hence this was particularly foretold in the psalms; "I have not hid Thy rightousness within my heart, I have declared Thy faithfulness and Thy salvation. I have not concealed Thy loving-kindness and Thy truth from the great congregation." (i) And Jesus Himself declared: "I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it ; that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them and I in them." (j) And further, Christ preached in favor of God's moral character when we consider how zealously He advocated the law of God; this seemed to be His main object; this He expressed when, according to His own exposition, He stated that the sum total of the commands were included in two: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind. . . . Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (k) He He was zealous that this law should be fulfiled; this He enforced by His precepts and by His life which were in complete conformity to it. He said: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you till heaven and earth shall pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till be fulfilled." (l) "I delight to do Thy will O My God; yea Thy law is within My heart." (m) Thus in preaching the law, obeying its requirements, and at last suffering its penalties He proved that the law was a transcript of God's moral perfection.
Christ also preached the doctrine of disinterested goodnes. It
was evidently His opinion that this was the love which the law requires.
In His sermon on the mount, stating the nature of that love required in
the law. He proved that it was essentially different from that which
sinners exercise one to another; that it was of a nature pure and impartial.
His expresions were: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for those
|(i) Psalm, xl, 10.||(j) John xvii, 26.||(k) Mat. xx, 37 - 40.|
|(l) Mat. v, 17, 18.||(m) Psalm xl, 8.|