“There must be a faculty for seeing before there can be an object seen, but, having the faculty, you must have an object to see; and the object is – what? What was the thing that came to the perception, the recognition, of people, when the Holy Ghost came? What did they begin to see? They began to see the significance of Jesus Christ, and there is one very familiar phrase which indicates what that is – “the eternal purpose”. They are one and the same thing – the significance of Christ, and God’s eternal purpose. The purpose of God from eternity is concerning His Son – the place that His Son holds in the very universe according to God’s mind; the tremendous comprehensiveness of Christ; the tremendous implications of the very being and existence of Christ; the tremendous consequences that are bound up with Jesus Christ. They did not see it all at once, but they began to see the Lord Jesus. They began to see that this was not just a man among men, not just the man of Galilee. No, He is infinitely greater than that, overwhelming. This mighty impact of a meaning about Jesus Christ is too big to hold, so great that you cannot grasp it. It is overwhelming and devastating. They began to see that; that was their vision. Out of that vision everything else came. Look at them and hear them, recognize what a new and great Christ they have found, what a significant Christ He is, how everything is bound up with Him. All destiny is centered in Him; He is the only consequence.” (Chap. 9, pg. 127-128)
Related posts and pages:
Our Deepest Convictions
Shaped by God’s Eternal Purpose
Christ the Center – Pt.1: “A Copernican-Style Revelation and Revolution”
In keeping with T. Austin-Sparks’ wishes that what was freely received should be freely given and not sold for profit, and that his messages be reproduced word for word, we ask if you choose to share these messages with others, to please respect his wishes and offer them freely – free of any changes, free of any charge (except necessary distribution costs) and with this statement included.