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Blending Conference Malaysia

Message Three
The Lampstand (1)
Experiencing the Pure Gold, the Solid Form,
and the Seven Lamps for the Building

      Our subject is the vine and the lampstand. Both the vine and the lampstand are the corporate expression of God in different aspect. The emphasis of the vine is on life and the emphasis of the lampstand is on light. With the vine we have the divine life as the content, and this life flows out to produce fruit. With the lampstand, its function is to bear light. We need to realize that both are speaking of one matter: the Triune God is one with His people and expressed through them. Ultimately, the New Jerusalem is the lampstand and there, we have the tree of life as a vine growing in the river of water of life.

      The emphasis of all these messages is on genuine spiritual experiences. The vine is primarily a matter of our living. With the lampstand, the emphasis is on our being; that is on what we are in Christ. The lampstand in the Holy Place is actually not doing anything. It is simply there to be a testimony. We know that first, the lampstand signifies Christ as the embodiment and expression of God, then the lampstand refers to the Spirit. In Revelation, the golden lampstands are the churches. God's intention is that the churches be lampstands. This is altogether a matter of what we are. If we are only a man of clay, created from the dust of the ground, how can we be part of the lampstand? If we express only ourselves, how can we be the lampstand? If we are not filled with the light of life, how can we be a part of the lampstand? In ourselves, we cannot be this golden lampstand. But God's economy is to dispense and work Himself into us, to constitute us with Himself, to make us the same as He is in life, nature and expression, but not in the Godhead. Thus, it is in and with the Triune God that we may become this golden lampstand. This is our standing and position and in experience and in reality we need to be what we are in our standing.

The Golden Lampstand Signifies the Triune God Embodied and Expressed,
and the More We Experience the Detailed Aspects of
the Triune God Depicted in the Lampstand,
the More We will Become in Reality the Golden Lampstand as
the Embodiment and Expression of the Triune God

      These messages on the golden lampstand are neither theory nor mere teaching. They are the application of the interpretation of the golden lampstand to the seeking saints. We should not be quick to say that we already know. It is good that we have heard before, but are we actually experiencing the golden lampstand in specific way? May we be those who have an ear to hear the Spirit, who love the Lord, who are open to Him, and who pray this. Then we will have a little experience day by day.

The Lampstand is of Pure Gold, Signifying the Divine Nature,
the Eternal, Incorruptible Nature of God the Father

      The entire New Jerusalem is pure gold. We need to experience not only gold, but pure gold. This is the substance, the element, of the lampstand signifying the divine nature. The golden lampstand exists in God's nature. Its existence does not depend on or exist in some human being, with their human nature. Certain brothers and sisters among us have much pure gold in their being. Although they are still in the old creation physically, there is the weight of pure gold in them. Their prayer, service and speaking is pure gold. One day, we will all be the New Jerusalem, the pure gold. Thus, we need to pay the price to gain and receive God as the golden element into the depths of our being.

      There are three ways to experience and partake of the divine nature. The first way is mentioned in 2 Peter 1:4, which speaks of precious and exceedingly great promises. These are promises in the word of God. Through such promises, we partake of the divine nature. In other words, we partake of gold through the word of God. When we partake of the golden nature of God, we experience the energy of life in this nature (2 Pet. 1:3 footnote 11). Sometimes we are disappointed and discouraged especially with ourselves. Right then we can touch the energy in the divine nature by just pray-read a little of God's word. This energy will carry us into God's glory, God's expression.

      The second way involves the benefits of receiving the genuine ministry of the Lord. In Zechariah 4 there is an olive tree on either side of the golden lampstand. These olive trees, called the sons of oil, refer to ministering persons. Out of these olive trees, golden oil flows out, pouring out gold into the lampstand. The olive trees with the olive oil signified the Spirit. This is a picture of the ministry of the Spirit. Many of us can testify that we will receive golden oil when we read anywhere in the ministry of the age. Thus, all we need to do is to be open, and actively receive the ministry.

      The above two ways of partaking of the divine nature do not require very much from us. But the third way of partaking is different. In Revelation 3:18 the Lord told the church in Laodicea to buy gold from Him. In principle, we all must pay the price to buy gold directly from the Lord Himself. When we buy something, we always lose something, assuming that what we are buying is more valuable to us than what we give up. We need to pay the price to deny ourselves and lose our soul life to gain more gold.

      All of these are experiential: gain gold through the word, gain gold through the ministry, and then pay the price to buy gold. We should desire to be golden for the church. How much we are the church in actuality depends on how much of the divine nature has been wrought into us. If we all buy gold for the rest of this year, not doing anything outward but simply be one with the church in its arrangement, partaking of the divine nature, there would be more actuality of the church in our locality the following year. The church as the lampstand is pure and without mixture. Now the Lord intends to deal with any mixture that brings in darkness in our Christian life. When our Christian life is purified, we have light. This is why some saints are so bright. The divine element is shining in them. They are not conscious of what they are but others realize.

The Stand is a Solid Form Signifying God the Son as
the Embodiment of God the Father

      Christ the Son is God's embodiment. He is the image and the expression of the invisible God. In Him, we meet the embodiment of God the Father. Today this Christ has been regenerated into our being. He came into us as one with a solid form. In experience, Christ is now being formed in us (Gal. 4:19). Christ as the Spirit is in all of us but He may not yet be formed in us. By nature, we all have our own form. But another form has come into us to transform and conform us to the image of the resurrected Christ as the firstborn Son of God. This is an actual experience. It should happen little by little, day by day. Some saints experience being transformed from glory to glory. Nevertheless so many others know the doctrine of transformation, the teaching concerning conformation yet they would not allow the Lord to form in them.

      This experience is altogether in faith. We cannot feel it but if we want to experience this, we should pray, "Lord, transform me into Your image. May there be more of You formed in me. Lord, cause me to be conformed to Your image by giving me the experiences that I need. Lord, I will not stay the same year after year. I don't agree with being peculiar. Lord, grow in me! Transform me! Conform me! Do this for the lampstand. Do this for the church." Then, through God's organic salvation, we are being saved from self-likeness (the expression of the self) and are being conformed to the image of Christ as the firstborn Son of God.

      Actually, the form is the corporate expression of Christ. Therefore, the Lord placed us in the Body to be beaten together with others into one entity because the lampstand is of beaten work. Only then will we shine forth the light of God for His corporate testimony. Very few are willing for the gold in them to be beaten with the gold in others. But the Lord will gain some who care for the lampstand and are willing to become part of one golden solid entity.

The Seven Lamps Signify God the Spirit
being the Seven Spirits of God for His Expression

      Within us we have two lamps: the sevenfold intensified Spirit of God within our regenerated spirit shining and enlightening our inward parts. On the one hand, the seven lamps in Rev. 4:5 are the seven Spirits. On the other hand, the spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord. The more the Lord shines, the more life flows and the more Christ increases in us. If we would be transformed, we need to open to the Lord and allow the two lamps to search all the chambers of our soul. We all need this.

All the Gold must be Brought Together as One Unit, One Entity;
This Refers to the Building

      All of us have gold and the gold must be brought together as one unit. Then there will be a golden lampstand. This is building. God's building is the corporate expression of God. If we keep the gold inside of us, we are not yet part of God's corporate expression. How can we become corporate? Our outer man needs to be broken so that our spirit can flow. Then we come together for genuine fellowship and real blending. In this fellowship and blending, our gold comes together and a lampstand begins to emerge.

      God does not desire hundreds of individual units of gold; he wants all the gold put together and beaten to form the lampstand. This is another price that we have to pay because the beating of the gold is not always pleasant. Our outer man needs to be touched. Our soul- life does not like this. Very few believers are willing for this. For this we must have a vision of God's building. The whole New Jerusalem is a golden lampstand. The city is a mountain of pure gold. At the top is a lamp with the light in it. That is the universal golden lampstand. By that time all the gold has been brought together. Millions upon millions of glorified sons of God are there. They are all part of one unit, the golden lampstand. This means everyone has forsaken the self. Everyone has released the gold into the building to be beaten. Oh, how much God desires this!

      If we have seen the building, we will never be individualistic; rather, we will realize that whatever we gain of the divine element is for the building. Otherwise we may be rich in gold but poor in the lampstand—the building. Consider Brother Lee's life and ministry. He was gaining the Lord not mainly for himself, but for all of us, so that we would experience Him. For us to be spiritual as an end in itself is meaningless as far as the lampstand is concerned. Our gold must be put together, beaten, and built up as one entity; this refers to the building.

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