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“If Ye Shall Ask Anything My Name I Will Do It.”   4 comments

If Ye Shall Ask

Above:  The Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


John 14, 14


Our need of divine aid.  We are unable to do the work before us if left to ourselves.  “Without me ye can do nothing” (Jno. 15, 5).  “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zech. 4, 6).


Prayer is an opening of the heart to God, throwing off indifference, so essential.  How can God pour his Spirit into a heart closed against him?  “But their heart is far from me” (Matt. 15, 8).


Prayer is a direct, earnest request for God’s help.  “Ask, seek, knock.”  Give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him (Lk. 11, 13).  “And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4, 31).


Have we any need of his help, of awakening of souls, of pardon, of guidance of power?  Does anyone about us need to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord?

May God breathe on us the spirit of earnest prayer?  And he prepares us and uses to help reach others that his kingdom may prevail over the forces of evil.


Gospel of John: The Book of Glory   1 comment


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


Chapter 13:

Chapter 14:

Chapter 15:

Chapter 16:

Chapter 17:

Chapter 20:


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

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Loyalty to Christ   2 comments

Loyalty to Christ

Above:  Part of the Original Text


John 14, 15 and 2 Cor. 14 & 15

1.  To love him is God’s command.  “Because he first loved us.”  How can we love another when it was for he died?

2.  Our highest interests and happiness are wrapped up in his cause.  It is for our good [that] the gospel and the church are given.  Happy for us if we fully appreciate these things.

3.  “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”  Turn from sin as our foe.  He is concerned to save us from it.  Life like he desires we should.

4.  Identify your life with its cause.  Devote your powers to the establishment of righteousness in the earth.  Be loyal to him in loving service.  he must work through men.  Can he depend on us and use us?

5.  His love constrains us thus to live.  May his love abide and abound in all our hearts and ever prompt our hearts to live only for him.


Dwelling With Christ in God   2 comments


Above:  Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles, by Duccio

(Image in the Public Domain)


Jno. 14, 10

1.  Jesus is so typical that what he was in life we may seek to become.  He is universal man–our humanity.  Here, as elsewhere, he is our Example.

2.  There was utmost unity between himself and the Father.  “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”  The Father found no resistance in his Son to His will–“Not my will but Thine be done.”  “I do always the things that please Him.”  (Jno. 8, 29)

3.  This God desires of us.  He [is] in us and we [are] in Him, that He may accomplish His work in us and through us.  “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  “Yet not I but Christ liveth in me.”

Then for us to live is Christ indeed.

But  a full surrender of ourselves is necessary–of our wills and all we are must be–“crucified with Christ.”

Then we must faithfully follow His leading, doing His work, speaking His words.

4.  This is unity with Christ in God.  Now “for me to live is Christ.”  “He doeth the work” now.  All is his.


Heaven   1 comment


Above:  Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles (1300s), by Duccio

(Image in the Public Domain)


Jno. 14, 2-3

1.  Its certainty.  “I will receive you unto myself.”  “These shall go into everlasting life.”  “I will that they be with me where I am.”

2.  Its inhabitants–the angels and the good of all ages whose robes are white by the blood of the lamb.  They are there–all there–a mighty throng.

3.  It is a place; also a state of happiness.  Nothing to destroy its peace.

(a)  Its inhabitants are delivered from all ills of the body and spirit.  Sickness never comes and temptations do not annoy.  God shall dry every tear.

(b)  They are blessed with the smile of his loving approval, and they need no light of the sun, for he is the light of the city eternal.

(c)  They meet again with those they have loved and lost awhile and meet to part no more.  “With sons on our lips and with harps in our hands,/To meet one another again.”

4.  We are safe at home forever.  Shall go out no more but will enjoy eternal, unending bliss.  One day shall pay for all we suffer here.


Posted August 29, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L

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The Manifestation of Jesus   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator


John 14, 21-23

1.  Though going away, Jesus says he will come to his disciples, manifest himself to them and abide with them.  [He] will send them the Comforter.

2.  But Jude wants to know how it will occur, how he will manifest himself to them, and not to the world.  His answer is full of meaning.

(1)  If a man love me–this is a command and great privilege–he will keep my word–obey me.

Love is the source and proof of obedience.  Here is the trouble with worldly church members.  True Christians do not want to be wrong.

(2)  My Father will love him.  “God has an eternal preference for good men.”  To such He gives the Spirit.  Thus the Father and the Son will come to him and manifest themselves.

3.  The obedient soul finds a gracious sense of the divine Presence.  This manifestation is assuring, comforting, strengthening, and full of glory.  It is not a sporadic affair, but is a constant and abiding presence.


Death the Gate to Heaven   1 comment


Above:  Our Martyrs at Heaven’s Gate, 1881

President Abraham Lincoln greets President James A. Garfield.

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-02234


Jno. 14, 2-3

1.  Jesus goes away to prepare a place for them.  He came from heaven in their behalf; now he returns to serve them further.  The odds are against their highest enjoyment here; hence he seeks an abode free from all hindrance.

2.  But he will come to them and help them.  The Holy Spirit did come to counsel and help them, that they may prepare for higher things.  Finally he will come to take them to himself.

3.  They are to be with him where he is.  They loved him and followed him here and he wants them to be with him there to behold his glory.  He prayed for this.  Immortal bliss awaits all his children in his gracious abode, the house of many mansions.

4.  Hence death is but the door of entrance to higher, holier things.  He arched the door with bow of hope and planted there most fragrant flowers.

Where he is is heaven to dwell with him and the good of all ages.