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« Reply #20 on: November 22, 2017, 06:18:17 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean. Zacchaeus was truly converted. The history of this man ought to cause those studying the Sabbath School lesson to see the importance of teaching the gospel properly. What are we seeing in the conversion of Zacchaeus? We are seeing that grace transforms the life. The great deception that has come into God's church is opened before our eyes. The heresy of salvation in sin is made clear. Zacchaeus was changed, transformed in character. He, as long as he maintained his conversion, was not captive to the law of sin, even though he lived in sinful flesh.

     No repentance is genuine that does not work reformation. The righteousness of Christ is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin; it is a principle of life that transforms the character and controls the conduct. Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender of heart and life to the indwelling of the principles of heaven.   


This truth contradicts what has been taught in the Sabbath School lesson as long as the current leader has been in control. God help His people to discern the truth. Like the Jews of old, Satan has prepared his lies that God's church would be deceived. But, where heresies abound, God's grace abounds much more. The 1888 message of the righteousness of Christ is being proclaimed in God's church, and this time it will accomplish its mission of preparing a people to receive Jesus.
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« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2018, 03:39:14 AM »

The 1888 message of the righteousness of Christ is being proclaimed in God's church, and this time it will accomplish its mission of preparing a people to receive Jesus.

Amen, Richard! Jesus is preparing His people for His soon return. He is reading hearts, and there are many who will join in the final rapid movements who may not at this moment yet be members of His church. But Jesus is reading hearts. He knew that Nicodemus was receptive--even though the seed sown in that night interview (John 3) would take time to germinate and bear fruit in a full surrender (conversion). But with Zacchaeus, how encouraging to see how quickly the seed of truth sprang up from when Christ met him in person! What a privilege it is to be given the gift of repentance! Let us follow Jesus in wholehearted devotion (a full heart surrender) by beholding His loveliness, and then as we do, our lives will reveal all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing because Christ will come to abide in the soul by faith!

"'The chief among the publicans,' Zacchaeus, was a Jew, and detested by his countrymen. His rank and wealth were the reward of a calling they abhorred, and which was regarded as another name for injustice and extortion. Yet the wealthy customs officer was not altogether the hardened man of the world that he seemed. Beneath the appearance of worldliness and pride was a heart susceptible to divine influences. Zacchaeus had heard of Jesus. The report of One who had borne Himself with kindness and courtesy toward the proscribed classes had spread far and wide. In this chief of the publicans was awakened a longing for a better life. Only a few miles from Jericho, John the Baptist had preached at the Jordan, and Zacchaeus had heard of the call to repentance. The instruction to the publicans, 'Exact no more than that which is appointed you' (Luke 3:13), though outwardly disregarded, had impressed his mind. He knew the Scriptures, and was convicted that his practice was wrong. Now, hearing the words reported to have come from the Great Teacher, he felt that he was a sinner in the sight of God. Yet what he had heard of Jesus kindled hope in his heart. Repentance, reformation of life, was possible, even to him; was not one of the new Teacher's most trusted disciples a publican? Zacchaeus began at once to follow the conviction that had taken hold upon him, and to make restitution to those whom he had wronged."  {The Desire of Ages, page 552, paragraph 4}

Are you susceptible to divine influences? Then yield all you have and are to Christ! And as you taste and see that the Lord is good, pray that He will lead you to find others who are susceptible (receptive) to divine influences, that in turn others may come to share the joy of His salvation! In His presence is "fullness of joy" (Psalm 16:11)!!!

"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--61--Zacchaeus
« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2018, 10:36:42 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean!  We cannot know who is and who is not receptive. One may have a very evil history, but God's grace can even reach them. We cannot read the heart, so we do not know the motives of individuals. They may be unconverted, but that does not mean they are never going to give the heart to Christ. We need to pray that they will, and then follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

I too, was impressed with this truth:

  "The chief among the publicans," Zacchaeus, was a Jew, and detested by his countrymen. His rank and wealth were the reward of a calling they abhorred, and which was regarded as another name for injustice and extortion. Yet the wealthy customs officer was not altogether the hardened man of the world that he seemed. Beneath the appearance of worldliness and pride was a heart susceptible to divine influences.


Our work is to search out those who are not converted, to find the ones who are susceptible to divine truth. What a joy is ours when we find them!!  I had the privilege of sharing with a Muslim who is open to divine truth this past week. To see tears of love for God run down her cheek was all we can ask for. What joy God has prepared for those who love Him supremely!
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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2018, 04:31:44 AM »
"No repentance is genuine that does not work reformation. The righteousness of Christ is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin; it is a principle of life that transforms the character and controls the conduct. Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender of heart and life to the indwelling of the principles of heaven." {The Desire of Ages, page 555, paragraph 6}

Christ's righteousness is both imputed and imparted. It covers our past sins that have been confessed and forsaken, and it imbues us with the Holy Spirit so that we are, through the indwelling of His "divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4) enabled to bear all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing while living up to all the light in law of God that we know. God reads the heart. He sees the circumstances that have shaped your life, and He can give each of us the gift of true repentance. By beholding the loveliness of Jesus' character, who manifested the Father in every thought, word, and deed all His life, we are being drawn to God. As we surrender the whole heart to the powerful revelation of His grace, we are transformed with a new heart and mind, for we gladly choose holiness--which is wholeness for God. Even while continuing to live in sinful flesh, we are, through the power of the Holy Spirit, enabled to walk even as Christ walked, and there is joy in our experience because our hope is not in ourselves, but it is in Christ!
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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2018, 06:45:53 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean.  How is it that in most churches we find objection to this truth? Why is it that so many do not want to accept what is being taught here by the Spirit of God? What, have not our people read this Book? Or have they read it but do not understand such simple statements as these:

 The righteousness of Christ is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin;


Many have used the phrase "the righteousness of Christ" to cover unforsaken sins. They teach that Christ stands in our place in the judgment. That He covers our sins that have not been forsaken, and some teach that He covers unconfessed known sins.    How very sad. What will you do with the truths presented in today's lesson? Will you defend God's truth or allow false teachers to continue on when God says through Paul that the teacher who brings false gospels into the church is "accursed?"

The righteousness of Christ "is a principle of life that transforms the character and controls the conduct." When? At conversion, and it continues as long as the sinner remains repentant and does not sin. If one sins, then he must be brought to repentance in order for the righteousness of Christ to cover his sins.

How do we understand such simple truth? "Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender of heart and life to the indwelling of the principles of heaven."  It is an entire surrender of the heart and life to Christ. We are transformed when the Holy Spirit takes possession of the heart and mind. We live in fallen sinful evil flesh, but are empowered to keep the flesh (body) under, lest we be castaways. "But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Cor. 9:27.

     No repentance is genuine that does not work reformation. The righteousness of Christ is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin; it is a principle of life that transforms the character and controls the conduct. Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender of heart and life to the indwelling of the principles of heaven.   
     The Christian in his business life is to represent to the world the manner in which our Lord would conduct business enterprises. In every transaction he is to make it manifest that God is his teacher. "Holiness unto the Lord" is to be written upon daybooks and ledgers, on deeds, receipts, and bills of exchange. Those who profess to be followers of Christ, and who deal in an unrighteous manner, are bearing false witness against the character of a holy, just, and merciful God. Every converted soul will, like Zacchaeus, signalize the entrance of Christ into his heart by an abandonment of the unrighteous practices that have marked his life. Like the chief publican, he will give proof of his sincerity by making restitution. The Lord says, "If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; . . . none of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: . . . He shall surely live." Ezekiel 33:15, 16. 


We are new creatures in Christ Jesus. "Every converted soul will, like Zacchaeus, signalize the entrance of Christ into his heart by an abandonment of the unrighteous practices that have marked his life." If we sin, we still have an Intercessor who will forgive our sins if we will allow Jesus back into the heart. But, the Intercessor, will not forgive and cover our sins unless and until we confess our sins and are truly converted. How do we know if we are truly repentant? "No repentance is genuine that does not work reformation." There is a reformation in the life. Sin is put away and we walk in the Spirit. All of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in the life, not one will be missing. Such a beautiful and important, and simple truth!!
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Re: The Desire of Ages--61--Zacchaeus
« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2018, 07:51:52 AM »
Pastor Sean and Richard, you have pointed out most important vital truths for God's people to understand and live by. But that is not what we are seeing in the lives or hearing in the conversations of so many today.

This thought impressed me this morning also.....

"Before Zacchaeus had looked upon the face of Christ, he had begun the work that made him manifest as a true penitent. Before being accused by man, he had confessed his sin. He had yielded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and had begun to carry out the teaching of the words written for ancient Israel as well as for ourselves."

.......But no sooner did Zacchaeus yield to the influence of the Holy Spirit than he cast aside every practice contrary to integrity."


Here we see the work of the Holy Spirit in a most powerful way. He works transformation in the life if we do not ignore or reject Him. We need to be praying more for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on the church in a might way. There is no time to lose. We only have this life to get it right. If we are looking for another way into the sheep fold we are called thieves and robbers. I'm so glad for the story of Zacchaeus because it makes the way of salvation very clear. With all the strange theories and ideas that are circulating these days it's very important that we are clear in our understanding of truth.
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« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2018, 07:53:11 AM »
I love how Jesus gives us the privilege of realizing His love, so that we are motivated to fully surrender to Him like Zacchaeus did. He was a great sinner, but he also was truly repentant, as in His life Christ worked in him a true reformation as he responded to and cooperated with the divine grace of Christ. Grace is more than a word, it is the power to change a sinner into a redeemed saint! Revival is a restoration of spiritual life in the soul, the infilling of heart and mind with all of the fruits of the Spirit so that not one is missing, and with it comes a faithful reformation at every step made possible by union and communion with Christ!

"No repentance is genuine that does not work reformation. The righteousness of Christ is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin; it is a principle of life that transforms the character and controls the conduct. Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender of heart and life to the indwelling of the principles of heaven." {The Desire of Ages, page 555, paragraph 5}

   
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« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2018, 09:54:49 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean. I especially like the principle that was Illustrated in today's reading pertaining to the heart. Zacchaeus was a corrupte man, but his corrupt heart was susceptible to devine influences. So it is today, many who are corrupt and living a life not pleasing to God, have not corrupted their heart to the point where they cannot hear the Holy Spirit speaking to them. We look beyond what we see with our eyes, to the Word of God which tells us that we cannot know the heart. We are to treat all people as if they can be saved.

Beneath the appearance of worldliness and pride was a heart susceptible to divine influences. Zacchaeus had heard of Jesus. The report of One who had borne Himself with kindness and courtesy toward the proscribed classes had spread far and wide. In this chief of the publicans was awakened a longing for a better life. Only a few miles from Jericho, John the Baptist had preached at the Jordan, and Zacchaeus had heard of the call to repentance. The instruction to the publicans, "Exact no more than that which is appointed you" (Luke 3:13), though outwardly disregarded, had impressed his mind. He knew the Scriptures, and was convicted that his practice was wrong. Now, hearing the words reported to have come from the Great Teacher, he felt that he was a sinner in the sight of God. Yet what he had heard of Jesus kindled hope in his heart. Repentance, reformation of life, was possible, even to him; was not one of the new Teacher's most trusted disciples a publican? Zacchaeus began at once to follow the conviction that had taken hold upon him, and to make restitution to those whom he had wronged. 
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« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2018, 02:07:43 AM »
You and I do not really own anything. All we have and are comes to us as a sacred trust, stamped with the cross of Christ. The "rich" in the eyes of the world often lose sight of this, and thus allow themselves to engage in practices that reveal their unbelief of God's ownership of themselves and all that they have and are. But it is possible to awake from the strong delusion of covetousness and selfishness. Zacchaeus is a case in point that the convicting truth of the word of God brought home to the conscience by the Holy Spirit and the exceedingly beautiful attractiveness of the loveliness of Jesus is more powerful than the passing pleasures of this life to all who will "look and live." As we behold the Lamb of God dying for us on the cross, we see a love that is infinite that claims all we have and are (for by Him and in Him we have all we have and are!). It is this realization that is the spring of all true repentance, for the goodness of God leads us to repentance and we desire His will: nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else.

"When the rich young ruler had turned away from Jesus, the disciples had marveled at their Master's saying, 'How hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!' They had exclaimed one to another, 'Who then can be saved?' Now they had a demonstration of the truth of Christ's words, 'The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.' Mark 10:24, 26; Luke 18:27. They saw how, through the grace of God, a rich man could enter into the kingdom." {The Desire of Ages, page 555, paragraph 3}

By the faith of the son of God let us also enter in--let us climb our proverbial "sycamore tree" to overcome whatever "press" is seeking to obstruct our view of Jesus, and keep our eyes fixed on Him who is both the author and the finisher of our faith! The faith that He imparts is a fruitful one, in which all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen our lives--not one will be missing!
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« Reply #29 on: November 05, 2018, 06:20:13 AM »
Above the clamor of priests and rabbis and the shouts of welcome from the multitude, that unuttered desire of the chief publican spoke to the heart of Jesus. Suddenly, just beneath the fig tree, a group halts, the company before and behind come to a standstill, and One looks upward whose glance seems to read the soul. Almost doubting his senses,the man in the tree hears the words, "Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house."

......... Zacchaeus had been overwhelmed, amazed, and silenced at the love and condescension of Christ in stooping to him, so unworthy. Now love and loyalty to his new-found Master unseal his lips. He will make public his confession and his repentance.


I'm so glad this story is included in the scriptures. Many of us have heard it since we were in Cradle Roll. We remember the song "Zacchaeus was a wee little man......he climbed up in a sycamore tree......but when the Saviour passed that way He looked up in the tree and said; "Zacchaeus you come down for I'm going to your house today."  As a child I heard this as a demand and I could not understand why Jesus spoke that way. When my girls came along and I was leading out in the children's division I changed it to "Zacchaeus, please come down" and made it an invitation rather than a command.  Just a simple thing like that can leave a wrong impression of Jesus on a child's mind.

As an adult this story has much deeper meaning for me. I've been in that tree and have seen the loving, longing look of my Saviour for me, just like Zacchaeus, so unworthy. When I realized that Jesus would have died if I had been the only one, it broke my heart. Sad to say this didn't happen until later in life but I am thankful to God that He finally was able to break through the barrier of my past and reveal His heart for me. Life takes on new meaning. There is a lightness in your step and a weight off your back. When you see yourself in the light of the cross you will want others to know that Jesus too. Like Zacchaeus you "walk as in a dream." But it's no dream. It's the reality God wants for each one of us.

Then the real battle begins in maintaining that walk. But we don't walk it alone anymore. Jesus is there to uplift and strengthen, bring peace and joy with the burden of guilt completely gone. I love my Jesus who never gives up on us and no matter what our past has been accepts us with open arms when we give all to Him.
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« Reply #30 on: November 05, 2018, 08:03:35 AM »
When I realized that Jesus would have died if I had been the only one, it broke my heart.......I love my Jesus who never gives up on us and no matter what our past has been accepts us with open arms when we give all to Him.

It is the Holy Spirit that opens our minds to the truth. And, here our dear Sister reveals the foundation truth of the Christian religion. We are saved (transformed) by grace. But, many do not have an experiential understanding of what this means. Let us read again our sister's testimony of the power of grace to change her. What is it that Jesus wants from us? He will not purify the flesh, not now, but He will purify the heart. It is the heart He wants. How does He get it? By love. We love Him because He first loved us. He suffered and died for us while we were yet sinners. What broke our sisters heart? It was when she saw His great character of grace, unmerited favor shown to her personally. When she saw and understood this grace, it broker her heart. She gave it willingly to the One who had proved His love for her. This is the power that turns sinners into saints. She understands that Jesus loves us before we surrender the whole heart, but He does not save us until we "give all to Him."

Again, each day as we read from this wonderful revelation of the character of our God, we see this foundation truth explained. I like the lesson which is painted about the heart which is not given to Christ. There appears to be a contradiction when we are told we cannot read the heart, but at the same time Jesus tells us we may know the status of the false from the true disciples. He says by their fruit you shall know them. We cannot get good fruit from a bad tree, nor bad fruit from a good tree. So, we may be able to discern those who are truly converted from those who are not, which is the condition of the heart regarding salvation. But, how then do we understand the fact that we cannot know another's heart?

We are given the answer in Zaccheus' heart prior to making a full surrender to Christ. His heart was not fully surrendered and many thought him to be a hardened thief and would never be in heaven. But, his heart was not like that. The Spirit was working on his heart and he saw himself in need of help. His heart was longing for something better in life.

    "The chief among the publicans," Zacchaeus, was a Jew, and detested by his countrymen. His rank and wealth were the reward of a calling they abhorred, and which was regarded as another name for injustice and extortion. Yet the wealthy customs officer was not altogether the hardened man of the world that he seemed. Beneath the appearance of worldliness and pride was a heart susceptible to divine influences. Zacchaeus had heard of Jesus. The report of One who had borne Himself with kindness and courtesy toward the proscribed classes had spread far and wide. In this chief of the publicans was awakened a longing for a better life.


We cannot know the motives nor what one is contemplating. We do not know if one like Saul the persecutor is finding it hard to kick against the pricks and is just about ready to accept Christ as Savior. 'We cannot know the heart of another. Let us look upon all as being capable of being saved if they could get a glimpse of what our dear Sister Dorine has seen, the loveliness of Jesus.
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« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2019, 02:28:07 AM »
Does Jesus know what you are thinking and desiring? Absolutely! And He loves to draw near to us and give us what is best!! Think of the way He ministered to Zacchaeus!

"Above the clamor of priests and rabbis and the shouts of welcome from the multitude, that unuttered desire of the chief publican spoke to the heart of Jesus. Suddenly, just beneath the fig tree, a group halts, the company before and behind come to a standstill, and One looks upward whose glance seems to read the soul. Almost doubting his senses, the man in the tree hears the words, 'Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.'"  {The Desire of Ages, page 553, paragraph 3}

Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. Not only did He get to see Him, but Jesus would come to his house, and Zacchaeus became a transformed man, for by beholding the loveliness of Jesus, who lived the law of God in humanity, we are brought to see our sinfulness and our need of genuine repentance that works reformation. Christ Himself promises to live in the heart that is yielded fully to Him! May we experience the healthy desire to see Jesus and keep our eyes fixed on Him so He can save us from our wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked selves! Our great need is the only effectual plea that God recognizes. Though Zacchaeus had earthly wealth, he felt his deep need of a change of character, and Jesus responded, and came to his house to offer salvation to all of the members of the household who came to Him in humble faith!
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« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2019, 03:20:40 AM »
I was blessed from reading your testimony, Dorine. The Holy Spirit understands the pain and hurts of the past and knows how and when to touch the soul. A dear Christian friend from another Protestant faith this week, in speaking of someone we know who is spiritually struggling said, "We've committed this person into the Lord's hands. Now let grace do its work." These words came from an older gentleman who has tasted of grace and walks humbly with the Lord. "Let grace do its work." Beautiful words.
 
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« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2019, 06:44:56 AM »
Now, hearing the words reported to have come from the Great Teacher, he felt that he was a sinner in the sight of God. Yet what he had heard of Jesus kindled hope in his heart. This jumped out at me this morning. He knew he was a sinner but yet felt hope. What a Savior we serve.
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« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2019, 08:20:41 PM »
Amen Jim! 

Once again this morning I was moved by such an important truth that's so many need to hear. We often hear being taught that the righteousness of Christ stands in place of our character. There is truth in this, but not in the way that so many have believed. It is too often believed that we may sin andretain our Salvation because Christ paid the price for our sins and his righteousness covers our sin They mean to say that even if we do not repent we still have salvation. But today we read that Christ's righteousness is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin.

   No repentance is genuine that does not work reformation. The righteousness of Christ is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin; it is a principle of life that transforms the character and controls the conduct. Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender of heart and life to the indwelling of the principles of heaven.   
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« Reply #35 on: April 27, 2019, 08:01:41 PM »
 "To Zacchaeus the Saviour said, "This day is salvation come to this house." Not only was Zacchaeus himself blessed, but all his household with him. Christ went to his home to give him lessons of truth, and to instruct his household in the things of the kingdom. They had been shut out from the synagogues by the contempt of rabbis and worshipers; but now, the most favored household in all Jericho, they gathered in their own home about the divine Teacher, and heard for themselves the words of life."

I could not help but be impressed with the thought that "not only was Zacchaeus blessed but all his household with him."  What a special privilege was granted to him to have Jesus come to his home and give him and his household lessons of truth. I think there is a real lesson here for us given by the example that Jesus demonstrated on that blessed day.    

"It is when Christ is received as a personal Saviour that salvation comes to the soul. Zacchaeus had received Jesus, not merely as a passing guest in his home, but as One to abide in the soul temple. The scribes and Pharisees accused him as a sinner, they murmured against Christ for becoming his guest, but the Lord recognized him as a son of Abraham. For "they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham." Galatians 3:7. "

We sing the song " Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine" and so we should,but it should ever be on our mind that with that special privilege comes the responsibility to share the Good News with " Others " as we cross paths in our activities of daily living. I remember saying to a grocery clerk when leaving the store, " God Bless You " She looked surprised, smiled and said..." Thank You , I needed that today"
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Re: The Desire of Ages--61--Zacchaeus
« Reply #36 on: April 28, 2019, 08:49:29 AM »
  "It is when Christ is received as a personal Saviour that salvation comes to the soul. Zacchaeus had received Jesus, not merely as a passing guest in his home, but as One to abide in the soul temple. The scribes and Pharisees accused him as a sinner, they murmured against Christ for becoming his guest, but the Lord recognized him as a son of Abraham. For "they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham." Galatians 3:7."

This is such a beautiful story of repentance, forgiveness, restoration and transformation all happening at once. When the heart is ready to accept Jesus as a personal friend and saviour, a miracle takes place. We need Jesus every moment to keep us from wandering down the wrong path into willful sin. Only by keeping our eyes constantly fixed on Jesus will we be safe.
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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Re: The Desire of Ages--61--Zacchaeus
« Reply #37 on: April 28, 2019, 09:13:57 AM »
Amen, Sister Dorine. We need Jesus all the time in order to do any good thing. The gospel message is hard for our people to accept because of the deceptions which have come into the church. But, what is being posted here is a revelation of the unity that God desires and will have for His church. From this solid foundation, the present truth for our day will expand so that Jesus will have His glorious church, a testimony to His love for sinners and the power of grace to transform sinners into saint.

Conversion takes place at a point in time. It is the end of a long process of wooing by the Holy Spirit. When the heart is yielded fully to Christ, we become new creatures in Christ Jesus. We see this happened to Zacchaeus. It can happen with all who will come to Jesus just as they are and learn of Him.

But no sooner did Zacchaeus yield to the influence of the Holy Spirit than he cast aside every practice contrary to integrity.   
     No repentance is genuine that does not work reformation. The righteousness of Christ is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin; it is a principle of life that transforms the character and controls the conduct. Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender of heart and life to the indwelling of the principles of heaven.   
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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Re: The Desire of Ages--61--Zacchaeus
« Reply #38 on: April 28, 2019, 11:31:42 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine, and Brother Richard!!

As I was blessed spending a "thoughtful hour" with Jesus this morning, this afternoon I am continuing to contemplate the significance of what Zacchaeus' decision to follow Christ meant. I realize that every choice you or I make affects God and others. Zacchaeus, though he had been thought of with contempt and scorn by many of the "religious" people of his day, was really not at rest with his wealth and treacherous practices (sin always brings unrest). He began to make things right, meets Jesus, and not just he, but his WHOLE HOUSEHOLD have the opportunity to experience the joy of conversion: a complete heart surrender so all of the fruits of the Spirit are manifest in the life that willingly is brought into harmony with God's law of love to the extent that the person has experienced that revelation of His character (for His law is His character--and there is always infinitely more with Jesus--that is why our conversion needs to be renewed day by day, and sustained moment-by-moment by having a vital union and communion with Jesus!!). May Jesus do what He did for Zacchaeus and each of us--that our lives may be a blessing to all whom we meet!!

   "To Zacchaeus the Saviour said, 'This day is salvation come to this house.' Not only was Zacchaeus himself blessed, but all his household with him. Christ went to his home to give him lessons of truth, and to instruct his household in the things of the kingdom. They had been shut out from the synagogues by the contempt of rabbis and worshipers; but now, the most favored household in all Jericho, they gathered in their own home about the divine Teacher, and heard for themselves the words of life." {The Desire of Ages, page 556, paragraph 3}   

Jesus loves to come to every home and every heart where He is invited! And He will make ALL THINGS NEW!!
"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}