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Beacon

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Re: The Desire of Ages--3--"The Fullness of the Time"
« Reply #60 on: August 01, 2020, 08:58:56 AM »
"The message of salvation is communicated to men through human agencies. But the Jews had sought to make a monopoly of the truth which is eternal life. They had hoarded the living manna, and it had turned to corruption. The religion which they tried to shut up to themselves became an offense. They robbed God of His glory, and defrauded the world by a counterfeit of the gospel...

They had refused to surrender themselves to God for the salvation of the world, and they became agents of Satan for its destruction."



Jesus said in Matthew 6:24  "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

"From the Book Mount of Blessings Pg. 101 we read this counsel which I feel is very relevant...." If you will seek the Lord and be converted every day; if you will of your own spiritual choice be free and joyous in God; if with gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call you come wearing the yoke of Christ,—the yoke of obedience and service,—all your murmurings will be stilled, all your difficulties will be removed, all the perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved. " {MB 101.3}
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Re: The Desire of Ages--3--"The Fullness of the Time"
« Reply #61 on: August 01, 2020, 10:32:15 AM »
   "Satan was exulting that he had succeeded in debasing the image of God in humanity. Then Jesus came to restore in man the image of his Maker. None but Christ can fashion anew the character that has been ruined by sin. He came to expel the demons that had controlled the will. He came to lift us up from the dust, to reshape the marred character after the pattern of His divine character, and to make it beautiful with His own glory."

This is love, this is grace, that is extended to everyone who believes on Jesus and accepts Him as their Saviour.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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Re: The Desire of Ages--3--"The Fullness of the Time"
« Reply #62 on: August 01, 2020, 02:13:37 PM »
Amen Sister Dorine! And at what cost? And at what risk? He could have failed and would have been forever separated from His Father!! Such love!!!

"The message of salvation is communicated to men through human agencies. But the Jews had sought to make a monopoly of the truth which is eternal life. They had hoarded the living manna, and it had turned to corruption. The religion which they tried to shut up to themselves became an offense. They robbed God of His glory, and defrauded the world by a counterfeit of the gospel...

Amen Brother Beacon! They indeed had tried to keep the truth from the gentiles, but failed. There were some such as the wise men who understood that the Messiah would come, and they understood the timing. And some hoped He would come "as a deliverer from sin."

   For hundreds of years the Scriptures had been translated into the Greek language, then widely spoken throughout the Roman Empire. The Jews were scattered everywhere, and their expectation of the Messiah's coming was to some extent shared by the Gentiles. Among those whom the Jews styled heathen were men who had a better understanding of the Scripture prophecies concerning the Messiah than had the teachers in Israel. There were some who hoped for His coming as a deliverer from sin. Philosophers endeavored to study into the mystery of the Hebrew economy. But the bigotry of the Jews hindered the spread of the light. Intent on maintaining the separation between themselves and other nations, they were unwilling to impart the knowledge they still possessed concerning the symbolic service. The true Interpreter must come. The One whom all these types prefigured must explain their significance. 
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« Reply #63 on: August 01, 2020, 05:35:03 PM »
Amen, Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine, and Brother Richard! Happy Sabbath!!

What a blessing it is to let Christ transform our character. Only Christ has the wisdom and the grace to restore what sin has ruined. Let us look away from self to Christ and allow Him to transform us fully into His image!!

"Satan was exulting that he had succeeded in debasing the image of God in humanity. Then Jesus came to restore in man the image of his Maker. None but Christ can fashion anew the character that has been ruined by sin. He came to expel the demons that had controlled the will. He came to lift us up from the dust, to reshape the marred character after the pattern of His divine character, and to make it beautiful with His own glory." {The Desire of Ages, page 37, paragraph 3}

Beauty of character is the effect of union and communion with God by a complete surrender of the will to Christ. As Christ lives in us by faith, He heals the disorders of our sin-sick souls and imparts to us a heavenly freshness of His life--all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as we turn away from the vain works of the flesh! What joy!!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}