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Devotedness to Christ   4 comments

Devotedness to Christ

Above:  The Original Text

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Jno. 11, 16


Thomas knew of the opposition to Jesus at Jerusalem.  He verily believed it meant death to Jesus for him to return to Judea.  But Jesus went to help the sorrowing.


Thomas’ love for Jesus was stronger than life.  He resolved to go with him and called upon the other disciples to go also.  What a beautiful devotion was his.


Jesus calls us, as he had called them, to follow him, to learn of him, and to do his bidding, walk with him in service to others.  “He went about doing good.”  This was his “meat”–Jno. 4. 24.  “I am among you as he that serveth”–Lk. 22, 27.

“By love serve one another”–Gal. 5, 13.  “For ye serve the Lord Christ”–Col. 3, 24.

Great joy in serving him by doing good to others.  It helps a soul find peace to assist one in need.


But are we only fair-weather Christians?  Shall we not, like Thomas, go with him ever facing danger and sacrifice?  Is he not dearer than all else?  Suffering for Christ’s sake may not be easy, but it is far better to suffer with him than to dwell at ease without him.

May our hearts be brave to walk close to his side whatever may come.  Then all will be well and we shall triumph at last.


Galatians   1 comment


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


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Regeneration   9 comments

John 3, 7

1.  This is an important doctrine.  One’s ideas here will influence all his other views.  Its relation to experience is of great moment.  Be correct in opinion and experience of it.

2.  The ground of the doctrine is that scripture reveals man as a sinner.  His sinful nature necessitates the experience.  All have sinned.  Gen. 6, 5 & 8, 21; Ps. 5, 15 & 58, 3; Jer. 17, 9; Isa. 1, 5-6; Rom. 3, 23.  That Christ died for all Paul uses to prove that all have sinned.  Else why should Christ die for all?

3.  What is regeneration?

Not mere reformation, or good resolutions.  “To cause to be born anew, to bring forth again.”  The change in man (Gal. 5, 6-6:15) wrought by the Holy Spirit dethroning sin and enthroning Christ.  A complete moral change (see Ezek. 36, 25-27).  Depravity and uncleanness acquired by transgressions necessitate “the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

4.  How is it received?  By faith.  God’s grace is conditional; He does not impose it upon those who do not want it.  “Ask and receive,” but ask in faith.  Man’s first step in sin was through unbelief.  His last step in finding mercy is faith.  The terms are simple and so easy [that] anyone can meet them and be saved.  Are you thus saved from your sins?


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?


Subjection of the Body   5 comments


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!


Intemperance a Sin   8 comments


Above:  Cover of Puck Magazine, August 28, 1907

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-26196

Summary from the Library of Congress page:

Illustration shows two men, one labeled “Georgia” and the other labeled “Maine”, both are holding bottles, one labeled “Orange Phosphate” and the other labeled “Cold Tea” which contain alcohol; their pockets are filled with such bottles, their method of subverting prohibition.

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I am, for the record, a practicing Episcopalian, albeit a relatively “dry” one.  I have no objection to the sale or use of alcohol yet do object to the abuse of that substance.  Abuse of anything is a sin, but alcohol is, in and of itself, morally neutral.  I think of an old (perhaps apocryphal) story about a lady who traveled on the lecture circuit for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).  At one town, she gave her stump speech about how God wants people to avoid alcohol completely.  Then she asked if anyone had any questions for her.  A young man raised his hand.  She called on him.  Then he asked,

If what you say is true, how do you explain Jesus turning water into wine?

The speaker replied,

I would like him better if he had not done that.

I also know the historical record regarding the unintended consequences of Prohibition in the United States.  Yes, alcohol consumption did decrease for decades, but Prohibition was a boon to corruption and organized crime.  There are limits to how much morality one can legislate effectively.

I recall a family story.  My great-grandfather, in his later years, received an unwelcome prescription.  His doctor told him to drink a small amount of wine with each evening meal.  My great-grandfather protested that alcohol had never passed his lips.  But my great-grandmother knew better; she had opened the packages containing fruit cakes when he had been elsewhere.  As we say in the South,

’nuff said.

Now, without further ado, are my great-grandfather’s thoughts on intemperance.









Hab. 2, 12 & 15; 2 Jno. 11

1.  It is wrong to drink–beverages forbidden pigs make hogs; tipters make topers.  It is an evil for the (1) body (2) mind and (3) soul–damns it at the last.  “Is not wise,” is a fool (Prov. 20:1).  Drunkard classed with the thief & murderer (Gal. 5:19-21; Rev. 21:8)  Neither shall inherit eternal life.  “At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.”

2.  Wrong to give it, or sell it.  (Hab. 2:15)  It hurts my brother whom I have no right to harm (1 Cor. 10:28 and 8:9; Romans 14:13).  Since I dare not touch the business, God’s curse is upon all who do.  We have no moral right to engage in that which destroys life eternally.

3.  It is wrong to endorse its sale–Hab. 2:12.  If one consents to murder, he is guilty of blood–2 Jno 11.  Shall we by vote or consent in any way to legalize the murder of souls.

God’s curse rests upon the whole traffic.  Let it alone in all its forms.  Do your duty for God and home  and native land.  If all the world goes to the bad, don’t you dare consent to it.  Live for God and the good of others.