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Fellowship of His Son #8   T. Austin Sparks

Started Jul-15 by PAULFROMNYS; 180 views.
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Jul-15

   

Over this whole matter the call goes on: "Come follow! Come follow. Come follow, where I go thou knowest not now, thou shalt know afterwards. The explanation and the vindication will come, but follow!" it was a crisis of position. It's the call with its involvement unto all that God has at the end. It may be that some of you are going to find this crisis this week, you've got to change position, change course. You come up against this, that you are as sure as anyone can be that you are right today, and then tomorrow you have a question about it.

Oh, how many men I have known in the course of my long life in that whole realm of things, and it's been a very wide realm, from far east to far west, through all the years in close touch with the whole of the thing, how many men, dear men, dear men who God has used, have I known to come to a crisis like this, which required a change of position, and they have said, "No" - gone away very sorrowful because they had great possessions.

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   I remember one such man with a very honoured name, you would know the name perhaps, greatly used of the Lord, occupying a position of influence in the Anglican Church. And he got hold of a book of mine: "The Centrality and Universality of The Cross." And he read it, and he said to me, "I want to talk to you". We went to lunch and got talking. He said, "I read your book. I know you are right. I know you're right, I know that it represents a tremendous challenge to my position. It involves everything for me." He paused, then he said, "I can't. No. I cannot. I have found a place that I'm in a good post to preach out of, and I think that I had better stay there." What happened? The name faded out, the position faded out - he just went on and lost. Oh, what a tremendous thing he might have had, not by coming and accepting this book or anything like that, you see, but because God had met him with a challenge!

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   I was in India on one occasion at Bangalore. We were having the Lord's table and right in the front there were two fine, young Indian men, fine specimens of men they were; upright, and looked clean and so forth. And the Lord's table, and the loaf was brought and the cup. And I paused and I said, "Do you know what this means? This means everything for the Lord. You are taking these symbols of the Lord and saying He only and altogether is your life, your days, your future, your everything." They looked very serious. And one nodded his head "Yes" and took. I went to the other, I presented, he looked and passed; good-bye. The Lord met, one said "yes:" the other said, "I can't - it's too costly." I don't know, I can't tell you the issues in their history, but there it was, like that.

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And so, any encounter with the Lord does involve this: change of position. It did with Abraham. It did with Moses. It did with David. It did with Isaiah. It did with the apostles. It did with Paul. And it's like that right on to the end. Don't think you've reached the end or that your present position is final. That's the trouble, isn't it?

Oh, be careful on any matter whatsoever of thinking and saying that you have got the final answer, that your position is it, that there is no more to it. People are saying today in groups that they, they, they have got "the truth". And my word - what a history has followed such a position. No. There are some things about which we can be quite sure of the Lord, of our salvation, and so on, but our knowledge of the Lord's ways - no, we have got to go on, hearing the call, hearing the call: a change of position and a change of object.

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Object... you could follow that into the life of the men mentioned, the object for which they were living, as illustrated by Isaiah. A change of object - what is your object? What is your object? What has you? Well, what a radical thing this was with the apostle Paul and the apostles, the earthly kingdom: "Wilt Thou at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?" The object? The earthly kingdom and their place in it, of course. "On the right hand and on the left, when Thou comest into Thy kingdom." This kingdom concept, it proved to be utterly false, and afterward, they had to have a revolution as to the object for which they were living and working.

I did want so much to say something about the purpose of the fellowship, all this is on the way, would you suffer me a few minutes longer? Because this really is what I want to get at; and I think probably it will be all that is necessary this week, where I am concerned.

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