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May 31, 2021

The Words of this Life

Acts 5:19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said, (20) Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.

When the angel of the Lord rescued the apostles from prison, he said to them, "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life." We need to pay attention to the word "this," for it indicates a particular life. The Greek word rendered "words" here is rhema, denoting the present spoken word, not the constant written word. Therefore, the angel was saying to the apostles, "Go and speak the present words of this life." What life is indicated by "this life"? It is the divine life preached, ministered, and lived by Peter that overcame the Jewish leaders' persecution, threatening, and imprisonment. This word indicates that Peter's life and work made the divine life so real and present in his situation that even the angel saw it and pointed it out. The apostles were not told to speak of the divine life in a doctrinal way. Today certain Christians may talk about life, but their talk is altogether doctrinal. We need to seek mercy and grace from the Lord so that whenever we speak concerning the divine life, we speak the words of the very life we live. This means that the divine life becomes our daily life. It is this life that we should minister to others.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Thessalonians, p.144. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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