The Holy Spirit, the Church, and the Nations

by T. Austin-Sparks

First published in "A Witness and A Testimony" magazines, 1957-1958.
Vols. 35-6 through 36-6.

Chapter 1 - Introductory
No Church or Christianity Without the Holy Spirit - Fundamental Principles Underlay the 'Acts' of the Spirit - The Church at the Beginning and Now - The Lord Would Continue His Original Work

Chapter 2 - The Person, and the Work, of the Holy Spirit
What the Holy Spirit is Not - What the Holy Spirit Is - What the Holy Spirit Did NOT Come to Do - What the Holy Spirit Came to Do.

Chapter 3 - The Spirit of Christ's Character
The Holy Spirit Inseparable From Christ - Securing Christ's Place in this World - The Real Meaning of Being 'Filled With the Spirit' - The Character of Christ - "The World Knew Him Not" - 'Made Perfect Through Sufferings' - The Conflict of Two Natures - The Spirit of Truth - Man a False, Deceived Creature - Our Need for Absolute Truth in all Things.

Chapter 4 - The HOLY Spirit
Mistaken Ideas of 'Holiness' - Satan as the Spirit of Unholiness - The Principle of Non-contamination - New Testament Illustrations - Practical Details in this Light - Holiness is Militant - Holiness is the Character of Christ

Chapter 5 - The Spirit as Light
Light Precedes Building - The Nature of Light (a) As to Character - (1) Transparency - (2) Fearlessness - (3) Disinfection - (4) Joy - The Nature of Light (b) As to Function - Teaching is not Sufficient - The Church Should Make an Impact - Light Can be Shut Out by Prejudice - Light Can be Shut Out by Pride and Policy.

Chapter 6 - The People of God and Their Inheritance
Joshua and Amalek - Joshua and the Tent of Meeting - Joshua as a "Young Man" - The Holy Spirit and the Conflict of Possession - The Spirit and the Inheritance in the New Testament - "Be Strong" - 'I Am With Thee' - (1) In Spiritual Leadership - (2) In Obedience to the Word of God.

Chapter 7 - Possessing the Inheritance
Assurance and Understanding - Conflict - (1) A Vital Union - (2) Having the Spirit - (3) Walking in the Spirit - (4) The Power of His Resurrection - Taking Stock - Spiritual Resources - Possessing the Inheritance - God's Commands Are His Enablings.




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