Emanna for 05/14/2020

The Father's Divine Life Enabling Us to Be Perfect (2)

Bible Verses

Matt 5:48 You therefore shall be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. 2 Pet 1:4 Through which He has granted to us precious and exceedingly great promises that through these you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption which is in the world by lust.

Words of Ministry

[Part 2 of 2]
Do not take the Lord's word as a teaching concerning how you should behave. This way will not work. We cannot imitate the Father. When I was young, I was taught by those in Christianity that our heavenly Father loves those who are bad and that we should love our enemies just as our Father does. Although this sounds good, it actually is like trying to teach a monkey to behave like a person. You may teach a monkey to behave like a kind gentleman. The monkeys, however, will fail to do this because they are not the sons of that man. We are the sons of our heavenly Father. Thus, the Father's life and nature are within us. Misunderstanding these verses, many Christians have taken them as instructions concerning their outward behavior. This is the reason so many have been disappointed and have said, "This is too much for us. We are far away from it, and we are unable to fulfill it." We have the kingdom life within us, and we can fulfill these laws, not in ourselves, but by the Father's life and nature. Therefore, we must thank Him for sending so many contrary things into our environment in order to touch our being and to expose what we are so that we may be fully subdued, turn to Him, stay near to Him, trust in Him, and live by Him. Then we shall be the genuine kingdom people with the kingdom life for a proper kingdom living. This is God's kingdom on earth today, and this is the proper church life

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, 1986, pp. 247-248. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 4/16/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.