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2 Corinthians   1 comment

2 Corinthians

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


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Loyalty to Christ   2 comments

Loyalty to Christ

Above:  Part of the Original Text


John 14, 15 and 2 Cor. 14 & 15

1.  To love him is God’s command.  “Because he first loved us.”  How can we love another when it was for he died?

2.  Our highest interests and happiness are wrapped up in his cause.  It is for our good [that] the gospel and the church are given.  Happy for us if we fully appreciate these things.

3.  “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”  Turn from sin as our foe.  He is concerned to save us from it.  Life like he desires we should.

4.  Identify your life with its cause.  Devote your powers to the establishment of righteousness in the earth.  Be loyal to him in loving service.  he must work through men.  Can he depend on us and use us?

5.  His love constrains us thus to live.  May his love abide and abound in all our hearts and ever prompt our hearts to live only for him.


2 Corinthians 5, 14   1 comment

2 Corinthians 5

Above:  Part of the Original Text


2 Cor. 5, 14


The great word with Paul was “service.”  “Whom I serve.”  “The servant of Christ.”  What a service he rendered!  He put his all into it.  The word still feels its power.


The secret of it was “the love of Christ”–for Paul and for all men.  “He went about doing good.”  Love led him to Calvary.

When that love won Paul it found his soul it fired his soul with strong desire to serve others.  He placed his all upon the altar in devotion to Christ.


That service took such form as the needs of men suggested or occasioned.

(a)  Their greatest need was to follow Christ; so he preached Christ, mightily magnified him.

(b)  The new converts needed much instruction in things divine; hence his epistles and other instruction.

(c)  The poor needed assistance; so he took offerings for them.


We should be “constrained” by love to serve men our day.  Love wants to help.

The church opens many avenues of service.  All these enterprises are godly.

Do we love and desire to serve men?


2 Cor. 5, 14-17   1 comment


Above:  Part of the Original Text


I.  Love is the moving power in all Christian service.  Nothing else is sufficient to hold one true under the trials that come.

II.  “The love of Christ”–His love for us.  Who that has been drawn to Him can forget His great love?  What a magnet it is!

III.  His love in our hearts begets love for others, till we desire to share it with them.  It constrains us to seek to help others.

IV.  This love manifested by us wins others to Him.  Our disinterested love draws others as a magnet.

Hence to have this love reeling in our hearts is our great need and our sufficiency.

His love in our hearts constrains us to do His will to seek the lost.


The Judgment   5 comments


Above:  The Day of Judgment, by Fra Angelico



Typing this post while listening to the Dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem is most appropriate.  It is what I am doing.  It is also ironic, given my great-grandfather’s negative attitude regarding anything related to Roman Catholicism.




Rev. 20, 12

1.  The propriety of such a day is seen from the fact that man does not always get justice from government.  Providence would suggest it too to even up matters that appear unequal here.

2.  Its certainty is emphatic.  (Heb. 9, 27 & Acts 17, 31)

3.  Who is to preside–Jesus Christ.  (Rom. 14, 10; 2 Cor. 5, 10)

4.  Time–no man knows but to many will be unexpected.

5.  Who will be there?  All men of every age, you and I must appear.  ‘Twere vain to call for rocks & mountains to fall on us and hide us from His presence.

6.  Strict account shall be taken of every deed, thought and word.  There shall be revealed characters, consciences and secrets as they are.

7.  A line is drawn separating the evil from the good, husband and wife, parent and child, are forever separated.  God shall banish the rejected ones, but welcome his own to Himself to enjoy the bliss of heaven.

Are you ready to meet Him?


The Witness of the Spirit   4 comments


Above:  Pentecost Icon


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.


The Terror of the Lord   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator Moody

Above:  Christ Pantocrator, Moody


2 Cor. 5, 11

There are two sides to every question.  God is merciful and is just.  Much is said of mercy and retribution too.  Both are real.

1.  Judgment is a certainty.  “God hath appointed a day to judge the world.”  “Our Lord shall come.”

But justice disturbs the transgressor’s conscience, and he dreads judgment.  This is not light affair.

2.  It is a day of strict justice.  He comes to reward every one according to his works–to bless the faithful but to condemn the sinner.  No deed will be forgotten.

3.  It is spoken of as a day of His wrath.  After an impartial trial, He will visit an awful doom upon the lost–cast them down to hell.  This is an awful doom where the fire is not quenched & the worm dieth not.

4.  Hence we persuade men to turn to Him while He delights to have mercy and ere life closes in darkest might.

We can’t compel but we beg, we pray you hear and heed the invitation.  While probation lasts you are free to act on your own choice.

Will you not be persuaded?  Will you not be reconciled to Him?  Come and find peace and joy in Him.