TAS has had more of an impact upon me than any other contemporary teacher[ non-New Testament ]. He himself transcended Earthly realm, and brought back tangible Manna from Heaven itself.
Many times; many; I would throw his messages down, and cry out "How?".....Could a man receive this type of depth from Jesus about the WORD!?
His main themes , like the Apostle Paul, were not simply about adapting the Gospel to grow....No!...TAS was centered on Fullness...Possession of Christ! He understood the Cross as no other, and lived a life beholding the Preeminence of Christ Jesus above every other thing in the Universe.
He also believed in living out this revelation in Community. "Honor Oaks" was a small facility outside London with his "local church". He taught here, lived in community there and was extensively used in venues around the World sharing deep revelation.
Watchman Nee, who offered a massive impact to the Lord in China considered one man....his mentor and elder; Yes, T. Austin Sparks. I interviewed an elderly Chinese saint in Las Angeles, before a trip to China, who had known TAS, and Watchman Nee. He was commissioned by Nee, to pack up, and begin again in Taiwan, just before the persecutions began, by the Mao-ists.
The core of this Church went to the Phillipines, and later, they summoned brother Sparks to teach them; feed them. He complied.
Over the decades of his brilliant ministry, he edited a little magazine, called "A Witness and a Testimony", for 49 years, from @ 1922 to 1970. He passed on in 1971. Thank God for these writings; I do.
Sparks confronted Nee about his doctrine of "one church, one city"...and amazingly Nee repented. A schism then occured in the Chinese Nee Denomination, over this splinter; local church or not, as it exists even until today.
Both Sparks, or Nee, were not "filled with the Spirit " in a classic sense, with the Charismatic manifestations, but they had something deeper..an anointing of Intimacy, and it seemed that brother Sparks had more; access to inquire at the Throne of Grace itself, and recieve understanding....and to impart it coupled with the Heart of God.
He alone, with my Bible first of course, was the one who carried me through a wilderness of solitary confinement, rejection, and bewilderment for many years. I am grateful for his life, and heart to honor Jesus. I'll meet him one day, and we'll talk.
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