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Archive for April, 2012

Learn, in order to Teach

It is impossible for us to exalt the law of Jehovah unless we take hold of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. . .

Here are the mines of truth.Work them; dig for the truth as for hid treasures.As you go to the Scriptures and ask God to help you, He will illuminate your minds, and the Holy Spirit will bring all things to your remembrance and the light of heaven will shine upon you. . .

God wants you to learn, and the angels will be right by [you] to impress your mind, and if you will go to the Scriptures as Daniel did, you will understand all God would have you understand.As you learn to practice, and learn to teach, [teach others] as God commanded Timothy to take the things He had given him and commit them to faithful men who would be able to teach others also.

1888 Materials, pp. 348, 349

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Secret of Victory

O, I am glad I have a saviour! We must have the Holy Spirit to combine with man’s human effort. We can do nothing without Christ. “Without me, ye can do nothing.” “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” [Revelation 3:20]. I am so glad that we can be partakers of the divine nature, and that through Jesus Christ we can be conquerors. This is the victory–even your faith, feelings, and good works? Is that it? No; “This is the victory. . . , even your faith” [1 John 5:4].
What is faith? It “is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Then what? “Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” [James 2:17]. Therefore we lay hold upon the merits of the blood of a crucified and risen Saviour. Our lives are hid with Christ in God. There we have the whole of it. We can do nothing of ourselves, but the fire of God’s love is burning on the altar of our hearts. We are not following cunningly devised fables, no indeed; but we have been revealing Christ our righteousness. If you boast in your own good works, you cannot boast in Christ.

1888 Materials, p. 345,346

Partakers of the Divine

Christ could have done nothing during His earthly ministry in saving fallen man if the divine had not been blended with the human.The limited capacity of man cannot define this wonderful mystery—the blending the two natures, the divine and the human.It can never be explained.Man must wonder and be silent.And yet man is privileged to be a partaker of the divine nature, and in this way he can to some degree enter into the mystery.This wonderful exhibition of God’s love was made on the cross of Calvary.Divinity took the nature of humanity, and for what purpose?—That through the righteousness of Christ humanity might partake of the divine nature.This union of divinity and humanity, which was possible with Christ, is incomprehensible to human minds. . . Man must be a partaker of the divine nature in order to stand in this evil time, when the mysteries of satanic agencies are at work.Only by the divine power united with the human can souls endure through these times of trial.Says Christ, “Without me ye can do nothing.” Then there must be far less of self and more of Jesus.

1888 Materials, p. 332

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Truth and Fruit

The truth that sanctifies the soul produces no briers and thorns.“By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20).Then the words were spoken, “Only lay hold of the strength of the Mighty One.He is a Friend that will never leave thee, never betray thee.He is thy refuge.No storm or tempest can move thee.In God is thy strength.Faith in God is thy shield and buckler.His grace is sufficient for thee.”

1888 Materials, p. 311

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Walk in the light

The Lord will no more excuse the rejection of light in any one of those who claim to believe in the truth in our day than He excused the Jews for their rejecting light that came from the Lord’s appointed agencies.In this our day the refusal to walk in the light leaves men in darkness always.

1888 Materials, p. 301

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What true repentance/conversion look like

Brother Porter, minister from Iowa, arose and said, “I came to this meeting in complete darkness.Satan was at work with me to raise my combative spirit and I was growing darker and darker but I am converted.I see the light.I was not at Minneapolis.If I had been, I fear I should have been the worst among my brethren but I rejoice in God.I see now clearly.I am now determined to work in an opposite direction from that which I have been hitherto working.I want you, my brethren, to forgive me for my blindness and for my stubbornness,” Young Brother Washburn arose and talked quite lengthily.He said when at Minneapolis he was one who thought Sister White’s testimony could not be truth when she stated she had had in California no conversation with A.T.Jones and E. J. Waggoner.He did not say that Sister White lied but he might as well said it for he stated to others it could not be so.And he did not believe that Sister White told the truth.But he said, “I confess this to my shame.I have confessed it to Sister White and I confess it to God.I repent of this everlastingly.” He was free in the Lord.Bro.Wakeham was also free to confess he with Brother Conradi were in that room where many ministers made their home and he acted a part in the talking.He had enjoyed more of the blessing of God in the last twenty-four hours than he (had) done in all his life before.Our meeting moved off after this much more freely and the blessing of the Lord rested upon the people.I write you these particulars that you may see if you have done all that you ought to do in regard to the removing the impression you and your ministering brethren have left upon Elder Butler’s mind which have misled him and he was, poor man, sick both in body and mind, broken in mind, yet treated as one who was sound and his imaginings as correct as the mind of God.

1888 Materials, p. 299

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Spirit at Minneapolis

I found these comments on the effect of the spirit manifested in 1888 very revealing…

” That night the angel of the Lord stood by my bed and said to me many things which I will not attempt to write here, but I was commanded to stand at my post of duty; that there was a spirit coming in taking possession of the churches, that if permitted would separate them from God as verily as the churches who refused light that God sent them in messages of warning and of light that they might advance in regard to His second coming to our world.

1888 Materials, p. 296

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