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Archive for May, 2012

Christ & the Law

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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Risky Business

The first step taken in the path of unbelief and rejection of light is a dangerous thing, and the only way for those who have taken this step to recover themselves from the snares of Satan is to accept that which the Lord sent them but which they refused to receive.This will be humiliating to the soul but will be for their salvation.God will not be trifled with.He will not remove all reason to doubt, but He will give sufficient evidence upon which to base faith.

God was at work, but those who had been pursuing a course of their own devising, contrary to God’s word, contrary to His will, in place of yielding their wills and wishes and permitting their hearts to be melted with thankfulness, felt more confirmed and determined to resist.What shall we name this element?It is rebellion, as in the days of Israel, when they stubbornly wanted their own way and would not submit to God’s way and God’s will.

Unbelief is the occasion of all sin and is the bond of iniquity.Its work is to make crooked, things that are straight.Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.When we become as little children, sitting at the feet of Jesus, learning of Him self-denial and what it is to live by faith in every word of God, then the soul finds rest and peace.

1888 Materials, p. 366,367,369

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Blessed Surrender

Oh, what a blessed privilege to know that we are entirely submissive to the will of God, that we are walking at all times in the light of His countenance, hearkening to the words that He shall speak concerning us, and not venturing a step without His counsel and His direction.

It is God’s purpose that we should be educated by providential experience and be habitual learners, building securely on Jesus Christ, the only sure foundation, which will stand fast forever.The blood of Jesus Christ alone can atone for our transgressions.We must claim His righteousness by living faith, and depend on Him and abide in Him alone.We are always to feel our continual dependence upon God.This will scatter our self-sufficiency, our pride and vanity, to the winds.

1888 Materials, p. 362,364

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Trust in God, not man

Our brethren separate themselves from God, by reason of the homage they give to human beings.They may esteem themselves, they may esteem others, and look to themselves and to others with that confidence which should be given to the Lord of Israel.The remedy for these things is the heartfelt belief of Bible truth, taking the plainest declaration of the Scriptures.There is great need for all who are placed in positions of trust, who have an influence over other minds, to take heed that, in their positions of trust, they do not prove to be agents through whom the enemy can work, to the detriment of souls.If the weak brother perish, the blood of his soul will be required at your hand.

1888 Materials, p. 358

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