The Hope of Glory

Before sin entered the picture, God enjoyed walking and conversing with Adam and Eve. It was as He had intended and hoped for. It would be 1500 years before someone else came along that would give Him this pleasure. Evidently Noah chose God. He had a heart for God. As a result, God enjoyed walking with him.

With that hope, once again in mind, He started over with just Noah and his family. Later, He would try again with Abraham. With that hope in mind, He singled out a people to care for in hope that they would choose Him.

Finally, and again with that hope in mind, He came Himself. This time, He provided a means – forgiveness – by which any who would choose to accept it would have the opportunity to walk with Him. Forgiveness is not the end; it is the beginning of what He hopes for.

Forgiveness is the point of conception by which a new nature is born in us. This new nature, if fed and nourished properly, will do in us what we could never do for ourselves. Neglected, the new nature withers and will never reach the point of life to which the conception was supposed to lead.

But the hope that it will, is and forever will be, “The Hope of Glory”.



The Object of Pruning

From Refiners Fire

T. Austin-Sparks

The Object of Pruning


A rose bush that has not been properly pruned will produce what some call, dog-roses. They may be pretty, but they are not the real thing; it is something inferior; it is not what might have been.


It is easy for us, if the Lord spares the knife and leaves us alone; if we get out of the Lord and run free, to lose distinctiveness of character.


It is not until the knife comes back, saying, ‘No, no, not that way,’ that the Lord recovers the thing which He first intended as His own satisfaction.


From:    The Refiners Fire

Austin-Sparks   ‘The Lord’s Attitude to His Children in Adversity’

“In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.” Isaiah 63:9

In this context, the word ‘adversity’ means ‘straightness’. It refers to Israel’s time in the wilderness. They were shut up with regard to many things which the world had and the world could do. In Egypt they had everything, but out here they never knew.

It’s a life of faith, and faith is a life of straitness so often cut off from much and shut up to this wilderness where things are to the natural mind “narrowed down” to God. But the goal of this earthly narrowing is heavenly enlargement?

When we find ourselves in this kind of shut up straitness, how quickly the enemy comes in and says, The Lord is against you! How often the enemy shuts the doors and then says the Lord has shut them because He is against you. How often the enemy tries to becloud our assurance with accusation and then says it is the Lord.

Oh how the enemy will take hold of everything to use it for our destruction! It is not the case at all. The Lord is after an enlargement. “In all their adversity, He was no adversary.” In all their straitness, He was not against them.

The Craving of God

I have been in the first 8 chapters for 6 weeks. I kept having the sense that there was more God wanted to show me so I have read and reread these chapters. I especially had that sense about Noah. I kept thinking about all that he went through to build the ark and that it would lead somewhere . . . and it did.

God started with a ‘heaven on earth’ setting. He had two people that he could walk and converse with. By the time we get to Noah – 1,500 hundred years later – “all the people on earth had corrupted themselves”. Noah was the only one, “blameless among the people of his time”, that chose to “walk with God”.

If God “hovered over the waters” of the earth, devising a way to bring life into it, is it any wonder that he could hover over it once again to devise a way to preserve that life while he destroyed the part of it that had become corrupted? Once again, the waters would cover the earth. Through Noah’s toil and hard labor, a means was provided.

At an appointed time, God will once again destroy this corrupted world. Through the toil and hard labor of Jesus, a means has been provided to preserve the good. God will finally get what he has craved from the beginning of all creation – people in the purest setting with whom he will be able to walk and converse with.

From Genesis 3-5

Have you ever wondered where Cain’s wife came from? After he was banished to a different area, the text reads as if he immediately found a wife and had a son – Enoch. But consider this likely possibility. 

First, 3:20 says that Adam named his wife Eve because, “she would become the mother of all the living”. So, believing the Bible says what it means and means what it says, Cain’s wife had to be one of Adam and Eve’s daughters – his sister in other words. But before you gasp, consider this. 

It says that when Adam was 130 years old, he had Seth. And, “after Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters”. It also says that Seth lived a 105 years before he “became the father of Enosh”.  

105 years provides plenty time and opportunity for Adam and Eve to have several daughters, both for Cain and Seth to end up with. And at least for Cain, since he was banished to a different place, it wasn’t like it was the sister he grew up with.  

And so, at least in my mind, I now am at peace with a question I have wondered about for years. Where did Cain’s wife come from? She came from Eve.


Day 6 – What a Day

I offer this opinion, in an attempt to reconcile, what seems, on the surface, to be some inconsistencies in the order of creation. For example: on the 6th day, God created male and female. And though God created vegetation on day 3, by day 6 “no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth”. And yet, “God formed the man (on day 6) and put him in the garden that He had planted”. And it was not until after Adam had been put there, and after he had named some of the animals that God made the statement, “it is not good for man to be alone”. It was apparent that for Adam, “no suitable helper was found”. (I lighten up – don’t worry.)

It appears that God worked 5 days a week and then twice as hard on Saturday. By 9:00 AM (because we know that God does more by 9:00 AM than most people do all day) on day 6, He had created livestock, animals and man. At the beginning of the day, the vegetation which He created on day 3 had not yet sprung up, so in addition, He made His garden grow – really fast.

Towards the end of the day, (but before nightfall (because nightfall marks the beginning of day 7 and we know He rested on day 7) after Adam put in his first day of work naming all the animals that came to him in couples (because God had made them with the ability to reproduce) there was still a few hours left in the day (because it just happened to be daylight savings time) it was noted that there was no suitable helper for Adam, and with just a few hours of daylight left, God wraps up his creation with Adam’s suitable helper – suitable primarily for reproduction, but just like God to think of everything, suitable also for all the help and companionship He knew Adam would need.  Slam dunk; day 6 is done. Time to rest.


Do you remember the old Coleman lantern? The white mantles were attached to a stem that was connected to the fuel reservoir? At a point, the mantles were lit and the amount of light they gave off was determined by the amount of fuel that flowed through that stem.

I believe when we first come to God, our mantles are lit. Mine has been lit for over 40 years. There have been times that it has had a fair amount of fuel flowing to it, and regrettably, though it has never gone out, there have been some times that it had little.

The mantle, own its own, cannot burn brighter. Its brightness is in direct relation to the amount of fuel that flows from the reservoir through that stem.