<19B996> Psalm 119:96 ? ?I have seen an end of all perfection? thy commandment is exceeding broad?? <450323>Romans 3:23 ? ?all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God?; <590417>James 4:17 ? ?To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it sin.? Gravitation holds the mote as well as the world. God?s law detects and denounces the least sin, so that without atonement it cannot be pardoned. The law of gravitation may be suspended or abrogated, for it has no necessary ground in God?s being but God?s moral law cannot be suspended or abrogated, for that would contradict God?s holiness. ?About right? is not ?all right.? ?The giant hexagonal pillars of basalt in the Scottish Staffs are identical in form with the microscopic crystals of the same mineral.? So God is our pattern, and goodness is our likeness to him.
(b) Spirituality. It demands not only right acts and words, but also right dispositions and states. Perfect obedience requires not only the intense and unremitting reign of love toward God and man but also conformity of the whole inward and outward nature of man to the holiness of God.
<400522> Matthew 5:22, 28 ? ?the angry word is murder, the sinful look is adultery. <411230>Mark 12:30, 31 ? ?thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind and with all thy strength? Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself?; <471005>2 Corinthians 10:5 ? ?bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ?; <490501> Ephesians 5:1 ? ?Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children? <600116>1 Peter 1:16 ? ?Ye shall be holy for I am holy.? As the brightest electric light, seen through a smoked glass against the sun appears like a black spot, so the brightest unregenerate character is dark, when compared with the holiness of God. Mattheson, Moments on the Mount 235, remarks on <480604>Galatians 6:4 ? ?let each man prove his own work and then shall he have his glorying in regard of himself alone and not of his neighbor.? ?I have a small candle and I compare it with my brother?s taper and come away rejoicing. Why not compare it with the sun? Then I shall lose my pride and selfishness.? The distance to the sun from the top of an ant-hill and from the top of Mount Everest is nearly the same. The African princess praised for her beauty had no way to verify the compliments paid her but by looking in the glassy surface of the pool. But the trader came and sold her a mirror. Then she was so shocked at her own ugliness that she broke the mirror in pieces. So we look into the mirror of God?s law, compare ourselves with the Christ who is reflected there and hate the mirror which reveals us to ourselves ( <590123>James 1:23, 24).
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