Category: Discoveries of Truth

Wednesday September 18, 2013

I never before had any understanding of how so many different people could reflect the image of Christ, perfectly. The only idea I had was that of a mirror and the image in the mirror. But this is not perfection. I was shrouded in darkness, only seeing things physically.

We must all come to the light, the Word. Our minds must be renewed by thinking new thoughts; thoughts that are guided by the Master, our Creator, Jesus Christ, the Word. As thought is parent to act, so new thoughts parent new acts, acts of obedience, if mixed with faith and works.

The Master saw that you needed a work of fitness for his heavenly kingdom. He did not leave you in the furnace for the fire of affliction to consume. As a refiner and purifier of silver, he kept his eye upon you, watching the process of purification until he should discern his image [the Word] reflected in you. p. 92, Para. 2, [17OT].

Purification is a removal of the dross. The dross is worldly thoughts that parent worldly acts. The measure of this process is the measure of how many words a man loves, even loves to have enter his brain. These good words come in like clean water to flush a toilet. Sorry about that imagery, but can sin really be any less to a holy God?

Bro. —- came up from his sickness; but how little did he or his family feel humbled under the hand of God. The work of the Spirit of God [the Word], and wisdom from him [the Word], are not manifested that we may be happy and satisfied with ourselves, but that our souls may be renewed in knowledge [the Word] and true holiness. How much better would it have been for Bro. —- if his affliction had prompted to faithful searching of heart, to discover the imperfections in his character, that he might put them away, and with humble spirit come forth from the furnace as gold purified, reflecting the image of Christ [the Word]. p. 34, Para. 1, [21OT].

Our freedom of choice is very, very high on the list. Of all the saints that will finally be saved and walk the streets of the City, not one will be forced to be there, all, every one, will be there because they made a clear choice to be there. Now, many want to be there, they claim to have made a choice, a decision, to be there, but they will not conform their lives to the confines of the strait and narrow path. They are trying to have both worlds. They have a divided heart.

Bro. S— could have accomplished good if he had, years ago, given all for Christ. He has not been sanctified through the truth. His heart has not been right with God [the Word]. His talent he has hid in the earth [worldly work]. What will he say who has put his talents to a wrong use when the Master shall require him to give account of his stewardship. Bro.— has not been an honor to the cause of God. It is dangerous to contend with the providence of God, and to be dissatisfied with almost everything, as though there had been a special arrangement of circumstances to tempt and destroy. The work of pruning and purifying, to fit us for Heaven, is a great work, and will cost us a great deal of suffering and trial, because our will is not subjected to the will of Christ [as made plain in the Word]. We must go through the furnace till the fires have consumed the dross, and we are purified, and reflect the divine image [the Word]. Those who follow their inclinations and are governed by appearances, are not good judges of what God is doing. They are filled with discontent. They see failure where there is indeed triumph, a great loss where there is gain; and, like Jacob, they have been ready to exclaim, “All these things are against me,” when the very things whereof they complained were all working together for their good. p. 97, Para. 1, [21OT].

We need to trust what God is doing. It would be good to express such trust vocally by praising God out loud (does not have to be shouting, but may be if you are not making yourself a spectacle to the wicked, as this is a type of prayer that might be best done in your secret closet) at least as loud as you have murmured and complained in the past!

The Word is full of examples of praising God. This should be a great example of the Word coming in to your mind, changing your thinking, changing your acts.

God Bless your study

Tuesday September 17, 2013

The Spirit of Prophecy is in a unique position for God’s people of the last days. It would seem best expressed in these words from No. 20, page 44.

The Lord deigns to warn you, to reprove, to counsel, through the testimonies given, and to impress your minds with the importance of the truth of his word. The written testimonies are not to give new light; but to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed.

Anything God does for his people should be cherished as very important. Think about it. This is our Creator doing something to help us get to Heaven. Anyone, who in any way, tries to lower the Spirit of Prophecy, proves to all, his great spiritual darkness and great danger attends.

These next two passages also contain the word image, which I had searched on for this part of studying about God’s word.

Those who do not really wish to know themselves, will pass off the reproofs and warnings to others, and will not discern that their own cases are met, and their errors and dangers pointed out. Earthly and selfish motives blind the [shades of Mark 4:10-11] mind, and so operate upon the soul that it cannot [can not understand spiritual definitions] be renewed in the divine image [the Word]. All who do not, by their own perverse natures, resist His will, [the will of God, John 6:39] will not be left in darkness, [being left in darkness is not having light, which is God’s word] but will be renewed in knowledge [this is the entrance of Word(s)] and true holiness, and even glory in the cross of Christ [note that this defined in 1 Corinthians 17 & 18, it is the power of God]. p. 165, Para. 2, [20OT].

And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. John 6:39

It seems that the word it would apply to God’s church as they are the only ones of which Christ “should lose nothing.”

The Lord, by close and pointed truths for these last days, is cleaving out a people from the world, and purifying them unto himself. Pride and unhealthful fashions, the love of display, the love of approbation, all must be left with the world, if we would be renewed in knowledge after the image of Him [the Word] who created us. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men, teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world, looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” p. 73, Para. 1, [21OT].

This re-new-ing is about being changed, a re-making of the man. We know it better as the new birth. I would encourage you to go back and read about Nicodemus. John, chapter 3. And let’s not forget John 6:63, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

God Bless your study

Monday September 16, 2013

Notice the language employed to make the point. We can easily apply the spiritual meaning of these words to get a more in-depth picture of the problem.

I was shown in the case of sister Hannah More that the neglect of her was the neglect of Jesus [the Word] in her person. Had the Son of God [the Word] come in the humble, unpretending manner in which he journeyed from place to place when he was upon earth, he would have met with no better reception. It is the deep principle of love that dwelt in the bosom of the humble man of Calvary, that is needed. Had the church lived in the light [the Word], they would have appreciated this humble missionary whose whole being was aglow to be engaged in her Master’s service. Her very earnest interest was misconstrued. Her externals were not just such as would meet the approval of the eye of taste and fashion; for familiarity with strict economy and poverty had left its impress upon her apparel. But the hard-earned means had been exhausted as fast as earned to benefit others; to get light [the Word] to those whom she hoped to lead to the cross [the Word] of truth. Even the professed church of Christ [the Word], with their exalted privileges and high professions, discerned not the image of Christ [the Word], in this self-denying child of God [the Word], because they were so far removed from Christ [the Word] themselves that they reflected not his image [the Word].

Evidently Hannah More had the Word in her, hence, she reflected Christ’s image. Others who professed to be Christians were not studying their Bible, were not growing from strength to strength and for this reason could not discern God’s Word in Hannah. Insert 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 here as a reminder of the difference between the milk and meat is and how to tell.

The Testimony reads, “because they were so far removed from Christ.” This is no different than saying “they were so far removed from studying their Bible.”

They judged by the external appearance, and took not special pains to discern the inward adorning [the Word?]. Here was a woman whose resources of knowledge and genuine experience in the mysteries of godliness [the Word] exceeded those of any one residing at Battle Creek, and whose manner of address to youth and children was pleasing, instructive, and salutary. She was not harsh, but correct and sympathetic, and would have proved one of the most useful laborers in the field, to fill positions as an instructor of the youth, and an intelligent, useful companion and counselor to mother. She could reach hearts by her earnest, matter-of-fact presentation of incidents in her religious life which she had devoted to the service of her Redeemer [the Word]. Had the church emerged from darkness and deception into the clear light [the Word], their hearts would have been drawn out after the lonely stranger. Her prayers, her tears, her distress to see no way of usefulness open to her, have gone up to Heaven. God has heard. Talents and help the Lord offered to his people, but they were rich and increased with goods, and had need of nothing. They turned from, and rejected a most precious blessing of which they will yet feel the need. Had Elder —– stood in the clear light [the Word], of God, imbued with his Spirit [the Word], when this servant of Jesus [the Word], lonely, homeless, and thirsting for a work to do for her Master [the Word], was brought to his notice, spirit [the Word], would have answered to spirit [the Word], as face answereth to face in a mirror, and his heart would have been drawn out after this disciple of Christ, and he would have understood her. Thus also with the church. They had been in such spiritual blindness they had lost the sound of the voice of the true Shepherd [the Word], and were following the voice of a stranger, who was leading them from the fold of Christ [the Word]. p. 35, Para. 1, [16OT].

Interjecting the Word in brackets may not be exactly correct in each instance, but, it definitely makes a strong point about our relationship with that Word. Very strong.

God Bless your study

Sunday September 15, 2013

There are two items at play here, first, we have those who bear Christ’s image. We think this image is God’s word, which we bear to the world.

Second, health reform brought to the fore.

A living sacrifice God calls for. The body, he tells us, is
the temple of the Holy Ghost,
the habitation of his Spirit,

In passing, an interesting parallel with peg words and definitions.

and he requires every one who bears his image [the Word] to take care of their bodies for the purpose of his service and his glory. “Ye are not your own,” saith the inspired apostle, “ye are bought with a price,” wherefore “glorify God in your bodies and spirits which are God’s.” In order to do this, add to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience. It is duty to know how to preserve the body in the very best condition of health, and it is a sacred duty to live up to the light [the Word] God has graciously given. If we close our eyes to the light [the Word] for fear we shall see our wrongs, which we are unwilling to forsake, our sins are not lessened but increased. If light [the Word] is turned from in one case it will be disregarded in another. It is just as much sin to violate the laws of our being as to break one of the ten commandments, for we cannot do this without breaking God’s law. We cannot love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, while we are loving our appetites, our tastes, a great deal better than we love the Lord. We are daily lessening our strength to glorify God, when he requires all our strength, all our mind. Lessening our hold of life by our wrong habits, and yet profess to be Christ’s followers, preparing for the finishing touch of immortality. p. 59, Para. 2, [15OT].

Perfection, what can it be? Is it not measured by the Word? the Christ? Obedience in faith to the Word once delivered to the saints. It’s the strait and narrow way.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath September 14, 2013

As we study this image of Christ (the Word), which image we want to reflect, there are some thoughts from the Testimonies to be added to the mix. Remember, these are only excerpts; go and read in context if you feel it necessary.

There is one angel who always leads, first touches the harp, strikes the note, then all join in the rich, perfect music of heaven. It cannot be described. It was melody, heavenly, divine, while from every countenance beamed the image of Jesus, which shone with glory unspeakable. p. 31, Para. 4, [3OT].

The dreadful state of our nation calls for deep humility on the part of God’s people. The one all-important inquiry which should now engross the mind of every one is, Am I prepared for the day to God? Can I stand the trying test before me? p. 1, Para. 1, [9OT].

I place the above passage here to call your attention to the fact that, even though written in the midst of the Civil War, 1863, one hundred and fifty years ago, it is every bit applicable to God’s people today, … as our nation seeks another killing field….

I saw that God was purifying and proving his people. He will refine them as gold, until his image is reflected in them, and the dross consumed. p. 1, Para. 2, [9OT].

I was shown that God’s people dwell too much under a cloud. It is not the will of God for his people to live in unbelief. Jesus is light [the Word], and in him [the Word] is no darkness at all. His children are the children of light [the Word]. They are renewed in his image [the Word], and called out of darkness into his marvelous light [the Word]. He is the light [the Word] of the world, and they that follow him are the light [the Word] of the world. They shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light [the Word] of life. The more closely the people of God strive to imitate Christ [the Word], the more perseveringly will they be pursued by the enemy. But their nearness to Christ [the Word] strengthens them to resist the efforts of our wily foe to draw them from Christ [the Word]. p. 148, Para. 1, [10OT].

I have now begun to place the singular definition in brackets, the Word. This is very impressive to me, I don’t know about you, but, give this some serious thought. We know Christ is the Word, John 1:1-5. If that definition works elsewhere, it works here. If it works here, what meanth it?

Could we say that this study of God’s words, using his definitions for his words, is actually the path, the way, to properly reflecting his image? when mixed with faith and obedience. It looks right to me.

I find the above passage astounding! Absolutely astounding!!

Keep the eye steadily fixed upon Christ [the Word], upon the divine image [the Word]. Imitate his spotless life [the Word], and with him [the Word], you will be partaker of his glory and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. p. 38, Para. 2, [15OT].

The above two passages, from No. 10 and No. 15, illustrate this beautiful harmony existing between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the Bible. Little wonder, the author is the same.

Many profess to be on the Lord’s side, but they are not; the weight of all their actions is on Satan’s side. By what means shall we determine whose side we are on? who has the heart? With whom are our thoughts? Upon whom do we love to converse? Who has our warmest affections, and our best energies? If we are on the Lord’s side, our thoughts are of him. We have no friendship with the world; we have consecrated all that we have and are, to him. We long to bear his image [the Word], breathe his Spirit [the Word], do his [the Word] will, and please him [the Word] in all things. p. 84, Para. 1, [17OT].

It appears possible that reflecting Christ’s image is the same as being sealed, or very close. Humm…., just checked on something. The Present Truth, No. 5, page 41 global paging. In the right column Ellen was shown that Bro. Rhodes “bore the image of Jesus.” That “as soon as would come out of that dark place, and stand on all the present truth” the Angel would “enroll his name.” Very interesting….

God Bless your Study

Wednesday September 11, 2013

Want proof of what we have been talking about? How God’s word is Christ, who is all in all 1 Corinthians 15:28, and the eating of that bread is meat indeed and the obedience to that word forms Christ’s image in you.

Yesterday and the day before we learned that we must have God’s word as the proper foundation for science. Just look at how God prepared a mud-brick maker to build the beautiful things required for the building of the sanctuary.

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. Exodus 31:3-5

This point is so important that God repeats it in his word.

And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship; And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work. And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work. Exodus 35:30-35

So the next time you have a difficult problem facing you… maybe you do need to have a Bible study into the deep things of God, instead of running to some man and making flesh your strength.

God Bless your Study

Sunday September 8, 2013

The more I get into this study of Psalms 119:105 and the spiritual understanding of those words, the more astonished I am at the other things to be found in the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and other Bible texts. It’s an opening of the vail of the deeper things of God. An entering into the mystery of the kingdom of God.

Just look at this passage from No. 20, page 173-174.

We are only accountable for the light that shines upon us. The commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus are testing us. If faithful and obedient, God will delight in us and bless us as his own, chosen, peculiar people. When perfect faith, and perfect love and obedience, abound, working in the hearts of those who are Christ’s followers, they will have a powerful influence. Light [God’s word] will emanate from them, dispelling the darkness around them, refining and elevating all within the sphere of their influence, and bringing to a knowledge of the truth all who are willing to be enlightened, and follow in the humble path of obedience. p. 173, Para. 2, [20OT].

This reads like a description of John the Baptist! And why not? is not this Spirit of Prophecy for the 144,000? of which John the Baptist was a representative.

Those who possess the carnal mind cannot comprehend the sacred force of vital truth upon which their salvation depends

Remember 1 Corinthians 3:1-3?

because they will cherish pride of heart, love of the world, love of ease, selfishness, covetousness, envy, jealousy, lust, hatred, and every evil. If they would overcome these, they might be partakers of the divine nature. Many leave the plain truths of God’s word, and neglect to follow the light that shines clearly upon their pathway; but are prying into secrets not plainly revealed, and are conjecturing, and talking, and disputing, in regard to questions they are not required to understand, for they have no special reference to their salvation. Thousands have been beguiled in this way by Satan. They have neglected present faith and present duty which were clear and comprehensive to all who have their reasoning powers; and they have dwelt upon doubtful theories, and scriptures which they could not comprehend, and have erred concerning the faith. They have a mixed faith. p. 174, Para. 1, [20OT].

One of the items not plainly revealed is the vision where Ellen heard the angel say, “Some food for worms, some subjects of the seven last plagues, some will be alive and remain upon the earth, to be translated at the coming of Jesus.” p. 18, Para. 1, [2OT]. I have not found a way to explain how some could be subjects of the seven last plagues. I just trust that God has an answer and at the right time he will reveal it.

God would have all make a practical use of the plain teachings of his word in regard to the salvation of man. If they are doers of the word which is plain and powerful in its simplicity, they will not fail to perfect Christian character. They will be sanctified through the truth, and through humble obedience to the truth, will secure everlasting life. God wants servants that are true, not only in word, but in deed. Their fruits will show the genuineness of their faith. p. 174, Para. 2, [20OT].

It’s there, for whosoever will ask, seek, and knock.

God Bless your Study

Friday September 6, 2013

These texts are quite the instruction. Notice the flow of thoughts.
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 
And beside this, giving all diligence,
Add to your faith virtue; 
And to virtue knowledge; 
And to knowledge temperance; 
And to temperance patience; 
And to patience godliness; 
And to godliness brotherly kindness; 
And to brotherly kindness charity. 
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:1-8
After Peter introduces himself, he gives the holy kiss, Supplement to the CEV, p. 38, then shows that these blessings come “through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.”
Peter goes on to state explicitly that it is his divine power that “hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” again “through the knowledge of him.” In 1 Corinthians 1:18, 24 & 2:5 this other tongue is called the power of God.
This knowledge of Christ is his word, John 1:1-5, and those words that Christ speaks to us “they are spirit, and they are life.” Christ speaks to us when we read the physical words in the Bible. Peter then points out “whereby” meaning that these things are the path, and it is this path that gives to “us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Next follows what is called the plan of addition. It is what happens when you are obedient to the light that teaches your footsteps to stay on the strait and narrow path. You grow. And because of this growth, you “shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 
Which is this other tongue, the spiritual understanding of the words of God used to teach us other words he uses. Isaiah 28:12 “and this is the rest… and this is the refreshing.”
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