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Reasons Why Jesus Went Away/True HolinessPosted Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 5:35 PM
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 month's newsletter contains two sermons. The notes of these two sermons are back to back on one sheet of paper and are brief enough to be put in one newsletter. The two sermons are not in long form but in short outline form with a few notes under each point.
The following sermon (No.1) was preached in the Free Methodist Churches of Glendale, California; W.Hollywood, California; Winnsboro, Louisiana (2 seekers); and Jena, Louisiana (Dec. '44).
Reasons Why Christ Went Away
John 16:7 [Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the
Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.]
"Expedient"= desirable, advisable, profitable.
His life with them. A crushing blow. They had given up home, busines, friend to follow Him, now He says, "I must go." At Last Supper- came natural: John 13:21,33-36 and 14:1-16.
Reasons for going away:
I. Children's hymns express our human feelings.
II. "I go away to prepare a place for you."
Disciple's life mysterious, so Christ's death. Necessary He go and make a way for us to follow. Jesus bore death and judgement on the cross.
III. He went away so He could be near us.
Suppose He was still in the Holy Land at Jerusalem. Every ship and train, etc. would be crowded. Mails crowded. Say you started to see Him but all the [methods of travel] were crowded. It's not necessary, but it was expedient, so we go back to our humble home and ordinary work and find Him there. He says to the lame,
blind, and deaf, and all, "Come unto me and I will give you rest."
IV. That you might see Him better.
V. That we might walk by faith. Man wants to see, hear, and handle, thus images and idolotry. God is a spirit and His Spirit is with us and in us.
VI. Great Reason - That the Comforter might come. Jesus was not present when Lazarus died, but He is today, everywhere invited. opportunity for greater works because the Holy Spirit is everywhere.
Does this expediency mean anything to us?
1. He should be our Personal, ever present Christ to solve every difficulty.
2. He has gone to prepare a Heavenly place and He gives us our work to do. Are we doing it faithfully until He comes? He gives strength as He did with Peter. Sunday services don't show our strength, those are meals. Through the week, we labor and get wages. Christ left the world in our hands. We are its lights in every corner.
3. He is gone for a short time.
"Behold, I come quickly." Be good children. He is our Comforter. A rest remains to His children.
[This concludes this sermon of my grandfather]
The following sermon, (No.2), was preached in the Free Methodist Church of W.Hollywood, California (c.1937)
1. Holiness by Faith. Mark 11:24 [Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.] Believe! A young man was seeking holiness, not something else. When he found it, he said, "I see it." "I have it." Doubt is dishonoring God. Doubters form a habit.
2. Holiness hates wrong. "Abhor that which is evil." It's not popular in Methodist ranks. Woe when in ours. True holiness is the enemy of wrong. False holiness only opposes what is popular to oppose as with liquor, etc. True holiness takes part in the battle.
3. Spurious holiness, not toublesome to evil. Polished brass looks like
gold or better but will not stand the test. If it costs little, it has little to offer.
4. Holiness by faith in God is commended by the life. As with Paul, prove yourselves in all dealings. "A spot is soonest discerned in the fairest cloth." So in the holy man.
5. True Holiness is opposed. "Woe unto you when all men speak well of you." It's to be expected when: 1)sin abounds and, 2)we must use our influence against it. All holy men did it and it made trouble for them. Here, many draw back.
6. True Holiness, practical. Does not take advantage. A good rule: Matthew 7:12 The Golden Rule.
7. Holiness doesnot get mad or angry. Holiness that permits it is of little worth. I Cor.13
8. Holiness must be preached. Let light shine. If you cover it, it will go out. We have an obligation to preach and witness of holiness.
9. Standards of Holiness. Never popular but must be preached.
10. Holiness regained. By
repentance. If first love is lost, don't seek for more power, but confess need to God!
11. holiness and heaven are real. Your character must be in harmony. Sin is real and so is holiness, not imaginary as in 1st John 3:3 [And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure]
12. Holiness Counterfeited. All proud churches have it, but pride and holiness donot go together. "Be ye holy." If you don't have it and aren't seeking it, and you see your need, then you aren't justified.
1st Thessalonians 4:3 "This is the will of God, even your sanctification."
Matthew 5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect.'
[This concludes my grandfather's sermon]
[I felt these two sermons are appropriate for this month because today is Ascension Day and May 27th is Pentecost Sunday.]
Yours for Radical Holiness,
Richard D. Swift
505 Hickory Hills Dr
Dexter MO 63841
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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.
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