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The recovery of Spiritual power #8   T. Austin Sparks

Started Oct-6 by PAULFROMNYS; 83 views.
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Oct-6

   So, from the beginning, and ever in those triumphant days, all continuous progress and victory there was upon this emphasis that the Lord was sovereign. And when they are moving out to take up the victorious conflict of which they had already secured the victory, there stood a man over against Jericho with drawn sword to declare himself as coming as the Captain of the Hosts of the Lord. The sovereignty of the Lord, the Captaincy of Christ, Captain of our salvation because He is already the Conqueror; He in sovereignty took charge then. What was demonstrated was the fact that the Lord was Lord, the Lord was Sovereign, absolute in His sovereignty, complete in His dominion, and there was no question whatever as to His ascendency over the whole situation. It demonstrated the Lord supreme, that He is Lord of heaven and earth. All that follows in the book of Judges in the unhappy sequel represents a challenge to that sovereignty, represents a mighty effort to make that sovereignty nil among the Lord's people.

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Oct-6

   

The sovereignty and supremacy of the Lord is the real battleground in the experience and life of the Lord's people. That is the thing that is involved. Everything in this book of Judges is explained by that. The Lord's people in this book are found very far from giving Him sovereignty. The name of the Lord is dishonoured and the testimony to His victory is destroyed and anything but a Joshua state of things, as was intended, prevails.

If you study the background of Judges, as to the various forces which were ranged against the people of God, and those forces which had brought them into bondage, taken away their strength and brought this state of failure and weakness, you will see that they represent all those means and methods by which the sovereignty of the Lord is limited in His people. That is the thing to keep in view. The great point of the challenge is the Lord's people standing in the full sovereignty of the Lord. How can the Lord's people be pulled out of the supremacy of the Lord or prevented from getting into it? Look at these forces and you have got there an Old Testament illustration of things very clear in the New Testament.

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Oct-6

   We were speaking about the first of the Judges, Othniel, and the conflict into which he entered to make the first break in this tyranny. We saw that Othniel had to do with Cushan-Rishathaim, the king of Aram, which subsequently became Babylon, and that this represented that whole Babylonish system of an earthly, humanly produced and constructed religion. That was the first tyrannizing power that is found in this book, and it was that that Othniel had to meet, and Othniel overthrew, and through all the days of Othniel the people were in a state of victory, ascendency. There was deliverance and there was a recovery of spiritual power.

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Oct-6

   You can see by very simple interpretation how that fits in with what we have been saying. There are few things more calculated to safely destroy the Divine supremacy as a testimony in the people of God, than to bring religion, Christianity - to bring your Christian life down on to an earth level and let it become a product of man. We link this with the first message to the churches in the book of Revelation, the message to Ephesus, and we know that the Ephesian letter has its stand in the heavenlies (He made us to sit in the heavenlies) and our possessions in the heavenlies: the inheritance, the land (Joshua!), every spiritual blessing in Christ in the heavenlies, and the conflict in the heavenlies with which the letter closes.   4tb

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Oct-8

   The place of the church, which is His Body, is a high position, drawing its life and fullness from above. This is not of man, but of God. There is to be a maintaining of the position as detached from what is of human manipulation and man's control - earthly standards of government, of judgment - and to have everything from the Lord for His people. This is the Ephesian position, and when you come to the first message to the churches in Revelation, the terrible indictment is, "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen." A heavenly position has been lost and they have come down on to a lower level. The Lord has this strong, terrible thing to say, that while there may be things that are quite good, commendable, this one outweighs all the rest because a heavenly, spiritual position has been lost there. "Thou art fallen." That means that you have come to Babylon, because as you pursue the book of Revelation and come near to the end you have two features running side by side. You have one dealing with Babylon, and one with the heavenly Jerusalem. And the one that deals with Babylon shows the apostle taken out into the plain, on to the level, and shown Babylon. The next chapter sees him taken into an exceeding high mountain and shown the New Jerusalem - a heavenly thing. It needs no ascendency to see Babylon: a thing of the earth. That was the thing that came in first to destroy the sovereignty, the testimony of the sovereignty of the Lord. It was the invasion of Babylon that had lost for them their heavenly position: conduct dictated by human judgment and going along the natural line of things, and the Holy Spirit was not governing everything from above and from the Lord.

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Oct-8

   The question of sovereignty is a very important question for us. It is the question today. The greatest question for the Lord's people is the question of the expression and manifestation of the absolute and perfect sovereignty and pre-eminence of the Lord in and through His people. That is the biggest, most important thing with which we have to do. It is a question of the Lord coming through in absolute sovereignty in every situation and every matter, and the Lord's people being in that. It is the absolute sovereignty of the Lord Jesus as manifested and expressed in the life of His own people. That explains every bit of conflict, pressure, temptation and trial. What the enemy is out to do is to pull us down to a place where we have lost the sovereignty of the Lord. How much is there today of the experience and enjoyment of the words we have quoted, and which we quote so much in relation to the world activities of the people of God, "All authority hath been given unto Me in heaven and on earth"? Is not the story very largely a story to the contrary? You get so far and then you are beaten, brought to a standstill. You meet forces which absolutely bar your way and at that point the enemy laughs at you. That is the story of many of the servants of God today all the world over, and not only in the recognition of spiritually-minded people is it true, but in numerous other ways that fact is declared universally.

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Oct-8

   

What is the explanation of the advertisement, of the programmes of attraction, all that effort to draw people, to get people to come to church? All this tremendous mass of stuff that is used to somehow maintain Christianity is its own confession, its own betrayal: it declares spiritual failure. There lies behind all this the fact that men are not meeting the challenge of God, they are not being met by the Lord; that the church has not got that thing that makes people stand up and take notice.

And in many other ways there is a betrayal of the fact that the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus is not there in the measure in which it ought to be among His people. We know it in our own experiences. It is true that we are acquainted with forces over which we have no power; we know in our own hearts. Oh, the need for the coming in of the power of this mighty Christ to meet situations. It is just that, and nothing but the exercise of His authority in heaven and on earth will meet the present situation among the Lord's people. Everything that they are trying to do to be effective is breaking down. The great need is the fuller measure of the manifestation of the supremacy of Jesus Christ over all His foes. He is not going to demonstrate that sovereignty independently of His people, therefore, if they can be brought into a condition of compromise, the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus is set back. It is coming down on to an earth level that accounts for the whole thing. It is Babylon: the human religious order of things, man-made Christianity which is of the earth.  4mt

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