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Re: The Desire of Ages--61--Zacchaeus
« 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!
"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 #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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Re: The Desire of Ages--61--Zacchaeus
« 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. 
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.