3. Meeting the Law’s Demands

By John Thiel, Walking in the Light of 1888 Conference, Study 3, mp3

As we open our heart to the message of Christ Our righteousness, there are some mysteries which unfold. Apostle Paul says he is the minister according to the dispensation of God.

Colossians 1:26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Christ among you). 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Here is this announcement of a mystery that the apostles and all other apostles thereafter are given the duty to convey – the mystery that has been hid from ages. It has been poorly understood throughout the ages but now is made manifest. A mystery is not understood as made manifest it is something that is hidden. But under the gospel presentation it is no longer a mystery it is something that is manifest.

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;

What are these glorious riches? They are Christ in you the hope of glory. We have been exploring the Christ in us, the hope of glory until this point in time and it was unfolding.

The mission of Christ, so dimly understood, so faintly comprehended, that called Him from the throne of God to the mystery of the altar of the cross of Calvary, will more and more unfold to the mind, and it will be seen that in the sacrifice of Christ are found the spring and principle of every other mission of love. . . . {HP 319.2}

I want to know nothing among you but Christ and him crucified. Why? In only uplifting him like that every other mission of love is going to be unfolded. The atonement is the great central truth around which all other truths cluster to be rightly understood and appreciated. Every truth from Genesis to Revelation must be studied in the light of the incarnation of Jesus Christ and of this great atonement he has made. Why? Because there lies the spring of every other mission of love. Whether we study the prophecies, the reforms of life, the Ten Commandments, whatever we want to study in the bible, every truth from Genesis to Revelation we will find it all in its true appreciation in upholding these messages we are contemplating. With Christ in you, with Christ among us, Christ in us, what is in you?

If Christ Is In Me, What Is In Me?

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

What is the answer to the question? If Christ is in you, what is in you? Even the righteousness of God.

Meeting the Law’s Demands

Did you notice verse 21? The law did not produce the righteousness of God in me. What was it that produces the righteousness of God in us? It is the faith and the life of Jesus Christ. But although I went about it without succeeding to keep the law, the law witnessed that was acceptable. That the righteousness of God is found via another path. It couldn’t be found by trying to keep the ten commandments. It was found through Jesus Christ. As it was found through Jesus Christ the law stands by and says yes, it’s in harmony with me. The law lays demands and those demands have to be met and in Jesus Christ in us the laws demands are met.

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. {SC 62.1}

Here we come with our sinful condition and we say I can’t have eternal life. When I first read that I thought where is it going?

It was possible for Adam, before the fall, to form a righteous character by obedience to God’s law. But he failed to do this, and because of his sin our natures are fallen and we cannot make ourselves righteous. Since we are sinful, unholy, we cannot perfectly obey the holy law. We have no righteousness of our own with which to meet the claims of the law of God. But Christ has made a way of escape for us. {SC 62.2}

The law demands perfection and we have all failed. Not one of us is exempt.

He lived on earth amid trials and temptations such as we have to meet. He lived a sinless life. He died for us, and now He offers to take our sins and give us His righteousness. If you give yourself to Him, and accept Him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous. {SC 62.2}

Legally you are righteous. That’s hard to get your head around. But I’ve broken the law. If you give yourself to Jesus he will take your illegal behaviour and for your sake he took this and for his sake you are accounted righteous.

Christ’s character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned. {SC 62.2}

That is what you are in Christ Jesus. Just as if you had never sinned. This is the consideration of this entire message. Legally you are as if you have never sinned.

More than this, Christ changes the heart. He abides in your heart by faith. You are to maintain this connection with Christ by faith and the continual surrender of your will to Him; and so long as you do this, He will work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Then with Christ working in you, you will manifest the same spirit and do the same good works –works of righteousness, obedience. {SC 62.3}

I am to maintain my connection to Christ and continually surrender to him. This is for us at this moment to spend some time in seeking to livingly absorb. These are letters on a page but we need to let them become living epistles in our life. So far in the line up of our subjects we have beheld the marvellous light in his atonement with us. We have seen him in a position of a condemned sinner. We have observed as he was in that position he suffered exactly like we would have to suffer in the second death. As we have seen him it was to convey to us his righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

He clothed himself in our filthy garments, that we might wear the spotless robe of his righteousness, which was woven in the loom of heaven. He paid the whole debt for all who would believe in him as their personal Saviour. His blood cleanseth from all sin and purifieth from all unrighteousness. In him, through him alone, we have forgiveness of sins. Through faith in his blood we have justification in the sight of God. {ST, May 30, 1895 par. 4}

We must have the constant words of this ringing in our ears. We must repeat it many times and must repeat all day long. Just like the world does. Satan does it well. He surrounds them constantly with rock music. You go into the shops it’s there all day long. That is a symbol of us hearing the music of Christ our righteousness all day long until it becomes part of us and so our psyche becomes captivated by this sound of God’s wonderful love. As this sound of Gods wonderful love envelops me all day long, I become captivated and the soul dwells in heavenly places. I am made righteous in him.

The joy and gratitude is enchanting. But there is something else as we are still living on Satan’s enchanted ground. As we are rejoicing in this wonderful joy that we can hardly comprehend, it is a reality. God said so and it is so. It is a sound of heavenly music. As we listen to that heavenly music, there are little gaps in between sometimes, maybe for some lots of times, and what do we hear on Satan’s enchanted ground? We are going to hear it loud and clear in the time of Jacobs’s trouble. You are hearing it many times more now than in the past. Satan’s music is this;

Satan’s Music

As Satan accuses the people of God on account of their sins, the Lord permits him to try them to the uttermost. {GC 618.3}

Have you heard it said if anything comes to you, it’s come through Christ first? If Christ didn’t want you to get it you wouldn’t get it. But here Christ permits him to try us to the uttermost. Satan will be permitted to put his glasses on our eyes.

Their confidence in God, their faith and firmness, will be severely tested. As they review the past, their hopes sink; for in their whole lives they can see little good. They are fully conscious of their weakness and unworthiness. Satan endeavors to terrify them with the thought that their cases are hopeless, that the stain of their defilement will never be washed away. He hopes so to destroy their faith that they will yield to his temptations and turn from their allegiance to God. {GC 618.3}

We are to hear the constant sound that Jesus was to be made sin for us so we may be made the righteousness of God in him and then comes this other music and God permits it. Next time you feel overwhelmed, by your sinfulness, remember it’s a test whether you are going to believe that God has already done away with them by your confession and repentance through Jesus Christ. What are you to answer those suggestions? How are you to answer them?

Satan may tell you many times that you are a sinner; but you can answer: True, I am a sinner; but Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”‘ {5T 629.1}

As you keep getting the overwhelming waves of Satan’s attacks and you continually apply this answer in what we are contemplating, there is an ever escalating relief of joy and comfort that comes from that experience. It’s meant to be the opposite from where Satan wants you to go.

Satan Will Remind You Of Your Past Sins

Look at the murk of your experience that is written in your memory box. You know what it is like when it comes up before you. Have you dreamt of your past sins sometimes? It’s like you are living it all over again. How can you say it’s not there? God says it’s not there. You can have these memories erased and Satan’s plays them back to you but if you choose to focus on Jesus they don’t exist. Satan is a good technician. He can play around with a computer very well. What has been erased he can put back on again. You have been washed in the blood of the lamb, praise the Lord. You’ve been baptised but he will play them back by installing a virus. But as he does so, your ever-escalating joy is, Yes I’m a sinner but I’m relying on the Lord.

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?

God is for me, he has said so. Whatever anyone says, sorry. But Satan comes along and said you have done this, of course I have, it’s been washed, and it’s not there anymore. The memory plays it back but it’s not there.

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

What does that include? God’s righteousness.

Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. 34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Who Is Satan?

Who is he? He is a defeated foe. He is just grappling hard that you will go down to hell with him. He wants to take as many people to go down with him. He is frantic. He can you see you are not going so he condemns but he is a useless instrument. He is already defeated.

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Is Christ in you? Then that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nothing shall separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Overwhelming gratitude? Doesn’t that make you thrill within? And you dare hardly do so, dare you. If you have a feeling inside it’s not true, give it up. Don’t hold onto that feeling. The law is perfectly satisfied with this righteousness of Christ. The gratitude is so precious when we really take it and believe it.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Constantly remembering everything in Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Hope is not something you see. But is it real? Something you don’t see that God has said is real, can you see heaven? You can’t but you know it’s there. I know that Germany exists. I didn’t see it for a long time and I wondered whether anything had changed.  When I went back and it was still there but there are some people that have never been to Germany but do we know it’s there? Heaven is there but how do we know it’s there? The declaration that it exists. The bible is a map and it tells us that heaven, God and the angels, and the throne is there. So I have hope in everything that Jesus did 2000 years ago that through the Holy Spirit he makes happen imperceptibly to us. We can’t see it but it’s happening. I have hope and I rejoice in that hope, absolute gratitude and the law is perfectly satisfied with the unseen reality.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Because the demands of the law are met in Jesus Christ, therefore the law can say yes I’m happy with that. I’m witnessing in Jesus Christ there is no sin. As I through the faith of Jesus embrace this then the demands of the law are met in me because Jesus was me. If I believe it I am part of Jesus and the law is a witness of it – Legally, forensically and expiated). But what about livingly hereafter? Is that also witnessed by the law that we can be without sin? What is it in reference to our ongoing life? It is spelt out now not only forensically but in living reality;

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

What happened because of the law? It killed me. We are both dead and we are raised to a newness of life and the law says I’m satisfied. As I’m dead with him, shall I go on sinning? God forbid, how should I?

Romans 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

What was I to reckon? That my sin has gone. If I take that and make it my music everyday then I am now alive unto God and I reckon it to be so.

Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

If I am dead with Christ, how will I go on living? As Christ was raised up from death, we are raised up to a new life and my life so thrilled through and through that all my sins are gone and I really believe it and I reckon it to be so. I reckon from then onwards to be dead to sin so it will no longer reign. What is sin? Transgression of the law. Instead of my sinful flesh being used by sin I will no longer let my flesh be an instrument of unrighteousness unto sin. I yield myself unto God because I’m alive from the dead and my members are instruments of righteousness unto God because sin shall not have dominion over you.

You are not under the law but under grace. The law is no longer condemning you. You are no longer are under the law and you don’t have to shrivel up under the condemnation of the law all the time because every time you shrivel, you will sin because you will keep on condemning yourself as you will lose your temper and you will do something stupid and that is sinning. I must have the song going through my heart and mind and being all the time and as that happens I am rendering in harmony with the song. Dead in Christ and resurrected and I am dead and sin comes along and go away. As I am full of gratitude I will let the gratitude cause me to continue to obey.

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

How do we establish the law?

Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter.

The law changes its tone when you are dead because the law has condemned you and you are raised to a new creature and now the law says thou shalt not. That is the spirit of the law. You will remember. That is the spirit of the law and it is very broad. It comes into every facet of our life.

Psalm 119:96 I have seen an end of all perfection: [but] thy commandment [is] exceeding broad.

Jesus magnified the law.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

That means I am going to do exactly what Jesus did. He never sinned. This is newness of the spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. What does the spirit do? He takes of Jesus and shows it to me. He keeps on showing it to me. What is the newness of the spirit in literal living experience? In not the oldness of the letter but in the newness of the spirit.

The Flesh Is Now an Instrument of Righteousness, Not Corruption

Romans 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

I don’t ever want to hear anyone say again but my flesh made me do it. If you say that you are saying Jesus isn’t strong enough within me. Every time you are tempted and bitterly tried by some ugly nasty little piece of Satan’s sophistry, rejoice that you are redeemed from sin. Don’t carry about the burden that oh this is too hard. Don’t carry that burden. You have been released from that burden and now in Jesus Christ rejoice and a life of gratitude will sustain you as it sustained Jesus Christ by his faith and he who was living in the likeness of sinful flesh condemned sin in the flesh. What does that mean? He crucified it. I am crucified with Christ, I die daily. The moment the flesh rises up, don’t regard it as yours, its dead.

How Can You Do It?

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Why does it say let? Because Jesus has taken your sins and replaced it with his righteousness. Let it, believe it. Let him do it. Let the Holy Spirit. Don’t hold him back and try to battle yourself. Every moment of everyday take him in.

2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and Godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

What is the mind of Jesus? It is the divine nature? That divine mind operating in me as it did in Jesus is going to give me the victory over every sin.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” who emptied Himself. That mind must be in us in order for us to be emptied, for we cannot of ourselves empty ourselves. Nothing but divinity can do that. That is an infinite thing. Can the mind of Satan empty itself of self? No. Can the mind that is in us, that minding of self, empty itself of self? No. Self cannot do it. Jesus Christ, the divine One, the infinite One, came in His divine person in this same flesh of ours and never allowed His divine power, His personal self, to be manifested at all in resisting these temptations and enticements and drawings of the flesh. {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 330.1}

He never permitted his divine self to save him from those temptations. He emptied himself of that power. He only had the mind that he exercised. What was it that conquered sin and kept him from sinning? It was the power of God, the father that kept Him. Now where does that touch us? Here. We cannot empty ourselves, but His divine mind comes into us and by that divine power we can empty ourselves of our wicked selves and then by that divine power the mind of Jesus Christ, of God the Father, comes to us and keeps us from the power of temptation. Thus Christ, emptying His divine self, His righteous self, brings to us the power by which we are emptied of our wicked selves. {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 330.2}

His mind emptied his mind of his righteous self so we can empty our self of our wicked self.

And this is how He abolished in His flesh the enmity and made it possible for the enmity to be destroyed in you and me. {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 330.2}

Do you see that? I know it takes close thinking, and I know too that when you have thought upon that and have got it clearly, then the mind cannot go any further. There we come face to face with the mystery of God itself, and human, finite intellect must stop and say, That is holy ground. That is beyond my measure. I can go no further. I surrender to God. {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 330.3}

Christ depended in the Father all the time. Christ Himself, who made the worlds, was all the time in that sinful flesh of mine and yours which He took. He who made the worlds was there in His divine presence all the time, but never did He allow Himself to appear at all or to do anything at all that was done. That was kept back, and when these temptations come upon Him, He could have annihilated them all with the assertion–in righteousness of His divine self. But if He had done so, it would have ruined us. To have asserted Himself, to have allowed Himself to appear, even in righteousness, would have ruined us, because we who are only wicked never would have had anything before us then but the manifestation of self. {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 330.5}

If Jesus would have manifested his own righteousness then we would have been justified as Pharisees.

Set before men who are only wicked, manifestation of self, even in divine righteousness, as an example to be followed and you simply make men that much more confirmed in selfishness and the wickedness of selfishness. Therefore, in order that we in our wicked selves might be delivered from our wicked selves, the divine One, the holy One, kept under, surrendered, emptied all the manifestation of His righteous self. And that does accomplish it. He accomplished it by keeping Himself back all the time and leaving everything entirely to the Father to hold Him against these temptations. He was Conqueror through the grace and power of the Father, which came to Him upon His trust and upon His emptying Himself of self. {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 330.5}

How could he do that but the divine mind.

There is where you and I are now. There is where it comes to you and me. We are tempted, we are tried, and there is always room for us to assert ourselves and we undertake to make things move. There are suggestions which rise that such and such things are “too much for even a Christian to bear,” and that “Christian humility is not intended to go as far as that.” Someone strikes you on the cheek or breaks your wagon or tools or he may stone your tent or meetinghouse. Satan suggests, “Now you send those fellows up. You take the law to them. Christians are not to bear such things as that in the world; that is not fair.” You answer Him: “That is so. There is no use of that. We will teach those fellows a lesson.” {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 330.6}

Yes, and perhaps you do. But what is that? That is self-defense. That is self-replying. No. Keep back that wicked self. Let God attend to the matter. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” That is what Jesus Christ did. He was spit upon; he was taunted; he was struck upon the face; his hair was pulled; a crown of thorns was put upon his head and in mockery the knee was bowed, with “Hail King of the Jews.” They blindfolded Him and then struck Him and cried: “Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?” All that was put upon Him. And in His human nature He bore all that, because His divine self was kept back. {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 330.7}

You know how the song goes? He could have called ten thousand angels but he didn’t even need them.

Was there any suggestion to him, suppose you, to drive back that riotous crowd? to let loose one manifestation of His divinity and sweep away the whole wicked company? Satan was there to suggest it to Him, if nothing else. What did He do? He stood defenseless as the Lamb of God. There was no assertion of His divine self, no sign of it–only the man standing there, leaving all to God to do whatsoever He pleased. He said to Pilate: “Thou couldst have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.” That is the faith of Jesus. And that is what the prophecy means when it says, “Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” We are to have that divine faith of Jesus Christ, which comes to us in the gift of the mind which He gives. That mind which He gives to me will exercise in me the same faith it exercised in Him. So we keep the faith of Jesus. {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 331.1}

So then there was He, by that self-surrender keeping back His righteous self and refusing ever to allow it to appear under the most grievous temptations–and the Spirit of Prophecy tells us that what was brought upon Him there in the night of His betrayal were the very things that were the hardest for human nature to submit to. But He, by the keeping back of His divine self, caused human nature to submit to it by the power of the Father, who kept Him from sinning. And by that means He brings us to that same divine mind, that same divine power, that when we shall be taunted, when we shall be stricken upon the face, when we shall be spit upon, when we shall be persecuted as He was–as shortly we shall be–that divine mind which was in Him being given to us will keep back our natural selves, our sinful selves and we will leave all to God. Then the Father will keep us now in Him, as He kept us then in Him. That is our victory and there is how He destroyed the enmity for us. And in Him it is destroyed in us. Thank the Lord! {February 25, 1895 ATJ, GCB 331.2}

Don’t you love it? This is the 1888 message. Here we understand now from that when we have the mind of Jesus which does not exert self, when we have that mind, it is not of ourselves.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We were what?  Created in Christ Jesus unto good works.  The mind of Jesus relied on the father to do everything in him and if we in him are in that situation then the good works were created in Christ Jesus in me.  That is how we meet the demands of the law.  To meet the demands of the law can never be done by the exercise of self.  It is the divine mind that we gain by the knowledge of Christ and his righteousness as we have expanded it and now the gratitude by the faith of Jesus I rely totally on the father to work in me.  Nothing of self.  I will meet the demands of the law.  if we are his workmanship;

No master workman looks at a piece of work He is doing, as it is half finished, and criticizes that and begins to find fault with that. There may be faults about it, but it is not finished yet. And while He works on it to take away all the faults still He looks at it as it is in His finished purpose, in His own original plan, in His own mind. {February 27, 1895 ATJ, GCB 367.9}

Imagine yourself as a carpenter molding a piece of timber to a certain size and it looks all ugly but you have a picture in your mind that it will come out as a beautiful sculpture. He is doing that with you and me but there are still or sorts of ugly areas still there.  He looks at it in his finished purpose in his own original plan and mind.

It would be an awful thing if the wondrous Master Workman of all were to look at us as we are half finished and say, That is good for nothing. No, He doesn’t do that. He looks at us as we are in His eternal purpose in Christ, and goes on with His wondrous work. You and I may look at it and say, “I don’t see how the Lord is ever going to make a Christian out of me and make me fit for heaven or anything else.” That may be so as we see it. And if He looked at us as we look at ourselves and if He were as poor a workman as we, that would be all there could be of it; we could never be of any worth. But He is not such a workman as we and therefore He does not look at us as we see ourselves. No. He looks at us as we are in His finished purpose. Although we may appear all rough, marred, and scarred now, as we are here and in ourselves, He sees us as we are yonder in Christ. {February 27, 1895 ATJ, GCB 368.1}

He is the Workman. And as we have confidence in Him, we will let Him carry on the work, and as He carries it on, we will look at it as He sees it. Has He not given us an example of His workmanship? God has set before us in Christ His complete workmanship in sinful flesh. In Christ He has completed it and set it there at His right hand. Now He says to us, “Look at that. That is what I am able to do with sinful flesh. Now you put your confidence in me and let me work and you watch and see what I am going to do. You trust my workmanship. Let me attend to the work and you trust me, and I will carry on the work.” It is the Lord doing it all. It is not our task at all. {February 27, 1895 ATJ, GCB 368.2}

As we take that to our personal self let us make sure that we have compassion on others too.



Posted on April 8, 2010, in The 1888 Message, Walking in the Light of 1888. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. We are free!!! The truth has made us free !!!

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