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1 Corinthians   1 comment

1 Corinthians

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


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John 3, 16   4 comments


Above:  Jesus and Nicodemus, by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

(Image in the Public Domain)


1.  Because of sin the world was in a ruined state, hurt beyond all hope of recovery save through divine help.  [It] was condemned and about to perish eternally.

2.  God through the impulse of His love provided for its rescue and salvation by giving his Son to die for it.  Not for any merit in man, but God’s unmerited love.  This is the fountain of it all.  Need arouses the better impulses of man’s heart; much more does our need move God to fly to our relief.

The disease must be great and dire to necessitate such great cost to redeem man from it.

3.  This sacrifice of Jesus is the only means by which men are saved (Acts 4, 12), but it is a sufficient sacrifice.  He can save all from sin (Heb. 7, 25).

4.  This salvation is for all on simple terms–faith in Jesus.  God has come as near as He can not to encourage man in sin.  Without this trust no man is benefited by the death of Jesus.  He must be accepted or all is lost.  Those may perish for whom He died (1 Cor. 8, 11).

5.  Two distinct blessings are those received:

(1)  “They they may not perish”–are saved from the awful effects of sin, and

(2)  They “have eternal life,” are brought to heaven in the end.

Then accept Him now.


My Brother’s Keeper   3 comments

Gen. 4, 9

1.  Am I in any way responsible for the welfare of my brother?  The query of the text a negative reply, originated in sin and a murderer was the first preacher of it.

2.  I am my brother’s keeper, because:

(a)  God created us both social beings with a common destiny.  What affects him touches me.  Each helps make the other’s environment.

(b)  I so conclude because I shall be judged for my conduct toward him.  “Inasmuch as ye did it to one of these ye did it to me.”  In serving my brother I serve Christ; in neglecting him I neglect my Lord.

3.  Then I am duty-bound to him to do him the good I can.

(a)  By trying to put evil out of his way.  “With thy meat destroy not him for whom Christ died….If eating meat cause my brother to stumble, I will eat no flesh forevermore.”  (1 Cor. 8, 13 & 10, 33)

(b)  By helping him over the rough places of life.  “If a man be overtaken in any trespass, ye who are spiritual restore such a one,” etc.  (Gal. 6, 1-2)

I must do what I can for his good.  Less than this is short of my plain duty not to mention my privileges.


Questioned Things   1 comment

1 Cor. 8, 13

1.  Every act, if known, will influence another.  We can’t help it.  Our act helps to make this world.

2.  A thing we do not regard a sin may lead another to offend against his weak conscience.  To do so is to sin against him.

3.  We dare not live unmindful of those about us, even if we have no patience with their views.  Their souls are at stake.  “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works.”

4.  When we sin against our weak brother we sin against Christ.  It is fearful to offend “one of these little ones that believe in Me.”

5.  In all questioned things where the right and wrong are not clearly distinguished our conduct should be determined by our weak brother’s conscience if we know what that is.

This is Christlike in Spirit.


Redemption Through His Blood   2 comments


Above:  The Crucifixion (1622), by Simon Vouet (1590-1649)

Eph. 1, 7

1.  Because of his sin the penalty–condemnation of the law–rested upon man.  Had offended God’s justice.  He was enslaved and doomed.  He or a suitable substitute must suffer the penalty or God would make void the law.  Love yearned over him & wisdom found the plan.

2.  Jesus died for him.  Thus met God’s sense of justice–law.  His blood redeems–atones.  He, not another, is our Redeemer.  “No other name given.”  “It is he that shall save his people.”

3.  He is the Saviour of all men.  “Tasted death for every man.”  “Gave himself a ransom for all.”  “Will have all men to be saved.”  “Is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world.”  No sin unatoned for, no sinner left out.  Yet those may perish for whom Christ died–1 Cor. 8, 11.  Hence:

4.  It is conditioned in application.  Man must repent and live, or it all avails him nothing.  “He is the Saviour of all men, especially of them that believe.”  Man in time not God in eternity limits the atonement.  If you will repent and believe he will forgive and cleanse your soul.


Intemperance a Sin   8 comments


Above:  Cover of Puck Magazine, August 28, 1907

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-26196

Summary from the Library of Congress page:

Illustration shows two men, one labeled “Georgia” and the other labeled “Maine”, both are holding bottles, one labeled “Orange Phosphate” and the other labeled “Cold Tea” which contain alcohol; their pockets are filled with such bottles, their method of subverting prohibition.

Image Source = Library of Congress


I am, for the record, a practicing Episcopalian, albeit a relatively “dry” one.  I have no objection to the sale or use of alcohol yet do object to the abuse of that substance.  Abuse of anything is a sin, but alcohol is, in and of itself, morally neutral.  I think of an old (perhaps apocryphal) story about a lady who traveled on the lecture circuit for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).  At one town, she gave her stump speech about how God wants people to avoid alcohol completely.  Then she asked if anyone had any questions for her.  A young man raised his hand.  She called on him.  Then he asked,

If what you say is true, how do you explain Jesus turning water into wine?

The speaker replied,

I would like him better if he had not done that.

I also know the historical record regarding the unintended consequences of Prohibition in the United States.  Yes, alcohol consumption did decrease for decades, but Prohibition was a boon to corruption and organized crime.  There are limits to how much morality one can legislate effectively.

I recall a family story.  My great-grandfather, in his later years, received an unwelcome prescription.  His doctor told him to drink a small amount of wine with each evening meal.  My great-grandfather protested that alcohol had never passed his lips.  But my great-grandmother knew better; she had opened the packages containing fruit cakes when he had been elsewhere.  As we say in the South,

’nuff said.

Now, without further ado, are my great-grandfather’s thoughts on intemperance.









Hab. 2, 12 & 15; 2 Jno. 11

1.  It is wrong to drink–beverages forbidden pigs make hogs; tipters make topers.  It is an evil for the (1) body (2) mind and (3) soul–damns it at the last.  “Is not wise,” is a fool (Prov. 20:1).  Drunkard classed with the thief & murderer (Gal. 5:19-21; Rev. 21:8)  Neither shall inherit eternal life.  “At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.”

2.  Wrong to give it, or sell it.  (Hab. 2:15)  It hurts my brother whom I have no right to harm (1 Cor. 10:28 and 8:9; Romans 14:13).  Since I dare not touch the business, God’s curse is upon all who do.  We have no moral right to engage in that which destroys life eternally.

3.  It is wrong to endorse its sale–Hab. 2:12.  If one consents to murder, he is guilty of blood–2 Jno 11.  Shall we by vote or consent in any way to legalize the murder of souls.

God’s curse rests upon the whole traffic.  Let it alone in all its forms.  Do your duty for God and home  and native land.  If all the world goes to the bad, don’t you dare consent to it.  Live for God and the good of others.