Last week we saw that the climax of Genesis 1, the ultimate consummation, was that God was expressed and represented. Based on this, we continued this week to see that: 1) God blessed man to be fruitful, 2) man and all other living creatures were satisfied, 3) everything was very good, and 5) God rested – God was satisfied. Expounding on the matter of being fruitful, Witness Lee points out that real gospel preaching is not merely an outward work but is fruit bearing out of the overflow of the inner life. When we bear God’s image and exercise God’s authority, we will be under God’s blessing to be fruitful and multiply. And at the end of all this, God can rest because He is satisfied and we can also rest with God by entering into His rest.
After seeing the desire and purpose of God, the next two messages (10-11) covered God’s procedure to fulfill His purpose, which is by life. This life conforms the believers to the image of God and brings them into glory. In addition, this life gives authority. Before man was created, God had not caused it to rain upon the earth because there was no man to till the ground. Therefore no life had grown out of the earth. Then God created man as a vessel with a spirit, soul, and body (1 Thes. 5:23), to contain Him as life. Specifically, the spirit of man originated from the breath of life (Gen. 2:7; Prov. 20:27) and was formed for the purpose of containing God (2 Tim. 4:22). In other words, if there were no spirit within man, man would be an empty shell. We should praise the Lord that we have a spirit created to contain God!
The second step of God’s procedure to fulfill His purpose is to have man actually receive Him as life by placing man in front of the tree of life. This tree of life is placed in Eden (a place of pleasure), in the east (a place of the shining glory), and in a garden (a lovely and pleasant place) with every tree pleasant to the sight and good for food. All these imply that God’s intention was not that man should work but that he should be pleased and satisfied. In fact, the tree of life typifies God coming in Christ to become man’s life and life supply (John 1:1, 14; 10:10; 14:6; 15:1). Finally, along this tree is a river which waters, quenches thirst, and flows life. Both the tree of life and the flowing river appear in Genesis but continue throughout the Bible until Revelation 22, representing the genuine experience of God as life. “The tree of life and the flowing river indicate this: whenever we take Jesus into us as food, that food will impart divine life, a life that is a watering and flowing life.” (Message 11)
There are many other points covered in these three messages. Please use the comments section below to share your enjoyment or even practice composing a short prophecy. Even if what you write is short (1-2 sentences), this may flow life from your spirit into others!
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