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Lesson 9 November 24-30







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So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants:  we have done that which was our duty to do.  Luke 17:10

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Read for This Week’s Study: John 11:51, 52; Eph. 2:13-16; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Eph. 4:25-5:2; Rom. 14:1-6; Acts 1:14.

Memory Text: “And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.” John 11:51, 52

Last week we studied how unity is made visible through a common message, centered on Jesus as Savior and on the truths of Scripture to be emphasized in the time of the end. We are who we are because of the message that God has given us and the calling we have to spread it to the world.

This week, we focus on the visible unity of the church in its expression in the day-to-day lives of Christians and the mission of the church. According to Jesus, the church does not simply proclaim God’s message of salvation and reconciliation. The unity of the church itself is also an essential expression of that reconciliation. In a world surrounded by sin and rebellion, the church stands as a visible witness to the saving work and power of Christ. Without the oneness and solidarity of the church in its common witness, the saving power of the Cross would hardly be apparent in this world. “Unity with Christ establishes a bond of unity with one another. This unity is the most convincing proof to the world of the majesty and virtue of Christ, and of His power to take away sin.” - Ellen G. White Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 1148.

Amen!  There is no unity in the world except unity against Christ. If the world is in the church, then the world shall not see this unity. How can we remedy this condition known as Laodicean?

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Sunday          November 25

Under the Cross of Jesus

Like many other spiritual blessings God gives His people, church unity is also a gift of God. Unity is not a human creation through our efforts, good works, and intentions. Fundamentally, Jesus Christ creates that unity through His death and resurrection. As we appropriate by faith His death and resurrection through baptism and forgiveness of our sins, as we join in common fellowship, and as we spread the three angels’ messages to the world, we are in union with Him and in unity with one another.

Unity comes from God in that when we surrender the whole heart, the Holy Spirit cleanses the heart and imparts the fruits of the Spirit. It is this filling of the Spirit that brings unity to all who are in a converted state in the church. And, there are basic doctrinal matters that all converts are to understand and agree with. We do not all understand equally, but all who are filled with the Holy Spirit and have been properly instructed prior to baptism, are walking in these foundation truths.


Read John 11:51, 52 and Ephesians 1:7-10. What event in the life of Jesus is the foundation of unity among us as Seventh-day Adventists?

“Now this he [Caiaphas] did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad” (John 11:51, 52, NKJV). How strange that God used Caiaphas to explain the meaning of Jesus’ death, even though Caiaphas did not know what he was doing in condemning Jesus to die. Nor did the priest have any idea of just how profound his statement was. Caiaphas thought that he was making a political statement only. John, though, used it to reveal a foundational truth about what the substitutionary death of Jesus meant for all of God’s faithful people, who would one day be gathered “together into one.”

Whatever else we believe as Seventh-day Adventists, whatever message we alone are proclaiming, the foundation of our unity exists in our common acceptance of Christ’s death in our behalf.

And, furthermore, we also experience this unity in Christ through baptism. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:26, 27, NKJV). Baptism is another bond that we Adventists commonly share, as it symbolizes our faith in Christ. We have a common Father; thus, we are all sons and daughters of God. And we have a common Savior in whose death and resurrection we are baptized (Rom. 6:3, 4).

Whatever cultural, social, ethnic, and political differences exist among us as Seventh-day Adventists, why should our common faith in Jesus transcend all such divisions?

Let's ask a parallel question. Did the Jews common faith in God transcend all such divisions? Why are we so concerned about this question? Why even bring it up?  Because we all do not have "saving faith." Unless we have surrendered the whole heart to Christ, then our faith will not transcend such divisions. We will not be God's witness of church unity just because we are members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We see great disunity in our church today because we are not standing on the foundation pillars of our faith. And, we have anarchy at the highest levels in the church. We must get to the real issue as we seek to understand our disunity. These difficulties are not real the problem, but are only symptoms of a much deeper problem. If we want to manifest "convincing proof" then we need to do as Jesus says to us in Revelation, chapter three in the Laodicean message, "repent."
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Monday          November 26

Ministry of Reconciliation

Our world is certainly known for its disorder, troubles, wars, and conflicts. All these factors affect our lives at the personal, community, and national levels. At times it appears our entire lives are in conflict. But disunity and disorder will not prevail forever. God is on a mission to bring about cosmic unity. Whereas sin has resulted in disharmony, God’s eternal plan for reconciliation brings peace and wholeness.

There is cosmic unity. This Earth, which includes the fallen angels are the place of unity in the whole cosmos. The plan of redemption is not just for us, it also includes the universe. What shall be done for the universe since they are already in unity? There will be no more sin for eternity. Thus, their unity will never end when  we have done that which has been entrusted to us. This is why there is still war, sickness, and death. The universe and God are waiting on you and me to do what ought to have been done years ago.


In Ephesians 2:13-16, Paul puts forward the principles that show how Christ acted in order to bring peace among believers: through His death on the cross Jesus made both Jews and Gentiles one people and destroyed the ethnic and religious barriers that separated them. If Christ was able to do this with Jews and Gentiles in the first century, how much can He still bring down any racial, ethnic, and cultural barriers and walls that divide people within our own church today?

What? racial division in our church? Ethnic separation? How can that be? When we rightly understand the gospel of grace, we will understand why there is racial, ethnic, and many other kinds of divisions in God's church. Not all who are church members are fully surrendered to Christ. Thus, self is alive and refuses to love those who differ with them. This is why Jesus says to the church "repent." We can give all kinds of examples that the author is speaking of when he says we have thse barriers and walls in our church. In America we still have "regional" conferences that are such because of race.

Let's look at what happened in Rwanda some years back. Church members killing church members and a large scale because there were of a different tribe. How can this be? It is a symptom of a deeper problem. Deeper than murder? Yes. Christians don't murder anyone, much less fellow believers. Then why did this happen? Where was Jesus? He was not in the heart of those who murders church members. We need to be fully surrendered to Christ in order to not have these divisions in the church. The world will always have division, but not those who are abiding in Christ, and Christ in them.


And from this starting point, we can reach out to the world.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Paul states that in Christ we are a new creation, reconciled to God. What then is our ministry in this world? What differences could we be making in our communities as a united church body?

We are new creatures if we are fully surrendered. If not, then self is alive and we are not in unity.


As God’s new creation, believers receive a crucial ministry-a threefold ministry of reconciliation. (1) Our church is composed of believers who were once alienated from God but, through the saving grace of Christ’s sacrifice, have now been united to God by the Holy Spirit.

Our church is composed of both those who are in a converted state, those who were once converted and have fallen, and those who have never been converted, but were buried alive. If we have the Holy Spirit in our hearts, then we will manifest love, joy, and peace, even in the middle of the storm. If we are not filled with the Holy Spirit, there will be no love, joy, and peace. Without the Holy Spirit in possession of the heart, we cannot bring about reconciliation. We cannot give what we do not have.

We are the remnant, called to proclaim an end-time message to the world. Our ministry is to invite those who are still alienated from God to be reconciled to God and join us in our mission. (2) The church is also God’s people reconciled to one another. To be united to Christ means we are united to one another. This is not just a lofty ideal; it must be a visible reality. Reconciliation to one another, peace and harmony among brothers and sisters, is an unmistakable witness to the world that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35, NKJV). (3) Through this ministry of reconciliation, the church tells the universe that God’s plan of redemption is true and powerful. The great controversy is about God and His character. Inasmuch as the church cultivates unity and reconciliation, the universe sees the working out of God’s eternal wisdom (see Eph. 3:8-11).

Amen. And if that unity is not there, if brother is not reconciled to brother, then we cannot say that we are reconciled to Christ. What is the solution to this disunity?
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Tuesday         November 27

Practical Unity

In 1902, Ellen G. White wrote: “What Christ was in His life on this earth, that every Christian is to be. He is our example, not only in His spotless purity, but in His patience, gentleness, and winsomeness of disposition.” - Ellen G. White, in Signs of the Times, July 16, 1902. These words are reminiscent of Paul’s appeal to the Philippians: “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5).

Amen! And now we are beginning to see that in order to be like Jesus, to be converted, to reveal His character, we must have His mind. That is to say we must be filled with the third person of the godhead, the Holy Spirit. This happens when we invite Him in and surrender our will to the will of God. Unless we are fully surrendered, we do not have eternal life and there is no unity between us and those who are fully surrendered. Self is ugly and cannot unity with those in whom the Holy Spirit lives.


Read Ephesians 4:25-5:2 and Colossians 3:1-17, and then answer these two questions: In what areas of our lives in particular are we invited to show our allegiance to Jesus? How are we to be witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus in our public lives?

What? Are there some areas we are not witnesses of the gospel, and are not in allegiance to Jesus? We are either His witnesses are we are not. There is no half way. We either have love, joy, and peace. or we do not.


There are many other passages of Scripture that invite Christians to follow the example of Jesus and to be living witnesses of God’s grace to others. We also are invited to seek the welfare of others (Matt. 7:12); to bear each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2); to live in simplicity and to focus on inward spirituality instead of outward display (Matt. 16:24-26; 1 Pet. 3:3, 4); and to follow healthy living practices (1 Cor. 10:31).

What does it say if we refuse the invitation?


“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Pet. 2:11, 12, NKJV). How often do we underestimate the impact of Christian character upon those who watch us? The patience manifested in moments of annoyance, a disciplined life in the midst of tension and conflicts, a gentle spirit in response to impatience and harsh words, are marks of the spirit of Jesus we are invited to emulate. As Seventh-day Adventists witness together in a world that misunderstands the character of God, we become a power for good and for God’s glory. As representatives of Christ, believers are to be known not only for their moral rectitude but also for their practical interest in the welfare of others. If our religious experience is genuine, it will reveal itself and have an impact in the world. A unified body of believers revealing the character of Christ to the world will, indeed, be a powerful witness.

And Jesus will come!


What kind of witness do you present to others? What would one find in your life that would make them want to follow Jesus?

If we have drunk of the Living Water, then we shall have this to give to others. Love, joy, and peace is attractive.


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Wednesday         November 28

Unity Amid Diversity

In Romans 14 and 15, the apostle Paul addresses issues that deeply were dividing the church at Rome. His response to these issues was to invite the Romans to show tolerance and patience for one another and not divide the church over these concerns. What can we learn from his counsel?

Read Romans 14:1-6. What issues of conscience were causing church members in Rome to judge and not fellowship with one another?

It is very likely that these matters had to do with Jewish ceremonial impurity. According to Paul these were “disputes over doubtful things” (Rom. 14:1, NKJV), indicating that they were not matters of salvation but matters of opinion that should have been left up to individual consciences. (See Rom. 14:5.)

These disputes were first over the type of food eaten. Eating animals forbidden in Leviticus 11 was not the problem addressed by Paul here. There is no evidence that early Christians began eating pork or other unclean animals during Paul’s time, and we know that Peter did not eat any such food (see Acts 10:14). Also, that the weak ate only vegetables (Rom. 14:2) and that the controversy also involved beverages (Rom. 14: 17, 21) indicate that the concern focuses on ceremonial impurity. This is further evident by the word unclean (koinos), used in Romans 14:14. That word is used in the ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament to refer to impure animals, not the unclean animals of Leviticus 11. Apparently there were some people in the Roman community who would not eat at fellowship meals because they were not convinced that the food was adequately prepared or had not been sacrificed to idols.

The same goes for the observation of some days. This did not refer to the weekly observance of the Sabbath, since we know Paul observed it regularly (Acts 13:14, 16:13, 17:2). This is likely a reference to the various Jewish feast days or fast days. Paul’s intent in these verses is to urge tolerance for those who are sincere and conscientious in the observance of these rituals as long as they did not think of them as a means of salvation. Unity among Christians manifests itself in patience and forbearance when we do not alw.ays agree on points, especially when they are not essential to our faith.

Not "essential" to our faith? Like eating meat with blood in it?  What is wrong with eating pig? Is it essential to our salvation? What if I give Leukemia to children in my church in dairy products? Is that essential to my salvation?


In class, ask this question: Is there anything that we believe and practice as Seventh-day Adventists that all who claim to be Adventists need not believe and adhere to?

That is not a question that you or I are to decide. We are to follow all that God reveals to us.  The standard for church membership is decided by the representatives of our churches in a world session.The decision in Paul's day was made by the "General Conference" which was composed of representatives from many churches. And, they not only ruled that circumcision was not necessary, but new converts must agree to not eat meat that was strangled. It was a health matter that was made a rule. Was it "essential" to their salvation? Why then was it decided to include in the rules for new Gentile baptism?
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Thursday         November 29

Unity in Mission

Contrast the mood of the disciples during the Lord’s Supper in Luke 22:24 with the one they had shortly before the Pentecost experience in Acts 1:14 and 2:1, 46. What made such a difference in their lives?

For 3 1/2 years the disciples were taught by Jesus, the greatest teacher to ever walk upon the Earth. Yet, that night in the upper room, not one was in a converted state prior to the washing of their feet. They had been baptized. All but Judas had been converted, but they did not know the "Lamb" had to die. The night before His murder, they did not understand why the sheep were sacrificed. How can that be? Why could not Jesus teach them about the gospel of grace?

That night all were reconverted except for Judas. What made the difference between their condition when they walked into the upper room and when they walked out? And, what was the difference in their mood between after their feet were washed and shortly before Pentecost?


In Acts 1:14 and 2:46, the phrase “with one accord” also means “persevered with one mind.” This came as a result of their being together in one place, seeking in prayer the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to send them the Comforter.

Were they of one accord prior to the fire falling on them? If so, why were they united? Did it have something to do with the Holy Spirit? If so, how so?


As they waited, it would have been easy for them to begin to criticize one another. Some could have pointed to Peter’s denial of Jesus (John 18:15-18, 25-27) and to Thomas’ doubting Jesus’ resurrection (John 20:25). They could have remembered John and James’ request to receive the most powerful positions in Jesus’ kingdom (Mark 10:35-41), or that Matthew was a former despised tax collector (Matt. 9:9).

However, “these days of preparation were days of deep heart searching. The disciples felt their spiritual need and cried to the Lord for the holy unction that was to fit them for the work of soul saving. They did not ask for a blessing for themselves merely. They were weighted with the burden of the salvation of souls. They realized that the Gospel was to be carried to the world, and they claimed the power that Christ had promised.” - Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 37.

Do you think that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit prior to the pouring out of the Spirit? Were any in the meeting not converted? In a converted state?


The fellowship between the disciples and the intensity of their prayers prepared them for this momentous experience of Pentecost. As they drew nearer to God and put aside their personal differences, the disciples were prepared by the Holy Spirit to become the fearless and bold witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus. They knew Jesus had forgiven their many shortcomings, and this gave them courage to press on ahead. They knew what Jesus had done for them in their lives. They knew the promise of salvation found in Him, and thus the “ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ’s character and to labor for the enlargement of His kingdom.” - Page 48. No wonder the Lord was able to do powerful things through them. What a lesson for us as a church today.

It’s always so easy to find things in other people’s lives that are wrong. How can we learn to put aside the mistakes of others, all for the greater cause of doing God’s will in a united church?

At times we will have to deal with sin in the church. The lessons in the Bible are clear we are not to tolerate sin in the church. But, when Jesus tells us that the church remains in a Laodicean condition, ought we not pay attention? Ought we not ask Jesus if it applies to me? And, if it does, then what am I to do? Jesus tells us in the same message just after rebuking the church.

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Friday          November 30

Further Thought: Ellen G. White, “Unity in Diversity”, pp. 98-103, in Evangelism.

The following quote helps reveal how the early church, united in Christ, was able to maintain unity despite differences among them, and thus be a powerful witness to the world. “Within the church, Scripture illustrates how the Holy Spirit guided the early church in its decision-making process. This is done in at least three closely interconnected ways: revelations (e.g., the Spirit told the people what to do; Cornelius, Ananias, Philip; and perhaps the casting of lots), Scripture (the church reached a conclusion in which the Scripture was used), and consensus (the Spirit worked from within the community, almost imperceptibly, creating a consensus through dialogue and study at the end of which the church realizes that the Spirit was working within it). It appears that when faced with cultural, doctrinal, and theological controversies among the community of believers, the Holy Spirit worked through consensus in its decision-making process. In this process, we see the active role of the community of believers and not just its leaders, and the importance of prayer for discernment. The guidance of the Holy Spirit is sensed throughout the community’s understanding of the Word of God, the experience of the community and its needs, and through the experience of its leaders as they minister. Various church decisions were made through a process guided by the Holy Spirit in which Scripture, prayer, and experience were elements of theological reflection.” - Denis Fortin, “The Holy Spirit and the Church”, Ángel Manuel Rodríguez, ed., Message, Mission, and Unity of the Church, pp. 321, 322.

Here is a better quote, more to the point, and inspired.

It is possible for us to be one with Christ, even as He is one with the Father. If we are grafted into the living vine, if we draw our nourishment from Christ, there will be unity in diversity. Those only who derive nourishment from the Eternal Word, the Son of God, are branches of the True Vine. If we are truly united to Christ, the fruits of His Spirit will be seen in our lives; and tho there may be many branches, each branch will bear the fruit of the True Vine.

Had those who name the name of Christ a knowledge of the Book that unfolds the character of God, they would not be at variance one with another. Those who are one with Christ are one with each other. This union is a living testimony to the power of the Gospel of Christ. Those thus united demonstrate to the world that God has sent His Son to redeem them. They are a manifestation of what the truth can do for humanity. They are living witnesses to the power of redemption. The love of God dwells in their hearts, as it dwelt in the heart of Christ, leading them to obey God’s holy law. Christ’s character is His glory, and the glory of believers is the representation they give of Christ’s character. Unbelievers are convicted and converted as they see Christ’s Spirit revealed by His children.  Signs of the Times,  March 3, 1898.


Discussion Questions:

    In class, go over your answer to Wednesday’s question about how we decide on what teachings and practices are essential for us as Seventh-day Adventists and what aren’t.

It is not for you, nor I do decide what the standard shall be for church membership. When the standard is set, then if violated and not repented of, the church member is to be disfellowshiped. It is not what is essential for salvation. There are reasons why there is a requirement for membership in God's church. And, if you have not noticed, the standard has changed from that first General Conference at Jerusalem. Why does it change?


    How are we to relate to Christians in other denominations who, as we do, believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus?

Because one believes in this or that does not have a bearing on how we relate to another person. The question is first, are they truly converted? This will have more to do with how we relate to those who call themselves Christians.


Summary: The most convincing proof of unity is for brothers and sisters to love each other as Jesus did. The forgiveness of our sins and the salvation we share in common as Adventists are the best bonds of our fellowship. In Christ, we can thus show the world our unity and witness of our common faith. We are called to do nothing less.

Amen! In Christ we are unified in Spirit because the Holy Spirit abides in the heart. Simple to understand, but not simple to do. Denying self is the greatest battle we shall ever have to fight. Jesus has won the battle for us, now we must give all to Him that He might empower us to bury self. To think we can be in unity with those who are not abiding in Christ, or if we are not abiding in Christ and He in us, is a great deception.

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We see great disunity in our church today because we are not standing on the foundation pillars of our faith.

Amen! ...Jesus Christ of Nazareth...Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:10, 12

The labors of the apostles in the early Christian church were characterized by wonderful manifestations of the power of God in the lives of the believers. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, multitudes were brought to a knowledge of the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. The needs of the world today are no less than they were in the days of the apostles. Those who labor for souls in these times of impenitence and unbelief must yield themselves wholly to God, and work in unison with heavenly intelligences. The power of the Holy Spirit will accompany the labors of those who dedicate their energies and their all unreservedly to the completion of the work that must be done in the last days. Angels from heaven will cooperate with them, and many will be brought to a knowledge of the truth and will gladly cast in their lot with God's commandment-keeping people. Means will flow into the treasury, strong laborers will be raised up, the unwarned fields of the great regions beyond will be entered, and the work will soon close in triumph.—The Review and Herald, April 7, 1910; From the Heart 338

the principles of the doctrine of Christ... Hebrews 6:1 would free us of dead works and fill us with faith toward God; such that, we could have the capacity to go on unto perfection; or, a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so [we] cannot be moved... The Faith I Live By 287

Implicit obedience is the condition of salvation. The Signs of the Times November 15, 1899 paragraph 8

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience... 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

...a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 1 Peter 4:8

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10,11



Angels of glory wait to communicate through you heaven’s light and power to souls that are ready to perish. Shall (YOU, SHALL I) fail of accomplishing (our) appointed work? Oh, then to that degree is the world robbed of the promised influence of the Holy Spirit!  Thoughts From The Mount Of Blessings 40.2

The influence of the Holy Spirit is the life of Christ in the soul . . . S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 6, p. 1112.1

We shall be entrusted with the Holy Spirit according to our capacity to receive it and our ability to impart it to others. Healthful Living 306

Said Christ, “As the Father gave me commandment, even so I do” (John 14:31). He came to our world on a mission from the Father. He came to bridge the gulf that sin had made between God and man. There was to be made a provision for a reconciliation, for a union of the human with the divine nature. Christ would sanctify all who believe in Him. In the gift of Christ to our world, God has provided for everyone a power to overcome evil. He has 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” (2 Peter 1:4). The Upward Look 149

We are to be consecrated channels, through which the heavenly life is to flow to others. The Holy Spirit is to animate and pervade...You are dedicated to the work of making known the gospel of salvation. Heaven’s perfection is to be YOUR power.  9 Testimonies for the Church 20.2

God alone can transform us. Christ breathed on his disciples, and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” This is the great gift of heaven. Christ imparted to them through the Spirit his own sanctification. He imbued them with his power, that they might win souls to the gospel. Henceforth Christ would live through their faculties, and speak through their words. They were privileged to know that hereafter he and they were to be one. They must cherish his principles and be controlled by his Spirit. They were no longer to follow their own way, to speak their own words. The words they spoke were to proceed from a sanctified heart, and fall from sanctified lips. No longer were they to live their own selfish life; Christ was to live in them and speak through them. He would give to them the glory that he had with the Father, that he and they might be one in God.
The General Conference Bulletin October 1, 1899, Art. B paragraph 12

...be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment” [1 Corinthians 1:10]. Paul would not have appealed to them to do that which was impossible. Unity is the sure result of Christian perfection.
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...I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:19-21
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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 9--4th Quarter 2018--The Most Convincing Proof
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2018, 01:58:43 PM »
Amen Brother Glen. We must give the whole heart to Christ that we might be filled with the Holy Spirit. I especially like the truth revealed in this quote you shared.


God alone can transform us. Christ breathed on his disciples, and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” This is the great gift of heaven. Christ imparted to them through the Spirit his own sanctification. He imbued them with his power, that they might win souls to the gospel. Henceforth Christ would live through their faculties, and speak through their words. They were privileged to know that hereafter he and they were to be one. They must cherish his principles and be controlled by his Spirit. They were no longer to follow their own way, to speak their own words. The words they spoke were to proceed from a sanctified heart, and fall from sanctified lips. No longer were they to live their own selfish life; Christ was to live in them and speak through them. He would give to them the glory that he had with the Father, that he and they might be one in God.
The General Conference Bulletin October 1, 1899, Art. B paragraph 12

If we want unity in the church, then we must be in unity with God so that our words will come from a "sanctified heart" and "sanctified lips." What is a sanctified heart? It is one that has been fully (wholly) given to Christ that is then possessed by the Holy Spirit. This happens when one is truly converted and as long as the repentant sinner continues to love Jesus more than anything in this world, then the heart will remain sanctified. There is no other way to have a unified church. There must be revival and reformation in order to have unity in the church.
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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 9--4th Quarter 2018--The Most Convincing Proof
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 06:31:34 AM »
What is a sanctified heart? It is one that has been fully (wholly) given to Christ that is then possessed by the Holy Spirit.

The natural man must die, and the new man, Christ Jesus, take possession of the soul.... You [Christ in you Colossians 1:26, 27] may show by your [Galatians 2:20]  life what the power and grace of God can do in transforming the natural man into a spiritual man in Christ Jesus. God's Amazing Grace 226

we must sense the pains of the second death:
He longs to renew your heart, filling it with a love for all that is pure and true. He longs to crucify self for you, raising you to newness of life in Him. From the Heart 259


For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Romans 6: 7-12


If our profession ... [to have] greater truths than other denominations [have] does not lead to deeper consecration, and purer and holier lives, of what advantage is this truth to us? It would be better for us if we had never seen the light of truth, than to profess to accept it, and not be sanctified by it.

To determine how great a matter is involved in the conversion of a soul from error to truth, we must appreciate the value of immortality, we must sense the pains of the second death. We must comprehend the honors and glory awaiting the ransomed, and understand what it is to live in the presence of Him who died that He might elevate, ennoble, and give to the overcomer a royal diadem.

The worth of a soul cannot be fully estimated. How gratefully will the ransomed and glorified ones remember those who were instrumental in their salvation. Not one will forget his self-denying labors, his persevering efforts, his patience, perseverance, and earnest heart yearning for these souls who might have been lost to Jesus Christ, had he neglected his duty or became weary in well doing.
Manuscript 1, February 18, 1880, “Church Difficulties.”; The Upward Look 63
...Jesus...will live through (YOU), giving (YOU) the inspiration of His sanctifying Spirit, imparting to (YOUR) soul a vital transfusion of Himself. Sabbath-School Worker 02-01-96.03  ...as the blood is in the body, and circulate there as a vitalizing power... 7T 189.02