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The Fellowship of Jesus Christ   4 comments

Fellowship of Jesus Christ

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1 Cor. 1, 9


Ours is a high calling into “fellowship of Jesus Christ, into participation with him of the glorious things of God,” an enjoyment in common “with Christ” (Rev. 3, 20, 1 Jno. 1, 3).


Fellowship with him in all the graces of his eternal kingdom, as:

(1)  Victory over sin.  “I have overcome the world.”  Seven promises to the “overcomers”–Rev. chapters 1 & 2.  Faith is the victory.  Blessed triumph!!

(2)  Peace.  “My peace I give unto you.”  “Peace be unto you.”  “We have peace with God,” supplanting strife in the soul.

(3)  Love to God and man, until we are disposed toward all men as he is–all desires, aspirations and hopes held in love, born of love.

(4)  Service.  “He went about doing good,” ministering to men.  “The fellowship of his sufferings.”  “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me.”

(5)  The climax–fellowship in his eternal glory.  “That they may be with me…that they may behold my glory which thou hast give  me” (Jno 17, 24).

Can the heart wish for more?

This is our privilege through or in Christ.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


Revelation to John   1 comment


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The Overcoming Church   2 comments



My great-grandfather wrote:

Religion is a mater of personal experience.  (Rom. 14, 17)  This made them invincible.  They knew his power to save.  Revivals come by emphasizing experience, not dogma or ritual.  This has always been the peculiar power of Methodism and her mission.  Movements that emphasize something else fail.

The example of the Oxford Movement (1800s) disproves his main argument.

And I am an ardent ritualist.




Rev. 12, 11

John is banished to Patmos “for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus (Ch. 1, 9).  But he is given a vision of the Son of Man, hears the songs of the angels, and is shown things to come.  He sees the conflict of the witnessing church with Satan.  The Church conquers.  How?

1.  “By the blood of the Lamb.”  “Of God that taketh away the sin of the world.”  They have greater power than man alone possesses.  His blood has power to cleanse and keep all who come to him, no matter who opposes.  “These…have washed their robes and made them white through the blood of the Lamb.”

2.  “And the word of their testimony.”  “Wish the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.  “We are witnesses.”  The witnessing church invincible.  Testimony arrests attention.  It is always needed.

3.   “And they loved not their lives unto the death.”  They “counted not their lives dear unto them,” but devoted themselves to his cause at any cost.

The serpent rages so that they must endure as seeing him who is invisible.  They must suffer for the right.

(a)  Religion is a mater of personal experience.  (Rom. 14, 17)  This made them invincible.  They knew his power to save.  Revivals come by emphasizing experience, not dogma or ritual.  This has always been the peculiar power of Methodism and her mission.  Movements that emphasize something else fail.

(b)  What a call is here to heroic living and high endeavor.  Would that we might be worthy of them in experience and service too.

4.  No wonder John saw the Church conquering.  Such soldiers are invincible.  Satan’s kingdom shall be demolished and Jesus shall establish his kingdom upon its ruins.  Then Hallelujah, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.


The Resurrected Christ Revealed   1 comment

Rev. 1, 18

1.  Life and death a mystery.  Left to himself man knows nothing of the future–he needs a revelation of it.

2.  Christians everywhere believe in a blissful immortality–they preach it, sing of it, rejoice in sorrow because of it.  There must be some foundation for it.

3.  That foundation is Christ’s own resurrection.  Friend and foe said he did.

(1)  Foes exulted.

(2)  Friends despaired.  Had he remained in the grave all would have abandoned Him forever.

(3)  But he arose.  He could not be holden of death.  He is the Son of God and all powers are subject to his power.  He arises victor forever.  Lies now are the only refuge of his foes.  With him the church arises.

4.  How may I know he arose?

(1)  By the fact of the Spirit’s presence.

(2)  By personal knowledge as in the text.

(3)  By Christian testimony in life & death.

(4)  By the spiritual resurrection of others.

5.  He has the keys of death & the grave.  He unlocked death’s door forever.  “Because I live ye shall live also.”  He is our humanity.  His resurrection is the pledge of that  of all.


Christ Among the Candlesticks   5 comments

Rev. 1, 12-16

1.  Definitions–

Candlesticks are the churches.

Seven stars are the ministers–angels.

Two-edged sword is his word –Heb. 4, 12.

“Son of man”–the same Jesus, caring for, helping and counselling his people.  Kingly & priestly in his apparel.

2.  Jesus’ concern in heaven is for the churches.  On earth his works, sufferings and death were for it.  Now he intercedes for it, considers it state.  Would men could feel how he is concerned for it.

3.  Holds the seven stars in his hand.  Not for their own sakes simply, but for the sake of the church.  They must deliver his message, not their work and for the increase.  Through them he would send his message to the churches.

4.  Sharp two-edged sword–such is his word–Heb. 4, 12; Eph. 6, 17; Isaiah 49, 2.  This is the weapon with which Christ will subdue his enemies; no carnal weapon is needed–2 Cor. 10, 4.  May not be comfortable as it pierces the soul, but its work is salvation when heeded.

5.  Countenance as the sun in his strength.  Before Him no evil can stand.  Is the source of all life, reviving every drooping flower.  Shine on us, thou Sun or Righteousness!!


The Christ of Sovereign Authority   8 comments

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator


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?