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Live…By Every Word of God   2 comments

Live By Every Word of God

Above:  Part of the Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Matt. 4, 4


To “live,” physically, mentally, and spiritually, doubtless is here meant.  Each according to its nature is to be fed.  “Have life…more abundantly” (Jno. 10, 10b).  How abundant is the life he bestows!


“By every word”

(1) Body nourished by ordinary physical food, air, & water.  He knoweth we have need of all these things.  Year by year the earth produces abundantly.

(2)  Truth from every source for the contemplation of the mind and our profit.  All truth is of God and it enriches life, makes it fuller.

(3)  Soul, spirit, feeds on, is nourished by things of the spirit–truth as revealed concerning God, man, sin, and salvation.  “I am the Bread of Life” is to the soul what ordinary bread is to the body, as:

(a)  warnings against sin

(b)  promises of his grace & of heaven

(c)  Communion with God and with good people

(d)  Guidance into truth & righteousness.

All these things feed the soul, strengthen the life & full us with heavenly manna.  Seek first his kingdom:  feed on these spiritual viands & prosper the soul.


Gospel of John: The Book of Signs   1 comment


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


Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

Chapter 3:

Chapter 4:

Chapter 5:

Chapter 6:

Chapter 7:

Chapter 8:

Chapter 9:

Chapter 10:

Chapter 11:

Chapter 12:


The Self-Surrendered Christ   4 comments


Above:  A Crucifix

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Jno. 10, 17-18

1.  Jesus came not to do his own will; but surrendered himself to do the Father’s will (Jno. 8, 29; 7, 16; 6, 57, etc.).  He lived a perfectly surrendered life.

2.  His death is a voluntary surrender of life.  “I lay it down of myself.” He did not die save by his own consent thereto, and as the Father willed.  [He] could have delivered himself by angels’ help (vs. 17-18; Matt. 26, 53; Luke 13, 32-33).

3.  This self-surrender was for the life of the world.  Nothing he did caused it.  He is the Good Shepherd who layeth down his life for the sheep (v. 11; Ch. 12, 24-25).  He did nothing worthy of death.  He “gave himself for us.”  (Titus 2, 14).

(1)  It effects deliverance from sin and its consequences–Ch. 3, 14-15.

(2)  It leads to the direct impartation to believers of his body and blood as the source of spiritual life (Ch. 6, 53; 3, 16).  “Have eternal life.”

4.  Because of his self-surrender he is the object of his Father’s love (v. 17).

Hence the Father is pleased to bless those who call for mercy in His name for mercy in His name–for Jesus’ sake.  What an encouragement to pray!


Sons of God by Faith   4 comments


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

Image Source = Library of Congress




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:  And, regarding my great-grandfather and his indirect influence upon me, I have written here:

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.





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

Image Source = NASA


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.


The Resurrection of Jesus   3 comments


Above:  Easter Vigil, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, March 30, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



1 Cor. 15, 12-19

1.  As his death was part of a divine plan so was his resurrection.  “I have power…to take it again.”  “This commandment received I.”  (Jno. 10, 18, also Jno. 2, 19-22 & Matthew 16, 4)  He must master even death–all of man’s enemies.

2.  Its importance can hardly be overestimated.  Paul stakes all on this fact.  It establishes all other Christian doctrine.  Man rejected & crucified him, the Father owns and approves him by raising him.

If he be not raised there follows:

(1)  Vanity of preaching; it “is vain”

(2)  Emptiness of faith–it “is vain”

(3)  Falsehood of testimony–“false witnesses”

(4)  Failure of redemption–“Ye are yet in your sins”

(5)  Collapse of hope–“They also that are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.”

3.  The witnesses to his resurrection are emphatic and had no motive to testify to a delusion or falsehood, but the reverse.  It is what saved them from despair and fired their hearts to endure all things for the sake of their testimony.

Our own proof is the presence of the Holy Spirit in the world.

4.  He lives to intercede for me and to give me and all men victory over sin and the grave.

Because he lives I shall live also, and be with him where his is.



This is post #300 of this weblog.–KRT