In spirit and reality

In spirit and reality
We meet to worship Thee,
And every principality
Must fall down or must flee.
  Reality, reality,
  O what a joy to see,
  That Christ may be enjoyed by us
  As our reality.
A Person, Thou hast come in us,
Into our spirit now,
And quickened us until we know
Our inner man art Thou.
  O praise Thee, Lord, we sense Thee thus,
  Forever inwardly;
  Thy Person in each one of us
  Is our reality.
And now the corporate life we live—
Christ in His Body known;
Where every portion adds more Christ,
Until the whole is shown.
  O Hallelujah, one new man!
  Our portions blend as one;
  In one accord, express the Lord,
  And He will quickly come.
Maurice Ward

Irving, Texas, United States

LS Matt. mess. 14

The kingdom of the heavens is absolutely related to our spirit. The first blessing in chapter five is a blessing in our spirit: “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matt.  5:3). Thus, the first aspect of the kingdom of the heavens covered in this chapter is related to our human spirit.

LS Matt. mess. 14

There are some very poor translations of verse 3, such as, “Happy are the humble minded, ” and “Blessed are the humble in heart. ” Most Christians do not understand what the Lord Jesus was talking about when He spoke of being poor in spirit. Furthermore, they do not know that the kingdom of the heavens is altogether a matter in our spirit. If we do not know our spirit, we are through with the kingdom of the heavens because the kingdom of the heavens is related to our spirit.

LS Matt. mess. 14

The Lord Jesus came as the new King to start a new dispensation. With the coming of the new King, God began a new economy. God’s new dispensation is involved with a wonderful Person. Speaking figuratively, this new economy is simply this Person. Do not consider the kingdom of the heavens as something apart from Christ. No, it is Christ Himself. Without the King, we could not have the kingdom. We cannot have the kingdom of the heavens without Christ. When the Pharisees asked the Lord Jesus when the kingdom of God would come, He replied, “Behold, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:21). The Lord’s word to the Pharisees indicated that He Himself was the kingdom. Where Jesus is, there the kingdom is also. The kingdom is simply the Person of the King. Therefore, when we have the King, we also have the kingdom.

In my Spirit there is the Person, Christ, and this Person is the reality of the Kingdom. Even the very Kingdom itself!

Joanna Smathers

Baton Rouge, LA, United States

Every principality must fall down or flee; Thy person in each one of us is our reality; Every portion adds more Christ.

In private time this morning this song was easy to sing to a made up tune.

Anna Chen

Denton, TX

O what a joy to see, that Christ may be enjoyed by us !

Hallelujah! For the one New Man!