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03 The Temptations of Jesus From Within

By John Thiel, Godly Affections That Motivate Series, mp3

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

There are many motivating aspects for a Christian to believe and to obey God. When you study prophecy there is something there that gives you a motivation to believe that God is right, as you see prophecy fulfilling. When you study the Bible and you see heaven, it motivates you; you want to be there. When you study the health-giving messages of God’s word you know that you want to be healthy, that you want to do what God says. When you study the Bible and you see the intelligent mind that is behind it, this motivates your intellect; it gives you confidence that you can give yourself to such a mind. There is also a negative motivation: the threat of destruction. This motivates people to run away from destruction and flee to protection. Read the rest of this entry

And Ye Would Not


Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

They are really nice promises that returning in rest we’ll be saved. Then there are these negative lines at the end ‘and you would not.’

Aspects of Christianity that People can easily Get Into

A few months ago I was speaking with a minister from another church and we were speaking about church standards, beliefs and standards of living. Like us they were very conservative, they had high standards, they have a prophet, we have a prophet and the prophet that we have – Ellen White – has given a lot of detail on standards. The Bible gives a lot of detail on standards. Moses gave a lot of detail on standards. Also their prophet gave a lot of detail on standards. We were speaking together and we were sharing different points of belief and Christian standards that we both believed in. In our conversation I brought up the Sabbath and they didn’t believe the Sabbath.

They asked me a question; if someone doesn’t keep the Sabbath will they be lost? You have heard questions where you have a standard and someone said, ‘if you don’t do that standard are you lost?’ It sorts of puts you in a funny situation like this standard is the source of our salvation. Do you get that mentality coming across sometimes? They had standards and one of their standards was that they didn’t drink alcohol. Same as us, we don’t either. I asked him a question and said; do you believe that if someone drinks alcohol that they are lost? The response was yes. If you can’t obey the prophet how can you be saved? Is that true or not? Why would people be lost? They are lost because of disobedience.

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Eighteen Years of Subservience

By John Thiel, Beholding Christ Series, Part 9, Audio: mp3

Luke 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

An Old Story

When we behold Jesus we are looking at the old, old story. We are beholding our Lord and Saviour in the developmental stages of his life. Jesus the son of God descended from his lofty throne with his father into a state of painful unconsciousness to be born ultimately after nine months into a little baby unconscious of his surroundings. How this little baby Jesus gradually awakened to his family to learn and understand what the Jewish family was doing. The mother teaching the child of the things that the very child when still in heaven was conveying to this planet but now had to learn it all over again from mother. From the age of twelve Jesus fully appreciated from then onwards what all the temple worship and sanctuary activities were all about as he beheld and awoke to his true position as the Lamb of God. From the age of twelve he developed further right on through to the age of thirty. We are filled with awe to consider there was such condescension to come to such a level as a little baby from the heavenly courts. We wonder and marvel at the amazing condescension. Read the rest of this entry

Obey Them That Have the Rule Over You


By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Inspiration shows us that this scripture has a very wide scope of meaning.

Parents are entitled to a degree of love and respect which is due to no other person. God Himself, who has placed upon them a responsibility for the souls committed to their charge, has ordained that during the earlier years of life, parents shall stand in the place of God to their children. And he who rejects the rightful authority of his parents is rejecting the authority of God. It also enjoins respect for ministers and rulers and for all others to whom God has delegated authority. {PP 308.2}

This, says the apostle, “is the first commandment with promise.” Ephesians 6:2. To Israel, expecting soon to enter Canaan, it was a pledge to the obedient, of long life in that good land; but it has a wider meaning, including all the Israel of God, and promising eternal life upon the earth when it shall be freed from the curse of sin. {PP 308.3} Read the rest of this entry

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