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Eternal Life   1 comment

Eternal Life

Above:  The Original Text

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I read my great-grandfather’s notes to himself and notice references I can only repeat without understanding, as in the final section of these sermon notes.  My own teaching notes are in the same style much of the time, by the way.  I criticize neither my great-grandfather nor myself on these grounds.  I still wonder what he meant sometimes, though.








John 3, 15-16

John 6, 47


God is eternal, self-existent, of necessity without beginning or ending, changeless, Creator of all things.


Created man in his own image, “breathed himself into man.”  Father of our spirits.  God is like his eternal Father in moral nature–intellect, emotion, will, loving, immortal.


Sin entered and drove man away from God, broke up man’s communion with God, so that, left to himself, eternal death is his fate.


God intervened, gave his Son to redeem man.  Now by repentance and faith man is restored to fellowship with God.  “The gift of God is eternal life.”

(1)  Qualitative.  Communion with God, rich, constant.  How blessed it is.

(2)  Endless, everlasting.

Death hath no power over it.  Only sin can interrupt it.


Christian experience compounds this teaching.  Dying testimony of

Mrs. Pace, at [unintelligible place name],

“Parson” Jimmy Fox,

Cicero Sitton.



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!


John 3, 16   4 comments


Above:  Jesus and Nicodemus, by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

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1.  Because of sin the world was in a ruined state, hurt beyond all hope of recovery save through divine help.  [It] was condemned and about to perish eternally.

2.  God through the impulse of His love provided for its rescue and salvation by giving his Son to die for it.  Not for any merit in man, but God’s unmerited love.  This is the fountain of it all.  Need arouses the better impulses of man’s heart; much more does our need move God to fly to our relief.

The disease must be great and dire to necessitate such great cost to redeem man from it.

3.  This sacrifice of Jesus is the only means by which men are saved (Acts 4, 12), but it is a sufficient sacrifice.  He can save all from sin (Heb. 7, 25).

4.  This salvation is for all on simple terms–faith in Jesus.  God has come as near as He can not to encourage man in sin.  Without this trust no man is benefited by the death of Jesus.  He must be accepted or all is lost.  Those may perish for whom He died (1 Cor. 8, 11).

5.  Two distinct blessings are those received:

(1)  “They they may not perish”–are saved from the awful effects of sin, and

(2)  They “have eternal life,” are brought to heaven in the end.

Then accept Him now.


The Uplifted Christ   1 comment


Above:  A Crucifix with Votice Candles

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Jno. 12, 32

Jno. 8, 21-30

Jno. 3, 11, 21

1.  We have here a reason for the crucifixion, that He might attract and save men.  Also that men might understand Him.  See Jno. 8, 28.

2.  “If I be lifted up.”  Out of love He died for all.”  His death is the supreme sacrifice of love.  Hence its magnetic power.  Whenever the story is told it draws the hearts of men.

3.  The Father set Him on high.  From His exalted throne He blesses and draws men.  He is no dead Christ but a living power felt when the story of His love is proclaimed.

4.  There is given to us to lift Him up in our lives.  When men see Christ exalted in us they are drawn toward Him.  How important that our lives communicate His power to others.  What a pity that any prove to be stumbling blocks by inconsistent living.

5.  Not all who are drawn yield.  Sin interferes and holds some down despite the Magnet’s power.  Hence these things must be given up that as we are drawn we may yield our all to Him.  Have you given up all for Jesus?


Regeneration   9 comments

John 3, 7

1.  This is an important doctrine.  One’s ideas here will influence all his other views.  Its relation to experience is of great moment.  Be correct in opinion and experience of it.

2.  The ground of the doctrine is that scripture reveals man as a sinner.  His sinful nature necessitates the experience.  All have sinned.  Gen. 6, 5 & 8, 21; Ps. 5, 15 & 58, 3; Jer. 17, 9; Isa. 1, 5-6; Rom. 3, 23.  That Christ died for all Paul uses to prove that all have sinned.  Else why should Christ die for all?

3.  What is regeneration?

Not mere reformation, or good resolutions.  “To cause to be born anew, to bring forth again.”  The change in man (Gal. 5, 6-6:15) wrought by the Holy Spirit dethroning sin and enthroning Christ.  A complete moral change (see Ezek. 36, 25-27).  Depravity and uncleanness acquired by transgressions necessitate “the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

4.  How is it received?  By faith.  God’s grace is conditional; He does not impose it upon those who do not want it.  “Ask and receive,” but ask in faith.  Man’s first step in sin was through unbelief.  His last step in finding mercy is faith.  The terms are simple and so easy [that] anyone can meet them and be saved.  Are you thus saved from your sins?


Justification by Faith   2 comments


Above:  Court, Between 1910 and 1926

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Acts 13, 39

1.  Man is a sinful creature.  Was created holy with a positive law to keep.  Able to stand free to fall.  He sinned and condemnation came upon him.  But God promised to deliver him from under the curse of the law, else he would have been doomed eternally.

2.  What is justification?  Facere, justus.  The term has reference to law & judicial proceedings.

(1)  One under charges may be justified by testimony.

(2)  Or by force of law, as such as an act is allowed.

(3)  Or by pardon, after guilt is established.  So the sinner is forgiven for Christ’s sake if he turn to God for mercy.

3.  On what condition are we justified?  The condition is wholly with God.  He offers it by faith.  All who believe in Jesus are freely justified; who does not is condemned already (Jno. 3, 16 & 36).  It is the only thing without which no one is justified.  But one must repent to be able to believe.

4.  What is the nature of that faith by which we are justified?  Must be a distinction for the devils believe & tremble.  It must be an act of the whole heart, “a sure trust or confidence that God pardons even me.”  A faith that results in obedience for “faith without works is dead.”


Saved for Good Works   7 comments


Above:  The Recycling Center at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, Saturday, April 13, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



Eph. 2, 10

1.  Material creation was made for a specific purpose–for man.  Genesis 1, 27-30; 1 Cor. 3, 21-23

2.  Christians are his spiritual creation.  He alone transforms our natures.  Eph. 2, 10 & 15; 4, 24; Col. 3, 10; Jno. 3, 3; etc.  All this is of grace–the ability & opportunity to believe.  To believe is man’s free act, after this grace is offered.

3.  God has one great purpose in saving us–“for good works.”  We are saved not because of good works, but saved to do them.  We work not to be saved, but because we are saved.

Works without faith are not religious from lack of pure motive.

Faith without works is dead.  But how many do not really believe it!!

God is not pleased with an idle professor.  Judges 5, 23; Matt. 25, 26.

4.  Men will be judged by their works.  See the Parables of the Pounds & Talents.  “Hungry and ye gave me not meat.”  Final salvation depends on obedience.  “Be thou faithful unto the death.”

5.  Then be admonished to do good.  Lay up treasure in heaven by doing every possible good.  “Do all the good you can, to as many people as you can, as long as you can,” for great is your reward in heaven.


The Preeminent Christ   1 comment


Above:  Design Drawing for Stained-Glass Window with Christ as King of Heaven and Throne, Crown, Lamb, Alpha and Omega, and Cross

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Jno. 3, 31

1.  Origin determines character.  That which originates on earth is earthy.  Religions set up by man are imperfect.  Finite man produces nothing perfect.  “As the man is so is his work.”  His word is never final.

2.  Christ is from above, co-existent with and co-equal with the Father.  His life on earth an incarnation of his deific nature.  Deity dominated his life and work on earth.  He is as far above other men as infinity is above the finite.

3.  Out of an infinitely perfect character came words of infinite wisdom.  ‘Twere but natural that virtue should go out of him.  His teaching the only complete system of ethics the world has ever known.  Man can not add one iota to his teaching.

4.  He did a divine work.  He created the world and undertook to redeem it.  “Who can forgive sins but God only?”  He accepted the challenge.  “If I do not the works of God believe me not.”

He will judge the world, which is the work of none but God.  Finite man can not, infinite God must do it.

How great this theme.  Surely he is the preeminent Christ–above all.


Posted February 4, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 M-R, Johannine Gospel

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