Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 11 (1896)

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Ms 52, 1896

Miscellaneous “Scraps”

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1896

Portions of this manuscript are published in 4MR 358; 9MR 91. +Note

Better far would be the cross, the disappointment, the shattered earthly prospect, the neglect of friends, the disapproval of the world, than to sit with princes, and lose heaven. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 1

One passion after another, one project after another, sways the heart, and expels the Holy Spirit from the soul. The love of the world is permitted to come in and take possession of, and rule, the heart; but the Lord Jesus would have us, as rational creatures, place a right estimate upon eternal things, so as not to lose eternity out of our reckoning. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 2

Those who are called of God should be in touch with God, in order that they may have fine, keen, clear perceptions of what constitutes equity in judgment. Men in responsible positions should remember that [the] Ten Commandments are to be practiced in every line of work lest the cause of truth shall bear the imperfections of the mold of man, and God be dishonored, and stumbling blocks be laid before the precious souls, over which they will stumble to their ruin. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 3

The cause of God must be represented by men whose hearts are tender, pure, true, and compassionate as is the heart of Christ. Those who handle the sacred work in Christ’s stead must have a pure heart, and clean hands. They must adopt Christ maxims, for if they fail to do so, they will be deceived, betray Christ, and dishonor the truth of God. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 4

The Lord loves us, and all He asks is that you respond to His love. Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you. The blacksmith puts the iron and steel into the fire to test them, that he [may] know what manner of metal they are. The Lord allows His chosen ones to be placed in the furnace of affliction in order that He may see what temper they are of, and whether He can use them, and mold and fashion them for His work. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 5

Even in this life Christ is judge of all the earth, and measures characters by the divine standard. Those who delight in the law of God are not under the law, for the law of God is an instrument of strength to them, a wall of protection, a refuge for guardianship, and does not bring condemnation; for to those who are in harmony with it, it is holy, just, and good. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 6

The chaff and wheat are mingled in an indistinguishable manner. But when some crisis comes, when test and trial pass over the people, those who are symbolized by chaff are driven away; those who are represented by wheat remain. When God takes us in hand He will accomplish His purpose for our good. Though our past course may not have been in harmony with the Lord, though our paths have been turned aside from the ways of God, yet if we will cling to Him, He will change our course so that we shall keep the way of the Lord. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 7

Sanctified activity has an effectual influence, for it is a force that molds after heaven’s order. But the love of Jesus must pervade the hearts of those who would serve Him. Love is borne of God. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 8

Selfish ambition is not the fruit that grows upon the Christian tree, which is for the healing of the nations. Christlike propositions will not bear the semblance of selfishness. Those who are workers together with God with one hand lay hold of needy, sinful, helpless, fallen humanity, and with the other they grasp the throne of God, and lift, and build men up in the most holy faith. They manifest a perseverance that will not be defeated or discouraged by failure. But the work of saving souls will not be successful if carried on simply by men’s finite methods. Let God work. Yes, let God work by His own conditions and plans and ways, and let men wonder and admire. The branch grafted into the vine will flourish and bear fruit to the glory of God, because the vital forces flow from the living vine to the branch. Christian religion is today on trial for its life. It will not live through the multiplicity of men’s plans in turning things upside down, but through the life-giving properties that are in Jesus Christ. Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 9

The universe of heaven is calling upon us, the world is calling upon us to give a reason of the hope that is within us. We shall not do this by originating many plans in our human wisdom; but by unselfishness, by self-denial, by being full of grace, and truth. We are in great danger of losing Christ, the vital essence of the message. We shall not work the works of God because of possessing talent or having great knowledge, for more than mortal ability must be brought into the devising of successful plans. In their supposed human wisdom, men may turn and overturn, and yet not cure existing, discouraging evils. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 10

While professing to preach Christ, we are in sore danger of losing the spirit of Christ because of neglecting to practice His words, which is called eating His flesh and drinking His blood. We need more of Christ’s love in our lives to transform our characters. It is a vitalizing current from Jesus. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 11

God Himself is not in our assemblies because the cold iron of self remains unmelted. We know little of the midnight struggles of Jacob in surrendering all to God, and exercising conquering faith in God. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 12

Union with Christ is a union with God through Christ. There is a life in the soul of every one who has formed this mystical, spiritual union with Christ that never fades or fails. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 13

We should assemble together, believing that we shall receive comfort and hope, light and peace, from Jesus Christ. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 14

They have been taken by the cleaver of truth as rough stones from the quarry of the world, and have been brought into God’s workshop to be hued and squared by axe and chisel, to be fitted up by test and trial for a place in God’s heavenly temple, and they are very precious in the sight of the Lord. Though they are to be hued and squared, and fitted and polished for the heavenly building, yet even in the rough, they are precious in the sight of God. The axe and the hammer and the chisel of trial and test are in the hands of One who is skillful, and are used not to destroy, not to bring to nothingness, but to work out the perfection of every soul, that as precious stones transformed and polished, the children of God may find their place in the building of God. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 15

The Lord will no more cast off the humblest, lowliest believer in Jesus, than He will demolish His throne. We are accepted in the Beloved. We are members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 16

The church of God upon the earth are one with the church of God above. Believers on the earth and those who have never fallen in heaven are one church. Every heavenly intelligence is interested in the assemblies of the saints, who on earth meet to worship God in spirit and truth, and in the beauty of holiness. In the inner court of heaven they listen to the testimonies of the witnesses for Christ in the outer court on earth, and the praise and thanksgiving that comes from the earth below is taken up in the heavenly anthem, and praise and rejoicing sounds through the heavenly court because Christ has not died in vain for the fallen sons of Adam. While angels drink from the Fountain head, the saints on earth drink of the pure streams flowing from the throne of God, making glad the city of God. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 17

Oh, that we could all realize the nearness of heaven to earth! When the earthborn children know it not, they have the angels of light as their companions, for they are heavenly messengers sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. A silent witness guards every soul that lives, seeking to win and draw him to Christ. The angels never leave the tempted one a prey to the enemy who would destroy the souls of men if permitted to do so. As long as there is hope, until they resist the Holy Spirit to their eternal ruin, men are guarded by heavenly intelligences. Let us all bear in mind that in every assembly of the saints below are the angels of God, listening to the thanksgiving, the praise, the supplication that is offered by the people of God in testimonies, songs, and prayers. Let them remember that their praising is supplemented by the choirs of the angelic host above. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 18

As we journeyed homeward, my mind was called out in contemplation of these precious themes, and I was filled with an intense longing to pass along some of these precious thoughts to my brethren and sisters. O that with pen and voice, I could represent the privileges of the children of God as they really exist! O that we who are pilgrims and strangers in this foreign country, seeking a better country, even a heavenly, might comprehend Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He says, “No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” [John 14:6.] The path He has marked out is so plain and distinct that the veriest sinner, loaded with guilt, need not miss his way. Not one trembling seeker need to fail of finding the true path, and of walking in pure and holy light, for Jesus leads the way. The path is so narrow, so holy, that sin cannot be tolerated therein, yet access to the path has been made for all, and not one desponding, doubting, trembling soul needs to say, “God cares nought for me.” 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 19

Every soul is precious in His sight, “for God so loved the world,” even in its blackness and disobedience, even with the heavy shadow of sin and Satan upon it, “that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16.] When Satan was triumphing as the prince of the world, when he claimed the world as his kingdom, when he was all marred and corrupted with sin, God sent His messenger from heaven, even His only begotten Son, to proclaim to all the inhabitants of the world, “I have found a ransom. I have made a way of escape for all the perishing. I have your emancipation papers provided for you, sealed by the Lord of heaven and earth.” You may have freedom upon the condition of faith in Him who is able to save unto the uttermost all who come unto God by Him. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 20

A ransom has been provided at infinite cost, and it is not because there is any flaw in the title which has been purchased for you that you do not accept it. It is not because the mercy, the grace, the love of the Father and Son is not ample, and has not been freely bestowed, that you do not rejoice in pardoning love, but it is because of your unbelief, because of your choice of the world, that you are not comforted with the grace of God. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 21

It is your love of disobedience, your pleasure in sin, your enjoyment of rebellion, that has blunted your perceptions until you fail to discern the things which make for your peace. If you are lost, it will be because you will not come unto Christ that you might have life. God waits to bestow the blessing of forgiveness of sins, of pardon for iniquity, <bestowing> the gift of righteousness upon all who will believe in His love and accept of His salvation. Christ is ready to say to the repenting sinner, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” [Zechariah 3:4.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 22

Christ is the connecting link between God and man. The blood of Jesus Christ is the eloquent plea that speaks in behalf of sinners. “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son, cleanseth from all sin.” [1 John 1:7.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 23

Jerusalem, the holy land. What made it holy? The Majesty of heaven clothed His divinity with humanity and dwelt upon our earth. He was despised and rejected of men; in Jerusalem He was crucified by wicked hands. I have not the slightest inclination to visit Jerusalem, to see where it is thought probable that Jesus trod, where He may have labored, and where He may have been crucified. The means which might be expended thus I would prefer to treasure, that I may point souls to the Saviour risen from Jacob’s tomb, and proclaiming, “I am the resurrection and the life.” [John 11:25.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 24

I can trace His footprints in the sure word of prophecy, and can obtain a better idea of His works, and of His ways, than I could by visiting Jerusalem, defiled with unholy feet and unholy deeds. I could not expend money to visit these places when the living interests of Christ’s kingdom are to be presented to the people. We are to teach the Word of God, and to be doers of that Word, which is represented as building on the rock; the structure thus built will withstand the storm and the tempest, because it is founded upon the eternal Rock. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 25

I wish to see Jerusalem when the fires of the last great day shall have cleansed it from all sinful defilement. Jerusalem is now no more sacred to me than any other place on the globe. Wherever by His Holy Spirit Jesus makes known His presence, wherever His righteousness shines forth in bright and glorious beams, wherever His divine love illuminates the humble places of the earth, wherever His honor dwells, there I am pleased to be. Christ looks with sadness upon the delusions that ensnare human minds who are so eager to behold the places where His feet are supposed once to have trodden, and yet who do not heed His command, “Follow me,” who do not walk in the light as He is in the light. A shadow is resting over Jerusalem, a terrible shadow, which I have no desire to come under. Everywhere a curse is visible, which I have no desire to look upon. I can see marks of the curse everywhere. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 26

To be able to say I have visited Jerusalem would not shed a distinct ray of light upon one soul. It would not enable me better to tell men and women what they must do to be saved. I present the Word of God in truth. I listen to the precious lessons which Christ gave His disciples. In my mind the scene of His ministry, the places where He taught by the lakeside, are clothed with the solemnity and beauty which nature and the Word of God have given them. I am content; I would not have dark pictures. I do not wish to look upon the desecrated shrines, with all the repulsive features that would meet my view. I would not be hired to behold the traces of the curse so evidently resting upon Jerusalem. I hope to see this spot when the earth shall be made new, when I shall behold Him whom my soul loveth, in His majesty and glory crowned as King of kings and Lord of lords. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 27

I have not one word of encouragement for any person, neither have I money to impart to any person, to visit Jerusalem. As it now is, it would never be a picture that I would wish to hang in memory’s hall. Brethren, do you believe that you will soon see Jesus? Then do not needlessly expend means that is of so great value to save precious souls, they need never get a sight of Jerusalem under the curse, but with inspired words you can point them to the New Jerusalem, to Jesus the Mediator of the better covenant, who ever liveth to make intercession for us, and whose intercession is wholly efficacious in our behalf. I know that Christ looks with sadness upon those who are searching for the places He passed over while in the flesh, but who fail to recognize Him as a living Saviour, on any ground, in any place. He says, “Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.” [Matthew 28:20.] Men may search in vain for the footprints of Christ in Jerusalem. I care more for where He is now—in heaven—and for what He is doing in my behalf. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 28

Give to Jesus your devotion where He is in the heavenly sanctuary, seek for the Holy Spirit as His representative wherever His people bow to worship Him. It becomes us to know more of Jesus by an experimental knowledge, as a personal Saviour. We should be gathering up every ray of divine light, not looking to old Jerusalem where Christ was once, but to the New Jerusalem where He is now. Let us be gathering from the tree of life that God has planted, leaves that shall be for the healing of the nations, and fruit, precious, life-giving fruit as food to the soul. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 29

O, search with prayer, most earnest prayer, to know what God has written, and to trace the footprints of Jesus in His life of perfect obedience to His Father’s commandments. Endeavor to catch the inspiration in expounding the Word, the sure word of prophecy, that it shall not be as a dead letter, but a living, burning, shining light from the throne of God, preparing a people to endure the trials, the sufferings and persecutions, which Christ endured. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 30

Who can be made to understand that the inner life must be hid with Christ in God? Such are in the habit of praying, for Christ prayed. Such are in the habit of searching the Scriptures for themselves, and more earnestly as they see the day approaching. Such ones, who love God supremely and their neighbors as themselves, will give themselves to God as a free-will offering, and that gift will include all they have. None can give themselves without reserve unless their possessions also are included and they are dispensing their God-given trust of means as the Lord’s goods. They produce fruit in good works. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 31

Many will allow a brother to struggle along unaided under adverse circumstances, and by thus doing, they give to one precious soul the impression that they are thus representing Christ. It is no such thing. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 32

Should laborers in the cause of God exact from the poor that which they have not power to bestow, whether in service or in money, the Word of God comes to them, be they ministers or people, “I hate robbery for burnt offerings.” [Isaiah 61:8.] Whenever money is exacted for the cause by methods that cause suffering from hunger or for want of clothing, God will judge the one who does it, and all who suffer this to be done come under the censure of the Lord. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 33

There is need of the tender sympathy of Christ in the human hearts, love for human beings whom Christ has esteemed of such value that He gave His own life to save them from ruin. They are precious, more precious than any gold you can bring into the treasury. To turn every dollar and every penny into “the cause,” and rob the needy of the means whereby to give bread to their family, is not a kind of faithfulness that will meet with the approval of God. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 34

Truth, precious truth, is sanctifying in its influence. The sanctification of the soul by the operation of the Holy Spirit is the implanting of Christ’s nature in humanity. It is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ revealed in character, and the graces of Christ brought into active exercise in good works. Thus the character is transformed more and more perfectly after the image of Christ, in righteousness and true holiness. There are broad requirements in divine truth stretching out into one line after another of good works. The truths of the gospel are not unconnected; uniting, they form one string of heavenly jewels, as in the personal work of Christ, and like threads of gold they run through the whole Christian work and experience. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 35

Christ is the complete system of truth. He says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” [John 14:6.] All true believers center in Christ; their character is irradiated by Christ; all meet in Christ, and circulate about Christ. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 36

Every minister may exercise himself to bring large revenues and smaller rivulets into the treasury of God; it is his work to do this, but the question is, Does he do it by neglecting in any way the necessities of the needy and distressed, overlooking the real wants of suffering humanity, being so particular as to paying tithes of mint and rue and anise and cummin, and neglecting the weightier matters of the law? These ought ye to have done: manifest the love of Jesus in relieving the needy, the distressed, the suffering. Let it be printed on the mind that mercy and the love of God are to be expressed to the children of God. Search heaven and earth, and there is no truth revealed more powerful than that which is manifested in mercy to the very ones who need your sympathy <and practical help, your> aid in breaking <every> yoke, and setting free the oppressed. Here the truth is loved, the truth is obeyed, the truth is taught as it is in Jesus. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 37

There is a great amount of truth professed, but truth practiced in relieving our fellow men is of great influence, reaching unto heaven, and compassing eternity. Every soul in our world is on trial; every man’s experience, the common life history, tells in unmistakable language whether he is a doer of Christ’s words and His works. There is constantly recurring a large array of little things that God alone sees to act out in these things the principles of truth will bring a precious reward. The great and important things are recognized by nearly all, but the knitting of these things with the supposed smaller things of life, and closely connecting them as one, is too rarely done by professed Christians. Religion is too much profession, and too little reality. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 38

Divine truth exercises little influence upon our fellow men, when it should exercise much influence through our practice. Truth, precious truth, is Jesus in the life, a living, active principle. “Love one another,” says Christ, “as I have loved you.” [John 13:34.] You cannot lay the vigilance of Christianity to rest by passing over the cases of your brethren who are in distressed circumstances. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 39

You may feel that you are doing God’s service while leaving the yoke of oppression upon their necks, because it is in your power to do this, and pressing every dime possible in to the great treasury. Your motives may be good, but it is a false theory that will permit distress and want in the effort to help the cause of God. The glory of heaven is in lifting up the fallen, speaking peace to aching, distressed hearts that are crying unto God for relief, while their fellow men who might relieve, priest and Levite pass by on the other side. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 40

Great principles and minute practices cannot be disconnected in a symmetrical life. Such disconnection misrepresents the religion of Christ and mars the character. The one class of work is made up of great things and regulated by the law of God, while in the other, made up of so called little things, the law of God, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor,” is ignored. [Leviticus 19:18.] This sphere of work is left to caprice, subject to variation of feeling, to natural and cultivated tendencies or inclinations; and let me say that these little things, left to impulse, often shamefully neglected, mean much to those who are really affected by the neglect. These neglects cut off a large portion of the life of God from the soul, because the human agent is not in co-operation with God, and thus a large revenue of praise and thanksgiving is prevented from going forth to God from human hearts and human lips. Thus God is robbed of the glory that belongs to Him. Our religion will bless where ever it acts. Let the Christian religion act, and it will bless. Where ever it works, there is brightness. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 41

Talk it, pray it, act it, the love of Jesus for fallen humanity. Let every soul become imbued and radiant with the Word and Spirit and love of God, and be a medium through which the light and blessing may be communicated to our world. Let the loveless, Pharisaical religion of forms and ceremonies be cleansed away from the heart and life of every Christian, and let the sweet influence of the Spirit of God have a controlling power upon every soul. Let men unite themselves to their fellow men by the golden links of the chain of love. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 42

The cause of God is the cause of the oppressed and poor. The Lord expects His shepherds to look carefully after the sheep of His pasture and show a personal interest in the oppressed; they are to feed the hungry. If they neglect one case brought to their notice where there is real want of food and clothing, God will surely requite this; He pronounces no blessing on those who neglect the personal labor for the poor. 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. Here are the good works which cause love to God to deepen in the heart because of the kindness and love expressed in relieving the poor and the oppressed. Thanks and praise are awakened in the hearts of God’s needy ones and flow back to God, and angels join the songs of praise coming from human lips, which glorify God. God’s cause can afford to be just. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 43

Those who love God ought to feed both the sheep and the lambs. They are God’s agents to do this very work. With busy hands, with sensitive hearts, with tongues that are as the pen of a ready writer, they are to win the unconcerned and unbelieving, and inspire their brethren and sisters with a missionary spirit. They are not to say “go on,” but “come on.” 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 44

A mere profession of faith does not make us Christians. The vital question is, Have we the mind of Christ? Our heavenly Father gave Christ to our world as a Sin-bearer in order that not one who would believe in Him should perish, but have everlasting life. Having made so priceless a donation to men, will He not with Christ freely give us all things? In the gift of His Son, all heaven was opened up that its priceless treasures might enrich the men and women of faith. The love of God has been revealed to the hearts of believers, that they should diffuse the light of heaven. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 45

Love is the basis of godliness. No man has love to God, no matter what his profession may be, unless he has unselfish love for his brother. As we love God because He first loved us, we shall love all for whom Christ died. We shall not feel like letting the soul who is in the greatest peril, and in the greatest need, go unlabored for, and uncared for. We shall not feel like holding the erring off, or letting them alone to plunge into further unhappiness and discouragement, and to fall on Satan’s battleground. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 46

Every one who has been free to condemn, to dishearten, and to discourage, who has failed to give tender kindness, sympathy and compassion to the tempted and the tried, will in his own experience be brought over the ground over which others have passed, and will feel what others have suffered because of his want [of] sympathy, until he shall abhor his hardness of heart and open the door for Jesus to come in. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 47

When Christ abides in the soul, He will be revealed in the uplifting of those who most need uplifting. Our neighbor is every person who needs our help. Our neighbor is every soul who is wounded and bruised by the adversary. Our neighbor is every one who is the property of God. If we desire healthfulness of soul, a sunshiny experience, we must put into practice the rules given us in the 58th chapter of Isaiah. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 48

Every poor, tried soul needs light, needs tender, sympathizing, hopeful words. Every widow needs the comfort of helpful, and encouraging words that others can bestow. Orphans who are lent to Christians in trust for God are too often passed by and neglected, and yet they are bought with a price, and are just as valuable in the sight of God as we are. They may be ragged, uncouth, rough, destitute, cold, and hungry, yet as God’s property, Christians should have a lively interest in them. They are members of the household of God for whom Christians are responsible. “Their souls,” saith God, “will I require at thine hands.” [Ezekiel 3:18.] They must be cared for, they must receive special attention. You cannot expend your means in a better way than by opening your doors to make homes for them. When the Lord sees that you are faithful in doing what you can to relieve human misery, He will move upon others to provide means to care for those who need help. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 49

Christian principles will always be made visible. In a thousand ways the inward principles will be made manifest. Christ abiding in the soul is as a well that never runs dry. Where He abides there will [be] an overflowing of beneficence. There will be acts of love for the needy, and provision will be made for the destitute. “But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” [2 Corinthians 9:6.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 50

Where Christ abides in the heart there will be deep yearnings of soul for the salvation of those who do not believe in Him. Let Christians reveal to every son and daughter of Adam the fact that they are more anxious to practice the good works of Christ in this world, and to be numbered as God’s chosen ones, than to be seeking for riches. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 51

Worldly maxims and worldly practices sap spirituality from the heart and life. Conformity to the world means resemblance to the world in meeting the world’s standard. But how dwelleth the love of God in the soul of him who assimilates to the world? No man can serve the world and Jesus Christ at the same time. There is an irreconcilable antagonism between Christ and the world. Every one who loves Jesus has a solemn work to do for the world, for “ye are laborers together with God.” [1 Corinthians 3:9.] Christ sought to save the world not by conformity to it, but by revealing to the world the transforming power of the grace of God to mold and fashion the human character after the likeness of the character of Christ. To go over to the world in our practices will not influence the world to change its principles and practices. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 52

With an eye single to the glory of God, we are to live above the world, and yet in every way we are to seek to let the heavenly light shine forth in Christlike actions, and thus exert a powerful influence to save sinners. The moment a professed Christian goes over the line, and follows the fashions of the world, he becomes an idolater, and a stumbling block to sinner. You can draw the world with you only as you wear Christ’s yoke; but you can have no influence upon the world in lowering yourself to its low level. Remember Christ gave Himself to save you, and you can do no less than to give yourself to save souls for whom Christ died. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 53

When the children of Israel were on their journey through the wilderness, the Lord protected them the venomous serpents, but there came a time when, because of Israel’s stubbornness and impenitence and transgression, the Lord removed His restraining power from these reptiles whose sting was deadly, and many were bitten and died. Then it was that the brazen serpent was lifted, that all who repented and looked to it in faith might live. In the time of confusion and trouble such as never was since there was a nation, the uplifted Saviour will be presented to the people in all lands and in all places, that all who look may live. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 54

When the Lord see His people binding about their imaginary wants, practicing self-denial, not in a mournful, regretful spirit, as Lot’s wife left Sodom, but joyfully for Christ’s sake, and because it is the right thing to do, then the work will go forward with power. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 55

Watch the stealthy approach of the enemy, watch against old habits and natural inclinations, lest they exert themselves; force them back and watch; force them back, if need be, a hundred times. Watch the thoughts, watch the plans, lest they become selfish and self-centered. Watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. Watch over the souls whom Christ has purchased with His own blood. Watch for the opportunities to do them good. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 56

Like Mary, we need to sit at the feet of Jesus to learn of Him, having chosen that better part which will never be taken from us. Like Martha, we need to be ever abounding in the work of the Lord. The highest Christian attainments can be reached only by being much on our knees in sincere prayer. Our hands and our hearts, our whole being, must be devoted to the work. One fiber of the root of selfishness remaining in the soul will spring up when least expected, and thereby will many be defiled. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 57

The truth as it is in Jesus is a refreshing portion. All may rejoice in the study of the truth. With earnest purpose they may seek to know what is truth. The truth received changes the heart, inspiring the faith that works by love and purifies the soul. “The entrance of thy word giveth light, it giveth understanding unto the simple,”—to all who will be humble enough to be doers of the Word. [Psalm 119:130.] How do we live on the flesh of the Son of God? By searching His written Word, by digging deep for the hidden treasures contained therein. Whenever a question was brought to Christ, His inquiry was, “Have ye not read? What saith the Scriptures? How readest thou?” And His command was “Search the Scriptures.” [John 5:39.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 58

Christ could have answered every perplexing question that troubled the heart of man from the depths of His own divine wisdom; but He did not do this. He directed the minds of the inquirers to that which was written in His own inspired Textbook. When tempted of the devil, He met Satan’s artful insinuations with, “It is written.” That which is brought to us as truth on the authority of popes’, ministers’, or synods’ decisions is not the sure Word, the unerring Word of prophecy. A “thus saith the Lord” is of more value than the most eloquent assertions of men. The Psalmist saith, “Thy word standeth sure.” It is as unfailing as the everlasting hills, and upon it we may rely. Be sure that you have the Word of God, then follow its teachings implicitly. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 59

I presented the case of Moses as he pleaded with God for one spiritual blessing after another, advancing step by step, not selfishly, but taking the people with him. He made intercession for the people, encircling them with the arm of faith and, like our merciful Saviour, laying hold on the throne of God, he presents the people sinful as they are before the mercy seat. “And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, O, this people hath sinned a great sin,” etc. [Exodus 32:31.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 60

An intensity of feeling overwhelms the man of God. He is so burdened for sinful Israel that he can scarcely give utterance to his thoughts. How similar was his earnestness and burden for sinful Israel to the burden felt by the world’s Redeemer when He wept over Jerusalem, speaking in broken utterances, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem ... how often would I [have] gathered your children together, as a hen gathereth her brood under her wings; but ye would not.” [Luke 13:34.] Again, on the crest of Olivet He beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, “O that thou hadst known, even thou, in this thy day the things that belong unto thy peace.” [Luke 19:42.] Here comes the pause. How hard for Jesus to pass the irrevocable sentence upon the doomed inhabitants of Jerusalem. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 61

Jerusalem had not known the day of her privilege, the day of precious opportunities, when Christ was in the midst of her. Mercy had long hovered over the impenitent, stubborn, rebellious people; but she is about to depart. It was not yet too late as Jesus looked upon the city; but when the sun should set behind the hills, the day of mercy and reprieve for Jerusalem would be ended. Jesus pronounced the irrevocable sentence, “But now they are hid from thine eyes.” [Verse 42.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 62

The man Moses was not yet satisfied. “And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people; and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.” We read that “The Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” But though so manifestly favored of God, Moses still pleads for a further revelation of His divine favor. He says, “I pray thee, If I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: (He will not separate himself from the people) and consider that this nation is thy people.” [Exodus 33:11-13.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 63

Did the Lord’s rebuke rest upon Moses as upon one that had been presumptuous in pressing his case before the Lord? To Moses the situation was one that demanded urgency. He realized that his only help was in God, and he would not allow the transgression of Israel to cut them off from God. The Lord continues to test and prove the quality of Moses’ love and faith. The Lord shows no displeasure because Moses holds firmly and steadily to the point, but He answers his appeal, and says, “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” [Verse 14.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 64

Those who commit their burdens to the Lord, as did Moses, will find that God will give them rest. But though Moses was assured of the presence of God, he is not ready to cease his petitions. He desires to become more thoroughly acquainted with Him who shall be the invisible Leader of Israel, and he still holds his own and Israel’s case before the Lord. “And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here (at this present time) that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? Is it not in that thou goest with us? So shall we be separated? I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.” [Verses 15-17.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 65

In (Deuteronomy 7:6) it is recorded that the Lord did hear and did fulfill His covenant with Moses in regard to Israel. And yet when the Lord had made such abundant promises to him, he still desired larger things, and ventures to make a marvelous request. “And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.” [Exodus 33:18.] Was this presumption? Was he asking too large things of God? He held the Lord with a firm hand of faith, and would not cease his importunings. The Lord does not turn from him or rebuke him, but still favors his request. “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee ..., for it is a terrible thing which I will do with thee.” [Exodus 33:19; 34:10.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 66

O, what love, what wondrous love God has revealed to His people in all ages! From generations He hath made His love known. His wondrous works declare His majesty and power. To Moses He revealed His glory, portraying before him His character, and when Moses failed [one] one occasion to give Him due respect, God was greatly displeased. The natural passions of the man were excited, and he who should have given all glory to God by the manifestation of patience, meekness, and forbearance was angry with a rebellious people. Will men in high position of trust remember this lesson from God, given to all the inhabitants of the earth to be studied as long as time shall last? The Lord has done great things for His people, and they should send back to Him praise and thanksgiving. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 67

I have been catching the very longings of the Spirit of Jesus Christ and have felt His love for souls who know not God, and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent. Those who accept the truth in the love of it will know what it is to have the Spirit of Christ take possession of them, for the love of Christ constraineth them. Saved through the belief of the truth, they will be endowed with Christlike energy, and their one purpose will be to save those for whom Christ died. Every soul saved means many souls saved through trading upon the talents which the Lord has given. Every soul who has been quarried out from the world through the mighty Cleaver of truth will do the same work for others as they have done for them. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 68

It is the Christian’s privilege to connect himself with Christ, the Light of the world, and improve every opportunity to catch the bright spiritual beams from the Sun of Righteousness. Every ray of light that is improved upon will increase capacity to gather light and to shed it forth again to the world. The Christian does not fulfil the purpose of God unless he is continually receiving grace for grace, and gaining increased spiritual apprehension of the value of eternal truths applicable for this time. We are to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 69

The Christian is to develop in spiritual knowledge, to have a comprehension of the science of the plan of salvation. He is to develop, through learning in the school of Christ, until he shall have breadth of comprehension and know how to adapt himself to the people in introducing and presenting the truth. This he may learn from the great Teacher until in Christlikeness he may present the truth and not repulse or be repulsed. Spiritual inaptitude, spiritual ignorance and inability, is a sign of spiritual slothfulness. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 70

The heart of Christ is full of tenderness toward His heritage. The ear of the Lord is open to all the cries of those who are in His service, and He has promised, “I will guide thee with mine eye.” [Psalm 32:8.] Walk humbly with your God, and ask Him to make your course of duty plain. When God speaks to His representatives, and asks them to be laborers together with Him, they will do the same kind of work that Jesus announced as His work when He stood up to read in the synagogue at Nazareth. He opened the book of the prophet Isaiah, and read, “The Spirit ....” [Luke 4:16-18; Isaiah 61:1.] 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 71

His great heart of love takes in all the sorrows of His children. If the human agents, from whom we might expect help, fail to do their part, let us be comforted in the thought that the heavenly intelligences will not fail to do their part. They will pass by those whose hearts are not tender and pitiful, kind and thoughtful, and ready to relieve the woes of others, and will use any human agent that will be touched with the infirmities, the necessities, the troubles, the perplexities of the people for whom Christ died. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 72

He who can influence even the most lowly, and can win them to Christ, is co-operating with divine agencies in seeking to save that which was lost. In presenting to the sinner a personal, sin-pardoning Saviour, we reach a hand of sympathy and Christlike love to grasp the hand of Christ by faith. We form a link of union between the soul and the Saviour. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 73

We may expect too much of others. The time has been, and history may be repeated, when to many our light will not appear as light. If our works and our spirit be misrepresented, if our motives are misconstrued, if we are criticized, if our mission and character are misinterpreted, if our humility be misjudged, our independence and firmness and boldness be called rashness, yet we must move on, crying, “Courage in the Lord.” There is no stern conflict without a victory. If our eyes are not removed from Him who is the great General of armies, we shall have the victory. Abel, the very first Christian of Adam’s children, died a martyr. Enoch walked with God, and the world knew him not. The day will come when the faithful, the righteous, shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. That kingdom is made up of righteousness, peace and joy. Its subjects are the pure in heart, the peace-makers, the persecuted for Christ’s sake; all who love God in sincerity and truth will be there. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 74

It is the kingdom of our Father; a homelike representation is given, in order to remove from the mind the overwhelming awfulness and grandeur. It is our Father that holds the scepter; the kingdom is our Father’s. The mansions prepared for the righteous are prepared by Him who gave His life that we might be found heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ. Love without misinterpretation, without affection, is there, pervading the entire kingdom of God. Peace, rest, and joy are its atmosphere. We shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of our Father. 11LtMs, Ms 52, 1896, par. 75