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`None have fallen so low,
none are so vile, but that they may find deliverance in Jesus. No cry from a
soul in need, though it fail of utterance in words, will be unheeded. Those who
consent to enter into covenant with God are not left to the power of Satan or to
the infirmity of their own nature.' (DA258)
`As Christ lived the law in
humanity, so we may do if we will take hold of the Strong for strength. But
we are not to place the responsibility of our duty upon others, and wait for
them to tell us what to do. We cannot depend for counsel upon humanity.
The Lord will teach us our duty just as willingly as He will teach somebody
else. If we come to Him in faith, He will speak His mysteries to us personally.
Our hearts will often burn within us as One draws nigh to commune with us as He
did with Enoch. Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will
displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, just what
course to pursue. And they will receive not only wisdom, but strength. Power
for obedience, for service, will be imparted to them, as Christ has promised.
Whatever was given to Christ - the "all things" to supply the need of fallen men
- was given to Him as the head and representative of humanity. And "whatsoever
we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things
that are pleasing in His sight." ' 1 John 3:22. (DA668.4)
`We are homeward bound. He who
loved us so much as to die for us hath builded for us a city. The New Jerusalem
is our place of rest. There will be no sadness in the city of God. No wail of
sorrow, no dirge of crushed hopes and buried affections, will evermore be heard.
Soon the garments of heaviness will be changed for the wedding garment. Soon we
shall witness the coronation of our King. Those whose lives have been hidden
with Christ, those who on this earth have fought the good fight of faith, will
shine forth with the Redeemer's glory in the kingdom of God. It will not be long
till we shall see Him in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered. And in
His presence, all the trials and sufferings of this life will be as nothingness.
"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might
receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come,
and will not tarry." Verses 35-37. Look up, look up, and let your faith
continually increase. Let this faith guide you along the narrow path that leads
through the gates of the city of God into the great beyond, the wide, unbounded
future of glory that is for the redeemed. "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto
the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of
the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter
rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord
draweth nigh." ' James 5:7, 8. (9T287-288)
We will never know how much Jesus loves us until we realise
how much He suffered for us. We pray that the
following statements will help you to know just how much he loves you . . .
. . . will never know the horror of the curse of sin which the Saviour bore. No sorrow can bear any comparison with the sorrow of Him upon whom the wrath of God fell with overwhelming force. Human nature can endure but a limited amount of test and trial. The finite can only endure the finite measure, and human nature succumbs; but the nature of Christ had a greater capacity for suffering; for the human existed in the divine nature, and created
a capacity for suffering to endure that which resulted from the sins of a lost
`Some have limited views of the atonement. They think that Christ suffered only a small portion of the penalty of the law of God; they suppose that, while the wrath of God was felt by His dear Son, He had, through all His painful sufferings, the evidence of His Father's love and acceptance; that the portals of the tomb before Him were illuminated with bright hope, and that He had the abiding evidence of His future glory. Here is a great mistake. Christ's keenest anguish was a sense of His Father's displeasure. His mental agony because of this was of such intensity that man can have but faint conception of it.
`If the sufferings of Christ consisted in physical pain alone, then His death was no more painful than that of some of the martyrs. But bodily pain was but a small part of the agony of God's dear Son. The sins of the world were upon Him, also the sense of His Father's wrath as He suffered the penalty of the law transgressed. It was these that
crushed His divine soul. . . . The separation that sin makes between God and man was fully realized and keenly felt by the innocent, suffering Man of Calvary.
`Could Jesus have suffered more? Could He have purchased for us richer blessings? Should it not melt the hardest heart when we remember that for our sakes He left the happiness and glory of heaven and suffered poverty and shame, cruel affliction and a terrible death? Had He not by His death and resurrection opened for us the door of hope, we should have known nothing but the horrors of darkness and the miseries of
despair. In our present state, favored and blessed as we are, we cannot realize from what depths we have been rescued. We cannot measure how much deeper our afflictions would have been, how much greater our woes, had not Jesus encircled us with His human arm of sympathy and love, and lifted us
`My brother, my sister, there are all around us the poor, who may receive from you the words of Christ, after you have fed and clothed them. There are the sick, whom it is your duty to visit. There are sorrowing ones to be comforted and prayed for. If the Lord has blessed you with this world's goods, it is not that you may greedily hoard it, or expend it in the indulgence of pride. Remember that he will one day say, "Give an account of thy stewardship." Let us invest our means in the bank of Heaven by using it to supply the wants of the needy or to advance the cause of
God. Then the Master at his coming, having found us faithful over a few things, will make us each ruler over "many things" in the kingdom of glory.'
Does the above statement move you?
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