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Christ in History – Letter’s About Jesus including Pontius Pilates wife Claudia




(Seek after Truth)


Originally published by Liberty Publishing Association, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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(Contents of a letter sent by Publius Lentulus, Governor of Judea, to the Roman Emperor Tiberius);

“To His Majesty and to the Honoured Senate of Rome: Greetings from the Senate Lentulus, Governor of Judea!

“I have learnt what you desired to know and am now telling you by this letter. Living here is a man who enjoys a great reputation as a God-fearing person and whose name is Jesus Christ. People call Him Prophet of the Truth, but His Disciples hold that He is the Son of God.–that is to say, the Son of Him who created the heaven and earth and all that has ever existed, exists, and will still exist in all eternity. In Connection with Him, O Emperor, there have been rumours every day of miracles performed by the said Jesus Christ. By a single word He heals the sick and raises the dead.

“He is of medium height and of astonishing beauty. His glance is majestic and inspires a feeling of reverence, love, and fear in all those who look upon Him. His hair has the colour of ripe pistachios–that is, reddish, falls tresses upon His shoulders, and parts in two in the middle of the head in the Nazarene manner. His forehead is high and expresses innocence and calm. In His rosy-coloured face neither a spot nor a wrinkle appears. His nose and His mouth give rise to no criticism, and His dense beard is similar to His hair–long, and parted in two in the middle.

“His look is imposing and serene. He possesses sparkling eyes. The light shining forth from his face is like sunshine, so that it is impossible for anyone to behold Him too long. This radiance arouses fear, but as soon as He starts teaching and advising, He does it with so much sorrow that He evokes love and veneration among His listeners. It has been said that He never laughs, but that His eyes are always tearful. His hands are externally beautiful. When He speaks He is most pleasant. He very seldom contacts high society. As regards His teachings, by them He attracts all Jerusalem. He masters perfectly every science, without having studied even one of them. He walks bare-footed and bare-headed. Everywhere it is said, until now, such a man has never been seen in these places. Read the rest of this entry

The Truth Hurts

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The purpose of this study is that we will come away knowing the reason why truth hurts. I find it interesting that when the truth of the Bible comes to people, not everyone receives it with joy. Not everybody is happy to hear the truth as it is in Jesus.

If you reflect through history, the truth has caused a lot of problems. It’s caused a lot of fighting, persecution and killing. Even from the start, there was trouble between two brothers, Cain and Abel. Cain did not appreciate the truth or what his brother did. Abel’s work was righteous. The Bible tells us that is the reason why Cain killed his brother. People have often expressed that before the truth came along they actually had quite a nice life. They were happier, they enjoyed many more things and they had a lot more peace. Then when the truth came, they had struggles they never had before. They find out that they shouldn’t be doing this and they shouldn’t be doing that. There seem to be more restrictions than you can poke a stick. All these things burden the individual and they say, “Why, what’s all the go with the truth? I was better before the truth came along.” This is a Biblical fact that truth disturbs people. The truth is disturbing. Notice what the apostle has to say.

Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

Before God’s commandments came along, before I had knowledge of right and wrong to the extent that God would have us know, my life was quite okay. I mean yes, there were troubles and I had difficulties, but all in all, it was okay.

Romans 7:9  …but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

This message is about Jesus coming to give eternal life. Sometimes we feel the only thing we get is death from hearing about this message of eternal life. “I feel condemned. I feel that I am a great, great sinner. I feel filthy and dirty. I feel like my habits are choking me to death and I can’t get out of them. I feel in bondage more than ever before since the truth came.” Read the rest of this entry

The Operative Aspect of the Personal Word

By John Thiel

God wants us to bask. To bask in what? In the fact that no matter how frail and weak we may be, if we come to Him in contrition and in true dependence upon Him, He is a Father that smiles upon us. He is a Father that wants our salvation and He has given us Jesus to bask in the sunshine of His mercy. We are to drench ourselves with that healing comfort that comes from Him. We are confronted with making these choices that we would be able to live a life in the New Year better than the last year, a life of eternal value. We need to make choices all the time. The choice we make needs to be appreciated. Read the rest of this entry

The Pharisees and Hypocrisy

Christ gave his disciples a warning:

Luke 12:1 Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

The leaven of the Pharisee’s. Leaven is like a yeast. You start with a small bit and as you add it to the bread it pervades and causes things to grow. Hypocrisy if it is not dealt with will leaven the entire being until we grow up full of air, full of pride, full of air like a puffy loaf of bread. In order to make a good loaf of bread you have to give it a good punch and knock the air out of it. However, no hypocrisy can be tolerated in heaven therefore He says beware of the leaven of hypocrisy. We often like to examine ourselves and say that was the leaven of the Pharisee and I’m not a Pharisee so therefore I don’t need to beware of the leaven of hypocrisy. Well the Pharisees didn’t realise they were hypocritical. Read the rest of this entry

How to Overcome Sin

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Sometimes it is easy to forget the things we learn and read and when we get into a trial, sometimes the how to’s of overcoming disappears and all of a sudden we think oh what was I meant to do again? Or, how does this work? I want to refresh the things we have shared before that we never lose sight of how it is we can follow the Lord. We see our high calling in Hebrews. 

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

That is a task and a half considering our own natures and humanity. There is not much peace on this planet but the Bible says follow peace with all men. It is not a peace that is received by compromising the truth. We could say we will be at peace with everyone and who cares for God’s teachings and standards and let’s have a big group hug. This is not that kind of peace. It is saying follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.

No doubt we are all here because we want to see and worship the Lord and be prepared for His soon coming and so this text is a very high calling, to follow peace with all men and holiness. If we don’t have that, no one will see the Lord. There is another text speaking to the Laodicean people in Revelation 3:

Revelation 3: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; Read the rest of this entry

Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

As a Christian church we want to look at Jesus because that is the reason why we are a church. When we look at Jesus, we look at Him coming to this earth with an object. Remember what He said when He came from the wilderness? He began to preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand. He came to launch out the kingdom of heaven on earth. He came to launch out a religion which when I look today has been dreadfully contorted. It is expressed in the words of Jesus to Nicodemus.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Read the rest of this entry

The Spirit of Submission


By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:4 Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. 5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou [art] the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. 

“Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom, lead Thou me on!

The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on!

Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see,

The distant scene; one step enough for me.” Read the rest of this entry

05 The Fight of Faith

Living Faith Seminar, Study 5, Audio: The Fight of Faith

We cannot be justified by faith until we have received the seed into our hearts. Even though the seed has not grown yet into a tall plant to bring forth fruit, everything is there. As we receive the Word of God in its entirety whether we know everything or not, by that surrender and the willingness to follow the Lamb wherever He goes we are justified.

Hebrews 10:3 Now the just shall live by faith.

If we want to remain just we must live practically by the genetic code that has been placed into our hearts by Jesus Christ. If you have been ploughed, if you realize what sin is, that your nature is desperately wicked and you come to the point where you have received God’s Word in its entirety then the walk has just begun. When the seed has been planted it is just the beginning of our experience. When man has the divine nature and the law of God is written in the soul, our flesh, that is our deranged physical frame, it still has the same matter as beforehand. The endocrine system and the hormones are still unbalanced. Your feelings will still be aroused the same as before rebirth. When someone is born again does he have a new body? No, but you have a new ingredient now that will conquer those things of the flesh. Read the rest of this entry

The Truth as It is in Jesus

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

The Lord is worthy of our worship and we are gathered to worship. We are here to worship as we hear his word, the word of God. We today live in a similar atmosphere of Christianity as did Israel when they were in Babylonian captivity. As the Israelites were caught by Nebuchadnezzar in the time of Ezekiel they accepted they were captives and they would make the best of it and live in Babylon under Babylonian conditions and the Israel of today has accepted the circumstances in which we live in although they are often foreign to true Christianity. The words of Ezekiel can be very applicable to us if we do not guard ourselves. God knew something about the Israel listening to him speaking and preaching. Read the rest of this entry

26 The Hour of God’s Judgement

By John Thiel,  Audio: The Hour of God’s Judgement 

This study goes into the detail of what is involved in the hour of God’s judgement. In our previous studies we considered the first angels message because in it the angel preached the everlasting gospel.

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,   7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; 

We have learnt the meaning of what it means to give God the glory.  I want to enlarge the point of how to give God the glory so we can launch out into the understanding of the hour of his judgement is come. Read the rest of this entry

6. Daniel 11 – The Desolations of Michael the Prince

By John Thiel, Daniel 11 Series, Study 6, mp3

Throughout the studies so far we have come to appreciate the activities of Michael our Prince.

Daniel 11:22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.

This is the description of Tiberius Caesar coming to his end. He was such a corrupt emperor, and in his efforts to sustain himself he was overpowered by his enemies, and he was finally stifled with a pillow in A.D. 37. In the year A.D. 31 Jesus was crucified. Read the rest of this entry

The Lazar House

By John Thiel, Audio: The Lazar House

The world is a great lazar house; it is corrupted under the inhabitants thereof, and misery is universal. {8T 169.2}

The world is a lazar house filled with victims of both physical and spiritual disease. {CD 455.3}

The world has become a lazar house of sin, a mass of corruption.  {MM 218. 4}

What is a lazar house? An institution for lepers. Leprosy was incurable in the old days but now they can do more. It was incurable and the people were living in the Lazar house were slowly dying away until finally their disease got worse and worse and they died. Nowadays an institution for lepers can operate and do things to alleviate the problem.

God has separated this planet from the rest of the universe. The rest of the universe is not touched by it. This planet has been quarantined as it is a lazar house of spiritual leprosy. Not a single individual on this planet has not been mentally and physically prevented from suffering. Everyone suffers. A description is given even for the people of God in Isaiah. No one is exempt, everyone is affected. Read the rest of this entry

The Love of God in Worldly Associations


By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

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13. My Life and Health Principles

John Thiel, Audio: My Life and Health Principles

We are living in the Day of Atonement, in which an investigative judgment is taking place, and the life and death seriousness of that investigative judgment calls for a serious self-examination as it did in the typical Day of Atonement. They were called upon to fast, to examine themselves, to make sure that there was no sin left in their life. That was the symbolic picture for us living since 1844. Now we are called upon to fast and to examine our lives to make sure that for eternity our sins have all been confessed and we have put away our sins not only in confession but also in living reality. Therefore we need to examine ourselves. Read the rest of this entry

The Tares are Melted in the Church/Jerusalem


 In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church.—Testimonies for the Church 5:81 (1882). – {LDE 173.6}

According to Jewish tradition Ezekiel was the founder of the synagogue. You won’t find the word synagogue anywhere in the Old Testament but there are plenty of references to it in the New Testament. Where did Synagogues come from? They were a place of instruction and where legal decisions could be made. The synagogue was important to Jewish survival during the Captivity and so we find Ezekiel in Babylon and it would seem that this is where the synagogue was first founded. But there were no sacrifices there, as these had to be performed only in the temple. Ellen White says we should study the book of Ezekiel which it has been said, is the story of the Seventh Day Adventist movement and generally the church in particular. She says that chapter 9 is the chapter that will be fulfilled to the letter and some of the events portrayed there are very sad events. Read the rest of this entry

04 How to Establish Trust

How To Enter Into Love Series, Audio: mp3

Psalm 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 

1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. 

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The Theatre of His Grace


By John Thiel

We are to remind ourselves why we are in the church and why we should be part of a church. Why we are going through the experiences we are going through in all our various circumstances? What is happening to me? What is happening to us? Before we became connected with the church many of us had a carefree life of enjoyment. We didn’t pay so much attention to the things we did wrong because we didn’t even know how wrong we were.

The church is the theater of his grace, in which he delights in making experiments of mercy on human hearts. The Holy Spirit is his representative, and it works to effect transformations so wonderful that angels look upon them with astonishment and joy. Heaven is full of rejoicing when the members of the human family are seen to be full of compassion for one another, loving one another as Christ has loved them. The church is God’s fortress, his city of refuge, which he holds in a revolted world. Any betrayal of her sacred trust is treachery to him who has bought her with the precious blood of his only begotten Son. {PH154 18.2}

We are reminded that the church is the theatre of his grace or the operating theatre, his hospital in which he delights in making experiments on human hearts. Read the rest of this entry

The Remedy for Insanity

By John Thiel

Jesus was not elated by applause or censure from his enemies.

He was never elated by applause, nor dejected by censure or disappointment. Amid the greatest opposition and the most cruel treatment, He was still of good courage. But many who profess to be His followers have an anxious, troubled heart, because they are afraid to trust themselves with God. They do not make a complete surrender to Him; for they shrink from the consequences that such a surrender may involve. Unless they do make this surrender, they cannot find peace.  {DA 330.3} Read the rest of this entry

5. The Last Urgent Call of the Church Triumphant

By John Thiel, Audio: The Last Urgent Call of the Church Triumphant

The call we are studying is the call of Revelation 18:4 which actually is an echo that has been the appeal of God throughout all the ages.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Read the rest of this entry

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