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The Fellowship of Jesus Christ   4 comments

Fellowship of Jesus Christ

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


1 Cor. 1, 9


Ours is a high calling into “fellowship of Jesus Christ, into participation with him of the glorious things of God,” an enjoyment in common “with Christ” (Rev. 3, 20, 1 Jno. 1, 3).


Fellowship with him in all the graces of his eternal kingdom, as:

(1)  Victory over sin.  “I have overcome the world.”  Seven promises to the “overcomers”–Rev. chapters 1 & 2.  Faith is the victory.  Blessed triumph!!

(2)  Peace.  “My peace I give unto you.”  “Peace be unto you.”  “We have peace with God,” supplanting strife in the soul.

(3)  Love to God and man, until we are disposed toward all men as he is–all desires, aspirations and hopes held in love, born of love.

(4)  Service.  “He went about doing good,” ministering to men.  “The fellowship of his sufferings.”  “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me.”

(5)  The climax–fellowship in his eternal glory.  “That they may be with me…that they may behold my glory which thou hast give  me” (Jno 17, 24).

Can the heart wish for more?

This is our privilege through or in Christ.


Consecration   2 comments


Above:  The Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Jno. 17, 19


“Sanctify”–consecrate and devote myself that I thereby may purchase eternal redemption for them–see Jer. 12, 3.  The root idea is the consecration of persons and things to the service of God–opposed to what is common.  “For their sakes”–that they may receive the blessings that can be secured in no other way.  His teaching and religion aroused the hostility of the leaders of that day.  He faced it all and devoted himself to death to bring salvation to the people.


I, a father, devote myself to the highest and best for the sake of my son, who must face the future.  What I can do to help him as he lives his life, I gladly undertake.  He must face a new day.


As a churchman.  Without religion morals will disappear and the heart will find no stay.

The church alone has pious religion.  Hence I consecrate myself to God and the church to help carry on his work.


As a citizen, I devote myself to righteousness and peace among the nations of the earth, that we may have a just and lasting peace.


Gospel of John: The Book of Glory   1 comment


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


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

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The Death of Jesus   3 comments


Above:  Crucifixion of Christ, March 31, 1884

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-03024


Luke 23, 33-38

1.  Prophecy foretold the event, as did Jesus.  He laid down his life.  “No man taketh it from me.”  It was part of the Divine plan.

2.  Jesus chose the time of his death.  “Mine hour is not yet come” is used frequently.  At last he said, “the hour is come” (Jno. 17, 1).  “Go tell that fox”–Luke 13, 32.  “Not at the feast”–Matt. 26, 5.  “What thou doest do quickly”–Jno. 13, 27.  Jesus thrust it forward ere they were ready.

3.  The charge was blasphemy, making himself equal with God–his soul.  He either is, or else an imposter and false swearer.  To profess admiration for the man and deny his Divinity is to betray him with a kiss.

4.  They crucify him between two thieves at 9 o’clock.  Darkness from 12 to 3 o’clock.  The crowd mock him.

5.  His concern for others–prays for his slayers, provides a home for his mother, answers the penitent cries to the Father, declares it is finished & commends his  spirit to the Father & yields up his spirit.  The earthquake bellows & the tombs open.

6.  Why all this suffering?  He did no wrong, as said Herod once & Pilate six times.  It was for me & the whole world.  Shall I not love him and live only for Him?


Jesus At the Heart’s Door   2 comments

Rev. 3, 20

1.  Jesus earnestly desires to save sinners.  He constantly yearns over them.

2.  He knocks at the door of the heart for admittance; he advertises his desire to save.  By his providence, gospel, Holy Spirit, friends–anything that can arouse the conscience and teach the hearts of men.

3.  But [we] must open the door, must invite in, become willing to be saved.  He is willing, now is man willing?  He will not force himself upon man; but when he is admitted he comes in to pardon sin & heal his backslidings.

4.  “Will sup with him,” will be a sharer in his lot and helper in it all, will not leave him alone in his struggle through life.  I have a blessing to impart besides.

5.  “And he with me.”  I will impart my grace, mercy and peace here.”  “My peace I give.”

Eternal life.  I will give my triumph over all & shall become yours too and heaven shall crown all.  (Jno. 17, 24)

Now for all this will you not open the door gladly and let him into your heart?  Let him in now.


Christ’s Sacrificial Death   2 comments


Above:  A Large Crucifix



After saying this, Jesus raised up his eyes to heaven and said:

Father, the hour has come:

glorify your Son

so that your Son may glorify you;

so that, just as you have given him power over all humanity,

he may give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.

And eternal life is this:

to know you,

the only true God,

and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent….

–John 17:1-3, The New Jerusalem Bible

I am stickler for details.  So, based on the definition of eternal life in John 17:1-3, I state that there is eternity outside of God and that my great-grandfather misused the word “eternally” in his first point.  “Forever” would have been a good choice instead.



Titus 2, 14

1.  “Who gave himself for us.”

“Death passed upon all men”–left alone they were eternally doomed to death.  To live spiritually they must be forgiven.  But  it must be done in consideration of something.  Christ alone could pay the price.  John was about to weep at the unopened seal.  Christ’s life not the sacrifice; he shrank not from life, but the cross.  “Poured out his soul unto death.”  Why?

2.  “Might redeem us.”

(1)  Life the curse of the law & make possible our pardon.

(2)  Cleanse the soul, purify the people by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.  Peculiar people, living a righteous life.

(3)  “Zealous of good works.”  God’s people should abound in good works, no to be saved, but because they are.

Less than this zeal is short of his will.  As we value our own salvation seek that of others.  “Freely ye have received, freely give.”


“I Am Glorified in Them.”   1 comment

Jno. 17, 10

His work finished, Christ was going away.  His disciples were to abide here.  They are important to him and to the world.  They are to glorify him.

1.  In their salvation–this demonstrates his power to forgive sins.  It establishes his divinity–“Who can forgive sins but God only?”  He does, therefore he is God.

2.  In their lives.  Obedience to his word manifests the wisdom and beauty thereof.  “My word is truth.”  “The truth shall make you free.”  Hence he is glorified in a Godly life.  They set the face for others.

3.  In their labors.  They manifest a spirit foreign to the world.  This reveals the beauty of what he inspires.  Their preaching exalts his name among the heathen.  This the charm of the Acts of the Apostles and of all preaching.

4.  Their presence in  Heaven will add to his glory before the angels.  The church is “the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”

How important to Christ and the world is the work of his children in all places and ages!!