What is God’s Economy?
God is exceedingly rich, and His wealth is countless. However, the riches of God are far more precious than gold or diamonds. God’s riches are simply Himself. God desires to dispense Himself into humanity. For this, God made an economy.
Although the economy of God is the central thought of the apostles’ teaching in the New Testament (1 Timothy 1:3-4), we may find that the word economy is unfamiliar to us in this context. The Greek word for economy is oikonomia (Ephesians 1:10; 3:9), which means a household government or a household administration. God’s economy is His plan to dispense Himself into man so that He can gain a household to express Himself. This household is the church, the Body of Christ (1 Timothy 3:15).
In order to accomplish the marvellous dispensing of God into man, God is Triune. He is eternally one and also eternally the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, the three being distinct but not separate (Matthew 28:19). The Father is embodied as the Son (Colossians 2:9), and the Son is realised as the Spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45b; John 14:17). Today, we can receive God’s dispensing because we have a human spirit which was made to contact, receive, and contain God, who is Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 6:17).
We can see God’s dispensing in John 3:16. This verse shows us that God’s intention is to give us His Son, and that when we believe into Him, we receive Him as our life. The way, therefore, to receive the divine dispensing and to enter into God’s economy is to believe into Him (John 1:12). Simply open your heart to the Lord and pray:
“Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins
and resurrecting to give me Your life.
I believe into You
and I open now to receive You.”
When we receive God as life, He is able to dispense Himself into us continually. The more we open to receive His dispensing, the more we grow in the divine life. In this way we begin to express God and live Him out. This is the Christian life in the economy of God.
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