Sunday September 15, 2013

There are two items at play here, first, we have those who bear Christ’s image. We think this image is God’s word, which we bear to the world.

Second, health reform brought to the fore.

A living sacrifice God calls for. The body, he tells us, is
the temple of the Holy Ghost,
the habitation of his Spirit,

In passing, an interesting parallel with peg words and definitions.

and he requires every one who bears his image [the Word] to take care of their bodies for the purpose of his service and his glory. “Ye are not your own,” saith the inspired apostle, “ye are bought with a price,” wherefore “glorify God in your bodies and spirits which are God’s.” In order to do this, add to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience. It is duty to know how to preserve the body in the very best condition of health, and it is a sacred duty to live up to the light [the Word] God has graciously given. If we close our eyes to the light [the Word] for fear we shall see our wrongs, which we are unwilling to forsake, our sins are not lessened but increased. If light [the Word] is turned from in one case it will be disregarded in another. It is just as much sin to violate the laws of our being as to break one of the ten commandments, for we cannot do this without breaking God’s law. We cannot love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, while we are loving our appetites, our tastes, a great deal better than we love the Lord. We are daily lessening our strength to glorify God, when he requires all our strength, all our mind. Lessening our hold of life by our wrong habits, and yet profess to be Christ’s followers, preparing for the finishing touch of immortality. p. 59, Para. 2, [15OT].

Perfection, what can it be? Is it not measured by the Word? the Christ? Obedience in faith to the Word once delivered to the saints. It’s the strait and narrow way.

God Bless your Study

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