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The School of Christ

By T. Austin Sparks

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Acts 17:11
"...they received
the word
with all readiness
of mind,
and searched
the scriptures daily,
whether those things
were so."

The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.
A. W. Tozer

"We shall find, when we reach the end of life, that all which God has done, however dark and mysterious it may have appeared at the time, was so connected with our good as to make it a proper subject of praise and thanksgiving."
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Previous Editor's Notes:     "INDEX"     by Randy Munter

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Previous Editor's Notes
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"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet..." Isaiah 58:1

"But speaking the truth in love..." Ephesians 4:15



Hypocritical Oath       * Featured Notes *
"I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation."   Psalms 40:8-10

The Want for True Leadership
"Where are the apostolic leaders who can put God's people to praying? Let them come to the front and do the work, and it will be the greatest work which can be done. None but praying leaders can have praying followers. Praying apostles will beget praying saints. A praying pulpit will beget praying pews."

Hope Deferred
Of all the Christian virtues, hope is in the top three. "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity" (1 Corinthians 13:13). So great a virtue is hope, that without it Paul says, "we are of all men most miserable" (1 Corinthians 15:19).

The Holy One
The first lesson in holiness is that God and God alone is holy. No amount of effort on our part, no amount of sacrifice, no amount of works on our part will even scratch the surface of true holiness. I've seen men go to great lengths to convince others just how holy they are. Fact is, those who profess to be holy in this way have the least amount of holiness of all as genuine holiness bears with it the mark of deep humility.

Spiritual Discernment
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."   (I Corinthians 2:12)

Where No Oxen Are
Albert Barnes noted "Labor has its rough, unpleasant side, yet it ends in profit. So also, the life of contemplation may seem purer, ‘cleaner’ than that of action. The outer business of the world brings its cares and disturbances, but also ‘much increase.’ There will be a sure reward of that activity in good works for him who goes, as with "the strength of the ox," to the task to which God calls him."

Joshua and the End Time Christian
"And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so." Joshua 5:13-15

Taking the Name of the LORD in Vain
I believe the third commandment to be the most misunderstood of the ten given to Moses upon Sinai. I've heard everything from, "don't use God's name when you cuss", to "be reverent in God's house", to "don't make foolish vows". While these things are all true, there is a far greater truth to this commandment.

And the Door was Shut
There are few scripture more descriptively final than this. They that were ready went in, and then the door was shut sealing the fate of countless millions for all eternity. Solomon made it just as plain when he said, "...in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be."   Ecclesiastes 11:3

To This Man Will I Look
"Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."   (Isaiah 66:1-2)

Knowledge
Scripture has much to say about knowledge, both profitable knowledge, "...put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:"  Colossians 3:10,  and unprofitable knowledge, "Having a form of godliness... Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth"  II Timothy 3:5 & 7.

Preach Christ Crucified
The message of the cross is death to self (carnal nature), and life to the new (born again) man. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; (is made alive) the flesh profiteth nothing..." (John 6:63) The true Church is spiritual, but she is suffocating because she is so full of self, she is without power to do spiritual battle.

Abide in Me
The life of the Christian is in the abiding life of Christ, we in Christ and Christ in us. Few really come to understand and live this kind of abiding life. Yet it is its simplicity that aludes most who would go there. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."  (John 15:7). The power to ask and recieve is in the abiding, the answer to all life's perplexing questions are in the abiding... Eternal life itself is in the abiding. Why then are there so few who abide?

The Great Commandment
Man has made the will of God so very complex through his arguments and debates over scripture. But in a single verse Jesus sums up the whole will of God toward man; to Love Him. It is only through this genuine love for God, that all other commandments can be obeyed to the satisfaction of God. Jesus said, this is the greatest commandment of all.

A Better Resurrection
"...they loved not their lives unto the death, when the love of life stood in competition with their loyalty to Christ; they loved not their lives so well but they could give them up to death, could lay them down in Christ's cause; their love to their own lives was overcome by stronger affections of another nature..."

Simeon – and the End Time Church
"And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple..."   Luke 2:25-35

Awake thou that Sleepest!
You would have to be spiritually numb not to comprehend the spiritual significance of world events today. It is a freighting, yet exciting time we live in. The Bible is literally unfolding prophecy before our very eyes. Yet their are countless millions who profess Christ as their Lord who have little to no understanding as to what is going on around them, who are asleep to spiritual things.

Spiritual Violence
The true Christian life is not for the faint hearted, nor the spiritual sluggard. Every line of scripture breathes with a violent spiritual assault against darkness, and a militant pressing into the kingdom of God. The apostle Paul calls the Word of God our sword, and our faith a shield. You are commanded to, "...take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day..."   Ephesians 6:13.

A Zeal of God
"For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge."   Romans 10:2   The church today is literally a smorgasbord of religion. There is something for everyone, of course to make it palatable, we had to cut away the excess truth that was too hard to swallow.

Abiding in Christ
We lack much because we abide little. The key to the spiritual realm is the abiding. All of the power, wisdom and knowledge of Christ was summed up in this, "...I am in the Father, and the Father in me ... he doeth the works." (John 14:10)

Called, But Not Chosen
"For many are called, but few are chosen."  (Matthew 22:14)  There is no way that a vessel full of the filth of this world can bear the holiness of God. The vessel must be emptied and purged, seperated from the world, these are the chosen.

Subtle Abominations
"These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."   Proverbs 6:16-19

He Restrained Them Not
"For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. " I Samual 3:13   Eli was judged of God because he not only knew of his son's corruption, but did nothing to stop it. And though their corruption was an abomination before God, Eli did not remove his son's from the priesthood.

Holiness and Sanctification
"We Christians must stop apologizing for our moral position and start making our voices heard, exposing sin as the enemy of the human race and setting forth righteousness and true holiness as the only worthy pursuits for moral beings."   A. W. Tozer

Omitting the Weightier Matters
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel."   Matthew 23:23-24

Run That Ye May Obtain
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." I Corinthians 9:24     "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course..." Acts 20:24

The Mystery of Faith
Open your Bible to the very first book and read the very first verse, it reads, "In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth." Now to the carnal man this is ludicrous. How can a man grasp the improbability of such an impossible task as to create the heaven and earth, and do it all out of nothing? Herein lies the mystery of Faith.

Preach Christ Crucified
The message of the cross is death to self (carnal nature), and life to the new (born again) man. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; (is made alive) the flesh profiteth nothing..." (John 6:63) The true Church is spiritual, but she is suffocating because she is so full of self, she is without power to do spiritual battle.

Fear - Faith's Great Hindrance"Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."   II Timothy 1:6-7

If Not, Be It Known
"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Daniel 3:16-18

Walk in the Spirit
"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."   Galatians 5:16-17

We Shall Give An Account
"...we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."   Romans 14:10-12

Simeon and the End Time Church
"And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple..."   Luke 2:25-35

Enter into the Holiest
We treat God with less dignity than our nieghbor. We enter His house dressed like slobs in jeans, T shirts and even shorts. We live a life of sin then come and act like saints in His presence as if He was too old or ignorant to know the difference. We do all this, then imagine ourselves entering into the holy of holies, into the presence of the King.

Spiritual Violence
The true Christian life is not for the faint hearted, nor the spiritual sluggard. Every line of scripture breathes with a violent spiritual assault against darkness, and a militant pressing into the kingdom of God. The apostle Paul calls the Word of God our sword, and our faith a shield.

Constrained by Love
Through the question of a cold religious Pharisee, came forth an answer from our Lord so profound as to separate all religious activity from true fellowship with God. "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" To this deep "theological question" Jesus gives this simple answer, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment."   (Matthew 22:36-38)

He Restrained Them Not
"For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not."  (I Samual 3:13) I tell you brethren with a broken heart that this very same judgment rests upon our Church leadership today.

Fear – Hindrance to Revival
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear..."   (Luke 21:25-26)

The Lord Reigneth!
Whatever opposition may arise, His throne is unmoved; He has reigned, does reign, and will reign forever and ever. All things are ordered according to his eternal purposes, and His will is done without question, without hesitation and without opposition.

I Will Glory in the Cross
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."   (Galatians 6:14)

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