eventually, in the land, the kingdom of God was established, the temple was built for God’s habitation, and the glory of God was manifested. All of that was a miniature of the fulfillment of God’s purpose. This was altogether a different matter from Abraham’s existence. It was one thing for Abraham to exist; it was another thing for him to have the seed and the land for the fulfillment of God’s purpose.

What is the land for us today? Undoubtedly, the land is Christ who is living in us and in whom we are living. Today, we must live in Christ and on Christ. But many Christians do not practice this. They care neither for Christ’s being wrought into them as the seed nor for their living in Christ as their land for the fulfillment of God’s purpose. To them, Christ is not the land for them to live in and to live on; neither is He the land for them to slaughter all their enemies. Where can we slaughter our enemies? In Christ our land. Christ is the very place in which we slaughter our Chedorlaomer and all of the other kings. Christ is also the land for the kingdom of God where God’s habitation can be built.

The land actually symbolizes Christ. In type, the land is the place where God’s people have rest and where God can defeat all of His enemies and establish His kingdom with His habitation for His expression and representation. Please remember the following points regarding the land: that it is the place where God’s people may have rest; that it is the place where all of God’s enemies can be slaughtered; and that it is the place where God establishes His kingdom and builds up His habitation that He may be expressed and represented on this rebellious earth. What is qualified to be such a land? Nothing other than Christ. In Christ, we have rest and we slaughter the enemies. In Christ, God establishes His kingdom and builds His habitation, the church, for His expression and representation. Have you seen that both the seed and the land are Christ? The seed that #God promised Abraham is today the corporate Christ, and the land that God promised him is the wonderful resurrected and elevated Christ in whom we rest and slaughter our enemies and in whom God establishes His #kingdom and builds up His habitation that He might be expressed and represented. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 599-600, 604)

Further Reading: Life-study of Genesis, msgs. 44-45

HWMR: The Seed for the Fulfillment of God’s Purpose.Week 15: Day 5:

Gen.15:6 And he believed Jehovah, and He accounted it to him as righteousness.
Rom.4:2-3 For if Abraham was justified out of works, he has something to boast in, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “And Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness.”

Believing God was Abraham’s spontaneous reaction to God’s repeated appearing to him. God appeared to Abraham a number of times (Gen. 12:1-3, 7; 13:14-17; 15:1-7; ch. 18; Acts 7:2), each time transfusing something of His glory, something of Himself, into Abraham. Hence, Abraham’s believing was actually the springing up within him of the very element that God had transfused into him. God’s reaction to Abraham’s believing was to justify him, that is, to account him righteous. This accounting was not out of works but was based on his believing God. (Rom. 4:3, footnote 1)

Today’s Reading:

[In Genesis 15:6] Abraham did not believe God to obtain outward blessings for his own existence; he believed that God was able to work something into him to bring forth a seed out of his own being for the fulfillment of God’s purpose. This kind of faith is precious to God and is accounted by Him as righteousness. Abraham was justified by such a faith (Rom. 4:1-5 and footnote 1 of v. 1). (Gen. 15:6, footnote 1)
[Genesis 15:6] is the first time the Bible speaks of faith. Abraham is the father of faith. He believed God’s word in a definite way, and God counted it to him for righteousness.

God told Abraham, “He who will come out from your own body shall be your heir” [v. 4]. This shows us that God’s goal is not achieved through the many people He has gathered, but through those whom He has begotten. Those who are not begotten of God do not count; they cannot fulfill God’s purpose. God’s eternal purpose is fulfilled through those whom He has begotten.

God asked Abraham if he could count the stars in heaven and told him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Abraham believed in God, and God counted it to him for righteousness. As we have mentioned previously, God first had to work on one person and gain something in him before He could gain something through many others. In order for God to have many believers, He first had to gain one believer. Abraham believed in God, and God counted it to him for righteousness. (CWWN, vol. 35, “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” p. 47)

God’s justification is not a reward (wages) for our good works (labor); it is grace freely given to us through Christ’s redemption. If God’s justification were based on our good works, or if it required our good works, then it would be the wages we earn for our good works; that is, it would be something owed to us, not something freely given by God. Since God’s justification is reckoned according to His grace, it is no longer out of works; otherwise, grace is no longer grace (Rom. 11:6). Our works can by no means replace God’s grace; God’s grace must be absolute. (Rom. 4:4, footnote 2)

Through our fellowship, I hope we can realize that in God’s eyes and in God’s heart, Abraham was a special person.

God...promised Abraham that his heavenly seed in their divine nature would be as many as the stars in heaven who could never be touched by anyone on earth. Abraham believed in Jehovah, and Jehovah reckoned this believing to him for righteousness (Gen. 15:5-6). In Romans 4 Paul considered this as the example of justification. God is the shield, God is the great reward, and God is also the Justifier. God’s justifying of Abraham meant that God became happy with Abraham and that Abraham was altogether in harmony with God. He was altogether acceptable to God, having no problem with God. (The History of God in His Union with Man, pp. 96-97)

Further Reading: CWWN, vol. 35, “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” ch. 4; Life-study of Romans, msgs. 5-6

HWMR: The Seed for the Fulfillment of God’s Purpose.Week 15: Day 6:

Rom.4:13 For it was not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham or to his seed that he would be the heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith.
12:5 So we who are many are one Body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

There is no mention of sin in Genesis 15. God told Abraham, “Look at the heavens and count the stars. Your seed will be like the stars in the sky” [cf. v. 5]. Abraham believed, and his faith was counted by God as righteousness. God’s justification of Abraham was unrelated to sin. It was totally involved with God’s purpose, with having a seed to produce a kingdom for the fulfillment of God’s purpose. This is why the apostle Paul in Romans 4, after referring to Genesis 15 where Abraham’s faith was reckoned as righteousness, mentions the promise given to Abraham and his seed of inheriting the world (Rom. 4:13). What does inheriting the world have to do with justification? Why does Paul mention this in chapter 4? Abraham and his heirs must inherit the world for the sake of God’s kingdom, and God’s kingdom is for His purpose. (Life-study of Romans, p. 83)

Today’s Reading:

Abraham was not justified by faith in Genesis 14 when he believed that God was the Most High God, the Possessor of heaven and earth. God did not count that kind of faith to him as righteousness....It was the faith that believed that God was able to work something into him to bring forth the seed. Believing that God will supply our daily needs, our daily food, is good, but it is not the kind of faith that is precious in the eyes of God. What kind of faith is precious in God’s sight? The faith that believes that He is able to work Himself into us to bring forth Christ. Most Christians today only care for the faith that believes that God can do outward things for them. That kind of faith believes that God is able to give them health, healing, a good job, or a promotion. Many Christians only have that kind of faith. Although that kind of faith is good, it is not the faith that is so dear and precious in the eyes of God. He did not count that kind of faith as righteousness to Abraham. The kind of faith that was counted as righteousness to Abraham was the faith that God was able to work something into him to bring forth a seed. In Genesis 15 Abraham did not believe that God would give him bread and butter, cattle, or more servants. He believed that God was able to work something into him and bring forth a seed. (Life-study of Genesis, p. 593)

Romans 4 tells us that God’s justification is not for going to heaven or merely for our salvation. Justification enables Abraham and all his believing heirs to inherit the world and to exercise the dominion of God on this earth as mentioned in Genesis 1. If we only had Romans 3, we would say that God’s justification, based upon Christ’s redemption, is for our salvation. Chapter 4, however, clearly unveils that God’s justification of His chosen ones is not merely for their salvation; it is purposely for them to inherit the world that they may exercise God’s dominion on the earth.
Paul wrote Romans 4 because he wanted to show that God’s justification is for the fulfillment of His purpose. God’s purpose is to have the one Body, which is the kingdom, to express Him and to exercise His dominion on the earth.

The purpose of God’s justification is to have a reproduction of Christ in millions of saints. These saints, as the reproduction of Christ, become the members of His Body (Rom. 12:5). This Body then becomes the kingdom of God on earth (Rom. 14:17) for the fulfillment of God’s purpose. The Body as the kingdom of God is expounded in Romans 12—16. All the local churches are expressions of the Body of Christ as the kingdom of God. The church as the kingdom of God is not composed of one Isaac, but of many Isaacs who have proceeded out of God’s justification. All of these are the issue of the subjective and deeper experience of justification. (Life-study of Romans, pp. 84, 87, 98)

Further Reading: Life-study of Romans, msgs. 7-8
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