Fasting, like baptism, may either be a mere form, injurious rather than beneficial, or it may be observed with spiritual profit. Just as a man might be sunk five fathoms deep into the ocean without being baptized, so he might voluntarily die of starvation without having fasted from the divine standpoint. No honest person, for instance could have the least sympathy for the man who affected an outward countenance of the Lenten restriction to one cup of coffee by providing himself on the occasion with a bowl which really held two cups. And this is but an illustration of how forms of godliness are observed while the heart is far from a fasting attitude in the Lord’s sight. To the class called in the Scriptures, “New Creature” in Christ Jesus, the essence of fasting in any event must be measured in the Lord’s sight by the condition of the heart.
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THE Great Teacher in today’s Study tells us further about his glorious Messianic Kingdom and concerning those who will be accounted worthy to share it with him—as his Bride. This parable has not been of general application all through this Gospel Age. It applies merely at the close of the Age —at the present time, we believe. It does not take into consideration the world, nor even the nominal Church, but solely, only, the true Church, the Virgin class. The word “virgin” signifies pure and in using this term the Lord implies that he is referring only to those who have been justified, by faith and consecration, because by nature none are pure; none are holy; none are virgins.