The Battle For Life
by T. Austin-Sparks
This book is an updated edition that includes alterations that T. Austin-Sparks made when he re-published it in "A Witness and A Testimony" magazine in 1970-71. Original, unabridged copies of the book are still available from Emmanuel Church (more information on the Resources page). It was re-published in the magazine with this introduction:
"The book with this title has been out of print for some time, but we are frequently being asked for it. There are some difficulties in reprinting at present. We have several waiting to go to the printers, but the Lord will have to facilitate in the matter. We do feel that this book, The Battle for Life, has a vital message for our time, and we have therefore decided to reproduce it in A Witness and a Testimony... There are some slight alterations and additions in its form as here."
Chapter 1 - The Quest of the Eyes of Flame
The Undying Flame - The Lord's Standard of Judgment - The Nominal is Ultimately Rejected.
Chapter 2 - The Controversy of Zion
The Lord's Jealousy Over Life (1) The Tree of Life (2) Cain and Abel (3) Noah (4) Enoch (5) Abraham and Isaac (6) Job (7) The Exodus (8) Levitical Law of Life - A Life that is Eternal - The Persistent Assault Upon Life.
Chapter 3 - The Cross in Relation to the Issue of Life
A State of Disorder in the Creation - Death and Satan Positively Associated with that State - A Need Arises - The Cross the All-inclusive Answer.
Chapter 4 - Fellowship Between Christ and His Church in Testimony
"Manifested in the Flesh" - "Justified in the Spirit" - "Seen of Angels" - "Preached Among the Nations" - "Believed on in the World" - "Received up in Glory".
Chapter 5 - The Continuation of the Conflict in Relation to the Individual Believer
The Nature of the Conflict - The Sphere of the Conflict - Paul's Thorn in the Flesh - Life is Deeper than our Consciousness.
Chapter 6 - The Continuation of the Conflict in Relation to the Church as the Corporate Company
The Higher Realms of the Battle and the Testimony - The Range of the Battle and the Testimony - The Comparison of the Corinthian and Ephesian Assemblies (1) The Place of Man (2) The Place of the World (3) The Difference in the Order at Corinth and Ephesus.
Chapter 7 - The Divine Purpose in the Continuation of the Conflict
The Progressive Nature of the Conflict (1) The Fact (2) The Divine Reason (3) A Deterrent if Regarded in a Wrong Way - The Necessity for Fellowship.