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1 John 5, 4   1 comment

1 John 5, 4

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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I.

“The world”–evil forces that war against the soul.  Invisible but strong.  Many destroyed by them.  Hence many have fear lest they be smitten by them.  But we may be victors.

II.

Faith is the victory.  It appropriates the blessings that make strong.

(a)  Faith in God.  “Must believe that he is.”  His empowering grace is given to those who trust him.  Christ resisted the evil, made no concession to Satan.  (1)  [God] consoles in grief, (2) protects in danger, (3)  transforms discord into harmony with God’s good will.

(b)  His goodness is over all his works.  He has a Father’s interest in us.

(c)  His many promises are given to encourage us to trust him.  “What more can he say than to you he hath said?”

III.

He expects us to overcome and enter upon the final reward of the righteous.  All of the means of grace look to that end.  See the seven “overcomers” in Rev. 2 and 3, Paul’s valedictory, and Rom. 8, 37, and Rev. 12, 11.  “O Lord, help me to understand that you ain’t goin’ to let nothing come my way that you and me can’t handle together.”

We must not fail; but fight the good fight of faith and lay hold of eternal life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Revelation to John   1 comment

Revelation

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-overcoming-church/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-resurrected-christ-revealed/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/christ-among-the-candlesticks/

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

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

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-fellowship-of-jesus-christ/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/fidelity-2/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-heavenly-race/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/turn-or-die/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/fidelity/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-gospel-of-love/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-promises-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-door-opened-which-none-can-shut/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/jesus-at-the-hearts-door/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/he-that-overcometh/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/lukewarm-professors/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-indifferent-professors/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-fellowship-of-jesus-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-gospel-of-love/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/mutual-sharing-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/through-the-gates-into-the-city/

Chapter 5:

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

Chapter 7:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/he-shall-dry-every-tear/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/whosoever-liveth-believeth-in-me-shall-never-die/

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

Revelation 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-overcoming-church/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-gospel-of-love/

Chapter 14:

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

Chapter 20:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/turn-or-die/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-judgment/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/book-makers/

Chapter 21:

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/intemperance-a-sin/

Chapter 22:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/destiny/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/whosoever-will-let-him-come/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-sufficiency-of-the-bible/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/revelation-22-2-and-ezekiel-47-12/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/through-the-gates-into-the-city/

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The Overcoming Church   2 comments

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

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.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 27, 2013 COMMON ERA

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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.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT