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What does the word imply? How far is it Scriptural for a believer to speak of yielding
himself, of seeking a second blessing, and of being filled with the Spirit? That it is the
blessed privilege of the redeemed and justified to "yield" their members unto God,
Rom. 6: declares, and in so far as Rom. 6: is obeyed, true consecration must result.
While not using the expression "a second blessing" exactly as it is intended by those
who most frequently employ the term, nevertheless the grace of God that bringeth
salvation, teaches us to live.......looking (Titus 2: 11). This again must result in
consecration. To be "filled with the Spirit" often implies an undispensational position,
but the true filling in harmony with Eph. 5: 18 results in the practical submission to
God's order as set forth in the rest of the chapter. This too is true consecration.
An old Testament word seems to point the way to a true understanding of the term; the
word that is rendered "consecration" in Exod. 29: 9, 29, 30 is literally "to fill the
hand" (see verse 9 margin). With what must the hand be filled to satisfy the idea of
consecration? Our hands may be filled with service, with gifts, with work, yet we may
miss true consecration. Exod. 29: not only gives us the word "fill the hand", but it also
reveals what shall fill the hand. Aaron during the ceremony of his consecration not only
had the blood of a ram applied to his ear, thumb and toe, but also had to do with "a ram
of consecration". This together with a loaf of bread, a cake of oiled bread, and a wafer
out of the basket of unleavened bread that is before the Lord, is put into his hands--"thou
shall put ALL in the hands of Aaron.......for a wave offering". The connection here
between the ram of consecration and the wave offering leads us on to Lev. 23: 10, 11,
"Ye shall wave the sheaf before the Lord to be accepted for you, on the morrow after the
Sabbath the priest shall wave it". The context shows that the morrow after the Sabbath is
that which follows Passover, in other words, it typifies Christ risen from the dead.
Here therefore is the secret of true consecration, the hands filled with all that pertains
to the risen Christ. This will solve all problems, and settle all difficulties. Consecration
is not a matter of rule, but of newness of life. Let us seek grace to enable us to free our
grasp of the things of this world, that in truest consecration we may "fill our hands" with
the things of Christ risen, in other words, consecration is expressed for us in Col. 3:
"Set your mind on things above."