The Israel of God
by T. Austin-Sparks
From "A Witness and a Testimony" magazines, January 1957-January 1958.
Vols. 35-1 through 36-1.
Chapter 1 - The Principle of Travail
Reproduction, and Hence Travail, the Justification of Life - Travail Implies Something Costly - All Divine Operations Effected Through Travail - Travail Has Universal Significance - Travail Reveals "Heart" or "Hollow" - The Two "Israels"
Chapter 2 - The Israel of God
The Significance of Abraham - Israel A Great Object Lesson - Unmistakable Features - The Law of Separation - The Cohesion of Israel - Discrimination as to Food - Israel's Governing Hope - The Turning Point of the Dispensations - The Securing of "True Israel" the Realm of Intensest Conflict
Chapter 3 - The Foundation of Faith
Faith and God's Good Pleasure - Faith and the Divine Virtues - Faith and the Character of God - "True Israel" the Seed of Faith
Chapter 4 - The Great Invitation
A Time of Transition - Who Shall Enter the Kingdom? - The Significance of Acceptance - The Forbearing Grace of God - Condition Indicated by the Choice - God the Only Joy of His People - The Oneness of the Children of the Kingdom - The Wilfulness of Human Choice - The Contrast a Consciousness of Need
Chapter 5 - The Great Transition
God's Dealings Have One Basis - A Transition - Two Great Contrasts - The Principle of Death and Resurrection - The Principle of Circumcision - The Importance of Circumcision to the Jews - The Significance of Circumcision - Circumcision, Like Baptism, Points to the Cross - The Flesh or Self-principle
Chapter 6 - Apprenticeship for the Kingdom of God
The Essential Nature of the Israel of God - A New Knowledge - A New Power - The Mystery of Spiritual Life - The Essential Apprenticeship for the Kingdom - The Fatherhood of God - Discipline - No Realisation Without the Cross
Chapter 7 - The Object of His Travail
Its Infinite Value to God - Our Difficulty in Believing It - Christ's Infinite Love for His Own - The Infinite Importance to Him of the Church - The Infinite Motive for our Response