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Hebrews 7, 25   3 comments

Heb. 7, 25

Above:  Part of the Original Text

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Heb. 7, 25

see Rom. 1, 16


The cause of the world’s woe–sin.  What fearful havoc it has wrought.  Man sought to hide from the presence of God.  He lost his way in moral darkness and plunged into every evil work.  How deep was his sin and its stain.


The need of the world–of every man in it–is salvation.  Without it all else fails.

(1)  No moral sense save as one has knowledge of a holy God.  The Romans attributed great sins ton their deities on Mt. Olympus and in turn plead those sins in defense of their own corruption.  There was not a gentleman on Mt. Olympus.   Hence men need to learn that God is holy, that they may have a sense of sin–Isaiah’s vision.  “Convict the world of sin.”

(2)  Men need power to become the sons of God–new creatures–delivered from the power and pollution of sin, from its enslavement.  Else man cannot walk uprightly before God and men.

(3)  Jesus Christ does just this.  “To them gave he power to become the sons of God” (Jno. 1, 12).  “Hath power on earth to forgive sins.”  Millions have experienced this.


Here then is the work of the church–to give to the world the knowledge of God and his power to save, to solve their vexed problems.  “How can they believe on him of whom they have not heard?  How can they hear without a preacher?”  Jesus calls us to witness to all the world that he may save all men.


Whole-Hearted Service   1 comment

Whole-Hearted Service

Above:  Part of the Original Document

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Rom. 1, 15

“As much as in me is.”  Here is the secret of the mightiest [missing word] since the ascension of Jesus.  Nothing short of this can explain Paul’s greatness.


Value of personal effort.  Without [it] there can can be no marked progress.  Songs, sermons, etc., by phonograph or radio are lacking just here.

(1)  The presence and force of character count much.  The flash of the eye, the fire of the soul and personal impact of the speaker count for much.  Most of this is lost if the speaker is not near.

(2)  Full effort is needed.  Half-heartedness gets nowhere.  Only when the soul is aroused and put into what one does can much be accomplished.


Christianity is worthy of our utmost endeavor.

(1)  “Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.”  “Things done by half are never done right.”  Christianity calls for all there is in us all the time.

“Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord negligently.”  We have a great and glorious work to do and the text should be our motto.

(2)  Those who seek to help are worthy of our best endeavor.  We deal with immortal souls.  Shall they perish because we are half-hearted?


God will add his blessing and that is the best of all our efforts.

Shall we not pray and give with all our might?


Posted January 30, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Romans

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The Approving Conscience Not the Test   2 comments

Acts 23, 1

1.  Conscience is the inward sense of approval or condemnation of conduct judged by the light possessed.  Living up to the light one has, he will improve in deed as he gains more knowledge.

2.  Conscience may approve what is wrong.  Paul was sincere though mistaken while persecuting the Christians.  Who neglects to study the Bible may ignorantly violate its teachings & conscience approve.  Men should be very careful to know the old Book, that conscience may have a sure guide.

3.  Paul was obedient to the heavenly vision.  Seeing his sin he abandoned it at once.  ‘Twas a crisis; would he accept the light or sin on with his eyes open?  Sincere souls accept all the light given.  Who rejects the light dares not have an approving conscience.  God frowns upon all such–Rom. 1, 18.  They are doubly sinners now that they violate God’s revealed will.

4.  Till conscience is enlightened by the truth it is not a safe guide.  Does conscience approve only what God allows and approves?  That is the test.  Does your life conform to His will?  Are you living in all good conscience in the light of His word?


Not Ashamed of the Gospel   2 comments


I have become convinced, based on my readings in the background of the New Testament, that my great-grandfather had a simplistic and false understanding of first century C.E. forms of Judaism.  I am quite familiar with these simplistic and false ideas, having learned them during my childhood.  Much of my Christian pilgrimage as an adult has consisted of laying aside misinformation from my childhood Sunday School.

I take this opportunity to defend ritualism yet again.  See also my comment here:

I am sure that, by “professor,” my great-grandfather meant “one who professes,” not one who teaches at a college or university.




Romans 1, 16

Paul was acquainted with three distinct ideas of life–Greek culture, Roman law, and Jewish ritualism.  These had their excellencies but decided weaknesses.  Paul stands unashamed to compare facts and results with them all.  Culture did not save the Greeks, their gods were not gentlemen.  Law fails, having no power to dispose the heart aright–Rom. 8.  Ritualism can’t give spirituality.

1.  The gospel is an incontrovertible fact.  Its tenets are well-founded in facts of life.  No scientific truth is better attested, tried in the crucible of experience.  It makes good in every test.

2.  It is to be received by faith.  This attitude makes actual to the believer the fulfillment of every promise and benefit of grace.  Faith is the open door through which enters the truth of the gospel; yea, “is the hand that takes hold of and receives the blessing God offers.”

3.  When received it becomes a power in the life, renovating the whole life.  It never fails when given undisputed sway–saves the king and the peasant.

Let every professor make his boast in this gospel and rejoice in its promulgation and blessings.