24 Disposition And Deeds
“Except your righteousness
shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no
case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20
The characteristic of a disciple is not that he
does good things, but that he is good in motive because he has been made good
by the super-natural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is
right-being. Jesus Christ came to put into any man who would let Him a new
heredity which would exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.
Jesus says – If you are My disciple you must be right not only in your living,
but in your motives, in your dreams, in the recesses of your mind. You must be
so pure in your motives that God Almighty can see nothing to censure. Who can
stand in the Eternal Light of God and have nothing for God to censure? Only the
Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that by His Redemption He can put into any
man His own disposition, and make him as unsullied and as simple as a child.
The purity which God demands is impossible unless I can be remade within, and
that is what Jesus has undertaken to do by His Redemption.
No man can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus
Christ does not give us rules and regulations; His teachings are truths that
can only be interpreted by the disposition He puts in. The great marvel of
Jesus Christ's salvation is that He alters heredity. He does not alter human
nature; He alters its mainspring.