Not by Force, but by Meekness

Christ Jesus taught great lessons in simple language. After speaking of John the Baptist as a prophet "and more than a prophet" (Matt. 11:9), the Master said: "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John."

The Baptist, the first to declare that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, stirred great numbers of sinners to repent, but evidently the same willfulness that had impelled them to sin was now impelling them to attempt to take heaven by force. Not only repentance, but regeneration is the demand of Christ, the divine ideal of God. Only obedience to law and the spirit of prophecy provide the Christian way, which prepares men for the realization of God's realm of Love and Truth.

Some Ingredients of Success
July 8, 1961

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