Weekly Pursuit – Week 1 of September

Sep 5, 2017 by

Verses:

Cor. 1:18 “For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

 

Excerpts:

Although we meet the cross everywhere in our Christian life, we experience the cross in a particular way when we come to the altar at the center of God’s building. To come to the altar at the center is to realize that all that we are and all that we have were terminated at the cross. Here we have a definite experience of the cross and not merely a superficial knowledge about the cross. In our fellowship with the Lord, we are brought to the point where we touch the cross in a definite way and sense that God will no longer allow us to live in our natural man. This causes us to have a major breakthrough and an absolute submission to the cross. As a result, we will know what the natural life is and what it means for the old creation to be stripped away. This is the experience of the cross as the center. (Life-study of Ezekiel, msg. 21)

 

The consummation of the work of the cross is the church. The work of the cross goes as far as the Body of Christ and consummates with the Body of Christ. Hence, the knowledge of the cross brings us to the knowledge of the Body of Christ. The cross brings a man to a state of weakness and inability, one in which he totally loses hope in the old creation. When he is brought to this point, he is delivered in a real way from the old creation and brought into the new creation. The Body of Christ is the new creation; it has nothing to do with the old creation. Everything of the old creation must pass through the cross and remain on the cross. The church only takes that which issues from Christ. (CWWN, vol. 44, pp. 790-791)

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