Category: B) Faith & Belief

Tuesday September 10, 2013

Please look at the last paragraph from yesterday’s post, just for a little review. Now think back to what God’s word is; Psalms 119:105, a lamp and a light. Compare this in your mind with John 1:1-5 where the word is identified as Jesus. Now a text.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

I’ll paraphrase this text.

For God, who commanded Jesus Christ to teach out of where there was no truth, hath taught in our minds, giving his word, which is the knowledge of the glory of God which is in the mind of Jesus Christ.

While we might use some other words to express, yet, if the thoughts in the paraphrase are reasonable, this makes the case for the image of Jesus Christ being formed in his people through their being instructed by the Holy Ghost, spiritual things explaining spiritual things, or; God teaching his people the deeper meaning of his words. Obedience to God’s will is a necessary part of the process for it is your works and faith without works is dead.

And again.

Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. Hosea 4:1

Be instructed by God’s son Jesus Christ, ye Advent people: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the earth, because they have rejected Jesus as the only true Christ and his word as the only true source of knowledge of God in the earth.

In our highly civilized society of today much is made of science, the higher learning, the study of how things really work. Great numbers of these people are believers in man and his ability to discover truth about our life. The big problem with this is the rejection of God. To reject God is to reject true knowledge. From yesterday’s post….

The precepts and principles of religion are the first steps in the acquisition of knowledge, and lie at the very foundation of true education. Knowledge and science must be vitalized by the Spirit of God in order to serve the noblest purposes. The Christian alone can make the right use of knowledge. Science, in order to be fully appreciated, must be viewed from a religious standpoint. The heart which is ennobled by the grace of God can best comprehend the real value of education. The attributes of God, as seen in his created works, can be appreciated only as we have a knowledge of the Creator. p. 61, Para. 1, [29OT].

It is the pride of life, 1 John 2:16, that trips up so many people. We very quickly forget just how limited our poor little mortal lives really are. We run from the gravesite to our entertainment of choice, the mental candy that numbs the fine nerves preventing us from thinking, preventing us from facing the true reality.

God would save us all. He would instruct us all. But so few stop and ask, seek, or knock, therefore they do not get the mystery of the kingdom of God, they do not grow as required by God and eat the deep things.

Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. Proverbs 19:27

God Bless your Study

Monday September 9, 2013

This passage from No. 29, titled “Our College,” contains some brilliant gems about the other tongue of Isaiah 28:11-12 that we have been studying. While we are only putting some excerpts here, all should read the entire passage that will widen their understanding of the excerpts.

First and foremost keep in mind that these spiritual words, that God is teaching the spiritual definitions to, are spirit and life, John 6:63. I don’t entirely understand it, but God said it and I choose to have faith in what he says. These words are the power of God and the wisdom of God, 1 Corinthians 1:17-3:3. Very important.

The great object to be secured should be the proper development of character, that the individual may be fitted rightly to discharge the duties of the present life, and to enter at last upon the future, immortal life. p. 49, Para. 1, [29OT].

Men and women of experience should understand that this is a time of especial danger for the young. Temptations surround them on every hand; and while it is easy work to float with the current, the strongest effort is required to press against the tide of evil. It is Satan’s studied effort to secure the youth in sin, for then he is more sure of the man. The enemy of souls is filled with intense hatred against every endeavor to influence the youth in the right direction. He hates everything which will give correct views of God and our Saviour, and his efforts are especially directed against all who are placed in a favorable position to receive light from Heaven. He knows that any movement on their part to come in connection with God will give them power to resist his devices. Those who are at ease in their sins, are safe under his banner. But as soon as efforts are make to break his power, his wrath is aroused, and he commences in earnest his work to thwart the purpose of God if possible. p. 53, Para. 2, [29OT].

The intellect, sanctified, will unlock the treasures of God’s word, and gather its precious gems to present to other minds, and lead them also to search for the deep things of God. A knowledge of the riches of his grace will ennoble and elevate the human soul, and through connection with Jesus Christ it becomes a partaker of the divine nature and obtain power to resist the advances of Satan. p. 53, Para. 3, [29OT].

Students must be impressed with the fact that knowledge alone may be a power in the hands of the enemy of all good to destroy them. It was a very intellectual being, one who occupied a high position among the angelic throng, who finally became a rebel; and many a mind of superior intellectual attainments is now being led captive by his power. The sanctified knowledge which God imparts is of the right quality, and will tell to the glory of God. p. 54, Para. 1, [29OT].

A most important part of their education has been neglected. That which lies at the foundation of all true knowledge should not have been made a secondary consideration. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” This must not be made last, but first. The student must have opportunities to become conversant with his Bible. He needs time for this. A student who makes God his strength, who is becoming intelligent in the knowledge of God as revealed in his word, is laying the foundation for a thorough education. p. 57, Para. 1, [29OT].

I was shown that our College was designed of God to accomplish the great work of saving souls. It is only when brought under full control of the Spirit of God that the talents of an individual are rendered useful to the fullest extent. The precepts and principles of religion are the first steps in the acquisition of knowledge, and lie at the very foundation of true education. Knowledge and science must be vitalized by the Spirit of God in order to serve the noblest purposes. The Christian alone can make the right use of knowledge. Science, in order to be fully appreciated, must be viewed from a religious standpoint. The heart which is ennobled by the grace of God can best comprehend the real value of education. The attributes of God, as seen in his created works, can be appreciated only as we have a knowledge of the Creator. The teachers must not only be acquainted with the theory of the truth, but must have an experimental knowledge of the way of holiness in order to lead the youth to the fountain of truth, to the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. Knowledge is a power when united with true piety. p. 61, Para. 1, [29OT].

God Bless your Study

Thursday September 5, 2013

These Bible words make a nice lesson. Watch the parallel phrases and words, then the definitions.

To know wisdom and instruction;
To perceive the words of understanding;

To know is to perceive. Wisdom and instruction are words of understanding.

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give subtilty to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion.

To receive instruction is giving subtilty and knowledge and discretion.

A wise man will hear,
and will increase learning; and

Hearing is to increase learning and attaining.

A man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

A wise man is a man of understanding and understanding is wise counsels.

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Proverbs 1:2-6

A proverb is the words of the wise and the interpretation is a dark saying.

There is no true wisdom apart from God and all wisdom is in fact Christ, the Word, in you, the hope of glory; the same Word was in the beginning, “and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

So God sent John the Baptist before Jesus Christ to prepare the way; “John was a representative of the people of God in the last days, to whom God has committed important and solemn truths,” Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 2, page 44. Of him Christ said, he was God’s word teaching God’s word, John 5:35.

This means… that if you accept this method of hearing and increasing your learning, you will come to know wisdom, instruction and perceive words of understanding, you will receive instruction from God, gain subtilty, knowledge, discretion, the understanding of proverbs, parables, the words of the wise men of God and their dark sayings and be obedient to this instruction.

You will become a part of that group of the people of God in the last days of whom John the Baptist was a representative. Think very carefully of how John lived… and died.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday September 4, 2013

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

Why did he have to say that the words are spirit? How can the words be the Holy Spirit?

but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Hebrews 4:2

Here is a part of God’s filtering process. Many people hear the words of God preached, but if the hearing is not mixed with faith then, for them, God’s words have no effect. They are not transformed. They do not get the spirit, they do not get the life. Which brings us to this example.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:1-8

Here is a group of people, the Jewish leadership, that heard the words of spirit and life from the very lips of Jesus the messiah himself, yet, because they had no faith those words could not profit them! So they crucified the very messiah they were looking for.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Apparently there is a way that we are made, created by God, wherein God knows that this one or that one has a mind to follow Christ all the way in faith, therefore God gives them faith in the hearing of his words. For the rest, the words of God the wisdom of God is spoken in a mystery to them, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory, but to them it is foolishness and they turn from it back to the wisdom of man, as a pig to the slop.

This is perhaps easiest to spot in those who do not stay after the meeting to get in on the mystery. Mark 4 tells of such, for Christ told the parable of the sower and then everybody went home… except a few, they stayed to talk with Christ. He told them that because they had asked, they would get… the mystery of the kingdom of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13

One of the ways the Holy Ghost teaches is by comparing God’s words with God’s words. After all, his words are spirit—ual, aren’t they? Yes they are. And they are life.

Holding forth the word of life; Philippians 2:16

Paul knew. In fact, this is how we are born again, if we have faith in the word.

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:23

Not in the wisdom of man, which this world has, but in God’s wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1:17 – 3:3.

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1 Peter 1:25

God Bless your study

Monday September 2, 2013

When we come to this faith we are to desire the milk of the word, 1 Peter 2:2, but that milk is for the purpose of growing. Then we eat the meat of the word and use the milk for babies. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

Meat is the spiritual meaning God has given his words. It is this instruction from God that properly creates the reflection of Christ’s image in us, which will not work if we do not have faith in it. The 1858 Great Controversy, on page 142, tells us that God’s people, who then walked in the light of the midnight cry, did just that, they reflected Christ’s image and they were then accepted with the Father.

In The Day-Star God illustrates the path his people walk as being strait and narrow. Yet, he calls this the path of peace, light, happiness, and rest.

The path of the upright is the path of peace. It is so plain that the humble God-fearing man can walk in it without stumbling, and without making crooked paths. It is a narrow path; but men of different temperaments can walk side by side, if they but follow the Captain of their salvation. Those who wish to carry along all their evil traits and selfish habits cannot walk in this path, for it is too straight [strait] and narrow. p. 164, Para. 2, [29OT].

What pains the great Shepherd takes to call his sheep by name, and invite them to follow in his footsteps. He seeks the wandering. He flashes the light from his word to show them their peril. He speaks to them from Heaven in warnings and reproofs, and invitations to return to the right path. He seeks to help the erring by his presence, and to lift them when they fall. But many have followed the path of sin so long that they will not hear the voice of Jesus. They leave all that can give them rest and security, yield themselves up to a false guide, and presumptuously hurry on in blind self-confidence, going farther and farther from light and peace, from happiness and rest. p. 165, Para. 1, [29OT].

Yet they would not hear!

I have been shown that the reason why some cannot discern the right is because they have so long cherished the enemy, who has worked side by side with them while they have not discerned his power. p. 101, Para. 3, [23OT].

The church has departed from the light, neglected her duties, abused her high and exalted privileges of being peculiar and holy in character, and thereby dishonored her God, like ancient Israel. They have violated their covenant to live for God and him only. They have joined in with the selfish and world-loving. Pride, the love of pleasure, and sin, are cherished, and Christ has departed. His Spirit has been quenched in the church. Satan works side by side with professed Christians; yet they are so destitute of spirituality and discernment that they do not detect him. They have not the burden of the work. The solemn truths they profess to believe are not a reality to them. They have not genuine faith. Men and women will act out all the faith they in reality possess. By their fruits ye shall know them. Not their profession, but the fruit they bear, shows the character of the true. Many have a form of godliness, their names are upon the church records, but they have a spotted record in Heaven. The recording angel has written deeds. Their acts have been faithfully written. Every selfish act, every wrong word, every unfulfilled duty, and every secret sin, with every artful dissembling, is faithfully chronicled in the book of records kept by the recording angel. p. 129, Para. 2, [18OT].

God Bless your Study

Sunday September 1, 2013

We live in an amazing time. We are watching IRL (in real life) the accelerating decline of America. It would seem to me to be the positioning of the powers of hell in preparation.

This comes to us from breitbart.com and is a good demonstration of things you already know. We recommend you read the article in full.

In 2006, Vanessa Willock contacted Elane Photography, asking Elane to photograph her lesbian commitment ceremony. It was a private commitment ceremony because New Mexico recognizes neither gay marriage nor gay civil unions. Elane thanked Willock for her interest, but explained that due to her religious beliefs she only does traditional weddings.

Willock filed a complaint against Elane with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, citing a state law that does not allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The commission ruled Elane’s decision illegal, and imposed a fine of $7,000 to cover legal fees.

In a concurring opinion, Justice Richard Bosson wrote Elane and Jonathan:

… now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives… the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible mark on the Huguenins and others of similar views.

… At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation’s strengths, demands no less. The Huguenins are free to … pray to the God of their choice … But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.

Bosson goes on to say having to violate your religious beliefs when they conflict with social issues like gay marriage “is the price of citizenship.”

In response to today’s decision, Lorence said in an ADF statement:

Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country. This decision is a blow to our client and to every American’s right to live free. Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted. America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs and not to be compelled by the government to express ideas and messages they decline to support. We are considering our next steps, including asking the U.S. Supreme Court to right this wrong.

A recent Rasmussen poll showed that 85% of Americans support the right of a religious photographer not to participate in a gay-marriage ceremony.

Many different groups claim their “right” to many things. In this particular case the judge, Justice Richard Bosson, is, in my opinion, giving evidence to a political agenda at play, that is, continuing the destruction of the principles of freedom upon which this country was founded.

It is a right of any person or business to serve or not serve any customer. It is the right of any customer to peaceably assemble and protest against any such, perceived as abuse. Socialism is going to the government for a solution in law. And herein is the great demise of this country, at the hands of Jesuit based, government forced on threat of death, education, wherein the principles of freedom are not taught, the masses of the populace accept socialism. They know not what they do.

This man, Justice Richard Bosson, certainly is capable of good thinking, based on principles of justice, as this other case shows, but in the matter of respecting the right of the individual to have and enjoy their own free choice, he has erred. It appears to be deliberate.

It is this kind of thinking that true Christians will have to face in the future. And we are told that it is only going to get worse and worse until the wicked are destroyed by God from off the earth. See Joseph Bates’ book, The Sealing Message, pages 24-26.

This is not new to true Christians. They have ever faced tyrants and despots of every strip and color. Witness the testimony of the three Hebrews that were thrown into the fiery furnace.

And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful farsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world. [!!] The Song of the Three Holy Children, verse 8.

Christ is coming, it is high time to get ready and be prepared for translation or the grave. The evidence is all around us, likened to the walls of water on each side of the Hebrews as they crossed the Red Sea.

“All who are saved will be tried upon it [the Sabbath] in some way.” The Sealing Message.

Be ready for the trial of your faith. It may be as simple as patiently staying anchored to the Rock of truth, consistently ASKing, asking, seeking, knocking, after truth.

God Bless your Study

Friday August 30, 2013

All too often I would just read over things and not take the time necessary to think about what is being said. We’ll put Isaiah 28:11-12 here again for convenience.

For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. Isaiah 28:11-12

What is God speaking? Words. What are words? Physically words are just ink on paper or sounds we hear, spiritually, words of God are Christ. “Christ in you the hope of glory.” “Let the word of Christ dwell in you” Yet God calls this rest and refreshing, “stammering lips and another tongue.”

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. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:9-11

Is Christ physically in you? No. Is Christ the words? Spiritually, yes, physically, no.

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

When God’s words come to us, it is Christ knocking at the door of Laodicea seeking entrance.

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding Psalms 119:130

Opening our door and allowing Christ in, in the form of spiritual words, nay, not just allowing, but embracing truth, opening our hearts to truth, embracing the Words of God (John 1:1-5), is the embracing of Christ.

We don’t fully understand all this, neither do you understand the electricity you use every day. I know this because some of the brightest minds in the science world don’t understand exactly what it is that is coming out of the wires and making your motor work. But we use it.

We need to stop trying to analyze every little thing God says and become believers. Prove, yes, question God’s words, no. What if God tells you to walk on water? Are you going to give him the latest science report? What if he tells you to go to Egypt and tell the king to let his people go, are you going to tell him you can’t talk? And what if he tells you to go to Damascus and instruct Saul, are you going to tell him that little bit of gossip that you heard about the man?

Notice now these next passages and the message that is there in plain sight. Read carefully the words and think about it in terms of Isaiah 28:12.

We are to have Christ in our hearts as a well of water, springing up into everlasting life, refreshing all who come in contact with us. p. 49, Para. 1, [30OT].

If Christ be in you, the hope of glory, then by his power you have words to share, which are spirit, and life, and Christ.

I was shown that if God’s people, without making efforts on their part, wait for the refreshing to come upon them

We must labour to enter that rest, strive to enter that strait and narrow way. Hebrews 4:11, Luke 13:24.

and remove their wrongs and correct their errors, and depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found wanting. The refreshing or power of God, comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Works is getting the words spiritually understood, faith is embracing the work of perfection, being obedient to God’s words and preparing ourselves for the grave or for translation to Heaven. Notice how the terms are interchanged.

In some respects, I was shown, my husband’s case is similar to those waiting for the refreshing. If he should wait for the power of God to come upon his body and to feel that he was made whole before he made efforts, or acted in accordance with his faith, saying, When the Lord heals me I will believe and do this or that, he might continue to wait, and would realize no change; for the fulfillment of God’s promise is only realized by those who believe and work in accordance with their faith. I saw that he must believe God’s word, that his promises are for him to claim, and they will never, no never, fail. He should walk out by faith, relying upon the evidences that God has been pleased to give, and act toward the point of being a well man as much as possible. Said the angel, “God will sustain him. His faith must be made perfect by works; for faith alone is dead. It must be sustained by works. A living faith is always manifested by works.” p. 67, Para. 1, [13OT].

But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Deuteronomy 30:14

Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass [grass is people]: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: Deuteronomy 32:1-3

God Bless your study

Sabbath August 24, 2013

Today is another Sabbath day. Or is it? Do you know? Hopefully you are proving things you are told. How about really keeping the Sabbath? What am I talking about? You don’t work on the Sabbath, you fellowship in some way with believers; “What lack I yet?” is the language of your soul.

Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Hebrews 3:7
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: Hebrews 3:8
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Hebrews 3:9
Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. Hebrews 3:10
So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. Hebrews 3:11
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Hebrews 3:12
But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? Hebrews 3:17
And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? Hebrews 3:18
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19

Too many of us think that because we act like an Adventist we are believers. Yet, there is more, much more.

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. Hebrews 4:1
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Hebrews 4:2
For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. Hebrews 4:3
For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. Hebrews 4:4
And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Hebrews 4:5
Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Hebrews 4:6
Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Hebrews 4:7
For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. Hebrews 4:8
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Hebrews 4:9
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Hebrews 4:10
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:11
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

There is a rest for God’s people, right here it is.

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, Isaiah 28:9-14

And the supporting verse.

not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13

Especially on the Sabbath is the time to labour to enter into that rest, the rest of the “sweet love, joy, and peace” (The Day-Star) that can only come from God. This is the true “keeping the Sabbath” (page 205, 1858 Great Controversy) that will place you in the 144,000, who will “follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.”

It’s going to take some belief, some labour, some study, some asking, some seeking, some knocking, some decision on your part to accept what God teaches through his words. A lamp, Psalms 119:105, is not a vessel that holds oil and has a wick sticking out of one end; no! it is God’s word….

God Bless your study

Sabbath August 3, 2013

Sometimes something just fits so well…. This just happens be one of those.

Necessity of Harmony. p. 117, Para. 1, [27OT].

The Spirit of God will not abide where there is disunion and contention among believers in the truth. Even if these feelings are unexpressed they take possession of the heart and drive out the peace and love that should characterize the Christian church. They are the result of selfishness in its fullest sense. This evil may take the form of inordinate self-esteem, or an undue longing for the approbation of others, even if it is obtained undeservedly. p. 117, Para. 2, [27OT].

Self-exaltation must be renounced by those who profess to love God and keep his commandments, or they need not expect to be blessed by his divine favor. p. 117, Para. 3, [27OT].

Taking this as a single unit, knowing that every word of God’s is pure, we can state that the Spirit of God is not abiding inside the SDA church because of the disunion and contention there. This is an interesting thing. If the Spirit of God is not abiding there, what spirit is there?

Tracing this further back, we can also state that the church can not ever understand the parables that Christ taught, correctly, because they are busy with Satan’s devices.

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

And by extension, this means that they can never enter that rest, the Sabbath rest, which is the seal.

To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; Isaiah 28:12

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, Hebrews 4:11

If we do not enter that rest, we are not sealed; because….

This seal is the Sabbath. 1849 Broadside

How do we get that seal? Or, how do we enter that rest? Here is exactly how.

1.) Make sure you are converted, that you have repented and confessed your sins to God, not man. Do not miss this step. Christ’s righteousness only covers the sins that have been blotted out of the book, which are only the sins that have been confessed. Then you are required to be baptized. Currently God’s people are very scattered and it is extremely difficult to find one worthy to baptize another. Pray about it and leave it with God to solve. All these things the milk of the Word teaches.

2.) You MUST move on from the milk to the meat of God’s word. This is growing. Here is exactly how.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13

All God’s words are spiritual, John 4:24, therefore, you take God’s words and use them to define God’s words. It is God’s definitions that teach you the greater depth of his word and comes close to you to teach you exactly what you need to know for victory over your trials and temptations.

This is considered to be “ridiculous” [Isaiah 33:19] by virtually all pastors and ministers, top to bottom. You should expect this from those who profess to go to God and yet they have gone to the world for instruction in the things of God. They are deceived and know it not; for they have not proven the source from which they drink. If they did, they too would discover the deception.

3.) Study Isaiah 28:9-13 together with 1 Corinthians 1:17 through 3:3 and you too will be taught of the Lord that the wisdom of this world is nothing but bad before God. Then put this together with Hebrews chapter 4 to understand that this Sabbath rest is in fact the deeper meeting with God through his word, which is Christ.

4.) Retain this rest for your armor. Keep it on by thinking of it throughout the day. Cherish the words of life in your mind, in all you do.

the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; Proverbs 8:6

And, teach you children so they are not lost.

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7

And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 11:19

Blessed shalt thou be,
when we meet under the tree,
if not before,
for there is always more.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday July 16, 2013

We are living in the great Anti-Typical Day of Atonement and have been since the Father and Christ went into the Most Holy place on October 22, 1844. There is an important work for each saint in connection with this day’s work. It is examining our lives and making sure every sin is confessed to God that that sin might be blotted out of the books in Heaven.

There are not a large amount of references to “blotting” in the Testimonies, about seven, by my count. Sometimes it is said another way, but the message of preparation is very important. Here a couple of passages with this message.

O, let us live wholly for the Lord, and show by a well ordered life, and godly conversation that we have been with Jesus, and are his meek and lowly followers. We must work while the day lasts, for when the dark night of trouble and anguish comes, it will be too late to work for God. Jesus is still in his Holy Temple, and will now accept our sacrifices, our prayers, and our confessions of faults and sins, and will now pardon all the transgressions of Israel, that they may be blotted out before he leaves the Sanctuary. When Jesus leaves the Sanctuary, then he that is holy and righteous, will be holy and righteous still; for all their sins will then be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the living God. But those that are unjust and filthy, will be unjust and filthy still; for then there will be no Priest in the Sanctuary to offer their sacrifices, their confessions, and their prayers before the Father’s throne. Therefore, what is done to rescue souls from the coming storm of wrath, must be done before Jesus leaves the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary. [RH 09-01-49 para. 7] p. 9, Para. 1, [1849MS].

To these youth I am authorized to say, Repent ye and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. There is no time for you to waste. Heaven and immortal life are valuable treasures that will cost an effort on your part to obtain. No matter how faultless may have been your lives, as sinners you have steps to take. You are required to repent, believe, and be baptized. Christ was wholly righteous, yet he, the Saviour of the world, gave man an example, by taking the steps himself which he requires the sinner to take to become a child of God–an heir of Heaven. p. 51, Para. 1, [26OT].

It is a part of the apostasy of the church that this great work God’s people must engage and complete, is not preached, not taught, not spoken. Yet those who do not participate in this work can not be saved; for they are trying to get to Heaven outside of God’s appointed way.

Here is one more.

Your influence has been improving for some weeks in the past, but you lack a firm principle. You lack in many things, and in some things you must know where you fail. The follies of your youth have left their impress upon you, and you can never recover what you have lost through impure habits. These things have benumbed your sensibilities so that sacred things are not clearly discerned. You cannot, with your present experience, resist temptation. You cannot endure trials. You are not sanctified through the truth. You have taken hold of the truth, but the truth has not taken hold upon you, to transform you by the renewing of your mind. Oh! do not, I entreat of you, remain deceived in regard to your true condition. You are a self-deceived man. You have not felt deep conviction because of your sins, and in deep humility sought the Lord with anguish of heart, that your transgressions might be blotted out. You could not see that your ways were so sinful before God. The work is not inwrought in your soul. A self-righteous garment you have clothed yourself with to cover up the deformity of sin; but this is not the remedy. You know not what true conversion is. The old man with you is not dead. You have a form of godliness, but not the cleansing power of God. You can, and do, talk and write smoothly. Your words, as far as they go, may possibly be correct, but the true language of the heart is not spoken. You know this. You are thus much acquainted with yourself. Your case is perilous; yet God pities you, and will save you if you fall all broken at his feet, feeling your vileness, and impurity, and rottenness of soul, without the transforming power of God. p. 155, Para. 3, [17OT].

Do not wait til YOU think your life is about to close, lest you be like the man in the parable who said, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21

This is a part of that that is said, “Get ready, get ready, get ready!” Christ could come this very year!

God Bless your Study