Crossbearing   1 comment

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Above:  St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, July 28, 2013

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Matt. 16, 24-27

1.  Jesus announces that each one who would follow Him must bear his own cross.

(a)  “Deny himself”–his own selfish will.

(b)  “And follow me,” the lowly one.

For:

2.  Whosoever would save his (natural) life shall lose it (his spiritual life).  The former wars against the latter.  Something must be given up; which shall it be?  The soul’s life and its graces are what we pay for worldly enjoyment.  The price is too great.

3.  “What is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and forfeit his life?  The soul is too dear a price to pay for the whole world, not to say a small portion.  For it all can’t redeem the soul.  Its redemption is indeed precious.

4.  “The Son of man” will come in judgment and reward every man according to his deeds.

To the crossbearers he will grant a crown of righteousness; to the crossspurners he will assign as their due shame and everlasting contempt.

Which will you do, bear the cross for Him or spurn it for self?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Matthew

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