Among themselves Christians are exhorted not to seek the high things of
this world, but to walk as brethren with those of low degree: a precept too
much forgotten in the assembly of God-to her loss. If the Christian of high
degree requires that honour according to the flesh should be paid him, let
it be done with good will. Happy he who, according to the example of the
King of kings and to the precept of our apostle, knows how to walk in
company with those of low degree in their journey through the wilderness.
Now love is the fulfilling of the law; for love works no ill to his
neighbour, and so fulfils the law.
Another principle acts also on the spirit of the Christian. It is time to
awake. The deliverance from this present evil age, which the Lord will
accomplish for us, draws nigh. The night is far spent, the day is at
hand-God knows the moment. The characteristics which marked its approach in
the days of the apostle have ripened in a very different way since then,
although God, with a view to those whom He is gathering in, is still even
now restraining them. Let us then walk as children of the day, casting off
the works of darkness. We belong to the day, of which Christ Himself will
be the light. Let our walk be in accordance with that day, putting on
Christ Himself, and not being studious of that which is in accordance with
the will and the lusts of the flesh.