The Truth Bookroom organized the 6th Truth Seminar on 23rd March 2018 in Mandarin Orchard Hotel. We continued with the topic “The World Situation and Returning to the Orthodoxy of God’s People” from the previous two seminars, which happens to be the 3rd part of the topic. This seminar saw a return of numerous participants as well as new faces.
The first half of the seminar touched on the two lines in the Bible: the line of life and the line of death.
- Oneness, which originates with God and issues in the New Jerusalem, is on the line of life. Oneness is all-inclusive, it includes God, Christ, and the Spirit.
- Division, which originates with Satan and issues in the great Babylon and ultimately the lake of fire, is on the line of death. Division is also all-inclusive but it comprises of negative things such as Satan, sin, worldliness, the flesh, the self, the old man, and evil temper.
The following chart is the family tree as depicted in the Bible:
In reference back to the two lines, the side on the left from Cain onwards, is the line of death, whereas the side on the right from Seth onwards, is the line of life.
According to Colossians 3:11, in the new man “there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, freeman, but Christ is all and in all.”
We must destroy everything that is not the church, with Christ. We shall simply be in the church life enjoying Christ as the riches of the good land. Our temperament, disposition, natural characteristics, and preferences have all been eliminated. The New Jerusalem will be the ultimate consummation of oneness and of all the positive things included in it.
In the second half, the issue of oneness and life were further elaborated on. Psalms 133 depicts brothers dwelling together in oneness, which touched on one crucial matter: the ministry of life. The ministry of the Spirit is the ministry of life; letter and knowledge kills but the Spirit gives life.
This can be seen in 2 Cor. 3:6, “Who has also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant, ministers not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The letter refers to the letter of the law, which only requires of man. It is unable to supply man with life (Gal. 3:21). Because of man’s inability to fulfill the requirements of the law, the law kills man (Rom. 7:9-11). On the other hand, the Spirit, the ultimate expression of the processed Triune God, who became a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45), imparts the divine life, even God Himself, into the believers and the apostles, making them ministers of a new covenant, the covenant of life. Hence, their ministry is one constituted with the Triune God of life by His life-giving Spirit.
To conclude “The World Situation and Returning to the Orthodoxy of God’s People”, the upcoming seminar, Truth Seminar 7, held on 1st May 2018 from 10AM to 5PM at Mandarin Orchard Hotel, will bring to light more truths pertaining to the topic.
Truth Seminar 7: The World Situation And Returning to Orthodoxy of God’s People (4)
Date: 1 May 2018 (Tuesday – public holiday)
TIme: 10.00AM – 5.00PM
Venue: Mandarin Orchard Hotel
(Lunch and refreshment will be provided!)
- Life and Building as Portrayed in the Song of Songs (Witness Lee)
- The Glorious Church (Watchman Nee)
- Holy Bible Recovery Version (With footnotes)