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13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
THE ONE TRUE FAITH
"They being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." (Romans 10:3)
The Scriptures-God's glorious messages of life to dying mankind-are addressed to the mind, to the reason, to the logical and rational intellect. They treat of the profoundest and most important subject that can engage the mental faculties of mankind-a subject, furthermore, the consideration of which must be undertaken with the fullest conception of the issues involved.
That is, in considering the questions with which the Scriptures deal, we must fully recognise their importance, and the precedence they must take over every other factor of life, and be quite prepared to subordinate all else to them. We are met with this ultimatum at the threshold of our enquiry. God will not vouchsafe to us the blessings and privileges of divine knowledge unless we are wholehearted in our search-
"... with your whole heart."
Let us appreciate the grand scale of the subject. Let us face the realisation that if there be any foundation and truth to these things at all, then everything else pales into utter insignificance. Let us sweep life clear of all the meaningless distractions that clutter the way, and cut the issue sharp and clean. It is not a question calling for half-measures. God is not mocked. The opportunities are tremendous-the obligations are no less so.
The appeal is an appeal to the mind-not the natural mind, but the mind of the spirit. Where it strikes a responsive chord, where there is a sympathetic appreciation and desire for some better thing-the favour and glory and wisdom of God-to that mind it will irresistibly appeal.
Where this is lacking-where the mind is of the natural, fleshly kind-where there is no conception or perception of anything transcending this present existence and condition-there it will ring in vain, for-
"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, BECAUSE THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED." (1 Cor. 2:14)