IV. THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS
Paper 192— Appearances in Galilee — Page 2049

Then said the Master to Nathaniel, УNathaniel, do you serve me?Ф And the apostle answered, УYes, Master, and with an undivided affection.Ф Then said Jesus: УIf, therefore, you serve me with a whole heart, make sure that you are devoted to the welfare of my brethren on earth with tireless affection. Admix friendship with your counsel and add love to your philosophy. Serve your fellow men even as I have served you. Be faithful to men as I have watched over you. Be less critical; expect less of some men and thereby lessen the extent of your disappointment. And when the work down here is over, you shall serve with me on high.Ф

After this the Master talked with Matthew and Philip. To Philip he said, УPhilip, do you obey me?Ф Philip answered, УYes, Lord, I will obey you even with my life.Ф Then said Jesus: УIf you would obey me, go then into the lands of the gentiles and proclaim this gospel. The prophets have told you that to obey is better than to sacrifice. By faith have you become a God-knowing kingdom son. There is but one law to obeyЧthat is the command to go forth proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom. Cease to fear men; be unafraid to preach the good news of eternal life to your fellows who languish in darkness and hunger for the light of truth. No more, Philip, shall you busy yourself with money and goods. You now are free to preach the glad tidings just as are your brethren. And I will go before you and be with you even to the end.Ф

And then, speaking to Matthew, the Master asked, УMatthew, do you have it in your heart to obey me?Ф Matthew answered, УYes, Lord, I am fully dedicated to doing your will.Ф Then said the Master: УMatthew, if you would obey me, go forth to teach all peoples this gospel of the kingdom. No longer will you serve your brethren the material things of life; henceforth you are also to proclaim the good news of spiritual salvation. From now on have an eye single only to obeying your commission to preach this gospel of the Father's kingdom. As I have done the Father's will on earth, so shall you fulfill the divine commission. Remember, both Jew and gentile are your brethren. Fear no man when you proclaim the saving truths of the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. And where I go, you shall presently come.Ф

Then he walked and talked with the Alpheus twins, James and Judas, and speaking to both of them, he asked, УJames and Judas, do you believe in me?Ф And when they both answered, УYes, Master, we do believe,Ф he said: УI will soon leave you. You see that I have already left you in the flesh. I tarry only a short time in this form before I go to my Father. You believe in meЧyou are my apostles, and you always will be. Go on believing and remembering your association with me, when I am gone, and after you have, perchance, returned to the work you used to do before you came to live with me. Never allow a change in your outward work to influence your allegiance. Have faith in God to the end of your days on earth. Never forget that, when you are a faith son of God, all upright work of the realm is sacred. Nothing which a son of God does can be common. Do your work, therefore, from this time on, as for God. And when you are through on this world, I have other and better worlds where you shall likewise work for me. And in all of this work, on this world and on other worlds, I will work with you, and my spirit shall dwell within you.Ф

It was almost ten o'clock when Jesus returned from his visit with the Alpheus twins, and as he left the apostles, he said: УFarewell, until I meet you all on the




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