Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of May

May 11, 2021 by

Verses:

1 Thes. 1:1 “…To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…”

 

Excerpts:

For the church to be in God the Father implies that the church is in God’s purpose, plan, selection, and predestination. The church is in the Lord Jesus Christ. This implies that with respect to the church everything natural, everything negative, everything of the old creation, has been terminated. We in the Lord’s recovery claim to be practicing the church life. Whenever we make such a claim, however, we need to check to see whether we are still holding to our culture or disposition. Regarding this matter, sometimes we expect others to sympathize with us. But in the Lord Jesus Christ there are no weak vessels. Therefore, we should not expect anyone to sympathize with our natural disposition. For the church to be in the Lord Jesus Christ in a practical way, we all need to be terminated and buried.

 

The title Christ in 1 Thessalonians 1:1 denotes all the riches of resurrection. If the Lord were only Jesus and not Christ, we could not be in Him. But because He is the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be in Him and we are in Him right now. Where are we? We are in the Lord Jesus Christ. The name Jesus implies that everything we are in the old creation and in the fall has been terminated, and the title Christ implies that we are no longer in ourselves, in the old creation, in sin and death, in the world, and in Satan. Instead, we are in resurrection, in the Spirit, and in righteousness, holiness, power, strength, and might. Because we are in Christ, we are even on the throne with Him. (Life-study of 1 Thessalonians, msgs. 8-9)

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