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A Lesson in Addition   1 comment

A Lesson in Additon

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2 Peter 1, 5

I.

“Well begun is half done.”  But many a good beginning is never finished.  There are many allurements by the way to turn us aside.  Many heed them and fall out.

II.

Peter exhorts that we be “diligent” as Christians who have started well.  He urges that we give heed, careful attention to our lives, so that with earnestness and wise activity we advance, grow.

(a)  Hold the grace already received.  Do not lose ground gained.  Use the means of grace–prayer, Bible study, public worship, etc., that our faith and love may be increased.  “Thou hast left thy first love.”  What a pity!

(b)  “Add to your faith.”  We begin with faith, or trust in God, and have peace with him.  “The just shall live by faith.”  But other graces are to be attained too.  We need them to help us meet life’s demands.

(c)  Labor diligently to realize the glorious possibilities opened out to you.  They will not be attained in a day but diligence under God’s blessings will add to your store as the days come and go.

III.

If thus you live your life will not be fruitless; rich results will be yours at last.  “Each tomorrow will find you further than today.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Partakers of the Divine Nature   2 comments

Partakers of the Divine Nature

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2 Peter 1, 4

I.

Sinful man partakes of the nature of Satan, corrupted by sin, held in bondage thereto until liberated by divine power.  “Ye are of your father the devil.”  Adam begat a son in his won likeness.

II.

But when man repents and yields himself to God, his sins are forgiven and he is made a new creature, born of the Spirit.  He is delivered from the power of sin and corruption and he has a new heart.

(1)  New desires.  No longer averse to the will of God, he wants to obey.  Desires are pure, noble, and good.  “I delight to do thy will, O God.”

(2)  New affections sway his life.  He loves God and men.  He is concerned about the salvation of sinners.

(3)  Christ is now his great ideal.  He patterns his life after him, seeks to please God in everything.  More and more he has the mind of Christ.

He does good as he has opportunity.

Some day “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

“Of his fullness have all we received and grace upon grace.”

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  2 Cor. 3, 18

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

1 Peter 4, 17   2 comments

1 Peter 4

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I.

Every forward religious movement begins in the church–in the heart of believers.  It is to them men look for leadership.

II.

Hence they must be begotten ready for the work.

(1)  They must lay the cause to heart, must be deeply concerned about it.  Else no one will pay the price.  They must see the needs–the work to be done, must get it on their hearts.

(2)  There must be a deep searching of heart to see if we are in such state as God can use us.  Sin, even hidden sin, will defeat God in our hearts and lives.  It will insulate our souls.

Hence judgment begins at the house of God.  God begins there and men look there.  Any wrong attitude or spirit in us must be repented of.  We must not be stumbling blocks.

(3)  Do we allow anything that does not please our Lord?  So what we think of Christ is important.  Can a holy Christ find pleasure in all we are and do?  Our unkind, unbrotherly attitudes and deeds?

(4)  Pray him to look into your heart and see if there is anything there that should not be.   Ps. 139, 23-24

Let the great forward movement begin in our hearts today and continue until it sweeps all around the world.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Make Christ Lord of All   1 comment

Make Christ Lord of All

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I have two words–baptismal regeneration–for my great-grandfather.  But I am close to Roman Catholicism–a faith tradition he condemned–and he considered baptismal regeneration heretical.  C’est la vie.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GENE BRITTON, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF CESAR CHAVEZ, LABOR UNION LEADER

THE FEAST OF CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON, ATTORNEY

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, CAPUCHIN FRIAR AND MARTYR

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1 Peter 3, 15

I.

“Without him was not anything made.”  Hence his Sovereign authority.  Creation invests him with the right to rule.

II.

He is also the Author of a new creation–the regenerated heart.  He redeems man.  He is the Lord of heaven and earth.   We are his new creation.

III.

We should so recognize him and by a supreme act make him Lord of heart and life.

(1)  Lord of the intellect, of all we think, pure, wholesome thinking.  Consecrate to him the powers of our minds.  We need him as an anchor of all our thinking.

(2)  Lord of our wills.  Sin is the anarchist of the soul.  we need to surrender the will to Christ.  This adjusts and oils life’s machinery.  “‘Tis best to let him have his way with thee.”

(3)  Lord of the emotions.  Satan would stir up evil passions.  Jesus would purify and rule them in righteousness and love, that holy emotions and desires for and pleasures in that which is good.

Bring forth the royal diadem

and crown him Lord of all.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 22, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-2 Peter, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z

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Christ Is All to Believers   6 comments

Christ is All to Believers

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1 Peter 2, 7

I.

Christ the foundation whereon we build our spiritual house.  “Other foundation can no may lay”–(1 Cor. 3, 11).  “None other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4, 12).  Christ alone!

II.

The condition is faith that yields all to him, trusts him fully for salvation–an act of the whole man–intellect, emotion and will.  None other has the authority and power to save.  None other has died to redeem us.  Look to him and live.  Christ or chaos.

III.

To all who believe, who trust in him for salvation, as Lord and Saviour, “he is precious”–an honour, is our sufficiency.

(1)  They have their sins forgiven by the blood of the Lamb.  Guilt no longer rests upon them.  “Though your sins be as scarlet” (Isa. 1, 18).  “He is faithful and jut to forgive us,” etc (1 Jno. 1, 9).

(2)  Become the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty–adopted into the family of God.

What a blessed relationship, what an honour!  Who is not happy in such an experience?!

“My soul shall make the boast in the Lord.”  Ps. 34

“He that believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (v6).

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Whom Having Not Seen We Love”   1 comment

Whom Having Not Seen We Love

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1 Peter 1, 8

I.

The heart was made to love.  It is set on something all through life, and that governs our course.  How vital it is to everyone is revealed by one’s final destiny.

II.

Many things bid for our affection.  On every hand their voices are calling to us.  They paint in rich colors the rewards they promise.  This is especially true of evil, to deceive if it were possible the very elect.  Yielding is perilous.

III.

Jesus bids for our love that he may save us and greatly enrich our lives.  “Lovest thou me?”  He is worthy of our utmost devotion.  To set our affections on him elevates and purifies every relation in live.  To love him is to enjoy the greatest inspiration for all life.  What great and heroic characters it has produced!  By it men are lifted to the greatest endeavor.

IV.

God save us from the low, degrading things that enslave men.

May we love him with all our hearts and prove how glorious is such a life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted April 19, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-2 Peter, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z

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“Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love”   3 comments

Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love

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1 Peter 1, 8

I.

They believed in him as Lord and Savior because of his life–his manifest goodness and love.  “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  “These are written [that] ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name.”  (Jno. 20, 31)

II.

This faith brings him into our hearts, and so we come to love him not only for love for us in his death but for what he is to us in our inner experience.  He is our salvation indeed.  We do not see him, but [he] is more real to us than he was to his disciples when he was in the flesh.  We love him because he first loved us and because [he] is so much to us now.  How loving and lovable he is!  Who can refuse to love such a Friend?

III.

“And rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Being accepted of God through him our hearts are filled with joy in him.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice.” (Phils. 4, 4)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT