“Watchman, What of the Night?”

   Everyone who has read history, and especially Church history, knows how true it is that people have very often thought of their own time as being the most significant or even critical of all times. The language of crisis has characterized many periods and phases of human life and the course of the world. […]

“Whither the Tribes Go Up”

   (Psalm 122:4) "Gather my saints together" (Psalm 1:5)   It was a beautiful thought in the mind of God when, in His Divine economy, He prescribed for the periodic convocations of His people. Away back in the time of Moses He commanded that all the males in Israel should journey three times in every […]

“Thy Way Was in the Sea”

Reading: Psalm 77     The heading of this psalm shows that it was contributed by Asaph, who was David's choir master – the leader of the singers. Quite a number of psalms are attributed to him, and in this one he was in real trouble; he was a man of music who had lost […]

“This is the Message… Fellowship”

Reading: 1 John 1:1-2:1   John uses the phrase 'This is' ten times in his brief letter, and the first of his identification of things is this one in verse five: "This is the message which we have heard from him". And if you look to see what the message is, you will see that […]

“The Gospel Which We Preach”

"The Power of His Resurrection" "I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which ye also received, wherein also ye stand, by which also ye are saved… The word which I preached unto you." (1 Corinthians 15:1,2). "I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which was preached by me." […]

Christ the Power of God

By T. Austin-Sparks   "But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks,Christ the power of God…" (1 Corinthians 1:24).   "For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2).   In many ways the explanation of Christ being the power of God consists in […]

An Open Heaven

An Open Heaven by T. Austin-Sparks   "His servants shall serve him; and they shall see his face" Revelation 22:4   With the book of Genesis and the book of the Revelation we have the whole bound of human history and, as we read through the Scriptures, the matter which governs in this long record […]

Christ – All, And In All

Christ – All, And In All by T. Austin-Sparks   "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 pre-eminence" (Colossians 1:18).   "Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor […]

The Stones of Testing

The stone of testing by T. Austin-Sparks   Transcribed from a message given by T. Austin-Sparks in 1959. The spoken form has been retained verbatim. Words which were not clearly discernible or questionable have been enclosed in [square] brackets.   Our meditation for a few minutes will be in the book of Joshua, chapter 4: […]

The Revelation of the Father

The Revelation of the Father by T. Austin-Sparks   Reading: John 16:1-17:26   I want you just to pass your eye over that prayer again – "He said, Father… O Father… I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them… As thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee… Father, that which thou hast given […]

The Rest And The Courage Of Faith

The Rest And The Courage Of Faith by T. Austin-Sparks   "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God" (Heb 4:9).   "So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief" (Heb. 3:19).   "Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh […]

The Relevance of Christ

The Relevance of Christ by T. Austin-Sparks   The words "Christ shall be magnified in my body" (Philippians 1:20) not only provide the key to the epistle to the Philippians but also the secret of Paul's radiant and fruitful life. All through the four chapters he took pleasure in expressing his joyful appreciation of the […]

“The Lord is With Him”

"The Lord is With Him"   by T. Austin-Sparks   "Then answered one of the young men and said, Behold I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is skilful in playing, and a mighty man of valour, and a man of war, and prudent in speech, and a comely person; and the […]

“The Lord is Greater Than All”

   "The Lord is Greater Than All"   by T. Austin-Sparks   "THE LORD IS GREATER THAN ALL…"   That is the motto which we have taken to govern this year 1954. Under that all-embracing statement we have gathered three other aspects of His superior greatness.   The inclusive declaration – for such it was […]

The Importance and Value of God-given Vision

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The Holy Spirit and the Cross, the Church, and the Coming Again of the Lord Jesus

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Resurrection, the Hallmark of Sonship – 2

Resurrection, the Hallmark of Sonship – 2 by T. Austin-Sparks   "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 […]

“Here Am I; Send Me”

"I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us! Then said I, Here am I; send me." (Isaiah 6:8).   Whenever these words have been used in Christian circles – and they have been, and still are, very frequently employed – it is almost invariably in […]

Having Our Eyes Opened

"But their eyes were holden that they should not know him" (Luke 24:16). "And their eyes were opened, and they knew him" (Luke 24:31).   This is a negative and a positive side. On the negative side there is a word of very solemn warning to us all. Because "their eyes were holden" it was […]

Golden Snuffers

Reading: Exodus 37:17-24. "And he made the lamps thereof, seven, and the snuffers thereof, and the snuff-dishes thereof, of pure gold."   We have here the great vessel of light and testimony in the candlestick, which quite clearly is Christ in corporate expression, but Christ pre-eminently; and we have the oil for the light, which […]

“Gather My Saints Together”

"Gather my saints together unto me, those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice." (Psalm 50:5).   "Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him" (2 Thess. 2:1). "Not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting […]

Features of the City and Its Inhabitants

I can only remind you again of what a large place this has in the Word of God… "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might" (Ephesians 6:10): "Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 2:1, AV). Think again! If you want to understand why the […]

Faith’s Witness in a Dark Day

 Faith's Witness in a Dark Day by T. Austin-Sparks We are going to be occupied with the book of Daniel, but not with any one particular passage in it. You know that in that great summary of faith's devotion and activities in Hebrews 11, some referred to in this book are mentioned (though not by […]

“Even Barnabas”

"…even Barnabas was carried away with their dissimulation." (Galatians 2:13.)   What a pity that such painful and unhappy incidents should have been placed on record for all time! What a still greater pity that they should ever have happened at all, and that right at the heart of the Apostolic circle in those most […]

“Called. Chosen. Faithful.”

"These shall war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they also shall overcome that are with him, called and chosen and faithful." Revelation 17:14.   There is a sense in which these three words represent a graduation from one plane and […]

“By Faith…”

Reading: Heb. 10:37-39; 11:12:1-2.     In order rightly to appreciate and apprehend the value of this part of the letter, from the end of Chapter 10 through into Chapter 12, we have to remember the position in which these Hebrew believers were represented as being, or the position to which they were being called, […]

“By My Spirit”

Reading: Zechariah 4   The golden lampstand which Zechariah saw was the symbol of the divine testimony, the out-shining of the glory of God. Lying behind all God's activities with men, the very reason for man's creation, is His desire to display His glory. The human race, as a whole, failed to realise this grand […]

“But Ye…”

"And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within his own authority. But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the […]

“Because of the Blood of the Lamb”

(A Message as Spoken)     Reading: Zechariah 3:1-10; Revelation 12:1-12. "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life even unto death." (R.V.)   One clause of that verse sums up everything else and is sufficient – "because […]

A Vital Ministry in a Day of Transition

   ''Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord'' (Malachi 4:5). ''For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John." ''And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come'' (Matt. 11:13-14).   Elijah and John the […]

A Tragic Answer to Prayer (or The Tragedy of God’s Second-Best)

"He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls" (Psalm 106:15).   What a sad 'but' that is! It represents God's frustration and disappointment. It means that God has so left the decision and choice with man that He will not force or coerce. It points to the fact that God has a […]

A Right Thing Done in a Wrong Way

 (1 Chronicles 13-15)   The inclusion of this episode in the Chronicles of Israel has evidently a very definite purpose; it conveys a message which the "Israel of God" – the Church – has been, and still is, all too slow to take account of.   Precisely, it is this. A right thing done in […]

A Positive and Purposeful God

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light" (Genesis 1:1-3). "I beheld the earth, […]

A Peculiar Vessel

"For such a time as this" 1 Samuel 1.   The state of things today is very similar to that which existed at the beginning of the first book of Samuel. Three things in particular seem to stand out there as features of those days. The first was a formality in the things of God […]

A New Creation

The all-inclusive rule of the new creation is that "all things are of (out from) God." Concerning this fact the Apostle Paul uses the word "but" – "But all things are of God" – as though he would anticipate, intercept, or arrest an impulse to rush away and attempt life or service upon an old […]

A Man in the Glory

  Reading: Hebrews 2:5-12.     This portion of the Scriptures is a condensation of all that the Bible, and especially the New Testament, is about. It is a strange thing to say, yet it is quite true, that at this late hour in the New Testament dispensation our greatest need, as the people of […]

A Man in Heaven and Christ in You

  "Now when they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the […]

“A Man in Christ”

"I know a man in Christ" (2 Corinthians 12:2)   The object of our consideration is manhood in relation to the Lord's testimony, and for it we take a little phrase used by the apostle Paul about himself: "I knew a man in Christ". To it may be linked a few other simple phrases: "I […]

A Jigsaw Puzzle

   A Message to Young Christians – and Others "In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord" (Eph. 2:21).   "…for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of […]

“A House of Prayer For All People”

Reading: 2 Chronicles 6; Isaiah 56:6-7; Mark 11:17; Ephesians 6:18. "My house shall be called an house of prayer for all people."   The sixth chapter of the second book of Chronicles is a magnificent example and illustration of these words of the Prophet. In the dedication of the House by Solomon, prayer of a […]

A Holy Nation

  In the Gospel by Matthew, chapter 21, at verse 42: "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner: this was from the Lord, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The […]

A Heart for God’s Testimony

  That little romance – the Book of Ruth – stands as a link between the terrible spiritual tragedy – "Judges" – and God's reaction thereto in David. "Ruth" ends with "Boaz begat Obed; and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David." The beginning of 1 Samuel sees the terrible hang-over of "Judges" and reveals […]

A Good Man in Danger

  It was no small thing that Jesus should have said of a man "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile", thus marking him out as one apart from the majority of his nation, as being more spiritual than fleshly or carnal: a son of Israel rather than of Jacob. Further, it was […]

A God That Hideth Himself

  "Verily, Thou art a God that hidest Thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour" (Isa. 45:15)   It is as though the Prophet was suddenly overawed and struck with amazement at what he was being made to prophesy! In the midst of his ministry something of its wonder broke upon himself and he interjected […]

A Child Over the Nations

  Reading: Jeremiah 1   This title has nothing to do with a youth's conceited idea of his own importance, but the very reverse of any such idea, for it indicates how God selected a weak and insignificant instrument through whom He could bring His own throne to bear upon the nations. The rule committed […]