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Romans   1 comment


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


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Sons of God by Faith   4 comments


Above:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newnan, Georgia, June 30, 2013

Image Source = Library of Congress




My great-grandfather mixed Protestant revivalism with old-style anti-Roman Catholicism and opposition to ritualism.  All those elements were like circles in a Venn diagram.  I have expressed my thoughts about worship here:  And, regarding my great-grandfather and his indirect influence upon me, I have written here:

And he wrote this between 1905 and 1913, well before the times of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.  We, as it turns out, did lift ourselves to the Moon by means of technology–close enough to boot straps, I suppose.





Above:  Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, Apollo 11, July 1969

Image Source = NASA


John 1, 12

1.  “Sons of God.”  This relation is spiritual.  He created & preserves all; but not all are sons.  “Not all are Israel who are of Israel” is clearly a spiritual distinction.  Not all the descendants of Abraham are like him morally.  Once rebellious, unbelieving, etc., now they love what He loves–are new every whit–sons.

2.  But man is not able to effect this change.  Were the power inherent in man Christ & the Spirit would not be necessary.

Ritualism fails utterly.

(a)  Works change not the moral nature.

(b)  Neither can water.  It is no more than a ceremonial cleansing.

(c)  Morality as an anchor does not reach the bottom spiritually.

At best such is only almost a Christian & almost is to fail.  As well pull on is boot straps to lift himself to the moon.  Rom. 7, 24-25.

3.  But Christ has this power–all power in heaven & on earth.  He conquered the devil, death, & the grave.  “Which were born…of God”  (v. 13).  “The Son…hath power to forgive.”  See Rom. 8, 2.  Christians in all ages testify thereto.

4.  This power is given to all who by faith receive him; the Spirit imparts it.  See John 5, 12; Luke 13, 34; Jno. 5, 4 & 10, 10.  To do this his constant pleasure; his longing.

5.  The Spirit who imparts the power testifies to us of it.  Sons of God & rejoice in the consciousness of it.


Deliverance from the Body of Death   2 comments

Rom. 7, 24

1.  Sin, a bias thereto, the seed of sin, is born in us.  The seed is sure to develop into actual transgression unless the very highest religious pressure is brought to bear.  Conversion, change of heart, is an indispensable necessity.  Matt. 15, 19

2.  Actual sin produces bondage to sin.  Romans 6, 16.  The sinner is utterly unable to break the bondage of sin.

When convicted of sin man becomes painfully conscious of his sin and of his helplessness.  When he tries to resist the current he learns its strength.  He tries to extricate himself but wails out, “Wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me?”

3.  Who shall deliver the soul?

(1)  Can legalism do it?  It can’t impart the power to obey its mandates.

(2)  Can morality do it?  If so then man is his own saviour by lifting himself to an ethical plain.  But the pride of a Pharisee reigns in the heart of a moral man; so he still is a slave.

4.  Jesus alone can save.  He casts out Satan and gives a great salvation.  Thousands living and dying testify to His saving power and refuge in Him.


Subjection of the Body   5 comments


Above:  A Golden Laurel Wreath

Image Source = Andreas Praefcke



1 Cor. 9, 27

1.  The participants in the Olympian Games disciplined the body that they might succeed.  But only one could win.  In the heavenly race all may win.  By this all ought to be encouraged.

2.  In both races there are conditions to be met, rules to be observed.  Otherwise the runner will not be approved.  We can’t afford to ignore this.

3.  In the Christian life the body, as the seat of sin, which wars against the soul, is to be crucified:  is to be the servant, not the master of the soul.  Natural appetites, the afflictions–are to be subordinated to conscious right or wrong.  See Rom. 8, 13 & 7, 23; Gal. 5, 7; Col. 3, 5-11; 1 Peter 2, 11.

Christ would not invert the divine order of life by feeding his body, though very hungry, contrary to the spiritual man.  It all hinges on our Father’s approval now and at life’s close, the end of the race.

4.  One degree of grace is no absolute guarantee of another, nor of its own continuance.  Paul knew the need of subjecting the body to the soul’s interest.  He knew he must meet these conditions if he be approved at the last.  Let us lay these words to heart!  See that no evil spirit enter and spoil our lives!