By Carron Lake @ www.thelightoftheword.org

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon
the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish
it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.
(Isaiah 9:7)

In the Garden of Eden was the place where man separated himself in sin from The Source of Light and Life to his soul. The enemy tempted and led Eve to separate from her husband Adam, to reject The Spirit of Christ, Who flowed to her through him, who was her channel of blessings. But enemy led Eve to trust in his lie, to distrust GOD and HIS Word, Who was reflected to her through her husband Adam. She was led to believe that she could separate from The Source of her Light and Life in GOD by HIS Word, Who was One with her through her husband. But when The Spirit of Christ, Who's Life was being lived out through her, like a hand within a glove; by rejecting His Light and Life in the body of her flesh, which is like a glove that covers The Image of Christ, Who was being revealed through her, she by trusting in the lie of the enemy, she separated from The One fellowship of Life with GOD and HIS Word, Who was with her through her union with her husband Adam. By focusing only on what she thought she would gain, the enemy led and deceived her into joining with him, to be bound together with him in his rebellion against GOD and HIS Word. When Adam saw that Eve no longer reflected back to him The Light of GOD'S Word, Who was being revealed to him through Eve, he knew that Eve had separated herself from him and from GOD and HIS Word, Who was revealed to her through him. In his love for Eve, who was now separated from him, he chose to sacrifice and give up his life in The One fellowship with GOD and HIS Word, to suffer the penalty of death with his wife Eve, who was now joined and bound to the enemy in darkness and death.

In the garden on the Mount of Olives, Jesus--The Second Adam, Who was followed by the members of His Body--His disciples--His Bride; Luke testified in his gospel that, "...when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?" (Luke 22:40-48)

Notice that Jesus prays to The Father about the cup, as something that was upon Him. He was The Content of the cup that was upon Him, like a glove that covered Him. Yet, He prayed that the cup might be removed to reveal His Glory. But as He was The Content of the cup, His Father was The CONTENT, WHO made HIS abode in Him, Who was HIS Covering. He--Jesus is The Image of The Father, WHO dwells in Him. And as The Covering, The Vessel, The Cup of The Father's Glory being revealed through His flesh, as a man, Jesus prayed to The Father, not that His Own will may be done, to go against The Father's Will, but that The Father's Will, HIS SOUL, HIS SPIRIT would be done and accomplished in Him and through Him. For He--Christ Jesus was revealed through the covering of His servant Paul, who said of GOD in Him, "...that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:19). As Jesus is committed and given unto us by The Father, to reconcile us unto HIMSELF in Christ, we as His covering of flesh, The Cup of The Content of His Spirit, Who dwells in our flesh, which we are to reveal of His Glory in us and through us, His disciples had fallen asleep, and Judas, who was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, he was led by the content of the enemy in him, to betray Jesus, Who was The Content in his covering of flesh.

Notice also that in this garden, Jesus--The Second Adam had told His bride, to pray that they entered not into temptation. It was His Will that they, who were to be the glove of His Hand in reflecting His Image and His Will, and His Spirit, to co-labor with Him in doing The Father's Will, WHO was being revealed in and through Him; they were to pray that they did not enter into temptation, to work, as the hand of the enemy of their own souls in doing his will. But while they fell asleep for sorrow, there was one member of His Body, His covering, who was following the enemy to gain for himself the highest position in a seat next to His throne. But Jesus withdrew Himself about a stone's cast from His disciples, to spend time alone in prayer with His Father, to receive Strength, to face what was to come upon Him, from those, who knew Him not, or those, who were not allowing Him, to reflect His Image, His Spirit, His Will in and through them, like a Hand--The Content in a glove--the covering. He did not trust in His Own Will, but prayed that The Father's Will might be done in Him and through Him. And while He was in prayer, The LORD sent The Power of His Strength to sustain Him. But Judas being blinded to what he thought he might gain by his efforts, to force The Hand of GOD'S Arm; he led those, who followed him, as a glove on a hand, to think that they were doing GOD'S service to come out after Him, as a mob to capture Him. Mark testified of this event, and said of Judas, being "...one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead [him] away safely. And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him. And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and [with] staves to take me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and fled. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about [his] naked [body]; and the young men laid hold on him: And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes" (Mark 14:43-53).

Notice that there was a certain young man, who followed Jesus, as if he was a glove upon a Hand. But being naked, he--the young man was covered with a linen cloth, that covered him. And they--the mob of young men laid hold upon him, as the covering that was upon him, who was the hand that led the mob of young men to grip him, as a glove upon him. But he left his covering and fled naked from them. This young man was wearing The Covering, as one of the disciples of Jesus, Who called him, not by the name of an enemy, but as a friend. But when the mob, which followed the young man's leading, laid hold upon his Covering, Which was Jesus Christ, he--the young man fled from his Covering, to leave Christ Jesus behind in the hands of the mob, who was working the will of the enemy, who wanted to tear Him to shreds. It was during the last supper that Jesus said to His disciples,"...I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me [is] with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest" (Luke 22:18-24).

Leaning and trusting in Jesus, Who is the covering to us all, John testified of these saying, and said, "When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band [of men] and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am [he]. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am [he], they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am [he]: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none" (John 18:1-9).

Because of the love for his wife, who was bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh; Adam joined with his wife, who had joined herself to the enemy, by believing his lie, which was in rebellion against GOD and HIS Word. Adam separated himself from GOD and HIS Word, Who is The Source of his Light and Life, to be cut off in death with his wife, who was led by the enemy to rebel against GOD'S Law of Life in HIS Channel of Blessings in HIS Word. By the enemy's deception, Eve was led to wound her husband in his heart, by trusting in the lie of the enemy to rebel against GOD'S Word. When a wife commits adultery by joining herself with another man, who is not her husband, she breaks the union of the one fellowship of Life, to cause a wounding of The Life, which GOD has blessed her to have through the gift of her husband. When men, or women form a union outside of that which GOD has designed by HIS Word, they are cutting off the flow of GOD'S Blessing of Life to their own souls. Jesus revealed to us that He is The Vine, and we are the branches. When a branch is grafted into the vine, to receive life from that vine, then the branch can bear fruit to the glory of the vine that gave life to that branch.

And if a branch is designed to bear fruit, that branch must be connected to the Vine, which has the source of life in its' roots, to bring forth fruit in its' branches. However, if the branches are led to separate from the vine, to bear and bring forth fruit on their own, by being joined and grafted together, to form one branch apart from its' union with the vine; then in the day that they are separated from the vine of life, to live on their own apart from the vine, although the branches are joined together to form one union, they will die without bearing fruit, to be as kindling and wood for the fire. For in the day that they separate from the vine, to form a union apart from the vine, they will whither away, because they would be disconnected from the source of life, which comes through the vine, which sustains life to bear fruit. When two branches try to connect together without nourishment from source of the roots, there is no source of life when both branches draws the life out of each other, to whither away and die. To follow that which is not found in nature, is to be led by the enemy, to destroy one's soul, which is what the enemy wants men and women to do, because man is made in The Image of GOD, WHO is The Source of Life to his soul.

Some Effects of Adam's Apostasy

It is said that, "One of the deplorable effects of the original apostasy was the loss of man's power to govern his own heart. When there is a separation from the Source of your strength, when you are lifted up in pride, you cannot but transgress the law of your moral constitution.--Letter 10, 1888, pp. 1, 2. (To E. P. Daniels, April, 1888.) {8MR 323.1}

Awake and see that at this time you must put on the beautiful robe of Christ's righteousness. "Buy of Me," He says, "gold tried in the fire that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed." What was the matter with Adam and Eve? They saw that they were naked. The covering of God was not enveloping them. God says, "Buy of me." Well, what? Buy of Me My righteousness. "Buy of Me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed." Are you clothed with it, or are you transgressing the commandments of God by your traditions and by the maxims of men? The righteousness of God never covers a soul all polluted with sin. John says, "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world." Will you let Him take it away? You cannot bear your own sin. Christ says He will take your sin if you lay hold of the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour. Christ came and suffered for our sins "that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Believe on Him as One upon whom the sins of the whole world are laid that man might have another trial. That trial we are having today. Shall it be that Christ shall not have died for us in vain? Shall we give to the world the evidence of the character of God because of our rectitude in keeping His commandments? May God help us to be loyal servants of His.--Ms 10, 1894, p. 10. ("Keep the Commandments," February, 1894.) Released June 21, 1978. (Manuscript Releases Volume 8, No. 615, Page 323-324)

In this life we can only begin to understand the wonderful theme of redemption. With our finite comprehension we may consider most earnestly the shame and the glory, the life and the death, the justice and the mercy, that meet in the cross; yet with the utmost stretch of our mental powers we fail to grasp its full significance. The length and the breadth, the depth and the height, of redeeming love are but dimly comprehended. The plan of redemption will not be fully understood, even when the ransomed see as they are seen and know as they are known; but through the eternal ages, new truth will continually unfold to the wondering and delighted mind. Though the griefs and pains and temptations of earth are ended, and the cause removed, the people of God will ever have a distinct, intelligent knowledge of what their salvation has cost.

The cross of Christ will be the science and the song of the redeemed through all eternity. In Christ glorified they will behold Christ crucified. Never will it be forgotten that He whose power created and upheld the unnumbered worlds through the vast realms of space--the Beloved of God, the Majesty of heaven, He whom cherub and shining seraph delighted to adore--humbled Himself to uplift fallen man; that He bore the guilt and shame of sin, and the hiding of His Father's face, till the woes of a lost world broke His heart, and crushed out His life on Calvary's cross. That the Maker of all worlds, the Arbiter of all destinies, should lay aside His glory and humiliate Himself from love to man will ever excite the wonder and adoration of the universe. As the nations of the saved look upon their Redeemer and behold the eternal glory of the Father shining in His countenance; as they behold His throne, which is from everlasting to everlasting, and know that His kingdom is to have no end, they break forth in rapturous song: "Worthy, worthy, is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God, by His own most precious blood!"

(By Ellen G. White "God's Amazing Grace", Page 98)

It is He--Christ Jesus, Who spoke to Paul, who changed his covering from being called Saul, who received his covering of clothing, which was laid at his feet, when Stephen was stoned to death, as he looked on as a witness. In testifying of Jesus, Who was now his Covering, Paul bore witness of Him, and said, "...he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Our precious Saviour has invited us to join ourselves to Him and unite our weakness with His strength, our ignorance with His wisdom, our unworthiness with His merit. Rigid precision in obeying the law would entitle no man to enter the kingdom of heaven. There must be a new birth, a new mind through the operation of the Spirit of God, which purifies the life and ennobles the character. This connection with God fits man for the glorious kingdom of heaven. No human invention can ever find a remedy for the sinning soul.

There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can be changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ. His grace alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract it to God, to holiness. . . . The idea that it is necessary only to develop the good that exists in man by nature, is a fatal deception. "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Cor. 2:14. . . . Of Christ it is written, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men"--the only "name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." John 1:4; Acts 4:12. . . .

Paul the apostle . . . longed for the purity, the righteousness, to which in himself he was powerless to attain, and he cried out, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from this body of death?" Rom. 7:24, margin. Such is the cry that has gone up from burdened hearts in all lands and in all ages. To all, there is but one answer, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29.

(By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 96)

By coming to the foot of the cross, we learn of The Answer That is given to our souls when we behold The Lamb, Who takes away the sin, which is a covering of darkness and death that blinds us from seeing The Glory of The Father, WHO is revealed to us through and by HIS Son--HIS Word of Life to our souls. As we contemplate on The Gift GOD has given to us of HIS Son, Who works out HIS Will for us, not only from above next to HIS throne, but on earth in us and through us; by His Own Spirit abiding in us, to work out The Father's Will, as HIS Spirit in the covering of our bodies of flesh for His Soul in our dwelling. Through His servant Jeremiah, in whom His Spirit abode, He says to us, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee" (Jeremiah 31:3).

The Lord of life and glory clothed His divinity with humanity to demonstrate to man that God through the gift of Christ would connect us with Him. Without a connection with God no one can possibly be happy. Fallen man is to learn that our Heavenly Father cannot be satisfied until His love embraces the repentant sinner, transformed through the merits of the spotless Lamb of God.

The work of all the heavenly intelligences is to this end. Under the command of their General they are to work for the reclaiming of those who by transgression have separated themselves from their Heavenly Father. A plan has been devised whereby the wondrous grace and love of Christ shall stand revealed to the world. In the infinite price paid by the Son of God to ransom man, the love of God is revealed. This glorious plan of redemption is ample in its provisions to save the whole world. Sinful and fallen man may be made complete in Jesus through the forgiveness of sin and the imputed righteousness of Christ.

In all the gracious deeds that Jesus did, He sought to impress upon men the parental, benevolent attributes of God. . . . Jesus would have us understand the love of the Father, and He seeks to draw us to Him by presenting His parental grace. He would have the whole field of our vision filled with the perfection of God's character. . . . It was only by living among men that He could reveal the mercy, compassion, and love of His heavenly Father; for it was only by actions of benevolence that He could set forth the grace of God.

Christ came to manifest the love of God to the world, to draw the hearts of all men to Himself. . . . The first step toward salvation is to respond to the drawing of the love of Christ. . . . It is that men may understand the joy of forgiveness, the peace of God, that Christ draws them through the manifestation of His love. If they respond to His drawing, yielding their hearts to His grace, He will lead them on step by step, to a full knowledge of Himself, and this is life eternal.

(By Ellen G. White "God's Amazing Grace", Page 99)

Notice that when men came out, as a mob to capture Jesus, to lay hold upon Him, to beat and scourge Him, to crucify on the cross Him, Who is our Covering, the blindness of the enemy leads men to work as his hands, to tear Christ apart, and to shred to pieces, not only The Person of Jesus Christ, but our own bodies of flesh wherein His Spirit dwells. For it is written that "...the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also [his] coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did" (John 19:23, 24).

Notice that The Vesture of Christ Jesus, Which is His Covering that covers His Body from The Top throughout the whole Covering of His Body without a seam in the covering. The soldiers could find no seam, to tear apart from The Top that covers The Whole Body of Christ, which we are, if we are found in Him. But men are being led by the enemy to destroy themselves in the battles against one another, from one war to the next. They tear themselves apart in sin, by breaking The Law of Love, Which is of Christ Spirit, Who governs The Whole Body of His Covering of His Flesh wherein His Spirit dwells, from the Top throughout us all, who are found in Him. For it is written of all, who have received Him, saying, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error" (1 John 4:1-6). We are not made Holy of ourselves, but by The Spirit of Christ, Who dwells in our flesh. It is He, Who makes us Holy by The Holy Covering of His Spirit abiding both over us and in us. When men and women deny His Spirit, Who dwell in them and over them, by confessing that He is not That Spirit, Who abides in us, in our flesh, then they are members of the body of antichrist, who denies The Reign of Christ Jesus, Who reigns from on High over all, who are the members of His Body wherein He dwells. By confessing not that He is The Spirit, Who reigns, as One Covering over His Own Body, which we are, then they have made a seam between them and all, who are of That One Spirit of Christ Jesus, Who is hid in GOD with us. By not keeping His Law of Love, this creates another seam, which separates them from Him that the enemy can tear apart, to claim as his those, who are not joined with Christ in keeping His Father's Commandments of Love. It is revealed to us through John, who being a member of His Body of flesh, that He has revealed that we are of Him, Who abides in us, because Greater is He, Who abides in us than he, who is in the world.

To confess one's sin, one must also turn way from his sin that has caused a seam of separation from Christ. We must choose to be restored to Christ, as One Covering without a seam between Him and us that the enemy of our souls cannot find, to tear us apart. We must be interwoven to Christ, Who is The Source of Light and Life to our souls. To be restored to Life in GOD by HIS Word, we must sin against the enemy of our souls, or tear ourselves way from being bound together with his obsession of death. We must tear ourselves way from the enemy, and those things that separates us from Christ, that we might be restored to The One Pattern of Life GOD has revealed to us in HIS Word. For it is written that, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

The apostle says, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed." James 5:16. Confess your sins to God, who only can forgive them, and your faults to one another. If you have given offense to your friend or neighbor, you are to acknowledge your wrong, and it is his duty freely to forgive you. Then you are to seek the forgiveness of God, because the brother you have wounded is the property of God, and in injuring him you have sinned against his Creator. . . .

"True confession is always of a specific character, and acknowledges particular sins. They may be of such a nature as to be brought before God only; they may be wrongs that should be confessed to individuals who have suffered injury through them; or they may be of a public character, and should then be as publicly confessed. But all confession should be definite and to the point, acknowledging the very sins of which you are guilty.

"Many, many confessions should never be spoken in the hearing of mortals; for the result is that which the limited judgment of finite beings does not anticipate. . . . God will be better glorified if we confess the secret, inbred corruption of the heart to Jesus alone than if we open its recesses to finite, erring man, who cannot judge righteously unless his heart is constantly imbued with the Spirit of God. . . . Do not pour into human ears the story which God alone should hear.

"The confession that is the outpouring of the inmost soul finds its way to the God of infinite pity.

"Your sins may be as mountains before you; but if you humble your heart, and confess your sins, trusting in the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour, He will forgive, and will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. . . . Desire the fullness of the grace of Christ. Let your heart be filled with an intense longing for His righteousness.

(By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 128)

It is the sins that we commit against each other that makes for open wounds in Christ Body, as seams in the Covering of Christ, to tear us apart from each other and from being the members of His Body. As an example for our understanding, Christ Jesus has revealed to us that He is The Vine and we are the branches. If we abide in Him, and He in us, then we will bring forth from Him much fruit. For without Him, we can do nothing. And if we separate from Him and from each other in sin, to create a seam, or a wound between us, to tear ourselves apart from Him, then like a branch, which separates itself from the vine, by disconnecting from the inside at the heart of its' connection, then the branch becomes separated from the vine to whither away, and to die. For without Him we can do nothing. But if we abide in Him, and He, as our Light and Life abiding in us, then we will be One with each other and One with The Father through His connection to us all in Himself to The Father. He came to heal the wounds that were created between us and The Father. As it was said by His Spirit through Isaiah, who said, "...he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).

As we turn from the power of darkness, to see our Light upon the cross, we behold the wounds upon His Body that we have caused by our transgressions against each other. We see the stripes, as seams in His body, which the enemy has led us to make between our brothers and sisters, which are made by us going astray, and as sheep turning each one to his own way. By going our own way, we have torn ourselves apart from each other, tearing away the earth from heaven, and human beings away from heavenly beings, to be children without GOD, as our Father in heaven. The thief, who was on the right side of Christ, he turned to look upon The Lamb that was slain with him on a cross that was not His Own, "And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:42, 43). As we turn to look upon The Lamb that takes away the sin of the world, to have that same desire in our hearts, as the thief, who was on the right side of Christ, if The Spirit of Christ is dwelling and abiding within our hearts, and we are abiding in Him, then He will heal the wounds between our brothers and sisters, and the wound between us and GOD, by daily abiding in our connection to GOD through Him.

Through His servant Luke, The Spirit of Christ led him to encourage the brethren by saying, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19). Through His servant, The Spirit of Christ has encouraged the called out ones--the church--the branches that are joined to Him, and has said, "The conditions of obtaining mercy of God are simple and just and reasonable. The Lord does not require us to do some grievous thing in order that we may have the forgiveness of sin. We need not make long and wearisome pilgrimages, or perform painful penances, to commend our souls to the God of heaven or to expiate our transgression; but he that confesseth and forsaketh his sin shall have mercy.

"Repentance includes sorrow for sin, and a turning away from it. We shall not renounce sin unless we see its sinfulness; until we turn away from it in heart, there will be no real change in the life.

"One ray of the glory of God, one gleam of the purity of Christ, penetrating the soul, makes every spot of defilement painfully distinct, and lays bare the deformity and defects of the human character. It makes apparent the unhallowed desires, the infidelity of the heart, the impurity of the lips. The sinner's acts of disloyalty in making void the law of God, are exposed to his sight, and his spirit is stricken and afflicted under the searching influence of the Spirit of God.

"The tears of the penitent are only the raindrops that precede the sunshine of holiness. This sorrow heralds a joy which will be a living fountain in the soul. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God"; "and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord." Jer. 3:13, 12. "Unto them that mourn in Zion," He has appointed to give "beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness." Isa. 61:3.

(By Ellen G. White "The Faith I Live by", Page 127)

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