Now I think that ivy is a very attractive plant. It keeps its colour all year, thus brightening many a dull day. It has various colours in its leaves, thus providing change from monotony. It is beautiful, but deadly.
The cross declares plainly that mankind cannot be improved naturally. God is not now teaching or improving mankind. He has brought in a new creation and the centre and sun of this new universe of bliss is the Man of resurrection, Jesus Christ.
His remark showed how deeply he had learned to value the importance of righteousness. The visitor turned to his Bible and there read how God had Himself devised a righteous way to save unrighteous sinners.