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 All Things By and Through Christ - Sparks

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

What is abiding? Abiding in Christ, as we have often said, is the opposite of abiding in ourselves. To abide in ourselves is simply to try to do this living, and this working for the Lord, of ourselves; asking the Lord to help us to do it, instead of recognizing that a Life wholly pleasing to God has been lived and that faith appropriates that accomplishment in Christ. Abiding in Christ is simply doing everything, meeting everything as out from Christ. It is a sure ground. There is no need for question and reasoning: "Can it be done? Can I do it?" Or, "I am not sure about it." It is done. The Lord Jesus has met everything that you or I will meet, and in all things has done what is needful. That is available to faith, and faith says, "Well, in myself the thing would be absurd, and to attempt the thing would be ridiculous; as to myself it would be folly to contemplate it. But it can be done, because it is done; I can meet this demand, and I can stand up to that one; I can go through with this, and I can do that – 'I can do all things ("all" is a big word) through Christ, which strengtheneth me.'" It is what Christ is as our secret source of strength, of sustenance, of nourishment.

This is a school, and we learn this lesson in a progressive way. He learned, and we learn, though in our case there is a difference to be noted. We are learning to draw upon the fullness which He consummated, working out from a fullness as we press onward to the goal. We are learning how to come back to a fullness, He moved on toward a fullness. The Cross for Him was the end, for us it is the beginning. We have to learn how to come back to His fullness and we learn progressively, step by step, like little children, first of all learning to walk and to talk. Like them we are confronted with things which we have never done or even attempted before, things which are all new and strange; a new world, sometimes a very terrible world. The contemplation of taking his first step to a little child is a most terrifying proposition. You and I are brought into this realm of faith, wherein the simplest thing at the beginning, the taking of a first step, is sometimes fraught with horror for us. But there are arms stretched out, and those arms now represent for us the accomplishment of what is required of us, the thing is done. The strength is there, available for the matter in hand, a strength which has been proved. Recognizing those arms and trusting, taking the step, we learn to walk by Christ, to live by Christ; and the next time we shall be able to go a bit further. Each time capacity is being enlarged and we are coming to a fuller measure of maturity.


By T. Austin-Sparks from: The Risen Lord and the Things Which Cannot be Shaken - Chapter 7


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 Re: All Things By and Through Christ - Sparks

Good stuff brother Mike, thanks for sharing these excerpts from brother Sparks:)

Have you ever replaced or exchanged biblical terms?
Like replacing "love" with "Jesus" or "God" in 1 Corinthians 13 and just reading through the text it gives a whole new aspect,... a deepening if you will-

In the above text replace "Christ" with "fellowship with God" and just read through the text.... it's a simple but quite profitable exercise :)


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Have you ever replaced or exchanged biblical terms?
Like replacing "love" with "Jesus" or "God" in 1 Corinthians 13 and just reading through the text it gives a whole new aspect,... a deepening if you will-

Amen Fletcher!

God is love, God is light, and Jesus is the
way, the truth, and the life.

A book that would be a real blessing to
you is "Christ the Sum of All Spiritual
Things." by Watchman Nee.

Excerpt From “Christ the Sum of All Spiritual Things” – by Watchman Nee
“The characteristic of Christianity lies in the fact that its source, depth, and riches are involved with the knowledge of God’s Son. It matters not how much we know of methods or doctrines or power. What really matters is the knowledge of the Son of God. Knowing God’s Son is the way, knowing God’s Son is the truth, and knowing God’s Son is the life. Our power comes from knowing His Son. All that God gives to us is His Son, not a lot of things. Hence the whole question lies in knowing God’s Son.” (Chap. 1, Pg. 8)


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Ha! That's one Nee book I don't have... but perhaps I should read it:)


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