Archive for March 31, 2013

The Chief Places in the Kingdom   1 comment

NOTE #1:

I am certain that Sts. James and John Bar-Zebedee were our Lord and Savior’s first cousins.

NOTE #2:

This is post #250 of this weblog.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Matt. 20, 20-28

They looked for a temporal kingdom.  Did not regard Peter first.  James and John had received some seeming favors.  Neither had lofty aspirations.  They were possibly His cousins.

1.  “Know not what you ask.”  Do not know the cost–what your request involves.  We ignorantly ask more than we know.

2.  “The cup.”  One must pay the price for the distinction in any kingdom.

3.  “Save to those for whom it is prepared of my Father.”

To whom given?

(1)  Not on unconditional election.

(2)  One condition only,–service.  “I am among you as he that serveth.”  “Chief servants.”  “First-slave.”  The reverse of the manner of the Gentiles.

(3)  “I came to minister and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Thus drink this cut to be near me.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Whose I Am   1 comment

Acts 27, 23

I.

1.  I am his, for he created me.  By this act all men belong to God.  He has absolute right over them.

2.  All are the priceless purchase of his blood.  In this two-fold sense all belong to God.  When he asks us to give him the heart he asks for his own; but it all comes to naught if we reject him.

3. When we give him the heart we become his in the Christian sense.  We own his sovereignty.

II.  “Whom I serve.”

1.  Now we are to do his will, or else it is a mere pretense.  This was Paul’s highest conception of religion.  “Chief among you, your servant.” The chief men of history are men of chief service, not of profession.  Paul’s word is “bondslave.”  Such serves only his master.

2.  This gives the right to call upon him for aid at any time.   Paul prayed and the angel stood by him.  The prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  Holy living adds weight to prayer.

Own his sovereignty and know the bliss of his presence.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Yield Not to Discouragements   1 comment

Gal. 6, 9

Temptations to weariness in well-doing common lot of all.  Paul seeks to guard against it.

1.  What is well-doing?  See context.  

(1)  Sowing the Spirit.

(2)  Doing what God wills and approves.

(3)  Serving the church in helping man.

(4)  What he disapproves is ill.  Keep this in mind.

2.  Temptation from two sources.  

(1)  From within.  Inward inclination to give up.  Or the devil suggests further effort is hardly worthwhile.  False humility.

(2)  From without.  Untoward circumstances.  Not appreciated.  Misunderstood and opposed by good people.  Seeming failure–be faithful.  Christ apparently a comparative failure, till time elapsed.

3.  Why yield to the temptation?

Die in a noble cause.  Better wear out than rust out.  A blessing in death is the faithful soul?

4.  The harvest is sure and will be abundant.

“Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”  God will not forget our labor of love.

By faith anticipate the reward and patiently await the harvest.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT