The Truth in Jesus

But ye did not so learn Christ; if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, which waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit .

— Eph. 4:20-22  

The one thing truly to reconcile all differences is to walk in the light. So St. Paul teaches us in Philippians 3:16. After setting forth the loftiest idea of human endeavor in declaring the summit of his own aspiration he says, not “This must be your endeavor also, or you cannot be saved;” but, “If in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless whereto we have already attained, let us walk by that same.” Observe what widest conceivable scope is given by the apostle to honest opinion, even in things of grandest import! The one essential point with him is that whereto we have attained, what we have seen to be true, we walk by that.  In such walking, and in such walking only, love will grow, truth will grow; the soul, then first in its genuine element and true relation to God, will see into reality that was before but a blank to it; and he who has promised to teach, will teach abundantly. Faster and faster will the glory of the Lord dawn upon the hearts and minds of his people so walking; fast and far will the knowledge of him spread, for truth of action, both proceeding and following truth of word, will prepare the way before him. Only when a man begins to do the thing he knows, does he begin to be able to think aright; then God comes to him in a new and higher way. When man joins with God, then is all impotence and discord cast out. Until then, God is in contest with the gates of hell that open in the man, and can but hold his own; when the man joins him, then is Satan foiled.