In Chapter 51 of the Life-Study of Colossians Witness Lee clarifies that true Christian growth is not about us acquiring more doctrinal knowledge. Colossians 2:19 gives us a window into what it's about: And not holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God.
And then in Chapter 52 he talks about how we need personal spiritual growth for the sake of the building up of the Body of Christ. I've heard it said many times that the age of spiritual giants is over because God's ultimate goal is to obtain a corporate Body that expresses and represents Him (Genesis 1:26). For this growth to take place, the most important thing we need to do is eat! That shouldn't surprise you because it's the same way for your human life--see how far you can go on just one meal. On pages 456-457 he talks about how this all hinges on our taking the time to be with God, listen to this:
Likewise, if we do not receive what comes out from Christ as the Head, the Body cannot grow. Holding the Head is, therefore, equal to begin rooted in Christ as the soil….As we daily take time to eat food, we should daily take time to absorb the Lord, take time to assimilate the riches of Christ. Our contact with the Lord should not be rushed. If we are in a hurry, we shall not be able to absorb much of His riches. We need to allow adequate time for prayer. This will enable us to absorb more of the riches of our God. ….spend more time in your spirit to adore the Lord, to praise Him, to offer thanks to Him, and to speak to Him freely. As you fellowship with Him in this way, you will absorb His riches, and He will add more of Himself into you…..Only God can give growth. In my ministry the most I can do is to plant or water. I cannot give growth to anyone, for I cannot give God. Only God can give you Himself….God Himself is our food, and we need to seek Him as His dining table, where we need to take time to eat Him slowly. Then more of Him will be added into us. This addition of God into us is the growth He gives (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Colossians. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1979, Print).At the end of this chapter he connects Colossians 2:19 with Ephesians 4:15-16 "…according to the operation in measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love." He points out here that these two verses show us that the Body of Christ is depending on us to grow! Each day we all need to spend time alone with God so that we can grow, and this growth is what will help the Body of Christ grow and be built up.
You can listen to excerpts from the Life-Study of Colossians given in 1979 on The Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee. The commentary is excellent.
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