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 Everything Tested By This Inwardness - By: T. Austin-Sparks

"... that I might preach Him." Everything hangs on that. "It pleased God... to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him," or proclaim Him; underline the last word "Him," that goes to the heart of everything, that interrogates everything, that weighs up the value of everything, Him! Since Paul's day so very much of Christian activity has been the furthering of a movement, the propagating of a teaching, the furthering of the interests of an institution. It is not a movement, nor to establish a movement in the earth and to get followers, adherents, members, support. It is not an institution, even though we might call that institution the Church. The Church has no existence in the thought of God apart from the revelation of Jesus Christ, and it is judged according to the measure in which Christ the Son of God's love is in evidence by its existence. It is not a testimony, if by that you mean a specific form of teaching, a systematized doctrine. No, it is not a testimony. Let us be careful what we mean when we speak about "the testimony". We may have in our minds some arrangement of truth, and that truth couched in certain phraseology, form of words, and thus speak about "the testimony"; it is not the testimony in that sense. It is not a denomination, and it is not an "undenomination," and it is not an "interdenomination". It is not Christianity. It is not "the work" - oh, we are always talking about "the work": "How is the work getting on?" - we are giving ourselves to the work, we are interested in the work, we are out in the work. It is not a mission. It is Christ. "... that I might preach HIM." If that had remained central and pre-eminent all these horrible disintegrating jealousies would never have had a chance. All the wretched mess that exists in the organization of Christianity today would never have come about. It is because something specific in itself, either a movement, a mission, a teaching, a testimony, a fellowship, has taken the place of Christ. People have gone out to further THAT, to project THAT, to establish THAT. It would not be confessed, nevertheless it is true, that today it is not so much Christ as our work. It is true! Now beloved, an inward revelation is the cure of all that, and all that - am I saying too hard a thing, too sweeping a thing? - the existence of all that represents the absence of an adequate inward revelation of Christ. If Christ the Son of God's love is central and supreme in the heart of the believer so much else goes down, it must go down. Dividing things will go, insofar as they are things which are not controversies with the Lord. Controversies with God will divide, but those artificial things, those things resultant from man's activity and his projecting of himself, insinuating of himself into the interests of God, those things cannot abide where there is an adequate inward revelation of the Lord Jesus; they cannot be. These two things are before us: one, because of the revelation of Jesus Christ in our heart we have a passion for Him; on the other hand, because of the absence of a sufficient revelation of Christ in our hearts we are out for other things which we would say were in His interests, and for Him, but which can never, never satisfy God's heart. It is the satisfaction of the heart of the Father which is in view.

-T. Austin-Sparks, The Centrality and Supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ - Pages 14 and 15


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 Re: Everything Tested By This Inwardness - By: T. Austin-Sparks

“The Church has no existence in the thought of God apart from the revelation of Jesus Christ, and it is judged according to the measure in which Christ the Son of God's love is in evidence by its existence.”


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 Re: Everything Tested By This Inwardness - By: T. Austin-Sparks

Without Jesus Christ actually, living, dwelling and abiding within, all you have is dead religion.

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"Since Paul's day so very much of Christian activity has been the furthering of a movement, the propagating of a teaching, the furthering of the interests of an institution. It is not a movement, nor to establish a movement in the earth and to get followers, adherents, members, support. It is not an institution, even though we might call that institution the Church. The Church has no existence in the thought of God apart from the revelation of Jesus Christ, and it is judged according to the measure in which Christ the Son of God's love is in evidence by its existence."

Yes, Brothers Mike and Vern. I thought this section was the pinnacle - It is Christ. The Corporate Christ: Head and Body. Nothing more, nothing less. Anything that falls short of this revelation is not Christianity. As Brother Sparks used to say: "Christianity is Christ. Christ is Christianity."


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Without Jesus Christ actually, living, dwelling and abiding within, all you have is dead religion.



Amen, the Scriptures say that we have a "true religion" that is from above (James 1:27).

The living Christ, living through us. I saw a wonderful picture of the story of the man on the road to jericho. In the picture we see Jesus stooping down to serve and help the wounded man on the road. But as we look to see the wounded man's face we see it is also the face of Christ.

The inference and point of the picture is to show that when we serve the wounded man we are like Christ serving that man, its Christ's love through us.

And also we see that when we are serving the man, we are not just serving man but Jesus Himself just as the Lord shared in the parable in Matthew 25.


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