“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”–Matt. vi. 19, 20, 21.
To understand the words of our Lord is the business of life. For it is the main road to the understanding of The Word Himself. And to receive Him is to receive the Father, and so to have Life in ourselves. And Life, the higher, the deeper, the simpler, the original, is the business of life.
The Word is that by which we live, namely, Jesus Himself; and His words represent, in part, in shadow, in suggestion, Himself.
Any utterance worthy of being called a truth, is human food: how much more The Word, presenting no abstract laws of our being, but the vital relation of soul and body, heart and will, strength and rejoicing, beauty and light, to Him who first gave birth to them all! The Son came forth to be, before our eyes and in our hearts, that which He had made us for, that we might behold the truth in Him, and cry out for the living God, who, in the highest sense of all is The Truth–not as understood, but as understanding, living, and being, doing and creating the truth. “I am the truth,” said our Lord; and by those who are in some measure like Him in being the truth, the Word can be understood.
Let us try to understand Him.