anthem and school children being required to stand for flag-salute ceremonies. There appears to be no more objection to their standing in such instances than to adults standing when a judge enters his courtroom. The ceremony of the flag salute consists of certain movements of the hands and an oral pledge. While refraining from these, a child can stand out of respect for the flag and the good principles for which it stands and yet not be participating in the flag-salute ceremony.
● What does the apostle refer to at Romans 8:39 by the phrase “height nor depth”?—F. G., U.S.A.
Here the apostle Paul speaks of height and depth as a creation, saying: “Nor height nor depth nor any other creation.” Height and depth are creations in a relative sense as a result of comparison with something else. Hence, the apostle Paul is here pointing out that neither a high position nor a low position of God’s spirit-begotten sons will be able to separate them from his love.
But height and depth may be referred to not merely in the abstract sense, as referring to position. They may be understood also in a concrete sense as meaning something that occupies a high position or something that occupies a low position. Hence, neither that which occupies a low position and has the tendency to pull one down nor that which occupies a high position and tends to exercise a superior influence over one will be able to separate the spirit-begotten sons, who are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, from God’s love for them, nor even from Christ’s love for them. The same principle, of course, holds true regarding the “great crowd” of “other sheep” today.
Note that Paul here is not discussing his own firm resolve not to permit anything to cause his own love for God to grow cold, but the converse. He is stressing the fact that absolutely nothing in all the universe can frustrate God’s love for his spirit-begotten sons. The unshakable conviction that this is so is a comfort to all such.
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The Peace-pursuing District Assembly to be held in Portland, Oregon, will be July 28-31. The Anchorage, Alaska, Assembly will be held April 21-24. See the February 1 issue of The Watchtower for the complete list.
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1960 MEMORIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
The time draws near when Jehovah’s people, both the remnant and other sheep will assemble as congregations for the observance of the most significant of all memorials, the one that annually commemorates the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The date this year is Sunday, April 10. The discourse is to be given by a capable speaker, one of the remnant if available and capable. Each congregation should start making arrangements for the Memorial, and all persons who are truly of good will toward Jehovah God and his Son Jesus Christ will want to make definite arrangements to attend.
“WATCHTOWER” STUDIES FOR THE WEEKS
March 27: Safeguard Your Thinking Ability. Page 105.
April 3: Seek Right Associations. Page 111.