Friday September 27, 2013

Here are three more passages on image, all from No. 26.

If we poor mortals reach Heaven, we must overcome as Christ overcame. We must be assimilated to his image, and our characters be spotless. p. 45, Para. 4, [26OT].

It seems that character is very closely associated with thoughts. While we are judged on our acts, it is our thoughts from which our acts spring.

You need more human sympathy. This is a quality of our natures which God has given us to render us charitable and kind to those with whom we are brought in contact. We find it in men and women whose hearts are not in unison with Christ, and it is a sad sight indeed when his professed followers lack this great essential of Christianity. They do not copy the Pattern, and it is impossible for them to reflect the image of Jesus in their lives and deportment. p. 74, Para. 1, [26OT].

A snapshot of one element of character, human sympathy. It’s interesting that people can profess all they want. But, human words are not the pure words of God. We have to examine the acts, which is the fruit on the tree.

Certain unsympathizing disciples commanded that the children be taken away lest they should trouble the Master; but as they were turning away in sadness, Christ rebuked his followers, saying, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” p. 206, Para. 1, [26OT].

He knew that these children would listen to his counsel and accept him as their Redeemer, while those who were world-wise and hard-hearted, would be less likely to follow him and find a place in the kingdom of God. These little ones, coming to Christ and receiving his advice and benediction, had his image and his gracious words stamped upon their plastic minds, never to be effaced. We should learn a lesson from this act of Christ, that the hearts of the young are most susceptible to the teachings of Christianity, easy to influence towards piety and virtue, and strong to retain the impressions received. But these tender, youthful ones should be approached with kindness, and taught with love and patience. p. 206, Para. 2, [26OT].

The proximity of these two terms we have been studying is notable. In fact, we have the peg word “his” to indicate that image and gracious words are actually synonymous! And this is the whole point in a nutshell.

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

In order to be pure, our thoughts must be pure, in order for our thoughts to be pure, we must choose pure things to think. And, there is only one source for that purity.

Every word of God is pure: Proverbs 30:5

God Bless your study

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