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Christ’s Victory and Ours   14 comments

Christ's Victory and Ours

Above:  Part of the Original Text

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Acts 2, 24

1 Cor. 15, 57

1 Jno. 5, 4


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.


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


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.


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.


Ephesians   1 comment


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


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The Preeminence of Christ   3 comments

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator


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?


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.


The Sufficiency of the Bible   9 comments


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I, as an Episcopalian, follow not Sola Scriptura, but the Three-Legged Stool:  Scripture, Tradition, and Reason, with Scripture being the most important of the three factors.  My great-grandfather spent most of his life in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939), and the end of it in the merged Methodist Church (1939-1968), a predecessor of the current United Methodist Church (1968-).  Methodism has traditionally embraced four standards–the Three-Legged Stool plus experience, with Scripture carrying primacy.  Thus my great-grandfather’s final comment in this sermon outline surprised me.



2 Tim. 3, 16-17

1.  The one great object of the Scriptures is such a revelation of God & His will as that man may be saved from sin and get home to heaven. Evidently the Bible is no textbook on every phase of knowledge, as this is manifestly impossible.  They testify of Christ.  Jno. 5, 39; 15, 26; Luke 24, 25-27.

2.  The Bible is an inspired book:  such it claims to be.  Gal. 2, 2; Eph. 3, 3; 2 Cor. 12, 1 & 7, 2 Peter 1, 21.  We realize this because it inspires us.  Reading it in faith we feel the Spirit’s inspiration.  Great blessings attend its distribution.  It is not to be compared to any other book.

3.  Explicit instruction is given concerning all things needful to man’s salvation.  Man learns of God–His character and will and of His love and mercy.

[Man] also learns of his own sinfulness and its consequences.  Of salvation therefrom and how to obtain it; and of heaven, to which he may come at last.

He may have the Spirit to help understand it.  (Eph. 1, 17-18)  Man needs not more truth revealed but a deeper understanding of the truth already revealed.

4.  Thereby “the man of God is complete” in himself, his own character, and “completely furnished unto every good work.”  It is the only rule and the sufficient rule both for our faith and practice.  Revelation 22, 18-19


Missions God’s Eternal Plan   9 comments


Above:  Missionary’s Home, the Congo, Africa

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God certainly had in the beginning a well-wrought out plan.  Every step indicates design every way worthy of the Great Architect.

Yet I doubt not this thro’ ages one increasing purpose runs,

And the thoughts of men are widening with the process of the suns.

Men may hinder and delay His plans, but He will raise up others to execute them.


Paul here speaks of one of God’s eternal purposes hitherto a mystery because not revealed fully, viz!  His purpose is to give the gospel to the Gentiles as well as to the Jews.  It is no lately formed purpose of God’s, but was fixed before the world was created.–Ephesians 1, 4-5.

(1)  His unity as God of Jew & Gentile makes this inevitable.  Rom. 3, 29-30.  Hence He is no respecter of persons.

(2)  By his death Jesus removed the middle wall of [illegible word] between them; all are the purchase of his blood (ch. 2, 14-15)


Universal history has tended in this direction.

(1)  Gentiles could become Jews by ritual observance–Gen. 34, 15-17.

(2)  The Temple had its court of the Gentiles.

(3)  The prophets foretold Christ’s mission to the Gentiles–to all people.  Solomon prayed for them at the dedication of the Temple.  1 Kings 8, 41-42.  They are promised to Christ–Ps. 2, 8.  All kings & nations shall serve Him.  Ps. 72, 8-11.  See Ps. 87, 40-5; Isa. 2, 2-4; 11, 10; 42, 1 &6.

(4)  The Spirit in due time sent them the gospel (Acts 8, 26-27; 9, 15; 10, 45; 11, 17-18; 13, 47) and rested upon the work amongst them.


That same Spirit has opened up the way among the nations.  Once they were isolated and hostile.  But God has changed all that.  The nations have joined the world’s neighborhood & seek the best assets of the earth.  Hence missions are inevitable, being but the developments of history.  God has labored long to bring the world where it is.  He certainly is much interested in it.


To oppose missions is to oppose the ongoings of history.  It is not a wave but the tides of the ages.  To arrest it one would have to undo the developments of time–to throttle the world.

How sublime it is to help God carry out His eternal purposes.  He has called us to be fellow-workers with Him.  Can he depend on us?  Will we do our part?  He waits for our answer.


Redemption Through His Blood   2 comments


Above:  The Crucifixion (1622), by Simon Vouet (1590-1649)

Eph. 1, 7

1.  Because of his sin the penalty–condemnation of the law–rested upon man.  Had offended God’s justice.  He was enslaved and doomed.  He or a suitable substitute must suffer the penalty or God would make void the law.  Love yearned over him & wisdom found the plan.

2.  Jesus died for him.  Thus met God’s sense of justice–law.  His blood redeems–atones.  He, not another, is our Redeemer.  “No other name given.”  “It is he that shall save his people.”

3.  He is the Saviour of all men.  “Tasted death for every man.”  “Gave himself a ransom for all.”  “Will have all men to be saved.”  “Is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world.”  No sin unatoned for, no sinner left out.  Yet those may perish for whom Christ died–1 Cor. 8, 11.  Hence:

4.  It is conditioned in application.  Man must repent and live, or it all avails him nothing.  “He is the Saviour of all men, especially of them that believe.”  Man in time not God in eternity limits the atonement.  If you will repent and believe he will forgive and cleanse your soul.