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Miles J. Stanford

Miles J. Stanford (1914 - 1999)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Miles J. Stanford in text and pdf format. Was a Christian author best known for his classic collection on spirituality, The Green Letters, published in 1964. Theologically, Stanford called himself Pauline and Dispensationalism. He drew upon the written ministries of William Newell, Lewis Sperry Chafer, and a number of the original Plymouth Brethren, in particular John Nelson Darby.

Because of Stanford's focus upon the doctrinal content of the Pauline Epistles, some evangelicals have erroneously identified him with hyper-dispensationalism. To address this, Stanford published numerous papers during the 1980s and 1990s clarifying the distinctive tenets of "Pauline Dispensationalism." A collection of fourteen papers were collected into his 1993 book of the same name. Stanford typically signed his letters with his hallmark salutation, "Resting in Him."

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"PEACE ON EARTH"‚Äč
      "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts " (Colossians 3:15). Peace does not, and cannot, exist in the fallen Adam life; and as long as the old man reigns within, there is going to be turmoil both within and without. The path of the Cross is alone the p ... read more

"RISE UP, MY LOVE"
      "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2). It is sad to have to say that the present-day Church is so earthy that it is of little earthly good. "Sir, we would see Jesus"! (John 12:21). "The great failure o ... read more

ACCESSIBILITY
      "For we. . . worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3) Failure to live the Christian life is due to one's utter inability, but it is all governed by the Father. He teaches us to bec ... read more

ACCUSATION‚Äč
      "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). There will be no standing against the enemy's accusations until we are firmly assured of, and settled on, the fact that our Father is at peace wit ... read more

AFFLICTION'S EFFECT‚Äč
      "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ " (Philippians 3:7). Our Father has many reasons for administering trial‚ÄĒ all good. Trial teaches us the futility of the old life, and the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus-our new life. ... read more

ALL GLORY TO GOD
      "Whether, therefore, ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God " (1 Corinthians 10:31). The present and eternal ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Son; the past, present, and future ministry of the Son is to glorify t ... read more

ANOTHER, ALTOGETHER
      "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him" (Matthew 17:5). Seeing the blackness of my heart provides the perfect backdrop for the bright and shining glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is my life. I am to be as well pleased with ... read more

Apostle Paul's Teaching on the Law
      The believer will remain in bondage as long as he does not know that through the Cross he has been delivered from the reign of the old man, the law, the world, and the Enemy. We have already discussed the Adam-life. In this chapter we will deal with the l ... read more

‚ÄčAPPLICABLE APPLICATION
      "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3). We have all cringed at the sad spectacle of the "nouveau riche." And yet many of us as believers present the same failure ... read more

BEHOLD, THE MAN!‚Äč
      "[God] hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus " (Ephesians 2:6). There aren't many truly happy Christians simply because there aren't many who really abide in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our risen Lord is t ... read more

BELOVED ENEMY
      "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree" (Galatians 3:13). The legal Christian considers the law to be his best friend who will enable him to live rig ... read more

BELOVED OBJECT
      "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:10). The Holy Spirit creates within us a hatred for the old nature, and a hunger for the new nature. Without a rejection of the old, there cannot be a projection of the new. "I want ... read more

BIRTH: SAVIOR; GROWTH: SPIRIT
      "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). We receive life by reliance upon the Savior; we grow in that life by reliance upon the Spirit. "Many think that because of faith they are cleared of everything be ... read more

BOLD BELIEF
      "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus" (Hebrews 10:19). We enter our Father's presence when we believe He has already positioned us there in His Son. "The Lord Jesus' work on the Cross gave us present ... read more

CALVARY'S SECRET‚Äč
      "Partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world" (2 Peter 1:4). We are to find out in Romans 6, through the gracious teaching of the Spirit of truth, all that happened to the Lord Jesus there on the Cross. Then we ... read more

CHRIST OUR POSITION
      "In [this] freedom Christ has made us free‚Äďcompletely liberated us; stand fast then" (Galatians 5:1, Amp.). We are never going to be able to stand before our Father in prayer and fellowship because we are fit in ourselves. We finally come to see that w ... read more

CHURCH PLIGHT
      "For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27). In regard to the external Cross, the obvious fact is that "Christ died for our sins." As to the internal Cross, while not so obvious, it is still a fact that we are to be ... read more

COUNTER-BALANCED‚Äč
      "Having therefore, brethren, boldness enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus" (Hebrews 10:19). Personal knowledge of and fellowship with our risen Lord Jesus is counter-balanced by personal knowledge of and fellowship in the death of the Cross. ... read more

CROSS PURPOSES
      "The Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard you from evil" (2 Thessalonians 3:3, R.V.). When once we see and accept His purpose for our lives to the extent that it becomes our will also, the details of His process cease to matter. "Thou ... read more

DETHRONEMENT
      "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty" (Galatians 5:13). Our "No" to the old will be absolutely ineffective unless we are standing upon the facts of the new. "At the Cross the old man was crucified and buried. When I plant my feet on that ... read more

DEVASTATING DEVIATION
      "Study to show thyself approved unto God" (2 Timothy 2:15a). There is as much error produced in failing to divide the Word at all, as there is in wrongly dividing it. "Covenant Theology (Law), at the utmost, is forgiveness of sins and divine favor e ... read more

DIVINE LAYAWAY‚Äč
      "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12). In faith we apprehend the growth truths; in fact the Lord Jesus appr ... read more

EDIFYING EQUILIBRIUM‚Äč
      "That ye may be blameless and harmless, children of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:15). There should be neither undergrowth, nor overgrowth, but balanced gr ... read more

FILIAL FAITH
      "He (the Spirit) maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God" (Romans 8:27). Neither the Lord Jesus nor the Holy Spirit ever thought of willing or praying outside the will of God the Father. Neither will we, while we walk in the Spi ... read more

FREE-BORN
      "For I through the law died unto the law, that I might live unto God " (Galatians 2:19, ASV). No true believer expects the Law to give life, yet many expect it to govern life. Too few realize that their death on the Cross separated them from the entire ... read more

FREELY COME; FREELY ABIDE‚Äč
      "That our God may make you worthy of His call, and by His power fully satisfy your every desire for goodness" (2 Thessalonians 1:11a, Wms.). If we are born into the Lord Jesus by sheer grace, surely He can manifest Himself in us on the same principle ... read more

FROM EXPOUNDER TO EXPONENT
      "Now we have received. . . the Spirit who is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God "(1 Corinthians 2:12). The Holy Spirit ministers the truth of the Word via the mind, that we may share the One who is Truth via the ... read more

FROM HERE TO THERE
      "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ" (Philippians 3:7). When we finally understand that the Lord Jesus is our life, we, with Paul, no longer think in terms of things. "Every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, ... read more

FROM LAW TO LIFE
      "Oh, wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Romans 7:24). As sinners, the law revealed our need of deliverance from the penalty of sin; as believers, the law reveals our need of deliverance from the power of sin. ... read more

GRACE AND MERCY‚Äč
      "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). If and when the trial comes, you will find Him waiting there. "We should always be prepared for circumstances that will arise, and for bless ... read more

GRATUITOUS GRACE‚Äč
      "Sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law but under grace" (Romans 6:14). Grace forsaken is freedom forfeited. "In considering the whole testimony of the Bible, it is almost as important for the believer who would do the wi ... read more

GROUNDWORK‚Äč
      "Ye have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). When we rely upon and cater to the old man, that ground produces "the works of the flesh" (Galatians 5:19-21). But as we abide in the risen Lord Jesus, that new ground of our p ... read more

GUARDED AND GUIDED‚Äč
      "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). How difficult it is for the hungry heart to adjust to the Father's pace. He is so deliberate and thorough, while our need is so pressing and para ... read more

HAND-HEWN‚Äč
      "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous" (Hebrews 10:11a). You will be prepared, but never pierced, by the nail-pierced Hand. "Sufferings are for chastening (child-training). And chastening is from love, a token of ou ... read more

HE DARES TO DISCIPLINE!
      "My son, do not think lightly of the Lord's discipline, and do not faint when he corrects you" (Hebrews 12:6, Wey.). Most of us sought to avoid our natural father's discipline, when he sought to administer it. And most of us seek to avoid our heavenl ... read more

HEART AFFECTION
      "If ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1). Spiritual hunger and thirst are fulfilled in the Lord Jesus, while at the same time they are enlarged for more of ... read more

HEART TO HEART
      "That I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12). Our spiritual puppy-love is soon lost, to be replaced through the years by our bridal-love. The bride always gravitates to her Bridegroom. "My beloved spo ... read more

HEAVEN, OR EARTH
      "Having. . . boldness to enter into the Holiest" (Hebrews 10:19). We are to draw nigh in faith where we already are in position. "Instead of the priest coming out to bless, as in Judaism, we are to go in for blessing. There are no barriers now. ... read more

HIDDEN TO REVEAL
      "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). As we walk in the Spirit, worship in the Spirit, and pray in the Spirit, we shall come to know, not the Spirit, but the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord ... read more

HIS CROSS -- OUR CROSS
      "He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him. . . take up his Cross daily " (Luke 9. 23). We go all the way to Calvary in faith and there find ourselves identified with the Lord Jesus in His death and resurrection. And Calvary comes all ... read more

HIS WAY AND TIME
      "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of Cod." (Colossians 1:10). When once we see and accept our Father's purpose for our lives to the extent that it becomes our wi ... read more

IMITATING IS IMITATION
      "For to me to live is Christ" (Philippians 1:2l). Once we learn the truth of our union with the Lord Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit's indwelling, any attempt to imitate Christ will be seen for what it is: unscriptural, and futile. "Our Father is goin ... read more

IMITATING IS IMITATION‚Äč
      "For to me to live is Christ" (Philippians 1:2l). Once we learn the truth of our union with the Lord Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit's indwelling, any attempt to imitate Christ will be seen for what it is: unscriptural, and futile. "Our Father is goin ... read more

LET GOD BE GOD!
      "Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God" (Philippians 1:11). It goes without saying that Christianity is a vertical relationship with the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. But a ... read more

LIBERATED FROM LAW‚Äč
      "In Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature" (Galatians 6:15). "The law is not our 'rule of life' for the simple reason that it was the Israelite's. The Christian not being a Jew, the law is not for ... read more

LIFELESS LAW
      "For if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law" (Galatians 3:21). Paul devoted two full chapters to establish our freedom from the fallen Adam. Romans Six sets forth our freedom from t ... read more

LOOK AND LIVE!
      "But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord " (2 Corinthians 3:18). As the plant to the sun, we look to the Son for growth! "W ... read more

LOVE'S ETERNALITY‚Äč
      "The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God " (2 Thessalonians 3:5). Between the activity of the old man and the accusations of Satan, we often find it very difficult to believe and understand that God is lovingly and legally on our side, both no ... read more

LOVE'S LEGACY
      "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:6). Ignorance insures insecurity; scriptural knowledge secures strength. "For God hath not given us the s ... read more

LOVED, TO LOVE
      "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ " (Ephesians 1:3). His love is mine when I know what He did for me; my love is His when I know who He is to me-He who i ... read more

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