Archive for February 3, 2013

Obedience the Proof of Love   1 comment



“R.V.” refers to the Revised Version of 1881.



Jno. 14, 15 (R.V.)

1.  Calvary approaches, at supper He says so much that is on his heart.

How sacred forever is the hour.

2.  How they were drawn toward him.  Peter loved him and said he would die for him.

3.  To love God is his command.  Christians do it.  Fruit of the Spirit is love; without the Spirit we are not his.

4.  If ye love me we will obey me.   My words will be sacred unto you.  Who loves his wife regards her wishes, especially is this true as to her last requests.  Pleasure and test of love.

5.  His commands are simply the behests of love.

His love led him

(1)  To do what he did for the world.

(2)  To command what he did.

We must have that love that leads us gladly to obey unquestioningly.  Freely received, freely given.

That we do all we can, and then long to do more.

Do you love him?  If so you will keep–do–his commandments.


The Great and Effectual Door   1 comment

1 Cor. 16, 9

This is Paul’s reason for staying at Ephesus till Pentecost.

I.  “A great door,” opportunity

1.  Paul improved a God-given opportunity.

2.  He occupied strategic points.

3.  Christians today have a life opportunity.  All heathendom are Macedonia.  “The sides of the world are taken down.”  “Love God and man.”  Hence one’s interest in souls the index of his heart.

Expectation bright & responsibility great.

II.  “Effectual door.”  The gospel succeeds everywhere men are helped by it.  Is not ashamed of its fruits.  New Hebrides & Tigers.  Gospel’s jewels mark its path through the nations and ages.

III.  “Many adversaries.”  Another reason for serving the Ephesians.  A weak faith cries abandon those who persecute Christian laborers.  Opposition to the gospel stirred Paul’s heart; the greater need.  The devil never yields without protest.

IV.  He saw the result of his labor.  He shall too–a prodigal world brought back to Christ.  Let us enter every open door till the world is redeemed.


The Union of Christ and the Church   1 comment

Lang Wedding

Above:  Lang Wedding

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-M34- 90129-x

Photograph Dated 1925-1946



My great-grandfather did come from a time before certain feminist advances in U.S. laws and society.  I rejoice in those advances and differ with him in certain subjective points, including some in this post.



Eph. 5, 32

1.  Man seeks the heart and hand of the bride .  Christ was with the daliance of a lover.

2.  In marriage the bride surrenders her property, is identical with his life.  Bears his name and claims his love and protection.

3.  Man is taught to regard her as the weaker vessel and protect her.  Christ is ever tender with his bride.

4.  Woman was formed from Adam’s side.  The church born from Christ’s pierced side.  By his side is her place forever.  She must go with him round the world while he will open the way.

5.  He left her in charge here while he prepares a place yonder.  She must not stay at home while he beckons her on to other conquests. God and the heathen are dependent on her for the spread of the gospel.

He demands fidelity to himself.  Does she dare entangle her affections with another?

6.  All his care is to purify the church.  Let us appreciate all that tends to purify.

7.  He will come for his lovely bride.  We will go to the marriage supper of the Lamb.  May we each be there.


God’s Presence and Approval   1 comment

Jno. 8, 29

1.  “That please him.”  Here, then, is the Christian’s highest ideal.  He can so live, but can not go beyond it.  If only he approve, all is well; without, nothing is well.

2.  “Sent me.”  Christ had a mission from God; so have we.  This my meat and drink.  Not self-willed, but submissive.  Not a recluse, but serving, helping others.  “I am among you as one that serveth.”

3.  “He is with me.”  I am not alone.  If we would find him let us do our duty.

God never forsakes one doing his will, but is with and near him.  Near him

(1) To guide us–we need it.

(2)  To aid graciously.

(3)  To approve our fidelity.

(4) Will reward us at rest.  No service will be forgotten.


Posted February 3, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Johannine Gospel

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