By Carron Lake @

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.
(John 14:6)

It is often said in the preaching of the gospel that we are to come to the foot of the cross of Jesus, and behold Him on the cross for us. But in the day when Jesus was crucified on the cross for us all, there were many, who beheld Him there on the cross, but they were not comprehending why He did not come down from the cross, to please their desire in proving to them that He was The Son of GOD. On that day, which appeared to all that it was the ending of His ministry among men, He made a complete atonement in becoming one with man, that is to say, He became separated from Life just as we were, dead through our transgression of sin. By taking upon Himself our sins, and being separated from His Father, to become just as we are in death, it is written of Him that, "...he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors" (Isaiah 53:12).

We have often looked at the transgressors, as just those two thieves, who were crucified on their own cross with Jesus on that Crucifixion day, but the two thieves, one on the right hand, and another on the left were representing all, who are in this world of sin and darkness in a condition of death. We are all dead in this condition of sin, which separates us from GOD, because of our sins. We commit sinful acts, because we are not connected to HIM, WHO works HIS Good Will by HIS Word of Life in us. We cannot do good, because HIS Good Word of Life is not abiding in us. When Jesus began His ministry, He was baptized by His Own Spirit from The Father, WHO sustained Him in The Will and service to GOD, because, as His Own Spirit said through Luke after His baptism at the Jordan river, "...Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered" (Luke 4:1, 2). Notice that if we are to comprehend The Word of GOD, we must also trust in The Word of GOD, just as Jesus also trusted in The Words He had revealed of Himself before Hand, or before placing His Own Soul in the form of flesh, to become The Hand of His Own Arm in dwelling among men, to be like unto Moses, who depended also upon The Connection of His Own Arm to The LORD, Who is HIS Word of Strength. He--Jesus was led by His Own Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil, to overcome the devil, who continue to lead man and keep man in the slavery and bondage of sin.

For it is written that, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities" (Isaiah 53:6-11). Notice that in the same way that His Own Spirit led Him into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil, and He sustained Him during those forty days. His Own Spirit, before Hand, before becoming a man, revealed to Isaiah that His Spirit suffered the oppression of man's sin against His Soul. He revealed that the iniquity of us all had afflicted Him. As members of His Body we commit sin against Him when we commit sin against each other.

To bring this understanding into focus, we each can relate to His affliction in some degree, when our own bodies have suffered pain from the smallest splinter that finds its' way into some part of our bodies, to cause so much pain that the whole body stops, to address the need of removing that splinter, which is causing much pain. But what does it mean to remove the splinter, which is causing much pain in His Body? In His Body, the splinter is us. Our sins have afflicted Him, not just from Adam's sin, but from the main splinter of the enemy of His Soul and ours, who has led us all to rebel and split and separate from each other and from Him, Who is The Source of our Light and Life in GOD. The only way to remove and put an end to this pain, which was afflicting His Soul, He said by His Spirit through Paul, saying, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted" (Hebrews 2:14-18).

After reading Isaiah's testimony of The Spirit, Who was revealed through him, a question was put to Philip by the eunuch, who was reading The Written Word of God through His servant Isaiah, and the eunuch said to Philip, "...I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus" (Acts 8:34, 35). Notice that Philip did not preach to the eunuch Jesus and someone else, because Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). He is The Ladder of Truth, Who opens to us The Only Way through Himself, Who bring us out of the darkness of this world into His Marvelous Light, Which is our Life.

The One Door through Whom we make our connection to The Father. (Click Picture)

The question that we should address, as we contemplate and behold Him on the cross for us is this; Have we made atonement for Him? He became one with us in death. Yet, He was raised again to Life, to be restored and connected with The Father on the third day. The question to our hearts is this; do we remain separated from Him in our condition of sin and death, with the one who had the power of death and bondage over us, like the Pharaoh, who reigned over the children of Israel in Egypt? Or do we atone for our sins by The Blood of Jesus, Who Sacrificed His Life for us, that we might become One with Him, Who made reconciliation for our sins, to choose Him, and have Life in Him for all Eternity? We may come to the foot of the cross to find the answers to these questions, but only one of the two thieves were assured of being in paradise with Jesus, when He would come again to receive His Own unto Himself. And this thief, who was given The Promise of assurance in Christ Jesus, he was upon his own cross next to Jesus.

In this world of sin, darkness, pain, suffering and death, we can keep returning to the foot of the cross to find the answer that would end this revolving condition of our sin, darkness, pain, suffering and death, in not living, as we should with Christ, and the members of His Body, which we are. It is not until we decide take up our own cross, and choose to die daily to the works of the enemy, who works his will in and through our souls, to cause us pain, suffering, sin, darkness and death, and to prevent us from begin one with Christ Jesus, Who brings healing to our souls, to shine His Light from our hearts, to our fellow men in this world of darkness. For The Light of Christ Spirit has been revealed to us through His servant Paul, who said, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:1, 2). Christ Jesus has shown to us The Way to The Father, in His whole Life of self-sacrificing Love, to save us from eternal death. We need also, to sin against the enemy, by turning away our hearts from following his will of rebellion in self-interest against The Will of GOD, to present ourselves to GOD, not as a dead sacrifice still in our sins, but as a living Sacrifice, being sustained in life by The Gift of Christ's Life, in Whom GOD has given to us The Gift of Life in HIS Son Jesus Christ, Who lives His Life in us, and through us, and abides in us to accomplish The Father's Will to HIS Glory.

Christ Jesus has revealed to how we are to follow Him. Speaking to His disciples, who were following Him, Jesus said, "...If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:24, 25).

Just like a hand covered by a glove, His Spirit of Life works in us to accomplish The Will of The Father, to glorify HIS Name. For He said to His disciples, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it]" (John 14:12-14).

The Root and The Offspring, Who connects us The GOD (Click Picture)

As the thief on the cross received the assurance, straight from The Spirit of Christ, Who spoke through His Own Body of Flesh upon the cross, so we also can be assured that we, who turn to behold Him in our place, we can live for Him, as a living sacrifice, to continue His work of bringing healing to His Body, which we are, by proclaiming His message of assurance to our brothers and sisters, who have been wounded in the heart, to be restored to beauty, the oil of joy, and the garment of praise through our Oneness with Him and each other.

And being a fellow member of His Body, and one, who was filled with Christ's Spirit, Paul testified of Christ Jesus and said, "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God" (1 Corinthians 2:12). Like the thief, who was on his own cross, David, who cried out to GOD in the acknowledgement of his sin, and with a heart of repentance, not to remain in his sin, but to turn from the sin, he said, "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever before me." (Psalms 51:1-3). It was through The Loving-kindness of Christ, Who revealed The Father's Love and Mercy to David that he responded to the healing of his wounds, which he had caused in his separation from GOD, and from his fellow man.

A Personal Pardon

Through Christ servant to the church, it is said, "We should remember that all make mistakes; even men and women who have had years of experience sometimes err; but God does not cast them off because of their errors; to every erring son and daughter of Adam He gives the privilege of another trial.

"Jesus loves to have us come to Him just as we are, sinful, helpless, dependent. We may come with all our weakness, our folly, our sinfulness, and fall at His feet in penitence. It is His glory to encircle us in the arms of His love, and to bind up our wounds, to cleanse us from all impurity.

"Here is where thousands fail: they do not believe that Jesus pardons them personally, individually. They do not take God at His word. It is the privilege of all who comply with the conditions to know for themselves that pardon is freely extended for every sin. Put away the suspicion that God's promises are not meant for you. They are for every repentant transgressor. Strength and grace have been provided through Christ to be brought by ministering angels to every believing soul. None are so sinful that they cannot find strength, purity, and righteousness in Jesus, who died for them. He is waiting to strip them of their garments stained and polluted with sin, and to put upon them the white robes of righteousness; He bids them live and not die. . . .

"Can you believe that when the poor sinner longs to return, longs to forsake his sins, the Lord sternly withholds him from coming to His feet in repentance? Away with such thoughts! Nothing can hurt your own soul more than to entertain such a conception of our heavenly Father. . . . Come with your whole heart to Jesus, and you may claim His blessing.

"He who through His own atonement provided for man an infinite fund of moral power will not fail to employ this power in their behalf." (By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 134)

The Effect of Receiving the Spirit

GOD has freely given to us HIMSELF in The Gift of HIS Son Jesus Christ, and it has been revealed through the servant of Christ that, "The Holy Spirit enabled the disciples to exalt the Lord alone, and guided the pens of the sacred historians, that the record of the words and works of Christ might be given to the world. Today this Spirit is constantly at work, seeking to draw the attention of men to the great sacrifice made upon the cross of Calvary, to unfold to the world the love of God to man, and to open to the convicted soul the promises of the Scriptures.

"It is the Spirit that causes to shine into darkened minds the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness; that makes men's hearts burn within them with an awakened realization of the truths of eternity; that presents before the mind the great standard of righteousness, and convinces of sin, that inspires faith in Him who alone can save from sin; that works to transform character by withdrawing the affections of men from those things that are temporal and perishable, and fixing them upon the eternal inheritance. The Spirit re-creates, refines, and sanctifies human beings, fitting them to become members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King.

"When one is fully emptied of self, when every false god is cast out of the soul, the vacuum is filled by the inflowing of the Spirit of Christ. Such a one has the faith that purifies the soul from defilement. He is conformed to the Spirit, and he minds the things of the Spirit. He has no confidence in self. Christ is all and in all. He receives with meekness the truth that is constantly being unfolded, and gives the Lord all the glory, saying, "God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit." . . .

"The Spirit that reveals also works in him the fruits of righteousness. Christ is in him, "a well of water springing up into everlasting life." He is a branch of the True Vine, and bears rich clusters of fruit to the glory of God. What is the character of the fruit borne? The fruit of the Spirit is "love," not hatred; "joy," not discontent and mourning; "peace," not irritation, anxiety, and manufactured trials. It is "longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Gal. 5:22, 23). Those who have this Spirit are earnest workers together with God. . . . They speak words of solid sense, and from the treasury of the heart bring forth pure, sacred things, after the example of Christ.--Gospel Workers, pp. 286-288."

(By Ellen G. White "Reflecting Christ", Page 133)

Again through Paul, The Spirit of Christ has led him to say to all, who are joined together, not in errors that separates us from Him, but in His Spirit of Truth, joined in The One Body of Christ Jesus, without a seam of error between us and Him that would tear us apart from Him. For he--Paul said of Him, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together" (Romans 8:14-17).

It is to this restoration of our souls that Christ left His Throne at His Father's SIDE in Glory to come into this world of darkness of sin and death, to reveal Himself to men, as Jesus, Who would take away all of our sins, in restoring to us The Gift of being children of GOD. For it is written by Paul of The Expression of The Father's Heart in Christ Jesus, "Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" (Hebrews 1:3, 4).

Notice that Christ left His Throne in heaven, and came into this world of darkness sin and death, and after being crucified by the wounds men made upon His Body of flesh, He as Jesus was raised again from among the physically and spiritually dead, to open The Door for all, to live through Him, to ascend from this world of darkness, sin and death, to sit alive with Him forever more at the right hand of The Majesty on high. He was separated from His Father for a short time, but was raised to sit again with HIM on HIS Throne for Eternity. However, after man's sin and separation from GOD, and the fellowship of holy angels, man was in darkness, sin and death, and kept in darkness by the work of the enemy of the souls of men. After the flood destroyed the earth, men, who trusted not in GOD and HIS Word, sought to make their own way back to heaven by their own works. To do this, it is recorded by GOD'S Word through His servant Moses, saying that, "...the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top [may reach] unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people [is] one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do" (Genesis 11:1-6).

Rather than building a tower to heaven, made out of bricks and stones, and held together with slime, as mortar, to give men the reach needed to attain heaven, Christ Jesus built Himself a Ladder with His Own Body on the cross, and by His Own Power from death, He opened The Way to release a sample of the captives that were held in darkness sin and death, to return with Him to heaven, linking earth with heaven, and connecting again the children of men in Himself, to be the children of GOD. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). As it was revealed in the vision given to Ellen G. White, there are many in this world in the body of believes, who are not ready for the journey, to ascend to heaven, because they have only kept part of The Law of GOD, and not The Law, as it is revealed in Christ Jesus, Who has connected us in the fellowship with Himself, from heaven to earth, and from earth to heaven. In Himself, He healed the wounds between GOD and man, by being both Divine and Human, to make us all One in Himself to GOD. If the assembly, kept only five precepts of GOD'S Law, which many civilize countries do, and they were to seek to ascend to Christ Throne by their own righteousness, then they will fail to ascend from earth, to connect and sit with Him, Who sits next to The Father upon HIS Throne, because they, as it is revealed to us through His servant James, that "...whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all" (James 2:10).

In the vision revealed to Ellen G. White, she dreamed of being with a large body of people, but only a portion of the assembly, or the congregation, which started out were prepared to journey. The precept in GOD'S Law that deals with people in an assembly, or a congregation, or as a flock of parishioners attending to worship, is revealed in the command, which has to do with The Sabbath Day of Rest, which is on The Seventh Day of the week, according to GOD'S Word. But the larger portion of the believers, who assemble to worship, or congregate for worship are doing so on the first day of the week. This brings within The Body of Christ, a wound to tear The Body apart, to have one part of The Body at rest in fellowship with The LORD and the other part going contrary to HIS Will and HIS Word on another day, which is man's own day of rest. GOD has reveal in HIS Word what will happen to the enemy, who led many to separate from HIM by not following The Example HE has revealed in HIS Word.

Speaking of the things that are revealed in The Scriptures, Paul was led of The Spirit to say, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:11, 12). As an ensample to those, who follow not The Example of The LORD by HIS Word, but follow the enemy against GOD and HIS Word, it was revealed through Moses--the human hand of The Lord, of the work of the enemy, who sought to go against Moses, to lead the children of Israel against The Will of GOD and HIS Word.

It is written for our learning when "...Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [men]: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, [Ye take] too much upon you, seeing all the congregation [are] holy, every one of them, and the LORD [is] among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? And when Moses heard [it], he fell upon his face: And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who [are] his, and [who is] holy; and will cause [him] to come near unto him: even [him] whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him" (Numbers 16:1-5).

After Korah gathered all the congregation against Moses and Aaron, "...the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.

"And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for [I have] not [done them] of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; [then] the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that [appertain] unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that [was] under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that [appertained] unto Korah, and all [their] goods. They, and all that [appertained] to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. And all Israel that [were] round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up [also]. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense" (Numbers 16:19-35).

Notice that this was an ensample to reveal to us the same work of rebellion that took place in heaven against The Christ--The Son of The Living GOD, Who is The Anointed Divine Right Hand of The LORD, WHO give into HIS Hand all things in heaven and in earth. The enemy sought to lead all the congregation against Christ, because Christ was reigning in Authority over all of creation. As The LORD by HIS Word instructed the congregation to depart from the tabernacle--the place of assembly of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, who were called wicked men; HE--The LORD has given to the church, a solemn message for these last days, which I pray that all will take heed. Through the channels that are to flow this messages of saving Grace, The LORD has given HIS Word, saying, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Notice that by giving to us the promise of HIM being to us a Father, and we being to HIM sons and daughters, GOD has made the fifth command part of the Law that relates to our connection to GOD. And if men and women are not keeping the first four of HIS Commandments, then the fifth command will not apply to them being HIS children, because they do not honor HIM as a Father.

But through Paul--the channel of Christ Blessings to the saints at Colosse, Paul said, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory" (Colossians 3:1-4).

Walking in His Steps

Through Christ servant, to the called out ones, which are the members of His Body in these last days, she has said, "All who enter upon the new life should understand, prior to their baptism, that the Lord requires the undivided affections. . . .The practicing of the truth is essential. The bearing of fruit testifies to the character of the tree.... There is need of a thorough conversion to the truth.

"There are children ... who have been taught from their youth to observe the Sabbath. Some of these are very good children, faithful to duty as far as temporal matters are concerned; but they feel no deep conviction of sin and no need of repentance from sin.... As there are no outbreaking sins in their own lives, they flatter themselves they are about right. To these youth I am authorized to say: Repent ye and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.... You are required to repent, believe, and be baptized. Christ was wholly righteous; yet He, the Saviour of the world, gave man an example by Himself taking the steps which He requires the sinner to take to become a child of God, and heir of heaven.

"If Christ, the spotless and pure Redeemer of man, condescended to take the steps necessary for the sinner to take in conversion, why should any, with the light of truth shining upon their pathway, hesitate to submit their hearts to God, and in humility confess that they are sinners, and show their faith in the atonement of Christ by words and actions, identifying themselves with those who profess to be His followers?

"All who study the life of Christ and practice His teachings will become like Christ. Their influence will be like His. They will reveal soundness of character. As they walk in the humble path of obedience, doing the will of God, they exert an influence that tells for the advancement of the cause of God and the healthful purity of His work.

(By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 147)

Another channel of The Grace of GOD was sent into all the earth, and John testified of the vision that he saw, saying, "...I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities" (Revelation 18:1-5). Notice that if we do not consider ourselves to be GOD'S people, then we will follow the ways of the enemy, to go contrary to The Will of GOD, and tear ourselves away from being in fellowship with HIM, by not following HIS Word. But if we consider ourselves to be the children of GOD, then we will follow HIS Word, Who leads us to The Father's Throne.

As a Shepherd, or a Guide, Who seeks to lead all His flock to His Father's Throne, the larger portion of the assembly of His flock have been led by the enemy, who leads His under-shepherds, to congregate His flock in rebellion on another day, other than The Day GOD has revealed in HIS Word. For The Seventh-day Sabbath is His sign between Him and those, who love and fellowship with HIS Son. For Jesus Christ--The Head of His church said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).

We know that Jesus Christ Lives today, because we live by Him, Who sustains us and dwells in us. For He said, "Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:15, 19-21).

If we break just one, to break them all, then The Link that connects both wings of GOD'S Law is The Sabbath, which many are taught to forget. And if many are being taught to break just one, then one link broken in GOD'S Law separates those, whom HE loves, and wounds The Heart of GOD. By not keeping the one precept that deals with our union and fellowship to GOD through HIS Son, and to believe not in GOD by HIS Word, we will never make The Connection to GOD without The Gift HE has provided in The Link of HIS Son. This is why in the vision, those, who fall off the path, to fall into the darkness of the earth below, with its' degradation and sin, they have not yet yielded to Christ their whole heart that He might accomplish The Father's Will in and through them, to The Father's Glory. There is yet in the heart error that causes separation between their hearts and GOD'S Heart, as HE is revealed in HIS Son. Yet, Christ Jesus has revealed to us The Way to The Father in Himself. He makes it possible for us to follow His steps daily, as He leads us like the hand of Moses, in Guiding us, as His Own sheep, to follow Him to the Throne of GOD.

The Steps to sit with Christ upon His Throne (Click Picture)

By making the connection to GOD by The Ladder of Jesus Christ, we are accepted of GOD by our faith in Christ through Jesus. In His channel of Blessings to the saints at Galatia, The Lord through His servant Paul said, "But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:25-29).

Accepted by Faith

Through His servant to the church in these last days, The Lord has said, "To talk of religion in a casual way, to pray without soul hunger and living faith, avails nothing. A nominal faith in Christ, which accepts Him merely as the Saviour of the world, can never bring healing to the soul. The faith that is unto salvation is not a mere intellectual assent to the truth. He who waits for entire knowledge before he will exercise faith cannot receive blessing from God. It is not enough to believe about Christ; we must believe in Him. The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour; which appropriates His merits to ourselves. Many hold faith as an opinion. Saving faith is a transaction by which those who receive Christ join themselves in covenant relation with God. Genuine faith is life. A living faith means an increase of vigor, a confiding trust, by which the soul becomes a conquering power.

"True faith is that which receives Christ as a personal Saviour. God gave His only-begotten Son, that I, by believing in Him, "should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). When I come to Christ, according to His word, I am to believe that I receive His saving grace. The life that I now live, I am to "live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Gal. 2:20).

"The apostle Paul clearly presents the relation between faith and the law under the new covenant. He says: "Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid; yea, we establish the law." "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh"--it could not justify man, because in his sinful nature he could not keep the law --"God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Rom. 5:1; 3:31; 8:3, 4).

(By Ellen G. White "God's Amazing Grace", Page 140)

Notice that if we are members of The Body of Christ, Who gave to Moses The Law of the principles of His Character, and the principles of The Law of His Soul was lived out in His Life as Jesus in the flesh of man, then we, who are members of His Body will establish The Law of GOD in our lives, and not break them, to follow the civil unrest of the enemy of our souls.

Union With Christ

For Christ Jesus has said to His church through His servant John, saying, "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 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" (John 15:3-5). Notice that we cannot bear The Fruits of His Spiritual Nature in our lives, except He, Who has The Law of His Character abiding in Him, and He is abiding in us.

Through the servant to the members of His Body, Christ Jesus has given a message. And She has said, "Every individual, by his own act, either puts Christ from him by refusing to cherish His spirit and follow His example, or he enters into a personal union with Christ by self-renunciation, faith, and obedience. We must, each for himself, choose Christ, because He has first chosen us. This union with Christ is to be formed by those who are naturally at enmity with Him. It is a relation of utter dependence, to be entered into by a proud heart. This is close work, and many who profess to be followers of Christ know nothing of it. They nominally accept the Saviour, but not as the sole ruler of their hearts.

"The evil tendencies of mankind are hard to overcome. The battles are tedious. Every soul in the strife knows how severe, how bitter, are these contests. Everything about growth in grace is difficult, because the standard and maxims of the world are constantly interposed between the soul and God's holy standard. The Lord would have us elevated, ennobled, purified, by carrying out the principles underlying His great moral standard, which will test every character in the great day of final reckoning.

"We must gain the victory over self, crucify the affections and lusts; and then begins the union of the soul with Christ.... After this union is formed, it can be preserved only by continual, earnest, painstaking effort. . . .

"Every Christian must stand on guard continually, watching every avenue of the soul where Satan might find access. He must pray for divine help and at the same time resolutely resist every inclination to sin. By courage, by faith, by persevering toil, he can conquer. But let him remember that to gain the victory Christ must abide in himhe in Christ. . . . It is only by personal union with Christ, by communion with Him daily, hourly, that we can bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

(By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 135)

Notice that Jesus is The Life of Christ Example to us. He said to His disciples, "...I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence" (John 14:29-31). Notice that as we are joined to Christ Jesus, to follow His Leading, He says to all, who follow Him, "Arise, let us go hence."

Moral Principles Safeguard the Soul

As Christ Jesus is The Head of The Body of His church, which are the called out ones from the corruption that is in the world; through Paul, He gave a message to the saints at Corinth, and said, "...he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" (1 Corinthians 6:17-19)

To the members His Body, of all, who have joined themselves to Him, He has said through the channel of His servant, who said, "I have been shown that we live amid the perils of the last days. Because iniquity abounds, the love of many waxes cold. The word "many" refers to the professed followers of Christ. They are affected by the prevailing iniquity and backslide from God, but it is not necessary that they should be thus affected. The cause of this declension is that they do not stand clear from this iniquity. The fact that their love to God is waxing cold because iniquity abounds shows that they are, in some sense, partakers in this iniquity, or it would not affect their love for God and their zeal and fervor in His cause.

"A terrible picture of the condition of the world has been presented before me. Immorality abounds everywhere. Licentiousness is the special sin of this age. Never did vice lift its deformed head with such boldness as now. The people seem to be benumbed, and the lovers of virtue and true goodness are nearly discouraged by its boldness, strength, and prevalence. The iniquity which abounds is not merely confined to the unbeliever and the scoffer. Would that this were the case, but it is not. ...

"Every Christian will have to learn to restrain his passions and be controlled by principle. The brain nerves which communicate with the entire system are the only medium through which Heaven can communicate to man and affect his inmost life. Whatever disturbs the circulation of the electric currents in the nervous system lessens the strength of the vital powers, and the result is a deadening of the sensibilities of the mind.--Testimonies, vol. 2, pp. 346, 347. {RC

"Moral principle, strictly carried out, becomes the only safeguard of the soul. If ever there was a time when the diet should be the most simple kind, it is now. . . . The less feverish the diet, the more easily can the passions be controlled. Gratification of taste should not be consulted irrespective of physical, intellectual, or moral health. . . .

"God has given you a habitation to care for and preserve in the best condition for His service and glory. Your bodies are not your own. "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"--Ibid., pp. 352, 353.

(By Ellen G. White "Reflecting Christ", Page 150)

Notice that if by being joined to Christ Spirit we are able to do GOD'S Will, then all, those, who choose to remain separated from Him is sin, they are bound in bondage to the enemy, who has lifted his deformed head, to degrades everything in man that is given of GOD, to reveal The Image of GOD in man. If The Law of GOD reveals to men The GOD, WHOM we are to serve, then the enemy has worked to change The Law, Which reveals Whom we are to serve. And he has sought to benumbed our eyes, our ears, and our mouth that men might not see, hear, or speak of The Things That are given to reveal The Truth of GOD'S Word. And if men cannot see, hear or speak of The Things of GOD, then they cannot do with their hands HIS Will, or walk with their feet in Christ steps, to speak and do GOD'S Will from their hearts.

If professed Christians say they are followers of Christ, and they have come out of the world of corruption to be joined to Him, to continue to smoke and drink and take the things that will benumbed the brain nerves to deaden their minds, which is the only means of communication in their connection to GOD, then by doing these things, which the enemy has led them to do, they are saying that Christ does the same things. But according to GOD'S Word through Paul, they are doing these things apart from Him, which means that they are separated from Him, Who is The Head of The Body. We are to come out from all the things that do not bring glory to GOD by HIS Word. But like we sometimes do, when we do not want to answer someone, who is waiting for our response; we fill our mouth with food, to keep from responding from our hearts, and we do the same thing with our minds, by filling our minds with the noise of the world--the worldly music, the television with its' many channels to entertain the mind, to keep our minds active, so as to keep our minds from hearing GOD'S Still small Voice, Who desires to speak and to heal our wounded hearts.

When Rebaptism Is Appropriate

As a man, who was devoted to doing what he taught was The Will of GOD, but he was not hearing HIS Voice to his soul, Saul was blinded in his sight that his heart might be opened to hear The Voice of GOD'S Word to his soul. After the door of his heart was opened to hear GOD'S Word, Paul said, "And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt [there], Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:12-16). Notice that after Paul's heart was open to The Voice of The LORD, he was chosen as a channel of Christ's Blessings to many souls, even to our souls to this day.

Through the channel of Blessing from The Vine, to all, who will hear HIS Voice, The Lord's servant to the church said, "There are many at the present day who have unwittingly violated one of the precepts of God's law. When the understanding is enlightened, and the claims of the fourth commandment are urged upon the conscience, they see themselves sinners in the sight of God. "Sin is the transgression of the law" and he that shall "offend in one point, he is guilty of all." 1 John 3:4; James 2:10.

"The honest seeker after truth will not plead ignorance of the law as an excuse for transgression. Light was within his reach. God's Word is plain, and Christ has bidden him search the Scriptures. He reveres God's law as holy, just, and good, and he repents of his transgression. By faith he pleads the atoning blood of Christ, and grasps the promise of pardon. His former baptism does not satisfy him now. He has seen himself a sinner, condemned by the law of God. He has experienced anew a death to sin, and he desires again to be buried with Christ by baptism, that he may rise to walk in newness of life....

"This is a subject which each individual must conscientiously take his position upon in the fear of God.... The duty of urging belongs to no one but God; give God a chance to work with His Holy Spirit upon the minds, so that the individual will be perfectly convinced and satisfied in regard to this advanced step....

"It {rebaptism} is a matter to be treated as a great privilege and blessing, and all who are rebaptized, if they have the right ideas upon this subject, will thus consider it.

"It is the privilege and the duty of every Christian to have a rich and abundant experience in the things of God. "I am the light of the world," said Jesus. "He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12. . . . Every step of faith and obedience brings the soul into closer connection with the Light of the world, in whom there "is no darkness at all."

(By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 148)

We are to be One in Him by His Baptism and Resurrection.

"This Is My Beloved Son"

As Saul, who became Paul, to be Blessed of GOD by HIS Word, to be a channel of Christ's Blessings to the hearts of men, Jesus, Who is our Example, He has revealed The Will of The Father to all, who will receive and follow HIS Word. It is written that, "...Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:16, 17). Notice that when Paul's heart was open to The Spirit of Christ, he became a channel of Blessings to the hearts of men. The Same Channel of Blessings was opened to Jesus, Who was Himself baptized by The Spirit of The Father. Rather than saying that His Heart was opened unto HIM, it is revealed that "the heavens were opened unto him". Jesus had a Direct Connection to The Father by His Spirit, Who is of GOD.

Through Christ servant to the church, she has revealed His Blessings to us and said, "As Jesus asked for baptism, John drew back, exclaiming, "I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?" With firm yet gentle authority, Jesus answered, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." Matt. 3:14, 15. And John, yielding, led the Saviour down into the Jordan, and buried Him beneath the water. "And straightway coming up out of the water," Jesus "saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. Mark 1:10. . . . The solemnity of the divine Presence rested upon the assembly. The people stood silently gazing upon Christ. His form was bathed in the light that ever surrounds the throne of God. His upturned face was glorified as they had never before seen the face of man. From the open heavens a voice was heard saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3:17. . . .

"The word that was spoken to Jesus at the Jordan . . . embraces humanity. God spoke to Jesus as our representative. With all our sins and weaknesses, we are not cast aside as worthless. "He hath made us accepted in the beloved." Eph. 1:6. The glory that rested upon Christ is a pledge of the love of God for us.... His love has encircled man, and reached the highest heaven. The light which fell from the open portals upon the head of our Saviour will fall upon us as we pray for help to resist temptation. The voice which spoke to Jesus says to every believing soul, This is My beloved child, in whom I am well pleased....

"Our Redeemer has opened the way so that the most sinful, the most needy, the most oppressed and despised, may find access to the Father. All may have a home in the mansions which Jesus has gone to prepare.

(By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 144)

Baptized Into His Death and Resurrection

With The Channel of Blessings open to him, Paul said to the saints at Rome, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:3, 4).

Speaking of our being baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, His servant to the church said, "Those who have taken part in the solemn rite of baptism have pledged themselves to seek for those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God; pledged themselves to labor earnestly for the salvation of sinners. God asks those who take His name, How are you using the powers that have been redeemed by the death of My Son? Are you doing all in your power to rise to a greater height in spiritual understanding? Are you adjusting your interest and actions in harmony with the momentous claims of eternity?

"Baptism is a most solemn renunciation of the world. Self is by profession dead to a life of sin. The waters cover the candidate, and in the presence of the whole heavenly universe the mutual pledge is made. In the name of the Father, and Son, and the Holy Spirit, man is laid in his watery grave, buried with Christ in baptism, and raised from the water to live the new life of loyalty to God. The three great powers in heaven are witnesses; they are invisible but present.

"We have died to the world.... We have been buried in the likeness of Christ's death and raised in the likeness of His resurrection, and we are to live a new life. Our life is to be bound up with the life of Christ.

"In the first chapter of Second Peter is presented the progressive work in the Christian life. The whole chapter is a lesson of deep importance. If man, in acquiring the Christian graces, works on the plan of addition, God has pledged Himself to work in his behalf upon the plan of multiplication. "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord." 2 Peter 1:2. The work is laid out before every soul that has acknowledged his faith in Jesus Christ by baptism.

"If we are true to our vow, there is opened to us a door of communication with heaven--a door that no human hand or satanic agency can close.

(By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 146)

The Channel Door of Blessings from Heaven

Involves Character Building

As a channel of Christ Blessings to the church, Peter testified to the church and said, " [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy" (1 Peter 2:9, 10).

And the servant of The Lord also said to the church. "Obedience to the laws of God develops in man a beautiful character that is in harmony with all that is pure and holy and undefiled. In the life of such a man the message of the gospel of Christ is made clear. Accepting the mercy of Christ and His healing from the power of sin, he is brought into right relation with God. His life, cleansed from vanity and selfishness, is filled with the love of God. His daily obedience to the law of God obtains for him a character that assures him eternal life in the kingdom of God.

"But Christ has given us no assurance that to attain perfection of character is an easy matter. A noble, all-round character is not inherited. It does not come to us by accident. A noble character is earned by individual effort through the merits and grace of Christ. God gives the talents, the powers of the mind; we form the character. It is formed by hard, stern battles with self. Conflict after conflict must be waged against hereditary tendencies. We shall have to criticize ourselves closely, and allow not one unfavorable trait to remain uncorrected.

"The truth is no truth to the one who does not reveal, by his elevated spiritual character, a power beyond that which the world can give, and influence corresponding in its sacred, peculiar character to the truth itself. He who is sanctified by the truth will exert a saving, vital influence upon all with whom he comes in contact. This is Bible religion.

"We need constantly a fresh revelation of Christ, a daily experience that harmonizes with His teachings. High and holy attainments are within our reach. Continual progress in knowledge and virtue is God's purpose for us. His law is the echo of His own voice, giving to all the invitation, "Come up higher. Be holy, holier still." Every day we may advance in perfection of Christian character.

(By Ellen G. White "God's Amazing Grace", Page 146)

A Completed Work

Every round in climbing the steps to sit with Christ upon His Throne, He says to us "Come up higher. Be holy, holier still." As one, who testified of his witness of The Things of The Lord, Zechariah said, "...the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all [of] gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which [are] upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right [side] of the bowl, and the other upon the left [side] thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What [are] these, my lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who [art] thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel [thou shalt become] a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone [thereof with] shoutings, [crying], Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you" (Zechariah 4:1-9).

As one, who allowed The Power of GOD'S Word to work HIS Will through her, to speak to the church, the servant of The Lord said, "Human power did not establish the work of God, neither can human power destroy it. To those who carry forward His work in face of difficulty and opposition, God will give the constant guidance and guardianship of His holy angels. His work on earth will never cease. The building of His spiritual temple will be carried forward until it shall stand complete, and the headstone shall be brought forth with shoutings: "Grace, grace unto it."

"Christ has given to the church a sacred charge. Every member should be a channel through which God can communicate to the world the treasures of His grace, the unsearchable riches of Christ. There is nothing that the Saviour desires so much as agents who will represent to the world His Spirit and His character. There is nothing that the world needs so much as the manifestation through humanity of the Saviour's love. . . .

"The church is God's agency for the proclamation of truth, empowered by Him to do a special work; and if she is loyal to Him, obedient to all His commandments, there will dwell within her the excellency of divine grace. If she will be true to her allegiance, if she will honor the Lord God of Israel, there is no power that can stand against her.

"Christ desires by the fullness of His power so to strengthen His people that through them the whole world shall be encircled with an atmosphere of grace. When His people shall make a whole-hearted surrender of themselves to God, this purpose will be accomplished. . . . Christ will abide in humanity, and humanity will abide in Christ. In all the work will appear, not the character of finite man, but the character of the infinite God. . . .

"The goodly fabric of character wrought out through divine power will receive light and glory from heaven, and will stand before the world as a witness pointing to the throne of the living God. Then the work will move forward with solidity and redoubled strength.

(By Ellen G. White "God's Amazing Grace", Page 128)

Life is a Holy Trust

Speaking of The Blessings he received from The LORD by HIS Word, David said, "How excellent [is] thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee [is] the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart" (Psalms 36:7-10).

Being a channel of Christ Blessings of His Holy Oil, to flow through the open hearts of His people, His servant to the church said, "We need as workers to keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. As workers together with God, we are to draw souls to Christ. We are to remember that each has a special part to act in the Master's service. O how much good the members of the church might accomplish if they realized the responsibility resting upon them to point those with whom they come in contact to the Redeemer.

"When church members shall disinterestedly engage in the work given them of God, a much stronger influence will be exerted in behalf of souls ready to die, and much more earnest efforts will be put forth in medical missionary lines. When every member of the church does his part faithfully, the workers in the field will be helped and encouraged and the cause of God will move forward with power. . . .

"When you take time to cultivate your garden, thus gaining the exercise needed to keep the system in good working order, you are just as much doing the work of God as in holding meetings. God is our Father, He loves us, and He does not require any of His servants to abuse their bodies.

"Another cause, both of ill health and inefficiency in labor, is indigestion. It is impossible for the brain to do its best work when the digestive powers are abused. Many eat hurriedly of various kinds of food; this causes war in the stomach, and confuses the brain. The use of unwholesome food, and overeating of even that which is wholesome, should alike be avoided. Many eat at all hours, regardless of the laws of health. Then gloom covers the mind. How can men be honored with divine enlightenment when they are so reckless in their habits, so inattentive to the light which God has given in regard to these things?...

"Life is a holy trust, which God alone can enable us to keep, and to use to His glory. But He who formed the wonderful structure of the body will take special care to keep it in order if men do not work at cross-purposes with Him. Every talent entrusted to us He will help us to improve and use in accordance with the will of the Giver. Days, months, and years are added to our existence that we may improve our opportunities and advantages for working out our individual salvation, and by our unselfish life promote the well-being of others. Thus may we build up the kingdom of Christ, and make manifest the glory of God.--Review and Herald, June 20, 1912.

(By Ellen G. White "Reflecting Christ", Page 152)

As one, who built a temple for His habitation of The Lord, through Solomon it is said, "Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man [is] strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety" (Proverbs 24:3-).

True Standards of Christian Excellence

Through His servant Peter, The Lord gave a message to the church, saying, "As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:15, 16). And in sharing The Holy Oil of His Blessings to the church in these last days, the servant to the church was admonished to say, "It is the design of God that improvement shall be the lifework of all His people, and that in all their aims they should be guided and controlled by Christian principle and correct experience. But many fail to understand the true object of life; and under the influence of cherished errors, they sacrifice all there is of life that is really valuable. The true man is one who is willing to sacrifice his own interest for the good of others, and who forgets himself in ministering to their happiness.

"Intellect is a mightier force than wealth or physical power. If sanctified and controlled by the Spirit of God, it can exert a powerful influence for good. Yet intellect alone does not make the man, according to the divine standard. When made a minister of vice, great intellect is a curse to the possessor and to all within its influence.

"One's claim to a true manhood must be determined by the use of the powers which God has given him. Lord Byron had rare intellectual gifts; but he was not a man, according to God's standard. . . . This man was one of the world's distinguished men; still the Lord acknowledged him only as one who had abused his God-given talents. Many others whom God endowed with giant minds, and whom the world called great men, rallied under the banner of Satan, and used the gifts of God for the perversion of truth and of destruction of the souls of men. . . .

"In contrast with the lives of such men is that of Martin Luther. He was not born a prince. He wore no royal crown. From a cloistered cell his voice was heard, and his influence felt. He had a noble, generous heart, as well as a vigorous intellect, and all his powers were exercised for the good of humanity. He stood bravely for truth and right, and breasted the world's opposition to benefit his fellow men.

"That which will bless humanity is spiritual life. If the man is in harmony with God, he will depend continually upon Him for strength. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." It should be our lifework to press forward continually toward the perfection of Christian character, ever striving for conformity to the will of God, remembering that the efforts begun upon earth will continue throughout eternity. God has set before the human family an elevated standard, and he who is true to his God-given manhood will not only promote the happiness of his fellow creatures in this life, but will aid them to secure an eternal reward in the life to come.--Signs of the Times, June 17, 1886.

(By Ellen G. White "Reflecting Christ", Page 157)

Blessings of the Covenant

Through Christ servant Luke, who as a channel of His Blessings, in presenting to us The Words of The Lord, Whom he had received, The Spirit of The Lord through him has said to us, "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again" (Luke 6:36-38).

In speaking of The Blessing of The Lord to His church, His servant has said, "God blesses the work of men's hands, that they may return to Him His portion. He gives them the sunshine and the rain; He causes vegetation to flourish; He gives health and ability to acquire means. Every blessing comes from His bountiful hand, and He desires men and women to show their gratitude by returning Him a portion in tithes and offerings--in thank offerings, in freewill offerings, in trespass offerings. . . . They are to reveal an unselfish interest in the building up of His work in all parts of the world.

"In the great work of warning the world, those who have the truth in the heart, and are sanctified through the truth, will act their assigned part. They will be faithful in the payment of tithes and offerings. Every church member is bound by covenant relation with God to deny himself of every extravagant outlay of means. Let not the want of economy in the home life render us unable to act our part in strengthening the work already established, and in entering new territory. . . .

"I entreat my brethren and sisters throughout the world to awaken to the responsibility that rests upon them to pay a faithful tithe. . . . Keep a faithful account with your Creator. . . .

"He who gave his only-begotten Son to die for you, has made a covenant with you. He gives you His blessings, and in return He requires you to bring Him your tithes and offerings. . . . God calls upon His human agents to be true to the contract He has made with them. "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse," He says, "that there may be meat in mine house" (Mal. 3:10).

"How great was the gift of God to man, and how like our God to make it! With a liberality that can never be exceeded He gave, that He might save the rebellious sons of men and bring them to see His purpose and discern His love. Will you, by your gifts and offerings, show that you think nothing too good for Him who "gave his only begotten Son"?

(By Ellen G. White "God's Amazing Grace", Page 151)

Our Lord's Command

As a member of The Body of The Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew shared with us The Holy Oil of Christ Spirit, Who was flowing through his open heart to all, who would receive Christ Jesus through him. As Head of His Body the church, The Lord commanded them, saying, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19). Notice that all through the Old Testament, The LORD has been Blessing HIS people by The Spirit of HIS Son, Who was HIS Channel of Blessings to work HIS Will through the hand of Moses. When Christ placed His Soul in The Form of Flesh, to be joined with man and become The Second Adam, He as Jesus raise men up from our condition of darkness sin and death, to be with One with Him through revealing to us The Father through Himself--His Spirit, to sit down at The Right Hand of His Father upon HIS Throne.

Through His servant to His church--The Tabernacle of His dwelling, she has said, "Thus Christ gave His disciples their commission. He made full provision for the prosecution of the work, and took upon Himself the responsibility for its success. So long as they obeyed His word, and worked in connection with Him, they could not fail. Go to all nations, He bade them. Go to the farthest part of the habitable globe. . . . Labor in faith ..., for the time will never come when I will forsake you.

"The Saviour's commission to the disciples included all the believers. It includes all believers in Christ to the end of time. It is a fatal mistake to suppose that the work of saving souls depends alone on the ordained minister. All to whom the heavenly inspiration has come are put in trust with the gospel. All who receive the life of Christ are ordained to work for the salvation of their fellow men. For this work the church was established, and all who take upon themselves its sacred vows are thereby pledged to be co-workers with Christ.

"We are to be consecrated channels, through which the heavenly life is to flow to others. The Holy Spirit is to animate and pervade the whole church, purifying and cementing hearts. Those who have been buried with Christ in baptism are to rise to newness of life, giving a living representation of the life of Christ. . . . You are dedicated to the work of making known the gospel of salvation. Heaven's perfection is to be your power.

"The Duke of Wellington was once present where a party of Christian men were discussing the possibility of success in missionary effort among the heathen. They appealed to the duke to say whether in his judgment such efforts were likely to prove a success commensurate to the cost. The old soldier replied: "Gentlemen, what are your marching orders? Success is not the question for you to discuss. If I read your orders aright, they run thus, 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.' Gentlemen, obey your marching orders."

(By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 149)

From The Holy Oil that has been presented and revealed through the channels of Christ Blessings, to present this study of "Like unto Moses", I desire also to be rebaptized by His Spirit, and say with Paul, to my brothers and sisters in The Body of Christ around the world, "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another" (Romans 15:13, 14). Amen.

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