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Title: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Mimi on August 12, 2009, 11:13:34 AM
"We Have Found the Messias"


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    John the Baptist was now preaching and baptizing at Bethabara, beyond Jordan. It was not far from this spot that God had stayed the river in its flow until Israel had passed over. A little distance from here the stronghold of Jericho had been overthrown by the armies of heaven. The memory of these events was at this time revived, and gave a thrilling interest to the Baptist's message. Would not He who had wrought so wonderfully in ages past again manifest His power for Israel's deliverance? Such was the thought stirring the hearts of the people who daily thronged the banks of the Jordan.
     The preaching of John had taken so deep a hold on the nation as to demand the attention of the religious authorities. The danger of insurrection caused every popular gathering to be looked upon with suspicion by the Romans, and whatever pointed toward an uprising of the people excited the fears of the Jewish rulers. John had not recognized the authority of the Sanhedrin by seeking their sanction for his work; and he had reproved rulers and people, Pharisees and Sadducees alike. Yet the people followed him eagerly. The interest in his work seemed to be continually increasing. Though he had not deferred to them, the Sanhedrin accounted that, as a public teacher, he was under their jurisdiction. 
     This body was made up of members chosen from the priesthood, and from the chief rulers and teachers of the nation. The high priest was usually the president. All its members were to be men advanced in years, though not aged; men of learning, not only versed in Jewish religion and history, but in general knowledge. They were to be without physical blemish, and must be married men, and fathers, as being more likely than others to be humane and considerate. Their place of meeting was an apartment connected with the temple at Jerusalem. In the days of Jewish independence the Sanhedrin was the supreme court of the nation, possessing secular as well as ecclesiastical authority. Though now subordinated by the Roman governors, it still exercised a strong influence in civil as well as religious matters. 
     The Sanhedrin could not well defer an investigation of John's work. There were some who recalled the revelation made to Zacharias in the temple, and the father's prophecy, that had pointed to his child as the Messiah's herald. In the tumults and changes of thirty years, these things had in a great measure been lost sight of. They were now called to mind by the excitement concerning the ministry of John.
     It was long since Israel had had a prophet, long since such a reformation as was now in progress had been witnessed. The demand for confession of sin seemed new and startling. Many among the leaders would not go to hear John's appeals and denunciations, lest they should be led to disclose the secrets of their own lives. Yet his preaching was a direct announcement of the Messiah. It was well known that the seventy weeks of Daniel's prophecy, covering the Messiah's advent, were nearly ended; and all were eager to share in that era of national glory which was then expected. Such was the popular enthusiasm that the Sanhedrin would soon be forced either to sanction or to reject John's work. Already their power over the people was waning. It was becoming a serious question how to maintain their position. In the hope of arriving at some conclusion, they dispatched to the Jordan a deputation of priests and Levites to confer with the new teacher.
     A multitude were gathered, listening to his words, when the delegates approached. With an air of authority designed to impress the people and to command the deference of the prophet the haughty rabbis came. With a movement of respect, almost of fear, the crowd opened to let them pass. The great men, in their rich robes, in the pride of rank and power, stood before the prophet of the wilderness. 
     "Who art thou?" they demanded. 
     Knowing what was in their thoughts, John answered, "I am not the Christ." 
     "What then? Art thou Elias?"
     "I am not."   
     "Art thou that prophet?"
     "No." 
     "Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?" 
     "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." 
     The scripture to which John referred is that beautiful prophecy of Isaiah: "Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her appointed time is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. . . . The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." Isaiah 40:1-5, margin. 
     Anciently, when a king journeyed through the less frequented parts of his dominion, a company of men was sent ahead of the royal chariot to level the steep places and to fill up the hollows, that the king might travel in safety and without hindrance. This custom is employed by the prophet to illustrate the work of the gospel. "Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low." When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part. 
     The rabbis continued their questioning: "Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?" The words "that prophet" had reference to Moses. The Jews had been inclined to the belief that Moses would be raised from the dead, and taken to heaven. They did not know that he had already been raised. When the Baptist began his ministry, many thought that he might be the prophet Moses risen from the dead, for he seemed to have a thorough knowledge of the prophecies and of the history of Israel. 
     It was believed also that before the Messiah's advent, Elijah would personally appear. This expectation John met in his denial; but his words had a deeper meaning. Jesus afterward said, referring to John, "If ye are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, which is to come." Matthew 11:14, R. V. John came in the spirit and power of Elijah, to do such a work as Elijah did. If the Jews had received him, it would have been accomplished for them. But they did not receive his message. To them he was not Elijah. He could not fulfill for them the mission he came to accomplish. 
     Many of those gathered at the Jordan had been present at the baptism of Jesus; but the sign then given had been manifest to but few among them. During the preceding months of the Baptist's ministry, many had refused to heed the call to repentance. Thus they had hardened their hearts and darkened their understanding. When Heaven bore testimony to Jesus at His baptism, they perceived it not. Eyes that had never been turned in faith to Him that is invisible beheld not the revelation of the glory of God; ears that had never listened to His voice heard not the words of witness. So it is now. Often the presence of Christ and the ministering angels is manifest in the assemblies of the people, and yet there are many who know it not. They discern nothing unusual. But to some the Saviour's presence is revealed. Peace and joy animate their hearts. They are comforted, encouraged, and blessed. 
     The deputies from Jerusalem had demanded of John, "Why baptizest thou?" and they were awaiting his answer. Suddenly, as his glance swept over the throng, his eye kindled, his face was lighted up, his whole being was stirred with deep emotion. With outstretched hands he cried, "I baptize in water: in the midst of you standeth One whom ye know not, even He that cometh after me, the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to unloose." John 1:26, 27, R. V., margin. 
     The message was distinct and unequivocal, to be carried back to the Sanhedrin. The words of John could apply to no other than the long-promised One. The Messiah was among them! In amazement priests and rulers gazed about them, hoping to discover Him of whom John had spoken. But He was not distinguishable among the throng. 
     When at the baptism of Jesus, John pointed to Him as the Lamb of God, a new light was shed upon the Messiah's work. The prophet's mind was directed to the words of Isaiah, "He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter." Isaiah 53:7. During the weeks that followed, John with new interest studied the prophecies and the teaching of the sacrificial service. He did not distinguish clearly the two phases of Christ's work,--as a suffering sacrifice and a conquering king,--but he saw that His coming had a deeper significance than priests or people had discerned. When he beheld Jesus among the throng on His return from the desert, he confidently looked for Him to give the people some sign of His true character. Almost impatiently he waited to hear the Saviour declare His mission; but no word was spoken, no sign given. Jesus did not respond to the Baptist's announcement of Him, but mingled with the disciples of John, giving no outward evidence of His special work, and taking no measures to bring Himself to notice. 
     The next day John sees Jesus coming. With the light of the glory of God resting upon him, the prophet stretches out his hands, declaring, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is become before me. . . . And I knew Him not; but that He should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing in water. . . . I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven; and it abode upon Him. And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize in water, He said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon Him, the same is He that baptizeth with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God." John 1:29-34, R. V., margin. 
     Was this the Christ? With awe and wonder the people looked upon the One just declared to be the Son of God. They had been deeply moved by the words of John. He had spoken to them in the name of God. They had listened to him day after day as he reproved their sins, and daily the conviction that he was sent of Heaven had strengthened. But who was this One greater than John the Baptist? In His dress and bearing there was nothing that betokened rank. He was apparently a simple personage, clad like themselves in the humble garments of the poor. 
     There were in the throng some who at Christ's baptism had beheld the divine glory, and had heard the voice of God. But since that time the Saviour's appearance had greatly changed. At His baptism they had seen His countenance transfigured in the light of heaven; now, pale, worn, and emaciated, He had been recognized only by the prophet John. 
     But as the people looked upon Him, they saw a face where divine compassion was blended with conscious power. Every glance of the eye, every feature of the countenance, was marked with humility, and expressive of unutterable love. He seemed to be surrounded by an atmosphere of spiritual influence. While His manners were gentle and unassuming, He impressed men with a sense of power that was hidden, yet could not be wholly concealed. Was this the One for whom Israel had so long waited? 
     Jesus came in poverty and humiliation, that He might be our example as well as our Redeemer. If He had appeared with kingly pomp, how could He have taught humility? how could He have presented such cutting truths as in the Sermon on the Mount? Where would have been the hope of the lowly in life had Jesus come to dwell as a king among men? 
     To the multitude, however, it seemed impossible that the One designated by John should be associated with their lofty anticipations. Thus many were disappointed, and greatly perplexed.
     The words which the priests and rabbis so much desired to hear, that Jesus would now restore the kingdom to Israel, had not been spoken. For such a king they had been waiting and watching; such a king they were ready to receive. But one who sought to establish in their hearts a kingdom of righteousness and peace, they would not accept. 
     On the following day, while two disciples were standing near, John again saw Jesus among the people. Again the face of the prophet was lighted up with glory from the Unseen, as he cried, "Behold the Lamb of God!" The words thrilled the hearts of the disciples. They did not fully understand them. What meant the name that John had given Him,--"the Lamb of God"? John himself had not explained it. 
     Leaving John, they went to seek Jesus. One of the two was Andrew, the brother of Simon; the other was John the evangelist. These were Christ's first disciples. Moved by an irresistible impulse, they followed Jesus,--anxious to speak with Him, yet awed and silent, lost in the overwhelming significance of the thought, "Is this the Messiah?"
     Jesus knew that the disciples were following Him. They were the first fruits of His ministry, and there was joy in the heart of the divine Teacher as these souls responded to His grace. Yet turning, He asked only, "What seek ye?" He would leave them free to turn back or to speak of their desire.   
     Of one purpose only were they conscious. One presence filled their thought. They exclaimed, "Rabbi, . . . where dwellest Thou?" In a brief interview by the wayside they could not receive that for which they longed. They desired to be alone with Jesus, to sit at His feet, and hear His words.
     If John and Andrew had possessed the unbelieving spirit of the priests and rulers, they would not have been found as learners at the feet of Jesus. They would have come to Him as critics, to judge His words. Many thus close the door to the most precious opportunities. But not so did these first disciples. They had responded to the Holy Spirit's call in the preaching of John the Baptist. Now they recognized the voice of the heavenly Teacher. To them the words of Jesus were full of freshness and truth and beauty. A divine illumination was shed upon the teaching of the Old Testament Scriptures. The many-sided themes of truth stood out in new light. 
     It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.   
     The disciple John was a man of earnest and deep affection, ardent, yet contemplative. He had begun to discern the glory of Christ,--not the worldly pomp and power for which he had been taught to hope, but "the glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14. He was absorbed in contemplation of the wondrous theme.   
     Andrew sought to impart the joy that filled his heart. Going in search of his brother Simon, he cried, "We have found the Messias." Simon waited for no second bidding. He also had heard the preaching of John the Baptist, and he hastened to the Saviour. The eye of Christ rested upon him, reading his character and his life history. His impulsive nature, his loving, sympathetic heart, his ambition and self-confidence, the history of his fall, his repentance, his labors, and his martyr death,--the Saviour read it all, and He said, "Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone."   
     "The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow Me." Philip obeyed the command, and straightway he also became a worker for Christ.  {DA 139.6} 
     Philip called Nathanael. The latter had been among the throng when the Baptist pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God. As Nathanael looked upon Jesus, he was disappointed. Could this man, who bore the marks of toil and poverty, be the Messiah? Yet Nathanael could not decide to reject Jesus, for the message of John had brought conviction to his heart. 
     At the time when Philip called him, Nathanael had withdrawn to a quiet grove to meditate upon the announcement of John and the prophecies concerning the Messiah. He prayed that if the one announced by John was the deliverer, it might be made known to him, and the Holy Spirit rested upon him with assurance that God had visited His people and raised up a horn of salvation for them. Philip knew that his friend was searching the prophecies, and while Nathanael was praying under a fig tree, Philip discovered his retreat. They had often prayed together in this secluded spot hidden by the foliage.   
     The message, "We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write," seemed to Nathanael a direct answer to his prayer. But Philip had yet a trembling faith. He added doubtfully, "Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Again prejudice arose in Nathanael's heart. He exclaimed, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?"   
     Philip entered into no controversy. He said, "Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" In surprise Nathanael exclaimed, "Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee."
     It was enough. The divine Spirit that had borne witness to Nathanael in his solitary prayer under the fig tree now spoke to him in the words of Jesus. Though in doubt, and yielding somewhat to prejudice, Nathanael had come to Christ with an honest desire for truth, and now his desire was met. His faith went beyond that of the one who had brought him to Jesus. He answered and said, "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God; Thou art the King of Israel." 
     If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many today whom prejudice withholds from good. How different would be the result if they would "come and see"! 
     While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. He who saw Nathanael under the fig tree will see us in the secret place of prayer. Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance. 
     With the calling of John and Andrew and Simon, of Philip and Nathanael, began the foundation of the Christian church. John directed two of his disciples to Christ. Then one of these, Andrew, found his brother, and called him to the Saviour. Philip was then called, and he went in search of Nathanael. These examples should teach us the importance of personal effort, of making direct appeals to our kindred, friends, and neighbors. There are those who for a lifetime have professed to be acquainted with Christ, yet who have never made a personal effort to bring even one soul to the Saviour. They leave all the work for the minister. He may be well qualified for his calling, but he cannot do that which God has left for the members of the church.   
     There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart. 
     All who are consecrated to God will be channels of light. God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace. His promise is, "I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing." Ezekiel 34:26. 
     Philip said to Nathanael, "Come and see." He did not ask him to accept another's testimony, but to behold Christ for himself. Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life. Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are. Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay. A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world. 
     The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character. 
     And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption. 
     Nathanael's first expression of his faith, so full and earnest and sincere, fell like music on the ears of Jesus. And He "answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these." The Saviour looked forward with joy to His work in preaching good tidings to the meek, binding up the brokenhearted, and proclaiming liberty to the captives of Satan. At thought of the precious blessings He had brought to men, Jesus added, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man." 
     Here Christ virtually says, On the bank of the Jordan the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended like a dove upon Me. That scene was but a token that I am the Son of God. If you believe on Me as such, your faith shall be quickened. You shall see that the heavens are opened, and are never to be closed. I have opened them to you. The angels of God are ascending, bearing the prayers of the needy and distressed to the Father above, and descending, bringing blessing and hope, courage, help, and life, to the children of men. 
     The angels of God are ever passing from earth to heaven, and from heaven to earth. The miracles of Christ for the afflicted and suffering were wrought by the power of God through the ministration of the angels. And it is through Christ, by the ministration of His heavenly messengers, that every blessing comes from God to us. In taking upon Himself humanity, our Saviour unites His interests with those of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam, while through His divinity He grasps the throne of God. And thus Christ is the medium of communication of men with God, and of God with men. 




     
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Mimi on August 12, 2009, 11:15:28 AM
A multitude were gathered, listening to his words, when the delegates approached. With an air of authority designed to impress the people and to command the deference of the prophet the haughty rabbis came. With a movement of respect, almost of fear, the crowd opened to let them pass. The great men, in their rich robes, in the pride of rank and power, stood before the prophet of the wilderness. 

     "Who art thou?" they demanded. 

     Knowing what was in their thoughts, John answered, "I am not the Christ." 
 
     "What then? Art thou Elias?" 
 
     "I am not." 
 
     "Art thou that prophet?" 
 
     "No." 
 
     "Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?" 
 
     "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." 

     The scripture to which John referred is that beautiful prophecy of Isaiah: "Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her appointed time is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. . . . The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." Isaiah 40:1-5, margin.

     Anciently, when a king journeyed through the less frequented parts of his dominion, a company of men was sent ahead of the royal chariot to level the steep places and to fill up the hollows, that the king might travel in safety and without hindrance. This custom is employed by the prophet to illustrate the work of the gospel. "Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low." When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part.
 
     The rabbis continued their questioning: "Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?" The words "that prophet" had reference to Moses. The Jews had been inclined to the belief that Moses would be raised from the dead, and taken to heaven. They did not know that he had already been raised. When the Baptist began his ministry, many thought that he might be the prophet Moses risen from the dead, for he seemed to have a thorough knowledge of the prophecies and of the history of Israel.  135.2   
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Mimi on August 12, 2009, 11:18:32 AM
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The demand for confession of sin seemed new and startling. Many among the leaders would not go to hear John's appeals and denunciations, lest they should be led to disclose the secrets of their own lives.
Sounds familiar to our day, doesn't it?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on August 29, 2009, 08:56:04 AM
Who would want the secrets of their lives made public!  They truly believed Jesus was able to know all!

This ought to be a wakeup call to us. Jesus is at our right hand. He knows our hearts. He knows our thoughts. We need Him in our hearts so that our motives, thoughts, and words are a reflection of Him!  :)
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Mimi on September 02, 2009, 07:13:54 PM
     It was believed also that before the Messiah's advent, Elijah would personally appear. This expectation John met in his denial; but his words had a deeper meaning. Jesus afterward said, referring to John, "If ye are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, which is to come." Matthew 11:14, R. V. John came in the spirit and power of Elijah, to do such a work as Elijah did. If the Jews had received him, it would have been accomplished for them. But they did not receive his message. To them he was not Elijah. He could not fulfill for them the mission he came to accomplish.  

     Many of those gathered at the Jordan had been present at the baptism of Jesus; but the sign then given had been manifest to but few among them. During the preceding months of the Baptist's ministry, many had refused to heed the call to repentance. Thus they had hardened their hearts and darkened their understanding. When Heaven bore testimony to Jesus at His baptism, they perceived it not. Eyes that had never been turned in faith to Him that is invisible beheld not the revelation of the glory of God; ears that had never listened to His voice heard not the words of witness. So it is now. Often the presence of Christ and the ministering angels is manifest in the assemblies of the people, and yet there are many who know it not. They discern nothing unusual. But to some the Saviour's presence is revealed. Peace and joy animate their hearts. They are comforted, encouraged, and blessed.  
 
     The deputies from Jerusalem had demanded of John, "Why baptizest thou?" and they were awaiting his answer. Suddenly, as his glance swept over the throng, his eye kindled, his face was lighted up, his whole being was stirred with deep emotion. With outstretched hands he cried, "I baptize in water: in the midst of you standeth One whom ye know not, even He that cometh after me, the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to unloose." John 1:26, 27, R. V., margin.  

     The message was distinct and unequivocal, to be carried back to the Sanhedrin. The words of John could apply to no other than the long-promised One. The Messiah was among them! In amazement priests and rulers gazed about them, hoping to discover Him of whom John had spoken. But He was not distinguishable among the throng.  

     When at the baptism of Jesus, John pointed to Him as the Lamb of God, a new light was shed upon the Messiah's work. The prophet's mind was directed to the words of Isaiah, "He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter." Isaiah 53:7. During the weeks that followed, John with new interest studied the prophecies and the teaching of the sacrificial service. He did not distinguish clearly the two phases of Christ's work,--as a suffering sacrifice and a conquering king,--but he saw that His coming had a deeper significance than priests or people had discerned. When he beheld Jesus among the throng on His return from the desert, he confidently looked for Him to give the people some sign of His true character. Almost impatiently he waited to hear the Saviour declare His mission; but no word was spoken, no sign given. Jesus did not respond to the Baptist's announcement of Him, but mingled with the disciples of John, giving no outward evidence of His special work, and taking no measures to bring Himself to notice.  136.4
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Mimi on September 02, 2009, 07:30:20 PM
The third paragraph above is absolutely chilling in that Jesus was among them and only one recognized him. John's thrill appears to be the same as when Mary entered Elisabeth's house and in the womb, John jumped for joy! Now, years later, the time was at hand and John knew it! What a thrilling moment for him to not only meet his cousin, but His King!

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Mimi on September 02, 2009, 07:37:34 PM
     The next day John sees Jesus coming. With the light of the glory of God resting upon him, the prophet stretches out his hands, declaring, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is become before me. . . . And I knew Him not; but that He should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing in water. . . . I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven; and it abode upon Him. And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize in water, He said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon Him, the same is He that baptizeth with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God." John 1:29-34, R. V., margin.

     Was this the Christ? With awe and wonder the people looked upon the One just declared to be the Son of God. They had been deeply moved by the words of John. He had spoken to them in the name of God. They had listened to him day after day as he reproved their sins, and daily the conviction that he was sent of Heaven had strengthened. But who was this One greater than John the Baptist? In His dress and bearing there was nothing that betokened rank. He was apparently a simple personage, clad like themselves in the humble garments of the poor. 
 
     There were in the throng some who at Christ's baptism had beheld the divine glory, and had heard the voice of God. But since that time the Saviour's appearance had greatly changed. At His baptism they had seen His countenance transfigured in the light of heaven; now, pale, worn, and emaciated, He had been recognized only by the prophet John. 
 
     But as the people looked upon Him, they saw a face where divine compassion was blended with conscious power. Every glance of the eye, every feature of the countenance, was marked with humility, and expressive of unutterable love. He seemed to be surrounded by an atmosphere of spiritual influence. While His manners were gentle and unassuming, He impressed men with a sense of power that was hidden, yet could not be wholly concealed. Was this the One for whom Israel had so long waited? 
 
     Jesus came in poverty and humiliation, that He might be our example as well as our Redeemer. If He had appeared with kingly pomp, how could He have taught humility? how could He have presented such cutting truths as in the Sermon on the Mount? Where would have been the hope of the lowly in life had Jesus come to dwell as a king among men?
 
     To the multitude, however, it seemed impossible that the One designated by John should be associated with their lofty anticipations. Thus many were disappointed, and greatly perplexed. 

     The words which the priests and rabbis so much desired to hear, that Jesus would now restore the kingdom to Israel, had not been spoken. For such a king they had been waiting and watching; such a king they were ready to receive. But one who sought to establish in their hearts a kingdom of righteousness and peace, they would not accept.  138.3 
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Post by: Mimi on September 02, 2009, 07:43:54 PM
     On the following day, while two disciples were standing near, John again saw Jesus among the people. Again the face of the prophet was lighted up with glory from the Unseen, as he cried, "Behold the Lamb of God!" The words thrilled the hearts of the disciples. They did not fully understand them. What meant the name that John had given Him,--"the Lamb of God"? John himself had not explained it. 

     Leaving John, they went to seek Jesus. One of the two was Andrew, the brother of Simon; the other was John the evangelist. These were Christ's first disciples. Moved by an irresistible impulse, they followed Jesus,--anxious to speak with Him, yet awed and silent, lost in the overwhelming significance of the thought, "Is this the Messiah?" 

     Jesus knew that the disciples were following Him. They were the first fruits of His ministry, and there was joy in the heart of the divine Teacher as these souls responded to His grace. Yet turning, He asked only, "What seek ye?" He would leave them free to turn back or to speak of their desire. 

     Of one purpose only were they conscious. One presence filled their thought. They exclaimed, "Rabbi, . . . where dwellest Thou?" In a brief interview by the wayside they could not receive that for which they longed. They desired to be alone with Jesus, to sit at His feet, and hear His words.

     "He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where He dwelt, and abode with Him that day." 

     If John and Andrew had possessed the unbelieving spirit of the priests and rulers, they would not have been found as learners at the feet of Jesus. They would have come to Him as critics, to judge His words. Many thus close the door to the most precious opportunities. But not so did these first disciples. They had responded to the Holy Spirit's call in the preaching of John the Baptist. Now they recognized the voice of the heavenly Teacher. To them the words of Jesus were full of freshness and truth and beauty. A divine illumination was shed upon the teaching of the Old Testament Scriptures. The many-sided themes of truth stood out in new light. 
 
     It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.

     The disciple John was a man of earnest and deep affection, ardent, yet contemplative. He had begun to discern the glory of Christ,--not the worldly pomp and power for which he had been taught to hope, but "the glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14. He was absorbed in contemplation of the wondrous theme. 
 
     Andrew sought to impart the joy that filled his heart. Going in search of his brother Simon, he cried, "We have found the Messias." Simon waited for no second bidding. He also had heard the preaching of John the Baptist, and he hastened to the Saviour. The eye of Christ rested upon him, reading his character and his life history. His impulsive nature, his loving, sympathetic heart, his ambition and self-confidence, the history of his fall, his repentance, his labors, and his martyr death,--the Saviour read it all, and He said, "Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone."  139.5 
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Post by: Mimi on September 03, 2009, 12:32:49 PM
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They did not fully understand them. What meant the name that John had given Him,--"the Lamb of God"? John himself had not explained it.

The sanctuary service was not fully understood, even then while it was being practiced.
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Post by: Richard Myers on September 06, 2009, 10:01:30 AM
More than that, the sanctuary and its services were misrepresented. The truths had been understood when they were given, but over time and because of rebellion, the truth was perverted to teach a false gospel. It was not by happenstance. It was a very well ordered plan. So well was it done that even the disciples did not understand that Jesus had to die. :(  Satan rejoiced that he had deceived God's own people. "He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” John 1:11.
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Post by: Mimi on June 14, 2011, 07:05:26 AM
"The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow Me." Philip obeyed the command, and straightway he also became a worker for Christ. 

     Philip called Nathanael. The latter had been among the throng when the Baptist pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God. As Nathanael looked upon Jesus, he was disappointed. Could this man, who bore the marks of toil and poverty, be the Messiah? Yet Nathanael could not decide to reject Jesus, for the message of John had brought conviction to his heart. 
 
     At the time when Philip called him, Nathanael had withdrawn to a quiet grove to meditate upon the announcement of John and the prophecies concerning the Messiah. He prayed that if the one announced by John was the deliverer, it might be made known to him, and the Holy Spirit rested upon him with assurance that God had visited His people and raised up a horn of salvation for them. Philip knew that his friend was searching the prophecies, and while Nathanael was praying under a fig tree, Philip discovered his retreat. They had often prayed together in this secluded spot hidden by the foliage. 

     The message, "We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write," seemed to Nathanael a direct answer to his prayer. But Philip had yet a trembling faith. He added doubtfully, "Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Again prejudice arose in Nathanael's heart. He exclaimed, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" 
 
     Philip entered into no controversy. He said, "Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" In surprise Nathanael exclaimed, "Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee."

     It was enough. The divine Spirit that had borne witness to Nathanael in his solitary prayer under the fig tree now spoke to him in the words of Jesus. Though in doubt, and yielding somewhat to prejudice, Nathanael had come to Christ with an honest desire for truth, and now his desire was met. His faith went beyond that of the one who had brought him to Jesus. He answered and said, "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God; Thou art the King of Israel." 
 
     If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many today whom prejudice withholds from good. How different would be the result if they would "come and see"! 
 
     While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. He who saw Nathanael under the fig tree will see us in the secret place of prayer. Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance. 
 
     With the calling of John and Andrew and Simon, of Philip and Nathanael, began the foundation of the Christian church. John directed two of his disciples to Christ. Then one of these, Andrew, found his brother, and called him to the Saviour. Philip was then called, and he went in search of Nathanael. These examples should teach us the importance of personal effort, of making direct appeals to our kindred, friends, and neighbors. There are those who for a lifetime have professed to be acquainted with Christ, yet who have never made a personal effort to bring even one soul to the Saviour. They leave all the work for the minister. He may be well qualified for his calling, but he cannot do that which God has left for the members of the church. 
 
     There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart. 
 
     All who are consecrated to God will be channels of light. God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace. His promise is, "I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing." Ezekiel 34:26.  {DA 141.4}
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Post by: Mimi on June 14, 2011, 07:10:37 AM
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If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many today whom prejudice withholds from good. How different would be the result if they would "come and see"!
 
     While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. He who saw Nathanael under the fig tree will see us in the secret place of prayer. Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance.

How true is this of us today who still look to man for guidance? They will disappoint us every time. Further, is it their fault? No ... it is ours for not going to the source for ourselves.
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Post by: Richard Myers on June 14, 2011, 07:13:46 AM
Amen!

I like this thought:  "...will be channels of light. God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace."

Light is truth, but grace is salvation.  We are to share the truth, it is a two edged sword. Some will reject it and persecute the true Christian, others will accept it and join with us.  If are granted the opportunity to reflect Christ. Grace is to be extended to those who do not deserve to be treated nicely.  Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. We, too are to love those who are not nice. We do not have to sacrifice the truth to do so. It may and will cause problems, but we are to love the sinner just as Jesus did and does.
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Post by: Mimi on June 19, 2011, 06:50:17 AM
[highlighting is my emphasis]

Philip said to Nathanael, "Come and see." He did not ask him to accept another's testimony, but to behold Christ for himself. Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life. Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are. Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay. A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world.
 
     The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character.
  
     And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption.  
  
     Nathanael's first expression of his faith, so full and earnest and sincere, fell like music on the ears of Jesus. And He "answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these." The Saviour looked forward with joy to His work in preaching good tidings to the meek, binding up the brokenhearted, and proclaiming liberty to the captives of Satan. At thought of the precious blessings He had brought to men, Jesus added, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."  
 
     Here Christ virtually says, On the bank of the Jordan the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended like a dove upon Me. That scene was but a token that I am the Son of God. If you believe on Me as such, your faith shall be quickened. You shall see that the heavens are opened, and are never to be closed. I have opened them to you. The angels of God are ascending, bearing the prayers of the needy and distressed to the Father above, and descending, bringing blessing and hope, courage, help, and life, to the children of men.  
 
     The angels of God are ever passing from earth to heaven, and from heaven to earth. The miracles of Christ for the afflicted and suffering were wrought by the power of God through the ministration of the angels. And it is through Christ, by the ministration of His heavenly messengers, that every blessing comes from God to us. In taking upon Himself humanity, our Saviour unites His interests with those of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam, while through His divinity He grasps the throne of God. And thus Christ is the medium of communication of men with God, and of God with men.  {DA 143.1}  
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Post by: Richard Myers on June 19, 2011, 11:00:42 AM
Such powerful truths!! What a book!!
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Post by: Mimi on August 01, 2013, 07:54:28 AM
Chapter 14 reminds me of my experience given in the Sabbath School lesson (http://remnant-online.com/smf/index.php?topic=14990.msg163031#msg163031). We have found the Messias. There were people looking in those days as in our present day. Prophecies were being studied and finally it was said: "We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write."

And note a few sentences in this chapter on page 142 - "Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are. Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay. A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world.  {DA 141.5}   
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Post by: Richard Myers on August 01, 2013, 11:44:32 AM
Amen!! When a Laodicean finds Jesus, they will find the solution to life's problems. Too much looking unto man, and not to the God of the Bible.

While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. He who saw Nathanael under the fig tree will see us in the secret place of prayer. Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance.  DA 141

The battle in the church today is presenting this truth in contrast with the "evangelical gospel" which is diametrically opposed to it. It is seen in the sentence before Mimi's quote. "Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life." How few accept this truth. When are truly converted, we manifest the character of Christ. Not at the end of world, but all who make a full surrender to Jesus are "exemplifying His character" in their daily life. This is what the "baby Christian" does. Because he has a pure heart with holy motives. What a radical transformation of character happens when one is fully surrendered to Christ! 

It does not mean that one will not sin again. If we take our eyes off of Jesus and lose our connection with Him, then we have lost the only power in the world that can keep one for sinning. It is Christ, not I. Look at Moses at the end of his life on this earth. He surely sinned, did he not? After a life of obedience, he let loose of his hold on Jesus and brought great reproach upon Christ and His church. So much so, that even though he was repentant and forgiven, God took away his temporal life and would not allow him to lead Israel into the promised land. It would have sent the wrong message to the world. Today, none can say, "even Moses sinned." 
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Post by: Richard Myers on February 02, 2016, 09:19:05 PM
"And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption."

Is it not more blessed to give than to receive?   Joy is one of the great blessings God gives to those who are filled with His Spirit.
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 02, 2016, 08:02:08 AM
One of the things that I so love about this chapter is that a clearer concept of how Christ actually looked comes to our hearts in these words:

"But as the people looked upon Him, they saw a face where divine compassion was blended with conscious power. Every glance of the eye, every feature of the countenance, was marked with humility, and expressive of unutterable love. He seemed to be surrounded by an atmosphere of spiritual influence. While His manners were gentle and unassuming, He impressed men with a sense of power that was hidden, yet could not be wholly concealed." {DA 137.4}

While what Christ wore or what His actual facial features were seems less than important to us at this time, the most important aspects of His character--the very countenance of Him, and the exuding of "compassion" and "conscious power" blended are powerfully united in His countenance, "marked with humility, and expressive of unutterable love." As I read these words, I am reminded that all that Christ received from the Father was also for us--is this not also how our Heavenly Father would have our countenances to appear as we do our work of ministry this side of heaven? I am excited to find such portraitures of Jesus in the Desire of Ages, and I am more motivated to allow Him to reproduce His character in me. May this be our experience through beholding Jesus Christ!
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Post by: Richard Myers on May 02, 2016, 09:15:34 AM
Amen, dear brother! Jesus' reward for His suffering and death is to see the reflection of His character in us....as impossible as that seems. It is the greatest miracle He can do. But, He needs our cooperation to do it. If we will come to Him just as we are, if we will spend that thoughtful hour a day contemplating His life, we shall, as you have pointed out, Sean, be changed into His character (image). 2 Cor. 3:18.

It is interesting to note how deficient was John the Baptist in his knowledge of the plan of salvation. Here he was, preparing a people to receive Jesus, yet He did not understand what it meant to call Jesus the Lamb of God. He did not explain it to the people because he did not understand. "Again the face of the prophet was lighted up with glory from the Unseen, as he cried, 'Behold the Lamb of God!' The words thrilled the hearts of the disciples. They did not fully understand them. What meant the name that John had given Him,--'the Lamb of God'? John himself had not explained it." He thought Jesus was to sit upon an earthly throne. He did not understand the Lamb had to die. Yet, the Holy Spirit moved him to say "behold the Lamb of God!" Never were more important words spoken. But, unlike John and the people there at the Jordan, we are to understand that by beholding the Lamb hanging upon the cross, we shall be converted, we shall see His great love for us while we were yet sinners. This grace is the power that transforms sinners into saints.

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Post by: JimB on May 03, 2016, 06:19:21 AM
When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part. 

I just love this passage. It shows the power of gospel. So many are satisfied with "just" being forgiven. They do not think the gospel also gives power to obey and to truly live the life of a Christian.
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Post by: Richard Myers on July 28, 2016, 04:35:07 AM

Amen, Jim.  "Self-sacrificing love."  What is it? It is the life of a Christian as revealed in the life of Christ. How many times have we revealed self-sacrificing love?  What does it mean? It means we put someone else first instead of self. If we do not believe the gospel, the power of grace to change us, then we cannot be unselfish. We may give something to another, but only if we benefit from it. All we do is contaminated with self unless we be born again of His Spirit.
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Post by: Richard Myers on July 28, 2016, 05:20:41 AM
In our Sabbath School lessons, we are often asked "How can you do this or that?" referring to things that only can be done by Christ working through the repentant sinner. In our current quarter, we are extolled to work for the "community".  There are times when the author of our lesson ties this work to being converted, but in many quarterly lessons there is no such thing being taught.

It has been my habit to answer this type question by responding, "the answer is always the same, we need Jesus in our hearts." Thus, hoping for the reader to understand it is impossible to do these things unless we be in a converted state.

The church remains in a Laodicean condition where many are not in a converted state. Either they have not remained converted or they were buried alive when baptized. Either way, they cannot do that which they are being asked to do until they see their continual need of Jesus to do any good thing.

In today's reading, we see the truth. It is the power of grace received into the heart that causes the convert to want to labor for Christ, it cannot be held back. Thus, our teaching needs to focus on our continual need of Christ. Then the work will move forward quickly. It is Christ we need, and we need to be "re-converted" daily. We need to maintain our connection with Christ, then we will be a witness to the world of the power of grace.

   Philip said to Nathanael, "Come and see." He did not ask him to accept another's testimony, but to behold Christ for himself. Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life. Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are. Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay. A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world.
     The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character.
     And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption. 

If you have not experienced this, then you are missing the great joy in life. It can change today if you will give your heart fully to Christ. How can this happen? It is by beholding the loveliness of Jesus. By beholding daily, we become changed daily. It would indeed be good to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ. That is how we are converted. That is how the heart is won to Christ. We taste of His goodness and the heart is transformed. "Come and see!"
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 28, 2016, 05:27:24 PM
I love how Jesus LIVED the teachings of the Word! I also desire His experience, and I know that that is God's will!!!! I get so excited beholding Jesus because His loveliness is so transformational!

The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character. 

My prayer is to be a teacher "after the divine order" as a pastor in the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, to preach only the truth of the gospel, and to uplift Jesus continually. Jesus Christ is coming soon, and I am so happy to be where God has placed me and so happy to have a worldwide remnant "family" who also want to uplift Jesus and experience His character in their lives!

Hallelujah!!! All glory to God in Christ Jesus our Lord by the power of His Spirit!
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Post by: Richard Myers on October 23, 2016, 06:33:17 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean!  Is it not an amazing thing, to be touched with a live coal from off the altar. It is a miracle which works sanctification in the life of the hearer. He then has "living water" welling up within his own heart that can touch the heart of others. Can pride live in these hearts? No, not as long as the truth is kept in the heart and the mind. What happens to the thoughts of those who are filled with truth? The power of the Spirit of God is power to resist temptations to sin. This is the work of the true gospel of grace.


   Anciently, when a king journeyed through the less frequented parts of his dominion, a company of men was sent ahead of the royal chariot to level the steep places and to fill up the hollows, that the king might travel in safety and without hindrance. This custom is employed by the prophet to illustrate the work of the gospel. "Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low." When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part. 

This is what we see in this chapter that reveals the change being wrought in the life of the disciples of Jesus. The message of John the Baptist is working a change in their hearts. Their faith is a faith that needs to be strengthened, for they do not know their continual need of Jesus in order to resist sin. But, their faith is as the mustard seed, it is growing rapidly as they respond to the drawing of Jesus. As they "come and see", they taste of the goodness of God and having beheld the loveliness of Jesus, they are constrained to share this wonderful message with others who are open to truth.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 23, 2016, 08:07:29 AM
Amen, Richard, and such will be our experience also as we "come and see" Jesus from day to day in these powerful and transformational times we spend reading, meditating, and reflecting upon the life of Christ in each chapter of Desire of Ages in conjunction with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, from which a clear understanding of the gospel allows us to more fully appreciate how all of Scripture points us to the same truth in Christ. One thing that is very clear in this chapter is the necessity of a personal experience. Many in the churches depend upon the teachings of a pastor, a leader, or someone in their family as the guide of conscience or the one who will determine for them "what is truth." Often this is not done from a living person, but from what a person reads or hears on television, radio, or receives via the internet. Yet one must test things for themselves. We must individually "come and see." If I choose to spend a "thoughtful hour" upon the life of Jesus each day, while it is true that my character can be a witness, it is not the same as someone personally beginning to spend that time with Jesus for themselves, and having that blessed experience of beholding Him, and being changed into His lovely character more fully each day.

     If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many today whom prejudice withholds from good. How different would be the result if they would "come and see"! 
     While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. He who saw Nathanael under the fig tree will see us in the secret place of prayer. Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance. 

There are so many "gospels" that are created and sustained by only human authority and cannot be sustained by a consistent study of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. But there is really only one "everlasting gospel" (Revelation 14:6) that is consistent from Genesis to Revelation, and which the Spirit of Prophecy consistently reveals.

The everlasting gospel reveals the sinfulness of humanity and the constraining loveliness of God in Christ who gave His Son to live, die, rise, and intercede for us in preparation for an eternity with Him. The everlasting gospel reveals the need for an entire surrender to take place before a new birth experience can be realized in which the first gospel promise to implant "enmity" (Genesis 3:15) in the heart against sin can be fulfilled in the believing child of God. By beholding "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29), the heart is softened and subdued; the new birth transformation becomes the fulfillment of Ezekiel 36:26-27, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." This new heart and mind comes to each soul who comes to behold the Lamb of God and fully surrenders to that revelation, and by beholding the soul is changed from "glory to glory" (2 Corinthians 3:18), from character to character. The child of God who lives by faith upon Jesus is imbued with the Holy Spirit by becoming a partaker of the "divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4), so that the Holy Spirit fills the life with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing. Such a conversion must be continually maintained by a living-faith surrender to Christ by the indwelling Holy Spirit, which will continually transform the character to be more like Jesus, as through trials character is formed (Romans 5:1-5) and the soul is prepared for greater trials before the second coming of Jesus. Learning one's continual need of Jesus, the soul comes to hate sin because it crucifies afresh the Son of God (Hebrews 6:6), and reveals a separation between the soul and God (Isaiah 59:2). "When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us" {DA 668.3}. The weak, vacillating character is transformed into one of steadfastness through Christ's strength made perfect in the weakest of His children who continually trust themselves to His keeping grace and power. They are His witnesses, and are enabled to reveal His character to the onlooking universe.

What a privilege the gospel bestows upon humanity, who, born in sin and unable to do anything good by nature, are made partakers of the divine nature and are enabled through divine grace to keep the flesh under, so that Christ may live out His life in us, for, "not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us" {DA 123.2}.

Our thoughts are where the battle of the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan lies--and we can truly believe that Christ has the power to keep us from allowing our minds to wander away from Christ. We are empowered to have such an experience as we consistently learn to spend a "thoughtful hour upon the life of Christ" {DA 83.4}, daily learning of our constant need of Jesus! Such is the power of grace to keep us from falling into sin! All praise and glory goes to Him!

Similar to the temptation of the first disciples who could have trusted to the religious leaders of their time, we find that such is the condition now in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in a Laodicean condition. It is never safe to trust to human authority for a source of truth. We must come and see Jesus for ourselves, and daily be learners who desire to have our entire lives conformed to His divine image. Once we consent to surrender our will, heart, and mind entirely to Him, and allow Him to give us a new heart and mind, there is no limit to what He can teach us from the pure sources of truth uncontaminated by the chaff of man's utterance, opinions, and traditions. Let us learn to study and search for ourselves. Here, as we see Jesus in today's reading, we find a fresh revelation of His loveliness, and in beholding Him, as we surrender our lives to Him continually, there cannot but be fruit in a life that is more fully like Him.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 18, 2017, 07:11:07 AM
I love this chapter, and I love how clearly Jesus is revealed to us!

The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character. 

We live in a world where there is a lot of "profession" of Christ, but what we learn here is that when we truly learn of Him, we will be "sanctified" because we will have an "inwrought conviction and experience" as did Jesus. What a privilege! As we spend this "thoughtful hour" with Jesus, He is preparing us to share with others--because He is a living reality to us!
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Post by: Richard Myers on January 18, 2017, 07:42:13 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean. 

When one is truly born again of the Spirit, the sanctification of the character is revealed in a changed life. What change? One may still keep the wrong day or eat the wrong food, because they are ignorant of some truth. Some accomplish many wonderful works, yet will be lost. Then how can we know the false from the true? Jesus tells us how we can discern the truly converted in the Book of Matthew.

 7:16   Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 
 7:17   Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 
 7:18   A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 
 7:19   Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 
 7:20   Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 
 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. 
 7:22   Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 
 7:23   And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 
 7:24   Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 
 7:25   And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 
 7:26   And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 
 7:27   And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 

The character is changed when the heart is made new. There are indeed outward actions that are not dependent upon a knowledge of what is right or wrong. Jesus tells us we may know them by their fruits. What fruit? The fruits that come when the Spirit takes possession of the heart. The fruits of the Spirit. Which ones? All of them. Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, not one will be missing. Then how can one grow in grace, in sanctification? He can become more patient, more loving, more, gentle, more strong to face greater trials. Just as Jesus grew in grace, so we may also.

There are some things we must do in order to be converted, then to grow in grace. It is by knowing God that we fall in love with Him and give the whole heart to Him. We must "come and taste" of His grace.

     If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many today whom prejudice withholds from good. How different would be the result if they would "come and see"!
 
     While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. He who saw Nathanael under the fig tree will see us in the secret place of prayer. Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance. 

All must develop a personal relationship with Jesus. By beholding His loveliness, we shall be changed in character (2 Cor. 3:18).  Then after we have seen Jesus for ourselves, "in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work." Sharing with others what we have seen and received will not only reveal Christ to others, but it will work on our own character. Great joy will be had and transmitted to others. Come and see what we have found. Taste of His grace.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Dorine on January 19, 2017, 08:30:42 AM
There was a time in my life that I worked so hard to manufacture these fruits. The harder I tried the worse I was. I wanted to be like Jesus. I wanted His character to show in my life. But something was wrong.

Then I came across Matt. 6:33.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
Even though it was talking about our temporal needs I saw it as a promise to also work in me to produce the fruit these verses are talking about. So if I make Him first in my life each and every day and in every situation of life through out the day He will produce the fruit.

Another text that helped me greatly was 2 Cor. 3:18
 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
So the transformation I most desired is growing day by day through constant communion with Christ and studying His word.  It is a daily experience that came by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Not by my determination to do it right, but by my surrender to the Holy Spirit at all times.

What a liberating revelation. If we don't give up in our searching to know Him He will reveal Himself to us by changing our characters.

Mat 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

I like this quote taken from chapter 14
"In taking upon Himself humanity, our Saviour unites His interests with those of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam, while through His divinity He grasps the throne of God. And thus Christ is the medium of communication of men with God and of God with men."

What a promise to cling to. How could we ever doubt His love, care and concern for us.


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Post by: Richard Myers on January 19, 2017, 02:24:02 PM
Amen, Dorine!!

There is no reason why 2 Cor. remains a secret. We are hopeful that by often repeating the lesson, it will cause many to learn the lesson, and it will not longer be kept secret!  :)  What we can do when we are not converted is to come to Jesus. We do this by spending time with Him that we might know Him.

Thanks for sharing, Dorine. The more of us who repeat the truth, the faster many will join with us!
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 15, 2017, 06:30:35 AM
It is always a blessing to behold the loveliness of Jesus--and it is also a blessing to see that His grace draws hearts, like that of Nathanael:

 At the time when Philip called him, Nathanael had withdrawn to a quiet grove to meditate upon the announcement of John and the prophecies concerning the Messiah. He prayed that if the one announced by John was the deliverer, it might be made known to him, and the Holy Spirit rested upon him with assurance that God had visited His people and raised up a horn of salvation for them. Philip knew that his friend was searching the prophecies, and while Nathanael was praying under a fig tree, Philip discovered his retreat. They had often prayed together in this secluded spot hidden by the foliage.

For some reason this encouraged me this morning--that here are grown men that are gathering under a fig tree to pray about the Messiah, and they earnestly sought Him. At a time in which ardent piety is so low in much of Christianity, and all too often in a church that is in a Laodicean condition, it is encouraging to know that the Lord's arm is not shortened, that the Holy Spirit is STILL DRAWING SINCERE HEARTS, and that as we uplift Jesus Christ He will be able to do the greatest miracle: change the heart of stone to a heart of flesh, a heart that is a partaker of the divine nature! May we honestly pray and seek those who are hungering and thirsting for Jesus this day and each day, and never be discouraged even when it seems that few want to "come and see."
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Post by: Richard Myers on April 15, 2017, 06:42:53 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean!   I too was encouraged by the promises brought forth in today's reading.

 "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias."
     The scripture to which John referred is that beautiful prophecy of Isaiah: "Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her appointed time is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. . . . The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." Isaiah 40:1-5, margin. 

John was an example of those who are to prepare the way for the second coming of Christ. God knows our condition as a people, and has promised His forgiveness if we will come unto Him just as we are. What a God! So patient and full of grace!! He is calling forth disciples today just as He called them at His first coming.

"John came in the spirit and power of Elijah, to do such a work as Elijah did. If the Jews had received him, it would have been accomplished for them. But they did not receive his message. To them he was not Elijah. He could not fulfill for them the mission he came to accomplish."  But, in our day when God sent one who came in the Spirit and power of Elijah, we as a people have received her. And the message is the same today as it was then: With the light of the glory of God resting upon her, the prophet stretches out her hands, declaring, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!"

And in our day, there are those who have understood this important message and are giving it, for by beholding the Lamb which was slain from the foundation of the earth, we are changed into His character by the Spirit.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on July 11, 2017, 04:25:04 AM
Remember when you first found Jesus to be your Saviour? What did you want to do? In today's reading we read what those who found Jesus wanted to do:

     They desired to be alone with Jesus, to sit at His feet, and hear His words.
     If John and Andrew had possessed the unbelieving spirit of the priests and rulers, they would not have been found as learners at the feet of Jesus. They would have come to Him as critics, to judge His words. Many thus close the door to the most precious opportunities. But not so did these first disciples. They had responded to the Holy Spirit's call in the preaching of John the Baptist. Now they recognized the voice of the heavenly Teacher. To them the words of Jesus were full of freshness and truth and beauty. A divine illumination was shed upon the teaching of the Old Testament Scriptures. The many-sided themes of truth stood out in new light.
     It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.   

If we want to know truth, then we must know of God's love. By learning of His love, we will return that love and thus open the door to the wisdom of heaven! Is this not the message to the Laodiceans?
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 11, 2017, 04:30:51 AM
Amen, Richard! By beholding Jesus and surrendering to His marvelous love and grace, we are transformed in character, elevated in thought, and renewed into the image of God by the indwelling of His Spirit, the divine nature that keeps our flesh crucified! Praise God for the beauty of Jesus character.

This morning the Holy Spirit revealed something to me in our reading that I do not think I ever saw before:

Andrew sought to impart the joy that filled his heart. Going in search of his brother Simon, he cried, "We have found the Messias." Simon waited for no second bidding. He also had heard the preaching of John the Baptist, and he hastened to the Saviour. The eye of Christ rested upon him, reading his character and his life history. His impulsive nature, his loving, sympathetic heart, his ambition and self-confidence, the history of his fall, his repentance, his labors, and his martyr death,--the Saviour read it all, and He said, "Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone."   

Christ's foreseeing all that was to befall Peter is a clear example of Christ's divinity. His nature was human and divine, and when He read all about Peter's life and experience, He loved him and called him! Are you not thankful that God is no respecter of persons, that He sees ALL ABOUT YOU and still calls you to love, serve, and follow Him? Christ knew what His grace would do to transform Peter's character. And so it will be for us--only by a continual surrender to Christ are we enabled to resist the clamors of our fallen nature, and be kept from falling into sin. Had Peter learned this earlier, he would have been saved from his disgraceful fall. But praise God that Peter was restored, and that God's work is to restore the sinner, not cast out one who comes to Him in penitence and faith!! Praise the Lord for the loveliness of Jesus that attracts us to Him!!!
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Post by: Dorine on July 11, 2017, 05:25:41 AM
One of the  most important things that this chapter points out to me is the individual personal contact with family, friends, neighbours and all who I come in contact with.

"Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life. Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are."

"There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus."

....."When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice."

What a privilege, what a responsibility is ours to share the most wonderful message of God's love to all we come in contact with.

I'd like to share a little experience I had last year to demonstrate this very thing.

Each spring I grow and sell tomato transplants. They get the best care anyone could give to them. They are my babies. When customers pick them up they are awed at the health of the plants compared to what they see anywhere else. I advertise through a community buy and sell and also on Kijiji. A lady contacted me through Kijiji and ordered several plants. We communicated several times through email only.When my husband delivered them to her at her work he found out that the head elder from our church was one of her co-workers.
When she found out that I went to the same church as her co-worker she said to him..."I KNEW she was a Christian."

I can't tell you how humbled I felt. All I could do was to thank God. This year she brought more customers to me because of her testimony. Her neighbours would pass her house and stop and marvel at her tomatoes. One of her co-workers emailed me and said that she had recommended my plants to him and gave me a big order.  The head elder and I are praying that this simple encounter and ongoing contact will be a means for God to reach her heart.

I know this isn't the place for testimonies but it fit in perfectly with the reading today. I couldn't resist.
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Post by: Richard Myers on July 11, 2017, 06:20:34 AM
Amen!!  We are witnesses one way or the other. God wants us to be His witnesses. Dorine, thank you for sharing that wonderful testimony of how God uses His converted children to reveal Himself to others.

I did not know you were growing tomato plants to sell. That is what Mark does. You will have to share in the Gardening Forum how we can grow better plants from seed. There is a science to it, just as there is a science to being a true Christian. There are principles Jesus has not only explained, but revealed in His short life here on Earth.

God keeps us here as He did Paul. He needs examples of what grace can do when allowed into the heart.

Pastor Sean, what a good example of the nature of Christ. Yes, He was not "just like us." He was God in the flesh. But, He took upon Himself our nature also. He came in the "likeness of sinful flesh." He gave us an example what we can become if we will become a partaker of His divine nature! What a privilege is ours!!
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Post by: JimB on October 06, 2017, 04:58:45 AM
The Saviour looked forward with joy to His work in preaching good tidings to the meek, binding up the brokenhearted, and proclaiming liberty to the captives of Satan. At thought of the precious blessings He had brought to men, Jesus added, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."  

Just look at this! It brings joy to Christ to bestow blessings and bring good tidings to the down and out. It brings joy to Chirst when He's able to bless someone. Have you ever doubted God's love for you? Well, doubt no longer! He desires to give you good things!
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Post by: Richard Myers on October 06, 2017, 06:57:46 AM
Amen, Jim!!!  And what happens to us when we receive these blessings? We want to share them with others! I love this part of the chapter. What an opportunity is our!

     One of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life. Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are. Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay. A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world.
     The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character.
     And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption. 
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 06, 2017, 09:34:48 AM
Amen, Jim and Richard!

True conversion always bears fruit in the life and character. We will want to share with others about Jesus when He is abiding in us. As He abides in us, He sheds forth the influence to us and others the fruit of His Spirit--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Not one of the fruits of the Spirit will be missing in the life when we are fully surrendered to Christ, living by faith upon Him. Only through Christ can we be witnesses for Him. Pray that you may be His witness today to a soul who needs to know how much God loves them!

  "There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart."  {The Desire of Ages, page 141, paragraph 3}
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 01, 2018, 09:58:17 AM
Happy New Year 2018! May this year bring you closer to Jesus, and may His character be wrought out in your life!

“The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character.” – {The Desire of Ages, page 142, paragraph 1}
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Post by: Richard Myers on January 01, 2018, 10:09:50 PM
Amen, Pastor Sean.  We have a promise that His character will be wrought in us if we continue to behold His glory (2 Cor. 3:18).  And, there is "present truth" in our reading today that will encourage all who love Jesus supremely. The rulers in Israel were losing their power with the people. In answer to their question as to who John was, He replied:

     "Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?"

     "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias."

     The scripture to which John referred is that beautiful prophecy of Isaiah: "Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her appointed time is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. . . . The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." Isaiah 40:1-5, margin.

     Anciently, when a king journeyed through the less frequented parts of his dominion, a company of men was sent ahead of the royal chariot to level the steep places and to fill up the hollows, that the king might travel in safety and without hindrance. This custom is employed by the prophet to illustrate the work of the gospel. "Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low." When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part. 

What we read of John the Baptist, is what we are to be today. He came to prepare a people to receive Jesus at His first coming. He was an example of what we are to be in preparing a people for the second coming of Christ. The proclamation of the gospel has power to transform lives!

John was to go forth as Jehovah’s messenger, to bring to men the light of God. He must give a new direction to their thoughts. He must impress them with the holiness of God’s requirements, and their need of His perfect righteousness. Such a messenger must be holy. He must be a temple for the indwelling Spirit of God. In order to fulfill his mission, he must have a sound physical constitution, and mental and spiritual strength. Therefore it would be necessary for him to control the appetites and passions. He must be able so to control all his powers that he could stand among men as unmoved by surrounding circumstances as the rocks and mountains of the wilderness.
 
In the time of John the Baptist, greed for riches, and the love of luxury and display had become widespread. Sensuous pleasures, feasting and drinking, were causing physical disease and degeneracy, benumbing the spiritual perceptions, and lessening the sensibility to sin. John was to stand as a reformer. By his abstemious life and plain dress he was to rebuke the excesses of his time. Hence the directions given to the parents of John,—a lesson of temperance by an angel from the throne of heaven.  DA 100.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 29, 2018, 02:20:56 AM
Jesus values what the world does not. Jesus values character--a character formed after His own image of self-sacrificing love and humility. A character like Christ's is the only treasure that we can take from this world to the next. We cannot take this world with us. This is our "fitting up" place to prepare us for heaven. Jesus desires us to make one more day's journey to heaven, helping smooth the path of others in the upward way. Jesus is coming soon, and we can learn in type from how John the Baptist was to prepare the way for the first coming of Jesus as to how we are to prepare others (and our own lives) for the second coming of Jesus.

John was one man. The 144,000 are a corporate witness, united, perfectly holy and happy, that reveal in character and life the experience of John the Baptist such that Christ's character is truly seen in them, and the things that were hindrances and oddities in their characters are refined by the winning loveliness of Jesus, who alone can unite His people through His word. This preparation for translation is even now taking place. May we each make it our prayer to overcome every defect in our characters, for this is the work for this time. This is the time to prepare for heaven, and we can praise God that nothing can hinder us from victory but our own choice to refuse, as Jesus continually invites us higher, to "look and live"! Let us, by beholding Jesus in His purity, experience the work God desires to do in us today. It is not our work, unaided by Him. It is our work to behold the Lamb of God, and by beholding, cooperate with the constant change that God is bringing into our lives in elevating us from "glory to glory" (2 Corinthians 3:18), even from character to character by the power and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. All of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in the entire experience of walking by faith in Christ, for He lives upon the throne of the heart! The King is a resident there!!

     "Anciently, when a king journeyed through the less frequented parts of his dominion, a company of men was sent ahead of the royal chariot to level the steep places and to fill up the hollows, that the king might travel in safety and without hindrance. This custom is employed by the prophet to illustrate the work of the gospel. 'Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low.' When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. 'Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity 'to the obedience of Christ.' 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part." {The Desire of Ages, page 135, paragraph 1}
 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: JimB on March 29, 2018, 05:36:18 AM
Amen pastor Sean! The by submitting to the master Potter, He only can form us into a vessel of honor with a character that will be fit for Heaven.

Philip entered into no controversy. He said, "Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" In surprise Nathanael exclaimed, "Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee."
     It was enough. The divine Spirit that had borne witness to Nathanael in his solitary prayer under the fig tree now spoke to him in the words of Jesus. Though in doubt, and yielding somewhat to prejudice, Nathanael had come to Christ with an honest desire for truth, and now his desire was met. His faith went beyond that of the one who had brought him to Jesus. He answered and said, "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God; Thou art the King of Israel."

Notice the difference in how these new disciples recognized and followed Christ. They were honestly desiring and looking for truth and when it was presented to them they accepted. This was a much different than the religious leaders experience in John's ministry nor at Christ's baptism. This for me is a lesson in why we should our Bibles. When we approach Bible study do we do it so we can know God better or are we looking for evidence to prove someone is wrong or placate our conscience. The motive behind Bible study will make a big difference in what kind of blessing one receives.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Dorine on March 29, 2018, 06:58:09 AM
 "Philip said to Nathanael, "Come and see." He did not ask him to accept another's testimony, but to behold Christ for himself. Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life. Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are. Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay. A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world."

This is my deepest desire. Fill me with your Spirit today Lord that I may be a reflection of your character. Not because I am checking off a list, but because of You; it is who I am. As we listen to Jesus and watch His interaction with others we will  learn heavenly principles to guide us to those who are looking for truth.  We plant the seed and the Spirit harvests what has been sown.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on March 29, 2018, 08:50:08 AM
Amen, amen, and amen!!  Jesus' work is to recreate us in His image, and this He will do if we will spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating His life (character), for by beholding His grace, our hearts are surrendered and we are transformed into His image (character). "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Cor. 3:18.

I was greatly impressed that what happened in Jesus' day, will also happen in our day. Was John called by the Sanhedron? No. How was he received by the leaders in Israel? Was the priesthood established by God? Yes, it was. But, man has no power over other men, to direct their actions. God calls man, the church does not. The church is to recognize God's calling. Often it has not done a very good job. We see this today when the news reveals a crime has been done by a church leader, or the truth has been rejected by church leaders.

God has an organized church. That does not mean the organized church is walking in the light of God's love and grace. The church remains in a Laodicean condition, as such, their is much wrong in the church. All can see this no matter what side they stand on. Thus, it may be that the Holy Spirit will move upon honest souls that are not in the organized church ministry (denominational workers). How are church leaders to respond? How are church members to look upon those called of God, but not in church employment?

     John had not recognized the authority of the Sanhedrin by seeking their sanction for his work; and he had reproved rulers and people, Pharisees and Sadducees alike. Yet the people followed him eagerly. The interest in his work seemed to be continually increasing. Though he had not deferred to them, the Sanhedrin accounted that, as a public teacher, he was under their jurisdiction. 

Why the battle then, and today? 

    ".....their power over the people was waning. It was becoming a serious question how to maintain their position."

And, there is another battle soon to come. We live in the very last days of this Earth's history. Soon, very soon, there will be angry men who think themselves the protector of Christianity, the true religion. They teach the wrong commandment, and when they are faced with a small group who are unwilling to accept their false commandment, and cannot sustain their teaching from Scripture, they too will lose their authority with all who put their faith in Scripture and the author of Scripture. Will they just sit back and accept their loss of authority? No, they will turn to the state to enforce their apostate teaching. Thus Babylon will attempt to force the conscience of all to follow national Sunday laws all around the world.


Some of our leading men are inclined to indulge the spirit manifested by the apostle John when he said: “Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name; and we forbade him, because he followeth not with us.” Organization and discipline are essential, but there is now very great danger of a departure from the simplicity of the gospel of Christ. What we need is less dependence upon mere form and ceremony, and far more of the power of true godliness. If their life and character are exemplary, let all work who will, in any capacity. Although they may not conform exactly to your methods, not a word should be spoken to condemn or discourage them. When the Pharisees desired Jesus to silence the children who sang His praise, the Saviour said: “If these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” Prophecy must be fulfilled. So in these days, the work must be done. There are many departments of labor; let everyone act a part as best he can. The man with one talent is not to bury that in the earth. God has given to every man his work according to his ability. Those to whom larger trusts and capabilities have been committed should not endeavor to silence others who are less able or experienced. Men with one talent may reach a class that those with two or five talents cannot approach. Great and small alike are chosen vessels to bear the water of life to thirsting souls. Let not those who preach the word lay their hands upon the humblest worker and say: “You must labor in this channel or not work at all.” Hands off, brethren. Let everyone work in his own sphere, with his own armor on, doing whatever he can do in his humble way. Strengthen his hands in the work. This is no time for pharisaism to control. Let God work through whom He will. The message must go.

All are to show their fidelity to God by the wise use of His entrusted capital, not in means alone, but in any endowment that will tend to the upbuilding of His kingdom. Satan will employ every possible device to prevent the truth from reaching those who are buried in error; but the voice of warning and entreaty must come to them. And while only a few are engaged in this work, thousands ought to be as much interested as they. God never designed that the lay members of the church should be excused from labor in His cause. “Go, labor in My vineyard,” is the Master’s command to each of His followers. As long as there are unconverted souls in the world, there should be the most active, earnest, zealous, determined effort for their salvation. Those who have received the light should seek to enlighten those who have it not. If the church members do not individually take hold of this work, then they show that they have no living connection with God. Their names are registered as slothful servants. Can you not discern the reason why there is no more spirituality in our churches? It is because you are not colaborers with Christ.
 
God has given to every man his work. Let us each wait on God, and He will teach us how to work and what work we are best adapted to perform. Yet none are to start out in an independent spirit to promulgate new theories. The workers should be in harmony with the truth and with their brethren. There should be counsel and co-operation. But they are not to feel that at every step they must wait to ask some higher officer if they may do this or that. Look not to man for guidance, but to the God of Israel.

The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity she will have to do in a terrible crisis under most discouraging, forbidding circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith and take their stand with its avowed enemies, toward whom their sympathies have long been tending. These apostates will then manifest the most bitter enmity, doing all in their power to oppress and malign their former brethren and to excite indignation against them. This day is just before us. 5T 462
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on June 24, 2018, 06:03:38 AM
What is it that causes us to spend a thoughtful hour each day studying the Words and life of Jesus? What is it that brings great joy to our lives? It is the truth, heavenly sent truth. It is the love of God for us.

It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.   

The solution to the Laodicean condition is grace, the love of Jesus for us while we were yet sinners, "gold tried in the fire," faith that works by love! If we would behold the loveliness of Jesus we would be converted, transformed into His image by the Spirit. Such a wonderful truth!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 24, 2018, 06:20:56 AM
Amen! And being connected to Jesus allows Him to work through us to bless others!!

All who are consecrated to God will be channels of light. God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace. His promise is, “I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26. – {DA 141.4}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: JimB on September 19, 2018, 05:19:27 AM
But as the people looked upon Him, they saw a face where divine compassion was blended with conscious power. Every glance of the eye, every feature of the countenance, was marked with humility, and expressive of unutterable love. He seemed to be surrounded by an atmosphere of spiritual influence. While His manners were gentle and unassuming, He impressed men with a sense of power that was hidden, yet could not be wholly concealed. Was this the One for whom Israel had so long waited?

I just love this description of Christ. No wonder He drew such large crowds that made the leaders concerned. People looking for something better saw it and wanted it also.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 19, 2018, 05:27:40 AM
Amen, Jim! I also was drawn to that same paragraph, but I will also reflect on another:

 "The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character." {The Desire of Ages, page 142, paragraph 1}

What this tells me is that Christ's character and manner of teaching are to be reduplicated in our lives as we experience His transforming grace. Grace is more than a word, it is the active agency whereby we are drawn to God and experience conversion, so that when we reflect Christ, His character is manifest and others are drawn to Him if their hearts are open to receive the heavenly illumination. May we go about our day exerting a sanctifying influence on others as Christ abides within the soul through continual union and communion with Him!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Dorine on September 19, 2018, 05:38:40 AM
  "The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character."

The miracle of conversion I can not understand or explain but I do know that it is true. I do not need to understand; I just need to trust and believe. As I submit to the Holy Spirit He then changes my old nature into a nature that operates under the full control of God. My motives, my thinking, my hopes and dreams change. I become a new person. What a thrilling proof of the power of God in the life of a surrendered individual.

Pastor Sean your post came through just seconds before I am ready to send mine. The Holy Spirit has impressed us with the same message this morning. I love how He works.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on September 19, 2018, 09:22:58 PM
I love that paragraph, Sister Dorine. I often have to pinch myself and say that what we have seen and heard is the truth right from God. When we love the truth as it is in Jesus, how can we remain quiet? We cannot! We would  burst if we tried to keep it in. We read of this in Job: "I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion. For I am full of matter, the Spirit within me constraineth me. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer."

And when others listen to us, how do they react? "Testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character." This truth about God "has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality."  What a privilege is ours to be used by God to share His love and grace!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Dorine on December 15, 2018, 08:09:30 AM
"While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. He who saw Nathanael under the fig tree will see us in the secret place of prayer. Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance."

It is such a precious privilege today to once again walk with Jesus through the towns and villages, mountainsides and valleys, in the thoroughfares of life and in the secluded places of prayer.

So many are following the counsel of many voices but here we see the example of Nathanael who Jesus saw studying the scriptures for himself as he searched for truth. Is this where Jesus see us? There are many that rely on DVD's, TV evangelists, pastors, teachers etc. for their knowledge in spiritual matters. How dangerous. May we all have our eyes wide open and with humble teachable hearts be found studying the scriptures for ourselves.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 15, 2018, 01:07:15 PM
Amen, Sister Dorine! I just had a conversation with a dear sister in Christ today and encouraged her to rely upon the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy for herself. She does read her Bible, but she stumbled across a certain book (I will not mention which) that was from a Seventh-day Adventist, and she was intrigued to read it. I had some experience knowing that the theology of the author was not correct, and just cautioned her away from it, and pointed her afresh to the inspired sources of truth--the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. She was thankful that God had opened our conversation in that direction, was open to the caution, and God blessed!

I also love the idea of how much can be experienced as we come close to people who are near us--as we approach them with love and point them to Jesus!

 "There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart."  {The Desire of Ages, page 141, paragraph 3}

May we let the light of Jesus' love flow into our hearts, so it may flow out in loving compassion to others! God is so generous and kind, and the more we share of Him, the more we experience His blessing, because our appreciation and comprehension of Him increases!
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Post by: Beacon on March 11, 2019, 08:09:24 PM
"When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless.Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God” are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity “to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part."

Jesus has told us..."That ( "without Him we can do nothing" ) We need His spirit of humility and self-sacrificing love. This requires a total trust and surrender of our lives to Him. Do we really mean it when we sing the words..."All to Jesus I surrender - All to Him I freely give?  If we are to be effective vessels for His use...I believe we need to experience this type of conversion. Then and only then will we experience the true joy and satisfaction in sharing His love with others before it's too late.    [/b]

"Many of those gathered at the Jordan had been present at the baptism of Jesus; but the sign then given had been manifest to but few among them. During the preceding months of the Baptist's ministry, many had refused to heed the call to repentance. Thus they had hardened their hearts and darkened their understanding. When Heaven bore testimony to Jesus at His baptism, they perceived it not. Eyes that had never been turned in faith to Him that is invisible beheld not the revelation of the glory of God; ears that had never listened to His voice heard not the words of witness. So it is now." 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 12, 2019, 05:28:50 AM
Amen, Beacon!

When Jesus reigns on the throne of our hearts, He fills us with the fruits of His character: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Not one of His divine attributes will be missing as long as Christ has His rightful place in our hearts as we are surrendered fully to Him! What a joy to spend time with Jesus and then be able to encourage others to see His loveliness of character, too!

"It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth 'knoweth God.' 1 John 4:7." {The Desire of Ages, page 139, paragraph 3}
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Post by: Dorine on March 12, 2019, 10:46:11 AM
"And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption."

This portrays such an intimate relationship that Jesus wants with us. He wants us to work side by side with Him through the ups and downs of such a journey. Not because He can't do the work without us but because He wants us to experience the joy that comes when we are united with Him. The rewards are limitless but many only see the trials and hardships. We need to lift our eyes above the darkness of this life and enter into His presence by spending that thoughtful hour each day. Just me and God.

"If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many today when prejudice withholds from good. How different would be the result if they would "come and see".
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on March 12, 2019, 09:45:16 PM

Amen, Sister Dorine. What a powerful truth we see here. It is true that seeing His grace we experience great joy, but in the reading we see something else Jesus wants us to do that we might have great joy. Let's look a little closer at your quote.

"And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption."

If we want to experience the joy that Christ did, then we need to work as Christ worked. Why? Because His great joy was seeing souls saved. It was His great joy to know that a multitude would be saved because of His great sacrifice. So it will be with all who are truly converted and work as Christ worked. When we do we will understand what is written, for it will be our experience to know this great joy of seeing souls transformed by His grace. These are the two great joys in life. Seeing hearts moved by the grace we witness and share, and the joy we receive when we receive a baptism of the spirit, that we may receive daily by beholding Jesus.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Dorine on March 12, 2019, 09:50:01 PM
Amen Richard. A very important point that I left out.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on March 13, 2019, 08:46:59 AM
Dear Sister Dorine, the Holy Spirit impresses us with different things, so I don't believe you left it out, but rather was impressed with something that God knew would bless you and others. He reminded me of the great joy I have when I see a precious soul moved to tears when they see Jesus as Savior from the ruin in their lives. It is so very sad that so many in the church seldom if ever experience this great joy. I just wanted to point this out that some might catch a glimpse of what can change their lives forever.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Beacon on June 06, 2019, 10:13:10 AM
"Philip said to Nathanael, "Come and see." He did not ask him to accept another's testimony, but to behold Christ for himself. Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life. Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are. Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay. A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world."

In John 15:5 Jesus says to all His disciples..."I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. This implies a daily living connection with Jesus in order to receive through the Holy Spirit all the gifts which Jesus offers for our empowerment "to be and to do His will " and without these attributes given by the Spirit we cannot be effect witnesses. We must be connected to the Vine, the source of all power, wisdom and saving grace.

"The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character. "
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 07, 2019, 05:53:57 AM
What unity here, Brother Beacon!

The gospel lived is the most powerful revelation of the gospel--and Christ is that living witness. As we surrender our lives unreservedly to Him, we also come to reflect Him as all of the fruits of the Spirit are manifest in our lives without one missing, and people see the loveliness of Jesus!!

 "The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character." {The Desire of Ages, page 142, paragraph 1}

I love Jesus and I pray that we may all share of His love today by a living character witness!!!
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Post by: Beacon on August 30, 2019, 05:39:08 PM
"The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character."

I know this to be true! One Sabbath day after preaching in one of our churches a sister greeted me at the door and said " Brother - Did you know that when you were preaching today your face was actually "shinning" . Of course I was not aware of it myself but I felt very humbled knowing that the power of the Holy Spirit was blessing and moving the congregation with a special connection from on High. The word of God truly has life-giving power! When we are truly surrendered to Jesus the Holy Spirit will move upon the listener with convicting power. What an awesome privilege is given to us to serve as ambassadors for the King of Kings & Lord of Lords. I pray that by the Grace of God my life will always reflect with convicting power the great plan of salvation given to us by Jesus at such a high cost and yet it is free to all who are willing to come and accept His Mercy, Forgiveness, Restoration and Empowerment May His Love surround each of you as we share another awesome Sabbath Day in the Family of God.   

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on August 31, 2019, 07:06:51 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon. If we love Jesus supremely, we shall be a beacon of hope to all we come in contact with.

    And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption. 

There is no greater joy than in leading others to Christ. But, many do not really know God intimately as a personal Savior. Thus, they cannot share this experience with others. They need to drink of the Water of Life. So much false teaching has come into God's church that many believe they are ok when in fact they are in a Laodicean condition, in need of repentance. Is it possible even John the Baptist did not know the Lamb had to die? Yes. While he was converted and knew the need of repentance, he did not know Jesus had to die for his sins. He believed Jesus was to rule on an earthly throne. Such is the power of false gospels.

Let us today share the gospel of grace with those who are seeking truth. Then we shall be filled joy unspeakable.
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Post by: Beacon on November 24, 2019, 12:58:00 PM
"During the preceding months of the Baptist's ministry, many had refused to heed the call to repentance. Thus they had hardened their hearts and darkened their understanding. When Heaven bore testimony to Jesus at His baptism, they perceived it not. Eyes that had never been turned in faith to Him that is invisible beheld not the revelation of the glory of God; ears that had never listened to His voice heard not the words of witness. So it is now."

There are two basic concepts taught in God's Word.....The 1st. is that we have a strong need to "COME" to Jesus and receive His loving forgiveness. The 2nd is, that now we have become ambassadors for Jesus, we are to "GO" and share the GOOD NEWS with all those around us.  

"In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart." Let's pray for one another that each of us will be found faithful.

 
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Post by: Richard Myers on November 25, 2019, 06:55:11 AM
Amen Brother Beacon. We do not have to press believers to do evangelism. It is a in-wrought desire to point others to Jesus when we know Him intimately. If we have not this desire, then we do not abide in Christ and He in us.

Israel was excited when John was baptizing. Many understood the seventy weeks of Daniel was about up.

     It was long since Israel had had a prophet, long since such a reformation as was now in progress had been witnessed. The demand for confession of sin seemed new and startling. Many among the leaders would not go to hear John's appeals and denunciations, lest they should be led to disclose the secrets of their own lives. Yet his preaching was a direct announcement of the Messiah. It was well known that the seventy weeks of Daniel's prophecy, covering the Messiah's advent, were nearly ended; and all were eager to share in that era of national glory which was then expected. Such was the popular enthusiasm that the Sanhedrin would soon be forced either to sanction or to reject John's work. Already their power over the people was waning. It was becoming a serious question how to maintain their position. In the hope of arriving at some conclusion, they dispatched to the Jordan a deputation of priests and Levites to confer with the new teacher.

In the days of Israel, like today, many were deceived about the mission of Christ. Today, few understand that in 1844 Jesus moved into the Most Holy Place in heaven to begin a ministry of preparing a people to stand through the time of trouble such as never was without a Mediator. Many do not even know what a Mediator is. John understood Jesus to be the Son of God, but was deceived about His mission. He thought Jesus was to rule on an Earthly throne.

   The next day John sees Jesus coming. With the light of the glory of God resting upon him, the prophet stretches out his hands, declaring, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is become before me. . . . And I knew Him not; but that He should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing in water. . . . I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven; and it abode upon Him. And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize in water, He said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon Him, the same is He that baptizeth with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God." John 1:29-34, R. V., margin. 

When we have  been given evidence from heaven, let us not doubt it no matter what. God will leave room for us if we want to doubt His Word. He will not reveal all to us.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Dorine on February 20, 2020, 05:27:56 AM
"Philip said to Nathanael, "Come and see." He did not ask him to accept another's testimony, but to behold Christ for himself. Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life. Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are. Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay. A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world."

As I come to the feet of Jesus at the beginning of a new day I pray for a heart that is cleansed and sanctified; for a life that represents my Jesus.
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on February 20, 2020, 05:58:13 AM
Amen, Sister Dorine!!

It's simple and direct. Philip was called by Jesus and he immediately responded.

"'The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow Me.' Philip obeyed the command, and straightway he also became a worker for Christ." {The Desire of Ages, page 139, paragraph 6} 

I relate to Philip's call experience. When God called me to be a pastor, it was not a complicated experience. The Holy Spirit spoke clearly to my mind, "I'm calling you to be a pastor." I said, "Who are you?" and quickly the divine evidence was manifest: "I AM THAT I AM." I immediately surrendered to God's call on my life. This took place on October 25, 2007, and it was exactly 7 years, 7 months, and 7 days later that I would become a pastor in the Michigan Conference on June 1, 2015. (God had been preparing me in the interim.) I am thankful that God knows what He has planned for us, and the best course of life is to surrender fully to Him so He may use us. God used Philiip, and I pray that He will use me and each of us as we surrender to the call of Jesus to fulfill whatever mission He has allotted for us. Only by a complete surrender of the heart are we able to do the will of God by having the Holy Spirit come to live in us and work in us to will and to do of His good pleasure, signified by all of the fruits of the Spirit being in the life without one missing!
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Post by: Beacon on February 20, 2020, 05:45:09 PM
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Thank You Pastor Sean for your personal testimony and I praise our Lord that you recognized His Call and responded in full surrender. I believe that God has and will continue to use you in a powerful way to bring many hungering lost and wandering sons and daughters of God to Jesus as you let Him use you to give the last warning message to a dying world.
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"In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart."

Jesus made it abundantly clear, did He not, that this message and invitation was NOT exclusively for the nation of Israel and so He boldly proclaimed.... In Matthew 11:28

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."


The Question is.....Are "We" Willing to be His witnesses and joyfully respond to His Invitation as found in Matthew 28:18-20???

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 17, 2020, 05:04:18 AM
Praise the Lord for the precious privilege we have to behold Christ by grace through faith today and to allow Him to work in us to will and to do according to His good pleasure! When we see how He did it in terms of the way He lived and taught, we see that we also are invited to come learn of Him, and in thus learning to become like Him in mind and character. Such a character that manifests all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing and allows all that God has said in His word to transform the life practice is a powerful witness that invites others into a living union and communion with Christ!

"The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character." {The Desire of Ages, page 142, paragraph 1} 

Our influence with the people around us is not so much biased on what we say to them, but on who we actually ARE. Our deepest thoughts, feelings, motives and purposes will eventually be revealed in how we treat people, and since by nature we are fallen and sinful and cannot make ourselves holy, we need Christ to enter into our hearts by grace through faith and give us a new heart and a new mind. Then our lives will bear witness that Christ lives in us and others will be drawn to the Savior who abides in our hearts by the influence and power of the Holy Spirit. May you look to Christ and invite others to look upon Him who alone has power to make us new creatures that can live holy lives by His abiding presence!
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Post by: Dorine on May 17, 2020, 05:49:09 AM
"When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part."

Humility and self-sacrificing love is the experience we as a people need individually. We will see it soon for hearts are being touched with the Spirit of God and will respond with full surrender to Him. Use me Lord to help spread the gospel to a dying world.
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Post by: Richard Myers on May 17, 2020, 09:40:10 AM
In reading the posts this morning, I found the essence of today's reading. Self sacrificing love when beheld causes the sinner to want to tell others about Jesus and His love. We do not need to coerce our fellow church members to seek to save the lost, when truly converted they will want to share what they have found. And, it is not so much what we say to others, but how we act. Our witness is revealing the power of grace to make repentant sinners holy (sanctified). When the world sees truly converted Christians, they will then know there is a God in heaven who has power to transform sinners into saints. How little we hear of this coming from the pulpits of professing Christians churches. God has a people to whom He has entrusted His law. There will be revival and reformation. He has promised He will pour clean water upon us and cleanse us from our idols and our filthiness (Eze. 36:22-37).

I noticed this morning that understanding of the Laodicean message is helped by something I read.

  It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.   

Jesus is reproving us as a people in the third chapter of Revelation in His message to the Laodicean Church, which we are today. After His reproof He tells us how to gain repentance which we do not have as a people. In other words, the church as a people remains in a lost condition. Jesus tells us that we are to buy of Him gold tried in the fire, white raiment, and eye salve. We must understand what He means. White raiment is His character that we are to manifest, eye salve is to open blind eyes, the Holy Spirit, but what about the gold tried in the fire? How are we saved? By grace through faith. We must trust in Jesus with all we have and all we are. How can this be? We must know Him intimately in order to trust Him in such a manner. When we do, then God will say "Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." Gold tried in the fire is this faith that will not let go, but will meet all adversity without fail. The only way we can obtain such a faith, such a character is by beholding God's grace daily. By beholding  this great unmerited love we shall be transformed into His image (2 cor. 3:18). And, now what did we read this morning? Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.

Gold tried in the fire is "faith working by love." Here we are given "the key of knowledge." If we want to glorify God, then we need to manifest His character.  "Fear God and give glory to Him is our message to a world soon to perish. Where are they that are giving glory to God, who are sanctified and witnessing the power of God's grace (love)? How to obtain this witnessing power? "Buy of me gold tried in the fire" is faith that works by beholding God's grace, His love that we do not deserve. It is the key of the knowledge of God, and by knowing Him we shall have this self sacrificing love, even for our enemies! What a message God has entrusted to us!! Let us behold our Savior daily and thus we shall receive repentance for our sins and reveal to a world soon to perish the character of our great God!
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Post by: Beacon on May 17, 2020, 11:01:19 AM
"When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character."

How very important it is that "we receive the truth in the love of it", in a personal way and experience it's transforming power, only then will it have a transforming power to reach the mind and hearts of others.

Psalm 51:9-11 "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
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Beacon on August 12, 2020, 06:05:13 AM
"During the preceding months of the Baptist's ministry, many had refused to heed the call to repentance. Thus they had hardened their hearts and darkened their understanding. When Heaven bore testimony to Jesus at His baptism, they perceived it not. Eyes that had never been turned in faith to Him that is invisible beheld not the revelation of the glory of God; ears that had never listened to His voice heard not the words of witness.."

"So it is now."

There are two basic concepts taught in God's Word.....The 1st., Is that we have a strong need to "COME" to Jesus and receive His loving forgiveness. The 2nd is, that now we have become "Ambassadors for Jesus", we are to "GO" and share the GOOD NEWS with all those around us. 


"In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart."

Let's pray for one another that each of us will be found faithful as "True Ambassadors for Jesus" in all that we say and do
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on August 12, 2020, 06:16:47 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!! Let us allow the light of Christ's love to shine everywhere!!

If someone asked you if you loved God, and you realized your weakness and lack of love in and of yourself, the good news is that you can go to God to receive the love that is to flow back to Him. Only by love is love awakened, and as we behold the loveliness of Jesus and see His perfect character, we see our deep need of His love to transform our hearts. He turns no one away. Do not stay away because you do not "feel" good enough, for Christ came to save the ungodly (we are all qualified). As we acknowledge our sinfulness, yield the whole heart to Him, and experience the power of His transforming grace, He gives us a new heart and a new mind that is filled with love--and all that accompanies that love: joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as promised in Galatians 5:22-23). Then the life of obedience that Christ invited us to live that once seemed impossible is seen to be a delight as it really is by abiding in Him!

"It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth 'knoweth God.' 1 John 4:7." {The Desire of Ages, page 139, paragraph 3}  

May the love of Christ so fill your life today that His promise is fulfilled: "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love" (1 John 4:18). Let the love of Christ cast out all selfish fear and instead give you the power and sound mind that is the fruit of His love in the life so you may walk even as Jesus walked!
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Post by: Dorine on August 12, 2020, 07:51:11 AM
There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart.

It is our responsibility, privilege and delight to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in bringing hungering souls to Christ.  It's not just through the words we speak but the tone we use and persuasive manner in which we testify of God's grace to us.
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Post by: Richard Myers on August 12, 2020, 08:46:29 PM
Amen, amen, and amen!!! What a privilege to represent our God!! John was an example of what we are to be.

  "Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?"
     "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias."
     The scripture to which John referred is that beautiful prophecy of Isaiah: "Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her appointed time is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. . . . The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." Isaiah 40:1-5, margin.
     Anciently, when a king journeyed through the less frequented parts of his dominion, a company of men was sent ahead of the royal chariot to level the steep places and to fill up the hollows, that the king might travel in safety and without hindrance. This custom is employed by the prophet to illustrate the work of the gospel. "Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low." When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part. 
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on November 07, 2020, 03:53:15 AM
Happy Sabbath!! Jesus is coming SO SOON!! Let us link up with Jesus and go out in personal ministry to reach souls like Jesus did! As He abides in our hearts by a living faith surrender, all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing and we will gladly invite others to come and see what a wonderful Savior we have found in Jesus!

"With the calling of John and Andrew and Simon, of Philip and Nathanael, began the foundation of the Christian church. John directed two of his disciples to Christ. Then one of these, Andrew, found his brother, and called him to the Saviour. Philip was then called, and he went in search of Nathanael. These examples should teach us the importance of personal effort, of making direct appeals to our kindred, friends, and neighbors. There are those who for a lifetime have professed to be acquainted with Christ, yet who have never made a personal effort to bring even one soul to the Saviour. They leave all the work for the minister. He may be well qualified for his calling, but he cannot do that which God has left for the members of the church." {The Desire of Ages, page 141, paragraph 2}

We all have a part in sharing the gospel! Let us find the greatest joy in using our entrusted capabilities to bless others and bring them to Jesus so heaven may be full of happy souls redeemed by Jesus!
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Post by: Dorine on November 07, 2020, 04:57:40 AM
  "If John and Andrew had possessed the unbelieving spirit of the priests and rulers, they would not have been found as learners at the feet of Jesus. They would have come to Him as critics, to judge His words. Many thus close the door to the most precious opportunities. But not so did these first disciples. They had responded to the Holy Spirit's call in the preaching of John the Baptist. Now they recognized the voice of the heavenly Teacher. To them the words of Jesus were full of freshness and truth and beauty. A divine illumination was shed upon the teaching of the Old Testament Scriptures. The many-sided themes of truth stood out in new light."

To the heart that is open to truth the Holy Spirit is able to teach and convert. We may fall many times. We may need to be re-converted over and over but our love for Jesus and His teachings will keep us surrendered to Him and our lives will bear fruit to others that are searching for something better. The disciples had many weaknesses and old habits to overcome but they had open hearts that were teachable. That is what I pray for this Sabbath morning. Each day new victories will be won.
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Post by: Richard Myers on November 07, 2020, 05:05:05 AM
Amen dear sister!!  Many today are open to the truth. These are the ones who we are seeking for. It may be we will have to argue with one who is teaching error in the church, but we are most wanting to find those who do not want to argue against truth, but are seeking it. The Holy  Spirit is guiding us to them that they might rejoice as they hear the "many sided themes of truth."  Is this not the great joy in our lives, to share Jesus with one who will appreciate knowing Him?
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Post by: Beacon on November 07, 2020, 05:22:26 AM
When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth..

This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part.


There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ.

If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart.


Matthew 28:18-20 contain our marching orders:
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen


As we rejoice with Jesus on this Sabbath Day, should we not be asking ourselves...." Lord what would you have me to do? "   

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on November 07, 2020, 06:49:33 AM
Amen Brother Beacon!  What we need is the knowledge of the power of grace, the gospel message.  Here you share the results of the gospel.

When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth..

This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part.

I too was impressed with this truth. It is the gospel of grace which has been perverted in the church today just as it was in the days of Israel.

There is so much in this chapter!  Jesus is coming so very soon. But, He cannot come until we have done our part. As in the days of John the Baptist when he went before Jesus came, so are we too make way for the coming of Jesus. His glory will cover the Earth, but not as in the days of John. Today, Jesus will not reveal His glory with His personal presence. He is in the heavenly sanctuary guiding His church to reveal His glory. When we are truly converted, we will reveal His glory and we will do the work of missionaries. We do not have to be told to do it, we will want to do it. It is the joy of our life to lead others to Christ.

In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart. 

If we do not have a burning desire to do this work, then we ought to realize something is missing. It is Jesus that is missing. We must have Him in the heart. He stands at the door knocking. Shall we keep Him out or let Him in that we might have love, joy, and peace that passes all understanding?  It is our choice to make. Have a blessed Sabbath my dear friends. There are not many left!


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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on February 02, 2021, 04:52:48 AM
There is a wonderful way for us to be connected to our heavenly Father--and that is through Christ! We come to Him in all of our helpless unworthiness and accept His divine grace which has power to convert sinners into saints, to renew the heart and mind and make us partakers of the divine nature whereby all of the fruits of the Spirit are seen in our lives without one missing! Let us rejoice in Jesus and abide in His true character by grace through faith, for by beholding we become changed!

"And He saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man" (John 1:51).

"Here Christ virtually says, On the bank of the Jordan the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended like a dove upon Me. That scene was but a token that I am the Son of God. If you believe on Me as such, your faith shall be quickened. You shall see that the heavens are opened, and are never to be closed. I have opened them to you. The angels of God are ascending, bearing the prayers of the needy and distressed to the Father above, and descending, bringing blessing and hope, courage, help, and life, to the children of men." {The Desire of Ages, page 142, paragraph 4}   

We need all the help we can receive from God and the ministry of His angels to us! Even though we may not see them, let us be thankful for all that the heavenly angels do to help protect us and bless us! We get to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us to form a character that will give evidence to the angels that the gospel of God's amazing grace has wrought a change in our lives, and we are new creatures in Christ Jesus!
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Post by: Dorine on February 02, 2021, 07:33:54 AM
"The angels of God are ever passing from earth to heaven, and from heaven to earth. The miracles of Christ for the afflicted and suffering were wrought by the power of God through the ministration of the angels. And it is through Christ, by the ministration of His heavenly messengers, that every blessing comes from God to us. In taking upon Himself humanity, our Saviour unites His interests with those of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam, while through His divinity He grasps the throne of God. And thus Christ is the medium of communication of men with God, and of God with men."

I don't often think of the role of angels in our communication with heaven and vise versa. It may not be terribly important to know but this morning it brought a warmth to my heart and I sensed a closeness to heaven because of it.  It is such a pleasant thought to know that we each have a guardian angel that is very active in the work of protecting and guiding and influencing our lives. I like the story of Jacob's dream and the sight of the ladder with many angels ascending and descending in perfect order and mission. If we could see beyond the veil we would see the same activity for each one. God's love in our hearts will be seen and desired by those whose hearts are longing for something better. Heaven may be unseen but we are very visible to the world. We may be the only way a lost soul will have in 'finding the Messias'.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Philip T on February 02, 2021, 08:27:44 AM
  While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. He who saw Nathanael under the fig tree will see us in the secret place of prayer. Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance.

Amen Sean and Dorine; 

It is a blessing to realize the angels are for the salvation of mankind, and protecting us. The quotation from todays reading struck my heart. The pattern for a close walk with God, and the perfection of our characters is seen here. As long as we trust in human guidance  and authority we will not come to have a saving relationship with Jesus, The only way is to surrender self to Him, is to pray and study the Word of God. Letting the Holy Spirit touch our hearts realizing heavenly angels are close by to those who have surrendered to Jesus and are seeking Him with a true and humble heart.
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Post by: Beacon on February 02, 2021, 09:57:40 AM
In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ.

If we are Christians, this work will be our delight.

No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart.


When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5.

Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth.


Do You - Do I have that burning desire in OUR HEARTS to share the JOY of serving JESUS? Are we really Converted? I would recommend re- reading the paragraphs above once more and lift our voices in prayer asking God to fill us with the Holy Spirit and so be able to be used in what ever manner He may indicate.
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Post by: Richard Myers on February 02, 2021, 06:03:31 PM

If we are Christians, this work will be our delight.

No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart. [/b][/font][/size][/color]

Amen Brother Beacon! We do not have to be taught, or hammered evangelize, it just is when we love Jesus with all we are and all we have.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on February 02, 2021, 06:11:55 PM
  While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.


It is a blessing to realize the angels are for the salvation of mankind, and protecting us. The quotation from todays reading struck my heart. The pattern for a close walk with God, and the perfection of our characters is seen here. As long as we trust in human guidance  and authority we will not come to have a saving relationship with Jesus, The only way is to surrender self to Him, is to pray and study the Word of God. Letting the Holy Spirit touch our hearts realizing heavenly angels are close by to those who have surrendered to Jesus and are seeking Him with a true and humble heart.

Amen Brother Philip!  The failure to do this is why as a people we remain in a Loadicean condition. Looking to man even though God sends teachers will not transform the character. It is the inspired Word that we can trust and depend upon!

There is so much in today's reading.  I was impressed with the statement Brother Philip shared and this one also:

     It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.   
     The disciple John was a man of earnest and deep affection, ardent, yet contemplative. He had begun to discern the glory of Christ,--not the worldly pomp and power for which he had been taught to hope, but "the glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14. He was absorbed in contemplation of the wondrous theme.   

John's mind was working against what he had been taught. Even before conversion we are given a bit of faith, enough to lead us on as we are moved by the Spirit to investigate the truth. Some love the truth others do not. It is so much easier for those who want truth to become Christians than those who are not seeking truth. Remember the story of the woman at the well, she was living with a man outside of marriage, she was a Samaritan, but she was wanting truth, and in Christ she found it and her life was transformed then and there! She became an evangelist when she discovered the Messiah.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Dorine on April 30, 2021, 05:09:24 AM
With the calling of John and Andrew and Simon, of Philip and Nathanael, began the foundation of the Christian church. John directed two of his disciples to Christ. Then one of these, Andrew, found his brother, and called him to the Saviour. Philip was then called, and he went in search of Nathanael. These examples should teach us the importance of personal effort, of making direct appeals to our kindred, friends, and neighbors. There are those who for a lifetime have professed to be acquainted with Christ, yet who have never made a personal effort to bring even one soul to the Saviour. They leave all the work for the minister. He may be well qualified for his calling, but he cannot do that which God has left for the members of the church. 

God has given us the special privilege of  working with Him for the salvation of souls. He uses us where we are. First in the family circle and then reaching out from there. Our love for Jesus will be a magnet to many as they witness every one of the fruits of the Spirit that reveal to all the beautiful attributes of Jesus.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Beacon on April 30, 2021, 06:49:47 AM
"When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless. "Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity "to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth..

..This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part..

"There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live,..

...There is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ..If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. Christians, this work will be our delight.
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"No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart."

Matthew 28:18-20 contain our marching orders:
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen


If we are truly converted will not our hearts not burn with a strong desire to share the Good News with others?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Philip T on April 30, 2021, 07:04:42 AM
Philip said to Nathanael, "Come and see." He did not ask him to accept another's testimony, but to behold Christ for himself. Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life. Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say as upon what we are. Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay. A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world.


What a powerful statement is made in this paragraph, Philip invited Nathanael to come and see Jesus. Jesus is now in heaven. As His followers we should be changing daily on our walk of Sanctification, our character's being changed to be more and more like that of Jesus. Thus as others look at us they see Jesus Character shining forth as looking at the moon we see the light of the sun reflected to us.  This is one of the most powerful forms of witness we can have. If someone refuses to hear God's appeal to them through out spoken word.  Thus when family is resistant we can continue to witness for Christ though our daily lives as they observe us.
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 30, 2021, 07:20:27 AM
Let us allow Jesus to fill us with His faith working by love--so all of us can reflect Christ to a world that needs to see that His grace is powerful enough to transform sinners into saints and keep us from falling by filling us with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!

It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.   

May we let love from Jesus move us in His will constantly!
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Post by: Richard Myers on April 30, 2021, 07:52:13 AM

"No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart."

Amen Brother Beacon!  No amount of teaching evangelism can do this. No need to reprove, rebuke, exhort, or bribe others to do the work entrusted to us as a people. No need to hire "experts" who hold doctorate degrees in religion. No, it is the heart change that will bring about true evangelists. It does not take a lifetime to learn. No, it happens at conversion when God cleanses the heart and and the repentant sinner becomes a partaker of God's divine nature, the greatest of all miracles! Such a powerful truth you have highlighted!!

     There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart.
     All who are consecrated to God will be channels of light. God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace. His promise is, "I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing." Ezekiel 34:26.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on July 26, 2021, 05:49:14 AM
It is often the case that we do not see something standing in front of us. Don't we see more each time we study a chapter in Scripture? And, in Desire of ages. What do we see here that is often passed over?

John had not recognized the authority of the Sanhedrin by seeking their sanction for his work; and he had reproved rulers and people, Pharisees and Sadducees alike. Yet the people followed him eagerly. The interest in his work seemed to be continually increasing. Though he had not deferred to them, the Sanhedrin accounted that, as a public teacher, he was under their jurisdiction. 

     This body was made up of members chosen from the priesthood, and from the chief rulers and teachers of the nation. The high priest was usually the president. All its members were to be men advanced in years, though not aged; men of learning, not only versed in Jewish religion and history, but in general knowledge. They were to be without physical blemish, and must be married men, and fathers, as being more likely than others to be humane and considerate. Their place of meeting was an apartment connected with the temple at Jerusalem. In the days of Jewish independence the Sanhedrin was the supreme court of the nation, possessing secular as well as ecclesiastical authority. Though now subordinated by the Roman governors, it still exercised a strong influence in civil as well as religious matters. 

This is how Israel became so far removed from truth. The leaders had a hold on the truth and after perverting it, who would dare present the truth in contradiction to the Sanhedron.  Do you also recognize they had strict requirements for membership? It was not a training school, it was those who had already been trained and were safe to be leaders in Israel. What do you think of their requirements that all must be fathers? That would leave out those who had no children. The Pharisees were strict adherents to the law. Would they circumvent the law to allow for some to be members of this august body of leaders? Then what happened to Saul the Persecutor's children? He was a member of the Sanhedron. Do you think it was possible that when he became a Christian he was denied access to his children? If so, God allowed this and it made Paul even the stronger having suffered greatly.

Is this true, that suffering will make one a stronger Christian? Is so, share some of the inspired truths that reveal this. It will be a blessing for you, others who read this, and for me.
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Post by: Dorine on July 26, 2021, 06:38:42 AM
"If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many today whom prejudice withholds from good. How different would be the result if they would "come and see"!      
While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. He who saw Nathanael under the fig tree will see us in the secret place of prayer. Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance."

As much as I appreciate and am blessed by many of our speakers whether in person or by DVD the only safe position is when we personally take our bible's, go to our knees in prayer asking for the enlightenment and guidance of the Holy Spirit testing for ourselves whether the things being said are completely scriptural.
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Post by: Beacon on July 26, 2021, 07:35:31 AM
" John directed two of his disciples to Christ. Then one of these, Andrew, found his brother, and called him to the Saviour. Philip was then called, and he went in search of Nathanael."
 
"These examples should teach us the importance of personal effort, of making direct appeals to our kindred, friends, and neighbors."

"There are those who for a lifetime have professed to be acquainted with Christ, yet who have never made a personal effort to bring even one soul to the Saviour. They leave all the work for the minister.

"He may be well qualified for his calling, but he cannot do that which God has left for the members of the church."

How can we say " NO" to Jesus who paid the Supreme Price for our Salvation --- Will we continue to Reject His offer of discipleship? When He come to take His children home will we hear the words " Well Done " or "Depart from me I never knew you?

"Hark! the voice of Jesus calling,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white, the harvest waiting,
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth,
Rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I, O Lord, send me”?
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Post by: Philip T on July 26, 2021, 07:50:20 AM
  And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption.

This is a truth we need to embrace, it id the fulfillment of accomplishing Jesus last commission to us in Matthew 28, we are transformed in character as we witness and bring others to Christ so the Holy Spirit can convict their minds, and transform their characters. As a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly so is the character from one of the world to one of God. As I read this chapter this morning out on the porch by my flower beds, I watched a Monarch butterfly finishing this transformation on a Milk plant, as it's wing slowly grew in size as it pumped it wings. This brought this paragraph into focus, if we do not pump our faith and spread God's promises to those around us our faith will not grow. 
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Post by: Beacon on October 20, 2021, 07:28:05 PM
'Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them.

Many are waiting to be personally addressed.
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"In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight."

"No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart."

"All who are consecrated to God will be channels of light. God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace. His promise is,,,

"I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing." Ezekiel 34:26.

Did you notice what a strong affirmative statement Jesus made about us being His channels of light??? Here it is once more and if our lives do not measure up to this statement, then perhaps we need to come again to the foot of the cross asking for power to forsake our sins so that we will be " His channel of light.'

The Bible encourages us to do a self examination to see if we be of the faith. God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace.
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Post by: Dorine on October 21, 2021, 05:32:05 AM
"And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption."

How true this is. There is no joy like the joy of leading others to Christ and seeing them accept His sacrifice for them. It starts in the home and reaches outward as God leads us to those that are lost. May we never allow ourselves to become idle or stagnant. When we spend these precious moments each morning learning of Jesus and His methods we are compelled by love and compassion to reach out to all the suffering and needy; both physically and spiritually. We don't do it because we want to be blessed. We are blessed because by God's grace we want to do it.
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Post by: Beacon on January 15, 2022, 08:11:26 PM
"In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ."

"If we are Christians, this work will be our delight."

"No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus."

"The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart."

"All who are consecrated to God will be channels of light."

We are "ALL" called to be active laboring laborers for Jesus - Are we willing to say.. Here am I send me?

Hark! the voice of Jesus calling,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white, the harvest waiting,
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth,
Rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I, O Lord, send me”?

2
If you cannot cross the ocean
And the heathen lands explore,
You can find the heathen nearer,
You can help them at your door;
If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all.

3
If you cannot be the watchman,
Standing high on Zion’s wall,
Pointing out the path to heaven,
Offering life and peace to all;
With your prayers and with your bounties
You can do what Heaven demands,
You can be like faithful Aaron,
Holding up the prophet’s hands.

4
While the souls of men are dying,
And the Master calls for you,
Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do!”
Gladly take the task He gives you,
Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,
“Here am I, O Lord, send me.”

Words & Music by Daniel March & F.E. Belden



Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 16, 2022, 09:38:22 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!!

By beholding the loveliness of Jesus and becoming like Him, for by beholding we become changed, our lives will have an influence on others as we point them to the One who gave all for us. As our characters reflect all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as we choose to be vitally connected to Christ in true conversion, we are empowered through Christ to obey the law of God from the new heart He gives us!

"The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order. The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it, has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality. When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice. He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ. His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character." {The Desire of Ages, page 142, paragraph 1}

So it may be with us. What a blessing to go forth as witnesses like Christ! He is able to do more than we ask or think by the power of the Holy Spirit!
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Post by: Richard Myers on January 16, 2022, 05:12:58 PM
Amen my dear brothers!!  We don't have to persuade those who love the Lord our God  to tell others of His love, when born of the Spirit, they want to tell others what they have discovered. And, their demeanor and words are seen to be truth to those who are seeking truth. It is also interesting to understand that those who love the Lord our God, will see and hear what others do not see nor hear, as it was at the baptism of Jesus.

 Many of those gathered at the Jordan had been present at the baptism of Jesus; but the sign then given had been manifest to but few among them. During the preceding months of the Baptist's ministry, many had refused to heed the call to repentance. Thus they had hardened their hearts and darkened their understanding. When Heaven bore testimony to Jesus at His baptism, they perceived it not. Eyes that had never been turned in faith to Him that is invisible beheld not the revelation of the glory of God; ears that had never listened to His voice heard not the words of witness. So it is now. Often the presence of Christ and the ministering angels is manifest in the assemblies of the people, and yet there are many who know it not. They discern nothing unusual. But to some the Saviour's presence is revealed. Peace and joy animate their hearts. They are comforted, encouraged, and blessed. 
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Post by: Beacon on April 12, 2022, 08:30:18 PM
"When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice."

"He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life, that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ."

"His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character."

"No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus."


"The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart."

"All who are consecrated to God will be channels of light."

"God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace."


Are " WE " Willing to be an Active Channel of Light for Jesus who gave His Life for us.? Let's make sure that " WE ARE " ......

Living for Jesus a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.
    
O Jesus, Lord and Savior,
I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thine Atonement
Didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master,
My heart shall be Thy throne,
My life I give, henceforth to live,
O Christ, for Thee alone.
2
Living for Jesus who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.
3
Living for Jesus wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.
4
Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

Lyrics:Thomas Obediah Chisholm (1866-1960)
Music:Carl Harold Lowden (1883-1963)
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
Post by: Richard Myers on April 13, 2022, 06:26:29 AM
Amen Brother Beacon!! 

    If John and Andrew had possessed the unbelieving spirit of the priests and rulers, they would not have been found as learners at the feet of Jesus. They would have come to Him as critics, to judge His words. Many thus close the door to the most precious opportunities. But not so did these first disciples. They had responded to the Holy Spirit's call in the preaching of John the Baptist. Now they recognized the voice of the heavenly Teacher. To them the words of Jesus were full of freshness and truth and beauty. A divine illumination was shed upon the teaching of the Old Testament Scriptures. The many-sided themes of truth stood out in new light.
     It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.   

So it is today. Not all want to receive wisdom from heaven.

  There are many who need the ministration of loving Christian hearts. Many have gone down to ruin who might have been saved if their neighbors, common men and women, had put forth personal effort for them. Many are waiting to be personally addressed. In the very family, the neighborhood, the town, where we live, there is work for us to do as missionaries for Christ. If we are Christians, this work will be our delight. No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart.
     All who are consecrated to God will be channels of light. God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace.

We do not have to push Christians to share His love.