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Genesis   1 comment

Genesis

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/continuity-and-economy-how-many-loaves-have-ye/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/equality-granted-and-denied/

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

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/god-or-satan-which/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/jesus-the-faithful-friend/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/god-or-satan-which/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/my-brothers-keeper/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

Chapter 1o:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/nineveh-spared/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/i-will-bless-thee-and-make-thee-a-blessing/

Chapter 18:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/the-christian-home/

Chapter 24:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/youth-dreams-of-a-house/

Chapter 34:

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

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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

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ggb2004000538/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ggbain-00538

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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