Emmanuel—God with Us
Today Emmanuel is the very life-giving Spirit, who is the consummated Triune God as His presence with us moment by moment. We have to realize that all day long we have another One with us.
He is not only with us outwardly but also with us inwardly in our spirit every minute of the day. We do and say things one way when we are alone, but when we have someone else with us, we do and say things differently. We must ask ourselves, “Are we doing things in our own way, or are we doing things in another way because we realize that another One is with us?” If we realize that another One is with us, everything we do, such as shopping, will change.
On some occasions, while I am walking, I may see two sisters or two brothers talking together. Often as I approach them, they stop their conversation. They would not continue their conversation because another person was there. My presence changed their speaking. In like manner, the presence of the Lord changes our life. We all must have the realization and sensation that the Lord Jesus, who is our Savior, is also Emmanuel. He is the Triune God with us, the tripartite men. We should not say or do anything in ourselves or by ourselves. (CWWL, 1990, vol. 1, “The Triune God to Be Life to the Tripartite Man,” ch. 9, p. 304)
Living Together with Christ
Living with Christ is not I living alone but with Christ living in me (Gal. 2:20). If you live every day and every moment by yourself, you are defeated.
You must realize that you are no longer living alone, but Christ is living with you and in you. When you have this sensation, it will revolutionize your entire life.
To live with Christ, we still live, yet not by ourselves alone but by Christ living with us as Emmanuel. The name Emmanuel is first mentioned in Isaiah (7:14; 8:8). Many Christians address the Lord as Jesus and Christ, but few address the Lord as Emmanuel. We must learn to call our Lord “Emmanuel.”
Emmanuel is our life and person, and we are His organ. As His organ, we live together with Him as one person. The Triune God lives together with the tripartite man. Our victory depends upon Emmanuel, the presence of Jesus. If we lose His presence, we are defeated, but if we have His presence, we have the victory. (CWWL, 1990, vol. 1, “The Triune God to Be Life to the Tripartite Man,” ch. 9, pp. 304-305)