J. Oswald Sanders (1902-1992) was born and died in New Zealand. He became the director of the China Inland Mission and in his lifetime wrote over forty books. To pastoral students his best known work is Spiritual Leadership. This book falls into the same category but the emphasis is on personal spirituality. I have always found Sanders to be very practical and in an orthodox way. He does not lean toward the higher life view, but continually stresses the believer’s responsibility in sanctificaton. He says, “The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is sovereign, but it will progress only insofar as we cooperate with Him. There is a human as well as a divine part in the cultivation of Christian Character. . . There is something which God alone can do, and something which man alone can do. . . Divine grace must be supplemented by human endeavor” (p. 74-75). Small but good book.
- We Who Are Friends — In a study of walking with God we have seen that Jesus Christ must be the only Lord and Master and that we submit ourselves to Him being mere slaves. This relationship is accepted at the very beginning as the humble repentance of our sins casts us completely at His feet for mercy and forgiveness. [...]
- We Who Are Slaves — Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). To deny oneself in today’s culture might simply mean to practice a little self-control, perhaps to eat a little less, or to be more diligent with one’s personal devotions. But this [...]
- God Who Is Our Master — It is overwhelming for the human mind to try to contemplate God. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor?” (Rom. 11:34). “Shall any teach God knowledge? Seeing he judgeth those that are high” (Job 21:22). Yet Solomon advised his son to seek the knowledge of God: My [...]
- Made Right But Broken — When we think about our walk with God, it is important to remember both our position in Christ and our relationship with Christ. Salvation makes us secure in our position: “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10). But our walk with God is a matter of [...]
- Can We Walk With God? — One has only to read the Scripture to know that a believer should walk with God. “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thes. 2:12). “As ye have therefore received Jesus Christ the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Col. 2:6). “If we live in [...]