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CHRIST - THE CROSS - THE PLAN OF SALVATION

L-am vzut pe Hristos rstignit pentru mine i, pentru prima dat n viaa
mea, am neles c Dumnezeu m-a iubit pe mine personal i c Hristos S-a dat
pe Sine pentru mine. Totul era personal pentru mine.
Astfel s-a dat Hristos pe El nsui pentru mine, ca i cum a fi singurul pctos din lume.
Rstignirea lui Hristos nu este un lucru doar de o zi. El este Mielul jungheat de la
ntemeierea lumii. Apocalipsa 13:8. (KJV). i chinurile Calvarului nu vor avea sfrit atta
timp ct un singur pcat sau pctos mai exist nc n univers. Chiar acum Hristos
poart pcatele ntregii lumi, pentru c toate se in prin El.
Hristos este rstignit n pctos; pentru c oriunde este pcat i blestem, acolo este
Hristos purtndu-l.
Scena Calvarului a fost manifestarea a ceea ce a avut loc atta timp ct a existat
pcatul, i va avea loc pn cnd fiecare om care vrea s fie mntuit va fi mntuit:
Hristos purtnd pcatele lumii. El le poart acum.
Mielul
am vzut c templul acela mare era susinut de un singur stlp imens, de care era
legat un miel complet desfigurat i nsngerat. Se prea c noi, cei prezeni,
tiam c acest miel fusese sfiat i rnit din cauza noastr.

Legamantul cel Vesnic


Fgduina Legmntului celui venic pe care Dumnezeu l-a fcut cu deczutul Adam n Grdina
Edenului (Geneza 3:15) era c Emanuel (= Dumnezeu cu noi) avea "s salveze pe poporul Su
de pcatele sale" (Matei 1:21). Iisus a mplinit aceast fgduin n orice aspect al ei.
"Gndii-v la asta: Dumnezeu a jurat pe Sine nsui! Adic, El a garantat cu Sine nsui, i cu
propria Lui existen, pentru salvarea noastr n Iisus Hristos. S-a pus pe Sine ca amanet. Viaa
Lui pentru a noastr, dac ne pierdem n timp ce ne ncredem n El. Este onoarea Lui n joc."[24]
Un concept att de extins n lungime i lime asupra Ispirii nu mai fusese auzit vreodat mai
nainte de la vreun amvon. A fost declarat a fi "cea mai preioas solie," o solie care "urma s-L
prezinte mai proeminent naintea lumii pe nlatul Mntuitor, jertfa pentru pcatele ntregii lumi. Ea
[solia] prezenta Ispirea prin Credin ca Garanie; invita oamenii s primeasc neprihnirea lui
Hristos, care se exteriorizeaz prin ascultare de toate poruncile lui Dumnezeu.[25]

Cartea Doctrina lui Cristos

The acceptance of Christ's atonement is the groundwork of true faith. {OHC 117.3}
Study Christ, for Christianity is Christ. All the truths of Christianity, all its motives, all
its glory, are summed up in him. He is its alpha and omega; the embodiment of all it
teaches, all it prescribes, all it promises.{TDOC 24.4}
Truth, the highest truth, the truth it most concerns Christian men to know, is in
Jesus. Truth can never be rightly known when separated from him.{TDOC 24.8}
We cannot get his gifts without himself.{TDOC 26.3}
The power of redemption is lodged, not in theories of the atonement, nor in
theologies, nor in doctrinal systems, nor in confessions, nor in creeds, nor in
sermons, nor even in the Bible as such. These all are but finger-boards. One is our
Savior, even Christ.{TDOC 26.4}
The Bread from heaven
The bread from heaven, the life-giving Bread of God, was not some new doctrine,
some higher truth, some occult religious observance: it was Jesus himself. They
were to come to him and believe on him. Christ was to become their spiritual
sustenance; from him their souls were to receive all the life and strength and
satisfaction that food imparts to our natural bodies.{TDOC 96.8}
A subject for study
It would be needful for his church in all succeeding ages to make his death for the
sins of the world a subject of deep thought and study. Every fact connected with it
should be verified beyond a doubt. Id., 571.{TDOC 61.4}
Things which cannot be described
Men can paint the cursed tree, but not the curse of the law that made it so. Men
can paint Christ bearing the cross to Calvary, but not Christ bearing the sins of
many. We may describe the nails piercing his sacred flesh. But who can describe
eternal justice piercing both flesh and spirit? We may describe the soldiers spear,
but not the arrow of the Almighty; the cup of vinegar which he but tasted, but not the
cup of wrath which he drank out to the lowest dregs; the derision of the Jews, but

not the desertion of the Almighty forsaking his Son, that he might never forsake us
who were his enemies.{TDOC 61.5}
The everlasting gospel
The Old Testament is as verily the gospel in types and shadows as the New
Testament is in its unfolding power. The New Testament does not present a new
religion; the old Testament does not present a religion to be superseded by the
New. The New Testament is only the advancement and unfolding of the Old.Testimonies for the Church 6:392.{TDOC 93.3}

NOTES: A prefiguring of Emmanuel


The tabernacle was a revelation of love, a representation of God coming down
from heaven and dwelling with men as their Savior, a prefiguring of the Emmanuel
through whom the Christian has fellowship with God; and as revealing not only the
God they love, but the attributes of God they most delight in, is even now, when it
exists only in history, an object of interest to those who would acquaint themselves
as much as possible with their Father in heaven.{TDOC 98.7}
The Reformers protest was against substituting things for Christ..
that Christ is all for all things in our salvation
The redemption plan
Immeasurably superior in value to the productions of any human author are the
Bible writings, even when thus considered; but of infinitely wider scope, of infinitely
greater value, are they when viewed in their relation to the grand central thought.
Viewed in the light of this thought, every topic has a new significance. In the most
simply stated truths are involved principles that are as high as heaven and that
compass eternity.{TDOC 11.2}
The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the whole
book clusters, is the redemption plan, the restoration in the human soul of the
image of God. Prom the first intimation of hope in the sentence pronounced in Eden
to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, They shall see his face; and his
name shall be in their foreheads (Revelation 22:4), the burden of every book and
every passage of the Bible is the unfolding of this wondrous theme. Mans uplifting,

the power of God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1
Corinthians 15:57-Education, 125, 126.{TDOC 11.3}
NOTES: Christ in the word
If, when we look into the word of God, we do not see Christ there, we look to no
purpose, for he is everywhere in the book.{TDOC 13.1}
Beholding the Redeemer
As the student of the Bible beholds the Redeemer, there is awakened in the soul
the mysterious power of faith, adoration, and love. Upon the vision of Christ the
gaze is fixed, and the beholder grows into the likeness of that which he adores.Education, 192.{TDOC 13.2}
The essence of Scripture is that Savior in whom are all things which pertain unto life
and godliness. The soul that has found Jesus Christ, sees him in Scripture, always
and throughout. Jesus is the door by which alone we can enter the sanctuary of the
word. And, when we come to Jesus, we enter into possession of the word, for he
has the words of eternal life. They are his, and he only can give the word. John
17:14. And as we have the word through him and in him, so we find him in every
portion of Scripture.{TDOC 15.2}
Jesus only
Jesus only is the true center of Scripture in all its manifold revelations.{TDOC
15.4}
In Christ the Eternal lodged his purpose and laid his plans for the world. It is his
fullness that the fullness of the times dispenses. The Old Testament, the reservoir
of precious revelation, had him for its close-kept secret, held in silence through
eternal times. Romans 16:25-27. The drift of its prophecies, the focus of its
converging lights, the veiled magnet toward which its spiritual indications pointed,
was Christ. He was the spiritual rock that followed Israel in its wanderings, from
whose springs the people drank, as it answered to the touch of one and now
another of the holy men of old.{TDOC 15.5}
The revelation of Christ

The revelation of Jesus Christ gives unity, substance, and meaning to the history of
Israel, which is otherwise a pathway without goal, a, problem without solution. Priest
and prophet, law and sacrifice. The kingly Son of David, and the suffering Servant
of Jehovah. The Seed of the woman with bruised foot bruising the serpents head;
the Lord whom his people seek, suddenly coming to his temple; the Stone hewn
from the mountains without hands, that grows till it fills the earth the manifold
representations of Israels ideal center in the Lord Jesus Christ. The lines of the
great figure drawn on the canvas of prophecy-disconnected as they seemed and
without a plan, giving rise to a thousand dreams and speculations are filled out and
drawn into shape and take life and substance in him. They are found to be parts of
a consistent whole, sketches and studies of this fragment or of that belonging to the
consummate Person and the comprehensive plan manifest in the revelation of
Jesus Christ.{TDOC 16.1}
Christ the key to the Bible
Christ is indeed the key to them, all; he is the key of the types, and the key to the
Bible. Of him God has given us more than sketches; the word from end to end is full
of Him. In the word we have a whole Christ presented to us: Christ in his offices, in
his character, in his person. Christ in his relations to God and man; Christ in his
body the church; Christ as giving to God all that God required from man. Christ as
bringing to man all that man required from God; Christ as seen in this dispensation
in suffering. Christ as seen in the next dispensation in glory. Christ as the first and
the last, as all and in all to his people. The different books are but Gods chapters
in which he arranges and illustrates some one or more of these or other aspects of
his Beloved.{TDOC 16.2}
What we receive, when from human lips we hear the gospel and accept it, is not
merely the word about the Savior, but the Savior himself.{TDOC 25.6}
Christ is the sum of all Christian teaching, and where the message of his love is
welcomed, he himself comes in spiritual and real presence, and dwells in the
spirit.{TDOC 25.7}
Christ is himself Christianity; not any scheme of doctrine to which rightly his name
is affixed. His Saviourhood resides, not in his words as such, but even in the
mysterious constitution of his Person.{TDOC 26.1}
A personal Savior

The power of redemption is lodged, not in theories of the atonement, nor in


theologies, nor in doctrinal systems, nor in confessions, nor in creeds, nor in
sermons, nor even in the Bible as such. These all are but finger-boards. One is our
Savior, even Christ.{TDOC 26.4}
Christ offers himself, not in the way of mere verbal sympathy, but as the absolute,
personal source of all true and solid comfort.{TDOC 26.5}
The Christian teachers theme is not to be a theory or a system, but a living Person.
One peculiarity of Christianity is that you cannot take its message and put aside
Christ, the speaker of the message, as you may do with all mens teachings. His
person is inextricably intertwined with his teaching, for a very large part of his
teaching is exclusively concerned with, and all of it centers in, himself. He is not
only true, but he is the truth. His message is, not only what he said with his lips
about God and man, but also what he maid about himself, and what he did in his
life, death, and resurrection.{TDOC 26.6}

Studiu din Spiritul Profetic - ispasirea lui Cristos

I. Centrality of the Atoning Cross

The sacrifice of Christ as atonement for sin is the great truth around which
all other truths cluster.--Gospel Workers, p. 315. {7ABC 457.1}
It [the cross] is the central pillar on which hangs the far more exceeding
and eternal weight of glory which is for those who accept that cross. Under
and around the cross of Christ, that immortal pillar, sin shall never revive, nor
error obtain control.--Letter 124, 1900. {7ABC 457.2}
The Sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for sin is the great truth around
which all other truths cluster. In order to be rightly understood and
appreciated, every truth in the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, must
be studied in the light that streams from the cross of Calvary.

I present before you the great, grand monument of mercy and regeneration,
salvation and redemption,--the Son of God uplifted on the cross. This is to be
the foundation of every discourse given by our ministers.--Gospel Workers, p.
315. {7ABC 457.3}
The cross of Calvary challenges, and will finally vanquish every
earthly and hellish power. In the cross all influence centers, and from it all
influence goes forth. It is the great center of attraction; for on it Christ gave up
His life for the human race. This sacrifice was offered for the purpose of
restoring man to his original perfection; yea, more. It was offered to give him
an entire transformation of character, making him more than a conqueror. . . .
{7ABC 457.4}
If the cross does not find an influence in its favor, it creates an influence.
Through generation succeeding generation, the truth for this time is revealed
as present truth. Christ on the cross was the medium whereby mercy and
truth met together, and righteousness and peace kissed each other. This is
the means that is to move the world.-- Manuscript 56, 1899. {7ABC 457.5}
There is one great central truth to be kept ever before the mind in the
searching of the Scriptures--Christ and Him crucified. Every other truth is
invested with influence and power corresponding to its relation to this theme.
It is only in the light of the cross that we can discern the exalted character of
the law of God. The soul palsied by sin can be endowed with life only through
the work wrought out upon the cross by the Author of our salvation.It is the one great truth to be constantly kept before the minds of men. Yet
how dimly is the love of God understood; and in the teaching of the Word it
makes but a faint impression. Manuscript 31, 1890. {7ABC 458.1}
Hanging upon the cross Christ was the gospel. . . . This is our
message, our argument, our doctrine, our warning to the impenitent, our
encouragement for the sorrowing, the hope for every believer. If we can
awaken an interest in men's minds that will cause them to fix their eyes on

Christ, we may step aside, and ask them only to continue to fix their eyes
upon the Lamb of God.-- Manuscript 49, 1898. {7ABC 458.2}
Gather up the strongest affirmative statements regarding the atonement
made by Christ for the sins of the world. Show the necessity for this
atonement.--Evangelism, p. 187. {7ABC 458.3}
The fact that the companions of Christ in His crucifixion were placed the
one on His right hand and the other on His left is a significant one; His cross
is placed in the very center of the world . --Manuscript 52, 1897. {7ABC
458.4}
Christ and Him crucified, is the message God would have His servants
sound through the length and breadth of the world. The law and the gospel
will then be presented as a perfect whole.-- The Review and Herald, Sept. 29,
1896. {7ABC 458.5}
Never should a sermon be preached, or Bible instruction in any line be
given, without pointing the hearers to "the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world." John 1:29. Every true doctrine makes Christ the center,
every precept receives force from His words.--Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 54.
{7ABC 458.6}
To remove the cross from the Christian would be like blotting out the sun
from the sky. The cross brings us near to God, reconciling us to Him. . . .
Without the cross, man could have no union with the Father. On it depends
our every hope.--The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 209, 210. {7ABC 458.7}
The study of the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice, and
mediatorial work, will employ the mind of the diligent student as long as time
shall last.--Gospel Workers, p. 251.

(459) {7ABC 458.8}


Christ crucified for our sins, Christ risen from the dead, Christ ascended
on high, is the science of salvation that we are to learn and to teach.-Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 287. {7ABC 459.1}
No discourse should ever be presented without presenting Christ and
Him crucified as the foundation of the gospel.--Ibid., vol. 4, p. 394. {7ABC
459.2}
We must become exponents of the efficacy of the blood of Christ, by which
our own sins have been forgiven.--Ibid., vol. 6, p. 82. {7ABC 459.3}
Science is too limited to comprehend the atonement; the mysterious and
wonderful plan of redemption is so far-reaching that philosophy can not
explain it; it will ever remain a mystery that the most profound reason can not
fathom. If it could be explained by finite wisdom, it would lose its sacredness
and dignity. It is a mystery that One equal with the eternal Father should so
abase Himself as to suffer the cruel death of the cross to ransom man; and it
is a mystery that God so loved the world as to permit His son to make this
great sacrifice.--The Signs of the Times, Oct. 24, 1906. {7ABC 459.4}
It is Satan's studied purpose to keep souls from believing in Christ as their
only hope; for the blood of Christ that cleanseth from all sin is efficacious in
behalf of those only who believe in its merit.--Gospel Workers, p. 162. {7ABC
459.5}

Chap. 15 - Uplift Jesus as the Center

I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Revelation 22:16. {Mar 23.1}

The perils of the last days are upon us, and in our work we are to warn the
people of the danger they are in. Let not the solemn scenes which prophecy
has revealed be left untouched. If our people were half awake, if they realized
the nearness of the events portrayed in the Revelation, a reformation would
be wrought in our churches, and many more would believe the message. We
have no time to lose. . . .
Let Daniel speak, let the Revelation speak, and tell what is truth. But
whatever phase of the subject is presented, uplift Jesus as the center of
all hope, "the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning
star." {Mar 23.2}

How to Present the Message

Everywhere there are hearts crying out for the living God. Discourses
unsatisfying to the hungry soul have been given in the churches. In these
discourses there is not that divine manifestation which touches the mind and
creates a glow in the soul. The hearers cannot say: "Did not our heart burn
within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the
Scriptures?" Luke 24:32. Much of the teaching given is powerless to awaken
the transgressor or convict souls of sin. Some who have once tasted of the
word of God have dwelt long in an atmosphere where there is no God, and
they long for the divine presence. {6T 53.2}
The very first and most important thing is to melt and subdue the soul by
presenting our Lord Jesus Christ as the sin-pardoning Saviour. Never should
a sermon be preached, or Bible instruction in any line be given, without
pointing the hearers to the "Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
world." John 1:29. Every true doctrine makes Christ the center, every
precept receives force from His words. {6T 53.3}

Keep before the people the cross of Calvary. Show what caused the death
of Christ - the transgression of the law. Let not sin be cloaked or treated as a
matter of little consequence. It is to be presented as guilt against the Son of
God. Then point the people to Christ, telling them that immortality comes only
through receiving Him as their personal Saviour. {6T 54.1}
He who beholds the Saviour's matchless love will be elevated in thought,
purified in heart, transformed in character. {DA 661.3}
All the offices of the church centered in Himself alone. {FE 399.1}

I long to see our ministers dwell more upon the cross of


Christ, their own hearts, meanwhile, softened and subdued by the Saviour's
matchless love, which prompted that infinite sacrifice. If, in connection with
the theory of the truth, our ministers would dwell more upon practical
godliness, speaking from a heart imbued with the spirit of truth, we should
see many more souls flocking to the standard of truth; their hearts would be
touched by the pleadings of the cross of Christ, the infinite generosity and pity
of Jesus in suffering for man. These vital subjects, in connection with the
doctrinal points of our faith, would effect much good among the people. But
the heart of the teacher must be filled with the experimental knowledge of the
love of Christ. {4T 374.2}
The mighty argument of the cross will convict of sin. The divine love of
God for sinners, expressed in the gift of His Son to suffer shame and death
that they might be ennobled and endowed with everlasting life, is the study of
a lifetime. I ask you to study anew the cross of Christ. If all the proud and
vainglorious, whose hearts are panting for the applause of men and for
distinction above their fellows, could rightly estimate the value of the highest
earthly glory in contrast with the value of the Son of God, rejected, despised,
spit upon, by the very ones whom He came to redeem, how insignificant
would appear all the honor that finite man can bestow. {4T 375.1}

The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the
whole book clusters, is the redemption plan, the restoration in the human soul
of the image of God. Prom the first intimation of hope in the sentence
pronounced in Eden to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, They
shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads (Revelation 22:4),
the burden of every book and every passage of the Bible is the unfolding of
this wondrous theme. Mans uplifting, the power of God, which gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57-Education, 125,
126.

One interest will prevail: Christ our righteousness. - Ellen White


One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other - Christ our
righteousness.-The Review and Herald, Extra. December 23, 1890.

Christ crucified - talk it, pray it, sing it, and it will break and win hearts.
Set, formal phrases, the presentation of merely argumentative subjects, is
productive of little good. The melting love of God in the hearts of the workers
will be recognized by those for whom they labor. Souls are thirsting for the
water of life. Do not allow them to go from you empty. Reveal the love of
Christ to them. Lead them to Jesus, and He will give them the bread of life
and the water of salvation.-The Review and Herald, June 2, 1903.

The great center of attraction, Jesus Christ, must not be left out of the third
angels message. By many who have been engaged in the work for this time,

Christ has been made secondary, and theories and arguments have had the
first place.-The Review and Herald, March 20, 1894.

This I do know, that our churches are dying for the want of teaching on the
subject of righteousness by faith in Christ, and on kindred truths.-Gospel
Workers, 301.

The theme that attracts the heart of the sinner is Christ and Him crucified.
On the cross of Calvary, Jesus stands revealed to the world in unparalleled
love.
Present Him thus to the hungering multitudes, and the light of His love will
win men from darkness to light, from transgression to obedience and true
holiness. Beholding Jesus upon the cross of Calvary arouses the conscience
to the heinous character of sin as nothing else can do.-The Review and
Herald, November 22, 1892.

The sweetest melodies that come from human lips,-justification by faith, and
the righteousness of Christ.-The Review and Herald, April 4, 1895.

Assurance of salvation
"Is He my Saviour? Can I lay hold upon His merits this very hour? Can I
commit the keeping of my soul to Jesus Christ today? Yes. How? What
assurance have I? I point you to Christ of Calvary. Can you stand under the
shadow of the cross and there talk your crosses, your darkness, your wicked
feelings? Can you do it? Dare you do it? You never dare to do it when
standing under the shadow of the cross, because all that infinite sacrifice was
made to make me love God. It was made that I might reflect the image of God

in Jesus Christ. Well, then, when all this sacrifice has been made for me, shall
I let everybody know that it amounts to something? Shall I let the world know
that Jesus, the precious Saviour, has made all this infinite sacrifice that He
might be formed within, the hope of glory, and that I might rejoice in His love?"
(Sermons and Talks, vol. 1, p. 208).

"Through Christ, restoration as well as reconciliation is provided for man. The


gulf that was made by sin has been spanned by the cross of Calvary. A full,
complete ransom has been paid by Jesus, by virtue of which the sinner is
pardoned and the justice of the law is maintained. All who believe that Christ
is the atoning sacrifice may come and receive pardon for their sins; for
through the merit of Christ, communication has been opened between God
and man. God can accept me as His child, and I can claim Him and rejoice in
Him as my loving Father" (Faith and Works, p. 93).

Blot from sky


"To remove the cross from the Christian would be like blotting out the sun
from the sky" (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 209).

Burden of the work


"If the Holy Spirit dwells in us, our work will testify to the fact we shall lift up
Jesus. Not one can afford to be silent now; the burden of the work is to
present Christ to the world" (Review and Herald Extra, Dec. 23, 1890).

Center for all schools

"The cross of Christ, how many believe it to be what it is? How many bring it
into their studies, and know its true significance? There could not be a
Christian in our world without the cross of Christ. Then keep it before the
schools as the foundation of all true education" (Youth's Instructor, July 7,
1898).

Center for all institutions


"The cross is the center of all religious institutions. These institutions are
to be under the control of the Spirit of God; in no institution is any one man to
be the sole head. The divine mind has men for every place" (Counsels on
Health, p. 524).

Center of all truth


"The knowledge of truth is the great power of God unto salvation to all who
believe. The atoning sacrifice, the righteousness of Christ, is to us the
vital center of all truth. In the cross of Calvary, mercy and truth are met
together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other. The law and the
gospel are in perfect harmony; they are interwoven as the warp and the woof.
They shed a flood of light amid the moral darkness of the world, stimulating,
renovating, sanctifying all who will believe the truth, all who will gladly and
gratefully accept the light coming from the throne of God" (Review and
Herald, Sept. 29, 1891).

When Christ in His work of redemption is seen to be the great central truth of
the system of truth, a new light is shed upon all the events of the past and the
future. They are seen in a new relation, and possess a new and deeper
significance" (The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, vol. 2, pp. 806, 807).

Cling to the cross


"If Satan comes to cast his shadow between you and God, accusing you of
sin, tempting you to distrust God and doubt His mercy, say: I cannot allow my
weakness to come between me and God; for He is my strength. My sins,
which are many, are laid upon Jesus, my divine Substitute and Sacrifice.
'Nothing in my hand I bring. Simply to thy cross I cling" (Selected Messages,
book 1, p. 332).

Contemplate His sacrifice


"It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation
of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination
grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His
great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love
will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we
would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation
at the foot of the cross" (The Desire of Ages, p. 83).

Dwell too much?


"Some of our brethren have expressed fears that we shall dwell too much
upon the subject of justification by faith, but I hope and pray that none will be
needlessly alarmed; for there is no danger in presenting this doctrine as it is
set forth in the Scriptures. If there had not been a remissness in the past to
properly instruct the people of God, there would not now be a necessity of
calling special attention to it.... The exceeding great and precious promises
given us in the Holy Scriptures have been lost sight of to a great extent, just
as the enemy of all righteousness designed that they should be. He has cast

his own dark shadow between us and our God, that we may not see the true
character of God. The Lord has proclaimed Himself to be 'merciful and
gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth' (Selected
Messages, book 1 .p.372).

Faith before works


"But must works come first? No, it is faith first. And how? The cross of Christ
is lifted up between heaven and earth. Here comes the Father and the whole
train of holy angels; and as they approach that cross, the Father bows to the
cross and the sacrifice is accepted. Then comes sinful man, with his burden
of sin, to the cross, and he there looks up to Christ on the cross of Calvary,
and he rolls his sins at the foot of the cross. Here mercy and truth have met
together and righteousness and peace have kissed each other. And Christ
says, 'I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me' " (The Ellen G. White 1888
Materials, vol. 1, p. 344).

First among Christians


"Of all professing Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be foremost in
uplifting Christ before the world. The proclamation of the third angel's
message calls for the presentation of the Sabbath truth. This truth, with others
included in the message, is to be proclaimed; but the great center of
attraction, Christ Jesus, must not be left out" (Gospel Workers, p. 156).

Influence of cross
"Our work in all its lines is to demonstrate the influence of the cross"
(Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 235).

Inspire enthusiasm
"If there is anything in our world that should inspire enthusiasm, it is the cross
of Calvary. 'Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the sons of God.' Christ, made unto us 'wisdom, and
righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption,' should be humbly and
thankfully received by us. His sacrifice should in spire us with zeal to work in
His service, calling upon others to behold in Him 'the Lamb of God, which
taketh away the sin of the world" (Review and Herald, Sept. 29, 1896).

Lift the cross higher


"Lift the cross higher, that many may behold, and look and live. Christ died for
the world, and His command is, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature." The Lord would give us no such commission
without placing resources at our command sufficient for the work. Who will
present in its rich fullness the righteousness of Christ? Will the church who
claim to believe the truth, the blood-bought church, do this work?"
(Testimonies to Southern Africa, pp. 64, 65).

Matchless love
"Often doctrinal subjects are presented with no special effect; for men expect
others to press upon them their doctrines; but when the matchless love of
Christ is dwelt upon, His grace impresses the heart. There are many who are
sincerely seeking for light, who know not what they must do to be saved. Oh,
tell them of the love of God, of the sacrifice made on Calvary's cross to save
the perishing! Tell them to place their will on the side of God's will; and 'if any
man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God.' John
7:17" (Colporteur Ministry, p. 42).

Motivates
" 'The love of Christ,' said Paul, 'constraineth us' [2 Cor. 5:14]. This was the
actuating principle of his conduct; it was his motive-power. If ever his ardor in
the path of duty flagged for a moment, one glance at the cross caused him to
gird up anew the loins of his mind, and press forward in the way of self-denial.
In his labors for his brethren he relied much upon the manifestation of infinite
love in the sacrifice of Christ, with its subduing, constraining power" (Gospel
Workers, p. 293).

One object of supreme interest


"To Paul the cross was the one object of supreme interest. Ever since he had
been arrested in his career of persecution against the followers of the
crucified Nazarene he had never ceased to glory in the cross. ... He knew by
personal experience that when a sinner once be holds the love of the Father,
as seen in the sacrifice of His Son, and yields to the divine influence, a
change of heart takes place, and henceforth Christ is all and in all" (The Acts
of the Apostles, p. 245).

One interest
"One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other Christ our
righteousness" (Sons and Daughters of God, p. 259).

Our only hope


"Justification by faith is to many a mystery. A sinner is justified by God when
he repents of his sins. He sees Jesus upon the cross of Calvary.... He looks

to the atoning Sacrifice as his only hope, through repentance toward God
because the laws of His government have been broken and faith toward our
Lord Jesus Christ as the One who can save and cleanse the sinner from
every transgression" (Our High Calling, p. 52).

Point to the cross


"I point you to the cross of Calvary. I ask you to consider the infinite sacrifice
made in your behalf that through faith in Jesus Christ you may not perish but
have everlasting life. . . I point you to Jesus. You are safe in committing to
Him the innermost working of your mind. The Lord Jesus hath purchased you
with an infinite price. You may commit the keeping of your soul to Jesus. You
may trust Him as your Counselor. . . . Constantly draw nigh unto God. He will
help you" (That I May Know Him, p. 341).

Power of the cross


"The cross of Calvary appeals in power, affording a reason why we should
love Christ now, and why we should consider Him first, and best, and last, in
everything. We should take our fitting place in humble penitence at the foot of
the cross. We may learn the lessons of meekness and lowliness of mind as
we go up to Mount Calvary, and, looking upon the cross, see our
Saviour in agony, the Son of God dying, the Just for the unjust" ("That I
May Know Him," p. 65).

Stamped on every loaf


"To the death of Christ we owe even this earthly life. The bread we eat is the
purchase of His broken body. The water we drink is bought by His spilled
blood. Never one, saint or sinner, eats his daily food, but he is nourished by

the body and the blood of Christ. The cross of Calvary is stamped on every
loaf. It is reflected in every waterspring. All this Christ has taught in appointing
the emblems of His great sacrifice. The light shining from that Communion
service in the upper chamber makes sacred the provisions for our daily life.
The family board becomes as the table of the Lord, and every meal a
sacrament" (The Desire of Ages, p. 660).

Talk the cross


"Let those whose hearts glow with the Saviour's love talk of Jesus, dwelling
upon His infinite sacrifice in behalf of man. Dwell much upon His second
appearing to our world; tell also of His first coming from heaven, His life of
constant humiliation and sacrifice. With softened heart and tearful eye, tell the
story of His dying upon Calvary's cross, because He loved us, that we might
be saved" (Review and Herald, Dec. 2, 1890).

Third angel's message


"Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is
the third angel's message, and I have answered, 'It is the third angel's
message in verity' " (Evangelism, p. 190).
The message of Christ's righteousness is to sound from one end of the
earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God,
which closes the work of the third angel.--6T 19 (1900). {LDE 200.3}
The last message of mercy to be given to the world is a revelation of His
character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own
life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for
them.--COL 415, 416 (1900). {LDE 200.4}

The Message of Justification by Faith

The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people
through Elders Waggoner and Jones. [SEE APPENDIX.] This message was
to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice
for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the
Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is
made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. Many had lost
sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person,
His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given
into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the
priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is
the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third
angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended
with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure. {TM 91.2}
The uplifted Saviour is to appear in His efficacious work as the Lamb slain,
sitting upon the throne, to dispense the priceless covenant blessings, the
benefits He died to purchase for every soul who should believe on Him. John
could not express that love in words; it was too deep, too broad; he calls upon
the human family to behold it. Christ is pleading for the church in the heavenly
courts above, pleading for those for whom He paid the redemption price of
His own lifeblood. Centuries, ages, can never diminish the efficacy of this
atoning sacrifice. The message of the gospel of His grace was to be given to
the church in clear and distinct lines, that the world should no longer say that
Seventh-day Adventists talk the law, the law, but do not teach or believe
Christ. {TM 92.1}
The efficacy of the blood of Christ was to be presented to the people with
freshness and power, that their faith might lay hold upon its merits. As the

high priest sprinkled the warm blood upon the mercy seat, while the fragrant
cloud of incense ascended before God,
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so while we confess our sins and plead the efficacy of Christ's atoning blood,
our prayers are to ascend to heaven, fragrant with the merits of our Saviour's
character. Notwithstanding our unworthiness, we are ever to bear in mind that
there is One that can take away sin and save the sinner. Every sin
acknowledged before God with a contrite heart, He will remove. This faith is
the life of the church. As the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness by Moses,
and all that had been bitten by the fiery serpents were bidden to look and live,
so also the Son of man must be lifted up, that "whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life." {TM 92.2}
Unless he makes it his life business to behold the uplifted Saviour, and by
faith to accept the merits which it is his privilege to claim, the sinner can no
more be saved than Peter could walk upon the water unless he kept his eyes
fixed steadily upon Jesus. Now, it has been Satan's determined purpose to
eclipse the view of Jesus and lead men to look to man, and trust to man, and
be educated to expect help from man. For years the church has been looking
to man and expecting much from man, but not looking to Jesus, in whom our
hopes of eternal life are centered. Therefore God gave to His servants a
testimony that presented the truth as it is in Jesus, which is the third angel's
message, in clear, distinct lines.

This is the testimony that must go

throughout the length and breadth of the world. It presents the law and the
gospel, binding up the two in a perfect whole. (See Romans 5 and 1 John 3:9
to the close of the chapter.)

Study the Cross

The cross of Calvary means everything to perishing souls. Through the


suffering and death of the Son of man, the salvation of man was made
possible. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit God designs that His image
shall be restored in humanity, that a new and living principle of life shall be
introduced into the minds that have become defiled by sin. The love of God is
fully able to restore, rebuild, encourage, and strengthen every believing soul
who will accept the truth as it is in Jesus. But in order that this may be
accomplished, men must yoke up with Christ. The cross of Christ must be
studied. It must rivet the attention and hold the affections. The blood which
there was shed for sins will purify and cleanse mind and heart from every
species of selfishness. {TM 377.4}

We Are to Glory Only in the Cross

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 unto the world. Galatians 6:14.
{SD 231.1}

The cross of Christ,--how many believe it to be what it is? How many bring
it into their studies, and know its true significance? There could not be a
Christian in our world without the cross of Christ. . . . Turn from the examples
of the world, cease to extol the professedly great men; turn the mind from the
glory of everything save the cross of Christ. Said Paul, "God forbid that I
should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." Let all, from the
highest to the lowest, understand what it means to glory in the cross of Christ.
That cross is to be bravely and manfully borne. Christ declares, "If any man
will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow
me." And to all who will lift it, and bear it after Christ, the cross is a pledge of
the crown of glory that can never fade away. . . . {SD 231.2}

This is the highest science that we can learn,--the science of salvation.


The cross of Calvary, rightly regarded, is true philosophy, pure and undefiled
religion. It is eternal life to all who believe. By painstaking effort, line upon line,
precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, it should be impressed
upon the minds . . . that the cross of Christ is just as efficacious now as in
Paul's day, and should be as perfectly understood by them as it was by the
great apostle. . . . {SD 231.3}
Know that Christ is to be set forth among you, and that all that was lost in
Adam the cross of Christ fully restores to every believing soul.

The Cross Planted Between Earth and Heaven.--When Christ came to this
world, He found that Satan had everything as he wanted it. The adversary of
God and man thought that he was indeed the prince of the earth, but Jesus
laid hold of the world to take it out of the power of Satan. He came to redeem
it from the curse of sin and the penalty of transgression, that the transgressor
might be forgiven. He planted the cross between earth and heaven, and
between divinity and humanity; and as the Father beheld the cross, He was
satisfied. He said, "It is enough, the offering is complete." God and man may
be reconciled. Those who have lived in rebellion against God, may become
reconciled, if as they see the cross, they become repentant, and accept the
great propitiation that Christ has made for their sins. In the cross they see that
"mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed
each other" (ST Sept. 30, 1889). {5BC 1137.9}
(Galatians 6:14.) The Cross a Center in the World.--The cross stands
alone, a great center in the world. It does not find friends, but it makes them.
It creates its own agencies. Christ proposes that men shall become laborers
together with God. He makes human beings His instrumentalities for drawing
all men unto Himself. A divine agency is sufficient only through its operation
on human hearts with its transforming power, making men colaborers with
God (RH Sept. 29, 1891). {5BC 1138.1}

Therefore the burden of Paul's preaching among them had been Christ, and
him crucified. He wished them to understand that the theme for their most
earnest study, and greatest joy, should be the grand truth of salvation through
repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. {LP 124.3}
The philosopher turns aside from the light of salvation, because it puts his
proud theories to shame. The worldling refuses to receive it, because it would
separate him from his earthly idols, and draw him to a holier life, for which he
has no inclination. Paul saw that the character of Christ must be understood,
before men could love him, and view the cross with the eye of faith. Here
must begin that study which shall be the science and the song of the
redeemed through all eternity. In the light of the cross alone can the true value
of the human soul be estimated. {LP 125.1}

{MYP 115.1}
We must come nearer to the cross of Christ. Penitence at the foot of the
cross is the first lesson of peace we have to learn. The love of Jesus--who
can comprehend it? Infinitely more tender and self-denying than a mother's
love! If we would know the value of a human soul, we must look in living faith
upon the cross, and thus begin the study which shall be the science and the
song of the redeemed through all eternity. The value of our time and our
talents can be estimated only by the greatness of the ransom paid for our
redemption. What ingratitude do we manifest toward God when we rob Him of
His own by withholding from Him our affections and our service! Is it too much
to give ourselves to Him who has sacrificed all for us?

"Everyone that is of the truth," Christ declared, "heareth My voice." John


18:37. Having stood in the counsels of God, having dwelt in the everlasting

heights of the sanctuary, all elements of truth were in Him and of Him. He was
one with God. It means more than finite minds can comprehend to present in
every missionary effort Christ and Him crucified. "He was wounded for our
transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our
peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5. "He
hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made
the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:21. Christ crucified for our
sins; Christ risen from the dead; Christ ascended on high as our intercessor-this is the science of salvation that we need to learn and to teach. This is to
be the burden of our work. {CT 22.2}
The cross of Christ--teach it to every student over and over again. How
many believe it to be what it is? How many bring it into their studies and know
its true significance? Could there be a Christian in our world without the cross
of Christ? Then keep the cross upheld in your school as the foundation of true
education. The cross of Christ is just as near our teachers, and should be as
perfectly understood by them, as it was by Paul, who could say, "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 unto the world." Galatians 6:14. {CT 23.1}
Let teachers, from the highest to the lowest, seek to understand what it
means to glory in the cross of Christ. Then by precept and example they can
teach their students the blessings it brings to those who bear it manfully and
bravely. The Saviour declares, "If any man will come after Me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." Matthew 16:24. And to all who
lift it and bear it after Christ, the cross is a pledge of the crown of immortality
that they will receive. {CT 23.2}
Educators who will not work in this line are not worthy of the name they
bear. Teachers, turn from the example of the world, cease to extol professedly
great men; turn the minds of your students from the glory of everything save
the cross of Christ. The crucified Messiah

is the central point of all Christianity. The most essential lessons for
teachers and students to learn are those which point, not to the world, but
from the world to the cross of Calvary.

How many there are who grieve the Spirit of God by continual repining! This
is because they have lost sight of Christ. If we behold Him who bore our
sorrows and died as our sacrifice, that we might have an exceeding weight of
glory, we shall regard our heaviest sorrows and trials as light afflictions. Think
of the Saviour upon the cross, bruised, smitten, mocked, yet uncomplaining
and unresisting, suffering without a murmur. This is the Lord of heaven,
whose throne is from everlasting, All this suffering and shame He endured for
the joy that was set before Him--the joy of bringing to men the gift of eternal
life. {LHU 248.3}
When the attention is fastened on the cross of Christ, the whole being is
ennobled. The knowledge of the Saviour's love subdues the soul, and lifts the
mind above the things of time and sense. Let us learn to estimate all temporal
things in the light that shines from the cross. Let us strive to fathom the depths
of humiliation to which our Saviour descended in order to make man the
possessor of eternal riches. As we study the plan of redemption, the heart will
feel the throb of the Saviour's love, and will be ravished by the charms of His
character. {LHU 248.4}
It is the love of Christ that makes our heaven. But when we seek to tell of
this love, language fails us. We think of His life on earth, of His sacrifice for
us; we think of His work in heaven as our advocate, of the mansions He is
preparing for those who love Him; and we can but exclaim, "O the heights and
depths of the love of Christ!" As we linger beneath the cross, we gain a faint
conception of the love of God, and we say, "Herein is love, not that we loved
God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
But in our contemplation of Christ, we are only lingering round the edge of a

love that is measureless. His love is like a vast ocean, without bottom or
shore. {LHU 248.5}
In all true disciples this love, like sacred fire, burns on the altar of the
heart. It was on the earth that the love of God was revealed through Jesus. It
is on the earth that His children are to let this love shine out through
blameless lives. Thus sinners will be led to the cross, to behold the Lamb of
God (Review and Herald, May 6, 1902).

The cross of Christ is to be the theme, revealing the lessons we must learn
and practice. Christ must be brought into all the studies, that students may
drink in the knowledge of God and may represent Him in character. His
excellence is to be our study in time as well as in eternity. The word of God,
spoken by Christ in the Old and New Testaments, is the bread from heaven;
but much that is called science is as dishes of human invention, adulterated
food; it is not the true manna. {6T 132.1}
In the light shining from the cross, we can rightly interpret nature's teaching.
{8T 324.1}
"The cross of Calvary, rightly regarded, is true philosophy, pure and
undefiled religion."--Youth's Instructor, July 7, 1898, art. "God's Word Our
Study Book." {PH124 22.7}

Truly converted men and women will reveal the cross of Calvary in their daily
actions. There are many Seventh-day Adventists who do not understand that
to accept the cause of Christ means to accept his cross. {RH, February 25,
1909 par. 1}

The death of Christ upon the cross made sure the destruction of him who has
the power of death, who was the originator of sin. When Satan is destroyed,
there will be none to tempt to evil; the atonement will never need to be
repeated; and there will be no danger of another rebellion in the universe of
God. That which alone can effectually restrain from sin in this world of
darkness, will prevent sin in heaven. The significance of the death of Christ
will be seen by saints and angels. Fallen men could not have a home in the
paradise of God without the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Shall
we not then exalt the cross of Christ? The angels ascribe honor and glory to
Christ, for even they are not secure except by looking to the sufferings of the
Son of God. It is through the efficacy of the cross that the angels of heaven
are guarded from apostasy. Without the cross they would be no more secure
against evil than were the angels before the fall of Satan. Angelic perfection
failed in heaven. Human perfection failed in Eden, the paradise of bliss. All
who wish for security in earth or heaven must look to the Lamb of God. The
plan of salvation, making manifest the justice and love of God, provides an
eternal safeguard against defection in unfallen worlds, as well as among
those who shall be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Our only hope is
perfect trust in the blood of Him who can save to the uttermost all that come
unto God by Him. The death of Christ on the cross of Calvary is our only hope
in this world, and it will be our theme in the world to come. Oh, we do not
comprehend the value of the atonement! If we did, we would talk more
about it. The gift of God in his beloved Son was the expression of an
incomprehensible love. It was the utmost that God could do to preserve the
honor of his law, and still save the transgressor. Why should man not study
the theme of redemption? It is the greatest subject that can engage the
human mind. If men would contemplate the love of Christ, displayed in the
cross, their faith would be strengthened to appropriate the merits of his shed
blood, and they would be cleansed and saved from sin. There are many who
will be lost, because they depend on legal religion, or mere repentance for
sin. But repentance for sin alone cannot work the salvation of any soul. Man

cannot be saved by his own works. Without Christ it is impossible for him to
render perfect obedience to the law of God; and heaven can never be gained
by an imperfect obedience; for this would place all heaven in jeopardy, and
make possible a second rebellion. {ST, December 30, 1889 par. 4}
God saves man through the blood of Christ alone, and man's belief in, and
allegiance to, Christ is salvation. It is no marvel to angels that the infinite
sacrifice made by the Son of God was ample enough to bring salvation to a
fallen race, but that this atoning sacrifice should have been made is a wonder
to the universe. It is a mystery which angels desire to look into. The angels
are amazed at the indifference and coldness manifested by those for whom
so great a salvation has been provided. They look with grief and holy
indignation upon those who do not seek to appreciate the unspeakable gift of
God. Instead of offering adoration to God, finite men think themselves
capable, without divine unction, of determining what is worthy of praise or
blame in their fellow-men. But to be glorified by man is no glory. We should
learn to value the praise of man at what it is worth. The Lord says, "Them that
honor me I will honor." Let every breath of praise, every word of exaltation,
flow to him who is worthy, flow to Jesus, the Prince of life, the Lamb of God
that taketh away the sin of the world. Elevate the cross of Christ. Elevate
the Mediator. Lift up Jesus. In him is everything noble. Contemplate God
in Christ. {ST, December 30, 1889 par. 5}

The burden of our message is the cross of Calvary. This is our warning
and invitation. This is our encouragement to the sorrowing, the rich feast
which we spread before the believers. Under the deep moving of the Spirit of
God, we engage the attention of those not enlightened in regard to the truth
for this time. With a longing desire they fix their gaze upon the cross of
Calvary. We ourselves shall be so affected by the wondrous sight that we
shall study the lesson more and more earnestly, and then we shall let

wondrous love flow forth from sanctified lips. We will draw with Christ. {2MR
165.2}
They say, I have been told that this people do not preach Christ, but I have
never attended meetings where Christ was more manifestly taught and
exalted than in the sermons and in every line of work at these meetings.
{2MR 166.3}
How can Seventh-day Adventists preach any other doctrine? In Him our
hope of eternal life is centered. There is no other way but to lift Him up, the
Man of Calvary. All ministers should present to the people the only Hope of
the world.
The whole science of salvation is contained in accepting Christ as a personal,
sin-pardoning Saviour. He died for sinful, erring human beings. "As Moses
lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted
up. . . . For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
{3MR 339.1}

This is the highest science that we can learn,--the science of salvation.


The cross of Calvary, rightly regarded, is true philosophy, pure and undefiled
religion. It is eternal life to all who believe. By painstaking effort, line upon line,
precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, it should be impressed
upon the minds . . . that the cross of Christ is just as efficacious now as in
Paul's day, and should be as perfectly understood by them as it was by the
great apostle. . . . {SD 231.3}

Christ crucified is the power of God unto salvation to all who will believe. A
Saviour lifted up--a Saviour full and complete to all who accept Him--is the

science of salvation. The subject is never exhausted. It is always fresh; for


today Christ is a living Intercessor before the Father in the heavenly courts.
Christ, the propitiation for the sins of the world, is a living subject instinct with
divinity, and always fresh and new. {1SAT 292.2}
While obtaining a knowledge of the sciences, they were studying, also, the
highest science that mortals can study,--the science of salvation.{YI, August
6, 1903 par. 5}
Lift up Jesus, you that teach the people, lift Him up in sermon, in song, in
prayer. Let all your powers be directed to pointing souls, confused,
bewildered, lost to "the Lamb of God." Lift Him up, the risen Saviour, and say
to all who hear, Come to Him who "hath loved us, and hath given himself for
us" (Ephesians 5:2). Let the science of salvation be the burden of every
sermon, the theme of every song. Let it be poured forth in every
supplication. . . . Show forth the grace and completeness of the Saviour (ibid.,
p. 160). Of all professing Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be
foremost in uplifting Christ before the world. The proclamation of the third
angel's message calls for the presentation of the Sabbath truth. This truth,
with others included in the message, is to be proclaimed; but the great center
of attraction, Christ Jesus, must not be left out. It is at the cross of Christ that
mercy and truth meet together, and righteousness and peace kiss each other.
The sinner must be led to look to Calvary; with the simple faith of a little child
he must trust in the merits of the Saviour, accepting His righteousness,
believing in His mercy. {LHU 161.2}
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I gave my only begotten Son to die for sinners. He bore the penalty of the sins
of the world. He is sufficient for your redemption. If you will plant your feet
upon the platform of obedience; if you will repent and accept the merits of the
Son of God, you may have hope of eternal life. The soul who will take God at
his word, and obey his law, may live. To such the assurance is given, "Though

your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red
like crimson, they shall be as wool." {RH, September 30, 1909 par. 9}
The science of overcoming as Christ overcame is the science of salvation.
Burden of Every Sermon--The science of salvation is to be the burden of
every sermon, the theme of every song. Let it be poured forth in every
supplication. Let nothing be brought into the preaching of the Word to
supplement Christ, the Word and power of God. Let His name, the only name
given under heaven whereby we may be saved, be exalted in every
discourse, and from Sabbath to Sabbath let the trumpet of the watchmen give
a certain sound. Christ is the science and eloquence of the gospel, and
His ministers are to hold forth the Word of life, presenting hope to the
penitent, peace to the troubled and desponding, and grace and completeness
and strength to the believing.--Ms 107, 1898. {VSS 337.1}

The revelation of God's love to man centers in the cross. Its full
significance tongue cannot utter; pen cannot portray; the mind of man cannot
comprehend. . . . Christ crucified for our sins, Christ risen from the dead,
Christ ascended on high, is the science of salvation that we are to learn and
to teach. {AG 178.2}
What we need is truth, present truth. Let the truth shine forth in its
unmeasured superiority, in all the dignity and purity that distinguish true
religion. Hold up the cross of Calvary. This will rebuke heathen philosophy
and pagan idolatry. Lift up the cross of Calvary higher and still higher, as the
identified reality of Christianity. Let all our works, our every enterprise, show
forth the sacred principles of the gospel. {20MR 65.2}

. In Jesus, bruised, mocked, and hanging upon the cross, he sees the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.
{Mar 320.4}

And now before the swaying multitude are revealed the final scenesthe patient Sufferer treading the path to Calvary;
the Prince of heaven hanging upon the cross. . . . {TA 292.1}
Look upon Christ hanging on the cross of Calvary, sacrificed for us. "God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." {RH, April 16, 1901 par. 20}
In the closing events of the crucifixion day, fresh evidence was given of the fulfillment of prophecy, and new witness
borne to Christ's divinity. When the darkness had lifted from the cross, and the Saviour's dying cry had been uttered,
immediately another voice was heard, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God." Matthew 27:54. {DA 770.1}
These words were said in no whispered tones. All eyes were turned to see whence they came. Who had spoken? It
was the centurion, the Roman soldier. The divine patience of the Saviour, and His sudden death, with the cry of victory
upon His lips, had impressed this heathen. In the bruised, broken body hanging upon the cross, the centurion recognized
the form of the Son of God. He could not refrain from confessing his faith. Thus again evidence was given that our
Redeemer was to see of the travail of His soul. Upon the very day of His death, three men, differing widely from one
another, had declared their faith,--he who commanded the Roman guard, he who bore the cross of the Saviour, and he
who died upon the cross at His side. {DA 770.2}
Exalting The Man Of Calvary

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth
in him should not
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perish, but have eternal life. John 3:14, 15. {OFC 140.6}

I point you to the cross of Calvary. I ask you to consider the infinite sacrifice made in your behalf that through faith in
Jesus Christ you may not perish but have everlasting life. . . . I point you to Jesus. {OFC 141.1}
All heaven was given to us in Christ Jesus. . . . O honor Jesus by giving to Him the hearts best and holiest services! He
has given His life for you. Who is He that hath done this? The only begotten Son of God, He that was One with the Father
before the world was. {OFC 141.3}
Lift up your banner, lift it up higher. Never, never let it trail in the dust of the earth. Exalt Jesus. Lift Him up, the Man of
Calvary, higher and still higher. {OFC 141.4}
Chap. 59 - The Cross of Calvary

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on
the right hand, and the other on the left. Luke 23:33. {TMK 65.1}

The cross of Calvary appeals in power, affording a reason why we should love Christ now, and why we should
consider Him first, and best, and last, in everything. We should take our fitting place in humble penitence at the foot of the
cross. We may learn the lessons of meekness and lowliness of mind as we go up to Mount Calvary, and, looking upon
the cross, see our Saviour in agony, the Son of God dying, the Just for the unjust. Behold Him who could summon

legions of angels to His assistance with one word, a subject of jest and merriment, of reviling and hatred. He gives
Himself a sacrifice for sin. When reviled, He threatened not; when falsely accused, He opened not His mouth. He prays
on the cross for His murderers. He is dying for them. He is paying an infinite price for every one of them. He would not
lose one whom He has purchased at so great cost. He gives Himself to be smitten and scourged without a murmur. And
this uncomplaining victim is the Son of God. His throne is from everlasting, and His kingdom shall have no end. . . . Look,
O look upon the cross of Calvary; behold the royal victim suffering on your account. . . . {TMK 65.2}
The Son of God was rejected and despised for our sakes. Can you, in full view of the cross, beholding by the eye of
faith the sufferings of Christ, tell your tale of woe, your trials?

In the spring of A.D. 31, Christ, the true Sacrifice, was offered on Calvary. {FLB 201.2}
When Christ on the cross cried out, "It is finished," the veil of the temple was rent in twain. This veil was significant to
the Jewish nation. It was of most costly material, of purple and gold, and was of great length and breadth. At the moment
when Christ breathed His last, there were witnesses in the temple who beheld the strong, heavy material rent by unseen
hands from top to bottom. This act signified to the heavenly universe, and to a world corrupted by sin, that a new and
living way had been opened to the fallen race, that all sacrificial offerings terminated in the one great offering of the Son
of God. {FLB 201.3}
Type . . . met antitype in the death of God's Son. . . . The way into the holiest is laid open. A new and living way is
prepared for all. No longer need sinful, sorrowing humanity await the coming of the high priest. Henceforth the Saviour
was to officiate as priest and advocate in the heaven of heavens. . . . There is now an end to all sacrifices and offerings
for sin. The Son of God is come according to His word, "Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do
thy will, O God." "By his own blood" He entereth "in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."
Hebrews 10:7; 9:12. {FLB 201.4}
The Holy Spirit which descended on the day of Pentecost carried the minds of the disciples from the earthly sanctuary
to the heavenly, where Jesus had entered by His own blood, to shed upon His disciples the benefits of His atonement.
{FLB 201.5}
The eyes of men were turned to the true sacrifice for the sins of the world. The earthly priesthood ceased; but we look
to Jesus, the minister of the new covenant. {FLB 201.6}
The Elder Brother of our race is by the eternal throne.
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{FLB 201.7}

Your life is too precious a thing to be treated as of little worth. Calvary testifies to you the value of your soul. {OHC
257.5}
We See Christ on the Cross

And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. Mark 15:25. {SD 220.1}

The spotless Son of God hung upon the cross, His flesh lacerated with stripes; those hands so often reached out in
blessing, nailed to the wooden bars; those feet so tireless on ministries of love, spiked to the tree; that royal head pierced
by the crown of thorns; those quivering lips shaped to the cry of woe. And all that He endured--the blood drops that
flowed from His head, His hands, His feet, the agony that racked His frame, and the unutterable anguish that filled His
soul at the hiding of His Father's face--speaks to each child of humanity, declaring, It is for thee that the Son of God
consents to bear this burden of guilt; for thee He spoils the domain of death, and opens the gates of Paradise. He ...
offers Himself upon the cross as a sacrifice, and this from love to thee. He, the Sin-Bearer, endures the wrath of divine
justice, and for thy sake becomes sin itself. {SD 220.2}
In silence the beholders watched for the end of the fearful scene. The sun shone forth; but the cross was still
enveloped in darkness. Priests and rulers looked toward Jerusalem; and lo, the dense cloud had settled over the city, and
the plains of Judea. The Sun of Righteousness, the Light of the world, was withdrawing His beams from the once favored
city of Jerusalem. The fierce lightnings of God's wrath were directed against the fated city. {SD 220.3}
Suddenly the gloom lifted from the cross, and in clear, trumpetlike tones, that seemed to resound throughout creation,
Jesus cried, "It is finished." "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit." A light encircled the cross, and the face of the
Saviour shone with a glory like the sun. He then bowed His head upon His breast, and died.
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{SD 220.4}

All Men are Drawn to the Uplifted Saviour

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32. {SD 221.1}

Never before was there such a general knowledge of Jesus as when He hung upon the cross. He was lifted up from
the earth, to draw all to Him. Into the hearts of many who beheld that crucifixion scene, and who heard Christ's words,
was the light of truth to shine. With John they would proclaim, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
world." There were those who never rested until, searching the Scriptures and comparing passage with passage, they
saw the meaning of Christ's mission. They saw that free forgiveness was provided by Him whose tender mercy embraced
the whole world. They read the prophecies regarding Christ, and the promises so free and full, pointing to a fountain
opened for Judah and Jerusalem. {SD 221.2}
The sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for sin is the great truth around which all other truths cluster. In order to be
rightly understood and appreciated, every truth in the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, must be studied in the
light which streams from the cross of Calvary, and in connection with the wondrous, central truth of the Saviour's
atonement. Those who study the Redeemer's wonderful sacrifice grow in grace and knowledge. {SD 221.3}
I present before you the great, grand monument of mercy and regeneration, salvation and redemption,--the Son of
God uplifted on the cross of Calvary. This is to be the theme of every discourse. {SD 221.4}
Jesus is inviting and drawing by His Holy Spirit the hearts of young and old to Himself. . . . When Christ crucified is
preached, the power of the gospel is demonstrated by the influence it exerts over the believer. In place of remaining dead
in trespasses and sins, he is awakened. {SD 221.5}
Lift up the Man of Calvary higher and still higher; there is power in the exaltation of the cross of Christ.

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{SD 221.6}

All Who Look to the Cross will Live

And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man,
when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. Numbers 21:9. {SD 222.1}

The Lord Jesus had protected the children of Israel from the venomous serpents in the wilderness, but this part of
their history they did not know. Angels from heaven had accompanied them, and in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar
of fire by night Christ had been their protection through all their journeying. But they became selfish and discontented,
and in order that they might not forget His great care over them, the Lord gave them a bitter lesson. He permitted them to
be bitten by the fiery serpents, yet in His great mercy He did not leave them to perish. Moses was bidden to lift the brazen
serpent on the pole, and make the proclamation that whosoever should look upon it should live. And all who looked, did
live. They recovered health at once. . . . What a strange symbol of Christ was that likeness of the serpents which stung
them. This symbol was lifted on a pole, and they were to look to it, and be healed. So Jesus was made in the likeness of
sinful flesh. He came as the sin-bearer. . . . {SD 222.2}
The same healing, life-giving message is now sounding. It points to the uplifted Saviour upon the shameful tree.
Those who have been bitten by that old serpent, the devil, are bidden to look and live. . . . Look alone to Jesus as your
righteousness and your sacrifice. As you are justified by faith, the deadly sting of the serpent will be healed. {SD 222.3}
Without the cross, man could have no union with the Father. On it depends our every hope. From it shines the light of
the Saviour's love; and when at the foot of the cross the sinner looks up to the One who died to save him, he may rejoice
with fulness of joy; for his sins are pardoned. Kneeling in faith at the cross, he has reached the highest place to which
man can attain.
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{SD 222.4}

Cross of Christ to Be Erected in Our Homes

Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do
nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. John 8:28. {SD 223.1}

Christ should be uplifted by those whom He has redeemed by dying on the cross a death of shame. He who has felt
the power of the grace of Christ has a story to tell. He seeks to put in operation methods of work which will diffuse the
gospel of Christ. Humanity, drawing its efficiency from the great source of wisdom, is made the instrumentality, the
working agency, through which the gospel exercises its transforming power on mind and heart. . . . {SD 223.2}

All our powers are to be used for Christ. This is the debt we each owe to God. In forming a relationship with Christ the
renewed man is but coming back to his appointed relationship with God. . . . His duties lie round him, nigh and afar off.
His first duty is to his children and his nearest relatives. Nothing can excuse him from neglecting the inner circle for the
larger circle outside. . . . {SD 223.3}
Some households have a little church in the home. Mutual love binds heart to heart, and the unity that exists among
the members of the family preaches the most effectual sermon that could be preached on practical godliness. As parents
faithfully do their duty in the family, restraining, correcting, advising, counseling, guiding,--the father as a priest of the
household, the mother as a home missionary,--they are filling the sphere God would have them fill. By faithfully doing
their duty in the home, they are multiplying agencies for doing good outside the home. They are becoming better fitted to
labor in the church. By training their little flock discreetly, binding their children to themselves and to God, fathers and
mothers become laborers together with God. The cross is erected in their home. The members of the family become
members of the royal family above, children of the heavenly King.
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{SD 223.4}

We are Redeemed by Christ's Precious Blood

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, . . . but with the precious
blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18, 19. {SD 224.1}

Every soul is precious, because it has been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. {SD 224.2}
Satan may whisper, "You are too great a sinner for Christ to save." While you acknowledge that you are indeed sinful
and unworthy, you may meet the tempter with the cry, "By virtue of the atonement, I claim Christ as my Saviour. I trust not
to my own merits, but to the precious blood of Jesus, which cleanses me." {SD 224.3}
You cannot save yourself from the tempter's power, but he trembles and flees when the merits of that precious blood
are urged. {SD 224.4}
The Lord loves you; He is dearer to you than any earthly tie, than any earthly object. Consider how preciously near
you may keep to One who is your strength and efficiency. Live not in the shadow of the cross, but on the sunny side of
the cross, where the Sun of righteousness may shine into your heart. {SD 224.5}
We are to have free access to the atoning blood of Christ. This we must regard as the most precious privilege, the
greatest blessing, ever granted to sinful man. And how little is made of this great gift! How deep, how wide and
continuous is this stream. To every soul thirsting after holiness there is repose, there is rest, there is the quickening
influence of the Holy Spirit, and then the holy, happy, peaceful walk and precious communion with Christ. Then, O then,
can we intelligently say with John, "Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world." Talk it, pray it. Let it
be the theme of sacred song,--to be washed, to be cleansed; the believing soul claims that love, and by its virtues stands
before the throne of God pardoned, justified, sanctified. . . . Its cleansing virtue gives strength and vigor to faith, power to
prayer, and happiness in cheerful obedience.
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{SD 224.6}

We are Cleansed by Christ's Blood

The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7. {SD 225.1}

Some speak of the Jewish age as a Christless period, without mercy or grace. To such are applicable the words of
Christ to the Sadducees, "Ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God." The period of the Jewish economy was
one of wonderful manifestations of divine power. So glorious was the revealing of His presence that it could not be borne
by mortal man. Moses, who was so highly favored of God, exclaimed, "I do exceedingly fear and quake." But God
strengthened him to endure this excellent glory, and to bring from the mount a reflection of it upon his face so that the
people could not look steadfastly upon it. . . . {SD 225.2}
The very system of sacrifices was devised by Christ, and given to Adam as typifying a Saviour to come, who would
bear the sins of the world, and die for its redemption. Through Moses, Christ gave definite directions to the children of
Israel in regard to the sacrificial offerings. . . . Only clean and precious animals, those which would best symbolize Christ,
were accepted as offerings to God. . . . {SD 225.3}
The Israelites were forbidden to eat the fat or the blood. . . . This law not only related to beasts for sacrifice, but to all
cattle which were used for food. This law was to impress upon them the important fact that if there had been no sin there
would have been no shedding of blood. . . . {SD 225.4}
The blood of the Son of God was symbolized by the blood of the slain victim, and God would have clear and definite
ideas preserved between the sacred and the common. Blood was sacred, inasmuch as through the shedding of the blood
of the Son of God alone could there be atonement for sin. Blood was also used to cleanse the sanctuary from the sins of
the people, thus typifying the blood of Christ which alone can cleanse from sin.
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{SD 225.5}

Atonement Through Christ's Blood

We also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Romans 5:11. {SD
226.1}

Thank God that He who spilled His blood for us, lives to plead it, lives to make intercession for every soul who
receives Him. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness." The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. . . . We need to keep ever before us the efficacy of
the blood of Jesus. That life-cleansing, life-sustaining blood, appropriated by living faith, is our hope. We need to grow in
appreciation of its inestimable value, for it speaks for us only as we by faith claim its virtue, keeping the conscience clean
and at peace with God. This is represented as the pardoning blood, inseparably connected with the resurrection and life
of our Redeemer, illustrated by the ever-flowing stream that proceeds from the throne of God, the water of the river of life.
{SD 226.2}

The wonderful symbol of the living bird dipped in the blood of the bird slain and then set free to its joyous life [Leviticus
14:4-8], is to us the symbol of the atonement. There were death and life blended, presenting to the searcher for truth and
hidden treasure, the union of the pardoning blood with the resurrection and life of our Redeemer. The bird slain was over
living water; that flowing stream was a symbol of the ever flowing, ever cleansing efficacy of the blood of Christ, the Lamb
slain from the foundation of the world. . . . {SD 226.3}
We are to have free access to the atoning blood of Christ. This we must regard as the most precious privilege, the
greatest blessing, ever granted to sinful man. . . . How deep, how wide and continuous is this stream! To every soul
thirsting after holiness there is repose, there is rest, there is the quickening influence of the Holy Spirit, and then the holy,
happy, peaceful walk and precious communion with Christ.
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{SD 226.4}

We are Justified by Christ's Blood

God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being
now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:8, 9. {SD 227.1}

Christ has made reconciliation for sin, and has borne all its ignominy, reproach, and punishment; and yet while bearing
sin, He has brought in everlasting righteousness, so that the believer is spotless before God. . . . {SD 227.2}
But there are many who claim to be children of God who are resting their hopes upon other dependencies, rather than
on the blood of Christ alone. When urged to rest their faith wholly upon Christ as a complete Saviour, many reveal the
fact that they have faith in something that they think they can do. They say, "I have a great deal to do before I can be fit to
come to Christ." Another says, "When I have done to the uttermost all that I can do, then the Lord Jesus will come to my
help." They imagine that they have a great deal to do themselves to save their own souls, and that Jesus will come in and
piece out that part which is lacking, and give the finishing stroke to their salvation. These poor souls will not be strong in
God until they accept Christ as a complete Saviour. They can add nothing to their salvation. {SD 227.3}
The Israelites were required to sprinkle the door-posts with the blood of a slain lamb, in order that when the angel of
death passed through the land, they might escape destruction. But if instead of doing this simple act of faith and
obedience, they had barricaded the door, and taken every precaution to keep the destroying angel out, their pains would
have been in vain. . . . When the blood was seen upon the door-post, it was enough. The salvation of the house was
assured. So it is in the work of salvation; it is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanseth from all sin. {SD 227.4}
Through the merits of His blood, you may overcome every spiritual foe, and remedy every defect of character.
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{SD 227.5}

Sons of God Through Christ's Blood

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he
hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh. Hebrews 10:19, 20. {SD 228.1}

Christ was nailed to the cross between the third and sixth hour, that is between nine and twelve o'clock. In the
afternoon He died. This was the hour of the evening sacrifice. Then the veil of the temple, that which hid God's glory from
the view of the congregation of Israel, was rent in twain from top to bottom. {SD 228.2}
Through Christ the hidden glory of the holy of holies was to stand revealed. He had suffered death for every man, and
by this offering, the sons of men were to become the sons of God. With open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of
the Lord, believers in Christ were to be changed into the same image, from glory to glory. The mercy seat, upon which
the glory of God rested in the holiest of all, is opened to all who accept Christ as the propitiation for sin, and through its
medium, they are brought into fellowship with God. The veil is rent, the partition walls broken down, the handwriting of
ordinances cancelled. By virtue of His blood the enmity is abolished. {SD 228.3}
The simple story of the cross of Christ, His suffering and dying for the world, His resurrection and ascension, His
mediation in the sinner's behalf before the Father, subdues and breaks the hard and sinful heart, and brings the sinner to
repentance. The Holy Spirit sets the matter before him in a new light, and the sinner realizes that sin must be a
tremendous evil to cost such a sacrifice to atone for it. . . . How grievous must sin be that no less a remedy than the
death of the Son of God could save man from the consequences of his guilt. Why was this done in behalf of man?-- It
was because God loved him, and was not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, believe
in Jesus as a personal Saviour, and have life eternal.
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{SD 228.4}

We Are Reconciled to God by Christ's Death

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we
shall be saved by his life. Romans 5:10. {SD 229.1}

The cross is invested with a power that language cannot express. Christ's sacrifice in behalf of the human race puts to
shame our meager efforts and methods to meet and uplift humanity, to help sinful men and women to find Jesus. {SD
229.2}
The work of the sons and daughters of God must be of a different character than has yet been manifested by a large
number. If they love Jesus, they will have enlarged ideas of the love that has been expressed for fallen man, which
required the provision of so expensive an offering to save the human race. Our Saviour asks the cooperation of every son
and daughter of Adam who has become a son or daughter of God. . . . Our Saviour declares that He brought from
heaven as a donation eternal life. He was to be lifted up upon the cross of Calvary to draw all men unto Him. How then
shall we treat the purchased inheritance of Christ? Tenderness, appreciation, kindness, sympathy, and love should be
shown to them. Then we may work to help and bless one another. In this work we have more than human brotherhood.
We have the exalted companionship of heavenly angels. They cooperate with us in the work of enlightening high and low.
{SD 229.3}

Having engaged in the work, the amazing work of our redemption, Christ determined in council with His Father to
spare nothing, however costly, to withhold nothing however highly it might be estimated, that would rescue the poor
sinner. He would give all heaven to this work of salvation, of restoring the moral image of God in man. . . . To be a child of
God is to be one with Christ in God, and to put forth our hands in earnest, self-sacrificing love to strengthen and bless the
souls that are perishing in their sins.
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{SD 229.4}

Christ Has Delivered Us from Eternal Death

Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us. 2 Corinthians
1:10. {SD 230.1}

Our Saviour came to this world to endure in human nature all the temptations wherewith man is beset. In His life He
measured the power of the wily foe to deceive, to allure, and to destroy. As the Redeemer of the race, He warns humanity
against seeking after those things that will lead away from the narrow path. He has cast up a glorious highway for those
who are traveling toward the heavenly mansions that He has gone to prepare for all who will prepare themselves to
become members of the royal family. . . . {SD 230.2}
With His life Christ has purchased every human being. He died a cruel death to save human beings from eternal
death. He gave His sinless life to obtain for the sinner a life that measures with the life of God. Through His death, He
provided a way whereby man may break with Satan, return to his allegiance to God, and through faith in the Redeemer
obtain pardon. . . . {SD 230.3}
He who has all power in heaven and earth will restore every repenting, believing soul. To as many as receive Him He
gives power to become the sons of God. He has a deep interest in every soul, for He paid the price of His own life that no
one should be eternally lost. {SD 230.4}
Christ's servants can and should be able to meet and overcome every temptation. They should say, "I am not my own;
I have been bought with a price. By the infinite sacrifice Christ has made for me, He has put it out of my power to give
Him more than He demands. All is His. He has purchased me, body, soul, and spirit. He calls for all my time, all my
capabilities." {SD 230.5}
Those who receive Him and believe in Him become the spiritual children of God. They are adopted into the royal
family, and as they seek to do the will of God, they become conformed into His image.
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{SD 230.6}

We Are to Glory Only in the Cross

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 unto the world. Galatians 6:14. {SD 231.1}

The cross of Christ,--how many believe it to be what it is? How many bring it into their studies, and know its true
significance? There could not be a Christian in our world without the cross of Christ. . . . Turn from the examples of the
world, cease to extol the professedly great men; turn the mind from the glory of everything save the cross of Christ. Said
Paul, "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." Let all, from the highest to the lowest,
understand what it means to glory in the cross of Christ. That cross is to be bravely and manfully borne. Christ declares,
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." And to all who will lift it, and
bear it after Christ, the cross is a pledge of the crown of glory that can never fade away. . . . {SD 231.2}
This is the highest science that we can learn,--the science of salvation. The cross of Calvary, rightly regarded, is true
philosophy, pure and undefiled religion. It is eternal life to all who believe. By painstaking effort, line upon line, precept
upon precept, here a little and there a little, it should be impressed upon the minds . . . that the cross of Christ is just as
efficacious now as in Paul's day, and should be as perfectly understood by them as it was by the great apostle. . . . {SD
231.3}
Know that the only thing in which you can safely glory is that which will open to you the gates of the city of God. Learn
from the Word of God how to form characters fitted for the country you are seeking. Know that Christ is to be set forth
among you, and that all that was lost in Adam the cross of Christ fully restores to every believing soul.
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{SD 231.4}
Who can fathom the suffering of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, as He felt to its fullest extent the weight of the sin
of the world? So keenly did He feel the sinfulness of sin that for a moment the cup trembled in His hand, and all heaven
heard the agonizing cry, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me" (Matthew 26:39). "Nevertheless not my
will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42). The omnipotent God suffered with His Son. {UL 223.3}
Stand before the cross of Calvary, and learn from it the cost of redemption. With breaking heart the holy Sufferer upon
the cross of Calvary looks up to God, and cries, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46). The
angels of heaven sympathized with their loved Commander. Gladly would they have broken their ranks and gone to His
assistance. But this was not God's plan. Our Saviour trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with
Him. {UL 223.4}
Nothing could have actuated Christ to leave his honor and majesty in Heaven, and come to a sinful world, to be
neglected, despised, and rejected by those He came to save, and finally to suffer upon the cross, but eternal, redeeming
love, which will ever remain a mystery. O, what love! what amazing love! that the Son of God should come to earth to be
made sin for us, in order that we might be reconciled to God, and exalted to a place with Him in the mansions of glory.
And O, what is man that such a price should be paid for his redemption! {BEcho, September 15, 1892 par. 7}
When we more fully comprehend the magnitude and meaning of the great sacrifice made by the Majesty of heaven in
dying for man, the plan of salvation will be glorified before us, and the thought of Calvary will awaken sacred and living
emotions in the Christian's heart. Praise to God and to the Lamb will be in our hearts and upon our lips; for pride and
self-worship cannot flourish in the heart that keeps fresh in memory the scenes of Calvary. {BEcho, September 15, 1892
par. 8}

He who desires salvation should fix his mind upon the cross of Calvary. It is there that the sinner may behold what sin
has done. There he can see the infinite sacrifice that has been made to redeem him from the penalty of the broken law of
God. As the transgressor realizes his lost condition, he sees in Christ his only hope of salvation. From the cross he learns
precious lessons of the life, the self-denial, the self-sacrifice, the goodness, the mercy and love of the Son of God, who
gave himself for us. Calvary portrays the matchless attributes of the divine character. As he looks to the cross, he will
hate sin; for he will understand that it was sin that rejected, reproached, denied, scourged, and crucified the Majesty of
Heaven. He will love the Father, who gave all Heaven to men in the gift of his only begotten Son. His heart will be filled
with an eager desire for the knowledge of God, and for an understanding of the plan of salvation. He who has had a vivid
view of the cross, will hate sin, and love righteousness. His doubts will vanish in the clear light reflected from the cross of
Calvary. {ST, July 6, 1888 par. 1}
Christ has done all for us because we were helpless; we were bound in chains of darkness, sin, and despair, and could
therefore do nothing for ourselves. It is through the exercise of faith, hope, and love that we come nearer and nearer to
the standard of perfect holiness. Our brethren feel the same pitying need of help that we have felt. We should not burden
them with unnecessary censure, but should let the love of Christ constrain us to be very compassionate and tender, that
we can weep over the erring and those who have backslidden from God. The

soul is of infinite value. Its

worth can be estimated only by the price paid to ransom it. Calvary! Calvary!
Calvary! will explain the true value of the soul.

I invite you to look to the Man of Calvary. Look to him whose head was crowned with the
crown of thorns, who bore the cross of shame, who went step by step down the path of
humiliation. Look to him who was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, who was
despised and rejected of men. "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows."
"He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." Look to Calvary
until your heart melts at the amazing love of the Son of God. He left nothing undone that fallen man might be elevated
and purified. And shall we not confess him? Will the religion of Christ degrade its receiver?--No; it will be no degradation
to follow in the footsteps of the Man of Calvary

{3T 187.2}
Father Suffered With Son.--In the scenes that transpired in the judgment hall and at Calvary, we see what the human
heart is capable of when under the influence of Satan. Christ submitted to crucifixion, although the heavenly host could
have delivered Him. The angels suffered with Christ. God Himself was crucified with Christ; for Christ was one with the
Father. Those who reject Christ, those who will not have this man to rule over them, choose to place themselves under
the rule of Satan, to do his work as his bondslaves. Yet for them Christ yielded up His life on Calvary (BE Aug. 6, 1894).
{5BC 1108.5}

"I long to introduce you to Jesus Christ, to behold Him as a Christ of love, mercy,
sympathy, and tender compassion." {1SAT 107.1}
There was one who came to me and said, "Sister White, can you tell me how I am to know that Jesus forgives me my
sins as I repent of them?" "Yes, I can. I point you to Calvary, to the dying Saviour upon the cross." There is the evidence
that we present to the mind. It is the evidence that you see, that Christ forgives sins. The light reflected from the cross of

Calvary speaks to us of the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for the remission of sins, and it tells us that we may be
cleansed and sanctified. {1SAT 107.2}
I remember one woman who said, O, if the Lord would only show her in a dream that He would have mercy upon her
and save her! Well, He did teach her, and she was taught in a dream, and then the first impression was, "Is that dream
any stronger than a 'Thus saith the Lord!?" I want every one of you to take that, because I have found out that whenever I
have been pleading for some special light, some strong evidence, I have found I had to wait a long time before I got it. I
have found out that I had to take what the Lord said, and believe it as spoken to me. I am one of the daughters of Adam,
one for whom Christ died, and have a right to lay hold upon the merits of the blood of a crucified and risen Saviour,
because I am a sinner.

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And when the devil comes and points to your sins and hateful crimes, tell him, "Yes, I am a sinner, but Christ is a
Saviour, and He says, 'I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance'" [Matthew 9:13].

Chap. 39 - The Cord Let Down from Heaven

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Philippians 2:8. {OHC 45.1}

Measure the cord, if you can, that has been let down from heaven to lift man up. The only estimate we can give you of
the length of that chain is to point you to Calvary. {OHC 45.2}
Fallen men could not have a home in the paradise of God without the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Shall we not then exalt the cross of Christ? ... {OHC 45.3}
Angelic perfection failed in heaven. Human perfection failed in Eden, the paradise of bliss. All who wish for security in
earth or heaven must look to the Lamb of God. The plan of salvation, making manifest the justice and love of God,
provides an eternal safeguard against defection in unfallen worlds, as well as among those who shall be redeemed by the
blood of the Lamb. Our only hope is perfect trust in the blood of Him who can save to the uttermost all that come unto
God by Him. The death of Christ on the cross of Calvary is our only hope in this world, and it will be our theme in the
world to come. Oh, we do not comprehend the value of the atonement! If we did, we would talk more about it. The gift of
God in His beloved Son was the expression of an incomprehensible love. It was the utmost that God could do to preserve
the honor of His law, and still save the transgressor. {OHC 45.4}
Jesus placed the cross in line with the light coming from heaven, for it is there that it shall catch the eye of man. The
cross is in direct line with the shining of the divine countenances, so that by beholding the cross men may see and know
God and Jesus Christ, whom He hath sent. In beholding God we behold the One who poured out His soul unto death. In
beholding the cross the view is extended to God, and His hatred of sin is discerned. But while we behold in the cross
God's hatred of sin, we also behold His love for sinners, which is stronger than death. To the world the cross is the
incontrovertible argument that God is truth and light and love. {OHC 45.5}

Chap. 40 - The Center of my Hope

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 unto the world. Galatians 6:14. {OHC 46.1}

Remove the cross from the Christian and it is like blotting out the sun which illumines the day, and dropping the moon
and the stars out of the firmament of the heavens at night. The cross of Christ brings us nigh to God, reconciling man to
God, and God to man. The Father looks upon the cross, upon the suffering He has given His Son to endure in order to
save the race from hopeless misery and to draw man to Himself. He looks upon it with the relenting compassion of a
Father's love. The cross has been almost lost sight of, but without the cross there is no connection with the Father, no
unity with the Lamb in the midst of the throne in heaven, no welcome reception of the wandering who would return to the
forsaken path of righteousness and truth, no hope for the transgressor in the day of judgment. Without the cross there is
no means provided for overcoming the power of our strong foe. Every hope of the race hangs upon the cross. {OHC
46.2}
When the sinner reaches the cross, and looks up to the One who died to save him, he may rejoice with fullness of joy;
for his sins are pardoned. Kneeling at the cross, he has reached the highest place to which man can attain. The light of
the knowledge of the glory of God is revealed in the face of Jesus Christ; and the words of pardon are spoken: Live, O ye
guilty sinners, live. Your repentance is accepted; for I have found a ransom. {OHC 46.3}
Through the cross we learn that our heavenly Father loves us with an infinite and everlasting love, and draws us to
Him with more than a mother's yearning sympathy for a wayward child. Can we wonder that Paul exclaimed, "God forbid
that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ"? It is our privilege also to glory in the cross of Calvary, our
privilege to give ourselves wholly to Him who gave Himself for us. Then with the light of love that shines from His face on
ours, we shall go forth to reflect it to those in darkness. {OHC 46.4}

Thank God that He who spilled His blood for us, lives to plead it, lives to make intercession for every soul who receives
Him. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1
John 1:9. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. It speaketh better things than the blood of Abel, for Christ
ever liveth to make intercession for us. We need to keep ever before us the efficacy of the blood of Jesus. That lifecleansing, life-sustaining blood, appropriated by living faith, is our hope. We need to grow in appreciation of its
inestimable value, for it speaks for us only as we by faith claim its virtue, keeping the conscience clean and at peace with
God. {OHC 47.4}

This is represented as the pardoning blood, inseparably connected with the resurrection and life of our Redeemer,
illustrated by the ever-flowing stream that proceeds from the throne of God, the water of the river of life. {OHC 47.5}
We must gather about the cross. Christ and Him crucified should be the theme of contemplation, of conversation, and of
our most joyful emotion. We should keep in our thoughts every blessing we receive from God, and when we realize His
great love we should be willing to trust everything to the hand that was nailed to the cross for us. {LHU 254.4}
We are to lift the cross, and follow the steps of Christ. Those who lift the cross will find that as they do this, the cross lifts
them, giving them fortitude and courage, and pointing them to the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world.
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{SD 247.6}
That this redemption might be ours, God withheld not even the sacrifice of Himself. He gave Himself in His Son. The
Father suffered with Christ in all His humiliation and agony. He suffered as He saw the Son of His love despised and
rejected by those whom He came to elevate, ennoble, and save. He saw Him hanging upon the cross, mocked and
jeered by the passers-by, and He hid as it were His face from Him. He saw Christ bearing the sin of the world, and dying
in the sinner's stead. The human heart knows the love of a parent for his child. We know what a mother's love will do and
suffer for her beloved one. But never can the heart of man fathom the depths of God's self-sacrifice. {AUCR, June 1,
1900 par. 11}
O, the cross, the cross! It is set up that we may know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. Only the
cross can measure the length and breadth, the depth and height, of infinite love, the greatness of the Father's sacrifice for
lost humanity. {AUCR, June 1, 1900 par. 12}
The voice continued, "Cast thy net on the right side of the ship; walk not in the shadow of the cross, but in the path where
the Sun of Righteousness is ever shining to impart life and vitality, and to give grace for grace. The cross of Calvary is to
you a pledge of forgiveness, of righteousness, of peace, and of fullness of joy. It is a well of water to every believer,
springing up into everlasting life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but should have everlasting life."

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The cross speaks life, and not death, to the soul that believes in Jesus. Welcome the precious life-giving rays that
shine from the cross of Calvary. Reach up for the blessing, believe for the blessing. Your Saviour, who died on the cross,
is God's gift to a fallen world, and that gift embraces all heaven. {10MR 78.1}
Walk not in the shadow of the cross. Do not give expression to weeping, lamentation and woe; but encourage your
soul to hope and joy. The cross points upwards to a living Saviour, who is your advocate, and is pleading in your behalf. I
remember that my husband used to sometimes halt in the shadow of the cross, and he could see nothing but the dark
side. He was sorely tried and perplexed. He suffered being tempted. So sorely were we tried that I thought death would
be preferable to the sufferings we endured. Clouds surrounded us, and everything was unfavorable to the light, hope, and
courage of the soul. We are in the same danger now of not discerning the light that shines from the cross of Calvary. We
have been halting in the shadow of the cross of Calvary. At times we have failed to gather about us the warm bright rays
which come to us from an uplifted Saviour. {10MR 78.2}
Brethren, the cross speaketh better things than the blood of Abel in behalf of every soul that receives Jesus Christ.
When you are deeply shadowed it is because Satan has interposed himself between you and the bright rays of the Sun
of Righteousness. In times of trouble the brightness is eclipsed, and we do not understand why the assurance seems to
be withdrawn. We are led to look at self and the shadow of the cross, and this prevents us from seeing the consolation
there is for us. We complain of the way and withdraw the hand from the hand of Christ. But sometimes God's favor
breaks suddenly upon the soul and the gloom is dispelled. Let us live in the sunlight of the cross of Calvary. Let us no

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longer dwell in the shadow, complaining of our sorrows, for this only deepens our trouble. {10MR 78.3}
Let us never forget, even when we walk in the valley, that Christ is as much with us when we walk trustingly there as
when we are on the mountaintop. The voice said to us, "Will you not roll your burden upon the Burden-Bearer, the Lord
Jesus Christ? Will you not live on the sunny side of the cross? saying, 'I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded
that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.' 'Whom having not seen ye love, in whom,
though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith,
even the salvation of your souls'" (2 Timothy 1:12: 1 Peter 1:8, 9). {10MR 79.1}
I have indeed been halting under the shadow of the cross. It is not a common thing for me to be overpowered and to
suffer so much depression of spirits as I have suffered for the past few months. I would not be found to trifle with my own
soul and thus trifle with my Saviour. I would not teach that Jesus is risen from the tomb, and that He is ascended on high
and lives to make intercession for us before the Father, unless I carry out my teachings by practice, and believe in Him for
His salvation, casting my helpless soul upon Jesus for His grace, for righteousness, for peace, and love. {10MR 79.2}
I must trust in Him irrespective of the changes of my emotional atmosphere. I must show forth the praises of Him who
has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light. My heart must be steadfast in Christ, my Saviour, beholding His
love and gracious goodness. I must not trust Him now and then, but always, that I may manifest the results of abiding in
Him who has bought me with His precious blood. We must learn to believe the promises, to have an abiding faith so that
we may take them as the sure word of God.

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The Greeks looked upon philosophy and science as the only road to true elevation and honor. They believed that there
was need of elevating the race; but could Paul lead them to believe that the cross of Christ would do this? There is to us
a sacredness about the cross of Calvary. The scenes and associations connected with it are hallowed. But when Paul
preached the gospel in Corinth, the cross was regarded with the same feeling of repulsion as the gibbet of today. Any
reference to a Saviour who had met his death on the cross would naturally meet with opposition. {YI, November 15, 1900
par. 11}
Paul knew how his message would be regarded by the Greeks. "We preach Christ crucified," he said, "unto the Jews a
stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness." In the estimation of the Greeks his words would be absurd folly. They
would look upon Paul as weak-minded for endeavoring to show how the cross could have any connection with the
elevation of the race or the salvation of men. {YI, November 15, 1900 par. 12}
But the cross was to Paul the one object of interest in the world. He determined to know nothing among the
Corinthians "save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." He presented the cross to them as the only means of salvation. He
stood forth before them declaring: "The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are
saved it is the power of God." {YI, November 15, 1900 par. 13}
Christ in the Heart--Discourses that have little of Christ and His righteousness in them are given in the desk. They are
Christless sermons. To preach in the demonstration of the Spirit is completely beyond the power of those who are without
Christ. They are feeble, empty, and without nourishment. They have no Christ to carry with them in private life. They are
full of boasting, of pride, of self-esteem, speaking evil of things of which they have no real knowledge. They manifest an
impatience of everything that does not follow in their line. They will even scoff and mock at sacred things, because they
do not see that spiritual things are spiritually discerned. They degrade themselves by perverting and falsifying truth.--Ms
15, 1886. {VSS 314.1}

The Spirit's Power--Merely to speak to beautiful things that please the ear and attract attention
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should not be our purpose. We are to present Christ and Him crucified, that souls who are dead in trespasses and sins
may be alarmed and quickened. Those who seek to teach others need to be converted to Christ; they need to plead with
God that He will imbue them with His Holy Spirit before they can lift up Christ as the sinner's only hope. Flowery
speeches, pleasing tales, anecdotes, and stories do not convict the sinner. Men listen to such words as they would listen
to a pleasant song, and the laborers gather but few sheaves into the garner. The message the sinner should hear is,
"God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life" [John 3:16]. And the truth will subdue and tender the soul of the teacher because he feels its
practical utility.--Ms 12, 1891. {VSS 314.2}
Life-Healing Balm From the Cross--The cross, the cross of Calvary presented again and again, plainly dwelt upon in
every discourse, will prove the life-healing balm, will reveal the beauty and excellence of virtue. Those who quibble over
the authenticity of the Scriptures and question the authority of revelation will not be influenced.--Ms 20, 1893. {VSS
315.1}
Jesus in the Discourse--"And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom
Thou hast sent" [John 17:3]. The eternal Word became flesh and dwelt among us. This theme will quench unbelief; and
yet, sad to
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say, Jesus has been dropped out of many, many discourses that have been preached by Seventh-day Adventist
ministers. And why? Because these ministers had not Jesus abiding in their hearts by faith; they were not clothed with
Christ's righteousness. --Ms 16, 1890. {VSS 315.2}
Chap. 54 - Christ the Sum and Substance

Glory of the Incarnate God--If Jesus were made the sum and substance of every discourse, sinners would be
convicted. By the message borne they would know what they must do to be saved. Lift Him up, the Man of Calvary,
higher and still higher. Who can declare the glory of the incarnate God? What language can describe it? It is not the men
learned in this world's wisdom who have true eloquence.--Ms 176, 1899. {VSS 311.1}
Foundation of the Gospel--Theoretical discourses are essential, that people may see the chain of truth, link after link,
uniting in a perfect whole; but no discourse should ever be preached without presenting Christ and Him crucified as the
foundation of the gospel.--GW 158. {VSS 311.2}
Love must be the principle of action. Love is the underlying principle of God's government in heaven and earth, and it
must be the foundation of the Christian's character. This alone can make and keep him steadfast. This alone can enable
him to withstand trial and temptation. {COL 49.1}
And love will be revealed in sacrifice. The plan of redemption was laid in sacrifice--a sacrifice so broad and deep and
high that it is immeasurable. Christ gave all for us, and those who receive Christ will be ready to sacrifice all for the sake
of their Redeemer. The thought of His honor and glory will come before anything else. {COL 49.2}
If we love Jesus, we shall love to live for Him, to present our thank offerings to Him, to labor for Him. The very labor
will be light. For His sake we shall covet
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pain and toil and sacrifice. We shall sympathize with His longing for the salvation of men. We shall feel the same tender
craving for souls that He has felt. {COL 49.3}
This is the religion of Christ. Anything short of it is a deception. No mere theory of truth or profession of discipleship
will save any soul. We do not belong to Christ unless we are His wholly. It is by halfheartedness in the Christian life that
men become feeble in purpose and changeable in desire. The effort to serve both self and Christ makes one a stonyground hearer, and he will not endure when the test comes upon him. {COL 50.1}
The Voluntary Sacrifice of Jesus

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is
within my heart. Psalm 40:7, 8. {FLB 199.1}

The children of Israel were anciently commanded to make an offering for the entire congregation to purify them from
ceremonial defilement. This sacrifice was a red heifer and represented the more perfect offering that should redeem from
the pollution of sin. This was an occasional sacrifice for the purification of all those who had necessarily or accidentally
touched the dead. All who came in contact with death in any way were considered ceremonially unclean. This was to
forcibly impress the minds of the Hebrews with the fact that death came in consequence of sin and therefore is a
representative of sin. The one heifer, the one ark, the one brazen serpent, impressively point to the one great offering, the
sacrifice of Christ. {FLB 199.2}
This heifer was to be red, which was a symbol of blood. It must be without spot or blemish, and one that had never
borne a yoke. Here, again, Christ was typified. The Son of God came voluntarily to accomplish the work of atonement.
There was no obligatory yoke upon Him, for He was independent and above all law. The angels, as God's intelligent
messengers, were under the yoke of obligation; no personal sacrifice of theirs could atone for the guilt of fallen man.
Christ alone was free from the claims of the law to undertake the redemption of the sinful race. . . . {FLB 199.3}
Jesus might have remained at His Father's right hand, wearing His kingly crown and royal robes. But He chose to
exchange all the riches, honor, and glory of heaven for the poverty of humanity, and His station of high command for the
horrors of Gethsemane and the humiliation and agony of Calvary. . . . {FLB 199.4}
The wounded hands, the pierced side, the marred feet, plead eloquently for fallen man, whose redemption is
purchased at such an infinite cost. Oh, matchless condescension! Neither time nor events can lessen the efficacy of the
atoning sacrifice.
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{FLB 199.5}

December 8, 1898 Our Sacrifice.

While the death of Christ appeared to be a hellish triumph over His humanity, it was a victory so full and broad and
deep that it encompassed the world. Christ was cut off, but not for Himself. He died the just for the unjust, that He might
bring many sons and daughters to God. Tho innocent and undeserving of punishment, our Substitute and Surety was
brought under the curse and condemnation that should have been ours. He, the perfection of holiness, was arrayed in
our defiled garments, that we might be clothed with His glorious righteousness. {ST, December 8, 1898 par. 1}