By Carron Lake @ www.thelightoftheword.org

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

TRAVELING THE NARROW WAY
By Ellen G. White

"While at Battle Creek, Michigan, in August, 1868, I dreamed of being with a large body of people. A portion of this assembly started out prepared to journey. We had heavily loaded wagons. As we journeyed, the road seemed to ascend. On one side of this road was a deep precipice; on the other was a high, smooth, white wall. . . .

"As we journeyed on, the road grew narrower and steeper. In some places it seemed so very narrow that we concluded that we could no longer travel with the loaded wagons. We then loosed them from the horses, took a portion of the luggage from the wagons and placed it upon the horses, and journeyed on horseback.

"As we progressed, the path still continued to grow narrow. We were obliged to press close to the wall, to save ourselves from falling off the narrow road down the steep precipice. As we did this, the luggage on the horses pressed against the wall, and caused us to sway toward the precipice. We feared that we should fall, and be dashed in pieces on the rocks. We then cut the luggage from the horses, and it fell over the precipice. We continued on horseback, greatly fearing, as we came to the narrower places in the road, that we should lose our balance and fall. At such times, a hand seemed to take the bridle, and guide us over the perilous way.

"As the path grew more narrow, we decided that we could no longer go with safety on horseback, and we left the horses and went on foot, in single file, one following in the footsteps of another. At this point small cords were let down from the top of the pure white wall; these we eagerly grasped, to aid us in keeping our balance upon the path. As we traveled, the cord moved along with us. The path finally became so narrow that we concluded that we could travel more safely without our shoes; so we slipped them from our feet, and went on some distance without them. Soon it was decided that we could travel more safely without our stockings; these were removed, and we journeyed on with bare feet.

"We then thought of those who had not accustomed themselves to privations and hardships. Where were such now? They were not in the company. At every change, some were left behind, and those only remained who had accustomed themselves to endure hardships. The privations of the way only made these more eager to press on to the end.

"Our danger of falling from the pathway increased. We pressed close to the white wall, yet could not place our feet fully upon the path; for it was too narrow. We then suspended nearly our whole weight upon the cords, exclaiming: "We have hold from above! We have hold from above!" The same words were uttered by all the company in the narrow pathway.

"As we heard the sounds of mirth and revelry that seemed to come from the abyss below, we shuddered. We heard the profane oath, the vulgar jest, and low, vile songs. We heard the war song and the dance song. We heard instrumental music, and loud laughter, mingled with cursing and cries of anguish and bitter wailing, and were more anxious than ever to keep upon the narrow, difficult pathway. Much of the time we were compelled to suspend our whole weight upon the cords, which increased in size as we progressed.

"I noticed that the beautiful white wall was stained with blood. It caused a feeling of regret to see the wall thus stained. This feeling, however, lasted but for a moment, as I soon thought that it was all as it should be. Those who are following after will know that others have passed the narrow, difficult way before them, and will conclude that if others were able to pursue their onward course, they can do the same. And as the blood shall be pressed from their aching feet, they will not faint with discouragement; but seeing the blood upon the wall, they will know that others have endured the same pain.

"At length we came to a large chasm, at which our path ended. There was nothing now to guide the feet, nothing upon which to rest them. Our whole reliance must be upon the cords, which had increased in size, until they were as large as our bodies. Here we were for a time thrown into perplexity and distress. We inquired in fearful whispers, "To what is the cord attached?" My husband was just before me. Large drops of sweat were falling from his brow, the veins in his neck and temples were increased to double their usual size, and suppressed, agonizing groans came from his lips. The sweat was dropping from my face, and I felt such anguish as I had never felt before. A fearful struggle was before us. Should we fail here, all the difficulties of our journey had been experienced for nought.

"Before us, on the other side of the chasm, was a beautiful field of green grass, about six inches high. I could not see the sun, but bright soft beams of light, resembling fine gold and silver, were resting upon this field. Nothing I had seen upon earth could compare in beauty and glory with this field. But could we succeed in reaching it? was the anxious inquiry. Should the cord break, we must perish. Again, in whispered anguish, the words were breathed, "What holds the cord?"

"For a moment we hesitated to venture. Then we exclaimed: "Our only hope is to trust wholly to the cord. It has been our dependence all the difficult way. It will not fail us now." Still we were hesitating and distressed. The words were then spoken: "God holds the cord. We need not fear." These words were then repeated by those behind us, accompanied with: "He will not fail us now. He has brought us thus far in safety."

"My husband then swung himself over the fearful abyss into the beautiful field beyond. I immediately followed. And oh, what a sense of relief and gratitude to God we felt! I heard voices raised in triumphant praise to God. I was happy, perfectly happy.

"I awoke, and found that from the anxiety I had experienced in passing over the difficult route, every nerve in my body seemed to be in a tremor. This dream needs no comment. It made such an impression upon my mind that probably every item in it will be vivid before me while my memory shall continue.

(Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, Page 179-184)

Thoughts on the vision of The Narrow Way

As I read this witting of the vision received by Ellen G. White, I thought of the Children of Israel, as they left the land of Egypt in a unorganized way, with Moses leading them to Mount Sinai, where they were to receive The Greatest Gift GOD could give to man, Which is a revelation of The GOD, WHO created all things by The Power of HIS Word. By receiving this revelation, they--the children of Israel would become a peculiar treasure unto GOD, to be above all people, who were upon the earth. The revelation of GOD by HIS Word, Who reveals HIS Expressed Glory to men, would make the children of Israel HIS peculiar treasure above all the people of the earth. For HE said by HIS Word, "If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people" (Exodus 19:5).

For by HIS Word through His servant to the church, He has said, "In the beginning, God gave His law to mankind as a means of attaining happiness and eternal life.

"The ten commandments, Thou shalt, and Thou shalt not, are ten promises, assured to us if we render obedience to the law governing the universe. "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). Here is the sum and substance of the law of God. The terms of salvation for every son and daughter of Adam are here outlined. . . .

"That law of ten precepts of the greatest love that can be presented to man is the voice of God from heaven speaking to the soul in promise, "This do, and you will not come under the dominion and control of Satan." There is not a negative in that law, although it may appear thus. It is DO and Live.

"The condition of eternal life is now just what it always has been--just what it was in Paradise before the fall of our first parents--perfect obedience to the law of God, perfect righteousness. If eternal life were granted on any condition short of this, then the happiness of the whole universe would be imperiled. The way would be open for sin, with all its train of woe and misery, to be immortalized.

"Christ does not lessen the claims of the law. In unmistakable language He presents obedience to it as the condition of eternal life--the same condition that was required of Adam before his fall. . . . The requirement under the covenant of grace is just as broad as the requirement made in Eden--harmony with God's law, which is holy, just, and good.

"The standard of character presented in the Old Testament is the same that is presented in the New Testament. This standard is not one to which we cannot attain. In every command or injunction that God gives there is a promise, the most positive, underlying the command. God has made provision that we may become like unto Him, and He will accomplish this for all who do not interpose a perverse will and thus frustrate His grace.

By Ellen G. White "God's Amazing Grace", Page 134

Notice that by receiving GOD'S Law of ten precepts, which is the greatest love that can be presented to man, to make and elevate mankind, to become the children of GOD, we read along in the words of the vision given to Ellen White, where she says that a portion of this large assembly of people started out prepared to journey, which sounds like the parable in Matthew 25 of the ten virgins, who stated out to meet The Bridegroom. But as I thought of the ten virgins, as this large assembly of people, I thought also of the connection of the ten virgins with The Ten Precepts of The Law of GOD. For Ellen White saw in her vision that only a portion of this large assembly were prepared for the journey. If Moses were leading this large assembly to Mount Sinai, and only a portion were prepared to journey to the mount, then what was it that would made the difference between those, who were prepared for the journey, and those, who were not? If Jesus is Leading His church today, which is a large assembly of people around the world, then what is it that would made the difference between those, who were prepared for the journey with Him, and those, who were not?

When we think of The Law of Ten Precepts, Which is given to all, as The standard of character, to which all can attain by GOD'S Grace, if only a portion of the large assembly of people were prepared for the journey, then those, who had only a portion of The Ten Precepts were unprepared for the journey, to meet The Bridegroom. For we read from the words of the devotional, which says that, "The condition of eternal life is now just what it always has been--just what it was in Paradise before the fall of our first parents--perfect obedience to the law of God, perfect righteousness. If eternal life were granted on any condition short of this, then the happiness of the whole universe would be imperiled. The way would be open for sin, with all its train of woe and misery, to be immortalized."

Some might think that The Law of GOD is divided between four precepts devoted to GOD, and the last six devoted to man. But if by receiving The Law of GOD--Ten Precepts, which make us children of GOD, then we are all brothers and sister in the One body of Christ, and GOD is our Father. This makes the fifth precept of The Law of GOD devoted also to GOD, WHO is our Father, and by perfect obedience to HIM, by keeping HIS Law, we become HIS Children, and a peculiar treasure unto HIM.

In the vision it is said, "As we journeyed, the road seemed to ascend. On one side of this road was a deep precipice; on the other was a high, smooth, white wall." If Jesus Christ is The Ladder from top to bottom, from beginning to end. And He connects earth to heaven, then it is upon Him that we climb in our obedience to GOD, to rise from this earth to heaven. As we ascend by His Clean and White Robe of Righteousness, Which will elevate us from the degradation of the darkness of this world of sin; it is He, Who is at the side of everyone, who clings to Him, as we ascent in our walk of faith, and in the perfecting of our characters, to become like unto His Character of Righteousness. The deep precipice is the world of darkness below, or around us in which we live, which degrades the souls of men, to be unfit for The Gift of Eternal Life, Which is Christ Crowning Gift upon all, who cling to Him. The White wall is The Righteousness of Christ, Which we must cling to, and remove everything that would comes between Him and us. Notice that when we remove these barriers from between Him and us, we become One in Him, by His Righteousness, and not our own. For each man, or woman have their own way of self righteousness, that leads away from each other and from Christ, Who connects us to GOD.

As we continue to read through this vision, we come to the point where The Way is based on our total dependence on Christ. For it is revealed in her vision that, "Our only hope is to trust wholly to the cord. It has been our dependence all the difficult way." The Cord is The Faith of Christ, Which must be our faith. For He has revealed through His servant Paul, who said, "...I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:16, 17). And speaking of the Daniel and the three Hebrew boys, the servant of The Lord said, "...as for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams." These youth had the Lord as their educator. The golden links of the chain of heaven connected the finite with the infinite. They were partakers of the divine nature. They were very careful to keep themselves in touch with God. They prayed and studied and brought into their practical life strictly conscientious, humble minds. . . . The word of the Lord was their meat and their drink." (By Ellen G. White "Reflecting Christ", Page 143)

It is by The faith of Christ, and in His Righteousness that we must also trust, to see us through to the receiving of His Gift of Eternal Life. For GOD has given a promise in every command, or injunction, which is the most positive underlying of HIS commands, that HE has made provision that we may become like unto HIM by The Gift of HIS Son, Whom we have received, to become partakers of Christ, to reflect HIS Glory, Which is revealed in Christ Jesus.

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