INTO THE DEPTHS TO FIND POWER
NOTE: I wrote earlier in several teachings what God is showing me about going through the cross, and getting through that narrow gate with Christ. After the cross, Austin-Sparks says here, “all the fullness of divine power was released upon the world”. This is what I’m talking about. We must be brought into this Oneness with Christ by revelation, by the eyes of our understanding being enlightened, as Paul says, and it comes only through the Cross, and through the power of God resident in us in Christ. Great insight here.
INTO THE DEPTHS TO FIND POWER
“The people who know their God shall be strong,
and carry out great exploits.”
After the Cross, all the fullness of the Divine power was released upon the world through those who had been brought into absolute oneness with the Lord by that Cross. That is the peculiar kind of knowledge which means the release of such forces and such powers upon the world situation as are unknown by the great world systems.
First, let us remember that this knowledge of God is by revelation.
We can never get this knowledge of God merely by reading, by listening, by attending meetings... You may understand it all by mental apprehension, know the terms and the verses, and use them - but what about the dynamic of this thing?
What does our personal presence in a situation mean? Does it mean that there is the going out of a power which cannot be accounted for on any human basis whatever, but which is a greater force than the forces that are represented by world organizations, world methods, world resources?
It is a most important question. Is this thing alive, or have we merely got a little more mental apprehension of it through conferences? Do we know God in this thing by reason of a personal inward revelation on the subject?
Secondly, it comes by the way of pain.
You get a thing revealed to you as truth, perhaps something about the Cross of Christ, or victory over Satan, and you think you know it, and you say, “This is beautiful!” And you begin to talk about it, and it is not very long before something happens - your circumstances are touched.
Now you go down with this truth, down into the vortex of awful agony, right down to the gates of hell—your being is upheaved right from the very bottom—and all the time there is the question - "Will that truth hold good—is it going to work?”
And when you have got down as far as you can go, the flesh elements and the self elements have been dealt with, and you grimly hold on to the Lord in this matter of victory - then it comes out, you have tested it right to the very bottom of your being - that thing has become you, and then you can go to others in their grim conflict and their darkness, and say, "I know - I know this thing, and I know God is faithful, I know the victory."
You have got a mighty emphasis on your knowledge, it is a thing about which you have no doubt, because you have gone down into the depths with it, and proved it down there, and by the very pain the thing has been proved.