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Without God   1 comment

Without God

Above:  The Original Document

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Eph. 2, 12

I.

Man was made for God.  His immortal nature yearns after him and can find no rest away from him.

II.

God can have no fellowship with sin.  When sin comes into the heart God goes out.  Satan is God’s worst enemy.  Sin alienates him from God.

(a)  A sinner has no communion with God, no sense of God’s presence and love, no peace, no joy.  His heart responds not to God’s overtures.

(b)  No God in temptation to help him resist the devil.  Left a hopeless prey to all the snares of Satan.  Nothing but God’s grace can save one.

So he is left a victim of sin, a prey to lust, and every evil power.

How can parents rest while one child is away from God?

(c)  Without God in afflictions and bereavements.  The heart sorely needs him then.  He alone can comfort and strengthen.  No prayer, no help!  How unspeakable.

(d)  Without God in death; left to the the awful doom of the damned.

No hope of immortality, but unending woe.

Dare we live without him?  He calls you to him now.  Hear and heed him right now.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted March 14, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Ephesians, George Washington Barrett 1914-1956

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Ephesians

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

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Chapter 1:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-sufficiency-of-the-bible/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/missions-gods-eternal-plan/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/redemption-through-his-blood/

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

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/ephesians-2-10/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/missions-gods-eternal-plan/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/without-god/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/christ-within/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-sufficiency-of-the-bible/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/missions-gods-eternal-plan/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/the-manifold-wisdom-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/heirs-of-god/

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

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/to-know-the-love-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/a-doxology-to-god-through-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/cast-thy-burden-upon-the-lord-and-he-shall-sustain-thee/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/mutual-sharing-of-life/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/grieving-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/the-work-of-education/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/life-from-the-dead-or-the-valley-of-dry-bones/

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-christ-of-sovereign-authority/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/we-are-debtors/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/buying-up-the-opportunity/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/be-filled-with-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/christs-love-for-the-church/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/awake-thou-that-sleepest/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/the-union-of-christ-and-the-church/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/christ-among-the-candlesticks/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-good-fight-of-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/be-strong-in-the-lord/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/strong-in-the-lord/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/christian-nurture/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/the-work-of-the-sunday-school/

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Ephesians 2, 10   1 comment

Ephesians 2

Above:  A Portion of the Original Text

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Eph. 2, 10

I.  

Design is manifest in man’s whole being, the evidence of intelligence in all his make up.

II.

Christians are his new creation in Christ Jesus.  Only God can regenerate the heart.  But he does it.  “A new creature,” new creation.

III.

He has great designs in it all–“good works.”  [He] saves us not surely for our selves but for the good we may do.  “That ye might bring forth fruit.”  He cursed the barren fig tree.  The fruitless branch is cut off.

IV.

We are to work by ourselves but with him–to do those things he wills.

He is all the time working to great ends.  He is the senior member of the firm.  How could Paul, Luther, [and] Wesley have done their work without him?

V.

What may we think God is trying to do now in the world?  To reach the unsaved.  To instruct men in the way of life, to rid the world of war.  To relieve the sufferers.

Shall we not labor with him at such tasks?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Rejection of Israel and Adoption of the Gentiles   3 comments

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Above:  The Reading of the Gospel, Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, Georgia, Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I adore ritualism.

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

and

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/rituals-of-the-evangelical-united-brethren-church-1946-1968/.

As for Jews, I like them and respect their faith.  They are, as Pope John Paul II said, our elder siblings in faith.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 1, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PAMPHILUS OF CAESAREA, BIBLE SCHOLAR AND TRANSLATOR; AND HIS COMPANIONS, MARTYRS

THE FEAST OF SAINT JUSTIN MARTYR, APOLOGIST

THE FEAST OF SAINT SIMEON OF SYRACUSE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

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Rom. 9, 30-33

I.

Paul acknowledges that for reasons God has rejected the Jews and called the Gentiles into his covenant mercies.  “The Gentiles…attained to righteousness…but Israel did not arrive at that law.”  Why?

(1)  Let it be recalled that God has the prerogative to dispose of His own as He sees best.  The potter has the right to mold the clay as he sees best.  Matt. 20, 13-16

(2)  But there is always a human side.  God is not arbitrary.  “He is certainly no respecter of persons,” without partiality and without hypocrisy.

The Jews failed utterly at a crucial point.  “Following after a law of righteousness did not arrive at that law.  Wherefore?  Because they sought it not by faith.”

“The law of faith which we preach” (Ch. 11, 20).  God long endured them, “vessels of wrath fitted unto destruction” (v. 22).  “All day long did I spread out my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people” (Ch. 10, 21).  “Did God cast off his people?  God forbid?” (Ch. 11, 1, etc.)  Any of them may be saved even now by faith, as was I.

(3)  The Gentiles are under the same law of faith and it is because of their faith that they are admitted.  “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame.  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all is rich unto all that call upon him,” etc. (Rom. 10, 11-12)  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (10, 13).  “By grace are ye saved through faith” (Eph. 2, 8).  See [also] Rom. 4, 5; 9, 33; 10, 4; 10, 11.

So then it is man that seals his own destiny.  Saving faith or a lack of it is the pivot of destiny.

II.

Let us learn once for all:

(1)  All emphasizing mere ordinances, ritual, or rites is a rejection of the mistake the Jews made–a looking to the letter of the law.  Inspiration never has put the emphasis anywhere but on vital experiential godliness.  “The letter killeth, the spirit maketh alive.”

(2)  The one safeguard of our lives is the magnifying of rich experience of the righteousness of faith.  Without it all else is an utter failure–is practical idolatry.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Missions God’s Eternal Plan   9 comments

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Above:  Missionary’s Home, the Congo, Africa

An undated photograph created by the Bain News Service

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I.  

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.

II.

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)

III.

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.

IV.

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.

V.

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.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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