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Hebrews 7, 25   3 comments

Heb. 7, 25

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Heb. 7, 25

see Rom. 1, 16

I.

The cause of the world’s woe–sin.  What fearful havoc it has wrought.  Man sought to hide from the presence of God.  He lost his way in moral darkness and plunged into every evil work.  How deep was his sin and its stain.

II.

The need of the world–of every man in it–is salvation.  Without it all else fails.

(1)  No moral sense save as one has knowledge of a holy God.  The Romans attributed great sins ton their deities on Mt. Olympus and in turn plead those sins in defense of their own corruption.  There was not a gentleman on Mt. Olympus.   Hence men need to learn that God is holy, that they may have a sense of sin–Isaiah’s vision.  “Convict the world of sin.”

(2)  Men need power to become the sons of God–new creatures–delivered from the power and pollution of sin, from its enslavement.  Else man cannot walk uprightly before God and men.

(3)  Jesus Christ does just this.  “To them gave he power to become the sons of God” (Jno. 1, 12).  “Hath power on earth to forgive sins.”  Millions have experienced this.

III.

Here then is the work of the church–to give to the world the knowledge of God and his power to save, to solve their vexed problems.  “How can they believe on him of whom they have not heard?  How can they hear without a preacher?”  Jesus calls us to witness to all the world that he may save all men.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Heirs of God   8 comments

Heirs of God

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Rom. 8, 17

I.

By repentance of faith we are born into the kingdom of God–become “sons of God” (1 Jno. 3, 1-2).  “Thou art no more a servant but a son” (Gal. 4, 7).

II.

Now we have the rights of a son and are so treated–an “heir of God.”  What treasures God has to bestow upon us.  We are to enjoy him, our God and Father.  How glorious is our heritage!

III.

“Joint heirs with Christ.”  We are to share with Christ the treasures that are his by virtue of his Sonship.

(1)  The love of God–may feast on it as did our Lord.

(2)  Life in its fullness, “abundantly.”  God’s grace encircles life so much, and is sufficient for all our needs.

(3)  The Holy Spirit to dwell within and to guide and aid us.  It was by his help Jesus cast out demons and labored so helpfully.

(4)  The glories of the eternal world.  “All that I have is thine” (Lk. 15, 31b).  The right of the inheritance is thine” (Jer. 32, 8).  You and I inherit a farm.  I can’t say this field is mine and that yours.  Both alike own it and share it.  All alike belongs to Christ and us.

Shall we not enter upon our inheritance and enjoy it?

“As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  Which were born…of God.” (Jno. 1, 12-13)

“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God….Beloved now are we the sons of God” (1 Jno. 3, 1-2)

“And if children then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we may be glorified together.” (Rom. 8, 17)

“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3, 29)

“Wherefore thou art no more more a servant, but a son, and if a son then an heir of God through Christ.”  (Gal. 4, 7)

“That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” (Eph. 3, 6)

“That being justified by his grace we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3, 7)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Divinity of Christ   12 comments

Divinity of Christ

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather’s use of “Jehovah” places him in time.  The American Standard Version of the Bible (1901) makes frequent use of that term, for example.  That term has fallen out of use in many circles, with “the LORD” of “Yahweh” taking its place most frequently.  For example, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, in its 1973 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Singing, uses “Jehovah” frequently.  Yet the denomination’s 2010 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Worship, replaces “Jehovah” with other terms, usually “the LORD.”  (Aside:  I do find having a collection of hymnals helpful for research purposes.)  Nevertheless, on my way to church each Sunday, I drive past the building of a congregation which calls itself “Jehovah’s Temple.”  I guess they did not get the memo.

I note also that my great-grandfather had read up on developments in Christology during the first five centuries of Christianity.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS LYDIA, DORCAS, AND PHOEBE, COWORKERS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

THE FEAST OF ANDREI RUBLEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ICONOGRAPHER

THE FEAST OF SAINTS GENESIUS I OF CLERMONT AND PRAEJECTUS OF CLERMONT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; AND SAINT AMARIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT GILDAS THE WISE, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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Matt. 16, 16

Christian view:  two natures, humanity born of a virgin & died; divinity which was united with the humanity very and eternal God, in essence equal and one with the Father, truly & properly God.

I.  

Titles:  they can apply only to God

(1)  Jehovah,  Ex. 3, 14–“I am that I am,” the highest name of God.  Isa. 40, 5–“the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed.”  In Matt. 3, 3, this is applied to Christ viz:  “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”

(2)  Lord of glory:  “Had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2, 8).

(3)  “God”–Jno. 1, 1; Lord of hosts…the God of Jacob–Ps. 46, 7.  In Heb. 1, 8 this is applied to Christ.

(4)  Son of God:  “I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God” (Jno. 1, 34).  And unclean spirits…cried saying, “Thou art the Son of God” (Mk. 3, 11).  “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3, 17).

(5)  “God with us”–Emmanuel.  Matt. 1, 23, “God over all.”  “Christ who is over all God blessed for ever” (Rom. 9, 5).

“God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into Glory” (1 Tim. 3, 16).  “And we know that the true Son of God is come.  This is the true God” (1 Jno. 5, 20).

Angels bear witness:

A Saviour (Matt. 1, 21); “Son of the Highest” (Lk. 1, 32); “Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2, 11).

II.

His attributes prove he is God:  All that are applied to God are applied to Christ–Eternity, Immutability, Omnipotence, etc.

Consciousness of his nature

III.

His works prove him Divine:  Creation, Preservation, Pardon of sin, Miracles, Judgment

We baptize and dismiss the congregations in his name, pray in his name and the Father hears us.

The mighty Lord from heaven, the Saviour of sinners

“If ever man was God or God man, Jesus Christ was both.”–Byron

“If Jesus Christ is a God

And the only God, I swear

I will follow him thro’ heaven and hell,

The earth, the sea, the air.”–Gilder

“Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

Hail, great Galiean!–Great God.”–Woods

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Gospel of John: The Book of Signs   1 comment

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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/the-greatest-human-discovery/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/heirs-of-god/

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

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-resurrection-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/john-2-5/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-self-surrendered-christ/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-uplifted-christ/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/justification-by-faith/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/the-preeminent-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/eternal-life/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/john-4-31-38/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/john-4-34/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/devotedness-to-christ/

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/sons-of-god-by-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-christ-of-sovereign-authority/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-sufficiency-of-the-bible/

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

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

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-self-surrendered-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-crisis-in-galilee/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/will-ye-also-go-away/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/jesus-the-bread-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/eternal-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/jesus-and-youth/

Chapter 7:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-self-surrendered-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/experience-the-proof-of-christs-divinity/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/if-any-man-thirst-let-him-come-to-me-and-drink/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-self-surrendered-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-uplifted-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/dwelling-with-christ-in-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/the-son-makes-free/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/gods-presence-and-approval/

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/work-while-tis-day/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-resurrection-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-self-surrendered-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/sons-of-god-by-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/live-by-every-word-of-god/

Chapter 11:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/devotedness-to-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/whosoever-liveth-believeth-in-me-shall-never-die/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-self-surrendered-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-uplifted-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/magnetic-power-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/the-attractive-power-of-a-redeemed-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/life-through-death/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/loves-anointing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/devoted-service/

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Gospel of John: Prologue   1 comment

John

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/the-worlds-reception-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/sons-of-god-by-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-preeminence-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/johns-testimony-of-christ/

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Posted November 14, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts A-J, Johannine Gospel

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The Greatest Human Discovery   1 comment

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Above:  Fig Tree, Sycamore Tree, Close Up, Palestine, Between 1934 and 1939

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Jno. 1, 49

1.  Nathanael discovered in a few short moments the greatest of all truths, viz:  that Jesus is the Son of God, and men have been learning it ever since.  It is a discovery, and how thrilling when first known.  But no may, having learned it, ever put another truth along side this one.

2.  But how did he discover it?

(1)  Nathanael’s character:  “…in whom was not guile.”  He had an enthusiasm for the good, ready to recognize it anywhere.  He had the single eye, purity of motive.  This is always of the utmost importance.  Contrast him with those Jews who were hostile to Christ.

(2)  Philip testified of Jesus and invited him to “come and see.”  What a happy service thus bestowed.

(3)  Christ read the heart of Nathanael and saw him under the fig tree at prayer.  If he can reveal to me myself isn’t he the Christ?

3.  This discovery anchors the soul and gives peace.  It has the assurance of a voice from heaven.  It is the Father [who] gives the vision and all may have it.

4.  But greater evidence follows, greater works witnesses.  Finally we shall see Him as He is, and be like Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The World’s Reception of Jesus   3 comments

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Above:  The Infant Christ Rewarding the Martyred Innocents of Bethlehem

From the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Photograph Taken Between 1898 and 1914

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

First Century C.E. Palestinian Judaism was diverse–so much so that perhaps one ought to refer to “First Century C.E. Palestinian Judaisms” instead.  My great-grandfather oversimplified this matter greatly, as did many others of his generation.  Unfortunately, many of my generation persist in the error.

Furthermore, blanket condemnations of “the Jews” risk sounding anti-Semitic even when that is not the speaker’s or writer’s intention.

And the Magi/Wise Men belong properly to Epiphany (January 6), not Christmas.  The text says that they arrived at “the house” at Bethlehem (Matthew 2:11).  The shepherds come from Luke 2:8-20.  Nativity scenes have conflated two stories set at different times and many people have followed suit.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 11, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BENEDICT OF NURSIA, FATHER OF WESTERN MONASTICISM

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CHRISTMAS SERMON

Jno. 1, 11-12

On coming to earth, his creation, and to men, his creatures, Jesus was accorded a different reception by different people, and is to to this day.

I.

1.  The Jewish nation at first treated him with indifference.  The rulers were at first troubled with Herod.  But when they saw that he came of humble, poor parentage, they simply ignored him.  They were not accustomed to bow to earth’s poor.  Later they were hostile.

2.  Herod was troubled at his coming, as uncommon things were spoken of him.  He tried to secure his death lest he become King.

3.  The Shepherds and wise men were glad to greet him and worship at this feet.

II.

The destinies of men and nations depend upon the reception they accord him.

1.  In rejecting him the Jews rejected their only religious & political Saviour.  No wonder he wept over the unrepentant city.

2.  Herod soon died under the curse of Almighty God.

3.  The Shepherds and wise men found peace, joy & heaven at last.  He desires to save all and does save all who receive him by faith–“that believe on his name.”

III.

What, then, is your attitude toward him?  Do you half believe you can do without him?  Receive him; he is your all.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Sons of God by Faith   4 comments

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Above:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newnan, Georgia, June 30, 2013

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather mixed Protestant revivalism with old-style anti-Roman Catholicism and opposition to ritualism.  All those elements were like circles in a Venn diagram.  I have expressed my thoughts about worship here:  https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/ode-to-liturgy/.  And, regarding my great-grandfather and his indirect influence upon me, I have written here:  http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/why-i-am-a-christian/.

And he wrote this between 1905 and 1913, well before the times of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.  We, as it turns out, did lift ourselves to the Moon by means of technology–close enough to boot straps, I suppose.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 11, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BENEDICT OF NURSIA, FATHER OF WESTERN MONASTICISM

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Above:  Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, Apollo 11, July 1969

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John 1, 12

1.  “Sons of God.”  This relation is spiritual.  He created & preserves all; but not all are sons.  “Not all are Israel who are of Israel” is clearly a spiritual distinction.  Not all the descendants of Abraham are like him morally.  Once rebellious, unbelieving, etc., now they love what He loves–are new every whit–sons.

2.  But man is not able to effect this change.  Were the power inherent in man Christ & the Spirit would not be necessary.

Ritualism fails utterly.

(a)  Works change not the moral nature.

(b)  Neither can water.  It is no more than a ceremonial cleansing.

(c)  Morality as an anchor does not reach the bottom spiritually.

At best such is only almost a Christian & almost is to fail.  As well pull on is boot straps to lift himself to the moon.  Rom. 7, 24-25.

3.  But Christ has this power–all power in heaven & on earth.  He conquered the devil, death, & the grave.  “Which were born…of God”  (v. 13).  “The Son…hath power to forgive.”  See Rom. 8, 2.  Christians in all ages testify thereto.

4.  This power is given to all who by faith receive him; the Spirit imparts it.  See John 5, 12; Luke 13, 34; Jno. 5, 4 & 10, 10.  To do this his constant pleasure; his longing.

5.  The Spirit who imparts the power testifies to us of it.  Sons of God & rejoice in the consciousness of it.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Preeminence of Christ   3 comments

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Jno. 1, 1-18

Eph. 1, 15-28

Col. 1, 18

Paul made great by his estimate of Christ.

1.  He is the pre-existent Christ, the Divine Son.

2.  Creator of all things

(a)  He preserves all things.

(b)  All authority & power are of Him.  Position one of greatest dignity as Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon [attest].

3.  This Christ was born into the world.  He is God incarnate.

(a)  Spoke divine wisdom

(b)  Did a divine work,–miracles, and forgiveness of sin.

(c)  Lived a spotless life.  None else could without Him

(d)  Was not holden of death.  In all this He is preeminent.  Before creation and now amongst men He stands far above all the great.

4.  Hence the Father exalted Him and set Him on His own right hand.  His lordship is won by suffering.  He won a place in the affections of men by his sacrifice & now He is set on high.

5.  From His everlasting throne He directs His church.  Is conquering the world step by step.  Some day He will have subdued all enemies and shall reign supremely [as] the preeminent One.  To praise Him man’s sweetest refrain and angels’ highest note.  Shall not we too crown Him Lord of all?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

John’s Testimony of Christ   1 comment

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Above:  River Jordan, Between 1934 and 1939

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Jno. 1, 6-8

John’s testimony important then and now.  His qualifications were ample & his virtues true.

1.  He bore testimony to the dignity of Jesus.  “He is become before me.”  “Is above all.”  “I am not worthy to unloose his sandal’s thongs.”

2.  He spake of Christ’s preexistence–“He was before me.”  Hence St. John says He was the Creator in the beginning.  From all eternity He is Christ.

3.  John announces His spiritual fullness and power.  “He baptizeth with the Holy Spirit, having received that baptism in its fullness.  Of his fullness have we received and grace upon grace.”

4.  He declares the efficacy of His mediatorial sacrifice.  “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.”  “He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.”

5.  He testifies to the unique personality of Christ, his eternal Sonship.   “This is the Son of God.”  “I heard the voice out of heaven:  This is my beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased.”

What a view of the Christ is here, given us!  Let us trust and obey Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT