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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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Reproduction by Divine Life (John 12:24)
An organism is never an end in itself... and is never something for itself. It is a means to a larger end - a channel for larger purposes - and the object of an organism is to reproduce itself by life. That reproduction is always sacrificial. It alwa ... read more
Resting in the Lord's Care
"For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men" (1 Pet. 2:15).
"For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully... For hereunto were ye called: be ... read more
When we come to chapter 54 of the prophecies of Isaiah, we have what we may call a sample chapter of resurrectiona sample of the conditions which the Lord would have as characterizing His New Day. We find in this chapter eight features, or characterist ... read more
Resurrection, the Hallmark of Sonship
In the terrible darkness of the Cross, Jesus uttered the cry of desertion and forsakenness in which He could only use the term: "My God..." (Matthew 27:46), but before He died He was able to say: "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46) ... read more
Resurrection, the Hallmark of Sonship - 2
"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46).
"And Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" ( ... read more
Resurrection: A Living Personal Reality
Transcribed from a message given by T. Austin-Sparks in 1959. The spoken form has been retained verbatim. Words which were not clearly discernible have been enclosed in [square] brackets.
Reading: 2 Kings 6:1-33
In the second book of the Kings, ... read more
Revelation in Relation to Sonship
"Paul, an apostle (not from men, neither through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead)... I make known to you, brethren, as touching the gospel, which was preached by me, that it is not after man. For neither di ... read more
Seeing Christ by Revelation (Matthew 16:13-17)
He (the Lord Jesus) is the sum of all Divine thoughts, and the Incarnation is the supreme expression of this one thought of God, to be truly, adequately, fully, perfectly represented; so that it was possible for the Lord Jesus to say, ''He that hath see ... read more
Seeing The Glory Of Christ As Son Of Man
God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in His Son, Whom He appointed Heir of all things, through Whom also He made the worlds (Heb. 1:1-2; A.R. ... read more
Seeing The Lord And Seeing Ourselves
And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah. He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his father. Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to rei ... read more
Seeing the Lord Jesus
"Therefore... let us run... looking off unto Jesus the author (or captain, or file-leader) and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:1-2).
I want to try to gather up and focus the ministry of these messages, taking you back to the beginning and remin ... read more
Seeking The Glory Of Christ As Son Of God
hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in His son, Whom He appointed Heir of all things (Heb. 1:1-2; A.R.V.).
the kingdom of His Son
Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation; for in Him were all things crea ... read more
Service and Sovereignty
Reading: Jeremiah 1:1-12
Our meditation is to be on the matter of service and sovereignty, and I think I can best say what is on my heart by dividing that in this way - (1) The Service, (2) The Servant, (3) The Sovereignty.
First, the ... read more
Set "For a Sign"
"Say ye, I am your sign." - Ez. 12:11.
The mental conception of consecration has come to mean to be blessed and to be made a blessing. That is not a true conception if just left there. These passages, which we have read (see below) contain a proposit ... read more
Reading: Romans 16
This is a chapter which I expect you do not often read. The letter proper seems to end with the "Amen" of 15:33, and it is easy to regard the final chapter as of little importance. But even though it may be a struggle to read it, I s ... read more
"Go tell his disciples, and Peter" (Mark 16:7).
"He appeared to Cephas" (1 Corinthians 15:5)
In our consideration of what the Resurrection of Jesus meant in representative cases, we come next to
There are two things that meet us ... read more
Simulation - Exaggeration - Predomination
Bible interpreters have been convinced that the words ostensibly addressed to "the king of Babylon" in Isaiah 14 have a larger context and can only be exhausted if seen to refer to some erstwhile angelic being. This conviction is strongly supported by o ... read more
Some Lessons from Zacharias
Reading: Luke 1:5-25,57-67.
The Lord is ever desirous of making His people know His real purpose in fulness concerning them. We need to come to a very settled position on this matter. It is not a question of how the Lord's people may be at any given t ... read more
Some Mental Difficulties in Prayer
Having considered the five phases of prayer, namely, communion, submission, petition, co-operation and conflict, we shall now go on a little further to consider some of the problems which are related to prayer. As we have said, very often an undefined sen ... read more
Some Principles of the House of God (2 Chronicles 3:1)
Reading: Psalm 132
Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, which he made ready in the place that David had appointed, in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite ... read more
Some Qualifications Basic to Service
Qualifications Not Natural but Spiritual
Timothy was a young man - it would seem that he was little more than a boy - when Paul first found him. In addition, he was of a very timid and shrinking disposition and temperament - anything but self-assertive ... read more
Some Titles as Evidence of the Change
The point at which we have now arrived is that, in the constituting of the spiritual Israel, God is following the same line as He took with the earthly Israel, but with one great difference - with the earthly He followed temporal lines, but with the heave ... read more
Spiritual Enlargement Unto the Maintaining of the Testimony of Jesus
I want to take you back to the point where Elijah cast his mantle upon Elisha, which meant that Elisha was called, apprehended for that ministry of succeeding his master after the master had gone up to heaven. Then there were those journeys of the two, th ... read more
When we come to this point in the Gospel we mark a further step in the apprehension of Christ. You will see how, in what seems to be a very matter-of-fact way, the narrative goes on - "And as he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth." We have fre ... read more
We are seeking to see what came in with the day of Pentecost, that is, the deeper and fuller meaning of what was introduced into this world on that day. We have been saying that it did mark a new day in this world's history. When we say 'day' we mean ... read more
Spiritual Understanding (Matthew 13)
Reading: Matthew 13:1-9, 11, 14-15, 19, 23, 51
You will probably note that one word occurs in all these varied verses - the word 'understanding' in its different forms. I have recently been very much impressed with the necessity for spiritual underst ... read more
Spiritual Warfare (Luke 22:34)
"If you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one" Luke 22:36.
Later on Jesus said to those same disciples, "Put your sword back into its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword" (Matthew 26:52). There must be a good explanation ... read more
Spiritual Warfare - Two Creations under Rival Authorities
"Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out" (John 12:31).
"I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing in me" (John 14:30).
"Finally, be strong in the Lord, and ... read more
Reading: 1 Corinthians 2
We now pass to the first letter to the Corinthians, and you will notice that the point in the letter marked by chapter 3 begins with the definite statement that the trouble at Corinth, the inclusive trouble, was spiritual immat ... read more
Spirituality the Key to All That is of God
"So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam a lifegiving spirit.... The first man is of the earth earthy: the second man is of heaven" (1 Cor. 15:45,47)
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is bo ... read more
Spirituality: The Key to all That is of God
A spiritual state is the key to all that is of God. Spirituality is the door, and the key to the door, beyond which lies everything that relates to God. Without spirituality there is no way through; the door is closed. The word ''cannot'' stands written ... read more
Spying Out the Land
On two occasions, when Israel was contemplating entering the Land of the Covenant and Promise, spies were sent over beforehand. The first was disastrous because it was the decision of the people governed by self-interest, and although Moses complied and t ... read more
Standing Firm in the Lord
"He made the boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood, standing up" (Exodus 36:20).
"Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand" (1 Kings 18:15).
"They stood every man in his place round about the camp" (Judges 7:21).
"Behold ... read more
Stephen - Thy Witness
An Appeal for Spiritual Christianity
Acts 22:20 (Acts 6 & 7)
It would be difficult to find a Christian who did not hold Stephen in very high esteem. The reading of the account of his martyrdom, as that of a young man of great gifts and unimpeachab ... read more
Stewardship (1 Corinthians 4:1,2)
"Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful." (1 Corinthians 4:1,2)
A steward is a man who, on the one hand, stands in a living rel ... read more
Subjection to Christ as Head
"In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and in him ye are made full" (Col. 2:9-10).
"And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence" (C ... read more
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh (for the weapons of OUR WARFARE are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strong holds) (2 Corinthians 10:34).
Although the Bible contains so much about t ... read more
Take Your Share
Reading: I Chronicles 15:1-2, II Timothy 2:1-3.
And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the ... read more
Taking Possession of the Heavenly Land
"And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversarie ... read more
The Abiding Vocation
Before going further with our main point there are two things that I want to say in parenthesis.
First, I want to correct a possible misunderstanding. The heavenly and spiritual Israel, which is the Church of Jesus Christ, is not an afterthought of God ... read more
The Absolute Necessity of Our Receiving the Holy Spirit
I want you to read with me two or three short passages of the Word of God:
"I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Holy Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of ... read more
The Advent Of The Holy Spirit
As we come to the sixth note in the octave, which is the advent of the Holy Spirit, we approach the matter, as before, with the question: Why the Holy Spirit? We know, of course, that the advent of the Holy Spirit inaugurated a new dispensation here on th ... read more
The All-Governing And Dominating Vision: The Seeing Of Jesus Our Lord
Lord, we have to appeal to Thee again for Thy compassion. What a pathetic thing it would be if we tried to do heavenly work with earthly means; Divine work in our own human strength. And that is just where we are now. We need Thy sympathy, Thy compassion, ... read more
The All-Inclusive Goal
Till we all attain unto... the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
Everything before this and after it in this Letter has its focus upon this clause. Do you ask, What is this whole Letter about? The answer is in four w ... read more
The All-Inclusive Object
So far we have been mainly negative in our approach to the "Letter to the Hebrews," albeit seriously so, and we shall find it necessary as we go on to constantly strike the note of what God's mind concerning His people is not.
In commissioning His s ... read more
The All-Inclusive "In"
There is no phrase or formula which occurs with greater frequency in the New Testament than this, "in Christ." It sometimes varies in translations when "by" and "through" and "with" are used, and sometimes in the original text it changes in form, ... read more
The Alpha and The Omega (Revelation 1:8)
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, which is and which was and which is to come, the Almighty" (Rev. 1:8).
"And He said unto me... I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End" (Rev. 21:6).
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, ... read more
The Altar (the Cross) Governs Everything
Ezekiel forty-three, in verses thirteen to twenty-seven, we have the great altar and its service. We will not read the whole section, but just the first verse of that section: "And these are the measurements of the altar by cubits (the cubit being a cubi ... read more
The Altar (The Cross) Governs Everything (Galatians 6:14)
Ezekiel forty-three, in verses thirteen to twenty-seven, we have the great altar and its service. We will not read the whole section, but just the first verse of that section: "And these are the measurements of the altar by cubits (the cubit being a cub ... read more
The Altar, The House, The Name
Let us now gather up in a positive presentation - even at the risk of some repetition - what we believe to be the essence and substance of that testimony for which the Lord has ever reacted, and would now react, in a day of declension. There are three wor ... read more