The steady and gradual development of spiritual understanding as it unfolds in the thought of the writers of Scripture appears very clearly to the student awakened to the practical import of the Bible. A most interesting example of this unfoldment may be observed in a study of the word "grace" in both the Old and the New Testament. The frequency of its use and the peculiar emphasis and reference made thereto seem to attach a significance to its meaning and character not generally appreciated.

Designated in the early Scriptures as the bestowal of divine favor or pardon, grace slowly ascends the height of inspiration and becomes manifested in individual consciousness as the actual activity of the divine nature of God. Instead of a reluctant favor bestowed upon an unworthy subject by a fearful but just ruler, it gradually assumes the form of a benign and blessed influence in the hearts of mankind. Indeed, it appears to denote in the later Scriptures an essential element contributing to the success of the struggle between a human sense of things and a perfect understanding of the loving-kindness of God. To every earnest student seeking to know the way of salvation it is worthy of careful consideration.

May 29, 1920

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