Emanna for 05/15/2020

Becoming the Same as Our Father by Growing in His Life (1)

Bible Verses

Matt 5:48 You therefore shall be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. 1 Pet 2:2 As newborn babes, long for the guileless milk of the word in order that by it you may grow unto salvation

Words of Ministry

[Part 1 of 2]
At the end of Matthew 5 the Lord Jesus said, "You therefore shall be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." This word concludes this section of the constitution, a section which is exceedingly high. After reading all these requirements, we all would say that we cannot possibly fulfill them. Then we come to verse 48 which tells us that we must be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. This verse is an indicator that we have the Father's life and nature within us. We have been born of Him and we are His children. Because we are His children possessing His life and nature, there is no need for us to imitate Him or copy Him. As long as we grow in His life, we shall be the same as He is. Thus, all the requirements of the law of the kingdom of the heavens reveal how much this divine life and nature can do for us. Our only need is to be exposed so that we may give up all hope in ourselves. When we are exposed, we shall realize that our natural life is hopeless. Then we shall renounce our natural life, turn to the life of our Father, and stay with the divine nature. Spontaneously, this life will grow in us and fulfill the requirements of this highest law.
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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, 1986, pp. 251. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 4/17/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.