The Divine Exaction

The authority of Truth is revealed in the unvarying insistence and universality of its demands. It knows no favoritism, makes no concessions, and what it requires of one it requires of all. As the sun's rays find their way into every state and condition of darkness to fulfil in every instance the same behest, so do the divine ideas hasten to the fulfilment of their one all-comprehensive duty, and they ignore not one jot or tittle of that perfect law, the entirety of which is dishonored in its least infringement.

When Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind," he left no place for reserve in Christian consecration, and made it clear that our responsibility is to be met only in the completeness of our individual obedience. When he said, "Preach the gospel, heal the sick," he surely spoke to all men, and in terms of equal requirements; and his commandments are to be kept by a sincere and persistent endeavor to do just the thing he names.

The Corner-Stone
February 27, 1904

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