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1 John 5, 4   1 comment

1 John 5, 4

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I.

“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

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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

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

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

1 John   1 comment

1 John

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-promises-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-fellowship-of-jesus-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/christ-is-all-to-believers/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-care-of-the-soul/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/life-eternal-for-the-obedient/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/peter-followed-afar-off/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/and-this-is-the-promise-that-he-hath-promised-us-even-eternal-life/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/the-golden-rule/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-nature-of-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/genuine-love/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/gods-hostility-to-all-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/heirs-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/conduct-most-important/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-gospel-of-love/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/brotherly-love-proof-of-our-discipleship/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/victory-through-christ-within/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/brotherly-love/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/conduct-most-important/

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-victory-of-the-church/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/and-this-is-the-promise-that-he-hath-promised-us-even-eternal-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/1-john-5-4/

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Posted November 14, 2013 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, Guide Posts A-J

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The Victory of the Church   1 comment

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1 Jno. 5, 4

1.  The Christian life is a warfare.  The world, sin in all its forms, opposes the efforts of the Christian.  Temptations and outward opposition to the right.  These are numerous and arise unexpectedly.

2.  The power by which men overcome these is from above.  The Invisible alone can empower us to conquer sin.  How, then, may we appropriate for ourselves needed help?

3.  Faith that lays hold of the eternal is our victory.  Thus the unseen becomes consciously real to us.  Jesus responds to faith.

(1)  We are converted when we believe him.  According to your faith be it unto you.” “Only believe.”

(2)  “The just shall live by faith.”  By our confidence in God we receive needed grace and conquer our every foe–are more than conquerors.

4.  By faith in her great Leader, the Church is slowly, yet surely winning the world for Him.  The day is steadily approaching when every evil work shall e abolished and He shall reign from sea to sea.  We shall yet join the song of eternal conquest and cast the trophies of the world at His feet.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted June 10, 2013 by neatnik2009 in 1-3 John, George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z

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The Witness of the Spirit   4 comments

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Rom. 8, 16

1.  Sin is real, man sees and feels it.  He needs rest in the assurance of deliverance.

2.  Foundation in scripture:

Rom. 5, 5 & 8, 15.

2 Cor. 1, 22 & 5, 5-6.

Gal. 4, 6.

Eph. 1, 13.

1 Jno. 3, 14 & 24.

1 Jno. 5, 6, 7, 10 & 19.

3.  Paul here speaks not of the indirect but of the direct testimony, which is the inner conviction or testimony of the Spirit that I am His child.  Not of eternal but of present salvation.

How [to] know it is his voice?  He wills I should know it is He.  His is a fatherly voice.  Another aid is the preceding experience.  Born not only once but constantly.  Have you it now?  This is supremely important?

4.  Indirect testimony

(1)  “By two or three witnesses” is law.  Hence both are given.

(2)  Man is conscious of this change.

(3)  It embodies the soul to do and dare.

5.  Be not satisfied without the direct witness.  It is for you.

Rest not without the fruits of the Spirit.  Thus be twice assured.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT