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Based on Malachi 3:16-18 I believe the Lord will harken to us as we consider his word together.

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The Testimony of the Christ #23   T. Austin Sparks

Started 11/7/21 by PAULFROMNYS; 54 views.
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7. Suffering that Others May Come into the Good

And now the last thing I am going to say is this - the outworking of this. "I John for the testimony of Jesus... was in the isle that is called Patmos", "John to the seven churches". See what that is. That is suffering for the testimony, resulting in the far reach. I am in Thessalonians now. The letters to the Thessalonians have two major notes. The suffering of these people... how much the apostle spoke about their sufferings. Evidently the Thessalonian church suffered much. "The same sufferings" he says, "which you have seen in your brethren in Judea are accomplished in you." What suffering! Ah, but "from you hath sounded forth the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith to God-ward is gone forth" (1 Thess. 1:8). "They are speaking of you everywhere, of your faith, I need not to say anything, they are all talking about your faith." Suffering and a far reach. Life through the winepress for others. The testimony is that. We suffer for the testimony's sake: others derive the benefit. "Death works in us, but life in you" (2 Cor. 4:12). That is it.

The test of the testimony is just how decentralised we are in our influence and value. Oh, this turning in on ourselves, turning in on our own spiritual life, nursing ourselves, watching our own spiritual changes and alternations, the rise and fall of temperature... and it is death. Is it not strange that suffering usually makes people occupied with themselves, but the Thessalonians were just the opposite? They had all this suffering and everybody else was getting blessing! They were delivered from Self, even through suffering, and the testimony of Life was going out.

These are seven laws of the testimony, briefly, imperfectly, insufficiently stated. But they come back here.

"I for the testimony".

"I for the testimony" - Jesus absolute Lord.

"I for the testimony" - then I am out of the picture.

"I for the testimony" - then all things by the Spirit.

"I for the testimony" - seeing Him by revelation of the Spirit within.

"I for the testimony" - cut off from any voluntary association and touch with this cursed earth and maintaining a heavenly life.

"I for the testimony" - suffering that others may come into the good.

Those are the laws of the testimony. Now, are you going to write your name in? Are you going to have that phrase - the testimony of Jesus - to justify you having a name? "I John" and... what name is it? Your name... "for the testimony of Jesus", and this is how it is to work out, and you may be quite sure that if the first thing is true, all the rest will be true. You see in the book of the Acts that the first thing was true. Jesus was Lord, and all the things that I have said just followed, and it will be like that. Absolute Lordship... and the rest comes about spontaneously.

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