Elmer L. Wilder, Th.D.
Illustrated by Gladys Bowman
July 4, 1954 H e K n e w an d G rew
all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stat ure, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:51, 52). The triangle is again unfolded to illustrate the growth of Christ. This time the triangle still has a circle, but the picture is of the man Christ Jesus. In John 8:29 we read, “And he that sent me is .with me: the Father hath not left me 'alone; for I do always those things that please him” ’ In Philippians 2:8, we are told, “And being found in fash ion as a Jman, M humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” As we think of Christ’s growth, let us always remember that He was in all stages of His growth, the eternal Son of God. OBJECT: A green paper triangle with eight-inch sides. (On the triangle draw a circle as large as possible. Inside the circle draw a heart. •Fold one point of the triangle to the cen ter of the opposite side. Fold each of the two other points in a like manner, making a similar triangle. On this surface draw a heart, and in the heart put a few ink spots. Fold again as before, making a much smaller triangle. Draw a heart on this triangle, and put several more ink spots than in the second heart.) LESSON: Last week I showed you a triangle which illustrated how the eternal Son of God grew from a baby to a man. It was God’s will for His Son Jesus to grow, and it is His will for His children—those who have ac cepted Christ as Saviour—to grow. This little green triangle will be used to show us how God wants us to grow. On the triangle is a heart, and in the heart many black spots, which remind us of sin. In 1 John 1:8, we read, “ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” July 11, 1954 B igger an d B etter
We are told about the growth which God wants us to make in Eph- sians 4:15, “ But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” The Christian who is not growing, is not pleasing God. This leads us to ask, “ In what ways does the Lord want us to grow?” Let me read Ephe sians 4:31, 32, “ Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, for giving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” As the triangle is unfolded and made larger, we see that the heart is enlarged, and that there are less of the black spots in it. The Scripture which I read said, “ Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speak ing, be put away from you, with all malice.” As the triangle is again unfolded, we see an enlarged heart, without any sin. It is on the inside of the endless circle which speaks of eter nity. In eternity we will be entirely without sin, but until that time, God wants us to grow, and be constantly putting things out of our lives which are displeasing to Him.:
OBJECT: A triangle made of yellow paper, with ten-inch sides. (Fold one point of the triangle to the center of the opposite side. Fold each of the two other points in a like manner, making a smaller triangle. Fold again, in the same manner, making a much smaller triangle. Draw cir cles on each of these triangles as large as possible. In the smallest cir cle paste a picture of the baby Jesus; in the next size, a picture of the boy Jesus; and in the largest the picture of Hoffman’s Head of Christ.)'
LESSON: I hold in my hand a tri angle, on which there is a circle, and in the circle a picture of the baby Jesus. The triangle, having 3 sides, speaks of the Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The circle is endless, and speaks to u s ' of eternity, which never ends. When we think of the baby Jesus, we must remember that He was the eternal second Person of the Trinity. In Luke 2:40 we read, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.” I will unfold this triangle in order that we may better understand how Jesus grew. It is still a triangle, speaking to us of the Trinity, and we still have a circle reminding us that He is eternal—never ending. On this triangle, we have a picture of the boy Jesus. He is still the eternal Son of God, but He is now pictured as a boy. As a boy it was said of Him, “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was sub ject unto them: but his mother kept
July 18, 1954 F ix in g a F la t OBJECT: A deflated football.
LESSON: How many like to kick a football? Do you think you could kick this one very far? No, it is a CONTINUED ►
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