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    Being in sympathy with matter, the worldly man is at the beck and call of error, and will be attracted thither27Zigzag courseward. He is like a traveller going westward for a pleasure-trip. The company is alluring and the pleasures exciting. After following the sun for 30six days, he turns east on the seventh, satisfied if he can only imagine himself drifting in the right direction. By-and-by, ashamed of his zigzag course, he would borrow 22 22:1the passport of some wiser pilgrim, thinking with the aid of this to find and follow the right road.

3    Vibrating like a pendulum between sin and the hope of forgiveness, — selfishness and sensuality causing conMoral retrogressionstant retrogression, — our moral progress will 6be slow. Waking to Christ’s demand, mortals experience suffering. This causes them, even as drowning men, to make vigorous efforts to save themselves; and 9through Christ’s precious love these efforts are crowned with success.

    “Work out your own salvation,” is the demand of 12Life and Love, for to this end God worketh with you. Wait for reward“Occupy till I come!” Wait for your reward, and “be not weary in well doing.” If 15your endeavors are beset by fearful odds, and you receive no present reward, go not back to error, nor become a sluggard in the race.

18    When the smoke of battle clears away, you will discern the good you have done, and receive according to your deserving. Love is not hasty to deliver us from 21temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified.

    Final deliverance from error, whereby we rejoice in 24immortality, boundless freedom, and sinless sense, is not Deliverance not vicariousreached through paths of flowers nor by pinning one’s faith without works to another’s vicarious 27effort. Whosoever believeth that wrath is righteous or that divinity is appeased by human suffering, does not understand God.

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