Series: The Advancement of the Divine Revelations

Read this article in PDF format In this series of messages we will consider Christ and the Church according to the revelations received by Peter, Paul, and John. Each of these apostles intimately experienced Christ and each had a profound realization concerning His Church, but what was revealed to Paul was something further than what was revealed to Peter, and what was revealed to John was something further than even what was revealed to Paul.



Article One

The Completion of the Divine Revelations: From Christ to the Local Churches

Read this article in PDF format The three main New Testament apostles are Peter, Paul, and John. The basic revelation these brothers received was the same: each focused upon Christ and the church. In each case, however, there was an advancement of what was seen. Peter saw Christ and the church in the stage of its initial declaration. Paul saw an enlarged Christ, a Christ who had become heavenly, who bore His testimony and who built up His church in localities. Finally, the heavenly Christ Paul saw was seen by John walking among the churches, which were standing for the Lord’s testimony upon the earth.



Article Two

The Completion of the Divine Revelations: From Christ to the Local Churches

Read this article in PDF formatIn this message we will continue to see the initial revelation of the church as seen by Peter, the continuing revelation as seen by Paul, and the concluding revelation as seen by John. It is because of their revelations that today we have Christ, the church, the Body of Christ, and the practical church life.



Article Three

Peter’s Application of the Vision He Received

Read this article in PDF formatWhat Peter saw of Christ was relatively simple and straightforward. After this initial revelation, Jesus responded to Peter’s declaration by saying, “upon this rock I will build My church.” Thus it can be seen that, from the beginning, this revelation of Christ and the church has God’s economy in view. Peter was faithful to the vision he had received, and thus this revelation was very effective in him. The focus of his ministry in Acts was Christ crucified to be resurrected as the cornerstone for God’s building, and the sphere of his living was the local churches.



Article Four

Paul’s Application of the Vision He Received

Read this article in PDF formatThe operation of Paul’s ministry as revealed in his Epistles focused on two things. First, his ministry focused on Christ as the reality of all spiritual things. Second, Paul’s ministry focused on the church as the heavenly Body of the ascended Christ and as the fullness of Christ. A person like this realizes the price he will have to pay when he comes into contact with the saints, yet he willingly gives himself to them.


Article Five

John’s Application of the Vision He Received

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As with Peter and Paul, John practiced what he saw within the sphere of the local church. In his writing, John unveils to us the practical way to live the church life. In his life as well as his ministry John brings us to focus upon four great matters: the living Christ producing overcomers in the churches; Christ being the reality of the Triune God; fellowship with the Triune God, the apostles, and the saints; and the “three-dimensional” church life.

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