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Fellowship of His Son #7   T. Austin Sparks

Started Jul-14 by PAULFROMNYS; 145 views.
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The God of Glory appears, and Abraham heard the Voice, the call of the God of Glory and somehow, in some mystic way, some strange, inexplicable way, Abraham came to understand that his call was related to God's Son. Now you want to study his life, of course, don't you, and find the place of the Lord Jesus in the life of Abraham. There's no doubt about it, you cannot mistake His place in the life of Abraham as you go on, "Take now thy son, thine only son... whom thou lovest...". Abraham has come right into the very heart of God, right into the very heart of Calvary. I don't know, I can't explain it all, but I know somehow, somehow Abraham came himself into the fellowship of God's Son and it's marked again and again in his life, right up to that mighty, inclusive crisis of offering his only begotten son.

He came into the heart of God and the Lord Jesus Himself put His finger upon this strange, mystic something, of a relationship with the Son of God right away back there in the life of Abraham when He said, "Your father Abraham saw My day, and he rejoiced to see it." Well, we don't know how, but Abraham heard the call into fellowship with God's Son and, at the cost of everything, said, "Yes, I'll go." And he went. His name stands as one of those who, because of that response, at great cost all the way along, in the beginning and all the way along, because he made that response, see what his name represents in history! Well, leave that for a minute, we come back and pass on from Abraham to Moses.

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   We heard last night, here is Moses in the silent desolation of the wilderness, with all that is going on inside of him as he is looking at his life and looking at himself, and his deep-seated consciousness of standing in relationship to this God, Jehovah. There for his forty years of aloneness with God. One day, one day, not the burning bush, but the "non-burning" bush, the bush that never did consume, a fire that did not go out. He noticed that while all other bushes flared up and flamed up and died, this one never did. The undying bush, holding this secret of the Life which is eternal, the Life which is never extinguished: the power of His resurrection. Moses said, "I will draw near, I will turn aside and see this great wonder." He drew near, out from the bush there came a Voice, "Take off thy shoes from off thy feet: the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."

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And then the call and the commission, the challenge and the command. Moses heard the call. He tried to argue with God. He tried to enter into a controversy with God. Very good, very good, if your controversies with God and your arguments with God are of the same kind as that of Moses, it's very good. Really there is nothing wrong about that. Some controversies with God won't get you anywhere, but this got him along that way. It was a controversy on the basis of what God had been doing in his own life to bring him to the place of suitability to answer the call. You'll never be able really to enter into this fellowship, until, as our brother said last night, the bottom's been knocked out of you and you are able to say truly, "I've had a devastating experience, as with Moses, I cannot. I cannot." Ah, but you thought you could once! "No, I cannot." That's all right.

He heard the call, argued with God, but when it is on that ground, there is no use arguing with God. You are having to deal with God, and there's no use arguing. Here God is going to have the end in His Own Hand. He heard the call. Eventually, after arguing and after having to have a certain amount of accommodation made by the Lord to his situation, he went and obeyed. What a result! MosesMoses... what God can do and will do when our response is from the brokenness which God Himself has brought about, the emptying. Leave that for a minute.

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The next man who heard the call... where shall we go next? We might go on to David. David, a young man. A young man tending the sheep, his father's sheep - away from the city, away from the war, out there, living a life in secret with God. "The Lord who delivered me: the Lord who delivered me from the lion and the bear." He had a life with the Lord, his strength was drawn from the Lord; out there, this lad. And later he will say the Lord who called him from following the sheep, who called him from following the sheep. Out there in a simple way, the sovereign God called him, and you know the story. The vindication of David, I may have to speak about that again, the vindication of David was that his response to God was so complete, so utter. With everything you may say about his other, later life, there's a man whose heart has been captured by God. The call meant that for David.

We go on, leaving many, and come to the great prophet whom we all love so much, and perhaps can understand better than we can understand most of the others, the prophet Isaiah. You know the story, the account of chapter 6 of his prophecies, "The day that Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high, lifted up: His train filled the temple. At His presence, the foundations did shake." And he goes on, the overwhelming consciousness of his own uncleanness and unfitness that always comes when you have come into the true presence of God. Isaiah said, "Woe is me! Woe is me! I am undone, I am undone."

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Here you have again the background of a great life of service and usefulness to the Lord. But then, he said, "I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Who will go for Us? Whom shall I send?" The call came to Isaiah in those circumstances, in the day when everything else had become a mere illusion; the day of disillusionment. Uzziah, Uzziah, that great king in Israel. Yes, Isaiah undoubtedly had fastened his eyes upon king Uzziah and he was his ideal, he was his hope and expectation for Israel. He was the man who answered to all Isaiah's desires, hopes, and expectations; and then, as you know, Uzziah broke down. He broke down, failed, and by his act in the Temple, was smitten by God with leprosy and was a leper until the day of his death. Poor Isaiah! All the glory of this world faded, and in that day, "I saw the Lord, high and lifted up." You can make your own applications and interpretations, we may say something, we shall, presently, about this.

Here is the course of God going on, on, on with His call into the fellowship of His Son, and Isaiah more than any other prophet has the place for the Son of God. We know that, don't we? Chapter 53 alone has that, but there is so much more. The Son of God is in view, and Isaiah has been called into the fellowship of God's Son, Jesus Christ. Leave that now, we'll return presently

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On we go. Shall we take one big leap right over to the apostles? Those apostles by the lakeside in their daily vocation as fisherman and Jesus passes that way. God passes that way and just calls this one and that one, "Come, follow Me." And they left their nets and followed. Very simple the account, isn't it, a lot involved though. But, they heard the call, that's the point. As one of the hymns, probably known to you, simply puts it, "I heard the call, 'Come follow,' that was all. I arose and followed." But, how tremendous was the involvement of the response to the call.

The apostles, and outstandingly the apostle Paul, three times he gives the account of his call, what was contained in it and what it was unto on the day that he heard the call, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" "Who art Thou, Lord? What wilt Thou have me to do, Lord?" And all the rest, because as he says, "I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision."

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I've just given these instances of men who heard the call of God as God was moving on through the ages and passing this one in this way, and as He passed, just called. And after that call, immense things issued. God is calling.

Now what I want to say, and I have got young people continually in mind about this as we go on, is that this call was undoubtedly a crisis in the life of every one of these people, as it is in the life of every one who hears it, along whose way the Lord comes and leaves this impression that something has happened. You may not hear a call from heaven, it may not come to you as it came to some of these; but somehow or other God has come your way, and He has left an impression that you have come to a crisis. There's a crisis bound up with this; if for you it's become, and you'll realise it one way or the other as you go on, it was a day of destiny. It was a day of destiny!

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Destiny was bound up with this encounter with God, or God's encounter with you. It was the day, and we older Christians know this whether it was some particular day, twelve or twenty-four hours, but a time, a time point in our life, when everything became involved in this that I have called an encounter with God - we met the Lord - put it how you will. The Lord passed our way: the Lord came into the realm of our life. Something happened, and everything for us was involved. Paul himself described it as being apprehended by Christ Jesus, laid hold of, arrested - the day when everything was involved. And you know, the passing of the Lord Jesus our way is always like that - it is everything now. It is everything. For or not - everything is gained or lost when He comes our way.

You can go through His life here on this earth, during those three years, a little over, and see how He is passing along. He just is passing along, precipitating life's issues and destinies for those by whose way He came. Something is precipitated, and everything is in the balances now. Did He heed His enemies? Their destiny and doom is settled because He has just passed their way. Be they the needy ones crying out, "Lord, have mercy upon us." What a day that was when He passed that way.

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When He happened to come - shall we say happened? No, not mere hap, in the Divine eternal counsels of sovereignty, He came to Jericho. And the little man, who couldn't see over the heads of the other people, climbed a tree to have a look at Him and got the shock and surprise of his life when Jesus looked up and said, "Little man, Zacchaeus, come down, I must abide at your house today." A day of destiny, wasn't it? Tremendous! That man didn't get up that morning thinking or imagining for a moment how he would go to bed that night. His destiny had been settled because Jesus passed through Jericho. Very simple. Very simple.

What means this eager, anxious throng,
Which pressed with did He haste along?
An eager voice thereupon replied,
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."

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He is passing by. But, but! The eternal destiny registered on this one and that one and another, until He even comes to Pontius Pilate. Pontius Pilate knows one thing, even if he doesn't recognise all the issues, he knows one thing: that his destiny is in the balances of this Man, Jesus of Nazareth. He wriggles and writhes to get out of this predicament. He makes his decision and has gone down in history as wrong. Jesus passed his way. It was an eternal crisis. So it was with all these, and so it is, for He is still passing on. He is still coming on. He is still in that course from eternity with God and precipitating this issue of fellowship with Himself.

Now about the involvement of the call. If you go over again these lives that I have mentioned again, Abraham, Moses, and the others to the apostles and on since then to ourselves, the involvement. What is the involvement of any kind of contact with the Lord Jesus? This week in this place, with us; shall we believe that He has come this way? I cannot but believe that, the devil tried to prevent it. Oh, what a battle! Is it because Jesus of Nazareth is passing by? Come to Wabanna this week? God from eternity is moving and taking us in His stride. Is that it? Will you believe it? If so, there is an involvement in this contact with His Son. And if you look at these lives, you will see that the involvement worked out in this way: it was, first of all, a demand for changing position.

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