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Church News / Re: Annual Council Has Begun
« Last post by Richard Myers on Today at 10:08:31 AM »
The 14 page document that was returned to the originating committee is very good. All who are concerned about the rebellion need to read it. It provides for actions against elected officials who are working against world church rules. It divides into three categories non compliance. One category is GC Session decisions. Executive committee members will not be allowed to speak or vote at meetings if found to be working against the Session's decisions. It is also interesting that theology is mentioned in the document. This leaves open the question as to what will they do now with the false gospels being taught in the church. It is a violation of category #1, our fundamental beliefs.
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Important Protestant principles were put forward. That is good. But, there there was some additional thoughts that do not appear to rightly represent our church or Bible truth.


“If we do not protect religious freedom, promote tolerance and champion
human dignity, we do not deserve it”. We take these fundamental principles seriously.
My appeal to you is not to shrink or box Jesus to the place where he only “saves our soul”. I
believe Jesus Christ has and can change the world to make it a better and fairer place.
Our laws and partnerships to respect human dignity need to be non-discriminatory and
inalienable; indivisible; interdependent and interrelated. They need to be nondiscriminatory
because everyone is created in God’s image and is born with and possesses
the same dignity, regardless of where they live, their gender or race, or their religious,
cultural or ethnic background. Inalienable because people’s rights can never be taken away.
Indivisible and interdependent because all rights – political, religious, civil, social, cultural
and economic – are equal in importance and none can be fully enjoyed without the others.
In conclusion, the Protestant Reformation is not a historical event frozen in the 16th Century.
On the contrary, the Reformation spirit and message must be rediscovered and relived
today if we are to make the most of its core principles.


This came out of the Protestant reformation?  "Inalienable because people’s rights can never be taken away. Indivisible and interdependent because all rights – political, religious, civil, social, cultural and economic – are equal in importance and none can be fully enjoyed without the others." Even in the United States where liberty was the founding principle, there has never been any mention of such a thing as we read here. The Protestant Reformation had nothing to do with political, civil, social, and cultural "rights".  The liberties involved were liberty of conscience, religious liberty, separation of church and state. That is no state ought to be telling people what they can and cannot do when it comes to who they worship. The Reformation extended to express clearly what the Christian religion is founded upon, the Bible and the Bible only. The idea that the pope is the highest authority in Christianity was put to an end. No man is God or can change God's times and laws as popes have attempted to do.

As for social justice, our TED leader appears to have stepped outside of Scripture in saying people have a right to economic freedom. People have a right to work, not to be fed when they won't work. Socialism does not work because people are by nature selfish and will gladly take from others who do work. To help those who are not able to provide for themselves is not the responsibility of government, but of the church. She has failed in her responsibilities, so the government has assumed her job of caring for the worthy and unworthy poor. Government has created a poor class which is now dependent upon the government. Maybe our brother does not see things this way, if not, then he needs to use different language. "I walked these corridors many times and visited offices to dialogue and partner about issues of advocacy, religious freedom, human rights, social justice and support to the poor and needy." Social justice as being touted today is not Biblical. And all cultures do not have a right to be respected. Some cultures are evil. We do not encourage people to follow culture, but God which has a better culture than those of the world.

Brother Kamal did not take advantage of his opportunity to express the reality that the world is now in the same condition as it was just before the flood, where evil is called good, and good is called evil. Nowhere is it more true than in decadent Europe.
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The EU and Church dialogue – presented by Pastor Raafat Kamal, President of the Trans-European Division, at a Reformation 500
celebration at the European Parliament, 17 October 2017

I wish to thank Dr Hannu Takkula and team for organising this important conference to
Celebrate the 500 Years of Reformation.

I hope that we all agree with the irrefutable notion that the centre of the Reformation is
Jesus Christ – His life, His teachings, His death, His resurrection, and His promised return.
Jesus is our Creator, our Redeemer and our ONLY Hope.

The term 'Post-truth' was declared last year as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. In
21st century Europe, TRUTH has become a matter of opinion, a matter of feeling and
sometimes irrelevant. In this current era of post-truth, it is easy to cherry-pick information
to polish one’s personal position and come to whatever conclusion one desires. No wonder
we live in a world of confusion wrapped by a “crisis of meaning”.

And for the last 40 years, this crisis of meaning has become viral. Our European societies
are producing very many unhappy and unhealthy directionless people. We just need to
review the growing statistics on mental health, suicide, anxiety, depression, sleep
deprivation – just to list a few.

Jesus is the only answer for our Post-Truth time (John 14:6), he said “… I am the way and the
truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

These rediscovered truths are salvific, yet other vital dimensions of the Reformation
message should not be neglected. If our intention is to move our broken communities to a
better and just place … human dignity, individual freedom of conscience, religious freedom,
tolerance, generosity towards the other and duty of care for the poor and needy need to
continue to be foundational blocks of our attitudes, laws, and partnerships between the EU,
national governments and civil societies.

These essential values are captured well in the book of Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you oh
man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”

The words ascribed to Martin Luther as he held fast to the dictates of his transformed
conscience to act justly and love mercy have inspired generations of believers and nonreligious
people alike: “Unless I am convicted by scripture and plain reason . . . my
conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go
against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help
me.”

Here is a quick application for us today - a person’s conscience based on the Word of God
should dictate his or her choice to worship and believe—or not.

To embrace religious freedom is to champion and integrate the dignity of human beings in
our laws, culture and way of life. It is to adopt a personal attitude of tolerance, whereby
tolerance is an expression of solidarity with every member of the human family. It
translates into respect for every human being, after all, we are created in God’s image. And
this can only be genuine when other peoples’ rights are respected.
Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

Most people know that Jesus came to bring forgiveness and grace – these are hallmarks of
the Reformation. Less well known is the Biblical teaching that a true experience of the grace
of Jesus Christ inevitably motivates persons, communities and nations to see and apply
biblical justice and mercy in this world.

Some argue that the job of the church or civil societies is not to do justice at all, but to
preach the Word and nurture believers. But if it is true that justice and mercy are the
inevitable signs of justifying faith in Jesus Christ, it is hard to believe that the church is not to
live Jesus Christ and reflect His values corporately to the wider community.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s portfolio of services in 202 countries confirm
remarkable intersections with many of the goals and values of the European Union and the
United Nation. I walked these corridors many times and visited offices to dialogue and
partner about issues of advocacy, religious freedom, human rights, social justice and
support to the poor and needy. I have first hand experience as a war child of suffering,
homelessness and intolerance.

I am happy to be part of my church’s global network of schools and educational institutions,
its hospitals and medical centres, and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
that alleviate suffering in the world with projects in 141 countries confirms our commitment
towards biblical justice and mercy.

Furthermore, my church’s International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) and Public
Affairs and Religious Liberty Department (PARL) have defended religious freedom for all
people regardless of their religious affiliation for more than 100 years. As one of our leaders
recently noted – “If we do not protect religious freedom, promote tolerance and champion
human dignity, we do not deserve it”. We take these fundamental principles seriously.
My appeal to you is not to shrink or box Jesus to the place where he only “saves our soul”. I
believe Jesus Christ has and can change the world to make it a better and fairer place.
Our laws and partnerships to respect human dignity need to be non-discriminatory and
inalienable; indivisible; interdependent and interrelated. They need to be nondiscriminatory
because everyone is created in God’s image and is born with and possesses
the same dignity, regardless of where they live, their gender or race, or their religious,
cultural or ethnic background. Inalienable because people’s rights can never be taken away.
Indivisible and interdependent because all rights – political, religious, civil, social, cultural
and economic – are equal in importance and none can be fully enjoyed without the others.
In conclusion, the Protestant Reformation is not a historical event frozen in the 16th Century.
On the contrary, the Reformation spirit and message must be rediscovered and relived
today if we are to make the most of its core principles.

You and I are saved by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. These biblical convictions
threatened the power of the powerful and changed the destiny of Europe.
I hope and pray that we have the same boldness and courage to acknowledge that we are
our brother’s keeper – that we share common humanity and are responsible for one
another. I appeal to you to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God and may that
candle never be put out.




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Amen, Pastor Sean.  Why did Jesus allow Judas to join with Him? He did not call Him as He did the others. They all had faults, but there was a difference between Judas and the others.  It is interesting that Jesus chose men who needed to be changed, men who had "serious faults." Day by day they beheld the loveliness of Jesus and became changed in character. Jesus reproved them. Ah...that is a very negative thing in the church today. Why?

Jesus chose men who needed to be converted. Is there a lesson for us today? Did He choose the best available?

We have disunity in the church today. Why? What can be done in the church that we may have unity?

     His love would lead to love for one another; the lessons of the Master would lead to the harmonizing of all differences, bringing the disciples into unity, till they would be of one mind and one judgment. Christ is the great center, and they would approach one another just in proportion as they approached the center. 
 

If the strong would bear with the weak, then would this not be a blessing in the church? If the erring would accept reproof, would that not be a blessing to the church? There is much we can learn each day from studying the lessons seen in the life of Christ.

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Jesus calls us, and when we respond by surrendering our wills to Him because we behold His loveliness of character, then we become partakers of the "divine nature." By beholding we become changed. Let us choose to behold Christ and Him crucified! No matter how weak and sinful our fallen nature may be, the moment that we become vitally connected to Christ so that He indwells the heart and mind (renewing them by His grace to make them pure and holy), He makes it possible for us to live a life of humble obedience, even as we come to more fully see at every advance step how weak and sinful our flesh is, and how much we are in need of His grace to keep us from falling. If you know how much Jesus loves you, then let His love motivate you to remain abiding in Him moment-by-moment. The evidence of that abiding connection is the revelation of His character through us--all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing! We cannot produce these fruits, for they are in direct contradiction to the fallen nature, the flesh. Notice that we are either living in the flesh or by the Spirit, and the evidence is striking:

Galatians 5:19-25
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

"He who called the fisherman of Galilee is still calling men to His service. And He is just as willing to manifest His power through us as through the first disciples. However imperfect and sinful we may be, the Lord holds out to us the offer of partnership with Himself, of apprenticeship to Christ. He invites us to come under the divine instruction, that, uniting with Christ, we may work the works of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 297, paragraph 1} 

The power that works through us is the power of the Holy Spirit, who remains in our hearts as long as we are fully surrendered to Christ (converted). But if we cherish sin and neglect Jesus, our connection with Him by faith falters and we fall, again manifesting the works of the flesh. While it only takes one of the works of the flesh to fall into sin, to live by the Spirit means all of the fruits of the Spirit will be manifest--because this is the character of God. But if we fall, does Jesus leave us? No! While He does not remain on the throne of the heart if we sin, because He will never force Himself where He is not welcome or desired, He immediately lovingly knocks and calls our name! "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20). If we sin, immediately Jesus is desiring to impart again the character of heaven, which are the fruits of the Spirit. Let us abide in Christ, and reflect His loveliness to others, even as the twelve disciples had an amazing opportunity to share Christ with others as long as they remained surrendered to Him so He could work through them!
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Contemplating the deceptions brought into the church through quoting only the imputation of the righteousness of Christ and not the impartation of His righteousness, I was impressed with another deception that has been brought into the church through the same quote. I am using my quote, but it makes the very same point, that Christ's righteousness stands in place of ours. But, notice what Ellen White did not say in the quote used by the lesson's authors. It adds understanding that does not agree with the false teachers who misuse the quote.

The law requires righteousness,—a righteous life, a perfect character; and this man has not to give. He cannot meet the claims of God’s holy law. But Christ, coming to the earth as man, lived a holy life, and developed a perfect character. These He offers as a free gift to all who will receive them. His life stands for the life of men. Thus they have remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."  DA 762.


There is remission of sins for the repentant sinner. But, there is not remission of future sins. This is important because the false teacher is preaching His righteousness is going to cover my sins that are not confessed and forsaken. You see my righteousness is filthy and God has not given me power to keep the law. But, in the quote, we read that it is the "sins that are past" that have been forgiven, not future sins. Future sins, if there be any, will bring condemnation until they are repented of.

As long as the repentant sinner is fully surrendered to Christ, he will be empowered through the indwelling Spirit to keep the law of God. It does not save him, but it reveals he is fully surrendered to Jesus and the Spirit has possession of the heart, the whole heart.
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Monday October 23

The Righteousness of God


“Now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets” (Rom. 3:21). How are we to understand what this text means?

This new righteousness is contrasted with the righteousness of the law, which was the righteousness with which the Jew was familiar. The new righteousness is called “the righteousness of God”; that is, a righteousness that comes from God, a righteousness that God provides, and the only one that He accepts as true righteousness.

A new righteousness? When did righteous Enoch walk on this Earth? Seems that righteousness was manifested in days of old. Ezekiel spoke of righteousness in his day. "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Eze. 36:25-27.

Did God impart His righteousness to the Jews, or is it only for Christians?


This is, of course, the righteousness that Jesus wrought out in His life while here in human flesh-a righteousness that He offers to all who will accept it by faith, who will claim it for themselves, not because they deserve it but because they need it.

Amen, but it does not come to all, not even those who believe. The devils believe, but do not receive His righteousness. To whom does God impart His righteousness? Will it cover unconfessed and unforsaken sins? No. Why not?


“Righteousness is obedience to the law. The law demands righteousness, and this the sinner owes to the law; but he is incapable of rendering it. The only way in which he can attain to righteousness is through faith. By faith he can bring to God the merits of Christ, and the Lord places the obedience of His Son to the sinner’s account. Christ’s righteousness is accepted in place of man’s failure, and God receives, pardons, justifies, the repentant, believing soul, treats him as though he were righteous, and loves him as He loves His Son.” - Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, p. 367.


Obedience to the law has been separated from mercy in the above statement. Let me share a similar quote that will reveal the deception.
False teachers will often quote what we read above from the Spirit of Prophecy, but they detest the rest of the truth and refuse to share it. Just as a verse in Scripture is taken out of context, so is the above quote. Let's read the rest of the truth associated with the above statement.

The law requires righteousness,—a righteous life, a perfect character; and this man has not to give. He cannot meet the claims of God’s holy law. But Christ, coming to the earth as man, lived a holy life, and developed a perfect character. These He offers as a free gift to all who will receive them. His life stands for the life of men. Thus they have remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."  DA 762.
This is the same truth as what we read in the lesson, is it not. Only. there is more to say to keep from being deceived, as many have been. Read the other half of the truth.

"More than this, Christ imbues men with the attributes of God. He builds up the human character after the similitude of the divine character, a goodly fabric of spiritual strength and beauty. Thus the very righteousness of the law is fulfilled in the believer in Christ. God can “be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:26.

God’s love has been expressed in His justice no less than in His mercy. Justice is the foundation of His throne, and the fruit of His love. It had been Satan’s purpose to divorce mercy from truth and justice. He sought to prove that the righteousness of God’s law is an enemy to peace. But Christ shows that in God’s plan they are indissolubly joined together; the one cannot exist without the other. “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Psalm 85:10.
 
By His life and His death, Christ proved that God’s justice did not destroy His mercy, but that sin could be forgiven, and that the law is righteous, and can be perfectly obeyed. Satan’s charges were refuted. God had given man unmistakable evidence of His love.  Desire of Ages, pg 762.


God imparts His righteousness to repentant sinners. "The law is righteous, and can be perfectly obeyed."


How can you learn to accept this wonderful truth for yourself? See also Rom. 3:22.

Accept the truth quoted without accepting the other half, and be deceived about your standing before God. Without keeping the commandments of God, without manifesting of the fruits of the Spirit, none will enter heaven. When we are born of the Spirit, we will manifest the fruits of the Spirit, not one will be missing. If we have not His Spirit, we do not have eternal life (Romand 8:9).


The faith of Jesus Christ is here, doubtless, faith in Jesus Christ. As it operates in the Christian life, faith is much more than intellectual assent; it is more than just an acknowledgment of certain facts about Christ’s life and His death. Instead, true faith in Jesus Christ is accepting Him as Savior, Substitute, Surety, and Lord. It is choosing His way of life. It is trusting Him and seeking by faith to live according to His commandments.

All men are given a measure of faith. That does not save anyone. Saving faith is trusting Jesus with the whole heart, with all we have and all we are. There is no holding back. It is all or nothing. Profession of faith means nothing to God. It is a faith that gives the whole heart to Christ. We must love the Lord thy God with the whole heart. We must die to self and live unto Christ. In order to do this, we must know Jesus. We must live for Him. We must be born again of the Spirit. And when we are born again of the Spirit, we will keep the commandments of God and manifest each one of the fruits of His Spirit. It is a straight and narrow road to heaven. Now we must claim what the lesson has stated. We must understand that the grace of God when allowed into the heart will enable all to reach heaven. It is Christ that empowers all who will exchange a sin polluted heart for a heart cleansed as white as snow. We can do it, if we will learn of Him who gave all for us while we were yet sinners.

Do not be deceived about the power of the gospel and the requirements to enter heaven.
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Sunday October 22

The Deeds of the Law


Read Romans 3:19, 20.

 3:19   Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 
 3:20   Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. 


What is Paul saying here about the law, about what it does, and about what it does not or cannot do? Why is this point so important for all Christians to understand?

The law condemns, it does not save. The law is the schoolmaster that points us to our Savior.


Paul is using the term law in its broad sense as the Jew in his day understood it. By the term Torah (the Hebrew word for “law”), a Jew even today thinks particularly of God’s instruction in the first five books of Moses but also more generally in the entire Old Testament. The moral law-plus the amplification of this in the statutes and judgments, as well as the ceremonial precepts-was a part of this instruction. Because of this we may think of the law here as the system of Judaism.

To be under the law means to be under its jurisdiction. The law, however, reveals a person’s shortcomings and guilt before God. The law cannot remove that guilt; what it can do is lead the sinner to seek a remedy for it.

Yes, it reveals one is under condemnation having sinned.


As we apply the book of Romans in our day, when Jewish law is no longer a factor, we think of law particularly in terms of the moral law. This law can’t save us any more than the system of Judaism could save the Jews. To save a sinner is not the moral law’s function. Its function is to reveal God’s character and to show people wherein they fall short of reflecting that character.

It is called sin.


Whichever law it is-moral, ceremonial, civil, or all combined-the keeping of any or all in and of itself will not make a person just in God’s sight. In fact, the law never was intended to do that. On the contrary, the law was to point out our shortcomings and lead us to Christ.

Again, call it what it is, sin.

The law can no more save us than the symptoms of a disease can cure the disease. The symptoms don’t cure; they point out the need for the cure. That’s how the law functions.

How successful have your efforts in law-keeping been? What should that answer tell you about the futility of trying to be saved by keeping the law?

Read Romans seven. Is this your experience? "I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" 7:23,24.   Paul was beside himself, he could not save himself. He could not keep the law. He did not know Jesus as Savior. He was condemned because he continued sinning. What is missing? Are you saved in your sin, or is there something else we need to discover?
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--29--The Sabbath
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 21, 2017, 06:48:49 AM »
Amen, Richard!

I am thankful that the truth of the seventh-day Sabbath was a seed planted by my mom in my life in my youth, as she taught me from Exodus 20:8-11 that the Sabbath is the seventh day, and I would later come to faith as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian after my dad and mom died--and I still hold firm with joy the Advent faith that Jesus is coming again soon! I am so thankful for Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, because He came to show us that this day was to be used to save souls, and bless others!

   "Christ would teach His disciples and His enemies that the service of God is first of all. The object of God's work in this world is the redemption of man; therefore that which is necessary to be done on the Sabbath in the accomplishment of this work is in accord with the Sabbath law. Jesus then crowned His argument by declaring Himself the 'Lord of the Sabbath,'--One above all question and above all law. This infinite Judge acquits the disciples of blame, appealing to the very statutes they are accused of violating." {The Desire of Ages, page 285, paragraph 3}

Thank the Lord that He gives us an entire day to commune with Him in a more focused way--a sign of the common we get to enjoy with Him through accepting the gospel that brings us all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing when Christ abides in our hearts by faith. This is the true rest of the Sabbath--a rest from self, abiding in Jesus' loveliness of character! Hallelujah!!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--29--The Sabbath
« Last post by Richard Myers on October 21, 2017, 06:04:49 AM »
The Sabbath Day is a blessing for all of mankind, if we will accept it. It is the truth that brought me into His church. They that love Him supremely will hear His voice and follow Him into His church.

For what purpose did God set aside one day above another?

     It was a memorial of the work of creation, and thus a sign of God's power and His love. The Scripture says, "He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered." "The things that are made," declare "the invisible things of Him since the creation of the world," "even His everlasting power and divinity." Genesis 2:3; Psalm 111:4; Romans 1:20, R. V.
     All things were created by the Son of God. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. . . . All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made." John 1:1-3. And since the Sabbath is a memorial of the work of creation, it is a token of the love and power of Christ.
     The Sabbath calls our thoughts to nature, and brings us into communion with the Creator. In the song of the bird, the sighing of the trees, and the music of the sea, we still may hear His voice who talked with Adam in Eden in the cool of the day. And as we behold His power in nature we find comfort, for the word that created all things is that which speaks life to the soul. He "who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6. 


It was to be a blessing for all of man from the very beginning, but how much more do we need it today!

     It declares that He who created all things in heaven and in earth, and by whom all things hold together, is the head of the church, and that by His power we are reconciled to God. For, speaking of Israel, He said, "I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them,"--make them holy. Ezekiel 20:12. Then the Sabbath is a sign of Christ's power to make us holy. And it is given to all whom Christ makes holy. As a sign of His sanctifying power, the Sabbath is given to all who through Christ become a part of the Israel of God. 

Sadly, many do not believe God's grace has power to cleanse from sin and make the repentant sinner holy. Study the Sabbath School lesson for today on "justification by faith." Or, study it each week and see that the idea of God making a repentant sinner holy is a foreign thought. The Sabbath Day is given to us that we who need His power to make us holy, will understand He has power to cleans us from all sin. "If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:7,9. 

The One who created heaven and earth has power to re-create man in His character. If we will behold His great love, grace, character, will become like Him in character (2 Cor. 3:18). Take time each day to behold this wondrous love, but especially have we been given time every Sabbath Day to contemplate His creation that we might remember His love for us and the creative power which is His.
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