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Right standing with GOD #9   T. Austin Sparks

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Oct-8

   

Chapter 4 - The Great Change

 

I think we will begin this morning with the letter to the Hebrews, chapter 1 at verse 1: “God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in His Son.”

There is a very true sense in which those words are the focal point of the whole Bible. You will notice that everything that has been before leads up to this point and everything that was to be afterward begins here. This statement represents a tremendous change.

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Oct-8

   

First of all, it is a change of time. In old times, you notice the words, in old times, at the end of these times - it is a change of time. It is also a change of God’s method. That was how God did things in old times; now His method is changed. This is how He does things after those times. Then this whole letter will tell us how God worked in old times. It will bring into view all God’s ways in the Old Testament. It will refer to Moses and Israel and all that came in through Moses and now it says: that is finished. In many different ways and paths God worked and spoke in old times. Now that is all finished and God has commenced in a new way. It is an entirely new method of God which begins at this point.

It is because Christianity has not recognized the nature of that change that it is in so much trouble. Christendom is in trouble. It is doing everything to try to save itself. All these great organizations in Christianity - the ecumenical movement, the world council of churches and all these things - are an effort to save Christianity from collapsing. Christianity in general is breaking up and these movements are to try to keep it on its feet.

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Oct-8

   

Within Christendom in general there is what we call ‘evangelical Christianity’. And that also is in trouble - many conferences, many discussions, many books - oh, so many things to try to get evangelical Christianity out of trouble! Perhaps you don’t agree with that. Well, you haven’t seen very much of Christianity!

Within evangelical Christianity there are other believers. They also are disappointed with evangelical Christianity. Many of them are leaving the churches; they’re meeting in little groups in homes. They are disappointed. I have many letters from Christians in different parts of the world who say, “We’re disappointed with the churches, what shall we do?” Do you know anything about that? It’s a very widespread situation. These are hungry children of God who are not being fed.

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Oct-8

  

Now all this is very largely due to failure to understand this great change. A thoughtful reading of the New Testament will make us very clear that some change is taking place.

We have been dwelling in the gospel by John. It is almost impossible to read the gospel by John without seeing some big change is taking place. It is not only the account of things that Jesus said and Jesus did but all this represents a big change that is taking place. There is a movement going on from one position to another. There is a whole system of things which is passing away and an entirely different system is coming in.

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Oct-8

   

The “not” is very clear and the alternative “but” is very clear. Not what has been, but what is now. Now that governs, as we have said, the whole New Testament and I think this letter to the Hebrews is a wonderful summing up of that great transition.

There are two things in this letter which are related to this big change. You will know that in this letter a great emphasis is upon going on unto full growth. The word is: “Let us go on!” It is the letter of going on, going on to the fullness of Christ, going on to the full growth of the spiritual life. This note is struck so strongly: go on! And that emphasis relates to leaving what belongs to the past and going on into what has come in with Jesus Christ.

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Oct-8

   

We shall only go on as we recognize the change that has taken place with the coming of Jesus. We shall only go on as we understand this great transition, as we know where we are in God’s eternal activities and those eternal activities are now focused not in a system but in a Person. All that is contained in that little phrase, “Hath at the end of these times spoken...”

I’m going to ask you, are you concerned with going on to full spiritual growth? If you are, let me say to you that it depends upon how much you understand this change that has taken place.

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Oct-8

   

Now, this letter was written to people who were in danger of coming to an end that God never intended. Before you get to the end of the letter you will come upon something very impressive. You will come upon two great crises. The crisis in the history of the old Israel... you will find a prophecy from the Old Testament taken over and applied to the present.

This letter was evidently written just before the destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of the Jews. In the year 70, as you know, Jerusalem was invaded and destroyed. The temple was destroyed, all the temple services were brought to an end and the people were scattered over the world. And that has remained like that for two thousand years.

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