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“Peter Followed Afar Off.”   3 comments

Peter Followed Afar Off

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to refer to one who professes faith, not someone who teaches at a college.

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. 26, 58a

I.

“This expression used by Matthew, Mark, and Luke gets at a vital matter, tells one feature of Peter’s fall.  Overconfidence failed to pray in Gethsemane hastily, smote off the servant’s ear, rebuked by Jesus, who restored the ear; he seemed not to know what to do; followed his Lord afar off, cowered under accusation of being a disciple, he denied his Lord.

II.

Here is a great lesson for every professor.  There is grave danger at a distance from the Lord.  Near him Peter was brave; far off he fell into sin as any man is liable to do.

(a)  Such a course usually begins in neglect of prayer and Bible study, then neglect of the other means of grace, then of some duty then of bad company, then outright sin.

(b)  Overconfidence is dangerous.  “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he that fall” (1 Cor. 10, 12).  Our strength is in the Lord.  “Keep close to Jesus all the way.”

III.

Peter’s denial was not final and fatal.  Jesus caught his eye and it broke his heart, and he went out and wept bitterly.  “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”  “If any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father” (1 Jno. 2, 1).

“Go tell my disciples and Peter.”  Jesus recommissioned him and he preached a great sermon at Pentecost and was true until death.

“Draw near to God and he will draw near to thee.”  Keep near him, being constantly faithful.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Gospel of Matthew   1 comment

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/disappointed-in-christ/

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/2013/07/11/the-worlds-reception-of-jesus/

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

Chapter 3:

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

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/the-temptation-of-jesus/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/be-ye-also-ready/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/the-body-vs-the-soul/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/live-by-every-word-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/they-followed-him/

Chapter 5:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/the-passion-for-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/conservative-and-liberal-christianity/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/the-passion-for-god-2/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/the-mission-of-the-church-2/

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

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/god-or-mammon/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/god-our-father/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/laying-up-treasure-in-heaven/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/thy-will-be-done-on-earth-as-in-heaven/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/deliverance-from-evil/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/seek-first-the-kingdom/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/pray-to-your-father/

Chapter 7:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/the-wise-and-foolish-builders/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/the-teacher-with-authority/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/standing-the-test/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/the-lamb-slain/

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/christian-compassion/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-seeking-healing-physician/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/prayer-for-more-laborers/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/the-condition-of-discipleship/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/all-service-rewarded/

Chapter 11:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-sin-of-bethsaida-and-capernaum/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/the-easy-yoke-he-gives/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/disappointed-in-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/learn-of-me/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/conversion-is-proof-of-the-kingdoms-presence/

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

Chapter 13:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/parable-of-the-leaven/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/limiting-gods-power-to-save/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/prepare-the-way-of-jehovah/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/large-returns/

Chapter 15:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/triumphant-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/continuity-and-economy-how-many-loaves-have-ye/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/deliverance-from-the-body-of-death/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

Chapter 16:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/christ-and-the-church/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/the-church/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-resurrection-of-jesus/

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

Chapter 17:

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

Chapter 18:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/his-presence-promised/

Chapter 20:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/the-chief-places-in-the-kingdom/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/loving-service/

Chapter 22:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-great-commandment/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/the-wedding-garment/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/brotherly-love/

Chapter 25:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-christ-of-sovereign-authority/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/parable-of-the-talents/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/saved-for-good-works/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/using-the-gifts-received/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-man-with-one-talent/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/and-this-is-the-promise-that-he-hath-promised-us-even-eternal-life/

Chapter 26:

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

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/thy-will-not-mine-be-done/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/peter-followed-afar-off/

Chapter 27:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/what-shall-i-do-with-jesus/

Chapter 28:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-christ-of-sovereign-authority/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/the-ever-present-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/gods-hostility-to-all-sin/

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

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The Self-Surrendered Christ   4 comments

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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!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Death of Jesus   3 comments

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Above:  Crucifixion of Christ, March 31, 1884

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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?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Thy Will, Not Mine, Be Done   1 comment

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Above:  Crucifixion

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Matt. 26, 39

1.  His is a kingdom because His will his is the law of life to His subjects or children.  He is incapable of willing what is not best, for He is a loving Father.

2.  Hence He calls on men to renounce their selfish wills and do His will.  “If ye be willing and obedient.”  Men are not compelled to serve Him.  To surrender brings the highest possible results.

3.  What shall men do touching sin and righteousness, obey him or rebel?  To disobey means guilt, slavery to sin, and eternal death at last–a dear price to pay for self-willed conduct.

But by obedience man receives pardon, peace, and heaven.  Heaven is cheap at any price.

4.  Touching afflictions, shall man rebel or submit with Christian fortitude?  To rebel in spirit is the last thing we can afford; it would drive away all light and peace and the spirit in one.  It will chafe till life is torment every day.

The only peace to be had is found in submission to His will and reliance for grace.  Then are given comfort and peace.  He comes nearer and is dearer now than ever before.

5.  All prayers should be in this spirit, subject to his gracious will.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT