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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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GRMD #161   T. Austin Sparks

Started Oct-27 by PAULFROMNYS; 13 views.




The Living Presence Of Jesus

What is it? Well, the testimony of Jesus is presented to us symbolically right at the beginning of the book, in the declaration - we will leave the symbolism for the moment - made by the Lord Himself. "I am... the Living One... I became dead, and behold, I am alive unto the ages of the ages, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. Write therefore..." What is the testimony of Jesus? The present, living Person of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. That is where it begins: the living Person of Jesus. Not the historic Jesus of Palestine of centuries ago - no, the right up-to-date, here-and-now living Jesus, manifested, demonstrated, proved to be alive in the power of the Holy Spirit. Is that carrying it too far? Well, then, why, when the seven churches in Asia are challenged, is there the seven times repeated "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches"? The Holy Spirit has got this matter in hand. The Holy Spirit is challenging - not concerning a creed, or a doctrine as such, but concerning the manifestation of the living Christ, there, and there, and there. The testimony of Jesus, whether it be in Ephesus, or Smyrna, or Pergamum, or in any other place, is just this: that the place where that church is - the town, the city, the province - is to know, in the power of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus is alive! That is where it begins. By its very presence, by its very existence, by its very life there in that place, the one thing that people are to know is that they have not got rid of Jesus. They have not been able to put Him out of this world - He is here, alive!

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   Amen, this was revelatory for me this morning, not in something new, but in the concise solidification of what has always been = the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy((Revelation 19:10)), then the reality of our assembling together is simply the testimony of our living Lord = 1 Corinthians 14:24-25    But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:  and thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.   This in contrast to the intrusion of soulish men into the reality of believers assembling together = Ephesians 4:14   that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;