/I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I
consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8 )
Man has constructed his own interpretations of Christianity and of
truth, brought in his own systems and has confused things so much that
you really do not know, unless you have clear discernment such as
Nehemiah had, what is of God and what is not of God.
There are multitudes of good, honest, sincere Christian people who really are in
the most awful fog as to what is of God and what is not of God
religiously. Man's religious systems have brought about that confusion.
Multitudes of honest people believe with all their heart that the
thing that they are in is of God, and it is just possible for them to
get such an awakening to see the whole thing was man-made and not of
God at all; "...much rubbish." Paul was one of those. Reflect upon his
past life, privileges, and inheritances which he at one time believed
were so utterly and absolutely of God for him, and that he really was
in God's will.
He came to a time when he said: "The things which were
gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ... for whom I suffered the
loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain
Christ"; and yet he was so devoted to all that as a traditional
religious system in which he at one time was living as out from God,
which had now become merely an outward thing of forms and external
laws. He believed, nevertheless, that it was all of God until the
light shone, until he saw that in comparison with the fullness of
Christ it was refuse. It is a strong word that he uses; the word he
uses is "stuff to be flung to the dogs." Saul of Tarsus throwing his
Judaism to the dogs! He did it when he saw Christ. You can never come
out of the rubbish until you see Christ.
Ask the Lord to reveal to you the fullness of Christ and you will find
things which have gripped and held you become as mere refuse, stuff to
be flung to the dogs.
There was much rubbish in the place which once
represented a clear line of division between what was of God and what
was not of God; confusion, mixture. I shall not attempt to apply that
The Lord will have to show us by revelation what the
rubbish is, but there is the simple statement and it contains a truth,
and you and I will really have to ask the Lord to show us even in
religious matters, where man ends and God begins, or where God ends
and man begins, so that we shall be delivered from everything that man
has imposed or added upon what is of God, and we shall be able to get
right down to foundations, the rubbish being removed: and there is a
very great deal of ecclesiastical rubbish about in these days that
must go. That is a real difficulty in recovering the full testimony of
the Lord Jesus.
By T. Austin-Sparks from: Concerning Jerusalem