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Richard Myers

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Re: The Desire of Ages--30--"He Ordained Twelve"
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2018, 07:05:55 AM »
What love Jesus has for the sinner!!  He did not want Judas in His inner circle, but He knew He could not refuse him without causing great harm to His work. But, how did He treat Judas once he was there? Such love! And, this He does for each of us! What patience!!

     The disciples had been much disappointed that Jesus had not tried to secure the co-operation of the leaders in Israel. They felt that it was a mistake not to strengthen His cause by securing the support of these influential men. If He had repulsed Judas, they would, in their own minds, have questioned the wisdom of their Master. The after history of Judas would show them the danger of allowing any worldly consideration to have weight in deciding the fitness of men for the work of God. The co-operation of such men as the disciples were anxious to secure would have betrayed the work into the hands of its worst enemies. 


On the other hand, Jesus knew the character of those who chose. Before they were ordained, they had much to undo. After they were ordained, they still had more to learn and overcome. But, there was a marked difference between Judas and the other eleven whom Jesus did choose.

What wisdom and grace we see in our Lord as we read of His work with the twelve. Are we are patient as Jesus? Not yet. :(  But, He works with us as He worked with the Sons of Thunder.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

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« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2018, 08:30:01 AM »
Amen, Richard! Praise God for the patience of our Savior, who chooses us to be able to work with Him as He did for His disciples. We are not called because we are perfect, but because, by surrendering the whole heart to Christ, we may receive His perfection of character (a new heart and mind renewed by the Holy Spirit, bearing the ineffaceable marks of the divine nature, which is all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing). As long as this surrender is maintained by faith, the moral perfection of character that Christ imputes and imparts to us at conversion will be continued and matured. Every step in life we may be more like our Savior, but that does not mean that we need to separate from Him for a moment. Let us see our continual need of Jesus to do any good thing. Praise God for such a wonderful Savior as Jesus!!

"As His representatives among men, Christ does not choose angels who have never fallen, but human beings, men of like passions with those they seek to save. Christ took upon Himself humanity, that He might reach humanity. Divinity needed humanity; for it required both the divine and the human to bring salvation to the world. Divinity needed humanity, that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man. So with the servants and messengers of Christ. Man needs a power outside of and beyond himself, to restore him to the likeness of God, and enable him to do the work of God; but this does not make the human agency unessential. Humanity lays hold upon divine power, Christ dwells in the heart by faith; and through co-operation with the divine, the power of man becomes efficient for good."  {The Desire of Ages, page 296, paragraph 4} 
     "He who called the fisherman of Galilee is still calling men to His service. And He is just as willing to manifest His power through us as through the first disciples. However imperfect and sinful we may be, the Lord holds out to us the offer of partnership with Himself, of apprenticeship to Christ. He invites us to come under the divine instruction, that, uniting with Christ, we may work the works of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 297, paragraph 1} 
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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Re: The Desire of Ages--30--"He Ordained Twelve"
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2018, 09:36:38 AM »
     "He who called the fisherman of Galilee is still calling men to His service. And He is just as willing to manifest His power through us as through the first disciples. However imperfect and sinful we may be, the Lord holds out to us the offer of partnership with Himself, of apprenticeship to Christ. He invites us to come under the divine instruction, that, uniting with Christ, we may work the works of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 297, paragraph 1} 



What an inspiring and humbling thought Pastor Sean, that Jesus wants to partner with each of us so that His works will be seen in us. I am continually awed at the depths of love that is shown to mankind even if we like Judas are working for the enemy. How Jesus' heart must have broke to see Judas harden his heart against Jesus and truth.


As I read once again this chapter pointing out all the serious defects of the men Jesus chose it is so encouraging to see how by spending time with Jesus He was able to miraculously change their characters. He will do the same for anyone who will come to Him with a childlike faith desiring to know His will for their lives.


So why didn't Judas have the same experience as the others? We are told....
"Instead of walking in the light, Judas chose to retain his defects. Evil desires, revengeful passions, dark and sullen thoughts, were cherished, until Satan had full control of the man."


How very sad.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2018, 03:55:14 AM »
I love how Jesus unifies us in faith, doctrine, and spirit by the miracle of His grace! Not one of us as disciples today has the same background, but we can all become unified in truth by the Word, Jesus Christ, indwelling our hearts! Let us uplift His loveliness, let us experience the power of conversion (full surrender whereby Christ indwells the heart by His Spirit, revealing all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing)! Then we will see that God's organized church on earth, the Seventh-day Adventist Church (of which all are invited to become an active part through the proclamation and reception of the everlasting gospel, Revelation 14:6-12), will have power to reach souls! We can experience revival and reformation as we approach the great center, Jesus Christ!!!

The apostles differed widely in habits and disposition. There were the publican, Levi-Matthew, and the fiery zealot Simon, the uncompromising hater of the authority of Rome; the generous, impulsive Peter, and the mean-spirited Judas; Thomas, truehearted, yet timid and fearful, Philip, slow of heart, and inclined to doubt, and the ambitious, outspoken sons of Zebedee, with their brethren. These were brought together, with their different faults, all with inherited and cultivated tendencies to evil; but in and through Christ they were to dwell in the family of God, learning to become one in faith, in doctrine, in spirit. They would have their tests, their grievances, their differences of opinion; but while Christ was abiding in the heart, there could be no dissension. His love would lead to love for one another; the lessons of the Master would lead to the harmonizing of all differences, bringing the disciples into unity, till they would be of one mind and one judgment. Christ is the great center, and they would approach one another just in proportion as they approached the center.  {DA 296.2} 
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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Re: The Desire of Ages--30--"He Ordained Twelve"
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2018, 09:12:53 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean. Once again we read of the omnipotent power of God to transform sinners into saints. Conversion is the end of a long protracted process of wooing by the Holy Spirit. But, after conversion the process of sanctification does not stop. By beholding Jesus, we are transformed more and more to reflect His character. In today's reading, we find that His character is "imparted" to repentant sinners.

    God takes men as they are, with the human elements in their character, and trains them for His service, if they will be disciplined and learn of Him. They are not chosen because they are perfect, but notwithstanding their imperfections, that through the knowledge and practice of the truth, through the grace of Christ, they may become transformed into His image.   
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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2018, 12:24:26 PM »
"There are souls perplexed with doubt, burdened with infirmities, weak in faith, and unable to grasp the Unseen; but a friend whom they can see, coming to them in Christ's stead, can be a connecting link to fasten their trembling faith upon Christ. 
     We are to be laborers together with the heavenly angels in presenting Jesus to the world. With almost impatient eagerness the angels wait for our co-operation; for man must be the channel to communicate with man. And when we give ourselves to Christ in wholehearted devotion, angels rejoice that they may speak through our voices to reveal God's love."


These words pull on my heart strings today. I want to be a labourer with Christ for the salvation of souls every day. This is a privilege that every child of God has.  We are ambassadors for Christ. What higher calling is there?
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14