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word by word, Christ's spoken and recorded commands, which, perfectly understood in their literal sense by His contemporaries, —who, understanding, hated and crucified Him,-worldly theology has refined upon until they mean very little that is in conflict with selfishness and ease. The restoration of their primitive meaning and force to those commands, and the unquestioning submission to them of men, of states, of the Church, we shall find demanded, not only as at all times by fairness and honesty, but in an especial manner demanded by the exigencies of this hour of social travail. The world is tumultuous with undefined hopes; murmurous with inarticulate expectancy. The vision upon men's souls of an ideal society, is stirring them with divine discontent. That vision is of nothing else than of that for which Christ taught us to pray, Thy Kingdom come," and the New Obedience looks for nothing less than its peaceful and steadily more perfect realization as the fact becomes recognized that Jesus Christ was a social teacher, and that He gave literal, plain, explicit and exact directions for social conduct. These directions we must enquire into, and fit ourselves intelligently to obey, by studying the example of Obedience set by Him who gave them. For Christ himself "learned obedience by the things which He suffered ; and having been made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him."

O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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