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The Indwelling Christ   3 comments

Indwelling Christ

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Eph. 3, 17

I.

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.

II.

“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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Devotedness to Christ   4 comments

Devotedness to Christ

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Jno. 11, 16

I.

Thomas knew of the opposition to Jesus at Jerusalem.  He verily believed it meant death to Jesus for him to return to Judea.  But Jesus went to help the sorrowing.

II.

Thomas’ love for Jesus was stronger than life.  He resolved to go with him and called upon the other disciples to go also.  What a beautiful devotion was his.

III.

Jesus calls us, as he had called them, to follow him, to learn of him, and to do his bidding, walk with him in service to others.  “He went about doing good.”  This was his “meat”–Jno. 4. 24.  “I am among you as he that serveth”–Lk. 22, 27.

“By love serve one another”–Gal. 5, 13.  “For ye serve the Lord Christ”–Col. 3, 24.

Great joy in serving him by doing good to others.  It helps a soul find peace to assist one in need.

IV.

But are we only fair-weather Christians?  Shall we not, like Thomas, go with him ever facing danger and sacrifice?  Is he not dearer than all else?  Suffering for Christ’s sake may not be easy, but it is far better to suffer with him than to dwell at ease without him.

May our hearts be brave to walk close to his side whatever may come.  Then all will be well and we shall triumph at last.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Enrichment of Life   8 comments

Enrichment of Life

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I have had to reconstruct some text due to the fraying of the page at the right margin.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT NICHOLAS KASATKIN, ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP OF ALL JAPAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANSKAR, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF HAMBURG-BREMEN

THE FEAST OF GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MILLARD FULLER, FOUNDER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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1 Cor. 1, 5

see 2 Cor. 8, 7; Rom. 11, 33; Eph. 3, 8; Col. 1, 27

I.

A pastor’s pleasure that his people receive grace from Christ.  He (Christ) came “that they might have live…abundantly.”  “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought.”

II.

Paul thankful for their enrichment:

1.  In utterance, or speech, knowing what to teach.  Evil thoughts and utterance–charitable conversation no longer given place. But kindness, charitable, brotherly spirit holds sway.  “Love suffereth long and is kind…thinketh no evil.”  “Let the words…and meditations…be acceptable.”–Psalm 19

2.  “In all knowledge of God’s will.”  He opens our eyes to see what once was mysterious and dark.  Now “we behold worldly things in his law.”  The Spirit illumines his word as we study it.  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119,  105).    Religious literature a great blessing.

Such a life increasing in understanding and love more and more.  Paul prayed to this end.  “The Lord make you to increase and abound in love” (1 Thes. 3).  See also 1 Thes. 4, 10:  “We beseech you that ye increase in love more and more.”

III.

The riches of Christ Jesus are unsearchable.  “The riches of grace in Christ Jesus are better than gold.”  They are for us as we press on to appropriate them and so be thereby constantly enriched in our experience.

Let us not fail to grow in grace constantly.  Who does not want to know more of him and extend the greater blessing to others?

More love to thee, O Christ and to all men.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Christ’s Victory and Ours   14 comments

Christ's Victory and Ours

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Acts 2, 24

1 Cor. 15, 57

1 Jno. 5, 4

I.

The death & resurrection of Jesus were in God’s plan.  That he should die for man was necessary to salvation & God willed it.  But to consumate that plan he must live to carry it on.

II.

Hence God raised him up.  It was part of the plan & due to God’s direct intervention.  Acts 3, 15; Rom. 4, 24; 2 Cor. 4, 14; Eph. 1, 20; Col. 2, 12b; 1 Thes. 1. 10; Heb. 13, 20; 1 Peter 1, 21; & text = 10 times it is affirmed.

He was not to be [the] loser in the struggle but victor.  Life is stronger than death.  He submitted to it only to redeem us.  He arose no longer subject to death.  Death was vanquished by him; it is subject to his power.  “Have the keys to death.”–Rev. 1, 18

III.

He lives to give us victory over sin.  By his grace we may resist the devil, “overcome” him.  “He is able to succour them what they are tempted.”  Heb. 2, 18  “To him that overcometh.”  The plan of salvation wrought out by Christ is no failure.  The “gospel is the power of God unto salvation,” see Jude 24.

IV.  

He will give us victory over death.  We too, shall have our Easter morning–Jno. 5, 28.  “All that are in the grace shall come forth.”

Our resurrection body is to be fashioned after his, a spiritual body–Phils. 3, 21.

Redemption is completed in our resurrection and glorification.

Victory!!  “Death is swallowed up in victory”–1 Cor. 15, 54.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Colossians   1 comment

Colossians

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/content-and-object-of-the-gospel/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-preeminence-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-enrichment-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/the-indwelling-christ/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/christs-victory-and-ours/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-culture-of-the-heart/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/let-peace-arbitrate/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/the-word-laid-up-in-the-heart/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/dead-yet-alive/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/love-the-all-important-thing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/saved-for-good-works/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/devotedness-to-christ/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/continue-in-prayer/

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Content and Object of the Gospel   1 comment

Content and Object of the Gospel

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Col. 1, 28

I.

“Whom we preach.”  Christ is our gospel–he who is

(1)  The Son of God on an equality with the Father,

(2) Was before all things , all creation,

(3)  By whom all things were created,

(4)  The image of the Father in whom all fullness dwells,

(5)  The only Saviour of sinners,

(6)  The resurrection and the life.

What a gospel!!

II.

“Warning every man.”  All are under sin and God’s wrath  is revealed against it.  Time is uncertain and death is sure.  Now is the day of salvation.  Faithful warning is this.  Heed it.

III.

“Teaching every man in all wisdom.”  To know the truth of God and of man’s own need is all man needs to know in order to man’s salvation.

IV.

The end of it all–That we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus–Thoroughly instructed in the teachings of Christianity, and made partakers of his grace.  Be saved from sin and be filled with the divine fullness.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted November 12, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Colossians, George Washington Barrett 1914-1956

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The Culture of the Heart   1 comment

Col. 3, 8-17

1.  The inducements offered to cultivate the heart.

(1)  The capability of the heart to respond to cultivation.

(2)  The eternal harvest resulting from its cultivation emphasizes its importance and stimulates one for the undertaking.

2.  Hindrances to growth should be removed.  Malevolent affections should be crushed out.  Anger, malice, evil speaking, etc. are enemies of one’s peace and growth.  Put them away!

3.  Then put on the graces that adorn the soul–“a heart of compassion,” etc.

(1)  These beautify and strengthen the heart.  Their importance cannot be overestimated.  The heart is barren without them.

(2)  Let love crown them all as “a perfect bond.”  Give love the right-of-way.

(3)  Add an ever-increasing knowledge of God’s word.

(4)  Do all in His name–leave off all that can’t be done in that name.

4.  His grace shall abound unto all who thus live.  Every day shall add something of sweetness and strength until when he shall be made manifest we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT