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January 1, 2023

The Need For Gathering With Other Believers

John 20:19 When therefore it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and while the doors were shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, Peace be to you. Matt 18:20 For where there are two or three gathered into My name, there am I in their midst.

After His resurrection, the Lord came to meet with His disciples, starting from the evening of the first day. Thus, in the Lord's resurrection, the matter of meeting with the saints, the believers, is crucial. Mary the Magdalene met the Lord personally in the morning [morning watch] and obtained the blessing, but she still needed to be in the meeting with the saints, in the evening to meet the Lord in a corporate way to obtain more and greater blessings. In this first meeting of the Lord with His disciples after His resurrection, we have the Lord's presence, the revelation that the disciples are the brothers of the Lord and the sons of God, the peace, the breathing of the Holy Spirit, the divine commission, and the authority. These are the blessings which the Lord brought to His disciples in that church meeting. We may receive something from the Lord and even of the Lord during the morning watch, but this is something we need personally and individually. We must also come to the meetings to receive something more important. The morning watch and the church meetings are two aspects. We need the personal blessing of the first aspect as well as the corporate blessing of the second.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-Study of John, pp. 565-566. 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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