George Walker - Corinthians - New Norway, Alberta, Canada - June 1924

One proof that the Bible is God's work or book, is that He even shows the wrongs of His own people. His truth is so strong and so sure He can afford to tell it all. The reason for the differences in the state of churches preached to by the same man with the same truth was unwillingness on the part of some to let death work in them. We are all alike, yet all different. Some are affected by inherited things, and some by sur­rounding things, etc. It is good to know ourselves. If I live in willful ignorance of my ugly points, I can hinder the work of God. He can't cure me if I am unwilling to admit disease. God will not condemn me for hating myself, my greatest enemy. Know ourselves, take God's medicine, and get right with God and man.

Some are always listening to the voice of the old men inside. If we don't shut up
the old man's voice inside - he will soon be talking audibly and put us to shame. He'll manifest the pride and stubbornness of our human hearts, and bring shame on God's name. The Corinthians were a heady people. The Philippians were a hearty people. Hearty ones are likely to make the most progress. Heady ones can make good members of some Sect - but there is never much made out of it in God's way, unless they are willing to get rid of their headiness. What really helps is what grips and appeals to the heart. It is never wise to show that the false churches are wrong because of the wrongness among them. They are wrong because of having no Scriptural foundation, no headline from God. We're not right because there is no wrongness among us, (there is) but because it's scriptural and according to God's mind. Even wrongness had come in among the Corinthians. There was a good foundation. The first four chapters of I Corinthians is a good text book to read, and re-read and meditate upon be­cause it shows how Paul, God's next best preacher, labored,

Family - beginning of a branch of God's family. The true foundation for a church is the same as for a real true human family. There is no true home where there is no love. Where there is the most of true love, there may be hard times, and a chance for corrections, even wrongness comes between parents. Those professing will be influenced by the real love I have for the Heavenly Bridegroom, the same as children are influenced by the real true love the mother has for her husband - desire to see the marks of the husband stamped on the children. This thought moved Paul to the depths of his heart. There is no true church in the Bible sense, that is begun without love. Every true child of God is the result of the labors of someone moved by the love of God.

People could be scriptural in form, but if ignorant of the love of God, are as dark as those in central Africa. The servants show the love of God when preaching to sinners, afterward, in caring for those who profess. His love moves us to be patient, even when children are ungrateful. The preacher like Jesus is the one God loves to honor and seal. Paul's bodily presence was weak. His own converts said it. His speech was contemptible. If they said so, what would the world have said? The preaching of the cross was foolishness and a stumbling block to the Greeks and Jews. The odds were against Paul, but he had a message to suit the needs of honest, hungry hearts.

If we sow turnip seed it won't
grow into roses.  Selfishness won't ever produce love. God doesn't send us out to convert the whole world, but to search out hungry, honest, sincere ones who will respond to the message. I Corinthians 1:17, 18, 20. A common impression the great crowds got of Paul’s preaching - foolishness. Paul had a definite purpose in preaching as he did. If a man preaches about Jesus and takes a different road, which are you going to believe - his word or his example? Paul and John the Baptist were exact living representations of Jesus. They came down to become like common working men, to reach the people the Gospel appealed to, manifest the lowly Jesus in dress, etc., and retain usefulness.

There is a great need and great privilege of prophesying - get and speak the message clear and plain - five words so that people will know what I am saying. I'll have God's message so clear my own heart and mind as to be able to make it clear to others. The kind of eloquence is produced by earnestness. Make progress in getting away from the world's way. One of the most wonderful things in Paul’s life was the miracle of his so dying to self that people thought he was an ignoramus. Diligence, etc., will not help if this death is not working. There is nothing in God's way to get any glory for the flesh. The only ones who can get in and stay in God's way are the ones who want nothing for the flesh - the old man. Assurance in the heart is that feeling that "what I have is the truth." You'll come to it some day if you're honest, and if dishonest - you'll admit it in Eternity. Preach the lowly Christ, glory in it, the things the world is ashamed of. It has made me dead to the world. The greatest misery is brought to us if we are not entirely dead to the world. Then it hurts a great deal when reproach comes. The kindest thing the Lord did was to give us a chance to identify ourselves with His despised preachers. Get people up, or down, and straightened out - so that God can begin to work in them.

I Corinthians 3, the first thing Paul put his finger upon was little divisions coming in.
One man who labored there was Appolos, a mighty man, eloquent man, who hadn't yet learned to die as Paul had. Chapter 3, that which is built after the foundation is laid. I, as a preacher, could go in amongst saints, and by my manner, dress, and conversation, could build into their lives what wouldn't stand the test. Or I can be used to build them up in Christ with gold, silver, and precious stone. Tried by fire. All we put in is going to be tested. If any destroy the temple of God - spread divisions among the people of God.

Chapter 4 shows
Paul’s feeling about his own life - faithful standard - there is a day coming when our inward aims and motives will be revealed, and we'll be measured by it. There is a great deal of suffering caused by judging before the time. Do not do it. Just wait. Grain in the adjacent fields - mine may not seem to be doing much now - but I've sown true seeds, and I know when it ears out it will be the right kind. Every word that I can speak that is help­ful. I must get from another, from God, and because I get it from another, I'm awfully afraid of falling out with that other. This helps to keep a person humble.

Chapter 5 being
the uglier side of the Epistle, and is recorded to show how God's servants dealt with the wrongness. The Corinthians felt puffed up. It is not so much a matter of what you do, but of how you feel after you have done it that counts. Mercy and judgment were meted out, and the offender and the offended brought to where God could work. (The best friend is the one who'll get the core out of the boil, in order to get it healed again. "Covering up does no good.") "This I do for the Gospel's sake." This is a good motto. Murmuring - in the heart is dangerous. It brings death.

John 9 is a lesson from fact that in John's gospel Jesus speaks to individuals. In John 3, 4, 5, 9, John gives a clear picture of Jesus as a preacher, the King of Kings, the Lord of Glory, Jesus weary with His journey, here in human form, walking along the dusty sitting on the dusty well. The sweetest memories in eternity will be the long walks on dusty or muddy roads, seeking for the lost ones. John's gospel is the spiritual gospel, all the sermons and miracles repeated to show the new birth, or to show the need of the new birth. Every man and woman is blind from birth. No man with only human nature can see the Kingdom of God, or His way. We are born blind so that God can show His work in us.

The first ex­
perience everyone has in getting into the Kingdom is a painful experience - clay rubbed into the eyes. It is brought home to people the need of being born again, and many resent it. God's way of salvation is in willingness to be shown wrongness, and to believe in the one who is sent. The SECOND step - I believe He is a prophet. Nothing brings to light what is in people, so clearly, as hearing the Truth and seeing it lived. "Give God the glory." Mark of a Pharisee - despise those in whom God dwells on earth. One of the outstanding marks in those who get saved is honesty and straightness. In Jesus' day, thousands would have been glad to have known if He were the Christ, but He told His secret to just a few.

Luke 1 - Two important things for coming day, If God thrusts forth laborers willing to be as the corn of wheat, that falls into the ground and dies, so we can live and preach the Truth and hold up the standard of Jesus. If children of saints grow up as they should, they will be an honor to God, but one the worst things is when children of saints come into the testimony, not being born again. There is a message of condemnation to Eli for shield­ing his sons in the sins he knew of. Faithfulness in our day will be rewarded, perhaps not in our own lives, but afterwards.

The first chapter of Luke describes a time when God's testimony was at its lowest ebb, The Jews were His testimony, but only a few were true to God. Even if others are not get­ting the victory, I can and will, Zacharias was a priest among a great many unfaithful priests, burning incense, and God did not fail him. It was the same with Elizabeth. Mary was different from other young people. Some have a graciousness about them. The person who lives to have the favor of God, is the one who can be gracious to others. Mary was willing for reproach and misunderstanding. Zacharias and Elizabeth were disappointed, and the exercise of soul and prayer was the result. John was born after his parents had gone through very dark days, and experiences. If we have passed through dark experiences, we'll give people a better chance. A true servant has a great many broken times of fruitfulness. The main part of our lives is the part alone with God. This deepens the roots in us, breaks us up, and fits us for God to use, John the Baptist - a good study.

It is nice for saints to have a desire for their children to become workers. Zacharias was dumb until John was named. "His name is John." It was the name God had given. He was going to put God's name on the boy. There aren't many who get a chance like John. It means a good deal for true saved parents when their children become workers. "A sword shall pierce through thy own soul also." How would Zacharias and Elizabeth have felt had they seen John beheaded? Many see their children dis­honored. Is it a light thing to be a kings son-in-law? The propagation of the gospel comes through suffering. The Lord gives you freedom in dress, training of children, etc., to find out what kind of a person you are. Let God's spirit control, end if your real desire is to have children for the Lord. He will guide and teach and honor you. How alike John and his parents were. "A man can receive nothing unless it is given him." "This my joy is fulfilled." What had John to give him joy? He had no following for himself at all, no great miracle. Is it not strange that doubts came to John in prison? He hadn't as much to encourage as we have. He only had the Old Testament.

Jesus was gentle in deal­
ing with John. The most faithful will be tormented by the devil. The thing that filled up my joy is mine. I craved to be able to lead a few to the Bridegroom and introduce them and I did. If I go out to preach and want no honor for myself, but a few truly joined to the Lord, my joy will be fulfilled, too. John had the same nature, and spirit and anointing as others in the New Testament. He got people married to the Lord. It is sad to see preachers getting their own names stamped on converts. The attitude of a mother in heat towards her husband stamps the right or wrong mark on her children (except from heaven, for what we get from heaven will stay with us).

Jesus trained His preachers and fitted them to be useful to God.
He had wonderful patience with them.  We need to learn this lesson in patience, in working with younger workers and saints. Jesus saw something in them and even at their worst. He helped them. Their worst besetting sin was their tendency to get puffed up - the novice mark - get a little recognition and a good time, and swell up. Jesus tried to save His disciples from this. John 4, "I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor." John had done a greet deal of sowing and very little reaping.  Have enough of the grace of God and largeness of heart to be patient. Some have labored and prayed and suffered, and have seen very little accomplished outwardly, but they have left the way open for others. "Even the devils were subject."  "I saw satan fall." - Their pride, -

Jesus encouraged His dis­
ciples to be taken up with the fact that their names were written in Heaven, and that they had nothing to do with that; it was God's great love and mercy. Then you have done all, say, "We are unprofitable servants." "I haven't done half as much as I ought to have done." A Convention is the most profitable when it makes us feel small in ourselves. Jesus had the mark of determination to go on. He tried to break the news of going up to Jerusalem, to suffer, and it was hard to get the disciples to understand this, "Who will be the greater?" The one that becomes most like a little child, 'We saw one casting out devils and forbade him," a man in the true way, who hadn't gone out to preach as yet, Jesus corrected the ecclesiastical idea that no one but ordained ones have a right to preach and get anything done. Popery began when the supposed saints got the right from the Emperor to put to death any one who didn't believe as they did.

Luke 9:57, 62, three people whom Jesus talked to who wanted to go preach; two other, Jesus pressed to go. "Foxes
have holes", etc. In Matthew, this man is described as a scribe. Jesus answered according to what was in peoples hearts. A scribe spent his time in studying the Bible. Paul rubbed off all the college stuff. The human quality most valuable in being a servant of God is will­ingness for good hard work, and dirty work at that. It is not the best type of humans who go to colleges but often those who make their living by talk and are unwilling for good honest work.

John 9:61, there was nothing wrong on the surface, but what is behind it - always looking behind, unwilling to cut the bridges. He that puts his hand to the plow, and, continuing to look behind, is not fit for the kingdom - is not where the kingdom can come in and possess him. Put the empty vessels in a position to receive the rain. Even to be saved, we have to fall out with our relations, Jesus said to another, "Let the dead bury their dead." He was a disciple, (in Matthew) one following and learning of Jesus, who had been observing Him. "That's the man I want, willing for discipline." Jesus seeing the willingness, to take the responsibility of caring for his father, of taking on responsibility at home, of taking the burden off others, before and after being saved, had developed in him qualities to make a real shepherd, taking interest in others, a foundation for the Lord to work upon. Human affairs have little weight when compared with preaching the Gospel. Preaching the Gospel counts for time and also for Eternity. Go out to be Shepherds, willing for all that will make one useful.