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“And This is the Promise That He Hath Promised Us, Even Eternal Life.”   3 comments

And This is the Promise

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1 Jno. 2, 25

“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”  1 Jno. 5, 11

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”  1 Jno. 5, 13

“Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life.”  1 Tim. 6, 12

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life–eternal life.”–Matt. 25, 46


Eternal life–28 times

Everlasting life–14 times

Eternal glory–3 times

Eternal salvation–2 times

Eternal inheritance–1 time

Eternal judgment–1 time

Eternal damnation–1 time

Eternal fire–1 time

Everlasting consolation–1 time

Everlasting habitations–1 time

Everlasting destruction–1 time

Everlasting punishment–1 time

Everlasting fire–1 time



The Man With One Talent   1 comment

Man With One Talent

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Matt. 25, 24-25


The one talent belonged to God and was given according to man’s ability to improve it.  It was given to be used for God.  He expects everyone use helpfully the goods bestowed–this our duty.


The servant hid his lord’s money–did not use it so as to increase it.  This is the temptation to many, maybe to the majority.  False modesty, fear, a failure to see one’s obligation, lead to inaction–did not squander it, he just did not use it.

(1)  Falsely accused God–“a hard master.”  But he is not.  He smiles even upon small success.  Nor increases the talent or talents.  It and the increase remain ours to enjoy.

(2)  But if he were “a hard master” all the more should he have used his talent.


He accepts no excuse for failure to try.  “Thou wicked and slothful servant.”  The gift not used is taken away.  The sloth is condemned to utter emptiness–cast out.  What a spectacle!

Be glad of a chance to use your talent.  Never neglect an opportunity for good.  Direct your life toward better things.  There is growth and joy in so doing.


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Using the Gifts Received   1 comment


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Matt. 25, 23


Responsibility is measured by ability and opportunity.  These are our beginnings and test our devotion to any cause.  God never requires more than we are able, under his blessings to perform.


“He delivered to them his goods, to each according to his several ability.  He knew what each one was capable of doing.  We should recognize!

(1)  That we handle another’s property committed to us for a time–a sacred trust.

(2)  We are to handle it for him–according to his pleasure–so as to increase his goods that he may have a return from his investment.


He gives us time to increase the gift before he calls us to render account of our stewardship.

He is anxious that we succeed.  Let no one be careless about his life, nor the way he deports himself.  The day of reckoning will assuredly come.


“Well done.”  One can see his smile that his servant has been “good and faithful.”  He will pay it if only it is true.

That will be heaven for us.

Let us be encouraged to do our best for him.


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Gospel of Matthew   1 comment


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Hell   4 comments


Above:  Lazarus and Dives

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Luke 16, 23

Matt. 5, 29-30

Mark 9, 43-48

1.  Certainty of hell–Christ’s words.

2.  Who goes there?  The finally unrepentant.

3.  Nature of its punishment:

(1)  Banishment from God–“Depart.”  “These shall go away.”

(2)  Remorse of conscience–sense of guilt.  “Their worms dieth not.”

(3)  Sensibility of pain–“I am tormented in this flame.”

(4)  Sight.  Lost in sight of heaven.

(5)  Bottomless pit.  Sin plunges one deeper and deeper into ruin.  [Editor’s aside:  Someone–I do not know who or when–has marked through this item with a pencil.]

(6)  Associates–The wicked of all the ages–this is an awful hell itself.

(7)  Lake of unquenchable fire.  See Rev. 14, 10-11; 20, 10; 21, 8.

What depth of suffering and despair is in these several elements combined!

4.  How long shall this last?  Mat. 25, 46, etc.

God save us from such an awful doom!


The Christ of Sovereign Authority   8 comments

Christ Pantocrator

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Matt. 28, 18

Jesus took our nature (sin excepted) with its weaknesses upon himself to reach and and save us.  He won his place by the suffering he endured.  Now the Father hath exalted him to the first place in all the universe!  All authority is his.

1.  Has authority over the Angels.  They cast their crowns at his feed and gladly do his bidding.  (1 Peter 3, 22)

2.  Hath authority over the church to direct all of its affairs forever.  “Is head over all things to the church which is his body”–see Rev. 1, 12-18; Eph. 5, 25-27; Acts 13, 2-5, Dan. 7, 13-14.

3.  Power or authority to forgive sin.  Such is His sovereign right (Mk 2, 10-12).  Without this He is a colossal failure.  If he is Divine of course He can.  Many are witnesses that He does.  He dominates devils, cast them out.

4.  Authority to execute judgment also (Jno. 5, 22).  Will decide the destiny of every soul at last.  His pierced hand shall open the gate of peal to admit his children; and shall close if against the finally impenitent (Matt. 25, 34, 41, 46).

5.  Have you yielded to Him or do you dare hold out against Him, whose blessing is offered now?


Parable of the Talents   1 comment


Above:  Parable of the Talents


Matt. 25, 14-30

1.  What are the talents?  Anything above natural ability that can be used for good–opportunity to serve.  Time, position, money, or an opportunity to use for good any ability.

2.  Their source?  God gives them.  Every good is from Him.  He gives them for us to use till he comes.  We are His servants; these gifts are His property and He will reckon with us when He comes.  Given according to to our ability to use them.

3.  One class used them an d were blessed therein.  Given to be used.  “Heareth and doeth these sayings.”  Theirs was the joy of increased goods and their Master’s approval.  “The liberal soul shall be made fat.”  Service brings a sure and blest reward.  These are they who help save the world.

May their tribe increase.

4.  One did nothing and was impoverished and condemned.  His successors are far too numerous.  Whether great or small they are heaven-sent opportunities & he was obligated to improve them.  Of course, he offered [an] excuse.

The only way to rid oneself of a responsibility is to discharge it; else hurt is sure.