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Standing the Test   2 comments

Standing the Test

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Matt. 7, 24-25


Obedience is the test of our piety.  “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  Devote yourself to the things I reach.  They are the law of life to his followers.  Not mere profession but obedience is required.  (Is. 21-22)

(1)  One said, “I go, sir,”but did not.  The other first said, “I go not,”but later repented and went.


“Liken him to a wise man who built his house upon a rock”–a sure foundation.  He heard and obeyed God, devoted himself to God’s will.

(2)  The testing came–does to all of us.  Storms of adversity, opposition, trials.  They come to all of us.  Grace does not prevent their coming, but supports us when they arise.  That they do come is no indication of a lack of piety.

(3)  “It fell not.”  It withstood the storm, was unshaken, for its foundation was firm.  What triumph is in that word!!  It stood the test!!


Would you be strong, able to endure and hold out to the end, despite the opposition of Satan?  Keep busy all the while doing the things that please God.

Be prayerful, read the word daily, keep up your interest in religious movements.  Trust the Lord every day.  You will win.


Gospel of Matthew   1 comment


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


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The Wise and Foolish Builders   1 comment


Above:  Wall and Foundation of a House, May 1978

Image Source = Library of Congress


Photographer = Howard W. Marshall

Call Number = AFC 1991/021: NV8-HM81-18

Image from the Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)


Matt. 7, 24-27

1.  “Never man spake like this man.  His messages, equalled nowhere, are full of divine wisdom–all wisdom.”

2.  His “sayings” are no mere maxims to adorn one’s education and conversation, but a light for our path and the rule of life.  He wants men to do them.

3.  Not everyone so regards them.  Some hear and forget the word or go away dissenting from them.  Others accept them and practice them daily.

4.  Who does what he says builds a firm foundation, prepares for the hour of adversity and shall dwell safe.

The testing will come.  “It is not always May.”  Storms arise.  “Prepare for the worst” before it comes and find one unprepared.

5.  Who obeys not builds too, but on the sand–prepares not for the future, the hours of trial.

The testing will prove the folly of his neglect.

6.  Let us be earnest hearers and doers of his teaching, being not forgetful hearers but doers of the work and be blest in our deed.


Posted August 20, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Matthew

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The Teacher With Authority   1 comment

The Sermon on the Mount Carl Bloch, 1890

Above:  The Sermon on the Mount, by Carl Bloch

(Painting in the Public Domain)



Several points:

  1. Evolutionary science has expanded into areas that Charles Darwin could not have imagined.  (I accept science in “mechanical” matters and do mistake the Bible for a science book, something its authors never intended it to be anyway.  Creationist arguments have as much credibility to me as do geocentric ones theologians employed for centuries–none.)
  2. Herbert Spencer argued for inhumane and un-Judeo-Christian views of social order.  The prophets and Jesus would have argued against them.
  3. And Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed nice enough.

But I take my great-grandfather’s main point and affirm it:  The Wisdom of Christ does operate on a higher level.

There are different types and levels of legitimate knowledge.




Matt. 7, 28-29

Jesus was a teacher, counselor, Rabbi.  He instructed men in spiritual truths.

1.  He was commissioned to teach–had full authority to voice the Father’s will.  For he was the eternal Son and submitted himself to the Father’s will.

2.  Omniscient–he was the truth.  He could make no mistake.  He know what would follow from any given course of conduct, hence made no mistake & there can be no need to change one utterance.

3.  His word is final.  There is no appeal from it.  Man’s mind changes; his word in wisdom abides forever.  His teaching is not on a level with Darwin, Spencer, & Emerson.  They are men; he is God.  By this inspiration men are “thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  By this law shall all men be judged at last.

4.  To speak this truth is man’s only authority.  “Follow me as I follow Christ.”  “Preach the word” “not ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord.”

5.  How needful to know his will.  Look into & continue in this perfect law of liberty and be blest.

Men must accept this revelation as law and obey it.