How to be Sin-FREE! (Holy/Perfect/Acceptable unto God)

Enoch reached this goal.

"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God" Hebrews 11:5.

Jesus reached this goal.

And so will those who do NOT accept the Mark of the Beast's (Papacy and 501c3 church denominations) doctrines. More about the Mark of the Beast (666) and what that means exactly here and hereThe truth is a sanctifying power...it is our individual duty to walk humbly with God.


Enoch
: Prayer Was the Breath of His Soul
—Communing thus with God, Enoch came more and more to reflect the divine image. His face was radiant with a holy light, even the light that shineth in the face of Jesus. As he came forth from these divine communings, even the ungodly beheld with awe the impress of heaven upon his countenance.

His faith waxed stronger, his love became more ardent, with the lapse of centuries. To him prayer was as the breath of the soul. He lived in the atmosphere of heaven.—(Gospel Workers, 52.)

Distressed by the increasing wickedness of the ungodly, and fearing that their infidelity might lessen his reverence for God, Enoch avoided constant association with them, and spent much time in solitude, giving himself to meditation and prayer. Thus he waited before the Lord, seeking a clearer knowledge of His will, that he might perform it. To him prayer was as the breath of the soul; he lived in the very atmosphere of heaven.—(Patriarchs and Prophets, 85.)


"If we do not receive the religion of Christ by feeding upon the word of God, we shall not be entitled to an entrance into the city of God. Having lived on earthly food, having educated our tastes to love worldly things, we would not be fitted for the heavenly courts; we could not appreciate the pure, heavenly current that circulates in heaven. The voices of the angels and the music of their harps would not satisfy us. The science of heaven would be as an enigma to our minds. We need to hunger and thirst for the righteousness of Christ; we need to be molded and fashioned by the transforming influence of His grace, that we may be fitted for the society of heavenly angels" God's Amazing Grace, p. 251.6.


In order to be at home in heaven, we must have heaven enshrined in our hearts here.


JESUS reached this goal:


"As a man He (Son of God) supplicated the throne of God, till His humanity was charged with a Heavenly current that should connect humanity with divinity. Through continual communion He received life from God that he might impart life to the world. His experience is to be ours" DA 363.


“The Savior's life on earth was a life of communion with nature and with GodIn this communion He revealed for us the secret of a life of power" {Ministry of Healing, 51.1}.


"When the heart is cleansed from sin, Christ is placed on the throne (our mind) that self-indulgence and love of earthly treasure once occupiedThe image of Christ is seen in the expression of the countenance. The work of sanctification is carried forward in the soul. Self-righteousness is banished. There is seen the putting on of the new man, which after Christ is created in righteousness and true holiness."—The Review and Herald, September 11, 1900.Counsels on Stewardship, p. 27

"The work of sanctification is the work of a lifetime; it must go on continually; but this work cannot go on in the heart while the light on any part of the truth is rejected or neglected. The sanctified soul will not be content to remain in ignorance, but will desire to walk in the light and to seek for greater light. As a miner digs for gold and silver, so the follower of Christ will seek for truth as for hidden treasures, and will press from light to a greater light, ever increasing in knowledge. He will continually grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. Self must be overcome. Every defect of character must be discerned in God’s great mirror. We may discover whether or not we are condemned by God’s standard of character."  Selected Messages Book 1, p. 317.2

All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will (firm determination - our daily choices/habits) of God. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. {MH 58.3}


 It is not in the power of Satan to force anyone to sin. Sin is the sinner's individual act. Before sin exists in the heart, the consent of the will must be given, and as soon as it is given, sin is triumphant, and hell rejoices. But there is no excuse for sin, either great or little. Christ has been provided as the tempted one's refuge. "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted."  {ST, December 18, 1893 par. 10} 


Who is Your High Priest? - Nader Mansour - YouTube

Our Human High Priest - Nader Mansour - YouTube


Said the angel, "If light comes, and that light is set aside, or rejected, then comes condemnation and the frown of God; but before the light comes there is no sin, for there is no light for them to reject."


PRAYER IS THE BREATH OF THE SOUL. Click here for more study on this topic.


HOW TO HAVE MIRACLES IN MY LIFE

Claiming Bible Promises GIVES you MIRACLES in YOUR LIFE! It's like picking leaves off the Tree of Life!
Claim Luke 21:15 and see James 3:2, 2 Peter 1:4, Proverbs 18:4, Matthew 12:37
Revelation 22:2 "and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations (people)."!

“And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace (character=thoughts and feelings), which is able to build you up” (Acts 20:32).

Isaiah 3:10
Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.

Claim Miraculous Bible Verses as Your Very Own Prize Promises and Do Them! 


Rev. 12:17 "And the dragon [Satan] was enraged with the woman [Those who fellowship with God and His Son by faith in the Most Holy Place in the Third Heaven, the church who's members names are written IN Heaven], and he went to make war with the rest [final, remnant] of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (claim Bible verse promises, a "Thus Saith the Lord" and a "It is Written")."  Rev. 19:10 "...For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

"So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Spirit of Christ Romans 8:9, John 6:63)" Romans 10:17. Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you" John 14:18. "Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me" John 12:26. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." "You know the Way to the place where I am going" John 14:4. Christ says "I AM THE WAY" John 14:6. "Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary (in Heaven = join the church triumphant in Heaven today, by FAITH in God through the Spirit of His Son, the Spirit of Christ per Romans 8:9! Hebrews 12:23): who is so great a God as our God?" Psalm 77:13.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seenHebrews 11:1-10.

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is UNSEEN is eternal" 2 Corinthians 4:18.

"Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" John 11:40.

Make it a rule never to utter one word of doubt or discouragement.

When we learn the power of His word, we shall not follow the suggestions of Satan in order to obtain food or to save our lives. Our only questions will be, What is God’s command? and what His promise? Knowing these, we shall obey the one, and trust the other.

"By which are given unto us exceedingly great and precious (Bible verse) promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature (divine = holy character = holy thoughts and feelings), having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" 2 Peter 1:4.


Esther 2:15
When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing (Taming the Tongue) other than what Hegai, the king's eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her.


Professed 501c3 SDA's refuse to show the beauty of the "
truths given in 1841, '42, '43 and 1844" (15MR Ltr 75 1905).

"Others rashly denied the light behind (truths given in 1841, '42, '43 and 1844 (15MR Ltr 75 1905)) them, and said it was not God (changed God's to trinity (specifically: "Tritheism") of gods =  is the god of the dead (eternal death) if you follow this teaching of Isiris aka "God the Son" of the triad of gods aka Trinity of gods) that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below." Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, p. 58.4


Esther 2:17
Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.



Taming the Tongue: James 3:4 Promises we can be PERFECT or HOLY (Holy simply means to be in constant agreement with God = obeying His Ten Commandments CHEERFULLY!) by being able to control our tongue: "For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body" James 3:2. Did you get that??? :) Since WE can like Jesus do NOTHING of ourselves - God has even fixed our tongue problem for us - if we claim this promise found in Luke 21:15! "For I will GIVE you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist" Luke 21:15.

ISN'T THAT AN AMAZING PROMISE????

When we learn the power of His word, we shall not follow the suggestions of Satan in order to obtain food or to save our lives. Our only questions will be, What is God’s command? and what His promise? Knowing these, we shall obey the one, and trust the other.

When we learn the POWER of His WORD, we shall not follow the suggestions of Satan in order to obtain food or to save our lives. Our only questions will be, What is God’s command? and what His promise? Knowing these, we shall obey the one, and trust the other.

It is only by seeing ourselves face-to-face in a perfect relationship that we discern who we truly are. As we see our imperfections reflected in perfection, we get an idea of who it is possible to become. Such a face-to-face encounter with perfection in the person of Jesus Christ awaits us when we “see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). Until the day we see the Living Word face-to-face, in all His majesty and flaming glory, looking into the written Word is where we will find a true picture of who we are and who God created us to be. The apostle James even writes about “[looking] into the perfect law of liberty” (God's mind=the law is a transcript of God the Father's mind - Let this MIND be in you that was ALSO in Christ Jesus) to find God’s blessing (James 1:22-25).

Renew your mind through meditating on God’s Word, and you will find God’s “good and acceptable and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

Men are fools till they submit to the word of God. 
John Calvin

Taming the Tongue
1Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. 2For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he SAYS, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. 3Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 6:36
"When they sin against you--for there is no one who does not sin--and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near;

Psalm 39:1
For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked."

Proverbs 10:19
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

Proverbs 13:3
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.

Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

James 1:4
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:26
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

James 2:10
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

1 John 1:8
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

 
The Bride is dressed with pure truth and thanksgiving and praise (Exodus 30:25 Make these into a sacred anointing oil - the Song of their (144,000) experience that no one else could sing and no one but the priests (144,000 chosen by God Himself during the investigative judgment among His own people as a Bride for His Son (like Queen Esther was chosen) from Oct 22,1844 until the Sunday Law legislation makes void the law of God in the USA - the final disconnect from God) per Hebrews 7:11) could make Exodus 30:32 "Upon man's flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you." meaning no praise or thanksgiving to anyone but God) to God for the Righteousness of Christ that is GIVEN to them. Like Queen Esther, they (144,000) want nothing else but what has been GIVEN them (Christ's Spirit is His nature, His Character, His attitude HIS WORDS per John 6:63 = always cheerfully acquiescing to His Father's commands=Ten Commandments) to prepare their character/mind to be in constant agreement (to cheerfully acquiesce) with God's thoughts, the law of God.

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

2 Peter 2:18
For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.

2 Peter 2:19
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity--for "people are slaves to whatever has mastered them."

2 Peter 2:20
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:13
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

1 John 3:2
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

1 John 1:8
If we claim to be without sin (for ALL have sinned and come short of the glory=character of God), we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

"Those only who through faith in Christ obey all of God's commandments will reach the condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression."
"Everyone who surrenders fully to God is given the privilege of living without sin."
"We need not retain one sinful propensity."
"Christ died to make it possible for you to cease to sin."
"To be redeemed means to cease from sin."
"...Those who are living on the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort they must be conquerors in the battle with evil..."

 Ellen White, SDA Commentary, Vol. VI, p. 1118. Review and Herald, Sept. 27, 1906. SDA Commentary, Vol. V, p.1128; ibid, Vol 7, p. 943.Review and Herald, Aug. 28, 1894. Review and Herald, Sept. 25, 1900. The Great Controversy, p. 425.

WE ARE MADE TO BE SIN-FREE BY FAITH - WHEN WE OBEY - WHEN OUR BEST EFFORTS TO OBEY ARE PUT FORTH, CHRIST STEPS IN AND MAKES UP OUR DEFICIENCIES WITH HIS OWN MERITS (RIGHTEOUSNESS):

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. (Isa. 53:6)
All have turned away from God; all have gone wrong. No one does good, not even one. (Rom. 3:12 NLT)

I do not say that I am perfect, but I am trying to be perfect. I do not expect others to be perfect; and if I could not associate with my brothers and sisters who are not perfect, I do not know what I should do. No one is perfect.  If one were perfect, he would be prepared for heaven. As long as we are not perfect, we have a work to do to get ready to be perfect. (Christ comes in and MAKES us perfect WHEN we attempt our best efforts to obey the Ten Commandments = He comes in and makes up our deficiencies = this is NO excuse to sin = we need to be living/practicing ALL the light that we know)

"Many think that they must wait for a special impulse in order that they may come to Christ; but it is necessary only to come in sincerity of purpose, deciding to accept the offers of mercy and grace that have been extended to us. We are to say: "Christ died to save me. The Lord's desire is that I should be saved, and I will come to Jesus just as I am without delay. I will venture upon the promise. As Christ draws me, I will respond." The apostle says, "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness" (Rom. 10:10). No one can believe with the heart unto righteousness, and obtain justification by faith, while continuing the practice of those things which the Word of God forbids, or while neglecting any known duty" First published in April 1893, and reprinted in Selected Messages, Book 1, pp. 396-398.

1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.


"The thought that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us, not because of any merit on our part, but as a free gift from God, is a precious thought. The enemy of God and man is not willing that this truth should be clearly presented; for he knows that if the people receive it fully, his power will be broken." {RH, December 24, 1908 par. 2}

God has made provision that we may become like unto Him, and He will accomplish this for all who do not interpose a perverse will and thus frustrate His grace.From Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 205.

 "Our condition through sin is unnatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but One Power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. Only through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sinHis Grace (POWER/PRESENCE=CHARACTER=THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS) alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature !" - Ministry of Healing p. 428 

"Christ died to save sinners, not in their sins, but from their sins. The warning given in Revelation shows us the terrible consequence of transgression. By lips that will not lie, God’s law is declared to be holy, just, and good. Our duty to obey this law is to be the burden of the last message of mercy." 19MR 182.7

If you will seek the Lord and be converted every day; if you will of your own spiritual choice be free and joyous in God; if with gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call you come wearing the yoke of Christ,— the yoke of obedience and service,—all your murmurings will be stilled, all your difficulties will be removed, all the perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved. http://www.ellenwhite.info/books/books-by-egw-mb.htm

EGW: YES      "Christ died to make it possible for you to cease to sin, and sin is the transgression of the law" (Review and Herald, vol. 71, No. 35, p. 1, August 28, 1894.)

EGW: YES      "To be redeemed means to cease from sin" (Review and Herald, vol. 77, No. 39, p. 1, September 25, 1900).

 EGW: YES     "Those only who through faith in Christ obey all of God's commandments will reach the condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression. They testify to their love of Christ by obeying all his precepts" (Manuscript 122, 1901, quoted in the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1118).

 EGW: YES     "To every one who surrenders fully to God is given the privilege of living without sin, in obedience to the law of heaven. ... God requires of us perfect obedience. We are to purify ourselves, even as he is pure. By keeping his commandments, we are to reveal our love for the Supreme Ruler of the universe" (Review and Herald, September 27, 1906, p. 8).

Enoch reached this goal.

Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. Proverbs 22:28

Pioneer Seventh-day Adventists did believe in the "Deity of Jesus Christ." Did pioneer Adventists believe that while on earth Christ "partook of our sinful, fallen nature?" Yes they did. Was the position on Christ’s human nature, published in Bible Readings, the correct position of pioneer Adventists? Yes, indeed it was.

"We immediately wrote to Dr. English expressing concern over his mistaken understanding of our teachings on these and other points," Froom stated. "And further, that the old Colcord minority-view note in Bible Readings - contending for an inherent, sinful, fallen nature for Christ - had years before been expunged because of its error."

Who were the "we" that wrote to Dr. English and dared to explain to him what Seventh-day Adventists believe? When was the statement in Bible Readings "expunged," and who had the authority to delete Adventist doctrine from one of Adventism’s most treasured and influential missionary books?

The Expunged Note In Bible Readings

"Cognizance must also be taken of the correction, in 1949, of a definite error appearing in a note on the nature of Christ during the incarnation," Froom stated. "For years it had appeared, in the standard Bible Readings for the Home Circle. It was in the section on "A Sinless Life.’" (ibid., MD, pp. 427, 428, emphasis supplied).

Observe that Froom admits that, "For years it [the note] had appeared, in the standard Bible Readings for the Home Circle." Later Froom stated that the note had been inserted in Bible Readings in 1914 and continued until 1949, a period of 35 years. Remember, Froom stated in a previous chapter that the "new" Statement of Fundamental Beliefs in 1931 were accepted because there was not one protest of objection against them! If the note in Bible Readings was "a definite error," as Froom states, then why had not someone protested against it during those 35 years?

The Alleged Erroneous Note

The expunged note in Bible Readings was found on page 174 in the chapter "A Sinless Life." The note was in response to question number 6, "How fully did Christ share our common humanity?" The Scripture reference was Hebrews 2:17, "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people." The expunged note that Dr. English, Leroy Froom, and Adventist leadership, then and now, have an aversion to reads as follows:

In His humanity Christ partook of our sinful, fallen nature. If not, then He was not "made like unto His brethren," was not "in all points tempted like as we are," did not overcome as we have to overcome, and is not, therefore, the complete and perfect Saviour man needs and must have to be saved. The idea that Christ was born of an immaculate or sinless mother, inherited no tendencies to sin, and for this reason did not sin, removes Him from the realm of a fallen world, and from the very place where help is needed. On His human side, Christ inherited just what every child of Adam inherited-a sinful nature. On the divine side, from His very conception He was begotten and born of the Spirit. And all this was done to place mankind on vantage-ground, and to demonstrate that in the same way everyone who is "born of the Spirit" may gain like victories over sin in his own sinful flesh.Thus each one is to overcome as Christ overcame. Rev. 3:21. Without this birth there can be no victory over temptation, and no salvation from sin. John 3:3-7.

Bible Readings for the Home, Copyright Review and Herald Publishing Association, all editions 1914-1949, Pacific Press Publishing Association, page 174. (emphasis supplied). http://omega77.tripod.com/NeilChap12.htm

"The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure."

- 1 Selected Messages, 204-205

“My message to you is: No longer consent to listen without protest to the perversion of truth. Unmask the pretentious sophistries which, if received, will lead ministers and physicians and medical missionary workers to ignore the truth. Everyone is now to stand on his guard. God calls upon men and women to take their stand under the blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel. I have been instructed to warn our people; for many are in danger of receiving theories and sophistries that undermine the foundation pillars of the faith.” Selected Messages, book 1, 196.

"As the Son of man was perfect in His life, so His followers are to be PERFECT in their life. A well-balanced character is formed by single ACTS WELL PERFORMED. One defect, cultivated instead of being overcome, makes the man imperfect, and closes against him the gate of the Holy City. . . . In all the redeemed host not one defect will be seen. . . . " The Faith I Live By, page 44,

"Christ has given us no assurance that to attain perfection of character is an easy matter."  My Life Today, page 271

"We can overcome. Yes; fully, entirely. Jesus died to make a way of escape for us, that we might overcome every evil temper, every sin, every temptation . . . " Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 144.

"Not even by a thought did He [Christ] yield to temptation. So it may be with us." Desire of Ages, p. 123.

"In order to let Jesus into our hearts, we must stop sinning." Signs of the Times, March 3, 1898.

"To be redeemed means to cease from sin." Review & Herald, Sept. 25, 1900.

" . . . conversion is not completed until he attains to perfection of Christian character." Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 505.

"Human beings may in this life attain to perfection of character." Acts of the Apostles, p. 531.

"Perfection of character is attainable by every one who strives for it." Selected Messages Vol. 1, p. 212.

Pacific Union Recorder, April 29, 1915, paragraph 7 & 8

Article Title: Further Word Concerning Mrs. E. G. White

"I do not say that I am perfect, but I am trying to be perfect. I do not expect others to be perfect; and if I could not associate with my brothers and sisters who are not perfect, I do not know what I should do. No one is perfect.  If one were perfect, he would be prepared for heaven. As long as we are not perfect, we have a work to do to get ready to be perfect."

NOTE:  Ellen admits she is imperfect but she continues working to become perfect. She believes those who become perfect are the only ones that are ready to enter heaven.

"Those who make a raid against God's law are warring against God Himself; and many who are filled with the greatest bitterness against the commandment-keeping people of God make the loudest boast of living holy, sinless lives. This can be explained only in one way: they have no mirror in which to look to discover to themselves the deformity of their character. Neither Joseph, Daniel, nor any of the apostles claimed to be without sin. Men who have lived nearest to God, men who would sacrifice life itself rather than to knowingly sin against Him, men whom God has honoured with divine light and power, have acknowledged themselves to be sinners, unworthy of His great favours. They have felt their weakness and, sorrowful for their sins, have tried to copy the pattern Jesus Christ." "THE TRUE STANDARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS." PUBLISHED IN THE REVIEW AND HERALD, AUGUST 25, 1885.

"Because by one sacrifice he has MADE PERFECT FOREVER those who are being made holy." Hebrews 10:14

"... be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, ..." Leviticus 20:26

"Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:16

Ellen White and Christ’s Human Nature

Many statements by Ellen White can be produced that concur with the position of pioneer Adventists on Christ’s human nature. However, we will consider only three very plain statements to demonstrate this point.

(1) Think of Christ’s humiliation. He took upon Himself fallen, suffering human nature, degraded and defiled by sin. He took our sorrows, bearing our grief and shame. He endured all the temptations wherewith man is beset. He united humanity with divinity: a divine spirit dwelt in a temple of flesh. . .. "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us," because by so doing He could associate with the sinful, sorrowing sons and daughters of Adam.

Ellen G. White, The Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900. (emphasis supplied).

(2) He who considered it not robbery to be equal with God, once trod the earth,bearing our suffering and sorrowing nature.

Ellen G. White, The Bible Echo, August, 1887, page 114. (emphasis supplied).

(3) The example He has left must be followed. He took upon His sinless nature our sinful nature, that He might know how to succor those that are tempted.

Ellen G. White, Medical Ministry, page 181. (emphasis supplied).

Are you still committing sin? Click here to watch the video that tells you how to stop committing sin. The answer! Yes.

"If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God." Deuteronomy 28:1-2.

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"Prayer is heaven's ordained means of success in the conflict with sin and the development of Christian character. The divine influences that come in answer to the prayer of faith will accomplish in the soul of the suppliant all for which he pleads. For the pardon of sin, for the Holy Spirit, for a Christlike temper, for wisdom and strength to do His work, for any gift He has promised, we may ask; and the promise is, Ye shall receive." The Acts of the Apostles, p. 564.1

"The divine Spirit that the world’s Redeemer promised to send, is the presence and power of God." ST November 23, 1891, par. 1

The divine influences that come in answer to the prayer of faith will accomplish in the soul of the suppliant all for which he pleads." The Acts of the Apostles, p. 564.1

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8

“Whosoever is born of God doth NOT commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

"But God does not live in the sinner. The Word declares that He abides only in the hearts of those who love Him and do righteousness. God does not abide in the heart of the sinner; it is the enemy who abides there." Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1 Manuscript 46, 1904, MR 900, p 343.

"In order to let Jesus into our hearts, we must stop sinning". Signs of the Times, Mar 3, 1898

While good works will not save even one soul, yet it is impossible for even one soul to be saved without good works". Selected Messages, bk. 1, p. 377

"Good works will not pay the price of our redemption; they are ONLY the fruit of our faith." --{Mrs. E. G. White, THE REVIEW AND HERALD, September 6, 1892}


"Many think that they must wait for a special impulse in order that they may come to Christ; but it is necessary only to come in sincerity of purpose, deciding to accept the offers of mercy and grace that have been extended to us. We are to say: "Christ died to save me. The Lord's desire is that I should be saved, and I will come to Jesus just as I am without delay. I will venture upon the promise. As Christ draws me, I will respond." The apostle says, "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness" (Rom. 10:10). No one can believe with the heart unto righteousness, and obtain justification by faith, while continuing the practice of those things which the Word of God forbids, or while neglecting any known duty" First published in April 1893, and reprinted in Selected Messages, Book 1, pp. 396-398.


Battle hymn of the Republic  "As He (Jesus) died to make men Holy..." JESUS DIED TO MAKE MEN HOLY! PERFECT! SANCTIFIED! IT is Jesus blood that covers our sins - we must accept Christ's sacrifice The Holy King who gave up all for us so that we could accept/believe ONLY BELIEVE that Christ's blood covers your sins - then go and sin no more! Christ will empower you to be sin-free - HE DIED TO MAKE US HOLY LIKE HIMSELF! Don't doubt, have FAITH and believe that Jesus is the true literal one and only SON OF THE LIVING GOD OF HEAVEN, sent to save us! 

Battle hymn of the Republic Lyrics:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
his truth is marching on."
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
his truth is marching on.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.
He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave,
Our God is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.

Christ Came to "Take Away" the "Inclination to Sin":

Our family is reading through the Youth Instructor articles for evening worship. Several nights ago, we read an article containing the following quote:

"But Christ did not forget John. In the lonely prison he manifested himself to him, showing him that erelong he himself was to suffer a most shameful, ignominious death. Not only that, but he was to bear the penalty of the transgression of the law of God, not to give men liberty to continue in sin, but to take away their inclination to sin, that they might not desire to transgress. Those who receive Christ are obedient to his commands; for his mind is given to them. He imbues them with his spirit of obedience, and they return to their loyalty." {YI, April 6, 1899 par. 3}

What a wonderful quote! Don't you want that experience where you have no desire to sin, no inclination to sin? Jesus wants to give us a new heart, that will not be inclined to sin, infact, we can have the same experience that Jesus had -
"Amid impurity, Christ maintained His purity. Satan could not stain or corrupt it. His character revealed a perfect hatred for sin. It was His holiness that stirred against Him all the passion of a profligate world; for by His perfect life He threw upon the world a perpetual reproach, and made manifest the contrast between transgression and the pure, spotless righteousness of One that knew no sin." 5BC-1142.

If we have a "perfect hatred" for sin, how can we at the same time desire sin or be inclined to sin? I believe that is impossible! Think of something, anything, that you hate with a "perfect hatred". Is there any part of you that is inclined that direction? Of course not...and that is how it must be for ALL sin.

"Immediately after his baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by Satan. He endured the fiercest temptation, in order to break the power of the tempter over the human race. As man's surety and substitute, he engaged in a conflict with the prince of darkness, and though enduring most terrible temptation, Christ did not fail or become discouraged. He was fighting the battle in our behalf, and had he faltered, had he yielded to temptation, the human family would have been lost" The Youths InstructoJune 30, 1892.


EGW:

"We can overcome. Yes; fully, entirely. Jesus died to make a way of escape for us, that we might overcome every evil temper, every sin, every temptation . . . " Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 144.

"Not even by a thought did He [Christ] yield to temptation. So it may be with us." Desire of Ages, p. 123.

"In order to let Jesus into our hearts, we must stop sinning." Signs of the Times, March 3, 1898.

"To be redeemed means to cease from sin." Review & Herald, Sept. 25, 1900.

" . . . conversion is not completed until he attains to perfection of Christian character." Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 505.

"Human beings may in this life attain to perfection of character." Acts of the Apostles, p. 531.

"Perfection of character is attainable by every one who strives for it." Selected Messages Vol. 1, p. 212.

“Aim to make your children perfect in character. Remember that such only can see God.” – Ellen White, Child Guidance page 73.

“The Lord loves those little children who try to do right, and He has promised that they shall be in His kingdom. But wicked children God does not love. He will not take them to the beautiful City, for He only admits the good, obedient, and patient children there.” – Ellen G. White, An Appeal to the Youth, pp. 62-63.

“The Lord requires at this time just what He required of Adam in Eden – perfect obedience to the law of God. We must have righteousness without a flaw, without a blemish.” - Ellen G. White, Faith and Works page 89.

MARTIN LUTHER:

“Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins and was raised again for our justification (Romans 3:24–25). He alone is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), and God has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6). All have sinned and are justified freely, without their own works and merits, by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, in His blood (Romans 3:23–25). This is necessary to believe. This cannot be otherwise acquired or grasped by any work,law or merit. Therefore, it is clear and certain that this faith alone justifies us … Nothing of this article can be yielded or surrendered, even though heaven and earth and everything else falls (Mark 13:31)” – Martin Luther

Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther#Justification_by_faith

Augustine (354-430): If Abraham was not justified by works, how was he justified? . . . Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness (Rom. 4:3Gen. 15:6). Abraham, then, was justified by faith. Paul and James do not contradict each other: good works follow justification.

Pacific Union Recorder, April 29, 1915, paragraph 7 & 8

Article Title: Further Word Concerning Mrs. E. G. White

"I do not say that I am perfect, but I am trying to be perfect. I do not expect others to be perfect; and if I could not associate with my brothers and sisters who are not perfect, I do not know what I should do. No one is perfect.  If one were perfect, he would be prepared for heaven. As long as we are not perfect, we have a work to do to get ready to be perfect."

We can never become perfect through our own effort.  Christians can claim God’s perfection only through Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Christians are perfect only through the one sacrifice that Jesus made. Scripture says this very clear:

"Because by one sacrifice he has MADE PERFECT FOREVER those who are being made holy." Hebrews 10:14

"... be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, ..." Leviticus 20:26

"Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:16


Leviticus 19:2 "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
Deuteronomy 18:13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
2 Samuel 22:31 "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
Matthew 5:47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
Ephesians 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Philippians 3:15 All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
Colossians 1:28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
James 1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48
Exodus 22:31 "You are to be my holy people.

1 Peter 1:16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."

Leviticus 11:44 I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. 
Leviticus 20:26 You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.

1 Samuel 2:2 "There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
Psalm 99:3 Let them praise your great and awesome name--he is holy.
Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

Isaiah 35:8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.

Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Matthew 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
Matthew 7:14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
1 Peter 1:16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
Psalm 118:20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.
Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.

Psalm 118:20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.
Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
Isaiah 4:3 Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem.
Isaiah 11:16 There will be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt.

Psalm 118:20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the 
righteous may enter.
Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.

The children of the devil live to please themselves instead of choosing a lifestyle that is pleasing to God. God wants us to pursue holiness.  He wants us to live the Holy Spirit filled life.  "I  am the vine and you are the branches." God wants us to be led by the Holy Spirit who produces fruits in the branches. Our works and actions speak louder than our words. 

Jesus set a high standard: We must be as perfect as our Heavenly Father! (Matt. 5:48) Jesus did not come to show us what a God could do - He came to show us what a MAN could do who is filled with the Holy Spirit (God the Father sent to us through His Son). 

He came to save sinners perfected through His own sacrifice!
"As the Son of man was perfect in His life, so His followers are to be PERFECT in their life. A well-balanced character is formed by single ACTS WELL PERFORMED. One defect, cultivated instead of being overcome, makes the man imperfect, and closes against him the gate of the Holy City. . . . In all the redeemed host not one defect will be seen. . . . " The Faith I Live By, page 44,

"Christ has given us no assurance that to attain perfection of character is an easy matter."  My Life Today, page 271

Christ has given us assurance that his yoke is easy:

"The teaching that I ask you to accept is easy; the load that I give you to carry is light." Matthew 11:30

Without Christ we can do nothing. NOTHING! (John 15:5)

Because God is merciful, and ready to forgive, there are those who say that it is safe to disobey Him. But this is presumption. God will forgive all who seek pardon and turn away from sin. But those who choose to disobey Him He can not bless. {SJ 46.5}
Satan is at work from beneath to stir up the hellish powers of his confederacy of evil against the just. He imbues human agencies with his own attributes. Evil angels united with evil men will put forth efforts to harass, persecute, and destroy. But the Lord God of Israel will not forsake those who trust in Him. Amid the strengthening of infidelity and apostasy, amid the pretended illumination which is the blindest presumption and delusion, there will be a light from the sanctuary above shining upon God's people. The truth of God will triumph. {UL 262.2}
The sin of presumption lies close beside the virtue of perfect faith and confidence in God. Satan flattered himself that he could take advantage of the humanity of Christ to urge him over the line of trust to presumption. Upon this point many souls are wrecked. Satan tried to deceive Christ through flattery. He admitted that Christ was right in the wilderness in his faith and confidence that God was his Father, under the most trying circumstances. He then urged Christ to give him one more proof of his entire dependence upon God, one more evidence of his faith that he was the Son of God, by casting himself from the temple. He told Christ that if he was indeed the Son of God he had nothing to fear; for angels were at hand to uphold him. Satan gave evidence that he understood the Scriptures by the use he made of them. {RH, August 18, 1874 par. 18}
Our only safety is to reject firmly the first insinuation to presumptionGod has given us grace through the merits of Christ sufficient to withstand Satan, and be more than conquerors. Resistance is success."Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."Resistance must be firm and steadfast. We lose all we gain if we resist today only to yield tomorrow.{RH, April 8, 1880 par. 10}
If we are in the path of duty, if we are in the place where the angels of God can have charge over us,we may expect to be kept in all our ways; for God will be our helper; but if we rush into danger, following our own feeble judgment, and led by our own desires, we shall get into sorrow and difficulty.If we persist in presumption, we cannot expect that God will deliver us; for we are not following in the footsteps of Jesus. We must follow our Lord, just as trained soldiers follow their leader. {RH, July 5, 1892 par. 11}
The dangers thickening around us demand from those who have had an experience in the things of God, a watchful supervisionThose who walk humbly before God, distrustful of their own wisdom, will realize their danger, and will know the power of God's keeping care. Those who do not realize their danger because they do not watchwill pay, with the loss of their souls, the penalty of their presumption and their willful ignorance of Satan's devices. {RH, July 7, 1910 par. 13}
The Lord would have his people true to his service, and separate and distinct from every nation who did not fear his name. He understood the danger of associating with idolaters, knowing that the seeing and hearing of their heathen customs and vain philosophy would have a corrupting influence upon their moralsThere was danger of the sacrilegious services of the idol worship appearing attractive to them, and giving character to their religious servicesAlthough the experience of parents might be a safeguard to themselvesthere was constant dangerin regard to the morals of their children. They would be continually tempted to imitate the practices of the people with whom they associated. {ST, July 22, 1880 par. 2}
This injunction from God himself is of consequence to us who live in these last days when iniquity prevailsand Satan with every device is upon the track of the unwary. Merriment and pleasure-seeking is the order of the day, and reckless presumption and the absence of virtue mark the course of society generally. The standard of the world is in no case to be the standard of those who love and fear God. He requires those who follow him to be separate from sin and sinners. The reason why those who profess his name are not more precious in his sight is because the pure gold of their character has been corrupted by association with the worldand they have not genuine faith or a genuine religion. {ST, July 22, 1880 par. 3}
Some will plead that they lived up to the best light that they had, and did not know that they were sinners before God. Therefore they claim that they were guiltless, and have nothing to repent of. But the word of God was plain, and all who had a prayerful anxious desire to understand it might have known what was truth; and for this sin of ignorance God will demand an offering as truly as in the days of Moses,--even the offering of a broken and contrite heart. With the Bible in our hands we ought all to know and practice the truth.But some do not wish to change their faith or course of action, and argue that if they are only honest they will be saved. Such will be in great danger of committing the sin of presumption, of not living up to all the light they have. Critical self-examination, united with a diligent searching of the Scriptures and earnest prayer, is essential, not that some way may be found to evade the cross, but that they may be led into all truth however much self-denial it may cost, and however inconvenient it may be to obey. {ST, July 22, 1880 par. 12} 
Sins of ignorance call not for excuse but for repentanceNone are to flatter themselves that because Jesus died and bore the guilt for man, they have nothing to do but accept of pardon without repenting of the sins they have so long been committing. There are limits to the forbearance of God, and punishment for the transgression of his law is no less certain because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily. Because we live in a time when retribution does not follow an evil deed at once, sin is less avoided and the hearts of the sons of men are fully set in them to do evil. {ST, July 22, 1880 par. 13} 
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"Satan's power is increasing, he is terribly in earnest, knowing that his time is short, he is working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness." Those who would escape his wiles must be vigilant and determined. If we would meet the demands for this time, we must put on the whole armor, and go forth with energy, perseverance, and unswerving faith. In God alone is our strength. Indolence and slothfulness,presumption and self-confidence, will alike bring defeat and destruction. God takes cognizance of the works of all. Those who have sought their ease, and shunned care, anxiety and labor for God's cause, may be sure their sin will find them out. Those who, like Achan, cherish selfishness, avarice and deception, may be sure that God's eye is upon them. As he searched out Achan, he will search them out, as he pronounced a curse upon Achan,he will surely pronounce a curse upon them. {ST, May 5, 1881 par. 12}
The Lord sorely chastised his people Israel, revealing their hypocrisy and rebuking their presumption, and thus left upon the pages of history the testimony for all future ages, that the iniquities of his professed people will not go unpunished. The greater the knowledge of God's will, the greater the sin of those who disregard it. God is not dependent upon men to cause his name to be feared and honored in the earth. He accepts the labors of those who walk in faithfulness and humility before him, but he will reject all who profess to serve him, and yet follow in the course of the unrighteous. God can carry forward his work in the earth without the co-operation of those who would pervert or disgrace it. {ST, December 22, 1881 par. 13}
There never was a time of greater danger to the church than the present, and many will not be true to their own souls. They will not be sanctified through the truthThey have lamps, but no oil in their vessels to replenish them, and their light goes out in darkness. Eli and his sons trusted to the ark, the symbol of the divine presence, while they were transgressing the holy law enshrined in the ark, and their sins were separating them from God. As a consequence of their presumption, both the sons of Eli were slain, and God permitted the ark to pass into the hands of the enemies of his people. Some in our day are making a similar mistake in trusting to their profession while they are transgressing the holy requirements of God's law. Such are asleep to their true condition. {ST, June 26, 1884 par. 9} 
The apostle Paul exhorts careless and unconcerned professors:"Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Christ, the True Witness, would break the slumbers of his ease-loving people. His voice is heard addressing them"I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." I will not take your names into my lips, for you are unworthy. I am ashamed to call you brethren. "Be zealous therefore, and repent." "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." {ST, June 26, 1884 par. 10}
We have many promises for victory... Forforgiveness... For hope... Here are a few. You can find more!!
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 ' But thanks [be] to God,which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. '
1 John 5:2-5 ' By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?'
Revelation 15:2-3 ' And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints. '
Psalm 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 
130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 
130:4 But [there is] forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. 
130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Ephesians 1:4-7 ' According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; '
Colossians 1:10-14 ' That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins: '
Psalm 16:8,9,11 'I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 31:21-24 ' Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath showed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. '
Psalm 119:114-16 ' Thou [art] my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. '
Jeremiah 17:7 ' Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.'
Romans 15:13 'Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost'.

Receive not the Grace of God in Vain ?

Road to Emmaus 2    

”For the law (written instructions in righteousness) was given by Moses, but Grace* and Truth came by Jesus Christ . . . And of His fullness have all we received, and Grace for grace . . . !”   John 1:17,16

Grace (G5485) = the divine Influence upon the heart, and It’s reflection as seen in the life

Truth (G225) = Verity, verily so !

     “For the written instructions of righteousness were given by Moses . . . But Grace (the Divine Influence, Spirit) and Truth (Verity) came by Jesus Christ !”     John 1:17

Can every believer have grace enough to keep him free from sinning? Yes. Indeed, everybody in the world can have enough to keep him from sinning.Enough is given, and it is given for this purpose. If anyone does not have it, it is not because enough has not been given, but because he does not take that which has been given.

     For “unto every one of us is given Grace* (G5485 – the Divine Influence upon the heart) according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Ephesians 4:7. The measure of the gift of Christ is Himself wholly, and that is the measure of “all the fullness of the Godhead (divinity, deity) bodily.” To the fullness of the Godhead there is, indeed, no measure; it is boundless. It is simply the infinity of God. Yet that is the only measure of the grace that is given to every one of us.The boundless measure of the fullness of the Godhead is the only thing that can express the proportion of Grace that is given to every one who is in this world. For “where sin abounded, Grace did much more abound !” Romans 5:20.

     This Grace is given in order that just “as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might Grace reign through righteousness unto Eternal Life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21), and in order that sin shall not have dominion over you, because you are under Grace.

     “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon (on behalf of) all them that believe . . . To declare, I say, at this time His Righteousness . . . that He might be Just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus (Yehushua) !”     Romans 3:21-26

     It is given also “for the perfecting of the saints.” The object of it (God’s grace) is to bring each one to perfection in Christ Jesus –to the perfection too, that is fully up to God’s standard, for it is given for the build-ing up of the body of Christ, “till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge (knowing) of the Son of God . . . which is Life eternal ! . . . unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”   Ephesians 4:7,12-13 & John 17:3

     “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk (live) in them !”    Ephesians2:10

It is given to “every one of us,” “till we all come” to perfection, even by the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Again, this Grace (this divine Influence) is given to every one where sin abounds and it brings Salvation (deliverance, freedom, healing) to every one to whom it is given. Bringing Salvation in itself, the measure of the Salvation which it brings to every one is only the measure of its own fullness, which is nothing less than the measure of the fullness of the Godhead.

     “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing (baptism) of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit . . . Which He shed (poured forth) on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour !”   Titus 3:4-6

     As boundless Grace is given to every one bringing Salvation (deliverance, freedom & healing) to the extent of its own full measure, then if any one does not have boundless Salvationwhy is it?

     Plainly it can be only because he will not take that which is given. As boundless (abundant) Grace is given to every one in order that it shall reign in himagainst all the power of sin, as certainly as ever sin reigned and in order that sin shall not have dominion, then if sin still reigns in anyone, if sin yet has dominion over anyone, where lies the fault?

     Clearly, it lies only in this, that he will not allow the Grace to do for him and in him that which it is given to doBy unbelief he frustrates the Grace of God. So far as he is concerned, the Grace has been given in vain.

     “For the grace of God that bringeth Salvation hath appeared unto all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness (ungod-likeness) and worldly lusts and desires, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world . . . !”
Titus 2:11-12

     “The Lord would have every one of his believing children rich in faith; and this is the fruit of the working of the Holy Spirit upon the heart. From the heart the Spirit works outward, developing a character that God will approve. What a vast field of the treasures of Truth did Christ add to the domain of faith to be appropriated by his disciplesWe need greater faith if we would have better knowledge of the Word. The greatest hindrance to our receiving the Divine illumination is that we do not depend on the efficiency of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit is freely given us of God if we will appreciate and accept it. And what is it? The representative of Jesus Christ. It is to be our constant helper. It is through the Spirit that Christ fulfills the promise, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hatheverlasting Life.” (The bell is sounding for morning worship, I must stop here).”        

- 1888 Materials p.1538

     “The lessons that have come to us through Christ are not oft- repeated maxims; they are full of vital (Living) thought. But it is our part to appropriate divineTruth . . .Thy Word is Truth (Verity, verily so)! . . . The apostle Paul exhorts us to lay hold on the hope set before us in the gospel. By faith we are to appropriate the Promises of God, and to provide ourselves with the abundant Blessings which have been secured for us through Christ Jesus. Hope has been set before us, even the hope of Eternal Life. Nothing short of this Blessing for us will satisfy our Redeemer; but it is our part to lay hold upon this hopeby faith in Him Who has promised . . . !”     – 1 Selected Messages p.108

     “And hope (confidence, expectation) maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad (poured forth, gushed out) in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Presence and Power=Character) which is given unto us . . . !”                 Romans 5:5

     “Said the great apostle to the Gentiles, “I live; yet not Ibut Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself (in exchange) for me.” By faith Paul appropriated the Grace of Christ, and this grace supplied the necessities of his soul. By faith he rece-ived the heavenly Gift, and imparted It to souls longing for Light. This is the experience we need, that, in a time when iniquity prevails, we may say, “I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Pray for this faith. Strive for it. Believe that God will give it to you !”

- Review & Herald, May 30, 1907

     But every believer, by his very profession, says that he has received the Grace of God. Then if in the believer Grace does not reign instead of sin, if Grace (the divine Influence) does not have dominion instead of sin, it is plain enough that he is receiving the Grace of God in vain. If grace is not bringing the believer onward toward a perfect man in the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, then he is receiving the Grace of God in vain. Therefore the exhortation of the Scripture is, “We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the Grace of God in vain.”   II Corinthians 6:1.

     The Grace of God is fully able to accomplish that for which It is given, if only It is allowed to work. We have seen that grace being altogether from God, the power of Grace is nothing but the power of God. It is plain enough therefore that the power of God is abundantly able to accomplish all for which it is given –the Salvat-ion of the soul, deliverance from sin and from the power of it, the Reign of righteousness in the life, and the perfecting of the believer unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ –if only it can have place in the heart and in the life to work according to the will of God.

     But the power of God is “unto Salvation to every one that believeth.” Unbelief frustrates the grace of God. Many believe and receive the Grace of God for the Salvation from sins that are past but are content with that and do not give It the same place in the soul to reign against the power of sin Today, that they did to save from sins of the past. This, too, is but another phase of unbelief. So as to the one great final object of Grace –the perfection of the life in the likeness of Christ– they do practically receive the Grace of God in vain.

     “For I am not ashamed of the Glad Tidings of Christ (The Anointed One, the Anointing): for it is the power of God unto Salvation (deliverance, freedom, healing) to every one that believeth . . . For therein is the righte-ousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith!”     Romans 1:16-17

     “We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the Grace of God in vain.
For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted,* and in the Day of Salvation have I succored (rescued) thee:
Behold, Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of Salvation  . . .

     “As it is written, The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the Glad Tidings to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised . . . To proclaim the acceptable year* (time) of the Lord (Adoni – Sovereign King)  . . . !”
Luke 4:18-19

       . . . Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed.” Nor does this word “ministry” refer simply to the ordained ministry of the pulpit. It includes every one who receives the Grace of God or that has named the name of Christ. For “as every man hath received the Gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold Grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

     Therefore he does not want anyone to receive the Grace of God in vainlest that Grace and Its blessed work-ing be misrepresented to the world and so men be further hindered from yielding to It. He does not want His Grace to be received in vain, because when it is, offense is given in many things, and the ministry of Grace itself is blamed. Yet when the Grace of God is not received in vain but is given the place that belongs to It, “no offen-se” will be given “in anything,” and the ministry will not only be not blamed but will be blest.

     And now to show how complete and all-pervading the Reign of Grace will be in the life where it is not received in vain, the Lord has set down the following list, embracing “all things,” and in which we shall approve ourselves unto God. Read it carefully:

     In all things approving ourselves unto God, In much patience, In afflictions, In necessities, In distresses,

In stripes, In imprisonments, In tumults, In labors, In watchings, In fastings; By pureness, By knowledge,

By longsuffering, By kindness, By the Holy Ghost, By love unfeigned, By the Word of Truth . . .

By the power of God,

By the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

By honor and dishonor,

By evil report and good report;

As deceivers, and yet true;

As unknown, and yet well known;

As dying, and, behold, we live;

As chastened, and not killed;

As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;

As poor, yet making many rich;

As having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

     This list covers all the experiences that can ever enter into the life of any believer in this world.

It shows that where the Grace of God is not received in vainthat Grace (that Divine Influence through His Spirit) will so take possession and control of the life, that every experience that enters into the life will be taken by grace and turned to making us approved unto God and building us up in perfection unto the measure of the stature of the full-ness of Christ. “We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the Grace of God in vain.”

 - Review & Herald, Sept. 22, 1896
 A.T. Jones
Scripture references have been added in italics


CAN CHRISTIANS LIVE WITHOUT SIN?
A.T. Overstreet

It is hard to understand how a thinking person can read the Bible and still believe in original sin. The Bible commands men to depart from all sin, to keep God's commandments, to be holy because God is holy, and to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. The Bible teaches that all men ought to live without sin and that they can live without sin by God's grace and the power of his indwelling Holy Spirit. The Bible also teaches that Christians do live without sin and overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.

But the doctrine of original sin contradicts the Bible and teaches that no man, not even the Christian, can live without committing sin:

From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual transgressions. Westminster Confession.

This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated. Westminster Confession.

They deplore their inability to love their Redeemer, to keep themselves from sin, to live a holy life in any degree adequate to their own convictions of their obligations...They recognize it as the fruit and evidence of the corruption of their nature derived as a sad inheritance from their first parents. Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, Vol. II, p. 273

...whereby he is utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite unto all that is spiritually good, and wholly inclined to all evil, and that continually, which is commonly called original sin, and from which do proceed all actual transgressions. Larger Catechism.

No man is able...by any grace received in this life, perfectly to keep the commandments of God, but doth daily break them in thought, word, and deed. Larger Catechism

Anyone who has read much of God's word knows that the above declarations are altogether foreign to the Bible. The Bible teaches that the believer can live without sin. Its pages are filled with promises to the believer that he can live a holy life and have victory over sin, temptation, the world, the flesh, and the devil:

Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matt. 1:21

Whosoever c ommitteth sin is the servant of sin...If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:34, 36

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. I John 5:4

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. I John 3:6.

And we know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. I John 5:18

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. I John 3:9

Sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Rom. 6:6

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 24, 25

Now, who are we going to believe? Will we accept the uncertain declarations of mere men or will we accept the sure word of God? If, after all that God has said and promised in his Holy Book, it is still impossible to live without sin, then God is a liar, deceitful, and insincere. Surely, if it is impossible to live without sin, God knows it! Yet he promises victory over sin. He commands holiness and Christian perfection. "Be ye holy, for I am holy." I Peter 1:15. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as you father which is in heaven is perfect." Matt. 5:48. Would God command us to walk in Christian holiness and Christian perfection if he knew it was impossible for us? I cannot believe it! Do those who propagate the evil doctrine of original sin know its implications on the character of God? If God knows that we can't obey him, if he knows that we are born with a corrupt sinful nature which makes obedience impossible, then he is insincere and deceitful in commanding us to do what he knows is impossible. And if God knows that we are born with a sinful nature that makes sin necessary, then all his promises of grace and power to keep us from sin are lies.

God cannot lie. It is the doctrine of original sin which is a lie! For the word of God reveals that God has always had his saints. He has always had a people that feared him, loved him, and kept his commandments. He has always had a people that did not break his commandments daily in thought, word, and deed: There was Job, of whom God said, "A perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil." There was Enoch who "walked with God" and "was not, for God took him." There was Zacharias and Elizabeth who "were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless." There was John the Baptist who was filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother's womb. There was Joseph who was sold into Egypt, but who loved his brethren who sold him into Egypt, and kept himself pure in the matter of Potiphar's wife. There was Daniel who was taken captive to Babylon, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and all the holy prophets and holy apostles, and all the saints of both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible clearly teaches that God's people can and do live without sin. Therefore, the doctrine of original sin, which teaches otherwise, is a myth and a lie.

The four Scripture verses quoted earlier in this chapter (I John 3:6, I John 3:9, I John 5:4, I John 5:18) clearly teach that Christians do not have to commit sin. They show that there is no original sin, no corrupt sinful nature that makes sin necessary in the life of the Christian. Two of these verses have been very difficult for Christians to understand. They are I John 3:6 and I John 3:9. I John 3:6 seems to teach that anyone who commits sin never really knew God in the first place, and I John 3:9 seems to teach that it is absolutely impossible for the Christian to commit sin. An understanding of the tenses of the Greek verb does away with this misunderstanding.

In I John 3:6 the verb form menon is a present participle which emphasizes continuing action. It means is abiding or is remaining. The verb form hamartanei is the present active. It can denote either continuous or simple action. It means sins or is sinning. Next, the verb form hamartanon is used. It is a present participle which denotes continuous action. It means is sinning. The last two verb forms in I John 3:6 are heoraken and egnoken. They are both perfect active. The perfect denotes completed action in the past with results that continue into the present. So that heoraken means seen and continued to see and egnoken means known and continued to know. I John 3:6, then, has the following meaning:

"Whosoever is remaining in him sins not; whosoever is sinning has not seen him and continued to see him, neither known him and continued to know him."

So the fact that a Christian may commit sin does not mean that he never really knew God. What it does mean is that by committing sin, he is not continuing to abide in Christ, and by committing sin, he does not continue to see and know Christ, whom he once saw and knew. You cannot sin against God and remain in him at the same time. You cannot sin against God and continue to see and know him at the same time.

In I John 3:9 the verb form gegennemenos is a perfect passive participle which emphasizes completed action in the past with results that continue into the present. It means has been born and continues to be born. The verb forms poiei, menei, and dunatai are all present active which denotes continuous or simple action in the present. The meaning of each one, respectively, is: do or is doing, remain or is remaining, and can or is able. The verb form hamartanein is a present infinitive which emphasizes continuous action. It means to continue to sin or to go on sinning. The verb form gegennetai is the perfect passive. It denotes completed action in the past with results that continue into the present. It means has been born and continues to be born. I John 3:9, then has the following meaning:

"Whosoever has been born of God and continues to be born of God does not do sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot continue to sin, because he has been born of God and continues to be born of God."

This verse does not teach that it is impossible for the Christian to sin. What it does teach is that it is impossible to stand begotten of God and go on sinning. The born-again experience and the committing of sin are self-excluding. One cannot exist where the other exists. If you have the seed of God in you and if you stand begotten of God, you cannot commit sin. If you commit sin, you cannot stand begotten of God.

These two verses militate mightily against the doctrine of original sin. They teach that the Christian who remains in Christ and continues to see and know Christ and continues to stand begotten of God both does not and cannot sin. Surely if it is true that "Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not," then there is no original sin, no corrupt Adamic sin nature in the Christian that makes it necessary for the Christian to commit sin. If it is true that "Whatsoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God," then surely there is no indwelling sin in the Christian that makes sin necessary and obedience to God's commandments impossible.

God testifies that "His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world." I John 5:3, 4. If "The commandments of God are not grievous..." and if "Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world..." then there can be no original sin that makes God's commandments grievous and that makes them so impossible to keep that believers cannot overcome the world. The commandments of God are not grievous. They are not more than we can bear. They do not require what is impossible for us to do.

No, God is not a hard taskmaster. He requires of us only what we are able to do. If we had a sin nature which made it impossible for us to serve and obey him, he would not command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy." He would not say, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." But God does command us to be holy. He does require us to be perfect. So either God is requiring impossibilities and he has commandments that are grievous, or there is no original sin.

I John 3:6 and 3:9 also militate mightily against the doctrine of "once saved, always saved" and "once a child of God, always a child of God." Those who believe that once you are saved, you can never be lost equate physical birth and spiritual birth, and say, "I may be a disobedient child of my father, but I will forever remain my father's child." They seem not to realize that everything that is true about physical birth is not true about spiritual birth. There is an analogy between physical and spiritual birth, but no equation. If there is an equation between physical and spiritual birth, then we must forever remain the children of the devil. Isn't that true? Doesn't the Bible teach that all sinners are children of the devil? We should realize that we were all children of the devil before we ever knew God and became his children. John 8:44, I John 3:8, 10, 12. Must we, therefore, forever remain the children of the devil because we were once his children? There is no equation between physical and spiritual birth. One cannot continue in sin and remain a child of God. "He that committeth sin is of the devil" and not of God. I John 3:8.

I John 3:6 and 3:9 show that the Christian who remains in Christ and stands begotten of God does not and cannot commit sin. This shows that it is a myth that there is a corrupt sinful nature inherited from Adam in Christians that makes sin in their lives a necessity as long as they are in this life. Nevertheless, men still plead a sinful nature as an excuse for their sins. They plead a sinful nature as an excuse for lukewarm and partial service to God. Then, even though they know they are defrauding God, they will say, "I may be a disobedient child of my Father, but I will always remain my Father's child." Oh, how men deceive themselves who think they can disobey God in some things and still remain the children of God for their obedience in other things! Such a religion is motivated by selfishness and is the religion of devils.

The doctrine of original sin is an evil doctrine and a doctrine of lies. It makes men deny that they are able to obey God and makes them excuse themselves while they commit sin. But there is no excuse for sin. If there were, God could not and would not command men to turn from all sin. But God does command men to turn from all sin and because God commands men to turn from sin we know that men can live without sin and that the doctrine of original sin is a lie.

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. I John 3:6

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. I John 3:9

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. I John 5:4

We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. I John 5:18

But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Rev. 2:6

So has thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Rev. 2:15

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Eight special promises —

Promises to Overcomers

The fact that you can resist temptation and overcome sin in your life is solidly Biblical. God wants you to enter this experience. His Holy Word, the Bible, has abundant promises for those who will enter this experience. Here are several of them:

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To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”—Revelation 2:7.

He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”—Revelation 2:11.

To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”—Revelation 2:17.

He that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations.”—Revelation 2:26.

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.”—Revelation 3:5.

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name.”— Revelation 3:12.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.”—Revelation 3:21.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.”— Revelation 21:7.


Another Way to Think About It:

Think of yourself as a bottle. When you, the bottle is born; you automatically have the dirty old evil Master Satan living inside the bottle, making the contents dirty (our selfish sinful nature inherited from Adam). When you choose to BELIEVE in and ask the Master Jesus to MOVE inside your bottle; your old dirty bottle INSTANTLY becomes a new shiny bottle with clean SINLESS contents inherited from the very LIFE OF JESUS. Evil Master Satan HAS to MOVE OUT. Of course, the Master Jesus will not get inside your old dirty bottle unless invited. Once invited, the Master Jesus then gets inside the bottle; cleans and helps to keep the contents of your bottle clean. You will then "rest" from your work and let Jesus work through you. This has a special meaning. Your new shiny clean bottle has the very LIFE of the MASTER JESUS INSIDE with Jesus SHINING OUT of your transparent bottle in everything you do and say! 

Satan is a Master, and Jesus is a Master. In these last days, b
oth Masters, act & LOOK THE SAME, because the evil Master Satan is trying to trick you into thinking he is the good Master Jesus; the only way to tell them apart is: The Master Jesus will teach you to OBEY the Ten Commandments and the bad Master Satan will teach you to DISOBEY them. There is not room in the bottle for both Masters. The old dirty evil Master Satan is constantly trying to get the lid off the new shiny bottle, by tempting you to Sin, so he can change you back into your old dirty bottle with impure dirty contents. But all you have to do is ask your new Master, Jesus, to HELP YOU keep the old dirty evil Master out. Cry to your new Master Jesus, "Jesus, Help Me! Save Me From MYSELF!" Notice, you will not sin, you will only have been tempted to sin by the old dirty evil Satan Master, just as Jesus was tempted; but YOU WILL NOT SIN, when you call out, "JESUS! SAVE ME!". Jesus WILL save you, every time.

Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

Jesus Christ in His humanity was, after His ascension, highly exalted by God the Father (Phil. 2:9.)  It is because God the Word took part of flesh and blood that we who are “partakers of flesh and blood” (Heb. 2:14,) can now become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4.)  It is because God condescended to become truly man in the flesh that by faith in Jesus Christ the Father has “raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6, 8.)  

Think about these Bible verses: 

  1. Hebrews 4:3 "For we which have believed do enter into rest, ..."
  2. Ephesians 1:5 "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"
  3. Ephesians 1:9 "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:"
  4. Philippians 2:13 "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."


The Bible refers to this amazing miracle of transformation, from a defiled sinner to a perfect man or woman in Christ, as being "born again" (John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23); becoming a "new creature" (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15); a "new lump" (1 Corinthians 5:7); a "new man" (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10); a "new bottle" (Mark 2:21-22; Matthew 9:16-17; Luke 5:36-39); etc.  In this justified righteous position, being in a "yoke" together with Christ (Matthew 11:29-30), we have "put on" Christ (Romans 13:14), we are "in" Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1; 1 Peter 5:14), and are "servants to God" and "of Christ" (Romans 6:22; Ephesians 6:6)--being servants "of righteousness" (Romans 6:18-19).  As long as we remain in this justified righteous condition being "in" Christ, and do not choose to separate ourselves from Him, we continue to remain perfect and complete in Him, being doers of His will (Romans 2:13; James 1:22), and thus our salvation is assured (1 John 5:11-12).  And as long as we remain in Christ, we continue to remain part of God's true church.


"Just here is a point on which many may err, and hence they fail of receiving the help that Christ desires to give themThey think that they cannot come to Christ unless they first repent, and that repentance prepares for the forgiveness of their sins. It is true that repentance does precede the forgiveness of sins; for it is only the broken and contrite heart that will feel the need of a Saviour. But must the sinner wait till he has repented before he can come to Jesus? Is repentance to be made an obstacle between the sinner and the Saviour?

The Bible does not teach that the sinner must repent before he can heed the invitation of Christ, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. It is the virtue that goes forth from Christ, that leads to genuine repentance. Peter made the matter clear in his statement to the Israelites when he said, "Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." Acts 5:31. We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience than we can be pardoned without Christ." { SC 26.2}

Christ is the source of every right impulse. He is the only one that can implant in the heart enmity against sin. Every desire for truth and purity, every conviction of our own sinfulness, is an evidence that His Spirit is moving upon our hearts.

Jesus has said, "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." John 12:32. Christ must be revealed to the sinner as the Saviour dying for the sins of the world; and as we behold the Lamb of God upon the cross of Calvary, the mystery of redemption begins to unfold to our minds and the goodness of God leads us to repentance. In dying for sinners, Christ manifested a love that is incomprehensible; and as the sinner beholds this love, it softens the heart, impresses the mind, and inspires contrition in the soul.

HOW can I know it's Jesus? How can I know it's Him? When Jesus comes in the clouds of Heaven, that's how I'll know it's Him:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (King James Version)

 "16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

Notice how we will be "caught up" in the clouds with Jesus? His feet do NOT touch the ground.

Bible Icon 48x48pxThe Bible says in Colossians 3:10-17 (King James Version)

 "10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

 12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

 13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

 14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

 15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

Woven in Heaven's loom

"Only the covering which Christ Himself has provided can make us meet to appear in God's presence. This covering, the robe of His own righteousness, Christ will put upon every repenting, believing soul.. . . .This robe, woven in the loom of heaven, has in it not one thread of human devising. Christ in His humanity wrought out a perfect character, and this character He offers to impart to us. . . . .Everything that we of ourselves can do is defiled by sin. But the Son of God "was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin." . . . . By His perfect obedience He has made it possible for every human being to obey God's commandments. When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah." (COL - 311)

 "Many at the present day say, `Believe, only believe, and live.' Faith and works go together, believing and doing are blended. The Lord requires no less of the soul now, than He required of Adam in paradise before he fell--perfect obedience, unblemished righteousness." Selected Messages, book 1, p 373.

This is such an important point to "get". Here is another example to hopefully make it crystal clear:

Which house do YOU want to live in?

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Two Houses:
Old house=old selfish sinful nature inherited from Adam. 

New mansion=new selfless sinless nature inherited from Jesus.

The Old house is the one you were born in, and will be destroyed. The shiny new Mansion is one you get when you BELIEVE in JESUS. Keep believing in Jesus or you will have to move back to the old house. Plan to live in your new shiny mansion in HEAVEN now, and you will. Get your suitcase packed and ready for Heaven now. Jesus is coming SOON to get those who believe in Him. The first thing you pack in your suitcase for your trip to Heaven, is YOUR BELIEF IN JESUS. Simple as that. God does the rest. Just cooperate with him so you don't frustrate His grace thru a preverse will. Pray to God, "LORD, take me as wholly thine". Surrender your soul to Jesus keeping and your life to his ordering, and you will be SAFE in the arms of Jesus.

Dictionary meaning of Preverse: Showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.

It is true that men sometimes become ashamed of their sinful ways, and give up some of their evil habits, before they are conscious that they are being drawn to Christ. But whenever they make an effort to reform, from a sincere desire to do right, it is the power of Christ that is drawing them. An influence of which they are unconscious works upon the soul, and the conscience is quickened, and the outward life is amended. And as Christ draws them to look upon His cross, to behold Him whom their sins have pierced, the commandment comes home to the conscience. The wickedness of their life, the deep-seated sin of the soul, is revealed to them. They begin to comprehend something of the righteousness of Christ, and exclaim, "What is sin, that it should require such a sacrifice for the redemption of its victim? Was all this love, all this suffering, all this humiliation, demanded, that we might not perish, but have everlasting life?"

The sinner may resist this love, may refuse to be drawn to Christ; but if he does not resist he will be drawn to Jesus; a knowledge of the plan of salvation will lead him to the foot of the cross in repentance for his sins, which have caused the sufferings of God's dear Son.

One More Example:

Are YOU in JAIL with Satan or FREE with God?

Man in Jail Holding Bars - A man in jail holds the bars... Jesus6.gif (15162 bytes)Jail: OLD selfish sinful nature inherited from Adam


Freedom=NEW selfless sinless nature inherited from Jesus:

Only Believe in JESUS and YOU WILL BE FREE from SIN.

Bible Icon 32x32pxMark 5:36 Jesus says, "Be not afraid, only believe."

Bible Icon 32x32pxJohn 3:4 (King James Version) "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."

Romans 6:23 (King James Version)"23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."

Dictionary meaning of Preverse: Showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.

The same divine mind that is working upon the things of nature is speaking to the hearts of men and creating an inexpressible craving for something they have not. The things of the world cannot satisfy their longing. The Spirit of God is pleading with them to seek for those things that alone can give peace and rest--the grace of Christ, the joy of holiness. Through influences seen and unseen, our Saviour is constantly at work to attract the minds of men from the unsatisfying pleasures of sin to the infinite blessings that may be theirs in Him. To all these souls, who are vainly seeking to drink from the broken cisterns of this world, the divine message is addressed, "Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17.

One More Example:

All our "good" works are as filthy rags.


Man in Jail Holding Bars - A man in jail holds the bars...Jesus6.gif (15162 bytes)Jail: OLD selfish sinful nature inherited from Adam


Freedom=NEW selfless sinless nature inherited from Jesus:

Only Believe in JESUS and YOU WILL BE FREE from SIN.

Bible Icon 32x32pxMark 5:36 Jesus says, "Be not afraid, only believe."

Bible Icon 32x32px1 John 3:4 (King James Version) "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."

Romans 6:23 (King James Version)"23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."


All our good deed or "works" are as filthy rags.

In Isaiah 64:6, the prophet makes that statement about the righteousness of Israel (God's Invisible truth and Spirit Filled People) saying, "We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags." UNTIL we BELIEVE. Then we rest from our works, and Jesus works through us. We are ambassadors for Christ and His Kingdom. Jesus is OUR King, and He gives us the power to do His perfect Will.

Hebrews 4:3 "For we which have believed do enter into rest, ..."

To be righteous is to be right with God. To be right with God comes by accepting both Christ's grace (believing in Jesus and having the VERY LIFE of JESUS fill us INSTANTLY) and by obeying his commandments, following his teachings and doing the will of the Father. Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for unto such is the kingdom of Heaven. We need to be like little children; teachable, trusting with love in our Heavenly Father, just as our children trust and love us.

I die daily, means to surrender our will and our lives to Jesus. CHOOSE JESUS each moment of the day...cry to Jesus and ask Him for help not to sin; say "Help me, Jesus!" and He will. Say, "my life is yours, do with me as you will". It works. Only Believe! Our battle is to believe, and KEEP believing.


Hebrews 4:3 "For we which have believed do enter into rest, ..."

1 Timothy 1:16 "Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."

John 14:15, Jesus says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Jesus says, with outstretched hands, "Follow Me". The sheep, or the righteous as the scripture calls them, cared for the needy; thus they are blessed of "my father, [and] inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matt. 25:34).

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

If we are in Christ, the sin in the self (hence, the sinful self) is crucified or dies. Of course, the spirit of the world still attempts to cover our minds with the dirty garments of sin.

But the Holy Spirit protects us and enables us to repel the attractiveness of sin. We are freed from sin’s domination by Christ, who through the work of the Holy Spirit fills us with God’s nature.

The apostle Paul explains this act of God by the metaphor of a burial. In turn, the burial leads to a symbolic resurrection, which stands for the sinful "old person" now reborn as a "new person." Our new life is possible through Christ, who provides us with his continuing forgiveness and lifegiving power.

The New Testament likens the death of our old self, and our restoration and symbolic resurrection to a new life, to a new birth. We are reborn spiritually at the moment of our conversion. We are reborn, made alive and renewed by and through the Holy Spirit.

Peter told Christians, "He [God] has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). Note that the phrase "‘has given" is past tense. This tells us we are changed at the beginning of our Christian lives.

Upon conversion, we have God dwelling in us. Because of this, we have been re-created.

We now have Jesus and the Father dwelling in us (John 14:15-23). When we are converted or born again—spiritually renewed—God comes to live in us!

When the Father works in us thru His Son, in the Holy Spirit, it is God working in us. God is inspiring, sanctifying, changing us. And we receive this empowerment through conversion and rebirth.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 


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Dictionary meaning of Preverse: Showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.

Righteous means "RIGHT DOING"

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2 Corinthians 13:9 "For we are glad, when we are weak, and YE are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection."

James 1:4 "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

1 Peter 5:10 "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."


Bible Icon 48x48pxThe Bible says in Colossians 3:10-17 (King James Version) 

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How Christians Grow

Of course, newly born Christians are still, in the words of Peter, "like newborn babies." They must "crave pure spiritual milk" to give them nourishment to mature spiritually (1 Peter 2:2).

Peter explains that born-again Christians will continue to grow in understanding through time, becoming more mature spiritually. They will "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18).

God in Us

Christ lives in us fully through the Spirit if we are reborn spiritually.Baby Boy Crawling Clip Art

Think what this means. Humans can be transformed by the act of Christ living his life by the Spirit in them. God shares his divine 

nature with humans. That means a person who is a Christian has been made into something entirely new.

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation," Paul explained. "The old has gone, the new has come!"

Christians reborn of the Spirit take on a new image within—that of God our creator. Their life is to exhibit this new internal spiritual reality. That is why Paul could tell Christians: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2).

You who in heart long for something better than this world can give, recognize this longing as the voice of God to your soul. Ask Him to give you repentance, to reveal Christ to you in His infinite love, in His perfect purity. In the Saviour's life the principles of God's law--love to God and man--were perfectly exemplified. Benevolence, unselfish love, was the life of His soul. It is as we behold Him, as the light from our Saviour falls upon us, that we see the sinfulness of our own hearts.

We may have flattered ourselves, as did Nicodemus, that our life has been upright, that our moral character is correct, and think that we need not humble the heart before God, like the common sinner: but when the light from Christ shines into our souls, we shall see how impure we are; we shall discern the selfishness of motive, the enmity against God, that has defiled every act of life. Then we shall know that our own righteousness is indeed as filthy rags, and that the blood of Christ alone can cleanse us from the defilement of sin, and renew our hearts in His own likeness.

One ray of the glory of God, one gleam of the purity of Christ, penetrating the soul, makes every spot of defilement painfully distinct, and lays bare the deformity and defects of the human character. It makes apparent the unhallowed desires, the infidelity of the heart, the impurity of the lips. The sinner's acts of disloyalty in making void the law of God, are exposed to his sight, and his spirit is stricken and afflicted under the searching influence of the Spirit of God. He loathes himself as he views the pure, spotless character of Christ." { SC 26.2}

In John 8:12, 9:5 Jesus said that He was the light. In John 12:46 He says, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."

As Ephesians 3:11-12 states: " According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him."

   In Christ there is no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 14:30)!  In Christ there is no union with the devil, or with unrighteousness, or with darkness and error (see 2 Corinthians 6:14-15).  Thus if you are truly united with and are in Christ, then you also will have no continued connection with sin, or with the devil, or with unrighteousness, or with darkness or error either.  So if you should choose to sin, you plainly show yourself not to be living in, or connected with, Christ, and thereby reveal yourself not to be part of God's true church!  If you are in Christ, you will not and cannot commit sin, because there is no sin in Him.  But without Christ's life living in you, you will not, and cannot, stop from sinning!  So which will you be--in Christ or outside of Him?  You cannot be both at the same time!

     "Whosoever abideth in him (Christ) sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed (Christ--Galatians 3:16) remaineth in him and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God..." 1 John 3:6-10.


Many Christians today try to claim the promises of God without first fulfilling the conditions. The consequence is that we have professed followers of Christ who are preparing to claim the crown, but will not bear the cross. God has never changed. He still will not acknowledge those as His, whose lives bring glory to Satan and declare that there is no power in God to keep us from sin. Victory over the world, the flesh and the devil makes a declaration to the universe that we are on God's side and makes it possible for God to demonstrate His power in blessing our lives.

Who is God's Invisible Church? 

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

"God's church is the court of Holy life, filled with varied gifts and endowed with the Holy Spirit. The members are to find their happiness in the happiness of those whom they help and bless." EGW AA1 

"We are not saved as a sect (i.e. Catholic or SDA); no denominational name has ANY VIRTUE to bring us into favor with God. We are saved individually as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ." E.G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 2, p. 464.

"God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people of God who love God and keep His commandments. 'Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them' (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ's churchfor the presence of the High and Holy One who in inhabititeth eternity can alone constitute a church. Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides, let it be in the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 315.

"Christ does not lessen the claims of the law. In unmistakable language He presents obedience to it as the condition of eternal life—the same condition that was required of Adam before his fall. . . . The requirement under the covenant of grace is just as broad as the requirement made in Eden—harmony with God’s law, which is holy, just, and good.

The standard of character presented in the Old Testament is the same that is presented in the New Testament. This standard is not one to which we cannot attain. In every command or injunction that God gives there is a promise, the most positive, underlying the command. God has made provision that we may become like unto Him, and He will accomplish this for all who do not interpose a perverse will and thus frustrate His grace.From Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 205.

Exodus 22:22-24 "You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless."

John 6:44 "No one can come to Me (Jesus) unless the Father (Jesus Daddy) who sent Me (Jesus) draws him; and I (Jesus) will raise him up at the last day."

No one has the ability to look into the human heart and see if a person is truly united to Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Meaning, we have asked forgiveness of our sins and believe that Jesus is God's only begotten Son, our old sinful nature is dead and buried, and we are born again, into our risen Saviour's new life; meaning God's Spirit lives in us thru our belief in Jesus; our NEW SINLESS NATURE HAS JESUS SHINING OUT OF US IN OUR THOUGHTS, WORDS, LOOKS, & ACTIONS. “But if the Spirit of him [the Father] 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 8:11

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:7-8)

"The thought that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us, not because of any merit on our part, but as a free gift from God, is a precious thought. The enemy of God and man is not willing that this truth should be clearly presented; for he knows that if the people receive it fully, his power will be broken." {RH, December 24, 1908 par. 2}

In Matthew 6:24 KJV says "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Only one master can live on the inside of a person, one master is either Christ, or the other master is Satan. Not both at the same time. “He that commiteth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning .” (1 John 3:8)

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

We cannot have our old selfish sinful nature and our new self-less sin-free nature, enabled only by BELIEVING in God’s GIFT to US in His Only Son JESUS Christ ruling at the same time. This is the absolute teaching of the word of God, your old sinful spirit must die before God’s Spirit thru Christ can live in us. With the indwelling Spirit of God in us, replacing the selfish sin filled spot thru belief in Jesus, God's Only Begotten Son. John 3:16 is so true. It is "the Gospel in miniature" Read it again!

"But God does not live in the sinner. The Word declares that He abides only in the hearts of those who love Him and do righteousness. God does not abide in the heart of the sinner; it is the enemy who abides there." Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1 Manuscript 46, 1904, MR 900, p 343.

This is the truth, brothers and sisters. Men do not overcome sin because they try hard to do what is right. They do not gain the victory by striving and struggling against temptation.

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Rom 7:18)

Such methods are vain and frustrating. They can never lead to victory, because we cannot resist our natures. The only hope is that we may receive a new nature or a new life and this is what God gives us when He gives us His Holy Spirit. It is His own nature, His own perfect life which cannot be touched by sin. 

Ellen G. White,in her book The Desire Of Ages, actually teaches that the entire earthly ministry of Christ was marked by a constant struggle on His part to avoid sinning.” Ellen White teaches that His refusal to commit sin was due to the enabling grace of God, rather than to the Impeccability of His Person.”

“Our Lord was tempted as man is tempted. He was capable of yielding to temptations, as are human beings.” (Ellen G. White, MS 57, Diary 1890, ‘The Humiliation of Christ’, Volume 16 MR No. 1211)


“If he did not have man's nature, he could not be our example. If he was not a partaker of our nature, he could not have been tempted as man has been. If it were not possible for him to yield to temptation, he could not be our helper. It was a solemn reality that Christ came to fight the battles as man, in man's behalf. His temptation and victory tell us that humanity must copy the Pattern; man must become a partaker of the divine nature.” (Ellen G. White, Review & Herald 18th February 1890, ‘How to meet a controverted point of doctrine’)


2 Peter 1:4 "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."


Consider this: WHAT IF Jesus had sinned? The Bible says the wages of sin is death. He could not have risen again, and we would have: NO HOPE! What a Gift God has given us! God gave His ALL for us. Should we not accept His Gift of Jesus precious blood?

"The very first step in approaching God is to know and believe the love that He has to us (1 John 4:16); for it is through the drawing of His love that we are led to come to Him.

The perception of God's love works the renunciation of selfishness. In calling God our Father, we recognize all His children as our brethren. We are all a part of the great web of humanity, all members of one family. In our petitions we are to include our neighbors as well as ourselves. No one prays aright who seeks a blessing for himself alone." EGW, MB Chapter "The Lord's Prayer"

"The yoke is placed upon the oxen to aid them in drawing the load, to lighten the burden. So with the yoke of Christ. When our will is swallowed up in the will of God, and we use His gifts to bless others, we shall find life's burden light. He who walks in the way of God's commandments is walking in company with Christ, and in His love the heart is at rest. When Moses prayed, "Show me now Thy way, that I may know Thee," the Lord answered him, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." And through the prophets the message was given, "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls." Ex. 33:13, 14; Jer. 6:16. And He says, "O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea." Isa. 48:18." http://www.whiteestate.org/books/da/da34.html

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom 8:2)  "And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God."—Revelation 14:5."And I saw . . them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God."—Revelation 15:2.

By letting go of humanity entirely, and trusting only in Christ. It is not our flesh which needs to change, but our spirit or our mind. What we need is God's spirit living in us because of our belief in Jesus our Saviour. So can we see? If what we need is a new spirit, where shall we obtain it? Shall we create it? Shall we develop it? Shall we produce it by a lifetime of effort? No, no, no! The Bible says that we can receive it ONLY as a gift from God. 

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Rom 6:14) 

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3:9)  

Can you see the wonder of it brethren? In one stroke, simply by receiving the perfect life and existence of Jesus Christ, we enter into a relationship with God where we are given the gift of perfect righteousness and a perfect life!! All the barriers between us and God are totally removed. There is not a single reason why God should not listen to and respond to our prayers. In Jesus we have literally and truly partaken of the very life of God Himself! (1 Cor. 6:17,19). We have been made partakers of the divine nature and it is no wonder that the Bible says that we are “joint-heirs with Jesus.” (Rom. 8:17) 

2 Peter 1:4 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine naturehaving escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

In addition to these texts and many others, the testimony of the apostles of Christ was that they did live victorious lives. They were not slaves to sin, but conquered it in the strength of Christ. Paul could say, 

“For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. (1 Cor 4:4, NKJV). 

In his final moments he could say, 

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (2 Tim 4:7)  

It is true that nobody can overcome sins unless he is aware that his actions are wrong, and the Bible makes it plain that God does not consider us to be guilty in performing wrong actions if we truly believe that in doing these actions we are doing God's will. True Christians may, and do commit sin unknowingly, however, such sins are not imputed to them and these sins do not make them rebels or sinners in God's eyes. 

For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (Rom 5:13)  

However, it is certainly the will and purpose of the righteous God that all His children should immediately overcome every known sin and then walk continuously in that life of perfect victory as long as they live. 

When a Christian today suggests that it is possible to live without committing sin, one of the first questions he is likely to be asked is, “do you know of anybody who is perfect? Have you overcome sin?” Inevitably, all he can do is hang his head and confess that though the Bible says that it is possible, he has not found the way and he knows of nobody who has found the way. Oh what a smear on the name of our God and the gospel of His Son Jesus Christ! 

The apostle Paul (and all of us) encountered the power of that disease and found out how helpless he was to resist and overcome it. His testimony was, 

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. (Rom 7:14) 

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (Rom 7:21) 

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (Rom 7:23) 

Here he acknowledges that he was a slave, helpless, chained, ruled by another master named “sin,” having no power to control his own actions. This is our heritage, our destiny as the seed of Adam. 

When we recognize the utter depravity of our Adamic nature, when we see our utter helplessness and worthlessness, then we will turn away from all self-effort, all self-dependence. Then we will truly repent, not just of our sins, but of the root of our sin problem – our master Satan inspired selfish life. (Satan is our Master UNTIL we CHOOSE to BELIEVE and GIVE our WILLS to JESUS.

We will then understand and believe that our only hope of ever living right lies in God's gift alone. All self-effort will be abandoned and we will cast ourselves upon Christ. It is then, and only then that true righteousness will appear in our lives as we allow Him full control, as we, by faith, accept and live by the reality that His life has become our life and that we are a part of His own righteous existence, thus we will live His perfect life. This is the truth, the simple truth of the word of God.

What a glorious truth. Oh may God help us to believe it, to know that it is nothing but the pure truth. When we believe it, not only will our lives be a revelation of the glory of God (not someday in the distant future, but this very moment) but every moment our lips and our hearts will sing the praises of God and His Son for the great, perfect and complete salvation which they have wrought for us. 

You see then that there is nothing to stand in the way of God immediately healing the sick, raising the dead or manifesting the gifts of the spirit among us, as soon as we accept His gift of the righteous life of Christ. The latter rain for which we have waited so many decades is immediately at hand for those who are in Christ. It is no wonder that when this exact message came to the SDA Church in 1888, God's messenger declared, 

“The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth. (RH, November 22, 1892 par. 7) 

The question is, shall we embrace this truth with all our hearts? Will we accept in full faith, the wonderful reality that God has given us, in Jesus, the complete answer to the problem of sin? Will we acknowledge and live by the reality that it is His work and involves nothing of man's own work and that our only work/need is to believe and to keep on believing? 

Words from the apostle Paul: What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; (Rom 9:30-32) 

“The religion of Christ means much more than the forgiveness of sin. It means taking away our sins, and filling the vacuum with the Holy Spirit. It means divine illumination, rejoicing in God. It means a heart emptied of self, and blessed with the abiding presence of Christ.” (Ellen G. White, Bible Training School, 1st October 1908, ‘True Worship, see also Review and Herald 10th June 1902, ‘The promise of the Spirit and Review and Herald, 12th November 1914, Preparing for Christ’s return)

This is a supernatural work, it is something totally outside of man's ability and if we desire to obtain this new mind, we must receive it as a gift from Christ, purely by faith! ONLY BELIEVE in God’s ONLY Son Jesus! John 5:44 "How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?" Seek ONLY God's favor and approval. There is absolutely no other way. 

Should we ask God or people for answers? The Bible says in Isaiah 2:22 “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” God says in Jeremiah 33:3 KJV “Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, What things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." Ask God for answers!

No effort of man can make a sinner into a saint, no amount of discipline can change a carnal mind into a spiritual mind. It must be the exclusive work of God thru belief in Christ to us and then back to God.  

The life in Christ

All the qualities which Jesus possesses are a part of OUR life. There is no sin, there is no condemnation in Him. This life is in Christ, on the right hand of God, the place of infinite power and privilege, far above all principalities and powers. These are the qualities which are an intrinsic part of this life of Christ. We don't need to struggle to obtain these wonderful things, they are already ours, present in Christ. The one question is, whose life do we have? That is the only question. Our deliverance and victory does not depend on what we have done, but on whose life we have inherited. We are already have Satan living in us unless we CHOOSE to BELIEVE in Jesus, and receive HIS LIFE in us.

“The righteous are represented as wondering what they have done for which they are to be so liberally rewarded. They had had the abiding presence of Christ in their hearts; they had been imbued with his Spirit, and without conscious effort on their part; they had been serving Christ in the person of his saints, and had thereby gained the sure reward.” (Ellen G. White. Review and Herald, 3rd July 1894, ‘Parable of the laborers)

The inward, effectual calling of the Spirit and the application of redemption to the human soul are all spiritual, unseen events. Further, the Holy Spirit gives genuine saving faith only to those who BELIEVE. The counterfeit faith of unregenerate professors of religion often is indiscernible to mere mortals. We can only perceive outward signs, statements and actions. Thoughts create Words, Words create Actions create Character, Character creates Destiny.

Some people who make a profession of faith and are baptized, are hypocrites. Such people do not truly believe in Christ (thus are never truly united to Him by faith) and are not part of the invisible church. Some, like a lot of us, just don't understand how faith works! Until we truly (with ALL our heart) seek God, we cannot be born again. We try to work our way to Heaven instead of BELIEVING!

But it is invisible only to us. It is not invisible to God. He who infallibly discerns the hearts of men, knows them that are his. "The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal: 'the Lord knoweth them that are his' (II Tim. 2:19). (2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.)  "Jesus prayed for the invisible church—the elect present and not yet born in John 17. 

Enabling Power

HAVE you received that gift? All who receive Him are given power to be God's children. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:12. You belong to God. He made you. So you are also His by creation. He redeemed you. So you are His by redemption. But He will not take you by force; you must choose to be His; you must acknowledge His rights, and your relationship. When you yield to Him, then you are His. See Romans 6:16. Just the moment that you surrender your life to His guidance, that very moment He takes control. Then it is a moment-by-moment walk with God. Led by Him, you are His child. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Romans 8:14.

Personal consecration is necessary, and we cannot have this unless heart holiness is cultivated and cherished.  

     Let your prayer be, "Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee." This is a daily matter.  

"To have the religion of Christ means that you have absolutely surrendered your all to God, and consented to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit moral power will be given you, and not only will you have your former intrusted talents for the service of God, but their efficiency will be greatly multiplied. The surrender of all our powers to God greatly simplifies the problem of life. It weakens and cuts short a thousand struggles with the passions of the natural heart. Religion is as a golden cord that binds the souls of both youth and aged to Christ. Through it the willing and obedient are brought safely through dark and intricate paths to the city of God." 
{MYP 30}

“Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature (creation)” (2 Cor. 5:17)

True proverb: 'A dog returns to his own vomit,' and, 'a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire'" (2 Pet. 2:22). A dog and a pig act according to their own nature. One can wash a pig and make it clean, but a pig is a pig. It will return to wallowing in the mud—in disgusting filth—because that is what pigs do. The apostle is saying that people who apostatize, who return to their former lifestyle, never had an interior work of the Holy Spirit. They were never regenerated and united to Christ. Their natures were never changed. 

I hope you can truly say, "I finally get it! I am in Christ and His Spirit is in me revealing Christ in me. And as Paul says in Gal. 2:20, “...the life I now live I live by the faith of  the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me...for it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.”  This is the best news ever!"

John 4:24 "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Zechariah 4:6 "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."

“He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 4:8 Jesus said, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:13 “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.” Romans 8:9 

“Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the fact that both have the same Spirit. Paul, after saying that they that are in the flesh cannot please God, continues: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Rom. 8:9. Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.” (E. J. Waggoner, ‘Christ and His Righteousness’, page 23, 1890)


a. Jesus is the literal, true, only begotten Son of the one true God. 

b. The holy spirit is literally an extension of the very life of God the Father and Jesus, His Son. 

The first of these two truths, has made us appreciate the amazing height and depth and length and breadth of the love of God in giving His Son for us. However, it is the second of these truths which holds the key to the life of perfect victory and it is this truth which many of us have failed to fully grasp and appreciate. As Ellen White puts it, 

“.... The Holy Spirit is Himself (Christ) divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit, as the Omnipresent.” {14MR 23.3} 

This is the text that refers to a person’s experience of conversion. It says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit [ruach] will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit [ruach] within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26 -27

 

Notice two things happening here! One is that God renews our spirit and the other is that He puts His Spirit (the Holy Spirit) within us. “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:17

 

This passage of Scripture is describing what we usually term conversion, or as we sometimes say, ‘being born again’. It is a person becoming a ‘new creature’ – or to put it another way, God dwelling within us through His Holy Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15, 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 6:19 etc). Note very importantly that ‘ruach’ is used to refer to both the human spirit and God’s Spirit (the Holy Spirit).


At conversion, God does not renew our ‘spark’ of life or ‘energizing principle’. He renews the ‘inner man’ (our inner person). As the apostle Paul says, “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:6 As David put it,  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit [ruach] within me.” Psalms 51:10 

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17

 

Jesus then said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18


Concerning Christ coming as the Comforter but not in bodily form, Ellen White wrote

 

“Then said the Jews unto Him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast Thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM. Then took they up stones to cast at Him" because of that saying [verses 57-59]. Christ was using the great name of God that was given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence.” (Ellen G. White, Manuscript No. 1084, February 18, 19th, 1895, page 21)

 

Two pages later we find these words

 

Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally; therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them, go to His father, and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth.” (Ibid)

 

She then added

 

“The Holy Spirit is Himself divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit, as the Omnipresent.” (Ibid)

  

The first truth teaches me that God loves me so much that He gave His Son FOR me. When I appreciate this, love for God is born in my heart. I want to serve Him, I am motivated to give my life completely to Him. The goodness of God leads me to repentance (Rom. 2:4). 


The second truth teaches me that God gave His Son TO me, and that literally, the very life of His Son becomes my own life. When I understand, appreciate and believe this, total victory over sin becomes my reality!! (John 14:17; 2 Cor. 3:17; John 17:23) 

I know that this is an extravagant claim, but brothers and sisters, we now hold the pearl of great price in our hands, don't we? Can there ever be any message which may truly be called a message of deliverance if it does not set us wholly free from sin's dominion? (Rom. 6:14).

Thank God, in the truth that the holy spirit is the very life of God and His Son, we have laid hold on the treasure which will bring all these realities together into perfect harmony and which will set the world alight with the glory of God!!

"Obey my voice, and I will be your God and you shall be my people, and walk in all the way that I command you" (Jer. 7:23). "Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." (Heb. 3:15) "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

What should I do? Should I go to a church that does NOT keep ALL the commandments? "Jesus saith unto him. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. " - John 14.6, Jesus is our Sheppard and HE WILL GUIDE US to God's Church, which is God alone. God will take the reins in HIS OWN HANDS in these last days. Study your Bible, keep the Bible Sabbath, Worship the God of the Bible. Obey the Ten Commandments. They have separated, not from the faith, but from all sin and apostasy, wherever it may be found. Follow God. Ask Him to guide you. He has a special plan just for you. Jesus said, “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38 

Are you in SYNC with God & Jesus? Is Jesus King of your life? Are you addicted to GOD? No one can come to our Heavenly Daddy except thru His SON Jesus. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-11)

Remember, God is not a God of confusion. If you don't own a Bible, go buy a King James version Bible. Lot's of places even give out free Bibles. There is no excuse not to know the truth. If a church does not keep the ALL the commandments of God, the Bible says in Revelation 18:4 "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." This is the End Time Warning. We are living in the very last days of this earth's history. God has warned us. It's our own fault if we don't listen AND obey GOD. James 1:22 KJV "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." 

“To hold yourselves aloof from an investigation of truth is not the way to carry out the Saviour's injunction to "search the Scriptures." (Ellen G. White, Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, 1900, page 65, ‘The Spirit of Investigation Essential’)

“The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them.” (Ellen G. White, ‘Acts of the Apostles’ page 52, 1911)

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. In the soon-coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet's words: "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17 Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus"  Rev. 14:12, Romans 15:6 “That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

In John 1:51 Jesus said, “….Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” 

What was Jesus saying here? It is plain that He was making reference to Jacob's dream and representing Himself as the ladder which Jacob saw. What He was really saying was that there is a portal, a meeting place between heaven and earth. Where is it? It is Jesus Christ Himself. There is a place where heaven interacts with earth; there is a meeting place where God is guaranteed to meet with humanity, and Jesus says, “it is me, I am the place where angels go up and come down, I am the place where God meets with man. I am the place where divinity and humanity are guaranteed to meet, I'm the place where, when you come, every time you are guaranteed to have an audience with God. Now, today we know that the true point of contact between God and man, is Christ. 

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, (2) instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Heb 6:1-2)

Have you put your hands in his hand? When you feel that God is far from you, remember his words, “ I will never leave thee or forsake thee.” Believe it because he cannot lie (Hebrew 6:18). Reach out to him and tell him you accept his hand and welcome his touch and presence. When we do, we will be able to say with surety and confidence

“He leadeth me! O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Wha-e'er I do, wher-e'er I be, still ‘tis God's hand that leadeth me”

I know that what was true then is also true today. My prayer is that as we are touched and held by the Master's hand, we will reach out, touch someone else's hand, and share our experience.

Reach out and touch somebody's hand, make this world a better place if you can” Jesus did; he is our example. Think about this. Healing truly prevails when we are literally touched and are in-touch.

Ellen White predicted: "Before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His Word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord's second coming. The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God's special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world" (The Great Controversy, p. 464).

"The world that Satan has claimed and has ruled over with cruel tyranny, the Son of God has, by one vast achievement, encircled in His love and connected again with the throne of Jehovah. Cherubim and seraphim, and the unnumbered hosts of all the unfallen worlds, sang anthems of praise to God and the Lamb when this triumph was assured. They rejoiced that the way of salvation had been opened to the fallen race and that the earth would be redeemed from the curse of sin. How much more should those rejoice who are the objects of such amazing love!

How can we ever be in doubt and uncertainty, and feel that we are orphans? It was in behalf of those who had transgressed the law that Jesus took upon Him human nature; He became like unto us, that we might have everlasting peace and assurance. We have an Advocate in the heavens, and whoever accepts Him as a personal Saviour is not left an orphan to bear the burden of his own sins.

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God." "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together." "It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." 1 John 3:2; Romans 8:17.

The infinite God, said Jesus, makes it your privilege to approach Him by the name of Father. Understand all that this implies. No earthly parent ever pleaded so earnestly with an erring child as He who made you pleads with the transgressor. No human, loving interest ever followed the impenitent with such tender invitations. God dwells in every abode; He hears every word that is spoken, listens to every prayer that is offered, tastes the sorrows and disappointments of every soul, regards the treatment that is given to father, mother, sister, friend, and neighbor. He cares for our necessities, and His love and mercy and grace are continually flowing to satisfy our need.

But if you call God your Father you acknowledge yourselves His children, to be guided by His wisdom and to be obedient in all things, knowing that His love is changeless. You will accept His plan for your life. As children of God, you will hold His honor, His character, His family, His work, as the objects of your highest interest. It will be your joy to recognize and honor your relation to your Father and to every member of His family. You will rejoice to do any act, however humble, that will tend to His glory or to the well-being of your kindred."  EGW, MB, "The Lord's Prayer"

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For over 6,000 years, man has succumbed to Satan’s temptations to break God’s eternal law, thus becoming subject to death, as we read in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin [is] death.”  Satan hates God’s Law.  He has made the claim that only a very few are obeying God’s Law in keeping the Sabbath, but even they will give up the Sabbath when faced by the coming crisis.  This is why he will enforce Sunday worship, which God’s Word teaches us is the mark of the beast.

A worldwide law will enforce Sunday worship with a death penalty to those who do not obey.  Thus, Satan claims that no man will keep God’s Law.  But God has a plan for this last generation that will be living on this earth.  Those whose names are left in the Lamb’s book of life after the investigative judgment are to be taken to heaven without experiencing death.  The 144,000 will prove to the universe that God’s Law can be kept no matter what terrible persecutions Satan, through his agents, can inflict upon these saints during what God calls a “time of trouble, such as never was.”  Daniel 12:1.

God proclaims of these 144,000, “Here is the patience of the saints, here [are] they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”  Revelation 14:12.

To refresh our memories, in the first part of this article, we noted that out of the tense end-time trials and tribulations there will be developed 144,000 living saints whose characters will have become moreChristlike than that of any other generation of saints throughout the history of the world.  Their characters will reveal that they have “gained the victory over evil so that they would rather die than sin.” The Great Controversy, 425.

The Latter Rain

What will make this possible?  God has a great blessing reserved to pour out upon His last-generation church¾a blessing that has not been previously manifested because it has not been needed.  In the end time, however, it becomes a necessity.  It is called the latter rain.  God knew that the last generation would need an extra supply of the grace of the Holy Spirit to prepare them to pass through the time of Jacob's trouble and to meet Christ at His coming.

We read about this blessing in Joel 2:23, 24: “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lordyour God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first [month].  And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.”

Besides empowering this last generation to proclaim the loud cry to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, which will be a last-day accomplishment, the latter rain performs something for the saints themselves.  This work of grace for the saints may be likened to the ripening of the grain for the harvest, and this certainly will be harvest time for God’s church.  In the Scripture just quoted from Joel 2:24, it explains that, when the latter rain falls, the threshing floor shall be full of wheat.

But let us keep in mind that it is absolutely necessary that these living saints receive both the early and the latter rain.  “If we do not progress, if we do not place ourselves in an attitude to receive both the former and the latter rain, we shall lose our souls, and the responsibility will lie at our own door.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 508.

Ellen White further explained: “The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God’s grace in the soul.  By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character.  We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ. 

Former Rain Necessary

“The latter rain, ripening earth’s harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man.  But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up.  Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.”  Ibid., 506.

The latter rain will accomplish in the saints an even further work of character refinement or perfection. Not only will this prepare the church for the coming of Christ, as stated in the previous quotation, but, also, in Testimonies, vol. 1, 353, we read, “It is the latter rain which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble.”  So, it is no wonder that God, through His prophet Zechariah, stated, “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; [so] the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.”  Zechariah 10:1.  What a beautiful promise!  But many of our people seem to be waiting for the latter rain to accomplish their victory over sin.  We are forewarned that they are making a terrible mistake.  This is not the purpose of the latter rain. 

Prior preparation must be made before the latter rain can fall upon any one of us.  “Many have in a great measure failed to receive the former rain.  They have not obtained all the benefits that God has thus provided for them.  They expect that the lack will be supplied by the latter rain.  When the richest abundance of grace shall be bestowed, they intend to open their hearts to receive it.  They are making a terrible mistake.  The work that God has begun in the human heart in giving His light and knowledge must be continually going forward.  Every individual must realize his own necessity.  The heart must be emptied of every defilement and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit.  It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.  The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now.”  Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 507.

Purified

Ellen White makes this very important statement: “Today you are to have your vessel purified that it may be ready for the heavenly dew, ready for the showers of the latter rain; for the latter rain will come, and the blessing of God will fill every soul that is purified from every defilement.  It is our work today to yield our souls to Christ, that we may be fitted for the time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord¾fittedfor the baptism of the Holy Spirit.”  Selected Messages, Book 1,191.

Perhaps the first work of the latter rain will be to seal the saints of God in their foreheads.  However, notice this quote, “Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them.  It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement.  Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.”  Testimonies, vol. 5, 214.

Please note again the counsel that every defilement must be washed away in the blood of the Lamb.  It is then, and not until then, that the latter rain will fall upon God’s people.  It is then, and not until then, that God’s people will receive the seal of the living God.  “Will this seal be put upon the impure in mind, the fornicator, the adulterer, the man who covets his neighbor’s wife?  Let your souls answer the question, Does my character correspond to the qualifications essential that I may receive a passport to the mansions Christ has prepared for those who are fitted for them?  Holiness must be inwrought in our character.”  Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 446.

Again, this cutting truth comes loud and clear.  Ellen White tells us, “Those who receive the seal of the living God must reflect the image of Jesus fully.” Early Writings, 71.  I trust this alarming truth is awakening your heart as it has mine; for before the seal is placed upon the living saints, all must appear before the judgment seat of God to receive their award according to their works.

Time of Judgment

When does the final separation of the wheat and the tares begin?  “The time of the judgment is a most solemn period, when the Lord gathers His own from among the tares.”  Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 238.  We are also told, “The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul.  The mark of the beast will be urged upon us. . . .  In this time the gold [that is, His own] will be separated from the dross [that is, the tares] in the church.”  Testimonies, vol. 5, 81.

When God’s people are faced with the papal Sunday test, the Sunday sabbath test, the final separation of the wheat and the tares will take place.  Those who pass this test will be sealed with the seal of the living God, and all who fail will receive the mark of the beast.  It is by their own choice that their eternal destiny will be decided.

This is why it is said of those who decide to be faithful commandment keepers, “Their names are retained in the Lamb’s book of life, enrolled among the faithful of all ages.  They have resisted the wiles of the deceiver; they have not been turned from their loyalty by the dragon’s roar.  Now they are eternally secure from the tempter’s devices.”  Can you just picture this precious experience, as “holy angels, unseen, were passing to and fro placing upon them the seal of the living God”?  Testimonies, vol. 5, 475.

Sealing

Now, let us inquire as to what the seal of God is and how the saints are blessed by receiving it.  After the saints are sealed, their characters will “remain” as sinless as they were at the time of their sealing.  Ellen White tells us, “When the decree goes forth [that is, the Sunday law] and the stamp is impressed [that is, the seal] their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity.”  Ibid., 216.  How amazing that is!  God does have a plan.

The seal of God is an indelible mark that the angels can read, but man cannot.  “And even after the saints are sealed with the seal of the living God, His elect will have trials individually.  Personal afflictions will come; but the furnace is closely watched by an eye that will not suffer the gold to be consumed.  The indelible mark of God is upon them.  God can plead that His own name is written there.  The Lord has shut them in.  Their destination is inscribed—‘God, New Jerusalem.’  They are God’s property, His possession.”  Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 446.

You know, when you read and hear things like this, do you not feel like saying, Amen?  “The sealing is a pledge from God of perfect security to His chosen ones (Exodus 31:13-17).  Sealing indicates you are God's chosen.  He has appropriated you to Himself.  As the sealed of God we are Christ's purchased possession, and no one shall pluck us out of His hands.”  Manuscript Releases, vol. 15, 225.  Oh, how marvelous!

It is self-evident that when God’s people are faced with the seal or the mark of the beast that the reception of either the seal of God or the mark of the beast indicates that their names have come up in the investigative judgment, their destiny has been decided.  Their individual probations have been closed.  Note, also, that they must make the same preparation for the close of their probations as do those who die in the Lord; that is, in regard to sinning and defilement in their lives.

The latter rain does not fall upon them until after they have made this preparation.  So, other than the tense end-time persecutions that favor character maturity, in which they live, the last generation of God’s people will have no more advantage before their probation closes than do those who die in the Lord.  All mankind must make their preparation under the former rain.  That is such an important point that I must repeat it.  All mankind must make their preparation under the former rain, and that time is now.

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