The Israel of God

by T. Austin-Sparks

First published in "A Witness and A Testimony" magazines, 1957-1958, Vol. 35-1 - 36-1.

Israel is going on with the temple, going on with the services, going on with the sacrifices, but it is all hollow. There is a tremendous difference between the seed of Abraham after the flesh and the seed of Christ. What is the seed of Christ? It is something essentially, intensely, spiritually real! It is not something that bears a name; it is not something which holds certain doctrines and truths — the Law, or what corresponds to that in Christianity. It is not something that performs certain rites, and goes through certain ceremonies. It is not something along that external line at all — be it intellectual, emotional, volitional, or physical — it is something inwardly real. It is "Christ IN you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27). This is what God is after.

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