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[Northwestern Christian Advocate]

Jesus knew what was in man; that is, he knew what there was to come out of man if only the opportunity allowed. He looked down the centuries—down even past our present generation and a thousand years beyond it—and saw the man of the future, the perfect man; and it was to this man that he addressed much of his truth that seems hard to comprehand. When he spoke of faith, saying if we had faith as a mustard grain we could work wonders; when he mentioned the perfect man, stating that he could eschew all evil and be perfect as the Father is perfect; when he mentioned love and commanded that we should love even our enemies, that we should do good unto those who despitefully use us, we instinctively exclaim, as did his auditors then, "How can these things be!" We are inclined to squeeze these and kindred great truths into the narrow confines of our contracted hearts, and because there is a misfit say that such things cannot be so, such living is not ours to have, we cannot attain unto it; only one has done so, that was Christ.

Thus we do Christ and his work an injustice. Rather should we pray to grow that we might approach unto these truths, that we might magnify the heart rather than minify the Word. It would have been unwise for the Lord to speak half truths to accommodate out little existence. He spoke whole truth; he spoke to all that is within us, and it is our business to grow into that possession. [The Congregationalist and Christian World]

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