The Church in St. Louis

But to Him who is able to do superabundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power which operates in us. - Eph 3:20

Growth in the Word


"I really thank the Lord for this process of transformation occurring in all of us through our enjoyment of the word and I thank the Lord for our growth."

 

            1 Peter 2:3 says, "...as newborn babes, long for the guileless milk of the word in order that by it you may grow unto salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good."  For these past few months, this has been our experience and our living.  This verse says that our growth unto salvation is a result of our longing for the word, which results in us tasting that the Lord is good.  When we get together, such as on Saturdays, and spend time together getting into the word, growth occurs.  But we are not just getting into the word for knowledge or wisdom.  While that will occur naturally, the real focus is to taste the Lord and to enjoy him with our spirits.  John 6:35 says, "Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst." Jesus wants us to eat and drink him spiritually.  So the most important thing is that we approach the word with our spirits to eat and drink the word and gain more of Him.

 

John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God."  By tasting and longing for the word, we really are tasting and longing for God.  By enjoying the word with our spirits, we enjoy God with our spirits.  When we eat or drink something, it becomes constituted into our being and nourishes us.  By eating and drinking the word, because the word is also Christ, our being becomes constituted and nourished with Christ.  Through our Saturday gatherings, we have gained more of Christ through enjoying the word, and slowly He is replacing our natural man, our self.  This has been evident in our speaking, our daily living, and our Lord's day gatherings.  When Christ is constituted more inside of us, our speaking becomes more of Him and less of our natural man.  More so, our speaking is from our spirits and not just from our minds.  Our speaking is filled with life. Without the spirit, when we just speak from the knowledge that is in our mind, it can be deadening.  2 Corinthians 3:16 says that the Letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  Focusing on the Life in the word, paying attention to our eating and not just to our knowing, is essential for the building up of the church and for having the utterance to speak the gospel.  In order to dispense Christ as life into others and ourselves, Christ must speak through us.  The more Christ is constituted in us by his word, the more He can speak through us for his building.  I really thank the Lord for this process of transformation occurring in all of us through our enjoyment of the word and I thank the Lord for our growth.

 

"Holding forth the word of life, so that I may have a boast in the day of Christ that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain." -Philippians 2:16