A very important lesson is conveyed by our Lord’s illustration in Luke 17:5-10.
"Although connection with the church is proper and a source of great benefit to the individual when the church is not in a fallen state, his relation to God and to the Gospel is the same as though he were living alone upon an island in the midst of the sea."
AS God inhabits eternity, so that all time is present with Him, so all His promises and blessings for men are in the present tense. There can be no future or past time to Him. This makes Him “a very present help in trouble,” for we can live only in the present.
Ever since the fall, men could enter the gates of righteousness at any time they chose. Thus it will be until probation ends.
"The law came from the Son as well as from the Father, for they are one. But grace, as well as truth, came by Jesus Christ. (John 1:17). By His divine, creative power all things are given to us that pertain to life and godliness." Ellet J. Waggoner
"‘This message, understood in its true character, and proclaimed in the Spirit, will lighten the earth with its glory’" —MS 15,1888. (Olson, p. 296).
The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. —TM p. 91.
Never is it safe to depend on any man - let alone men in a group.
Instead of attacking their error and combating it with hard argument, the apostle begins with an experience, which illustrates the case in hand. In this narrative he shows that salvation is wholly by faith for all men alike, and not in any degree by works. As Christ tasted death for every man, so every man who is saved must have Christ's personal experience of death and resurrection and life. Christ in the flesh does what the law cannot do. Galatians 2:21; Romans 8:3,4
When will Christians learn that in times of darkness they are to look up and not down. Though cast down, they are not forsaken. Ellet J. Waggoner