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The Fellowship of Jesus Christ   4 comments

Fellowship of Jesus Christ

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1 Cor. 1, 9

I.  

Ours is a high calling into “fellowship of Jesus Christ, into participation with him of the glorious things of God,” an enjoyment in common “with Christ” (Rev. 3, 20, 1 Jno. 1, 3).

II.

Fellowship with him in all the graces of his eternal kingdom, as:

(1)  Victory over sin.  “I have overcome the world.”  Seven promises to the “overcomers”–Rev. chapters 1 & 2.  Faith is the victory.  Blessed triumph!!

(2)  Peace.  “My peace I give unto you.”  “Peace be unto you.”  “We have peace with God,” supplanting strife in the soul.

(3)  Love to God and man, until we are disposed toward all men as he is–all desires, aspirations and hopes held in love, born of love.

(4)  Service.  “He went about doing good,” ministering to men.  “The fellowship of his sufferings.”  “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me.”

(5)  The climax–fellowship in his eternal glory.  “That they may be with me…that they may behold my glory which thou hast give  me” (Jno 17, 24).

Can the heart wish for more?

This is our privilege through or in Christ.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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1 John 5, 4   1 comment

1 John 5, 4

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“The world”–evil forces that war against the soul.  Invisible but strong.  Many destroyed by them.  Hence many have fear lest they be smitten by them.  But we may be victors.

II.

Faith is the victory.  It appropriates the blessings that make strong.

(a)  Faith in God.  “Must believe that he is.”  His empowering grace is given to those who trust him.  Christ resisted the evil, made no concession to Satan.  (1)  [God] consoles in grief, (2) protects in danger, (3)  transforms discord into harmony with God’s good will.

(b)  His goodness is over all his works.  He has a Father’s interest in us.

(c)  His many promises are given to encourage us to trust him.  “What more can he say than to you he hath said?”

III.

He expects us to overcome and enter upon the final reward of the righteous.  All of the means of grace look to that end.  See the seven “overcomers” in Rev. 2 and 3, Paul’s valedictory, and Rom. 8, 37, and Rev. 12, 11.  “O Lord, help me to understand that you ain’t goin’ to let nothing come my way that you and me can’t handle together.”

We must not fail; but fight the good fight of faith and lay hold of eternal life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Gospel of Love   3 comments

Gospel of Love

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1 Jno. 3, 18

I.

Ours [is] a gospel of new attitudes, of love, [and] general good will.  It unites men to God and to each other.  Divisions and strife have no place.  “Where there is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free,” but brethren all in Christ.

II.

Respect for personality as sacred in the sight of God.  Hence purity of conduct and of desire are exalted and lust not tolerated.

The higher values of life magnified faith, love, righteousness, loyalty, integrity, and service.  Such a strong grasp of these spiritual, moral values, such devotion to Christ, that becomes courageous men in the face of death itself.

III.

Brotherly care for one another.  “One is our Master, were Christ, and all ye are brethren.”  If one member suffers, all suffer with it.  Like the good Samaritan, we want to help those who are in trouble.  Here is “a whole world of sympathy and love.”

IV.

Hence the desire of the church today to aid those who suffer–the homeless, bombed, dispossessed people, suffering and dying from famine, filled with black despair.  Now we can do something about it.  The church is calling us to do the heroic thing.  A great opportunity to manifest our love for them.  Who can say no?  The distressed stand at our door.

“Ye fed me,” etc.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted March 10, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L

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Conduct Most Important   2 comments

Conduct Most Important

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather used “professor” in a way which has fallen out of common use in my generation.  He referred to

professors of religion,

meaning those who profess a certain religion, not one who teaches religion at an institution of post-secondary education.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SAINTS WILLIGIS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MAINZ; AND SAINT BERNWARD, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HILDESHEIM

THE FEAST OF SAINT DOSITHEUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF SAINT POLYCARP, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF SMYRNA

THE FEAST OF SAMUEL WOLCOTT, U.S. CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER

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“He that doeth righteousness is righteous.”–1 Jno. 3, 7

I.

All religion issues in conduct.  When explicit professors of religion to live accordingly. as does God.

II.

“Keep them from the evil.”  This is negative but very important.  He came to save us from our sins.  “One that feareth God and escheweth evil?”  Job 1, 8

III.

Loves men.  This is identical with love of God.  “He that loveth God, loves his brother also.”

“He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”  1 Jno. 4, 20

IV.

Doing good.  This is the practical expression of love.

1.  Kind in our general attitude toward men–not critical, cold, harsh, but gentle and wishing all men well.

2.   Charitable toward others.  Ready to minister to their needs as we are able.  It is a great grace.  We can’t do all that is needed, but we can do something and that will help them and us.

Men rightly judge us more by what we do than by our profession.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted February 23, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L

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“And This is the Promise That He Hath Promised Us, Even Eternal Life.”   3 comments

And This is the Promise

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1 Jno. 2, 25

“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”  1 Jno. 5, 11

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”  1 Jno. 5, 13

“Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life.”  1 Tim. 6, 12

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life–eternal life.”–Matt. 25, 46

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Eternal life–28 times

Everlasting life–14 times

Eternal glory–3 times

Eternal salvation–2 times

Eternal inheritance–1 time

Eternal judgment–1 time

Eternal damnation–1 time

Eternal fire–1 time

Everlasting consolation–1 time

Everlasting habitations–1 time

Everlasting destruction–1 time

Everlasting punishment–1 time

Everlasting fire–1 time

Total–56

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Heirs of God   8 comments

Heirs of God

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Rom. 8, 17

I.

By repentance of faith we are born into the kingdom of God–become “sons of God” (1 Jno. 3, 1-2).  “Thou art no more a servant but a son” (Gal. 4, 7).

II.

Now we have the rights of a son and are so treated–an “heir of God.”  What treasures God has to bestow upon us.  We are to enjoy him, our God and Father.  How glorious is our heritage!

III.

“Joint heirs with Christ.”  We are to share with Christ the treasures that are his by virtue of his Sonship.

(1)  The love of God–may feast on it as did our Lord.

(2)  Life in its fullness, “abundantly.”  God’s grace encircles life so much, and is sufficient for all our needs.

(3)  The Holy Spirit to dwell within and to guide and aid us.  It was by his help Jesus cast out demons and labored so helpfully.

(4)  The glories of the eternal world.  “All that I have is thine” (Lk. 15, 31b).  The right of the inheritance is thine” (Jer. 32, 8).  You and I inherit a farm.  I can’t say this field is mine and that yours.  Both alike own it and share it.  All alike belongs to Christ and us.

Shall we not enter upon our inheritance and enjoy it?

“As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  Which were born…of God.” (Jno. 1, 12-13)

“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God….Beloved now are we the sons of God” (1 Jno. 3, 1-2)

“And if children then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we may be glorified together.” (Rom. 8, 17)

“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3, 29)

“Wherefore thou art no more more a servant, but a son, and if a son then an heir of God through Christ.”  (Gal. 4, 7)

“That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” (Eph. 3, 6)

“That being justified by his grace we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3, 7)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Brotherly Love   2 comments

Brotherly Love

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Matt. 22, 39

1 Jno. 4, 11

I.

Love has one common origin, the nature of God.  The stream is of the same nature of properties as the fountain.  What God sows his children love.

II.

His love manifested in all his works.  More especially in Jesus Christ.  God and Christ “so loved the world.”  Wonderful.

III.

Love’s consumation is in Christ–in brotherhood.  Here is where it is perfected.  “If God so loved us we ought also to love one another.”  God’s Father love is in the love of his children, is realized to perfection only when man love one another in Christ’s fashion.

(a)  Ours should be an attitude of general good will to all men.  Not that we are to approve of their evil ways; but we are to maintain a prayerful interest in them–long to see them saved, pray for it, and be a good neighbor to all as we may be able.

(b)  This love casts out all bitterness, meanness, self-will, self-seeking.  Love is kind to all.  Jesus gave the sop to Judas and prayed for those who crucified him.

(c)  Christians should love one another.  What a beautiful bond it is!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 29, 2014 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, George Washington Barrett 1914-1956

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