The Two Great Mysteries in God's Economyby Witness Lee
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In the Bible there are two spirits—the divine Spirit and the human spirit. Three verses tell us that there are two different spirits. John 3:6b says, “That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” The human spirit is born of the divine Spirit. The King James Version even indicates the difference by capitalizing the first Spirit in this verse. Then in John 4:24 the Lord said, “God is Spirit [the divine Spirit], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit [the human spirit].” God is Spirit, and we have a spirit within us as an organ for us to worship God, contact God, commune with God, receive God, and contain God.
The third verse is Romans 8:16, which says, “The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit.” These two spirits are working together. The Holy Spirit works together with our spirit to testify that we are children of God. This one verse proves that now the divine Spirit is one with our human spirit, and our human spirit is one with the divine Spirit. Hence, 2 Timothy 4:22 says, “The Lord be with your spirit.” Today Christ is the life-giving Spirit. When the Bible says, “The Lord be with your spirit,” it means that Christ as the life-giving Spirit is with our spirit. This is why 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” Hallelujah! We have the divine Spirit, and we have the human spirit. Eventually, these two spirits are mingled as one.
In many verses in the New Testament the word spirit is used to denote not merely the Holy Spirit or simply the human spirit but the human spirit mingled with the divine Spirit. Romans 8:4 says, “Walk according to...the spirit.” The spirit here is the mingled spirit. Surely it denotes our human spirit, but in Romans 8:4 our human spirit is not merely the human spirit. Our human spirit has become mingled with the divine Spirit. This is just like tea. It was pure water, but once tea gets into the water, we have two elements mingled together as one drink. We even call this drink tea. Actually, this is not merely tea; it is tea mingled with water. Two things have been mingled together as one entity. Today the spirit within us is a mingled spirit. As Christians, if we are honest and faithful to the Lord, we have to walk according to this mingled spirit in everything every day. We must walk according to the spirit, not according to religion, doctrine, or any opinion. Then we will fulfill the righteous requirement of the law. It is here, in this mingled spirit, that the holy apostles received the revelation of the mystery of God (Eph. 3:5). The mystery of God could be revealed only in such a mingled spirit.
Ephesians 2:22 tells us that God’s dwelling place is the church. Today the church is to be built up into a dwelling place of God in spirit. It is in our spirit that the church is built up to be God’s dwelling place. We are here for the Lord’s recovery, and the Lord’s recovery is focused on the church, which is the mystery of Christ. This church is built up as God’s dwelling place in our spirit. So in the last book of the Bible the apostle John tells us that in spirit he saw the vision of the local churches with Christ walking among them (Rev. 1:10-13). It was also in his spirit that John saw the New Jerusalem (21:10). It is altogether a matter of the human spirit mingled with the Holy Spirit. God dispenses Himself as the Spirit into our human spirit first by the way of regeneration (John 3:6). We all have to realize that we have been regenerated. We have had a second birth, a rebirth. Now we have to learn how to worship the Spirit in our spirit, how to contact Him, and how to fellowship with Him. To worship God implies to contact Him, to fellowship with Him, to commune with Him, to receive Him, to take Him in, to contain Him, and even to assimilate Him. We have God within us. We have to digest Him into our very organic tissues. This all transpires not in our mentality or in our will or in our emotion. It is altogether accomplished in our spirit. Our God is the Triune God, and the Triune God is the life-giving Spirit. The life-giving Spirit as the ultimate expression of the Triune God has entered into our human spirit to make Himself one with our spirit. Now we and He are just one spirit. It is here that we have been reborn. It is here that we contact Him, receive Him, contain Him, assimilate Him, and take Him in. It is here that we have the church built up, which is the focus of the mystery. How crucial and how important is our spirit!
In Ephesians 5 there is a verse telling the wives to submit and a verse telling the husbands to love, but there is another verse that says, “Be filled in spirit” (v. 18). First, be filled in spirit with God. Be filled in your spirit with the Spirit. When you and I are filled in spirit, surely we can love. If the wives are filled with God in their spirit, surely they can submit. Young men do not need to force themselves to love their wives but should come back to their spirit, exercise their spirit, and be filled in their spirit.
The subject of the book of Ephesians is Christ and the church. Without Christ and apart from the church, we cannot love our wives. I have never found one who really loved his wife without Christ, but I have met a number of husbands who all loved their wives in the church and by Christ. How could the husbands have such good wives in the church but by Christ? We do not need to try to love. We do not need to try to submit. Just live in the church by Christ and in your spirit. It is in our spirit that we are one with the life-giving Spirit. It is in our spirit that we see the vision concerning God’s eternal purpose. It is in our spirit that all the mysteries become open to us. It is in our spirit that we are built as God’s habitation. It is in our spirit that we can see the New Jerusalem. It is in our spirit that we fully realize that the best, the top portion, of God’s blessing is with the church. We can see this because we are in the spirit.
Now, we all can grasp the importance, the vital point, of the human spirit. God today is the life-giving Spirit, and He created us with a spirit. Second, He has regenerated us in our spirit. Third, He indwells our spirit. Fourth, His Spirit and our spirit, these two spirits, are mingled into one spirit. Is this not wonderful? No union, no mingling, is so dear, so real, as this mingling of the divine Spirit with the human spirit. Here we enjoy Christ. Here we partake of all the riches of Christ. Here we are built up together. Here we have the church life. Here we have God’s habitation. This is the real economy of God’s mystery. God’s mystery is carried out in His economy in our spirit. So we must learn all the time to come back to our spirit. While we are gossiping, we have to come back to our spirit. Before we become angry at some brother, we have to come back to our spirit. While we are so happy, we have to come back to our spirit. When we are going to say something to our wives, we have to come back to the spirit. Always remind yourself to come back to the spirit. We have to walk according to the spirit.
This word walk in Greek means to have our being, to do things, to say things, and to go places according to this spirit. Forget about religion, rituals, regulations, forms, teachings, sermons, concepts, and anyone’s opinion. In everything we must walk and have our whole being according to the spirit. We do have such a wonderful spirit. When we walk, have our being, and live day by day according to this spirit, there will be no burden, no problems, and no strain. We will be rested all the time because we have everything in this mingled spirit. It is really wonderful!
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