Excerpts from “Prophetic Ministry” (3) – by T. Austin-Sparks

“In the old dispensation everything had to be told to the people.  They had to get it secondhand from someone else; it was never their own, it was not original.  In the new dispensation of the Holy Spirit, the thing was in themselves; the root of the matter was in them.  But Christianity has become very largely a system which has reverted to the level of the old dispensation.  That is, so many Christians have their lives based upon addresses and sermons and going to meetings and being told by other people.  How many Christians do you find today who are really living in the good of a throbbing, personal revelation of Jesus Christ?  I do not think that is an improper question.  The great need of our day is for the people of God to be re-established on the basis upon which the Church was founded in the beginning, a Holy Ghost basis; and the very beginning of that basis is this – not to have a lot of information given to Christians, but that the Christians should have the faculty of spiritual sight within them, should have the capacity for seeing, and should themselves be seeing.  Can you say: ‘My eyes are open; I am seeing God’s eternal purpose, I am seeing the significance of Christ; I am seeing more and more as to the Lord Jesus’?  Unless it is like that, we shall leave the Holy Ghost behind, and we shall have to turn round and go back to find Him where we left Him, because a life in the Holy Ghost right up to date is a life of continually increasing vision.” (Chap. 9, pg. 129-130)

Related posts and pages:
Our Deepest Convictions
Shaped by God’s Eternal Purpose 
Christ the Center – Pt.1: “A Copernican-Style Revelation and Revolution”


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“Prophetic Ministry” – online

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