One with Christ

Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ by Witness Lee is available for online reading by selecting Conclusion of the New Testament, The (Msgs. 415-436) in this list.  Here is another of my occasional excerpts about New Jerusalem.

New Jerusalem

The wife of the Lamb is one with her Redeemer, as Eve was taken out of Adam and attached back to him to be one flesh, two as one in one nature and one life (Gen. 2:21-24; Eph. 5:25-27, 29-32). Eve was originally a piece of bone, a rib, taken out of Adam. This bone was built into a woman, a wife for Adam, and attached back to Adam to be one flesh. These two, Adam and Eve, were as one in one nature and one life. A wife is one nature and one life with her husband. A physical, material city could never be one with Christ in one life and in one nature. The New Jerusalem is not only something with the divine element added to it and with the holy nature wrought into it, but it is also one with the Redeemer in one nature and in one life.

Eve’s source and element were Adam, who is a type of Christ. In the same way, the church is built, not with the natural element of the old creation, but with the resurrection life of Christ. “Christ is our life” (Colossians 3:4*).

Hence in the church, the new man, there are no nationalities and no social ranks. We have been buried with Christ into His death and have Him as our life. “Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:10-11).

Now we exercise to apply His death to our fallen behavior (Colossians 3:5-9) and to apply Him as the virtues of our living (3:12-15). A key is to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (3:16). The more the word is alive in us, the more we experience being one with our Redeemer in life and nature. New Jerusalem is the fullness of this oneness.

Lord, I open my heart to You. Cause Your word to dwell more in me each day. Bring me into a life full of singing with grace and thanksgiving to God (3:16-17).

*online reading of Colossians 3.

The Conclusion of the New Testament is published and copyright by LSM; excerpt used by permission.

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  1. My pastor explains it as the law of substitution – that if we think one thing, we can’t think an opposite thought simultaneously. If we fill ourselves with the Word of God it pushes out the negative. A real washing with the water of the Word 😀

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    • Yes, the washing of the water in the word is a wonderful cleansing that we are undergoing. I think it not only washes away the old but also deposits the word into us so that the word of Christ dwells in us richly (Col 3:16).

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