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Philippians 2, 6-8   1 comment

Philippians 2, 6-8

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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I.

The coming of Christ was with real sacrifice.  God’s Son, on an equality with the Father.  But he left the courts of glory to dwell among us, subject to life’s limitations and sufferings.

II.

To appear in his glory was his right, or privilege; but he did not; he laid aside his glory, emptied himself of it, and appeared in the likeness of man, becoming a servant.  God clothed in human flesh!  What condescension!

III.

“Humbled himself,” submitted to the scoffs of man and the power of death, even the most shameful men could inflict–all out of love for us poor sinful creatures.

IV.

What must sin be in the sight of God, seeing [that] it required so deep abasement in Jesus Christ to make atonement for it.  Surely we can never again think lightly of sin!

Let us exalt his name, yielding our lives to him to serve one another in his name.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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The Mind of Christ   1 comment

Mind of Christ

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Phils. 2, 5

I.

Christ Jesus, the divine-human person, is the highest ideal of the race,

1.  Love and goodness,

2.  Humility,

3.  Service–his meat was to do the will of Him who sent him.

II.

We should pattern our lives after him, strive in all things to be like him, catch his spirit and reproduce his life.

“Was Christ a man like us?  Ah! let us see

If we too can be such a man as he.”–Matthew Arnold

Our mental attitudes and our love shape our lives.

May we love like he did and seek to serve as did he, that “the world may see Jesus in us.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Lighthouse   2 comments

The Light House

Above:  Part of the Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Matt. 5, 16

Phils. 2, 15

I.  

The lighthouse stands above in its place on the shore, amid calm and storm despite the gales.  It must be strong.

II.

Nothing can take its place.  It marks a certain danger point that seamen may be warned.  It is needed right where it is.

III.

At night its light shines.  That is its business.  Thereby many lives and much property are saved.

IV.

Christians are lighthouses.  Their light is derived from Christ, the original source of spiritual light and truth.

(a)  The place they occupy is important.  They should be true to Christ despite all opposition.

(b)  It is our business to let our light shine.  “Men do not light a candle and put it under a bushel,” but on a candlestick.

(c)  Thereby many are saved from going astray.

“Among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”

It is for Him we are to shine.  What a privilege!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Philippians   1 comment

Philippians

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/live-as-becometh-the-gospel/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/brotherly-love-proof-of-our-discipleship/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/christs-great-humiliation/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/the-mind-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/philippians-2-6-8/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/grow-in-knowledge/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/losing-all-things-for-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/the-gradations-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/christs-victory-and-ours/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/trust-in-the-lord/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/womans-work-in-the-gospel/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/things-of-good-report/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/high-thoughts/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/whom-having-not-seen-ye-love/

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Brotherly Love Proof of Our Discipleship   4 comments

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

The Revised Version of 1881, which many have long since forgotten, was part of my great-grandfather’s preaching library.

I, being both a history nerd and one fascinated by the sequence of English Bible translations, know about such things readily.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 11, 2013 COMMON ERA

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

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Jno. 13, 35

1.  Jesus, “having loved his own,…loved them unto the end,” or uttermost (Ch. 13, 1).  So great was his love that he gave himself for them.  Love bound his heart to them and them to him.

2.  “His own” are like him, love him and each other as he loved him.  Discipleship is a question not of external relation but of similarity of character.  No matter what else we have or do, if we have not love we are nothing.  “When he shall be made manifest we shall be like him.”

(a)  “If a man say, I love God and hateth his brother, he is a liar” (1 Jno. 4, 20).  Love to God and man is one and the same thing and same act.

(b)  “We know we have passed out of death unto life because we love the brethren.”  His children love each other and what He loves.  See also Phils. 2, 3 & 2 Thes. 1, 3 (Revised Version).

3.  By this shall men know we are His disciples, seeing we have His Spirit and live a life above the power of this world.  How beautiful is this tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.  This is the “old commandment” he gives us which is ever new.  “Let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.”  Then to wash one another’s feet will be easy for us and a joy.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Christ’s Great Humiliation   1 comment

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Above:  What Our Saviour Saw from the Cross, by James Tissot

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Phils. 2, 6-8

1.  Emptied himself–laying aside the effulgence of his glory.  He was God and adored by the angels, but left his high abode to reach us.

2.  Became incarnate, veiled his glory by taking human form, subject to the humiliations and temptations of man, sin only excepted.

3.  Became a servant–assume the lowest innocent character, that of being the servant of all.  He came not to be ministered to but to minister.  “I am among you as one that serveth.”  The God of all worlds stooping to be the servant of sinners.

4.  Submitted to the power of death.  He raised others from the dead, but suffered death himself.  He submitted to it to accomplish his mission.

5.  Suffered not only death, but the death of the cross–the severest, most reproached death known to antiquity.  “Endured the cross despite its shame.”  Poured out his soul unto death.  So deep was our sin!

6.  He suffered all of this for you.  What have you suffered for him?  Will you not renounce your sin, take up the cross, and do his will?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT