The Economy of God

the_economy_of_god_210As a Christian in college I began to get serious about the Bible. After I began reading the New Testament regularly, the first book that helped me was The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee. Soon afterwards, The Economy of God by Witness Lee was another great help. Both books caused me to see Christ in me as the reality of the Christian life and as the distinct characteristic of a Christian.

Soon these two Christian books will be offered as a free set by Bibles for America, an organization I have volunteered with since its inception in 2000. You can sign up here to be notified when the free offer is available.

The Economy of God derives its title from the word “economy,” found in several New Testament verses. In 1 Timothy 1:3-4 Paul exhorts Timothy concerning “God’s economy, which is in faith.” The word “economy” is also translated stewardship, plan, and administration in various New Testaments published in recent decades.

Chapter 24 of The Economy of God gives this summary about “economy,” which is from the Greek word oikonomia (οικονομία).

We have pointed out that the word economy in Greek means “administration, stewardship, government, arrangement, dispensation.” The word dispensation is used here without any thought of periods of time, but with the denotation of the dispensing of God into us. Again we repeat, God’s intention is to dispense Himself into us. This intention is the center of God’s creation and redemption. God created and redeemed man for this purpose, that man might be the container into which He could dispense Himself. In the entire universe—time, space, and eternity—the center of God’s economy is to dispense Himself into humanity.

Chapter 24 of The Economy of God also speaks about New Jerusalem as the conclusion of all that God has accomplished in His economy.

Eventually, the ultimate consummation of all God’s work of creation, redemption, and transformation is the universal mingling of God with man. Thus, the New Jerusalem comes into existence as the ultimate result of all God’s work as recorded in the sixty-six books of the Scriptures. This result is nothing other than the universal mingling of God with man. The New Jerusalem is a mingling of God Himself with a corporate body of people. At that time these people will no longer be natural, but every part and every aspect of their being will have been regenerated, transformed, and conformed by God and with God as life. They will have been transformed in nature and conformed in appearance to God Himself.

God’s economy includes His predestination, creation, redemption, regeneration, transformation, and more. All of these actions are in Christ and by Christ. The outcome, seen in the last two chapters of the Bible, is New Jerusalem as the bride of Christ, the corporate expression of the glory of God, and the mingling of God with man.
New Jerusalem is a Mingling of God and Man
Praise our God for His marvelous plan carried out in His economy.

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On The Economy of God
Why The Economy of God Is a Must-Read for Every Christian

ps: Here is more about the author, Witness Lee.

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  1. I enjoyed your testimony and quotes concerning The Economy of God by Witness Lee. It was also one of the first books I read from this ministry. It made such a deep impression on me to see that God desires to dispense Himself into our being. All that He is as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is a marvelous “dose” and our entire tripartite being—spirit, soul and body is the receiver into which God wishes to dispense Himself. And to bring it back to your blog…to make us the New Jerusalem as the eternal, corporate expression of the Triune God. What an economy!

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  2. I read “The Normal Christian Life” when I was very young and it had quite an impact.
    God’s economy, at all levels, doesn’t “add up”, because God didn’t go to business school. It works by the gracious love that flows from our Creator. Enjoyed this article.

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    • Yes. The word “economy” is the same, but God’s flowing out of love and life is certainly different from the worldly economy studied in schools.

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    • Dear Nopew,

      “The Normal Christian Life” is one of the most influential Christian books I’ve ever encountered. I can’t think of a single other book that has had more impact on Christians that I know than this one, which also fits with your experience with the book.

      As far as “The Economy of God,” I highly recommend you check it out when it becomes available from Bibles for America. The title may throw you off because “economy” doesn’t seem like a very biblical or godly term, but when you read the book, it will make a lot more sense. It’s also based on the Greek word oikonomia that’s used in 1 Timothy and a handful of other places in the New Testament. Again, I highly recommend giving this book a chance when it becomes available because it really helps to reveal God’s eternal plan which is to dispense Himself into man in order to make them sons with His life and nature. The book goes on to discuss in detail God’s relationship with man and how he’s carrying out His plan. Would love to hear back from you once you have a chance to read some of the book for yourself.

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      • I did not intend to imply that “The Normal Christian Life” is as universally influential as you say. Pilgrim’s Progress and Imitation of Christ would rate at that level, as do some other classics. I have been reading “The Economy of God” online. I will withhold analysis for now.

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