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Fullness in Jesus #2   T. Austin Sparks

Started May-31 by PAULFROMNYS; 48 views.
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May-31

   It is not the Church, not even the Book, but it is the living Christ: Christ within, God within, Heaven within. We can only understand the teaching of the New Testament as we have this conception. If the mind of Christ is in us, and the mind is the seat of unity, wisdom, understanding, control, direction; then a higher type and standard of life is both possible and inevitable than that which is the mere outcome of blindly and weakly struggling to discover and imitate an outward example. Think further of all the boundless resources of such a truth:-
"That ye may be filled with all the fulness of God" (Eph. 3:19).
"In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead, and in Him ye are made full" (Col. 2:9,10).
"In Him should all fulness dwell" (Col. 1:19).
"All authority is given unto Me in heaven and in earth... and lo, I am with you alway" (Matt. 28:18,20).

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Jun-1

   That such a Christ is really within us, and that we are a corporate part of Him gives almost unthinkable possibilities to our lives, and should - as it can - dismiss all fear, doubt, despair, and misgivings. We should be filled with hope and confidence, and the song of victory, actual and anticipated, should be more often in our mouths. There is one thing which we must interpret here. We have noticed that the people who have really come to see and know this wonderful secret and fulness of life have almost invariably been such as have been characterised by a desperate earnestness in matters of spiritual life; they have been men of prayer, and have jealously preserved time for meditation (not only reading) upon the Word of God. The careless, superficial and casual will never know these secrets of the Lord; they are the rich harvest of the quiet hour and the single eye.

In concluding, it is necessary to point out that Christ dwells in us in order that we may be conformed to His likeness. It is a progressive work of fashioning us after His image. This is the predestined purpose of God. "Foreordained to be conformed to the image of His Son" (Rom. 8:29)

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Jun-1

   "Until we attain unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13. This in relation to all the members of His Body.)

The inevitable sequence of the indwelling Christ is, if we yield and submit to Him, that more of His nature and likeness, spirit and mind, will be seen and manifest in us as the days come and go, until at length we shall awake in His likeness.

It may seem to some that all that we have said, while being obviously the teaching of Scripture, does, however, clash with many other passages which speak of Christ as seated at the right hand of God. Spiritual geography is beyond finite comprehension, and omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, have all to be admitted into our consideration. He is the all-pervading, but in a special sense He is with and in those who consciously open their hearts to Him, and enthrone Him as Lord of their lives. We look for His coming in person, for to us He has already come in spirit and power.

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Jun-2

   

 

Chapter 2 - The Young Christian's Page - The God-Glorifying Life

 

"And they glorified God in me." - Gal. 1:24.

Not initially or finally for our own enjoyment, or peace, or influence, or power; not for the fulfilment of our best and deepest convictions; neither for the good of other people, must we surrender ourselves without reserve to God, seek the fulness of the Spirit's indwelling, and crave the life of victory, love, and fruitfulness; but from first to last that He may be glorified.

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Jun-2

   

The Motive of Service


In a missionary training class the leader once asked the students to give their reasons for going as missionaries into the foreign field. Some gave their reason as being their personal experience of salvation making them wish to lead others to the same. Others were going out of obedience to the command of Christ, and the conviction that it was His will that the world should be evangelised; but although these and many other reasons were all splendid and true, there can be no doubt that the highest level was reached by one who said that it was purely that "He might see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied." There are numerous motives behind our Christian lives and service - e.g., fear, strong conviction, high ideals, interest; admiration, duty, and many others, and there are some which are much less worthy, savouring of personal interests and selfish ends, but we reach the highest point of Christian character when all other elements are lost in the transcendant and all-absorbing desire that in and through everything the name of our Lord should be glorified.

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Jun-2

   
This was Paul's supreme aim. Everyone who is truly alive has one dominating objective in life.

Paul was a most ambitious man, but not in the direction of the limelight for himself; not to impress others with his own ability, importance, and significance. He lived, laboured, studied, and endured with the one object of commending the Christ of his Gospel and the Gospel of his Christ. Every man is known for some peculiarity of nature, habit, interest, or aim. To mention people's names is usually to bring at once into mind something with which they are closely associated.

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Jun-3

   

A Mirror Reflecting God


Now, if we are to take the true significance of the words at the head of this article, and many other such allusions, we are to understand that Paul was never thought of by some people apart from God. That is, to mention Paul in certain circles was at once to conjure up in the minds of those people the Grace of God. They saw the Grace of God in him. His life and presence made God real to them. Their faith was strengthened their lives enriched, God came very near to them when Paul was there. They glorified God in him.

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