The Blessedness of Believers   1 comment

Blessedness of Believers

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

St. Thomas, Apostle, missionary, martyr, and honest doubter, is my favorite character in the Bible.  Make of that what you will, O reader.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCUS AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF GEORGE VI, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

THE FEAST OF SAINT VEDAST (VAAST), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARRAS AND CAMBRAI

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM BOYCE AND JOHN ALCOCK, ANGLICAN COMPOSERS

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Jno. 20, 29

I.

The disciples forgot that he said he would rise and were in despair.  “We had hoped it was he,” etc.  Thomas was stubborn in his doubts.  Jesus spoke directly to him.  Thomas saw and believed and made the great confession.  His soul was thrilled; doubt and despair gone, joy flooded his soul–a glorious experience!

II.

We are not disadvantaged by being in time removed from the days of his flesh.  By our spiritual senses we may believe and rejoice.  “Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto you, but my Father.”  Spirit surpasses the natural man.

(a)  Jesus responds to faith.  He satisfies the deepest longings of the soul, becomes more real than he was to the disciples.  “I know whom I have believed.”  Did not our hearts burn within us?”

(b)  Dwells within our hearts–“temples of the Holy Ghost.”  He reproduces his life in us, “Christ liveth in me,”

(c)  We are the more favored than was Thomas–have the record of his life and teaching, what he has done through the ages by his Spirit through the church, testimonies of millions, especially of loved ones.

How sweet it is!  Doubt?  No; but enjoy his presence.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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