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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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The Testimony of the Christ #2   T. Austin Sparks

Started Oct-18 by PAULFROMNYS; 24 views.
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Oct-18

   You see what I am speaking about. There are those who hear testimonies, hear experiences, hear others speaking about what they have come to know, but for us life has lost its meaning, life does not hold a great and wonderful secret any longer. It all seems a mystery and all that we hear from other people about these things just leaves us perhaps all the more perplexed because we are not in it, we are outside. They had heard these things, the reports about the empty tomb, they had heard these exclamations - He is risen! And after hearing they went away, they took the journey. You would have thought that they would have stayed to prove, to ascertain, to make sure. No. You notice that on more than one occasion it says that they disbelieved, they could not take it in, and so they went away. "This is all too unreal, too mysterious, too outside of our experience; let us get away from it all!" and being disappointed and perplexed, they became escapists.

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Oct-18

   How true to life this is! 'Let us go away from it all!' So many people react in that way. Things, divine things, are happening. They know little about it in personal experience, and the thing becomes a complex, it begins to work itself up into a constellation of complexities, and they get all confused, and then the reaction - 'Let us get right away'. I am anticipating. It might be possible that there are some here who will take that course at the end of this conference. 'There have been lots of things said which I do not understand; people are talking about their experiences, they are saying this and that, and to them it is wonderful, they go into ecstasies, but I do not know anything about it, and I have not got the secret; let me get right away from it all'. Be careful! And there are those who, having come into touch in some way with those great things of God and the spiritual life which are happening, which things have come into touch with their lives, are reacting by trying to get out of the way, to run away, to evade. I am not saying these men did that, but I am enlarging on the occasion of the journey.

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Oct-18

   You may be afraid that you will be caught into this tide, this that you are at present disposed to call 'this strange kind of life', you might be caught in it, and half of you, perhaps three-quarters of you, says that you do not want to, but the other little bit is wistful. You would like to know, but you are afraid. All these things may take place in mind and heart when something that God has for us of immense value and significance is right near at hand. We are afraid, and yet - if only it could be true! I am quite sure that these men had that wistfulness. If only it were true! You can see how at the end of the story they rushed back over those seven and a half miles because it was true. 'We were wishing, if only it could be true how different things would be' - and it is true. It is no mere rumour. There is a risen, living Christ in all the significance of that mighty fact to be known as an experience. But let us go on still.

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Oct-18

   

Men in Possession of Unrealized Wealth

We discover from this account that these two were really, in a way, in possession of wonderful riches, which meant nothing to Him. It is assumed by Jesus that they possessed all the Scriptures. What would have been the point in His starting at Moses and all the prophets and going through them if these men knew nothing about the Bible, if they had never been in touch with a Bible? He assumes their possession of the Scriptures. But they did not know what a mine of wealth and riches was right in their possession. They knew Moses, which of course means they knew the first five books of the Bible. They knew all the prophets, they even used that word about Jesus - "who was a prophet mighty in deed and word", and yet they did not know them. All that was of no practical value to them now. In this day of crisis, this day of their deepest and direst need, all their tradition was of no value at all, unless a latent value. It gave the Lord something to work on, but apart from that there was the wealth, and they were in poverty; there was the fulness and they were in emptiness; there was the glory and they were in the dark, and yet they had it. A terrible possibility. 'Oh, how wonderful it is! This event has not only transfigured our walk into the country (that is how Mark puts it - (Mark 16:12)), but it has transfigured everything we possess. He has given us a new Bible because a new Lord has revealed to us something that we never suspected.'

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Oct-18

   What I want to emphasise is this: we may know the Scriptures and what they contain, their teaching, doctrine, themes, subjects, and all that is there as in a book, but the Lord has a wealth there that is far, far beyond our dreams and our imaginations. The wonder of the Word of God is that it is as deep as Himself, and how deep is that? Have you fathomed God, have you comprehended God? No, we have but touched the fringes and the edges. Though we may have been in touch with this for a lifetime, there is a fulness there beyond us. And so I would say to you - Do not take the attitude that you know it, or that you think you know it. Do not feel that you have comprehended the truth. The Lord may amaze you - for I am sure that these men were amazed from what they said later on when they summed up this walk and this talk. "I never saw that before!" I am sure inside they were saying that. "I thought I knew Genesis, I thought I knew Isaiah, I never saw that before!" They were saying it in such a way as to make them say that their heart was burning within them. It is a great thing to have your heart burning with a new revelation of the Lord, and that is possible to the most enlightened, the most instructed. You think you know your Bible and the truth and the doctrine. Let us stand back and say that we know nothing; though we know much, we know nothing. "The Lord has yet more light and truth to break forth from His Word".

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Oct-18

   

The Unrecognized Lord's Knowledge of Them

This strange Stranger - Mark says that He appeared unto them in another form (Mark 16:12). Luke puts it in another way and says "Their eyes were holden that they should not know him." It is the same thing put in two ways. But He knew them - and here is such a word of comfort. He had a complete knowledge of them and of their need, and He went out of His way because He knew they were men in need and in trouble; honest, sincere men who had no quarrel with Him, who had no controversy with Him. They were just perplexed and bewildered, honest men. There was loyalty to Him even though their hope was shattered. How other they might have put it when He interrogated them. They said - "Things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people". Now, how could they have put it? 'In spite of the fact that we had thought Him to be - and so on - He turned out to be...' In their perplexity and shattered hope, they still say "who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God". There is loyalty still and the undertones of devotion and of love for Him. This is not anger, this is sorrow, and He knew that. If you are taking the rebellious and bitter and antagonistic attitude, quarrelling and resentful, you will not come into the good of what the Lord has for you; but if you are honest, and although you cannot see and understand and are deeply perplexed, there is the undercurrent of loyalty, of love, wistfulness, of desire, desire to know Him; that is His ground. He will come to you on that ground. It is not very much, but it is enough for Him. He knew them and just where they were on the country road, away from the crowd. He knew two lonely, troubled souls on the country lane. He knows where you are and how you are, and He is ready to meet you just there.

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The Lord's Tactical Approach

Note His tactical approach. All this may seem details, but they are important in working up to the big issues. His tactical approach. He knew it all and more than they knew and a very great deal more, and yet He is asking questions. "What is all this you are talking about, what is all this that is so seriously occupying you, what is all this serious preoccupation that is leading to all this discussion and something is making you very sad - what is it?" He knew all but He asked the question. "Are you only sojourning in Jerusalem, have you only just come in from a distance, perhaps stayed a night and going out again, and do not know all that has taken place there, the things that have taken place?" Again, "What things?" and how much more He knew than they did of the things! There is a lot in that of real value and help, but note His method.

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