The Correct View

In the greatest sermon ever delivered to mankind, Christ Jesus admonished his hearers with these words: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." In this admonition is not only a proclamation of the perfection of God, but also an indication of man's perfection. Of profound significance is this statement of the master Christian, for upon it rests the entire superstructure of Christianity. Perfect God! Whatever the nature of God may be, however great the range of His power and presence, there can be applied to Him no more meaningful, more complete, or more all-inclusive term than the word "perfect."

The unparalleled reasoning of the Nazarene evidenced the divine revelation of God to his understanding. Thus, he clearly and logically taught of this perfect God that He is the author or creator of only that which is good and true. "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit." This accords with the first chapter of Genesis, wherein it is stated that God pronounced His creation "very good." From boyhood the Master showed a profound knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures. When, therefore, he declared of evil that it is "a liar, and the father of it," he corroborated the statement of the prophet Habakkuk regarding Deity, "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity." The ministry of Christ Jesus was designed to overthrow the so-called kingdom of evil—sin, disease, sorrow, lack, sickness, discord, death.

"The line of demarcation"
January 18, 1930

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