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The Enrichment of Life   8 comments

Enrichment of Life

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I have had to reconstruct some text due to the fraying of the page at the right margin.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT NICHOLAS KASATKIN, ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP OF ALL JAPAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANSKAR, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF HAMBURG-BREMEN

THE FEAST OF GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MILLARD FULLER, FOUNDER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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1 Cor. 1, 5

see 2 Cor. 8, 7; Rom. 11, 33; Eph. 3, 8; Col. 1, 27

I.

A pastor’s pleasure that his people receive grace from Christ.  He (Christ) came “that they might have live…abundantly.”  “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought.”

II.

Paul thankful for their enrichment:

1.  In utterance, or speech, knowing what to teach.  Evil thoughts and utterance–charitable conversation no longer given place. But kindness, charitable, brotherly spirit holds sway.  “Love suffereth long and is kind…thinketh no evil.”  “Let the words…and meditations…be acceptable.”–Psalm 19

2.  “In all knowledge of God’s will.”  He opens our eyes to see what once was mysterious and dark.  Now “we behold worldly things in his law.”  The Spirit illumines his word as we study it.  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119,  105).    Religious literature a great blessing.

Such a life increasing in understanding and love more and more.  Paul prayed to this end.  “The Lord make you to increase and abound in love” (1 Thes. 3).  See also 1 Thes. 4, 10:  “We beseech you that ye increase in love more and more.”

III.

The riches of Christ Jesus are unsearchable.  “The riches of grace in Christ Jesus are better than gold.”  They are for us as we press on to appropriate them and so be thereby constantly enriched in our experience.

Let us not fail to grow in grace constantly.  Who does not want to know more of him and extend the greater blessing to others?

More love to thee, O Christ and to all men.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Romans   1 comment

Romans

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/the-approving-conscience-not-the-test/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/not-ashamed-of-the-gospel/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/whole-hearted-service/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/hebrews-7-25/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/missions-gods-eternal-plan/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/the-fact-of-sin/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

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

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-wages-of-sin/

Chapter 7:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/sons-of-god-by-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/deliverance-from-the-body-of-death/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/not-ashamed-of-the-gospel/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/good-from-all-things-to-the-christian/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/we-are-debtors/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/heirs-of-god/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/loyalty-to-christ-2/

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/take-heed-lest-you-fall/

Chapter 11:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-call-to-service/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-enrichment-of-life/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/transformation-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/romans-12-9/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/evil-associates/

Chapter 13:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/christian-citizenship/

Chapter 14:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/salvation-urged-upon-you/

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

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/daniel-refuses-to-defile-himself/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/influence/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/let-us-therefore-follow-after-the-things-which-make-for-peace/

Chapter 15:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/strength-and-weakess/

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The Rejection of Israel and Adoption of the Gentiles   3 comments

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Above:  The Reading of the Gospel, Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, Georgia, Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://plus.google.com/photos/114749828757741527421/albums/5879785940338178465/5879785940514346578?banner=pwa&pid=5879785940514346578&oid=114749828757741527421)

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I adore ritualism.

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

and

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/rituals-of-the-evangelical-united-brethren-church-1946-1968/.

As for Jews, I like them and respect their faith.  They are, as Pope John Paul II said, our elder siblings in faith.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 1, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PAMPHILUS OF CAESAREA, BIBLE SCHOLAR AND TRANSLATOR; AND HIS COMPANIONS, MARTYRS

THE FEAST OF SAINT JUSTIN MARTYR, APOLOGIST

THE FEAST OF SAINT SIMEON OF SYRACUSE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

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Rom. 9, 30-33

I.

Paul acknowledges that for reasons God has rejected the Jews and called the Gentiles into his covenant mercies.  “The Gentiles…attained to righteousness…but Israel did not arrive at that law.”  Why?

(1)  Let it be recalled that God has the prerogative to dispose of His own as He sees best.  The potter has the right to mold the clay as he sees best.  Matt. 20, 13-16

(2)  But there is always a human side.  God is not arbitrary.  “He is certainly no respecter of persons,” without partiality and without hypocrisy.

The Jews failed utterly at a crucial point.  “Following after a law of righteousness did not arrive at that law.  Wherefore?  Because they sought it not by faith.”

“The law of faith which we preach” (Ch. 11, 20).  God long endured them, “vessels of wrath fitted unto destruction” (v. 22).  “All day long did I spread out my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people” (Ch. 10, 21).  “Did God cast off his people?  God forbid?” (Ch. 11, 1, etc.)  Any of them may be saved even now by faith, as was I.

(3)  The Gentiles are under the same law of faith and it is because of their faith that they are admitted.  “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame.  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all is rich unto all that call upon him,” etc. (Rom. 10, 11-12)  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (10, 13).  “By grace are ye saved through faith” (Eph. 2, 8).  See [also] Rom. 4, 5; 9, 33; 10, 4; 10, 11.

So then it is man that seals his own destiny.  Saving faith or a lack of it is the pivot of destiny.

II.

Let us learn once for all:

(1)  All emphasizing mere ordinances, ritual, or rites is a rejection of the mistake the Jews made–a looking to the letter of the law.  Inspiration never has put the emphasis anywhere but on vital experiential godliness.  “The letter killeth, the spirit maketh alive.”

(2)  The one safeguard of our lives is the magnifying of rich experience of the righteousness of faith.  Without it all else is an utter failure–is practical idolatry.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT