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The Divinity of Christ   12 comments

Divinity of Christ

Above:  Part of the Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather’s use of “Jehovah” places him in time.  The American Standard Version of the Bible (1901) makes frequent use of that term, for example.  That term has fallen out of use in many circles, with “the LORD” of “Yahweh” taking its place most frequently.  For example, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, in its 1973 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Singing, uses “Jehovah” frequently.  Yet the denomination’s 2010 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Worship, replaces “Jehovah” with other terms, usually “the LORD.”  (Aside:  I do find having a collection of hymnals helpful for research purposes.)  Nevertheless, on my way to church each Sunday, I drive past the building of a congregation which calls itself “Jehovah’s Temple.”  I guess they did not get the memo.

I note also that my great-grandfather had read up on developments in Christology during the first five centuries of Christianity.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS LYDIA, DORCAS, AND PHOEBE, COWORKERS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

THE FEAST OF ANDREI RUBLEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ICONOGRAPHER

THE FEAST OF SAINTS GENESIUS I OF CLERMONT AND PRAEJECTUS OF CLERMONT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; AND SAINT AMARIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT GILDAS THE WISE, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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Matt. 16, 16

Christian view:  two natures, humanity born of a virgin & died; divinity which was united with the humanity very and eternal God, in essence equal and one with the Father, truly & properly God.

I.  

Titles:  they can apply only to God

(1)  Jehovah,  Ex. 3, 14–“I am that I am,” the highest name of God.  Isa. 40, 5–“the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed.”  In Matt. 3, 3, this is applied to Christ viz:  “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”

(2)  Lord of glory:  “Had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2, 8).

(3)  “God”–Jno. 1, 1; Lord of hosts…the God of Jacob–Ps. 46, 7.  In Heb. 1, 8 this is applied to Christ.

(4)  Son of God:  “I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God” (Jno. 1, 34).  And unclean spirits…cried saying, “Thou art the Son of God” (Mk. 3, 11).  “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3, 17).

(5)  “God with us”–Emmanuel.  Matt. 1, 23, “God over all.”  “Christ who is over all God blessed for ever” (Rom. 9, 5).

“God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into Glory” (1 Tim. 3, 16).  “And we know that the true Son of God is come.  This is the true God” (1 Jno. 5, 20).

Angels bear witness:

A Saviour (Matt. 1, 21); “Son of the Highest” (Lk. 1, 32); “Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2, 11).

II.

His attributes prove he is God:  All that are applied to God are applied to Christ–Eternity, Immutability, Omnipotence, etc.

Consciousness of his nature

III.

His works prove him Divine:  Creation, Preservation, Pardon of sin, Miracles, Judgment

We baptize and dismiss the congregations in his name, pray in his name and the Father hears us.

The mighty Lord from heaven, the Saviour of sinners

“If ever man was God or God man, Jesus Christ was both.”–Byron

“If Jesus Christ is a God

And the only God, I swear

I will follow him thro’ heaven and hell,

The earth, the sea, the air.”–Gilder

“Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

Hail, great Galiean!–Great God.”–Woods

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Mother Mary   4 comments

Mary Figurine January 19, 2014

Above:  A Mary Figurine, January 19, 2014

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

All images in this post come from the camera which is part of my laptop computer.

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Mother Mary, whose soul magnifies

the Lord, who treads the adder,

who reigns as Queen of Heaven,

you I thank whenever I rise

and think of the love of the Father

evident in Christ’s incarnation.

Mary Icon January 19, 2014

Mother Mary, your faithfulness

and strength I do ponder,

for you raised a unique Son.

That must have been a great mess

at time, but, based on the Master,

you did indeed get the job done.

Mary Picture January 19, 2014

Mother Mary, if you did not always

understand Jesus, we join your

company, for all of us in that

sometimes falter; he does us faze,

for we think that we know more

than we do; our answers are inadequate

Mary Statue January 19, 2014

much of the time; the truth exceeds

the bounds of our imaginations often;

reality proves more wonderful than

that which we ponder, of which we read.

The glory of God we ought not soften

or minimize; it we cannot fully understand.

Mary Wall Hanging January 19, 2014

Mother Mary, whom God did choose

for a life and mission most special

and full of great joy, risk, and sorrow,

may we, learning from you, never lose

the desire to love Jesus, of splendor full,

and him forevermore to follow.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 19, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SARGENT SHRIVER, U.S. STATESMAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT CAESARIUS OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP, AND SAINT CAESARIA OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT HENRY OF UPPSALA, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT WULFSTAN OF WORCESTER, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

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Let Us Go…And See   1 comment

Let Us Go and See

Above:  The Beginning of the Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Lk. 2, 15 & 20

I.

The good news told the shepherds.  God has broken in upon our world in human form to reveal the Father and to save men.  Heaven declares through the angels his arrival and his mission.

II.

The shepherds hear with wonder and hasten to Bethlehem to seek out the Babe.  Each soul can and should seek him.  “Seek ye the Lord.”  “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”  Act on the information you have, learn for yourself.  It is no myth.  “They that seek find.”

III.

They came away with joy; as do all who come to him in penitence & faith.  What joy he gives.

IV.

We will not find his bodily presence, but his spiritual presence and blessing.  See what he has done and is doing–how wondrously he has wraught.  Everywhere the story has been told he has worked wonders.  Men have seen visions of better things, thought loftier thoughts:  love has supplanted hate, fear given place to trust, God is thought of as our Father, life has overcome death, despair goes out, hope rules, immortality is brought to light–all life is lifted to a higher plane and cherished.  He makes all things new.

Men rejoice in him, live in communion with him and fellowship with one another.  “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift!”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

General Good Will   1 comment

General Good Will

Above:  The Beginning of the Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENTS:

With this post I begin a new round of George W. Barrett material.  I retrieved more documents from Americus, Georgia, over a week ago.

This page came from a journal.  I do not know who removed it from that book or when or why, but the page number “190” leads me to wonder what I might never read from the previous pages.  The other side, “189,” completes a sermon, but I lack page 188.

I have made an educated guess regarding the verse number for this sermon.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Luke 2, 14

I.

Man’s heart is at enmity with God–rebelling against his will.

And it is at strife with his brother.  Sin and strife are the curse of the world.

II.

Religion is an experience of peace with God and man.  Strife is of the devil and contrary to the genius of Christianity.  Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil–to save man from sin and strife.  He who loves God loves all men.

III.

How the world needs this general good will toward all men!

(1)  Between man and man.  How hurtful is ill will and suspicion; how sweet is concord.  The golden rule is so fitting and helpful.

(2)  In the business world.  Shall life be one long warfare waged for self alone?  We are brethren.  “I pray thee let there be no strife between thee and me,” etc.  This is no time for stirring up strife.  Let good will be our slogan.

(3)  In political and national affairs.  If we do n ot bury our strife we cannot pay our debts.  Good will can stay much trouble as we labor the common good.

IV.

Suppose God were not kindly disposed toward us.  Are we willing for him to be hostile toward us?  Then let us be kindly affectioned one toward another.  “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”  It is good business and good religion too.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Gospel of Luke   1 comment

Luke

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/mother-mary/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/childhood-and-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/the-worlds-reception-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/the-childhood-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/good-will-toward-men/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/angels-sing-his-praises/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/christmas-sermon/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/general-good-will/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/let-us-go-and-see/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/mother-mary/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 4:

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

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/the-tempest-stilled/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/mother-mary/

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/the-challenge-of-the-cross/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/one-thing-needful/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/the-good-samaritan/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/luke-10-2/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/building-the-kingdom/

Luke 11:

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

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/what-meanest-thou-o-sleeper/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/not-rich-toward-god/

Chapter 13:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-self-surrendered-christ/

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

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/the-barren-fig-tree/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/turned-away-from-the-beautiful-gate/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/sons-of-god-by-faith/

Chapter 15:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-prodigal-son/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/the-prodigals-repentance/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/heirs-of-god/

Chapter 16:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/hell/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/our-stewardship/

Chapter 18:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/parable-of-the-unjust-judge/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/self-righteousness-and-penitence/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/a-penitents-prayer-luke-1813/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/prayer-of-prime-importance/

Chapter 22:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/this-do-in-remembrance-of-me/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/the-lords-supper/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-promises-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/this-do-in-remembrance-of-me-2/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/luke-22-27b/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/devotedness-to-christ/

Chapter 23:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/jesus-revealed-in-us/

Chapter 24:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/the-challenge-of-the-cross/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/a-passion-for-a-lost-world/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/the-holy-spirits-power-indispensible/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/the-walk-to-emmaus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/luke-24-26-46/

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

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Childhood and God   1 comment

Childhood and God

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Luke 2, 49

I.

The child is father to the man.  Early incidents often are prophetic of the future.  The Spirit often stirs the young heart towards one’s future life.

II.

Jesus was early responsive to religion.  Not at twelve he surprises the rabbis at his wisdom revealed in his questions.  Reared in a Godly home and the divinity within him stirring his rational mind, he developed rapidly in spiritual apprehension.

III.

“About my Father’s business”–religion in all its meaning and application to life–the proper relation to God and man.

(a)  Religious questions are the greatest and most far-reaching.  Religion is the chief concern of mortals.  Helping the child upon whom these forces play from infancy.

(b)  Jesus’ mind and heart responded to these good forces.  He seemed surprised that his parents did not expect him to be thus engaged.

(c)  Yield your heart to God–now while you are young and impressionable.  Begin now.  God wants you to love him early, before sin gets the advantage of you.  Devote all your life to God.  It brings ever-increasing joy and blessing.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted November 12, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Luke-Acts

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The World’s Reception of Jesus   3 comments

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Above:  The Infant Christ Rewarding the Martyred Innocents of Bethlehem

From the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Photograph Taken Between 1898 and 1914

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/mpc2004007340/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-07279

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

First Century C.E. Palestinian Judaism was diverse–so much so that perhaps one ought to refer to “First Century C.E. Palestinian Judaisms” instead.  My great-grandfather oversimplified this matter greatly, as did many others of his generation.  Unfortunately, many of my generation persist in the error.

Furthermore, blanket condemnations of “the Jews” risk sounding anti-Semitic even when that is not the speaker’s or writer’s intention.

And the Magi/Wise Men belong properly to Epiphany (January 6), not Christmas.  The text says that they arrived at “the house” at Bethlehem (Matthew 2:11).  The shepherds come from Luke 2:8-20.  Nativity scenes have conflated two stories set at different times and many people have followed suit.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 11, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BENEDICT OF NURSIA, FATHER OF WESTERN MONASTICISM

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CHRISTMAS SERMON

Jno. 1, 11-12

On coming to earth, his creation, and to men, his creatures, Jesus was accorded a different reception by different people, and is to to this day.

I.

1.  The Jewish nation at first treated him with indifference.  The rulers were at first troubled with Herod.  But when they saw that he came of humble, poor parentage, they simply ignored him.  They were not accustomed to bow to earth’s poor.  Later they were hostile.

2.  Herod was troubled at his coming, as uncommon things were spoken of him.  He tried to secure his death lest he become King.

3.  The Shepherds and wise men were glad to greet him and worship at this feet.

II.

The destinies of men and nations depend upon the reception they accord him.

1.  In rejecting him the Jews rejected their only religious & political Saviour.  No wonder he wept over the unrepentant city.

2.  Herod soon died under the curse of Almighty God.

3.  The Shepherds and wise men found peace, joy & heaven at last.  He desires to save all and does save all who receive him by faith–“that believe on his name.”

III.

What, then, is your attitude toward him?  Do you half believe you can do without him?  Receive him; he is your all.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT