are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of
life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Rev. 22:14
The conflict is before us. The only
safety for any one of us now is to be one with Christ in God. We are to strive
to enter in at the strait gate. But this gate does not swing loosely on its
hinges. It will not admit doubtful characters. We must now strive for eternal
life with an intensity that is proportionate to the value of the prize before
us. It is not money or lands or position, but the possession of a Christlike
character, that will open to us the gates of Paradise. It is not dignity, it is
not intellectual attainments, that will win for us the crown of immortality.
Only the meek and lowly ones, who have made God their sufficiency, will receive
this gift. . . .
To create the soul anew, to bring light
out of darkness, love out of enmity, holiness out of impurity, is the work of
Omnipotence alone. The work of the Infinite, as He engages, by the consent of
the human being, to make the life complete in Christ, to bring perfection to
the character, is the science of eternity.
What is the honor conferred upon Christ?
Without employing any compulsion, without using any violence, He blends the
will of the human subject to the will of God. This is the science of all true
science; for by it a mighty change is wrought in mind and character --the
change that must be wrought in the life of every one who passes through the
gates of the city of God.
Then they that have kept God's
commandments shall breathe in immortal vigor beneath the tree of life; and
through unending ages the inhabitants of sinless worlds shall behold, in that
garden of delight, a sample of the perfect work of God's creation,
untouched by the curse of sin--a sample of what the whole earth would have
become, had man but fulfilled the Creator's glorious plan.
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