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Based on Malachi 3:16-18 I believe the Lord will harken to us as we consider his word together.

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Right standing with GOD #8   T. Austin Sparks

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Oct-7

   

Two Categories of Knowledge

One category of this Greek word means knowledge which you have by being told. Knowledge which comes to you by observation. Knowledge which you have by reading and that may even be reading the Bible. Quite a lot of people know what is in the Bible. They can tell you just all that is in every book of the Bible. They know because they’ve read it, or they have heard by lectures. That is the kind of knowledge that they have. Now that kind of knowing is here in John’s Gospel. That is objective knowledge.

But there is the other group which is subjective knowledge, knowledge that you do not get by information but knowledge which you get by revelation. It is to that knowledge that the Lord Jesus referred in John when He said that when the Holy Spirit was come, He would take the things of Christ and show them to you. How does the Holy Spirit show the things of Christ to us? How does the Holy Spirit show us this right Man? Not by information but by inward revelation. The apostle Paul calls the Holy Spirit a Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ.

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   I'll give you a very interesting illustration of this, we go back here to John the Baptist. John the Baptist comes up in chapter one of John. John the Baptist is speaking about Jesus. He says that, “There comes one after me, the latches of whose shoes I’m not worthy to unloose”. Now note: John said “Whom I knew not. I knew him not.” ... “John, what are you talking about? Jesus was your cousin! You knew that Jesus was alive, He was in your very family circle, and you, John, are saying you’re thirty years old and you didn’t know Jesus? What do you mean?” Now you and I may find that a problem! Jesus was the cousin of John after the flesh and John is saying he didn’t know Jesus. Ah, but the people of those days knew what John meant because he chose this special word, not knowing naturally, by information as in the family, but he used this other word: intuitive knowledge, spiritual knowledge.

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   John knew Jesus, he knew who Jesus was, that is as to his own family and cousin, but he had not yet come to the knowledge that Jesus was the Son of God. Then John says this, “He that sent me to baptize, the same said unto me, Upon whom you see the Holy Spirit alighting, that is He.” Holy Spirit knowledge is different from natural knowledge. Don’t you think that is an interesting and very impressive example of two words, two kinds of knowledge? Natural knowledge and spiritual knowledge. They belong to two different worlds. Natural knowledge is just the knowledge that you have by information or relationships. Spiritual knowledge is that which you have by revelation of the Holy Spirit in your heart.

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    I think this spiritual knowledge in us(((Christ our life))) unveils not only who GOD is, but who we are in Him.  It is a knowledge of eternal realities as opposed to the superficial and often wrong natural knowledge.  

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Oct-7

   

If you'll read through John and watch the Lord Jesus, you will be impressed with how He knew things. John says about Jesus, “He knew what was in man” that was not because He’d been to college and studied humanity. In the universities of America they have a faculty called “Human Relationships”. That is not the kind of knowledge that Jesus has about man. He knows man in an inward way. He looks at a man and He knows what kind of a man that is, what that kind of man will do, what you can expect of that kind of man. He knows it all. He knew Nicodemus. He knew Pontius Pilate, and Pontius Pilate knew that He knew Him. He knew Herod, yes, He knew... but He knew by spiritual knowledge.

How did He know the life history of that woman of Samaria? You know, you remember how He made her tell her story, He said to her, “Go call thy... husband”. She said, “I have no husband.” “Thou hast rightly said I have no husband, thou hast had five husbands and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband.” How did He know that? I don’t think He’d ever lived in the town of Sychar in Samaria. Now you see what I mean.

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The Lord Jesus of course, was perfect in this way; perfect in spiritual knowledge. He was taught by the anointing Holy Spirit. We are not like that perfectly, but every true child of God right from the beginning should have that faculty of spiritual knowledge. And it works on this ground: we should know inwardly what belongs to the wrong man and what belongs to the right Man. We spoke about this this afternoon, the Holy Spirit in us tells us what is of Christ and what is not of Christ. I must try to illustrate what I mean and yet perhaps to do so seems to imply that you haven’t got any spiritual knowledge; but it won’t hurt to illustrate in a simple way.

There are some things that stand out in my own life in this matter. I came to the Lord in a very real way when I was about seventeen years of age. I had a very real experience of the Lord. I was full of His joy but naturally I was a young man who always liked to make a joke of things. I liked to say something funny about everything. That is, I liked to make people laugh. So if there was anything that I could turn into a joke, I did it. Now, I came to the Lord and then I went on the Lord’s Day to the Lord’s table; first real Lord’s Day table and I partook of the loaf and the cup. The service closed. We went outside. The first thing that I did when I got outside was to make a joke to a friend of mine. I got him laughing so much that he didn’t know what to do with himself! But when that happened, all my joy went. It was as though I had lost all my salvation.

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I felt so bad that I went home, I got on my knees and I asked what had happened to me. And it came to me so clearly, “You had been handling the most sacred emblems, you had been occupied with the things of most solemn meaning, you’d held in your hand the symbol of the Body of Christ and a symbol of the blood of Christ and a few minutes afterward you could be carrying on like that! These two things don’t go together.” Well I got that right with the Lord, but I learned a life lesson.

Now don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying it is wrong to be joyful, but you know what I’m saying. That belonged to the old man who does not distinguish between what is natural and what is spiritual. And the Lord is against mixture. There’s a lot in the Bible about that you know, the Old Testament will tell us something about that, “Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass”. Ox is a clean beast and an ass is an unclean beast. “Thou shalt not wear a garment of wool and cotton”. Mixed! Wool makes perspiration and perspiration is of the flesh. Cotton is the white robes of righteousness. God says you must not mix these things up; God hates mixture. That ought to be one of our earliest lessons in the Christian life.

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Oct-7

   

Much later in life I had another experience. I was now a preacher and I was making up many sermons. I really did belong to the Lord but one day I got my sermon ready and I thought that a certain quotation from a certain writer would give a real point to my sermon. So I got on with my sermon, started to preach, then at a certain point I introduced my quotation and the bottom fell out of everything. It was as though I was just left to myself. I struggled to finish the service. I went home and asked the Lord what was wrong. And before the Lord I went over that sermon and noticed the point where everything went wrong, where the Lord left me alone. It was that quotation. The Lord said, “Where did that come from?” And I thought oh, it was So-and-so who wrote that. And that man was a rank modernist; he did not believe in the fundamental things of the Christian Gospel; I am not with anybody who uses that stuff. You see the point?

Well the point is this: that the Holy Spirit can teach us, He can make us know what belongs to the wrong man and what belongs to the right man. John in this gospel draws a distinction between that knowledge which comes by the letter and that knowledge which comes by the Spirit. “The letter killeth, the Spirit maketh alive”.

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Oct-7

   

Well, my time is gone for tonight. I cannot give you spiritual knowledge. I cannot make you know the Lord in this way. I can only tell you the truth. But this is our spiritual education as disciples of the Lord who are being taught by Him. One of the great lessons of our new creation is this: learning to know the Lord spiritually; learning to know the things of Christ in our own hearts and not just by reading or hearing. This is the true light. The Lord Jesus demonstrated this when He gave sight to the man born blind in chapter nine. What did that man say afterward? “I do not know this and that. I do not know. But one thing I do know, once I was blind now I see. I know that!” But that’s the result of a miracle, that is supernatural sight. So the Lord demonstrated the truth of heavenly light for a new creation.

What can you do? I cannot give it to you but I can tell you that this is the truth of God and God’s purpose is that it shall be true in us: “Grant to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ”. You will find that you are brought into a realm that is inexhaustible. You will see far more at the end of a long life than you’ve ever seen before. I will leave it there for the present.

 
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