Because man has broken the law, the day in which we live is a period when the law of God is almost universally made void.How few realize their personal responsibility to God.The power of free, independent action may fill us with awe.God speaks.What does He say?He says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself….This do and thou shalt live” (Luke 10:27, 28).
He who has the fullest conceptions of the infinite sacrifice of Christ for the sins of the world, and by faith seizes and appropriates the righteousness of Christ as his righteousness, can see the holiness, beauty, and glory in the law of God, and exclaim with David, “O how I love Thy law!It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97).
God will never bring down the law to man’s standard, and man can never lift himself up to answer to its claims of perfection.But Christ comes to our world and pays the sinner’s debt, suffers the penalty for transgression of the law, and satisfies justice, and now the sinner may claim the righteousness of Christ.“Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).
The Lord has a work for every one of His loyal people to do to bring the faith of Jesus into the right place where it belongs—in the third angel’s message.The law has its important position but is powerless unless the righteousness of Christ is placed beside the law to give its glory to the whole royal standard of righteousness.“Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Romans 7:12).
The conversion of souls has been made mysterious and complicated.Oh, tell the sinners, “Look and live.”Study and practice Christ.“Thy gentleness,” said David, “hath made me great” (Psalm 18:35).Just open the door and let Jesus come in, and He will abide in the soul temple, and we may abide in Christ and rejoice in His love.
1888 Materials, p. 373, 375, 376
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