HIGHLIGHT NOTES FROM DR. C.I. SCOFIELD

“Abba, Father,” says Dr. Scofield, “is the affectionate realization of
God’s fatherhood. And so one exclaims, in a flood of tenderness
and love, ‘Oh, Father!’ or, ‘Dear Father.’ This is said, of course, only
in the Spirit.

[He] points out, is what has been called “immediacy” —that is, that
nothing, not even prayer, is needed to bring the believer into the
presence of God. This is certainly the teaching of the New Testament
concerning the union with Christ which is true of all Christian believers.
Not nearness, but union. We are not with Christ, but in Christ; he is not
with us, but in us.

CONCERNING ANY WORK IN GOD’s WILL:

“The conscious purpose that Dr. Scofield had in doing this work comes
out in his characteristic statement: “If you’re going to do it, and do it for
God, there is only one way — not a smooth, easy way, but as unto the Lord.”

QUOTES FROM ‘IN MANY PULPITS’ [a paper by C.I. Scofield]

“He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself also so to walk, even as
he walked.” 1 John 2:6

“What is it “to abide” in Him. Many earnest souls have known much distress
just here. They have been told that “to abide” in Him means to be always
occupied with Him. Now I make bold to say, this is an unattainable
counsel of perfection.

We are in the world, and however sedulous [act of diligence & dedication]
we may be to keep the world out of us, we are charged with engrossing
duties calling for the utmost concentration of mind, heart and hand.
We cannot be in conscious constant occupation with Him. I do not so
understand that great word [“abiding”]..

For a moment think of that other phrase—“in Him.” What does that mean?
Ephesians explains it. “In Christ Jesus” is the sphere of the Christian life.
That is where grace has put him. We have not to concern ourselves about
getting that place: we are there. Now, what is “abiding in Him?” Why,
simply having nothing apart from Him, living in the sphere of the things which
interest Christ; bringing Him into the sphere of all our necessary occupations,
joys and innocent pleasures down here; having no business in which He is
not senior Partner; no wedding feast or other feast at which He is not chief
Guest, no failures which are not brought to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing.

What is John’s test of such a life? In degree, though not as perfectly, it
will be a walk even as He walked. It will lead along the same road; it will
encounter the same trials, enlist the same sympathies. “

“Knowing about God is one thing: knowing God is quite another. Job’s
confession illustrates this:
“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:” Job 42:5

and upon the hearing there had come to Job a true faith, a faith which
had withstood tremendous shocks. Well, we all begin there. Our saving
faith is based on testimony. But Job goes on:

“but now mine eye seeth thee.” Job 42:5

A very different matter. Are we then content to remain with a hearsay
knowledge of God? By no means. In the 17th chapter of John, our Lord
tells us that the ultimate end of the gift of eternal life is that we may know
Him. He is our Father, and can our hearts rest with anything short of that
personal knowledge of Him of which John speaks? At this point, John’s
test of spirituality is not to discourage a true knowledge of God, but to
expose a false assumption of such knowledge. What is the test?

“He that saith, I know him, and kept not his commandments, is a liar,”
1 John 2:4

It is not sinless obedience, but it is a heart set to live in the known will
of God. Such a one will have many a failure, but, though often stumbling,
he will keep on. The needle in the compass is often deflected by influences
about it— it trembles and is unquiet, but it resumes its steady alignment with
the object of its devotion. Now a life aligned to the will of God, is in the way
to know God. It is not an arbitrary requirement. In no other way, to
no other man, can God reveal Himself. Paul’s prayer for the Colossians
runs along that road:

“That ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
spiritual understanding; ….increasing in the knowledge of God; “ Col. 1:9-10

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WAITING ON THE LORD…..a sermon by C.I. Scofield (PART 2)

“They shall run, and not be weary.” Isaiah 40:31

“They shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“What! must we come down and run and walk here on
this stupid, prosaic earth after these eagle flights?
Yes, precisely. We go up there that we may serve
down here, and we never can serve down here
according to God’s thought of service….until we….
come down from interviews with God…[and] can
touch human lives with the power of God.

Yes, we must run down here, and walk down here, but
only in the degree in which we know the inspiration
of the upper air can we either run without weariness,
or walk without fainting.

What is the “walk”? It is the everyday life. It is
the getting breakfast, dressing the children, getting
them off to school; it is going down and opening
the store; it is going out and feeding the herds;
it is going into the study and opening the Word of God.
It is whatever our appointed task may be. It is doing
this all day, in heat and cold, dull days and bright days–
the common life. It is this, the everyday walk, that tests and tries.

But we may
“walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40: 31

under the wear and petty vexations and frictions of everyday life,
only on condition that we have been “waiting upon God.” The
man who does that will be a reservoir of sweetness, quietness
and power.”
(“Waiting on God”, a sermon by C.I. Scofield)

WAITING ON THE LORD……a sermon by C.I. Scofield (part 1)

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount
up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk,
and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“Let us confess at once that these blessings are not usual in the lives of
Christians. As a matter of fact we run and are weary, we walk and do faint.
The wings of our soul do not habitually beat the upper air.

If there is one condition thus performed, the resultant blessings are sure…
What does the Scripture mean by “waiting on the Lord?” It is the sole
condition. First of all, waiting upon God is not praying. Praying is
petitioning God for something. Praying is:
“supplication with thanksgiving,” Philippians 4:6

It has its own great and unique place in the Christian life, but it is
not waiting upon the Lord.
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God.” Psalms 62:1
It is the soul, in utter hush and quietness, casting itself upon God.

“These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in
due season.” Psalms 104:27
[This] implies both dependence and expectation – a faith that silently
reaches out to take hold upon God, and which has its expectation from God.

“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at
the posts of my doors.” Proverbs 8:34

The thought there is of a servant and his master. He has no service just at that
moment but he “waits” at the door…It is the attitude of readiness, of obedience.

To wait upon God is to be silent that He may speak, expecting all things from
Him, and girded for instant, unquestioning obedience to the slightest movement
of His will. It is not the waiting of an idler, it is not the waiting of a dreamer.
It is the quiet waiting of one…ready, one who looks upon life as a battle-field
and sphere for service…This is waiting upon God according to the Scriptures.

The four blessings of the text must follow, because God says they shall….

‘They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.’
The word “renew” rendered literally is “change”—they shall change their strength.
It is a word used to denote a change of garments. They shall lay aside their strength
and put on, as a garment, strength from God. This whole 40th chapter of Isaiah
is a series of contrasts between the frailty and feebleness of man and the strength
and greatness of God. The problem is to rid ourselves of self-strength (which breaks
down) that God may clothe us with His own strength; and this is the first blessing
promised to those who “wait upon the LORD.”

How does God effect this? I do not know, but I know that somehow when we are
waiting upon Him, our strength, which after all is perfect weakness, is laid aside,
and divine hands clothe us with the strength of God. We do change our strength.

“They shall mount up with wings as eagles.” Isaiah 40:31
What does that mean? Why as eagles? [The] eagle is the only bird that goes
so high ….he is the most solitary of birds. The eagle has to do with great things,
mountains and heights and depths. He can be quiet when it is time to be quiet.
No Christian ever comes into God’s best things who does not, upon the Godward
side of his life, learn to walk alone with God. Lot may dwell in Sodom and vex
his righteous soul ….but God will have Abraham up in Hebron upon the heights.
It is Abraham whom He visits and to whom He tells His secrets. Moses, learned
in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, must go forty years into the desert to
be alone with God. Paul, who knew the Greek learning, must go into Arabia and
learn the desert life with God.

Before God uses a man greatly, He isolates him. He gives him a separating
experience; and when it is over, those about him, who are no less loved
than before, are no longer depended upon. He realizes that he separated
unto God, that the wings of his soul have learned to beat the upper air,
and that God has shown him unspeakable things.
Christ will never be satisfied until He has each one of us separated unto Himself.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above.” Colossians 3:1

How far above?

“Where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1

IS LIFE WORTH LIVING?

“What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” Ps. 116:12

The answer: “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name
of the Lord.” Ps. 116:13

It is all we can do. Gratitude should move every one of us to get right
with God. There can be no enduring happiness in a life which is out
of harmony with God. And we all want to be happy, do we not?

What must we do to get right with God? What must we —all out
of harmony in our selfishness, with His unselfishness, in our hatred,
with His love, in our sins, with His holiness –what must we do to
come into harmony with Him…He makes one simple, definite
proposition to us, and it is wrapped up, not in doctrine, but in a
person. His one proposition is Jesus Christ.

Right with God, we are right with humanity. Right with God, through
Jesus Christ, we are right for the next world as well as for this.

All the problems of life, the whole meaning of life, centers on that
one thing—what is Christ to me and what am I to Him? I can not
go back to the law –it only curses me, for I have broken it. I can not
begin today, if it were possible for me to do so, to live so that every
act of my life shall be pleasing to a holy God, for first of all I have no
power to do it, and secondly, there is my record up to today.

To do the thing He has commanded me—believe on Jesus Christ
whom he hath sent. Trust Him. Give myself away to Him. Put my
whole case into His hands. Let Him take this life, so full of evil,
and put the evil out of it. Let Him take this life so full of weakness
and fill it with strength. Let Him take this life so selfish and
self-centered, and let it flow out in all its breadth to humanity. Let
Him make it over. Let Him purify it. Let Him solve all its problems.
Let Jesus Christ fill it.”

(Is Life Worth Living? a Sermon by C.I.Scofield)

EXCERPTS FROM “THE LIFE STORY OF C.I. SCOFIELD”

“Looking back over his own lifetime experiences, this veteran saint says there
have been two great epochs in his own life. ‘The first was when I ceased to
take as final human teachings about the Bible and went to the Book itself.
The second was when I found Christ as Victory and Achievement.’

“Christian experience, and the experience of the Christian, may be two
very different things. Christian experience is wholly the result of the
Producer of Christian experience– the Holy Spirit.’

“The Victorious Life is simply Christ Himself; and every Christian has
Christ—or else he is not a Christian; “if any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). But many a Christian who,
because he is a Christian, has Christ indeed within his heart, is yet failing
to yield wholly to Christ and to believe wholly in His sufficiency, and
therefore is sadly failing to have a personal experience of victory over sin.
Because he has Christ he has the “Victorious Life,” but he is not letting
that Life, or Christ, work in overcoming power. ”

“Do not attempt to form opinions or draw inferences as to those silences.
[silences not explained by God’s word]. Don’t infer doctrines in your
Bible study. When God does not say anything on a certain subject,
then leave it alone.”

“Example: relation of God’s foreknowledge to His predestination. What
does God foreknow? No “light” in the Bible on this. We must leave what
constitutes God’s foreknowledge to Him for He has not told us.”