By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Study 3, mp3
Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Probation has been given to us to become holy. The period of probation is a period of preparation to be fitted for the citizenship of heaven. The time when we will meet God is when a people will be holy.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
For us to be fitted to see the Lord we must be holy. That is the work of probation, to bring us to that point. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Study 2, mp3
Probation is a time that is given us to gain a fitness for heaven. It is the period of time in which the gospel, through the work of justification, puts us in a position where, through the wonderful revelation of God’s character to us, we may pick up on the process and also receive the power to change our character, and to sanctify us. It is the period of the sowing and the growing of the crop according to the parable that Jesus gave us until the people like the grain are ready to be placed into the heavenly garner. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Study 1, mp3
Scripture reading: Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
To prepare for the close of probation we have a need to understand what probation actually is and also what is involved in this preparation during the time of probation before it closes.
We want to go right back to when Adam and Eve first sinned. It looked like that was it. God had said, In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. But God gave them another chance. Another opportunity was given. God said that there would be a woman’s seed that would be born. He will put enmity between thee, Satan, and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; and her seed shall bruise the head of the serpent, and the serpent shalt bruise His heel. Here is spelt out for us the probation that was given to man. As Jesus was going to be that seed, man was given an opportunity to receive that seed and to have a restoration from sin. This is the privilege and the opportunity that was given to the human race through Adam, through Christ. Read the rest of this entry