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“Through the Gates Into the City”   1 comment

Through the Gates Into the City

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor



I have no idea who Mrs. Hermans was or what quote of hers my great-grandfather repeated.  But these are minor issues.





“Through the gates into the city.”–Rev. 22, 14

“And he shall go out no more.”–Rev. 3, 12


What a creature is man.  How like a God combining the earthly and the heavenly in his nature, physical and spiritual.  His God-appointed destiny through redemption in Christ is in the heavenlies at God’s right hand.

At death he enters through the gate into the celestial city, with foundations whose builder and maker is God.  Jesus went away to prepare for his own.  He will receive them unto himself.  A glorious abode every way worthy of the mighty Lord who prepared it.  (Quote Mrs. Hermans.)


And they go out no more, but are forever at home with the Lord.

They have no desire to leave their eternal, glorious home.

“In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”  All suffering, all pain, all sorrow and trials forever [are] left far behind.

They see his face and meet one another again.

“Thanks be unto God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Revelation to John   1 comment


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


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Destiny   1 comment

Rev. 22, 10-12

These words have to do with the sealing of character.  There are sinners as certainly fixed in character as are Christians.  There is a dispensation of God ahead of us.  Now men are fixing their characters for woe or weal.  At his second coming forces that touch us for our good will be withdrawn; then change of heart & life will be impossible.  Now is our probation.

1.  What is probation?  An opportunity for the play of the forces of grace upon us till we choose good or bad.  We are drawn toward sin but have grace to help us overcome it.  We must choose which one we will follow.

2.  The result–destiny–the permanent result of our own choice of right or wrong.  This process is going on moment by moment.  Every hour holds for us our eternity of interest.  Every step counts.

3.  Use of opportunity.  Do we say we are killing time?  If so we are wasting opportunity and fixing character.  The longer this question is deferred the less likely is one to choose the right.  We fix our destiny–Jesus confirms & announces it.  Conditions may be changed now; but not then.


Whosoever Will, Let Him Come   1 comment


Above:  Sahara Oasis, Between 1910 and 1915

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Rev. 22, 17

You write a letter inviting a friend to visit and your last word is, “Come!”

Because of sin man was cast out of the garden & its blessings.  Christ suffered for us and is become the way to paradise.  All things are ready.  It only remains for man to hear and accept his invitation.

1.  The Spirit says come.  He calls constantly and in many ways, wooing with the daliance of a lover.  O hear his tender pleadings.

2.  The Bride–the church–says come.  Having his spirit the church too yearns for your coming to share his blessings.  The church’s one business is to cry, “Come!”

3.  Let him that heareth repeat the gracious call.  If you need water and hear one say he has found it, call to the one farther away to come to the water of life.  Are you athirst, feel the need of  him?  Come.

4.  Whosoever will, let him come.  No soul is left out.  Jesus died for all.

5.  “Drink freely.”  He waits to give you peace and joy.  Come without delay; come gladly.  Come trustingly, just as you are.

Who will come now?


The Sufficiency of the Bible   9 comments


Above:  A Family Bible

Image Source = David Ball




I, as an Episcopalian, follow not Sola Scriptura, but the Three-Legged Stool:  Scripture, Tradition, and Reason, with Scripture being the most important of the three factors.  My great-grandfather spent most of his life in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939), and the end of it in the merged Methodist Church (1939-1968), a predecessor of the current United Methodist Church (1968-).  Methodism has traditionally embraced four standards–the Three-Legged Stool plus experience, with Scripture carrying primacy.  Thus my great-grandfather’s final comment in this sermon outline surprised me.



2 Tim. 3, 16-17

1.  The one great object of the Scriptures is such a revelation of God & His will as that man may be saved from sin and get home to heaven. Evidently the Bible is no textbook on every phase of knowledge, as this is manifestly impossible.  They testify of Christ.  Jno. 5, 39; 15, 26; Luke 24, 25-27.

2.  The Bible is an inspired book:  such it claims to be.  Gal. 2, 2; Eph. 3, 3; 2 Cor. 12, 1 & 7, 2 Peter 1, 21.  We realize this because it inspires us.  Reading it in faith we feel the Spirit’s inspiration.  Great blessings attend its distribution.  It is not to be compared to any other book.

3.  Explicit instruction is given concerning all things needful to man’s salvation.  Man learns of God–His character and will and of His love and mercy.

[Man] also learns of his own sinfulness and its consequences.  Of salvation therefrom and how to obtain it; and of heaven, to which he may come at last.

He may have the Spirit to help understand it.  (Eph. 1, 17-18)  Man needs not more truth revealed but a deeper understanding of the truth already revealed.

4.  Thereby “the man of God is complete” in himself, his own character, and “completely furnished unto every good work.”  It is the only rule and the sufficient rule both for our faith and practice.  Revelation 22, 18-19