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 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

THE STRENGTH OF WEAKNESS

“We ourselves had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not have
trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead” (2 Cor.1:9).

Divine power does not work along with human power. Human power has to be
set aside that divine power may be perfected in human weakness. Many a
man is ineffective in the service of God because he is too strong. If we pray
for more divine power it is most likely the Father will answer by causing us
to experience our own utter weakness and nothingness as never before.
This is humbling to us, but it is the Father’s blessed and holy way of
preparing vessels fit for the Master’s use. The power of man must be set
aside, crucified, if the resurrection life of the Lord Jesus is to be manifested
in our mortal bodies.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength
is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory
in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore,
I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions,
in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
(2 Cor. 12:9,10). — C.A. Coates

Degrees of Deliverance

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Cor. 1:30

“And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of
the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which
is of God by faith.” Phil. 3:9
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…” Phil.3:7

“The one [believer] who has learned the evil of his old nature before God,
will be far more devoted than the one who has only known pardon from
the sins of that nature. The latter may be more enthusiastic in his love
to the Savior, but it is because of what He has done for him. The one who
has found Him as his in the presence of the Father outside and apart from
the old man, will rejoice in what He is to him, and Christ is his gain. The
one who has found Him as his righteousness before God grows in
the excellence of the knowledge of Christ.

To my mind the sense of Christ is greater when He is known in
preserving from evil, rather than in rescuing from it. I think some
natures, as Peter’s, will not bow without an actual fall; others submit
and humble themselves when they reach only the brink; and others are
subdued when they see the precipice from which His strong arm saves
them. The Cross and all that has been effected thereon get a fuller and
clearer place in the soul; but this must ever be with the realization of
being united in glory to Him who was there.” —J.B. Stoney

CONVICTION OF SIN IS OF DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY……C.A. Coates

“And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,” Luke 4:28
When the Lord brought home to His congregation the real state of their hearts, it turned out that on their side they were not poor, blind, crushed, and captives; they were not at all in that spirit, for they took Him to the brow of the hill tto cast Him down. We do not learn grace very readily; it is wonderful how little one’s heart is prepared to take in pure grace. Conviction of sin is of divine sovereignty; it is a divine operation which we cannot explain and no human power can bring about.
- C.A. Coates, (1862-1945)

IN CHRIST JESUS……C.A. Coates

“The Lord Jesus will not surrender His love.  His love is ever
active; He will enjoy you; though you may for a time “sleep,”-
be inactive with regard to His life, He cannot do so to you.
And this is a great comfort.

Romans Eight supplies us with a perfect answer to all the
painful, but most necessary, exercises of Romans Seven.
If we have passed through the different stages of dissatis-
faction, disappointment, disgust, and despair as to our old
nature, we are ready to welcome the infinite grace that gives
us title to take our position on the new ground that we are
“in Christ Jesus.”

(C.A.Coastes, The Believer Established,pg.8).

TO KNOW HIM……C.A. Coates

“Is that living Person now in heavenly glory really the Object
of our hearts? For some time after I knew the Saviour I used to
think of Him as One who had lived and died on earth long years ago.

I well remember the day when I knelt down with a dear brother who
prayed that we might know the Lord Jesus as a living Person
in the heavenly glory, and it dawned upon me that there was a
present Object for my heart in heaven. Our hearts will never be
satisfied until that glorified One becomes our Object bright and fair.”

(The Believer Established, pg. 46—C.A. Coates).