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Christ Is All to Believers   6 comments

Christ is All to Believers

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


1 Peter 2, 7


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!


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.


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).


The Only Sure Foundation   1 comment

Only Sure Foundation

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor



The Roman Empire, if one counts the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire, lasted for close to 1,500 years, starting with Augustus.  The empire in the West ceased to exist in 476 C.E., having been successor to a kingdom then a republic–about 1,200 years in all, starting with the founding of the city of Rome.  Yet, strictly speaking, the (Western) Roman Empire stood for about 500 years, starting with Augustus.




1 Cor. 3, 11


Every structure, to stand in the day of adversity, must have a secure foundation, whether [the structure] be a life, an institution, or a nation.  The house founded upon a rock–obedience to Christ–stood; that on the sand fell.  Men find [that] it works that way.  The Roman Empire, resting upon force, stood for 1200 years, but moral corruption worked its destruction.


Character alone is abiding, unfailing strength of a nation–of all worthy institutions–the love of freedom, of home, of law, devotion to God and country.  These are the bulwarks of civilization.


Faith in God through Christ is the one sure foundation of all greatness and goodness.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  “It is above rubrics, is the principal thing.”


Are we concerned about the condition of the world?  Here is the only sufficient remedy–the knowledge of God through Jesus Christ.  It must be brought back to these fundamental virtues–to build on his sure foundation.  There is no other.  Here is our emphasis and security.

Those who forget God or fight against God wreck themselves by their own folly.


1 Corinthians   1 comment

1 Corinthians

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


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Ye Are Christ’s   1 comment


Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



1 Cor. 3, 23


Ye are Christ’s.

(1)  All his.  The priceless purchase of his blood; he died for us all.

(2)  Altogether his.  Nothing about us we call ours but belongs to him.  Many have not found this out yet.

1.  Our hearts are his to love and adore him and to love nothing sinful.

2.  Our time is his, to be spent according only as he wills.  All our time ought to be useful in some way to him.

3.  Our money is his.  He made it and all things.  He needs and will use it for glorious purposes.


None of these can be used by him save through us.  How great then is our responsibility.

We can use these things for him only as we use them for others.  He directs us so to act and will reward accordingly.  Service to humanity is the proof of consecration to God–for most of us the only possible proof.  Will we then recognize that we and our all belong to him?


God’s Fellow-Workers   1 comment


Above:  Architect’s House, Richon, Between 1898 and 1934

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1 Cor. 3, 9

God is the architect of His “building.”  He has a plan and man must follow it.

1.  God created the world and placed man over it–thus dignified life.  Aids man but left much for him to do.  Hid the minerals and gave man mind to discover and appropriate them.  He must labor too to reap the benefit.

2.  Thus in morals.  God gives the faculties with their possibilities and offers needed grace.  Now man may become a saint or a great sinner.  Thus placed all the world can’t help him unless he labors with God.  He is the architect of his own destiny.  All would be saved today had they cooperated with God in His efforts to save them.  Here’s the trouble.

3.  The same is true in saving the world.  God fixed a place for man in the economy of grace and he must fill it.  Personal work is our lameness when neglected; a great strength when done.  Nothing can take its place.

4.  How great is our responsibility.  “Sin is a reproach” because we can and ought to get rid of it.  Are we honestly trying to save our own souls and the whole world?  He wants our service & we need to do it.


The Church’s One Foundation   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

1 Cor. 3, 11

“Foundation”–that which underlies to support:  giving authority and power to exist.  Jesus is the church’s only foundation.

1.  He is the foundation of the Jewish ritual, looking to his coming.

2.  He is the only sacrifice for sin.  Only in his name may we ask for pardon.  He is “the Way” to the Father.

3.  He alone has power to forgive sin.  ” No other name given whereby we may be saved.”

The church’s power for good is from him.  “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you.”  Is “the Life.”

4.  The church’s authority to teach is from him.  “Go teach all nations.”  “Ye shall be witnesses of these things.”  He calls men to the ministry.  “Pray ye…that he may send for the laborers.”

5.  In him all the promises are yea and amen.  The sacraments have no meaning apart from him.

6.  Around him all the doctrines cluster.  He is head over all things to the church, which is his body.  He is the Chief Cornerstone.  In his person and office he is the immovable Rock of Ages:  able to bear the whole church.  There can be no other foundation.


Saved for Good Works   7 comments


Above:  The Recycling Center at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, Saturday, April 13, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



Eph. 2, 10

1.  Material creation was made for a specific purpose–for man.  Genesis 1, 27-30; 1 Cor. 3, 21-23

2.  Christians are his spiritual creation.  He alone transforms our natures.  Eph. 2, 10 & 15; 4, 24; Col. 3, 10; Jno. 3, 3; etc.  All this is of grace–the ability & opportunity to believe.  To believe is man’s free act, after this grace is offered.

3.  God has one great purpose in saving us–“for good works.”  We are saved not because of good works, but saved to do them.  We work not to be saved, but because we are saved.

Works without faith are not religious from lack of pure motive.

Faith without works is dead.  But how many do not really believe it!!

God is not pleased with an idle professor.  Judges 5, 23; Matt. 25, 26.

4.  Men will be judged by their works.  See the Parables of the Pounds & Talents.  “Hungry and ye gave me not meat.”  Final salvation depends on obedience.  “Be thou faithful unto the death.”

5.  Then be admonished to do good.  Lay up treasure in heaven by doing every possible good.  “Do all the good you can, to as many people as you can, as long as you can,” for great is your reward in heaven.