SIMPLE SERMON FROM GRANDPA’S BIBLE
Concor (sp? conquer)Self greatest victory to be won” “Counsel them to buy of me gold”
The above quote was written on a list of Sermon Subjects. What kind of sermon, scripture, advice do I think Grandad would have come up with?
I believe Grandad would have first thought of “Conquering self is the greatest victory to be won.” He would have brought in his belief that Christians can be sanctified by Jesus’ blood. The victorious life would consist of leaving sinful things behind and taking on the habits of a Christian.
Then he would have prayed and searched for a text. He didn’t have google! So he would have to rely on his memory and the Holy Spirit. Aw-haw! “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” A scripture with three points, each of which gave keys to “conquering self.”
1. Buy of me gold tried in the fire. Expect to walk through some fire. That’s the way to burn off the rubbish. But know that is like the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace. You will not be burned except for the rubbish (ropes and other things that bind).
2. White raiment, that thou might be clothed, and your shameful nakedness will be hidden. If you are clothed in the blood of the Lamb your sins will become white as snow and your shame will be gone as far as the East is from the West. And Grandad would have said the change in your life will be evident—both inside and out. As God cleaned the inside of the cup, so the outside of the cup should also be clean.
3. Anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou might see. Surely he would have referred to the scripture in Jer. 8:22: “is there no balm in Gilead” The balm you are looking for is Jesus. Use your eyes to look to Him. Read the Bible if you can read; if you can’t, seek advice. Ask for help. Pray. Ask for blinders to fall from your eyes. Behold Jesus on the cross.
4. Then Grandad might have remembered these lines from the second verse of the hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.* “For us sin hath no more dominion; for more than conqu’rors we are.” As he often did, perhaps he asked Mom and Aunt Dorothy to come lead the folks in singing the song.
Old fashioned preacher, old fashioned church, old fashioned people, old fashioned song. And a short old-fashioned sermon to help folks along in the struggles and joys of living! Grandad didn’t preach long sermons. I liked that! His brother did preach long ones. I liked that, too! 😀
*Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, (1918) written and composed by Helen Howarth Lemmel (1863-1961)https://www.christianmusicandhymns.com/2019/09/turn-your-eyes-upon-jesus-hymn-lyrics.html