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Subjection of the Body   5 comments

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Above:  A Golden Laurel Wreath

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1 Cor. 9, 27

1.  The participants in the Olympian Games disciplined the body that they might succeed.  But only one could win.  In the heavenly race all may win.  By this all ought to be encouraged.

2.  In both races there are conditions to be met, rules to be observed.  Otherwise the runner will not be approved.  We can’t afford to ignore this.

3.  In the Christian life the body, as the seat of sin, which wars against the soul, is to be crucified:  is to be the servant, not the master of the soul.  Natural appetites, the afflictions–are to be subordinated to conscious right or wrong.  See Rom. 8, 13 & 7, 23; Gal. 5, 7; Col. 3, 5-11; 1 Peter 2, 11.

Christ would not invert the divine order of life by feeding his body, though very hungry, contrary to the spiritual man.  It all hinges on our Father’s approval now and at life’s close, the end of the race.

4.  One degree of grace is no absolute guarantee of another, nor of its own continuance.  Paul knew the need of subjecting the body to the soul’s interest.  He knew he must meet these conditions if he be approved at the last.  Let us lay these words to heart!  See that no evil spirit enter and spoil our lives!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Saved for Good Works   7 comments

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Above:  The Recycling Center at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, Saturday, April 13, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Eph. 2, 10

1.  Material creation was made for a specific purpose–for man.  Genesis 1, 27-30; 1 Cor. 3, 21-23

2.  Christians are his spiritual creation.  He alone transforms our natures.  Eph. 2, 10 & 15; 4, 24; Col. 3, 10; Jno. 3, 3; etc.  All this is of grace–the ability & opportunity to believe.  To believe is man’s free act, after this grace is offered.

3.  God has one great purpose in saving us–“for good works.”  We are saved not because of good works, but saved to do them.  We work not to be saved, but because we are saved.

Works without faith are not religious from lack of pure motive.

Faith without works is dead.  But how many do not really believe it!!

God is not pleased with an idle professor.  Judges 5, 23; Matt. 25, 26.

4.  Men will be judged by their works.  See the Parables of the Pounds & Talents.  “Hungry and ye gave me not meat.”  Final salvation depends on obedience.  “Be thou faithful unto the death.”

5.  Then be admonished to do good.  Lay up treasure in heaven by doing every possible good.  “Do all the good you can, to as many people as you can, as long as you can,” for great is your reward in heaven.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT