今天我们在召会生活中的原则也是一样。我们若没有以起初的爱爱基督，让祂在凡事上居第一，使祂在我们中间居首位，召会就会荒凉。作为神殿的召会之所以荒凉，总是由于神的子民忽略了对基督的经历（诗篇生命读经，四三二至四三三页）。 Rev. 2:4 But I have one thing against you, that you have left your first love.
2 Tim. 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, with which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will recompense me in that day, and not only me but also all those who have loved His appearing.
What was the cause of the desolation of [the temple], God’s house? Apparently it was because the children of Israel were evil and sinful. However, the intrinsic reason for the desolation was that Christ was not exalted by God’s people; they did not give Him the preeminence, the first place, in everything. Actually their failure to give Christ the preeminence, their failure to honor and exalt Him, was the cause of their becoming sinful and evil.
The principle is the same with us in the church life today. If we do not love Christ with our first love, giving Him the first place in everything that He may have the preeminence among us, the church will become desolate. The desolation of the church as the house of God always issues from the negligence of the experience of Christ. (Life-study of the Psalms, pp. 352-353)
肆 基督应该在我们的爱上居首位—启二4： Ⅳ Christ should have the preeminence in our love—Rev. 2:4:
一 让主在凡事上居首位，就是用起初的爱来爱祂；我们需要维持并发展我们向主起初的爱—4节。 Ａ To give the Lord the first place in all things is to love Him with the first love; we need to maintain and develop our first love toward the Lord—v. 4.
二 人无论爱什么，他的全心，甚至全人，都是摆在所爱的上面，被其霸占并得着—提前六10，提后三2~4，四8、10上，多一8。 Ｂ Whatever one loves, his whole heart, even his whole being, is set on and occupied and possessed by—1 Tim. 6:10; 2 Tim. 3:2-4; 4:8, 10a; Titus 1:8.
三 召会究竟会不会有得胜的荣耀日子，还是败落的痛苦日子，乃在于我们是那一类的爱者—启二4，提后三2~4。 Ｃ Whether there would be a day of glory in the church’s victory or grievous days of the church’s decline depends on what kind of love we have—Rev. 2:4; 2 Tim. 3:2-4.
四 我们对主的爱必须绝对；我们不该爱任何人或任何事物过于爱主—太十37~39。 Ｄ Our love for the Lord must be absolute; we should not love anyone or anything above Him—Matt. 10:37-39.
五 我们爱主，因为祂先爱我们，将祂爱的素质注入我们里面，并且在我们里面产生出爱来，使我们能用这爱爱祂—约壹四19、8、16。 Ｅ We love the Lord because He first loved us, infusing His loving essence into us and generating within us the love with which we love Him—1 John 4:19, 8, 16.
六 我们爱主乃是照着神圣三一作为爱的神圣分赐—罗五5，八35、39，十五30。 Ｆ We love the Lord according to the divine dispensing of the Divine Trinity as love—Rom. 5:5; 8:35, 39; 15:30.
参读：诗篇生命读经，第八、三十至三十一篇。 The problem of desolation is solved by Christ being properly appreciated and exalted by God’s people. Recently the church in Anaheim has been praying for revival. If all the saints in Anaheim would give Christ the preeminence, exalting Him to the uttermost and loving Him with the first love, there would be a genuine revival. The real revival in the church depends upon everyone in the church life giving Christ the first place in everything.
[Psalm 80:17 says], “Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, / Upon the son of man whom You have strengthened for Yourself.” From this verse we see that Christ is at the right hand of God, the highest place in the universe. This reveals that the first place, the highest position, the preeminence, has been given to Christ.
The way of restoration is the exaltation of Christ. Whenever God’s people exalt Christ, there will be restoration and revival、、、、 If a church is somewhat cold and old and desires revival, that church should give Christ the preeminence, recognizing Him as the One who is at the right hand of God、、、、 Whoever calls upon Him as such a One will be restored and revived. In our private life, married life, family life, and church life, Christ needs to be at the right hand of God. If He is exalted in every aspect of our living, there will be restoration everywhere. Exalting Christ is the way for revival, for restoration.
According to Psalm 80, the vine is Israel and the man at God’s right hand is Christ. The world rejected Christ and put Him on the cross, but God came in to raise Him from among the dead and to seat Him at God’s right hand in the heavens. Today, as we visit people for the preaching of the gospel, we need to tell them that Christ, the Son of God, became a man, died on the cross for their sins, resurrected, and ascended to the right hand of God in the heavens, and now they need to call upon Him. In the sight of God, for a sinner to call upon the Lord Jesus is to exalt Him. When a sinner exalts Christ by calling upon Him, that sinner will be regenerated.
As regenerated people we need to come together in the meetings of the church to exalt Christ by praising, singing, and shouting. Instead of being silent, we should exercise our spiritual birthright to exalt Christ. We should declare, “Lord Jesus, You are at the right hand of God. You have the preeminence in my private life, married life, family life, and church life.” The more we exalt Christ, giving Him the preeminence in everything, the more we will be revived and restored. (Life-study of the Psalms, pp. 353, 364-365)