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Lyrics:Witness Lee
Music:Harold Green

Hymn using same tune:

#431 (Tune 2)


 1  The Church's seed is nought by Christ Himself

    Sown into human hearts as life, thereby

    Growing as wheat, producing flour fine

    For bread both God and man to satisfy.


 2  But Satan hath the false believers sown

    Among the saints as tares among the wheat,

    To bring confusion and to hinder growth

    That they may not fulfill God's plan complete.


 3  The Church's life just as the herb must be,

    Grown out of Christ, who is the mustard seed;

    Hidden and transient, little on the earth,

    But good for food the hungry ones to feed.


 4  But Satan came and made the little herb

    To change its nature and to change its form,

    That fully grown it did a tree become

    Where many evil ones may lodge and swarm.


 5  Satan has also used the fallen "church"

    Evil and heathen practice to include,

    As leaven mingled with the meal of wheat,

    Thus to corrupt its purity as food.


 6  But Christ as life would so transform the saints

    That they may be as pearl and precious stone,

    As the materials suitable to build

    Into His Church to make His Kingdom known.


 7  Such an assembly grown in Christ as life,

    Transformed and built with Christ in them annealed,

    Is as the goodly pearl for preciousness

    And as the treasure hidden in the field.


 8  Lord, separate us from the devil's "tares,"

    Each on deliver from the monstrous "tree,"

    From all the "leaven" may Thou purify,

    That we may be as food to man and Thee.


 9  Cause us to grow in life divine each day

    That we may be transformed and built by Thee

    Into a body to express Thyself,

    That Thou in us Thy Church and Kingdom see.