The Commandments and the Beatitudes

In the introduction to John's Gospel, John the Baptist is spoken of as a man with a message from God. He knew of the light shining in darkness, that is, uncomprehended by men, and his business was to testify regarding "the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." The Gospel affirms the right of mankind to be enlightened regarding sonship with God, and says that those willing to receive the Christ shall be given "power to become the sons of God." From a modern translation is taken the rendering of what follows the above statement: "It was not to natural conception, nor to human instincts, nor to any man's choice, but to God himself that they owed this Life."

Teaching by means of beatitudes is often far beyond the comprehension of what is spoken of as the natural man, the one guided by selfish choice and human instincts; consequently, the first correction or betterment which some need to have comes from the law saying, "Thou shalt not."

The Mountain Path
February 23, 1935

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