Knowledge Is Different from Revelation (2)

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Bible Verses

Luke 24:29 And they constrained Him, saying, Stay with us, because it is near evening and the day is already gone by. And He went in to stay with them. (30) And as He reclined at table with them, He took the loaf and blessed it, and having broken it, He began handing it to them. (31) And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him; and He disappeared from them. (32) And they said to one another, Was not our heart burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was opening to us the Scriptures?

Words of Ministry

(Part 2 of 2) When it was near evening and they  [two disciples of Jesus]  were coming close to Emmaus, they constrained Him to stay with them. As they reclined at table, Jesus took the loaf and handed it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. This shows us clearly that there are two kinds of knowledge of the Lord. One kind of knowledge is from the Bible, while the other kind of knowledge comes when the Lord opens men's eyes. Some are very familiar with the Scriptures and can even speak to others about them, but they do not know the Lord Jesus. Others know not only the scriptural teachings, but their eyes have been opened by the Lord and they know the Lord Jesus also. These are two very different things. We must realize that Christianity does not have only the Bible but also personal revelations. It is true that without the Bible, there would be no Christianity in the world. But we have to remember that without revelation, we do not have a personal Christ. One problem among God's children is that much of their knowledge is “transmitted” knowledge; it is transmitted from one's mouth to another's ear. One man understands with his mind and transmits it into another man's ear. Everything is transmitted, and hence everything is just a doctrine and teaching. We must remember that it is useless to have Bible knowledge without knowing the Lord. The two disciples that were on the way to Emmaus knew the Scriptures already, and while the Lord was talking with them and explaining the Scriptures to them on the way, their hearts were burning. Yet they still did not know the Lord. The only true knowledge of the Lord is inward knowledge.

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Knowledge Is Different from Revelation (1)

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Bible Verses

Luke 24:14 And they were talking to each other concerning all these things which had occurred. (15) And while they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. (16) But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. (17) And He said to them, What are these words which you are exchanging with one another while you are walking? And they stood still, looking sad. (18) And one of them, Cleopas by name, answered and said to Him, Do You alone dwell as a stranger in Jerusalem and not know the things which have taken place in it in these days? (25) And He said to them, O foolish and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! (26) Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory? (27) And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, He explained to them clearly in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. (28) And they drew near to the village where they were going, and He acted as though He would go farther. (29) And they constrained Him, saying, Stay with us, because it is near evening and the day is already gone by. And He went in to stay with them.

Consider this:

(Part 1 of 2) After the Lord's resurrection, two of the disciples went to Emmaus. On the way they were talking to each other concerning all the things which had occurred, that is, about the things concerning the Lord Jesus which Mary had related. At that moment, the Lord Jesus Himself drew near to them. Yet their eyes were kept from recognizing Him; they did not know the resurrected Lord. They knew the Jesus who was in the flesh. But they did not know the Lord who had resurrected. Resurrection was a mysterious thing to them, and they could not believe in it.

The Lord conversed with them, taught them, and clearly explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself, beginning from Moses and from all the prophets. Yet they still did not know Him. Although they understood the teachings of the Scriptures and were touched and even burning in their hearts, they still did not know the Lord Jesus. This shows us that doctrines and revelation are two different things. They understood the Scriptures, but they did not know the Lord. They knew the teachings about Christ, but they did not know Christ. (Continued tomorrow)

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Being a Member in the Body (2)

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Bible Verses

Rom. 12:4 For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, (5) So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 1 Cor. 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were the hearing, where would the smelling be? (18) But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He willed.

Consider this:

  Brothers and sisters, none of us can be a passive member in the Body. As long as we are a member of the Body, we cannot be passive, and we cannot be a bystander in the meetings. When we come to the meeting, we should realize that we are a member in the Body of Christ and that we have to pray. They may be audible prayers or silent prayers. But we must at least pray and minister life to the Body. Some Christians are suppliers of life; once they come to a meeting, the meeting receives their supply even when they do not open their mouth to speak. Their very presence is a life supply to others. Wherever they go, death is swallowed up. Brothers and sisters, once we see the Body of Christ, we will inevitably see ourselves as members.

  We are members of the Body of Christ. As members severally of this Body, we should seek to profit the Body. We should seek for ways to supply life and power to the Body. Even if we do not open our mouth in the meeting, we should pray silently, and even if we do not speak, we should always be looking to God. This is being Body-conscious. Once we see the Body, we will no longer say that we are dispensable or unimportant.   Once we see the Body, we will say that we are a member of the Body and that we have a responsibility to fulfill. We should speak, and we should pray. When we come to the meeting, we will do whatever God tells us to do. We cannot be a bystander. Brothers and sisters, if we see the Body, we will not act in any other way. When we function this way, the life of the meeting will swallow up all death. Many meetings do not have enough power because the presence of death is too strong; there are too many bystanders in these meetings.

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