Emanna: Human Beings Have Three Parts

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1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete…
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul [Gk. Psyche]; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body…
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow…
2 Timothy 4:22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.

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All human beings, regardless of their race or nationality, are vessels of God. The Bible, the word of God, divides this vessel into three parts—the spirit, the soul, and the body. Everyone is aware of his own physical body. It is tangible, concrete, temporal, and lends itself to scientific investigation. A chemistry professor, might produce an analysis chart and point out that human beings are composed of so many percent water, nitrogen, carbon, and various other elements. Although man has managed to prolong biological life, every man comes to the point where he has to admit that the body is a dead end. God’s purpose for man does not focus on man’s physical body.

After examining man according to his view, a psychologist might say that besides man’s body, man has an inward, hidden composition. Man has a mind, a thinking organ. He also has emotions, the faculty of inner feeling, capable of loving, hating, and being depressed and elated. He might also point out that man has a will, a faculty for making decisions. He would say that our inner self, our psychological self, is our real self, while our body is merely the outward shell of our being. Psyche, the root of such English words as psychiatry and psychology, comes from the Greek word meaning “soul.” Psychology is the study of the soul. The three faculties of mind, will, and emotion compose the personality and are merely the components of the human soul.

The last two centuries of human history have seen the spectacular rise of the soul’s powers. The great minds have contributed an abundance of thought, and technological advancement. The great wills have produced an abundance of decisive action in government and culture. Yet in spite of man’s great accomplishments, the sense of inner emptiness remains. We can conquer the moon, but within ourselves there remains some uncharted territory. We can study the world’s great philosophies and still not find the answer to the great questions concerning our human existence. We can obtain the highest education and yet remain restless and dissatisfied. Within the soul of man, the search for the meaning of human life will always end in frustration.

Hidden and obscured, there is a faculty deep within man that has remained a mystery throughout all the ages. It is deeper than the soul. Just as the life-giving marrow is hidden within the bone, hidden within the soul is the human spirit. The spirit of man was made specifically to contain God Himself, to be filled with God. Man is never satisfied because this deepest part still remains to be filled. Through the mind man is able only to consider God and know God objectively, but through the spirit man is able to contact God, contain God, and enjoy God.

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(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the
Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from
“Meaning of Human Life” pp. 4-7. Both are published by Living
Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA

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Emanna: Every Believer is a Saint

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1 Corinthians 1:2  To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours:
2 Timothy 1:10  When He comes to be glorified in His saints and to be marveled at in all those who have believed (because our testimony to you was believed) in that day.

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According to grammar, “to the church of God” is in apposition to “to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus.” This indicates that “to the church of God” equals “to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus.” This strongly indicates that the church is a composition of the saints [believers], and the saints are the constituents of the church. The two should not be considered separate entities. Individually, we are the saints; corporately, we are the church. Thus, the church is not only constituted of God, but is also composed of the saints.

To be sanctified is to be made holy, separated unto God for the fulfillment of His purpose. Saints are separated ones, those who have been set apart to God. In this verse Paul says that we have been “sanctified in Christ Jesus.” We are sanctified in the element and sphere of Christ. Christ is the element and sphere that separated us, made us holy, unto God when we believed in Him, that is, when we were brought into organic union with Him through our faith in Him.

For example, those who have been called into military service have been separated from civilian life and drafted into the service. This illustrates God’s calling. When we were called by God, we were drafted, separated, by Him. As a result, we have been sanctified; that is, we have been separated unto a certain purpose. Because we all have been called by God unto His purpose, we are the called saints.

Many readers of 1 Corinthians find it difficult to recognize that the believers in Corinth were saints. To be sure, according to the Catholic definition, they were not saints. According to Catholicism, only certain persons, such as Theresa or Francis, can rightfully be called saints. We may wonder how the fleshly believers in Corinth could be called saints. Nevertheless, it is in the Word that Paul describes them as those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus and called saints.

Some of us may have the confidence only to say that we are believers, but not the assurance to say that we are saints.
Some may say, “I am a sinner saved by grace, and I am a believer in Christ. But I dare not say that I am a saint.” Others, aware of failures like losing their temper or quarreling with their spouse, may not have the confidence to say that they are saints. But whether or not you are a saint does not depend on whether or not you lose your temper or quarrel. It depends on whether or not you have been called.

Do you have the boldness to say that you are holy? Concerning this, we should not look at ourselves. Paul does not say that the Corinthians were sanctified in themselves; he declares that they had been sanctified in Christ Jesus. We need to forget ourselves and see that it is in Christ that we are sanctified. God does not look at us as we are in ourselves; rather, he looks at us in Christ.

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(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from
Witness Lee, Life-study of 1 Corinthians, pp. 11-13. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA

Emanna: Praying for Gospeling Opportunities

Enjoyed this passage today, in that we would be those who constantly pray for the release of our mouths to speak the gospel in a bold way. May the Lord would have a way to speak through us! Had a little experience of this today, where I met with a work colleague, and though I had not intended to speak regarding the gospel (the “good news” per se), the Lord provided the opportunity for me to speak a word on this matter. As a result, I now have a deeper burden for speaking more of the gospel of the glory of God to my colleague. Praise the Lord for His ways! May He gain our cooperation to pray with Him to release the gospel to all : )

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Ephesians 6:19  And [pray] for me, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in boldness the mystery of the gospel,  (20)  For which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I would speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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You also need to pray unceasingly for God to provide you with the right opportunity to speak. When you pray, God will give you the opportunity. One sister gathered a group of women together once a week and led them in a Bible study. The women all worked in the same company, and none of them believed in the Lord. One of them was very particular about her dress. She was very proud and would not listen to anything the sister said. The sister took notice of her and prayed for her. She asked God to give her the opportunity to speak to the woman. One day she felt a desire to invite the woman over for tea. Since this woman loved to socialize, she accepted the invitation.

When she came, the sister encouraged her to believe in the Lord. She replied, “I cannot believe. I like to gamble, and I love pleasure. I do not want to lose these things. I cannot believe in Jesus.” The woman said, “The price is too high. I cannot afford it.” The sister said, “I hope you will go back and consider it.” After she said this, she continued to pray for her. The woman returned home and knelt down to pray. After she prayed, she suddenly said, “I have decided to follow the Lord Jesus today.” She changed suddenly. She could not explain it, but her heart just turned. She changed her attire; she no longer dressed the same as before. Wonderful things followed one after another. Within a year many of her colleagues were brought to the Lord one by one.

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 299-300. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

Emanna: A Pattern for Our Gospel Preaching

Just enjoyed this excerpt from Emanna – we need to be those who preach Jesus as the Son of God (His Person, which is divine in nature) and as the Christ (His work, which is to bring others into the divine life in His name by believing in(to) His Person).

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Acts 9:20  And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, that this One is the Son of God.  (22) …that this One is the Christ.
John 20:31  But these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name.

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In Acts 9 Paul set up a very good pattern for our gospel preaching today. No matter what portion of the Bible we may use in preaching the gospel and no matter what the subject of our preaching may be, we must always emphasize these two aspects of Christ. We need to preach both the Person of Christ and the work of Christ. We need to emphasize the fact that the One we preach is divine. He is the Son of God, and His source is divine. We should also emphasize His work as the One anointed by God to carry out His commission. This means that we should preach the Son of God and the Christ.

Here [in John 20:31] we see that in order to have eternal life, we need to believe that Jesus is the Christ and that He is the Son of God. We need to believe in His divine Person as the Son of God and in His work, as the anointed One of God. The title “the Christ” is related to the Lord’s work, to His office and mission. The title “the Son of God” denotes the Lord’s Person. His Person is a matter of God’s life, and His mission is a matter of God’s work. He is the Son of God to be the Christ of God. He works for God by the life of God so that man also, by believing in Him as the Christ and the Son of God, may have God’s life and thereby become a child of God.

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(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, pp. 222-223. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

Bible Reading: Joshua 5

As a brief summary of sorts, the children of Israel have already crossed the Jordan river by this point. Upon hearing of this, the kings of the Amorites and the Canaanites’s hearts melted. The children of Israel are re-circumcised, as it was the generation before them who had been circumcised, but not the new generation. They then keep the Passover, partake of the produce of the land and stop eating manna. We finally see Joshua envisioning a man with a sword, establishing that this man is Captain of Jehovah’s army and enquiring of what he (Joshua) is to do. Interestingly, the man tells Joshua to remove his sandals, for he stands on holy ground – much akin to Moses and his encounter with the burning thornbush.

Anyway, here is verse 2 of Joshua 5, followed by a footnote regarding the word circumcise which I was enlightened by:

At that time Jehovah said to Joshua, Make knives of flint, and circumcise again the children of Israel a second time.

“The purpose of circumcision was to make God’s chosen people a new people for the inheriting of God’s promised land (cf. Gen. 17:7-12). The circumcising of the new Israel typifies the circumcision of Christ, by His death, applied to the believers in the putting off of the body of the flesh that they may inherit Christ in resurrection as the portion allotted to them by God (Col. 2:11-12; 1:12).
Spiritual circumcision is a continuation of the burial in the death of Christ. Through the crossing of the river Jordan, the old Israel was buried and a new Israel came forth. This was an objective work done by God. Israel still needed to apply this work to their flesh. Their being circumcised was their practical application of what God had done in the crossing of the river Jordan. In the New Testament spiritual circumcision is the constant application of Christ’s death to our flesh (Phil. 3:3; Col. 2:11 and notes). Although in fact we have been baptized into the death of Christ and have been buried and raised with Him (Rom. 6:3-4), in practicality we still must apply the circumcision of the cross to our flesh by the Spirit day by day (Rom. 8:13; Gal. 5:24). This is the reality and practicality of remaining in the death and burial of Christ.”
Footnotes 2 of notes in Galatians 5:24 and footnote 2 in Romans 8:13 are also noteworthy.

Emanna: Believing and Being Baptised

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Mark 16:16  He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned.
John 1:12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name,
3: 16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.

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[Part 1 of 2]
To believe is to receive the Slave-Savior (John 1:12), not only for forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:43) but also for regeneration [i.e. to be born anew with God’s eternal life] (1 Pet. 1:21, 23), so that those who believe may become the children of God and the members of Christ (Eph. 5:30) in an organic union with the Triune God (Matt. 28:19). To be baptized is to affirm this, by being buried to terminate the old creation through the death of the Slave-Savior and by being raised up to be the new creation of God through the Slave-Savior’s resurrection.

To believe and to be so baptized are two parts of one complete step for receiving the full salvation of God. To be baptized without believing is merely an empty ritual; to believe without being baptized is to be saved only inwardly without an outward affirmation of the inward salvation. These two should go together. Mark 16:16 does not say “who does not believe and is not baptized shall be condemned.” This indicates that condemnation is related only to not believing; it is not related to not being baptized. Believing itself is sufficient for one to receive salvation from condemnation; yet it needs baptism as an outward affirmation for the completion of one’s inward salvation.

Some may rightly think that salvation is not dependent on hope, confession, works, or prayer, but still think that one must both believe and be baptized in order to be saved. This concept is also incorrect. Even though Mark 16:16 says, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved,” we have to pay attention to what the word “saved” refers to. In the Bible there are several kinds of salvation: the eternal salvation by which one obtains eternal life, the believer’s daily salvation, the salvation through affliction, the salvation of the body, and the salvation of the soul in which one reigns with the Lord in the kingdom of the heavens. The salvation related to baptism is our salvation from the realm of the sinful world. This is different from having eternal life. Having eternal life is a personal matter of receiving eternal life, but being baptized is to be saved out of a sinful realm.

If a person only believes but is not baptized, although he has eternal life, in the eyes of the world he is still not a saved one. He must rise up to be baptized and declare that he has nothing to do with the sinful realm. Others will then acknowledge that he has been saved. In order to receive eternal life, deliverance from condemnation, and eternal salvation, all that one has to do is believe; there are no additional requirements. The first part of Mark 16:16 says, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved,” and the second part says, “But he who does not believe shall be condemned.” The second part does not say that “he who does not believe and who is not baptized shall be condemned.” In order to be saved from the sinful realm of the world, one must believe and be baptized. In order to be condemned, however, all that he has to do is not believe. In other words, the requirement for not being condemned is just believing; it is not baptism in addition to believing. The criminal on the cross was not baptized, yet the Lord said, “Today you shall be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:40-43). He believed and was not condemned; rather, he was saved and had eternal life. Therefore, baptism is not a condition for receiving eternal life.
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(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from
Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 436-437, and Collected Works of Watchman Nee, The (Set 1) Vol. 20: Questions on the Gospel, Chapter 44, Section 2. All are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA