King's Business - 1922-11

f HE K I N G ' S B U S I N E S S perate, diseases of a depraved social order would perpetuate themselves for­ ever. The celestial city can be reached only -through the valley of humility. The beatitudes do not set forth acci­ dental and artificial ethical virtues but characteristic Christian graces, the pos­ session of which pre-supposes salvation. Socialism would cure all diseases of the social organism, not by the trans­ formation of the heart but by readjust­ ment of material conditions. Christian socialism is a contradiction in terms. True Socialism can not be Christian. The heart of the Marxian creed is that the laborer has a right to the entire produce of his labor. This excludes reward on land, capital and intelligence, without which labor is powerless. This inequity is iniquity. Capitalism is equally un-Christian. It is earthly, sen­ sual and selfish, nourishing the sins of avarice and covetousness. Socialism is a scheme to shift the sins of the in­ dividual upon society. Society’s dead­ liest foe is the deceitful human heart. m v. 20. Blessed be ye poor. Matthew adds “ in spirit,” but Luke gives the address of Christ to the poor, whose very presence showed that they were His poor and had COMMENTS FROM come to s e e k MANY SOURCES Him; and the Keith L. Brooks evangelist seems to have been im­ pressed with the blessings of a faithful and humble poverty in itself (cf. James 2:5; 1 Cor. 1:26-29), and loves to record those parts of our Lord’s teach­ ing which were especially “ the gospel to the poor” (see 1:53; '2^:7; 6:20; 12: 15-34; 16:9-25).— Camb. Bible. v. 22. They shall separate you. Ex- communication, or expulsion from the synagogue. Thus early is the separa­ tion between Judaism and Christianity foretold.—‘Alford. Cast out your name as evil. That is, the name of Christian. Peter alludes to these words in 1 Pet.

1156 Teaching implies learning. It causes another to know. People are perishing for lack of knowledge. The earliest and most common name for those who followed Jesus -was DEVOTIONAL “ disciples.” His call to COMMENT all men is “ Learn of P. W. Parr me.” He is called Teacher more fre­ quently than by any other name. He occasionally preached. He was teach­ ing constantly. There is much that a student can learn without a teacher. Indeed, a teacher can do little more than guard and guide the self-activity of thè student. A great educator has said that the effort a student makes is a hundred times more valuable to him than the knowledge acquired as a re­ sult of the effort. Teaching implies a mental and spiritual training and a de­ velopment of power that will enable the one taught to do his life-work with the greatest efficiency. The only pre­ requisite for discipleship is ignorance. The only qualification for becoming a recipient of Divine favor is a conscious­ ness of ill'-desert, It is as foolish to say, “ I am not good enough to be a Christian” as it is to say, “ I do not know enough to go to school.” A good definition of teaching is found in Psalm 119 :18: “ Open Thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.” .The Sermon on the Mount was spoken directly to the disciples (Luke 6:20) but within earshot of the world. Some one has said that it was spoken into the ear of the church and over­ heard by the world. The first strong note of the discourse is spirituality. Blessed is the man who is before he does. Regeneration includes every pos­ sible potency of blessed action. Result­ ant acts of love and mercy are demon­ strative evidences ramifying into such ' little things as a stolen cloak and a smitten cheek. Christ builds the gate of humility on the threshold (Matt. 18: 3). Without a changed nature the des-

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