Because the church has not known and appreciated its calling, many sincere souls are in doubt as to God’s character, and even His very existence.
What about the prevailing idea that Christians ought to busy themselves with the government of this earth, and that they, above all others, are the ones to whom the government of this world belongs? What do we learn as to the growing idea that the church should interest itself in politics and have a controlling influence in the affairs of State?
Where We See Jesus.—Our attention has been directed to man in his first dominion, crowned with glory and honor. As we look, we see him fall, and as we continue to gaze, with our eyes fixed on the place where he fell, “we see Jesus.” Where do we see Him? —Just where man fell. Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19.10), and the only way to find a thing that is lost, is to go where it is; the only way to pick up one who he has fallen, and who cannot help himself, is to go to the very place where he fell.
“What Is Man?”—This is a question which we must not forget to answer, and the answer must be kept in mind. “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground.” Genesis 2.7. Literally, He “formed man, dust of the ground.” So that God could say to him, “Dust thou art.” God took dust, and set it over the works of His hands. In all his glory and honor, man was but dust. The power was God’s and so was the glory.
Here is the situation: Men have transgressed the commandment, and have forfeited their lives. They are lost. But here comes the message of salvation—
My heart is like the unopened bag of pinto beans – it looks good through the package, but mixed in with the good beans are the anomalies that defile.
When truth is rejected, it is rejected with ‘commands’ to silence the messengers and to hide, lie about or destroy the evidence.
In delivering us from sin, it is not enough that we shall be saved from the sins that we have actually committed; we must be saved from committing other sins. And that this may be so, there must be met and subdued this hereditary liability to sin: we must become possessed of power to keep us from sinning—a power to conquer this liability, this hereditary tendency that is in us, to sin.
The year following the 1888 General Conference, E. J. Waggoner wrote, “The great characteristic of faith is that it works. We do not mean that works are attached to it, but works come from it. “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26. Faith ‘works by love,’ says Paul. There may be that which is called faith, but if no works proceed from it, it is not faith."
What a world of comfort in that statement that we are “all of one;” that we have exactly the same right to call God our Father that Christ has.