No measure of expectations or deductions gives us the knowledge of God.
Our worship of God and God’s communications with us are directly in the spirit.
They take place in the inner man, not in the soul or outward man.
God is not apprehended by our thoughts, feelings or intentions, for He can only be known directly in our spirits.
Formed man of dust from the ground refers to man’s body.
Breathed into his nostrils the breath of life refers to man’s spirit as it came from God.
And man became a living soul refers to man’s soul when the body was quickened by the spirit and brought into being a living and self-conscious man.
GENESIS 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
When God first created man He formed him of dust from the ground, and then breathed the breath of life into his nostrils.
As soon as the breath of life, which became man’s spirit, came into contact with man’s body, the soul was produced.
Hence the soul is the combination of man’s body and spirit.
The Scriptures therefore call man a living soul.
The breath of life became man’s spirit; that is, the principle of life within him.
To have pastors in a church is scriptural, but the present-day pastoral system is quite unscriptural; it is an invention of man.
It is not God’s will that one believer should be singled out from all the others to occupy a place of special prominence, whilst the others passively submit to his will.
If upon one man, how easy it is for him to become self-conceited, esteeming himself above measure and suppressing the other brethren.
God has ordained that several together share the work of the church, so that no one individual should be able to run things according to his own pleasure, treating the church as his own peculiar property and leaving the impress of his personality upon all its life and work.
To place the responsibility in the hands of several brethren, rather than in the hands of one individual, is God’s way of safeguarding His Church against the evils that result from the domination of a strong personality.
God has purposed that several brothers should unitedly bear responsibility in the church, so that even in controlling its affairs they have to depend one upon the other and submit one to the other.
It is rather difficult today to learn this lesson.
Independence and individualism are stressed so much, and the Lord’s children have been greatly influenced.
But as the people of God we can never be independent.
If we are, we commit spiritual suicide.
If you go by yourself, you are just half.
For example, when a brother comes into the meeting, we may say that he is just a half.
When his wife follows a few moments later, there is the other half.
When they sit together, you have the completion.
Christ alone is the Head.
They were not appointed to be lords of their brethren, but to be their examples.
What is an example?
It is a pattern for others to follow.
For us the important thing is not our future reward or supposed position in the kingdom; it is our fulfillment of the Church’s role of bringing His kingdom down among men in the earth today.