Austin-sparks Release of the Lord

Austin-sparks Release of the Lord explains God releasing Jesus Christ to do the work of salvation, and various factors in that work, Power of the name, etc.

Austin-sparks Release of the Lord explains God releasing Jesus Christ to do the work of salvation, and various factors in that work, Power of the name, etc.

The Release of the Lord (Third Edition)

by T. Austin-Sparks

The book entitled “The Release of the Lord” was first published in 1929. It contained 7 chapters which were subsequently edited by Mr Sparks and republished as 5 chapters in the AWAT magazine in 1945, then again as 3 editorials in 1957. In later years he rewrote the remaining chapters. Of the original 7 chapters, chapters 1-4 were republished as a series of 3 editorials in 1957 (these are chapters 1-3), chapter 5 was republished in 1969 (now chapter 4), chapter 6 in 1970 (now chapter 5), and chapter 7 (now chapter 6) in 1962. Since all the chapters of the book were eventually re-written and republished by Mr Sparks, we have presented them once again as a complete collection of messages. We have also included his concluding chapter from the 1945 version which was not in the original 1929 publication.

Chapter 1 – The Release of the Lord and the Testimony of Jesus
Chapter 2 – The Starting-place of the Testimony in Every Nation
Chapter 3 – The Power of the Name
Chapter 4 – The Testimony of the Blood
Chapter 5 – Equipment for the Ministry
Chapter 6 – The Cross and the Ministry of Money
Chapter 7 – Revival or Reformation

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Chapter 1 – The Release of the Lord and the Testimony of Jesus

During a recent visit to the Far East I was told by a responsible servant of God of the influence and value of a little book which was our first publication, and has long been out of print. Strangely also the question has recently come up from other directions as to whether this booklet could be reproduced. On reading it through again, while there are some things which we would not publish in exactly the same words today, there seems to be much that is very up-to-date and may very well have a message for this time – more than thirty years after its first issue.
I therefore propose to give the substance of some of the chapters in a short series of Editorials or Leaders. The title of the book was –

The Release of the Lord

Here then is the first part.

Isa 61:1-3 (Lev 25:10); Luk 12:49-50; Luk 4:18-19; Act 2:1.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”
“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”

“I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”

The book which is known to us as “The Acts of the Apostles,” and sometimes “The Acts of the Holy Spirit,” might truly be named—

The Release of Jesus Christ.

Luke introduces it with the observation that he had earlier written the beginnings of the acts and teaching of Jesus; implying that continuation is now his object and purpose. But what a change! The former activities were bounded and limited by time and space, and, at best, covered but a few square miles of Syrian soil. For the most part Omnipresence was in chains, except for a few breakings through of power at a distance. The activities and teaching were almost entirely limited to a people of one nation and tongue. Then, by outward urge, persuasion, and encouragement, He caused His wishes to be carried out; and to the dull minds of the spiritually unquickened He gave His spiritual treasures; explanations and reasons being necessary to confidence. Then, the necessity was laid upon Him of a very slow disillusionment and unfolding as to what form the end of the phase would take, because of the controlling personal interests, even in the inner circle. Pride, ambition, doubt, malice, self-assertiveness, self-confidence, self-realization, self-defense, like barbed wires, circled around and wounded Him whenever He sought to move forward. Ever conscious from the beginning that world-dominion was His as “Heir of all things,” yet He had not a place to lay His head, and to be “crucified through weakness” was to be His portion.

What a change! Now He has shaken off all His chains. Time and space no longer have any power over Him.

Geography, the material things, Satan, demons, men, nations, thrones, all have been fully stripped off by Him. Now, by an inward dynamic, in spite of every threat and peril, men and women are moving out in every direction with a passion for the glory of His Name. Now, not as an historic figure, known “after the flesh,” but, by an inward revelation of transcendent magnitude, He is known after the Spirit. Now, the once dreaded, unacceptable, offending Cross is all their glory. Now, suffering reproach has supplanted pride; selfless, disinterested sacrifice takes the place of ambition; a mighty energizing faith—not their own—has destroyed doubt; they lay down their own lives gladly and suffer the loss of all things for that Name.

In one strategic stroke He begins with a multitude representing “every nation under heaven.” See how this fire spreads without artificial and forced agencies.

In the year 33 A.D., a few Galilean fishermen were seeking liberty of speech in Jerusalem, and were severely handled as men poor and ignorant.

In the year that Paul died, how did the matter stand? There were churches in Jerusalem, in Caesarea, in Antioch and all Syria, in Galatia, in Ephesus, Sardis, Laodicea and throughout the west coast of lesser Asia, in Phillippi, Thessalonica, Athens, Corinth, Rome, Alexandria, in the chief cities of the islands and the mainland of Greece, and the western Roman colonies.

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