Ellet J. Waggoner
Paul preached Christ crucified. But you say, “Surely he preached something besides that.
[The relationship between faith and works is often misunderstood, especially if one finds they are still approaching the Gospel with an Armianian mind set. Ellet J. Waggoner expalins this relationship clearly and brings hope to the one that has become discouraged in all their attempts to make themselves right with God. D. Peters]
"The great characteristic of faith is, that it works. We do not mean that works are attached to it, but works come from it."
Just as it was natural for us to ‘try’ to show good works through our own effort, which always ended up with depression and discouragement as a necessary consequence to our predictable failure, so with the new creation it is natural to do the good works of Him who now dwells in us.
Note carefully, Caleb and Joshua were to stay with the congregation while they wandered for the next 40 years. God never sanctioned them to split from the church because they were right. Stay with the church, it will enter Canaan when pride and self-sufficiency have been overcome through the faith of Jesus.
"You say that you cannot overcome your besetting sin; that you have tried, and failed; that the temptation comes so unexpectedly and so strong that you cannot resist it. Let me tell you what that sort of talk really means, and perhaps you will change your tone."
When we consider the matter further, the command to build the sanctuary, together with the statement of the reason why it was to be built, is one of the most sorrowful things to be found in the Scriptures.
If it be true that all men have in them an immortal principle, then there can be no such thing as sin. For immortality means exemption from death. Whoever is immortal cannot die. But "the wages of sin is death;" that is, whoever sins will die; and no one will die except those who sin.
Genuine faith in the Third Angel’s Message is evinced by a practical reception and of all the truths brought out by it. Among them may be mentioned the spirit of the prophecy. One who does not believe in this is not a believer in the message; it is one of the main points. Compare Revelation 12:17 with Revelation 19:10.