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sets forth Christ’s ability to save the sinner and perfect the saint. I. The ability to save requires: 1. A knowledge of the sinner’s needs. This Christ possesses (John 2:24, 25; cf. Psjdm 139; John 4:16-19, 29). 2. A desire to save. Christ is willing. For that purpose He came into the world (cf. Luke 19:10; Matthew 8:2,3). 3. Infinite power. Christ possesses this (Matthew 1:18; 28:18). II. The human element in salvation. 1. Trust in Christ’s ability to save. We must believe that He is not only willing, but a complete, full Saviour. 2. Obey His command to “come." The promise is that He is able to save to the uttermost all that come to God by Him. C onclusion . Theme: The Triumph of Earnestness in Seeking Christ. T ext : Luke 19:1-10. I ntroduction : Compare the context: Luke 15:1, 2; 18:24, 27). He was rich and a publican—both of which are obstacles to salvation. 2. His desire and purpose: to see Jesus. (a) Because of curiosity. (b) Because of his moral needs. It was this man’s restless longing for I. The sinners seeking Christ. 1. The position of Zacchaeus.
Theme: Christ’s Three Commands. T ex t : “Take ye away the stone.”—“Laz arus, come forth,”—“Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:39, 43, 44). I ntroduction : We have in this touching and impressive scene of domestic life three commands from Jesus Christ: I. 4 command to the living. Apply this to the removal of obstacles in the way of the gospel—e. g., drunkenness, evil habits, inconsistency, etc. II. A command to the dead: Lazarus, come forth.” 1. A pathetic call—“He cried.” 2. A vehement call—‘‘Loud voice.” 3. A stirring call—“Come forth.” III. A command to the bystanders—"Loose him, and let him go ’’ 1. Freedom from sin. 2. Freedom to “follow on to know th« Lord.” , Lessons: 1. Conversion precedes action; we must be made “loose” before we can “go.” 2. The same tender voice that awoke the dead one (Lazarus) is now ready to whis per peace to every soul. 3. Every home ought to be honored with the presence of Jesus. — Rev. A. Idris Mainwaring, Ph. D. Theme: A Great Saviour. T ext : Hebrews 7 :25. I ntroduction : This verse is the heart of the gospel and
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