A Journey with T. Austin Sparks – To Seek and To Save

A couple days ago I was looking through my bookmarks in my web browser. I found a link to an archive of T. Austin Sparks writings that I had looked at a long time ago. It was then that I decided I needed some Sparks in my life. (Did you see that pun there? It was just as entertaining to me. Need some sparks, some excitement.)

Anyways, I printed off this “book” about the Holy Spirit’s Biography of Christ. And yesterday I began reading. A lot of Sparks and Watchman Nee writings are good. And as usual I didn’t know what I would run into if anything while I was reading this. But I stumbled on something that seems to resonate with me. Something that reading it, my spirit within me says “Yes. That’s true.”

It comes from Luke 19:10. The verse reads “The Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Many times when I’ve read this in the past or heard it spoken on, it’s always applied to people who are separated from God, people who don’t know God personally, people who aren’t saved. I hesitate to use that term because I don’t really like it, but I digress.

We all to often forget that this story, His story has already been played out from beginning to end. It was already done when He said “It is finished.”

The timelessness of God is inconceivable to us who are governed by time.

Before God the fall of man, God had oneness with the human race. He had a place of complete authority. The Son of God, who is God himself, possessed the very throne of God and with it all glory, power, and honor.

When man sinned, God was ousted from union with his people. He was kicked out from this earth and driven away by Satan. Satan had declared that he would ascend into heaven, he would exalt his throne above the stars of God, that he would be like the most high.

When we talk about Jesus making the ultimate sacrifice, giving everything up for the sake of human beings, is that really what he was doing?

I’m not so sure.

When Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost, I’m beginning to think that it was almost about God’s place in the world.

Man ousted God in pride, pride that he could live without God. And so in turn Jesus emptied himself of pride.

Man ousted God in disobedience, he ate from the only tree he was commanded not to. And in turn Jesus became fully obedient.

“He relinquished His position, emptied Himself of His fullness, humbled Himself, and then came forth to do this service for God, which was to recover God’s place in this world and in this universe.” (T. Austin Sparks, The Holy Spirit’s Biography of Christ)

This makes more sense. For a while now I have believed that saving human beings is not God’s end all purpose. This serves to emphasize this point. God’s end all purpose is to reclaim the position he had before the fall. But the tricky thing is he’s already done so. But that’s for another post.

Sparks writes this better than I ever could so here is one more quote to hopefully give you a little more awe for God.

“…in eternity the Son said: ‘I will undertake to bring it all back. Father I will do this service for you. I know what it means. Because it was pride that did all the mischief, pride must be destroyed in Me. Because it was disobedience that resulted in all this trouble, obedience must by the law of My life.'” (T. Austin Sparks, The Holy Spirit’s Biography of Christ)