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ELLEN WHITE’S UNDERSTANDING AND TREATMENT OF SURRENDER IN THE

PROCESS OF SALVATION.

By Eric Louw, 10-27-18

1. Topic Introduction:

The term surrender often brings up connotations of defeat, inconvenience, and

even wasted effort. In the process of salvation, however, surrender appears to play a

positive and crucial role. The reason why I decided to research this topic is because I

wanted to better understand Ellen White’s treatment and understanding of surrender

in relation to the process of salvation. I have long suspected that surrender is the

balancing element that would tend to remove or diminish the pitfalls of extremes in

the Christian walk, and I believe that this paper will help demonstrate how important

it is in this regard and in our salvation.

2. Difficulties:

There were a couple of difficulties I faced in approaching this research.

Firstly, what terminology might be studied in addition to the term “Surrender?” I

considered looking at terms such as submission, self-sacrifice, death to self, and

yielding of the will. Upon searching for the term “surrender” on egwwritings.org, I

discovered that Ellen White used the term about 1200 times within her lifetime works

from as early as 1861 to 1915. With that in mind, I decided to focus primarily on the

term “surrender” in an effort to read through every single one of these uses with at

least the paragraph-context they are found in. The synonyms and similar phrases

considered above also tended to be included in many of her statements on surrender. I

did not spend a lot of time looking at the 350+ past tense instances of “surrender,”

though they did occasionally occur within the context of a present tense instance.

Another challenge in approaching this research in as comprehensive a manner

as possible was subtracting many of the repetitive statements. There are numerous

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statements that appear at a higher degree of frequency than others, sometimes with

major differences in their broader context. “Unreserved surrender” is spoken of nearly

a hundred times, and “entire surrender” occurs nearly two hundred times. This meant

that I had to try not to skip over sentences too easily just because they appeared

similar. There are also instances where surrender referred to a conquest or to Satan

rather than God. While interesting, these last two obviously fall outside of the scope

of this paper.

3. Helpful Materials:

Because I took an exhaustive approach to study all instances in which the term

“surrender” appears, I was able to find statements from each of the three categories of

materials as reflected in my summary of selected sources. Letters and manuscripts

naturally provided a larger base of information to review, but I found that Ellen

White’s articulation of surrender was occasionally more eloquent in books or

periodicals. This may be because she was more intentional about reaching a broader

audience and wanted to address the topics more comprehensively. Letters obviously

often have the limitation of referring to a specific person or context. This was

particularly applicable to individuals such as Edson or Kellogg. Fortunately, the

principle in such cases could still easily be ascertained in most cases and generally

held enough parallels with statements addressed to broader audiences. As an example,

Ellen White encouraged Edson by telling him that “Only in the fullest surrender is

there peace and rest for you…”1 The same idea of peace as a result of surrender is

also present in the Review and Herald.2 It is therefore clear that even besides

consideration of the immediate literary context and recipient, it is not difficult to find

equivalent statements that clearly had a broader audience that would find more direct

applicability to us today.

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4. Research Summary:

What is Surrender and How is it done?

According to Merriam-Webster, the term “surrender” refers to the idea of

yielding, power, control, or possession of another or “to give (oneself) up into the

power of another…”3 The first meaning has been in use since as early as the 15th

century, so these definitions give us a starting point from which we can understand

Ellen White’s usage of the term. Fortunately, although Ellen White never gives a

simple dictionary definition, one of her best-known statements on the topic in her

book Steps to Christ explains how we can practice it. In plain terms, surrender is

referred to as exerting one’s will to use the power of choice. What for? To choose to

serve God and give Him one’s will. By doing so, the promise is made that God will

work in us to live in accordance with His will.4 As will be seen throughout this paper,

the object of our surrender is not merely a series of sinful practices or things, but the

entirety of the individual self. In fact, to surrender any number of practices or things

to the exclusion of yourself in the most complete sense would not adequately fit the

vast majority of the statements in which the term “surrender” is used. There is no

“partial” surrender where Satan does not gain free access and salvation is forfeited.5

The Necessity of Surrender

In approaching this topic, it may be worth noting from the outset that we are

told self-surrender was the substance of Christ’s teachings.6 How then is it that this

practice is not more readily emphasized and taught? If it represented the “substance”

of what Jesus taught, it seems that more attention should be given to it. Without

surrendering our lives fully to Christ, Ellen White further reveals that God cannot

have us in heaven,7 He will not work with us,8 our part in the contest is hopeless,9 we

are completely lost,10 and we will ultimately do Satan’s bidding.11 The extent of some

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of these claims may be startling to one who is unfamiliar with the concept. Surely

surrender must be of utmost importance if it can mean the difference between eternal

life and death!

Other statements also suggest that all Christians are disciples, and all disciples

must be entirely surrendered or else they cannot be disciples.12 The reason given for

this is taken from 1 Corinthians 6:15-20 where Paul urged the Corinthians to

surrender because they belonged to God through creation and redemption.13 Surrender

should not only be daily14 but constant as well.15 Just as Jesus described the vine

branch drawing sap from the vine in John 15:5, we are to “cling to Jesus.”16 Once that

is done, it is necessary to hold our wills there firmly from day to day and hour by

hour.17 So we see that surrender is not only imperative to our lives as Christians, but

must be maintained untiringly.

The Sequence of Surrender in Salvation

In the effort of trying to observe a linear sequence in the process of salvation,

the closest I could find to a first step is that as we behold Christ’s sacrifice, the heart

will melt, break, and surrender all to God.18 Several paragraphs preceding this one,

however, Ellen White also explains that “the love of God must be constantly

cultivated.” This suggestion seems to be the result of surrender as well, so it is unclear

as to which comes first technically.19 Outside of statements explicitly describing the

term “surrender,” there is one in which it is clearly explained that Jesus imparts all

inclination and even faith itself,20 so it is clear that He ultimately has to initiate it all.

Once we surrender, we begin to give evidence of our alliance with God. The result is

that our faith then works by love.21 Interestingly, this is not to suggest that we did not

exercise faith through works before, but that it now simply works by love. It seems

that such a faith is what Christ referred to when encouraging us to take His yoke as

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easy, rather than the heavy galling one we manufacture for ourselves.22 It should also

be noted that when we surrender our sins to God, they become His property and we

no longer have to worry about or be bound by them.23 Surrender is also described as

the “first step in the path of obedience.”24

Justification is spoken of as requiring surrender before it can take place.

Continued obedience is also necessary in order to retain that justification,25 but as we

have already seen, that can occur when our faith works by love as we behold and are

drawn to Christ.26 Even more fascinating yet is that sanctification itself also refers to

and means an unreserved, entire surrender of the whole being.27 So if justification

follows surrender, and sanctification is surrender, it should come as no surprise that

salvation is a result of and itself means complete surrender, since salvation

incorporates both justification and sanctification.28

The function, benefits, and cost of surrender in the Christian experience

Now that we have looked at the necessity and sequence of surrender, it is

worth looking at some of the benefits of doing so. These positive motivators are

compelling, and by far outweigh the negatives already observed when discussing the

necessity of surrendering. As early as the 1860s, Ellen White noted that God’s love

and the practice of holiness are pleasant when surrender is in place.29 More than that,

she mentions that when unreserved surrender is made, self no longer strives to master

the individual.30 This is an incredible thought because self is commonly seen as the

most difficult sin to overcome and often lies at the root of other sins. How could this

be? To start with, we are told that the Holy Spirit is given without measure when

surrender takes place.31 The recognition that nothing is left to give to God because

entire letting go has taken place results in “that which all the world is seeking,”

including rest, contentment, peace, grace, and spiritual vigor.32 It is also worth noting

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that surrender is the only way to get the grace of Christ.33 When we surrender, God

takes control and we are assured we will see of His salvation.34 This is also because

God’s grace is also associated with wisdom, understanding, and the strength

necessary to overcome.35 These gifts result in victory after victory in the Christian

life.36

What does surrender cost? From God’s perspective, only “that which we are

better off without.” Though it may seem difficult, the sacrifice is not seen as great in

proportion to that which God is willing to do for and give us. Not only are we

promised eternal life, but also a life that is a hundred times better in this lifetime.37 If

you have not taken that step yet, what are you waiting for? What better a deal could

be offered in exchange for the little we have to give up than all that God has

promised38 along with heaven itself?39 May we all make that surrender, for until that

happens our lives can never reach their full potential.

The relation of surrender to confidence, transformation, and perfection

Although we are warned against indulging in the thought that we are sinless

and told that we will more clearly discern our own defects as we see Christ’s

perfection,40 this does not mean that we may have no confidence in the Christian

walk. In fact, the moment we surrender to Jesus we are told He holds us more firmly

than we can grasp Him41 and victory is sure!42 This can give us tremendous

confidence.

How does surrender relate to character transformation and perfection?

According to Ellen White, we will not be ready to meet the Lord in peace without

transformation of character. How this is accomplished needs to be qualified though,

but all she explains in the context of this statement is that Christ will save all who

make an entire surrender to Him.43 We can only infer the role that surrender plays in

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relation to surrender from that statement, however, we find a clearer explanation in

Steps to Christ where we learn that living a new life (think transformation) occurs

through constant surrender with strength from above.44 Thus we see that it is not our

own efforts alone, but power from above that enables and helps us experience

transformation. Perfection is not left out of the equation either, though it is defined

differently than some may expect in relation to surrendering. It is worth noting that

the call for perfection is defined as the measure of the standard of Christlikeness.

Furthermore, the moment we surrender, not only do we have His righteousness, but

we are also complete in Him.45 Seen this way, we can be perfect at every stage in our

experience that we remain surrendered, while still growing in maturity.46 Perfection,

therefore, is less about what is done externally, and far more about the state of the

heart regulating the life.47

Sub-topics still under further development:

The relation of surrender to obedience

The relation of surrender to righteousness by faith (Connect with confidence)

Ellen White’s Biblical Basis for Surrender

5. New Ideas Encountered:

Some of the theological nuances that stood out as I studied this topic included

the following: Surrender is as important as a life-saving amputation.48 Doing great

things for God without surrender is worth less than the smallest thing with

surrender.49 Self-inflicted penances are a worthless substitute for surrender.50 Full

consecration to God would result in a thousand times more work for Him.51 It seems

that this teaching is ultimately what righteousness by faith is all about and represents

the missing element in the lives of far too many.

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6. Sources Consulted:

I looked at all 1,211 lifetime works sources listed on egwwritings.org for the

term “Surrender.” Rather than list each one with all of the statements that represent

linguistic or ideological duplications, however, I will list the sources I saved and

found particularly useful to this research. I also consulted the Digital Resource Center

at http://drc.whiteestate.org and read through numerous correspondences, but did not

find anything useful to this study. The Center for Adventist Research and General

Conference Adventist Archives websites likewise did not list any non-Ellen G. White

materials that seemed like they would be pertinent to the limited scope of this study. I

have included the paragraph number and date in the standard office code-indicators

below as this will assist in looking statements up and may prove helpful to see Ellen

White’s development of thought over time.

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Letters & Manuscripts:

Lt 11, 1864.24 Lt 121, 1904.18 Ms 163a, 1898.2


Lt 9, 1866 Lt 11, 1905.25 Ms 198, 1898.16
Lt 20, 1867.13 Ms 5, 1863 Ms 2, 1899.14
Lt 26a, 1868.3 Ms 20, 1868.4 Ms 73, 1899.6
Lt 39, 1874.6 Ms 12, 1868.8 Ms 55, 1900.5
Lt 36, 1892.13 Ms 7, 1885.6 Ms 55, 1900.8
Lt 29, 1893.5 Ms 12, 1888.13 Ms 55, 1900.9
Lt 96, 1898.23 Ms 36, 1890.18 Ms 56, 1900.6
Lt 121, 1898.13 Ms 42, 1890.100 Ms 26, 1901.9
Lt 150, 1900.12 Ms 26a, 1892.10 Ms 52, 1902.4
Lt 123, 8-5-1902.8 Ms 50, 1893.15 Ms 102, 1902.10
Lt 162, 1902.9 Ms 67, 1894.23 Ms 168, 1902.31
Lt 106, 1903.31 Ms 60, 1898.40 Ms 2, 1903.33
Lt 71, 1904.6 Ms 160, 1898 Ms 2, 1903.34

Books/Tracts:

4bSG 150.1, 1864 SC 48, 1892 Ph079, 17.2, 1899


ApM 18.3, 1864 SC 62-63, 1892 COL 118.1, 1900
Ph104, 32.1, 1875 SC 70, 1892 COL 173.1, 1900
GC 617, 1888 MB 20.3, 1896 COL 328.2, 1900
EA 211.3, 1891 MB 60.2, 1896 COL 402.3, 1900
SC 14, 1892 MB 61.1, 1896 AA 51.2, 1911
SC 43, 1892 DA 324.1, 1898 AA 388.2, 1911
SC 47, 1892 DA 672.2, 1898

Periodical Articles:

ST 2-21-1878, par. 14 YI 8-24-1893, par. 6 ST 12-13-1899, par. 6


RH 7-22-1884, par. 8 RH 10-9-1894, par. 6 GH 4-23-1902, par. 9
RH 8-36-1881, par. 5 YI 5-27-1897, par. 15 ST 3-26-1902, par. 2
ST 9-29-1887, par. 10 YI 2-10-1898, par. 4 YI 8-21-1902, par. 6
RH 9-11-1888, par. 11 ST 9-1-1898, par. 2 SW 8-25-1903, par. 4
RH 11-4-1890, par. 4 RH 7-25-1899, par. 13 PUR 11-5-1903, par. 10
RH 8-11-1891, par. 6 ST 7-26-1899, par. 2 ST 2-3-1904, par. 2
ST 8-8-1892, par. 2 ST 11-15-1899, par. 8 AUCR 5-15-1905, par. 6

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Lt 36, 1892.13 - Dear son, Edson, I cannot forbear from urging you to make a decided change. Jesus
is now before the Father as your atoning sacrifice. Christ’s invitation is to you, “Come unto me, all ye
that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I
am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden
is light.” [Matthew 11:28-30.] Only in the fullest surrender is there peace and rest for you, my dear son.
Just as long as you struggle to maintain your own way, there is no rest, no peace for you.

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RH 9-11-1888, par. 11 - Peace comes when the conflict has been met and sustained, through the help
and power obtained from Jesus Christ. The constant surrender of the will to God, brings conquests in
the spiritual life. We must not be overcome with Satan’s specious temptations. We must war against
them, if we would gain the prize of perfect peace. This peace is not the peace that the world giveth, but
the peace of Christ. The most precious promises of God are to be claimed, and held fast, by the
exercise of faith…
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“Surrender | Definition of Surrender by Merriam-Webster,” 24 April 2018. https://www.merriam-
webster.com/dictionary/surrender
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SC 47, 1892 - “How am I to make the surrender of myself to God?” You desire to give yourself to
Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of
sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your
impulses, your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your
confidence in your own sincerity, and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you; but you need not
despair. What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the
nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will.
The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you
cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your
will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole
nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon
Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.
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Ms 7, 1885.6 - A partial surrender to truth gives free access for Satan to work. The heart is the soul
temple; and until this is fully on the Lord’s side, it is the stronghold of the enemy. His suggestions in
the mind become mingled with the truth and are received as truth. This influence is leading souls away
from the grand old waymarks into false paths. When the mind becomes thus confused, when right is
considered unessential, and error is called truth, it is almost impossible to make these deceived souls
see that it is the adversary that has confused their senses and polluted the soul temple. A tissue of lies is
planted where truth and truth alone should be. The truth of God is a dead letter to them, and the
Saviour’s love is unknown. There is no heavenly impulse in their soul. Religion is a dead form. God is
not in their thoughts.
COL 118.1, 1900 - They never know what it is to have peace and harmony in the soul; for without
entire surrender there is no rest, no joy. Almost Christians, yet not fully Christians, they seem near the
kingdom of heaven, but they do not enter therein. Almost but not wholly saved means to be not almost
but wholly lost.
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YI 5-27-1897, par. 15 - Self-surrender is the substance of the teachings of Christ.
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EA 211.3, 1891 - We are to surrender ourselves to Him, to have the mold and fashion of God put
upon us, that we may be like him in character. God cannot have in heaven any who do not represent his
character; therefore we must represent him here.
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Ms 67, 1894.23 - The Holy Spirit cannot work with a human agent, and mold and fashion the
character after the divine similitude, unless there is a complete surrender on the part of the professed
follower of Christ. God will not work with anyone who builds a halfway house between obedience and
transgression, truth and falsehood.
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Lt 96, 1898.23 - Without the absolute surrender of self, soul, body, and spirit, the contest is hopeless.
Self must be hid in Christ. Said Paul, “What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…”
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COL 118.1, 1900 - There are some who seem to be always seeking for the heavenly pearl. But they
do not make an entire surrender of their wrong habits… Almost Christians, yet not fully Christians,
they seem near the kingdom of heaven, but they cannot enter there. Almost but not wholly saved,
means to be not almost but wholly lost.
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DA 324.1, 1898 - Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed
effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the
time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender
of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with
Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the
end.
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COL 328.2, 1900 - All are to be employed in Christ’s service. In becoming His disciples, we
surrender ourselves to Him with all that we are and have.
4bSG 150.1, 1864 – There must be an entire, unreserved surrender to God, a forsaking and turning
away from the love of the world and earthly things, or we cannot be his disciples.
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YI 8-24-1893, par. 6 - Paul uses this argument to incite the Corinthians to surrender themselves to
God. He says, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,
which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God

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in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” To obey this injunction takes all there is in us. God
has a double claim upon us; for we are his by virtue of creation, and by virtue of redemption.
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ST 9-1-1898, par. 2 - The cross is to be borne daily. Every day we should surrender ourselves to
God. Thus we may gain special help and daily victories. In this way the home may become a school,
where workers for Christ may be trained.
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SC 48, 1892 - You will have strength from above to hold you steadfast, and thus through constant
surrender to God you will be enabled to live the new life, even the life of faith.
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DA 672.2, 1898 - “Abide in Me, and I in you.” Abiding in Christ means a constant receiving of His
Spirit, a life of unreserved surrender to His service. The channel of communication must be open
continually between man and his God. As the vine branch constantly draws the sap from the living
vine, so are we to cling to Jesus, and receive from Him by faith the strength and perfection of His own
character.
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Ms 42, 1890.100 - When you bring the truth as it is in Jesus into the inner sanctuary of the soul, then
Christ is abiding in you. “Without me ye can do nothing,” He says. [John 15:5.] Make an entire
surrender to God. Your will, your preference, must be submerged in God’s will and held there firmly
day by day, hour by hour. Then you will triumph in the God of your salvation.
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Ms 55, 1900.8 - In the teachings of Christ the law and the gospel are closely connected. They cannot
be separated. But by religionists generally, they have been divorced. Some reject the law, others by
rejecting the doctrine of justification by faith, reject the gospel. They do not dwell upon Christ and His
matchless love, but bring in theories and reasonings. Many who preach to the people are themselves
unconverted. Their hearts have never felt the sweet evidence of the forgiveness of their sins. How then
can they present to others the love of God? Only those who have themselves seen the Saviour can
reveal Him. Look at the cross of Calvary and you will have desire to point others to the cross. Behold
Him in whom dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Behold the sacrifice of God’s dear Son, and
the heart will be melted and broken. It will surrender all to God.
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Ms 55, 1900.5 - The Potter cannot mold and fashion unto honor that which has never been placed in
His hands. The Christian life is one of daily surrender, submission, and continual overcoming. Every
day fresh victories will be gained. Self must be lost sight of, and the love of God must be constantly
cultivated. Thus we grow up into Christ. Thus the life is fashioned according to the divine model.
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Ms 36, 1890.18 - I ask, How can I present this matter as it is? The Lord Jesus imparts all the powers,
all the grace, all the penitence, all the inclination, all the pardon of sins, in presenting His righteousness
for man to grasp by living faith—which is also the gift of God. If you would gather together everything
that is good and holy and noble and lovely in man, and then present the subject to the angels of God as
acting a part in the salvation of the human soul or in merit, the proposition would be rejected as
treason. Standing in the presence of their Creator and looking upon the unsurpassed glory which
enshrouds His person, they are looking upon the Lamb of God given from the foundation of the world
to a life of humiliation, to be rejected of sinful men, to be despised, to be crucified. Who can measure
the infinity of the sacrifice!
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Ms 55, 1900.9 - Let this point be fully settled in every mind. If we accept Christ as Redeemer, we
must also accept Him as Ruler. We cannot have perfect, confiding trust in Christ as our Saviour until
we surrender ourselves to obey His commandments. Thus we give evidence of our allegiance to God.
Then our faith works by love.
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Lt 71, 1904.6 - When men surrender their wills to His will, they yoke up with Him and gain victory
in every conflict. His yoke is easy. But the yoke that men manufacture for themselves are heavy and
galling.
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Ms 198, 1898.16 - Just as soon as we will let Him, He will take away all our sins. Just as soon as we
surrender them to God, our sins become His property. We have no right to spend a single moment in
perplexity over them. And just as soon as we give ourselves to God we are His property also and have
no more any right or reason to live in sin. He can and will keep that which is committed unto His
hands.
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RH 10-9-1894, par. 6 - The first step in the path of obedience is to surrender the will to God. This
may seem a difficult thing to do; for Satan will present every possible objection, and will manufacture
difficulties, and magnify perplexities before the mind; but take the first step, and the next step on the
ladder of progress will be easier. The ladder of progress must be climbed round by round; but God is
above the ladder, and his glory will illuminate every step of advancement. The path of faith and self-
denial is an upward path; its way is heavenward, and as you advance, the misleading clouds of doubt
and evil will be left behind.
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RH 11-4-1890, par. 4 But while God can be just, and yet justify the sinner through the merits of
Christ, no man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ’s righteousness while practicing known
sins, or neglecting known duties. God requires the entire surrender of the heart, before justification can

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take place; and in order for man to retain justification, there must be continual obedience, through
active, living faith that works by love and purifies the soul.
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GH 4-23-1902, par. 9 - Acquaintance with Christ makes you want to abide in him, and to have him
abide in you. Entire self-surrender is required.
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Ms 163a, 1898.2 - The life which Christ alone can give is given only upon condition of obedience.
This obedience takes in the whole man—mind, heart, soul, and strength. God calls for a full and entire
surrender of the whole being. This is true sanctification. “This do, and thou shalt live,” is the only
genuine definition of sanctification.
Ms 52, 1902.4 - Sanctification. What does it mean to be sanctified? It means an unreserved surrender
to God, to know and do His will. It means to be heavenly-minded, pure, unselfish, without spot or
blemish.
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ST 11-15-1899, par. 8 - It is thought strange by some that our salvation should demand our entire
submission to the law of God. But The Lord Could Not Do a More Cruel Thing than to save man in his
rebellion. No man can be saved unless he comes under the rule of Christ. Salvation means to us
complete surrender of soul, body, and spirit. Because of the unruly elements in our nature, our passions
often gain the mastery. The only hope of the sinner is to cease from sin. Then his will is in harmony
with the will of Christ. His soul is brought into fellowship with God.
ST 3-26-1902, par. 2 - No human being can work for God in His own power. Christ says, “Without
Me ye can do nothing.” Those who surrender body, mind, and spirit into the hands of God, to be
controlled by Him, will see of His salvation.
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Ms 20, 1868.4 - The love of God, the practice of holiness, is pleasant when there is a perfect
surrender to God.
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Ms 102, 1902.10 - When an unreserved surrender of the powers of body, mind, and soul is made to
the Saviour, self no longer strives for the mastery.
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MB 20.3, 1896 - To Jesus, who emptied Himself for the salvation of lost humanity, the Holy Spirit
was given without measure. So it will be given to every follower of Christ when the whole heart is
surrendered for His indwelling.
See also GH 4-23-1902, par. 9
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Lt 20, 1867.13 - Your help is needed. Your influence is wanted. The whole weight of it should be
thrown on the Lord’s side. Let nothing prevent you from answering the design of God in this great
work, to aid what you can to help forward the work. Entire letting go is what is required in order for
you to have peace with God,—entire consecration, a full surrender of your entire being. Jesus loves
you. You must believe it, and lay the wealth of your affections at His feet. Like a faithful soldier of the
cross of Christ, endure hardness; gird on every piece of the armor and fight manfully the battles of the
Lord. Let not opposing forces lessen your courage and bring you into despondency.
Lt 121, 1904.18 - You need spiritual life. This life would give vigor to your soul and to your body.
Spiritual life yields to its possessor that which all the world is seeking, but which can never be obtained
without an entire surrender to God. You will have to say oftener than you have ever said, “Be still, and
know that I am God.” This will give your soul the needed rest. It will give you contentment in doing
the very best you can.
Ms 60, 1898.40 - If you desire pardon and peace and the grace of Christ, you must make an
unconditional surrender. Submit to Christ’s terms.
Ms 2, 1899.14 - Do not wait for a more convenient season. Surrender all to God, and freedom, light,
and peace will come to you.
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Lt 121, 1898.13 - Self must not be expected to do a work for God without depending on the Holy
Spirit’s leading. Self must be constantly subdued, if our will is in harmony with Christ’s will. The
sooner we get down to bedrock, the more complete will be our victory in Christ Jesus. The grace of
Christ can only come through surrender.
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Controlled by God, Salvation - ST 3-26-1902, par. 2 - No human being can work for God in His
own power. Christ says, “Without Me ye can do nothing.” Those who surrender body, mind, and spirit
into the hands of God, to be controlled by Him, will see of His salvation.
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Lt 123, 8.5.1902.8 - Jesus saves only those who repent of their sins. By the efficacy of His blood,
they are cleansed from all defilement. In all wisdom and prudence He works in the one who in faith
surrender to Him. “Let him take hold of my strength,” He says, “that he may make peace with me, and
he shall make peace with me.” [Isaiah 27:5.] All those who die to self He will make vessels unto honor.
He will bestow on them wisdom and understanding in spiritual things, giving them a rich measure of
His grace.
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Lt 106, 1903.31 - God’s workers must gain a far deeper experience. If they will surrender all to Him,
He will work mightily for them. They will plant the standard of truth upon fortresses till then held by
Satan and with shouts of victory take possession of them.

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Ms 2, 1903.33 - Shall we obtain strength from God, and win victory after victory, or shall we try in our
own strength, and at last fall back defeated, worn out by vain efforts. Let us, by unreserved surrender to
God, obtain the power that every one must have who conquers in the battle against evil.
See also Ph104, 32.1, 1875
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RH 8-11-1891, par. 6 - Jesus does not require of man any real sacrifice; for whatever we are asked
to surrender is only that which we are better off without. We are only letting go the lesser, the more
worthless, for the greater, the more valuable. Every earthly, temporal consideration must be
subordinate to the higher. But abundant blessings are promised to sincere faith and obedience. “Every
one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands,
for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (cf. Mark 10:30,
Matthew 19:29).
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ST 9-29-1887, par. 10 - If we make an entire surrender to him, leave our life of sin and passion and
pride, and cling to Christ and his merits, he will fulfill to us all that he has promised. He says that he
will give liberally to all who ask him. Cannot we believe it? I have tested him on this point, and know
that he is faithful to fulfill all his promises.
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Lt 29, 1893.5 - Make an entire surrender, and you have His words, “Him that cometh unto me I will
in no wise cast out.” [John 6:37.] In accepting Christ by genuine faith, you gain all heaven with this
precious gift.
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SL 7.2, 1889 - Those who are really seeking to perfect Christian character will never indulge
the thought that they are sinless. Their lives may be irreproachable, they may be living
representatives of the truth which they have accepted; but the more they discipline their minds to dwell
upon the character of Christ, and the nearer they approach to His divine image, the more clearly will
they discern its spotless perfection, and the more deeply will they feel their own defects.
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RH 7-22-1884, par. 8 - The moment you surrender yourself wholly to him in simple faith, Jesus
accepts you, and encircles you in his arms of love. He holds you more firmly than you can grasp
him.
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Ms 2, 1903.34 - Let no one despair of gaining the victory. Victory is sure when self is surrendered to
God. The Lord is on the ground. The church is to see of His salvation. God is not slack concerning His
promise. He has given His angels charge over His children. Hereafter the witness will be heard, “My
feet had well nigh slipped, but the Lord upheld me.” The Lord’s way was the best—to come in trial to
the one He wished to help.
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Lt 11, 1905.25 - Are your lives, your characters controlled by the Holy Spirit? We are living amidst
abnormal wickedness, but we may stand free from it all. Serve God zealously and faithfully, and thus
be preparing for the great day when Christ shall come to take His jewels to Himself. Oh, awake out of
sleep. Without transformation of character you cannot be ready to meet the Lord in peace. Christ will
save all who will make an entire surrender to Him. Make a covenant with God by sacrifice.
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SC 48, 1892 - You will have strength from above to hold you steadfast, and thus through constant
surrender to God you will be enabled to live the new life, even the life of faith.
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ST 7-26-1899, par. 2 - “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
This is the standard God holds before His children. It is a standard of Christlikeness. Christianity
means entire surrender to the will of God. Then it can be said of us, “Ye are complete in Him.”
RH 7-25-1899, par. 13 - Sanctification is the measure of our completeness. The moment we surrender
ourselves to God, believing in him, we have his righteousness.
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ED 105.3, 1903 - The germination of the seed represents the beginning of spiritual life, and the
development of the plant is a figure of the development of character. There can be no life without
growth. The plant must either grow or die. As its growth is silent and imperceptible, but continuous, so
is the growth of character. At every stage of development our life may be perfect; yet if God’s purpose
for us is fulfilled, there will be constant advancement.
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Lt19a, 1875.18 - The state of the heart regulates the life.
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MB 60.2, 1896 - To prevent disease from spreading to the body and destroying life, a man would
submit to part even with his right hand. Much more should he be willing to surrender that which
imperils the life of the soul.
MB 61.1, 1896 - In order for us to reach this high ideal, that which causes the soul to stumble must be
sacrificed. It is through the will that sin retains its hold upon us. The surrender of the will is represented
as plucking out the eye or cutting off the hand. Often it seems to us that to surrender the will to God is
to consent to go through life maimed or crippled. But it is better, says Christ, for self to be maimed,
wounded, crippled, if thus you may enter into life. That which you look upon as disaster is the door to
highest benefit.
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COL 402.3, 1900 - In all our service a full surrender of self is demanded. The smallest duty done in
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seeking. He looks to see how much of the spirit of Christ we cherish, and how much of the likeness of
Christ our work reveals. He regards more the love and faithfulness with which we work than the
amount we do.
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ST 8-8-1892, par. 2 - You are to die to self, to crucify the flesh, with the affections and lusts. You
need not devise ways and methods of bringing about your own crucifixion; self-inflicted penances are
of no avail, and will be found worthless when the test comes upon you. We are to surrender the heart to
God, that he may renew and sanctify us, and fit us for his heavenly courts… Do you imagine that you
can leave off sin by your own human power a little at a time? You cannot do this;… But you say, “The
surrender of all my idols will break my heart.” This is what is needed. In giving up all for God, you fall
upon the rock and are broken. Give up all for him without delay, for unless you are broken, you are
worthless.
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AUCR 5-15-1905, par. 6 - A thousand times more work for God might be accomplished if all His
children would fully consecrate themselves to Him, using their talents aright. If they would improve
every opportunity for doing good, doors for service would be opened before them. They would be
called to bear greater responsibilities. Let all ask of God, and they will receive wisdom to carry on His
work under the ministration of the Holy Spirit! As they receive God’s blessing, they will rejoice in
work.

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