The Necessity of Merit

"Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."Matt. 7:19; In this simple statement Christ Jesus called upon each one to produce and to demonstrate the ability to produce as the expression of the one creative Principle, God. He reaffirmed the fact that progress comes as a result of a fitness for it, as a result of merit. It seems requisite that this theme be repeated today.

It must be understood that human society, if it is to survive and progress, must take its guidance from the theology set forth in the teachings of Jesus. These teachings are not influenced by changing fads of human society or changing economic systems. They reach deep into the fundamentals of true existence and explain the demands of divine Principle, which is Life itself. They lead one to the demonstration of the qualities of God, and there is no other way to reach harmony and fulfillment.

In the book of Revelation in the Bible there is a theme that is often repeated in substance, and it is first stated in these words: "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."Rev. 2:7; The condition of experiencing the kingdom of God is the merit that earns such experience. How can one arrive at the consciousness of dominion without having demonstrated that dominion?

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