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The Spiritual Warfare of the Church as the New Man - 5

2018年11月29日 15時40分45秒 | Enlightenment&Enjoyment

Message Title: the Formation of a Corporate Joshua to Possess the Good Land by Defeating the Satanic Forces

The Bible clearly shows us that it is God's intention and purpose to dispense Himself into His chosen people, for them to possess Him, to enjoy Him, so that they can be one with Him, and He would be one with them. 

God wants the all-inclusive Christ to be everything to His people, typified by the good land. Then His people, as they enjoy the land, take this land, that they may build God's temple, for His expression, and may build the city, for God's dominion on this earth. this is the struggle, and the matter of the spiritual warfare, for God to gain the land. we are engaged in this warfare, not for ourselves, but for God's interest. 

I. the good land, the land of Canaan, is a type of the all-inclusive Christ, the Christ who is all and in all and who is everything to us. 

Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;

in the Bible, there are many different types of Christ, such as the Passover Lamb, the manna. but only the land of Canaan, the land of milk and honey, is a full type, a complete type of the all-inclusive Christ. and this Christ, this good land, every dear believer in the Lord, each of the believers, has an alloted portion. so, we all have an alloted portion for us to gain, to possess and to enjoy. 

Colossians 2:6 As therefore you have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him,

since we have received the Christ, the alloted portion of the land, we need to walk in the land. 

Colossians 2:7 Having been rooted and being built up in Him, and being established in the faith even as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

in this verse, Christ has been likened to the earth, the soil, in which we, the believers are rooted and built up. 

before Israel people entered into the good land, they were feeding on the manna from the heaven. but after they entered into the land of Canaan, the manna ceased, and they lived on the rich produce from the land. 

as the land of Canaan was everything to the Israel people, the all-inclusive Christ is everything to us. this is God's heart desire, that His Christ will be everything to us. we need to enjoy Christ to such an extent that He will practically be everything to us. 

we need to ask ourselves, how much is Christ to us, in our daily life? we may talk about Christ a lot in conferences, in meetings. but when we go back to our daily life, what is Christ to us? do we allow Him to cause us to grow up into Him in all things?

II. if we would possess the good land for the fulfillment of God's purpose, we must engage in warfare to defeat the satanic forces. 

though God ha promised the good land to us, it is not freely given, because the land is not an empty lot. rather, there are tribes dwelling in this land. therefore, God charged Israel people to fight and drive out those inhabitants so that they can possess the land. this land was full of enemies, full of pagen tribes. so we need to fight our way through to possess the land. how mucn land we can possess depends on how mucn we defeat the enemies. so we must engage in the warfare to possess the land. 

Colossians 2:8 Beware that no one carries you off as spoil through his philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ;

Colossians 2:18 Let no one defraud you by judging you unworthy of your prize, in self-chosen lowliness and the worship of the angels, dwelling on the things which he has seen, vainly puffed up by his mind set on the flesh,

the enemy Satan is utilizing everything, all possible things to frustrate, to distract us from enjoying Christ, the all-inclusive One. for example, Satan wants to veil us from seeing the all-inclusive Christ. he may allow us to see certain aspects of Christ, but not His all-inclusiveness. that is why in Ephesians chapter 1, one of the first things the apostle Paul prayed is:

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him,

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your heart having been enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

 a lot of the battles happen in our mind. one of the crucial points to bring forth the one new man is the renewing of the mind. Satan is trying to blind our mind to stop us to see Christ. 
 
the enemy has veiled us with four layers of veils:
1. our natural life: the life that we were born in our natural life. 
2. culture: we are raised in our culture, shaping and causing us to think in a certain way. 
3. phylosophies: educated in certain phylosophy. 
4. religion: we are saved in our religion.
all these veils blind us so that we are hindered, cannot see Christ. 
 
we need to be today's Joshua and Caleb to fight against and to defeat the satanic forces so that we can gain more of Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ, for the fulfillment of God's eternal purpose. we should not be satisfied with our current situation. everyday, our goal needs to be to gain more of Christ. day by day, are we having Christ, the element of Christ increased within our being? 
 
III. without the book of Joshua we cannot fully understand the spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6:10-20
 
there is fighting going on in the invisible realm behind the visible scene on earth. according to the record in Daniel chapter 10, Daniel was praying, and in the heavens, there was the fighting between the good angels and evil prince of Persia, who was trying to stop the angel to send God's answer to Daniel's prayer. 
 
Ephesians chapter 2 indicates that in the heavenlies there are different layers:
1. Christ is in the highest ;ayer, the third heaven, to be our everything as our good land. 
2. there is a lower layer of the heavenlies, the air, where Satan and his evil forces are frustrating people on the earth to recieve Christ and contact God. 
if we would take possession of Christ for our enjoyment, we must fight against and defeat the satanic forces in order to gain more of Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ. the gaining of Christ is God's purpose of us. our fighting the spiritual warfare, is not mainly to defeat the evil forces, but mainly to gain more of Christ. 
 
IV. in order to possess the good land and defeat the satanic forces, we need to be formed into a corporate Joshua. 
 
there are several steps Israel people need to take, for the formation of the corporate Joshua. 
1. they must partake of the passover lamb. 
2. they need to leave Egpyt, to leave the world behind.
3. they need to have the tabernacle built up in their living, which is the testimony of God, the practical church life in their living. 
4. they need to experience Christ as the reality of all the offerings. 
5. they need to experience Christ as the High Priest to assume the priesthood. 
 
also there are 5 qualifications to be formed into God's army
1. must have a genealogy, a lineage, in God's family. not isolated individual. 
2. must be at least 20 years age, some growth in life.
3. everyone must be under his own standard, according to the houses. e.g. if you are tribe of Judah, you stand with Judah. no personal preference or choices. 
4. be put in a proper order. the beautiful order in God's move, and the move of God's army. this implies submission. 
5. must be fresh and young. 
 
As the good land, Christ is ready to be taken and possessed by His believers; however, there is the need for those who are ready to take Him, possess Him, experience Him, and enjoy Him in His all-inclusiveness. today, the Lord is really doing something, to make us ready to take the land, to possess the land, to enjoy His all-inclusiveness.  the Lord has done a lot of works to get us ready, and He is still doing to make us more ready, to make more of the believers ready. 
 
since God has given us the good land, that does not mean that we can be passive, sitting back and waiting for the land. NO! we need to rise up to cooperate with God to take the land, to possess the land. this requires us to deny oursleves, our passiveness, and everything that will hold us back. this denying work will not be accomplished overnight. this depends on the degree of our growth in life. and this requires our cooperation, to be actively passive. 
 
"Joshua" is the Hebrew word for "Jesus", which means, Jehovah, our salvation. 
 
the formation of the children of Israel into an army to fight for God typifies the New Testament believers' being built up into the organic Body of Christ to fight for the carrying out of His economy. 
 
V. we all need to know what the recovery is, where the recovery is, and what kind of persons can take the recovery on. we all need to see that in the Lord's recovery today we are on a battlefield. we should be today's Joshua and Caleb, fighting against Satan's aerial forces so that we can gain more of Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ, setting up and spreading the kingdom of God so that Christ can come back to inherit the earth. 
 
we are not anybody special or important. but we are a group of people, who are willing to come together, to be built up together, to offer the Lord the way to carry out His purpose among us, to form us into a corporate Joshua. 

Joshua 1:6 Be strong and take courage, for you will cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give to them.

Joshua 1:7 Only be strong and very courageous, being certain to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Do not turn away from it to the right or to the left, that you may have success wherever you go.

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall muse upon it day and night so that you may be certain to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and take courage; do not be afraid or dismayed. For Jehovah your God is with you wherever you go.

the four characteristics of this corporate Joshua:
1. this is a corporate built up body. we cannot go on, go into the good land as individuals, we need to be built up as the Body. 
2. we need to be people with another spirit, like Joshua and Caleb. we wil not be afraid of the difficulties, or enemies. 
3. we must be those who follow faithfully God's word. 
4. we must be those who are one with God, and have God one with us. 
 
what are we? what are our responsibilities today?
1. concerning the sinners, we have to preach the gospel. 
2. concerning Satan, we have to realise that there is a spiritual warfare. 
3. concerning the church, we have to hold fast what we see today. 
4. concerning Christ, we should testify the fact of His preeminence in all things. 
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