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Sketch of a true Christian

Every soul that will accept Jesus as his personal Saviour will pant for the privilege of serving God, and will eagerly seize the opportunity to signalize his gratitude by devoting his abilities to God’s service. He will long to show his love for Jesus and for his purchased possession. He will covet toil, hardship, sacrifice. He will think it a privilege to deny self, lift the cross, and follow in Christ’s footsteps, thus showing his loyalty and love. His holy and beneficent works will testify to his conversion, and will give to the world the evidence that he is not a spurious but a true, devoted Christian.

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Heart power

What we want most is not learning and eloquence and the mastery in debating, but heart power, prayer to God in faith for His converting power, thoroughgoing piety. Half-way converts abound; singleness in love for Jesus is rare. It is not brain power or purse power, but heart power that the people need now.

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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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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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