Austin-Sparks All things in Christ

Austin-Sparks All things in Christ

Austin-Sparks All things in Christ is a single chapter, article on how all things in creation relate to Christ.

Austin-Sparks All things in Christ is a single chapter, article on how all things in creation relate to Christ.

All Things in Christ

by T. Austin-Sparks

We take the Epistles and we think of them as having to do within the building of the Church and the churches, the superstructure of Christianity, and so we take the technique of the Acts and the Epistles as a technique, as a system of doctrine and a system of practice, a system of Christian order, and the Epistles become, and have become for so many and for Christianity in general, a crystallized system of practice, order, form, teaching; and the weakness in the whole position is just this, that that is something as in itself and the Lord Jesus has just been missed and lost. I wonder if you detect what I mean by that?

You see, the Holy Spirit’s way is to take Christ and open up Christ, to the heart, and show that Christ is a heavenly order; not that the Epistles set forth as a manual a heavenly order, but that Christ is that order, and everything in the matter of order has to be kept immediately in relation to the living Person.

If it becomes some thing, then it becomes an earthly system; and you can make out of the Epistles a hundred different earthly systems all built upon the Epistles. They will support any number of different systems, different interpretations, represented by Christian orders here, and the reason is that they have been divorced from the Person.

You see, beloved, there are numerous things, numerous subjects, themes, teachings. There is “the kingdom of God”, there is “sanctification”, there is “eternal life”, there is “the victorious life”, “the overcomer” or “the overcoming life”, there is “the second coming of Christ”.

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