Library Articles

Justification and Sanctification

We are to understand that whenever we accept Christ, his righteousness is set to our account. Thus “the righteousness of God” is manifested in our past lives, even though we ourselves have never done a single act of righteousness. So we have the wonder of perfect obedience to the law, without a single righteous act on our part. The righteousness of God without the law—Christ’s righteousness imputed to us. Ellet J. Waggoner

Do the Dead Know?

"The Bible teaches that the dead know not anything; yet you squarely and positively deny it. Since you deny the teachings of the Bible in one point, what is there to keep you from denying any other part, or the whole of it, when some specious sophistry, or some manifestation that appeals to your senses, is presented to you? Just nothing at all."   Ellet J. Waggoner

The Necessity of Forgetting

So much is said in the Bible about remembering, that many are in danger of losing sight of the fact that it is a duty sometimes to forget. .... One reason why so many fail to make advancement in the Christian life is because they have never learned how to forget. They think that one can forget only as the thing gradually fades from the mind, not realizing that they have to put forth positive effort in order to forget, as well as to remember. Ellet J. Waggoner

The Righteousness of God

It is the righteousness of God, his own perfect and infinite righteousness that is made known and shown forth. Nothing but this righteousness will ever do anybody any good. It is his righteousness, precisely as it is in him that will or can avail. No one must ever be content for a single moment without the certain and full possession of this righteousness.  Alonzo T. Jones

Faith and Humility

 

"No man will use crutches until he finds that his unaided limbs will not support his body; so no man will depend upon Christ for salvation until he finds that he cannot be saved by his own works." ~Ellet J. Waggoner 

Living by Faith - Romans 1:17

There are too many who try to live the Christian life on the strength of the faith which they exercised when they realized their need of pardon for the sins of their past life. They know that God alone can pardon sins, and that he does this through Christ; but they imagine that having once been started they must run the race in their own strength. ~Ellet J. Waggoner

Being Justified

It will be seen, therefore, that there can be no higher state than that of justification. It does everything that God can do for a man short of making him immortal, which is done only at the resurrection. But this does not mean that, being justified; there is no more danger of the man falling into sin. No; “The just shall live by faith.”  ~Ellet J. Waggoner

The Spirit as Witness and Guide

"If it were true that the Spirit did testify to us, apart from the Bible, then we should have nothing but our own minds by which to determine whether or not any impression is really from the Spirit. And so it is, that they who think that the Spirit leads them, independently of God’s Word, are simply following their own desires and imaginations."  Ellet J. Waggoner