"The cross is and always has been a symbol of disgrace. . . . The offense of the cross is that it is a confession of human frailty and sin, and of inability to do any good thing. To take the cross of Christ means to depend solely on Him for everything, and this is the abasement of all human pride. Men love to fancy themselves independent. They have no objection to any goodness that they themselves can do. One might preach "morality" to a band of robbers, or to any heathen, and it would be well received, so long as they were exhorted to get it by their own efforts. Indeed, they would feel flattered, rather than otherwise, for such preaching would imply that they were already righteous in themselves. But let the cross be preached; let it be made known that in man dwelleth no good thing, and that all must be received as a gift, and straightway somebody is offended." The Glad Tidings, p. 211. —E. J.Waggoner
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"The Fact That Jesus Has . . . "
The fact that Jesus has done everything for man is sometimes perverted. It is often said that as He fulfilled the law, keeping it for us, we have nothing whatever to do with it. That is the same as saying that because He always told the truth, we may lie with impunity; that as He honored the Father, we are free to dishonor Him. No greater error could be conceived.
Excerpt: "The just have to live their lives on this earth in the flesh, and that life is the life which they live by faith. The physical life of the just person is by faith. 'I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.' Gal. 2:20. The life of Jesus is to be "made manifest in our mortal flesh.' 2 Cor. 4:11." E. J. Waggoner.
EXCERPT: "When God forgives our sin, that forgiveness is the power by which we resist sin in the future. The life that cleanses from the sin abides with us to withstand it. Christ is a merciful and faithful High Priest, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people; but His priesthood is according to “the power of an endless life.” Heb. 7:16.
For those following A. T. Jones in his series we have been posting, the last post was #10 in this series. 10 additional articles have now been added. There are now 20 articles posted.
A. T. Jones wrote much on this topic and this series lasted just over a year. This is a work in progress as each article must be proofed against the original for accuracy. --Daniel Peters
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Didn’t Think.—When reminded of the performance of some misdeed which comes very naturally to us, we are prone to excuse ourselves with the statement, “I didn’t think.” That is a mistake. True, we did not think of the right thing; but our performance of the deed was due to the fact that our thoughts were unconsciously running in that channel. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matt. 12:34. “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Prov. 23:7. If a man did not think evil, he would not do evil.
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SO LONG as a person walks in the light of God, loves and accepts the truth of God, however that truth may come to him, so long the presence and the power of God will accompany him, and he will have influence with men. The abiding presence and power of God is the only true source of legitimate power and influence with men.