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“Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love”   3 comments

Whom Having Not Seen Ye Love

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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1 Peter 1, 8

I.

They believed in him as Lord and Savior because of his life–his manifest goodness and love.  “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  “These are written [that] ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name.”  (Jno. 20, 31)

II.

This faith brings him into our hearts, and so we come to love him not only for love for us in his death but for what he is to us in our inner experience.  He is our salvation indeed.  We do not see him, but [he] is more real to us than he was to his disciples when he was in the flesh.  We love him because he first loved us and because [he] is so much to us now.  How loving and lovable he is!  Who can refuse to love such a Friend?

III.

“And rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Being accepted of God through him our hearts are filled with joy in him.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice.” (Phils. 4, 4)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

John 20, 31   1 comment

John 20

Above:  The Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

The authorship of the Johannine Gospel is a matter of legitimate scholarly discussion and much uncertainty, despite certain traditions, actually.  I am comfortable with that situation.  My great-grandfather was wedded to certain traditions, as I am to my own set of them–frequently different traditions.

By the way, all of us–even those who protest vocally against tradition–affirm our favorite traditions.   Ironically, the lack of certain traditions becomes its own tradition.  I prefer to be intellectually honest about the matter and to avoid hypocrisy regarding this issue.  And I think that my great-grandfather was intellectually honest about his preferences among traditions also.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCUS AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF GEORGE VI, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

THE FEAST OF SAINT VEDAST (VAAST), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARRAS AND CAMBRAI

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM BOYCE AND JOHN ALCOCK, ANGLICAN COMPOSERS

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Jno. 20, 31

I.

The richest book.   John wrote late in life after much thought, giving us a spiritual gospel, deep insight into our Lord’s life.  Selected his material to this end.

II.

“That ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.”  Just to affirm it was not enough.  We need to discover it for ourselves.  “Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto you, but my Father.”  Only belief that he is divine can explain him and his works.  Admit that and all is clear.

III.

“That believing ye might have life through him.”  This the great end to be desired.  “The end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  “Being justified by faith we have peace.”  “As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God,” etc.  “The just shall live by faith.”  “That they might have life…abundantly.”  “This life is in his Son.”

IV.

How rich is this life!  Communion with God, the quickening and development of all our nobler powers of soul.

It uplifts the individual, the nations.  “On earth as in heaven.”  “Let this mind be in you.”  “We have the mind of Christ.”  “The end everlasting life.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Blessedness of Believers   1 comment

Blessedness of Believers

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

St. Thomas, Apostle, missionary, martyr, and honest doubter, is my favorite character in the Bible.  Make of that what you will, O reader.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCUS AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF GEORGE VI, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

THE FEAST OF SAINT VEDAST (VAAST), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARRAS AND CAMBRAI

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM BOYCE AND JOHN ALCOCK, ANGLICAN COMPOSERS

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Jno. 20, 29

I.

The disciples forgot that he said he would rise and were in despair.  “We had hoped it was he,” etc.  Thomas was stubborn in his doubts.  Jesus spoke directly to him.  Thomas saw and believed and made the great confession.  His soul was thrilled; doubt and despair gone, joy flooded his soul–a glorious experience!

II.

We are not disadvantaged by being in time removed from the days of his flesh.  By our spiritual senses we may believe and rejoice.  “Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto you, but my Father.”  Spirit surpasses the natural man.

(a)  Jesus responds to faith.  He satisfies the deepest longings of the soul, becomes more real than he was to the disciples.  “I know whom I have believed.”  Did not our hearts burn within us?”

(b)  Dwells within our hearts–“temples of the Holy Ghost.”  He reproduces his life in us, “Christ liveth in me,”

(c)  We are the more favored than was Thomas–have the record of his life and teaching, what he has done through the ages by his Spirit through the church, testimonies of millions, especially of loved ones.

How sweet it is!  Doubt?  No; but enjoy his presence.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Gospel of John: The Book of Glory   1 comment

John

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

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Chapter 13:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/john-13-1/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/john-13-6-9/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/the-death-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/brotherly-love-proof-of-our-discipleship/

Chapter 14:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/loyalty-to-christ/

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

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/the-manifestation-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/death-the-gate-to-heaven/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/educational-and-medical-missions/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/the-gift-of-peace/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/obedience-the-proof-of-love/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/if-ye-shall-ask-anything-my-name-i-will-do-it/

Chapter 15:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/herein-is-my-father-glorified/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/his-witnesses/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/if-ye-shall-ask-anything-my-name-i-will-do-it/

Chapter 16:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/the-spirit-completing-the-divine-revelation/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/be-filled-with-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/in-christ-we-have-peace/

Chapter 17:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/the-death-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/jesus-at-the-hearts-door/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/christs-sacrificial-death/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/i-am-glorified-in-them/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/christs-high-priestly-prayer/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/consecration/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-fellowship-of-jesus-christ/

Chapter 20:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/educational-and-medical-missions/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-mission-of-the-church/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/the-blessedness-of-believers/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/john-20-31/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/whom-having-not-seen-ye-love/

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

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Educational and Medical Missions   2 comments

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Above:  Bed, Ulster Children’s Church Missionary Society Hospital, Between 1940 and 1946

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/mpc2004000769/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-00464

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Luke 4, 18-19

1.  Jesus interprets His mission under the Spirit’s inspiration.  This the right method; a cold, calculating spirit is not of God.  Under this anointing He accepted the Father’s will.

2.  His work was for body, mind & soul.  He never turned a soul away but yearned after all.

None of His work was transient.  It was the beginning of a world movement which the church was to carry on to the finish.  See Jno. 20, 21; also 14, 12.  They were to do not one work, but “the works” He did.

3.  Hence educational missions are scriptural and absolutely essential.  There can be no strong, self-supporting church without it.  It is needed to train the native preachers and workers.

4.  Medical missions is the church continuing Christ’s work of healing.  Else the church “passes by on the other side.”  Easiest made self-sustaining & not one whit behind other departments in Spiritual results, besides the pain it kills.

5.  He will approve it all at last & does now.  “I was hungry & ye gave me meat, sick & ye visited me.”  “Enter ye.”  Will He say it to you?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Mission of the Church   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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John 20, 21

1.  Christ was coexistent with the Father.  The Logos from the beginning.  But he left his abode and came to earth.

2.  He came on a mission divine and God-given–one certain work to do.  He came to seek and to save the lost–to bear witness of the truth and give his life for many.

3.  Love of the Father and the Son involved.  The Father gave His only Son; the Son gave Himself to die for us–for all.

4.  We, too, are sent on a like mission.  “Even so send I you.”  Seek the lost.  Teach all nations.  Go into all the world.  It is enough that the servant be as his Master.  You have a universal remedy for the disease of sin; tell it to all, invite all to receive it and be healed.

5.  This given to all the church–the eleven and the others that were with them.  Go or send.  Help save the world.  Put yourself and all yours into his hands.  Love all and hence help save all.  His love and yours combined.

6.  The Spirit given to this end–he shall bear witness and so shall you.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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This is post #350 on this blog.–KRT

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