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The Indwelling Christ   3 comments

Indwelling Christ

Above:  The Original Document

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Eph. 3, 17


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.


“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!


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.


Galatians   1 comment


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


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Dead, Yet Alive   2 comments

Gal. 2, 20

1.  Nothing can pas to a higher realm except it is lifted by the power of the higher realm

(1)  Inanimate passes to the vegetable

(2)  and the vegetable to the animal by this in order to the higher life.

“Inanimate matter cannot become living except under the influence of matter already living.”–Lord Kelvin

2.  Paul felt this higher life–Christian–laying hold upon him.  “I died–was crucified with Christ” (Gal. 5, 24).  Self–the old sinful, self-willed self is crucified.  He was in the way and had to die.  Death to sin must occur (Gal. 5, 17).

3.  “I live, yet not I.”  I still have a conscious being, but am actuated by new principles, ideals, and impulses–it is Christ in me.  I died, but I rose again (Col. 3, 1).  Christ is reincarnated in me.  He dominates my whole being.  “All things are become new” in Him.

4.  This life I now live by faith in Him.  My will, my freedom of choice is not gone but I gladly choose Him and will to do His will.  “I die daily”–by faith I stay dead.

5.  His love supports my faith.  He “gave Himself up for me.”  This makes my confidence in Him strong.  Can I fear to trust One who loved me so much as to die for me?


The Sufficiency of the Bible   9 comments


Above:  A Family Bible

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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