[October 13]
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live. Amos 5:14
THE greatest privilege of the present time is to get into the elect company of God's saints. In order to enter this company faith and obedience are necessary requisites. That faith must recognize Jesus as the Lamb of God, the Sin-bearer. It must recognize him also as the Pattern and Examplar. The reward will be to those who have his Spirit, his disposition, and who will walk through the present life in his footsteps. Such will eventually gain with him glory, honor, immortality— the kingdom. In the present time they will to the world seem to have the unfavorable side, a battle against the world, the flesh, and the Adversary. The world cannot understand what pleasure and blessing these really enjoy because of the surrender of their wills to God's will, and because of the Spirit of the Lord, which they consequently receive. But these alone have the peace and joy and blessing which the world can neither give nor take away. What other men are seeking and failing to find, God's saints enjoy. Z'13-156 R5243:5(Hymn 123)