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Our inheritance in Christ #5   T. Austin Sparks

Started Sep-8 by PAULFROMNYS; 88 views.
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Sep-8

   

Corporate Inheritance

We cannot get fully into this inheritance as isolated ones but only corporately, it is one Body. We are saved as individuals, but saved and sanctified in relation to the Body, to the building up of the Body of Christ. Soul saving has been made an end in itself, sanctification has been made an end in itself; God never meant it to be so, but rather all to be related to the corporate entity - the ONE BODY of CHRIST. Believers staying at anything less than this fall short of their inheritance in Christ, and don't come right through into the fulness of Christ (Col. 2).

We see in the book of Joshua, two inheritances are mentioned, one by Moses to the two and a half tribes, the other by Joshua and Eleazar to the nine and a half tribes. Note the significance of this - all went over Jordan, but not all entered into their possessions. The two and a half tribes inheritance given by Moses was with stipulations, "bring us not over the Jordan." They had an inheritance, but a lesser thing than God had intended for them. They went over Jordan to stay for a bit; but it was a different going over from that which the nine and a half had; the two and a half was an objective going over, while the nine and a half was a subjective thing (speaking in spiritual terms) they went right through to possess. And today there are those who are content with something less than God intended them to have; content with a bit of the inheritance, and are not out for the fulness of it; this means an eternal loss of something which could have been theirs.

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Sep-8

   

Ephesians and Colossians take you back to Romans 6 and 8; but are much beyond Romans. In Romans 6 you have going over Jordan, identification with Christ's death, and in Romans 8 it is having the Spirit and taking possession; but this points you on to Ephesians and Colossians and the inheritance in Christ in the heavenlies; it is "Christ in you" subjectively. There are those who have got an inheritance (Romans 6), they have got the Spirit (Romans 8) but their inheritance is so largely outside of themselves. This explains so much that we see and why the call for "overcomers" who will go right through and not be content with something less than God's full purpose for them in Christ Jesus.

Both Ephesians and Colossians take you back to Romans 6, "to the circumcision not made with hands" (Col. 2:11,12). In Romans you have an apprehension of all that Christ has done in an objective way; and in Ephesians and Colossians it is all that Christ has done in you, subjectively, and a going on unto the end, unto the full inheritance. "If ye continue in the faith" (Col. 1:23). "If we hold fast... firm unto the end" (Heb. 3:14). This is not a question of salvation but of fulness in Christ; and not to only just get something down here: God wants to bring us right into all the fulness there is for us in Christ Jesus.

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Sep-8

   

Joshua marks the point where preparation is intended to give place to full inheritance. God meant something great, but these two and a half tribes are content with something less; this explains the constant urge in the New Testament, to go right through to that for which we were predestined - the full inheritance.

The great feature in all this is the rolling away of the reproach of Egypt; those days of bondage under Pharaoh! It is the putting away of the flesh, so that now everything is "in Christ" and of Christ, and in the heavenlies and by the Spirit; everything - resources, methods, wisdom, relationships, manner of life, ways - and there is no drawing on the flesh; and unless God does all by Christ, nothing can be done. We draw on Christ for all; our words, judgments, deeds, steps, all out from God for spirit, soul and body; yes, for life itself - all out from Him who is now our life, "To me to live is Christ".

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Sep-9

   

At the End of Ourselves

In the wilderness the whole of our natural life is brought out, and we come to know our weakness and emptiness; that we have nothing. Thus it is that we now find everything in Christ and so can go over and possess. What is the secret of possession, of coming into our inheritance? It is that we have come to the place where all things are "in Christ" and HE is everything - our very life and being. Our flesh is cut off and we know as the deepest thing in our being, that unless God does everything in us by His Spirit, all is of no value. We must come to an end of our own working in order to come into His fulness.

It is so easy to sit down in our weakness and nurse ourselves, but the Lord says at that point, "Arise and possess." Your inheritance is not here on earth, it is in Christ in the heavenlies; not in yourselves, your fulness is in Him. It is ever HIS FULNESS over against your emptiness; HIS STRENGTH over against your weakness; your inheritance is ALL HE IS, as typified to Israel by the land flowing with milk and honey.

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Sep-9

   

Paul says of Timothy, "he worketh the work of the Lord" (1 Cor. 16:10). There is to be an end of our works so far as we are concerned, nothing of us, as out from ourselves; but God says, in effect: "with your nothingness I will possess the heavens and the earth."

Oh! to be such a people, chastened and emptied of self, for the Holy Spirit by His energies to display the moral glories of the Lord Jesus in us and so through us. "To the intent that now unto principalities and powers might be made known through the Church the manifold wisdom of God." (Eph. 3:10,11). "That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace... for we are His workmanship." (Eph. 2:7,10).

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Sep-10

   

 

Chapter 3 - Man's State and Estate

 

 

"To the intent that now unto principalities and powers might be made known through the Church the manifold wisdom of God." (Eph. 3:10,11).

"That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace... for we are His workmanship." (Eph. 2:7,10).

The Inheritance an Inward Thing First

We want to get to the heart of this matter, which is to be in a position where we possess. The Lord is wanting us to be somewhere and to possess something in that place; and unto that God has to take us through experiences; but He always has that end in view - to possess the inheritance; and He is moving towards His end, getting us to a spiritual position within, where Christ is our inheritance.

When He in sovereign purpose took an elect individual, Abraham, He immediately brought His purpose for choosing him into view; and associated the elect one with the land, linked the "call" with the end - "the inheritance.

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Sep-10

   

We were chosen in Christ before the world was, and with that He linked the inheritance; "Chosen in Him before the foundation of the world... having foreordained us unto the adoption of sons through Jesus Christ unto Himself... He purposed to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth; in Him in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His will" (Eph. 1:4-11 A.R.V.), God has that always in view and all His dealings with us are unto that end, and it is towards this He has been moving through the ages.

This inheritance must first be an inward spiritual thing; must be a spiritual thing within us before we can come into our possession of it. Possessing the nations in Christ is quite impossible until we have reached a certain spiritual state, that is, ascendency in spirit, sovereign rulership in Christ Jesus in our own spirit. We have got to have sovereignty within us before we can manifest sovereignty without.

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Sep-10

   

This is in view in Joshua, preparation for what God has, and intends, to accomplish. This wilderness and all its meaning is the place of preparation by God unto possession of the land. Our longer or shorter stay in the wilderness depends upon our knowing the Lord in experience, this Knowledge of Him governs the length of our stay in this desert place.

Let us get back in mind to that wilderness in which the children of Israel spent forty years, remembering they could cross it in eleven days and that they had a good objective ahead of them; yet year after year passed by, ten years, twenty, thirty, thirty-nine years passed and it seemed the end was still no nearer, not in view, just as far away as ever, there is nothing but wilderness. It all seemed a hopeless thing and the land most remote. This was their mental state, and there was nothing to give them any encouragement as far as eye could see, their soul life was starved. There was nothing for them in the realm of senses, nothing to gratify the natural man.

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