I’ve turned my back upon the world

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I’ve turned my back upon the world
  With all its idle pleasures,
And set my heart on better things,
  On higher, holier treasures;
No more its glitter and its glare,
  And vanity shall blind me;
I’ve crossed the separating line,
  And left the world behind me.
  Far, far behind me!
  Far, far behind me!
I’ve crossed the separating line,
  And left the world behind me.
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I’ve left the old sad life of sin,
  Its follies all forsaken;
My standing place is now in Christ,
  His holy vows I’ve taken;
Beneath the standard of the cross
  The world henceforth shall find me;
I’ve passed in Christ from death to life,
  And left the world behind me.
  Far, far behind me!
  Far, far behind me!
I’ve passed in Christ from death to life,
    And left the world behind me.
3
My soul shall ne’er return again
  Back to its former station
For here alone is perfect peace,
  And rest from condemnation;
I’ve made exchange of masters now,
  The vows of glory bind me,
And once for all I’ve left the world,
  Yes, left the world behind me.
  Far, far behind me!
  Far, far behind me!
And once for all I’ve left the world,
    Yes, left the world behind me.
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My choice is made forevermore,
  I want no other Savior;
I ask no purer happiness
  Than His sweet love and favor;
My heart is fixed on Jesus Christ,
  No more the world shall blind me;
I’ve crossed the Red Sea of His death,
  And left the world behind me.
  Far, far behind me!
  Far, far behind me!
I’ve crossed the Red Sea of His death,
  And left the world behind me.
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Anonymous

Lord, You are lovely to me.


Natalie

Berkeley, CA, United States

I love it...


YR

Cheney, Washington, United States

Praise the Lord He has overcome all that has been corrupted!


Eva

Fargo, ND, United States

Lord, You are my only Savior and My only God. I just want to love You more and more.


Barbara

Salem, OR, United States

Hadn't sung this hymn in a very long time. It's more true today than it ever was. Faithful is He who calls you who also will do it!


Johnatan Cardona

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Ohh Lord Jesus!!!

I have left the world of death to live again because of You, Lord thank You for Your precious blood, as there is no sweeties life, we can only enjoy!!!

"My heart is fixed on Jesus Christ"


Anna

Santa Barbara, CA, United States

My choice is made forevermore, I want no other Savior; I ask no purer happiness, Than His sweet love and favor. Lord, I just love You. May my love to You grow every day.


Epaphroditus Enoch Pat Gadzeti

Ho, Volta Region, Ghana

I have cross the red sea thus passing through death into resurrection and have overcome by leaving the world behind and following the Lord. The Lord Jesus is so sweet. Let us leave all our enjoyment and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!!!!!!!


Yeni

Palembang, Indonesia

so very hard

Revelation 15:2-5 reveals the fifth aspect of the testimony of Jesus—the overcomers standing on a glassy sea mingled with fire before God's heavenly temple. A number of the saints are on the shore of this sea, singing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. This is a picture signifying further spiritual matters concerning the testimony of Jesus. The church as the testimony of Jesus is composed of a group of saints who have been saved through water, just as Noah was saved from his evil generation through the water that flooded the earth (Gen. 6:11-14a) and as the Israelites were saved through the water of the Red Sea not only from God's judgment but also from the evil power of Pharaoh (Exo. 14:22, 29). The final chorus of Hymns, #438 says, "I've crossed the Red Sea of His death, / And left the world behind me." The flood for Noah and the Red Sea for the Israelites were both a baptism (1 Pet. 3:20-21; 1 Cor. 10:1-2). Today we, the New Testament believers, are also baptized. The real meaning of baptism is that it is a burial (Rom. 6:4). A certain man may be a millionaire with banks, corporations, and many friends and relatives. It will certainly be hard for such a man to break all these ties, but on the day he is buried, he will finally come out of the world. Nothing separates us from all the worldly ties as thoroughly as burial. Anyone who means business with the Lord must see that he has come out of the world by passing through water. The water of the Red Sea will never allow us to return to Egypt.

Moreover, in front of the tabernacle there was the laver (Exo. 30:17-21). The laver did not wash away sins; it was the altar that did this. However, even after passing through the altar, people still could not come into the presence of the Lord without passing through the laver to wash away the dirt of worldliness. This also signifies baptism. After the Israelites entered into the good land, they built the temple. In front of the temple was a bronze sea with ten bronze lavers (1 Kings 7:23-40a), the fullest type of baptism. The first event that transpired in the New Testament was baptism. John the Baptist called people to repent, and he baptized those who came to him (Mark 1:4; Matt. 3:5-6). This was to terminate people, bury them, and take them out of this world. All the believers must pass through a genuine baptism. In principle, the glassy sea before the throne of God signifies the operation of baptism. Eventually, in Revelation 15 certain of the saved ones are standing on the shore of "baptism," rejoicing and singing just as Israel sang the song of Moses on the shore of the Red Sea.

The children of Israel enjoyed a double salvation. The first aspect of their salvation was the redeeming blood, and the second aspect was the judging water. Hallelujah for the redeeming blood and the judging water! We know what the redeeming blood is, but I doubt that very many know what the judging water is. For us, the judging water is the cross of Christ. The death of the Lord Jesus on the cross is the judging water. A line in Hymn 438 in our hymnal says, "I've crossed the Red Sea of His death." The Lord's death was the judging water. Satan and the world were judged on the cross. When the Lord Jesus was about to go to the cross, He declared, "Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the ruler of this world be cast out" (John 12:31). Both Satan and the world were judged on the cross.