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The Indwelling Christ   3 comments

Indwelling Christ

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Eph. 3, 17

I.

The [missing word] we have of Him has its chief value in the expression to which it leads.  It is the foundation of a living faith in Christ that we may enjoy him.  “How can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?”  How important is the message!  Being divine he is the Saviour of all who believe.

II.

“By faith.”  This is to be our attitude toward him–so to believe in him as to welcome him into our hearts that he may establish us in grace.  “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”  “Ye shall know that…ye are in me and I in you.”  “I live yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”  (Gal. 2, 20)  “Christ in you the hope of glory.”  (Col. 1, 27)  So we are to enjoy his blessed presence in our hearts.  What an enriching experience!

III.

The consciousness of his presence in our hearts will refrain us from sin–unkindness, wrath, evil speaking, etc.

It will fill our lives with love, pure, unselfish, joyous, hopeful, helpful always.

“Let me love thee more and more.”

We will make constant progress in Christian experience, until we shall be filled with all the fullness of God.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Enrichment of Life   8 comments

Enrichment of Life

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I have had to reconstruct some text due to the fraying of the page at the right margin.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT NICHOLAS KASATKIN, ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP OF ALL JAPAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANSKAR, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF HAMBURG-BREMEN

THE FEAST OF GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MILLARD FULLER, FOUNDER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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1 Cor. 1, 5

see 2 Cor. 8, 7; Rom. 11, 33; Eph. 3, 8; Col. 1, 27

I.

A pastor’s pleasure that his people receive grace from Christ.  He (Christ) came “that they might have live…abundantly.”  “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought.”

II.

Paul thankful for their enrichment:

1.  In utterance, or speech, knowing what to teach.  Evil thoughts and utterance–charitable conversation no longer given place. But kindness, charitable, brotherly spirit holds sway.  “Love suffereth long and is kind…thinketh no evil.”  “Let the words…and meditations…be acceptable.”–Psalm 19

2.  “In all knowledge of God’s will.”  He opens our eyes to see what once was mysterious and dark.  Now “we behold worldly things in his law.”  The Spirit illumines his word as we study it.  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119,  105).    Religious literature a great blessing.

Such a life increasing in understanding and love more and more.  Paul prayed to this end.  “The Lord make you to increase and abound in love” (1 Thes. 3).  See also 1 Thes. 4, 10:  “We beseech you that ye increase in love more and more.”

III.

The riches of Christ Jesus are unsearchable.  “The riches of grace in Christ Jesus are better than gold.”  They are for us as we press on to appropriate them and so be thereby constantly enriched in our experience.

Let us not fail to grow in grace constantly.  Who does not want to know more of him and extend the greater blessing to others?

More love to thee, O Christ and to all men.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Colossians   1 comment

Colossians

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/content-and-object-of-the-gospel/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-preeminence-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-enrichment-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/the-indwelling-christ/

Chapter 2:

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

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-culture-of-the-heart/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/let-peace-arbitrate/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/the-word-laid-up-in-the-heart/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/dead-yet-alive/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/love-the-all-important-thing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/saved-for-good-works/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/devotedness-to-christ/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/continue-in-prayer/

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Content and Object of the Gospel   1 comment

Content and Object of the Gospel

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Col. 1, 28

I.

“Whom we preach.”  Christ is our gospel–he who is

(1)  The Son of God on an equality with the Father,

(2) Was before all things , all creation,

(3)  By whom all things were created,

(4)  The image of the Father in whom all fullness dwells,

(5)  The only Saviour of sinners,

(6)  The resurrection and the life.

What a gospel!!

II.

“Warning every man.”  All are under sin and God’s wrath  is revealed against it.  Time is uncertain and death is sure.  Now is the day of salvation.  Faithful warning is this.  Heed it.

III.

“Teaching every man in all wisdom.”  To know the truth of God and of man’s own need is all man needs to know in order to man’s salvation.

IV.

The end of it all–That we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus–Thoroughly instructed in the teachings of Christianity, and made partakers of his grace.  Be saved from sin and be filled with the divine fullness.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted November 12, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Colossians, George Washington Barrett 1914-1956

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The Preeminence of Christ   3 comments

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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Jno. 1, 1-18

Eph. 1, 15-28

Col. 1, 18

Paul made great by his estimate of Christ.

1.  He is the pre-existent Christ, the Divine Son.

2.  Creator of all things

(a)  He preserves all things.

(b)  All authority & power are of Him.  Position one of greatest dignity as Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon [attest].

3.  This Christ was born into the world.  He is God incarnate.

(a)  Spoke divine wisdom

(b)  Did a divine work,–miracles, and forgiveness of sin.

(c)  Lived a spotless life.  None else could without Him

(d)  Was not holden of death.  In all this He is preeminent.  Before creation and now amongst men He stands far above all the great.

4.  Hence the Father exalted Him and set Him on His own right hand.  His lordship is won by suffering.  He won a place in the affections of men by his sacrifice & now He is set on high.

5.  From His everlasting throne He directs His church.  Is conquering the world step by step.  Some day He will have subdued all enemies and shall reign supremely [as] the preeminent One.  To praise Him man’s sweetest refrain and angels’ highest note.  Shall not we too crown Him Lord of all?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT