Saturday, January 8, 2011

CHRIST PROGRESSIVELY REVEALS HIMSELF TO US

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

This teaching is essential for us in moving forward with Christ in this new year.  We must not think that our struggles to know Christ are in vain, or because we have not attained the level we desire, that He has left us.  We are all 'works in progress', and as Living Stones being built together into a temple for the Lord, we still require much shaping and fitting.  This is often painful.  Blessings as you read and study to know our Lord Jesus Christ in fullness.

CHRIST PROGRESSIVELY REVEALS HIMSELF TO US

T. Austin-Sparks

“God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’
made His light shine in our hearts
to give us the light of the knowledge
of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6

The principle of the New Covenant is a first-hand individual revelation of Christ as the knowledge of God in terms of glory in the heart of the believer.

Every individual believer only comes into true Christianity by a revelation of Christ in his or her heart, so that the knowledge of Christ is all their own, and as real as when God commanded light to shine in darkness.

But that is not all. That shining must be progressive. Christ is far too vast to be seen in more than minute degrees at any one time.

The bulk of the New Testament is taken up with getting Christians to see what an immense realm it is into which they have come, and how they must go on... Christianity can only be kept living and fresh and full of impact as Christians are living in an ever-growing apprehension of Christ as the Holy Spirit reveals Him in the heart.

This apprehension may only come as necessity is laid upon us by reason of suffering and trial. Capacity will increase by the stretching of suffering (see Hebrews 12, and read "child-training" for "chastening").

There is no succession in Christianity other than that of the revelation of Christ to the heart by the Holy Spirit. It is not a system to be perpetuated, but a Life to be possessed.

The value of the Scriptures is that they contain depths and fullnesses which have never yet been fathomed; and when we speak of "revelation" we do not mean anything extra to them, but of that which is in them, but only known by the inward "writing" and "shining" of the Holy Spirit...

A thing can be in the Bible, and we can have read it a thousand times, but until the Holy Spirit makes it Life to us it will be unfruitful. Hence, there is a place and need for an inward revelation of the Word of God, and this is the only true succession.

Nothing can be preserved alive through generations save as every one entering its realm does so on the basis of such a personal, inward, living, and growing revelation of the truth, so that the origin and beginning is constantly repeated in experience.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: "God Hath Spoken" - Chapter 4

2 comments:

  1. "A thing can be in the Bible, and we can have read it a thousand times, but until the Holy Spirit makes it Life to us it will be unfruitful."

    I tried to explain this exact same thing on JTB, but was misunderstood and so was His Servant David, who had come to understand this and spoke of being led by the Spirit and allowing Him to be our teacher and teach us from the scriptures, not the other way around. And this truth in no way diminishes the importance of the scriptures, but God will bring this revelation to those who continue to seek His face.

    Jesus told Peter in the book of John to follow HIM, not the scriptures! And we know there was only the Law and the Prophets that were written at that time. These disciples were truly led by the Spirit and the word that Jesus gave them from the Father was written in their hearts and minds! So simple but yet so profound that many people miss it.

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  2. Wholeheartedly agree, Tyrone.
    A. Brother

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