“Revelation or Religion” (Excerpt from Daily Open Windows – by T. Austin-Sparks)

Today’s entry from “Daily Open Windows“, the daily devotional of T. Austin-Sparks’ writings, is a poignant follow-up to the series just completed, “Traditions, Scripture and the Church“.  It was too good not to share!  (Note: the title, “Revelation or Religion” is my title for this post, not a title from the devotional.)

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November 14

I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8 NIV)

Man has constructed his own interpretations of Christianity and of truth, brought in his own systems and has confused things so much that you really do not know, unless you have clear discernment such as Nehemiah had, what is of God and what is not of God.  There are multitudes of good, honest, sincere Christian people who really are in the most awful fog as to what is of God and what is not of God religiously.  Man’s religious systems have brought about that confusion and multitudes of honest people believe with all their heart that the thing that they are in is of God, and it is just possible for them to get such an awakening to see the whole thing was man-made and not of God at all; “…much rubbish.”

Paul was one of those.  Reflect upon his past life, privileges, and inheritances which he at one time believed were so utterly and absolutely of God for him, and that he really was in God’s will.  He came to a time when he said: “The things which were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ… for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ”; and yet he was so devoted to all that as a traditional religious system in which he at one time was living as out from God, which had now become merely an outward thing of forms and external laws.  He believed, nevertheless, that it was all of God until the light shone, until he saw that in comparison with the fullness of Christ it was refuse.  It is a strong word that he uses; the word he uses is “stuff to be flung to the dogs.” Saul of Tarsus throwing his Judaism to the dogs!  He did it when he saw Christ.  You can never come out of the rubbish until you see Christ.

Ask the Lord to reveal to you the fullness of Christ and you will find things which have gripped and held you become as mere refuse, stuff to be flung to the dogs.  There was much rubbish in the place which once represented a clear line of division between what was of God and what was not of God; confusion, mixture.  I shall not attempt to apply that more thoroughly.  The Lord will have to show us by revelation what the rubbish is, but there is the simple statement and it contains a truth, and you and I will really have to ask the Lord to show us even in religious matters, where man ends and God begins, or where God ends and man begins, so that we shall be delivered from everything that man has imposed or added upon what is of God, and we shall be able to get right down to foundations, the rubbish being removed: and there is a very great deal of ecclesiastical rubbish about in these days that must go.  That is a real difficulty in recovering the full testimony of the Lord Jesus.
By T. Austin-Sparks from: Concerning Jerusalem  

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/001600.html

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I highly recommend the Daily Open Windows devotional which can be accessed, subscribed to by email, or downloaded for free from this page on The Online Library of T. Austin-Sparks. It may also be followed on the Daily Open Windows Facebook page. Check it out. It is excellent!

Please also see the series just completed, “Tradition, Scripture and the Church” – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5, which I truly feel is one of the most important series to date on this blog.

This excerpt will also be added shortly to the “Author’s Excerpts” section of this blog as a permanent page. You can find other excellent excerpts by T. Austin-Sparks, Watchman Nee, A.W. Tozer, Charles Spurgeon, and more there.

May God bless you as you continue to seek “the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus (our) Lord!”

All blessings in Him,
David

About David Bolton

Following Him who is the Way; Learning of Him who is the Truth; Living in Him who is the Life. - John 14:6
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5 Responses to “Revelation or Religion” (Excerpt from Daily Open Windows – by T. Austin-Sparks)

  1. john morris says:

    David, thank you so much for your labors and sharing. TAS is a little known jewel, I don’t know why. I can’t believe it took more than 20 years of being a christian, before I ever heard of him. And when I share his name with others it is so rare that anyone has ever heard of him. I just don’t get it. I find his website to be such a vast tool, and will labor the rest of my days on this earth to explore and read what he has written and shared.
    Also, to encourage you, this current series is some of the best blogging I have read. You could easily make this into a book. Thanks again for help keeping Christ central. John Morris.

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  2. David Bolton says:

    John, I agree wholeheartedly concerning Bro. Sparks. What a pure gold mine of wisdom and revelation are found in his writings. Unparalleled in my estimation. Thanks for your commendation of him. May others be encouraged to search him out as well who are unfamiliar with him!
    Thank you also for your encouragement concerning this recent series. It has been a desire in my heart for over a decade to write on this matter. Glad to have finally given it “birth”, and humbly blessed that it is resonating deeply with those who are reading. Your words are a great encouragement!
    All blessings, my brother!

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  3. Yes and amen. Great truths shared on here, David. 🙂

    May God reveal Himself more and more to us in the future so that we can enjoy His freedom from any religious bondage.

    Every divine blessing to you,
    Susanne

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    • David Bolton says:

      Thank you, Susanne. I’m glad these words by Bro. Sparks resonate in your heart with a big “Yes and amen”, even as they do in mine! The light of Christ shone through him brightly and we are tremendously blessed to partake of the revelation of Christ that He had now through his writings!

      I’m so glad I came across your blog a short while ago, and have been greatly encouraged by your writings (not to mention the substantial dialogues that have followed in the comments.) It is an honor to have your presence here on CCC and pray that you are similarly blessed!

      Grace and peace in Him!
      David

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