Pray that the saints will offer themselves to God in their union with Christ as their burnt offering for their mingling with God by His burning (Lev. 1:4 and note 4¹; Deut. 4:24; Heb. 12:29).
Lev. 1:4 — And he shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him, to make expiation for him.
Lev. 1:4¹, hand — The laying on of hands signifies not substitution but identification, union (Acts 13:3 and note 2). By laying our hands on Christ as our offering, we are joined to Him, and He and we become one. In such a union all our weaknesses, defects, and faults are taken on by Him, and all His virtues become ours. This requires us to exercise our spirit through the proper prayer so that we may be one with Him in an experiential way (cf. 1 Cor. 6:17 and notes). When we lay our hands on Christ through prayer, the life-giving Spirit, who is the very Christ on whom we lay our hands (1 Cor. 15:45; 2 Cor. 3:6, 17), will immediately move and work within us to live in us a life that is a repetition of the life that Christ lived on earth, the life of the burnt offering.
Deut. 4:24 — For Jehovah your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Heb. 12:29 — For our God is also a consuming fire.
In the Old Testament the people of Israel offered burnt offerings and various other offerings on the altar (Lev. 1—7). The burnt offering is a type of Christ as the one who is absolutely for God’s satisfaction. In offering the burnt offering, the offerer laid his hands on the head of the offering, indicating that he identified himself with the offering and was one with the offering (1:4). Thus, in a sense, the offerer offered himself to God in his union with the burnt offering. This indicates that what we offer to God must be ourselves in Christ as our burnt offering.
After an offering was placed on the altar, fire came down from heaven and consumed the offering. This consuming fire signifies God Himself (Deut. 4:24; Heb. 12:29). We are the offerings, and God Himself is the fire. It is by “burning” us that God mingles Himself with us. If we are willing to be the offering, God will be the burning fire. When He burns us, He mingles with us. When we are consumed by God as the burning fire, we are mingled with God. The burning is the mingling. (CWWL, 1967, vol. 2, “Enjoying the Riches of Christ to Become the Body as His Fullness,” ch. 1, p. 507)
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