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29.1 Behold the Father

Series 29

Episode 1

Prologue

One of God’s purposes for creating fathers on earth is to help us understand the heavenly Father’s affection. However, the fathers who have bad examples on earth can cause us to have wrong concepts about God. We ought to know the Father’s true image by His words, and how He treats us. For example, it’s written in the Gospel of John that the Father is seeking true worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and truth. The parable of the prodigal son from Luke 15 clearly shows the Father’s heart. His welcome and acceptance towards his lost son is beyond forgiveness. He throws a party to celebrate his son’s return. The celebration is full of joy, singing and music. In the Lord’s prayer written in John 17, the Lord said He has made known the Father’s name, and He prayed that the love with which the Father has loved Him may be in us.

Message

The Lord’s words help us to behold Him. Beholding is more than a glance; it is looking at Him attentively and seeing clearly how good He is, His relationship with us, and how He treats us. We need to see clearly His image. Since birth, we have encountered many situations and circumstances, which in turn affect us. For those who have strict and fierce fathers might think that God is also very strict and fierce. It’s hard for parents on earth to be perfect. We are affected by our past experience–how our father treated us might make us feel angry or unfair. Our fathers’ facial expressions would also affect us. 

God is our heavenly Father. We should know that God created fathers on earth to help us understand His affection. All normal parents love their children. Although it is not the deepest affection, it can help us to taste and understand it. We need to spend time learning about this affection. Otherwise, we would be affected by our past experiences. It would be even worse when we project these negative experiences and feelings to our Abba, Father. Even if we do not have any of the bad experiences I described earlier, no father on earth could be exactly like our heavenly Father. The difference is just too immense! The sum of all the good fathers on earth cannot equate to His goodness! Furthermore, many fathers on earth do not appear to be happy. They have no smile on their faces because they may be carrying heavy burdens. This might cause us to think that God also has a stern face towards us. We often see in public places, such as a restaurant, where a father reads the newspaper while the children play with mobile devices. Therefore, the Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewal of our mind. (Romans 12:2) We need to see clearly our dearest Abba and His image. He is very different and unique from all the others. We ought not to project any wrong image of earthly fathers onto Him and in turn, misunderstand Him.

I want to use some Bible verses to help you. When you draw near to God, don’t be too busy talking from the beginning but fail to see His image clearly. When you talk to others, you will also focus on the person you are talking to rather than just talking on your own. In fact, keeping quiet in front of God, beholding His glory, meditating on His image, His goodness and glory is drawing near to Him. This is also a form of worship. Worship is to treasure God and our heart is attracted to Him. When you enjoy Him and feel His presence, you will see more clearly how He is. He rejoices over this. The Lord told us in John 4 what kind of worshippers the Father was seeking. He is seeking such worshippers who will worship in spirit and truth. Therefore, do not be affected by wrong teachings and wrong concepts. Do not misunderstand Him. This misunderstanding will make it hard for you to draw near to Him. If you think that Abba doesn’t love you that much, you would not be greatly attracted to Him. You may not even want to be close to Him. This is very important to take note of.

The Lord told the parable of the lost son when He was on earth. This parable helps you see the Father clearly. He rejoices over the lost son so much! The Lord told us the truth—heaven rejoices over you when you believe in the Lord. If the Bible had not told us so, we would not have known about it. The Son of God came to the earth to manifest God. He used a man’s story—how the father treated his lost son, to let us see God clearly. This story is very precious. It’s an eternal story. You will continue to understand more what this story represents and how God loves you. Not only did He forgive you, He held a party for you, a party with music. Today, time is not enough for me to share those simple Bible verses about our Father. Neither do I have time to share in detail the stories of some fathers written in the Bible.

On the night before His crucifixion, the Lord prayed that the love with which the Father has loved Him be in us. His prayer was like giving an account to the Father. He said, “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world.” (John 17:6) The Lord mentioned this early in His prayer because man does not know God well due to Satan’s deception. When we see so many false gods, we see how foolish man can be. They worship gods that need to be cleaned by man’s hands, and they can even be purchased for a price. What a great mistake man has made! Isn’t it foolish to worship false gods? Their appearances are terrifying. If they were true, I would have fought with them. Man’s concepts can be so wrong! Therefore, the Lord came to manifest God to us, and made known the Father’s name. He is the radiance of the glory of God. He helps us to see how God is, His goodness and glory. 

The Lord showed us His love on the cross. He loved us and died for us. The cross also let us see the Father’s love. The Father sent His beloved Son to be our Saviour and endured great pain. The suffering endured by the Father was not less than that of the Lord. The Lord came to make known the Father’s name and told the world how good the Father is. I lost my father when I was young. Psalm 68:5 touched my heart even before I believed in the Lord. It reads: “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” Since I grew up without a father, I have always treasured very much that God is my heavenly Father. But still, I need to dedicate my whole life to understanding His love, for His love is so immense! My understanding of the Father has been reasonably good. However, the journey in Vancouver has helped me to enter deeper into His love. You can see that from my hymns.

Series 29

How to behold

Message Date: 2020-05-24

It is very important for us to behold, which is closely related to our minds. When we think of a person, we will have that person’s image in our minds. So, what we see and what we think are closely related. It is helpful for us to come before God and to see clearly how He treats us. The devil will use many ways to obstruct us, especially with accusations and shadows. Again and again we must see clearly God’s love for us according to what the Bible says. For example, it says, “My God in His steadfast love will meet me.” (Psalm 59:10) “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zeph 3:17) The Lord’s love for Peter had not changed, even though He already knew that Peter would deny Him three times. Upon His resurrection, the Lord especially appeared to Peter and asked him three times, “Do you love Me?” He also commissioned Peter to feed His lambs. The Lord spoke of a parable of the prodigal son. When he returned home, the father ran to him and fell on his neck, covering him with many kisses. He laid a feast, made music and danced.
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29.1 Behold the Father

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29.2 See that God meets me in His steadfast love 
and exults over me with loud singing (1)

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29.3 See that God meets me in His steadfast love and exults over me with loud singing (2)

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29.4 See how the Lord loves us (1)

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29.5 See how the Lord loves us (2)

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
Satan causes man not to be clear and assured about the things in heaven
Are physical substances not spiritual?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)
New Jerusalem is a real city (2)

Series 24: God prepares for us

Genesis 22: Father and Son went together
Genesis 22: For us, the Father gave His only Son
Genesis 22: The Lord will provide
24.4 God’s preparation for us

Series 25: The Father and Son Affection

25.1 The Lord Came to Make Known the Father
25.2 The Father and Son Affection (Part 1)
25.3 The Father and Son Affection (Part 2)

Series 26: We are a royal priesthood

26.1 God who alone does wondrous things
26.2 The Lord is the High Priest
26.3 We are a royal priesthood (1)
26.4 We are a royal priesthood (2)
26.5 The life of a priest

Series 27: Who are you in the infinite one’s loving heart?

27.1 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart
27.2 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart (2)
27.3 Meditate on the infinite Lord’s words at the last supper

Series 28: The conclusion and climax of the book of Hebrews

28.1 Sing praises at Easter (1): The defeat of death
28.2 Sing praises at Easter (2): The risen Lord has swallowed up death
28.3 The important purpose of Hebrews and the help we get from it
28.4 Confirming the importance of drawing near to God

Series 29: How to behold

29.1 Behold the Father
29.2 See that God meets me in His steadfast love 
and exults over me with loud singing (1)
29.3 See that God meets me in His steadfast love and exults over me with loud singing (2)
29.4 See how the Lord loves us (1)
29.5 See how the Lord loves us (2)

Series 30: The core things we need to see when we behold the Lord

Series 31: Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us

31.1 The Lord is my all-knowing, all-loving true Beloved (1)
31.2 The Lord is my all-knowing, all-loving true Beloved (2)
31.3 The Importance of Love
31.4 Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us (1)
31.5 Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us (2)