longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me.? Contrast <550302>2 Timothy 3:2 ? ?lovers of self.? <010305> Genesis 3:5 ? ?ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.?

(e) Luke 35:12, 13 ? ?give me the portion of thy substance? gathered all together and took his journey into a far country.?

(f) <530203>2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4 ? ?the man of sin? the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God.?

Contrast ?the man of sin? who ?exalteth himself? ( <530203>2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4) with the Son of God who ?emptied himself? ( <502007>Philippians 2:7). On ?the man of sin?, see Wm. Arnold Stevens, in Bap. Quar. Rev., July, 1889:328-360. Ritchie, Darwin, and Hegel, 24 ? ?We are conscious of sin, because we know that our true self is God, from whom we are severed. No ethics is possible unless we recognize an ideal for all human effort in the presence of the eternal Self which any account of conduct presupposes.? John Caird, Fund. Ideas of Christianity, 2:58-73 ? ?Here, as in all organic life, the individual member or organ has no independent or exclusive life and the attempt to attain to it is fatal to itself.? Milton describes man as ?affecting Godhead, and so losing all.? Of the sinner, we may say with Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 5:4 ? ?He wants nothing of a god but eternity and a heaven to throne in. There is no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger.? No one of us then can sign too early ?the declaration of dependence.? Both Old School and New School theologians agree that sin is selfishness; see Bellamy, Hopkins, Emmons, the younger Edwards, Pinney, and Taylor. See also A. H. Strong, Christ in Creation, 287-292.

Sin, therefore, is not merely a negative thing, or an absence of love to God. It is a fundamental and positive choice or preference of self instead of God, as the object of affection and the supreme end of being. Instead of making God the center of his life and surrendering himself unconditionally to God and possessing himself only in subordination to God?s will, the sinner makes self the center of his life. He sets himself directly against God and constitutes his own interest, the supreme motive and his own will the supreme rule.

We may follow Dr. E. G. Robinson in saying that, while sin as a state is unlikeness to God, as a principle is opposition to God, and as an act is

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