We Walk by the Spirit to New Jerusalem

The picture of Israel’s journey from Egypt to Mt. Sinai typifies our Christian journey from our initial salvation to the mountain where we can see New Jerusalem. Exodus 16 is about manna, a picture of Christ as our daily bread, and Exodus 17 is about water out of the smitten rock, a picture of the life-giving Spirit.

In addition to the steps mentioned in previous posts, there is the need to fight Amalek (Exo. 17:8-16).

In 17:8-16 we have the war against Amalek….According to the picture in [Exodus] chapters sixteen and seventeen, after we have received the heavenly life supply and the living water from the cleft rock, we are ready to fight against Amalek.

Many students of the Bible realize that this fight depicts the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. This indicates that as we are going on with the Lord, the first fight is that between the flesh and the Spirit. The fact that the first fight in which the children of Israel were engaged was that against Amalek indicates that after we are saved and baptized, the first conflict we experience will be the warfare between the flesh and the Spirit who regenerated us.*

New JerusalemHere are two verses showing this battle:
• “The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
• “The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.” Galatians 5:17

We do not fight the flesh in our own strength. Rather, “Walk by the Spirit and you shall by no means fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).

This battle is a necessary step to be freed from the flesh so that we can be “carried away in spirit onto a great and high mountain” to see New Jerusalem.

* An extract from Life-study of Exodus by Witness Lee, published by LSM, message 46, section 1.

Photo courtesy of Janelle Johnson.

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  1. Edgar

     /  August 17, 2015

    Amen! No battle, no victory; no victory, no enjoyment!

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    • Today’s battle is “The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.” Today’s victory is the victory Christ won in His death and resurrection, applied to us in our walking by the Spirit. Praise the Lord!

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  2. Grace

     /  August 28, 2015

    Amen! You spread a table before me in the presence of my adversaries Psalm23:5 our feasting is our fighting, praise the LORD for His death &resurrection, we want full enjoyment our LORD we want to keep the FEAST everyday YOU Give us on earth we want living by the Spirit out of faith, our Beloved God we worship YOU in this Feast of Love Divine.

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  3. Grace

     /  August 28, 2015

    Amen!

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