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New Book-[The Economy of God]-Chapter21-Part4

Perhaps we are clear about the principle of separation, but we are not able to apply it. Suppose I am a brother who was saved in today’s Christianity. Through the preaching of the Gospel I heard that I was a sinner, that Christ loved me, and that He died on the cross. As a result, I admitted that I was a sinner. I prayed, “Oh God, forgive me for I am sinful. I thank Thee that Thou hast given Thy Son, the Lord Jesus, to die on the cross for me. I praise Thee that He is my Savior and that my sins are forgiven. Hallelujah! I have joy and peace within me.” Of course, I then went to a pastor, who was a good friend of mine, and allowed him to baptize me. After being baptized, I became a “member” of his church. One day the Lord opened my eyes to see why He saved me. He saved me for the purpose of being built up together with others to become the dwelling place of God. After hearing a group of believers in my locality talk about the Body life and the building up of the church, I was willing to built up with them in the Body life. Finally, the Holy Spirit said to me, “Do you come to be built up? Do you come to realize the church life? Then you must first go to the cross! All that you can do, all that you are, and all that you have must be judged on the cross.” I then must confess and repent saying, “Lord, nothing of me is acceptable to Thee, and nothing is good for Thy building. All has to be judged.” If I do not follow through with the judgment of the cross, it is impossible for me to be built up with others; there is no base, no foundation. If I come into the church proudly, it is possible for me to be organized, but it is impossible for me to be built up in the church. The foundation, as seen in the sockets of the separation of God’s building, comes from the experience of the brass altar. Thus, the solid foundation of the building of God’s dwelling place comes from the experience of the cross. There is no other way. All must be put on the altar and burned and judged. At the main entrance of the church is the cross. If we are going to enter into the church, we must put ourselves on the altar of the cross.

When our whole being and all our actions have been put on the cross, we can testify how dirty, how worldly, and how sinful we are. We realize that we not only need Christ’s redemption, but also the cleansing of the Holy Spirit. One day according to my inner sense I felt like jumping into the laver. I prayed: “Lord, cleanse me! I am sinful, I am worldly! Every bit of me is dirty! I need the cleansing of the Holy Spirit!” By this burden in prayer, I experienced the cross and the laver. At the cross we put everything of ourselves to death, and at the laver we put everything under the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. This not only makes us pure, but purged. Then we will come humbly to the church by His mercy, by His redemption, and by His cleansing. After a brother experiences the altar and the laver, and after he is purified from all pride and self-righteousness, he has the base, the sockets of brass, upon which the pillar is erected.

The Scripture does not tell us of what material the pillars were made, but we are told that the hooks and the fillets that fasten the pillars together and the capitals that overlay the pillars were made of silver. Silver typifies redemption. This signifies that for God’s building we are all joined and united together and covered by nothing other than the Lord’s redemption. If we are going to practice the church life, we have to realize that it is by the Lord’s redemption that we are united, and under this redemption we are covered that we may be separated for God’s building.

Upon the pillars are also the hangings of fine, twined linen, giving people the testimony that the Church is so pure and clean in conduct and behavior. This is the separating line. If the tabernacle is erected with the surrounding separating line, one can see from afar the white linen demarcating it. That is the testimony of the Church to a world that is in darkness. The whole world is black, but here is something erected, testifying that the Church is clean, pure, and white. This kind of testimony can only come from the judgment of the altar and the cleansing of the laver, which results in a pure behavior and unsullied conduct before the world. This is the fine, twined linen hanging upon the supporting pillars which are based upon the sockets of brass. This is the separating line of testimony that the Church is purged from the world. Outside this line everything is black, but within this line everything is white.

[Continued Tomorrow]