6. The Faith of Jesus

By John Thiel, Walking in the Light of 1888 Conference, Study 6, mp3

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Why is the Sabbath day so special? It is written in Exodus 31.

Exodus 31:13 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.

In the Ten Commandments it is identified as the sabbath of the Lord thy God and this is a sign of a relationship because what does it say here? It is a sign between me and you. He is introducing a relationship concept. He wants you to know that I am the Lord that is at work for your sanctification. Who is this Lord that is saying I want a relationship with you which the sabbath is a sign of?

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. 

Who is the Lord that sanctifies us? That the Sabbath is a sign of? Jesus Christ. He said the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. The Sabbath made for man, a sign and an integrated exercise of sanctification of which Jesus is the active agent to sanctify us and therefore he is the Lord of my life and the Lord of the Sabbath.

The Lord of Our Sanctification

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

He is the captain of your salvation. How does he become the captain of our salvation?

Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. 13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

The captain of our salvation was made perfect. How? By suffering. For him to sanctify me, he had to be made perfect. Jesus a little lower than the angels. He the God of the universe, a little lower than the angels in the position of man became the captain of our salvation so that he could sanctify us but both he that sanctifies and they which are sanctified are all of one. What does he call them? Brethren. We want to understand this. Is your heart tuned?

What did he say as he was suffering as the captain of our salvation to be made perfect? I will put my trust in him. In whom? In his Father. The factor that makes Jesus the Lord of the Sabbath is that the Sabbath is the sign of his work of sanctification in our life. It is connected with his own being made perfect. He passed through the process of sanctification. Notice his high priestly prayer where he is praying for us.

That Prayer of Relationship

That you may know that I am the Lord that sanctifies you. It is a sign of a relationship.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Sanctify them through the truth, the truth of me sanctifying myself. He’s not just praying for the twelve, who else is he praying for?

John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

Who does that include? Do you believe he is praying for us now? What is he praying for?

John 17:21 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.

Are they not endearing words? Oh how quickly they are read and are not resonating in the soul but we need to let them resonate in our being. May the Holy Spirit draw very close as we need to understand what these things are in living reality. He that sanctifies is one with those whom he sanctified.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

The Faith of Jesus

Here they are, the third angel’s message people. They have the patience, they have the commandments of God and they have the faith of Jesus. How did they get there? the commandments of God. They keep the commandments of God. What did the commandments do to get them to have the faith of Jesus?

How Did They Get There?

Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

If you have faith in Christ Jesus, then the law is going to lead you along until you have the faith of Jesus – the school master. That’s how they got there. Via the school master.

Galatians 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

How did those people get there?

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.

When finally this company of the third angel are standing there, they have been brought through the school master experience and that’s why it says they have patience. Are you impatient with your progress? The school master is required to lead me there and then having had the patience, they keep the commandments of God and they have the faith of Jesus because the school master led them there. These are all declarations which we can talk about and it doesn’t do much for you. It has been bandied about all my life theologically. I used to watch the discussing of these beautiful statements and I bled in my heart as they were just discussing it and didn’t understand the living reality of it. Apparently in 1888 the light of this faith of Jesus was required.

Why This Message Was Required

The third angel’s message is the proclamation of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. The commandments of God have been proclaimed, but the faith of Jesus Christ has not been proclaimed by Seventh-day Adventists as of equal importance, the law and the gospel going hand in hand. I cannot find language to express this subject in its fullness. {3SM 172.2}

Didn’t we have problems comprehending it? Sr White says she can’t find language to express it in its fulness.

“The faith of Jesus.” It is talked of, but not understood. What constitutes the faith of Jesus, that belongs to the third angel’s message? {3SM 172.3}

It’s talked of and theologically discussed but not understood.

Jesus becoming our sin-bearer that He might become our sin-pardoning Saviour. He was treated as we deserve to be treated. He came to our world and took our sins that we might take His righteousness. And faith in the ability of Christ to save us amply and fully and entirely is the faith of Jesus. {3SM 172.3}

According to this inspiration in the time of 1888, this was the condition of the Adventist church. They did not understand the faith of Jesus. How do we stand today? Is it any better today? In fact it is deteriorating. This whole subject is actually in reference to what Sr White was writing about in reference to the message of Waggoner and Jones.

When I stated before my brethren that I had heard for the first time the views of Elder E. Jones. Waggoner, some did not believe me. {3SM 172.1}

Some thought she already had the message of Waggoner and she said she only heard it for the first time.

What Is the Faith of Jesus?

The faith of Jesus is him becoming our sin bearer.

Jesus becoming our sin-bearer that He might become our sin-pardoning Saviour. He was treated as we deserve to be treated. He came to our world and took our sins that we might take His righteousness. And faith in the ability of Christ to save us amply and fully and entirely is the faith of Jesus. {3SM 172.3}

If I just read that statement to you now, you will say now I understand. You don’t unless you explore it. They are only words on a page. We need to go into the detail of these words and appreciate what they are trying to communicate.

The Amplification of These Words

Jesus became our sin bearer, he became sin pardoning saviour. When we read he became our sin bearer the automatic picture is he is just being condemned for our sins. We don’t go further in our natural thinking. When I raised this subject in the past I was told this is only Jesus as our representative. It is a forensic exercise and because people hold that view they have missed the whole point. When Jesus took our sins, when Jesus was our sin bearer, what was his experience? He was made perfect through suffering. He sanctified himself. He was made equal with us.

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.

Jesus became our sin bearer to become our sin pardoning saviour. Here is a perfect person, perfectly pure and holy, he has never understood the experience of sinning. And now, he is made to be sin. Not just in terms of sinning but sin itself. What an experience do you think he had?

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

What do you experience when something is in your body? If I as a trained nurse came to you and gave you an injection of a hallucinogen, what would happen to you? You would hallucinate. Jesus was injected with sin. He was made to be sin and our sin was in his body. What was his experience? Jesus is plaintively crying out, please can you understand what I went through? He is yearning for us to understand what he went through.

Lamentations 1:12 [Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger.

What was done unto him? Who did it? The Lord made him to be sin.

Lamentations 1:13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate [and] faint all the day.

Have you had a drug injected into you? Fire into the bones. It prevailed against them, I wasn’t released from it.

Lamentations 1:14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, [and] come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into [their] hands, [from whom] I am not able to rise up.

Have you ever had a heart attack? I was close to one. It chokes you. When Jesus was wreathed with my sin with everybody’s sin, an overdose, it choked him.

Lamentations 1:16 For these [things] I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.

What did Jesus say? I will send you another comforter. Where was he now? Far from me. Can you explore his experience?

Look Upon Jesus

Gaze upon him until all your righteousness melts away. How did he feel when he was made to be sin?

Psalms 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words of my roaring? 2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

You are not even hearing me. You are my God and I am not getting any answers from you. Have you felt like that? Have you cried to God and you don’t get an answer? How long have people cried and they haven’t got an answer until they find out what it’s about. Jesus had to help them find a way out. He never sinned. Can you imagine the contrasting agony because he was so pure and yet he experienced the depravity of sin? He was made to be sin.

Psalm 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

Have you ever had a melting sensation through your system when you have had the flu and you feel your bones are out of joint? It was worse than that.

Psalms 69:1 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto [my] soul. 2 I sink in deep mire, where [there is] no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. 3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Here is the patience of the saints. Wait. Jesus had to wait.

Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, 9 I have preached righteousness. 10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. 11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. 12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

My iniquities? Whose iniquities were they? Both he that sanctifieth and they that are sanctified are all of one therefore he is not ashamed to call them brethren. Whose iniquities were they? Ours and he was numbered with the transgressors. I am not able to look up. Are you ever able to not look up as you are so oppressed by absolute condemnation? It was so bad his heart ruptured. High blood pressure, stress. Jesus met it all.

The evil works, the evil thoughts, the evil words of every son and daughter of Adam press upon his divine soul. Though the guilt of sin was not his, his Spirit was torn and bruised by the transgressions of men. {RH, December 20, 1892 par. 7}

Evil works, thoughts and words were his oppressing him. He hadn’t committed to do this. If he drank of the cup of suffering he must open his breast to the griefs and woes and sins of humanity. His heart inside of him received every detail of the horror of the human race. He was made not only forensically a sinner, he was made to be a sinner. He was made. He was made to be sin. He was made.  He did not do these things. He was made to be sin who knew no sin. Remember the school master? What does it do to us? what does it do with him right there? it kept on nagging and doing its work till we felt like a washed out rag. How did Jesus feel? A washed out rag. He was so devastated that he saw no hope. Condemned with sin in all its dimensions in his body. What was the faith of Jesus now? Is there any faith left in that experience? As he was hanging on the cross, as he was going through this horror of what the school master has done to every sinner;

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

What did you identify there? What did Jesus just do? I’m totally condemned. He just cried out why hast thou forsaken me? What does he do next? I’m going to throw myself at your mercy. All condemned with sin in his body. All affected like he said in Lamentations. I commend my spirit. I will put my trust in him.

Psalms 69:13 But as for me, my prayer [is] unto thee, O LORD, [in] an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. 14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. 15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. 16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness [is] good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

What is he referring to here? He is referring to the God of universe who has a heart that is described in Psalms

Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

There was Jesus made to be sin for us. The sin was so much part of him that he said it is mine. He cried to God under the condemnation of the school master. He cries to God I’m going through a horrifying experience, where are you God? What did Jobs wife say to Job? Curse God and die. That is what sinners think, it’s too bad. Curse God and die. But what did Jesus do? He knew God. He knew when a person is so wicked and deplorably hopeless where there is no excuse for sin and he knows it and he is absolutely condemned and he goes to the Father and says I know you, your loving kindness is so good, your multitude of mercies is so great that although I am condemned by my sin I’m going to throw myself at your mercy and you will not despise me. Do you ever despise someone who has sinned against you? God doesn’t’ do it. God’s heart is compassionate for the veriest sinner who comes to him in brokenness of spirit. He will not despise.

And faith in the ability of Christ to save us amply and fully and entirely is the faith of Jesus. {3SM 172.3}

What did Jesus do when he was me? He relied upon and believed the Father.

Amid the awful darkness, apparently forsaken of God, Christ had drained the last dregs in the cup of human woe. {DA 756.3}

The Dregs

Have you ever experienced the dregs of your corruption? Jesus had every item of it.

In those dreadful hours He had relied upon the evidence of His Father’s acceptance heretofore given Him. He was acquainted with the character of His Father; {DA 756.3}

What was the character of the Father? A broken spirit I will not despise.

He understood His justice, His mercy, and His great love. By faith He rested in Him whom it had ever been His joy to obey. And as in submission He committed Himself to God, the sense of the loss of His Father’s favor was withdrawn. By faith, Christ was victor. {DA 756.3}

Do you want the victory over sin? You must have the faith of Jesus. What did he do? When he was overwhelmed with total depravation? He remembered the character of his Father that the sacrifice acceptable to God. What is that? When you are broken up with the condition of your sinfulness that is the moment when Gods character cannot despise you. If you cry unto him in a broken condition he can’t turn away from you. That is his nature. Don’t you love him? What a Father. He demonstrated his love by putting his own son into the depravation that you and I are in. He suffered more than any of us with the depravation of sin and the Father didn’t reject him What is he going to do with you if you haven’t suffered as much as him if you will break down before him? As condemnation of the law drives you to destruction it reveals Jesus who sanctified himself with you and his faith in action. When his faith part of you, then God’s mercy will do for you what it did for him.

Psalms 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

What sort of a praise will come from that heart? It’s a lie when they say that Jesus was not in sinful flesh. It’s a lie. Those that turn aside to lies will become Pharisees. What are you to do continually in your sinful flesh?

2 Corinthians 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Jesus partook of my body. He partook of my sin in his body. Do you have your sin in your body? You can’t get rid of it, it’s there in your body. What are you to do? Always carrying in your body the dying of the Lord Jesus. Day after day die with Jesus so that the power of God resurrecting you every day will be your experience. That is righteousness by faith. That is the 1888 message. What is the reality dying every day?  Every moment that a sense of your sinfulness and the consequence oppresses you, then cast yourself upon God’s mercy at that moment. Believe him as Jesus did. As soon as a condemnatory sin comes up in your mind it is not presumption when you cry to the Lord to take it away. Here is my sin, have mercy upon me as Jesus cried. Every moment the thoughts come die with Jesus and the Lord will immediately restore you. This is our need. Believe in Jesus. Walk in the light of 1888. Do that. every moment. Do it every day, every moment and God will do his part everyday every moment in raising you again. This is what is meant with;

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Who did he need to save him? The one you need to save you. When Jesus came to save us he didn’t come in the sense how the Father savs us, he comes to show how we can be saved. He shows how to cry so the Father can save you and me in him.

Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Thus being the author of salvation he is the author of our faith.  The faith of Jesus by which we can be saved.  He will come to save us in a different way by a different way than the father will save us showing us the authorship. He wrote the book. He was the author of salvation and if we follow his sanctification we will sanctified.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

All the universe is watching. What are we meant to be doing? Can you do it?

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

You need to consider him every day.

Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Take hold of him. The righteousness that he gained becomes our righteousness. That is how it happens but you have to believe it. If you throw yourself into debates you will never come to it. Only as you believe it does it become a reality.

When He stood where we are, He said, “I will put my trust in Him” and that trust was never disappointed. In response to that trust the Father dwelt in Him and with Him and kept Him from sinning. Who was He? We. And thus the Lord Jesus has brought to every man in this world divine faith. That is the faith of the Lord Jesus. That is saving faith. Faith is not something that comes from ourselves with which we believe upon Him, but it is that something with which He believed–the faith which He exercised, which He brings to us, and which becomes ours and works in us–the gift of God. That is what the word means, “Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” They keep the faith of Jesus because it is that divine faith which Jesus exercised Himself. {February 21, 1895 ATJ, GCB 270.1}

He being we brought to us that divine faith which saves the soul–that divine faith by which we can say with Him, “I will put my trust in Him.” And in so putting our trust in Him, that trust today will never be disappointed anymore than it was then. God responded then to the trust and dwelt with Him. God will respond today to that trust in us and will dwell with us. {February 21, 1895 ATJ, GCB 270.2}

God dwelt with Him and He was ourselves. Therefore His name is Emmanuel, God with us. Not God with Him. God was with Him before the world was; He could have remained there and not come here at all and still God could have remained with Him and His name could have been God with Him. He could have come into this world as He was in heaven and His name could still have been God with Him. But that never could have been God with us. But what we needed was God with us. God with Him does not help us, unless He is we. But that is the blessedness of it. He who was one of God became one of us; He who was God became we, in order that God with Him should be God with us. O, that is His name! That is His name! Rejoice in that name forevermore–God with us! {February 21, 1895 ATJ, GCB 270.3}


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