I’m excited to share with you a new section to the blog that I have recently added: “Author Excerpts“. These are permanent pages highlighting short excerpts from significant authors whose writings powerfully express the heart of God concerning the centrality and supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ in all things.
Presently there are excerpts from:
T. Austin-Sparks – a man of immense spiritual vision and passion for the centrality and supremacy of Christ in all things.
Frank Bartleman – a radically Christ-centered man who travailed in the birthing of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Azusa Street, Los Angelos in 1904.
Devern Fromke – a prophetic teacher whose books capture the apostolic vision of the eternal purpose of God in Christ.
Watchman Nee – a Chinese apostolic worker and teacher whose life, ministry and teachings were thoroughly centered in the Lord Jesus Christ and the eternal purpose of God in Him.
Charles Spurgeon – Known as the “Prince of Preachers”, who, in his extensive preaching and teaching, was consistently and passionately Christ-centered.
For this bi-weekly post, I’ve decided to share and commend the excellent writings of these great men to you for your edification. The selections have been carefully chosen for their spiritual content and focus. I believe you will be greatly enriched by them.
This section will be updated periodically with new pages and authors so please check back occasionally. To access this section any time, you may click the “Author Excerpts” tab in the black header bar at the top of the page. You may also follow the links provided in this post above and at the end of the included excerpt to navigate to the pages.
To introduce this section, I have attached a sample excerpt from the writings of T. Austin-Sparks.
May you be blessed by this and the other pages. ~David
Excerpt From “The Purpose of God” – By T. Austin-Sparks
“It is of immense help, in contemplating the manifold activities and energies of God, to be able to gather everything into one inclusive, comprehensive, and concrete issue. The Bible, from Genesis to the Revelation, covers a wide range and includes a vast amount of matter, but it has one all-governing and conclusive objective. The purpose of God is one, and only one. It is always referred to in the singular; ”Called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). “According to the purpose…” (Eph. 1:11). “According to the eternal purpose” (Eph. 3:11). “According to His purpose and grace” (2 Tim. 1:9). It is not a variety or number of things; it is just one.
And what is the one, single, comprehensive purpose? The answer is Christ! “His Son, Jesus Christ.” And when we ask further, What about His Son? The answer is, to have Him fill all things and to have all things in Him. That this is so is made clear in the definite statements of Scripture; ”In Him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible… all things have been created through Him, and unto Him.” ”For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in Him should all the fullness dwell” (Col. 1:16,19). ”Whom He appointed heir of all things, through Whom also He made the worlds (ages).” (Heb. 1:2)
So, then, in the counsels of God, all things must head up in Christ. God’s occupation is with bringing Christ in, and bringing into Christ. If we would be “God’s fellow-workers”, this must be our single-eyed aim and business. This defines precisely the purpose of the Church.”