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Life From the Dead Or the Valley of Dry Bones   7 comments

Life from the Dead

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Ezek. 37, 1-10

Israel’s condition here seen in a vision; fittingly illustrates the sinner’s spiritual condition.


“Dry bones,” devoid of spiritual life.  Figure is not too strong.  Men are powerless to move Godward if life to themselves–are “very dry,” devoid of life.


“Can these bones live?”  Is there any hope for a poor lost sinner?  Yes.  “The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live.”  (Jno. 5, 21 & 25-26)  “He [is] able to save to the uttermost.”  (Heb. 7, 25)  No case is hopeless.


Means to be used:

(1)  “Prophesy.”  “O ye dry bones, hear ye the word of the Lord” (v. 4).  “Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4, 2).  It pleaseth God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1, 21).  “The word of God is quick and powerful,” etc. (Heb. 4, 12).

(2)  Prayer for the Spirit to impart life.  “Come, O breath, and breathe upon these slain” (v. 9).  “Grieve not the Spirit” (Eph. 4, 30).  “Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thes. 5, 19).  We need his power to awaken and save sinful souls.


God waits to be gracious.  How concerned he is about our salvation.

Let us look with much prayer for his saving power.


Ephesians   1 comment


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


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Grieving the Spirit   1 comment

Ephesians 4

Above:  Part of the Original Text


Ephesians 4, 30

The main issue of Christianity is to extricate the sinner and teach him how to live aright.

This involves a change of heart and restoration of communion with God.  [It is for] all classes of men.  None should allow themselves to grieve the the Spirit in his efforts for them:

I.  Because of the solemnity of so personal and recognized a contact with God.

II.  Because he draws near to us only to bring home to our hearts the overtures of God’s infinite love.

III.  Because , if ever saved, it must be through this very influence of the Spirit which we are all here exhorted to recognize.

IV.  Because the Scriptures hedge about the office and work of the Holy Spirit with very solemn and peculiar sanctions.  To blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness.

1.  Many grieve him by refusing to own [that] they are under his influence and feel his power.

2.  Others by trying to extinguish their convictions, without repentance.

3.  Others by procrastination. This is to trifle with God.  “My Spirit shall not always strive with men.”  When he deports all is lost finally and forever.


Posted November 8, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Ephesians, George Washington Barrett 1914-1956

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The Work of Education   1 comment


Above:  Mammoth Cave, Kentucky:  Crossing the River Styx, 1877

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-USZ62-79592



My great-grandfather held a dim view of Roman Catholicism.  He even voted for Herbert Hoover in 1928 because the Democratic Party nominated Alfred Smith, a Roman Catholic, for President that year.  His anti-Roman Catholicism does not reflect my attitudes.  It was, however, commonplace and much accepted before Vatican II.



Eph. 4, 17-18

1.  “Man receives no new faculty after birth.”  But he may and must develop his powers.  Unused faculties ultimately perish, e.g. blind fish in Mammoth Cave.

2.  Education is vitally related to the whole; body, mind, & soul profit by it.  He “perishes for lack of knowledge.”  It is his training & equipment for life.  Its worth cannot be overestimated.  Culture enhances the value of life.  Protestantism stands for the enlightenment of the people.  Protestant countries may have their submerged one-tenth; but how about the submerged nine-tenths of Catholic countries?

3.  The religious element is fundamental to all life.  Man is a religious being.  It is fatal to divorce education from religion.  School days fix character–life habits.  Hence their great importance.  They bring large opportunities for illustrating & enforcing the truth.

4.  The church is commissioned to teach, is in this work to see that religion is emphasized reverently.

But a crisis is upon her.  She must advance or be forced out of business.  Hence in the name of the Lord she is striving to do His will in these things.


Saved for Good Works   7 comments


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



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.