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The Faith of Jesus under Condemnation

By John Thiel, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: 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. 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.

This hymn carries with it a certain trembling note:

I watch to shun the miry way,
And staunch the springs of guilty thought;
But, watch and struggle as I may,
Pure I am not, pure I am not.

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The Cross of the Believer

Who cares to let the Saviour in? We today are a very caring society. We care about our family even though the family may have done us a lot of hardship, we still care for our family. We care for our animals. We put such care into our business life. As the song says, have you any room for Jesus? There is no room for Jesus; there is no time for Him.

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture Reading Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,

Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;


We are looking at the cross of the believer. We have contemplated the cross of Christ but now we are turning our attention to the response that the believer would have as he contemplates the cross of Christ.

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The Weakness of Christ the Man

By John Thiel, The Power of the Cross Conference, mp3

The power of God can actually operate through Jesus Christ. You cannot appreciate the power of God unless you realise your weakness and your smallness. In our weakness and depravity which is the law of sin in my members, the moment that we want to do what is right because our mind has been affected by the purity of God and His truth and His law, we immediately discover there is a law in our members that fights against the law and the expectations of God.

According to the words of Apostle Paul, he says there is a law in my members that works contrary to the law of my mind. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death, from this power? We read that there is a way by which we can actually conquer the weakness of our sinful flesh.

The body is the only medium through which the mind and the soul are developed for the upbuilding of character. Hence it is that the adversary of souls directs his temptations to the enfeebling and degrading of the physical powers. His success here means the surrender to evil of the whole being. The tendencies of our physical nature, unless under the dominion of a higher power, will surely work ruin and death. {MH 130.1}

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9. Was the Atonement Completed at the Cross?

By John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 9

The sanctuary relates to our salvation. We have studied the meaning of the different furniture. The courtyard of the sanctuary had the altar of sacrifice which was where the animal was slain and represented the sacrifice of Jesus when He died on the cross as our sins slew Him. He was the lamb that was sacrificed. Read the rest of this entry

The Scars In The Hands of Jesus

There is an incredible Bible prophecy that foretold, more than one thousand years before Jesus died upon the Cross of Calvary, that, in crucifying Him, they would pierce His hands and His feet. “THEY PIERCED MY HANDS AND MY FEET.”    Psalm 22:16   (A Psalm of David)

Jesus will ever bear those scars, as tokens of His great love for us, in giving His life as a ransom for our souls.  It is only through those wounds in His hands, feet, and side, and the shedding of His blood upon the Cross, that every soul who is saved in God’s Kingdom will be able to attribute their eternal salvation. But did you know that there will also be many souls in the Kingdom who have never, while on this earth, heard of Jesus’ death for them upon the Cross, and who will then have to ask Jesus about the meaning of the scars in His hands? But first, let us see how the scars of Jesus were received:-

“And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe.”    John 19:2

“And He bearing His Cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.”    John 19:17,18

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”    Isaiah 53:5

“But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.”    John 19:33,34 Read the rest of this entry

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