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Christ’s Victory and Ours   14 comments

Christ's Victory and Ours

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Acts 2, 24

1 Cor. 15, 57

1 Jno. 5, 4

I.

The death & resurrection of Jesus were in God’s plan.  That he should die for man was necessary to salvation & God willed it.  But to consumate that plan he must live to carry it on.

II.

Hence God raised him up.  It was part of the plan & due to God’s direct intervention.  Acts 3, 15; Rom. 4, 24; 2 Cor. 4, 14; Eph. 1, 20; Col. 2, 12b; 1 Thes. 1. 10; Heb. 13, 20; 1 Peter 1, 21; & text = 10 times it is affirmed.

He was not to be [the] loser in the struggle but victor.  Life is stronger than death.  He submitted to it only to redeem us.  He arose no longer subject to death.  Death was vanquished by him; it is subject to his power.  “Have the keys to death.”–Rev. 1, 18

III.

He lives to give us victory over sin.  By his grace we may resist the devil, “overcome” him.  “He is able to succour them what they are tempted.”  Heb. 2, 18  “To him that overcometh.”  The plan of salvation wrought out by Christ is no failure.  The “gospel is the power of God unto salvation,” see Jude 24.

IV.  

He will give us victory over death.  We too, shall have our Easter morning–Jno. 5, 28.  “All that are in the grace shall come forth.”

Our resurrection body is to be fashioned after his, a spiritual body–Phils. 3, 21.

Redemption is completed in our resurrection and glorification.

Victory!!  “Death is swallowed up in victory”–1 Cor. 15, 54.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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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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The Gradations of Life   1 comment

Gradations of Life

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

Knowledge for its own sake (pure knowledge) can be laudable.  I have much such knowledge, in which I revel.  To have much merely neutral (neither negative nor positive) knowledge is acceptable in my moral code.  (My history and science fiction geekery comes to mind immediately.)  That said, I affirm the ethic of glorifying God and aiding one’s fellow human beings and of having those principles govern one’s life.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN CHEMNITZ, GERMAN LUTHERAN THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF BARTON STONE, COFOUNDER OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

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Phils. 3, 12

I.

Physical gradations, animal, vegetable, and mineral.  Man head over all.  The lower can pass to the higher only as lifted by the higher.

II.

Man is body, mind, and spirit.  Body first in time, but is to be subject to spirit, in the interest of man’s eternal nature.  Body and mind not ignored.  They develop with added years and opportunity.  But the soul is of supreme interest.

III.  

Choose on what level you will live.  Shall flesh rule?  This is brute level.  Shall we seek knowledge for its own sake?  Rather let it be for larger service directed by the spiritual nature.

IV.

Man’s highest nature should dominate his whole being and subject all to God’s will, that he may have conscious communion with God.

Let the lower self die that the man God wants me to be may be raised up in sue.

May we attain the the highest life of which, under God, we are able.  Let none draw back.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted November 9, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Philippians

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Grow…In Knowledge   2 comments

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

The Wesleyan Christian Advocate was the news organ of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in Georgia.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 27, 2013 COMMON ERA

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2 Peter 3, 18

1.  Growth is characteristic of all life.  Arrested growth is the beginning of death.  This is a universal law.

2.  The mind of man is capable of constant growth in knowledge.  It has no deadline beyond which it cannot learn something more.  This is especially true of the Christian.  His grasp of spiritual things does not relax.

3.  Religion is a vast ocean no one can fully know.  Its treasures are exhaustless.  There is a constant thrill to him who presses on to “know Him and the power of his resurrection,” etc.  (Phils. 3, 10)  Jesus Christ is the object of our quest.

4.  How know more of Him?

(1)  By studying His word.  There we see Him display His power, hear His wisdom, and see His Divine nature.

(2) By use if the means of grace.  There we meet Him in personal contact.

(3)  By knowing what He is doing in the church today.  The religious press is a means of grace to those who use it wisely, and ought to have a large place in one’s education.  Read good books and our [those of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South] own periodicals.  No house should ever be without the Advocate.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Losing All Things for Christ   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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Phils. 3, 7-11

1.  Paul meets any who boast of externals on their own ground.  “If any thinketh he hath whereof to boast, I even more.”  (v. 4)  He mentions the things of which he could boast (vs. 5 & 6).  These are the very things a Hebrew would boast, the height of his ideals, and th basis of his hope of heaven itself.

2.  But Paul had a vision of the Lord whereby his ideals were raised.  “What things were gain t me I count loss for Christ.”  Life’s fondest hopes I surrender; my highest ambitions I renounce for Christ.

Then he puts Christ on one side and all things else on the other & with one supreme choice bids them all go, and chooses Christ.  I count all things but loss for Him; yea, men as refuse, a thing despised.  Forgets the past and strains every nerve after Christ.  “Thou, O Christ, art all I want.”  Not satisfied with the present, he strives on.

3.  Here is ambition worthy a world.  Yet how men are tempted away from it.  Christ is ignored or his name worn occasionally as a badge of honor.

4.  We need to be, not a Saul depending upon these externals, but a Paul counting them loss for the sake of greater blessings.  God forgive the earthliness of our affections and help us love Him more and more!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT