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The Lamb Slain   2 comments

Lamb Slain

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Rev. 5, 6-14

I.

John saw the Christ as the sacrificed Lamb, standing and though it had been slain–suffering, sacrificed love in the midst of the throne.  The cross abides at the center of the whole Christian movement.  We owe all to the cross–the love that readies forth to help.

II.

Honors are paid him.  “Worthy art thou to take the book and to open the seals”–to reveal and unfold the future–“for thou wast slain and didst purchase unto God men of every tongue and people and nation,” etc.

How timely this song.  In a day of so much strife [Editor’s Note–He referred to World War II.], this song from heaven has in it no place for narrow nationalism.  He is the universal Christ, the Saviour of every soul that looks to Him.  “Many shall come from the east and from the west, and sit down in the kingdom,” etc. (Matt. 8, 11).  “And I saw a great multitude which no man could number…clothed in white raiment” (Rev. 7, 9-10).

III.

Christ is never caught off-guard by any conniving, scheming souls.

From on high he superintends the life and service of the church.  Today his [voice] is calling her to heroic effort to keep distressed lost souls.

His voice will be heard in the nations that a better day may dawn.  “I make all things new.”  Will not we gladly lend our aid in  so glorious a cause?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“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

“If Ye Shall Ask Anything My Name I Will Do It.”   4 comments

If Ye Shall Ask

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John 14, 14

I.

Our need of divine aid.  We are unable to do the work before us if left to ourselves.  “Without me ye can do nothing” (Jno. 15, 5).  “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zech. 4, 6).

II.

Prayer is an opening of the heart to God, throwing off indifference, so essential.  How can God pour his Spirit into a heart closed against him?  “But their heart is far from me” (Matt. 15, 8).

III.

Prayer is a direct, earnest request for God’s help.  “Ask, seek, knock.”  Give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him (Lk. 11, 13).  “And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4, 31).

IV.

Have we any need of his help, of awakening of souls, of pardon, of guidance of power?  Does anyone about us need to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord?

May God breathe on us the spirit of earnest prayer?  And he prepares us and uses to help reach others that his kingdom may prevail over the forces of evil.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

“Peter Followed Afar Off.”   3 comments

Peter Followed Afar Off

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to refer to one who professes faith, not someone who teaches at a college.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS LYDIA, DORCAS, AND PHOEBE, COWORKERS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

THE FEAST OF ANDREI RUBLEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ICONOGRAPHER

THE FEAST OF SAINTS GENESIUS I OF CLERMONT AND PRAEJECTUS OF CLERMONT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; AND SAINT AMARIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT GILDAS THE WISE, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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Matt. 26, 58a

I.

“This expression used by Matthew, Mark, and Luke gets at a vital matter, tells one feature of Peter’s fall.  Overconfidence failed to pray in Gethsemane hastily, smote off the servant’s ear, rebuked by Jesus, who restored the ear; he seemed not to know what to do; followed his Lord afar off, cowered under accusation of being a disciple, he denied his Lord.

II.

Here is a great lesson for every professor.  There is grave danger at a distance from the Lord.  Near him Peter was brave; far off he fell into sin as any man is liable to do.

(a)  Such a course usually begins in neglect of prayer and Bible study, then neglect of the other means of grace, then of some duty then of bad company, then outright sin.

(b)  Overconfidence is dangerous.  “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he that fall” (1 Cor. 10, 12).  Our strength is in the Lord.  “Keep close to Jesus all the way.”

III.

Peter’s denial was not final and fatal.  Jesus caught his eye and it broke his heart, and he went out and wept bitterly.  “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”  “If any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father” (1 Jno. 2, 1).

“Go tell my disciples and Peter.”  Jesus recommissioned him and he preached a great sermon at Pentecost and was true until death.

“Draw near to God and he will draw near to thee.”  Keep near him, being constantly faithful.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Man With One Talent   1 comment

Man With One Talent

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Matt. 25, 24-25

I.

The one talent belonged to God and was given according to man’s ability to improve it.  It was given to be used for God.  He expects everyone use helpfully the goods bestowed–this our duty.

II.

The servant hid his lord’s money–did not use it so as to increase it.  This is the temptation to many, maybe to the majority.  False modesty, fear, a failure to see one’s obligation, lead to inaction–did not squander it, he just did not use it.

(1)  Falsely accused God–“a hard master.”  But he is not.  He smiles even upon small success.  Nor increases the talent or talents.  It and the increase remain ours to enjoy.

(2)  But if he were “a hard master” all the more should he have used his talent.

III.

He accepts no excuse for failure to try.  “Thou wicked and slothful servant.”  The gift not used is taken away.  The sloth is condemned to utter emptiness–cast out.  What a spectacle!

Be glad of a chance to use your talent.  Never neglect an opportunity for good.  Direct your life toward better things.  There is growth and joy in so doing.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Using the Gifts Received   1 comment

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Matt. 25, 23

I.

Responsibility is measured by ability and opportunity.  These are our beginnings and test our devotion to any cause.  God never requires more than we are able, under his blessings to perform.

II.

“He delivered to them his goods, to each according to his several ability.  He knew what each one was capable of doing.  We should recognize!

(1)  That we handle another’s property committed to us for a time–a sacred trust.

(2)  We are to handle it for him–according to his pleasure–so as to increase his goods that he may have a return from his investment.

III.

He gives us time to increase the gift before he calls us to render account of our stewardship.

He is anxious that we succeed.  Let no one be careless about his life, nor the way he deports himself.  The day of reckoning will assuredly come.

IV.

“Well done.”  One can see his smile that his servant has been “good and faithful.”  He will pay it if only it is true.

That will be heaven for us.

Let us be encouraged to do our best for him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Loving Service   1 comment

Loving Service

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Matt. 20, 28

I.

Jesus was conscious that the world needed to give.  It could add nothing to him, but he could greatly enrich the life of the world.  In him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily the riches of Christ are unsearchable.

II.

Hence he “came to minister”–to bestow upon men what they most needed–the knowledge of God, his nearness and love, his grace, his saving power, the most exalted view of life and destiny, to guide us unto the paths of wisdom and peace.  In him is the solution of the questions before us.

III.

This is the true mission of the church–to render needed service unto men.  What can we the church be worth to others?  If they need help of any kind, especially spiritual assistance, the church should strive to render it.

IV.

Hence each individual should strive thus to serve.  “As much as in me is.”  How help them?

Be Christ-like in all things in prayerful effort, as opportunity affords.

Then “Well done” at last.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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His Presence Promised   1 comment

His Presence Promised

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Matt. 18, 20

I.

Were millions of worshippers assembled in thousands of places at the same time, Jesus is with each group to bless them in their devotions.  His presence is our inspiration as we seek his face.  His center is everywhere; his circumference is nowhere.

II.

“Where two or three are assembled in my name.”  Blessed promise.  Not large numbers, but the attitude of the worshippers is the important consideration.  The multitudes stirred his compassion as he saw their needs; but he heard the cry of every distressed soul who looked to him.  Small groups may receive great grace–the two en route to Emmaus.  As may husband and wife at the family altar, or one at secret prayer.  “If two of you” (Ch. 18, 19).

III.

“I am in the midst of them”–Not to spy upon them, but to enlighten, strengthen, comfort and save them.  His presence is assured!

Let his promise encourage us to seek his presence, open to him our hearts that we may be sweetly conscious of his presence.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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The Divinity of Christ   12 comments

Divinity of Christ

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather’s use of “Jehovah” places him in time.  The American Standard Version of the Bible (1901) makes frequent use of that term, for example.  That term has fallen out of use in many circles, with “the LORD” of “Yahweh” taking its place most frequently.  For example, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, in its 1973 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Singing, uses “Jehovah” frequently.  Yet the denomination’s 2010 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Worship, replaces “Jehovah” with other terms, usually “the LORD.”  (Aside:  I do find having a collection of hymnals helpful for research purposes.)  Nevertheless, on my way to church each Sunday, I drive past the building of a congregation which calls itself “Jehovah’s Temple.”  I guess they did not get the memo.

I note also that my great-grandfather had read up on developments in Christology during the first five centuries of Christianity.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS LYDIA, DORCAS, AND PHOEBE, COWORKERS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

THE FEAST OF ANDREI RUBLEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ICONOGRAPHER

THE FEAST OF SAINTS GENESIUS I OF CLERMONT AND PRAEJECTUS OF CLERMONT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; AND SAINT AMARIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT GILDAS THE WISE, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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Matt. 16, 16

Christian view:  two natures, humanity born of a virgin & died; divinity which was united with the humanity very and eternal God, in essence equal and one with the Father, truly & properly God.

I.  

Titles:  they can apply only to God

(1)  Jehovah,  Ex. 3, 14–“I am that I am,” the highest name of God.  Isa. 40, 5–“the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed.”  In Matt. 3, 3, this is applied to Christ viz:  “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”

(2)  Lord of glory:  “Had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2, 8).

(3)  “God”–Jno. 1, 1; Lord of hosts…the God of Jacob–Ps. 46, 7.  In Heb. 1, 8 this is applied to Christ.

(4)  Son of God:  “I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God” (Jno. 1, 34).  And unclean spirits…cried saying, “Thou art the Son of God” (Mk. 3, 11).  “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3, 17).

(5)  “God with us”–Emmanuel.  Matt. 1, 23, “God over all.”  “Christ who is over all God blessed for ever” (Rom. 9, 5).

“God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into Glory” (1 Tim. 3, 16).  “And we know that the true Son of God is come.  This is the true God” (1 Jno. 5, 20).

Angels bear witness:

A Saviour (Matt. 1, 21); “Son of the Highest” (Lk. 1, 32); “Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2, 11).

II.

His attributes prove he is God:  All that are applied to God are applied to Christ–Eternity, Immutability, Omnipotence, etc.

Consciousness of his nature

III.

His works prove him Divine:  Creation, Preservation, Pardon of sin, Miracles, Judgment

We baptize and dismiss the congregations in his name, pray in his name and the Father hears us.

The mighty Lord from heaven, the Saviour of sinners

“If ever man was God or God man, Jesus Christ was both.”–Byron

“If Jesus Christ is a God

And the only God, I swear

I will follow him thro’ heaven and hell,

The earth, the sea, the air.”–Gilder

“Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

Hail, great Galiean!–Great God.”–Woods

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Large Returns   2 comments

Large Returns

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Matt. 13, 8

Ps. 126, 6

I.

To serve the Lord Christ is the highest privilege–to help him establish righteousness in human lives.  He has a place for us, to undertake for him.

II.

All service has its reward.

(a)  At least the consciousness of duty performed.  This if nothing more; usually there is more.

(b)  Some seed fall by the wayside, etc., but “some into good ground.”  This is the common lot of his servants–“sow in tears, but reap in joy.”  Not every Sunday School pupil profits most, but some do.

Our giving to good causes yields fruit.  Enormous returns from the work of missions.  Godly parents wield a mighty influence.  1 Godly father; 10 children Christians; 42 grandchildren, 41 Christian, 1 a preacher.  That is at least 51-fold in only 2 generations.

III.

The results abide through the ages, right forces set a going operate on and on.  “Some 30; some 60; some 100-fold.”  No such returns assured anywhere else.

With this vision and assurance who need be discouraged?

“The day of small things” may ultimately result in large returns.

“Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing bringing his sheaves with him.”–Ps. 126, 6

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT