Of all professed Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be foremost in uplifting Christ before the world. Our ministers should ever be able to direct men and women to Christ, to the One who Himself declared, “I am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35). Let those who minister to the spiritual necessities of the people read to them the words of Christ: “I am the living Bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this Bread, he shall live forever: and the Bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (John 6:51).
The law and the gospel, revealed in the Word, are to be preached to the people; for the law and the gospel, blended, will convict of sin. God’s law, while condemning sin, points to the gospel, revealing Jesus Christ, in whom “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” The glory of the gospel reflects light upon the Jewish age, giving significance to the whole Jewish economy of types and shadows. Thus both the law and the gospel are blended. In no discourse are they to be divorced.
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Had God given us less, we could not have been saved. But He gave to our world so abundantly that it could not be said that he could love us more. Then how foolish is the position taken that there is to be a second probation after the first is exhausted. God has exhausted his benevolence in the extensiveness of his grand plan in pouring out all heaven to man in one great gift. Only in comprehending the value of this offering can we comprehend infinity.
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The religion of Jesus Christ has not been as clearly defined as it should be, that the souls who are seeking for the knowledge of the plan of salvation may discern the simplicity of faith.In these meetings this has been made so clear that a child may understand that it is an immediate, voluntary, trustful surrender of the heart to God—a coming into union with Christ in confidence, affectionate obedience to do all His commandments through the merits of Jesus Christ.It is a decisive act of the individual, committing to the Lord the keeping of the soul.It is the climbing up by Christ, clinging to Christ, accepting the righteousness of Christ as a free gift.The will is to be surrendered to Christ.Through faith in the righteousness of Christ is salvation.
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