In this program we continue to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.
There are two excerpts in this program. In the first, Brother Titus brings the saints to sing several verses from a hymn on our need to experience the Lord’s death so that we may be fully one with Him. We provide the full text of the hymn below. While getting into this hymn, Brother Titus challenges some of the young brothers to spend more time to be constituted with the word, so they can be more solid in their Christian life.
In the second excerpt, he again shares on the lampstand in Exodus 25, and once again, he focuses on the fact that while the first three bulbs on the shaft of the lampstand developed branches, the final bulb did not. This signifies that we should not just care for our “branching out,” that is, for the development of the work the Lord has committed to us; ultimately, our life and work must be for God alone.
In this regard he considers the experience of Watchman Nee, the Christian martyr in China who, after serving the Lord publicly for thirty years, spent the last 30 years of his life in a communist prison camp; truly he was an example of one who lived solely unto the Lord.
This excerpt has been edited to remove most of the personal references.
First the Blood, and then the Ointment
First the blood, and then the ointment,
Cleansing, then anointing comes;
If we pass not thru Golgotha,
Ne’er to Pentecost we’ll come.
If the blood has never cleansed us,
Ne’er the Spirit’s pow’r we’ll know,
If for Christ we’d truly witness,
Self-life to the cross must go.
Through the cross, O Lord, I pray,
Put my soul-life all away;
Make me any price to pay,
Full anointing to receive.
Christ, the Rock, must first be smitten,
That the living water flow;
Without death the Spirit’s fullness
Ne’er could dwell in man below.
If with Christ we die completely,
Willing thus our all to lose,
He will clothe us with His power
And to win the world will use.
First the altar, then the fire,
If no loss, there’ll be no gain;
If our all has not been offered,
To the throne we’ll ne’er attain.
If to sacrifice we’re willing,
All forsaking, God t’obey,
He to us will be committed
And thru us His pow’r display.
First we must prepare the vessels
That the oil they may contain;
Dig the valley full of ditches
That they may be filled with rain.
First we must go thru the Jordan
Ere anointed from above;
First in death we must be baptized,
Then experience the Dove.
When we see the ripened harvest
Of the golden countryside,
We may know that many seeds have
Fallen to the earth and died.
Ere the fruit of life may blossom,
We must surely suffer death;
If with Christ we’ve not been buried,
We’ll not feel the Spirit’s breath.
Since it must be thus, I pray, Lord,
Help me go the narrow way;
Deal with pride and make me willing
Thus to suffer, Thee t’obey.
I for greater power pray not,
Deeper death is what I need;
All the meaning of the Cross, Lord,
Work in me-for this I plead.
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