Thou art the Son beloved

Thou art the Son beloved,
  The image of our God;
Thou art the saints’ dear portion,
  Imparted thru Thy blood.
Among all God’s creation
  Thou art the firstborn One;
By Thee all was created,
  All for Thyself to own.
Thou art before all creatures,
  In Thee all things consist;
Of all Thou art the center,
  By Thee all things subsist.
Thou art the sole beginning,
  The Firstborn from the dead;
And for the Church, Thy Body,
  Thou art the glorious Head.
Because it pleased the Father,
  All fulness dwells in Thee,
That Thou might have the first place
  In all we ever see.
All things Thou reconciledst
  To God by Thy shed blood,
To thus present us holy
  And blameless unto God.
In Thee God’s fulness dwelleth,
  Thou art God’s mystery;
The treasures of all wisdom
  And knowledge are in Thee.
Thou art the hope of glory,
  In us Thou dost abide;
In Thee we are perfected
  And God is satisfied.
All things are but a shadow
  Which unto us reveal
Thyself, in whom we’re rooted,
  The only One that’s real.
Enjoying all Thy riches,
  Thy fulness we will be;
We’ll hold Thee, as Thy Body,
  And grow with God in Thee.
With Thee in God we’re hidden,
  Thou art in us our life;
Thy peace in us presiding,
  We rest from all our strife.
In the new man, Thy Body,
  Thou art the all in all;
Our all-inclusive Savior,
  Thyself we’ll ever call.

Copyright Living Stream Ministry. Used by permission.

Catherine C

Woodland Retreat, United Kingdom

Amen Hallelujah


With Thee in God we’re hidden,

Thou art in us our life;

Thy peace in us presiding,

We rest from all our strife.

In the new man, Thy Body,

Thou art the all in all;

Our all-inclusive Savior,

Thyself we’ll ever call.

Christopher Burk

Seattle, Washington, United States

Thou (Yeshua) art the hope of glory, in us Thou (Yeshua) dost abide; in Thee (Yeshua) we are perfected and God is satisfied.


Maeriehl Joy Roxas

Pagbilao, Quezon, Philippines

Colossians 1:17-18 says, "And He is before all things, and all things cohere in Him; And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things"

Hallelujah! All things subsist together in Christ who is our holding center! We are held together in Him as likened to a hub to the spokes of a wheel!

Christ is also our sole beginning! He is the Head of the church, His Body. He is the first in creation and the first in resurrection.

Saints, Christ is worthy of preeminence in all things!

Andrea Carla Haway

Lucena City, Quezon, Philippines

Hallelujah we are IN CHRIST! In Stanza 4:

In Thee God's fulness dwelleth,

[Col 2:9 "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,"]

Thou art God's mystery;

[Col 2:2b "... unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,"]

The treasures of all wisdom

And knowledge are in Thee.

[Col 2:3 "In whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden."]

Thou art the hope of glory,

[Col 1:27b "... Christ in you, the hope of glory,"]

In us Thou dost abide;

[John 15:4a "Abide in Me and I in you."]

In Thee we are perfected

[Heb 10:14 "For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified."]

And God is satisfied.

[Eph 5:2 "And walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor."]

Dawn Citto

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Amen, Amen for the ONLY ONE That is REAL!!

What an all-inclusive Life Giving ONE in our Spirit

Sooo Wonderful, Thank you You're our Glorious HEAD!!

Sister Xu


Praise our Lord! 主啊!祢是神的爱子!

Allen In Christ

San Marcos, TX, United States

Oh if we do not see Christ in all these aspect we can never deeply enter into all the subjective experiences available to us. “The Christ we SEE is the Christ we GET”.


In Thee we are perfected And God is satisfied. It’s “IN THEE” nowhere else can we be perfected. This is the realm saints—HIM.

Kitty Joubert

Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

With Thee in God we're hidden. Thou art in us our LIFE. Thy peace in us presiding. We rest from all our strife. You are our ALL in ALL. You are our all-inclusive Savior. Thyself we ll ever call.

Joanna Smathers

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

This is our song for week two in the HWMR of the Crystallization of Genesis, one.

"By Thee all was created, All for Thyself to own." Make this our reality, Lord.

Richard Cushing

Brooklyn Center, MN, United States

Thank you for your wonderful site! I just wanted you to know I think there is a bad chord in the third or fourth phrase of this particular hymn's recording.

The thought of being saturated with the Word and the Spirit to speak with the divine element is altogether foreign to traditional Christian theology, which often remains within us even after we choose to leave it. After I completely forsook traditional theology in 1960, I wrote many hymns concerning the exercise of the spirit, Christ, the Spirit, life, and the Body of Christ. One of these, Hymns, #189, was composed with all the major points in the book of Colossians. These hymns belong to a different category than those written according to the thought of traditional Christianity.

Hymns, #189 and #499 were composed not according to traditional, natural thought and logic but according to the divine revelation in the Bible. Hymns such as these are good for speaking. There are many different ways to speak the hymns. If the saints in a meeting practice to speak a hymn such as #189 or #499 for an hour or more, their speaking will equal a full message in content and will be better than one person giving a message.

In the overcomer conference in Shanghai in 1934, Brother Nee translated this phrase as "the Firstborn of all creation" and distributed printed copies to those who attended the meeting. Moreover, Brother Nee gave a definite word based on this clear and correct translation, saying, "In creation the Son is the Firstborn of all creation (Col. 1:15), and the beginning of the creation of God (Rev. 3:14). According to His eternal plan and before the foundation of the world, God ordained that the Son become flesh and accomplish redemption (1 Pet. 1:20). In God's plan the Son was the first in creation. Therefore, He is the Head of all creation" (Issue No. 34 of The Present Testimony, published March/April 1934; see The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, vol. 11, p. 734). "Among all God's creation / Thou art the firstborn One" in the first stanza of hymn #163 in Chinese (Hymns, #189 in English) and "As First of all the creatures" in the third stanza of hymn #158 in Chinese (Hymns, #202 in English) were both written according to Brother Nee's teaching three decades ago, which is according to the clear revelation of the Bible. Since the Bible clearly says that our Lord is the "Firstborn of all creation," we quoted this verse in the hymns we wrote. How can it be wrong? Is it possible that a quoted verse is not according to the truth? Man's explanation can be wrong, but the Scriptures can never be wrong.

In Colossians Paul shows that the Lord is everything (1:18-19; 3:11). He is not only God but also man; He is not only the Creator but also a creature (1:15-16). Through His incarnation He became the last Adam, a creature (1 Cor. 15:45). He became a man, a created one (John 1:14; Heb. 2:14a). If He were merely the Creator but not a creature, we would not be able to say that He is everything. However, since He is the Creator and a creature, He is everything.

Whether or not we can thoroughly comprehend this matter, we need to accept the facts in the original text of the Bible. The Firstborn of all creation and the Firstborn from the dead mentioned in Colossians (1:15, 18) represent the two creations—the old creation and the new creation, respectively. Christ is the Firstborn in the old creation, and He is also the Firstborn in the new creation. Thus, He is all-inclusive; He is everything.

...but Paul was different. In Colossians, a book of only four chapters, he exalted Christ as the preeminent One in the old and new creations (1:15-18) and as the embodiment of the Triune God (2:9). Hymns, #189 is a marvelous song on the Christ unveiled in Colossians.

What a Christ we have within us! The Christ who indwells us has all the aspects covered in this message. He is the portion of the saints, the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, the firstborn from among the dead, the One in whom God's fullness dwells, the mystery of God's economy, the mystery of God, the reality of all positive things, and the constituent of the new man. Although all these aspects of Christ are revealed in the book of Colossians, we did not see most of them because they are not according to our natural concept. What corresponds to our concept is Paul's teaching about wives submitting to their husbands, and husbands loving their wives. Even without reading the Scriptures, we have concepts about these matters. Instead of taking Paul's word in Colossians for granted, we should dig into this book in order to discover for ourselves all these aspects of Christ. Then we need to praise the Lord and worship Him according to these aspects. We should say, "Lord, I worship You that You are the portion of the saints. I praise You that You are the image of the invisible God." How good to worship the Lord in this way!

If we know Christ in all these aspects, the praise we offer at the Lord's table meeting will be uplifted. I have been attending the meeting for the Lord's table for more than forty-seven years, and in all these meetings I have listened to the saints praising the Lord. Most of the praises have been on an elementary level. For example, in meeting after meeting the saints may praise the Lord for the blood. This certainly is not wrong. But if we remain on this level, our praise will be shallow. We need to remember the Lord and to praise Him according to the revelation contained in the book of Colossians. We need to use expressions such as those in this stanza from hymn #189 in the hymnal:

Thou art the Son beloved,

The image of our God;

Thou art the saints' dear portion,

Imparted through Thy blood.

Among all God's creation

Thou art the firstborn One;

By thee all was created,

All for thyself to own.

At the Lord's table we need to remember the Lord as the portion of the saints, as the image of God, as the mystery of God's economy, and as the reality of all positive things. May the Lord enrich our praise!

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