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Personality Complexes

July 8, 2015

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When we launch out into the characteristics at Corinth, we come almost immediately on this: personality complexes.

I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ (I Corinthians 1:12).

You tell me that we are not capable of that – making even a servant of God, a greatly used servant of God – making him the focal point, the pivot around whom we circle – his way of teaching that appeals to me, his interpretation, his personality.

Oh, do not talk about personalities; they may have been used to your help; you may owe a lot to the Lord because of them, but do not be constantly bringing them into view. Paul will argue back and say,

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed (3:5).

Let the instrument recede into the background, and let Christ come to the fore; be occupied with Him. We must drop all that personality complex business which in the development only means division in the Body of Christ. We must restrain from this sort of thing, for this is moving along the wrong line.

Dear friends, the Church of Jesus Christ is not an “it.” It is not a system of teaching. It is not something ecclesiastical. It is not an institution. (Oh, I thank God for the day when He showed me this.)

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
The Great Transition



July 7, 2015

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Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done (Luke 22:42).

Often, we don’t know what’s really best. What seems to us like a great heartache and devastating loss, God has in His love and wisdom determined to be to our advantage.

As our Lord Jesus Christ faced the agonizing prospects of Calvary, it caused Him tremendous trepidation. His entire being recoiled at the thoughts of what He was about to face and experience. It produced deep agony in His heart and soul.

And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44).

His prayer to Father was for deliverance, that the cup of Calvary would pass from Him; but this would not be Father’s will. Father had a grander plan that included a journey up Golgotha’s shameful hill – and Father always knows best.

All of us who know the result of the story are thankful that God did not allow this cup to pass from our Lord. Indeed, this cup was at the center of Father’s purpose for the ages. We are thankful that our Lord Jesus Christ didn’t resist Father’s will, but rather learned obedience to His all-knowing, all-wise and all-loving destiny.

Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered (Hebrews 5:8).

He humbled Himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the stake (Philippians 2:8).

We, too, as sons of God, are being fashioned into the image of Christ, for this is our divine destiny (Romans 8:29; I Corinthians 15:49; Philippians 3:21; I John 3:2); and we, like Christ, must learn obedience through suffering. This is Father’s path to glory, for us as well as it was for Christ.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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