Pray that the saints would realize that God’s desire to accomplish His purpose on earth by mingling Himself with man requires His people to meet with Him at the place where God meets with man, which is both man’s spirit and the place of sacrifice, the place of burning—the altar (Matt. 6:10; Rev. 21:2a; John 4:24; Lev. 1:7-9).

Matt. 6:10—Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.

Rev. 21:2a—And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

John 4:24—God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness.

Lev. 1:7-9—And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange the wood in order on the fire. Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat in order on the wood that is on the fire which is on the altar; but its inward parts and its legs he shall wash with water. Then the priest shall burn the whole on the altar, as a burnt offering, an offering by fire, a satisfying fragrance to Jehovah.

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By reading the Bible, we will realize that the Lord continually has a desire to come down from heaven to do something on earth. In many Christians there is the thought of going up to heaven. This is the desire of many Christians. In contrast, the desire of God is to come down to the earth. We may desire to go up to heaven, but God desires to come down to the earth. This is not the time for us to go up to heaven; rather, this is the time for God to come down to the earth. God always has the desire to come down to the earth to accomplish something for His purpose (Matt. 6:10; cf. Rev. 21:2a).

God cannot accomplish anything on the earth alone. He needs the cooperation of His people. He needs humanity to meet with divinity so that the two natures—divinity and humanity—can be mingled together as one. We may ask, “In what place can God meet with human beings?” We may say that the meeting place of God and man is man’s spirit, and this is correct (John 4:24; Rom. 8:16; 1 Cor. 6:17; 2 Tim. 4:22). However, we also need to see that to satisfy God’s desire to change the age, the place where God meets with man is not only man’s spirit but even more the place of sacrifice, the place of burning—the altar. The altar is the place of sacrifice, the place of burning, and the place of death. This is the place where God meets with human beings, not only to contact them but also to mingle with them. God mingles with man by the way of burning. (CWWL, 1967, vol. 2, “Enjoying the Riches of Christ to Become the Body as His Fullness,” ch. 1, pp. 506-507)

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