PHYSICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH
BY DAVID PAULSON, M. D.

 

1. It is impossible to secure spiritual righteousness by seeking to observe the spiritual law in merely human strength.

2. In like manner, obeying physical law in merely human strength results in failure to receive physical righteousness.

3. Obedience to spiritual law in human strength can produce only what the world calls good moral men.

4. Likewise, human obedience to physical law may produce what pass in the world for healthy people, and even athletes, but it will not confer immunity when "a thousand fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand."

5. Righteousness by faith, or the life of Christ in the soul, produces obedience to spiritual law, with all its attendant blessings.

6. For the same reason physical righteousness by faith will not tend to the disregard of physical law, as some might suppose, but will produce obedience to it.

7. Those who have received the gift of sanctification, while enjoying the blessing of victory over besetting sins, will yet be conscious of their sinfulness. In other words, they will not be able to boast to the world of a sinless state.

8. Likewise, no one who has received the gift of physical righteousness by faith will be inclined to boast, and thus lead people to suppose that he thinks he has earned it by a mere outward observance of physical law. ''Where is boasting? — It is excluded." But such a person will feel moment by moment the experience of Paul, "The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God." Gal. 2:20. Paul recognized that from a human standpoint he should have been dead even more than once, and thus his physical life was merely a gift from God.

9. The poor, trusting sinner, just picked up from the slums, may not compare very favorably, from a human point of view, with the apparently whole-souled humanitarian, who, however, is ignorant of a personal salvation; but the saved sinner is like a homely plant that has a possibility of budding and blossoming out into a beautiful flower; in other words, "It doth not yet appear what we shall be;" while the other man may be represented by a beautiful crystal, which will never become more beautiful, and must eventually crumble away.

10. So the poor, wretched, thin-looking man, who has just grasped the truth of physical righteousness by faith, does not compare favorably from a human standpoint with a ruddy-cheeked athlete whose "eyes stand out with fatness;" yet if the latter fails to let the mind of Christ take full possession of him, there is a time coming when he will not be able to resist the diseases that are coming upon the earth, while the other man is being lifted above the power of body sin and disease, even as Enoch of old.

11. To the man who has accepted spiritual righteousness as a gift, and physical health likewise as a gift, to him God has become the saving health of his people. He has secured the ''power of an endless life." To him Christ is not merely all in part, but ''all in all." His health will ''spring forth speedily." "He shall grow as the lily." "And they shall return and discern between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not." Then ''ten men will take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you." Such will "grow up as calves in the stall," for they have already begun to eat of the leaves of the tree of life, which are for the healing of the nations. All will be forced to admit, "This is the seed which the Lord hath blessed."

12. As we stand when others are falling around us they will come and say to us,. "Men and brethren, what shall we do to be saved" —physically? Shall we not then say to them, - “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved," and point out that obedience to the natural law is a genuine evidence that the life of Christ has begun to operate in their lives? If they should learn simply to imitate our physical righteousness while ignorant of the real motive power that produced it, they would go down in the plagues just the same, for they would not have secured the power of an endless life.