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Right standing with GOD #5   T. Austin Sparks

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Oct-4

   

Everything is put back into darkness with the death of the Lord Jesus. Everything will come up into light and life when He rises from the dead. It is not a very clever observation that the Gospel by John begins with exactly the same word as the book of Genesis begins with, Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God”;  John 1:1, “In the beginning the Word” God. In the beginning God. Therefore, John is the spiritual counterpart of Genesis. What Genesis was in the natural creation John is in the spiritual creation. So that when we come to John’s Gospel, we are on the line of a new creation.  What is the crown of this creation? The crown of the old creation was man. The crown of the new creation is Christ. A new Man. 

Now I’ve got out into a tremendous realm, and I must somehow break it up.  We’ve already been here nearly an hour. So I come to one very important point. I think I yet have a little time in this conference to say some more. 

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   I’m going to ask you a question. Now you'll have to think hard, you'll have to put a cold towel around your head: What is the supreme issue in all the Bible? What does the whole Bible amount to in one thing? Of course there are thousands of things in the Bible, but what does the whole Bible relate to? There is such a thing. What is it? [Interpreter says:] The new creation is it? No. The birth of Christ in the church? No. The glorification of the Father? These are all related... Now He has received the promise? No. That is Christ? No, they're all related! The Cross? No. That’s related, it’s a part of it. The whole world full of people who all know the Life of the Lord Jesus? That’s a part of it. The New Jerusalem? Well I think you're all over the place! Of course all these things are right, but you have not got to the point yet.

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   What is the one all-governing thing through the whole Bible? Now I’ll tell you: Right standing with God! How can man have right standing with God?  We have a word for it, haven’t we? It’s the great word, it’s the word “righteousness”. Of course that’s a theological word. That’s a word of Christian doctrine. Oh, but it is infinitely more than that! From Genesis to Revelation the one question is: right standing with God. There is God, He is over all. God... perfect in holiness - perfect in every way! How can man stand in God’s presence on right ground and say, “I have a right to be here before God”? That is the meaning of righteousness, it is right standing with God. Is not that your concern? Every day this question arises - being right with God, being able to stand up before God and say “I am quite right. There is no fault that God can find in me.” 

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   Isn’t that tremendous? You see, because Adam sinned as he did, he put the whole race out of God. The whole race in Adam has no right standing with God. Our New Testament says “There is none righteous, no not one!” Put it in this other way: there is not one who has a right standing with God. That’s the issue of the Bible. How can that be changed? A tremendous thing, isn’t it? Oh, what a marvelous thing if you and I were able to say, “Today I can stand before God without any condemnation!” Do you think that’s too much, too much even to think of? No, that is what Jesus came to do! We are made accepted in the Beloved One. 

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AMEN         Hallelujah Hallelujah

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   “Let us draw near in full assurance of faith.” The whole Gospel is just this: that the righteousness of God is given to us through faith in Jesus Christ. Right standing with God is given to us through faith in Jesus Christ! Then of course you at once begin and go back to the other side of the Cross again and say, “But what about my sin? What about all my faults and my failings? What about all the things that I do wrong every day? Is that not a contradiction?” Well you don’t know your New Testament if you think that’s a contradiction! The Lord has never said anywhere that you and I are perfect in ourselves. But He has said that we are perfect in Christ! In Christ we inherit right standing with God and this becomes the battleground of the whole Christian life. What is the nature of the battle of the Christian life? The battle is with the one who wants to get us onto the ground that is not right standing with God. 

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The devil tried to get in between the Lord Jesus and His Father and he will try to our very last breath to get in between us and the Lord Jesus. He is the great accuser of the brethren. You have only got to do one wrong thing and the devil will jump in at once and he will seek to bring you under condemnation, to bring you onto the ground of judgment again - remove you from your right standing with God by faith. This is a tremendous spiritual battle and the battle of the Christian is to keep on his own right ground in Christ. 

You make a mistake - you do something wrong - what are you going to do about it? Well, what about that? You have two things that you can do.  You can listen to the devil and you will say, “Well there you are, just the same all over again.  Salvation makes no difference!”  Something goes wrong in your life, you get some trouble, you have some suffering, what is the next thing that happens? You don’t hear a voice, but you feel a voice, and that says, “That’s because the Lord doesn’t love you. That is because the Lord has left you. That is the punishment for your sin.” You know where that leads, don’t you? The Christian life is full of cul-de-sacs. You know what that is don’t you? Somewhere up here that leads nowhere - a dead end. And if you want to get anywhere you’ve got to come out. 

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Elijah got up one of those side streets. He threw himself down under the juniper tree, and he said, “It’s enough, oh Lord, take away my life! I’m no better than all the others. I’m a bad, worthless fellow.” What did the Lord do? Did the Lord get under the juniper tree with him, saying “Poor, old Elijah! I’m very sorry for you.” No, the Lord didn’t do that and didn’t say that. He said, “Come out of that Elijah. We’re going on! We’re not going up side streets. We’re not on a dead end. Come out of your cul-de-sac.”

Now, if you listen to the devil talking to you about your sufferings or your sins, that’s where you will be. What is the other thing you can do? Oh no, you will not say “that wasn’t sin, I was not wrong.” You will not begin to excuse yourself. You will say, “That was wrong and Lord, I’m sorry for it. Forgive me! Put that under the blood of Jesus.” Then what happens? The Lord says, “All right, come on, we’ll go on.”  Of course you don’t hear it like that, but you know it’s true. That is the battle of the spiritual life.

Now there’s so very much more that I want to say about this, but I think you’ve had enough for this afternoon. Do you see what has come in with the Lord Jesus? Are you beginning to see what we have come into in the Lord Jesus? We have just got on to the line of the new creation. Where does the new creation begin? It begins with a man who is now in right standing with God. We inherit that in Jesus Christ. It is our birthright - to stand right with God because we inherit His righteousness. That little phrase does mean so much to me. I hope it means as much to you; the righteousness of God which is ours through faith in Jesus Christ! 

Don’t you agree that we Christians need to understand our Christianity better? The devil is making a lot of trouble for us because we don’t understand our Christianity. Well this is only the beginning, may the Lord make this mean something to us.

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