Emanna for 09/01/2017
Christ Appearing in the Things (2)
Acts 26:15 And I said, Who are You, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom you persecute. (16) But rise up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a minister and a witness both of the things in which you have seen Me and of the things in which I will appear to you.
Words of Ministry
[Part 2 of 2]
I appreciate the phrase "in which" that is used twice in 26:16. The Lord first spoke of "the things in which you have seen Me." Then He went on to speak of "the things in which I will appear to you." Here the Lord was saying to Paul, "I will not merely reveal certain things to you, but in the things revealed I Myself will appear to you."
In any light we receive of the Lord we must see Christ. Christ must appear to us in whatever we see in the way of enlightenment, vision, or revelation. If we see a vision without seeing Christ, that vision means nothing. Likewise, if we study the Bible and gain knowledge of the Scriptures without seeing Christ, that knowledge is vanity.
The book of Revelation is an excellent illustration of the Lord appearing in the things revealed to the Apostle John. John saw a number of visions, but in these visions the Lord Himself appeared to him. Consider the first vision in Revelation, the vision of the golden lampstands. Concerning this vision, John says, "I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands One like the Son of Man..." (Rev. 1:12-13a). In this vision of the lampstands John saw the Lord walking among the lampstands as the High Priest dressing the lamps.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, p. 598. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.