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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 inner man of the heart #3   T. Austin Sparks

Started Nov-28 by PAULFROMNYS; 240 views.
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From: PAULFROMNYS

Nov-28

   Here we see, amongst other things, that, unless the Lord gives the gift of utterance the things revealed to the spirit cannot be expressed by the outer man. In another place the Apostle asked the prayers of the Lord's people that he might have "utterance."

Many other instances might be given, such as "I delight in the law of God after the inward man," and Romans 7 as a whole, but this is sufficient to lead such as desire to do so to follow this truth through. Here are one or two references: 1 Cor. 16:17,18; 1 Cor. 6:20; Rom. 8:16; 1 Cor. 5:5; 1 Cor. 7:34; Heb. 12:22.

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Nov-28

   Now we proceed to speak of the Lord's special concern with the inner man. Firstly we must realise that His supreme quest is for sons of His Spirit. The underlying and all inclusive truth of what has come to be called the "parable of the Prodigal Son," is the transition from one kind of sonship, e.g., on the ground of law, to another, e.g., that on the ground of grace. From the flesh to the Spirit. There is a sonship of God by creation on the basis of law. In this sense "we are all the offspring of God." But by "the fall," the "going astray" or "deviating" (Genesis 6:3), all the Divine purposes and possibilities of that relationship have broken down, and that relationship is no longer of value. "He has become flesh," hence is "separated from God," in "a far country," and "dead," as well as "lost." Here grace enters and the Spirit through grace. The Spirit begins operations in that realm of death and distance, convicting of sin "against heaven" (the only adequate conviction), compassing the end of the works of the flesh in despair and destruction, constraining, assuring, producing penitence and confession, and at length bringing to the place of forgiveness and acceptance. From death unto life, but not the same life as before, there is no "again" in the original of the last clause of Luke 15, it is a life which never was before. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."

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Nov-28

   This man is the product of the travail and energising of the Spirit, and everything in the relationship afterward is new. A "new robe," the robe of Divine righteousness. "New Shoes," a walk and a way in the Spirit. Rom. 8:2,4. A ring, the symbol of authority, the jurisdiction of sons John 1:12,13. The fatted calf; food such as never was before, the best of the Father's house. Each of these points has in the scriptures a whole system of teaching. The spirit of man being then the place of the new birth and the seat of this only true sonship (Galatians 4:5-6), it also therefore being, "The new, man" - for it is "in the newness of the Spirit" that we are to live (Romans 7:6 etc.) - here it is that all the operations of God in our education, fellowship, and co-operation have their base.

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Nov-28

   The only knowledge of God which is of spiritual value for ourselves or for others is that which we have by revelation of the Holy Spirit within our own spirit. God never explains Himself in the first instance to man's reason. Man can never know God in the first instance by his reason. Christianity is a revelation or it is nothing, and it has to come by revelation to every new child of God, or their faith rests upon a foundation which will not stand in the day of the ordeal.

"The Christian Faith" embraced as a philosophy or a system of truth, or as a system of moral or ethical doctrine may carry the stimulus of a great ideal, but it will not result in the regeneration of the life, and the new birth of the spirit. There are multitudes of such "Christians" (?) in the world today, but their spiritual effectiveness is nil.

Fred (fnorthrup)

From: Fred (fnorthrup)

Nov-29

TA Sparks said:

The only knowledge of God which is of spiritual value for ourselves or for others is that which we have by revelation of the Holy Spirit within our own spirit.

Why should a person come online on a Bible forum and contend for the truth that God formed a spirit in man? Is it to promote a teaching? To form a doctrine? No! It is because the fact is that God formed a spirit in man so that man can contact and know Him. Man can be born of God, be filled with God, and God can be with us, His Person, His presence, in and experiential and real way.

But our spirit is a "spiritual thing" and must be substantiated by faith, otherwise it is as if we have no spirit. It like having a radio that you never turn on. It is like having a cell phone with a dead battery. Therefore we are burdened to speak the word of God to people, "There is a spirit in man." We must receive this word by faith and substantiate our spirit!

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man, / And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Nov-29

   Radio you never turn on, I like that.  A spirit separated from GOD is like all devises with no batteries or source of power.

Fred (fnorthrup)

From: Fred (fnorthrup)

Nov-29

PAULFROMNYS said:

A spirit separated from GOD is like all devises with no batteries or source of power.

Right. God is Spirit. He is like radio waves. He is everywhere and always available. We substantiate physical things with our 5 senses. We substantiate psychological things with our soul (the Greek word is psuche). And we substantiate God, who is Spirit, with our spirit. This is what makes Him real and experiential to us. 

Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.

2 Timothy 4:22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Nov-30

   Amen, I had a long drawn out with a brother as to what GOD told Adam was, in the full sense true, as he did not die(((in the day))) upon eating of the forbidden tree.  I tried to show him that he did, but it was one of those impossible discussions.  I'm going to start a new thread behind talking about Adam and address it to you, as there is no one else around here  :(    ??  

Fred (fnorthrup)

From: Fred (fnorthrup)

Nov-30

I am more than happy to fellowship with you brother, and you never know who might stumble by. People are full of all kinds of opinions as to what happened in the garden. God said that in the day that Adam ate the tree of knowledge he would surely die. The only question we should have is, "in what manner did he die." Ephesians 2 says that we were dead in trespasses and sins. We should never say, "Well I guess that is a lie, here I am quite alive." 

Even medically one can be "brain dead" but the body still lives. I think the brain means the soul. So medically there is death of the soul, as well as death of the body. The Scriptures add another component, the spirit. I think it is as simple as death is absence of life. Adam was a living soul, but did not have the divine life in his spirit. When he took in knowledge, the source of which is the Serpent, he was cut off from life, dead, in his spirit until Christ could come. That is my current understanding, to borrow a phrase from you.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Nov-30

   Yes, he was deceived into living as the lord of the life given him by GOD.  That brought us to Is 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

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