Glory be to God! We have completed the 1st Semester for CBC 7 yesterday. We covered Chapter 8 The Difference Between Spirit and Soul, and Chapter 9, Three Lives and Four Laws, in The Knowledge of Life by Witness Lee.

Sharing a portion from Chapter 8:

For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of the soul and spirit… — Hebrews 4:12a

But a soulish man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he is not able to know them because they are discerned spiritually. But the spiritual man discerns all things… — 2 Corinthians 2:14-15a

“…we must ask the Lord to make us see not only the impotence of the soul, but also the dealing of the cross with the soul; thus, in everything we will learn to reject the soul and not live by the soul. One who is in the mind should refuse his intellect in all spiritual things; he should put aside completely such functions as thinking and considering and return to the spirit, using the spirit to sense the consciousness of God.

Sharing a portion from Chapter 9:

For I delight in the law of God according to the inner man, But I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and making me a captive to the law of sin which is in my members. — Romans 7:22-23

For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death. — Romans 8:2

The three lives are:
1. Life of man
2. Life of Satan
3. Life of God

The four laws are:
1. Law of God
2. Law of good in our mind
3. Law of sin and of death
4. Law of the Spirit of life

“Philosophers throughout generations have advocated various ways of cultivating morality or improving behavior. In fact, what they have advocated is a working through human intellect, self-will, and self-effort on the already corrupted body and soul, in order to restore or reactivate the original good in man. All this cannot overcome the natural power of the law of sin. The strength of man is limited, while the power of the law is enduring; man’s striving is a self-exertion, while the power of law is spontaneous. Man by using his own effort may be able to sustain himself for a while, but once his strength is exhausted, the power of law manifests itself again. Therefore, God’s way of deliverance is not to work on our outward body by dealing with the Sin which surrounds us, nor to work on the soul, which is between our body and our spirit, by strengthening our will to do good. But it is in our center, that is, in our spirit, that God adds into us a new element, which brings with it a mighty power of life. Then He advances from our center to the circumference, penetrating through all the parts of our being, by using one law to subdue another law to overcome the power of sinning in the law of sin. Moreover, we are enabled to live out the good required by the law of God, which we were unable to live out formerly through the law of good. And much more, through the life which is derived from the law of the Spirit of life, we are able to live out the life which God desires.”

We will have a term break from 10 June – 13 July 2018. 2nd Semester of CBC 7 will start on 14 July, and continues on 21 July, 28 July, 4 Aug. We pray that this term break will not be a pause of our growing, but we will continue to grow in life unto maturity.

 

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