Nº 18 · November - December 2002

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The Last Letter

The Lord's last words to a church are those that he directed toward the church in Laodicea. Of the seven apocalyptic letters, it is the most dramatic and the most painful. Whatever its interpretation be -like an x-ray of the whole of Christianity before the Lord's Second Coming, or as representative of a specific sector of Christianity-, its message touches the most intimate fibers of those who love Him who is rejected and left standing outside the door. Nor could anyone cease examining oneself in particular to see how, and in what measure, they could be falling into the disgrace of that church.

We have gathered diverse material in this issue -diverse authors, contexts and times-but all with one sense. How does this affect us, and how does the Lord hope we will react to His message to Laodicea? We have added, to the articles of our collaborators, the lucid analysis that Watchman Nee makes of Philadelphia and Laodicea, two united churches, yet so different; and also in the Scottish preacher's inspired text, T. Austin-Sparks gives us the keys to solve one of the serious problems of Laodicea: its blindness which prevents it from seeing its lamentable condition.

We finish this third year of the magazine "Aguas Vivas" with a deep sense of gratitude to the Lord to have allowed us to arrive to several thousands of Christians of Hispanic speech. We also thank our readers who have sent us excited words of encouragement on many occasions. We hope-if the Lord pleases-to begin the fourth year of "Aguas Vivas" with a rejuvenated format, with more solid contents and with renovated strength. So that the purpose of "edifying the saints for the work of the ministry" is completed more fully in these days, previous to Lord's glorious coming for his beloved.

 

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Laodicea

Rolando Figueroa E.
The Lord's message to Laodicea is a loving complaint to a church that once walked with its Lord, but now has went away from him.


Philadelphia & Laodicea
Watchman Nee
Philadelphia and Laodicea are two churches that represent two different areas of Christianity. Although they are two distinct areas, one arises out of, and is a deformation of the other.

The syndrome of Laodicea · II
Eliseo Apablaza F.
One of the greatest dangers for Christians advanced in the knowledge of God and His purposes is to fall into a vain knowledge expressed by the forming of a doctrinal position and a language understood only by its promoters.

The Testimony of God
Rodrigo Abarca B.
God requires an appropriate testimony in the earth in order to express himself and carry out his purposes. The church is called to be this testimony, but the church has failed. Then, the remnant appears as the last stronghold where the testimony of God can be contained.


The Land That Drinks The Rain
Gonzalo Sepúlveda H.
In the Scriptures the Christian's heart is compared with the land that drinks the rain. What fruit are we producing for God? It is necessary to be attentive, and not to be that land which produces thorns and thistles.

The Man Who Receives Spiritual Sight
T. Austin-Sparks
In this simple but instructive incident we have three parties. We have the Ethiopian, the Holy Spirit, and the human instrument, Philip. The incident falls into the compass of our present meditation in this Conference concerning spiritual sight.

The Point of Encounter with God
Roberto Sáez F.
For Israel, God's chosen place to meet with His people was the temple of Jerusalem, but for the Christian it is not a place but a Person: Jesus Christ.


EDITION TEAM: Eliseo Apablaza F. | Roberto Sáez F. | Gonzalo Sepúlveda H. | Claudio Ramírez L.
GUEST CONTRIBUTORS: Rodrigo Abarca B. | Rolando Figueroa
TRANSLATION Spanish-English: Andrew Webb | James & Robert Huskey
WEB DESIGN: Mario & Andrés Contreras


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