“Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. . . .
To us also have been spoken the words, “Ye are a chosen nation.” Our work is to show forth the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. How are we to do this?
- By showing to the world that we are a commandment-keeping people, walking in harmony with God’s law.
- By never losing sight of His goodness and love, and by making everything in our lives subordinate to the claims of His Word.
Christ came because there was no possibility of man’s keeping the law in his own strength. He came to bring him strength to obey the precepts of the law.
If your affections are set on things above, if in the daily life you are seeking to follow the perfect pattern, you need never be discouraged.
Only by the length of the chain let down from heaven to draw us up can we know the depths to which we had sunk. And it is only by keeping the unseen realties in view that we can understand anything of the wonderful theme of redemption.
A Chosen People
Sermon by Ellen G. White at Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 21, 1888 – Ms 17, 1888