A Living Hope

by T. Austin-Sparks

Transcribed from messages given at a conference in November, 1958.

There is no hope for Christianity, but only here: that the living Christ, with all the tremendous significance of His coming into this world, of His life here, of His Cross, of His resurrection, has come by the Holy Spirit on to the inside of things, of people, and churches; that it's Christ in you! All the other may be there: the creed, the teaching; you may, with all sincerity and honesty, state it: "I believe in God the Father..." and so on, and so on, and so on. It may all be there, and yet there may be disaster where that thing is most frequently declared. It's the impact of Christ that matters. We have said He could not be present without it being known; and that's the thing that you and I need... It's the presence of Christ on the inside of you and of me, this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you. You are among the nations, and the deepest, profoundest, most inexplicable thing is Christ in you as you're amongst the nations: "The hope of glory".

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