True Education in
the Sign of Loyalty
True Education in Our Churches
to Battle Creek Church -1898, pgs 13-25.)
Fitting Souls for Service
"The law of the Lord is perfect,
converting the soul." "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in
the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that
seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in His
ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep Thy precepts diligently. O that my
ways were directed to keep Thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when
I have respect unto all Thy commandments."
Let us take this for our lesson. Study
every word attentively. Upright principles and pure sentiments, cultivated
and practiced, form a character after the divine similitude. A conscience
void of offense toward God and man, a heart that feels the tenderest
sympathy for human beings, especially that they may be won for Christ,
will have the attributes that Christ had. All such will be imbued with His
Spirit. They will have a reservoir of persuasion and a storehouse of
As Christians, we are now to labor most
earnestly to bring souls to Jesus Christ. There must be no cheap chapters
of experience woven into our Christian life. All true experience costs
every soul that obtains it an effort, because of Satan's temptations. God
sees how the soul hungers for the knowledge of God, for salvation through
Christ; and the promise is, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
Characteristics of the True Seeker
God has commanded all men to obey His law.
He sees not as man sees. His standard is elevated, pure, and holy; yet all
may reach that standard. The Lord sees the soul want, the conscious soul
hunger. He regards the disposition of the mind, from whence our actions
proceed. He sees whether above everything else respect and faith are
evidenced toward God. The true seeker, who is striving to be like Jesus in
word, life, and character, will contemplate his Redeemer and, by
beholding, become changed into His image, because he longs and prays for
the same disposition and mind that was in Christ Jesus. He is not
restrained from evil through fear of shame or through fear of loss, for he
knows that all he enjoys comes from God, and he would improve his
blessings that he may represent Christ. He is not hungry to stand the
highest, to obtain praise from human beings. This is not his eager
interest. By making a wise improvement of what he now has, he seeks to
obtain more and still more ability, that he may give to God greater
service. He longs after God. The history of his Redeemer, the immeasurable
sacrifice that He made, becomes full of meaning to him. Christ, the
Majesty of Heaven, became poor, that we through His poverty might become
rich; not rich merely in endowments, but rich in attainments.
These are the riches that Christ earnestly
longs that His followers shall possess. As the true seeker after the truth
reads the word and opens his mind to receive the word, he longs after
truth with his whole heart. The love, the pity, the tenderness, the
courtesy, the Christian politeness, which will be the elements in the
heavenly mansions that Christ has gone to prepare for those that love Him, take possession of his soul. His
purpose is steadfast. He is determined to stand on the side of
righteousness. Truth has found its way into the heart, and is planted
there by the Holy Spirit, who is the truth. When truth takes hold of the
heart, the man gives sure evidence of this by becoming a steward of the
grace of Christ.
The heart of the true Christian is imbued
with true love, with a most earnest hunger for souls. He is not at rest
until he is doing all that is in his power to seek and to save that which
is lost. Time and strength are spent; toilsome work is not shunned. Others
must be given the truth which has brought to his own soul such gladness
and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
When the truly converted soul enjoys the
love of God, he will feel his obligation to yoke up with Christ and work
in harmony with Him. The Spirit of Christ rests upon him. He reveals the Saviour's love, pity, and compassion, because he is one with Christ. He
yearns to bring others to Jesus. His heart is melted with tenderness as he
sees the peril of the souls that are out of Christ. He watches for souls
as one that must give an account. With invitations and pleadings mingled
with assurances of the promises of God, he seeks to win souls to Christ;
and it is registered in the books of record. He is a laborer together with
Is not God the proper object of imitation?
It should be the work of the Christian's life to put on Christ, and to
bring himself to a more perfect likeness of Christ. The sons and daughters
of God are to advance in their resemblance to Christ, our pattern. Daily
they are to behold His glory, and contemplate His incomparable excellence.
Tender, true, and full of compassion, they are to pull souls out of the
fire, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
We are not Working Alone
There is a work to be done by God's
people. What is true eloquence in the human life? It is a heart full of
pure sentiments, a veneration for all God's commandments. But earnest work
has not been done. A certain round of duties has been performed, but this
is not enough. Step out of the common channel. If you cannot reach the
members of the churches, do not become discouraged. Take the work into the
highways, and if the self-righteousness of those for whom you labor will
not be penetrated by the leaven of truth, go out of the usual round into
the byways, and there do your missionary work.
God will not leave you to work alone. Ever
since the proclamation of the third angel's message, angels of God have
been waiting to cooperate with the human agent who is in earnest and
determined to work. We must go deeper into the mines of truth than we have
"God so loved the world, that He gave His
only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life." Oh, what love God hath shown for fallen man! Why
do those who know the truth pass by on the other side so many who are in
The whole worship of ancient Israel was a
promise, in figures and symbols, of Christ; and it was not merely a
promise, but an actual provision, designed by God to aid millions of
people by lifting their thoughts to Him who was to manifest Himself to our
Christ the Revelation of God
In Christ the world beheld the invisible
God. "I am in the Father," He said, "and the Father in Me." "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father."
"If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from
henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him." In all our acts of true
devotion we fix our eye of faith upon our Advocate, who is standing
between man and the eternal throne, waiting to meet our every effort and
by His Spirit assist us to a more perfect knowledge of God.
The Lamb of God is represented before us
as "in the midst of the throne" of God. He is the great ordinance by which
man and God are united and commune together. Thus men are represented as
sitting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. This is the appointed place of
meeting between God and humanity.
"And for their sakes I sanctify Myself,
that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for
these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their
word; that they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee,
that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast
sent Me. And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they
may be one, even as We are one: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may
be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent
Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me." Christ brought human
nature into a personal relation with His own divinity. Thus He has given a
center for the faith of the universe to fasten upon.
God designs that His law shall be obeyed
by all who believe on Jesus Christ. Satan knew that if the human family
could be induced to believe that God abolished His moral standard of
character, man would not have a moral looking glass into which he could
look and see what manner of person he was.
"If any be a hearer of the word, and not a
doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he
beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what
manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,
and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the
work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to
be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart,
this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and
the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their
affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
This is the word of the living God. The
law is God's great moral looking glass. He is to compare his words, his
spirit, his actions, with the word of God. If we decide that in these last
days we have no work assigned to us that is out of the common course of
the nominal churches, we shall meet with great disappointment. The great
question to be investigated, weighed, and decided is, What can I do to
reach souls that are lost? God calls for a work to be done by Seventh-day
Adventists that I need not define. Unless the work is first done in their
own hearts, all the specific directions that might be given to point out
their course of action will be labor in vain.
Read the second chapter of James. Practice
the truth in your daily life and you will know the work that the Lord has
given you to do. Read also the fourth chapter, especially verses 5-12; and
chapter 5, especially verses 13-20. These chapters are a dead letter to
the larger number of those who claim to be Seventh-day Adventists. I am
directed to point you to these scriptures, and to the seventh chapter of
Matthew. You need to study every word as for your life.
What the church in Battle Creek needs is
to be doers of the word. This will lead a large number out of Battle Creek
into other places, towns, and cities, where people have not had the light
and opportunities that you have had. Many souls are now hanging in the
balance. They are not with Christ. They are not gathering with Christ.
Their influence is divided. They scatter abroad.
Especially give heed to these words:
"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will
liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain
descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that
house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And everyone that
heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a
foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended,
and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it
fell: and a great was the fall of it." Many houses now supposed to stand
secure will fall. The Lord declares that He will not accept divided
Precious Words of Warning and Promise
If you will take heed to the words of
warning found in the chapters that I am directed to present before you,
you will change your attitude, and become children of God. Thus you may
save your souls through faith in Jesus Christ. You will receive the
counsel given in the fifty-eight chapter of Isaiah. If you will follow the
directions marked out, the promise will be fulfilled: "Then shall thy
light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth
speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the
Lord shall be thy rearward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall
answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of
thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; and
if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul;
then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the
noonday: and the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul
in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered
garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."
Take up your appointed work. The Lord will
fulfill the promise on His part. These inspired scriptures would never
have been given to you if the Lord had not had confidence that you could
do all that He has required. You can heed the invitation, "Take My yoke
upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall
find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."
You may rise to the heights to which the
Holy Spirit calls you. True religion means living the word in your
practical life. Your profession is not of any value without the practical
doing of the word. "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." This is the condition of
discipleship. "Behold My Servant, whom I have chosen; My Beloved, in whom
My soul is well pleased: I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall show
judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any
man hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall He not break, and
smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto
victory. And in His name shall the Gentiles trust."
Thank God that a work is being done
outside of the church. The church has not been properly educated to work
outside of their own people. Many souls out of the church might have been enlightened,
and a great deal more light brought into the church, if every church
member in every country, who claims to have the advanced light of truth,
had worked with heart and soul and voice to win souls to the truth.
Altogether too little work is being done by church members for those who
need the light, those who are outside of the church of Seventh-day
Adventists. The Lord declares: "A bruised reed shall He not break, and
smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto
victory. And in His name shall the Gentiles trust." Those who cooperate
with Jesus Christ will realize that all these promises are fulfilled in
their own experience. The Lord has pointed out the duty of every soul. In
the judgment no one will have any excuse to present for not doing his
A Closer Test of Discipleship
The test of discipleship is not brought to
bear as closely as it should be upon those who present themselves for
baptism. It should be understood whether those who profess to be converted
are simply taking the name of Seventh-day Adventists, or whether they are
taking their stand on the Lord's side to come out from the world and be
separate and touch not the unclean thing. When they give evidence that
they fully understand their position, they are to be accepted. But when
they show that they are following the customs and fashions and sentiments
of the world, they are to be faithfully dealt with. If they feel no burden
to change their course of action, they should not be retained as members
of the church. The Lord wants those who compose His church to be true,
faithful stewards of the grace of Christ.
The sin of these last days is upon the
professed people of God. Through selfishness, love of pleasure, and love
of dress, they deny the Christ that their church membership says that they
are following. I thank God that Jesus Christ knows every impulse in the
heart of the believer. Many profess to be children of God who do not
follow Christ. Their frivolity, their cheap conversation, their want of
high-toned piety, their low aims, mislead others who would pursue a
different course were it not for the example of these deceptive
characters, those who do not love Christ or do His will but simply follow
their own imaginations.
Jesus is acquainted with every heart that
is humble, meek, and lowly. These have trials and make mistakes, but they
are brokenhearted because they grieve the Saviour who loved them and died
for them. They come humbly to His feet; they fight His battles. In
meekness and lowliness of heart they seek to do good to others. They seek
to advance the cause of truth in good and earnest endeavor.
The Lord Jesus loves those for whom He has
given His life; and when worldly influences are allowed to come in between
them and their Helper, when idols are chosen before Christ, when His
appeals to the human soul are regarded with indifference and there is no
response, Jesus is grieved. He knows that they are meeting with great
losses, for they are stumbling blocks to sinners. They are not gathering
with Christ, but scattering from Him. But when through great affliction
the Spirit of God touches their hearts, and they turn to Him, He will hear
their prayers. Christ knows the capabilities He has given to every soul to
serve Him for his present and eternal good. He desires that these souls
shall not disappoint Him. He wants them to shine in His kingdom. Those who
will be the most highly honored are those who take up their cross
daily, and follow Christ.
Make a Reality of Truth
The Lord Jesus demands that every soul
make a reality of truth. Show that you believe that you are not half with
Christ and half with the world. Of all such Christ says: "I would thou
wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor
hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth." He who appreciates the love of
Christ will be an earnest worker with Christ to bring other souls as
sheaves to the Master. Thorough work is always done by all who are
connected with Christ. They bear fruit to His glory. But indolence and
carelessness and frivolity separate the soul from Christ, and Satan comes
in to work his will with the poor worldly subject. We have a great truth,
but through careless indifference the truth has lost its force upon us.
Satan has come in with his specious temptations, and has led the professed
followers of Christ away from their Leader, classing them with the foolish
The Lord is coming, and we now need the
oil of grace in our vessels with our lamps. I ask, Who will now be on the
Lord's side? Before Jesus went away, He promised that He would return
again, and receive us unto Himself, "that where I am," He said, "ye may be
also." We are strangers and pilgrims in this world. We are to wait, watch,
pray, and work. The whole mind, the whole soul, the whole heart, and the
whole strength are purchased by the blood of the Son of God. We are not to
feel it our duty to wear a pilgrim's dress of just such a color, just such
a shape, but neat, modest apparel, that the word of inspiration teaches us
we should wear. If our hearts are united with Christ's heart, we shall
have a most intense desire to be clothed with His righteousness.
Nothing will be put upon the person to attract attention or to create
Christianity--how many there are who do
not know what it is! It is not something put on the outside. It is a life
inwrought with the life of Jesus. It means that we are wearing the robe of
Christ's righteousness. In regard to the world, Christians will say,
will not dabble in politics. They will say decidedly, We are pilgrims and
strangers; our citizenship is above. They will not be seen choosing
company for amusement. They will say, We have ceased to be infatuated by
childish things. We are strangers and pilgrims, looking for a city which
hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Sabbath Observance the Sign of Loyalty
to Battle Creek Church -1898, pgs 29-40.)
Sunnyside, Cooranbong, January 12, 1898.
I call upon all who have united in a
course of action that is wrong in principle to make a decided reformation,
and forever after walk humbly with God. The world is soon to be judged. A
righteous God must avenge the death of His Son. Today men are choosing Barabbas, and saying, Crucify Christ.
They will do this in the person of
His saints. They will go over the same ground as the Jewish priests and
rulers did in their treatment of Christ. He, the Son of God, and an
innocent man, was murdered because He told men truths that it did not
please them to hear. Yet He was the Son of the infinite God.
Those who today despise the law of
Jehovah, showing no respect for His commandments, are taking sides with
the great apostate. They proclaim to a sin-corrupted world that the law of
God is null and void. Those who declare this as truth deceive the people,
and have virtually nailed the law of Jehovah to the cross between two
thieves. What a thought!
Before the worlds unfallen and the
heavenly universe, the world will have to give an account to the Judge of
the whole earth, the very One they condemned and crucified. What a
reckoning day that will be! It is the great day of God's vengeance. Christ
does not then stand at Pilate's bar. Pilate and Herod, and all that
mocked, scourged, rejected, and crucified Him will then understand what it
means to feel the wrath of the Lamb. Their deeds will appear before them
in their true character.
A Terrible Deception
What a terrible deception is upon the
minds of those who think that the world is growing better! Christ
declares, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days
of the Son of man." "For as in the days that were before the Flood they
were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day
that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the Flood came, and
took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." To
just such a pass will the world come in rejecting the law of God.
"And the third angel followed them, saying
with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive
his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine
of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of
His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of
the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their
torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor
night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the
mark of his name."
John was called to behold a people
distinct from those who worship the beast or his image by keeping the
first day of the week. The observance of this day is the mark of the
beast. John declares, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they
that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman,
and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." We are
plainly shown that two parties will exist at the appearing of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. In which party do we wish to be found? "Behold, I
come quickly," Christ says, "and My reward is with Me, to give every man
according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and
the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do His
commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter
in through the gates into the city." This is the destination of
commandment keepers. Should we not all wish to be among that number who
have right to the tree of life, and who enter through the gates into the
Adam and Eve and their posterity lost
their right to the tree of life because of their disobedience. "And the
Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of Us, to know good and
evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of
life, and eat, and live forever: therefore the Lord God sent him forth
from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." Adam and Eve
transgressed the law of God. This made it necessary for them to be driven
from Eden and be separated from the tree of life, to eat of which after
their transgression would perpetuate sin. "So He drove out the man; and He
placed at the east of the Garden of Eden cherubims, and a flaming sword
which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." Man was
dependent upon the tree of life for immortality, and the Lord took these
precautions lest men should eat of that tree "and live forever"--become
Death entered the world because of
transgression. But Christ gave His life that man should have another
trial. He did not die on the cross to abolish the law of God, but to
secure for man a second probation. He did not die to make sin an immortal
attribute; He died to secure the right to destroy him that had the power
of death, that is, the devil. He suffered the full penalty of a broken law
for the whole world. This He did, not that men might continue in
transgression, but that they might return to their loyalty and keep God's
commandments and His law as the apple of their eye.
A Sign of Obedience
The sign of obedience is the observance of
the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. If men keep the fourth commandment,
they will keep all the rest. It was no human voice that spoke to Moses,
giving him the Sabbath as a sign. "The Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily My Sabbaths ye
shall keep: for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your
generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.
Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: everyone that defileth it
shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that
soul be cut off from among his people."
The Lord does not leave so important a
precept as this without definite specification. "Six days may work be
done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord:
whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to
death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe
the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant."
Human Philosophy Versus Divine Revelation
Human philosophy declares that an
indefinite period of time was taken in the creation of the world. Does God
state the matter thus? No; He says, "It is a sign between Me and the
children of Israel forever: for in six days [not six indefinite periods of
time; for then there would be no possible way for man to observe the day
specified in the fourth commandment] the Lord made heaven and earth, and
on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed." Please read carefully
the fifth chapter of Deuteronomy. God says again, "Remember [do not
forget] the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. . . . For in six days the Lord
made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the
seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."
Yet with the living oracles before them,
those who claim to preach the word present the suppositions of human
minds, the maxims and commandments of men. They make void the law of God
by their traditions. The sophistry in regard to the world's being created
in an indefinite period of time is one of Satan's falsehoods. God speaks to the human family
in language they can comprehend. He does not leave the matter so
indefinite that human beings can handle it according to their theories.
When the Lord declares that He made the world in six days and rested on
the seventh day, He means the day of twenty-four hours, which He has
marked off by the rising and setting of the sun.
God would not present the death sentence
for a disregard of the Sabbath unless He had presented before men a clear
understanding of the Sabbath. After He had created our world and man, He
looked upon the work that He had done, and pronounced it very good. And
when the foundation of the earth was laid, the foundation of the Sabbath
was laid also. "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of
God shouted for joy," God saw that a Sabbath was essential for man, even
in Paradise. In giving the Sabbath, God considered man's spiritual and
Not Any Day in Seven
God made the world in six literal days,
and on the seventh literal day He rested from all His work which He had
done, and was refreshed. So He has given man six days in which to labor.
But He sanctified the day of His rest, and gave it to man to be kept, free
from all secular labor. By thus setting apart the Sabbath, God gave the
world a memorial. He did not set apart one day and any day in seven, but
one particular day, the seventh day. And by observing the Sabbath, we show
that we recognize God as the living God, the Creator of heaven and earth.
There is nothing in the Sabbath that
restricts it to any particular class of people. It was given for all
mankind. It is to be employed, not in indolence, but in the contemplation of the works of God.
This men are to do that they may "know that I am the Lord that sanctify
The Lord draws very nigh to His people on
the day that He has blessed and sanctified. "The heavens declare the glory
of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth
speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge." The Sabbath is God's
memorial, pointing men to their Creator, who made the world and all things
that are therein. In the everlasting hills, in the lofty trees, in every
opening bud and blooming flower, we may behold the work of the great
Master Artist. All speak to us of God and His glory.
Every loyal child of God will seek to know
the truth. John stated the truth so plainly that a child may understand
it, "If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and
He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever;
even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
Him not, neither knoweth Him." Do we choose to be numbered with those who
cannot discern the truth, who are so blinded by the deceptive power of the
enemy that they see not Him who is the express image of the Father's
The followers of Christ are of another
class altogether. "But ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be
in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little
while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye
shall live also." "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." "If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My
Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with
him. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye
hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me." The word of a human
being is not to be received and believed without question. We must first
ask, Do they speak in harmony with the word? Do they refuse a plain "Thus saith the Lord" because they see that it involves a cross?
On Which Side are You?
Are we on the side of those who refuse to
be loyal to God? They have no interest in knowing God. They reject the
divine Son of God, the personification of all human goodness. They place
themselves with those who, although no fault could be preferred against
Christ, chose instead a thief and a murderer. This testifies to the moral
taste of the world. Shall we be on the side of the world, or on the side
of Christ, who declared, "I have kept My Father's commandments"?
The word of Jehovah will stand forever.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by
Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life;
and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and
the darkness comprehended it not. . . . He was in the world, and the world
was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His
own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which
were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made
flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the
Only Begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
Those who receive Christ by faith as their
personal Saviour cannot be in harmony with the world. There are two
distinct classes: One is loyal to God, keeping His commandments, while the
other talks and acts like the world, casting away the word of God, which
is truth, and accepting the words of the apostate, who rejected Jesus.
Whom Will You Choose?
On whose side are we? The world cast
Christ out; the heavens received Him. Man, finite man, rejected the Prince
of life; God, our Sovereign Ruler, received Him into the heavens. God has
exalted Him. Man crowned Him with a crown of thorns; God has crowned Him
with a crown of royal majesty. We must all think candidly. Will you have
this man Christ Jesus to rule over you, or will you have Barabbas? The
death of Christ brings to the rejecter of His mercy the wrath and
judgments of God, unmixed with mercy. This is the wrath of the Lamb. But
the death of Christ is hope and eternal life to all who receive Him and
believe in Him.
God will most assuredly call the world to
judgment to avenge the death of His only-begotten Son, the One who stood
at the bar of Pilate and Herod. That One is now in the heavenly courts
making intercession for the people who refused Him. Shall we choose the
stamp of the world, or shall we choose to be God's separate, peculiar
people? Shall we receive a "Thus saith the Lord," for the "Thus saith" of
man? The papal power, the man of sin, decides that
the Roman Catholic Church has changed the law of God. In the place of the
seventh day they have baptized and presented to the world a child of the
papacy, the first day of the week, to be observed as a holy day of rest.
The Protestant world has received this child of the papacy, has cradled
it, and given to it the honor that God has placed on the seventh day.
"Behold, I have taught you statutes and
judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in
the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this
is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which
shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise
and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God
so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon
Him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and
judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget
the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart
all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb,
when the Lord said unto me, Gather Me the people together, and I will make
them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they
shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. . . .
And He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform,
even Ten Commandments; and He wrote them upon two tables of stone."
"Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one
Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these
words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou
shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when
thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when
thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a
sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates."
"For thou art an holy people unto the Lord
thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto
Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord
did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in
number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: but because
the Lord loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn
unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand. . . .
Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the
judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them." Please read
carefully the whole of the seventh chapter of Deuteronomy, and think upon
the word of the Lord.
Will you turn from a plain "Thus saith the
Lord" after reading the history of Adam's sin and fall? He fell because he
discarded the words of the Lord and heeded the words of Satan. Will it pay
to transgress? By transgression Adam lost Eden. By the transgression of
God's commandments man will lose heaven, and an eternity of bliss. These
are no idle tales, but truth. Again I ask, On which side are you standing?
"If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him."