Weekly Pursuit – Week 4 of July

Jul 24, 2018 by

Verses:

Lev. 10:17 “Why have you not eaten the sin offering in the place of the sanctuary? For it is most holy, and He gave it to you to bear the iniquity of the assembly, to make expiation for them before Jehovah.”

 

Excerpts:

The book of Leviticus tells us that the priests were to eat the sin offering in the holy place that they might bear the iniquity of the assembly, to make expiation for them before Jehovah. To minister Christ as the sin-dealing life to someone is not to go to him to point out his fault and condemn him. If you are going to minister Christ to [people], you have to trust in the Lord that you may have the grace with the Spirit to soften [people’s] hardened heart. Then the very Christ as life will be actually, really, and richly ministered to him, and this life, which is the Spirit, will work within him. You do not need to mention his fault because the life that gets into him as the life supply will do a lot. This is what it means, according to Leviticus, to bear the iniquity of the people of God. This is the way to get rid of the sins among some saints.

 

The work to recover the sinful saints takes time. You have to be patient. Even if it took eight months or a year to get one or two sinful saints recovered, that would be a great thing. This kind of ministry is the element for us to maintain the oneness of the Spirit in the church life. The oneness can be maintained only in love by the Spirit. Criticism only builds up division and destroys the oneness. We all have to avoid negative talk and learn to take Christ as the sin offering, the sin-dealing life, that we may have the measure and the capacity with a certain amount of Christ to minister to the sinful saints. (A Timely Word, ch. 1)

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