The gateway to paths of increase
Is the new birth, but not the fullness—
A baptism into the way of Salvation,
Where on paths of righteousness
The Spirit calls us
From outer courts to the holy place,
From the holy place, to the Holy of Holies;
Where filled with power—
The Spirit sends us back to the world.
Not a straight path
But a way of many returns to holy ground
Is this new and living Way;
From a place of thanksgiving, to a place of tarrying,
From a place of tarrying, to a place of empowering—
Through the love of God.
From glory to glory in increasing measure
Is this new and living Way
Where the wells of salvation
Impart new infusions of grace and glory—
Forming in us
Deeper affections of faith, hope and love.
From times of redemption,
To times of sanctification,
To times of Spirit baptism.
From times of Spirit baptism,
To times of working with God
For the healing of creation—
Perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.