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194 Prophecy mid Present-Day Events
tion of God so he can do better reasoning in life’s task. Faith is not
as a boy said, "Believing what we know is not true," but faith is
accepting what we know to be true because of Divine credentials
accompanying revelation. It should not be hard to believe that the
Creator of all things would desire fellowship with the highest beings
of His creation. It is reasonable that God should be a self-manifest-
ing God. Any kind of scientific thinking demands that this be so, for
every organ in our bodies has a corresponding feature of environ-
ment, the eye being confronted with light, the ear with sound, the
lungs with air, and the olfactory nerves with odor. Our moral
organism also has environment as instincts of friendship reach out
and find friends. Shall man be a contradiction in his higher nature
only and find no manifested God in answer to intuitions of conscience
and the cry of the soul for divine fatherhood? Divine revelation
puts a high premium on reason in that it reveals so many facts.
Modern rejection of Divine revelation and the substitution of human
reason therefor, is a sign of the littleness rather than the greatness
of our age. Intellects such as Socrates, Plato and Aristarchus would
have bowed in the presence of Jesus, for their writings betray yearn-
ing for a manifested God.
Attainment Versus Obtainnient

The Gospel presents salvation as an obtainment from God rather
than an attainment of man. In John 1:12, 13, it is written of Christ
the true Light, "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to
become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:
who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the
will of man, but of God." Again, in John 3:3, we read: "Except a
man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God." The
kingdom of God is not a realm into which man rises by his own
attainments, but into which he is invited by the touch of life from
above. Not only so, but his true living is an obtainment of a Divine
power. Jesus said: "I am the vine, ye are the branches; he that
abideth in Me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for
apart from me ye can do nothing." Here Christian fruit-bearing is
distinctly the result of union with Christ and the receiving of His
Imparted life. In perfect accord with this is Paul’s description of the
Christian life in Galatians 2:20, where all is described to an indwell-
ing obtainment: "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet
not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave
Himself for me."

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