The Signs of the Times, vol. 26

The Signs of the Times, Vol. 26

1900

May 16, 1900

“Our Divine Helper” The Signs of the Times, 26, 20.

E. J. Waggoner

“Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord.” Psalm 130:1. And he did not cry in vain. The depths from which she cried with the depths of sin; for he said: “If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared.” “Let Israel hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” So out of the depths of iniquity we may cry to be Lord, with the assurance that he will gladly help us. We can not be too low down for Him to reach us. SITI May 16, 1900, page 308.1

The pagan maxim, which too many quote as tho but it weren’t one Bible, is “God helps him who helps himself.” But the truth revealed in the Bible is that God helps the man who is not able to help themselves. Read the account of a storm on the sea, and of deliverance from it, as recorded in Psalm 107:23-30. Of the men in the storm is said: “their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.” So yet was when a Jehoshaphat, in behalf of the people, said to the Lord, “For we have no might against this great company that cometh against a; neither know we what to do; but our eyes are upon Thee” (2 Chronicles 20:12), that the Lord sent deliverance. SITI May 16, 1900, page 308.2

All these things “were written for are learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hoped.” Romans 15:4. “For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15, 16. Infirm means without strength; without strength implies been overcome by sin. So we learn that, in the midst of defeat, when borne down under sin, we may come with boldness to Jesus, and find forgiveness and help; for if it is only at the very lowest possible state that we become connected with Christ. He came not to call the righteous, but sinners and repentance. Matthew 9:13. As he came to save the lost, we commend ourselves to his mercy by acknowledging that we are lost sinners. But sin is death. Therefore, Christ bore our sins, and died for us. “Christ hath redeemed this from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; ... that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13, 14. So it is in our wretched, sin-cursed condition that we receive help from the Lord. SITI May 16, 1900, page 308.3

Death is the lowest condition possible; and it is in His death by but that we become perfectly united to Christ. “For as many of you as had been baptized in the Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:27. We put on Christ by baptism. And what is baptism?-“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3, 4. SITI May 16, 1900, page 308.4

What does this show?-Simply this, that not only may we be saved when in the very lowest state, but we cannot be saved in any other condition. As a matter of fact, all men are in that lost condition; for “all have sinned;” “they are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Romans 3:12, 23. But in order for any to get the benefits of Price salvation, they must acknowledge themselves to be in that condition. But the law of faith, boasting is excluded, and this not only once, but always. The question can never boast of his goodness, for boasting shows the absence of faith, and “whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Romans 14:23. The Christian must always it knowledge himself to be a sinner, and then he may always be a share in the sacrifice of Christ. So he always lives only in the present. With Paul he may well say, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I into the world.” Galatians 6:14. E. J. WAGGONER. SITI May 16, 1900, page 308.5