Category: God’s Will & to Obey it

Tuesday ~ March 7, 2017

       Did you miss this post on Tuesday? I’ll tell you why. I’m just now, Thursday ~ March 9, 2017, 6:17 PM, sitting at my desk writing this post.
       
Verne Bates died this past Tuesday ~ March 7, 2017, at 87 years of age.
       
       In our little community of believers, Verne is known for making available the all important books of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.
       
       Verne told me how it came about. He was at some meeting and speaking on the truth, as taught in the original publication of the Testimonies, and a young man stood up and said, “Yeah, you can teach that, because you have the books, we don’t and can’t get them!”
       
That got him thinking, and Echoes From The Past was born.
       
       It was about eleven years ago that I attended a professing historic SDA church, and a woman sitting across the table from me gave me this referral. “Art, I don’t know what it is, the changes are not that great, but you just get a different feeling when you read the original books.” Now, I know why that is. It’s because God’s special blessing is upon his true word and not the changed.
       
So now Verne sleeps.
       
       What if Christ comes this year? Have you lost faith in the immediate second coming? We are in the patient, waiting, watching, time. Are you?
       
       Not one of us knows when we will die. We must all be ready, perfect, without spot, for when the resurrection happens there will be no time to do any character perfecting. You will rise at the call from the grave into the air, there to meet your Saviour. All perfecting must be done now, today. Or, you will rise at the call still within gravity’s grip.
       
       Now the door is open. You will be accepted if you only walk in God’s appointed way. This is the strait and narrow gate, and few there be that find it. But you have found it. That is why you are here. Examine yourself. Make sure you are ready.
       
       Then, if WE ALL are faithful, we shall see Verne; but, the faithless, the fearful, the unbelieving, the disobedient, the impatient, those who did not watch, will have a part in the lake of fire, to be punished for  hidden sins we thought we might “forget” and they would be forgotten forgiven. But this is not so. A just and righteous judge is making decisions.
       
Take the time out of your life to make sure you are ready.
       
       
Covenant with me,

to meet under the tree,
       
 

in seven or more,

if not before.
       
 

God Bless your Study

Sunday ~ October 9, 2016

       I was just now led to this item and so sharing with you. It is another contradiction between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the counterfeit.

First, the truth.

This is found in the Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.2, and we quote.

“From his childhood, Jesus conformed his life strictly to the Jewish laws.” 2SP,p.30

And a second….

“The parents of Jesus yearly visited Jerusalem, in accordance with the Jewish law. Their son, Jesus, then twelve years old, accompanied them.” 2SP,p.31

Here are the two times the following statement appears in the counterfeit SOP, which is of course, the lie.

“Christ passed through all the experiences of His childhood, youth, and manhood without the observance of ceremonial temple worship.” Mrs. E. G. White.

{BEcho, October 31, 1898 par. 7}

{RH, October 24, 1899 par. 11}

 

Every one must choose, believe and obey God and live, or, believe a lie and die.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath ~ April 9, 2016

 

       In looking around at the world around us, there is much to distract as we see Satan’s agents struggling to incite war, racial strife, riot, bloodshed, death, destruction, &c. I say struggling because they are. Their goals they are not able to achieve. Reducing the population of the world in any way possible, is just not working.
 
World War III just is not happening.
 
The four angels are holding the four winds. Revelation 7:1
 
        God is in control. The four winds will be held untill Christ gets on the cloud to leave Heaven, headed for earth. EP261 (Early Publications, page 261)
 
        It must be a time of peace in order for the third angel to do his work. EP296 That work will end and probation will close.
 
       If the Loud Cry is coming as the Midnight Cry, EP413, it seems reasonable that it will go, or end, also, as the Midnight Cry; meaning, that when the third angel’s work is done, God will send everyone home. The burden for sinners will be lifted and mercy’s voice will fall silent. Life Incidents,p186
 
       Then it is that some will search for hearing God’s word, but they will not find it. Amos 8:11 Mankind’s probation will have closed… forever. Then there is an unknown period of time untill Christ takes his seat on the cloud to come to earth. EP261
 
       Then the four angels stop holding the four winds. Then it is that Satan has full control of the wicked. Then it is that people will turn on each other with satanic fury. A rage burning in their hearts, seen in their eyes, true terror stalks the land, brother against brother, sister against sister; all the while the seven last plagues will be falling and taking their toll; for that is their purpose, to destroy man off the earth. 1858GC,p200-201&1SP,p85 (1858 Great Controversy & Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.1)
 
       Then it is that Satan gets his way. His agents are delighted with the reduction of earth’s masses, but not with the very painful sores they bear in their bodies. Revelation 16:2 All this rage, hatred, bloodthirsty revenge, gets turned on the righteous. If they have any food, it is taken with violence. 1849 Broadside They flee. It does little good. They are followed, hunted, cornered, and mocked as the wicked prepare to slay them. 1858GC,p201-204
 
        Now is the time to prepare for that hour. Now it is peaceful. Now it is easy to trust in God, have faith, read God’s instructions, &c. And now it is the time of testing, this patient, waiting, watching, time. TNo.16,p96 Now we are tested by little annoyances, little things that irritate, like the drag of time passing with seemingly nothing happening.
 
       I look up at the stars, knowing this future that awaits, knowing that if time lasts longer I may go to my grave,… and see none of it; untill I get called from that grave, if I have been faithful. As I look at the stars, thinking these thoughts, I determine in my heart that I will set my face like a flint, I will be harder than adamant. Isaiah 50:7 & Ezekiel 3:9 I choose to trust in God’s word. I will PRAISE HIS NAME! when it hurts.
 
       And here comes that irritation. Again. But I know that every time I resist evil I get stronger for the next battle. God has revealed himself to me in my life a few times. He saved me physically from death at least twice. He saved me from a besetting sin I could not overcome and get the victory on my own. I know I am a sinner. I know I am a lost man if I allow pride to grow in my life. All I have to do is look back at my life, and I know, without God’s hand in my life I would be lost.
 
       I know that Christ is all in all for me. Without Christ I am not worthy to be a doormat in Heaven. My night cometh. I want to be found watching, faithfully. Then when Christ comes he will not say, “What, could ye not watch with me one hour?” Matthew 26:40 I know without Christ I am a lost man.
 
       I pray to the Father that he will increase my faith, help me to die to the world and it’s devices of distraction, spiritual weaknesses, the enchanted ground. He has given me a work to do. By so doing doubtless I will grow by God’s providence, spiritually.
 
       I heard the Robin’s evening song as even they sing God’s praise. Just a few days past I saw on the ground the feathers and the beak of a Robin that met it’s end.
 
       I know the end is near, it’s very near. We can trust in God, even in death and through the grave. We can… trust in God.
 
God Bless your study

Wednesday October 9, 2013

James White, as the husband-protector of Ellen AND the authentic Spirit of Prophecy, has said many things, which, if incorporated by teaching, would certainly do it’s part in safeguarding many a saint on the strait and narrow path to the City. Many are the pitfalls God, through James, has identified for the church, “yet they would not hear.”

In total opposition to what James wrote, Willie writes and puts Ellen’s name on it!

The prayer of Christ to His Father, contained in the seventeenth chapter of John, is to be our church creed. It shows us that our difference and disunion are dishonoring to God. Read the whole chapter, verse by verse.– Manuscript 12, 1899. 3SM 21.1

I’m sure Willie thought it was right, but wow! what a clutz! James has a lot different approach! as you will see here.

The object of the gifts, as stated by Paul, was “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come in the unity of the faith.” But they have been superseded in the popular churches by human creeds, which have failed to secure scriptural unity. It has been truly said, “The American people are a nation of lords.” In a land of boasted freedom of thought and of conscience, like ours, church force cannot produce unity; but has caused divisions, and has given rise to religious sects and parties almost innumerable. Creed and church force have been called to the rescue in vain.

The remedy, however, for this deplorable evil is found in the proper use of the simple organization and church order set forth in the New-Testament Scriptures, and in the means Christ has ordained for the unity and perfection of the church. We affirm that there is not a single apology in all the book of God for disharmony of sentiment or spirit in the church. The means are ample to secure the high standard of unity expressed in the New Testament. Christ prayed that his people might be one, as he was one with his Father. John 17. And Paul appeals to the church at Corinth in these emphatic words: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1Cor.1:10. “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus, that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom.15:5,6. The gifts were given to secure this state of unity.

But the popular churches have introduced another means of preserving unity, namely, human creeds. These creeds secure a sort of unity to each denomination; but they have all proved inefficient, as appears from the New Schools and Reformed of almost every creed-bound denomination under heaven. Hence the many kinds of Baptists, of Presbyterians, of Methodists, and of others. There is not an excuse for this state of things anywhere to be found in the book of God. These sects are not on the foundation of unity laid by Jesus Christ, and taught by Paul, the wise master-builder. And the smaller sects who reject human creeds, professing to take the Bible as their rule of faith and practice, yet rejecting the gifts, are not a whit better off. In these perilous times they shake to fragments, yet cry, The Bible! the Bible! We, too, would exalt the Bible, and would say to those who would represent us as taking the gifts instead of the Bible, that we are not satisfied with a part of the sacred volume, but claim as ours the Bible, the whole Bible, the gifts and all.

All the denominations cannot be right, and it may not be wrong to suppose that no one of them is right on all points of faith. To show that they cannot have their creeds and the gifts too, that creeds shut out the gifts, we will suppose that God, through chosen instruments taken from each sect, begins to show up the errors in the creeds of these different denominations. If they received the testimony as from Heaven, it would spoil their creeds. But would they throw them away and come out on the platform of unity taught by Christ, Paul, and Peter? Never! They would a thousand times sooner reject the humble instruments of God’s choice. It is evident that if the gifts were received, they would destroy human creeds; and that if creeds be received, they shut out the gifts. 1880 Life Sketches, pages 344-345

And since the SDA church has followed the world and created their own creed, aka, the 27 doctrines, they had to create some strong chords (1858 Great Controversy, page 147) using the counterfeit SOP.

When anyone is drawing apart from the organized body of God’s commandmentkeeping people, when he begins to weigh the church in his human scales and begins to pronounce judgment against them, then you may know that God is not leading him. He is on the wrong track. Review & Herald, November 8, 1956

Amazing what happens when once you practice to deceive….

God Bless your Study

Tuesday October 8, 2013

And, just because we are not through with Selected Messages, book 3, we move into the subject of inspiration. As we examine today’s evidence there are certain things that must be understood. First we should remember Paul’s comments.

I speak not by commandment, 2 Corinthians 8:8
And herein I give my advice: 2 Corinthians 8:10

Many people understand this to mean that Paul was using his own words, his own thoughts; using other words, Paul was not inspired here, but, just giving his advise. But what does God say about this?

Every word of God is pure: Proverbs 30:5

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4

This means that even though Paul thought he was using his own words, it really was God speaking through him, he just was not aware of it at that time. Ellen was no different.

Testimony Expressed in Her Own Words.-Although I am as dependent upon the Spirit of the Lord in writing my views as I am in receiving them, yet the words I employ in describing what I have seen are my own, unless they be those spoken to me by an angel, which I always enclose in remarks of quotation. [GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSION ACTION ON INSPIRATION: “WE BELIEVE THE LIGHT GIVEN BY GOD TO HIS SERVANTS IS BY THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE MIND, THUS IMPARTING THE THOUGHTS, AND NOT (EXCEPT IN RARE CASES) THE VERY WORDS IN WHICH THE IDEAS SHOULD BE EXPRESSED.”–GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, REVIEW AND HERALD, NOV. 27, 1883.]–Review and Herald, Oct. 8, 1867. {3SM 49.7}

Then we have the most appropriate verse for understanding this.

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21

Now the church has an official paper titled, “Methods of Bible Study.” In that paper they too quote this text from 2 Peter, BUT, they only quote the last half of the text and then presume to define for you, just what they have decided you should think about the word moved. Their definition is in the all-caps words in the above paragraph from 3SM 49.7.

But here is what they are really saying and why it is that they do not quote the first part of 2 Peter 1:21. In claiming that Ellen is “thought inspired” and then uses her own words, is to claim that she used her own will, but this the Bible forbids. 2 Peter 1:21 tells us that God is the author of what a prophet says, not the will of man. Notice this next passage.

 

I am just as dependent upon the Spirit of the Lord in relating or writing the vision as in having the vision. It is impossible for me to call up things which have been shown me unless the Lord brings them before me at the time that He is pleased to have me relate or write them.–Spiritual Gifts, vol. 2, pp. 292, 293. {3SM 48.4}

Here is the clincher.

The scribes of God wrote as they were dictated by the Holy Spirit, having no control of the work themselves.  p. 5, Para. 4, [26OT].

And Ellen was no different. She was God’s prophet for the saints in the time of the end.

And, let’s add one more item about the Holy Spirit.

God works through human instrumentalities; and whoever shall awaken the consciences of men, provoking them to goodworks and a real interest in the advancement of the cause of truth, does not do it of himself, but by the Spirit of God which worketh in him. p. 124, Para. 2, [29OT].

And poor, lowly you, thought you were doing something all on your own. We are the created. God is our Creator. But, somehow, some way, we forget that, at the very time we should be remembering it. And we start not believing some of the plainest things he says. Faith says to believe God, yet we listen to the whisperings of Satan’s agents.

We fear to believe that the Spirit of God is in us, working out his will in our lives.

God Bless your Study

 

Monday October 7, 2013

Right close to yesterday’s quote, this was found.

Not One Heretical Sentence.--I am now looking over my diaries [SEE FOOTNOTE, P. 32.] and copies of letters written for several years back. . . . I have the most precious matter to reproduce and place before the people in testimony form. While I am able to do this work, the people must have things to revive past history, that they may see that there is one straight chain of truth, without one heretical sentence, in that which I have written. This, I am instructed, is to be a living letter to all in regard to my faith.–Letter 329a, 1905. {3SM 52.2}

This ‘statement’ flies in the face of those who want to scream “CONTEXT!” at every lie published in the SOP-his-try (sophistry)  of Satan, the counterfeit SOP. The reason is because those sentences are heretical!

Let’s take the Desire of Ages,

page 568, ten lines up from the bottom of the page, the heretical sentence reads, “He [Christ] is to-day [sic.] standing at the altar of incense, presenting before God the prayers of those who desire His help.”

This sentence is heretical because it places Christ in the Holy place, not the Most Holy! This sentence can never stand on it’s own, it requires an army of explainers, creating a word-cloud of darkness to obscure, to make it even close to acceptable!

page 790, fourteen lines up from the bottom of the page, the heretical sentence reads,  “He [Christ] ascended to the heavenly courts, and from God Himself heard the assurance that His atonement for the sins of men had been ample, that through His blood all might gain eternal life.”

page 819, ten lines up from the bottom of the page, the heretical sentence reads, “The conditions of the atonement had been fulfilled; the work for which He [Christ] came to this world had been accomplished.”

These two heretical sentences prove that the writer of the book is making a claim that the atonement was completed on the cross. This false, blasphemous claim can easily be proven by asking some simple questions.

1.) If the atonement was made on Calvary, by whom was it made? The making of the atonement is the work of a Priest; but who officiated on Calvary? Roman soldiers and wicked Jews.

2.) The slaying of the victim was not making the atonement; the sinner slew the victim, Lev. 4: 1-4, 13-15, &c., after that the Priest took the blood and made the atonement. Lev. 4: 5-12, 16-21.

3.) Christ was the appointed High Priest to make the atonement, and he certainly could not have acted in that capacity till after his resurrection, and we have no record of his doing any thing on earth after his resurrection, which could be called the atonement.

4.) The atonement was made in the Sanctuary, but Calvary was not such a place.

5.) He could not, according to Heb. 8: 4, make the atonement while on earth. “If he were on earth, he should not be a Priest.” The Levitical was the earthly priesthood; the Divine, the heavenly.

6.) Therefore, He did not begin the work of making the atonement, whatever the nature of that work may be, till after His ascension, when by His own blood He entered His heavenly Sanctuary for us.

(These are the very questions and answers O.R.L.Crosier put in his article THE LAW OF MOSES, and was published in The Day-Star Extra, February 7, 1846. Which God endorsed through his prophet Ellen, in A Word to the Little Flock, page 12, and is proof positive that the SDA church is not walking in the light of the Midnight Cry.)

Then, to add blasphemous insult to blasphemous injury, not far away is this quote.

b. The Conflict of the Ages Books: Sister White is not the originator of these books. They contain the instruction that during her lifework God has been giving her. They contain the precious, comforting light that God has graciously given His servant to be given to the world.–Colporteur Ministry, p. 125. {3SM 50.4}

They are claiming that God is the author of these heretical sentences!

Better prove all things!

God Bless your study

Sabbath October 5, 2013

It is a fearful deception to think that somehow, someway, because there are now and have been past, so many good Seventh-Day Adventists throughout the known world, there must be more than 144,000, of those exposed to this faith, who will be saved.

Currently, there are over 17 million SDAs in the world. If they were all truly converted the great controversy would have been over with long ago. Numbers will not do it. What the numbers really show is how this message has been dumbed down, changed, from what God gave to the world, to what unconverted man thinks it should be. Not counting Catholic influence.

Many claim that there are Jesuits in the church. That may be. The real point is that the members have not embraced the very thing that would keep sin and sinners out of the church— the living testimony, the voice of reproof and rebuke, the pointed testimony, it goes by a few names.

Everybody wants to look good, smell good, feel good, and have their feelings of importance stroked. This is not God’s appointed way. Here is his appointed way.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: Revelation 3:19

I like the way Dale Carnegie states it in his famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. “There is only one way under high Heaven to get anybody to anything. Did you ever stop and think of that? Yes, just one way. And that is by making the other person want to do it. Remember, there is no other way.”

He goes on to quote William James, “‘The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” He didn’t speak, mind you, of the ‘wish’ or the ‘desire’ or the ‘longing’ to be appreciated. He said the ‘craving’ to be appreciated.” Dale then goes on to educate people in the arts of the ways of the world. But these are not God’s ways.

It is because the church has adopted the ways of the world that it has so many members. It is stroking this “craving” to be appreciated, using social proof, “Well, there are so many, it must be right, if I am a part of it I can be right too.” Best you take a good hard look at the past. Only eight got in the ark, only one Abraham was chosen, only one Elijah stood against apostasy, only three were thrown in the fiery furnace, only, only, only! “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of” them all! Only a few.

Time to review some evidence.

They [the Advent people] fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. The Day-Star.

And now the second voice of evidence.

But there was one clear place of settled glory, from whence came the voice of God, like many waters, which shook the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were shaken open, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept his law. And as God spake the day and hour of Jesus’ coming, and delivered the everlasting covenant to his people,…. 1858 Great Controversy, p. 205.

From these two pieces of evidence all should be able to see that “the voice of God like many waters” calls from the grave a certain very well defined and explicitly stated group of people, for the explicit purpose of giving them “the day and hour of Jesus coming.” Then we go back to The Day-Star for a final piece of evidence.

The living saints, 144,000 in number, know and understand the voice….

Notice, that it is only after that resurrection by the voice of the Father that the saints are called “the living saints.” Of course they are living! they just got resurrected! Some of them, we know not how many, have physically gone through the time of trouble such as never was, the time of Jacob’s trouble.

We are rapidly closing in on the 169th anniversary of October 22, 1844 and because so few are walking in the light of the Midnight Cry, they reason within themselves, “There must be more than 144,000, there must be… it must be a figurative number, yes, that’s it! Those words must mean a figurative number!” And so the first lie of Satan spreads like wildfire! “Ye shall not surely die!” And this, in the face of very explicit words.

All this means that the 144,000 count started with the Sabbath message, which started with the third angel’s message, which started October 23, 1844 with the vision God gave to Hiram Edson, which proved that Christ, our high priest, went into the Most Holy place and the great antitypical Day of Atonement began. When that count is done, when the last saint is numbered and sealed, here is what happens next.

I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel returned from the earth with a writer’s inkhorn by his side, and reported to Jesus that his work was done, that the saints were numbered and sealed. THEN I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised his hands upward, and with a loud voice said, It is done. And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still. p. 197, Para. 2, [1SG ].

There is only one numbered group of saints. The number is very explicit, “144,000 in number.” It’s taken, to date, 169 years so far, and the count is not over. This means that even fewer than 144,000 of those who have been exposed to the truth before today will be saved. All are responsible for the light they had access to. Many, many will die. You have the opportunity to become immortal. God so loved you that he gave his only Son, to die, to pay the price so that you could live, but it can only be in God’s appointed way.

If you have questions, write me. art at sopvindicated, with a dot org

God Bless your study

Tuesday October 1, 2013

We stand in the gap between a physical reality and a spiritual reality. Our state of mind determines if we are IN THE WAY, blocking, hindering, obscuring, being a stone of stumbling, one of Satan’s agents, or, IN THE WAY, of Christ, following his footsteps, helping those he connects with us to see spiritually, believe the truth, reading the Word and rightly dividing it.

Judas yielded to the temptations of Satan, and betrayed his best friend. Peter learned and profited by the lessons of Christ, and carried forward the work of reform which was left to the disciples when their Lord ascended on high. These two men represent the two classes whom Christ connects with himself, giving to them the advantages of his lessons, and the example of his unselfish, compassionate life, that they may learn of him. p. 144, Para. 2, [29OT].

The more man views his Saviour, and becomes acquainted with him, the more he will become assimilated to his image, and work the works of Christ. The age in which we live calls for reformatory action. The light of truth [God’s Word] which shines [teaches] upon us calls for men of determined action, and sterling moral worth, to labor diligently and perseveringly to save the souls of all who will hear the invitation of the Spirit of God. p. 145, Para. 1, [29OT].

It thrills my soul to continually see this beautiful harmony between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the Bible! God has done marvelous things with his Word! By beholding our thoughts are drawn to God and he changes our thoughts to purity, that we might be prepared for translation. He changes our acts by changing our thoughts through our reading of his words; we eat the true bread of life, the flesh of Christ, John 6.

The word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” The heart preoccupied with the word of God is fortified against Satan. Those who make Christ their daily companion and familiar friend will feel that the powers of an unseen world are all around them; and by looking unto Jesus [the Word] they will become assimilated to his image. By beholding [the Word], they become changed to the divine pattern; their character is softened, refined, and ennobled for the heavenly kingdom. p. 134, Para. 1, [30OT].

Look how God repeats the same teaching using different words in this paragraph! not once, not twice, but four!! (4)!! times! Amazing!

In order for things to change I must change, I must renounce the world, their ways, practices, methods, or I will die with them. I must embrace God, his ways, practices, methods, and I shall live, a new life, a life to live forever with him. It’s a choice.

God Bless your Study

Friday September 27, 2013

Here are three more passages on image, all from No. 26.

If we poor mortals reach Heaven, we must overcome as Christ overcame. We must be assimilated to his image, and our characters be spotless. p. 45, Para. 4, [26OT].

It seems that character is very closely associated with thoughts. While we are judged on our acts, it is our thoughts from which our acts spring.

You need more human sympathy. This is a quality of our natures which God has given us to render us charitable and kind to those with whom we are brought in contact. We find it in men and women whose hearts are not in unison with Christ, and it is a sad sight indeed when his professed followers lack this great essential of Christianity. They do not copy the Pattern, and it is impossible for them to reflect the image of Jesus in their lives and deportment. p. 74, Para. 1, [26OT].

A snapshot of one element of character, human sympathy. It’s interesting that people can profess all they want. But, human words are not the pure words of God. We have to examine the acts, which is the fruit on the tree.

Certain unsympathizing disciples commanded that the children be taken away lest they should trouble the Master; but as they were turning away in sadness, Christ rebuked his followers, saying, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” p. 206, Para. 1, [26OT].

He knew that these children would listen to his counsel and accept him as their Redeemer, while those who were world-wise and hard-hearted, would be less likely to follow him and find a place in the kingdom of God. These little ones, coming to Christ and receiving his advice and benediction, had his image and his gracious words stamped upon their plastic minds, never to be effaced. We should learn a lesson from this act of Christ, that the hearts of the young are most susceptible to the teachings of Christianity, easy to influence towards piety and virtue, and strong to retain the impressions received. But these tender, youthful ones should be approached with kindness, and taught with love and patience. p. 206, Para. 2, [26OT].

The proximity of these two terms we have been studying is notable. In fact, we have the peg word “his” to indicate that image and gracious words are actually synonymous! And this is the whole point in a nutshell.

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

In order to be pure, our thoughts must be pure, in order for our thoughts to be pure, we must choose pure things to think. And, there is only one source for that purity.

Every word of God is pure: Proverbs 30:5

God Bless your study

Thursday September 26, 2013

Amazing things are said in the Bible and in the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. Sometimes we need to slow down and really absorb what the individual words are saying. Perhaps the subject passage we have today is such a one. This comes to us from Original Testimony (that is the “OT” at the end of the reference) No. 25.

“Now if any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” This is close language. Who can stand the test? The word of God is to us a daguerreotype [This word was the name used for photograph in those days.] of the mind of God and of Christ, also of man fallen, and man renewed after the image of Christ, possessing the divine mind.

The last sentence above states an amazing fact. We have been steadily examining the ideas surrounding the word word. Now we find God’s instruction plainly stating that the Bible is to us a picture “of the mind of God and of Christ!” Then it goes on to state it is a picture “of man fallen and man renewed after the image of Christ, possessing the divine mind.”

This last phrase “possessing the divine mind” tells us that “man renewed after the image of Christ” is a man who has the Word(s) of the Bible in his mind, by choice, willingly, cherishing the words of Spirit and Life, seeking how to apply those words to his own actions, that…, (look below at this next two sentences.)

We may compare our thoughts, feelings, and intentions, with the picture of Christ. We have no relationship with him unless we are willing to work the works of Christ. p. 118, Para. 1, [25OT].

…we might “work the works of Christ.” Since thought is parent to act it is imperative that we change our thoughts. We change our thoughts by the law of indirect action. We leave the undesirable thoughts as they are, unchanged, and take other, new, more desirable thoughts, and focus our mind on them. This is where God’s word comes in. We become children of the Word, living, breathing, eating, these words from God’s table, the Bible, which words are Spirit! and Life! John 6:63, and are, in fact, (spiritually, not physically) the flesh and blood of Christ! John 6:47-58.

We have all heard the saying, “You are what you eat!” And so it is! If you eat the flesh of Christ, which is the words of the Bible, and drink his blood, which is the words of the Bible, you will be “renewed after the image of Christ!” This eating of Christ’s flesh, the Word, and drinking of his blood, the Word, at God’s table, must be done with Faith and a heart to do the works. Christ’s righteousness does not do the works man can do.

Christ came to do his Father’s will. Are we following in his steps? All who have named the name of Christ should be constantly seeking for a more intimate acquaintance with him, that they may walk even as he walked, and do the works of Christ. We should appropriate the lessons of his life to our lives. “Christ gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people zealous of good works. Hereby perceive we the love of God; because he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” Here is the work of self-denial which we must enter upon with cheerfulness, in imitation of the example of our Redeemer. The Christian’s life must be one of conflict and of sacrifice. The path of duty should be followed; not the path of inclination and of choice. p. 119, Para. 1, [25OT].

Jesus said he only spoke words that the Father gave him, John 14:24. And now these follow.

I am come a light [Psalms 119:105] into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For 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. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. John 12:46-50

Oh! Beautiful! Harmony! I praise God that he, and not Ellen, is the true author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy! She was called the weakest of the weak and that included her mental ability. Un-learned but humble in God’s sight. Willing to follow the path of duty. Someone God could use. She did not possess in herself the ability to create this harmony between the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. Only God could do such!

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