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May 15, 1910

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Postmarked May 15, 1910

Posted March 14, 2014 by neatnik2009 in William Lorenzo "Ren" Bishop (1889-1964)

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To Know the Love of Christ   2 comments

To Know the Love of Christ

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Eph. 3, 17b-19

…that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Authorized Version

I.

Paul concerned that they may have a rich experience of love.  It is the rich soil in which the soul thrives.  Dense vegetation in the torrid zone.  “Rooted and grounded” in love to God–taking deeper, broader hold of it–fundamental to Christian developments.

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“Able to comprehend this wonderful mystery of God, this common heritage of his people.

(1)  “Breadth”–to all ages, nations, and ranks of men.  “So loved the world.”  Less would be unworthy of God.

(2)  “Length”–from everlasting to everlasting.  “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”  (Jer. 31, 3)  “Never fails.”

(3)  “Depth”–stooping to the lowest conditions of men to relieve and save.  “To the uttermost.

(4)  “Height”–its entitling us and raising us to heavenly happiness and eternal glory.

(5)  “And to know the love of Christ.”  That we may so experience his love in our hearts that we may appreciate its sweep and rich content, though we cannot fully comprehend it.

III.

“Filled with all the fulness of God”–meekness, gentleness, goodness, love, justice, holiness, mercy, and truth.”  “Let me love thee more and more…until my soul is lost in love.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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May 11, 1910

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Postmarked May 11, 1910

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The Indwelling Christ   3 comments

Indwelling Christ

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Eph. 3, 17

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The [missing word] we have of Him has its chief value in the expression to which it leads.  It is the foundation of a living faith in Christ that we may enjoy him.  “How can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?”  How important is the message!  Being divine he is the Saviour of all who believe.

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“By faith.”  This is to be our attitude toward him–so to believe in him as to welcome him into our hearts that he may establish us in grace.  “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”  “Ye shall know that…ye are in me and I in you.”  “I live yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”  (Gal. 2, 20)  “Christ in you the hope of glory.”  (Col. 1, 27)  So we are to enjoy his blessed presence in our hearts.  What an enriching experience!

III.

The consciousness of his presence in our hearts will refrain us from sin–unkindness, wrath, evil speaking, etc.

It will fill our lives with love, pure, unselfish, joyous, hopeful, helpful always.

“Let me love thee more and more.”

We will make constant progress in Christian experience, until we shall be filled with all the fullness of God.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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May 4, 1910

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Postmarked May 4, 1910

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Without God   1 comment

Without God

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Eph. 2, 12

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Man was made for God.  His immortal nature yearns after him and can find no rest away from him.

II.

God can have no fellowship with sin.  When sin comes into the heart God goes out.  Satan is God’s worst enemy.  Sin alienates him from God.

(a)  A sinner has no communion with God, no sense of God’s presence and love, no peace, no joy.  His heart responds not to God’s overtures.

(b)  No God in temptation to help him resist the devil.  Left a hopeless prey to all the snares of Satan.  Nothing but God’s grace can save one.

So he is left a victim of sin, a prey to lust, and every evil power.

How can parents rest while one child is away from God?

(c)  Without God in afflictions and bereavements.  The heart sorely needs him then.  He alone can comfort and strengthen.  No prayer, no help!  How unspeakable.

(d)  Without God in death; left to the the awful doom of the damned.

No hope of immortality, but unending woe.

Dare we live without him?  He calls you to him now.  Hear and heed him right now.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted March 14, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Ephesians, George Washington Barrett 1914-1956

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April 22, 1910

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Postmarked April 22, 1910

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