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Emanna for 04/30/2019

Holding to Truth

Bible Verses

Eph 4:15 But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ, John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality
[truth]
and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.

Words of Ministry

The word truth in verse 15 denotes that which is real. In this universe the real things, the true things, are Christ and the church
[His Body]
. Only by speaking concerning Christ with the church do we actually handle the truth. This means that although we may refrain from telling lies, we still may not be speaking the truth. For example, certain reports in the newspapers may not be lies; however, these reports are not the truth, the reality. On the contrary, they are vanity. Anything apart from Christ with the church is a vanity and a falsehood. If I am a person without Christ, my very being is vanity. A person may be extremely wealthy and possess an abundance of material things, but if he does not have Christ, all those riches and material items are nothing but vanity. The book of Ecclesiastes says that all is vanity (1:2). Apart from Christ with the church, nothing is true, nothing is real. To those who love the Lord Jesus and who are for today's church life, the only reality in the universe is Christ with the church. Day by day, we may talk about many things. But if we do not speak concerning Christ and the church, we are handling vanity; we are not handling the truth.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 382. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 10/8/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.