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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

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Ezek. 37, 1-10

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

I.

“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.

II.

“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.

III.

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.

IV.

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

Let us look with much prayer for his saving power.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Hebrews   1 comment

Hebrews

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-revelation-from-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-great-salvation/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

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

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/jesus-our-high-priest/

Chapter 4:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/jesus-our-high-priest/

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

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/neither-is-there-salvation-in-any-other/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/the-author-of-eternal-salvation/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/hebrews-6-10-american-revised-version/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/jesus-our-high-priest/

Chapter 7:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/john-3-16/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/jesus-is-able-to-save/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/jesus-our-high-priest/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/hebrews-7-25/

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

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-judgment/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/what-shall-i-do-with-the-bible/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/consider-and-provoke-each-other/

Chapter 11:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-power-of-early-religious-training/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/the-rewards-of-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/abraham/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-heavenly-race/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-good-soldier-and-his-reward/

Chapter 13:

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

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Christ Among the Candlesticks   5 comments

Rev. 1, 12-16

1.  Definitions–

Candlesticks are the churches.

Seven stars are the ministers–angels.

Two-edged sword is his word –Heb. 4, 12.

“Son of man”–the same Jesus, caring for, helping and counselling his people.  Kingly & priestly in his apparel.

2.  Jesus’ concern in heaven is for the churches.  On earth his works, sufferings and death were for it.  Now he intercedes for it, considers it state.  Would men could feel how he is concerned for it.

3.  Holds the seven stars in his hand.  Not for their own sakes simply, but for the sake of the church.  They must deliver his message, not their work and for the increase.  Through them he would send his message to the churches.

4.  Sharp two-edged sword–such is his word–Heb. 4, 12; Eph. 6, 17; Isaiah 49, 2.  This is the weapon with which Christ will subdue his enemies; no carnal weapon is needed–2 Cor. 10, 4.  May not be comfortable as it pierces the soul, but its work is salvation when heeded.

5.  Countenance as the sun in his strength.  Before Him no evil can stand.  Is the source of all life, reviving every drooping flower.  Shine on us, thou Sun or Righteousness!!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Jesus, Our High Priest   2 comments

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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Hebrews 4, 14-16

I.  Jesus is the High Priest of the Christian church.  Heb. 4, 14 & 7, 17

II.  His equipment as Priest

1.  Priest must have sympathy–hence Christ was human and knew our lot.

2.  Must have divine authority that his mediation be acceptable.  Christ is the Son & has authority–Chapters 3:6 and 6:20

3.  The sacrifice must be without spot or blemish.  Hence he kept the law and is the Lamb of God without spot.  “Redeemed by his blood,” not by his obedience

III.  

1.  As Priest he offered himself for all men, a full, sufficient sacrifice.  No need of further sacrifice.  He is become the only salvation, as he has ever been.

2.  His work ceases not with his death.  With his blood he entered the holy of holies–heaven–to intercede for us.  As Priest he is our Advocate before the throne.  He “is passed into the heavens.”

IV.  

Then let us join our prayers with his, approach boldly a throne of grace.  In his name call upon God and trust for mercy and help in every time of need.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT