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Re: The Desire of Ages--73--"Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"
« Reply #80 on: July 16, 2020, 08:37:18 AM »
"After the Lord’s ascension, the disciples realized the fulfillment of His promise. The scenes of the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ were a living reality to them. They saw that the prophecies had been literally fulfilled. They searched the Scriptures, and accepted their teaching with a faith and assurance unknown before. They knew that the divine Teacher was all that He had claimed to be. As they told their experience, and exalted the love of God, men’s hearts were melted and subdued, and multitudes believed on Jesus. The Saviour’s promise to His disciples is a promise to His church to the end of time."

What is our part?

To behold that love! That is what melts and subdues the hard heart of the sinner. It is by grace we are saved. We must behold Him who gave all that we might be transformed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18). It would be well to spend a thoughtful hour each day contemplating the life of Christ, most especially the closing scenes where He suffered for each of our sins. We cannot trust someone we do not know. It is by spending time with Him that we will trust Him with all we are  and all we have.

And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent."


Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--73--"Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"
« Reply #81 on: August 07, 2020, 10:54:33 PM »
I just thought that I would put this here.

I have seen a connection between the Fruits of the Spirit, Peter's Ladder, and the Three Angel's Messages.

All three appear to be the same, the results of being a Partaker of the Divine Nature.


You will see if you read a part of my Study below....


1. The Fruits of the Spirit

love
joy
peace
longsuffering
gentleness
goodness
faith
meekness
temperance

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.
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2. Peter's Ladder /partaker's of the Divine Nature

faith
virtue
knowledge
temperance
patience
godliness
brotherly kindness
charity

2 Peter 1
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are 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.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
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3. The Three Angel's Messages and the 1888 Message

Justification by Faith
In the year of 1924, it was voted by the members of the Ministerial Association Advisory Council, that Arthur G. Daniells arrange a compilation of the writings of Ellen G. White on the subject of Justification by Faith. He also wrote of the experience and developments connected with the Minneapolis Conference.
Elder Daniells was well-aware that Justification by Faith was to be an indwelling experience in the believer’s life. With this in mind, he gave a most concise description of the total process which one goes through when the third angel’s message enters down into the soul. This condensed version of Righteousness by Faith is found in Daniells’ book entitled, Christ Our Righteousness. It reads as follows:

“Justification by Faith is God’s way of saving sinners; His way of convicting sinners of their guilt, their condemnation, and their utterly undone and lost condition. It is also God’s way of canceling their guilt, delivering them from the condemnation of His divine law, and giving them a new and right standing before Him and His holy law. Justification by Faith is God’s way of changing weak sinful defeated men and women into strong, righteous, victorious Christians.

“Now if it be true that justification by faith is ‘the third angel’s message in verity—in fact, in reality—it must be that the genuine understanding and appropriation of the third angel’s message is designed to do for and in those who receive it the full work of justification by faith. That this is its purpose is evident from the following considerations:

“1. The great threefold message of Revelation 14 which we designate by the term ‘the third angel’s message,’ is declared to be ‘the everlasting gospel.’ Revelation 14:6.
“2. The message makes the solemn announcement that ‘the hour of His Judgment is come.’
“3. It admonishes all who are to meet God at His great tribunal, to be judged by His righteous law, to ‘fear God, and give glory to Him,’ and to ‘worship Him that made heaven, and earth.’ Verse 7.
“4. The result, or fruitage, of this message of warning and admonition is the development of a people of whom it is declared: ‘Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’ Verse 12.

“In all this we have the facts of justification by faith. The message is the gospel of salvation from sin, condemnation, and death. The Judgment brings men and woman face to face with the law of righteousness, by which they are to be tried. Because of their guilt and condemnation, they are warned to fear and worship God. This involves conviction of guilt, repentance, confession, and renunciation. This is the ground of forgiveness, cleansing, and justification. Those who enter into this experience have had wrought into their characters the sweet, beautiful grace of patience, in an age of all-pervading irritability and fiery temper, which is destroying the peace, happiness, and safety of the human race. What is that but justification by faith? The word declares that, being justified by faith, we have ‘peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Roman; 5:1.
“But more still, these believers ‘keep the commandments of God.’ They have experienced the marvelous change from hating and transgressing the law of God, to loving and keeping its righteous precepts. Their standing before the law has been changed. Their guilt has been canceled; their sentence has been annulled. Having accepted Christ as their Savior, they have received His righteousness and His life.
“This wondrous transformation can be wrought only by the grace and power of God, and it is wrought for those only who lay hold of Christ as their substitute, their surety, their Redeemer. Therefore, it is said that they ‘keep the faith of Jesus.’ This reveals the secret of their rich, deep experience. They laid hold of the faith of Jesus, that faith by which He triumphed over the power of darkness.” A.G. Daniells, Christ Our Righteousness, pages 65,66.
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It is notable here in this quotation by Elder Daniells, that the experience of Justification by Faith begins with the first angel’s message, and its application to the heart. And by the time that the believer has allowed the messages of the three angels to permeate his soul, an entire transformation has taken place in which the believer becomes released from the condemnation of the law, and he can be pointed to as one who “keeps the commandments of God,” and who “has the faith of Jesus.” These who experience the transformation also have peace.

Therefore, the 1888 message of Justification by Faith is none other than an experience of actually permitting the three angel’s messages to enter into the heart and to change the life. It would be well then, to make an effort to explore more deeply just how it is that the transformation takes place.
Matthew 9:36-38
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--73--"Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"
« Reply #82 on: August 08, 2020, 02:11:23 PM »
Sister Claudia, I moved your post to this thread since it deals pointedly with the "fruits of the Spirit." You are correct, the fruits of the Spirit Peter's ladder, and the last message of warning to a world soon to perish are connected. It is good to see that they are intimately connected to the sinner having come to repentance by God's grace whereby he  becomes a partaker of God's divine nature.

It is notable here in this quotation by Elder Daniells, that the experience of Justification by Faith begins with the first angel’s message, and its application to the heart. And by the time that the believer has allowed the messages of the three angels to permeate his soul, an entire transformation has taken place in which the believer becomes released from the condemnation of the law, and he can be pointed to as one who “keeps the commandments of God,” and who “has the faith of Jesus.” These who experience the transformation also have peace.

Therefore, the 1888 message of Justification by Faith is none other than an experience of actually permitting the three angel’s messages to enter into the heart and to change the life. It would be well then, to make an effort to explore more deeply just how it is that the transformation takes place.

That is a very good and important question dear sister. Take a few moments and read some of the posts in this forum during the last two or three years and you will find it encouraging. When you find the answer, share with us in this thread.

I was encouraged to read your thoughts here:  "It is notable here in this quotation by Elder Daniells, that the experience of Justification by Faith begins with the first angel’s message, and its application to the heart. And by the time that the believer has allowed the messages of the three angels to permeate his soul, an entire transformation has taken place in which the believer becomes released from the condemnation of the law, and he can be pointed to as one who 'keeps the commandments of God,' and who 'has the faith of Jesus.' These who experience the transformation also have peace."

Yes, it is not so much the second and third angels' message as it is the first. We may be ignorant of the second and third, but when the gospel is allowed to bring grace into the heart, there is a transformation of character and all of the fruits of the Spirit are seen in the life, not one is missing.  "Not one is missing."  Love, joy, and peace come when the whole heart is fully surrendered to Christ. Then peace that passes all understanding is ours as long as we continue to remain fully surrendered. The question is how do we come to the point of full surrender? And how do we remain fully surrendered? What must I do to achieve both? Jesus told Nicodemus what he must do in order to born again of the Spirit (John 3).

In this chapter where I moved your post to, your will find something pertaining to your post. Because you and those reading here are diligent Bible students I am going to post more than just a quick sentence. Here it is:

“Abide in Me, and I in you.” Abiding in Christ means a constant receiving of His Spirit, a life of unreserved surrender to His service. The channel of communication must be open continually between man and his God. As the vine branch constantly draws the sap from the living vine, so are we to cling to Jesus, and receive from Him by faith the strength and perfection of His own character.
 
The root sends its nourishment through the branch to the outermost twig. So Christ communicates the current of spiritual strength to every believer. So long as the soul is united to Christ, there is no danger that it will wither or decay.

The life of the vine will be manifest in fragrant fruit on the branches. “He that abideth in Me,” said Jesus, “and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.” 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.

“My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away.” While the graft is outwardly united with the vine, there may be no vital connection. Then there will be no growth or fruitfulness. So there may be an apparent connection with Christ without a real union with Him by faith. A profession of religion places men in the church, but the character and conduct show whether they are in connection with Christ. If they bear no fruit, they are false branches. Their separation from Christ involves a ruin as complete as that represented by the dead branch. “If a man abide not in Me,” said Christ, “he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”  “And every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth [pruneth] it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” From the chosen twelve who had followed Jesus, one as a withered branch was about to be taken away; the rest were to pass under the pruning knife of bitter trial. Jesus with solemn tenderness explained the purpose of the husbandman. The pruning will cause pain, but it is the Father who applies the knife. He works with no wanton hand or indifferent heart. There are branches trailing upon the ground; these must be cut loose from the earthly supports to which their tendrils are fastening. They are to reach heavenward, and find their support in God. The excessive foliage that draws away the life current from the fruit must be pruned off. The overgrowth must be cut out, to give room for the healing beams of the Sun of Righteousness. The husbandman prunes away the harmful growth, that the fruit may be richer and more abundant.

“Herein is My Father glorified,” said Jesus, “that ye bear much fruit.” God desires to manifest through you the holiness, the benevolence, the compassion, of His own character. Yet the Saviour does not bid the disciples labor to bear fruit. He tells them to abide in Him. “If ye abide in Me,” He says, “and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” It is through the word that Christ abides in His followers. This is the same vital union that is represented by eating His flesh and drinking His blood. The words of Christ are spirit and life. Receiving them, you receive the life of the Vine. You live “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. The life of Christ in you produces the same fruits as in Him. Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ.  Desire of Ages, pg 671


Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.