Jesus, Begotten of God. "HIS" Righteousness (TRUTH) IS our Righteousness (TRUTH)


"True faith rests on the Promises contained in the Word of God, and those only who obey (live) that Word can claim its glorious Promises." Early Writings, p. 72.2

Are you ready to enter into eternity? Do you have Christ's righteousness, which is solely by faith in Jesus? Salvation happens when a person acknowledges their guilt of sin (Romans 3:19), and comes to God on the basis that they are a death-deserving sinner; believing on Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, for forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:43). In response to our faith, God the Father imputes (attributes) the righteousness of His dear Son to our record in Heaven (Romans 4:6). When God views us from that moment forward, He sees the righteousness of Christ instead of our sins. Thus, we are made clean by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, which takes our sins away forever (Revelation 1:5). Praise God!

When we are baptized into Christ, "Ye are Christ's and Christ is God's"; the watery grave symbolizes death to self, our selfish ways. Trials do not disturb him, slights do not vex him. Self is crucified. Day by day his duties may become more taxing, his temptations stronger, his trials more severe; but he does not falter; for he receives strength equal to his need. Those who abide in Jesus will be happy, cheerful, and joyful in God. A subdued gentleness will mark the voice, reverence for spiritual and eternal things will be expressed in the actions, and music, joyful music, will echo from the lips, for it is wafted from the throne of God. This is the mystery of godliness, not easily explained, but nonetheless felt and enjoyed. Words cannot describe the peace and joy possessed by him who takes God at His word.

Isaiah 25:9: And it shall be said in that day, See, this is our God (Son of God); we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

God the Eternal Father, whom we designate by the exalted name-title Elohim,' is the literal Parent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Father begets; the Son is begotten; they are Parent and Child. Hebrews 1:5 "For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?"

 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have "believed" that I came out from God." and see John 17:8: "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father
1 John 5:1 "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well." Prior to Bethlehem: Proverbs 8:30 "Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;" 

Colossians 1:16

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

Hebrews 1:2
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Luke 9:23-24 "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."

"Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. He was begotten, not created. He is of the substance of the Father, so that in his very nature he is God; and since this is so  'It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.' Col. 1:19... While both are of the same nature (character/thoughts/feelings), the Father is first in point of timeHe is also greater in that he had no beginning, while Christ's personality had a beginning." 
EJ Waggoner, Signs of the Times, April 8, 1889, p. 214

1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.

The Father
 is greater in AGE and that He had no beginning as did His Son when He "came out" of His Father prior to Bethlehem. God had to have a Son to be able to GIVE a Son to save mankind. God SENT His only begotten Son, who is just as divine as Himself, because he was made out of God's own substance, part of God's own DNA! Humans were made out of dust. God is older in age than His Son, just as a human Father is older in age than his own begotten son. Today, we can be partakers of God's own Divine nature/character/thoughts/feelings (2 Peter 1:4) by claiming the great and precious promises of God found in the Bible and obeying His commandments through/by claiming Christ's own victory as ours. Claim Christ's FAITH as your very own right now, His victory as your very own right now.

Claim "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" 1 Timothy 2:5. 1 Corinthians 8:6 "yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live." John 14:23 "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." Romans 8:9 "You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ." Ephesians 3:17 "so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,"  (John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:10 "He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.")

1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

Colossians 1:16
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

Hebrews 1:2
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.


Revelation 3:14
"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation.

God has given us everything THROUGH His Son Jesus Christ!

Proverbs 30:4 "Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?" Revelation 19:13 "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." Jeremiah 23:6 "this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."

John 8:24 "I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins." John 8:28 "So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me." Prior to Bethlehem: Proverbs 8:30 "Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;"

 (See John 1:1-3 as well, that calls Jesus the "Word" of God. 
That the "Word of God" was WITH God the Father before this world was created in the beginning. Christ counseled with His Father and then created the angels eons ago before the world was created. ) 1 Cor 8:6 says there is but ONE God, the Father for us. The Jews wanted to stone Jesus for blasphemy because Jesus said that "before Abram was" He was brought into existence or "came out" of His Father. John 8:58 "Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" Before Abraham Was, I Am: John 8:57 "So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am." John 8:59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple."

Claim Christ's victory as ours! Desire of Ages p. 123:
Claim Christ's everything as our very own!:
  1. Victory
  2. mind/character/thoughts & feelings make up the moral character
  3. love
  4. death
  5. risen life
  6. faith
  7. power
  8. strength
  9. will
  10. His name: The Lord OUR Righteousness!

    Jeremiah 23:6 "this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."
  11. Matthew 1:21 "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
  12. Romans 3:22 "This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,"
  13. 1 Corinthians 1:30 "It is because of him (Christ's Father & God) that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption."
  14. Isaiah 42:6 "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,"
  15. Isaiah 45:24 "They will say of me, 'In the LORD alone are deliverance and strength.'" All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame."
  16. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
  17. Hosea 2:18 "In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety."
  18. Ezekiel 48:35 "The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. "And the name of the city from that time on will be: the Lord is there."
Hebrews 1:5 "For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?"

"It may be objected, If the Father and the Son are two distinct beings, do you not, in worshipping the Son and calling him God, break the first commandment of the decalogue? "No; it is the Father's will 'That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.' We cannot break the commandment and dishonor God by obeying him. The Fathers says of the Son, 'Let all the angels of God worship him.' Should angels refuse to worship the Son, they would rebel against the Father. Children inherit the name of their Father. The Son of God 'hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than' the angels. That name is the name of his Father. The Father says to the Son, 'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.' Heb.1. The Son is called 'The mighty God.' Isa. 9:6. And when he comes again to earth his waiting people will exclaim, 'This is our God.' Isa. 25:9.

It is the will of the Father that we should thus honor the Son. In doing so we render supreme honor to the Father. If we dishonor the Son, we dishonor the Father; for he requires us to honor his son. "But though the Son is called God yet there is a 'God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ' 1Pet. 1:3. Though the Father says to the Son, 'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever,' yet, that throne is given him of his Father; and because he loved righteousness and hated iniquity, he further says, 'Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee.' Heb. 1:9. 'God hath made that same Jesus both Lord and Christ.' Acts. 2:36. The Son is 'the everlasting Father,' not of himself, nor of his Father, but of his children. His language is, 'I and the children which God hath given me.' Heb. 2:13." Review and Herald, June 1, 1869.

Galatians 4:4 "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,"

1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,"

Romans 1:3 "regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David,"

John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

Romans 9:5 "Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen."

Jesus says:
I can of mine own self do nothing . . . (John 5:30.)
My Father is greater than I . . . (John 14:28.) Greater in AGE, Older. See Strongs concordance.
A son cannot be the same age as his father. 

“The Father was greater than the Son in that he was first. The Son was equal with the Father in that he had received all things from the Father.” {J. S. White, Review & Herald, January 4, 1881} "Christ is the only being begotten of the Father." James Edson White, Past, Present and Future, p. 52. 1909

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Cancer is a germ, a pathogen, which is a parasite or worm! Get rid of the worms and you get rid of the cancer. Of course you have to give your body the live nutrients for fuel, and that is accomplished by raw juicing. Stop feeding on flesh and juices of dead carcases and any dirivitves of animal products. This is how cancer and diseases are transmitted, through meat and environmental poisons. We must first put our trust in God and then work His works...which is the natural ways. God girds us while we do not know Him!  
ISAIAH 45:5. "The Fruit Shall Be For Food And The Leaves Shall Be For Medicine." --Ezekiel 47:12


“That Christ is divine is shown by the fact that he receives worship.” “If Christ were not God, then this would be idolatry.” (E. J. Waggoner. Signs of the Times, March 25th 1889, article ‘The Divinity of Christ’

"It may be objected, If the Father and the Son are two distinct beings, do you not, in worshipping the Son and calling him God, break the first commandment of the decalogue? "No; it is the Father's will 'That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.' We cannot break the commandment and dishonor God by obeying him. The Fathers says of the Son, 'Let all the angels of God worship him.' Should angels refuse to worship the Son, they would rebel against the Father. Children inherit the name of their Father. (Children inherit the name of their Father. God in this case, and if we also are God's adopted children, adopted children of God do we not also inherit this name?) The Son of God 'hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than' the angels. That name is the name of his Father. The Father says to the Son, 'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.' Heb.1. The Son is called 'The mighty God.' Isa. 9:6. And when he comes again to earth his waiting people will exclaim, 'This is our God.' Isa. 25:9.  

It is the will of the Father that we should thus honor the Son. In doing so we render supreme honor to the Father. If we dishonor the Son, we dishonor the Father; for he requires us to honor his son. "But though the Son is called God yet there is a 'God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ' 1Pet. 1:3. Though the Father says to the Son, 'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever,' yet, that throne is given him of his Father; and because he loved righteousness and hated iniquity, he further says, 'Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee.' Heb. 1:9. 'God hath made that same Jesus both Lord and Christ.' Acts. 2:36. The Son is 'the everlasting Father,' not of himself, nor of his Father, but of his children. His language is, 'I and the children which God hath given me.' Heb. 2:13." Review and Herald, June 1, 1869.  

The Bible tells us that we have been adopted by God. What a great expression of God’s love for us it is that, even though He knows all our faults and all the things we have and will ever do wrong, He personally chose us to be a part of His family.

As all potential adoptive parents know, the process to adopt a child is frustrating and takes a big investment in time and resources, but our Father persevered and planned our adoption patiently, looking to the time when we would be safely in His home, loved and cherished as children of His very own.

Marvel in the love that our Father must have for us and consider the wonderful truth that, as we are children of God the Father, and privileged above all other worlds in the universe to be known by HIS NAME, GOD, we are also the inheritance that is given to Jesus, the only begotten Son of God Himself, Jesus, has accepted us as His very own siblings.  God has taken the worst sinful beings and given us the opportunity to accept Christ's victory as our very own, to become sons and daughters of God equal with Himself in character=thoughts & feelings and actions through Jesus. Is 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father (of the children (us) given to him as an inheritance by his Father & God), The Prince of Peace."

JESUS IS LIKE US. THE DIFFERENCE, HE IS BEGOTTEN from the bosom of the Father, we are created by God through His Son Jesus from the dust of the earth. WE are adopted! When we die to self, die by being baptized into the death of Christ, and rising up from the watery grave to our NEW LIFE IN CHRIST, the seed of God in us, we do not sin, we are perfect as God in Christ enables us.

Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 368 

 But many say that Jesus was not like us, that He was not as we are in the world, that He was divine, and therefore we cannot overcome as He overcame. But this is not true; "for verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. . . . For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted" (Hebrews 2:16-18). Christ knows the sinner's trials; He knows his temptations. He took upon Himself our nature; He was tempted in all points like as we are. He has wept, He was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. {YRP 368.2}   
     As a man He lived upon earth. As a man He ascended to heaven. As a man He is the substitute of humanity. As a manHe liveth to make intercession for us. As a man He will come again with kingly power and glory to receive those who love Him, and for whom He is now preparing a place. We should rejoice and give thanks that God "hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained" (Acts 17:31).--Bible Echo, Nov. 1, 1892. {YRP 368.3} 368

God the Father says, "I know everything you will ever do," (Psalms 139:16)

And I chose you to be My child from the beginning of time. (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

My Son has chosen you to work and bear fruit, So, I will give you whatever you ask for in His name. (John 15:16)

It was My great pleasure to plan your adoption As My sons and daughters. (Ephesians 1:5)

I love you My child, For you love My Son and know that He is from Me. (John 16:27)

*I lavish My love on you,

I call you My children (1 John 3:1)

And called you to be in My family. (Romans 8:30)

You are in the same family as My Son –

Jesus Himself is not ashamed to call you His brothers and sisters! (Hebrews 2:11)


"But if I am asked what I think of Jesus Christ, my reply is, 'I believe all that the Scriptures say of him. If the testimony represents him as being in glory with the Father before the world was, I believe it. If it is said that he was in the beginning with God, that he was God, that all things were made by him and for him, and that without him was not anything made that was made, I believe it. If the Scriptures say he is the Son of God, I believe it. If it is declared that the Father sent his Son into the world, I believe he had a Son to send..."  R.F. COTTRELL, Review and Herald, June 1, 1869. 

"The Scriptures declare that Christ is "the only begotten Son of God". He is begotten, not created. As to when He was begotten, it is not for us to inquire, nor could our minds grasp it if we were told… There was a time when Christ proceeded forth and came from God, from the bosom of the Father, but that time was so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension, it is practically without beginning." But the point is that Christ is a begotten Son and not a created subject. He has by inheritance a more excellent name than the angels; He is "a Son over His own house." Heb. 1:4; 3:6. And since He is the only-begotten son of God, He is of the very substance and nature of God and possesses by birth all the attributes of God, for the Father was pleased that His Son should be the express image of His Person, the brightness of His glory, and filled with all the fullness of the Godhead. So He has "life in Himself." Christ and His Righteousness. p9. 1890. E J Waggoner.

He was born of the Holy Ghost. In other words, Jesus Christ was born again. He came from heaven, God's first-born, to the earth, and was born again. But all in Christ's work goes by opposites for us: he, the sinless one, was made to be sin, in order that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. He, the living one, the prince and author of life, died that we might live. He whose goings forth have been from the days of eternity, the first-born of God, was born again, in order that we might be born again. 

If Jesus Christ had never been born again, could you and I have ever been born again?—No. But he was born again, from the world of righteousness into the world of sin; that we might be born again, from the world of sin into the world of righteousness. He was born again, and was made partaker of the human nature, that we might be born again, and so made partakers of the divine nature. He was born again, unto earth, unto sin, and unto man, that we might be born again unto heaven, unto righteousness, and unto God. …. Then he was born again, by the Holy Ghost; for it is written, and was spoken to Mary, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." {August 1, 1899 AT Jones, ARSH 487.5}


And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent (John 17:3.)

"If we believe in Godwe are armed with the righteousness (truth) of Christ; we have taken hold of his strength."  Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, p. 132.5 Who is God? See: https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/thr

“The righteousness of Christ, WHICH IS pure, unadulterated TRUTH.” The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 1540.1 "The white raiment, which is the righteousness (truth) of Christ." The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 415  John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." !!! John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have "believed" that I came out from God." and see John 17:8: "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

"The Father was greater than the Son in that he was first." (James White, January 4, 1881, Review & Herald; found in EGW Review and Herald Articles, vol. 1, page 244)  "Neither are the Father and the Son parts of the “three-one God. They are two distinct beings, yet one in the design and accomplishment of redemption."  (James White, 1868, Life Incidents, page 343)

What IS the WORK OF GOD that WE are to DO? TO BELIEVE!!!

John 6:29 "Jesus answered and said unto them, This IS the work of God, that you BELIEVE IN Him whom He has sent."


Micah 5:2 NCV
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are too small to be among the army groups from Judah, from you will come one who will rule Israel for me. He comes from very old times, from days long ago."

 The Father & God of Jesus was the literal parent of Jesus in the flesh as well as in the spirit:

"As Christ was twice born, once in eternity, the only begotten of the Father, and again here in the flesh, thus uniting the divine with the human in that second birth, so we, who have been born once already in the flesh, are to have the second birth, being born again of the Spirit, in order that our experience may be the same, the human and the divine being joined in a life union." W.W. PRESCOTT Review and Herald, April 14, 1896 p. 232.

"He was born of the Holy Ghost. In other words, Jesus Christ was born again. He came from heaven, GOD's first- born, to the earth, and was born again, But all in Christ's work goes by opposites for us: he, the sinless one, was made to be sin, in order that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. He, the living one, the prince and author of life, died that we might live. He whose goings forth have been from the days of eternity, the first-born of GOD, was born again, in order that we might be born again." A.T. JONES

"If Jesus Christ had never been born again, could you and I have ever been born again? No. But he was born again, from the world of righteousness into the world of sin; that we might be born again, from the world of sin into the world of righteousness. He was born again, and was made partaker of the human nature, that we might be born again, and so made partakers of the divine nature. He was born again, unto earth, unto sin, and unto man, that we might be born again unto heaven, unto righteousness, and unto God." Review and Herald, Aug. 1, 1899 (Lessons on Faith p. 154.)

The Holy Spirit IS Christ (is "Christ's Spirit" His RISEN victorious life!):

We can use the Bible alone to show that the "Spirit" is Christ's Spirit. In Proverbs 8 we see that it is "Wisdom" that was "brought forth." We know that this refers to Christ and can refer to no one else. So "Wisdom" is Christ. Then we find references to the "Spirit of Wisdom" (see Isa. 11:2; Acts 6:3 and Eph. 1:17). If "Wisdom" is Christ, then the "Spirit of Wisdom" must be the "Spirit of Christ." This same truth is expressed in the Holy Spirit's title of the "Spirit of Truth." Christ said: "I am…the Truth." So if the Christ is the Truth, then the "Spirit of Truth" must be the "Spirit of Christ."

In John 14:16-17, Jesus referred to the other "Helper" as "the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but [Christ told his disciples] you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you" (John 14:17). If you believe the Spirit of Prophecy (and I hope you do), there can be no doubt that this "other Helper" - the "Spirit of Truth" - is, in fact, Jesus Christ (Christ's Holy Spirit).

"Christ was the spirit of truth. The world will not listen to His pleadings. They would not accept Him as their guide. They could not discern unseen things; spiritual things were unknown to them. But His disciples see in Him the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And they shall have His abiding presence. They shall have an experimental knowledge of the only true God and of Jesus Christ whom He hath sent. To them He says: You will no more say, I cannot comprehend. No longer shall you see through a glass darkly; you shall comprehend with all saints what is the length and depth and breadth and height of the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. The honor of God, the honor of Jesus Christ, is involved in the perfection of your character. Your work is to co-operate with Christ, that you may be complete in Him. In being united to Him by faith, believing and receiving Him, you become a part of Himself. Your character is His glory revealed in you. And when you shall appear in His presence, you will find the benediction awaiting you, 'Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things: I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord'" (Southern Watchman; October 25, 1898; par. 2).

"There are many things that we ought to be able to understand, that we do not comprehend because we are so far behind our privileges. Christ said to his disciples, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." This is our condition. Would they not have been able to understand what he had to say to them, if they had been doers of his word--if they had improved point after point of the truth which he had presented to them? But although they could not then understand, he told them that he would send the Comforter, who would lead them into all truth. We should be in a position where we can comprehend the teaching, leading, and working of the Spirit of Christ. We must not measure God or his truth by our finite understanding, or by our preconceived opinions….Is Christ abiding in your hearts by faith? Is his Spirit in you? If it is, there will be such a yearning in your soul for the salvation of those for whom Christ has died, that self will sink into insignificance, and Christ alone will be exalted. Brethren and sisters, there is great need at this time of humbling ourselves before God, that the Holy Spirit may come upon us" (RH: October 8, 1889; par. 2) .

Jesus not only described the Holy Spirit as the "Spirit of Truth," but also as the"Comforter" ("Helper" and "Comforter" are used synonymously and come from the same Greek word): "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (Jn. 14:26 KJV. See also: Jn. 15:26 & 16:7) . Jesus is our comforter: "I, even I, am He who comforts you" (Isa. 51:12). The Spirit of Prophecy leaves us no doubt as to the identity of the "Comforter."

Jesus said that He would not leave us "comfortless" and said: "I will come to you" (John 14:18). Jesus also said "where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst" (Mat. 18:20). He assured us; "lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world" (Mat. 28:20 KJV)How is Jesus to "come" to us? How is He "in our midst"? How can He bewith us "to the end of the world"? He tells us how in John 14:16 where He says that the "comforter/helper" would "abide with you forever." Jesus, in His humanity cannot be in all places at all times - He cannot "abide" with everyone, everywhere, "forever." "Cumbered with humanity Christ could not be in every place personally, therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them to go to His Father and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth" (MS #1084 [MR: vol. 14, p. 23]). "The Son of God, now at the Father's right hand, still pleads as man's intercessor. He still retains His human nature, is still the Saviour of mankind" (ST: July 15, 1908; par. 7). In the person of His "Holy Spirit" form, Christ could be in all places at all times and "abide with us forever." "While Jesus, our Intercessor, pleads for us in heaven, the Holy Spirit works in us, to will and do of His good pleasure" (MS #99 [MR: vol. 2, p. 37]). "Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin. In the gift of the Spirit, Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow" (RH May 19, 1904; par. 1,2).

Under the "helps" of Acts 18: verses 24-26 says,
"Learned Apollos Instructed by Humble Tentmakers.--
Apollos. . . had recieved the highest Grecian culture, and was a scholar and an orator. . . 
Aquila and Priscilla listed to him, and saw that his teachings were defective.
He had not a thorough knowledge of the mission of christ, His resurrection and ascension, and of the work of His Spirit, the Comforter which He sent down to remain with His people during His absence."

When Christ said "I will not leave you comfortlessI will come to you," it is readily apparent that He was speaking of Himself as the "Comforter," the Spirit of Truth that will "abide with you forever." Jesus was speaking of His Spirit - "the soul of his life" which He has given to us"John calls upon the world to 'Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.' It is a love that passeth knowledge.In the fullness of the sacrifice nothing was withheld. Jesus gave himself" (The Paulson Collection; p. 339, par. 3).
The inspired Apostles understood and taught that the Holy Spirit is Christ's Spirit"Now the Lord is THAT Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2Cor. 3:17) - And that, "if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him." (Rom. 8:9). They taught that it is only through our acceptance of Christ (expressed in our baptism) that His Spirit is given to us: "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). The Bible states that Christ is "He who comforts you." (Isa. 51:12). And Ellen White has clearly demonstrated that the "Comforter" -- the Spirit of Truth -- the Holy Spirit, is none other than Christ: "Christ was the spirit of truth" (Southern Watchman; October 25, 1898; par. 2). "He is the Comforter" (RH January 27, 1903; par. 13). She even tells us that the Holy Spirit is "the soul of His life" (RH: May 19, 1904; par. 1) which has been given to us that we may become a "partaker of the [His] divine nature" (Ibid, par. 3). This really ought to be argument enough to establish this fact - but apparently it isn't, for we continue to deny this Truth! So, let's dig a little deeper.

What We've Learned Here
  1. Christ taught that the Holy Spirit is, in fact, His Spirit - but because the disciples hadn't even understood fully that He was indeed the Messiah - He had to teach this truth in ways that were somewhat obscure and abstract. Concerning the Holy Spirit He told them I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now" (Jn. 16:12)Christ would tell them later, but He would have to do so through the person of His Holy Spirit - after He had ascended into heaven.

  2. The Disciples learned and taught the truth that the Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of Christ"(Rom. 8:9; Phil. 1:19) and they did this quite clearly. Their understanding of the full significance of this truth may have been limited, but they knew and they experienced this truth when Christ baptized them with His Holy Spirit.

  3. Unfortunately for us, some of the texts recorded in the Bible have been corrupted over time and have introduced fallacious views of the Holy Spirit. These views have been propagated largely by the Catholic Church and have been accepted by the majority of Protestants as well (SDA's included).

  4. Satan does not want the people of God to understand the truth about the Holy Spirit because he knows that if we understood it clearly and appropriated Christ's Spirit fully, that his power over us would be broken and his end would come.

  5. Satan has been successful in encouraging us to make limited use of Mrs. White's writings concerning the identity of the Holy Spirit and has gotten many of us to use only a few of her statements - sadly, mostly the one's which seem to support the traditional doctrine of the Trinity. When we compile all of her writings on this subject and couple them with what the Apostles taught, we find that they are in agreement and that they clearly reveal that the Holy Spirit is Christ's Spirit and not someone other than Christ.
We are, however, encouraged to study the incarnation and to "dig deep for hidden truth": "As the worker studies the life of Christ, and the character of His mission is dwelt upon, each fresh search will reveal something more deeply interesting than has yet been unfolded. The subject is inexhaustibleThe study of the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice and mediatorial work, will employ the mind of the diligent student as long as time shall last " (Gospel Workers, p. 251. [SDA BC vol. 7A; p. 444, par. 1]). "We should come to this study with the humility of a learner, with a contrite heart. And the study of the incarnation of Christ is a fruitful field, which will repay the searcher who digs deep for hidden truth" (The Youth's Instructor, Oct. 13, 1898. (SDA BC vol. 7A; p. 443, par. 1). But we are to be ever mindful that in so doing we do not make Christ out to be "altogether human," a sinner such as we are, and thereby lose our Savior.  


The Blessings of Living Faith ?

     "Many do not exercise that faith which it is their privilege and duty to exercise, often waiting for that feeling which faith alone can bring. Feeling is not faith; the two are distinct. Faith is ours to exercise, but joyful feeling and the Blessing are God's to give. The grace* (G5485 - Divine Influence) of God comes to us through the channel of living (active) faith, and that faith it is in our power to exercise !

     "According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith !"   Romans 12:1-3   "But wilt thou know, O vain man,
that faith without works (action, living demonstration) is dead
 . . . ?"   James 2:14-26
     True faith lays hold of and claims the Promised Blessing before it is realized and felt. We must send up our petitions in faith within the second vail, and let our faith take hold of the Promised Blessing, and claim it as ours.
 
     We are then to believe that we receive the Blessing, because our faith has hold of it, and according to the Word of God, it is ours. "What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24). Here is faith, naked faith, to believe that we receive the Blessing, even before we realize (see) it. . . .
 
     But many suppose . . . that they cannot have faith unless they feel the power of the Spirit.Such confound faith with the Blessing that comes through faith. 

     "That the Blessing of (the spoken Promise of God unto) Abraham might come on the gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith . . . !" Galatians 3:14, Acts 2:33-39

Note:   Faith is simply knowing that God cannot lie; and that the LORD will do exactly as He has Promised every one of us in His Word !
And after expressing our faith in His Living Spirit-filled Words, through prayer, praise and thanksgiving, acting upon that which He has promised !



The very time to exercise faith is when we feel destitute of the Spirit. When thick clouds of darkness seem to hover over the mind, then is the time to let living (active) faith pierce the darkness and scatter the clouds. True faith rests on the Promises contained in the Word of God, and those only who obey (live) that Word can claim its glorious Promises.

     "For to whom sware He that they should not enter into His Rest, but to them that believed not?  So we see, that they could not enter in because
of unbelief
 . . . . Let us therefore fear, lest a Promise being left us of entering into His Rest, any of you should seem to come short of It. For unto us was the Glad Tidings proclaimed, as well as unto them: but the Word proclaimed (spoken) did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard It 
. . . !"
Hebrews 3:7-4:2
 
     Should anyone dishonor God by imagining that He would not respond to the appeals of His children? . . .  The Holy Spirit, the representative of Himself, is the greatest of all gifts. All "good things" are comprised in this. The Creator Himself can give us nothing greater, nothing better. When we beseech the Lord to pity us in our distress, and to guide us by His Holy Spirit, He will never turn away our prayer !

     The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for it. . . . We can be assured that we shall receive the Holy Spirit (Christ's victorious risen life! The Spirit of JESUS) if we individually try the experiment of testing God's Word !

     "O taste and see that the LORD (Yehuwah) is good. How Blessed are they that trust in Him. . . !"   Psalm 34:7-8

- God's Amazing Grace p.207

  1. His Teaching in Our Past History (by Nader Mansour) 

 The message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation, and is applicable to the people of God at the present time.  {3T 252.1} 

  What greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right when they are all wrong! The message of the True Witness finds the people of God in a sad deception, yet honest in that deception. They know not that their condition is deplorable in the sight of God. While those addressed are flattering themselves that they are in an exalted spiritual condition, the message of the True Witness breaks their security by the startling denunciation of their true condition of spiritual blindness, poverty, and wretchedness. The testimony, so cutting and severe, cannot be a mistake, for it is the True Witness who speaks, and His testimony must be correct.  {3T 252.4}
 
     It is difficult for those who feel secure in their attainments, and who believe themselves to be rich in spiritual knowledge, to receive the message which declares that they are deceived and in need of every spiritual grace. The unsanctified heart is "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." I was shown that many are flattering themselves that they are good Christians, who have not a ray of light from Jesus. They have not a living experience for themselves in the divine life. They need a deep and thorough work of self-abasement before God before they will feel their true need of earnest, persevering effort to secure the precious graces of the Spirit.  {3T 253.1}  

The Upward Look, p. 352, Chap. 338 - God's Word is True

     No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17.  {UL 352.1}  

     The great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, . . . will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout. We are to hold fast the first principles of our denominated faith, and go forward from strength to increased faith. Ever we are to keep the faith that has been substantiated by the Holy Spirit of God from the earlier events of our experience until the present time. We need now larger breadth, and deeper, more earnest, unwavering faith in the leadings of the Holy Spirit. If we needed the manifest proof of the Holy Spirit's power to confirm truth in the beginning, after the passing of the time, we need today all the evidence in the confirmation of the truth, when souls are departing from the faith and giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.There must not be any languishing of soul now.  {UL 352.2}  

     If ever there was a period of time when we needed the Holy Spirit's power in our discourses, in our prayers, in every action proposed, it is now. We are not to stop at the first experience, but while we bear the same message to the people, this message is to be strengthened and enlarged. We are to see and realize the importance of the message made certain by its divine origin. We are to follow on to know the Lord, that we may know that His going forth is prepared as the morning. Our souls need the quickening from the Source of all power. We may be strengthened and confirmed in the past experience that holds us to the essential points of truth which have made us what we are--Seventh-day Adventists.  {UL 352.3}
  
     The past fifty years have not dimmed one jot or principle of our faith as we received the great and wonderful evidences that were made certain to us in 1844, after the passing of the time. The languishing souls are to be confirmed and quickened according to His Word. . . . Not a word is changed or denied. That which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, in our great disappointment, is the solid foundation of truth. [The] pillars of truth were revealed, and we accepted the foundation principles that have made us what we are--Seventh-day Adventists, keeping the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus.  {UL 352.4}  

     Have not the hearts of Christ's disciples burned within them as He has talked with us by the way and opened to us the Scriptures? Has not the Lord Jesus opened to us the Scriptures, and presented to us things kept secret from the foundation of the world?--Letter 326, Dec. 4, 1905, to W. C. White.  {UL 352.5} 

“We adore God for His wonderous love in giving us Jesus the Comforter” SD 124

 "The Saviour is our Comforter” 8 MR 49

 

“There is no Comforter like Christ” RH OCT 26, 1897

 

“He (Christ) is the comforter RH JAN 27, 1903

 

“The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” 19 MR 293

  

Answer; The Holy Spirit is certainly a living person. It is the person of Christ, His very life with His church. Jesus lives inside consecrated commandment keeping bodies. It is Jesus INVISIBLE, walking UNSEEN beside us and INSIDE us, helping us to be SIN-FREE!

 

While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church.  {DA 166.2}

 

This is why Jesus could promise;    

I will come to you.  

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I am with you always even unto the end of the world.

Where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of them.

 

Please tell me is Jesus with you now in the body (physically), or is He with you by His Holy Spirit?

If you still want to make the Holy Spirit someone else, then someone else is with you not Jesus?

Look at who inspiration says is the true comforter;

 

“The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.” DA 80

 

Christ gives them the breath of His own Spirit, the life of His own life.” MH 159

 

If you disbelieve the SOP, how do you answer Jn 20:22

 

John 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 

The Word of God here gives us a practical illustration of the impartation of the Spirit; which is the life of Christ, it is His very own breath.

It is a part of Him, Jesus, not someone else. Even young children get this.

 

Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

He died in His natural body; He was raised in His spiritual body becoming a life-giving Spirit. 1Cor 15:44,45

The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. They are one in purpose, in mind, in character, but not in person. It is thus that God and Christ are one." 8T, p. 269.

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” 8MR p. 49 July 16, 1892

“As by faith we look to Jesus, our faith pierces the shadow, and we adore God for His wondrous love in giving Jesus the Comforter.” 19MR No. 1405 Preston, Melbourne, July 26, 1892 p. 297;Sons and Daughters of God p.124

“There is no comforter like Christ, so tender and so true. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. His Spirit speaks to the heart.” Review and Herald Oct 26, 1897

“He is coming to us by His Holy Spirit today. Let us recognize Him now; then we shall recognize Him when He comes in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” Review and Herald, April 30, 1901

"While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth." Desire of Ages p. 166

He gives them His Holy Spirit, the manifestation of His presence and favor.” Testimonies Vol 9, p. 230 1909

"Before the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church, Christ breathed His Spirit upon them." Desire of Ages p. 805

Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all his disciples, and give them the inspiration of his sanctifying spirit, and transfuse the vital influence from himself to his people… Christ is to live in his human agents.” Signs of the Times Oct 3, 1892

“The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God, binds the human agent, body, soul, and spirit, to the perfect, divine-human nature of Christ." Review & Herald April 5, 1906

" 'The words that I speak are spirit and life' John 6:63. Christ is not here referring to His doctrine, but to His person, the divinity of His character.” 1 Selected Messages p. 249

Romans 8:9 speaks of the Father and Son as sharing the same Spirit referred to as the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.

“It is through the Spirit that Christ dwells in us; and the Spirit of God, received into the heart by faith, is the beginning of the life eternal.” Desire of Ages, page 388

He died in His natural body; He was raised in His spiritual body becoming a life-giving Spirit. 1Cor 15:44-45

“They are two in individuality, yet one in spirit”. Youth’s Instructor Dec 16, 1897

“What saith our Saviour? ‘I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.’ ‘He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him and will manifest myself to him’ When trials overshadow the soul, remember the words of Christ, remember that He is an unseen presence in the person of the Holy Spirit, and He will be the peace and comfort given you, manifesting to you that He is with you, the Sun of Righteousness, chasing away your darkness. 'If a man love me,' Christ said, 'he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him'” Letter 124, 1897 (Daughters of God p.185), John 14:16, 18, 23 Review and Herald Sept 23, 1902

“In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and life to the world.” Testimonies vol. 7, p. 273

"That He [the Father] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith." Ephesians 4:14-17

"God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts." Galatians 4:6

"For I know that this shall turn to my salvation, through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:19

“The reasons why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter” Review and Herald, August 26, 1890

“Let them study the seventeenth of John, and learn how to pray and how to live the prayer of ChristHe is the Comforter. He will abide in their hearts, making their joy full.” E.G. White, Review and Herald, January 27, 1903

"It is the 'Son of man' who shares the throne of the universe. It is the 'Son of man' whose name shall be called, 'Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.' Isa. 9:6. The I AM is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both[...]" (The Desire of Ages, page 21 paragraph 2, page 22 paragraphs 1-4, page 24 paragraph 3, and page 25 paragraph 3.)

The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. They are one in purpose, in mind, in character, but not in person. It is thus that God and Christ are one." 8T, p. 269.

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

He died in His natural body; He was raised in His spiritual body becoming a life-giving Spirit. 1 Cor 15:44,45 

The right time to do the right thing is right now.

God is the Head of Christ - the GodHEAD. 


God is the Father of Christ

Christ was Twice Born, once in Heaven of the Spirit and Once on Earth of the Flesh. Just as we must be twice born, only in opposites for us. We are Born of the flesh first, then we must be born of the Spirit or born again of GOD before we can enter the kingdom of Heaven.

Take some time to seek the truth, for the traditions of men cannot save your soul.

So many people profess that they are living for Christ and yet have never been "Born again".
Naturally speaking, a person cannot live until they are first born, and so it is spiritually. We
cannot Live spiritually unless we are born again in the Spirit, or born of GOD's Spirit. GOD living inside us (our minds) thru His SON JESUS living inside us and us living inside Jesus. (John 3:5)
"At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you." John 14:20 

John 3:5 (KJV) "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

God, is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," Ephesians 1:3
  • "The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, " 2 Corinthians 11:31
  • "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," 1 Peter 1:3
  • "Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to MY Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto MY Father, and your Father; and to MY GOD, and your GodJohn 20:17
  • "And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Luke 4:8
  • the head of Christ is God." 1 Corinthians 11:3 
  • "And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's." (KJV) 1 Corinthians 3:23
  • Galatians 3:29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him (the God and Father of Jesus) who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. 
  • Jesus said in John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:13 "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.


"In every command and in every promise of the Word of God (Jesus) is the power (character), the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the Word (Jesus) is receiving the very life and character (power) of God." – {FLB 21.2}

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD (GOD) is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.

The Holy Spirit IS the thoughts and feelings of God Himself = His PRESENCE and POWER (Character -thoughts and feelings (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) = Power!!!)


"A knowledge of God is the foundation of all true education and of all true service." (Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, pages 292, 293) Getting to know someone is the foundation of trust. How well have we gotten to know God? "Our work is to restore the moral image of God in man through the abundant grace given us of God by Jesus Christ." – {TMK 45.3}  Divinity (Character, nature) Did Not Die

"Satan was well acquainted with the position of honor Christ had held in Heaven as the Son of God, the beloved of the Father. And that he should leave Heaven and come to this world as a man filled him with apprehension for his own safety. He could not comprehend the mystery of this great sacrifice for the benefit of fallen man. He knew well the value of Heaven far exceeded the anticipation and appreciation of fallen man. The most costly treasures of the world he knew would not compare with its worth. As he had lost through his rebellion all the riches and pure glories of Heaven, he was determined to be revenged by causing as many he could to undervalue Heaven and to place their affections upon earthly treasures."  {RH, March 3, 1874 par. 21} 

BC Appendix A - Christ's Place in the Godhead

I. Deity and Nature of Christ


Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,--one in nature, in character, in purpose,--the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God. "His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace" (Isaiah 9:6). His "goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2).--Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 34

The Jews had never before heard such words from human lips, and a convicting influence attended them; for it seemed that divinity flashed through humanity as Jesus said, "I and my Father are one." The words of Christ were full of deep meaning as he put forth the claim that he and the Father were of one substance, possessing the same attributes.--The Signs of the Times, Nov. 27, 1893, p. 54.

Yet the Son of God was the acknowledged Sovereign of heaven, one in power and authority with the Father.--The Great Controversy, p. 495.

To save the transgressor of God's law, Christ, the one equal with the Father, came to live heaven before men, that they might learn to know what it is to have heaven in the heart. He illustrated what man must be to be worthy of the precious boon of the life that measures with the life of God.--Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 179.

The only way in which the fallen race could be restored was through the gift of his Son, equal with himself, possessing the attributes of God. Though so highly exalted, Christ consented to assume human nature, that he might work in behalf of man and reconcile to God his disloyal subject. When man rebelled, Christ pleaded his merits in his behalf, and became man's substitute and surety. He undertook to combat the powers of darkness in man's behalf, and he prevailed, conquering the enemy of our souls, and presenting to man the cup of salvation.--The Review and Herald, Nov. 8, 1892.

The world was made by him, "and without him was not anything made that was made." If Christ made all things, he existed before all things. The words spoken in regard to this are so decisive that no one need be left in doubt. Christ was God essentially, and in the highest sense. He was with God from all eternity, God over all, blessed forevermore. . . .

There are light and glory in the truth that Christ was one with the Father before the foundation of the world was laid. This is the light shining in a dark place, making it resplendent with divine, original glory. This truth, infinitely mysterious in itself, explains other mysterious and otherwise unexplainable truths, while it is enshrined in light, unapproachable and incomprehensible. --The Review and Herald, April 5, 1906, p. 8.

The King of the universe summoned the heavenly hosts before Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true position of His Son, and show the relation He sustained to all created beings. The Son of God shared the Father's throne, and the glory of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both.-- Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 36.

However much a shepherd may love his sheep, he loves his sons and daughters more. Jesus is not only our shepherd; He is our "everlasting Father." And He says, "I know Mine own, and Mine own know Me, even as the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father." John 10:14, 15, R.V. What a statement is this!--the only-begotten Son, He who is in the bosom of the Father, He whom God has declared to be "the Man that is My fellow" (Zechariah 13:7),--the communion between Him and the eternal God is taken to represent the communion between Christ and His children on the earth!--The Desire of Ages, p. 483.

Still seeking to give a true direction to her faith, Jesus declared, "I am the resurrection, and the life." In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived. "He that hath the Son hath life." 1 John 5:12. The divinity of Christ is the believer's assurance of eternal life.--Ibid., p. 530.

Silence fell upon the vast assembly. The name of God, given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence, had been claimed as His own by this Galilean Rabbi. He had announced Himself to be the self-existent One, He who had been promised to Israel, "whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity."--Ibid., p. 469.

The world's Redeemer was equal with God. His authority was as the authority of God. He declared that he had no existence separate from the Father. The authority by which he spoke, and wrought miracles, was expressly his own, yet he assures us that he and the Father are one.--The Review and Herald, Jan. 7, 1890, p. 1.

Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the source and sustainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship.--Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 305.

Jehovah is the name given to Christ. "Behold, God is my salvation," writes the prophet Isaiah; "I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day ye shall say, Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted." "In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength."--The Signs of the Times, May 3, 1899, p. 2.

The heavenly gates are again to be lifted up, and with ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of holy ones, our saviour will come forth as King of Kings and Lord of lords. Jehovah Immanuel "shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall there be one Lord, and His name one."--Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 160.

This is the reward of all who follow Christ. Jehovah Emmanuel --He "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," in whom dwells "all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Colossians 2:3, 9)--to be brought into sympathy with Him, to know Him, to possess Him, as the heart opens more and more to receive His attributes; to know His love and power, to possess the unsearchable riches of Christ, to comprehend more and more "what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God" (Ephesians 3:18, 19)--"This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord."--Ibid., p. 57.

Before the entrance of sin among the angels: Christ the Word, the only-begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father, --one in nature, in character, and in purpose,--the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God. By Christ, the Father wrought in the creation of all heavenly beings.--The Great Controversy, p. 493.

If men reject the testimony of the inspired Scriptures concerning the deity of Christ, it is in vain to argue the point with them; for no argument, however conclusive, could convince them. "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14. None who hold this error can have a true conception of the character or the mission of Christ, or of the great plan of God for man's redemption.--Ibid., p. 524.

II. Eternal Pre-existence of Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, existed from eternity, a distinct person, yet one with the Father. He was the surpassing glory of heaven. He was the commander of the heavenly intelligence, and the adoring homage of the angels was received by him as his right. This was no robbery of God.--The Review and Herald, April 5, 1906, p. 8.

In speaking of His pre-existence, Christ carries the mind back through dateless ages. He assures us that there never was a time when He was not in close fellowship with the eternal God. He to whose voice the Jews were then listening had been with God as one brought up with Him.--The Signs of the Times, Aug. 29, 1900.

Here Christ shows them that, although they might reckon His life to be less than fifty years, yet His divine life could not be reckoned by human computation. The existence of Christ before His incarnation is not measured by figures.--The Signs of the Times, May 3, 1899.

From all eternity Christ was united with the Father, and when He took upon Himself human nature, He was still one with God.--The Signs of the Times, Aug. 2, 1905, p. 10.

When Christ passed within the heavenly gates, He was enthroned amidst the adoration of the angels. As soon as this ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, even with the glory which He had with the Father from all eternity.--The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 38, 39.

But while God's Word speaks of the humanity of Christ when upon this earth, it also speaks decidedly regarding his preexistence. The Word existed as a divine being, even as the eternal Son of God, in union and oneness with his Father. From everlasting he was the Mediator of the covenant, the one in whom all nations of the earth, both Jews and Gentiles, if they accepted him, were to be blessed. "The Word was with God, and the Word was God." Before men or angels were created, the Word was with God, and was God.--The Review and Herald, April 5, 1906.

"The Father was greater than the Son in that he was first." (James White, January 4, 1881, Review & Herald; found in EGW Review and Herald Articles, vol. 1, page 244)  "Neither are the Father and the Son parts of the “three-one God. They are two distinct beings, yet one in the design and accomplishment of redemption."  (James White, 1868, Life Incidents, page 343)

"The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. In mind, in purpose, in character, they are one, but not in person. By partaking of the Spirit of God, conforming to the law of God, man becomes a partaker of the divine nature.Christ brings His disciples into a living union with Himself and with the Father. Through the working of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind, man is made complete in Christ Jesus. Unity with Christ establishes a bond of unity with one another. This unity is the most convincing proof to the world of the majesty and virtue of Christ, and of His power (Character=thoughts and feelings=even the "inclination" to sin) to take away sin." {Our Father Cares, p. 36.3}

About her husband James White, Ellen states: December 10, 1871,"I was shown that his (James White's) relation to the people of God was similar, in some respects, to that of Moses to Israel." Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, Page 85.

Ellen White states her husband was "Keen, Nobel & True" and was given "GREAT LIGHT ALSO" and "he was to speak and WRITE it out for OTHERS", Selected Messages bk.1, p. 206-207 1904. 

“He (James White) received a commendation that few others have attained. God has permitted theprecious light of truth to shine upon His word and illuminate the mind of my husbandHe may reflect the rays of light from the presence of Jesus upon OTHERS by his preaching and WRITING.” 
{E. G. White, Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, p. 502}

Although Ellen rebuked many different people, she had no rebukes for her own husbands (James S. White) blatant rebuke of the trinity doctrine, who called it a: "Catholic error", "spiritualism", "Neither are the Father and the Son parts of the “three-one God”, " the trinity "denied the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ", "The inexplicable Trinity" that it is "bad enough", "the old trinitarian absurdity", "a fundamental error", "the Trinity, which does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ", a "vestige of Papacy"...etc. The fact is that James Springer White totally and unequivocally rejected the doctrine of the trinity.

"The same arguments are still urged against all who dare to present, in opposition to established errors, the plain and direct teachings of God's word." {Great Controversy p. 148} 


A human being lives, but his is a given life, a life that will be quenched. "What is your life? It is even vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." But Christ's life is not a vapor; it is never-ending, a life existing before the worlds were made.--The Signs of the Times, June 17, 1897, p. 5.

From the days of eternity the Lord Jesus Christ was one with the Father; He was "the image of God," the image of His greatness and majesty, "the outshining of His glory."--The Desire of Ages, p. 19.

He was one with the Father before the angels were created. --The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, p. 17.

Christ was God essentially, and in the highest sense. He was with God from all eternity, God over all, blessed forevermore.-- The Review and Herald, April 5, 1906, p. 8.



"The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. In mind, in purpose, in character, they are one, but not in person. By partaking of the Spirit of God, conforming to the law of God, man becomes a partaker of the divine nature.Christ brings His disciples into a living union with Himself and with the Father. Through the working of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind, man is made complete in Christ Jesus. Unity with Christ establishes a bond of unity with one another. This unity is the most convincing proof to the world of the majesty and virtue of Christ, and of His power (Character=thoughts and feelings=even the "inclination" to sin) to take away sin." {Our Father Cares, p. 36.3}

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The appearance of fire signified the fervent zeal with which they would labor:

     "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." The Holy Ghost assuming the form of tongues of fire divided at the tips, and resting upon those assembled, was an emblem of the gift which was bestowed upon them of speaking with fluency several different languages, with which they had formerly been unacquainted; and the appearance of fire signified the fervent zeal with which they would labor, and the power (character=thoughts and feelings) which would attend their words. {7Red 5.2

The name of God, given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence, had been claimed as His own by this Galilean Rabbi. He had announced Himself to be the self-existent One, He who had been promised to Israel, "whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity." Micah 5:2, margin. --The Desire of Ages, pp. 469, 470.

In it [God's Word] we may learn what our redemption has cost Him who from the beginning was equal with the Father.-- Counsels to Parents and Teachers, p. 13. 

"In arguing the perfect equality of the Father and the Son, and the fact that Christ is in very nature God, we do not design to be understood as teaching that the Father was not before the Son. It should not be necessary to guard this point, lest some should think that the Son existed as soon as the Father; yet some go to that extremewhich adds nothing to the dignity of Christ, but rather detracts from the honor due him, since many throw the whole thing away rather than accept a theory so obviously out of harmony with the language of Scripture, that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. He was begotten, not created. He is of the substance of the Father, so that in his very nature he is God; and since this is so  'It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.' Col. 1:19... While both are of the same nature, the Father is first in point of timeHe is also greater in that he had no beginning, while Christ's personality had a beginning." EJ Waggoner, Signs of the Times, April 8, 1889, p. 214

Ellen White stated that Dr. Waggoner’s position in the 1888 time frame "harmonizes PERFECTLY" with what she had tried to teach ALL her life! This means that Dr. Waggoner represented the doctrine of Christ "In a manner or way that could not be better. "That which has been presented harmonizes perfectly with the light which God has been pleased to give me during all the years of my experience." The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 164.3 and Pastoral Ministry, p. 20.2

"I saw that God is displeased with the disposition that some have to murmur against those who have fought the heaviest battles for them and who endured so much in the commencement of the message, when the work went hard. The experienced laborers, those who toiled under the weight and the oppressive burdens when there were but few to help bear them, God regards; and He has a jealous care for those who have proved faithful.

He is displeased with those who are ready to find fault with and reproach those servants of God who have grown gray in building up the cause of present truth."

{E. G. White, Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, pp. 320, 321. 1873} 

"The Father was greater than the Son in that he was first." (James White, January 4, 1881, Review & Herald; found in EGW Review and Herald Articles, vol. 1, page 244)  "Neither are the Father and the Son parts of the “three-one God. They are two distinct beings, yet one in the design and accomplishment of redemption."  (James White, 1868, Life Incidents, page 343)

John 14:31 “But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

 
"Let those who have come into the truth in later years take heed to these words."

The Seventh Day Adventist Church as we know it today, has left the Way Marks, and has established doctrine that is completely contrary to the beliefs held by the pioneers of the church. Ellen White spoke of this apostasy. Here's the facts friend, Ellen White was a member of a Church that was ANTI-TRINITARIAN from 1844-1863-1911.. She was married to an anti-Trinitarian for 35 years.--EGW never rebuked them, not once.

About her husband James White, Ellen states: December 10, 1871,"I was shown that his (James White's) relation to the people of God was similar, in some respects, to that of Moses to Israel." Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, Page 85.

Ellen White states her husband was "Keen, Nobel & True" and was given "GREAT LIGHT ALSO" and "he was to speak and WRITE it out for OTHERS", Selected Messages bk.1, p. 206-207 1904. 

“He (James White) received a commendation that few others have attained. God has permitted theprecious light of truth to shine upon His word and illuminate the mind of my husbandHe may reflect the rays of light from the presence of Jesus upon OTHERS by his preaching and WRITING.” 
{E. G. White, Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, p. 502}


Although Ellen rebuked many different people, she had no rebukes for her own husbands (James S. White) blatant rebuke of the trinity doctrine, who called it a: "Catholic error", "spiritualism", "Neither are the Father and the Son parts of the “three-one God”, " the trinity "denied the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ", "The inexplicable Trinity" that it is "bad enough", "the old trinitarian absurdity", "a fundamental error", "the Trinity, which does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ", a "vestige of Papacy"...etc. The fact is that James Springer White totally and unequivocally rejected the doctrine of the trinity.

"The same arguments are still urged against all who dare to present, in opposition to established errors, the plain and direct teachings of God's word." {Great Controversy p. 148} 

"The past fifty years have not dimmed one jot or principle of our faith as we received the great and wonderful evidences that were made certain to us in 1844, after the passing of the time. The languishing souls are to be confirmed and quickened according to His Word. . . . Not a word is changed or deniedThat which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, in our great disappointment, is the SOLID FOUNDATION OF TRUTH. [The] pillars of truth were revealed, and we accepted the foundation principles that have made us what we are--Seventh-day Adventists, keeping the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus. (The Upward Look, page 352, paragraph 4 Chapter Title: God's Word is True).

"Many of our people do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laidMy husband, Elder Joseph Bates, Father Pierce, Elder {Hiram} Edson, and others who were KEEN, NOBLE, AND TRUE, were among those who, after the passing of the time in 1844, searched for the truth as for hidden treasure… When theycame to the point in their study where they said, "WE can do nothing more," the Spirit of the Lord would come upon me, I would be taken off in vision, and a clear explanation of the passages, WE had been studying would be given me, with instruction as to how WE were to labor and teach effectively. Thus light was given that helped US to understand the scriptures in regard to Christ, His mission, and His priesthood. A LINE OF TRUTH EXTENDING FROM THAT TIME (1844) TO THE TIME WHEN WE SHALL ENTER THE CITY OF GOD, WAS MADE PLAIN TO ME, and I gave to others the instruction that the Lord had given me. What influence is it that would lead men at this stage of our history to work in an underhand, powerful way to tear down the foundation of our faith–the foundation that was laid at the beginning of our work by prayerful study of the Word and revelation? Upon this foundation we have been building for the past fifty years. (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 206-7 1904).


"Whatever contradicts God's word, we may be sure proceeds from Satan." Patriarchs and Prophets, page 55, paragraph 2. 

Jesus was set up before the earth was created. "I was set up from everlasting from the beginning, or ever the earth was." Proverbs 8:23. Jesus was with His Father during creation.

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2


Philippians 2:5

King James Version (KJV)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:


What is the only thing we can take to Heaven with us??? OUR CHARACTER!!! THIS is what Jesus also took back to Heaven with Him! His Divine Character and Nature did not die - His human "nature" is what died! The inclination to sin! Jesus came to REMOVE the inclination to sin from us! Our carnal human nature is what we must let die by claiming Christ's complete death on the cross as our very own. We claim HIS VICTORY over every besetting sin as our very own, His death as our very own and His RISEN newness of life - sin-free life as our very own!!! This is how we obtain and overcome sin - through Jesus very own victory, death and new risen life!!! God imparts his thoughts and feelings INTO us through Christ!!! Thus we are reconciled BACK to the Father and God of Jesus our Saviour  We are changed Back/reconciled into God's own image/copy/likeness instead of the devils image/copy.

The creative energy (Holy Spirit =one eternal Spirit) that called the worlds into existence is in the Word of God. This Word (Jesus) imparts power (Character=thoughts and feelings like God); it begets Life. Every command is a Promise; accepted by the will (choices we make), received into the soul, it brings with it the Life of the Infinite One. It transforms the nature (carnal into reborn) and re-creates the soul (soul=NATURE!!! =breath+body=soul =breath goes back to God at death, body turns back to dust=no soul) in the image of God! Kindred spirits with the living God of Heaven! http://www.whiteestate.org/books/ed/ed13.html  ST April 11, 1906, par. 7


Remember, ONLY God the Father is IMMORTAL - else who truly died for us???
GOD, the Father of Christ, is IMMORTAL, meaning He cannot die (everything would fall apart if He died) and GOD is a Spirit (John 4:24) who is INIVISIBLE to us after Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden: "Now unto the King eternal,immortalinvisiblethe only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Timothy 1:17. "But to us there is but one God, the Father, OF whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, BY whom are all things, and we by him." 1 Corinthians 8:6 

Ellen White: "...teach men of the pre-existence of the only Saviour..." {HM, September 1, 1892 par. 4}

The life thus imparted is in like manner sustained. "By every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4) shall man live.

The mind, the soul, is built up by that upon which it feeds; and it rests with us to determine upon what it shall be fed. It is within the power of everyone to choose the topics that shall occupy the thoughts and shape the character. Of every human being privileged with access to the Scriptures, God says, "I have written to him the great things of My law." "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Hosea 8:12; Jeremiah 33:3.

With the word of God in his hands, every human being, wherever his lot in life may be cast, may have such companionship as he shall choose. In its pages he may hold converse with the noblest and best of the human race, and may listen to the voice of the Eternal as He speaks with men. As he studies and meditates upon the themes into which "the angels desire to look" (1 Peter 1:12), he may have their companionship. He may follow the steps of the heavenly Teacher, and listen to His words as when He taught on mountain and plain and sea. He may dwell in this world in the atmosphere of heaven, imparting to earth's sorrowing and tempted ones thoughts of hope and longings for holiness; himself coming closer and still closer into fellowship with the Unseen; like him of old who walked with God, drawing nearer and nearer the threshold of the eternal world, until the portals shall open, and he shall enter there. He will find himself no stranger. The voices that will greet him are the voices of the holy ones, who, unseen, were on earth his companions --voices that here he learned to distinguish and to love. He who through the word of God has lived in fellowship with heaven, will find himself at home in heaven's companionship.


"If we believe in Godwe are armed with the righteousness (truth) of Christ; we have taken hold of his strength."  Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, p. 132.5 Who is God? See: https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/thr

What are your thoughts? "The thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character."  Messages to Young People, p. 92.1

"Character IS power.” {COL 340.2}

What does “Character” consist of exactly? 

"The thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character."  Messages to Young People, p. 92.1

Merriam-Webster says “Character” is “The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” Also known as  our  nature, personality, temper, figure, disposition.

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee." Proverbs 23:7  (For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost]).

In all you do, let your thought be, “Is this the way of the Lord? Will this please my Saviour? He gave His life for me; what can I give back to God? I can only say, ‘Of Thine own, O lord, I freely give Thee.’” Unless the name of God is written in your forehead,—written there because God is the center of your thoughts,—you will not be meet for the inheritance in light. It is your Creator who has poured out to you all heaven in one wondrous gift,—His only-begotten Son...."Counsels on Stewardship, p. 46.2

"To Moses, the character of God was revealed as His glory. In like manner, we behold the glory (character) of Christ by beholding His character. Paul says: “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory [from character to character] even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18)." Manuscript Releases Volume Nine [Nos. 664-770], p. 296.2 '


Acts 2:32 God has raised this Jesus to life

1 Corinthians 6:14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead


"The Saviour has said, "He that believeth on The Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not The Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him"He says again, "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only trueGod, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent."
 
Mohammedanism has its converts in many lands, and its advocates deny the divinity of ChristShall this faith be propagated, and the advocates of Truth fail to manifest intense zeal to overthrow the error, and teach men of the pre-existence of the only Saviour of the world? O howwe need men who will search and believe The Word of God, who will present Jesus to the world in His divine and human nature, declaring with power and in demonstration of The Spirit, that "there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." O how we need believers who will now present Christ in life and character, who will hold Him up before the world as thebrightness of the Father's glory, proclaiming that God is love!  {HM, September 1, 1892 par. 4}


This book called     REDEMPTION:  there is I think 8 books in the REDEMPTION SERIES and
    this one is called RESURRECTION OF CHRIST; AND HIS ASCENSION
    such good readings  starts with the THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST after the Crucifixion and thru the
ascension of Christ.  can hardly quit reading it is so good.  I have all 8 books, but this one is made larger print.
the story of the walk to Emmaus is really interesting the details -not in most books. 
 
 
this is page 22
 
  "Jesus said to Mary, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father."
When he closed his eyes in death upon the cross, the soul of Christ did not go at once to Heaven, as many believe, or
how could his words be true--- "I am not yet ascended to my Father"?  The spirit of Jesus slept in the tomb with his body, and did not wing its way to Heaven, there to maintain a separate existence, and to look down upon the mourning disciples embalming the body from which it had taken flight.  All that comprised the life and intelligence of Jesus remained with his body in the sepulcher; and when he came forth it was as a whole being; he did not have to summon his spirit from Heaven.  He had power to lay down his life and to take it up again.
  The brightest morning that ever dawned upon a fallen world, was that in which the Saviour rose from the dead;
but it was of no greater importance to man than the day upon which his trial and crucifixion took place.  It was no marvel to the
heavenly host that He who controlled the power of death, and had life in himself, should awaken from the sleep of the grave.  But it was a marvel to them that their loved Commander should die for rebellious men. 
  Christ rested in the tomb on the Sabbath day, and when holy beings of both Heaven and earth were astir on the morning
of the first day of the week, he rose from the grave to renew his work of teaching his disciples.  But this fact does not consecrate
the first day of the week, and make it a Sabbath.  Jesus, prior to his death, established a memorial of the breaking of his body
and the spilling of his blood for the sins of the world in the ordinance of the Lord's supper, saying, "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come."  And the repentant believer, who takes the steps required in conversion, commemorates in his baptism the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  He goes down into the water in the likeness of Christ's death and burial, and he is raised out of the water in the likeness of his resurrection--- not to take up the old life of sin, but to live a new life in Christ Jesus.



The Son is Raised

Did Jesus Raise Himself from Death? 
Jesus repeatedly predicted His death and resurrection.

Matt 16:21He must go unto Jerusalem...and be killed, and be raised again the third day
Matt 17:23the third day He shall be raised again
Luke 9:22and be raised the third day
Matt 20:19and the third day He shall rise again. [egerthesetai he will be raised]
Mark 8:31and after three days rise again
Luke 18:33and the third day He shall rise again

Three verses state He will be raised, a passive action performed by someone else. 
Three verses state He will simply rise again without indicating how.

A central requirement of the Trinity doctrine is that Christ, a co-equal, eternal, person of the Godhead, 
could not allow His divine nature to die, and thus He could resurrect Himself with His own power. 
While the verses above do not clearly establish this, a couple statements suggest it.

One of them was made after being asked for a sign of His authority to cleanse the temple. Jesus said,

John 2:19____'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.' [egerw auton I will arise]

Jesus had just cleansed the temple and gave this prediction as proof of His authority to do so. 
The Jewish leaders misunderstood Christ's words to mean the literal stone edifice of Herod's temple. 
They were incredulous: How could anyone erect a building in three days that took 46 years to build?! 
Later they accused him of actually planning to destroy this temple Matt 27:39,40.

vs 21_______But Jesus "spoke of the temple of his body." He was speaking figuratively, using symbols.

 

The Body, His Church, is Raised 
We, like the Jews, may misunderstand this to mean only Christ's physical body. 
However, the New Testament uses the symbol of Christ's body to also represent His Church.

Rom 12:5We are one body in Christ
1Cor 12:12As the body is one and has many members...so also is Christ
1Cor 12:27We are the body of Christ and members in particular
Eph 4:12Apostles and prophets... are given for edifying the body of Christ
Eph 5:30For we are all members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones

Both symbolic meanings are true. 
In three days Jesus would raise up both His body temple and His church body.

Luke 13:32 ..Jesus told Herod, "I perform cures today, tomorrow, and the third day I am perfected"

Here Jesus uses a day for a year to foretell the completion of His mission. 
In the third year, both Jesus and the infant Church suffered death at the crucifixion. 
Christ's physical body was destroyed; His followers were devastated -- their hope died. 
But the Church was given new life to their hope 
and raised up when Christ was raised from the dead.

2Cor 4:14He who raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus
1Pet 1:3The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...
has begotten us again unto a lively hope

by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

The two women (two churches) of Luke chapter 8 illustrate this truth. 
The woman plagued with the issue of blood (the Old Testament sacrificial system) 
was cured (the blood stopped, the temple veil was rent, the sacrifices ceased). 
Later that same day, Jairus' daughter (the New Testament church) was raised from the dead. 
The young 12 year old girl represents the birth of Christ's Church 
as it is given life to rise up again and feed at the command of Jesus. 
Finally, the sleeping church will rise again on the "third day", at the last day.
A day with the Lord is as a thousand years. In the 3rd millennial day, the Church will rise again.

John 6:44No man can come to me, except the Father draw him
and I will raise him up at the last day

God's drawing power and His resurrection power are both exercised through Christ. 
As Jesus rose early on the morning of the third day, 
so His sleeping saints will be raised by the call of His voice, the voice of the archangel, 
on the morning of the third millennium, on "the last day".

Jesus, in all His third day predictions, was speaking as a prophet as foretold by Moses:

Deut 18:18I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee [Moses],
and will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
vs 19And it shall come to pass that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

Jesus referred to these words of Moses when He said,

John 12:48He that rejects me, and receives not my words…the words that I have spoken…shall judge him
vs 49For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, 
he gave me a commandment,

what I should say, and what I should speak.

Ezekiel spoke about causing Jerusalem's destruction because he predicted it. 

Ezek 43:3___"I came to bring the city to ruin" yet the Babylonian's destroyed the city, not Ezekiel.

Jesus predicted His death and resurrection, but caused neither. 
He laid down His life willingly, voluntarily in obedience to the Father's will; but He didn't kill Himself. 
Likewise, He rested obediently in the tomb, depending fully on His Father; He never acted on His own. 
While Jesus announced His own resurrection, He didn't act impetuously to raise Himself.

The integrity of Christ's mission depended on the fulfillment of the words given Him by the Father. 
It wasn't until after the resurrection that the disciples remembered these prophetic words of Jesus. 
At the tomb the angel reminds them, "Remember what he told you?..
that the Son of Man must be delivered up ...and the third day rise again?" Luke 24:6-8.

John 2:22When He was risen from the dead, 
his disciples remembered that He had said this to them.

And they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

"Risen" is ambiguous. He could have raised Himself, or the Father could have raised Him. 
The NASV is clearer: "When He was raised from the dead," indicating He was raised by someone else.

The Father raised His Son 
It is abundantly clear from scripture that the disciples understood Who raised Christ. 
Peter and Paul repeatedly and consistently stated that God, the Father, raised Jesus.

Gal 1:1God, the Father, who raised [Jesus Christ] from the dead
Eph 1:19,20By the exceeding greatness of the Father's mighty power …he raised Christ from the dead.
2Cor 4:14He [the Father] which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus

The Father created the worlds by Jesus; The Father shall raise us up by Jesus. 
The same principle works here as in creation: The Father is the Source of all life and power. 
In the Greek, each time the Father is the subject, the verb is in the active voice.
This indicates that the subject, in this case the Father, is doing the action, He is doing the raising. 
Every time Christ is the subject the verb is always in the passive voice, 
the action is being done on Christ.

Rom 6:4Christ was raised up from the dead by [Gr. dia through, for] the glory of the Father
Acts 2:22,24Jesus of Nazareth...Whom God has raised up having loosed the pains of death
Acts 2:32This Jesus has God raised up Acts 3:15 The Prince of life whom God has raised from the dead
Acts 3:26God (the Father), having raised up his Son Jesus
Acts 4:10Jesus Christ…whom God raised from the dead
Acts 5:30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus
1Pet 1:21God, that raised him up from the dead
Col 2:12God, who has raised him [Jesus] from the dead
Acts 10:40

Him [Christ] God raised up the third day

Acts 13:30,34God raised him [Jesus] from the dead…He raised Him up from the dead
Acts 13:37He whom God raised again saw no corruption
Rom 8:11Him [God] that raised up Jesus from the dead
Acts 17:31[God] has raised him from the dead
Rom 4:24Believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead
1Cor 15:15We have testified of God that He raised up Christ. If not "we are false witnesses of God"
1Thess 1:9,10We wait for His [God's] Son from heaven, whom He [God] raised from the dead
1Cor 6:14
2Cor 13:4

God has both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by His own power
Though he was crucified...yet he lives by the power of God.

Rom 10:9If you believe in your heart that God has raised [the Lord Jesus] from the dead
you shall be saved. i.e., Belief in God's raising Jesus is critical to our salvation
Heb 5:7[Christ] offered up prayers…unto Him that was able to save Him from death

"He was in that stony prison house as a prisoner of divine justice. He was responsible to the Judge of the universe. He was bearing the sins of the world, and His Father only could release Him." EGWManuscript 94, 1897.

Jesus raised the dead by speaking to them.

Luke 7:16Young man, arise
Luke 8:55Talitha cumi, Maiden, arise
John 11Lazarus, come forth
John 5:25At the first resurrection all in the graves shall hear Christ's voice and live
Isa 26:19Awake, ye that dwell in the dust
1Thes 4:16When Jesus resurrects the sleeping saints He does so with a shout

So did His Father speak to raise His Son. 
An angel descends from heaven and brings the Father's command.

"Then the mighty angel, with a voice that caused the earth to quake, was heard: Jesus, thou Son of God, thy Father calls thee! Then he who had earned the power to conquer death and the grave came forth"Spirit of Prophecy Vol. 3 p. 192, 1878.

"Then the angel from heaven, with a voice that caused the earth to quake, cried out, "Thou Son of God, Thy Father calls Thee! Come forth." Death could hold dominion over Him no longer. Jesus arose from the dead, a triumphant conqueror." Early Writings, p. 182 (1882).

"The soldiers see him removing the stone as he would a pebble, and hear him cry, Son of God, come forth; Thy Father calls Thee.Desire of Ages, p. 780 (1889)

"The light of heaven encircled the tomb, and the whole heaven was lighted by the glory of the angels. Then his voice was heard, "Thy Father calls Thee; come forth" 5SDABC p. 1110, MS 115, 1897.

Matt 2:15 __Out of Egypt have I [the Father] called My Son

Matthew is actually quoting Hosea 11:1 which is making an historical statment of fact.
God calls Israel "my son" but Jesus is the Second Israel, even as He is the Second Adam.
Matthew then applies this to the historical truth that Jesus also "came out of Egypt."
Egypt is both a symbol of plenty and refuge in time of famine, and of bondage-genocide.
Like Joseph, Jesus goes to Egypt and finds safety from murderous threats born of jealousy.
God promised Jacob "I will go down with you into Egypt and I will bring you up again" Gen 46.3
In Rev 11 Egypt is a symbol of death "where our Lord was crucified."
Therefore, Jesus was called out of Egypt both literally and symbolically.
First, when as an infant his father Joseph took him there as directed by an angel from God.
Secondly, when sleeping in the tomb his heavenly Father called him out of the bondage of death.

Jesus obeyed the call of His Father and came forth with a new spiritual body that was given Him. 
Obedient in life unto death, He was obedient in death unto life.
 Phil 2:8
He was patient, trusting, not impetuous or willfully independent. 
He died in His natural body; He was raised in His spiritual body becoming a life-giving Spirit. 1Cor 15:44,45
He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.

1Pet 3:18Christ [was] quickened [resurrected] by the Spirit [of God]
John 5:30

(either way, whether His Father or His Father's Spirit)
Jesus of His own self could do nothing

This is evidenced by the fact that an angel came from heaven to roll away the stone. Matt 28:2
If Jesus was able to awake Himself from the sleep of death, then raise Himself back to life, 
He certainly should have been able to remove the stone by Himself. 
But after this His Father quickened Him with His Spirit, 
restored His immortality, and called Him to come forth.

John 11:25"Jesus declared, 'I am the resurrection, and the life.'
John 1:4In him was life once again. This life was given back to Christ from His Father
John 5:26as the Father has life in Himself, 
so has He given to the Son to have life in himself
1Cor 15:45,47The last Adam was made a quickening (life-giving) spirit…
the Lord from heaven

His Father is the Source of all life, giving immortal, self-existent life to His Son. 
He gave this life to His Son in the beginning and again at the resurrection. 
Thus Christ has immortality and is the Source of all life to the creatures He created.

"All created things live by the will and power of God. They are dependent recipients of the life of the Son of God. However able and talented, however large their capabilities, they are replenished with life from the Source of all life." 5SDABC p. 1113, Manuscript 131, 1897.

Then Jesus, with the immortal, divine life that was restored to Him, raised Himself from a lying position in obedience to the command from His Father to arise, even as He had commanded others to arise. 

His human body could not come forth from the tomb until an angel removed the stone. Mat 28:2

He appeared first to Mary, who was cautioned to not touch or handle Him. John 20:17

The reason He gives is that He, as our High Priest, had not yet ascended to see His Father in heaven. 

He came forth from the tomb without seeing corruption, without breeding worms, without sin. Acts 2:27;Ex 16:24

He had previously sacrificed His divine powers, laying them aside, to become a man Phil 2:6,7.

Now he had sacrificed His human body but had yet to complete the sacrifice by presenting His blood. Lev 4:17

He ascended to the Holy Place with the blood of the covenant to obtain eternal redemption for us Heb 9:11, 12

See Formation of the Heavenly Trio

http://theprophetstillspeaks.co.uk/Articles(TerryHill)/SonofGod(incEGW).htm

Later He appears to the other women who are now allowed to hold Him by the feet. Matt 28:9

The two disciples on the way to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus for he appeared in another form. Mark 16:12
He had been "transfigured" since the cross when His visage was marred beyond recognition. Isa 52:14
But when they reached home and He broke the bread suddenly their eyes were opened. Luke 24:30
His body was significantly changed when He dined with them and then disappearing in their presence. 
Later He reappeared to the group behind shut doors demonstrating supernatural abilities of His glorified body. 
Yet His body was still recognizable, the prints in his hands, feet and side were visible and solid. 
He appeared before the disciples saying, "A spirit has not flesh and bones as you see me have." Luke 24:39 
He then ate food in their presence to prove that He was not just a phantom spirit. 
"Flesh and blood" is a very frequent phrase Matt 16:17; 1Cor 15:50; Eph 6:12; Gal 1:16; Heb 2:14
Every occurrence refers to a human body. But "flesh and bones" suggests a different kind of body. 
"The life is in the blood" And the blood was taken to heaven and left there, an eternal sacrifice for man.
Jesus gives us his blood, his life of obedience, of victory, give us power to overcome. Lev 17:11;Heb 10:19
He was now sustained by a different kind of life, an eternal zoe life of immortality. 

Eight days later He again appeared to them behind closed doors to show Thomas that He knew of his doubt. 
Jesus proved that He was present with them while invisible; His presence was just as real then as now.
"I am the truth" John 14:6 "I will pray the Father and he will give you...the Spirit of truth" vs 16,17.
"and shall be in you" vs 17. "I will come to you" vs 18. "I in you" vs 20.
He commands Thomas to touch and handle Him to prove that He had a real body, more real than ours! 
He proved this again at a final appearance on the shore of Galilee cooking a meal of bread and fish. 
Did He catch the fish, gather the wood, build the fire? He invited them to bring some of their fish as well! 
This was the real last supper and Jesus ate together with them again showing them that His body was real. 
His body had graced His early life, borne our sins in it, rested without corruption in the tomb. 
He glorified the Father in it, and now it would never be laid aside again, forever immortal, the divine Man.

Thus, the Father raised Jesus from the dead by calling Him forth and giving back His immortal life. 
And Jesus raised His physical self once He had received back His divine soul (psuche). Both are true. 
Once again He was begotten of the Father, "no more to return to corruption" Acts 13:34; no more mortal. 
Paul applies Psalm 2:7 "this day have I begotten thee" to the day that "God...has raised up Jesus again" vs. 33.
Jesus was now "declared to be the Son of God...by the resurrection from the dead" Rom 1:4
Thus He became "the first begotten of the dead" Rev 1:5. 

Three times Jesus was begotten. All three are true. 
1. He was begotten in heaven before the foundation of the world
2. He was begotten in Bethlehem "in the fullness of time"
3. He was begotten from the dead when He was resurrected by His Father

He presented this human body to the Father Sunday morning to fulfill the wave sheaf offering. 
Jesus is the First fruit of those who sleep in death, He fulfilled the wave sheaf on the day of His resurrection. 
He was not the first to be resurrected from the dead. Moses was. 
But, like Esau, Reuben, Manasseh, Cain who were all literal firstborns, they were not the significant firstborn. 
Christ is the Leader, the Chief, the Head, the real Firstborn of heaven. 
When we are born again, we are raised to newness of life, a kind of first fruits from an old life dead in sin.

James 1:18The Father…chose to give us birth through the word of truth (Jesus)
That we might be a kind of first fruits of all He created

The exact nature of the spiritual body, the celestial body that we will receive at the last trump is uncertain.

1Jn 3:2It does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear
we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is

So, to what extent did Christ's divinity still reside within Him? 
And to what extent did Christ lay aside His divinity before leaving heaven?

Christ said that He laid down His life (psuchen, soul) and has power to take it again. 
However, the issue is not ability or power but authority which, Jesus says, comes from His Father.

John 10:17Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life [psuchen, soul]
that I might take [labw Strong's #2983, receive, get] it again
John 10:18No man takes [airen Strong's #142, take] it from me, but I lay it down of myself
I have power [ezonsian authority, liberty, privledge, right] to lay it [My soul] down, 
and I have power [ezonsian authority] to take [labein Strong's #2983 receive, get] it again. This commandment have I received [elabon Strong's #2983] 
of my Father

Jesus said "no man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself" 
but He didn't say "no man gives it to me, I take it again by myself."

The word "take" has two Greek forms in this text. 
When Jesus says "No man takes it from me" 
the Greek word is Strong's #142 airo which is translated take up or take away. 
It is a unilateral action; a removal by one party without any associated transfer from another party.

John 1:29the Lamb of God which takes [airo] away the sins of the world
John 2:10Take [airo] these things away! Make not my Father's house a den of thieves
John 5:8Rise, take up [airo] thy bed and walk
John 11:39Take away [airo] the stone!
John 20:13They have taken away [airo] my Lord

But when He says He will "take it again" John uses a different Greek word, 
Strong's #2983 labo, labein, elabon. Various forms of lambano 
which is translated as either take or receive because it is a reciprocal action
There is a transfer of something from a giver to a receiver. For example,

Matt 26:26___Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them saying, "Take, eat..."

In taking the bread, they received it. 
So lambano is also translated as receive 133 times in the New Testament.

John 1:12As many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God
John 3:27A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven
John 16:24Ask and you shall receive
John 20:22Jesus breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit"

Lambano is also translated 106 times as take. 
Each time a take occurs, a receive happens as well. 
This same Greek word is used in John 10:18 when Jesus said He "received" this commandment from His Father who "gave" it to Him. He could just as well said, "I take this command, this responsibility." 

The taking of lambano is always the result of receiving that which is given. It's a reciprocal action.

If we translate the reciprocal "take-receive" lambano as the unilateral "take" of airo, then this verse contradicts the many verses which state that God the Father raised Jesus. 
If we translate lambano as a reciprocal "take and receive", then this verse agrees with all these verses and only conflicts with the two other verses that seem to suggest Jesus raised Himself. 
_______In harmony with John 5:26, the Son has authority to receive again the life His Father gave Him.

The Weymouth translation renders this verse using lambano consistently. 
"I have authority to lay it down and I have authority to receive it again. 
This commandment I received from my Father." 
So does The New English Bible
"I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to receive it back again; 
this charge I have received from my Father." 

So also, Jesus took and received the life that His Father gave Him; 
He had been given the authority to take and receive the life which His Father gave.

Continued: The Spirit of God


Living the life of the Saviour, overcoming every selfish desire, fulfilling bravely and cheerfully our duty to God and to those around us—this makes us more than conquerors. This prepares us to stand before the great white throne free from spot or wrinkle, having washed our robes of character, and made them white in the blood of the lamb. – {OFC 285.7}

“If we plan according to our own ideas, the Lord will leave us to our own mistakes. But when, after following His directions, we are brought into strait places, He will deliver us.” The Desire of Ages, p. 370

It is the Christian’s duty not to permit surroundings and circumstances to mold him, but to live above surroundings, fashioning his character according to the divine Model. – {TMK 93.3}

We cannot inquire, What is for our convenience? but only, What are our orders? No one looks upon the life of a soldier as a life of self-pleasing and gratification. We are on the battlefield today, and two great forces are ever contending for the mastery.... – {TMK 92.2}

“It is by seeing Him who is invisible that strength and vigor of soul are gained and the power of earth over mind and character is broken." AA 364

"The reason why Satan has so great control over the minds and hearts of men is that they have not made the Word of God the man of their counsel, and all their ways have not been tried by the true test. The Bible will show us what course we must pursue to become heirs of glory." – {Our High Calling, p 31.3}

Why is it important to take time with God in the morning? Find out in this e-Devotional clip:

http://youtu.be/jQpmWEP0hOY

If no human heart is aroused to sympathy for us, we need not feel that we are without sympathy. Christ knows; and He says, Look unto Me, and live. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). {TMK 51.4}

“It is by seeing Him who is invisible that strength and vigor of soul are gained and the power of earth over mind and character is broken." AA 364

In every command and in every promise of the Word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the Word is receiving the very life and character of God. – {FLB 21.2}

Pray much. While at your work let your heart be uplifted to God. When you have committed to God the keeping of your soul, do not go away and act directly contrary to the prayer you have made. Watch as well as pray, lest you be overcome with temptation. Resist the first inclination to do wrong. Pray in your heart, “Jesus, help me; preserve me from evil,” and then do what you know Christ would be pleased to have you do.... – {TMK 41.3}

"At the moment when you are offering your prayer for help you may not feel all the joy and blessing that you would like to feel, but if you believe that Christ will hear and answer your petition, the peace of Christ will come...." – {OHC 326.4}

"Living the life of the Saviour, overcoming every selfish desire, fulfilling bravely and cheerfully our duty to God and to those around us—this makes us more than conquerors. This prepares us to stand before the great white throne free from spot or wrinkle, having washed our robes of character, and made them white in the blood of the lamb." – {OFC 285.7}

“The righteousness of Christ, WHICH IS pure, unadulterated TRUTH.The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 1540.1 "The white raiment, which is the righteousness (truth) of Christ." The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 415  John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." !!! John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have "believed" that I came out from God." and see John 17:8.

What IS the WORK OF GOD that WE are to DO? TO BELIEVE!!!

John 6:29 "Jesus answered and said unto them, This IS the work of God, that you BELIEVE IN Him whom He has sent."


Micah 5:2 NCV
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are too small to be among the army groups from Judah, from you will come one who will rule Israel for me. He comes from very old times, from days long ago."

Micah 5:2 MSG
But you, Bethlehem, David's country, the runt of the litter - From you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule Israel. He'll be no upstart, no pretender. His family tree is ancient and distinguished.
Micah 5:2 WYC
And thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, art little in the thousands of Judah; he that is the lordly governor in Israel shall go out of thee to me (but he who shall be the ruler, or the governor, in Israel shall go out of thee to me); and the going out of him is from [the] beginning, from (the) days of everlastingness.

Micah 5:2 YLT
And thou, Beth-Lehem Ephratah, Little to be among the chiefs of Judah! From thee to Me he cometh forth -- to be ruler in Israel, And his comings forth [are] of old, From the days of antiquity.
Micah 5:2 NLT
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.

Micah 5:2 NIRV
The LORD says, "Bethlehem, you might not be an important town in the nation of Judah. But out of you will come a ruler over Israel for me. His family line goes back to the early years of your nation. It goes all the way back to days of long ago." Bethlehem was also called Ephrathah.

Micah 5:2 GNT
The Lord says, "Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times."

Micah 5:2 GW
You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are too small to be included among Judah's cities. Yet, from you Israel's future ruler will come for me. His origins go back to the distant past, to days long ago.

Micah 5:2 CEB
As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, though you are the least significant of Judah's forces, one who is to be a ruler in Israel on my behalf will come out from you. His origin is from remote times, from ancient days.

Micah 5:2 BBE
And you, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, the least among the families of Judah, out of you one will come to me who is to be ruler in Israel; whose going out has been purposed from time past, from the eternal days.

Micah 5:2 CJB
But you, Beit-Lechem near Efrat, so small among the clans of Y'hudah, out of you will come forth to me the future ruler of Isra'el, whose origins are far in the past, back in ancient times.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/micah/5-2-compare.html

THIS IS THE "TRUTH" ABOUT CHRIST: THAT HE WAS TWICE BORN - ONCE IN HEAVEN AND ONCE ON EARTH. HE IS TRULY THE LITERAL REAL SON OF GOD!!! THAT HE DIED FOR US - IN OUR PLACE and HIS FATHER RAISED HIM from the dead - he was COMPLETELY DEAD!!! HE IS RISEN AND NOW INTERCEDES ON OUR BEHALF. HE IS OUR EVERYTHING!!!

"As Christ was twice born, once in eternity, the only begotten of the Father, and again here in the flesh, thus uniting the divine with the human in that second birth, so we, who have been born once already in the flesh, are to have the second birth, being born again of the Spirit, in order that our experience may be the same, the human and the divine being joined in a life union." W.W. PRESCOTT Review and Herald, April 14, 1896 p. 232.

"He was born of the Holy Ghost. In other words, Jesus Christ was born again. He came from heaven, GOD's first- born, to the earth, and was born again, But all in Christ's work goes by opposites for us: he, the sinless one, was made to be sin, in order that we might be made the righteousness (truth) of God in him. He, the living one, the prince and author of life, died that we might live. He whose goings forth have been from the days of eternity, the first-born of GOD, was born again, in order that we might be born again." A.T. JONES

"If Jesus Christ had never been born again, could you and I have ever been born again? No. But he was born again, from the world of righteousness (truth) into the world of sin; that we might be born again, from the world of sin into the world of righteousness (truth). He was born again, and was made partaker of the human nature, that we might be born again, and so made partakers of the divine nature. He was born again, unto earth, unto sin, and unto man, that we might be born again unto heaven, unto righteousness (truth), and unto God." Review and Herald, Aug. 1, 1899 (Lessons on Faith p. 154.)

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.


John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
John 8:42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me.
John 12:49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.
John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
John 16:27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
John 16:30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God."
John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
John 17:7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.
John 17:14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
John 17:18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
John 17:21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
John 17:23 I in them and you in me--so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
John 17:25 "Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
John 17:26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."
Revelation 1:1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 7:28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him,
John 8:14 Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.
John 13:3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
John 16:27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
John 16:28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
John 16:30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God."
John 17:8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.
1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
1 John 5:20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Pray this prayer as if "It would be as if we were at the gate of heaven, soliciting entrance."

LORD JESUS, I claim YOUR victory over every besetting sin, YOUR death, as my own, YOUR risen life as my own, YOUR faith as my own, YOUR everything as my own - you are my salvation, my only hope and I claim you as my very own!

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TO DWELL INSIDE US and SURROUNDING US. THIS IS WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS:

"The Holy Spirit is the Spirit OF God; it is also the Spirit OF Christ." U. Smith, GC. Daily Bulletin Vol. 4, March 14,1891, pp. 146,147

"Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ." E.J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, p. 23. 1890

"We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God, we are really speaking of his presence and power." J.N. Loughborough, Review and Herald, September 13,1898

"The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world’s Redeemer promised to send IS the PRESENCE and POWER of God." ST November 23, 1891, par. 1, Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 39.5


"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself."-Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 273.


If Christ be IN us, we are partakers of the DIVINE NATURE of GOD Himself! The Holy Spirit is come INTO us - which is God sent through Christ (their power (character) becomes our power (character)) BOTH living inside us. When we ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit (God Himself, his Divine Influences and power (character) -God IS a Spirit) to us

'The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.' It (GOD the Father's own Spirit=Himself) thus makes Christ everywhere present." (Psalm 139:7)

"Our condition through sin is unnatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but One Power (character) that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power (character Gal 5:23-24) of God in Jesus ChristOnly through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sinHis Grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature !" - Ministry of Healing p. 428 



"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." II Cor. 3:17.

Scripture says that there is but ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT:

Hbr 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

1Cr 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1Cr 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

"The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ. It imbues the receiver with the attributes of Christ. Only those who are thus taught of God, those who possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ-life is manifested, are to stand as representative men, to minister in behalf of the church." Desire of Ages, 805.

Christ IMPARTS His Father's characteristics (power)/presence (a Holy ETERNAL Spirit) through Himself to us - Christ is our doorway back to God - the Holy Spirit IS  "God's" presence and POWER (characteristics/qualifications) - sent to us through the "door" or "Christ" = "our only mediator" you see - if we do not "get" this - we miss out on becoming Overcomers or Saints - because this is the ONLY thing we take to Heaven with us IS our character (thoughts and feelings - a "right Spirit" that transforms us into God's Character by Jesus giving us the Father's character/power embodied by the Father's Law (Ten Commandments) Gal 5:23-24.

(characteristics/qualifications="power" received from God through Christ)
A quality or accomplishment that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity. We become qualified to do this through Christ: "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. Revelation 7:15

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Revelation 22:3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

When we accept Christ as our peace we have the Father also...Because God is IN Christ reconciling us back to Himself through Christ. 

Romans 5:11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. 

2 Corinthians 5:18 
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

"Christ declared that after His ascension, he would send to his church, as His CROWNING GIFT, the comforter, who is the Holy Spirit,--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE, THE EFFICACY OF HIS CHURCH, THE LIGHT AND LIFE OF THE WORLD. With HIS SPIRIT Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin. In the gift of the Spirit, [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE] Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow." E.G. White, Review and Herald, May 19, 1904. Book 5, p. 42.

"Christ gives them the breath of HIS OWN SPIRIT, the life of HIS OWN LIFE. The HOLY SPIRIT puts forth its highest energies to work in the heart and mind." Desire of Ages, 827.

We breath the risen life of Christ Himself, it is as if HE is living inside of us instead of us. (Our carnal nature dies to self.) We are IN Christ's risen body, breathing his spiritual life/breath, seeing people through His eyes, having His Faith or trust in God, working His miracles, doing His works! When people see us after we are "born again-we receive Christ's spiritual "breath"." people see Jesus inside of us instead of us! In the gift of the Spirit, [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE] We are each individuals, but empowered by Christ's very own life/breath to transform our thoughts and feelings into Christ's very own thoughts and feelings and actions! 

When we have the Spirit as Christ's breath, then we can experience the Spirit as another comforter.

I choose to breathe the breath of Christ that makes all life holy. "Always breathe Christ." Breathe in the loving kindness that Jesus is extending to you right now. Breathe out that loving kindness to every person or concern that comes to mind. Breathe in Christ's loving kindness, letting it stream through every cell of your body. Breathe it out, freely passing it on — there's no need to hoard. With every breath, give away the paradise that is perpetually being given to you.

  • John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive you the Holy Spirit:
  • John 7:39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
  • John 20:21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."

"The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ. It imbues the receiver with the attributes of Christ. Only those who are thus taught of God, those who possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ-life is manifested, are to stand as representative men, to minister in behalf of the church." Desire of Ages, 805.

IMBUE: infuse, saturate "Inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality: "imbued with deep piety"." To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade. to instill or inspire (with ideals, principles, etc.) to permeate or inspire profoundly.

"IMBUES" Synonyms: bathe, diffuse, impregnate, inculcate, infix, ingrain, inoculate, instillinvestleavenpermeatepervadesteep, suffuse

"Christ declared that after His ascension, He would send to His church, as His crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take His place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit--the soul of His life!" E.G. White, Review and Herald, May 19, 1904.


THIS DAY WITH GOD, PAGE 186

Working of the Spirit, June 26

The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo, there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20, 21.

The kingdom of heaven can be felt, but not seen. The inward working of the Spirit of God is compared to leaven.... Christ by this parable illustrates the human heart. The leaven of truth, working inwardly will be revealed in the life. The heart must be cleansed from all impurity, man must be fitted with traits of character that will enable him to do service for God in any line. The process is invisible by which the leaven changes the mass of meal into which it has been introduced, but it works until the meal is converted into bread. So must the Spirit of God work a radical change. New faculties are not supplied, but a thorough change is made in the employment of those faculties. The natural inclinations are softened and subdued. New thoughts, new feelings, new motives are implanted. But while every faculty is regenerated, man does not lose his identity....

The Scriptures are the great agency in this transformation. Christ prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). In this great work we are laborers together with God. With the divine agency there is to be the cooperation of the human instrument....

The meal in which the leaven has been hid represents the heart that believes and receives Jesus. Christ works out the principles which He alone can work in. The world looks upon this class as a mystery which they cannot solve. The selfish, money-loving man lives to eat and drink and enjoy his worldly goods. But he does not keep eternity in view. He loses the eternal world from his reckoning. But those who receive and believe the truth have that faith which works by love and purifies the soul from everything sensual. The world cannot know them, for they are keeping in view eternal realities. A motive power is working within to transform the character. A constraining influence received from heaven is working like the leaven hid in the meal. The love of Jesus has come into the heart with its redeeming power to conquer the entire being, soul, body, and spirit.—Manuscript 82, June 26, 1898, “The Leaven of Truth.” This Day With God, p. 186.3



Spiritual Oxygen: Are you getting it?


Breathe in...breathe out....  You do it 12-14 times a minute without thinking.

At rest, your lungs take in six liters of air per minute. When you're working hard, you can take in more than 100. Breathing is a miracle we don't stop to think about very much. It's involuntary; we just do it. In the same amazing way God created us with the capacity to breathe to sustain our natural lives, He has given us as Christians a way to "breathe spiritually" for our spiritual well-being.

"Spiritual breathing, like physical breathing," says Dr. Bill Bright, founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ, "is a process of exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure, an exercise in faith that enables you to experience God's love and forgiveness and walk in the Spirit as a way of life."

"But the average Christian does not understand this concept of spiritual breathing as an exercise of faith and, as a result, lives on a spiritual roller coaster. He/she goes from one emotional experience to another living most of his life as a worldly Christian, controlling his/her own life, frustrated and fruitless."1

Betty Lau, now a campus ministry leader, once felt that way:

"I'd get a fresh start in my Christian life, then something would happen, and boom, I'd lose it."

She recalls coming home from college for a break, feeling good spiritually, only to have a blowout with her sister:

"There were words, slamming doors and my sister walked out. Afterwards, I felt, though being filled with the Holy Spirit sounded good in theory, it just didn't work."

Later she would discover the active daily discipline of spiritual breathing and the freedom that discipline would bring.

Spiritual Breathing Defined
Physical breathing provides the body with a constant supply of oxygen, which is necessary for energy production. It also releases the byproduct of the process - carbon dioxide, a gas that is lethal in large quantities. Spiritual breathing is like physical breathing in that:

  1. You "exhale" by confessing your sins immediately to God and claiming His forgiveness

  2. You "inhale" by asking the Holy Spirit to control and empower you and to keep you from returning to sin.

Usually we don't think about our physical breathing.  But spiritual breathing is something that requires conscious action - a readiness to "exhale" or confess our sin and to "inhale" or trust God to fill us with His Holy Spirit. Amy Aker, mother of three boys under age six, has found that spiritual breathing makes a difference in her parenting:

"If I'm not disciplining my children correctly, if I yell or use manipulation, once I realize that I've done it, I will calmly tell them, 'Why don't you go to your room for a little while. I'll be right there.' Then, I'll go to my room for a few quiet minutes and God will reveal to me the heart of my sin, whether it's impatience or just wanting to impose my will on others. I'll confess it to Him, and then I ask the Holy Spirit to give me the power to change, because without His help, I can't do it. Then I'm ready to confess my wrong actions to my kids and have a fresh start."

Don't Wait to Exhale
It's been said that one measure of Christian maturity is the shortness of time between when we sin to the time we confess it. If we keep short accounts with God, our "old sin nature" can be kept on a short leash. We can confess our sin as soon as we entertain a sinful thought and before we speak an ugly word or act on evil desires. "Spiritual exhaling" is agreeing with God about our sin, whether in thought or deed, thanking Him for His forgiveness, and expressing a willingness to change our attitude and actions.

"The more immediately sin is confessed and forsaken, the more sensitive and tender the heart remains," says a pamphlet on the subject by Life Action Ministries. "Spiritual breathing is an integral part of maintaining personal purity... The practice of breathing spiritually aids in developing a God-consciousness, which in turn serves to keep the revived heart spiritually focused and less susceptible to continual iniquity."2

This has been Amy Aker's experience.

"Confessing my sin is the key to a peaceful life.  If I don't readily confess, it pulls me down and eats me up. As a mom, I don't always have time for an extended quiet time or Bible reading. Spiritual breathing helps me to stick close to God, to get right with Him moment by moment."

"Breathing in" the Holy Spirit
To inhale spiritually is to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit by faith. How do you do that? When you receive Jesus Christ as your leader and forgiver, the Holy Spirit immediately enters your life and He never leaves. (John 1:12; Colossians 2:9,10; John 14:16,17) The Holy Spirit lives in you so that you can:

  • Demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22,23) and become more like Christ. (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18)

  • Experience a meaningful prayer life and study of God's Word.

  • Experience power in witnessing. (Acts 1:8)

  • Be prepared for spiritual battle against the world, the flesh and the devil.
    (1 John 2:15-17; Galatians 5:16,17; 1 Peter 5:7-9; Ephesians 6:10-13)

  • Experience power to resist temptation and sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 1:19-23; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 6:1-16)

Though all born-again Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not all are filled with the Holy Spirit. Not all are experiencing what He has to offer. To be filled (empowered and controlled) by the Holy Spirit, we must, in faith, acknowledge our dependence on Him and "hand Him the reins" of our life. We are commanded in Ephesians 5:18 to:

"Keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit."

Betty Lau has been learning what that means since she started practicing spiritual breathing ten years ago:

"It is a continuous, conscious choice I make to walk in the Holy Spirit's power. Repentance isn't a one time thing; it's giving my life over to God and asking Him to direct my decisions on a moment-by-moment basis."

The result?

"My Christian life is no longer about self-effort and defeat," Betty says. It's about allowing the Holy Spirit to permeate every area of my life. Though spiritual breathing is a conscious thing, the more I choose to do it, the more it becomes second nature."

Are you ready to ask the Holy Spirit to direct your life? Why not pray this simple prayer right now and by faith invite God to fill you with His Spirit:

Dear Father, I need you. I acknowledge that I have sinned against you by directing my own life. I thank you that You have forgiven my sins through Christ's death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I pray this in the name of Jesus. As an expression of my faith, I thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TO DWELL INSIDE US and SURROUNDING US. THIS IS WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS:

"The Holy Spirit is the Spirit OF God; it is also the Spirit OF Christ." U. Smith, GC. Daily Bulletin Vol. 4, March 14,1891, pp. 146,147

"Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ." E.J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, p. 23. 1890

"We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God, we are really speaking of his presence and power." J.N. Loughborough, Review and Herald, September 13,1898

"The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world’s Redeemer promised to send IS the PRESENCE and POWER (character) of God." ST November 23, 1891, par. 1Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 39.5

"Character is power." 
Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 340.2


"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself."-Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 273.

The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and is invisible to mortal sight
The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead manifested. The Word of God (Jesus) declares Him to be ‘the express image of His person.’ ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ Here is shown the personality of the Father. 
BTS March 1, 1906, par. 1


The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He ascended to heaven, is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead, making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe in Christ as a personal Saviour."—Evangelism, 614-615.

"God is a spirit; yet He is a personal being, for man was made in His image . . The greatness of God is to us incomprehensible. ‘The Lord’s throne is in heaven’ (Psalm 11:4); yet by His Spirit He is everywhere present."—Education, 132.



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The pioneers and the Holy Spirit - part 2 of 2


The Truth of God Will Triumph Yet

1. The truth of God will triumph yet

    Against the hosts of hell:

The platform of eternal right

    Upholds the true gospel.

Take courage then, despising fear;

    Quit ye like men, be strong!

Now press the battle to the gates

    And triumph over wrong.

2. The hail will sweep away the lies,

    Vain refuge of the foe;

The hammer of His word will break

    The chains of sin and woe,

Take Spirit’s sword, the armory

    Of light and righteousness;

As Gideon’s band descend upon

    The tents of wickedness.

3. The weapons of our last warfare

    Are not the carnal kind;

Compelling pow’r and flattery

    Belong to carnal mind.

By truth and love we’ll overcome

    The beast and false prophet;

In Jesus’ holy name we’ll tread

    The devil underfoot.


When the Spirit does not TRANSFORM the character - it is not the Spirit of God that is leading. It IS "ANOTHER SPIRIT".  

2 Cor 11:14 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear (beware of) with him.


















  Search the scriptures with the goal to conform to the will of God. Put on Christ's righteousness - means to obey truth - the 10 commandments reveals God's character through his Son.






 

"For if 
death by the transgression of the one reigned through the one man, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness (TRUTH) will reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ."











 You WILL be tempted but you will NOT SIN with Jesus HELP! Just ask: JESUS SAVE ME!!! AND HE WILL EVERYTIME!










 Overcomers of WHAT? SIN!!! What is sin? transgression of the law of God - the ten commandments!







Believing in God brings TRUTH = JESUS









Behold, I Stand at the Door, and Knock

"The great sin of those who profess to be Christians is that they do not open the heart to receive the Holy Spirit."-Selected Messages, book 2, p. 57.

"If you open the door of the heart, Jesus will supply the vacuum by the gift of His Spirit, and then you can be a living preacher in your home, in the church, and in the world."'-Christ Our Righteousness, p. 146.

"All that the apostles did, every church member today is to do. And we are to work with as much more fervor, to be accompanied by the Holy Spirit in as much greater measure, as the increase of wickedness demands a more decided call to repentance....

"At this time, when the end of all things is at hand, should not the zeal of the church exceed even that of the early church? Zeal for the glory of God moved the disciples to bear witness to the truth with mighty power. Should not the power of God be even more mightily revealed today than in the time of the apostles?" -Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 33.

"God's work is to be carried forward with power. We need the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Christ's Spirit=His victorious risen life! The soul and breath of His life! The fire=zeal for Christ INSIDE us, an experimental knowledge of Christ=a working knowledge of Christ IN US!). We need to understand that God will add to the ranks of His people men of ability and influence who are to act their part in warning the world. Not all in the world are lawless and sinful. God has many thousands who have not bowed the knee to Baal. There are God-fearing men and women in the fallen churches. If this were not so, we would not be given the message to bear:

"Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen." "Come out of her, My people." Many of the honest in heart are gasping for a breath of life from heaven. They will recognize the gospel when it is brought to them in the beauty and simplicity with which it is presented in God's Word. --Testimonies, Vol. 9, pp. 109-111. (1909)


2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.


Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,


John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."


2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Galatians 4:6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.


Revelation 2:18 "To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

Daniel 10:6 His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.

Revelation 1:14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.

Revelation 1:15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.




What exactly IS the Power of God? 

"Character IS power.” {COL 340.2} 

What does “Character” consist of exactly?

"The thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character."  Messages to Young People, p. 92.1

Galatians 2:20. The knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ expressed in character is an exaltation above everything else that is esteemed on earth or in heaven.

Christ will not accept a divided heart. The life of the receiver of truth should witness to the change wrought by the transformation of character. "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord." Why? Because they have an indwelling Saviour, who works the mind and heart to reveal that love for Christ which leads them to do his will, not their own. They have that faith which works by love and purifies the soul.

There is need of a much more thorough preparation of the candidates for baptism than has been given them. Satan does not want any one to see the necessity of an entire surrender to God. When the soul fails to make this surrender, sin is not forsaken; appetites and passions are striving for the mastery; temptations confuse the senses, so that true conversion may not take place. Whenever one renounces sin, which is the transgression of the law, his life will be brought into conformity to the law, into perfect obedience. This conformity to the mind and will of Christ is the work of the Holy Spirit.

All who enter upon the new life should understand, prior to their baptism, that the Lord requires the undivided affections. In the sermon on the mount are given most precious lessons from the lips of the great Teacher. He says, "no man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Again he says, "Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. . . . Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." The practicing of the truth is essential. The bearing of fruit testifies to the character of the tree. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. The line of demarkation will be plain and distinct between those who love God and keep his commandments and those who love him not and disregard his precepts. There is need of a thorough conversion to the truth. We are not only to say, I believe, but to practice the truth. The light of the Word carefully studied, the voice of conscience, the strivings of the Spirit, produce in the heart love for Christ, who gave himself a whole sacrifice to redeem the whole person, soul, body, and spirit.

Jesus came to show us the power of love (God is LOVE) and man has twisted it into the love of power.

Merriam-Webster says “Character” is “The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” Also known as  our  nature, personality, temper, figure, disposition.

"Here are the terms the Lord offers you, my dear children. Will you accept the conditions? The character of Christianity is intensely practical. “The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power (character). (1 Corinthians 4:20). It bears the divine credentials. This practical religion does not put aside the truths of the Bible as too sublime for common life. Its principles are to control us in all the little things as well as the large things of life, supplying the motive to a high and holy course of action. The life of Christ is to be our example."

1 Corinthians 4:20 "For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God's power (character)."

POWER = CHARACTER!

1 Corinthians 2:4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power (character),


2 Corinthians 10:8 So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it.

"To Moses, the character of God was revealed as His glory. In like manner, we behold the glory (character) of Christ by beholding His character (power). Paul says: “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory (character) of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory [from character to character] even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18)." Manuscript Releases Volume Nine [Nos. 664-770], p. 296.2

"A knowledge of God is the foundation of all true education and of all true service." (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, pages 292, 293)

"Christ had two natures, the nature of a man and the nature of God. In him divinity and humanity were combined.... He exhibited a perfect humanity, combined with deity; and by preserving each nature distinct, he has given to the world a representation of the character of God and the character of a perfect man. He shows us what God is, and what man may become--godlike in character." (The General Conference Bulletin, 10-01-1899, paragraph 20.)

"Character is power. The silent witness of a true, unselfish, godly life carries an almost irresistible influence. By revealing in our own life the character of Christ we co-operate with Him in the work of saving souls. It is only by revealing in our life His character that we can co-operate with Him. And the wider the sphere of our influence, the more good we may do. When those who profess to serve God follow Christ’s example, practicing the principles of the law in their daily life; when every act bears witness that they love God supremely and their neighbor as themselves, then will the church have power to move the world." Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 340.2

"you need the subduing influence of the Spirit of God. You have hereditary traits of character that are constantly striving for the supremacy. Character is power. It is an influence which makes friends. Worked by the Holy Spirit’s power, self will die; but all the preaching a man may do will not make character. It is essential that the foundation cornerstone be laid aright. All your phases of character are to be guarded.

Brother Jones, be careful in your words. You know the truth, and I urge you for Christ’s sake to practice the truth. You need the converting power of God every day. May the Lord help you, my brother, for He has greatly blessed you. You need the spirit of meekness and gentleness, of patience and forbearance, and of love for your brethren. Take heed how you build, for the structure will be tested." Manuscript Releases Volume Nineteen [Nos. 1360-1419], p. 198.4

"The power of truth is to transform heart and character. Its effect is not like a dash of color here and there upon the canvas; the whole character is to be transformed; the image of Christ is to be revealed in words and actions. A new nature is imparted. Man is renewed after the image of Christ in righteousness and true holiness.
Oh, if we only acted in accordance with the light that shines upon our pathway, we would be far in advance of what we are today in spiritual understanding and real heart worship. Many are in the condition represented by the foolish virgins, who had lamps but no oil to replenish the lamps and keep them burning and shining, ready to meet the Bridegroom. The grace of Christ is essential every day, every hour. Unless it is with us continually, the inconsistencies of the natural heart will appear and the life will present a divided service. The character is to be full of grace and truth. Wherever the religion of Christ works, it will brighten and sweeten every detail of life with more than an earthly joy and a higher than earthly peace.
My dear children, I love you because Christ loves you. You have been dearly purchased. All you are and all you have—time, talents, strength, thought, everything—has been redeemed by the blood of Christ to do Him highest service. The Lord can accept of nothing less than complete consecration, entire, willing obedience. Frank, my dear nephew, the power of the principles you profess has too often been neutralized by your practice. Your quickness of temper and bitterness of feeling keep you from good. The Lord can bless you only as you come to Him with humble heart, confessing your errors and sins." The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 1065.2

Total Sacrifice Required

"My eyes were taken from the glory, and I was pointed to the remnant on the earth. The angel said to them, `Will ye shun the seven last plagues? Will ye go to glory and enjoy all that God has prepared for those who love Him and are willing to suffer for His sake? If so, ye must die that ye may live. Get ready, get ready, get ready. Ye must have a greater preparation than ye now have.... Sacrifice all to God. Lay all upon His altar-self, property, and all, a living sacrifice. It will take all to enter glory....'

"Heaven will be cheap enough, if we obtain it through suffering. We must deny self all along the way, die to self daily, let Jesus alone appear, and keep His glory continually in view. I saw that those who of late have embraced the truth would have to know what it is to suffer for Christ's sake, that they would have trials to pass through that would be keen and cutting, in order that they may be purified and fitted through suffering to receive the seal of the living God, pass through the time of trouble, see the King in His beauty, and dwell in the presence of God and of pure, holy angels.

"As I saw what we must be in order to inherit glory, and then saw how much Jesus had suffered to obtain for us so rich an inheritance, I prayed that we might be baptized into Christ's sufferings, that we might not shrink at trials, but bear them with patience and joy, knowing what Jesus had suffered that we through His poverty and sufferings might be made rich. "Said the angel, `Deny self; ye must step fast."'-Early Writings, pp. 66, 67.

"We can not retain self and yet enter the Kingdom of God." -Mount of Blessings, p. 143.

"Ask the Lord to reveal to you yourself, place your life under His searching eye, and when He lays hold upon your case you will see that you have made grievous mistakes, and what you supposed was of little importance was offensive in the sight of Heaven. You will see that there is a decided need of thorough transformation of character. You will realize that you must put away the evil of your doings, and cooperate with God and heavenly angels who are sent to minister unto those who shall be heirs of salvation. . . . Self must die. Every practice, every habit, that has a harmful tendency, however innocent it may be regarded by the world, must be battled with until overcome, that the human agent may perfect a character after the divine Pattern." That I May Know Him, p. 237.

"Our future eternal happiness depends upon having our humanity, with all its capabilities and powers, brought into obedience of God and placed under the control of Divinity....

"Jesus became a man that He might mediate between man and God ... that He might restore to man the original mind which he lost in Eden through Satan's alluring temptation....

"Through Jesus Christ every man may overcome in his own behalf and on his own account, standing in his own individuality of character." - That I May Know Him, p. 291.

"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself."-Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 273.

"The Lord desires every one of us to be decidedly in earnest."-Selected Messages, book 1, p. 98.

"Intense earnestness should now take possession of us."-Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 44.

"You can not be too much in earnest."-Testimonies, Vol.6, p. 16.

"Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring the whole man from his dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed."-Ibid, vol. 5, p. 267.

"In order to be purified and to remain pure, Seventh-day Adventists must have the Holy Spirit in their hearts and in their homes. The Lord has given me light that when the Israel of today humble themselves before Him, and cleanse the soul temple from all defilement, He will hear their prayers in behalf of the sick, and will bless in the use of His remedies for disease."-Counsels on Health, p. 138.

"To the heart that has become purified, all is changed. Transformation of character is the testimony to the world of an indwelling Christ. The Spirit of God produces a new life in the soul, bringing the thoughts and desires into obedience to the will of Christ; and the inward man is renewed in the image of God."-Prophets and Kings, p. 233.

"All that the apostles did, every church member today is to do."-Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 33.

"Daily they prayed for fresh supplies of grace, that they might reach higher and still higher toward perfection. Under the Holy Spirit's working even the weakest, by exercising faith in God, learned to improve their entrusted powers and to become sanctified, refined, and ennobled. As in humility they submitted to the molding influence of the Holy Spirit, they received of the fullness of the Godhead and were fashioned in the likeness of the divine. The lapse of time has wrought no change in Christ's parting promise to send the Holy Spirit as His representative. It is not because of any restriction on the part of God that the riches of His grace do not flow earthward to men. If the fulfillment of the promise is not seen as it might be, it is because the promise is not appreciated as it should be. If all were willing, all would be filled with the Spirit."-The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 49, 50.

"As the human agent submits his will to the will of God, the Holy Spirit will make the impression upon the hearts of those to whom he ministers."-Counsels on Health, p. 437.

"Nothing is more needed in our work than the practical results of communion with God. We should show by our daily lives that we have peace and rest in the Saviour. His peace in the heart will shine forth in the countenance. It will give to the voice a persuasive power. Communion with God will ennoble the character and the life. Men will take knowledge of us, as of the first disciples, that we have been with Jesus. This will impart to the worker a power that nothing else can give. Of this power he must not allow himself to be deprived. The Ministry of Healing, p. 512.

Unlimited Possibilities

"He who loves Christ the most will do the greatest amount of good. There is no limit to the usefulness of one who, by putting self aside, makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit upon his heart, and lives a life wholly consecrated to God."-The Desire of Ages, pp. 250, 251.

"To everyone who offers himself to the Lord for service, withholding nothing, is given power for the attainment of measureless results."-The Ministry of Healing, p. 160.


Daily morning prayer consecrating ourselves to God through His Son:
 
"Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul. Lord Jesus, I claim by YOUR FAITH, your blood sacrifice, your victory over every besetting sin, your risen life and YOUR FAITH as my own today. Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever! Lord Jesus, What wilt thou have me to do today? Take me Oh Lord, as wholly thine, I lay all my plans at thy feet. Use me today in thy service. Abide with me and let all my work be wrought in thee. Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, and that thine hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil! We ask that our flight be not on the Sabbath Day. We Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring my whole man from my dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. I pray for all people and those in authority asking that "we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." I give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endures forever! I present my petition to Thee. I put my trust in Thee, and I ask for the Blessing that Thou seest will be for my present and future usefulness and my eternal good. I pray most earnestly that we may be prepared for the struggles of the great day of God’s preparation. Lord, I do not want to be surprised at the end. If there is anything that needs to be changed in my life, please show me what it is. I want to be revived and reformed.Help me to make the changes in my life that you would have me to make quickly. Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me. Give me a part in the work. Let me sound the proclamation. Let me be a co-laborer with Jesus Christ. Please I pray to you for these blessings for myself, my house and all those who are yours. Please forgive me of all my sins and especially help my unbelief. I claim the faith of Jesus as my own today. Please give me clear understanding of your will for my life today. We ask for wisdom - as much is needed to make it to Heaven, and we ask for a love of the truth like no other person has ever been given. Please save our family, and help us to walk in your paths of righteousness. Forgive our trespasses and input your Spirit to us. Give us the strength and power to make it to Heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ your only begotten Son we ask these things for today and each day henceforth."


The Lord is not glorified by the tame supplications which show that nothing is expected. He desires every one who believes, to approach the Throne of Grace with earnestness and assurance. Do we realize the magnitude of the work in which we are engaged? If we did, there would be more fervency in our prayers. Our entreaties would rise before God with convincing earnestness. We would plead for power as a hungry child pleads for bread. If we realized the greatness of the Gift, if we desired the attainment of the Blessing, our petit-ions would ascend with earnestness, importunity, urgency. It would be as if we were at the gate of heaven, soliciting entrance.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!

I do not understand the tameness in the requests offered to God. We are to urge our way into the very Presence of God, into the Holy Place of the Most High. We are to plead for that which we most need, -- the Bread of Life, the leaf from the Tree of LifeAs Jacob wrestled with the angel, saying, “I will not let Thee go, except thou Bless me,” so we are to wrestle in prayer until we prevail. We are to ask with an urgency that will not be turned away, that expects God to bestow His blessings with a liberality that is an assurance to all fear.



The "righteousness of Christ" IS "pure, unadulterated TRUTH"! or "HIS" TRUTH IS our TRUTH!  More about this topic here

John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace (mercy) and truth (righteousness) came through Jesus Christ.
John 10:9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes (trusts) in me will live, even though they die;
Acts 9:2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
Romans 5:2 through whom we have gained access by faith (obedience) into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Hebrews 9:8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning.
Hebrews 10:20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
1 John 5:20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Some have had great light, they have been blessed, they have believed that God for Christ’s sake forgave their sins; but there they have stopped, and have made no further advancement. They have not attained unto a greater faith or broader experience, because they have not received the light of the truth which is constantly unfolding to those who follow the light of the world. The blood of Christ cleanseth from all unrighteousness, but just as soon as a soul ceases to walk by faith, he becomes enshrouded in darkness. The only safety for any one is to advance, to increase in the knowledge of the truth, to be sanctified by it. Those who are content with preaching old discourses, and praying stereotyped prayers, fail to improve the talents that God has given them, and these talents will be taken from them. My brethren, If you had the penetration you think you have, you would discern spiritual things. “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

Many who refuse the message which the Lord sends them are seeking to find pegs on which to hang doubts, to find some excuse for rejecting the light of heaven. In the face of clear evidence, they say as did the Jews, “Show us a miracle, and we will believe. If these messengers have the truth, why do they not heal the sick?” The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 415



Those who accept the message given, will heed the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans, and will buy the gold, which is faith and love; the white raiment, which is the righteousness (truth) of Christ; and the eyesalve, which is spiritual discernment. Says Christ, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

If the church refuses to hear the voice of the heavenly Merchantman, refuses to open the door, then Christ will pass on, and it will be left destitute of His presence, destitute of true riches, but saying in self-righteousness, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.” The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 415-416

THE LOVE OF GOD 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. 
John 3:16. This is the most well-known text in all the Bible; a precious promise that God so loved the world He gave His only-begotten Son to die for the human race. 

Incredible love. 

“The Father loves us, not because of the great propitiation, but He provided the propitiation because He loves us. Christ was the medium through which He could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world. ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself’. God suffered with His Son. In the agony of Gethsemane, the death on Calvary, the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption.” 
Steps to Christ p4.5 

“He took upon His sinless nature our sinful nature, that He might know how to succor those that are tempted.”  {MM 181.3}  

“The Lord Jesus came to our world, not to reveal what a God could do, but what a man could do, through faith in God's power to help in every emergency. Man is, through faith, to be a partaker in the divine nature, and to overcome every temptation wherewith he is beset. The Lord now demands that every son and daughter of Adam through faith in Jesus Christ, serve Him in [the] human nature which we now have.”{3SM 140.2}  

Such love is beyond our comprehension. 

“The gift of Christ is the crowning truth of God’s love, and His Fatherhood, through all time and through eternity”.
 Spalding & Magan Collection p68. 1897. 

Ellen White: "The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind." (Ellen White, Review and Herald, July 9, 1895, par. 13)

“Said the angel, “Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no’ It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give His darling Son to die for them…Early Writings, p. 127.1 & Supplement to the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White, p. 48.1

Ellen White: Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900, par. 4

"The Son of God was 
next in authority to the great Lawgiver. He knew that His life alone could be sufficient to ransom fallen man." --Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 2, page 9, also in Lift Him Up, page 24

 "The two expressions human and divine were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality."  {ST, May 10, 1899 par. 11}

"The nature of God, whose law had been transgressed, and the nature of Adam, the transgressor, meet in Jesus--the Son of God and the Son of man..."  {17MR 338.1}   

The Omnipotence of Jesus
—[Hebrews 1:4-12 quoted.] In this language is represented the omnipotence of the Lord Jesus. He is introduced to the Bible student as the Creator of the world, and was its rightful Ruler. [Hebrews 1:13, 14 quoted.]

Great emphasis was placed on the two natures of man by the first Christians.   At Genesis 2:7, the Wycliffe Commentary writes: “Man's body was fashioned from the dust of the ground, while his spirit came from the very ‘breath’ of God. He is literally a creature of two worlds; both earth and heaven can claim him”. This is what makes a soul: BODY + BREATH=Soul. Body with no breath in it = no soul. Dead waiting for judgement day. Breath goes back to God, body goes back to Dust.

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It is your Creator who has poured out to you all heaven in one wondrous gift,—His only-begotten Son...." Counsels on Stewardship, p. 46.2 

See: https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/answering-john-1-1

Gen:2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Gen:2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Gen:2:9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

That they might be called trees of righteousness, the garden of the LORD!
For "The Spirit of the LORD God (Yehuwah Elohim) is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to proclaim Glad Tidings unto the meek (humble); He hath sent me (and you) to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound (in the bondage and chains of sin) . . .     ref: I John 2:27

     To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion (His city and people which are called by His name), to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garments of Praise for the spirit of heaviness (depression, oppression); that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified
!"  Isaiah 61:1-3 & Luke 4:17-19

"Inherited Trait. A characteristic that is passed from parents to offspring." Macmillanmh.com Science a Closer Look, Mcmillan/McGraw-Hill page 67.

1 Corinthians 15:47 "The first man (Adam) is of the earth, made of dust: the second man (Christ) is the Lord from heaven." 

John 3:31 "The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.

The Bible does say that Christ was begotten of the Father (John 3:16) before creation (Proverbs 8:22-30). The Bible recognizes the fact that God had a Son in a number of places (Proverbs 30:4; Daniel 3:25) prior to His birth in Bethlehem. These evidences lead us to the conclusion that Christ was begotten of the Father long before He came to this earth.

Perhaps the question should be asked this way. Does the Bible anywhere teach that Christ was not begotten of His Father? Does the Bible teach that God did not have a Son before Bethlehem?

The Bible verses seem conclusive here. Note that many Bible version state the words "from eternity." The Hebrew text should be "from of old, from ancient days," in other words, "from a long time ago," not          "from eternity," as we understand it. Jesus never lived in eternity, as God the Father did and does. See Micah 5:2.

New International Version (©2011)
Micah 5:2: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one (Jesus) who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins (family predecessors; family history; ancestry, beginnings, birthblooddescentextraction, lineagematernity, parentage, paternity, pedigreestock) are from of old 
(John 1:3="Through him all things were made.", 1 Corinthians 8:6=yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.; Colossians 1:16), from ancient times (long duration, antiquity, futurity)."

John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have "believed" that I came out from God."

Psalm 102:25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
Proverbs 8:22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
Proverbs 8:23 I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

New Living Translation (©2007)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past (long duration, antiquity, futurity).

English Standard Version (©2001)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days (long duration, antiquity, futurity).


John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God."

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity (long duration, antiquity, futurity)."


John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God."

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity (long duration, antiquity, futurity).


John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God."

Psalm 102:25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
Proverbs 8:22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his worksbefore his deeds of old;
Proverbs 8:23 I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

International Standard Version (©2012)
"As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, even though you remain least among the clans of Judah, nevertheless, the one who rules in Israel for me will emerge from you. 
His existence has been from antiquity, even from eternity (long duration, antiquity, futurity).


John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God."

NET Bible (©2006)
As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, seemingly insignificant among the clans of Judah--from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf, one whose origins are in the distant past (long duration, antiquity, futurity).


John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God."

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are too small to be included among Judah's cities. Yet, from you Israel's future ruler will come for me. His origins go back to the distant past, to days long ago (long duration, antiquity, futurity).

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

American King James Version
But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (long duration, antiquity, futurity).

American Standard Version
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting (long duration, antiquity, futurity).

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND THOU, BETHLEHEM Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity (long duration, antiquity, futurity).


Psalm 102:25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.


Proverbs 8:22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
Proverbs 8:23 I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

Darby Bible Translation
(And thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall he come forth unto me who is to be Ruler in Israel: whose goings forth are from of old, from the days of eternity.)

English Revised Version
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou art little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

World English Bible
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou, Beth-Lehem Ephratah, Little to be among the chiefs of Judah! From thee to Me he cometh forth -- to be ruler in Israel, And his comings forth are of old, From the days of antiquity.


“Satan, the fallen angel, had declared that no man could keep the law of God after the disobedience of Adam. He claimed the whole race under his control.”  {3SM 136.1}  

The only way that Christ could demonstrate how, we in our sinful nature, might live sinless lives is by himself living a sinless life in our sinful nature.

“He [Christ] came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the EXAMPLE OF A SINLESS LIFE.”  E.G. White, Desire of Ages, p49.

“He sent His Son to this world to bear the penalty of sin, and to SHOW MAN HOW TO LIVE A SINLESS LIFE.” E.G. White, Reflecting Christ, p37.

“He came to this world and lived a sinless life, that in His power His people might also live LIVES OF SINLESSNESS.” E.G. White, Review and Herald , April 1, 1902

“He placed us on vantage ground, where we could live pure, SINLESS LIVES.” E.G. White, Signs of the Times, June 17, 1903.

“Every one who by faith obeys God’s commandments, will reach the condition of SINLESSNESS in which Adam lived before his transgression.” E.G. White, Signs of the Times , July 23, 1902.

1 Corinthians 15:46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural (carnal), and after that the spiritual (born again).

Jesus INHERITED his Father's DIVINE NATURE from His Father. We mortals inherited our human nature (carnal nature) from Adam. And from Christ we inherit our born again nature - we live the VERY LIFE of Christ - simply by believing in the Son of the Living God. Each morning pray.

There are some little-known tidbits that help connect the events surrounding Christ’s death and resurrection — information that enables us 21st century Americans to decipher what was going on in first century Israel.

We hope they will give you an even greater appreciation for Christ and his sacrifice.

  • Passover lambs for sacrifice needed to be “without spot or blemish” (Exodus 12:5). To ensure an adequate supply of lambs for the thousands attending Passover in Jerusalem, priestly shepherds were hired to specifically bred spotless lambs. Because of sanitation regulations, they could not be raised in Jerusalem. Instead, the lambs were born a few miles away in a village… called Bethlehem. The same place where Jesus, the spotless lamb, was born.
  • A Passover lamb was to be brought into the home and “tested” for 3 days prior to Passover to ensure it was without spot or blemish (Exodus 12:3-6). In the same manner, Christ (the Passover lamb) was ushered into Jerusalem on a donkey and then tested for 3 days (intensely questioned by the Pharisees) before He was declared faultless (ie. without spot or blemish) by Pilate (John 19:4) and sacrificed.
  • Christ was crucified and died at the ninth hour, about 3:00 pm (Matthew 27:45). It is at this exact time that the Passover lambs were being sacrificed in the temple.
  • The Passover lamb that the temple priests ate was prepared in a way that bears an uncanny resemblance to Christ on the cross. The lamb was sacrificed, then bound and roasted vertically on a metal stake that looks amazingly similar to a crucifix. Most bizarre of all, its entrails were removed and wrapped around its head, looking just like a crown of thorns.
  • When Christ was about to die, He cried out “It is finished!” (John 19:30). The High Priest, when all Passover sacrifices are completed, would cry out to the crowd, “It is finished.”
  • When John the disciple went into the empty tomb and saw the head cloth that had been wrapped on Christ’s head “folded up by itself” (John 20:5-7), John believed that Christ had risen. Why? In Christ’s day, when carpenters had finished their job, they folded their finishing rag and left it behind to let the homeowner know that the job was done when they arrived home. Each carpenter had a signature way of folding the cloth. Some say John knew the way Jesus’ folded His carpenter cloths and recognized the fold as Jesus’ signature that the “job was done.”
Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this....

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.


Was that important? Absolutely!
Is it really significant? Yes!


In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. 

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every 
Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished..

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant,  "I'm finished.."

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because..........

The folded napkin meant,
 
"I'm coming back!"

 That the Blessing of Abraham might come on* the gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith . . . !”                                                                     Galatians 3:14
 
     Thus it will be with those who live in the last days. As dangers surround them, and despair seizes upon the soul, they must depend solely upon the merits (worthiness) of the atonement. . . . None will ever perish while they do this. . . . Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. . . . It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith.
 
     The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth or the favor of men. They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty Arm of power.  
                                                                                                                       Conflict & Courage p.68-69
 

    “In Whom (Christ Jesus) we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him . . . that He would grant  you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might (G1411, dunamis -force, miraculous power, ability, abundance, strength, mighty power) by His Spirit in the inner man; and that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith . . . !”                                                                                    Ephesians 3:12-17

It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith.

Daily morning prayer consecrating ourselves to God through His Son:
 
"Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul. Lord Jesus, I claim by YOUR FAITH, your blood sacrifice, your victory over every besetting sin, your risen life and YOUR FAITH as my own today. Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever!  Lord Jesus, What wilt thou have me to do today? Take me Oh Lord, as wholly thine, I lay all my plans at thy feet. Use me today in thy service. Abide with me and let all my work be wrought in thee. Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, and that thine hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil! We ask that our flight be not on the Sabbath Day. We Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring my whole man from my dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. I pray for all people and those in authority asking that "we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." I give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endures forever! I present my petition to Thee. I put my trust in Thee, and I ask for the Blessing that Thou seest will be for my present and future usefulness and my eternal good. I pray most earnestly that we may be prepared for the struggles of the great day of God’s preparation. Lord, I do not want to be surprised at the end. If there is anything that needs to be changed in my life, please show me what it is. I want to be revived and reformed.Help me to make the changes in my life that you would have me to make quickly. Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me. Give me a part in the work. Let me sound the proclamation. Let me be a co-laborer with Jesus Christ. Please I pray to you for these blessings for myself, my house and all those who are yours. Please forgive me of all my sins and especially help my unbelief. I claim the faith of Jesus as my own today. Please give me clear understanding of your will for my life today. We ask for wisdom - as much is needed to make it to Heaven, and we ask for a love of the truth like no other person has ever been given. Please save our family, and help us to walk in your paths of righteousness. Forgive our trespasses and input your Spirit to us. Give us the strength and power to make it to Heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ your only begotten Son we ask these things for today and each day henceforth."


The Lord is not glorified by the tame supplications which show that nothing is expected. He desires every one who believes, to approach the Throne of Grace with earnestness and assurance. Do we realize the magnitude of the work in which we are engaged? If we did, there would be more fervency in our prayers. Our entreaties would rise before God with convincing earnestness. We would plead for power as a hungry child pleads for bread. If we realized the greatness of the Gift, if we desired the attainment of the Blessing, our petit-ions would ascend with earnestness, importunity, urgency. It would be as if we were at the gate of heaven, soliciting entrance.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!

I do not understand the tameness in the requests offered to God. We are to urge our way into the very Presence of God, into the Holy Place of the Most High. We are to plead for that which we most need, -- the Bread of Life, the leaf from the Tree of LifeAs Jacob wrestled with the angel, saying, “I will not let Thee go, except thou Bless me,” so we are to wrestle in prayer until we prevail. We are to ask with an urgency that will not be turned away, that expects God to bestow His blessings with a liberality that is an assurance to all fear.

Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it. I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” Isaiah 45:11. This is the Word of the LORD, which is Yea and Amen !

Then let your prayers be more fervent, more heavily weighted with faith and hope. Let the intensity of your desire be proportionate to the value of the object you wish to obtain. The greatness of the Gift and our need of It should fill us with a hungering desire for it . . . !"  - Special Testimonies, August 7, 1901 par. 13


You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed.

It is growth in knowledge of the character of Christ that sanctifies the soul. To discern and appreciate the wonderful work of the atonement, transforms him who contemplates the plan of salvation. By beholding Christ, he becomes changed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord. The beholding of Jesus becomes an ennobling, refining process to the actual Christian. He sees the Pattern, and grows into its likeness, and then how easily are dissensions, emulations, and strife adjusted. The perfection of Christ’s character is the Christian’s inspiration. When we see him as he is, desire awakes to be like him, and this elevates the whole man; for “every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”


Consider the implications of this wonderful gift – God gave His only Son. Before the earth was created, the Father agreed to accept the Son’s voluntary offer to become a substitute for the human race. 

The Son pledged Himself to die for mankind, and “in covenant promise, the Father and Son clasped their hands in a solemn pledge that Christ should become the surety for the human race”. The Desire of Ages p834. 

“Said the angel, “Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no’ It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give His darling Son to die for them…” 
Early Writings p. 127. 

The Bible says:

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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:1, 14a KJV.)

"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which hehath purchased with his own blood." (Acts 20:28 KJV.)

"The first man [Adam] is from the earthearthy; the second man [Jesus] is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly." (1 Corinthians 15:47-49 NASB.)

"For in him [Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." (Colossians 2:9 KJV.)

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." (1 John 4:1-3 KJV.)

"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." (2 John 1:7 KJV.) 
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In the above two quotes, John is warning against the teachings of the Gnostics, who taught the following:

"The Gnostics wrote apocryphal Gospels (such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary) to substantiate their claim that the risen Jesus told his disciples the true, Gnostic interpretation of his teachings: Christ, the divine spirit, inhabited the body of the man Jesus and did not die on the cross but ascended to the divine realm from which he had come. The Gnostics thus rejected the atoning suffering and death of Christ and the resurrection of the body. They also rejected other literal and traditional interpretations of the Gospels." ("Gnosticism," Microsoft® Encarta® 97 Encyclopedia. © 1993-1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.) 
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Ellen G. White upholds Jesus' divinity, upholds Jesus' humanity, and says we can have divine characters!

"In stooping to take the habiliments of a man, Christ did not cease to be God. (Heb 1:1-12 therefore Godeven thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows) The human did not become divine, nor the divine human. Christ lived the law of God, showing all men and women that through His grace they can do the same. By faith, in His humanity Christ saw what we are permitted to see by faith--the atoning sacrifice connected with the Lord upon the mercy seat." (Manuscript Releases, Volume Twelve, page 415, paragraph 3.)

"There is no one who can explain the mystery of the incarnation of Christ. Yet we know that He came to this earth and lived as a man among men. The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty, yet Christ and the Father are one. The Deity did not sink under the agonizing torture of Calvary, yet it is nonetheless true that 'God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'" (Lift Him Up, page 235, paragraph 3.)

"Jesus, the world's Redeemer, could only keep the commandments of God, in the same way that humanity can keep them. [...] We must practice the example of Christ, bearing in mind His Sonship and His humanity. It was not God that was tempted in the wilderness, nor a god that was to endure the contradiction of sinners against himself. It was the Majesty of heaven who became a man--humbled Himself to our human nature." (Manuscript Releases, Volume Six, page 342, paragraphs 1-2.)

"Was the human nature of the Son of Mary changed into the divine nature of the Son of God? No; the two natures were mysteriously blended (just as OUR human nature can be blended with the divine nature/character of God) in one person--the man Christ Jesus....When Christ was crucified, it was His human nature that died (carnal nature). Deity (God's Spirit =the Father=Himself) did not sink and die; that would have been impossible." (Lift Him Up, page 76, paragraph 2.)  

"He who had said, 'I lay down my life, that I might take it again,' came forth from the grave to life that was in Himself. Humanity died: divinity did not die. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death." (The Faith I Live By, page 51, paragraph 3.)

"In Christ are united the divine and the human. The Creator (God created ALL THROUGH or "by" JESUS) and the creature, the nature of God, whose law had been transgressed, and nature of Adam, the transgressor, meet in Jesus,--the Son of God and the Son of man." (Bible Training School, 02-01-1908, paragraph 4.) (Note: Jesus is a not a creature made from dust - but rather our creator - given all authority, made equal with and begotten of his Father and God.)

"Christ came to earth as God in the guise of humanity. He ascended to heaven as the King of saints. His ascension was worthy of His exalted character. He ascended from the Mount of Olives in a cloud of angels, who triumphantly escorted Him to the city of God." (The Signs of the Times, 08-16-1899, paragraph 4.)

"A young man clothed in shining garments was sitting by the tomb. It was the angel who had rolled away the stone. He had taken the guise of humanity that he might not alarm these friends of Jesus." (The Desire of Ages, page 788, paragraph 3.) (Note: compare with the next quote, where she says the same thing about Christ!)

"For a moment the divinity of Christ flashed through His guise of humanity." (The Desire of Ages, page 707, paragraph 2.)

"Christ and His angels come to us in the form of human beings, and as we converse with them, light and grace and joy fill our hearts. Our spiritual energies are quickened, and we are strengthened to do the will of God. Though we know it not, we are conversing with an angel, an angel in human guise." (Manuscript Releases, Volume Nine, page 211, paragraph 1.) 

"The highest of all angels, He girded Himself with a towel, and washed the feet of His disciples." (Manuscript Releases, Volume Twelve, page 400, paragraph 1.) (Note: again she says Christ is also an angel - the creator of the angels - he is the HIGHEST angel - the commander of angels! Angel means messenger - 

ANGEL: attendant of God
Synonyms:God's messenger, archangel, celestial being, cherub, divine messenger, guardian,heavenly being, holy being, seraph, spiritspiritual being, spritesupernatural being

)

"Before his fall, Satan was, next to Christ, the highest angel in heaven." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 01-14-1909, paragraph 4.) (Note: again she calls Christ an angel, just one step above Satan!!!! )

Now Gabriel stands in Satan's place - has his old job.

"The humble Nazarene asserts His real nobility. He rises above humanity, throws off the guise of sin and shame, and stands revealed, the Honored of the angels, the Son of God, One with the Creator of the universe." (The Desire of Ages, page 210, paragraph 1.) 

"Beneath the guise of humanity they discerned the glory of the Son of God." (The Desire of Ages, page 412, paragraph 1.)

"The salvation of a world is at stake. He resisted the archdeceiver. In behalf of man He must conquer as a man, and in the very same manner man must conquer by 'It is written.His own words under the guise of humanity would be misjudged, misinterpreted, falsified. His own words spoken as the divine Son of God could not be falsified. It will be in the last great day when every case receives as his works have been; it will be the final and eternal condemnation of the devil and all his sympathizers and all who have served under his jurisdiction and have identified themselves with him." (S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, page 1163, paragraph 5.)

"Christ took upon Himself humanity for us. He clothed His divinity, and divinity and humanity were combined. He showed that that law which Satan declared could not be kept, could be kept. Christ took humanity to stand here in our world, to show that Satan had lied. He took humanity upon Himself to demonstrate that with divinity and humanity combined, man could keep the law of Jehovah. Separate humanity from divinity, and you can try to work out your own righteousness from now till Christ comes, and it will be nothing but a failure." (Faith and Works, page 71, paragraph 1.) (Note: so we can become as divine as Jesus! That's what Jesus messenger Ellen says!)

"He took humanity upon Him, but He did not leave His divinity; He clothed His divinity with humanity. He took humanity upon Himself in order to carry humanity through that commandment-keeping people to give the testimony to the whole universe of heaven. He stood in humanity to bear all the battles and conflicts as our Head, thus elevating with God every human being on the face of the earth. Now, Christ took humanity that humanity might take His divinity. He took our nature that He might give to human nature His nature.... We read in 2 Peter 1 that you are to be divine partakers of Jesus Christ, and there is not one of the very simplest in the institution but that he can take hold of the divine nature through the knowledge of Jesus Christ who gave His life to buy us. Then we must consider we are bought with a price--even the precious blood of the Son of God. God is not going to let us drift this way and that way with Satan's temptations, but if you will stand in Christ and if you will be determined that you will make of yourself all that God intended you should make, you can become as precious in the sight of God as Daniel was--beloved of God." (Sermons and Talks, Volume Two, page 126, paragraphs 2-3.) (Note: We can "take His divinity"!  

"Christ alone was able to represent the Deity. He who had been in the presence of the Father from the beginning, He who was the express image of the invisible God, was alone sufficient to accomplish this work. No verbal description could reveal God to the world. Through a life of purity, a life of perfect trust and submission to the will of God, a life of humiliation such as even the highest seraph in heaven would have shrunk from, God Himself must be revealed to humanity. In order to do this, our Saviour clothed His divinity with humanity. He employed the human faculties, for only by adopting these could He be comprehended by humanity. Only humanity could reach humanity. He lived out the character of God through the human body which God had prepared for Him. He blessed the world by living out in human flesh the life of God, thus showing that He had the power to unite humanity to divinity." (Selected Messages, Book 1, page 264, paragraph 2.)

"Christ had two natures, the nature of a man and the nature of God. In him divinity and humanity were combined.... He exhibited a perfect humanity, combined with deity; and by preserving each nature distinct, he has given to the world a representation of the character of God and the character of a perfect man. He shows us what God is, and what man may become--godlike in character." (The General Conference Bulletin, 10-01-1899, paragraph 20.)

"'This is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you' This is a wonderful statement. In our lives we are to exemplify the love of Christ. Then, like Him, we shall labor most earnestly for the salvation of sinners. He desires that we shall abide in Him, that He may work through us in keeping before the world such a representation of the infinite love of God as He Himself gave. Through our lives the respondent may receive an assurance that it is possible to be partakers of the divine nature, and by taking hold of this divinity win the victory that all must win who shall enter in through the gates into the city.... He who was one with the Father laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown, and in coming to this world clothed His divinity with humanity. Had He come in all His glory, escorted by myriads of angels, no man could have endured the sight. But He took upon Himself humanity, that He might perfect in His own life a humanity that we can lay hold of and be united with divinity. The divine nature is to be imparted to every true seeker after Jesus Christ. Divinity must be united with humanity. Thus humanity may be partakers of the divine nature, that men may be able to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust." (Sermons and Talks, page 294, paragraph 1.)

Ellen G. White says that we can become divine

"Jesus saw in this ruler just the help He needed if the young man would become a colaborer with Him in the work of salvation. If he would place himself under Christ's guidance, he would be a power for good. In a marked degree the ruler could have represented Christ; for he possessed qualifications, which, if he were united with the Saviour, would enable him to become a divine force among men. Christ, seeing into his character, loved him. Love for Christ was awakening in the ruler's heart; for love begets love. Jesus longed to see him a co-worker with Him. He longed to make him like Himself, a mirror in which the likeness of God would be reflected. He longed to develop the excellence of his character, and sanctify it to the Master's use. If the ruler had then given himself to Christ, he would have grown in the atmosphere of His presence. If he had made this choice, how different would have been his future!" (The Desire of Ages, page 519, paragraph 3.)(Note: the rich young ruler possessed qualifications which would enable him to become a divine force!)

"Christ's true followers will represent Him in character. They will turn aside from worldly policy, and every day will train themselves for service in God's cause. In active service they find peace and hope, efficiency and power. They breathe the atmosphere of heaven, the only atmosphere in which the soul can truly live. By obedience they are made partakers of the divine nature. The doing of the living principles of God's law makes them one with Christ; and because He lives, they will live also. At the last day He will raise them as a part of himself. He declares, 'As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.' 'This is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.' Christ became one with us in order that we might become one with Him in divinity." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 06-18-1901, paragraph 7.) (Note: "one with Him in divinity"! )

Ellen G. White says that Christ was not always God

"The Scriptures clearly indicate the relation between God and Christ, and they bring to view as clearly the personality and individuality of each." "God is the Father of Christ; Christ is the Son of God. To Christ has been given an exalted position. He has been made equal with the Father. All the counsels of God are opened to His Son." (Testimonies for the Church, Volume Eight, page 268, paragraphs 1 & 3.)

"Jesus said, 'Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life.' He gave his life for the sheep. The only-begotten Son of God accepts all the liabilities that fall upon the transgressor of the law, vindicates its unchangeable and holy character. The death of Christ removes every argument that Satan could bring against the precepts of Jehovah. Satan has declared that men could not enter the kingdom of heaven unless the law was abolished and a way devised by which transgressors could be reinstated into the favor of God, and made heirs of heaven. He made the claim that the law must be changed, that the reins of government must be slackened in heaven, that sin must be tolerated, and sinners pitied and saved in their sins. But every such plea was cast aside when Christ died as a substitute for the sinner. He who was made (set-up/given authority) equal with God bore the sin of the transgressor, and thereby made a channel whereby the love of God could be communicated to a fallen world, and his grace and power imparted to those who came to Christ in penitence for their sin." (The Signs of the Times, 02-05-1894, paragraph 10.)

Jesus Christ is fully human and fully divine by INHERITANCE from His Father - He inherited His Father's Godlike nature - just as we inherit our human parents nature/traits. We have seen that Ellen G. White says that Christ only had a "guise of humanity." We've also seen that Jesus' human nature/humanity/body is divine.   Heb 1-8 - God begat a Son - (one whom the Father SETUP or MADE a God from the beginning Micah 5:2) God the Father IS IMMORTAL - did not have to die for us? No, the Father of Jesus did not die - Christ died for us - he took our place - as THE ONLY being who could completely die the death we should have died. Also, we've seen that she says that we can become divine, and that we can be as divine as the man Jesus was! Also, she says that Christ was an angel, and was not always equal with God but was "made equal with God"! 

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans[b] of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins (beginnings) are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

“It was a difficult task for the Prince of life to carry out the plan which He had undertaken for the salvation of man, in clothing His divinity with humanity. He had received honor in the heavenly courts, and was familiar with absolute power. It was as difficult for Him to keep the level of humanity as for men to rise above the low level of their depraved natures and be partakers of the divine nature.”

Origins: something from which anything arises or is derived; source; fountainhead: to follow a stream to its origin. 2. rise or derivation from a particular source:

Genesis 2:7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
1 Corinthians 15:46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.
2 Corinthians 5:1 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

Think of the risk He took. And there was a risk – the Father could have lost His Son for eternity. 
Luke 22:70 They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied, "You are right in saying I am."
If we disbelieve that Jesus was begotten/came forth from the bosom of the Father prior to this world being created, that Jesus had a beginning from antiquity (so far back in time that to us it is hard to understand because we have only known time - Jesus origins were from eternity, before anything was created, God brought forth His dear precious Son to save us = if you do not believe that Jesus was TWICE BORN this is the Spirit of Anti-Christ - anti means against the Son of God! This is what Jesus said and the Jews - they did not believe Jesus was truly the Son of God and crucified him for it! Let's not crucify the Son of God afresh by not believing that God truly and literally had a Son to give us. That he really DID send his dear precious Son to be reincarnated as a baby boy to die our death in our place. We can now, this instant ask for the atoning blood sacrifice to cover our past sins and live a NEW sin-free life by living Jesus risen from the dead New life...Just say, Lord Jesus, I claim your blood as a covering over my sin - please I invite you to come live inside me to make me sin-free by YOUR POWER AND PRESENCE. Jesus and God will make their home inside of us and help us to be sin-free. IF we do not everyday commit our life to him and abide in him moment by moment we will sin....but God is gracious to forgive us, if we ask and help us to learn how to trust in Him more and more each day until we reach that perfecting of our characters where we can stand in front of a sinless God WITHOUT Jesus as our mediator - THEN Jesus will come to put the finishing touch of immortality on our mortal bodies and we will be changed from corruptible to incorruptible in the twinkling of an eye. THIS IS WHY JESUS DIED TO SAVE US! SO WE COULD BE SIN FREE NOW! If not, what did he die for?

I believe Jesus was begotten from antiquity for the purpose of saving us from sin. 
John 18:37 says "
New International Version (©1984)
"You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."

New Living Translation (©2007)
Pilate said, "So you are a king?" Jesus responded, "You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true."

English Standard Version (©2001)
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
You are a king then?" Pilate asked. "You say that I'm a king," Jesus replied. "I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.""

International Standard Version (©2012)
Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. I was born for this, and I came into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is committed to the truth listens to my voice."

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
Pilate said to him, “You are a King then?” Yeshua said to him, “You have said that I am a King. For this I was born and for this I have come into the world: to testify of the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus replied, "You're correct in saying that I'm a king. I have been born and have come into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me."

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Pilate therefore said unto him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.

American King James Version
Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.

American Standard Version
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.

Darby Bible Translation
Pilate therefore said to him, Thou art then a king? Jesus answered, Thou sayest it, that I am a king. I have been born for this, and for this I have come into the world, that I might bear witness to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.

English Revised Version
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Webster's Bible Translation
Pilate therefore said to him, Art thou a King then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Weymouth New Testament
"So then *you* are a king!" rejoined Pilate. "Yes," said Jesus, "you say truly that I am a king. For this purpose I was born, and for this purpose I have come into the world--to give testimony for the truth. Every one who is a friend of the truth listens to my voice."

World English Bible
Pilate therefore said to him, "Are you a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."

Young's Literal Translation
Pilate, therefore, said to him, 'Art thou then a king?' Jesus answered, 'Thou dost say it; because a king I am, I for this have been born, and for this I have come to the world, that I may testify to the truth; every one who is of the truth, doth hear my voice.'

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Art thou a king then? - Dost thou admit the charge in any sense, or dost thou lay claim to a kingdom of any kind?

Thou sayest ... - This is a form of expression denoting affirmation. It is equivalent to yes.

That I am a king - This does not mean simply that Pilate affirmed that he was a king; it does not appear that he had done this; but it means, "Thou affirmest the truth; thou declarest what is correct, for I am a king." I am a king in a certain sense, and do not deny it.

To this end ... - Compare John 3:11-12, etc. Jesus does not here affirm that he was born to reign, or that this was the design of his coming; but it was to bear witness to and to exhibit the truth. By this he showed what was the nature of his kingdom. It was not to assert power; not to collect armies; not to subdue nations in battle. It was simply to present truth to men, and to exercise dominion only by the truth. Hence, the only power put forth in restraining the wicked, in convincing the sinner, in converting the heart, in guiding and leading his people, and in sanctifying them, is that which is produced by applying truth to the mind. Men are not forced or compelled to be Christians. They are made to see that they are stoners, that God is merciful, that they need a Redeemer, and that the Lord Jesus is fitted to their case, and yield themselves then wholly to his reign. This is all the power ever used in the kingdom of Christ, and no men in his church have a right to use any other. Alas! how little have persecutors remembered this! And how often, under the pretence of great regard for the kingdom of Jesus, have bigots attempted by force and flames to make all men think as they do! We see here the importance which Jesus attached to truth. It was his sole business in coming into the world. He had no other end than to establish it. We therefore should value it, and seek for it as for hid treasures, Proverbs 23:23.


  • something that one hopes or intends to accomplish => "to this purpose" (as in "to this end", "to this intent", "to this objective", "to this target", ...)

  • the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted => "for this purpose" (as in "for this function", "for this job", "for this position", "for this task", ...)

For example, you will find both meanings in this gide "The Structure, Format, Content, and Style of a Journal-Style Scientific Paper":

In scientific studies, the use of this word (significant) implies that a statistical test was employed to make a decision about the data; [...].
Limit the use of the word "significant" to this purpose only.

Organize your presentation so your reader will understand the logical flow of the experiment(s);subheadings work well for this purpose

Matthew 27:11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
Mark 15:2 "Are you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate. "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
Luke 22:70 They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied, "You are right in saying I am."
Luke 23:3 So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 3:32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
John 8:14 Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.
John 8:45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
John 8:46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?
John 8:47 He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
1 Timothy 6:13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you
1 John 2:21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
1 John 4:6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

“Never can the cost of our redemption be realized until the redeemed shall stand with the Redeemer before the throne of God. Then as the glories of the eternal home burst upon our enraptured senses we shall remember that Jesus left all this for us, that He not only became an exile from the heavenly courts, but for us took the risk of failure and eternal loss….” 
The Desire of Ages p131. 

How did the Father feel when the Son of His love was despised by those He came to save? “He saw Him dying on the cross, mocked at and jeered at by the passers-by, and He hid as it were His face from Him...” 
Signs of the Times. 01-27-1898. 

Exalt the God of heaven, for He suffered with His Son. 

But not only did God give Christ to redeem mankind, He gave Him to the fallen race. “God gave His only-begotten Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human nature." 
The Desire of Ages p25. 

Think about this sublime reality. Never again – never in all eternity – will the Son of God be exactly the same as He was before the incarnation. Never! “Through the eternal ages He (Christ) is linked with us…. God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son who shares the throne of the universe... In Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are bound together. Christ glorified is our brother.”
 Ibid p25.26. 

“What gratitude... What love, should fill our hearts as we contemplate the love of God!
 Signs of the Times 05-02-1892. 

The Son of God is now linked with humanity as the Son of man, but before the incarnation He was begotten of His Father. In the far distant days of eternity, God had a Son in His own likeness, One who became deity in every sense of the word. He was “the express image” of His Father, the “brightness of His glory” Thus the Father could say of His Son, “Thy throne O God…”, for the Son partook of the very nature of God.
 Hebrews 1:3.8. 

As the only ‘begotten’ Son, Christ was “made so much better than the angels”, for it was “by inheritance (He) obtained a more excellent name than they”. 
Hebrews 1:4. 

“God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father’s person...”
 Signs of the Times. 05-30-1895. Hebrews 1:1-3. 

When formulating the plan of redemption with His Father, the Son willingly volunteered to become the surety for man, “and the counsel of peace (was) between them both”. Zechariah 6:12.13. 

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

“Laying aside His royal robe and kingly crown, the Son of God clothed His divinity with humanity, that humanity through His infinite sacrifice might become partakers of the divine nature”. 
9 Testimonies p68. 4Testimonies p120. 

When Christ took fallen huanity upon His divinity, through the miracle of the incarnation, He became that “holy thing” within the womb of Mary. The Son did not begin at that moment; He became a divine-human baby, subject to all the laws of His own creation.
 Luke 1:35. 

And so, “When the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons…” 
Galatians 4:4.5. 

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, not from Bethlehem just two thousand years ago, but from the ages of eternity. 

To say ‘from eternity’ need not mean ‘without beginning’, but from some point in eternity. Micah 5:2 uses the words ‘from old, from everlasting’. A study of these words shows that it is basically ‘a long time’, or as long as specified. The Hebrew word ‘olam’ (Strongs 5769) has been translated ‘concealed, vanishing point, eternity, always, ancient time, eternal, long time, old time, perpetual, beginning of the world, without end’. For example Gen 9:16 everlasting covenant, Exodus 40:15 everlasting priesthood, Isaiah 35:10 everlasting joy upon their heads, Isaiah 55:13 everlasting sign, Jeremiah 20:11 everlasting confusion, Jeremiah 23:40 everlasting reproach, Daniel 12:2 everlasting life. Obviously some will come to an end, others will not, some had a beginning, others did not. Thus it is not beyond the meaning of the words when relating to Christ that He was begotten at some point of time in eternity, certainly way beyond our understanding, but He will have no end. 

“In His incarnation (Christ) gained in a new sense the title of the Son of God… Thus He stood in our world the Son of God, yet allied by birth to the human race”.
 1 Selected Messages p 226.227.

"The atonement of Christ was not made in order to induce God to love those whom he otherwise hated; it was not made to produce a love that was not in existence; but it was made as a manifestation of the love that was already in God's heart, an exponent of the divine favor in the sight of heavenly intelligences, in the sight of worlds unfallen, and in the sight of a fallen race. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." We are not to entertain the idea that God loves us because Christ has died for us, but that he so loved us that he gave his only-begotten Son to die for us. The death of Christ was expedient in order that mercy might reach us with its full pardoning power, and at the same time that justice might be satisfied in the righteous substitute. The glory of God was revealed in the rich mercy that he poured out upon a race of rebels, who through repentance and faith might be pardoned through the merits of Christ, for God will by no means clear the guilty who refuse to acknowledge the merit of a crucified and risen Saviour. It is only through faith in Christ that sinners may have the righteousness of Christ imputed unto them, and that they may be "made the righteousness of God in him." Our sins were laid on Christ, punished in Christ, put away by Christ, in order that his righteousness might be imputed to us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Although sin was charged to his account on our behalf, yet he remained perfectly sinless." ST May 30, 1895, par. 6, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7A, p. 472.3

"If we are following Christ, His merits, imputed to us, come up before the Father as sweet odor. And the graces of our Saviour's character, implanted in our hearts, will shed around us a precious fragrance. The spirit of love, meekness, and forbearance pervading our life will have power to soften and subdue hard hearts and win to Christ bitter opposers of the faith." {5T 174.1} 

"When the third angel's message is preached as it should be, power attends its proclamation, and it becomes an abiding influence. It must be attended with divine power, or it will accomplish nothing. I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel's message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time. In the parable, the ten virgins had lamps, but only five of them had the saving oil with which to keep their lamps burning. This represents the condition of the Church. The wise and the foolish have their Bibles, and are provided with all the means of grace; but many do not appreciate the fact that they must have the heavenly unction. They do not heed the invitation, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matt. 11:18" {RH, August 19, 1890 par. 3}  RH August 26, 1890, par. 1

Every individual must realize his own necessity. The heart must be emptied of every defilement, and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit ....

How to obtain the Heavenly Unction -the Holy Spirit, the Divine Blessing, the POWER of God,   - "Be instant in prayer."  "Continual and fervent prayer, and earnestness in well-doing, will bring you into communion with God; your mind and heart will imbibe a sense of eternal things, and the heavenly unction, which springs from connection with God, will be poured upon you." —The Review and Herald, August 8, 1878.

"To those that ASK HimJesus imparts (To grant a share of; bestow) the Holy Spirit (God" shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19-20)." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

"The work of the Holy Spirit is not to daub with untempered mortar, but it is to convince (persuade - satisfy - assure - induce) the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment to come." RH August 26, 1890, par. 1

"Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring the whole man from his dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed." Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, p. 267.2

"The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for itand the use we shall make of the light and knowledge (perfecting testing messages) that shall be given to us." --{RH May 5, 1896, Last Day Events, p. 188.5}

How much we get of the "latter rain/"holy" Spirit/messages of truth" depends on how badly we want it and how we use what is given to us. How much of Jesus do we want? How will we use the truth He imparts to us? If we reject the messages He sends us, do you think He keeps sending more? "To disregard light is to reject it.”—5 Testimonies, 680. 

"Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, until the sealing was past, until the covering was drawn over God's people, and they left without a shelter from the burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues."1Early Writings, 43, 44. --{Sons and Daughters of God, p. 342.2}

Good Morning all,  could not help but share this.  For it is the heart of our message as a people.  Though it is a unpopular message it will sound.  This message has changed my life and I want to share it with you.  Once you get just a glimpse you will NOT be the same again.  For your very SOUL will be impressed with the image of HIM who is invisible.

 

May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ send His Holy Spirit into YOUR hearts that you maybe able to comprehend our RICH inheritance IN CHRIST.

 

 

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What is the all absorbing message that is to be proclaimed to the world in these last days?

 

“In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import--the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention” . 9T 19

 

 

 

And what is the central theme of the Three Angel’s messages?

 

“Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel's message, and I have answered, "It is the third angel's message, in verity."-- The Review and

Herald, April 1, 1890.

 

Who delivered this message and what was it about?

 

“The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones . This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God.  Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agentThis is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure.” TM 91,92

 

How is the subject of the only Begotten Son related to the message of justification through

faith?

 

Notice the introduction to E.J Waggoner’s book Christ and His Righteousness

 

“In the first verse of the third chapter of Hebrews we have an exhortation which comprehends all

the injunctions given to the Christian. It is this: "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the

heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." To do

this as the Bible enjoins, to consider Christ continually and intelligently, just as He is, will

transform one into a perfect Christian, for "by beholding we become changed.”

Christ and His Righteousness Page 5.

 

A.T Jones brings this principle of beholding Christ into sharper focus for us. The opening

chapter of his book Consecrated Way to Christian Perfection begins with calling us to examine

the “Such” in Paul’s statement “Such a High Priest” Heb 8:1 Notice what he says:

 

“The condescension of Christ, the position of Christ, and the nature of Christ as He was in the

flesh in the world are given in the second chapter of Hebrews more fully than in any other one

place in the Scriptures. But this is in the second chapter. The first chapter precedes it.Therefore

the truth and the thought presented in the first chapter are essentially precedent to the second

chapter. The first chapter must be fully understood in order to be able to follow the thought and

understand the truth in the second chapter. In the first chapter of Hebrews, the exaltation,

the position, and the nature of Christ as He was in heaven before He came to the world

are more fully given than in any other single portion of the Scriptures. Therefore it is

certain that an understanding of the position and nature of Christ as He was in heaven is

essential to a proper understanding of His position and nature as He was on earth

.”  Consecrated Way to Christian Perfection Page 11,12

 

Essentially what Jones and Waggoner are telling us is that when we behold Christ “Just as He is” revealed in Scripture and especially in Hebrews one and two, we will be transformed into the same image and receive that righteousness that will produce a keeping of all the commandments in the life.  Therefore if we would know the Son of God “Just as He is,” if we would know His true position and nature as He was in Heaven then it follows that it is essential to know who exactly the Son of God is. 

     We must know whether He is begotten or unbegotten; we must know whether He is a Son by Inheritance or a Son by title only. If we would know Jesus “Just as He is” then it is vital to know the truth about the Son of God. If we do not know then we will not be able to be transformed into the likeness of Christ and worse still if we assume an incorrect view we will surely be transformed into the image of Satan, the father of all false Christs and idols of the imagination.

 

Therefore a correct knowledge of the Son of God is the very heart of understanding righteousness by faith. How is this the case? How do we make that connection? Consider this passage:

 

Php 2:5-6 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

 

The Bible clearly tells us that Christ did not think it robbery to be equal with God. The vital question we must ask here is upon what basis did Christ think it was not robbery to be equal with God? Where did His confidence rest? Let A.T Jones lay the matter out:

 

“What, then, is the thought concerning Christ in the first chapter of Hebrews?

First of all there is introduced "God"--God the Father--as the speaker to men, who "in time past

spake unto the fathers by the prophets" and who "hath in these last days spoken unto us by His

Son."

 

Thus is introduced Christ the Son of God. Then of Him and the Father it is written: "Whom He

[the Father] hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He [the Father] made the worlds."

Thus, as preliminary to His introduction and our consideration of Him as High Priest, Christ the

Son of God is introduced as being with God as Creator and as being the active, vivifying Word

in the creation--"by whom also He [God] made the worlds."

 

Next, of the Son of God Himself we read: "Who being the brightness of His [God's] glory, and

the express image of His [God's] person ["the very impress of His substance," margin R.V.], and

upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat

down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."

 

This tells us that in heaven the nature of Christ was the nature of God, that He in His person, in

His substance, is the very impress, the very character, of the substance of God. That is to say

that in heaven as He was before He came to the world the nature of Christ was in very

substance the nature of God.

 

Therefore it is further written of Him that He was "made so much better than the angels, as He

hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." This more excellent name is

the name "God," which, in the eighth verse, is given by the Father to the Son: "Unto the

Son He [God] saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever."

Thus, He is "so much" better than the angels as God is better than the angels. And it is because

of this that He has that more excellent name --the name expressing only what He is in His very

nature. And this name "He hath by inheritance." It is not a name that was bestowed but a name

that is inherited.

 

Now it lies in the nature of things, as an everlasting truth, that the only name any person

can possibly inherit is his father's name. This name, then, of Christ's, which is more

excellent than that of the angels, is the name of His Father, and His Father's name is

God. The Son's name, therefore, which He has by inheritance, is God.”  Consecrated Way

to Christian Perfection Page 13,14

 

Hebrews chapter one explained by A.T Jones leaves us in absolutely no doubt about why Christ did not think it was robbery to be equal with God. Yet more than this it also leaves us in no doubt as to the basis of why Christ did not think it robbery to be equal with God. The power, the position, the standing of Christ was all given to Him by the Father and the Son holds all these things by Faith in His Father’s Word. When the Father said to the Son:

 

Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I

begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

And again Heb 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the

angels of God worship him.

And again Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne (our mind), O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of

righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

 

The Son accepted the words of the Father by faith. How So? To receive an inheritance requires an act of faith towards the giver. When the Father appointed Christ to be heir of all things, the Son accepted this appointment by faith.  Again why did Christ accept these things by faith ? We answer because they were given to Him by the Father.

 

Now we come to the crux of the issue of why Christ did not think it robbery to be equal with God and to be heir of all things, to hold the title of God and to be worshipped by all the angels? 

His thinking was an act of faith. It was the faith that lives by every Word of God. This is the eternal 
faith of Jesus – a faith that allowed Him to believe what the Father said of Him which was to consider Himself equal with God and to be worshipped as God and to possess all the fullness of the Father’s Divinity. Jesus our mighty Prince chose by faith to accept all that the Father had said and did for Him. As Jesus sits upon the throne of the universe we read of Him:

 

Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne (also our minds), O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of

righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

 

And how did Christ possess this sceptre of righteousness? It was by faith in the Father’s Word to Him. The Son of God is righteous by faith . The Son of God is the heart and soul, the kernel, the cornerstone of righteousness by faith because this is exactly how He has lived, does live and will live forever and ever. This is why He is the everlasting father of all those who live by the faith of Jesus in the Word of the Father.  

As we Behold the Son in this clear light we are transformed into the image of His faith. His faith in His Father’s Word dwells in us by the Spirit so we also believe the Father’s Word concerning us. As we behold Christ “just as He is” we are transformed into the same image even as by the glory of the Lord.  

In contrast to this picture of Jesus as holding the sceptre of righteousness by faith, we see another Christ, a Barabbas who enthrones himself in all the creeds of Christendom. Why does this robber not think it robbery to be equal with God? In what does this thief and murderer trust that causes him not to think it is robbery? Why he looks to himself and he points to his own power, his own knowledge, his own eternal age. He does not hold these things by faith but by his own eternal glory. He does not rest upon the Father’s Word but rather upon himself. 

When called upon to declare his confidence, he arises and reveals His pedigree of godhood not by faith but in self-confidence. He sits in the temple of God proclaiming himself God, for he coveted to ascend into the sides of the north and be like the Most High . . . . He is the perfect image of self-confidence and self-possession. But still further to this, this cunning deceiver places upon himself the mask of a dependent Jesus during his incarnation. He masks his self-confidence with a trusting submissive son. He blends the true and the false in order that the might hide his true self-confidence from visibility. He projects an image of trusting submission from his eternal resources of self-confidence. We ask again what is the result of beholding this self-confident second person of the Trinity? Why self-confidence of course! By beholding we are changed into the same image. If we perceive Jesus to be God from his own resources then we will become man from our own resources. If we believe that Jesus is God by faith in the Father’s Word then we will become men of faith in the Father’s Word formed in the same image.

 

Beloved believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false

prophets are gone out into the world. Many shall come in the name of Christ claiming to be Him

and they will yet deceive many.

 

We are righteous by faith when we behold Jesus just as He is – Righteousness by faith.

 

Thought it not Robbery

Written by A. Ebens

Friday, 07 December 2012 06:15

 

So few have looked to the Life of Christ and by faith learned to appropriate (take/accept) it as their own!

 

Christ's victories are all ours, BY FAITH. Victory to overcome appetite, pride of life, lust of the flesh, all sinful things! By faith, positive anticipation, trust in God & His Son, we can claim Christ's victories for our very own victories! 

 

Christ's own sinless life can be OURS by FAITH!


He did it! It is OURS, NOW, by Faith! Ask God in the name of His Son to give you His Son's sinless life - make HIS victories our OWN victories! 

 

It is like He won the prize, now we get to use the prize as our very own, just by believing, by FAITH.  

 

2 Corinthians 5:21 "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

Have you found that living the life outlined by the scriptures to be hard?  Sometimes I have.  But take a look at this inspired quote.
 
“Yet do not therefore conclude that the upward road is the hard, and the downward road the easy, way. All along the road that leads to death there are pains and penalties, there are sorrows and disappointments, there are warnings not to go on. God's love has made it hard for the heedless and headstrong to destroy themselves.”  TMB p.139
 
Praise the Lord !  We who doubt that God could ever change us.  Read further.
 
“The road may be rough and the ascent steep; there may be pitfalls upon the right hand and upon the left; we may have to endure toil in our journey; when weary, when longing for rest, we may have to toil on; when faint, we may have to fight; when discouraged, we must still hope; but with Christ as our guide we shall not fail of reaching the desired haven at last. Christ Himself has trodden the rough way before us and has smoothed the path for our feet.  {MB 140.2}
 
Yes, Christ Himself has gone before us.  But Elder Wieland who pioneered the 1888 Committee has put it in most beautiful words. 
 
"The Holy Spirit is (the presence and power of God sent through) Jesus Himself "abiding" with us, living with us as our Companion, unseen but no less real than when Jesus walked personally with the disciples by the Sea of Galilee. He walks with us "unseen" as verily as the resurrected Jesus walked with those two disciples Sunday evening on their way to Emmaus, when their eyes were "holden" and they did not "see" Him (Luke 24:13). He talked with them along the way. So He does with us. Robert J. Wieland, "Dial Daily Bread" November 15, 2004

"Continual and fervent prayer, and earnestness in well-doing, will bring you into communion with God; your mind and heart will imbibe a sense of eternal things, and the heavenly unction, which springs from connection with God, will be poured upon you. It will render your testimony powerful to convict and convert. Your light will not be uncertain, but your path will be luminous with heavenly brightness. God is all-powerful, and Heaven is full of light. You have only to use the means God has placed in your power to obtain the divine blessing.

Be instant in prayer. You are a savor of life unto life, or of death unto death. You occupy a fearfully responsible position. I entreat you to redeem the time. Come very near to God in supplication, and you will be like a tree planted by the river of waters, whose leaf is always green, and whose fruit appears in due season.... Only go to God, and take Him at His word, and let your works be sustained by living faith in His promises. God does not require from you eloquent prayers and logical reasoning; but only a humble, contrite heart, ready and willing to learn of Him.—The Review and Herald, August 8, 1878.

Christ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life;” and it is the privilege of every soul to make Christ his personal Saviour. You need not wait to grow good; you need not think that any effort of yours will make your prayers acceptable, and bring you salvation. Let each man and woman pray to God, not to man. Let each one come to Christ in humility, speak to him with your own lips. The request, “Will you pray for me?” has become simply a form of speech; you should pray to God for yourself, believing that he listens to every word you utter. Lay bare your heart for his inspection, confess your sins, asking him to forgive you, pleading the merits of the atonement, and then by faith contemplate the great scheme of redemption, and the Comforter will bring all things to your remembrance.

The more you study the character of Christ, the more attractive will he appear to you. He will become as one near you, in close companionship with you; your affections will go out after him. If the mind is molded by the objects with which it has most to do, then to think of Jesus, to talk of him, will enable you to become like him in Spirit and character. You will reflect his image in that which is great and pure and spiritual. You will have the mind of Christ, and he will send you forth to the world as his spiritual representative. He will be your only glory. You cannot affiliate with the world without becoming a partaker of its spirit, without becoming guilty of treason against the Lord who has bought you.

It is the privilege of every earnest seeker for truth and righteousness, to rely upon the sure promises of God. The Lord Jesus makes manifest the fact that the treasures of divine grace are placed entirely at our disposal, in order that we may become channels of light. We cannot receive the riches of the grace of Christ without desiring to impart them to others. When we have the love of Christ in our hearts, we shall feel that it is our duty and privilege to communicate it. The sun shining in the heavens, pours its bright beams into all the highways and by-ways of life. It has sufficient light for thousands of worlds like ours. And so it is with the Sun of Righteousness; his bright beams of healing and gladness are amply sufficient to save our little world, and are efficacious in establishing security in every world that has been created. Christ declares that Our Heavenly Father is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him, than earthly parents are to give good gifts to their children. The day of Pentecost furnished a wonderful occasion. In the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, what a testimony was given to the abundance of the grace of Christ! Why is it that those who claim to believe advanced truth, live so far beneath their privileges? Why do they mingle self with all they do? If they will cast out self, Jesus will pour into the thirsty soul a constant supply from the river of life. How can our ministers become the representatives of Christ, when they feel self-sufficient—when by spirit and attitude they say, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing”? We must not be in a self-satisfied condition, or we shall be described as those who are poor, and wretched, and miserable, and blind, and naked.

Since the time of the Minneapolis meeting, I have seen the state of the Laodicean Church as never before. I have heard the rebuke of God spoken to those who feel so well satisfied, who know not their spiritual destitution. Jesus speaks to these as he did to the woman of Samaria: “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldst have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”

Like the Jews, many have closed their eyes lest they should see; but there is as great peril now, in closing the eyes to light, and in walking apart from Christ, feeling need of nothing, as there was when he was upon earth. I have been shown many things which I have presented before our people in solemnity and earnestness, but those whose hearts have been hardened through criticism, jealousy, and evil surmisings, knew not that they were poor, and miserable, and blind, and naked. Those who resist the messages of God through his humble servant, think they are at variance with sister White, because her ideas are not in harmony with theirs; but this variance is not with sister White, but with the Lord, who had given her her work to do.

Those who realize their need of repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, will have contrition of soul, will repent for their resistance of the Spirit of the Lord. They will confess their sin in refusing the light that Heaven has so graciously sent them, and they will forsake the sin that grieved and insulted the Spirit of the Lord. They will humble self, and accept the power and grace of Christ, acknowledging the messages of warning, reproof, and encouragement. Then their faith in the work of God will be made manifest, and they will rely upon the atoning sacrifice. They will make a personal appropriation of Christ’s abundant grace and righteousness, and he will become to them a present Saviour; for they will realize their need of him, and with complete trust will rest in him. They will drink of the water of life from the divine, inexhaustible fountain. In a new and blessed experience, they will cast themselves upon Christ, and become partakers of the divine nature. The human and the divine will co-operate every day, and the heart will well up in thanksgiving and praise to Christ. Heavenly inspiration will have a part in the Christian experience, and we shall grow to the full stature of men and women in Christ Jesus.

It is growth in knowledge of the character of Christ that sanctifies the soul. To discern and appreciate the wonderful work of the atonement, transforms him who contemplates the plan of salvation. By beholding Christ, he becomes changed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord. The beholding of Jesus becomes an ennobling, refining process to the actual Christian. He sees the Pattern, and grows into its likeness, and then how easily are dissensions, emulations, and strife adjusted. The perfection of Christ’s character is the Christian’s inspiration. When we see him as he is, desire awakes to be like him, and this elevates the whole man; for “every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

I feel sad when I think how for long years there has been a gradual lowering of the standard. I have been shown that very few realize the constant presence of the divine Watcher who declares, “I know thy works.” Through the indulgence of sin, many have forfeited the favor of God, misrepresented Jesus, forgotten his presence, forgotten that they are living in his sight, and so have added evil to evil. All such are foolish virgins. They have no abiding consolation. The power of Christ is to be the comfort, the hope, the crown of rejoicing, of every one that follows Jesus in his conflict, in his struggles in life. He who truly follows the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world, can shout as he advances, “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

What kind of faith is it that overcomes the world?—It is that faith which makes Christ your own personal Saviour,—that faith which, recognizing your helplessness, your utter inability to save yourself, takes hold of the Helper who is mighty to save, as your only hope. It is faith that will not be discouraged, that hears the voice of Christ saying, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world, and my divine strength is yours.” It is the faith that hears him say, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

The reason why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die, is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter, as one who reproves, who warns, who admonishes them, saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” Christ has all power in heaven and in earth, and he can strengthen the wavering, and set right the erring. He can inspire with confidence, with hope in God; and confidence in God always results in creating confidence in one another.

Every soul must have a realization that Christ is his personal Saviour; then love and zeal and steadfastness will be manifest in the Christian life. However clear and convincing the truth is, it will fail to sanctify the soul, fail to strengthen and fortify it in its conflicts, unless it is brought in constant contact with life. Satan has achieved his greatest success through interposing himself between the soul and the Saviour.

Christ should never be out of the mind. The angels said concerning him, “Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Jesus, precious Saviour! assurance, helpfulness, security, and peace are all in him. He is the dispeller of all our doubts, the earnest of all our hopes. How precious is the thought that we may indeed become partakers of the divine nature, whereby we may overcome as Christ overcame! Jesus is the fullness of our expectation. He is the melody of our songs, the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. He is living water to the thirsty soul. He is our refuge in the storm. He is our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption. When Christ is our personal Saviour, we shall show forth the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

This great spiritual destitution is not caused by any failure on the part of Christ doing all that is possible for the Church. Our Heavenly Father bestowed all Heaven in one gift,—that of his dear Son. The work of the Holy Spirit is not to daub with untempered mortar, but it is to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment to come. Jesus says, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” The revelation of the Son of God upon the cross, dying for the sins of men, draws the hearts of men by the power of infinite love, and convinces the sinner of sin. Christ died because the law was transgressed, that guilty man might be saved from the penalty of his enormous guilt. But history has proved that it is easier to destroy the world than to reform it; for men crucified the Lord of glory, who came to unite earth with heaven, and man with God. RH August 26, 1890, par. 1

Who 
we worship, what kind of a God we 
adore and praise, has tremendous consequences to our understanding of 
God’s love, the integrity of His character, and the power of His salvation. Click here to download Which Jesus do YOU worship?

Those who are eagerly studying how they may secure the pre-eminence should study rather how they may gain that wisdom which is "first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." I have been shown that many ministers need to have these words imprinted on the tablets of the soul. He who has Christ formed within, the hope of glory, will "show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom." {5T 175.2}

 No outward shrines may be visible, there may be no image for the eye to rest upon, yet we may be practicing idolatry. It is as easy to make an idol of cherished ideas or objects as to fashion gods of wood or stone. Thousands have a false conception of God and His attributes. They are as verily serving a false god as were the servants of BaalAre we worshiping the true God as He is revealed in His word, in Christ, in nature, or are we adoring some philosophical idol enshrined in His place? God is a God of truth. Justice and mercy are the attributes of His throne. He is a God of love, of pity and tender compassion. Thus He is represented in His Son, our Saviour. He is a God of patience and long-suffering. If such is the being whom we adore and to whose character we are seeking to assimilate, we are worshiping the true God.  {5T 173.4} 

It is Satan who constantly questions the divine son-ship of Christ


"The Sabbath...is the sign of the power of Christ." Desire of Ages, p. 283.4

"As the Jews departed from God, and failed to make the righteousness of Christ their own by faith (positive anticipation), the Sabbath lost its significance to them. Satan was seeking to exalt himself and to draw men away from Christ, and he worked to pervert the Sabbath, because it is the sign of the power of Christ. The Jewish leaders accomplished the will of Satan by surrounding God's rest day with burdensome requirements. In the days of Christ the Sabbath had become so perverted that its observance reflected the character of selfish and arbitrary men rather than the character of the loving heavenly Father. The rabbis virtually represented God as giving laws which it was impossible for men to obey. They led the people to look upon God as a tyrant, and to think that the observance of the Sabbath, as He required it, made men hard-hearted and cruel. It was the work of Christ to clear away these misconceptions. Although the rabbis followed Him with merciless hostility, He did not even appear to conform to their requirements, but went straight forward, keeping the Sabbath according to the law of God." The Desire of Ages, p. 283.4

Letter from a friend of mine, answered below:

Hi Cindy,

The relationship between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is something we will never throughout eternity completely understand. We need to be very careful to not go beyond what is revealed and accept by faith what we can never fully understand. The very fact that we cannot understand everything proves that God is infinite. We are told in A.A. p. 51-52:

"It is not essential for us to be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is. Christ tells us that the Spirit is the Comforter, "the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father."... The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them. Men having fanciful views may bring together passages of Scripture and put a human construction on them, but the acceptance of these views will not strengthen the church. Regarding such mysteries, which are too deep for human understanding, silence is golden."

Please consider this in the spirit in which it is intended. My only concern is for yours and mine, and everyone else's salvation. Please let me know your thoughts, perhaps I am missing something here. We need to search these things out and help each other because Jesus is coming and we need above all things to be able to meet Him in peace.


God bless you always,


******name removed for privacy reasons*****


11/18/2012

Answer to my Berean friend:

****, my friend, you are right to have a respectful concern about going beyond what is revealed about our heavenly Father, His Son, and the Spirit of God. Your selected quote from Ellen White is also appropriate. We are not to concern ourselves with just “what” the Holy Spirit is or the “nature” of the Holy Spirit. How Christ can dwell in us and yet be invisible to the world was a mystery to the disciples and it is a mystery to us.

“That Christ should manifest Himself to them, and yet be invisible to the world, was a mystery to the disciples. They could not understand the words of Christ in their spiritual sense. They were thinking of the outward, visible manifestation. They could not take in the fact that they could have the presence of Christ with them, and yet He be unseen by the world. They did not understand the meaning of a spiritual manifestation.” This Day with God p. 142 (Manuscript 44, May 13, 1897).

She is, of course, referring to the words of Jesus in John 14:16-21. He was speaking about the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth that would not be received by the world because they could not see him, but that they knew him because he dwells with them, and that Jesus would come to them, and would be in them and manifest himself to them. They ask him how is he going to manifest himself to them and not to the world (verse 22) indicating that they clearly understood that he was speaking about himself when he used the terms Comforter and Spirit of Truth.

But Jesus didn't answer their question of “how.” He would not discuss “what” the Spirit was or its “nature” of its “spiritual manifestation.” But he answered by making very clear “WHO” the Spirit of truth, the Comforter, was: He and his Father would come and abide in them (verse 23).

This is what I believe about the Holy Spirit: Christ is the Son of GOD, who by some Divine Act was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the "Holy" Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present. Jesus gave up His omnipresence when He took human nature. So now He must dwell in us through His Holy Spirit. But Jesus still possesses, he still “has” omnipresence in his “spiritual manifestation”: Revelation 3:1; 5:6. So now he dwells in us as His Holy Spirit. 1Peter 1:10,11; Desire of Ages p. 671.

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

Let’s use Scripture to answer for us. Christ is the eternal Son of God whose goings forth (goings forth is translated in many Bible's as "origin") from God the Father was from ancient times, from the days of eternity, before ever the world was:

  • Matthew 16:16; Isaiah 9:6; John 8:42; 16:27,28; 17:8; Proverbs 8:22-24; 30:4; 1John 4:9,14; Hebrews 1:6; Micah 5:2.
  • The Spirit of God proceeds from the Father who is a Spirit: John 15:26; 4:24.
  • The Father gives His Spirit, His life, to His Son without measure: John 3:34; 5:26.
  • The Father sheds the Holy Spirit of His Son on us abundantly through Jesus Christ: Gal 4:6; Titus 3:5,6.
  • Jesus in his humanity cannot be everywhere and this is an eternal sacrifice he made for us. As our mediator between the Father he is the man Christ Jesus: 1Tim 2:5.
  • As our Advocate (paracletos) with the Father he is our Comforter (paracletos): 1John 2:1.
  • But Jesus still possesses, he still “has” omnipresence in his “spiritual manifestation”: Revelation 3:1; 5:6.
  • So now he dwells in us as His Holy Spirit. 1Peter 1:10,11; Desire of Ages p. 671.

The disciples had a hard time understanding the "Holy" Spirit also, as do many today. The disciples did not believe the "Holy" Spirit was anyone other than Christ.

"The Saviour has given the promise of His presence to all who labor in the spirit of true service. "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth," He says; "go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." As you present the Word to your hearers, claim this promise of Christ's presenceThere is no day, no hour of the day, when He will not be near you by "His" "Holy" SpiritHe is in every meeting that is held in His name. His promise is given for as long as time shall last." AUCR, December 30, 1907 par. 3

"Christ gave his followers a positive promise that after his ascension he would send them his Spirit. "Go ye therefore," he said, "and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father [a personal God], and of the Son [a personal Prince and Saviour], and of the Holy Ghost [sent from heaven to represent Christ by HIS OWN SPIRIT]: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."" RH, October 26, 1897 par. 9

Note from the two quotes above that it is Christ who is with us by His own "Holy" Spirit. This truth is also confirmed from "The Desire of Ages":

While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church. DA 166

When Jesus ascended saying I will send the comforter to you... 

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord (Jesus) is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." More about this here:  https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/the-trinity-on-trial

1 Corinthians 8:6 (KJV) "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."

John 17:23  I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me. 

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (Notice it's the Father and the Son who makes their home INSIDE US? Not three, only two beings live inside us by their Spirit.)   Romans 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:23 and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.  1 Corinthians 11:3 Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

“We adore God for His wonderous love in giving us Jesus the Comforter” SD 124

 "The Saviour is our Comforter” 8 MR 49

 

“There is no Comforter like Christ” RH OCT 26, 1897

 

“He (Christ) is the comforter RH JAN 27, 1903

 

“The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” 19 MR 293

  

Answer; The Holy Spirit is certainly a living person. It is the person of Christ, His very life with His church. Jesus lives inside consecrated commandment keeping bodies. It is Jesus INVISIBLE, walking UNSEEN beside us and INSIDE us, helping us to be SIN-FREE!

 

While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church.  {DA 166.2}

 

This is why Jesus could promise;    

I will come to you.  

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I am with you always even unto the end of the world.

Where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of them.

 

Please tell me is Jesus with you now in the body (physically), or is He with you by His Holy Spirit?

If you still want to make the Holy Spirit someone else, then someone else is with you not Jesus?

Look at who inspiration says is the true comforter;

 

“The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.” DA 80

 

Christ gives them the breath of His own Spirit, the life of His own life.” MH 159

 

If you disbelieve the SOP, how do you answer Jn 20:22

 

John 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 

The Word of God here gives us a practical illustration of the impartation of the Spirit; which is the life of Christ, it is His very own breath.

It is a part of Him, Jesus, not someone else. Even young children get this.

 

Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;




Good Morning all,  could not help but share this.  For it is the heart of our message as a people.  Though it is a unpopular message it will sound.  This message has changed my life and I want to share it with you.  Once you get just a glimpse you will NOT be the same again.  For your very SOUL will be impressed with the image of HIM who is invisible.
 
May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ send His Holy Spirit into YOUR hearts that you maybe able to comprehend our RICH inheritance IN CHRIST.

 
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What is the all absorbing message that is to be proclaimed to the world in these last days?
 
“In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import--the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention” . 9T 19
 
And what is the central theme of the Three Angel’s messages?
 
“Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel's message, and I have answered, "It is the third angel's message, in verity."-- The Review and
Herald, April 1, 1890.
 
Who delivered this message and what was it about?
 
“The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones . This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God.  Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agentThis is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure.” TM 91,92
 
How is the subject of the only Begotten Son related to the message of justification through
faith?
 
Notice the introduction to E.J Waggoner’s book Christ and His Righteousness
 
“In the first verse of the third chapter of Hebrews we have an exhortation which comprehends all
the injunctions given to the Christian. It is this: "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the
heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." To do
this as the Bible enjoins, to consider Christ continually and intelligently, just as He is, will
transform one into a perfect Christian, for "by beholding we become changed.”
Christ and His Righteousness Page 5.
 
A.T Jones brings this principle of beholding Christ into sharper focus for us. The opening
chapter of his book Consecrated Way to Christian Perfection begins with calling us to examine
the “Such” in Paul’s statement “Such a High Priest” Heb 8:1 Notice what he says:
 
“The condescension of Christ, the position of Christ, and the nature of Christ as He was in the
flesh in the world are given in the second chapter of Hebrews more fully than in any other one
place in the Scriptures. But this is in the second chapter. The first chapter precedes it.Therefore
the truth and the thought presented in the first chapter are essentially precedent to the second
chapter. The first chapter must be fully understood in order to be able to follow the thought and
understand the truth in the second chapter. In the first chapter of Hebrews, the exaltation,
the position, and the nature of Christ as He was in heaven before He came to the world
are more fully given than in any other single portion of the Scriptures. Therefore it is
certain that an understanding of the position and nature of Christ as He was in heaven is
essential to a proper understanding of His position and nature as He was on earth
.”  Consecrated Way to Christian Perfection Page 11,12
 
Essentially what Jones and Waggoner are telling us is that when we behold Christ “Just as He is” revealed in Scripture and especially in Hebrews one and two, we will be transformed into the same image and receive that righteousness that will produce a keeping of all the commandments in the life.  Therefore if we would know the Son of God “Just as He is,” if we would know His true position and nature as He was in Heaven then it follows that it is essential to know who exactly the Son of God is. 

     We must know whether He is begotten or unbegotten; we must know whether He is a Son by Inheritance or a Son by title only. If we would know Jesus “Just as He is” then it is vital to know the truth about the Son of God. If we do not know then we will not be able to be transformed into the likeness of Christ and worse still if we assume an incorrect view we will surely be transformed into the image of Satan, the father of all false Christs and idols of the imagination.
 
Therefore a correct knowledge of the Son of God is the very heart of understanding righteousness by faith. How is this the case? How do we make that connection? Consider this passage:
 
Php 2:5-6 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
 
The Bible clearly tells us that Christ did not think it robbery to be equal with God. The vital question we must ask here is upon what basis did Christ think it was not robbery to be equal with God? Where did His confidence rest? Let A.T Jones lay the matter out:
 
“What, then, is the thought concerning Christ in the first chapter of Hebrews?
First of all there is introduced "God"--God the Father--as the speaker to men, who "in time past
spake unto the fathers by the prophets" and who "hath in these last days spoken unto us by His
Son."
 
Thus is introduced Christ the Son of God. Then of Him and the Father it is written: "Whom He
[the Father] hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He [the Father] made the worlds."
Thus, as preliminary to His introduction and our consideration of Him as High Priest, Christ the
Son of God is introduced as being with God as Creator and as being the active, vivifying Word
in the creation--"by whom also He [God] made the worlds."
 
Next, of the Son of God Himself we read: "Who being the brightness of His [God's] glory, and
the express image of His [God's] person ["the very impress of His substance," margin R.V.], and
upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat
down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."
 
This tells us that in heaven the nature of Christ was the nature of God, that He in His person, in
His substance, is the very impress, the very character, of the substance of God. That is to say
that in heaven as He was before He came to the world the nature of Christ was in very
substance the nature of God.
 
Therefore it is further written of Him that He was "made so much better than the angels, as He
hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." This more excellent name is
the name "God," which, in the eighth verse, is given by the Father to the Son: "Unto the
Son He [God] saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever."
Thus, He is "so much" better than the angels as God is better than the angels. And it is because
of this that He has that more excellent name --the name expressing only what He is in His very
nature. And this name "He hath by inheritance." It is not a name that was bestowed but a name
that is inherited.
 
Now it lies in the nature of things, as an everlasting truth, that the only name any person
can possibly inherit is his father's name. This name, then, of Christ's, which is more
excellent than that of the angels, is the name of His Father, and His Father's name is
God. The Son's name, therefore, which He has by inheritanceis God.”  Consecrated Way
to Christian Perfection Page 13,14
 
Hebrews chapter one explained by A.T Jones leaves us in absolutely no doubt about why Christ did not think it was robbery to be equal with God. Yet more than this it also leaves us in no doubt as to the basis of why Christ did not think it robbery to be equal with God. The power, the position, the standing of Christ was all given to Him by the Father and the Son holds all these things by Faith in His Father’s Word. When the Father said to the Son:
 
Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I
begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
And again Heb 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the
angels of God worship him.

And again Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne (our mind), O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of
righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
 
The Son accepted the words of the Father by faith. How So? To receive an inheritance requires an act of faith towards the giver. When the Father appointed Christ to be heir of all things, the Son accepted this appointment by faith.  Again why did Christ accept these things by faith ? We answer because they were given to Him by the Father.
 
Now we come to the crux of the issue of why Christ did not think it robbery to be equal with God and to be heir of all things, to hold the title of God and to be worshipped by all the angels? 

His thinking was an act of faith. It was the faith that lives by every Word of God. This is the eternal faith of Jesus – a faith that allowed Him to believe what the Father said of Him which was to consider Himself equal with God and to be worshipped as God and to possess all the fullness of the Father’s Divinity. Jesus our mighty Prince chose by faith to accept all that the Father had said and did for Him. As Jesus sits upon the throne of the universe we read of Him:
 
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne (also our minds), O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of
righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
 
And how did Christ possess this sceptre of righteousness? It was by faith in the Father’s Word to Him. The Son of God is righteous by faith . The Son of God is the heart and soul, the kernel, the cornerstone of righteousness by faith because this is exactly how He has lived, does live and will live forever and ever. This is why He is the everlasting father of all those who live by the faith of Jesus in the Word of the Father.  

As we Behold the Son in this clear light we are transformed into the image of His faith. His faith in His Father’s Word dwells in us by the Spirit so we also believe the Father’s Word concerning us. As we behold Christ “just as He is” we are transformed into the same image even as by the glory of the Lord.  

In contrast to this picture of Jesus as holding the sceptre of righteousness by faith, we see another Christ, a Barabbas who enthrones himself in all the creeds of Christendom. Why does this robber not think it robbery to be equal with God? In what does this thief and murderer trust that causes him not to think it is robbery? Why he looks to himself and he points to his own power, his own knowledge, his own eternal age. He does not hold these things by faith but by his own eternal glory. He does not rest upon the Father’s Word but rather upon himself. 

When called upon to declare his confidence, he arises and reveals His pedigree of godhood not by faith but in self-confidence. He sits in the temple of God proclaiming himself God, for he coveted to ascend into the sides of the north and be like the Most High . . . . He is the perfect image of self-confidence and self-possession. But still further to this, this cunning deceiver places upon himself the mask of a dependent Jesus during his incarnation. He masks his self-confidence with a trusting submissive son. He blends the true and the false in order that the might hide his true self-confidence from visibility. He projects an image of trusting submission from his eternal resources of self-confidence. We ask again what is the result of beholding this self-confident second person of the Trinity? Why self-confidence of course! By beholding we are changed into the same image. If we perceive Jesus to be God from his own resources then we will become man from our own resources. If we believe that Jesus is God by faith in the Father’s Word then we will become men of faith in the Father’s Word formed in the same image.
 
Beloved believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false
prophets are gone out into the world. Many shall come in the name of Christ claiming to be Him
and they will yet deceive many.
 
We are righteous by faith when we behold Jesus just as He is – Righteousness by faith.
 
Thought it not Robbery
Written by A. Ebens
Friday, 07 December 2012 06:15

So few have looked to the Life of Christ and by faith learned to appropriate (take/accept) it as their own!

Christ's victories are all ours, BY FAITH. Victory to overcome appetite, pride of life, lust of the flesh, all sinful things! By faith, positive anticipation, trust in God & His Son, we can claim Christ's victories for our very own victories! 

Christ's own sinless life can be OURS by FAITH!

He did it! It is OURS, NOW, by Faith! Ask God in the name of His Son to give you His Son's sinless life - make HIS victories our OWN victories! 

It is like He won the prize, now we get to use the prize as our very own, just by believing, by FAITH.  

2 Corinthians 5:21 "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

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Blessings from the Most Holy Place where Christ is almost finished with the book work. 

I pray "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ephesians 1:17

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” —John 14:12-14

Authority on Earth. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. (Mark 13: 34)

"Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers .... Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand." (GC 612)
 
“They that forsake the law praise the wicked.” Proverbs 28:4. When those who are uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth, we should fear and shun them as decidedly as did Nehemiah. Such counsel is prompted by the enemy of all good. It is the speech of timeservers, and should be resisted as resolutely today as then. Whatever influence would tend to unsettle the faith of God’s people in His guiding power, should be steadfastly withstood.

In Nehemiah’s firm devotion to the work of God, and his equally firm reliance on God, lay the reason of the failure of his enemies to draw him into their power. 

The soul that is indolent falls an easy prey to temptation; but in the life that has a noble aim, an absorbing purpose, evil finds little foothold. The faith of him who is constantly advancing does not weaken; for above, beneath, beyond, he recognizes Infinite Love, working out all things to accomplish His good purpose. God’s true servants work with a determination that will not fail because the throne of grace is their constant dependence.

God has provided divine assistance for all the emergencies to which our human resources are unequal. He gives the Holy Spirit to help in every strait, to strengthen our hope and assurance, to illuminate our minds and purify our hearts. He provides opportunities and opens channels of working. If His people are watching the indications of His providence, and are ready to co-operate with Him, they will see mighty results." --{Prophets and Kings, Page 660}
 
Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."

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Jesus had opened before His disciples a vast tract of truth. But it was most difficult for them to keep His lessons distinct from the traditions and maxims of the scribes and Pharisees. They had been educated to accept the teaching of the rabbis as the voice of God, and it still held a power over their minds, and molded their sentiments. Earthly ideas, temporal things, still had a large place in their thoughts. They did not understand the spiritual nature of Christ's kingdom, though He had so often explained it to them. Their minds had become confused. They did not comprehend the value of the scriptures Christ presented. Many of His lessons seemed almost lost upon them. Jesus saw that they did not lay hold of the real meaning of His words. He compassionately promised that the Holy Spirit should recall these sayings to their minds. And He had left unsaid many things that could not be comprehended by the disciples. These also would be opened to them by the Spirit. The Spirit was to quicken their

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understanding, that they might have an appreciation of heavenly things. "When He, the Spirit of truth (invisible Jesus, by His Spirit), is come," said Jesus, "He will guide you into all truth."

The Comforter is called "the Spirit of truth." His work is to define and maintain the truth. He first dwells in the heart as the Spirit of truth, and thus He becomes the Comforter. There is comfort and peace in the truth, but no real peace or comfort can be found in falsehood. It is through false theories and traditions that Satan gains his power over the mind. By directing men to false standards, he misshapes the character. Through the Scriptures the Holy Spirit speaks to the mind, and impresses truth upon the heart. Thus He exposes error, and expels it from the soul. It is by the Spirit of truth, working through the word of God, that Christ subdues His chosen people to Himself.

In describing to His disciples the office work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus sought to inspire them with the joy and hope that inspired His own heart. He rejoiced because of the abundant help He had provided for His church. The Holy Spirit was the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His Father for the exaltation of His people. The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church.

Of the Spirit Jesus said, "He shall glorify Me." The Saviour came to glorify the Father by the demonstration of His love; so the Spirit was to glorify Christ by revealing His grace to the world. The very image of God is to be reproduced in humanity. The honor of God, the honor of Christ, is involved in the perfection of the character of His people.

"When He [the Spirit of truth] is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." The preaching of the word will be of no avail without the continual presence and aid of the Holy Spirit. This is the only effectual teacher of divine truth. Only

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when the truth is accompanied to the heart by the Spirit will it quicken the conscience or transform the life. One might be able to present the letter of the word of God, he might be familiar with all its commands and promises; but unless the Holy Spirit sets home the truth, no souls will fall on the Rock and be broken. No amount of education, no advantages, however great, can make one a channel of light without the co-operation of the Spirit of God. The sowing of the gospel seed will not be a success unless the seed is quickened into life by the dew of heaven. Before one book of the New Testament was written, before one gospel sermon had been preached after Christ's ascension, the Holy Spirit came upon the praying apostles. Then the testimony of their enemies was, "Ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine." Acts 5:28.

Christ has promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to His church, and the promise belongs to us as much as to the first disciples. But like every other promise, it is given on conditions. There are many who believe and profess to claim the Lord's promise; they talk about Christ and about the Holy Spirit, yet receive no benefit. They do not surrender the soul to be guided and controlled by the divine agencies. We cannot use the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit God works in His people "to will and to do of His good pleasure." Phil. 2:13. But many will not submit to this. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given. The power of God awaits their demand and reception. This promised blessing, claimed by faith, brings all other blessings in its train. It is given according to the riches of the grace of Christ, and He is ready to supply every soul according to the capacity to receive.

In His discourse to the disciples, Jesus made no mournful allusion to His own sufferings and death. His last legacy to them was a legacy of peace. He said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Before leaving the upper chamber, the Saviour led His disciples in a song of praise. His voice was heard, not in the strains of some mournful lament, but in the joyful notes of the Passover hallel:

"O praise the Lord, all ye nations:
Praise Him, all ye people.
For His merciful kindness is great toward us:
And the truth of the Lord endureth forever.
Praise ye the Lord." Psalm 117.
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After the hymn, they went out. Through the crowded streets they made their way, passing out of the city gate toward the Mount of Olives. Slowly they proceeded, each busy with his own thoughts. As they began to descend toward the mount, Jesus said, in a tone of deepest sadness, "All ye shall be offended because of Me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad." Matt. 26:31. The disciples listened in sorrow and amazement. They remembered how in the synagogue at Capernaum, when Christ spoke of Himself as the bread of life, many had been offended, and had turned away from Him. But the twelve had not shown themselves unfaithful. Peter, speaking for his brethren, had then declared his loyalty to Christ. Then the Saviour had said, "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" John 6:70. In the upper chamber Jesus said that one of the twelve would betray Him, and that Peter would deny Him. But now His words include them all.

Now Peter's voice is heard vehemently protesting, "Although all shall be offended, yet will not I." In the upper chamber he had declared, "I will lay down my life for Thy sake." Jesus had warned him that he would that very night deny his Saviour. Now Christ repeats the warning: "Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny Me thrice." But Peter only "spake the more vehemently, If I should die with Thee, I will not deny Thee in anywise. Likewise also said they all." Mark 14:29, 30, 31. In their self-confidence they denied the repeated statement of Him who knew. They were unprepared for the test; when temptation should overtake them, they would understand their own weakness.

When Peter said he would follow his Lord to prison and to death, he meant it, every word of it; but he did not know himself. Hidden in his heart were elements of evil that circumstances would fan into life. Unless he was made conscious of his danger, these would prove his eternal ruin. The Saviour saw in him a self-love and assurance that would overbear even his love for Christ. Much of infirmity, of unmortified sin, carelessness of spirit, unsanctified temper, heedlessness in entering into temptation, had been revealed in his experience. Christ's solemn warning was a call to heart searching. Peter needed to distrust himself, and to have a deeper faith in Christ. Had he in humility received the warning, he would have appealed to the Shepherd of the flock to keep His sheep. When on the Sea of Galilee he was about to sink, he cried, "Lord, save me." Matt. 14:30. Then the hand of Christ was outstretched

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to grasp his hand. So now if he had cried to Jesus, Save me from myself, he would have been kept. But Peter felt that he was distrusted, and he thought it cruel. He was already offended, and he became more persistent in his self-confidence.

Jesus looks with compassion on His disciples. He cannot save them from the trial, but He does not leave them comfortless. He assures them that He is to break the fetters of the tomb, and that His love for them will not fail. "After I am risen again," He says, "I will go before you into Galilee." Matt. 26:32. Before the denial, they have the assurance of forgiveness. After His death and resurrection, they knew that they were forgiven, and were dear to the heart of Christ." http://www.whiteestate.org/books/da/da73.html


The "THEOS" magazines I sent you prepared by Dr. Gary Hullquist - are extremely enlightening.
Here are the magazines I sent you - in PDF format:


Theos - Battle Over Begotten Series:
Theos - Battle Over Begotten # 1
Theos - Battle Over Begotten # 2
Theos - Battle Over Begotten # 3
Theos - Battle Over Begotten # 4
Theos - Struggle Over Spirit # 5
Theos - Into My Heart
Theos - Struggle Over Begotten Issue #6 Theos Issue 6: Theos The Book. 124 pages. Digitial PDF.
These magazines are a review of the belief in the begotten Son of God from apostolic days to the present with special focus on the slow change that evolved within the Seventh-day Adventist church.


Here is a sermon David Clayton gave at a camp meeting - also on the subject of the Godhead:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12jjMbbR8cU <WONDERFUL PRESENTATION!

Ever wondered what Ellen White meant when she said the Righteousness of Christ will swallow up every other subject? It's explained in the video above....worth watching for sure!

Here is the quote for your review:

For Mrs. White, the emphasis on salvation by faith during the 1888-1895 period embodied the “third angel’s message,” especially as this message related to Christ’s work in the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary. It was more than a mere recovery of “righteousness by faith” as proclaimed by the Reformers.

The increased light that Bible study had presented to the 1888 Minneapolis General Conference confirmed the linkage between the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus in an inseparable union, a union as efficient and interdependent as two poles of a battery, in the dynamic transformation of human lives.

In the 1888 emphasis, linkage was further made between the results of a personal application of salvation by faith and the closing work of Christ in the Most Holy Place. For Ellen White, the church will languish until its members understand and experience the truth that seeing Christ in the law enables men and women to be obedient to that law. When people see how Christ truly removes the guilt the law condemns, they will see how He truly enables men and women to become what the law describes. In so doing, such people become what John predicted would exist in the generation that proclaims the third angel’s message (Rev. 14:12). Thus, “Christ Our Righteousness” becomes that “one subject that will swallow up” all others. Review and Herald Extra, Dec. 23, 1890, p. 2; A. G. Daniells, Christ Our Righteousness (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1941) 128 pages.

New wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. Luke 5:38.

We should earnestly seek to know and appreciate the truth, that we may present it to others as it is in Jesus. We need to have a correct estimate of the value of our own souls; then we would not be as reckless in regard to our course of action as at present. We would seek most earnestly to know God's way; ... and our constant prayer would be that we might have the mind of Christ, that we might be molded and fashioned after His likeness. It is in looking to Jesus and beholding His loveliness, having our eyes steadfastly fixed upon Him that we become changed into His image....

The end is near! We have not a moment to lose! Light is to shine forth from God's people in clear, distinct rays, bringing Jesus before the churches and before the world.... The instrumentalities to be used are those souls who gladly receive the light of truth which God communicates to them. These are God's agencies for communicating the knowledge of truth to the world. If through the grace of Christ His people will become new bottles, He will fill them with the new wine. God will give additional light, and old truths will be recovered, and replaced in the frame-work of truth; and wherever the laborers go, they will triumph. As Christ's ambassadors, they are to search the Scriptures, to seek for the truths that have been hidden beneath the rubbish of error. And every ray of light received is to be communicated to others. One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other,—Christ our righteousness.... Sons and Daughters of God, p. 259.3; The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 765.6

What IS the "GRACE" of Christ? Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence (Holy Spirit) upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life! "The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit." CHRIST’S OBJECT LESSONS, PAGE 407

“I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.” This is what needs to be brought into ... all our churches. God wants every soul to turn to the first love. He wants all to have the gold of faith and love, so that they can draw from the treasure to impart to others who need it." The Review and Herald Extra, December 23, 1890.

 If we are following Christ, His merits, imputed to us, come up before the Father as sweet odor. And the graces of our Saviour's character, implanted in our hearts, will shed around us a precious fragrance. The spirit of love, meekness, and forbearance pervading our life will have power to soften and subdue hard hearts and win to Christ bitter opposers of the faith.  {5T 174.1} 

     "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." "Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."  {5T 174.2} 

     Vainglory, selfish ambition, is the rock upon which many souls have been wrecked and many churches rendered powerless. Those who know least of devotion, who are least connected with God, are the ones who will most eagerly seek the highest place. They have no sense of their weakness and their deficiencies of character. Unless many of our young ministers shall feel the converting power of God, their labors will be a hindrance rather than a help to the church. They may have learned the doctrines of Christ, but they have not learned

Christ. The soul that is constantly looking unto Jesus will see His self-denying love and deep humility, and will copy His example. Pride, ambition, deceit, hatred, selfishness, must be cleansed from the heart. With many these evil traits are partially subdued, but not thoroughly uprooted from the heart. Under favorable circumstances they spring up anew and ripen into rebellion against God. Here lies a terrible danger. To spare any sin is to cherish a foe that only awaits an unguarded moment to cause our ruin.  {5T 174.3} 

Ellen White: “He gave His only begotten Son— not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father’s person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”.  Signs of The Times of May 3, 1895, 

"Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,--one in nature, in character, and in purpose,--the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." (GC 493)

John 18:37 "Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."

1 John 2:24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.

2 Corinthians 11:31 "The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not."

"He [Christ] who was born in the form of God took the form of man." In the flesh he was all the while as God, but he did not appear as God." "He divested himself of the form of God, and in its stead took the form and fashion of man" A. T. Jones, General Conference Bulletin, March 4, 1895, 'The Third Angel's Message - No. 23'

Firstborn of every creature (Col 1:15-16) Before creation.

Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

The words "going forth" actually means "Origins" and is translated in many bibles that way. So his origin was in eternity, from everlasting, just as Proverbs 8 says.

The New American Bible:

But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times.

The New English Translation:

"As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
seemingly insignificant among the clans of Judah— 
from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf,
one whose origins are in the distant past."

Also Young's Literal:

"And thou, Beth-Lehem Ephratah, Little to be among the chiefs of Judah! From thee to Me he cometh forth--to be ruler in Israel, And his comings forth are of old, From the days of antiquity."

God's Word:

"You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are too small to be included among Judah's cities. Yet, from you Israel's future ruler will come for me. His origins go back to the distant past, to days long ago."

Yes, Christ's "origins" were "from the days of antiquity." He was setup from everlasting, brought forth of his father, begotten in the express image of God.

Q] A doctrine is pervading in the church today that Christ became the begotten son when he took on humanity and not before that. Was he begotten before taking human nature?

“A complete offering has been made; for “God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,”—not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father’s person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Ellen White, The Signs of the Times, May 30, 1895)

Compare this with the following:

“Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900)

“The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind. “(Ellen White, Review and Herald, July 9, 1895, par. 13)

“Christ is the Son of God in deed and in truth and in love, and is the representative of the Father as well as the representative of the human race.” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, page 83)

"As to when He was begotten, it is not for us to inquire, nor could our minds grasp it if we were told. The prophet Micah tells us all that we can know about it in these words, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2, margin. There was a time when Christ proceeded forth and came from God, from the bosom of the Father (John 8:42; 1:18), but that time was so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension it is practically without beginning" (E. J. Waggoner—Christ and His Righteousness, pp. 21, 22).

Jesus was God's manifestation of love. "For God so loved the world." (John 3:16) We often say to people that God loves you....and this is the proof. It does not say God loved a few special people, or just those who believe in Him, but He loved the whole world. That includes everyone here, in this nation and around the world. Jesus's sacrifice on the cross was to pay the sin debt of all men who ever lived. If that is not true then He could not offer salvation to all men and we could not preach the Gospel.

C. The verse says that "He gave His only begotten Son." The phrase only begotten has great meaning.

1. It says that God gave. Salvation is a free and unmerited gift. It cannot be earned. Only Christ was perfect and only He could satisfy the sin debt you and I owed.

2. "Only-begotten." This term is never applied by John to any but to Jesus Christ. It is applied by him five times to the Saviour, John 1:14; 3:16,18; 1 John 4:9. It means literally an only child. Then, as an only child is peculiarly dear to a parent, it means one that is especially beloved

3. Only-begotten. This term is never applied by John to any but Jesus Christ. It is applied by him five times to the Saviour, John 1:14; 3:16,18; 1 John 4:9. It means literally an only child. Then, as an only child is peculiarly dear to a parent, it means one that is especially beloved. Comp. Ge 22:2; 12:1-20; 16:1-16; Jer 6:26; Zech 12:10. On both these accounts it is bestowed on the Saviour.

He was eminently the Son of God, sustaining a peculiar relation to him in his divine nature, exalted above all men and angels, and thus worthy to be called, by way of eminence, his only Son. Saints are called his sons or children, because they are born of his Spirit, or are like him; but the Lord Jesus is exalted far above all, and deserves eminently to be called his only-begotten Son. Believers are the adopted sons of God. God has only one Son and that is Jesus Christ.

The term specifies Jesus as being like the Father and refers to His deity. The phrase is (ton huion ton monogenê). Literally= "The Son the only begotten." "the only son." "Monogenes" Begotten, describes the absolutely unique relation of the Son to the Father in His divine nature. This verse plainly states...God has only one Son. We are adopted sons, not like THE SON. It notes that He was eminently the Son of God, sustaining a peculiar relation to Him in his divine nature, exalted above all men and angels, and thus worthy to be called, by way of eminence, his only Son. Believers are called his sons or children, because they are born of his Spirit, but the Lord Jesus is exalted far above all, and deserves eminently to be called his only-begotten Son.

Waggoner: The Father must not be ignored. "Let no one image that we would exalt Christ at the expense of the Father." "We honor the Father in honoring the Son. We are mindful of Paul's words, that 'to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him" 1 Cor. 8:6. He then concludes,

"All things proceed ultimately from God, the Father; even Christ Himself proceeded and came forth from the Father; but it has pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell, and that He should be the direct, immediate Agent in every act of creation. Our object in this investigation is to set forth Christ's rightful position of equality with the Father, in order that His power to redeem may be the better appreciated." CHR p. 19

"Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the fact that both have the same Spirit. Paul, after saying that they that are in the flesh cannot please God, continues: 'But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.' Rom. 8:9. Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. Christ 'is [sic] in the bosom of the Father;' being by nature of the very substance of God, and having life in Himself, He is properly called Jehovah, the self-existent One, and is thus styled in Jer. 23:56, where it is said that the righteous Branch, who shall execute judgment and justice in the earth, shall be known by the name of Jehovah-tsidekenu-THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." CHR p. 23, 24.


Ellen White's Son, Loughborough, Haskell, Smith, Andrews, Jones, Waggoner, Prescott, Canright, Matteson, Littlejohn, Blanchard, Johnson also weighed in on the side of the begotten Son. In chronological order:

John 1:1, John 1:18 and John 3:16 
"According to this, Jesus Christ is begotten of God in a sense that no other being is; else he could not be his only begotten Son. Angels are called sons of God, and so are righteous men; but Christ is his Son in a higher sense, in a closer relation, than either of these." "God made men and angels out of materials already created. He is the author of their existence, their Creator, hence their Father. But Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father's own substance. He was not created out of material as the angels and other creatures were. He is truly and emphatically the "Son of God," the same as I am the son of my father." D. M. Canright, Review and Herald, June 18, 1867

"Even the angels of God have all had beginning of days, so that they would be as much excluded by this language as the members of the human family. And as to the Son of God, he would be excluded also, for he had God for his Father, and did, at some point in the eternity of the past, have beginning of days." J. N. Andrews, Review and Herald, 7th September 1869

"Christ is the only literal son of God. 'The only begotten of the Father.' John 1:14. He is God because he is the Son of God; not by virtue of His resurrection. If Christ is the only begotten of the Father, then we cannot be begotten of the Father in a literal sense. It can only be in a secondary sense of the word." J. G. Matteson, Review & Herald, October 12, 1869 p. 123

"Will you please favor me with those scriptures which plainly say that Christ is a created being? Answer: "You are mistaken in supposing that S. D. Adventists teach that Christ was ever created. They believe, on the contrary, that he was "begotten" of the Father, and that he can properly be called God and worshiped as such." Question No. 96, Review and Herald, April 17, 1883, The commentary, Scripture questions, 'Answers by W. H. Littlejohn

"The Word then is Christ. The text speaks of His origin. He is the only begotten of the Father. Just how he came into existence the Bible does not inform us any more definitely; but by this expression and several of a similar kind in the Scriptures we may believe that Christ came into existence in a manner different from that in which other beings first appeared; That He sprang from the Father's being in a way not necessary for us to understand." C. W. Stone, The Captain of our Salvation, page 17, written 1883, published by Uriah Smith 1886. Charles Wesley Stone was Secretary to the General Conference, teacher in Battle Creek College

"Back in the ages, which finite mind cannot fathom, the Father and Son were alone in the universe. Christ was the first begotten of the Father, and to Him Jehovah made known the divine plan of Creation." S. N. Haskell, The Story of the Seer of Patmos, pp. 93, 94. 1905 "Christ was the firstborn in heaven; He was likewise the firstborn of God upon earth, and heir to the Father's throne. Christ, the firstborn, though the Son of God, was clothed in humanity, and was made perfect through suffering." S. N. Haskell, The Story of the Seer of Patmos, pp. 98, 99. 1905.

"From a reading of John 1:1-3, 10, it will be seen that the world, with all it contains, was created by Christ (the Word), for "all things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made." The angels, therefore, being created, are necessarily lower than Christ, their Creator. Christ is the only being begotten of the Father." James Edson White, Past, Present, and Future, page 52, chapter, 'Angels - their nature', 1914 edition (1909)

"Christ is the agent through whom God has created all things, but that he himself came into existence in a different manner, as he is called the only begotten of the Father." J. N. Loughborough, Insert A-1, Lest We Forget, Volume 4, Number 2, Second Quarter, 1994

Consequently, they accepted that he naturally inherited his Father's divine nature.

"The divinity and pre-existence of our Saviour are most clearly proved by those scriptures which refer to him as "the Word." [quotes] John i, 1-3. This expresses plainly a pre-existent divinity." J. H. Waggoner, Review and Herald, October 27, 1863 'The atonement'

"We are well aware that there has been much disputation on the subject of the sonship of Christ in the religious world, some claiming that he is nothing but a man as to origin, being only about eighteen hundred years old; others that he is the very and eternal God, the second person in the trinity. This last view is by far the most widely entertained among religious denominations. We are disposed to think that the truth lies between these views." H. C. Blanchard, Review and Herald, September 10, 1867, 'The Son'

"Since Christ is begotten of the Father, he must therefore be of the same substance as the Father; hence he must have the same divine attributes that God has, and therefore he is God." O, A. Johnson, Bible Doctrines, page 34, Lesson IX, 'God the Father' 1917

In response to a book published by the Methodist Church written by M.C. Bringgs charging SDAdventists with teaching errors including the seventh day Sabbath and denying Christ's divinity, EJ Waggoner wrote:

"But when the doctor [Briggs] states that Seventh-day Adventists deny the divinity of Christ, we know that he writes recklessly." 
"We have no theory to bolster up, and so, instead of stating prepositions, we shall simply quote the word of God, and accept what it says." 
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" John 1:1. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us" John 1:14. 
"We believe in the divinity of Christ, because the Bible says that Christ is God
"From these texts we have proof not only that the inspired writers call Jesus the divine Son of God, but that Jesus himself claimed to be God." E. J. Waggoner.Signs of the Times, March 25, 1889, article 'The Divinity of Christ'

"That Christ is divine is shown by the fact that he receives worship." 
"If Christ were not God, then this [worship] would be idolatry" Ellet J. Waggoner, Signs of the Times 'The Divinity of Christ (continued)', April 8, 1889

"The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for itand the use we shall make of the light and knowledge (perfecting testing messages) that shall be given to us."--RH May 5, 1896.

What is the latter rain? Who gets it? And when does it come? https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/the-latter-rain-what-is-it

There has been a shift in the SDA's Godhead doctrine over the years.

To the Surprise of some Adventists, the pioneers of the SDA Church, including their prophetess Ellen White, rejected these views and upheld a more Biblical view of the Godhead. They taught that Christ was the Son of GOD, that by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And they taught that the Spirit proceeded from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present. This teaching was upheld until after the year 1900, which is seen by the following publications from the SDA Church during that time period. 

Ellen White clearly denied the Deomonic doctrine of role playing 

“The sonship of Jesus, however, is not ontological, but functional. In the plan of salvation each member of the trinity has accepted a particular role”. - The Trinity In Scripture by Gerhard Pfandl, Biblical Research Institute, Silver Spring, MD. June 1999.  

(Today the Modern SDA Church proclaims that it believes in the orthodox Trinity, but actually it teaches a form of Tritheism. https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/stay-on-the-ship/seventh-day-adventism-cannot-be-the-remnant)

which is promoted by the Modern Adventist Church, when she wrote that Christ was the eternal Son of GOD, begotten before he came to earth: 

Ellen White: “But while God's Word speaks of the humanity of Christ when upon this earth, it also speaks decidedly regarding his pre-existence. The Word existed as a divine being, even as the eternal Son of God, in union and oneness with his Father. From everlasting he was the Mediator of the covenant, the one in whom all nations of the earth, both Jews and Gentiles, if they accepted him, were to be blessed."  {
Selected Messages Book 1, p. 247.2, RH April 5, 1906, par. 5}



Ellen White: Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900, par. 4)

Ellen White: “The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind. “(Ellen White, Review and Herald, July 9, 1895, par. 13)

Ellen White: “Christ is the Son of God in deed and in truth and in love, and is the representative of the Father as well as the representative of the human race.” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, page 83)

Ellen White:
 “He gave His only begotten Son— not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father’s person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”.  
ST May 30, 1895, par. 3 

Ellen White: "The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind."
 RH July 9, 1895, par. 13

James White: “Here we might mention  the Trinity, which  does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, and of sprinkling or pouring instead of being ‘buried with Christ in baptism,’ ‘planted in the likeness of his death:’ but we pass from these fables to notice one that is held sacred by nearly all professed Christians, both Catholic and Protestant [the Sunday]” James White, Review and Herald, December 11, 1855

Ellen White: "This wine of error is made up of false doctrines, such as the natural immortality of the soul, the eternal torment of the wicked, the denial of the pre-existence of Christ prior to His birth in Bethlehem, and advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God’s holy and sanctified day. These and kindred errors are presented to the world by the various churches, and thus the Scriptures are fulfilled that say, ‘For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her fornication, they are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false and satanic heresies which exalt the false sabbath, and lead men to trample underfoot God’s memorial.

“Fallen angels upon earth form confederations with evil men. In this age antichrist will appear as the true Christ, and then the law of God will be fully made void in the nations of our world. Rebellion against God’s holy law will be fully ripe. But the true leader of all this rebellion is Satan clothed as an angel of light. Men will be deceived and will exalt him to the place of God, and deify him. But Omnipotence will interpose, and to the apostate churches that unite in the exaltation of Satan, the sentence will go forth, ‘Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.’”  {Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 61.3 Evangelism, p. 365.1 Testimony Treasures Volume 2, p. 362.3, RH September 12, 1893, par. 20Notebook Leaflets from the Elmshaven Library Vol. 1, p. 52.2} 

"Before the foundations of the world were laid, Christ, the Only Begotten of God, pledged Himself to become the Redeemer of the human race, should Adam sin. Adam fell, and He who was partaker of the Father’s glory before the world was, laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown, and stepped down from His high authority to become a Babe in Bethlehem, that by passing over the ground where Adam stumbled and fell, He might redeem fallen human beings. He subjected Himself to all the temptations that the enemy brings against men and women; and all the assaults of Satan could not make Him swerve from His loyalty to the Father. By living a sinless life He testified that every son and daughter of Adam can resist the temptations of the one who first brought sin into the world.

Christ brought men and women power to overcome. He came to this world in human form, to live a man amongst men. He assumed the liabilities of human nature, to be proved and tried. In His humanity He was a partaker of the divine nature. In His incarnation He gained in a new sense the title of the Son of God."  Selected Messages Book 1, p. 226.2

"That law of ten precepts of the greatest love that can be presented to man is the voice of God from heaven speaking to the soul in promise, "This do, and you will not come under the dominion and control of Satan." There is not a negative in that law, although it may appear thus. It is DO and Live." EGW God's Amazing Grace - Page 132

James 1:22 KJV "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." 
Philippians 4:13 (King James Version) "I can do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Is God’s Law Still Binding?

No error accepted by the Christian world strikes more boldly against the authority of Heaven, none is more directly opposed to the dictates of reason, none is more pernicious in its results, than the modern doctrine, so rapidly gaining ground, that God’s law is no longer binding upon men. Every nation has its laws, which command respect and obedience; no government could exist without them; and can it be conceived that the Creator of the heavens and the earth has no law to govern the beings He has made? Suppose that prominent ministers were publicly to teach that the statutes which govern their land and protect the rights of its citizens were not obligatory—that they restricted the liberties of the people, and therefore ought not to be obeyed; how long would such men be tolerated in the pulpit? But is it a graver offense to disregard the laws of states and nations than to trample upon those divine precepts which are the foundation of all government?

The Great Controversy, pp. 582-584

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Persons or Beings? 
Mrs White demonstrated a distinction between the words "person" and "being". She did not use them interchangeably. While Ellen White speaks of multiple personalities in the Godhead, she consistently identifies only two beings: The Father and His Son.

"The Scriptures clearly indicate the relation between God and Christ, and they bring to view as clearly the personality and individuality of each. [Hebrews 1:1-5 quoted] God is the Father of Christ; Christ is the Son of God. To Christ has been given an exalted position. He has been made equal with the Father. All the counsels of God are opened to His Son." EGW, 8T 268.3, 1904

"The only being who was one with God lived the law in humanity, descended to the lowly life of a common laborer, and toiled at the carpenter's bench with his earthly parent." EGW, Signs of the Times, October 14, 1897 par. 3

"Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father-one in nature, in character, and in purpose-the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." EGW, Great Controversy 493. 1888, Patriarchs and Prophets, p.34

"There is a personal God, the Father; there is a personal Christ, the Son."
Review & Herald, Nov. 8, 1898.

"God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,"-- not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father's person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Signs of the Times, May 30, 1895

This is mentioned in Scripture:

Zech 6:13Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. (both indicates only two)

2 John 1:9

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:23 "No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also." This is WHY we do not want to deny that Christ came out from God prior to Bethlehem - that Christ was twice born just as we need to be twice born! To deny that God had a Son to GIVE (See John 3:16 How could God GIVE something He did not have?) is to deny both God and Jesus!

"As Christ was twice born, once in eternity, the only begotten of the Father, and again here in the flesh, thus uniting the divine with the human in that second birth, so we, who have been born once already in the flesh, are to have the second birth, being born again of the Spirit, in order that our experience may be the same, the human and the divine being joined in a life union." W.W. PRESCOTT Review and Herald, April 14, 1896 p. 232.

"He was born of the Holy Ghost. In other words, Jesus Christ was born again. He came from heaven, GOD's first- born, to the earth, and was born again, But all in Christ's work goes by opposites for us: he, the sinless one, was made to be sin, in order that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. He, the living one, the prince and author of life, died that we might live. He whose goings forth have been from the days of eternity, the first-born of GOD, was born again, in order that we might be born again." A.T. JONES

"If Jesus Christ had never been born again, could you and I have ever been born again? No. But he was born again, from the world of righteousness into the world of sin; that we might be born again, from the world of sin into the world of righteousness. He was born again, and was made partaker of the human nature, that we might be born again, and so made partakers of the divine nature. He was born again, unto earth, unto sin, and unto man, that we might be born again unto heaven, unto righteousness, and unto God." Review and Herald, Aug. 1, 1899 

Ellen White: Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900, par. 4

Ellen White: “The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind. “(Ellen White, Review and Herald, July 9, 1895, par. 13)

“Said the angel, “Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no’ It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give His darling Son to die for them” Early Writings, p. 127.1 & Supplement to the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White, p. 48.1


Ellen White: Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900, par. 4

"The Son of God was 
next in authority to the great Lawgiver. He knew that 
His life alone could be sufficient to ransom fallen man." --Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 2, page 9, also in Lift Him Up, page 24

Ellen White: “Christ is the Son of God in deed and in truth and in love, and is the representative of the Father as well as the representative of the human race.” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, page 83)


Ellen White:
 “He gave His only begotten Son— not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father’s person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”.  
ST May 30, 1895, par. 3 

Ellen White: "The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind."
 RH July 9, 1895, par. 13

James White: “Here we might mention  the Trinity, which  does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, and of sprinkling or pouring instead of being ‘buried with Christ in baptism,’ ‘planted in the likeness of his death:’ but we pass from these fables to notice one that is held sacred by nearly all professed Christians, both Catholic and Protestant [the Sunday]” James White, Review and Herald, December 11, 1855

Ellen White: "This wine of error is made up of false doctrines, such as the natural immortality of the soul, the eternal torment of the wicked, the denial of the pre-existence of Christ prior to His birth in Bethlehem, and advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God’s holy and sanctified day. These and kindred errors are presented to the world by the various churches, and thus the Scriptures are fulfilled that say, ‘For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her fornication, they are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false and satanic heresies which exalt the false sabbath, and lead men to trample underfoot God’s memorial.


Text about two men"

14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.

21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

How can such statements as these be consistent with a belief in the trinity?
This is blasphemy to trinitarians. And when the Spirit is identified it is the Spirit of Christ.

"Let them be thankful to God for His manifold mercies and be kind to one another. They have one God and one Saviour; and one Spirit-the Spirit of Christ-is to bring unity into their ranks." EGW, 9T 189 1906

Again, notice there is only one relationship between two beings: that of Father and Son:

"Christ is one with the Father, but Christ and God are two distinct personages. Read the prayer of Christ in the seventeenth chapter of John, and you will find this point clearly brought out.” (Ellen G. White to the delegates at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Takoma Park Washington D. C., May 19, 1905 in Review and Herald, June 1, 1905)

"By the power of His love, through obedience, fallen man, a worm of the dust, is to be transformed, fitted to be a member of the heavenly family, a companion through eternal ages of God and Christ and the holy angels.…-Manuscript 21, Feb. 16, 1900. (The Upward Look, page 61).

"The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted." Youth's Instructor, July 7, 1898, par. 2.

"The human family cost God and his Son Jesus Christ an infinite price." Special Testimonies On Education, p. 21

"No man, nor even the highest angel, can estimate the great cost; it is known only to the Father and the Son." E. G. White, The Bible Echo, October 28, 1895 par. 4.

Did we not cost the Spirit anything? Is this great cost not known to the Spirit? There is only one apparent exception to Ellen White's consistent use of persons/personalities and beings. The following was not actually written by Ellen White, but reported by someone listening to a sermon which she gave in Oakland, California, Sabbath afternoon, October 20, 1906:

"You are born unto God, and you stand under the sanction and the power of the three holiest beings in heaven, who are able to keep you from falling . . . When I feel oppressed, and hardly know how to relate myself toward the work that God has given me to do, I just call upon the three great Worthies, and say; You know I cannot do this work in my own strength." 7 Manuscript Release 267.2

The use of the term "beings" differs from all her other published statements where she uses "persons". The fact that this isolated comment alleged to have been made by her contradicts her other written and published statements, makes it applicable to the following words of caution from Ellen herself:

"And now to all who have a desire for truth I would say: Do not give credence to unauthenticated reports as to what Sister White has done or said or written. If you desire to know what the Lord has revealed through her, read her published works." 5T 696.1

It is interesting that this statement of "three holiest beings" was only revealed very recently. The date of release is noted by the White Estate as "Released March 16, 1976." 7MR 273.

Ellen White emphasized the threeness of the Godhead in terms of thinking persons with manifested personalities (not impersonal force fields). She explained the oneness of the Godhead in terms of having the same divine nature, character, purpose and love. But she never speaks of three in one person; she recognizes only two beings.

Because of these changes in Ellen White's explicit statements after 1888, some contend that an understanding of the Godhead was a late development that matured over time into a fully orthodox doctrine of the Trinity. But Ellen White stood firm on maintaining the original "pillars of the faith" established in those early years after 1844.

"When men come in who would move one pin or pillar from the foundation which God has established by His Holy Spirit, let the aged men who were pioneers in our work speak plainly, and let those who are dead speak also, by the reprinting of their articles in our periodicals." EG White, Manuscript Releases Volume 1, p. 55

Ellen White's sons followed her advice and did not change their belief in either the literal Sonship or the separate individuality of the Spirit:

"Christ is the only being begotten of the Father." James Edson White, Past, Present and Future, p. 52. 1909

Did you get that? “What is the shame of this nakedness and poverty? “…of separating ourselves from God!” If we as a “professed” Adventist have rashly denied the BRIGHT light set up behind us {our historical SDA foundational doctrines} by rejecting the one and only true God, “professed” Adventists today are shamefully naked! Without God and His power! "Why is there so dim a perception of the true spiritual condition of the church?  Has not blindness fallen upon the watchmen standing on the walls of Zion?...Who can truthfully say, 'Our gold is tried in the fire; our garments are unspotted by the world'?  I saw our Instructor pointing to the garments of so-called righteousness.  Stripping them off, He laid bare the defilement beneath.  Then He {Christ} said to me: 'Can you not see how they have pretentiously covered up their defilement and rottenness of character?  'How is the faithful city become an harlot!  My Father's house is made a house of merchandise, A PLACE WHENCE THE DIVINE PRESENCE AND GLORY HAVE DEPARTED!'"  —{Testimonies, vol 8, p 248-250, April 21, 1903}

 

"Behold the Bridegroom cometh. Jesus turned from them with a frown. They had slighted and rejected him. Those who received the message were wrapped in a cloud of glory. They waited and watched and prayed to know the will of God. They greatly feared to offend him. I saw Satan and his angels seeking to shut this divine light from the people of God; but as long as the waiting ones cherished the light, and kept their eyes raised from earth to Jesus, Satan could have no power to deprive them of this precious light. The message given from heaven enraged Satan and his angels, and those who professed to love Jesus, but despised his coming, scorned and derided the faithful, trusting ones. But an angel marked every insult, every slight, every abuse they received from their professed brethren. Very many raised their voices to cry, Behold the Bridegroom cometh, and left their brethren who did not love the appearing of Jesus, and who would not suffer them to dwell upon his second coming. I saw Jesus turn his face from those who rejected and despised his coming, and then he bade angels lead his people out from among the unclean, lest they should be defiled. Those obedient to the messages stood out free and united. A holy and excellent light shone upon them. They renounced the world, tore their affections from it, and sacrificed their earthly interests. They gave up their earthly treasure, and their anxious gaze was directed to heaven, expecting to see their loved Deliverer. A sacred, holy joy beamed upon their countenances, and told of the peace and joy which reigned within. Jesus bade his angels go and strengthen them, for the hour of their trial drew onI saw that these waiting ones were not yet tried as they must beThey were not free from errors. And I saw the mercy and goodness of God in sending a warning to the people of earth, and REPEATED MESSAGES to bring them up to a point of time, to lead them to a diligent search of themselves, that they might divest themselves of errors which have been handed down from the heathen and papists. Through these messages God has been BRINGING OUT his people where he can work for them in greater power, and where they can keep ALL His commandments." —{Spiritual Gifts, Volume 1, Page 157}

 

“The eye salve is the true spiritual discernment that is so wanting among us, for spiritual things must be spiritually discerned.” {The Review and Herald, April 1, 1890}.

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