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Title: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on February 12, 2016, 08:44:38 PM
"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"

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     Across the bright days of Christ's ministry in Galilee, one shadow lay. The people of Nazareth rejected Him. "Is not this the carpenter's son?" they said.
     During His childhood and youth, Jesus had worshiped among His brethren in the synagogue at Nazareth. Since the opening of His ministry He had been absent from them, but they had not been ignorant of what had befallen Him. As He again appeared among them, their interest and expectation were excited to the highest pitch. Here were the familiar forms and faces of those whom He had known from infancy. Here were His mother, His brothers and sisters, and all eyes were turned upon Him as He entered the synagogue upon the Sabbath day, and took His place among the worshipers. 
     In the regular service for the day, the elder read from the prophets, and exhorted the people still to hope for the Coming One, who would bring in a glorious reign, and banish all oppression. He sought to encourage his hearers by rehearsing the evidence that the Messiah's coming was near. He described the glory of His advent, keeping prominent the thought that He would appear at the head of armies to deliver Israel. 
     When a rabbi was present at the synagogue, he was expected to deliver the sermon, and any Israelite might give the reading from the prophets. Upon this Sabbath Jesus was requested to take part in the service. He "stood up to read. And there was delivered unto Him a roll of the prophet Isaiah." Luke 4:16, 17, R. V., margin. The scripture which He read was one that was understood as referring to the Messiah:

        "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
         Because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor;
         He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
         To preach deliverance to the captives,
         And recovering of sight to the blind,
         To set at liberty them that are bruised,
         To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." 

     "And He closed the roll, and gave it back to the attendant: . . . and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on Him. . . . And all bare Him witness, and wondered at the words of grace which proceeded out of His mouth." Luke 4:20-22, R. V., margin. 
     Jesus stood before the people as a living expositor of the prophecies concerning Himself. Explaining the words He had read, He spoke of the Messiah as a reliever of the oppressed, a liberator of captives, a healer of the afflicted, restoring sight to the blind, and revealing to the world the light of truth. His impressive manner and the wonderful import of His words thrilled the hearers with a power they had never felt before. The tide of divine influence broke every barrier down; like Moses, they beheld the Invisible. As their hearts were moved upon by the Holy Spirit, they responded with fervent amens and praises to the Lord. 
     But when Jesus announced, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears," they were suddenly recalled to think of themselves, and of the claims of Him who had been addressing them. They, Israelites, children of Abraham, had been represented as in bondage. They had been addressed as prisoners to be delivered from the power of evil; as in darkness, and needing the light of truth. Their pride was offended, and their fears were roused. The words of Jesus indicated that His work for them was to be altogether different from what they desired. Their deeds might be investigated too closely. Notwithstanding their exactness in outward ceremonies, they shrank from inspection by those clear, searching eyes.
     Who is this Jesus? they questioned. He who had claimed for Himself the glory of the Messiah was the son of a carpenter, and had worked at His trade with His father Joseph. They had seen Him toiling up and down the hills, they were acquainted with His brothers and sisters, and knew His life and labors. They had seen Him develop from childhood to youth, and from youth to manhood. Although His life had been spotless, they would not believe that He was the Promised One. 
     What a contrast between His teaching in regard to the new kingdom and that which they had heard from their elder! Jesus had said nothing of delivering them from the Romans. They had heard of His miracles, and had hoped that His power would be exercised for their advantage, but they had seen no indication of such purpose. 
     As they opened the door to doubt, their hearts became so much the harder for having been momentarily softened. Satan was determined that blind eyes should not that day be opened, nor souls bound in slavery be set at liberty. With intense energy he worked to fasten them in unbelief. They made no account of the sign already given, when they had been stirred by the conviction that it was their Redeemer who addressed them.   
     But Jesus now gave them an evidence of His divinity by revealing their secret thoughts. "He said unto them, Doubtless ye will say unto Me this parable, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in Thine own country. And He said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is acceptable in his own country. But of a truth I say unto you, There were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; and unto none of them was Elijah sent, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman, the Syrian." Luke 4:23-27, R. V. 
     By this relation of events in the lives of the prophets, Jesus met the questionings of His hearers. The servants whom God had chosen for a special work were not allowed to labor for a hardhearted and unbelieving people. But those who had hearts to feel and faith to believe were especially favored with evidences of His power through the prophets. In the days of Elijah, Israel had departed from God. They clung to their sins, and rejected the warnings of the Spirit through the Lord's messengers. Thus they cut themselves off from the channel by which God's blessing could come to them. The Lord passed by the homes of Israel, and found a refuge for His servant in a heathen land, with a woman who did not belong to the chosen people. But this woman was favored because she had followed the light she had received, and her heart was open to the greater light that God sent her through His prophet. 
     It was for the same reason that in Elisha's time the lepers of Israel were passed by. But Naaman, a heathen nobleman, had been faithful to his convictions of right, and had felt his great need of help. He was in a condition to receive the gifts of God's grace. He was not only cleansed from his leprosy, but blessed with a knowledge of the true God. 
     Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession. 
     The words of Jesus to His hearers in the synagogue struck at the root of their self-righteousness, pressing home upon them the bitter truth that they had departed from God and forfeited their claim to be His people. Every word cut like a knife as their real condition was set before them. They now scorned the faith with which Jesus had at first inspired them. They would not admit that He who had sprung from poverty and lowliness was other than a common man. 
     Their unbelief bred malice. Satan controlled them, and in wrath they cried out against the Saviour. They had turned from Him whose mission it was to heal and restore; now they manifested the attributes of the destroyer. 
     When Jesus referred to the blessings given to the Gentiles, the fierce national pride of His hearers was aroused, and His words were drowned in a tumult of voices. These people had prided themselves on keeping the law; but now that their prejudices were offended, they were ready to commit murder. The assembly broke up, and laying hands upon Jesus, they thrust Him from the synagogue, and out of the city. All seemed eager for His destruction. They hurried Him to the brow of a precipice, intending to cast Him down headlong. Shouts and maledictions filled the air. Some were casting stones at Him, when suddenly He disappeared from among them. The heavenly messengers who had been by His side in the synagogue were with Him in the midst of that maddened throng. They shut Him in from His enemies, and conducted Him to a place of safety. 
     So angels protected Lot, and led him out safely from the midst of Sodom. So they protected Elisha in the little mountain city. When the encircling hills were filled with the horses and chariots of the king of Syria, and the great host of his armed men, Elisha beheld the nearer hill slopes covered with the armies of God,--horses and chariots of fire round about the servant of the Lord.   
     So, in all ages, angels have been near to Christ's faithful followers. The vast confederacy of evil is arrayed against all who would overcome; but Christ would have us look to the things which are not seen, to the armies of heaven encamped about all who love God, to deliver them. From what dangers, seen and unseen, we have been preserved through the interposition of the angels, we shall never know, until in the light of eternity we see the providences of God. Then we shall know that the whole family of heaven was interested in the family here below, and that messengers from the throne of God attended our steps from day to day. 
     When Jesus in the synagogue read from the prophecy, He stopped short of the final specification concerning the Messiah's work. Having read the words, "To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord," He omitted the phrase, "and the day of vengeance of our God." Isaiah 61:2. This was just as much truth as was the first of the prophecy, and by His silence Jesus did not deny the truth. But this last expression was that upon which His hearers delighted to dwell, and which they were desirous of fulfilling. They denounced judgments against the heathen, not discerning that their own guilt was even greater than that of others. They themselves were in deepest need of the mercy they were so ready to deny to the heathen. That day in the synagogue, when Jesus stood among them, was their opportunity to accept the call of Heaven. He who "delighteth in mercy" (Micah 7:18) would fain have saved them from the ruin which their sins were inviting. 
     Not without one more call to repentance could He give them up. Toward the close of His ministry in Galilee, He again visited the home of His childhood. Since His rejection there, the fame of His preaching and His miracles had filled the land. None now could deny that He possessed more than human power. The people of Nazareth knew that He went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by Satan. About them were whole villages where there was not a moan of sickness in any house; for He had passed through them, and healed all their sick. The mercy revealed in every act of His life testified to His divine anointing. 
     Again as they listened to His words the Nazarenes were moved by the Divine Spirit. But even now they would not admit that this Man, who had been brought up among them, was other or greater than themselves. Still there rankled the bitter memory that while He had claimed for Himself to be the Promised One, He had really denied them a place with Israel; for He had shown them to be less worthy of God's favor than a heathen man and woman. Hence though they questioned, "Whence hath this Man this wisdom, and these mighty works?" they would not receive Him as the Christ of God. Because of their unbelief, the Saviour could not work many miracles among them. Only a few hearts were open to His blessing, and reluctantly He departed, never to return. 
     Unbelief, having once been cherished, continued to control the men of Nazareth. So it controlled the Sanhedrin and the nation. With priests and people, the first rejection of the demonstration of the Holy Spirit's power was the beginning of the end. In order to prove that their first resistance was right, they continued ever after to cavil at the words of Christ. Their rejection of the Spirit culminated in the cross of Calvary, in the destruction of their city, in the scattering of the nation to the winds of heaven. 
     Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time. 
     Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions. 
     The Jewish leaders were filled with spiritual pride. Their desire for the glorification of self manifested itself even in the service of the sanctuary. They loved the highest seats in the synagogue. They loved greetings in the market places, and were gratified with the sound of their titles on the lips of men. As real piety declined, they became more jealous for their traditions and ceremonies.
     Because their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christ's convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Man's poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error? 
     But it was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome.  {DA 243.1} 
     If Christ had called attention to the Pharisees, and had extolled their learning and piety, they would have hailed Him with joy. But when He spoke of the kingdom of heaven as a dispensation of mercy for all mankind, He was presenting a phase of religion they would not tolerate. Their own example and teaching had never been such as to make the service of God seem desirable. When they saw Jesus giving attention to the very ones they hated and repulsed, it stirred up the worst passions of their proud hearts. Notwithstanding their boast that under the "Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Revelation 5:5), Israel should be exalted to pre-eminence over all nations, they could have borne the disappointment of their ambitious hopes better than they could bear Christ's reproof of their sins, and the reproach they felt even from the presence of His purity.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on February 12, 2016, 08:56:24 PM
Sadly, this is "present truth".  God's church will go through. There will be revival and reformation. But, not all in the church will yield to the Spirit, and thus will not participate in the preparations for the soon coming of Christ.

"The servants whom God had chosen for a special work were not allowed to labor for a hardhearted and unbelieving people. But those who had hearts to feel and faith to believe were especially favored with evidences of His power through the prophets. In the days of Elijah, Israel had departed from God. They clung to their sins, and rejected the warnings of the Spirit through the Lord's messengers. Thus they cut themselves off from the channel by which God's blessing could come to them. The Lord passed by the homes of Israel, and found a refuge for His servant in a heathen land, with a woman who did not belong to the chosen people. But this woman was favored because she had followed the light she had received, and her heart was open to the greater light that God sent her through His prophet."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: JimB on May 12, 2016, 05:17:16 AM

     The people of Nazareth knew that He went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by Satan. About them were whole villages where there was not a moan of sickness in any house; for He had passed through them, and healed all their sick. The mercy revealed in every act of His life testified to His divine anointing.

What a thought! Can you imagine? Not a sick person in a whole village. What a testament to Christ's love. Just the opposite of satan who enjoys sickness, disease, and suffering. No wonder she said it testified to His divine anointing.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 12, 2016, 07:02:54 AM
I really appreciate that thought, Jim--indeed, Jesus revealed His divine character by the works the Father had Him do. It is amazing that the very divine character that led Christ to heal and restore also led those who were actuated by self to reject Him. I was moved by this thought:

"Because their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christ's convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Man's poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error?" {DA 242.3}

It is so encouraging that we, who follow in Christ's steps, need not have "outward show"--but can have something far greater--the experience of being made partakers of the divine nature, and allowing Christ to work in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Then through a living-faith connection with our Savior, He will manifest Himself by His Spirit's abiding presence, and all the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in the life--not one will be missing. Christ revealed the most essential greatness--humble dependence upon God in all He did, and we can do the same through the grace that He received for us! Hallelujah!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on May 12, 2016, 08:19:43 AM
Amen and amen!!

Imagine God wanting to heal everyone!!! He does. Then why do we not today see whole cities healed?

Let's pick it up where Pastor Sean left off.

"Could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error? But it was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome."

There is always great resistance in most churches to believe the "great religious teachers" could be in error. Why? Because their is great pressure within the system to just believe what is being taught by those who have "authority."  In our church, it is a cultural belief only the pastors ought to reprove sin. And many in the church are not faithful Bereans comparing what is taught to the Bible. Many continue to drink from polluted fountains when we have before us a pure Fountain of Truth.

God sends teachers to help us. But, the true teacher sent of God will point us to Jesus and His Word, not to other men as we continually see in our quarterly lessons. We don't see the lesson pointing us to the Bible teaching of Elder Wilson, and that is good. But, we do see the lessons pointing us to the "experts" in the world who are often in fallen churches who reject much truth.

And when the truth is taught, what is often the result?  "His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome."  How do we appreciate truth that reveals our sins? Do we then go to God for forgiveness and to be cleansed from it? Or do we resent the one who is living the truth and reveals we are not? What does the Bible say about appreciating those who reprove our sins?

If we are not appreciative to know of our sins, what is the problem and how can it be changed?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on August 07, 2016, 06:07:19 AM
We can only be thankful that Jesus shows us our sins as we see His loveliness and believe in HIs power to change us from sinners to saints. A converted Christian will be willing to be reproved, instructed, and taught. The stony, unconverted heart resists light because it reveals the darkness of sin. We cannot make our hearts new, but we can consent to Christ's work to transform us. This is spoken of as the new birth. We need such an experience daily, and it needs to be continually maintained by a living faith that works by love.

I appreciated how this chapter revealed the principles at work in the judgment of character:

Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession. 

Let us pray that God will help us make the best use of the light we have and be willing to accept further light as it shines upon us!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on August 08, 2016, 08:51:54 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean.

"Our standing before God." It would be easy to gloss over this statement, but it would be at our own loss. The statement means whether or not we have eternal life. Are we justified? Are we in a saved condition? Are we in a converted condition? Are we reconciled to God? Or we could say, are we in a lost state? Many are in a Laodicean condition which means they are in a lost standing before God. They are in an unconverted standing or state.  What is the significance of this sad situation? What are we told was the consequence to Israel? The church at Nazareth which Jesus attended until He began His formal ministry was in a Laodicean condition. When Jesus, after 30 years of constraining His reproofs in this church, finally told them their standing before God, how did they respond? How do Laodiceans in our day respond to this truth?

     "'There were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; and unto none of them was Elijah sent, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman, the Syrian.' Luke 4:23-27, R. V.
     By this relation of events in the lives of the prophets, Jesus met the questionings of His hearers. The servants whom God had chosen for a special work were not allowed to labor for a hardhearted and unbelieving people. But those who had hearts to feel and faith to believe were especially favored with evidences of His power through the prophets. In the days of Elijah, Israel had departed from God. They clung to their sins, and rejected the warnings of the Spirit through the Lord's messengers. Thus they cut themselves off from the channel by which God's blessing could come to them. The Lord passed by the homes of Israel, and found a refuge for His servant in a heathen land, with a woman who did not belong to the chosen people. But this woman was favored because she had followed the light she had received, and her heart was open to the greater light that God sent her through His prophet.
     It was for the same reason that in Elisha's time the lepers of Israel were passed by. But Naaman, a heathen nobleman, had been faithful to his convictions of right, and had felt his great need of help. He was in a condition to receive the gifts of God's grace. He was not only cleansed from his leprosy, but blessed with a knowledge of the true God."

What is God doing in the world today? Would He follow the same principles? Would He pass by hardhearted church members and go into the world to those with hearts open to the truth? Has He been doing this? How would we know? One way is to find those who are truly manifesting the fruits of His Spirit, then listen to their testimony. That will reveal how God is working. When you discover who it is that is teaching the gospel of grace, where did God find them? In the church or in the world?

We do not go into the world to hear the truth, but we go into the world to find those who are open to the truth. And, if they respond, they come into the church. And, if they continue to walk in the light of God's love and grace, He continues to bless them with more light, and their character reflects more and more the character of Christ. Those in the church who are opposed to the truth they have already been given,  will not receive more light, and they will be moving into darkness rather than light.

It is not too late for many in the church to change their standing before God. Is this not what Jesus speaks to us as a people? He tells us our standing is such that our probation as individuals is about to be closed. "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Rev 3:16,17.

And He also encourages us to repent and offers the solution to our lost state. "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 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." Rev. 3:18-20. 

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on November 02, 2016, 07:31:43 AM
As in the days when Jesus came to His own and His own knew Him not, so it is today, many do not understand God looks upon the heart. None will enter heaven save they which be born again of the Spirit. The heart must be purified. The whole heart, not half, not three quarters, not 99%, but all the heart must be surrendered to Christ. That which is born of the flesh is evil and cannot enter heaven.

    Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession. 

When we are truly in a converted state, then Christ is in the heart. If Christ possess the heart, then we become partakers of His divine nature and are then given power to escape the lust in the flesh. If we do not walk in the light given, then we are not abiding in Christ and He in us.

    We are living amid the perils of the last days, and we should guard every avenue by which Satan can approach us with his temptations. A fatal delusion seizes those who have had great light and precious opportunities, but who have not walked in the light nor improved the opportunities which God has given them. Darkness comes upon them; and they fail to make Christ their strength, and fall an easy prey to the snares of the deceiver. A mere assent to the truth will never save a soul from death. We must be sanctified through the truth; every defect of character must be overcome, or it will overcome us and become a controlling power for evil. 
     Cultivate whatever in your character is in harmony with the character of Christ. Cherish those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report; but put away whatever is unlike our Redeemer. Selfishness is cherished to an extent that few realize; guard against it at all times and in all
places. Do not excuse yourself in any error. If you have one objectionable trait, which you find it difficult to subdue, do not talk of your weakness as something that others must bear with. Do not soothe your conscience with the thought that you cannot overcome the peculiarities that deform your character, nor listen to Satan's suggestion that they are not very grievous. There is no way by which you may be saved in sin. Every soul that gains eternal life must be like Christ, ďholy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.Ē [Hebrews 7:26.] The followers of Christ must shine as lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.  GW92 445.

God's grace is powerful. If we will allow it into the heart, it will purify the soul (heart).

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on November 02, 2016, 10:45:46 AM
Amen, Richard! And praise the Lord, Jesus can give us victory over every objectionable trait of character through His divine grace! May we learn from today's reading how important it is to receive the light as God sends it:

Jesus stood before the people as a living expositor of the prophecies concerning Himself. Explaining the words He had read, He spoke of the Messiah as a reliever of the oppressed, a liberator of captives, a healer of the afflicted, restoring sight to the blind, and revealing to the world the light of truth. His impressive manner and the wonderful import of His words thrilled the hearers with a power they had never felt before. The tide of divine influence broke every barrier down; like Moses, they beheld the Invisible. As their hearts were moved upon by the Holy Spirit, they responded with fervent amens and praises to the Lord. 

This was good--but when the condition came that Jesus came to save THEM from sin--which they did not want to think applied to them, they were ready to commit murder. Oh, how quickly the tide can turn...and how deeply we need Jesus continually in our hearts. God wants not only to give us the joy of receiving HIs message, but applying that message to our hearts. The people of Nazareth were in a Laodicean condition, and needed to repent, to have Christ abiding in the heart through a living faith. So it is today. We need Jesus abiding in the heart in order to do any good thing.

Revelation 3
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 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.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Unless we do respond, we also, like those who rejected Christ at Nazareth, will seal our probation without Christ in the heart because we neglect to respond to His loving, knocking appeals to our hearts to make an entire surrender. Apart from entire surrender, there can be no conversion, no new birth. And when the surrender is made, Christ indwells the heart by His Spirit, making it fully new, and giving us all of the fruits of the Spirit so that not one is missing. Such is the gift available to every repentant soul; such is God's earnest desire to supply each of us with Himself! Praise God for His loving work upon our hearts!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on January 28, 2017, 04:28:34 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean. It is dangerous to resist the Spirit. He brings truth that He knows we need, and we reject it? This is what happened to the people in Nazareth and this is what led to the murder of Christ by the Jews. Pride keeps sinners from admitting they are wrong when they have resisted the truth. What a lesson for us!

    Again as they listened to His words the Nazarenes were moved by the Divine Spirit. But even now they would not admit that this Man, who had been brought up among them, was other or greater than themselves. Still there rankled the bitter memory that while He had claimed for Himself to be the Promised One, He had really denied them a place with Israel; for He had shown them to be less worthy of God's favor than a heathen man and woman. Hence though they questioned, "Whence hath this Man this wisdom, and these mighty works?" they would not receive Him as the Christ of God. Because of their unbelief, the Saviour could not work many miracles among them. Only a few hearts were open to His blessing, and reluctantly He departed, never to return.
     Unbelief, having once been cherished, continued to control the men of Nazareth. So it controlled the Sanhedrin and the nation. With priests and people, the first rejection of the demonstration of the Holy Spirit's power was the beginning of the end. In order to prove that their first resistance was right, they continued ever after to cavil at the words of Christ. Their rejection of the Spirit culminated in the cross of Calvary, in the destruction of their city, in the scattering of the nation to the winds of heaven. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 28, 2017, 06:23:04 AM
So true, Richard. God sends light that is for our best--God is selfless, and He has our best interest at heart. Our part is to behold the loveliness of Jesus, and seeing our great need of Him, to surrender all the heart to Him for Him to cleanse and purify. But if we do not consent to that, then Satan will overpower us. We need a Savior! But the people in Nazareth wanted a Savior that had not been promised, and thus, they wanted to put Christ to death. To such lengths does humanity go when it is under the control of the evil one. Let us realize our continual need of Jesus, for He has the power to keep us from sin!

By this relation of events in the lives of the prophets, Jesus met the questionings of His hearers. The servants whom God had chosen for a special work were not allowed to labor for a hardhearted and unbelieving people. But those who had hearts to feel and faith to believe were especially favored with evidences of His power through the prophets. In the days of Elijah, Israel had departed from God. They clung to their sins, and rejected the warnings of the Spirit through the Lord's messengers. Thus they cut themselves off from the channel by which God's blessing could come to them. The Lord passed by the homes of Israel, and found a refuge for His servant in a heathen land, with a woman who did not belong to the chosen people. But this woman was favored because she had followed the light she had received, and her heart was open to the greater light that God sent her through His prophet. 

God can raise up hearts that are willing to receive greater light--even if they are not part of the "chosen" people of God. What a lesson to learn. If we are not following in the light as Christ brings it to us, He may pass us by and use instrumentalities that have had less light, but have been willing to use the light they had available. Let us pray that we may ever be receptive, willing hearers who will put into action the beautiful revelation of God's character we see in Jesus! Let us invite others also to "come and see" and to believe that God gives us light that we may impart it to others!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: JimB on January 28, 2017, 02:04:41 PM
Thanks pastor Sean and Richard for your thoughts on this. It appears that they knew in their heads who they were dealing with but their unbelief and pride lead them even further astray. How sad. It's another example of how just knowing truth is not enough. Just like how some smokers will continue to smoke knowing what caused their lung cancer or emphysema.

It also appears, however, that they were not even very good evangelists for their own cause.

But when He spoke of the kingdom of heaven as a dispensation of mercy for all mankind, He was presenting a phase of religion they would not tolerate. Their own example and teaching had never been such as to make the service of God seem desirable. When they saw Jesus giving attention to the very ones they hated and repulsed, it stirred up the worst passions of their proud hearts.  

And that in turns reminds of this from chapter 2...

Those who desired to serve God, and who tried to observe the rabbinical precepts, toiled under a heavy burden. They could find no rest from the accusings of a troubled conscience. Thus Satan worked to discourage the people, to lower their conception of the character of God, and to bring the faith of Israel into contempt.  {DA 29.3}  

Who would ever want to work and live under such a system? In this the great deceiver shows himself to be the tyrant that he is.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 25, 2017, 05:14:50 AM
Amen, Jim! The system of religion that Satan seeks to propagate is indeed a burden, because it either leads a person to believe they must do some good thing to earn salvation (salvation by works) or that they can be saved in their sins (which is so destructive because of the way sin leads to death and misery). It is amazing how many still entertain false conceptions of the religion of Christ, and I am reminded by the thought that you shared of a statement in Steps to Christ:

"Satan ever seeks to make the religious life one of gloom. He desires it to appear toilsome and difficult; and when the Christian presents in his own life this view of religion, he is, through his unbelief, seconding the falsehood of Satan" {SC 116.2}.

Jesus came to set the people free from such false conceptions of God and the religion that leads to God, of which He Himself was the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

The chapter we read today is significant because it not only encapsulates the experience Christ had at Nazareth at the beginning of His ministry, but it brings it back again toward the close of His ministry. So long-suffering is the Savior who sought to save the very souls in His hometown.

 Not without one more call to repentance could He give them up. Toward the close of His ministry in Galilee, He again visited the home of His childhood. Since His rejection there, the fame of His preaching and His miracles had filled the land. None now could deny that He possessed more than human power. The people of Nazareth knew that He went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by Satan. About them were whole villages where there was not a moan of sickness in any house; for He had passed through them, and healed all their sick. The mercy revealed in every act of His life testified to His divine anointing.
     Again as they listened to His words the Nazarenes were moved by the Divine Spirit. But even now they would not admit that this Man, who had been brought up among them, was other or greater than themselves. Still there rankled the bitter memory that while He had claimed for Himself to be the Promised One, He had really denied them a place with Israel; for He had shown them to be less worthy of God's favor than a heathen man and woman. Hence though they questioned, "Whence hath this Man this wisdom, and these mighty works?" they would not receive Him as the Christ of God. Because of their unbelief, the Saviour could not work many miracles among them. Only a few hearts were open to His blessing, and reluctantly He departed, never to return. 


Reflecting upon this, it is clear that just because a person or group of people sense the moving of the Spirit does not mean that they will yield to His influence and be converted. Many times those whose hearts have been deeply moved resist the light, and become some of the bitterest enemies of God and His truth. May we learn the lesson--when Jesus sends us light, may we open our hearts to follow His will in a full-heart surrender, so that in true conversion we may be enabled to receive the blessings He has for us, and in turn be a blessing to others.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on April 25, 2017, 06:44:33 AM
Amen, Jim and Pastor Sean!  If there was one thing Satan has been successful at, it is perverting the character of our God. He attempts to hide from the world the power of love, God's grace to empower sinful man to love his enemy. The power of grace will transform the character when allowed into the heart. Without bringing grace into the heart, life is a pain. We may think we are happy, but we are not. And, if we discover we do not have life because we are not walking in the light, then life becomes an agony. Listen to the Apostle Paul (Saul) when he discovered he was not keeping the law of God from the heart, and did not know how he could (he thought Jesus and imposter). "But 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?" Romans 7:23,24.

Saul wanted to do good, but did not know he needed a Savior. Such a deception. He was a captive to the sin that reigned in his flesh.

     Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions.
     The Jewish leaders were filled with spiritual pride. Their desire for the glorification of self manifested itself even in the service of the sanctuary. They loved the highest seats in the synagogue. They loved greetings in the market places, and were gratified with the sound of their titles on the lips of men. As real piety declined, they became more jealous for their traditions and ceremonies.

We need not remain in darkness. If we would study the Bible to know God, we would see His great love for us while were yet sinners and be converted.

     Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time. 

Is there spiritual blindness in the church in our day? Has Jesus pointed this out?

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: JimB on July 21, 2017, 05:26:01 AM
 Jesus stood before the people as a living expositor of the prophecies concerning Himself. Explaining the words He had read, He spoke of the Messiah as a reliever of the oppressed, a liberator of captives, a healer of the afflicted, restoring sight to the blind, and revealing to the world the light of truth. His impressive manner and the wonderful import of His words thrilled the hearers with a power they had never felt before. The tide of divine influence broke every barrier down; like Moses, they beheld the Invisible. As their hearts were moved upon by the Holy Spirit, they responded with fervent amens and praises to the Lord.
     But when Jesus announced, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears," they were suddenly recalled to think of themselves, and of the claims of Him who had been addressing them. They, Israelites, children of Abraham, had been represented as in bondage. They had been addressed as prisoners to be delivered from the power of evil; as in darkness, and needing the light of truth. Their pride was offended, and their fears were roused. The words of Jesus indicated that His work for them was to be altogether different from what they desired. Their deeds might be investigated too closely. Notwithstanding their exactness in outward ceremonies, they shrank from inspection by those clear, searching eyes.

How fast they had a change of heart. One moment agreeing and praising God as their hearts were moved and then the next moment they heard something that stirred their pride up and they went to hating Christ. This reminds me of what we were told about Judas in the chapter with his name. Judus' heart was also moved as Christ washed his feet but then other thoughts filled his mind and he walked out from the presence of the Lord and did his dirty deed.

No wonder pride is hated so much in the Bible. Let's be found abiding Christ in and He in us so that pride will be extinguished from our hearts. Then we can help others do the same.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 21, 2017, 06:59:55 AM
Amen, Jim! Powerful gospel truth is revealed in our reading today--and we come to realize that the gospel means that ALL OF US are in bondage to sin unless Christ has FULL POSSESSION of the heart moment-by-moment!

I was reflecting on the character of Christ revealed at the beginning of our chapter today:

During His childhood and youth, Jesus had worshiped among His brethren in the synagogue at Nazareth. Since the opening of His ministry He had been absent from them, but they had not been ignorant of what had befallen Him. As He again appeared among them, their interest and expectation were excited to the highest pitch. Here were the familiar forms and faces of those whom He had known from infancy. Here were His mother, His brothers and sisters, and all eyes were turned upon Him as He entered the synagogue upon the Sabbath day, and took His place among the worshipers.

You can just imagine how much it reminds us of coming to our "home church" where "everyone knows us" and that we are expected to just go along with the "Adventist culture" so to speak. But while Jesus bore long with them (for thirty years!!), He could not forever remain silent. There is a time to wait in patience and live by example, and then there is a time to speak. Jesus could not remain silent, even though His life was imperiled as we find in our reading today. Are we willing to speak the truth in love about the Laodicean condition of us as a people, that we need to repent, and live up to the light we have by beholding the loveliness of Jesus for a "thoughtful hour" each day? Are we willing to live the truth when it is unpopular? Only if CHrist is abiding in our hearts will we be able to resist the Adventist culture that is so pulling in the direction of the flesh, and live in the light of heaven, which is made possible by the "divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4).
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on July 21, 2017, 08:44:00 PM
Amen, Jim and Pastor Sean! What a revelation!  Jesus spoke words this day He had never spoken before. Why not? We find the answer in His Words to His disciples: "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." John 16:12.

Jesus holds  back much that He may reach us. There is a time that God knows when it is best to speak certain truths to us. Jesus was the same as He also was, but this day it was time to reprove His church. So it is with us. We too, must at times not speak the truth. We know we are not to cast pearls before swine. But, so too, are we to take care as to how much light we given to even those who are converted, especially the newly converted. Jesus does not unload everything on us and neither ought we to others.

But, there comes a time when we must speak if we truly love the blind. The condition of Israel was similar as our spiritual condition as a people is today.

     Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time. 



Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: JimB on October 16, 2017, 05:41:27 AM
So, in all ages, angels have been near to Christ's faithful followers. The vast confederacy of evil is arrayed against all who would overcome; but Christ would have us look to the things which are not seen, to the armies of heaven encamped about all who love God, to deliver them. From what dangers, seen and unseen, we have been preserved through the interposition of the angels, we shall never know, until in the light of eternity we see the providences of God. Then we shall know that the whole family of heaven was interested in the family here below, and that messengers from the throne of God attended our steps from day to day.

The Lord is indeed good to us. I've been in at least one situation where I believe that angels intervened in favor of my safety. Reminds me of the following verse...


Psalm 34:7-8

7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on October 16, 2017, 07:13:17 AM
Amen Jim. What a powerful truth! The things which we see are temporal and will pass away but the things which we do not see are eternal. May God help us to look beyond what we can see with our eyes.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 16, 2017, 08:06:11 AM
Amen, Jim and Richard! Angels are with us--and how it pleases them as we acknowledge Jesus! May we cherish their guardianship and assistance in all we do today. We need not be afraid for God will direct the path of all who humbly rely on Him for guidance and grace.

In reflecting on Luke 4:16-30, it really is remarkable how Christ longed to save His people, but they would not come to Him for life. They trusted to themselves. May we cultivate through communion with God and an appreciation of the character of Christ the sense of our continual need of His guidance and grace. We need heavenly light to illuminate our path; we cannot trust to ourselves--we must trust completely in Jesus for everything by the power of the Holy Spirit.

"Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, 'This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.' If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, 'Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.' Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time." {The Desire of Ages, page 241, paragraph 4}

By daily beholding the loveliness of Jesus, and realizing we need Him reigning in our heart to do any good thing, let us not be like Israel in the time of Christ, when they would not surrender to Him. Let us realize that we are called, through Christ, to go against the prevailing errors of the times in which we live, and to rest solely upon a "Thus saith the Lord." His word is our only secure safeguard. And that word we can only understand as we plead for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit and willingly follow all that He reveals to us! What a joy that we can do all things through Him when we allow Him to have our will, our heart, and our mind. Self-surrender is the substance of Christ's teachings!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on October 16, 2017, 10:16:10 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean. We must be transformed if we wish to spend eternity with Jesus. We must first become saints on this earth if we wish to be saints in heaven. By beholding His grace we will be changed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18). We have been given great light as a people, but we do not walk in that light, it will be tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah on judgment day.

Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 11, 2018, 04:24:22 AM
Let us be open to receive light whenever it comes to us. Let us look to Jesus and not question truth, but prayerfully bring our hearts before God so He can make them new, and Christ can give us the ability not just to perceive truth, but to live it out in the life. Without Christ in the heart, we cannot live truth for the right reason (having pure motives). We need Jesus in order to do any good thing. As Jesus came to His people in Nazareth (Luke 4:16-30), we realize that they did not appreciate the light shining from Him in harmony with the word of God. Let us heed the lesson, and receive the light God has for us today!

"Because their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christ's convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Man's poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error?"  {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3}
     "But it was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome."  {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3}

Welcome the light of Jesus at whatever cost--only a full-heart surrender to Him will produce in you the experience of living by the divine nature--a walk of faith made fruitful with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: JimB on January 11, 2018, 06:25:41 AM
Pastor Sean, what you shared this morning brought this passage to mind.

John 3:18-20

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

It can be a painful process to let the light of Christ shine on your life and you may be reproved but don't be like the religious leaders of Christ's day and purposely remain in the dark. Let His light burn off the selfishness and pride and there you'll find true freedom.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on January 11, 2018, 06:27:23 AM
Amen Jim and Pastor Sean! Jesus wants the heart, the whole heart. As I read this morning, I kept trying to make application in my life and the life of our church today. Sadly we see a similar experience in the church. The Laodicean condition continues, but we know that there will be revival and reformation. So, our experience will differ from Israel's. But, when looking at my own life, I see little good, and take the lesson to Heart, that I need to cling to Christ continually. As a people, we are not what we ought to be. As individuals we are not what we ought to be. But, God loves us, and will continue to call us to be his witnesses to a world soon to perish. Today, the truth is no more appreciated than it was when Jesus came to his home Church, to set the captives free. Today, the idea of being set free from sin is not a popular one. We ought not expect to be treated any differently then was Christ when he spoke the truth. But, it is our joy to partake of the sufferings of Christ, for it is the most weighty trust and the highest honor that God can bestow upon us.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on January 11, 2018, 09:30:41 AM
Human nature does not like rejection. We want to be liked and accepted but if we are following in Christ's footsteps we will receive the same insults, rejection and hate that Jesus experienced. When we stand for truth come what may we may be surprised at the animosity from those that proclaim the truth and love for God.

"Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation.......If Christ had called attention to the Pharisees, and had extolled their learning and piety, they would have hailed Him with joy. But when He spoke of the kingdom of heaven as a dispensation of mercy for all mankind, He was presenting a phase of religion they would not tolerate."

But as you said in your post Richard...."it is our joy to partake of the sufferings of Christ, for it is the most weighty trust and the highest honor that God can bestow upon us." 

This will be possible only through the power of God in our lives because my human nature shrinks from the thought of suffering of any kind.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 08, 2018, 05:58:28 AM
I am so thankful that in spending this "thoughtful hour" upon the life of Christ (my morning devotions in Luke 4), that I have the privilege of being able to see Jesus in His loveliness in a way that heals all my deficiencies of character because love infills my heart and I desire to be wholly transformed in His holiness. Jesus is so kind to us; He does not want us to be embarrassed or humiliated, so He desires to open to us the rich treasures of His grace and impart to us His divine nature that enables us to be perfect overcomers as was He. What an inestimable blessing we receive when rather than hardening our hearts to His loving reproof, we accept His word cheerfully! That work in our lives is the greatest miracle, and it is what the onlooking universe loves to see because they take note that we are beholding Jesus and being changed into His image from glory to glory.

Why not live your life today in a way that will bless the onlooking universe (and all in this world) with an enjoyable, glorious story of God's love being wrought out in your life? "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2). I choose to let God author my life in ALL ITS DETAILS so that He may be glorified! You will never regret making that full surrender to Christ, the Author, moment-by-moment!

"Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, 'This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.' If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, 'Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.' Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time." {The Desire of Ages, page 241, paragraph 4}

Let us remember that repentance is a gift. When Christ's character reveals to us our infinite need, we must go to Him at the foot of the cross to have our need supplied. And He will turn no one away who comes to Him in humble faith desiring grace to overcome! Praise the Lord!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on April 08, 2018, 08:05:10 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean. Repentance is a gift from God. But, it requires something on our part. It is true that the Spirit will convict, even if we do not have a Bible. But, once we are convicted of sin, how can we find repentance? Man does not have true repentance in and of himself. It is a gift of God. But, it does not come to all. All are not saved. What must I do to be saved? What must I do to receive the gift of repentance? What saith the Lord? 

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" Romans 2:4.

Amen! It is beholding the goodness of God that the heart melts and conversion comes. Repentance is the response to grace accepted into the heart.

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." 2 Cor 7:10.

Israel would not accept the reproof that came.

     The words of Jesus to His hearers in the synagogue struck at the root of their self-righteousness, pressing home upon them the bitter truth that they had departed from God and forfeited their claim to be His people. Every word cut like a knife as their real condition was set before them. They now scorned the faith with which Jesus had at first inspired them. They would not admit that He who had sprung from poverty and lowliness was other than a common man.
 
Their unbelief bred malice. Satan controlled them, and in wrath they cried out against the Saviour. They had turned from Him whose mission it was to heal and restore; now they manifested the attributes of the destroyer.

     When Jesus referred to the blessings given to the Gentiles, the fierce national pride of His hearers was aroused, and His words were drowned in a tumult of voices. These people had prided themselves on keeping the law; but now that their prejudices were offended, they were ready to commit murder. The assembly broke up, and laying hands upon Jesus, they thrust Him from the synagogue, and out of the city. All seemed eager for His destruction. They hurried Him to the brow of a precipice, intending to cast Him down headlong. Shouts and maledictions filled the air. Some were casting stones at Him, when suddenly He disappeared from among them. The heavenly messengers who had been by His side in the synagogue were with Him in the midst of that maddened throng. They shut Him in from His enemies, and conducted Him to a place of safety.

Until we see the loveliness of Jesus, until we see His character that then will give us a true standard to measure our own character by, we do not see our need of a Savior. Are we seeking truth? Are we willing to accept that truth when it comes? In and of ourselves we have no power to walk in that light for the right reason. We must be born again of the Spirit. It is by seeing His goodness that repentance not to be repented of will come to the heart. Then we will be filled with the Living Water that will be imparted to others seeking truth.

Grace for grace. It is by grace we are saved. It is by grace received into the heart that true repentance comes.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on April 08, 2018, 08:15:50 AM
Amen Pastor Sean. This time spent with Jesus every morning is the most precious part of my day. It gives me motivation, energy, and spiritual renewal, to face the challenges of the day because Jesus is walking with me throughout.  It is so hard to understand the blindness of so many of God's people but here is the reason for it....

"But it was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome.  {DA 243.1} 
     If Christ had called attention to the Pharisees, and had extolled their learning and piety, they would have hailed Him with joy. But when He spoke of the kingdom of heaven as a dispensation of mercy for all mankind, He was presenting a phase of religion they would not tolerate. Their own example and teaching had never been such as to make the service of God seem desirable. When they saw Jesus giving attention to the very ones they hated and repulsed, it stirred up the worst passions of their proud hearts. Notwithstanding their boast that under the "Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Revelation 5:5), Israel should be exalted to pre-eminence over all nations, they could have borne the disappointment of their ambitious hopes better than they could bear Christ's reproof of their sins, and the reproach they felt even from the presence of His purity."


Open our eyes Lord, we want to see Jesus and reflect His character.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on July 04, 2018, 06:26:12 AM
Amen, Dear Sister!!  Good to have you back with us!!

It is interesting to note that we see in this morning's reading the loveliness of Jesus and His purity. But, the chapter spends time presenting what we do not often speak of, the rejection of His loveliness. We are being shown that the world and even in the church are those who will react to His righteousness differently than those seeking truth.

 Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions. 

The piety of Jesus caused many of the Jews to want to kill Jesus. When we behold the character of Jesus, our hearts long to be with Him and like Him. Such a contrast! And, the situation today in the church is different than with the Jews, but similar in that we have many who remain in a Laodicean condition. The difference is we shall see revival and reformation as a church. The similarity is that it is hard to work for a people who believe they are God's chosen, but are not consecrated. Many rise up against the truth because it  condemns their behavior and does not support their particular version of the gospel. There are churches in our denomination that we cannot present the truth without meeting strong objections. Sadly, we too have to leave them joined to their idols. Let us seek out those who are hungering and thirsting for truth. The harvest field is white and ready to harvest!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 04, 2018, 07:34:53 AM
Amen, Richard! It is a privilege to find even one more soul ripe for the harvest!

While the loveliness of Jesus is being presented, and His purity of character and glorious mission are being unfolded before us morning by morning, we have a choice. Do we let His love melt our hearts, and heal our wounds, or do we rebel against the light because it calls us to repentance and reformation? We can do nothing of ourselves; we must come to Christ just as we are. We are not to wait for a better opportunity to receive the light than right now. May the mission of Jesus become ours today, as in quoting from Isaiah 61:1-2, Jesus spoke these words in Luke 4:18-19:

  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He hath   
   anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor;
         He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
         To preach deliverance to the captives,
         And recovering of sight to the blind,
         To set at liberty them that are bruised,
         To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." 

I choose to let Christ work out His message in me as I surrender fully to Him. He promises to impute and impart His righteousness in our lives as we yield our whole heart for Him to cleanse and purify, so He can live out His life in us. Such a life in Christ will produce fruit--the fruits of the Spirit are seen in the life without one missing, and we can share what we have found in Jesus--His exceeding loveliness! We live in the time when the light of truth will shine and bring revival and reformation by the power of the Holy Spirit, and by magnifying "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Jeremiah 23:6), our trials and tribulations sink into proper insignificance while being a continual impetus for rejoicing in that we have an ever-abiding Savior to help us. Will you join me in this experience today?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 29, 2018, 02:46:59 AM
Can we trust what man teaches us? Follow Jesus, and His word; test everything a person teaches by Scripture. Isaiah 8:20. Jesus lived and spoke in a manner as to call attention to what the Scriptures ACTUALLY taught, and because this teaching did not harmonize with the popular theology of His day, along with the fact that His life was the embodiment of the truths He taught in purity and righteousness, the light of a cheerful piety that He ever shed about Him was unwelcome in Nazareth in His ministry because His life rebuked their sins. Jesus longs to find interested hearers who give Him a sincere welcome, whose hearts are open to become channels of light to bless the needy souls all around us. Will you learn of Him today in humility, be still and know that He is God, and by beholding the loveliness of Jesus cooperate with the Holy Spirit in the transformation of your character? What is our part? It is to behold; it is to yield the whole heart for Jesus to purify, so we can become partakers of the divine nature and dispense with outward show like Jesus did, and minister to seek to reach the hearts of those around us, because He first loved us. The missionary Spirit of Jesus is the evidence of conversion, in which all of the fruits of the Spirit are manifest in the life without one missing as we gladly walk even as He walked!

"Because their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christ's convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Man's poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error?" {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on September 29, 2018, 08:17:31 AM
How very sad that character is judged by appearance and position by so many even in the church. It is not so with those who love Jesus supremely. For this reason I have not encouraged photos in our fellowship. Why? Because our impressions of each other is not influenced by how we appear or our position, but by what we say and how we say it. No one could tell that we had moderators of different races, from different cultures. It did not influence what readers thought of what was being shared. Judgment was based upon the truth that was being shared and how it was shared. Jesus was a servant, and so must we be servants.

The Holy Spirit was attempting to point the Nazarenes to the truth of Scripture, but they would not yield up self to study to show themselves approved of God. They would not believe Jesus to be other than a common man. How many today in the church are rejecting truth unless it comes from their pastor. Like the Catholics and Orthodox, it is the pastor or priest that we must learn from. Paul commended the Bereans because they went home and opened their Bibles to see if what Paul had taught was truth.

Truth was unpopular then, and truth is unpopular today. Thus those who teach it are also unpopular and even persecuted.

     Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time.
     Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions. 

How much do we value truth?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on December 25, 2018, 06:09:31 AM
"Not without one more call to repentance could He give them up. Toward the close of His ministry in Galilee, He again visited the home of His childhood. Since His rejection there, the fame of His preaching and His miracles had filled the land. None now could deny that He possessed more than human power. The people of Nazareth knew that He went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by Satan. About them were whole villages where there was not a moan of sickness in any house; for He had passed through them, and healed all their sick. The mercy revealed in every act of His life testified to His divine anointing."

Jesus never gives up on anyone. No matter how hardened and evil our hearts are His heart reaches out to heal our sin-sick lives. We are the ones that make that final decision to either accept His merciful offer or cling to our selfish pride and reject it.

The more I read the more God reveals to me the ugliness of a life filled with self and how it shuts the door to be able to hear the sound of Jesus knocking at our hearts' door seeking entrance.

I want to hate sin in all it's forms so much that I would rather die than yield to it. Come Lord Jesus and abide in my heart today. Search me, cleanse me, and fill me with Your Spirit.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 25, 2018, 09:15:12 AM
Amen, Dorine!

Merry Christmas to you all! Jesus' humble birth and life teach a powerful, simple, and profound lesson for us as much of the world remembers the birth of Jesus! What a precious truth that "real greatness can dispense with outward show." {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3} Jesus was born in a borrowed manger, lived a humble, simple life, and yet He manifested the perfection of the divine nature and spoke the words of God with authority. We can learn of Christ today and be cheered to let Him abide in our hearts as a manger--not a borrowed resting place, but as the rightful place for Him to dwell throughout eternity!

Lord, come abide in my heart today as Your manger and fill me with all of the fruits of the Spirit so not one is missing, that Your glory may be seen!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on December 25, 2018, 09:58:50 AM
 
"It was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome."  {DA 243.1}

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior and express our thanks for His wonderful willingness to come to this sin sick planet to offer us an opportunity to have Eternal Life...Should we not also be willing to do a spiritual introspection of our own spiritual condition to make sure that we are "completely" open and honest about our relationship with Him and that our strongest desire is to let Him be " The King of Kings and Lord of Lords in our life. Like the song says...." All Jesus I surrender, Humbly at His feet I bow. Worldly pleasures all forsaken. Take me Jesus, take me now. 

 Jesus, may this Christmas day be filled with Peace and Joy for each of your children and their families as we contemplate your great love, Amen
   
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on December 26, 2018, 08:26:46 AM
The disciples were discouraged....John the Baptist had been arrested and was in prison, The Jewish leaders in the church and government of Israel were showing their contempt for Jesus by harassing Jesus at every opportunity. The future of the disciples of Jesus looked very bleak. In their discouragement they decided to go back to their former occupation of fishing. But after Jesus had addressed the morning crowd while sitting in Peters boat he bade him to pull out a little further and let down the nets. Can't you just imagine what Peter must have thought..." What does he know about fishing?..., right!! No one fished in the daytime...they would become the laughing stock of the community. But their love for Jesus was strong and they decided to listen to His command.  Instantly the nets were full to overflowing and they had to call for help to get the load to shore.

"During that sad night on the lake, when they were separated from Christ, the disciples were pressed hard by unbelief, and weary with fruitless toil. But His presence kindled their faith, and brought them joy and success. So it is with us; apart from Christ, our work is fruitless, and it is easy to distrust and murmur. But when He is near, and we labor under His direction, we rejoice in the evidence of His power. It is Satanís work to discourage the soul; it is Christís work to inspire with faith and hope. {DA 249.2}
The deeper lesson which the miracle conveyed for the disciples is a lesson for us also,óthat He whose word could gather the fishes from the sea could also impress human hearts, and draw them by the cords of His love, so that His servants might become ďfishers of men.Ē {DA 249.3}

Today my heart desires to say to Jesus... Lord I believe---Help thou mine unbelief--Take me and use me to your glory. Amen

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 22, 2019, 07:43:01 AM
God's character is the real measure of greatness. Jesus' outward poverty in no way detracted from His divine glory. He condescended to humanity to show the true dignity and glory God intended for us in character--available to all of us if we are willing to open up our hearts to Christ fully, invite Him in, and let Him transform us by His grace!

"Because their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christ's convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Man's poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error?"  {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3}

Let us humbly follow Christ in the path He has for us today--even if it goes against the grain of what many teach. We must hold firmly to the word of God and accept the humble Lamb, Jesus, in preparation for His second coming in glory as a Lion!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on March 22, 2019, 09:19:27 AM
"Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a dislike for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions."

It is with great concern that I see men & women clinging to ideas which they passionately present from today's pulpit that are without a sound Biblical foundation and reminds me of this text found in 2 Timothy 4:2-4 .." preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.    

"But it was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome. "

What will we do...how will we respond when Jesus flashes the "truth"  upon "our" heart and invites us to come up higher and be prepared to witness for Him and also be prepared to welcome Him when He comes again?

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on June 16, 2019, 07:46:23 PM
"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession. "

"Our Prayer should be the same as David  when he said in Psalm 51:9-11 King James Version (KJV)

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me."


DOES OUR DAILY LIFE CONTRADICT WHAT WE PROFESS?? IF WE ARE HOLDING ON TO HEAVEN WITH OUR RIGHT HAND AND ONTO THE THINGS OF EARTH WITH OUR LEFT HAND -- NEVER COMING TO A FULL SURRENDER FOR JESUS---THEN  SOMEDAY WE WILL HEAR THOSE VERY SAD WORDS - DEPART FROM ME I NEVER KNEW YOU. 

God Allow U-Turns John 10:27 says...."My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."  Won't you come today???

Revelation 3:20 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.



Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 17, 2019, 05:20:18 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!

As we receive the precious rays of light emanating from the loveliness of Jesus, and as we see our unlikeness to Him by nature, let us turn our eyes upon Him who has given promises that are able to make us partakers of His divine nature, so that all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives lives without one missing and people will indeed know that Christ lives in us, the hope of glory! Let us improve every opportunity we have today to share the light of the character of God by being loving and lovable Christians!

"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession." {The Desire of Ages, page 239, paragraph 2}

Jesus is so merciful to us, and He longs for us to know the joy of being like Him in mind and character. As we behold Him, we are changed into the same image from glory to glory, from character to character, and we will glady follow in the path that Jesus has appointed for us because He is selfless and desires us to win souls by living the truth of His character! Let the light shine today that you are improving the light God has shed on your path! 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on June 17, 2019, 08:59:29 AM
"Unbelief, having once been cherished, continued to control the men of Nazareth. So it controlled the Sanhedrin and the nation. With priests and people, the first rejection of the demonstration of the Holy Spirit's power was the beginning of the end. In order to prove that their first resistance was right, they continued ever after to cavil at the words of Christ. Their rejection of the Spirit culminated in the cross of Calvary, in the destruction of their city, in the scattering of the nation to the winds of heaven."

May our heart's be ever open to the voice of the Holy Spirit. We are individually responsible for our own choices which have a direct impact on the lives of others for good or for evil. We see here the progression of not heeding the Spirit's leading. It may start with one voice then like the ripples in a pond spreading out in all directions to eventually destroy a whole nation.

I'm so thankful that in the midst of all the warnings there is mercy and hope for those who cling to Jesus, and by beholding Him every day are protected from evil and changed into His image. We say it often. Do we really believe it? Sin is powerful but God's grace and mercy are many times more powerful to keep us from going astray.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on June 17, 2019, 12:18:39 PM
Amen Sister Dorine. One reason why the sinner does not receive power to turn away from sin is because they do not behold God's grace, they do not know Him intimately. Why do they not take time? Many do not think they need to, for they think they are "rich and increased with goods" just as they are. They think a profession of faith is enough for salvation.

  Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: JimB on June 18, 2019, 05:51:56 PM
I'm so thankful that in the midst of all the warnings there is mercy and hope for those who cling to Jesus, and by beholding Him every day are protected from evil and changed into His image. We say it often. Do we really believe it? Sin is powerful but God's grace and mercy are many times more powerful to keep us from going astray.

Dorine, I love this and others who read it will find encouragement in it. Reminds me of the following...


Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 10, 2019, 07:33:25 AM
As we allow the Holy Spirit to reveal Christ to us, we will see our continual need of Jesus, and will be moved by an irresistible impulse of the tide of His divine love to yield all that we have and are to Him. But when we yield to deception and cherish sin, the bright light of Christ to us becomes as darkness, and we find truth unpopular and unpalatable. May we realize that daily we are either feeding the divine nature (by believing and appropriating the promises of God) or the fallen nature (by consenting to sin). Let us learn of Christ in humility, be still and know that He is God, and realize experientially the power of the gospel that can recreate our evil hearts into new hearts imbued with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing! We shall delight in obedience for Christ lives within us, the hope of glory, by continual surrender of the will to Him!

"Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, 'This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.' If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, 'Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.' Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time." {The Desire of Ages, page 241, paragraph 4}

The more clearly we see Jesus in all His loveliness and glory, the more we will see the depth of our need of repentance and grace to be changed. May we not yield to the discouragement of the devil who wants us to give up when we see how vile we really are! May we instead look upon Calvary and realize that God wanted us, or else He would not have sent Jesus to this sin-darkened earth to live and die to save us to the uttermost. Thankfully, the more we see and feel our need, and the more we find in Christ to see in His beauty of character, the sweeter will be our union and communion with Him, for we shall become more like our Savior!   
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on September 10, 2019, 10:15:10 AM
......So, in all ages, angels have been near to Christ's faithful followers. The vast confederacy of evil is arrayed against all who would overcome; but Christ would have us look to the things which are not seen, to the armies of heaven encamped about all who love God, to deliver them. From what dangers, seen and unseen, we have been preserved through the interposition of the angels, we shall never know, until in the light of eternity we see the providences of God. Then we shall know that the whole family of heaven was interested in the family here below, and that messengers from the throne of God attended our steps from day to day.

No matter how dark and gloomy things may look let's never doubt God's love, care and protection for each one of us. I look forward to that day in eternity when these things will be revealed to us and how thankful we will be that we clung to Christ and His promises so that doubt would not discourage and lead us away from that eternal home with Jesus.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on December 04, 2019, 04:57:53 PM
"During that sad night on the lake, when they were separated from Christ, the disciples were pressed hard by unbelief, and weary with fruitless toil. But His presence kindled their faith, and brought them joy and success. So it is with us; apart from Christ, our work is fruitless, and it is easy to distrust and murmur. But when He is near, and we labor under His direction, we rejoice in the evidence of His power. It is Satanís work to discourage the soul; it is Christís work to inspire with faith and hope."

"The deeper lesson which the miracle conveyed for the disciples is a lesson for us also,óthat He whose word could gather the fishes from the sea could also impress human hearts, and draw them by the cords of His love, so that His servants might become ďfishers of men.Ē

Let us try to always remember that when the strong winds blow and it looks like all will be lost what it says in Mark 10:27

"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible!!
 

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 05, 2019, 07:15:08 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!!

Let us be teachable, and let Christ instruct us in His appointed way. True Christian character as manifested in Jesus is the pattern of life we are invited to receive as a precious gift today, so we may share testimonies of what God's grace has done in our hearts and minds to manifest forth all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!

"Because their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christ's convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Man's poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error?" {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3}

I love how real greatness doesn't need outward show to prove itself. Jesus was great because He had a continual union and communion with God and did the Father's will. We also may attain to such a character as we let Christ live His life in us, and we yield our will to Him continually!   
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on December 05, 2019, 09:37:26 PM
"During that sad night on the lake, when they were separated from Christ, the disciples were pressed hard by unbelief, and weary with fruitless toil. But His presence kindled their faith, and brought them joy and success. So it is with us; apart from Christ, our work is fruitless, and it is easy to distrust and murmur. But when He is near, and we labor under His direction, we rejoice in the evidence of His power. It is Satanís work to discourage the soul; it is Christís work to inspire with faith and hope."

"The deeper lesson which the miracle conveyed for the disciples is a lesson for us also,óthat He whose word could gather the fishes from the sea could also impress human hearts, and draw them by the cords of His love, so that His servants might become ďfishers of men.Ē

Let us try to always remember that when the strong winds blow and it looks like all will be lost what it says in Mark 10:27

"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible!!

Amen brother Beacon. Christ came into the world to help us. To transform Sinners into Saints. If we love him supremely, we will love others for him he died also.

But when Jesus announced, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears," they were suddenly recalled to think of themselves, and of the claims of Him who had been addressing them. They, Israelites, children of Abraham, had been represented as in bondage. They had been addressed as prisoners to be delivered from the power of evil; as in darkness, and needing the light of truth. Their pride was offended, and their fears were roused. The words of Jesus indicated that His work for them was to be altogether different from what they desired. Their deeds might be investigated too closely. Notwithstanding their exactness in outward ceremonies, they shrank from inspection by those clear, searching eyes.

Jesus came to set us free from the law of sin and death. He came to cleanse our heart and take away our pride and sin.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 01, 2020, 03:29:14 AM
I pray that we will not have hearts closed to the light that God sends us, but will be willing to receive Jesus in His infinite purity and holiness. As He came to Nazareth where He had been brought up, the people there rejected Him because His holy life did not harmonize with their own desires for national greatness. What Jesus came to do was to establish a spiritual kingdom of grace that could transform their sinful hearts into new hearts imbued with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing in humble, sincere lives of obedience to all of the commandments of God.

But as it was then, so it is still. The choice remains with us. Will we yield all to Christ? By beholding we become changed, and so if we will look upon Him in His goodness and love, we may have hearts melted and subdued and be willing to be anything or nothing as His providence indicates. Let us look and live and profit from the lessons of the life and ministry of Jesus, that we may be happy, peaceful and obedient Christians who follow on to know the Lord in all the ways of His leading!

"But it was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome."  {The Desire of Ages, page 243, paragraph 1} 

May Christ live out His life in us today, so that others will see in and through us a living invitation to the life that is wholly devoted to God's glory and the good of others!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on March 01, 2020, 06:56:04 AM
Amen Pastor Sean. It is true that we can do no good thing until the heart is fully given to Christ, but we can do the right thing even if it is for the wrong reason. Selfishness can lead one to realize that it is one's best interest to study the Bible to escape fire and brimstone. In so doing, they can find a solution to their deficiencies of character. But, too often truth is not wanted and this blocks the reception of truth.

     Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time.
     Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day.

Even in the church.   :(
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on March 01, 2020, 12:38:12 PM
Amen Pastor Sean. Brother Richard, I too was impressed with a portion of this same paragraph
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"If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted.

"But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time."

Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day.

According to Bible Prophecy we are living in a time when Bible Truth is going to become VERY, VERY UNPOPULAR. We must prepare NOW or we will be swept away by delusions and persecution. Remember " HE WHO FAILS TO PREPARE - PREPARE'S TO FAIL."   
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on May 26, 2020, 07:03:19 PM
"If they ( The Children of Israel ) had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance."

"If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time."
     
"Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation."

Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 27, 2020, 07:13:48 AM
Jesus is our Savior and perfect Pattern! The humility of His life is an invitation for us to dispense with outward show and cultivate what God truly values: holiness of heart, purity of life and consistency purpose for His glory. The only way we can have this experience is through a complete, continual surrender of the entire heart to Jesus Christ, so that He can fill us with the Holy Spirit!

ďBecause their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christís convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Manís poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error?Ē {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3}

ďBut it was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome.Ē {The Desire of Ages, page 243, paragraph 1}

Let us learn from the records of the past in JesusĎ experience with the Jewish people. Let us open our hearts to all God desires to give us!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Marelis on May 27, 2020, 03:32:52 PM
Such a wonderful chapter. I am blessed for having read it just now.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on May 29, 2020, 07:10:25 AM
Amen Marelis! So many lessons to learn. I was especially impressed with the thought that we don't only have our fallen flesh to contend with, but we have an enemy that is so very successful in blinding the eyes of humanity as we see he did with Israel.

As they opened the door to doubt, their hearts became so much the harder for having been momentarily softened. Satan was determined that blind eyes should not that day be opened, nor souls bound in slavery be set at liberty. With intense energy he worked to fasten them in unbelief. They made no account of the sign already given, when they had been stirred by the conviction that it was their Redeemer who addressed them.   
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on August 22, 2020, 08:49:19 AM
"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession. "

"Our Prayer should be the same as David  when he said in Psalm 51:9-11 King James Version (KJV)

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me."


DOES OUR DAILY LIFE CONTRADICT WHAT WE PROFESS?? IF WE ARE HOLDING ON TO HEAVEN WITH OUR RIGHT HAND AND ONTO THE THINGS OF EARTH WITH OUR LEFT HAND -- NEVER COMING TO A FULL SURRENDER FOR JESUS---THEN  SOMEDAY WE WILL HEAR THOSE VERY SAD WORDS - DEPART FROM ME I NEVER KNEW YOU.

However our God Allows U-Turns John 10:27 says...."My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."  Won't you come today???

Revelation 3:20 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.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on August 22, 2020, 11:07:56 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!! Let us turn to Jesus fully!!

Christ is being SUPER patient with usólet us avail ourselves of these closing seconds of earthís history and receive and exercise the gift of true repentance offered us in Him by a total surrender!!

ďNot without one more call to repentance could He give them up. Toward the close of His ministry in Galilee, He again visited the home of His childhood. Since His rejection there, the fame of His preaching and His miracles had filled the land. None now could deny that He possessed more than human power. The people of Nazareth knew that He went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by Satan. About them were whole villages where there was not a moan of sickness in any house; for He had passed through them, and healed all their sick. The mercy revealed in every act of His life testified to His divine anointing.Ē {The Desire of Ages, page 241, paragraph 1}

We see Jesusí character that attracts us to Him! May this Sabbath be filled with His presence in your experience!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on November 17, 2020, 04:10:04 AM
The only real greatness is humility. Entire surrender to Christ motivated by beholding His loveliness of character (grace) moves us to surrender completely in true repentance (faith working by love) so we may walk in constant union and communion with Him! Then He brings forth all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing from our lives that are joined to Him!

"Because their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christ's convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Man's poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error?" {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3}

Yes, many a time religious leaders are in error--not simply because they are religious leaders, but because if they do not surrender fully to Christ on a moment-by-moment basis, then the heart is not open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is to lead each one of us and teach us so we will uplift Christ and then humanity also will be uplifted in beholding Him!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on November 17, 2020, 09:00:02 PM
Amen Pastor Sean. Without the Holy Spirit we have no wisdom. And if we have not the spirit, we are none of His. Therefore we can do no good thing. We must be born again of the Spirit. Having a knowledge of truth does not make one good. It is surrendering our will to God that will enable man to walk in the light that God has so graciously given us.
     
     In the days of Elijah, Israel had departed from God. They clung to their sins, and rejected the warnings of the Spirit through the Lord's messengers. Thus they cut themselves off from the channel by which God's blessing could come to them. The Lord passed by the homes of Israel, and found a refuge for His servant in a heathen land, with a woman who did not belong to the chosen people. But this woman was favored because she had followed the light she had received, and her heart was open to the greater light that God sent her through His prophet.
     It was for the same reason that in Elisha's time the lepers of Israel were passed by. But Naaman, a heathen nobleman, had been faithful to his convictions of right, and had felt his great need of help. He was in a condition to receive the gifts of God's grace. He was not only cleansed from his leprosy, but blessed with a knowledge of the true God.
     Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on November 18, 2020, 04:41:48 AM
"If Christ had called attention to the Pharisees, and had extolled their learning and piety, they would have hailed Him with joy. But when He spoke of the kingdom of heaven as a dispensation of mercy for all mankind, He was presenting a phase of religion they would not tolerate. Their own example and teaching had never been such as to make the service of God seem desirable. When they saw Jesus giving attention to the very ones they hated and repulsed, it stirred up the worst passions of their proud hearts. Notwithstanding their boast that under the "Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Revelation 5:5), Israel should be exalted to pre-eminence over all nations, they could have borne the disappointment of their ambitious hopes better than they could bear Christ's reproof of their sins, and the reproach they felt even from the presence of His purity."

As we examine our own hearts today may God reveal to us any hint of pride and self-satisfaction. His love for us never changes but unless we receive Him into our hearts and lives we will reflect the same attitudes we see in the Jewish leaders. We are all sinners. Nothing we can do will change that but Jesus died for sinners and by abiding in Christ, spending quality time with Him, His grace will keep us from sinning. It took me a long time to figure that out but what a weight of guilt was lifted when the light came on. If only the Jewish nation would have opened their hearts and given Jesus a chance they would have embraced Him with hearts of love and devotion. We have an opportunity today through our words and our lives to bring souls to Christ in a way that will melt hearts and pave the way for the Holy spirit to take possession.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on November 18, 2020, 06:02:18 AM
"If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted."

"But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time.

In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day."

According to Bible Prophecy we are living in a time when Bible Truth is going to become VERY, VERY UNPOPULAR. We must prepare NOW or we will be swept away by delusions and persecution. Once again let us Remember, " HE WHO FAILS TO PREPARE - PREPARE'S TO FAIL."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on February 11, 2021, 05:11:46 PM
"If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and...

..."The calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted"...

"But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time."

Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. Is it not also unpopular in our day, sometimes even within the walls of our current sanctuaries?

According to Bible Prophecy we are living in a time when Bible Truth is going to become VERY, VERY UNPOPULAR. We must prepare NOW or we will be swept away by delusions and persecution. Remember " HE WHO FAILS TO PREPARE - PREPARE'S TO FAIL."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on February 12, 2021, 05:13:22 AM
"But when Jesus announced, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears," they were suddenly recalled to think of themselves, and of the claims of Him who had been addressing them. They, Israelites, children of Abraham, had been represented as in bondage. They had been addressed as prisoners to be delivered from the power of evil; as in darkness, and needing the light of truth. Their pride was offended, and their fears were roused. The words of Jesus indicated that His work for them was to be altogether different from what they desired. Their deeds might be investigated too closely."

It is interesting to read of the acceptance of Jesus' words in the previous paragraph but when they realized that He was referring to them they were quite offended and ready to kill Him. It brought my thoughts to today and reminded me of the Laodicean message that Jesus has given to us.
(Rev 3:14)  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
(Rev 3:15)  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.(Rev 3:16)  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
(Rev 3:17)  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (followed by the counsel Jesus gave)

This message is no more accepted today than it was when Jesus gave it. May our hearts be receptive to the message and counsel of Jesus that we may be overcomers as Jesus overcame.

Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Philip T on February 12, 2021, 07:50:31 AM
  As they opened the door to doubt, their hearts became so much the harder for having been momentarily softened. Satan was determined that blind eyes should not that day be opened, nor souls bound in slavery be set at liberty. With intense energy he worked to fasten them in unbelief. They made no account of the sign already given, when they had been stirred by the conviction that it was their Redeemer who addressed them.   

This statement is both frightening and wonderful as it warns us of the effects of doubt or unbelief in out walk with Christ and search for the truth, when we doubt we are allowing Satan and his forces to enter in and wage war with God in our soul's, we are denying the workings of the Holy Spirit within us. When this state persists are heart are hardened a little more each day against God and the working of the Holy Spirit. Pray daily for God's power to overcome this state, and surrender anew to God.


    Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession. [/size]

This statement shows God's love and the power of his mercy/grace, if we are living up to and using all the knowledge we have, being obedient to this knowledge, we have a favorable standing before Christ.  God's grace closes the gap and in God's sight we are made perfect. This does not mean we should stop searching for truth where we are, we are to continue to seek and it will be given unto us.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on February 12, 2021, 08:44:00 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine and Brother Philip!

When we use what we have for God's glory, this is pleasing to Him! When we follow what we know to be true, then God can reveal more! True conversion enables the soul to be cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus through a complete heart surrender to Him, fills the renewed mind and heart with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing, and empowers the soul to live up to all the light of truth that is known at that point in character building! Let us seek for light and walk in it as God prepares us for heaven!

"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession." {The Desire of Ages, page 239, paragraph 2}   

May we realize that God is calling for us to live the light of truth, and that He Himself, the Light of the world, will live out His life within us as we experience a genuine union and communion with Christ! What joy we may have in doing His will! The happiest place on earth is to be in the center of God's will!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on February 12, 2021, 09:03:04 PM
I too was impressed with the truth that God judges the heart. When we are converted we get a new heart. That is the heart is cleansed from sin and is pure and holy. Why is that? When we love God more than anything else, we are born again and are filled with the Holy Spirit. Thus, we walk in the Spirit being empowered by the Spirit. God wants the whole heart, not part of it. When we walk in the Spirit we are walking in all of the light God has given us.

     Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession.
     The words of Jesus to His hearers in the synagogue struck at the root of their self-righteousness, pressing home upon them the bitter truth that they had departed from God and forfeited their claim to be His people. Every word cut like a knife as their real condition was set before them. They now scorned the faith with which Jesus had at first inspired them. They would not admit that He who had sprung from poverty and lowliness was other than a common man. 

As Sister Dorine has pointed out, those who disregard the light that Jesus gives, as in the Laodicean message, contradict their profession. That message is indeed no more popular than it was when Jesus came to His own and they knew Him not.

Have a blessed Sabbath my dear brothers and sisters!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on May 10, 2021, 06:22:32 AM
"Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance.

"They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach."

 "If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted."

"But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry."

"The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished".

In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men.

"If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time. Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day."

God message today is the same as in the days of Joshua when he said "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. What will your choice be?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 10, 2021, 08:09:22 AM
In a world or rebellion, truth is unpopular. But in the world to come, truth will be what all holy beings will love and experience! We have a choice as to whether we are preparing for the world to come by inviting Jesus into our hearts in complete surrender, or whether we are living for this world, its traditions, its sinful pleasures, and the things that will soon pass away. I pray that we will choose truth over error, the light of God's love over man-made traditions, and let the Lord change our hearts as we surrender fully to Jesus moment-by-moment! He is the only Way!!

"Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions." {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 1}

Let go of whatever hinders you from serving God and let Christ live in you, the hope of glory! He is all in all and His word will triumph! When we live by faith on the Son of God whose very life and character is truth, all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing! Then we can gladly obey God's commandments from a heart renewed by His divine grace because the Holy Spirit lives in us! Hallelujah!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on May 10, 2021, 11:01:59 PM
Pastor Sean, I too was impressed with this truth:

 Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions. 

It is not our job to convince those who resist the truth, the Holy Spirit is working on that side of things. We plant seed and pray for an abundant crop!

Brother Beacon brought up a really important truth:

"The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed,

Deficiencies of character, moral character, demand repentance. Want a translation?   Their practices must be changed.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on August 04, 2021, 08:04:53 PM
God's Word says in Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."

"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have."

Please Read the following sentence Very Carefully....

Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession.     

Do we realize how important it is to let our lives be a HUMBLE LIVING EXAMPLE of what we claim to believe and teach? Or are we hypocrites?

"The words of Jesus to His hearers in the synagogue struck at the root of their self-righteousness, pressing home upon them the bitter truth that they had departed from God and forfeited their claim to be His people."

"Every word cut like a knife as their real condition was set before them."

"They now scorned the faith with which Jesus had at first inspired them. They would not admit that He who had sprung from poverty and lowliness was other than a common man."

In the final judgement day they will hear Jesus say...As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 8:20

Time is running out my dear family and friends -  Soon our probationary time will end. Let us bow before the Lord our God, confess our sins, and rededicate our lives once again to Jesus and be a strong and true witness in these closing moments of earth's history. Will you join me in singing this prayer of dedication?

1
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
    I surrender all,
  I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
    I surrender all.
2
All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
3
All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.
4
All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
5
All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His name!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on August 05, 2021, 05:26:17 AM
"The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35.

This is so sad yet we observe the same condition today among God's people. 
I'm reminded of the text in Matthew 7:21 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."

Also in Matthew 25:11-12 are the saddest words of all. "Afterward came also the other virgins saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not."
How hard it must be for Jesus when He has to say these words.We must never give up on the church. It is God's church, defective though it be. It is the apple of His eye and we have a work to do within the church as well as for those outside the church.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Philip T on August 05, 2021, 07:25:40 AM
  As they opened the door to doubt, their hearts became so much the harder for having been momentarily softened. Satan was determined that blind eyes should not that day be opened, nor souls bound in slavery be set at liberty. With intense energy he worked to fasten them in unbelief. They made no account of the sign already given, when they had been stirred by the conviction that it was their Redeemer who addressed them.   [/color

As we read in an earlier chapter doubt is Satan's counterfeit for faith, and how does he use it to fasten us in unbelief, even when presented with the truth and the Holy Spirit is convicting our hearts, Satan is counteracting them with doubt. What a powerful weapon this is for Satan, and it shows the power of faith. So let us cling to Jesus with faith knowing He is our only door to heaven. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on August 05, 2021, 10:54:14 AM
Praise the Lord for the opportunity to be in the center of His will! Let us choose truth over error by walking by grace through faith in constant union and communion with Jesus!

Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions. 

Let us learn to trust God's word over anything else--no matter how strong the temptations that may come that contradict it! As we learn of Christ and surrender fully to Him, He fills us with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as we obey Jesus with true, affectionate obedience!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on October 31, 2021, 06:06:28 AM
"So, in all ages, angels have been near to Christ's faithful followers. The vast confederacy of evil is arrayed against all who would overcome; but Christ would have us look to the things which are not seen, to the armies of heaven encamped about all who love God, to deliver them. From what dangers, seen and unseen, we have been preserved through the interposition of the angels, we shall never know, until in the light of eternity we see the providences of God. Then we shall know that the whole family of heaven was interested in the family here below, and that messengers from the throne of God attended our steps from day to day."

This is an incredible promise. That's why we can live without fear. God is always with us and whether we live or whether we die it's all in God's hands and someday it will all be made plain and we will be eternally grateful to Jesus for His amazing love for us.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 31, 2021, 08:24:47 AM
Amen, Sister Dorine!! Hallelujah!! The angels of God are so involved in our lives and we can praise the Lord for all He does and allows in our lives!

Happy Reformation Day! Martin Luther nailed up his 95 Theses 504 years ago! May we let the triumph of the Reformation go forward in the power of the Holy Spirit, even if many have forgotten the Bible truth that is the foundation of the Reformation, in which we can choose to trust God's word over all human tradition!

Praise the Lord for the light that Christ sheds upon our pathway! As we surrender fully to Christ and let Him lead us in His perfect will, we can make the best use of the light of the everlasting gospel and go forward in faith! All of the fruits of the Spirit will be manifest in our lives without one missing as we affectionately obey God's law of love from a heart renewed by divine grace!

"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession." {The Desire of Ages, page 239, paragraph 2}

Let us not violate the light that God gives us, but apply the truth as we surrender fully to His will!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on October 31, 2021, 10:54:48 AM
" The minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry."

"The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished".

"In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men."

"If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time. Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day."

God message today is the same as in the days of Joshua when he said "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. What will your choice be?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on January 25, 2022, 08:55:17 PM
"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received... but upon the use we make of what we have."

"Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession."

"Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom.

"They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance."

"They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach.- "

Do You--Do I--Do We ...Really ''Treasure" The Wonderful Words of life contained in the Holy Scriptures?Are we Reading, Sharing & Practicing " THE GOOD NEWS "  Let " US " Today renew our commitment to Jesus to be Active,,Laboring, Laborers for Jesus. Then soon and very soon we will hear Him say....

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21

1
Open my eyes that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
    Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eyes, illumine me,
    Spirit Divine!
2
Open my ears that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.
3
Open my mouth and let me bear
Tidings of mercy everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.
4
Open my mind that I may read
More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
Only for light from Thee I plead.

Lyrics and Music: Clara H. Scott


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on January 26, 2022, 05:14:54 AM
"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession."

The only way to stay out of this evil ditch is to spend time daily studying the life of Christ and to answer His call to repent and surrender our lives fully to Him.  May our lives be a light to the world that will draw them to Jesus in full acceptance of Him. There is such joy in knowing Jesus and allowing Him to live His life in us. Self fades to nothing and Jesus is our meditation all the day long bringing peace to our souls.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 26, 2022, 12:12:40 PM
Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!

What a blessing to experience such unity here in this place we share!

May we not only use the light God sends us, but diffuse it upon the pathway of others! May our hearts and minds be so knit with His that His life flows through us with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!

"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession." {The Desire of Ages, page 239, paragraph 2} 

Only as we experience constant union and communion with Christ rooted in the ever-present power of His living word are we enabled to practice the truth as we yield our will to Christ in complete surrender. By beholding Christ who lived a perfect life we are drawn to Him in true repentance who has power to cleanse us from every stain of sin and make us new creatures as partakers of His divine nature.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on April 22, 2022, 08:02:47 PM
"The words of Jesus to His hearers in the synagogue struck at the root of their self-righteousness, pressing home upon them the bitter truth...

That they had departed from God and forfeited their claim to be His people."

"Every word cut like a knife as their real condition was set before them."

"They now scorned the faith with which Jesus had at first inspired them."

"They would not admit that He who had sprung from poverty and lowliness was other than a common man."


If we are not by faith totally surrendered to Jesus...What a huge curse is Human Pride!
May our Song and Prayer each day be...."ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER"


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All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
    I surrender all,
  I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
    I surrender all.
2
All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
3
All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.
4
All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
5
All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His name!

Lyrics:Judson W. Van de Venter (1855-1939)
Music:Winfield Scott Weeden (1847-1908)
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 23, 2022, 04:09:45 AM
Happy Sabbath! Let us allow the light of Christ shining from His loveliness to thoroughly convert our hearts and motivate us to live up to all the light He has revealed even as we abide in Him in true surrendered conversion whereby all of the fruits of the Spirit will be manifest in our lives without one missing!

"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession." {The Desire of Ages, page 239, paragraph 2} 

May we walk in the true consistency as we grow in God's amazing grace, truth and faithfulness! God bless you in living the law of love by the power of the indwelling Christ, who will abide in every truly converted soul as "the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on April 23, 2022, 05:24:42 AM
"But it was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome."  {DA 243.1}

It is no different today. When you enter a dark room and turn on the light the darkness disappears. Those living in the darkness of their sins can not tolerate being in the presence of Jesus. They flee or they attempt to destroy the influence of the light. As we reflect the character of Jesus there will be those who will hate us just as Jesus was hated but we are not to be distracted by the works of the enemy. We are sent to find those whose hearts yearn for a better way and will accept the beautiful plan of salvation presented to them.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on April 24, 2022, 07:40:17 AM
Amen Sister Dorine!   Jesus wants us to be that light in the room. We are to be lights set on a hill that others might know Him in whose service we are. Some who hate the light will want to do to us as they  attempted to do to Jesus.

 When Jesus referred to the blessings given to the Gentiles, the fierce national pride of His hearers was aroused, and His words were drowned in a tumult of voices. These people had prided themselves on keeping the law; but now that their prejudices were offended, they were ready to commit murder. The assembly broke up, and laying hands upon Jesus, they thrust Him from the synagogue, and out of the city. All seemed eager for His destruction. They hurried Him to the brow of a precipice, intending to cast Him down headlong. Shouts and maledictions filled the air. Some were casting stones at Him, when suddenly He disappeared from among them. The heavenly messengers who had been by His side in the synagogue were with Him in the midst of that maddened throng. They shut Him in from His enemies, and conducted Him to a place of safety. 

As Pastor Sean has shared, in order to be a shining light in the world, we must be truly converted by the power of God's grace.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on July 18, 2022, 08:09:25 PM
"As they ( the People and Leaders of Israel ) opened the door to doubt, their hearts became so much the harder for having been momentarily softened.

"Satan was determined that blind eyes should not that day be opened, nor souls bound in slavery be set at liberty."


"With intense energy he worked to fasten them in unbelief."

"They made of no account the sign already given, when they had been stirred by the conviction that it was their Redeemer who addressed them."

They were stirred by "Conviction" that it was Their Redeemer who addressed them yet they did not yield to the calling of Grace, Mercy & Forgiveness. It is a Very Serious thing to Reject the call of the Holy Spirit for we know not what tomorrow may bring and we may never have that same conviction again.

Won't you come today while the door of mercy & grace is still open?

The Bible Says in Ezekiel 33:11  "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

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1
Iíve wandered far away from God,
  Now Iím coming home;
The paths of sin too long Iíve trod,
  Lord, Iím coming home.
    Coming home, coming home,
  Nevermore to roam;
Open wide Thine arms of love;
    Lord, Iím coming home.
2
Iíve wasted many precious years,
  Now Iím coming home;
I now repent with bitter tears,
  Lord, Iím coming home.
3
Iím tired of sin and straying, Lord,
  Now Iím coming home;
Iíll trust Thy love, believe Thy word;
  Lord, Iím coming home.
4
My soul is sick, my heart is sore,
  Now Iím coming home;
My strength renew, my hope restore:
  Lord, Iím coming home.
5
My only hope, my only plea,
  Now Iím coming home;
That Jesus died, and died for me;
  Lord, Iím coming home.
6
I need His cleansing blood, I know,
  Now Iím coming home;
O wash me whiter than the snow;
  Lord, Iím coming home.

Lyrics:William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)
Music:William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 19, 2022, 04:55:47 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!!

If it happened at the time of Christ, it can surely happen again. Prejudice, unbelief and misunderstanding can blind hearts and minds to the truth for this time so that it become nearly impossible for many to discern it. But we can look to God's word in sincerity for ourselves and let the Holy Spirit interpret spiritual things to us so we can walk humbly in truth with all of the fruits of the Spirit in the life like Jesus did. Let us walk even as He walked though many errors abound in our time, too.

"Because their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christ's convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Man's poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error?" {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Dorine on July 19, 2022, 06:01:28 AM
Again as they listened to His words the Nazarenes were moved by the Divine Spirit. But even now they would not admit that this Man, who had been brought up among them, was other or greater than themselves. Still there rankled the bitter memory that while He had claimed for Himself to be the Promised One, He had really denied them a place with Israel; for He had shown them to be less worthy of God's favor than a heathen man and woman. Hence though they questioned, "Whence hath this Man this wisdom, and these mighty works?" they would not receive Him as the Christ of God. Because of their unbelief, the Saviour could not work many miracles among them. Only a few hearts were open to His blessing, and reluctantly He departed, never to return.

When hearts are so full of self and unbelief and the Holy Spirit is continually rejected, He eventually must leave because the heart has closed all doors to all invitations of the Holy Spirit. This is called the unpardonable sin; the only sin that can not be forgiven. Never let pride and unbelief take control. Keep looking up, beholding the graciousness of Jesus as He hangs on the cross for your sins and mine that we may have eternal life. Not out of curiosity do we look but with open hearts realizing our sinfulness and great need of a sin pardoning Saviour. How can anyone spurn such love.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on July 19, 2022, 06:53:51 AM
It is such a blessing to see others sharing the things that the Holy Spirit has impressed upon my mind! Your posts are truths that I considered sharing also.  :)  The Spirit is bringing His church into unity of doctrine! He is opening the door of truth to all who are searching and praying for it. Jesus longs for us to want the truth.

  Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time.

As it was then, so it is today:

     Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Beacon on October 13, 2022, 08:16:43 PM
"The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry"
 
"If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence."


"He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35.

"They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship."

"The calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted."

"But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry."


"The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance."

"If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished."


"In order to be honored by Heaven, we must sacrifice the honor of men."

Have "OUR" minds become narrowed by unreasoning bigotry??

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1
Open my eyes that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
    Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eyes, illumine me,
    Spirit Divine!
2
Open my ears that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.
3
Open my mouth and let me bear
Tidings of mercy everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.
4
Open my mind that I may read
More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
Only for light from Thee I plead.

Lyrics:Clara H. Scott
Music:Clara H. Scott


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on October 14, 2022, 06:49:39 AM
Amen Brother Beacon!  Let us continue to pray that Jesus will open our eyes to His truth!!

What a joy to hear the Words of Jesus! He longed to present truth to Israel. But, Israel would not accept the truth. They were blind to their spiritual condition and captive to the law of sin and death. So it is today. Professing Christian churches refuse to search the Scriptures to see if what they believe is truth. Thus, it is our responsibility to present the gospel and then call out those who are seeking truth.

  Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time.
     Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions. 

God does not work mightily to bring the multitude into His church today because the world has come into His church. Thus for many truth is not popular in His church. Many cling to their beliefs and stand against the precious message revealing God's love and care for His church. But, it is prophesied that revival and reformation is coming. Clean water He is pouring upon His church.  "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." Eze. 36:25.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Philip T on October 14, 2022, 07:23:08 AM
  Again as they listened to His words the Nazarenes were moved by the Divine Spirit. But even now they would not admit that this Man, who had been brought up among them, was other or greater than themselves. Still there rankled the bitter memory that while He had claimed for Himself to be the Promised One, He had really denied them a place with Israel; for He had shown them to be less worthy of God's favor than a heathen man and woman. Hence though they questioned, "Whence hath this Man this wisdom, and these mighty works?" they would not receive Him as the Christ of God. Because of their unbelief, the Saviour could not work many miracles among them. Only a few hearts were open to His blessing, and reluctantly He departed, never to return.

This paragraph brought home to me the power of doubt and unbelief in our lives, Jesus returned so longed to save them all, but their memories of His first visit, their doubt in Him, their unbelief in Him, all clouded their minds of the truths he taught, and, in the end, they could not surrender their hearts to Him, only a few did. This is the state of the world today, doubt and unbelief block the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, just as they did in Jesus' time in Nazareth.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: MartinezHM on October 14, 2022, 09:40:51 AM
How quickly a person can change from good in one moment to being extremely hostel the next. Until we get a clearer picture from behind the scene of who and what power is directing us. In this case the reality of evil angels and good angles, when we truly understand and believe that this is taking place every day in our life.  Choose this day who we will serve. Josh. 24:15  This may be basic but its nevertheless very, very, true.

old. henry
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Richard Myers on October 14, 2022, 10:06:00 AM
Amen Brothers Philip and Henry!  "There is no sin greater than unbelief."   

Unbelief greatly dishonors God. Our lack of faith is withholding from us precious blessings which are hanging over us, and which God would have us receive and appreciate. When we practise the Word, we shall be perfect in Him who is our righteousness. If the Word is believed by us, soberly, meekly, if it is received and appropriated, it will give us a precious experience, that will make us wise unto salvation. But, like the children of Israel, we are in danger of indulging a spirit of unbelief and murmuring.  ST October 4, 1899

Good to have you with us Brother Henry!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! Such precious truths that God has for us who are seeking truth that we might glorify Him who gave all that we might live!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 14, 2022, 01:32:00 PM
Amen, Brother Beacon, Brother Richard, and Brother Henry!! We get to be united in present truth as we focus on Jesus and appreciate the message for this time (Revelation 14:6-12, Revelation 3:14-22)! Jesus is coming soon, and He is working mightily even when human eyes cannot see what is taking place in hearts.

Who helps protect us from danger day and night?

"So, in all ages, angels have been near to Christ's faithful followers. The vast confederacy of evil is arrayed against all who would overcome; but Christ would have us look to the things which are not seen, to the armies of heaven encamped about all who love God, to deliver them. From what dangers, seen and unseen, we have been preserved through the interposition of the angels, we shall never know, until in the light of eternity we see the providences of God. Then we shall know that the whole family of heaven was interested in the family here below, and that messengers from the throne of God attended our steps from day to day." {The Desire of Ages, page 240, paragraph 3}

Thank God for the angels He sends to protect you and each of us. He loves us and desires to help us know and love Him, and the angels are sent to help us to be safe so we can fulfill the purpose God has for us. Jesus was protected by the angels so that He could fulfill God's purpose in Him dying for our sins and rising to give us newness of life! When we surrender our whole heart to Him, all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing will be revealed in our converted characters, and gladly we are enabled to obey God from the new heart by the power of the Holy Spirit, being led in safe paths by the angel messengers! We can rejoice that today Jesus is sending holy angels to help us heavenward!