From the Pulpit of a Holiness preacher Vol 2 No 2
Richard Swift From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
Volume 2 Number 2
An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift publishing the sermons of Rev. Reed A Swift (1899-1973), a holiness preacher
This sermon was preached in W. Hollywood, CA (March '35-'38) and in revivals (1943-'44). The written out version of the sermon was hand written on the backs of some letters written in 1934. Two of the letters were signed by C.A. Watson, pastor of the First Free Methodist Church in Los Angeles. C.A. Watson ran as vice-presidential candidate on the Prohibition Party ticket in 1936 and as presidential candidate on the Prohibition Party ticket 1944 & 1948. I included one of the letters at the end of this sermon as a part of Swift family history! This sermon is my favorite of all of grandpa Swift's sermons.
Inside the Veil, Outside the Camp
Hebrews 10:19-22; 13:12,13
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith." Heb.10:19-22
"Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach." Heb. 13:12,13
The Old and New Testament truths dove tail together into a beautiful but costly picture of redemption. All the types and shadows and symbols of the Old are realized in the New. The truths of the Old are realized in the New thru our Lord Jesus Christ.
You who are familiar with the Tabernacle thru Bro. Archer's preaching or otherwise will no doubt recall the connection which the veil had to the other furnishings and ordinances. By it the Sanctuary was divided into two parts. The first was called the Holy Place, and in it the priests ministered from day to day. In it were three pieces of furniture- the Golden Candlestick speaking as Christ the light of the world, the Golden Table of Shew Bread speaking of Christ as the one maintains and nurtures His people thru their wilderness journey, and the Altar of Incense which speaks of Christ ever living to make intercession for us. There was the Inner Sanctuary on the side of the veil called the Holiest of All. In this room there was just one piece of furniture, The Ark of the Covenant, surmounted by the Mercy Seat.
This was the dwelling place of God, and the Mercy Seat on top of the Ark was the meeting place of God and man. An uncreated light, the Shekinah Glory, shone above the Mercy Seat between the Golden Cherubims whose wings were spread out over it. Into the Sacred inclosure, where the presence of God was manifested, the ordinary priests were not permitted to enter; only the High Priest, and that only once a year. He went in carrying a golden basin filled with the atoning blood which he sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat and before it where he himself stood.
This was God's figure for the time spoken of in the Epistle to the Hebrews when no man could have access to God. The priesthood was provided thru which the people drew nigh to God in a ritualistic way, but were commanded by God to worship Him afar off, and the man who drew near was put to death (killed?). The only exception was the High Priest once every year.
I. The Veil of Separation
A. The veil which hung between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Pace was most significant, for we are told in Hebrews it represented the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ; that is it represented Him as a man here on earth. The veil was composed of fine twined linen, ornamentally interwoven with threads of blue, purple, and scarlet, and cherubim were worked into it, setting forth the justice and judgement of god. The fine twined linen pictures the perfect and spotless Righteousness of Jesus Christ, the Sinless One.
B. The blue spoke of His heavenly charcter, Son of God from Heaven- Prophet.
C. The purple spoke of His Royal Dignity, son of Abraham and David, the Righteous King of Heaven and Earth.
D. Scarlet is most significant as it speaks of suffering and glory- His priesthood.
How wonderfully that veil sets forth the Lord Jesus as the Righteous One, the Heavenly One, and the Suffering One.
II. The Way Into the Holiest Place with God
A. The unrent veil shut man out from God and the spotless and Holy life of Christ stood between man and God. "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit" (John 12:24). Christ's spotless example will never save us, but rather condemn us to hell, for in Him we see what we should be but never were. "Fo all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23). His unrent flesh is like the unrent veil: a barrier from God's presence.
B. The Glorious hope of the Gospel is this: That the Righteous One, the Heavenly One, the Kingly One went to Calvary's Cross, and there the Veil or barrier between sinful man and a Holy God, was rent in twain. He took the place of the guilty sinner and "was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities". He, the Sinless One paid the price of our sins and "by His stripes we are healed".
"All our iniquities on Him were laid;
All our indebtedness by Him were paid."
He took our place and bore our judgement or deserving punishment, but cried out in triumph ere He surrendered His spirit to the Father, "It is finished!" and, "The Veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." It was God who rent the veil declaring that now the way is opened into His immediate presence thru the rent flesh of His only and beloved Son. "Having therefore brethren boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way, which He consecrated (dedicated) thru the veil, that is to say His flesh" Heb.10:19,20.
"The Holiest we enter
In perfect peace with God.
Through whom we found our center."
[ed note: the following third point was added to the outline version of this sermon which was preached in the revivals (1943-48)
III. Outside the Camp
A. His place in the world- "He came unto His own and His own recieved Him not".
B. Two candidates for liberation:
Barnabus or Christ. Yet they chose the murderer to be liberated and rejected Christ. Instead, Christ accepted and allowed to be led outside the camp where He chose crucifixion instead of liberation.
C. Crucifixion brought Sanctification
D. Our responsibility- "Go forth therefore unto Him without the camp bearing His reproach".
[ed note: Reader have you entered the Holiest Place with God? If not, you can! The veil has been rent in twain and "He suffered without the gate to sanctify His people with His own blood".]
Here is the letter, the back of which is page 3 of this sermon:
"Mrs. Ruth Swift, the bearer wishing to remove from this society, we hereby certify that she is an acceptable member of the First Free Methodist Church in Los Angeles and cordially commend her to the Free Methodist Church in Glendale. Her membership in this society will cease when she is admitted to another society."
E. Merle McCoid associate pastor
August 17, 1934
Reed A. Swift was supply preacher in the Los Angeles District of the FMC 1933-34 and pastored Glendale, CA Jan. '34- March '35. The date of the letter implies that Ruth Swift was still a member of the LA church while her husband pastored Glendale. This was no doubt to help LA with here support. Then in Aug. '34 she transferred to Glendale. Another letter dated Aug 17, 1934 by C.A. Watson is a letter of transfer for a Mrs. B.E. Callighan from LA to Glendale. This is handwritten so it's hard to read so I hope I spelled it right.
As mentioned before, C.A. Watson was Prohibition candidate for vice-president and later for president. The years 1944-1972 may be termed the Free Methodist era of the Prohibition Party. Each election year had a Free Methodist running for vice-president or president or both.
From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher Vol 2 No 1
Richard Swift From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift publishing the sermons of Rev. Reed A. Swift(1899-1973), a holiness preacher.
This message was preached in Caro Michigan('32-'33) and Glendale(Jan'34-March'35 and W Hollywood(March'35-1938), California.
Disciples of Christ
What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?
I. Must be Christlike
(1)We must be born again
(2)We must have His abiding Spirit within us.
"For if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, He is none of His."
(3)We must be in close touch or hearing distance with Christ. We will be Christlike if we have His Spirit.
I'm afraid many are like the disciples before Pentecost & as Christ was being falsely tried, they followed Him afar off. Oh, so many don't live in close contact with Christ where they can commune with Him and hear His voice. If we would hear His voice and be lead by Him, we must not follow afar off. If we follow Him afar off, when the stress and strain comes as it did to Peter, we no doubt will be so weak we will deny Christ and not be classed with His disciples.
I'd rather live like Enoch, Elijah, and Samuel, Daniel, and the three Hebrew children. The disciples after Pentecost and Paul, and time would fail me to tell of all the holy men of old who thru faith, subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, stopped the mouths of lions, etc. They were in vital touch with God. I believe they talked with God. Do you ever get close enough in prayer to talk with God and hear Him answer and hear His voice speak to you? Oh there is nothing as as wonderful as this, nor will there ever be.
It will not be long until we hear the trumpet blast of our Lord's return. I want to be in vital touch with Him now and stay that way so that I'll be ready when the trumpet sounds. It may be that only spiritual ears will hear it. It will happen in an hour when we think not. For then the Word says the Son of man cometh.
II. I need the voice of Christ here now to direct my step. He does care for his children and direct them. For says He, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord". He may not always point out clearly His path in the future, but He will lead us and direct our steps. We must live though so we can hear Him say, "This is the way, walk thou in it." Isaiah 30:21.
III. Then there is comfort, encouragement, and fellowship, meaning you and Christ in the same ship that there is no fear of sinking. These are essential to a Christian, and I can assure any man, woman or child, cannot be found outside of jesus Christ. For "He is the way, the truth, and the life", of that which now is and of that which is to come. Glory be to God and the Lamb forever! He is the Christian's vital breath! "In Him we live and move and have our being.
IV. His disciples may have trials and be persecuted, but cross bearers shall be crown wearers. Jesus said, "If any man will come after me, let him take up his cross daily and follow me, so let Him be my disciple"(Luke 9:23). But our outlook is fine for we look not at things that are seen with the natural eye, but at those that are not seen to the natural. "For the things that are seen are natural and temporal but the things which are not seen are spiritual and eternal". Praise God! Do you have spiritual eye sight this morning? If you do, you are a blessed soul. Glory to God!
Elisha and the young man saw the woods full of chariots and horses fighting for the Lord's men. Just so we have today. Don't you ever see them by faith? I do, bless God, and it is then I know I'll triumph over the world, the flesh and the devil and not be defeated tho an host should rise against me! In this will I be confident. For I am a disciple of Christ. Oh, what a comfortable feeling it is. Bless God! Are you a disciple of Christ? You may be. He invites all! Whosoever means you and me!
V. Disciples characteristics before and after Pentecost were different! Namely Peter and Thomas. So ours will be. "Ye shall recieve power". Power to go through! Power to meet the need individaully as well as a church.
Our church needs it as a whole, but it is also important that I have it to meet each pressing need and make it successfully thru to heaven.
Our great need is a personal Pentecost or a renewing of His Spirit within us if we have grown cold or indifferent or discouraged. I got up the other morning and it was cold and the wind was blowing and the sky grey, but my soul was blessed for I felt the Divine Witness of His Spirit within. And we had shelter from the storm and fuel enough to keep us warm. Oh count your blessings, see what God has done! Count your many blessings, name them one by one .
Love is one of the marks of Pentecost, Discipleship, Fruitage.
John 13:35- By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have (or show so others or all men can see that you have) love one to another." This is fruit bearing.
John 8:31 "If ye continue in my word then are ye my disciples indeeed." Recieve, retain, and walk in it! v.32- "and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher Vol 1 No 7
Richard Swift From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift, publishing the sermons of Rev. Reed A. Swift (1899-1973), a holiness preacher.
Editor Note: The following sermon is dated Dec. 29, 1929 and was preached in Yale, Ball, Buel, Michigan(1929-'32), and Caro, Michigan(1932-'33), Glendale, Calif.(Jan.'34-March'35) and MiraLoma, Calif.(1949-'54).
Turned the Captivity of Zion Psalm 126
"When the Lord turned the captivity of Zion we were like them them that dream."
This Psalm is not of David as it belongs to the close of the Captivity. It may have been written by Ezra or by the Minor Prophet, Haggai. It is, however a beautiful description of the circumstances which it represents.
"When the Lord turned again the Captivity of Zion": When Cyrus published his decree in favor of the Jews, giving them liberty to return to their own land and rebuild their city and temple. "We were like them that dream"- This news was so unexpected that they doubted for a time if it was really so. They thought it was too good to be true; they must be dreaming. Like when the Greeks were made slaves to the Turks in 1453 until 1822. Constantinople was taken. Then Christian Europe stood by and saw the most vile deed done to those called Christians by these vile, most ferocious abominable barbarians which disgrace the name of man. Thus the Greeks were oppressed by the Turks for 369 years until God vindicated their cause thru the powers of England, France, and Russia, driving the Mohammedan troops out of Greece and totally annihilating the Turkish fleet. Now Greece is protected by the mentioned powers. They shouted for joy when the news came.
Nothing is so dear to the multitude as liberty. Had the children of Israel been obedient they would have been free. If we will be obedient to God we will be free. If our nation forgets God [ed note- and we have], they will have to come under the iron hand of Rome, Russia or some other nation no doubt [this written in 1929], the very enemy they ran away from to come to this country for religious liberty.
The Children of Israel were in bondage 70 years. Verse 2- "Then was our mouth filled with laughter." As with the Greecians. "And our tongue with singing. Then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them." The deliverance was so extraordinary that even the heathen could see the hand of God in it.
The heathen will recognize the Supernatural as in the case of Paul when he was bit by the serpent. So in the case of the Mexicans at So. Park; they realized it is love that prompts our people to do what they do for them.
V.3-"The Lord hath done great things for us whereof we are glad." They acknowledged the hand of God. "Oh how happy we are!"
V.4-"Turn again our captivity." May be the prayer they used before their deliverance or for those who still remained in Babylon. They didnot all return at once but came back at different times. Some under Ezra, Nehemiah, And Zerubbabel.
"As Streams in the South." They perhaps desired that their return would be as rapid and abundant as streams in the south. At times they are dry, but during a freshet they soon swell to rivers and sometimes take bridges and everything with them when they swell. They had their season of dryness in a heathen country but now there was coming a freshet of spiritual and temporal blessing.
V.5-"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." They have had their bitter tears of captivity and affliction and now are to reap in joy in their own country of peace and happiness.
V.6-"He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed." This seems to be the metaphor. A poor farmer has had a very poor harvest. A very scanty portion of food and grain has been gathered. The seed time has now come again and is very un-promising. Out of the famine and hard winter a little seed has been saved to be sown in hopes of another crop. But the planting season seems so badthat his hopes are almost gone for a crop. But he must sow or perish for sure. He carries his all- his precious seed with him in his basket; and with a sad heart plants this precious seed, waters it as it were cwith his tears and earnestly implores God's blessings upon it. God hears; the season becomes favorable for its growth. It springs up first in the blade, then in the stalk, then the ear, and next the fall corn in the ear. The time of harvest comes and the grain is very productive. He fills his wagons and barns with the sheaves and shocks and then with his large
expecting family, they triumph together, praising God for the wonders He has wrought. Some 30, some 60, some 100 fold increased!
Just so it will be with these returning Israelites. Tho but a handful seemingly, yet they shall be sown or scattered over the land and the blessing of God shall be upon them and their faith and numbers shall be greatly increased. See Isaiah 66:20
[editors note- Following the above notes was an outline of Psalm 126 which is deleted in the more recent notes preached after 1929. I have chosen to delete it here for sake of time and space. Concluding notes followed the outline and are included here.]
This Psalm signifies that
1.Penitential sorrow shall be followed by the joy of pardoning mercy; he that bears the cross shall bear the crown.
2.Trials and difficulties shall be followed by peace and prosperity, if not financially then spiritually.
3.Effort: It takes wisdom and good judgement to know the best seed for certain ground, although it should always be good seed. Time- early in the spring (youth0 is the best time to sow good seed. We may have to put out a lot of extra effort and labor (birds may come to steal away the seed) but it will pay to take pains and be careful that we may win many to Christ.
From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher Vol 1 No 6
Richard Swift From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift, publishing the sermons of Rev. Reed A. Swift (1899-1973), a holiness preacher.
The following sermon was preached at Yale, Ball, Buel, Michigan circuit(1929-1932) Caro, Mich.(1932-1933) Glendale, California(Jan.'34-March'35) W Hollywood,CA(March'35-'38) Pomona,CA(1945-'48) MiraLoma,CA(1949-'54) Cucamonga,CA Bible Missionary Church(June'58-Oct.'62)-1960.
[Note- This sermon is printed as written, word for word in the original form. Three oulines of this sermon were attached. The one outline preached at Pomona FMC has an additional point which I've added to this printing. This is a classic holiness message because it represents the kind of preaching which led to the rise of the Conservative Holiness Movement in the mid 20th century (early '50s to early '60s). There is some preaching here that shows E.E. Shelhamer influence.]
Scripture reading- 2nd Corinthians 6-7. Text- 2nd Cor.7:1 "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
Intro- "These promises" refers to the promises recorded in the last three verses of 2nd Cor.6:16-18.
Even in the 14th verse. It says, "be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers." This is a military term and means "to keep in your own ranks." There were some of the wicked & absurd practices of the heathen or unconverted or worldly-minded which some professors of Christianity in the Corinthian churches were indulging in & having fellowship with those worldly-minded ones. So I feel this is a timely admonition for our people or Christians today.
"Be not unequally yoked together" with worldly-minded, unconverted idoloters or lovers of the world which are idoloters of today. How can two persons walk together except they agree? If one is godly and the other not, the godly one will either draw back to perdition or undoubtedly bring upon himself a heavy cross or trial.
"For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness and what communion hath light with darkness"? There is as much difference as there is between day and night isn't there? Yes, Glory to God! When we walk in the light the darkness is dispelled. When we fail to walk in the light, right then our light becomes darkness, and if we fail to repent, how great will become our darkness. How can we profess to be Christians and associate with the unrighteous?
v.16- 1. "Ye are the temple of the Living God". We are God's house or dwelling place. He wants to use us. we donot belong to ourselves but to Him. He can use us to advance His kingdom if we let Him have His way with us and we keep our hands off.
2. "I will dwell in them and walk in them". He isn't a wayfarer that abides but for a night, but He comes to constantly reside.
3. "I will be their God and they shall be my people". If they take me for their Supreme and Eternal God and have no other God, I will take them for my people, and instruct them, enlighten them, defend them, provide for them, support or strengthen them, and bless them. He will care for you individually just as if He had no one else or no other creature to care for.
V.17- "Wherefore"-When He has promised you such good things if you take Him alone for your God.
"come out from among them"- Be separated from the works and workers of iniquity. If you want the promises of God fulfilled to you, you will have to meet the conditions of these promises. For if you are not separate & do mingle with the unclean, God will not recieve you and will not be your God and you shall not be His people.
"touch not the unclean thing; and I will recieve you"- Our familiar friends should not be among the ungodly. We should not keep company with them any longer than necessary. We cannot have fellowship with those who donot obey God without it lessoning our fervor and first love for God. We not immediately go into any outward sin, but little by little the foundation of our Christian experience will be undermined. Their very spirit, though they donot openly oppose us, will affect our spirits, and before we know it we will be as lukewarm as any formalist. We will relapse into the love of the world. "Evil communications corrupt good manners"! If a person has a contagious disease we aren't apt to hang around them any more than necessary. If one is worldly-minded and occupied in unprofitable conversation and practices, you as a Christian had better flee from that kind of a person as it is contagious, and in the end means spiritual death. "For to be carnally
minded is death". "But have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them". The Lord says, "He will recieve you". you won't be bothered by them if you reprove sin.
v.18- "and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord God Amighty".
1) He will be your Father and you will be children of the Heavenly family, and be Holy, Happy, and Safe in His Household. Praise God.
Now this is the word of the "Lord Almighty", the Governor of all things. What more do we want to help us be loyal and true to Him? The whole earth belongs to the Christians because they are going to rule and reign here someday.
2) An Earthly father may lack power and means to supply all the comforts his children need. But God who made and governs all things can never lack willingness, power or means to supply His children's every need. But the promises are to those who are separate from sinful ways, sinful works, and sinful men. Glory be to God!
Text- "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God".
Now if the Jews, His own people, were cast off thru disobedience to this command, how shall we as a grafted in branch escape being cast off if we heed not and obey not this command?
I. A."Having therefore these promises, let us cleanse ourselves" Let us seek the purifying blood and do our part in avoiding every evil practice and spirit which is contrary to His teachings or which would tend to pollute our soul. Viz. "Let us cleanse ourselves from all: (Wesley- softness, foolish talking, etc.)
(1)Filthiness of the flesh- We should cleanse ourselves from all sins which are immediately against the body. All things which are injurious against the body for we are the temple of the Holy Ghost- tobacco-tea-coffee-candy-anything injurious. [ed-This does not mean he opposed all coffee or tea drinking or all candy. This was for moderation. At the times this message was preached, it was not then known the healthful properties of tea and lack of harm of drinking coffee in moderation.]
(2)Filthiness of the spirit- We should cleanse ourselves from all impure desires, thoughts, & imaginations. We can't keep the devil from suggesting evil to us but we can refuse to think on it. As they used to say of birds flying over our heads[we don't have to let them build a nest in our hair].
If we abhor and avoid evil inclinations and keep our eyes from beholding vanity, there will not be so much danger of falling into outward sin. Eve's eyes got her into trouble. Many great people's eyes have been the cause of their downfall. Keep your eyes and ears from evil and avoid any outward occasion of sinning. It will not weaken us but rather strengthen us and defeat satan's plans to ruin us.
The body and soul must consent to refrain itself from evil. Yet the withholding of the eyes, ears, hands, and body from sights, reports and acts of evil will not purify the soul of fallen man but will, with our will yielded to God, give Him a chance to do the work. It will take the atoning blood of Christ which was spilled for this purpose to purify the heart and conscience from dead works. But it is our part to withhold ourselves from the food that feeds the carnal man. Then the Holy Ghost applies the blood and witnesses with our spirit and tells us we are clean. Glory!
Prove Him and believe Him and He will not fail to do the work. I know my father had habits he had quit for a month and at last felt he must have Divine help, and when he called on God for it, it came. Praise His name!
How can a man expect God to purify his heart when he is continually indulging his eyes, ears, and appetites in what God forbids and on what feeds the carnal soul? You must stop it and call on God and He will take out the desire for evil.
(3)"perfecting Holiness in the fear of God"- (This is getting the whole mind of Christ for us brought into our soul.) This is accomplished: 1st, by resisting and avoiding sin in all its inviting and seducing forms; 2nd, by setting the fear of God instead of the love of evil before our eyes that we may dread His displeasure, and abhor whatever might cause it, and whatever might provoke Him to withhold His soul food from us. Thus you see when we determine to quit sinning, then God can work.
If our holiness is being perfected in the fear and obedience of God, we have come to one of the most blessed Christian experiences this side of eternity. This Christian perfection is rarely found even among the so-called Christians of modern times. They may testify, go to church, and profess and even live clean and straight outwardly. But it is only occasionally or now and then that we meet on who is baptized with the Holy Ghost and filled with holy modesty, heavenly solemnity, and true Christian piety. Like the fragrance or perfume is to the rose, so is true Christian piety to the holy person.
The next thing above this experience of perfect cleansing and infilling of the Holy Ghost is glorification when this mortal body shall put on immortality and shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye when Christ comes to recieve His sanctified church or bride, which you and I will be included in if we have recieved cleansing by the Holy Ghost thru faith in the atoning blood of Christ.
II. Let us notice the conduct of souls who have this treasure of Holiness:
1. They have a sweet spirit though they will be firm in what is right. But there is a sacredness and Heavenly tranquility about them until the very community in which they live will be affected by their lives.
2. Their Daily Walk: They are not only saved from sin and forbidden paths but are purged by Divine Grace so that they live each day without a trace of looseness of morals, pride, or self. But they are humble, patient, and kind. They don't storm around the house, nor slam doors, nor scold. Though they may have to be firm at times yet their conduct in fruits is Christlike at home as well as at church.
3. Their Attire: Holy people donot adorn themselves as modern professors so that you can't tell them from a worldling. We must convince the unsaved, by our modest attire, that these fashion-loving, proud, haughty, worldly-minded church members are not Christians by the difference between their fruits and ours.
Don't you think the world is watching and can see the difference between the heathenish practices of conspicous worldly-minded professors and those people who are filled with a Heavenly humility as if living under the eye of a visible God, and who refrain from wearing anything suggestive of evil, but on the other hand are patterns for neatness, cleanliness, and good manners?
4. Their Conversation: They are not only saved from lying and unclean stories but from [course or vulgar] joking and jesting and slang- also idle and nonsensical talk. Their conversation is Godly and uniform. I John 2:6 says we ought also to walk even as He walked.
III. Some Fruits of Holiness-Perfected in the Fear of God:
Thus the person with the inbred sin taken out bears a double supply of the same kind of fruits they had in justification.viz.
1. The first fruit is love. Holy people love God with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. There is nothing in their heart that opposes the will of God. Then the glory and praise for any good thing that is accomplished thru them is rendered to God who alone is worthy of praise.
2. They love their neighbors as themselves. This love will make us equal in spirit to any man and yet give us a willingness to be a servant to all if in so doing it will be a blessing to them. Pure love among Christians would do wonders in this land today.
3. They are a simple hearted people (in dress,etc.), not aspiring to great prominence in this world, but seeking rather to be holy than to be wise. They are simple and plain in their living and home furnishings. They are not led by fashions, but follow God on earth and live in Heaven. Are you living there, "where you are dead to the world and its applause, to all its fashions, customs, and ways"? We can be- Glory to God! And we should be! And we are if we are on our way to heaven.
4. These holy people are meek and lowly people. A hundred of them could dwell together peaceably under one roof. You wouldn't hear them quarreling, scolding, or complaining. It also does away with those loud, harsh, sarcastic words. And in their place is a lowliness, meekness, and mildness which represents their Master, "Who when He was reviled, reviled not again". Isn't that the best way to get the best of the devil or anybody else? (Not holding myself up for a pattern). That lady in Pasadena used to do her best to get me out of patience or make me swear, I guess, or talk back or something.
5. But Holiness makes us as gentle as a lamb. We won't resent or retaliate. There is no stuborness, self-will, or hard-headedness even though we are firm in our convictions. They are easy to be entreated and take reproof gentle and lamblike.
6. Holy People are the most Happy people on earth. They,"Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks". They are Happy when they have plenty and happy when they don't have anything. In other words, "They feel just as good when they don't feel good as they do when they do feel good". Why? Because they know where they are going when they die! Hallelujah! Then they are happy if things go their way or not.[This is why he used to say his favorite state was the state of contentment!] In health or in sickness! Glory be to God! These things are possible because God is our strength for time and for eternity! Hallelujah!
7. Tho met with opposition, God will give us a back-bone like a crow-bar. Glory be to God! We will feel like we can run thru a troup and leap over a wall. It will make us as bold as a lion, as harmless as doves and as terrible or powerful as an army with banners. Isn't that a wonderful combination?! If you have that kind of experience you have a right to rejoice and I don't see how you can keep from it. If you don't have that experience, it is for you. Who will obey God?
[addition] Is that old defrauding nature crucified? "If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature". You need not envy man's Christian experience for God can make you a full hearted, fire-baptized-Christian! Even run your heart over with His love! But this is for the willing and obedient.
From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher Vol 1 No 5
Richard Swift FROM THE PULPIT OF A HOLINESS PREACHER
An email newsletter ministry of swiftyone2002 publishing the sermons of Rev. Reed A. Swift (1899-1973), a holiness preacher
The following sermon was preached in Yale, Ball, Buel,Michigan circuit(1929-1932), Caro Michigan(1932-1933), and in W.Hollywood, California(1935-1938).
The Lord Desires to Separate the Wheat from the Chaff
Matthew 3:12 Luke 22:31
There are different means of Threshing or separating in different ages and places. It is Jesus business to fan out or separate all the dross or chaff from a man's life and have the pure wheat left, that is the fruits of the Spirit, namely love, joy, peace, etc. and to burn up the dross or chaff- the fruits of the devil- with unquenchable fire. It is the devil's business to thresh out all the good wheat(the fruit of the Spirit) out of a man and leave only chaff- the fruits of the flesh or devil, namely strife, envy, etc. Look up Galatians 5 and learn the difference between each.
Luke 22:31- "Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat."
1. Satan doesn't care anything for the rose or its perfume. he would rather leave the thorn and the briar and destroy the rose, its perfume and beauty.
2. In the Garden of Eden, Satan beguiled man into disobedience to God his Father and brought about the curse that man should earn his bread by the sweat of his brow and be cast out of the Garden of Eden with all its bliss and purity and innocency.
3. The next thing the devil did was to sow the seeds of wickedness through all the earth. Thorns, briers, thistles, the serpent's sting, decay, sorrow, and death were sown in the earth.
In the heart of man were sown adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolotry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkeness, revellings, and such like. They that do these things shall not enter the Kingdom of God. The purity and innocency of man was replaced by all these works of the flesh or devil in the children of disobedience.
First we see murder in the heart of man. Cain slew Abel because his own sacrifice was carnal and his brother's acceptable with God.
Instead of the pure virginity of a girl or boy, Satan desires to debauch and drag down and destroy. It was said that in an answer to an ad in the Los Angeles paper, that a girl had been found and the mother should come and identify her. Thirty-five mothers came to see if it was their girl. Where are we drifting?
Now it is up to God to counteract all the workings of Satan. He says that the seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head. Jesus Christ came to destroy sin, and He became a complete propitiatory sacrifice in His death.
We don't serve a little god, but the Almighty God of the universe as found in Isaiah 57:15. "In the beginning God." God created everything that was made in the beginning. God, somewhere in eternity, begat Jesus Christ and undoubtedly the angels. He gave the angels the power of choice at one time, and that included Satan. But Satan learned of God and became selfish so God cast him out of Heaven. Satan didnot loose his power or wisdom but is the prince of the power of the air. He even rules most of the sound waves which are broadcast thru the air. But God who made the stars, the planets, the moon, and the comets (and they all travel at His bidding) is able to make the wrath of man to praise Him.
Thus, the decay of the earth becomes a blessing to mankind. Every tree that grows is to decay. Plant life, vegetables, and chemicals go back to the earth. If nothing decayed, the garbage would pile up on this old earth until it would become a nuissance. God will purge out the dross of the flesh and replace it with the fruits of the Spirit.
Our mighty God, thru Christ, has His fan in His hand and has power to purge out all the dross, and in its place put the witness of the Holy Ghost, and we become pure wheat. Praise God! He will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire! This takes place in an individual life and it will take place in a nation.
Satan wants to sift out the good and destroy it and have only chaff left. God, with our wills on His side will thresh the chaff all from us and make us pure wheat. I think He uses Satan as a flailing stick sometimes, and trials are permitted to come until all the chaff is flailed off from us and the wheat will be garnered in at the judgement and the chaff burned with unquenchable fire.
With the chaff gone, He can baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
Editor's note- This sermon closed with several illustrations. Unfortunately, only the titles of each illustration are written down.
From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher Vol 1 No 4
Richard Swift FROM THE PULPIT OF A HOLINESS PREACHER
> > Vol.1 No.4
> > An email newsletter of swiftyone2002
> > publishing the sermons of Rev. Reed A. Swift
> > (1899-1973), a holiness preacher
> > The following sermon was preached in Yale, Buel,
> > Ball Michigan
> > Cottage Grove,Oregon(revival),
> > Sawtell,California(revival),
> > W.Hollywood,California(March'35-1938), and
> > Phoenix,Arizona(1938-1939).
> > Ye Shall Recieve Power Acts 1:8
> > I. Introduction- There are various kinds of power
> > that seem to make people noted in the world today.
> > the scale are money, strong physique, political
> > from liquor or bribery), educational, and
> > But the greatest is the power of the Holy Ghost in
> > II. Now the power of the Holy ghost coming upon
> > I believe always manifests itself as in Acts 2:1-8
> > it is the power of God working thru man. It
> > itself thru us in l.Tears, 2.Joy unspeakable,
> > from lips or shine on the face of the saints or in
> > 4.Burden, 5. Fiery exhortations or a clear
> > 6.Always in thought, word and deed.
> > 1.thoughts-It seems hard to keep a pure mind
> > 2.words seasoned with salt or rather honey, not
> > stinging.
> > 3. Deeds for God
> > III. It changes our charactristics, bless God.
> > stopped his vascilating and went out and preached
> > powerful Gospel(Acts 2:38-47). He didnot deny
> > anymore. The old man must come out. I used to
> > and throw anything and yank and beat the animals
> > things didnot go right. At campmeeting, I got
> > sanctified then back home on the farm, it worked!
> > Hallelujah!
> > IV. It gives us the Martyr Spirit. Example-
> Stephen in
> > Acts 6.
> > V. It gives us Divine Love and Unity. We want to
> > others. Not always babying ourseves but strong so
> > can feed others. The other part of Acts 1:8-"Ye
> > be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
> > Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part
> > the earth." Unity among brothers and sisters at
> > church. Are there any here who want to be fed on a
> > spiritual bottle and be petted and babied? Oh God
> > mercy on these 50 year old babies! If you have
> been a
> > stumbling block for years, get out of the way and
> > someoneelse in! 1st Corinthians 13 is the standard
> > Divine Love.
> > Unity was the cause of Pentecost, and Pentecost
> > unity.
> > Editors note: There were alot of clippings from
> > religious periodicals with this sermon. Because of
> > limited space and time and, not knowing where to
> > insert them, I declined to print them. God bless
> > truths in this sermon as printed.
> > RDS
> > __________________________________________________
> > From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher Vol 1 No 3
Richard Swift From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
> Vol. 1
> An email newsletter ministry of Swiftyone2002,
> publishing the messages of Rev. Reed A. Swift
> The following sermon was preached in Yale, Ball,
> Buel,Michigan circuit(1929-1932); Caro,
> Michigan(1932-1933); Glendale,
> California(Jan.'34-march,'35); W.
> MiraLoma,California(1949-1954)-1953 and
> Cucamonga,California, BMC(1958-1962)-March of'60 and
> July of '60.
> Steps to Spiritual Success
> Proverbs 4:18- "But the path of the hust is as the
> shining light, that shineth more and more unto the
> perfect day."
> "The Path of the wicked is gloomy, dark and
> but that of the just or righteous is open, luminous,
> and instructive. This is a fine metaphor like the
> sun rising above the horizon with ever increasing
> brightness until mid-day. so our spiritual light
> grow brighter."- Adam Clark
> In the business and literary life there are always
> certain roads to be taken to success along any line.
> There is also a road to success in the spiritual
> I will mention some that must be taken or failure
> be the outcome.
> I. We must have and keep a fixed purpose. We must
> a certain objective to work toward, then purpose to
> attain it at any cost though the path to it may lead
> thru trouble, sorrow, dissappointment, and much
> persecution. Without this fixed purpose in business
> many would get discouraged and quit. Without it in
> divine things, many give up and go back.
> We must purpose to obey and live up to our
> personal-God-given convictions. There are hundreds
> will reason and explain away our God-given
> convictions, but only a few who encourage and exhort
> us to live up to them at any cost. Hence, it means
> take a firm Christ like stand for what we know is
> right for us even if it goes against our loved ones
> who would have us compromise.
> Some examples for Christians: 1. It is said of
> Enoch, "He purposed in his heart to walk with God
> from the days of his youth." 2. "Daniel purposed in
> his heart that he would not defile himself with the
> portion of the king's meat nor with the wine which
> drank." (Daniel 1:8). Others today walk against
> loved ones and all that is near & dear.
> II. The next necessary step to make the path grow
> brighter and brighter unto the perfect day is to
> God first in all things.In every plan and business
> arrangement we should put Him first. If we move from
> one community to another we must consider if it will
> in any way hinder our spiritual progress or our love
> for God in keeping us from the house of worship and
> His services. This is the very thing that wrecked
> Lot's family and almost cost him his soul, because
> moved away from divine services and religious
> How many are falling away today by moving to a
> community where they cannot attend religious
> regularly. They may have many excuses, but was God
> leading or planning, or did they want a chicken
> or their children educated? What for? If God is not
> first, they will be educated for hell and the devil
> they don't attend prayer-meeting, S.S. and church
> Oh, if you would have your path grow brighter and
> brighter unto the perfect day, dear friend you must
> ever keep God uppermost in every detail of life.
> III. It is necessary to keep all on the altar.It
> to put all on the altar to get a real experience in
> divine things, and it means to leave them there to
> keep it.
> To take back one thing we gave to God or draw back
> along any line in our consecration to God brings us
> a spiritual stand still. We cannot proceed even
> we profess. It will sound as sounding brass or a
> tinkling cymbal until we again lay all on the altar.
> Many are in darkness today and many in eternal
> darkness because of this very thing. It took all at
> first but many grow less conscientious and in a
> time they could commit great sins without much
> compunction of conscience. Oh how careful we should
> right at this very point. My parents always told me,
> "Once light is always light."
> So we should have a set time each day (not wait a
> year or let it go several years) to balance up our
> spiritual books to see if we are walking in all past
> and present light. If it used to bring the glory to
> walk in that light it will today.
> IV. The next important thing is to cultivate an
> appetite for spiritual things. Have a relish for God
> and the things of God. How easy the devil makes it
> lose the relish for worship, secret prayer, and for
> the reading of the precious Word. Now the way to
> cultivate a relish is:
> A. Have set time for communion, secret prayer, and
> meditation with God. How I would try my brother
> and then some nights in the summer he would go to
> woods to pray and come back victor over the world,
> flesh and the devil and me! Then I'd feel whipped in
> conscience. It had its effect on me for good. Do you
> remember how you loved the secret place of prayer
> you first got saved? It is possible for it to grow
> sweeter and sweeter unto the perfect day! Praise God
> and the Lamb forever!
> B. We must be a constant attendant at religious
> services and especially prayer meetings and class
> meetings. And not only be there but it is important
> take part and pray and testify. Many fail to pray
> testify and lose out right here. You will die
> spiritually if donot take part in public services.
> C. We should be a constant reader of good, sound,
> wholesome, holiness literature. It will prove a
> blessing to read of the lives & work of such holy
> and women as Wesley, Fletcher, Knox, Bramwell,
> Carvosso, Hester, Ann Rogers, Madame Guyon, Auntie
> Coon, and others. These holy men and women of piety
> will inspire your soul to greater things for God.
> these books and your soul will be insired like
> Wesley's when he wrote,
> "My heart breaks out in strong desire
> Thy perfect bliss to prove;
> My longing heart is all on fire,
> To be disolved in Love."
> I feel that we ought to take our own Free Methodist
> paper and read it too. It is full of good things and
> gives us a knowlege of what our church is doing
> I feel every loyal Free Methodist should have it. It
> is only two dollars per year and comes weekly. It is
> less than most magazines. Now if you are too poor to
> buy it yoursself, I will buy it for you, providing
> cannot afford a newspaper, magazine, tea, coffee, or
> chewing gum, then I will send in your subscription
> V. The next thing to progress spiritually that i
> to mention is to keep yourself cut loose from an
> amount of temporal cares. These temporal things
> entangle the mind and if not careful, the soul
> cravings for things divine. These things are so
> and therefore so dangerous. Many men are land poor
> have all their mind and time taken up with these
> things until they don't take time to be holy. Even
> ministers have to guard against this. On top of it
> all, many are even in debt for this undue amount of
> needles cares.
> Oh, if you want to be holy, beware of earthly
> entanglements such as fine furniture, fine houses,
> fine horses. My father had a team that he groomed
> washed and spent so much time on and yet, as he felt
> pride creeping in he sold them. Oh, it pays rather
> get our affections off from God! Beware of fine
> clothes and large responsibilities, etc. All these
> things tend to hinder our progress toward the
> Celestial City of Perfect Day.
> VI. The next thing necessary is to keep a rigid
> self-discipline. Yes, you might just reverse that
> discipline you have for the other fellow and use it
> yourself and things will go better for you. Self is
> our greatest foe and unless we die daily to its
> we will be serv ing the flesh instead of God. We
> be dead to self and not carrying your feelings out
> they always hurt as a sore thumb. Oh, that pety,
> touchy, self-pitying self has made many a castaway
> this Path of Holiness.
> VII. Never resent an injury nor an affront, and you
> will grow spiritually. The greatest damage done by
> those is done to the person who gives them. jesus
> said,Offer the other cheek." When Jesus was reviled,
> He reviled not again. If you are looking for trouble
> you will find it just as the spider finds poison out
> of the same flower the honey bee finds honey from.
> VIII. Be always open for reproof. Take reproof
> and humbly and it will be a blessing to you and the
> the giver also. Even when you are not in fault,
> manifest an argumentative or talkitive spirit in
> trying to clear yourself. You don't need to grit
> teeth to prove you are sanctified. It won't hurt you
> to be misunderstood if you are innocent and pure
> Bear it mildly. It will all be manifest who was
> someday even if not before the Judgement. That will
> in plenty of time if you are innocent and holy so
> to speak gently as having the Spirit of Christ.
> IX. Next, ever remember that no matter how far up
> road of perfection you get, that you stand by simple
> childlike faith. You cannot lean on feelings and
> blessings but alone on God who gave you an
> in Him.
> Retain the same simple trust for everything that
> did when first saved. If you donot retain simple
> childlike faith in God you will lose the clearness,
> freshness, and victory of faith and may lose the
> experience also. Dont lean on feelings and blessings
> and visions and impressions, but ever obey and trust
> God with simple dry faith, and He will put life
> your life in due time. Glory to His Name! Obedience
> and trust in our Omnipotent God will keep you from
> unsettled and vacillating experience.
> X. Last, I want to mention in closing, be a man or
> woman of few words. Always keep a close watch over
> your own words and not practice to see how much you
> can say but how little unless they are to the Glory
> God. Strive to only speak to the Glory of God or you
> will continually be asking forgiveness of others or
> to hell. You will never get so that your judgement
> so perfect you never need ask forgiveness. Christ
> Paul says, "Study to be quiet." Many words to a holy
> man are like taking the cork out of a gasoline can.
> The contents soon evaporate- so will holiness. God
> thru Solomon says, "In the multitude of words, there
> wanteth not sin." Jesus speaks directly to man and
> says,"But I say unto you that every idle word that
> shall speak they shall give an account thereof in
> Day of Judgement. For by thy words shalt thou be
> justified and by thy words shalt thou be
> Now I believe if we walk in these steps that our
> will grow brighter and brighter.
From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher Vol. No. 2
Richard Swift FROM THE PULPIT OF A HOLINESS PREACHER
An email newsletter ministry of swiftyone2002 publishing the messages of Rev. Reed A. Swift(1899-1973), a holiness preacher
This is appropriate for Resurrection Sunday
The following sermon was preached in Glendale, California (Jan.'34-March,'35) This sermon and the one in last month's newsletter were combined into one sermon and preached in W. Hollywood (March,'35-'38).
The Cross of Christ- Lesson reading from Mark 8 and Luke 9 Text- Matthew 16:24
1. Under the shadow of the cross
Jesus, perhaps when a carpenter of Nazareth, had a cross loom up before Him, but never more than when He affirmed to His disciples that he was Christ the Son of God, as Peter had said.
2. Dreams dispelled
Now it must have awakened great hopes in the disciples when He announced His Messiahship. They believed with Jewish idea that He would soon assert His sovereignty and authority. They thought their days of privations were nearly over and Christ's chosen would arise from poverty and humility to wealth and honor. I suppose even Judas would be encouraged at the idea. But all these idle hopes of earthly splendor and advancement were soon to be dispelled. They must learn that the way of the cross leads to the crown. Then Jesus began in verse 21 to tell them of how He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders, chief priests and scribes and be killed and that He would be raised on the third day. he was preparing their hearts by giving them a knowledge of Himself.
3. Then the unexpected tempter steps in
This idea seemed so repulsive to their human hopes and desires that the disciples could not believe it. Verse 22--- Peter could not believe it. He could not concieve how Christ the Son of the Living God, should suffer and die when He had such power. He believed Him to be the Messiah and loved Him intensely, and he should never pass through such an ordeal while he was alive. He really thought that Jesus should not think or speak , so he perhaps took Him by hand and aside a little and thought he would give Him some good advice. Perhaps the commendation Jesus had given Peter just previosly had exalted him a little. Do you know there are many people today that are trying to tell the Lord what to do? Then some people know better what you should do than the Lord does, so they think. So Peter began to advise, instruct and rebuke his Master. This is a very unwise thing to do and will cause us much humiliation. For while Peter was telling Jesus that if He obeyed
God or allowed this it would just ruin the work and destroy His power and influence and that He should preserve Himself from this danger with His formerly manifested power, viz/ healing, raising from the dead, then came the severe rebuke to Peter's carnal ambition.
4. Peter's rebuke
a. This rebuke must have stayed by Peter the rest of his days. Though he seems to have forgotten it when when Christ was being tried before Caiaphas, the high priest and the scribes and elders and the council.
b. This was the same kind of temptation Christ had encountered in the wilderness and He recognized that same personal devil. Did you ever go through that? I have and occasionally I encounter it yet or the same devil when someone tries to get me into some other business than winning souls. I actually saw the devil leave when I prayed thru about 4:30 am to victory and he don't get discouraged so easily but will be back later-- the same old fellow, This was the same temptation to employ the divine power (which He could have done) for His own advantage, and He was reminded of those terrible days of conflict with the devil in the wilderness, and Christ didn't hesitate to say, "get thee behind me, satan".
This, no doubt was a great humiliation to Peter, but he later on denied his Lord. But when Peter became grounded in Christ and filled with the Holy Ghost he did what the next verse teaches Christ's disciples should do. He denied himself, took up his cross, and followed Crist and was one of his chief witnesses even to death.
5. Disciples given searching discourse.
The disciples were no doubt sad to know that Crist meant to suffer and be killed by the way He talked to Peter, but how do you think they felt when He told them. "If you are willing to come after Me, then deny yourselves, take up your and follw Me"? Follow Him where? He had previously told them that "the foxes had holes, and the birds had nests, but the Son of God hath not where to lay His head." Well, where should they follow Him,-- to death? Well if they thought He meant that they must have been sad. But they followed Him to trial and death afar off just about like some of us follow Him when it means self-denial, suffering or cross bearing, and death, but in this death there is eternal life, and in this suffering and cross-bearing and self-denial there are eternal values. Glory to God. But when they recieved the Spirit of Christ they followed Him to death. The disciples knew the Romans wanted to crucify Christ and if He did not object undoubtedly they
would do it. But they did not realize the Glorious Resurrection foretold in those few words, "Be raised again the third day".
6, A cross for everyone
Those who fully want to realize the Glorious Resurrection must bear the cross of Christ. As I said, it was sad for the disciples to know that Christ, who had declared Himself to be the giver of eternal life, must suffer and die; but what about the text, "If any man will come after Me let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me"? Did that mean that they should suffer death also? Yes it meant that literally for many of them. I wonder if the disciples remembered when a few months later they beheld their Saviour with a crown of thorns on His head and the weight of a literal cross on His shoulders, struggling up Calary's mountain. He set the example for every disciple who wanted to follow Him of denying himself of even power and honor and glory and enjoyment that could be legitimately claimed, and suffering by carrying the cross which will take his take his life that he may have the Glorious Resurrection. "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it
and whosoever will lose his life for My sake and the gospel's shall find it". He was trying to show them that those who lay down the pleasures and ease of this life or even life itself for His cause shall gain everlasting life in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
Richard Swift Introduction- This is is the first issue of "From
> the Pulpit of a
> Holiness Preacher". Each month, Evangelical Brethren
> will send one sermon
> preached by Rev. Reed A. Swift, a holiness preacher.
> His sermon notes
> cover 1929-1973 as he ministered in the Free
> Methodist Church (1927-1957)
> and in the Bible Missionary Church (1957-1973).
> I appreciate your prayers and constructive
> criticism regarding this
> newsletter. Most of these sermons were handwritten
> and not outlined
> homiletically. However, the contents are valuable as
> they give the reader
> insight into the views and feelings of a holiness
> pastor and (sometimes)
> evangelist. Your comments are welcome. Just send
> them to
> The Cross- Sermon #1- Reading from Mark 8 and Luke 9
> Text-Luke 9:23 This
> message was preached in Yale, Ball, and Buel,
> Michigan Circuit
> (!929-1932) and in Caro, Mich.(1932-1933).
> "and He said to them all, If any man will come after
> me, let him deny
> himself, and take up his cross and follow me".
> I believe Christ is calling for all men to follow
> Him, but there is
> a denying and daily cross bearing that makes it
> distasteful to the
> lustful heart. One who lusts after the world and the
> gratifications of
> the flesh will not long deny himself or bear a heavy
> cross. Those who
> follow Him need not and will not expect honor from
> the world.
> I. We might read the text, "If any man be willing to
> come after me". A.
> For the first condition or first quality required of
> him that comes to
> Jesus Christ is that he comes voluntarily. Force is
> not employed in this
> business. I have seen people almost dragged to the
> altar, but unless the
> Spirit of the Lord moves, all the efforts of man are
> futile. Though the
> Spirit is moving there must be a willingness to
> yield to Christ on the
> part of man. Christ will not force His entrance
> though He will often move
> through the saints to speak in the Spirit to a soul
> or souls.
> Illustration- [edited for length from an article
> entitled, You Never
> Asked Me]-"He often saw the elderly woman and spoke
> to her of such things
> as the weather, but never thought of saying anything
> to her of spiritual
> things. Many days later, he recieved a message that
> this woman was very
> ill and wanted to see him. Hurriedly he dressed, all
> the time wondering
> what he could say. When he went in he found her very
> ill. She asked, 'It
> is not too late is it?' 'Too late for what?' he
> asked. 'Is it to late
> for me to come to Jesus?' 'No,' he said, 'it is
> never too late.' Then
> she looked at him and said: 'You never talked to me
> about Jesus. You
> thought I was an infidel. You didn't know my father
> was a local preacher,
> and my mother a class leader, and that I had been a
> teacher. But it is not too late, is it?' He lead her
> to Jesus. But he had
> to ask God to forgive him for God put her in his
> way yet he never spoke
> to her about salvation."
> We must obey God and then we are always in the
> right. This is the first
> condition required by Jesus Christ and is the
> foundation for all the
> rest. If we are willing to come after Him we will
> deny self- suffer- and
> die for Him if need be.
> II. "Let him deny himself." This means to renounce
> self-dependence and
> selfish pursuits. Give up self fully! We have an
> example of self-denial
> worthy of mention. Paul says, "Tho He was rich, yet
> for your sakes He
> became poor, that ye through His poverty might be
> made rich."-2nd Cor.
> 8:9. His great self-denial shows His humiliation in
> making aso great a
> sacrifice to come down to our low estate.
> We cannot make any sacrifice [like that] but we can
> make self-denials
> now. What did we sacrifice? Nothing. All we gave up
> for Christ was sin
> and sorrow and a mean feeling and dissappointments,
> etc. But it may be we
> can deny ourselves now. A man's self is the main
> cause of most of his
> miseries here on earth. In order to be a follower of
> Christ and be happy
> here and hereafter, we will have to renounce self.
> There is a
> self-denial that hurts as it did in the case of
> Christ. For it may mean a
> separation from intimate friends and aqaintances and
> even our dearest
> loved ones. Jesus said, "He that loveth father or
> mother more than me is
> not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter
> more than me is not
> worthy of me."- Matt.10:37,38. "he that taketh not
> his cross and
> followeth after me is not worty of me and cannot be
> my disciple".
> What are you denying yourself of for Christ? I would
> like a nice home, a
> chicken ranch, or a small truck farm (gardening),
> but I would rather win
> a soul than to gratify my natural desires.
> Denial is easy if necessary to gain something which
> we desire
> sufficiently. Thus, the denial is not felt so keenly
> knowing that greater
> things will be gained- eg.as in bui
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