Moral and Spiritual Law

The greatest upholder of moral law who ever lived on earth was Christ Jesus; and he was so because he knew more about spiritual law, and demonstrated its power better, than anyone else. Not for a moment during his ministry did Jesus think that obedience to moral law should not remain incumbent upon all men. No one was ever more certain than he that without this obedience men and nations must perish. Moreover, every seer, every prophet of the Hebrew race who preceded the Master, upheld moral law as they understood it, even the law of God received by Moses upon Sinai; and frequent were the warnings they gave to those who despised that law, seeking to save them from destruction.

Jesus, faithful to the moral law in his own life, upheld it for the good of others. In his Sermon on the Mount he said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." And not only did he uphold what might be termed the letter of the law, but he insisted upon faithfulness to its spirit. This is clearly brought out in his reference to the sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill." Men, he declared, must not only obey this commandment in its literal sense, they must fulfill it even in so far as to eschew anger, the passion which would deprive them of reason and hurl them to deeds of criminal violence.

August 17, 1929

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