Through regeneration Christ has come into our spirit to be our life (Col. 1:27; 3:4). According to John 3:6, “That which is born of the Spirit is spirit,” and Romans 8:10 reveals that if Christ is in us, our spirit is life because of righteousness. On the one hand, it is a wonderful fact that Christ is in our spirit and that we are one spirit with the Lord (1 Tim 4:22; 1 Cor. 6:17); on the other hand, we need to realize that the Lord desires to spread from our spirit into our heart. For this reason, Ephesians 3:16-17 speaks concerning the Father strengthening us, the believers, into our inner man, which is also our regenerated spirit, so that Christ may make His home in our heart. This process of Christ making His home in our heart is His spreading and increase in us; it is also the growth of Christ as life in us.
The New Testament is full of the revelation concerning Christ as life growing in us. The parable of the sower in Matthew 13 portrays the word as a seed that is sown into our hearts so that it may grow. First Corinthians 3:6 speaks concerning God causing the growth of the believers. Then Ephesians 4:13 speaks concerning the believers arriving at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Furthermore, verses 15 and 16 show that by holding to truth in love, we the believers may grow up into Christ in all things and that all the Body grows unto the building up of itself in love.
These verses reveal that the Lord desires to grow in us and that this growth is His spreading into our heart. When we see in God’s word that Christ desires to spread into our heart, our response should be to pray for the growth of life, for Christ to grow by spreading from our spirit into our heart. May we allow Christ to spread in us by opening to Him through direct, personal contact with Him. Such an opening will give Him the opportunity to grow in us for the growth and building up of the Body of Christ.
Witness Lee, The Knowledge of Life, Chapter 12 (Nook, Kindle, iBooks, Print).
Witness Lee, Perfecting Training, Chapter 1 (Nook, Kindle, iBooks, Print).
Holy Bible Recovery Version, all verses mentioned in this post and their corresponding footnotes (Nook, Kindle, iBooks, Print).
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We need to be deeply impressed and afford more precise knowledge of the growth of life. The growth of life is not the improvement of behavior. Neither is the growth of life the expression of piety. Nor is the growth of life zealous serving. The growth of life is not the increase of knowledge. The growth of life is not to abound in gifts. It is not the increase of power.
God Himself is life. Hence, the growth of life is the increase of the element of God. It is the increase of the stature of Christ. The growth of life is the expanding of the ground of the Holy Spirit. It is the decrease of the human element. Growth of life is the breaking of the natural life. Finally, the growth of life is the subduing of every part of the soul.
Amen! Life supplying.