Archive for the ‘Revelation 3’ Tag

“Through the Gates Into the City”   1 comment

Through the Gates Into the City

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 27, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A

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

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

I.

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.)

II.

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.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Mutual Sharing of Life   2 comments

Mutual Sharing of Life

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Rev. 3, 20b

…if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Authorized Version

I.

Jesus seeks admission into every heart and life–makes every possible approach to induce us to invite him in.  Why does anyone refuse him?

II.

“I will sup with him.”  I will enter sympathetically, helpfully into his life, share it with him.  How wonderfully he does this.  His presence and grace enrich the life.  He is indeed the “Great Companion.”  Why live without him?

III.

“And he with me.”  Startling glorious!!  He wishes to share his life with us–to bestow the unsearchable riches of his grace upon us.  We may enter into:

(1)  His love–love for the Father, for all men, for all goodness.  Eph. 3, 14-17.  Wonderful!

(2)  His victory over evil–Rev. 3, 21.  He resisted the tempter and is able to succour us when we are tried.  By his grace we may overcome.  Sin is not to have dominion–bear rule–over us.

(3)  His victory over suffering.  Not that it will not come, for we are mortal, but he will enable us to triumph over it, not be crushed by it.

(4)  His victory over death–“shall never die.”  Because he lives we shall live also.  Thank God for such a Saviour!

Is he yours?  Let him in today.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Fellowship of Jesus Christ   4 comments

Fellowship of Jesus Christ

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1 Cor. 1, 9

I.  

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).

II.

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.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

1 John 5, 4   1 comment

1 John 5, 4

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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

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 Promises of God   12 comments

2 Peter 1, 4

1.  The goodness of God through Jesus Christ is the basis of every offer of mercy.  In him all the promises are yea and amen.

2.  His promises cover every need of heart and life.  “Where sin abounded grace did much more abound.”

(1)  Promises pardon and cleansing to all who repent.  1 Jno. 1, 9; Prov. 2, 8 & 13; Deut. 4, 29

(2)  The Spirit to abide forever as a helper.  Are not left alone.

(3)  In temptation He will make a way of escape.  1 Cor. 10, 13; Jas. 1, 12; Rev. 3, 10; Luke 22, 28

(4)  Will be their help in trouble.  Deut. 33, 25; Job 5, 19; Ps. 91, 15-16; Ps. 138, 7; Isa. 43, 2-5.  Will cause all to work together for their good.

(5)  The resurrection is promised.  Land & sea shall give up their dead.

(6)  Heaven is distinctly promised to the righteous.

All His promises are to the children of God.  None are to the unrepentant.

What great grace offered on such easy terms!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Door Opened Which None Can Shut   1 comment

Rev. 3, 8

1.  Door of access to the lost, opened of God.  It is no small thing that all may be approached .  Nothing is more clearly of God.  It has cost Him effort and patience.

2.  The duty to enter this door is of God too.  Given the opportunity, the obligation follows surely.  Missions are God-imposed, not expedient, but a moral obligation.  While opening the door He calls someone to enter it.  In Ephesians we are told this work is age-long with God though lately revealed.

3.  To enter this door is to bless those for whom He died.  It is no experiment but always a great blessing to the lost.

It is also a great blessing to those who put their hearts into it.  It is the occasion for rededication of our all to Him.

4.  No man can shut the door.  Do, or refuse to do what we may the fact of our opportunity remains, our obligation remains.  The only way to get rid of it is to recognize & discharge it.

5.  If we thought and prayed about it more we would surely be concerned about it more.  While God is so much concerned, if the church is indifferent, there she certainly is not godlike nor true to Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Rev. 3, 8

1.  The door of access to the lost.  It is opened of God.  No small blessing.  Nothing more clearly of God than the many doors opened now for doing good.  It has cost God effort and patience.  It is an age-long purpose of God lately revealed.  (Ephesians)

2.  Given the opened door, the obligation to enter in His name follows inevitably.  It is not an expedient but a moral obligation.  It is a question of fidelity to God–to duty.

3.  To enter the door is to bless those for whom Christ died.  Missions is no experiment but always a great blessing to the lost.  There is  no difference in the condition of the world then and now save what the church has done.

It is also blessing to the church doing it.

4.  None can shut the door.  The obligation remains till discharged despite the efforts of men and of devils.  It avails not to ignore, oppose or neglect it.

5.  If we thought and prayed over it more, we would be more interested.

Since God is so much concerned for the lost the godlike church will most assuredly be also.  Not to be concerned is to be unlike our compassionate Lord.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Jesus At the Heart’s Door   2 comments

Rev. 3, 20

1.  Jesus earnestly desires to save sinners.  He constantly yearns over them.

2.  He knocks at the door of the heart for admittance; he advertises his desire to save.  By his providence, gospel, Holy Spirit, friends–anything that can arouse the conscience and teach the hearts of men.

3.  But [we] must open the door, must invite in, become willing to be saved.  He is willing, now is man willing?  He will not force himself upon man; but when he is admitted he comes in to pardon sin & heal his backslidings.

4.  “Will sup with him,” will be a sharer in his lot and helper in it all, will not leave him alone in his struggle through life.  I have a blessing to impart besides.

5.  “And he with me.”  I will impart my grace, mercy and peace here.”  “My peace I give.”

Eternal life.  I will give my triumph over all & shall become yours too and heaven shall crown all.  (Jno. 17, 24)

Now for all this will you not open the door gladly and let him into your heart?  Let him in now.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

He That Overcometh   1 comment

Rev. 3, 21

1.  The ever-present question is sin.  Man meets it on every hand.  The one problem of every life is the overcoming of sin.

2.  Man may overcome it through the grace of God.   Jesus dominates devils, having overcome sin in the flesh.  He cast out devils & does yet.  Hence he is able to save us from, not in our sins.  His grace is sufficient for us.  There is no condition in life where the trusting soul does not find needed help in Christ.

But the martyrs overcame by dying; so must we die to this old world & sin.

3.  The reward is certain.

(1)  We have a present reward.  Conscious victory over evil day by day.  As thus we live we are sailing toward that shore while heaven’s breezes cool our heated brows and refresh our spirits with the thought of landing in that goodly port soon.

(2)  There we shall sit with Him in His throne

(a)  of eternal victory and

(b)  of unending glory.

“Heaven’s long age of bliss shall pay,

For all his children suffer here.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Lukewarm Professors   1 comment

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to mean “one who professes” not one who teaches on the postsecondary level.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 27, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Rev. 3, 14-19

1.  “I know thy works.”

We may deceive ourselves and others, but not God.  He knows us perfectly.  He has “set our secret sins in the light of his countenance.”  His “eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

2.  “Thou art neither cold nor hot.”

Neither wholly abandoned to sin nor wholly devoted to God.  Not warm, with live to God and man, but lukewarm, indifferent, content with present attainments, “rich and have need of nothing,” no heart hunger for God.

3.  “I would thou wert cold or hot.”

Lukewarmness an alarming state and loathsome to God; so much so that He “will spew thee out of his mouth,” will cast thee off forever.  Will you hear what He says?

4.  “As many as I love I rebuke & chasten.”

My warning is because I love you.  His love would draw thee.  Will you believe Him?

5.  What shall such do?  Repent!  Be zealous therefore and repent.  This is His call to everyone who does wrong.  Sin is the trouble; turn to Him for salvation.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT