Being a Begetting Father (1)
Bible Verses (RcV)
1Cor 4:15 For though you have ten thousand guides in Christ,
yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have
begotten you through the gospel.
1The 2:11 Just as you know how we were to each one of you, as
a father to his own children, exhorting you and consoling you
Words of Ministry
[Part 1 of 2]
The Greek word rendered guides [v. 4:15] literally means child-
conductors, as in Galatians 3:24 and 25. Guides, child-
conductors, give instructions and directions to the children
under their guardianship; fathers impart life to their children
whom they beget. The apostle was such a father. He had begotten
the Corinthian believers in Christ through the gospel,
imparting the divine life into them so that they became
children of God and members of Christ.
The church is an organism not an organization. Anything of life
is organic. We need to work organically for the organic
building up of the Body of Christ. An organization is merely a
matter of work in the labor of man's doing. We may labor in the
gospel according to our doing to "win souls" and to build up a
congregation. There may be many members of this congregation,
but they may not know anything about life. The New Testament
shows us that the pattern of the priests of the gospel of God
is the Apostle Paul. He did his gospel work in the way of life.
Paul was a father to the Corinthians because he had begotten
them in Christ Jesus through the gospel. This kind of gospel
work is organic. The gospel is not merely a matter of "winning
souls," but it is a matter of begetting people. The first step
of the organic building is to beget people, to impart the
divine life into sinners to make them the sons of the living
God and the organic members of the Body of Christ. We need to
preach the gospel in the way of life. Life is God in Christ as
the Spirit. This life enters into us to become our life (Col.
Bible Verse Reference
(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the
Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from
Witness Lee, Life-study of 1Corinthians, pp. 311 and Advance of
the Lord's Recovery Today, The, Chapter 3, Section 1. All
are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA
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