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[Rev. R. J. Campbell, M.A., in The Christian Commonwealth]

To my perceptions it is perfect goodness, and that alone, which can transcend all limitations and overcome all antagonisms; in fact, the very thought of limitations and antagonisms implies imperfection, it is part of the very nature of evil, it is what evil is. So when Jesus rose from the tomb in which his murderers had laid him, he but revealed in power a truth which belongs to the very essence of the life divine,—namely, that all gates fly open and all barriers fall down before a love which knows neither lack nor limit. It is not possible for such an invincible fact to be holden of death in any form; it dies to self only to live to all; it gives itself away only to find itself more fully; it lays itself down in absolute surrender only to rise again in limitless power and glory.

Acting from within the conditions of poor, burdened humanity, shut within the prison-house of the flesh, and operating consistently from the standpoint that human life is somehow one and indivisible, and that none can find his own soul except in sacrificing it to the larger life of the race, Jesus emerged victorious—the first fruits of them that sleep, and in so doing gave us a foreglimpse of what will happen when all mankind is governed by his spirit. The bands of death were loosed for him; material conditions could confine him no longer; the flesh ceased to be a bondage; he was as free of all his former hampering restrictions as though they had melted into nothingness. And that is just what is coming when all our race is perfectly conformed to his likeness and becomes one with him in a fellowship which nothing can ever dissolve. "There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." They will have to go, be sure of that; not one of them can remain when the love of Christ is all-in-all. "For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death."

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