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T. Austin Sparks (1888 1971)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker T. Austin Sparks in text and pdf format. He was ordained as a Baptist pastor at the age of 24, and from 1912 to 1926 led three congregations in Greater London. During these years, he was also closely related to Jessie Penn-Lewis and her publication and speaking ministry, the "Overcomer Testimony."
Among the many books that he wrote, at least three are regarded as Christian classics: The School of Christ, The Centrality and Supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ and We Beheld His Glory. The primary theme of Sparks' books is the exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ. He mentored Watchman Nee for many years and was very influential in his understanding of the Church Life.
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The Man Who is Alive
Reading: Revelation 4,5.
When we commenced this series of studies with the first chapter of the book of the Revelation, we said that the book of Genesis and the book of the Revelation bound the whole history of this world: one the beginning, the other ... read more
The Man Who Receives Spiritual Sight
And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, "Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, the same is desert." And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Can ... read more
The Man Whom He Hath Ordained
Reading: Rom. 8:29; Gal. 4:19; Eph. 2:15,16; 1 Cor. 1:2430, 12:13; Gal. 3:27,28; Acts 17:31.
Inasmuch as He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man Whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance ... read more
The Man Whose Eye Is Opened
Then Jehovah opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of Jehovah standing in the way (Num. 22:31).
Balaam the son of Beor saith, and the man whose eye is opened saith
falling down, and having his eyes open (Num. 24:3-4; A.R.V. Margin).
A ... read more
The Manifestation of the Glory of God
Reading: Hebrews 1.
As the first thing in this meditation upon Christ, we have been occupied with the ever-growing conception of Him that marked the life of the Apostle Paul. We saw first how that Paul as a Jew had himself shared the very earthly and n ... read more
The Many-Sided Riches of God's Grace in Jesus Christ
"The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all manner of precious stones" (Revelation 21:19).
The following passages are a commentary on that verse:
"Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envie ... read more
The Matter Which is of Supreme Importance is: "Christ Fully Formed In You"
We come to this last morning of our consideration of this great question. That is, the great question as to the true nature of the dispensation which came in with the Lord Jesus. We have this morning therefore to gather up all that we have been saying int ... read more
The Meaning and Reality of Things
The Book of the Revelation a book which discloses the changed spiritual conditions in the early post-apostolic days, and perhaps, prophetically, the state at the end-time in the church speaks of certain losses. It reproachfully uses the words: first ... read more
The Meaning of Christ
1. HIS GREATNESS IN THE SCRIPTURES
(a) The meaning of all things.
(b) The Heir of all things.
(c) The Idea or Nature of all things.
(d) The final test of all things.
2. HIS PLACE - BY THE LOVE OF THE FATHER
INFINITE DIVINE LOVE THE M ... read more
The Meaning of the Anointing
What is the meaning of the anointing of the Holy Spirit? It is nothing less and nothing other than the Holy Spirit taking His place as absolute Lord. The anointing carries with it the absolute Lordship of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit as Lord. That means th ... read more
The Meaning of the Arm
Having considered something of the meaning of the phrase the Arm of the Lord, and seen that it indicates the support, the upholding, the strength of the Lord, given to those who are wholly in line with His purpose, let us now ask the question: What does ... read more
The Measure of Christ (Colossians 1:27)
"Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Col.1:27). Read the whole verse carefully, fragment by fragment, to get the full import of its wonderful truth: "God was pleased to make known - what is the riches of the glory - of this mystery... which is, Christ i ... read more
We go on with the next thing about the ark, and that is the mercy-seat. There rested upon the ark this solid plate of gold which was called the mercy-seat. It is mentioned twenty-three times in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament it is taken up as ... read more
The Message of Jesus Christ
"Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him..." Revelation 1:1.
"John, to the seven churches which are in Asia..." Revelation 1:4.
"What thou seest write in a book and send it to the seven churches, unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pe ... read more
The Messenger Must be the Embodiment of His Message
Now we come back again to the prophecies of Ezekiel. There is a large section of this book with which we shall not be able to deal in detail, so we must find some comprehensive way of dealing with it simply. I think that way will be by looking at the thre ... read more
The Ministry of Elijah (1 Kings 17)
Reading: 1 Kings 17.
What we have in view, of course, in the first place, is the servant of the Lord. Once more God is found reacting to a state of things amongst His Own people, rising up in Divine discontent, and, as always, laying His hand upon an ... read more
The Momentousness of Jesus Christ
From "A Witness and A Testimony" magazines 1969, Volumes 47-4 & 47-5
Reading: Philippians 3:1-16.
"I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee" (Job 42:5).
This verse sums up the whole book of Job, for it is the d ... read more
The Mystery of the Gospel
Reading: 1 Tim. 3:9; Phil. 1:27; Rom. 1:3,5; 16:25-26; Eph. 3:3-4,9; 4:13.
I think you will have recognised the familiar thoughts and words in all those passages, and the similar ideas. Some words stand out, such as Gospel, His Son, the mystery, the fa ... read more
The Name of the Lord in Zion
Thou in thy lovingkindness hast led the people that thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength to thy holy habitation... Thou wilt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, the place, O Lord, which thou hast made ... read more
The Nature And Dynamic Of Ministry And The Nature And Purpose Of The Church
What more can we say and how better can we say than: more of Thyself. O show me hour by hour more of Thy glory. O my God and Lord, more of Thyself in all of Thy grace and power, more of Thy love and truth. Incarnate Word, answer that prayer in this hour. ... read more
The Nature and Function of Overcomers
Reading: Isa. 1:9; Rom. 9:27,29; 11:2-5,26; Isa. 8:17-18.
"To him that overcometh..." (Rev. 2:7, etc).
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony" (Rev. 12:11).
Our message is concerning ... read more
The Nature and Motive of Spiritual Ascendency
Reading: Ps. 24:3; Rev. 14:1-5; Ps. 122:2-4.
We have been led to look afresh at this whole matter of spiritual ascendency. We have looked at the vast expanses, seeing the thing very much as a whole. Now we get closer to some of the aspects of it.
Th ... read more
The Nature And Reality Of Spiritual Energy
In our previous meditation, we were speaking about the extra world of resource which the Lord had at His service, at His command, with which He was in communication and from which He was drawing. Everything for Him was from above that is, out from heaven. ... read more
The Nature of Divine Life
"I came that they might have life" (John 10:10).
We come back to the Gospel by John, for we have seen that this is the Gospel of spiritual education. The others are largely a matter of history - the history of the earthly life, work and teaching of t ... read more
The Nature of Divine Life (John 10:10)
"I came that they might have life" (John 10:10).
When we come to the Gospel by John, we see that this is the Gospel of spiritual education. The others are largely a matter of history the history of the earthly life, work, and teaching of the Lord J ... read more
The Nature of God
"And there came one of the seven angels... and he spake with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and shewed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down ... read more
The Nature of Life and Testimony of the Lord's People
Reading: 2 Kings 3 and 4.
As we meditate on these chapters we must with every fresh step remind ourselves of the significance of Elisha himself. That is, that he came in on the ground of resurrection, to represent the nature of the life and the Testimo ... read more
The Nature of Sanctification
While we cannot extend ourselves to a comprehensive consideration of the subject of sanctification, we are sure that a very great deal of confusion through false conceptions would be removed if it were seen in the light of the difference between soul and ... read more
The Nature of Service and the Marks of the Servant
Reading: Luke 2:25-35
"The end of all things is at hand" (1 Peter 4:7).
I think it unnecessary to stress the fact that not only by reason of time, but also by the clear evidence of world developments, the above words from Peter's letter are obvio ... read more
The Nature of Sonship
"When the Son of man cometh, shall he find the faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8).
Place that passage alongside of those read in our previous meditation (1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7; Jude 3; Rev. 2:13); we will not repeat them in full just now. Just be rem ... read more
The Nature Of The Body Of Christ
We now proceed to consider the nature of the corporate life of the Church, and we want to note first of all one or two quite elementary facts which, nevertheless, always carry a freshness of meaning to those who are spiritually alive to the Lord, and the ... read more
The Nature of the City
We are engaged upon a consideration of the last chapters of the book of the Revelation, especially with those parts that deal with the new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven. In that connection will you look at three verses of Scripture in the L ... read more
The Nature of the Dispensation in Which We Live
"The spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him. For I reckon t ... read more
The Necessity for New Birth
READ: John 2:1-11; 3:1-21; 4:1-26; 1:4
As we continue our consideration of "Great truths and their Laws, as in John's Gospel," and come into chapter four, we pass from Nicodemus to the woman of Sychar, from Judea to Samaria, with a spiritual link be ... read more
The Need - God-given Vision
Proverbs 29:18; 1 Sam. 3:1; Zech. 4:1-2; Acts 26:16-19; Rom. 1:1-3.
Were I asked what I considered to be a need which embraces the greatest number of vital issues amongst the Lord's people, I should sum it up in one word, "vision," vision God-given. ... read more
The Need For A New Apprehension Of The Gospel
I am just going to talk for a moment out of my heart, because I do feel that we are in a very perplexing, but very significant, situation at this time. There is a sense in which it does seem that the Lord is not doing very much. I mean there are not ver ... read more
The Need of the Hour - Specific Ministry
As we take account of the situation in the Church today we feel more and more deeply convinced that the greatest need of the hour is for men of vision and courage.
But we use the word 'vision' in the specific sense in which it is used in the Bible a ... read more
The New Age of the Holy Spirit
The book which goes by the title ''The Acts'' is the book which introduces a new age; it marks the passing of certain days, age-days, and the arrival of a new day, a new age-day. But it not only marks that change; it sets forth the character of the new ... read more
The New Cruse
Reading: 2 Kings 2:19-22; Acts 1, 2; Mark 9:50.
When the above passages are read together it will be seen that they are bound by a common tie; namely, salt, and what it signifies. Throughout the Scriptures salt stands for recovery, preservation, and pe ... read more
The New Cruse (continued)
We expressed the feeling that, while many would agree with the statement that a general renewal of spiritual life is very much needed at this time, there might not be such agreement that what is needed specifically is a new cruse, an instrument conforme ... read more
The New Israel's Passover
Read: Exodus 12.
This evening I am going to say just a little to you about the Lord's Table. This is perhaps the most universal of all the features of Christianity. Almost every section of Christianity in some way or another has the Lord's Table. In ... read more
The New Testament: The Great Transition
Our Father, our God, we ask Thee now that Thou, Who didst say Let light be, will shine into our hearts at this time To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. It is that face we together have said we are seekin ... read more
The New Thing Which is Old
NOTE. - The term reaction, as employed in these chapters, means that acting-again on the part of God when that which ostensibly represents Him no longer truly represents Him, either vitally or adequately. He reacts AGAINST what is merely ostensible and ... read more
The Object of His Travail
In this concluding message, beyond bringing forward a number of fragments from the Word of God, I shall do little more than make some statements, and leave the Lord to speak out of those statements Himself. The message itself will lie deeper than anything ... read more
The Offence of the Cross (Galatians 5:11)
"And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased." (Galatians 5:11).
The verse from which this title is taken suggests that if only Paul had continued to preach circumcision ... read more
The Old Testament Taken Up in the Book of "The Acts"
"Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spake forth unto them, saying... This is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel, And it shall be in the last days, saith God, I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all flesh: and y ... read more
The Only True Emancipation from all Forms of Legalism is to See Christ
We continue with our consideration of this great fundamental question as to the true nature of this dispensation. The question being: Is Christianity a legal system or a spiritual movement from heaven? We have seen that this question be ... read more
The Opened Ear
Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9
This passage in Isa. 50 needs to be read closely in connection with chapter 49, and indeed recognised as to its setting in the whole of the section of the prophecies. The position is that of Israel's rebelliously going backward ... read more
The Otherness of Christ
Dear friends, what is the Lord doing with us? That is what we want to know. What is He doing with you and me, and with those who are really in His hands? Is He not doing with us that which He has done with all who have come completely under His hands; t ... read more
The Outcome of Departure from a Heavenly Vision
We have been seeking to bring into view that essential heavenliness of the Church which is a basic and governing law of God's purpose for her. This we have seen to be a factor of tremendous importance in God's dealings with Jerusalem. The more we read a ... read more