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Emanna for 05/15/2019

A Living Out of the Enjoyment of Christ

Bible Verses

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me... Rom 8:4 That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.

Words of Ministry

As one who is familiar with both the Bible and the teachings of Confucius, I have come to realize that in their daily living many Christians live as if they were disciples of Confucius. Under the influence of the religious concept, they regard the Bible as a book of doctrines and ethical teachings. For example, a sister may try desperately to submit to her husband. In doing this, she is actually living like a follower of Confucius
[since he taught the need for submission]
, all the while believing that she is being a good Christian.... We all know that in Ephesians 5:22 Paul exhorts the wives to be subject to their own husbands. But do not forget that this follows his word about being filled in spirit (v. 18). This indicates that a wife's submission should come out of the infilling of the Spirit
[which is the essence of the Christian life]
, not out of an outward, deliberate attempt to be submissive. If a sister's submission is genuine, it will not require deliberate effort. On the contrary, she will submit spontaneously out of her experience of Christ and her enjoyment of Him. She may not even realize that she is submissive, for she submits without purposely trying to do so. Such submission comes out of the element of Christ that has been imparted into that sister. How different this is from submitting because she has been taught to be under the headship of her husband!

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 488-489. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 12/23/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.