Archive for April 28, 2013

Sin, Self-Destruction   1 comment

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Above:  The Seven Deadly Sins in the Human Heart, by Taolenn de Francois-Marie Balanant

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Prov. 8, 36

1.  [Illegible word]?  Wisdom-Christ.

2.  Sin?  Lack of conformity to, or violation of law.

3.  God’s laws are beneficent; his love in the imperative mood.

4.  Man’s glory that he can sin; his eternal shame and ruin that he does.  Morals distinguish him from the brute.

5.  “Against me.”  Sin thwarts His good designs and offends Him.  Cost Jesus his life to redeem from sin.

6.  “Our soul.”  A self-injury, mortal suicide; affects the moral nature till one can’t escape from it.

(1)  Conscience to approve, a blessing in God’s purpose.  But sin causes it to minister to one’s wretchedness.  Thus one wrongs himself.

(2)  Capacity for happiness a great boon.  In righteous doings one has satisfaction.  Sin makes it a curse in our misery.

(3)  Influence a gracious power.  One need not go to heaven alone; but can carry others with him.  Sin makes it a curse in that one can’t help missing another.  Let us turn from it before we destroy our souls!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 28, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Proverbs

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The Fact of Sin   1 comment

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Above:  The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, by Hieronymus Bosch

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Rom. 3, 23

1.  What is sin?  Lawlessness.  Sin of commission and of omission. Use [I think he wrote “Use;” sometimes reading my great-grandfather’s handwriting proves to be difficult.–KRT] in spirit–disobedience.

2.  God says we all have sinned.  Sometime, yea many times, we have displeased Him.  Have fallen short of His glory–“missed the mark.”

Our sins hurt us and others as well.  God wills our highest good and is grieved that we prevent it by our sin.  Will you lay this to heart?  One day in sin hurts forever.

3.  God will judge us for all our sins.  We must meet life’s record at the judgment.  How solemn the truth!  How awful it will be if our sins are not all forgiven!!

4.  Hence we can’t afford to ignore the fact of our sins.  God would have us remember them, repent of them, and be saved.  We can’t afford not to make sure of pardon.  He calls now to come to Him for pardoning mercy.

Will you do it now?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Book Makers   1 comment

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Above:  A Moody Christ Pantocrator

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Rev. 20, 12

1.  We are all book makers.  “Is not my record above?”  “Every act into judgment with every secret thing.”

2.  This done that righteousness may be rewarded and sin finished.  “To every man according to his work shall be.”

3.  No changing the record then.  Jesus comes, not in mercy, but to administer justice–to judge.  Probation forever ended.  Record sealed for all the ages.  “He that is righteous let him be righteous still.”

4.  Everyone to receive what he ought–justice.  No righteous act forgotten then ; no sin overlooked.  For every act will be rewarded.  There will be no covering up sin then.    How searching his all-seeing eye!

5.  The reward shall last forever.  The soul must forever abide its fate.  Dives and Lazarus could not pass the gulf.  Eternal life or eternal death.  Not extinction but eternal punishment and despair.  Immortality can’t be annihilated.

6.  How does your record stand?  Are you ready to meet it?  Now sin may be pardoned but not then.  Come to Him now!!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Save a Soul from Death   1 comment

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Above:  The Seven Sins, by Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911), 1902

Sir Galahad Fighting the Seven Sins to Free the Virtues

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Reproduction Number = LC-USZ62-133677

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James 5, 19-20

1.  All are born in sin, else Christ would not have died for all.

(a)  This sin is not incorrect opinions but disobedience, deeds and thoughts.  Not of the head but of the heart.

(b)  A multitude of sins.  Condemned therefore.  Error thereof leadeth to death.

2.  But Christ is the Saviour of all who repent and believe.  His blood cleanseth from all sin.  Man may accept Him.  Saved from the power & stains of sin.

3.  It is a Christian duty and privilege to try to save the lost–to help God reach and rescue them.  Throw out the life-line.  Declare their peril.  Point them to the Lamb of God.  By example, prayers, exhortation, or send him the gospel.  Thus men are saved as God adds the Spirit’s power.  Oh! for more godly concern for the sinner!

4.  Results–

(a)  save a soul from death–eternal death.  To do it Christ died; do we [keep] hands off?  While we do men are dying eternally?

(b)  Hide a multitude of sins–his and that of others he might influence to sin–blotted out forever.  Is it worthwhile?  Let’s not go to heaven alone!!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Jas. 5, 19 & 20

1.  All are sinners, else Christ would not have died for all.  “All have sinned.”

(a)  Sin is not incorrect opinions, but disobedience, deeds, & thoughts or purposes.  Not of the head but of the heart.

(b)  Sin is not one but a multitude–“legion.”

(c)  The sinner is condemned, and

(d)  “the error of his way leadeth to death eternal.

2.  But Christ is the Saviour of all who repent and believe.  His blood cleaseth from all sin.

3.  It is a Christian duty to seek to save the lost.  Throw out the lifeline.  Declare their danger and point them to the Lamb of God.  By example, prayer, exhortation, or sending them to the gospel.  God uses these constantly as instruments for good.  He needs you and will make you a blessing if you will but be used of Him.

4.  Result–save a soul from death and hide a multitude of sins.  What a happy result!  What a sublime mission is ours!  He will be happier forever therefor.  Men are dying all about us.  Let’s save some.  Let’s not go to Heaven alone, but take along all we can.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 28, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, James

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Quench Not the Spirit   1 comment

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Above:  Design Drawing for Stained-Glass Tondo Window with the Holy Spirit

Created by J. & R. Lamb Studios, 1950-1990

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1 Thes. 5, 19

1.  This is the Holy Spirit come to convince the world of sin and to testify to Christ.  He alone does.

2.  He is to guide into all truth and impart needed grace daily.  Will impart more & more of the fullness of Christ to us.  Will impart power to resist evil and to serve God acceptably.  This is imperative for us.  If he should leave us alone we would be helpless and undone forever.

3.  But all this is possible only to those who would yield to his influence.  We may resist him–quench his influence–hence the text, “Ye do always resist the Holy Spirit as your fathers did.”  Why should we?  He seeks only our good.  We may yield to him and find peace and enlargement of soul.

4.  Be sure you do not resist or hinder the Spirit.  He is God; give Him the right-of-way in your life.  Follow gladly only where He leads.  At the peril of your soul do not quench Him.  Do now just what He impresses you to do.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Sowing and Reaping   1 comment

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Above:  Oklahoma Wheat, 1937

Image Created by the U.S. Farm Security Administration; Transferred to the Office of War Information in 1944

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Reproduction Number =  LC-USF34-016874-C

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather was an old school Methodist.  He disapproved of all card games, alcoholic beverages, and other pleasures of life.  I, for one, have never felt threatened spiritually by an occasional drink; I have always been sober.  And many card games are quite harmless.  But I am a very different (more relaxed) spiritual animal than my great-grandfather was–a relatively “dry” Episcopalian, actually.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Gal. 6, 7-8

1.  “Be not deceived” by yourself or others; “God is not mocked” by pretended instead of real services.  He knows what is real.  Do not persuade yourself you are living right unless God approves.

2.  “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”  We operate under this universal law.  Darnel never produces wheat or wheat darnel.  “Do evil that good may come?”  Every act in life, every thought, word, or deed, are of he nature of seed who root themselves in the soul and produce after their kind.  We reap more than we sow!!

3.  “Soweth in the flesh.”  He who rejects the gospel, and follows the leadings of his own depraved lusts will reap endless disappointment and misery.  Sow whisky, cards, profanity, etc., and reap drunkards, gamblers, and blackguards.  The harvest is sure.  Certain roads lead to certain places, dead sure.

4.  “Soweth to the Spirit.”  Who trusts in Christ & receives the gifts & graces of the Spirit shall reap eternal life.  Aims [?–I think that he wrote “Aims.”–KRT] at the higher life reaps the same.  Devotion to God issues in heaven.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Victory Through Christ Within   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

The Classic Theory of the Atonement, dating back to the first five centuries of Christian history, is the Conquest of Satan/Evil by means of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  The Latin term for the resurrected Lord is therefore Christus Victor.  And the above image is most appropriate to that theology.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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1 John 4, 4

1.  The struggle of life is between the spirit of the world and of God.  One of the other rules in every heart.  There is either submission to Christ or opposition to Him.

2.  The result of it grows out of the spirit within one.  The spirit within is the citadel of the soul.  While there it dominates the whole life.  While evil is within the life will be evil.

3.  John says these overcame in the strength of Him who dwelt in them, for “greater is He” within you “than he that is in the world.”  Christ met and vanquished the devil and is ever Conqueror.  With Christ ruling in the heart we overcome the world.

4.  Hence appears the need of the soul–the Conqueror within.  Without Him the heart is enslaved by sin; so that freedom is impossible.  Think not to resist the devil if you fight a single battle unaided by Christ.  Come to Him and in Him find victory over sin.

5.  With Him in the heart we not only have victory, but joy and blessed companionship and heaven at last.  He is over all in all.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT