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Our Divine Intercessor   1 comment

Our Divine Intercessor

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Isa. 53, 12b

…and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Authorized Version

I.

To redeem us our Lord bore our sins in his own body on the tree, died for us that he might win our love and save us.  All of this despite our sins, our unloveliness, our unworthiness.  Love led him to Calvary.

II.

He prayed for the transgressor, for those who crucified him.  “Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.”  He undertook for them.

Hence sinners have another chance as we seek pardon in his name and long to live righteous lives.

How very much we owe to his intercession for us!

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Jesus set us an example that we should follow.  We, too, should intercede for others, pray that they may be led to Christ for saving power.  Thereby many have been prevailed upon to come to him.  “The effected fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Take somebody on your heart and pray for them.  What a privilege it is is.  God will use your prayers for his good.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Author of Eternal Salvation   1 comment

Author of Eternal Salvation

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Heb. 5, 9b

…he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him….

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The saving of sinners, salvation–the most glorious work.  Our hearts thrill at the thought.

It is of necessity the work of God.  Man cannot accomplish it.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the author of it.  He wrought it out by his death and resurrection.  “The Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sin.”  He is the Word, the Spokesman of God.

It is for all who obey him.  He calls to repentance and faith and obedience.  He saves all who obey–now and eternally.

How gladly should we honor him, love him, and follow his leading in all things.

“Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee calling,

Come, follow me;

And we see where Thy footprints falling

Lead us to Thee.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Philippians 2, 6-8   1 comment

Philippians 2, 6-8

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The coming of Christ was with real sacrifice.  God’s Son, on an equality with the Father.  But he left the courts of glory to dwell among us, subject to life’s limitations and sufferings.

II.

To appear in his glory was his right, or privilege; but he did not; he laid aside his glory, emptied himself of it, and appeared in the likeness of man, becoming a servant.  God clothed in human flesh!  What condescension!

III.

“Humbled himself,” submitted to the scoffs of man and the power of death, even the most shameful men could inflict–all out of love for us poor sinful creatures.

IV.

What must sin be in the sight of God, seeing [that] it required so deep abasement in Jesus Christ to make atonement for it.  Surely we can never again think lightly of sin!

Let us exalt his name, yielding our lives to him to serve one another in his name.

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.

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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

Luke 24, 26 & 46   6 comments

Luke 24 Sermon Notes

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Luke 24, 26 & 46

I.

The greatest undertaking– to work out man’s redemption.  “‘Twas great to speak the world from naught,” etc.

God gave his Son for this purpose.  The cost was great.  “He bore the sins of many.”

II.

To the two en route to Emmaus he opened the scriptures.  “Ought not”–was it not necessary?  Thus he expiated  sin.  Without it no soul could have been saved.

(1)  This was the course indicated for him by the prophets–Moses; Psalm 16 & 22; Isa. 53; Dan. 9; Mal. 4, 5; 1 Peter 1, 11.

(2)  More eminently back of all these lay the divine purpose, the will of the Father, which our Lord was to fulfill.  Can man discover fully God’s thoughts or mind here?

III.

By him atonement is made for all.  “He tasted death for every man.”  In offering salvation to man God does not ignore sin.  He is just and the justifier of the ungodly.

(1)  We see the enormity of sin–its deadly effect & power.  Heroic treatment for a fearful malady.

(2)  We see demonstrated God’s boundless love–he so loved “that he gave his only begotten Son”–his greatest possible gift.  “What wondrous love is this”!

IV.

The gift is free–“without money and without price.”  Yet one condition is made by God and must be met–“That whosoever believeth in him.”  All can meet it.  “Unspeakable gift.”  Is it yours?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Self-Surrendered Christ   4 comments

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Jno. 10, 17-18

1.  Jesus came not to do his own will; but surrendered himself to do the Father’s will (Jno. 8, 29; 7, 16; 6, 57, etc.).  He lived a perfectly surrendered life.

2.  His death is a voluntary surrender of life.  “I lay it down of myself.” He did not die save by his own consent thereto, and as the Father willed.  [He] could have delivered himself by angels’ help (vs. 17-18; Matt. 26, 53; Luke 13, 32-33).

3.  This self-surrender was for the life of the world.  Nothing he did caused it.  He is the Good Shepherd who layeth down his life for the sheep (v. 11; Ch. 12, 24-25).  He did nothing worthy of death.  He “gave himself for us.”  (Titus 2, 14).

(1)  It effects deliverance from sin and its consequences–Ch. 3, 14-15.

(2)  It leads to the direct impartation to believers of his body and blood as the source of spiritual life (Ch. 6, 53; 3, 16).  “Have eternal life.”

4.  Because of his self-surrender he is the object of his Father’s love (v. 17).

Hence the Father is pleased to bless those who call for mercy in His name for mercy in His name–for Jesus’ sake.  What an encouragement to pray!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

John 3, 16   4 comments

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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.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT