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Recovery of spiritual power #4   T. Austin Sparks

Started Sep-20 by PAULFROMNYS; 82 views.
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Sep-20

                                                                                                      Christ in Glory

   Do you notice how the Lord always begins there? Yes, He does not begin with Christ in the Cross for the believer. Not for the believer. No, He begins with Christ in glory. He brings you back to the Cross because Christ, being in glory, implies something tremendous as to what He has done, and involves something tremendous as to what is to be the outcome. The greatest fact for the believer is Christ in glory. It was the sudden breaking upon him of the fact that Jesus was in glory, was glorified, and at the right hand of the Majesty on high, it was that as the greatest objective fact of his whole history, it was that that was basic to what Paul became as a man and as a servant of God. There was the counterpart of the revelation of the Son of God in Him, but the first thing was the revelation of the Lord Jesus in glory. I wonder if we may have lost something or missed something in this connection, if our subjective side may have robbed us of a little, or occupied us so much, to the importance of the great objective fact.

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Sep-22

   When it comes to the look and direction, it is to the Lord in glory; that is, the eye of God is upon Him. The eye of the Father is upon Him. If that were not so, if for one instant the Father took His eye off the Lord Jesus in glory, it would go ill with us. The Father has to keep His eye on the Son in glory and that is the only hope for us in every matter of our spiritual life. If the Father were to look at us for a moment, instead of at His Son, that would be an end of hope for us. The fact that the Lord Jesus is there in the glory, and the Father sees Him there in the glory, implies that the whole work of our redemption, salvation, sanctification, glorification, and the whole work of the church's vocation has been finished, and in the Person of the Lord Jesus it has reached its glorification.

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Sep-22

   Go back to a familiar illustration of this in Joshua: "Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you; Behold the ark of the Lord of all the earth goes before you into Jordan". That is the Lord Jesus going on into and through death, and out of death into the heavenlies, into the place of resurrection, victory, power and authority. "Hereby ye shall know..." there is One who has gone right through, who has accomplished the whole thing. It was on the ground of the fact that the ark has gone through, and that their going through was secured. It was on the ground that the ark was through and had overcome that their victory was certain. On the ground, speaking literally not figuratively of what the Lord Jesus has done in the energy of the Holy Spirit reaching the glory through death, that the whole work is secured in Him as an accomplished fact.

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Sep-22

   There is a tremendous power and significance in simple words, "God has highly exalted Him" not, "is going to". "He set Him at His own right hand", not "is going to". "He set" - it is done. The whole thing is finished, the work is accomplished in the Person of Christ, and now He is in glory, and if you get your eye off that fact for one moment, you have lost the secret of spiritual power. The Father looks on Him and sees there a Man in the glory as representative of all the sons whom He is bringing to glory, and He says that the finishing of the work for the sons is secured in the finished work of the Son, and the perfection, completeness of every son is secured in Him in the glory, beyond the reach of any disputing, or rival power. If that truth were wrought into our very being, we should know something more of power. If you keep your eye on that, these spirits of fear have not a ghost of a chance - you have destroyed them out of hand - the paralysis and weakness that comes through these spirits of fear, these sons of Hittites, and causes us to ask, "Will we be able? How are we going to get through?" All the time, though not in word, we are questioning whether the Lord really can save us, get us through to glory, whether we shall come out in the end, whether this can be done, whether this great vocation with which we are called can become a fact.

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Sep-22

   

Deliverance from the Hittites is along the line of keeping your eye on the Christ in glory because that involves the complete destruction objectively and subjectively. In Christ in glory there is implied the fact that He has destroyed all the powers of evil that are against us. He has destroyed, "That through death He might bring to naught him that had the power of death... and hath delivered all those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage". This is bondage through fear. There are your Hittites, and deliverance is seeing Christ in glory as having destroyed. And then, because He is in glory and your eye is upon Him, that is your hope, your assurance. That is how you destroy the Hittites; without a fight, in a sense. There is a great deal in the Word of God about getting the victory without fighting. We may sing our way into victory.

If we have such an apprehension of the absolute victory that is secured in God, our faith brings us to the place where it is not fighting so much as rejoicing in a great fact! We go through because we have gone through. Faith has gone through and we follow through upon the faith of Christ in glory. How did they go through in the beginning? Stephen got through in the hour of his ordeal, the people stood raging, put their fingers in their ears, rushed upon him, gnashed their teeth; how did he get through without these sons of terror paralysing him? He saw Christ in glory. That got him through. How did Paul get through all the way (and if ever a man was beset by the seven nations he was; every one of them tried by some means or method to destroy his strength and bring him into bondage) how was it that in effect they were wiped out? Because his eye was constantly upon that first vision of Christ in glory. Because Christ was in glory, he was secure in Christ.

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Sep-22

   

It is a great fact that we are in Christ in the heavenlies. I know there is a very real living sense in which every member of my body is in my head. Touch a part of my brain and you affect every member of my body, to the lowest extremity; my head involves all the members. He is the Sovereign Head and every member is in Him there already. We are there. We have got to live in Him. It is seeing the Head in glory securing all the members in Himself and putting our faith upon that, that is the secret of strength: Christ in glory.

Oh, that the Lord would register this in our hearts. It is a small fragment so far as a theme is concerned, but it is everything bound up in all the implications of Christ being in glory. Where was He? Well, see Him in incarnation and taking upon Him the form of a man, being found in fashion as a man, made in the likeness of sinful flesh. He was there. He came into our Adam nature representatively. Though Himself sinless, He accepted a close relationship with us - sinful flesh. We see Him, the very Creator for whom and through whom and unto whom are all things; we see Him cast out of His creation, refused a place in that which He had created; we see Him in all the weakness of His cross submitting Himself to death and submitting Himself to man. He, submitting Himself to the flesh, and submitted Himself for a moment to him that had the power of death, that in the next moment He might destroy him. The Cross and Hades, and now in the glory.

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Sep-22

   

What that "being in glory" implies! What He has done, destroyed, overcome! And that Man in glory upon whom the eye of the Father rests is the implication of all that relates to every son that is going to glory, and it is secured in Him. Oh, the implications of Christ being in glory! "The exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His might which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead", that power is to us-ward who believe. The power that brought Christ to glory is going to bring us to glory, and we look on Christ and say, "That is our end". That is where we are going most surely, going up there; there is no question about it.

Is there such a thing as falling away? We will not if we keep our eyes on Him. There is no need to backslide, go wrong or miss the way if we keep our eyes on Him. This is the way of endurance and victory all the way along if we always remember that Christ has overcome and is exalted as your representative, and the same Spirit as in Him is given to you, and is in you. Romans 8:11: "If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, He that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall also give life also to (quicken) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." The same thing, the same energy, the same power; but we must keep our eye on Him, the Lord in victory, the Lord in glory. That is the secret of power. Every solution lies there in where He is and what His being there implies for us. The Lord keep us moving on towards Himself.

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