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The Bible is a revelation of Christ.  "And the Word was made flesh..." John 1:14.

In the study of the Bible the converted soul eats the flesh and drinks the blood of the Son of God, which he [Christ] himself interprets as the receiving and doing of his words, that are spirit and life. The Word is made flesh, and dwells among us, in those who receive the holy precepts of the word of God. The Saviour of the world has left a holy, pure example for all men. It illuminates, uplifts, and brings immortality to all who obey the divine requirements. Special Testimonies On Education 220

It was only as Christ, through instruction from a child at His mother's knees, and the grace of God that was upon Him, by faith digested the Scriptures, receiving "the holy precepts of the word of God, that we are given an understanding that: We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 1 John 5:18

As a man, Jesus Christ was not God Almighty. As men and women by faith ingest the Word of God, they do not become God, yet; if faithful, will be raised as part of Himself, as one with Him. This, is the mystery of Godliness. They become a revelation of Jesus; and, inhabited by the Spirit of Christ, thereby live His life, thus representing the Father.

[Those who] become angry and blaze out in words that in God’s sight are as swearing...allow Satan to take possession of [their] mind and heart, and he speaks and acts through [them]. Lt38-1893 (December 11, 1893) par. 1  Such, are a revelation of Satan, who said that he would exalt himself above all that is called God [2 Thessalonians 2:4].

Romans 6:
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

As the soul melds with that of an indwelling Saviour from sin, it is the indwelling Saviour that "dies daily" to sin (as the Believer submits to God, the Believer is free from sin, continually. Dying daily to sin is a daily choosing to keep the LIGHT on, as "Christ in you, the only hope of glory [godly character] [Colossians 1:27].

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2

What would "Jesus Christ, and him crucified" look like among Believers, but: So then death worketh in us, but life in [the hearer]. 2 Corinthians 4:12

For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
2 Corinthians 4:11

...the believer must have a progressive experience by continually doing the works of Christ. It is by continual surrender of the will, by continual obedience, that the blessing of justification is retained. NL 28.1

Romans 6:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Christ, as a child, was "under" the "grace of God"; this is how He, and we, mature in godly life, reflecting the principle of LOVE that is the foundation of the government of God.

Luke 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--34--The Invitation
« Last post by Dorine on April 18, 2018, 07:36:28 AM »
"The Elder Brother of our race is by the eternal throne. He looks upon every soul who is turning his face toward Him as the Saviour. He knows by experience what are the weaknesses of humanity, what are our wants, and where lies the strength of our temptations; for He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. He is watching over you, trembling child of God. Are you tempted? He will deliver. Are you weak? He will strengthen. Are you ignorant? He will enlighten. Are you wounded? He will heal. The Lord "telleth the number of the stars;" and yet "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Psalm 147:4, 3. "Come unto Me," is His invitation. Whatever your anxieties and trials, spread out your case before the Lord. Your spirit will be braced for endurance. The way will be opened for you to disentangle yourself from embarrassment and difficulty. The weaker and more helpless you know yourself to be, the stronger will you become in His strength. The heavier your burdens, the more blessed the rest in casting them upon the Burden Bearer."

This passage gives me such strength and courage and love for my Saviour. He will do all these things and more if we just "come to Him" in full surrender.
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--34--The Invitation
« Last post by Richard Myers on April 18, 2018, 07:02:16 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean!  Even amid great trial, we may have peace that passeth all understanding.

     The yoke that binds to service is the law of God. The great law of love revealed in Eden, proclaimed upon Sinai, and in the new covenant written in the heart, is that which binds the human worker to the will of God. If we were left to follow our own inclinations, to go just where our will would lead us, we should fall into Satan's ranks and become possessors of his attributes. Therefore God confines us to His will, which is high, and noble, and elevating. He desires that we shall patiently and wisely take up the duties of service. The yoke of service Christ Himself has borne in humanity. He said, "I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart." Psalm 40:8. "I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me." John 6:38. Love for God, zeal for His glory, and love for fallen humanity, brought Jesus to earth to suffer and to die. This was the controlling power of His life. This principle He bids us adopt. 

This is a different attitude towards the law than many teach. The law is a law of love. If we will give the heart to Jesus, He will write His law upon our hearts. Then we will delight to do His will. Then we will be His witnesses in this world that is soon to pass away!
That repentance which is produced by the influence of divine grace upon the heart, will lead to the confession and forsaking of sin.

Certainly; I have no problem Brother Richard that you think differently than I; and I appreciate the quote you share from Ellen White. However, Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 Think with me a little longer?

As you mention, "That repentance which is produced by the influence of divine grace upon the heart, will lead to the confession and forsaking of sin."

Yes indeed; scripture plainly, simply, describes that Christ...the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. His confession, if you will, was constantly, I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. John 8:28 What would have been the outcome had Christ attempted to do ANYTHING of Himself? It was the "grace", the divine presence of God the Father; that prompted Christ from a child to comprehend the degradation of mankind that He, daily confessing Himself as in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin Romans 8:3 yet grew, become "strong in spirit, filled with wisdom"; that strengthened Him as He became more and more aware of the great burden of imputed and imparted guilt that weighed on His soul as God...made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. [2 Corinthians 5:20, 21] -that He could even condemn...sin in the flesh. Though Christ never sinned, His hatred for it deepened each day as the righteous divine presence of the Father grew in Him, and He in the Father. ONLY as His "oneness" with God, in the love of the Truth shed abroad in His heart, could His "godly sorrow for sin", develop, as our great example: For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth 1 Peter 2:21, 22. ...hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5 Just as Christ, as a man, depended upon the Word of God, so we may be influenced by the Spirit of the Father to "eschew evil" and soundly " God and resist the devil" James 4:7

There is no one who can explain the mystery of the incarnation of Christ. Yet we know that He came to this earth and lived as a man among men. The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty, yet Christ and the Father are one. Lift Him Up 235

 All who will go to work, trusting not in what they themselves can do, but in what God can do for and through them, will certainly realize the fulfillment of His promise. “Greater works than these shall ye do,” He declares; “because I go unto My Father.”—The Desire of Ages, 664, 667. HB 50.6

The doing of the living principles of God’s law makes [us] one with Christ; and because He lives, [we] will live also. At the last day He will raise [us] as a part of himself. He declares, “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” “This is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”  Christ became one with us in order that we might become one with Him in divinity. RH June 18, 1901, par. 7
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--34--The Invitation
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 18, 2018, 04:02:45 AM »
"Those who take Christ at His word, and surrender their souls to His keeping, their lives to His ordering, will find peace and quietude. Nothing of the world can make them sad when Jesus makes them glad by His presence. In perfect acquiescence there is perfect rest. The Lord says, 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.' Isaiah 26:3. Our lives may seem a tangle; but as we commit ourselves to the wise Master Worker, He will bring out the pattern of life and character that will be to His own glory. And that character which expresses the glory--character--of Christ will be received into the Paradise of God. A renovated race shall walk with Him in white, for they are worthy." {The Desire of Ages, page 331, paragraph 2}

Peace and quietude--how rare in our world today. But it is in each heart of Jesus' followers. We rest in His love. We trust His leading. We accept His invitation and begin the life eternal that draws us into an ever-deepening union and communion with Christ. We fear not for the future because we keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus Christ and Him crucified. By beholding Christ we are changed, and when the soul surrenders fully to Christ, He comes to indwell the heart and mind, for the will is given over to Him and we allow Him to so blend our thoughts and aims into conformity to His will that the expression of all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing becomes our continual experience in which we hate sin for its inherent baseness and what it has done to Jesus. We love Him who first loved us! Hallelujah!   
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Last post by Richard Myers on April 17, 2018, 10:20:34 PM »
Amen!! Jesus is our only hope!!!

I am sure I have commented on this paragraph in the past, probably many times. But, in it are truths that reveal the great deception which has come into God's church.

      When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one. We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place. The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end. 

Conversion is a "supernatural work." It is the result of Christ taking possession of the heart because we have surrendered it fully. And, we must continually be surrendered in order to keep our salvation. We do not have to premeditate sin in order to lose our justification for eternal life. The mind that wanders away from Christ is at the mercy of the enemy of man.  "It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light." Moses' sin of pride and anger was not willful, but it was sin that revealed a separation between him and Christ. Let no one convince you that unless it is willful or premeditated sin, it does not cause the loss of eternal life at that moment. Separation from Christ reveals a loss of one's justification (salvation). Unless the heart is fully surrendered to Christ, we do not possess eternal life. We need Jesus in order to have life.
Prayer / Re: Answered Prayer
« Last post by Sister Marie on April 17, 2018, 08:17:14 PM »
What a blessing from the Lord. He has truly answered the prayers of His own. Praise His Name.
Prayer / Re: Answered Prayer
« Last post by Ed Sutton on April 17, 2018, 05:57:45 PM »
Praise the Lord and thank you all of you dedicated SDA Folks and non SDA Parents for uniting to keep the school open and go forward.
Testimonies / Re: My Testimony of Jesus Love for us
« Last post by Sister Marie on April 17, 2018, 03:26:36 PM »
This is about our walk with the Lord here on this earth. If we follow Him as He wishes us to, we will come to a point where we no longer have any wrong that we desire to take part of. Our only desire will be to please Jesus and we will desire to see a smile on His face for us when we meet Him face to face.
Testimonies / Re: My Testimony of Jesus Love for us
« Last post by thx4mercy on April 17, 2018, 10:03:02 AM »
"You no longer desire wrong"  -- Not sure if you're describing this as after we get to heaven, or that we will eventually get to that point here on earth.  But I like the idea!
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