The Mount of Revelation

Paul was speaking from the mount of revelation when he wrote to the Galatians: "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." The persecutor of the first Christians, he who had stood by consenting to the stoning to death of the saintly Stephen, undoubtedly thoroughly convinced as to the rightness of the action, did not reason himself by the logic of the so-called human mind into the acceptance of the truth which had been given to mankind through the revelation of Christ Jesus. The truth about real being came to him, through the power and with all the dazzling brightness of inspiration, on the way to Damascus.

A miracle! some may say. Yes, indeed; it was marvelous to human sense, but supremely natural when considered from the point of view of the activity of spiritual law. Whatever Paul may have been when he persecuted the early converts to Christianity, nothing can be more certain than at the time of his own conversion his consciousness must have been singularly receptive to truth,—pure, honest, and childlike. Poor soil will never rear a rich crop. To produce a fruitful harvest the ground must be ready for the seed; for be the latter as good as it may, unless the earth which receives it be prepared, little or naught of it will come to maturity.

Among the Churches
December 16, 1922

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