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Page 256 of Autobiography / of Frank G. Allen ; and selections from his writings ; edited by Robert Graham.

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SELECTED WRITINGS OF became the duty of one as the administrator and the other as the subject to observe this divine appointment. Had their idea been that baptism was to be adminis- tered to those free from sin, such an objection could never have been raised. Here the word " righteous- ness'" evidently refers to God's appointments in the divine economy-the plan of salvation. When Peter went to the house of Cornelius to break the bread of life to the Gentiles, he said: " I now perceive that God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation he that feareth God and worketh right- eousness is accepted of him." Here " righteousness" is something to be " worked." It is, therefore, some- thing to be done. In it men are active. It is not, therefore, a quality in God or man, but something that enlists the activities of men. It is a plan by the observ- ance of which men are accepted of God. Speaking of his own brethren according to the flesh, Paul says: "Brethren, my heart's desire and sup- plication to God is for them, that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit themselves to the righteous- ness of God" (Rom. x. 1-3). Here the righteousness of God is contrasted with that of the unbelieving Jews. They rejected God's, and set up one of their own. They did not submit to God's righteousness. Here it is clearly a religious system, a plan of salvation. They rejected God's plan and tried to establish one of their own. In this they were zealous, but it was a mis- guided zeal. In harmony with this idea of righteousness we un- 256

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