Crystallization-Study of Jeremiah and Lamentations
Experiencing and Enjoying
the Contents of the New Covenant
according to Our Spiritual Experience
for the Accomplishment of God’s Economy
OF THE PROPHESYING MEETING
Reading the verses in each day.
Reading the main points in the outlines.
Pray-reading the verses:
Jer. 31:33-34 But this is the covenant which I will make…after those days, declares Jehovah: I will put My law in their inward parts and write it upon their hearts….And they will no longer teach, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, Know Jehovah; for all of them will know Me…, for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
Word of Appetizer
Jeremiah prophesies concerning the new covenant; what are the contents of the new covenant as God’s bequests to us?
In the new covenant four blessings are promised: Propitiation for our unrighteousnesses and the forgetting (forgiveness) of our sins; the imparting of the law of life by the imparting of the divine life into us; the privilege of having God as our God and of being His people—the divine life’s enabling us to participate in the enjoyment of God in fellowship with Him; and the function of life that enables us to know Him in the inward way of life. According to the covenant that God consummated, these four blessings are His promise. But according to the testament that the Lord bequeathed to us, they are His bequests.
We need to see and appropriate the contents of the new covenant as God’s bequests to us. In the new covenant four blessings are promised. Ultimately, our enjoyment of the indwelling Spirit as the automatic law of the divine life, the law of the Spirit of life, is in the Body of Christ and for the Body of Christ with the goal of making us God in life, nature, and expression but not in the Godhead to accomplish the goal of His eternal economy—the New Jerusalem.
OF THE PROPHESYING MEETING
The Revelation of the Truth
Based on the fact that Jeremiah prophesies concerning the new covenant, the book of Jeremiah may be considered an Old Testament book that is also a New Testament book; we need to see and appropriate the contents of the new covenant as God’s bequests to us.
“I will be propitious to their unrighteousnesses, and their sins I shall by no means remember anymore.”
“I will impart My laws into their mind, and on their hearts I will inscribe them.”
“I will be God to them, and they will be a people to Me.”
“They shall by no means each teach his fellow citizen and each his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for all will know Me from the little one to the great one among them.”
The Experience of Life
While we remain in touch with the Lord, staying in contact with Him, the law of life, the law of the Spirit of life, works automatically, spontaneously, and effortlessly.
The function of life enables us to know God in the inward way of life; the sense of life on the negative side is the feeling of death, and on the positive side it is the feeling of life and peace.
Practice and Application
Instead of willing, we should set our mind on the spirit and walk according to the spirit; we must cooperate with the indwelling, installed, automatic, and inner operating God as the law of the Spirit of life by prayer and by having a spirit of dependence, calling upon the Lord and pray-reading His Word in order to maintain our fellowship with Him.
We should live according to the sense of life in the principle of life, not according to the principle of right and wrong, the principle of death.
TWELVE TOPICS PER WEEK
T1: The book of Jeremiah may be considered an Old Testament book that is also a New Testament book (Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:8-12).
(Why do we say that the book of Jeremiah may be considered an Old Testament book that is also a New Testament book?)
T2: In the new covenant four blessings are promised (Heb. 8:10-12).
(Please explain why this Scripture puts forgiveness of sins at the very end.)
T1: “I will be propitious to their unrighteousnesses, and their sins I shall by no means remember anymore” (Heb. 8:12).
(Please explain what forgiveness of sins means.)
T2: The grace of God’s forgiveness causes us to fear God and to love God (Psa. 130:4; Luke 7:47).
(Please use your experience to illustrate that the grace of God’s forgiveness causes us not only to fear God but also to love God.)
T1: The blood for forgiveness of sin has ushered us into better things (Heb. 9:22).
(Please explain what the better things are.)
T2: The blood of Christ is the blood of the covenant which brings us into God (Matt. 26:28).
(Please illustrate that the blood of the covenant is not mainly for forgiveness; it is primarily for God to be our portion.)
T1: The center, the centrality, of the new covenant is the inner law of life (Jer. 31:33a; Heb. 8:10).
(Please use your experience to illustrate that this law is not an outward law but an inward law.)
T2: God puts the highest law (singular) of this highest life into our spirit (Jer. 31:33a).
(Please use your experience to illustrate that this law spreads into our mind, emotion, and will, and becomes several laws (plural.)
T1: Cooperating with the indwelling, installed, automatic, and inner operating God (1 Thes. 5:19; Rom. 8:4).
(Please use your experience to illustrate that to walk according to the spirit is the way to cooperate with this working law..)
T2: The issue of the law of life is that we are transformed and conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:2, 29).
(Please use your experience to illustrate that the law of life does not regulate us from doing wrong; it regulates the shape of life.)
T1: “I will be God to them, and they will be a people to Me” (Heb. 8:10; Jer. 31:33b).
(Please illustrate that it is according to the law of life that God is God to us and we are a people to Him; it is a relationship in life.)
T2: The function of life enables us to know God in the inward way of life (Heb. 8:11; Jer. 31:34a).
(Please use your experience to illustrate that we can know God subjectively from within by the feeling, the consciousness, of the divine life within us.)