“If we would have the Spirit and power of the third angel’s message, we must present the law and the gospel (Glad Tidings) together, for they go hand in hand . . . .
As a power from beneath is stirring up the children of disobedience to make void the law of God, and to trample upon the faith of Christ as our righteousness, a power from above is moving upon the hearts of those who are loyal, to exalt the law . . . . and to lift up Jesus as a complete Saviour !” – Gospel Workers 1892, p.103
“Now unto Him that is able . . . to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence (that is verily before His throne) of His glory with exceeding joy . . . !” Jude 1:24 and ref: Hebrews 4:114-16 & Zephaniah3:14-17
The 3 angel’s messages – ref: Revelation 14:6-15 & 18:1-5
“In the Truths of His Word, God has given to men a revelation of Himself; and to all who accept them they are a shield against the deceptions of Satan. It is a neglect of these Truths that has opened the door to the evils which are now becoming so widespread in the religious world. The nature and the importance of the law of God have been, to a great extent, lost sight of. A wrong conception of the character, the perpetuity, and obligation of the Divine law has led to errors in relation to conversion and sanctification, and has resulted in lowering the standard of piety in the church . . .
Here is to be found the secret of the lack of the Spirit and power of God in the revivals of our time !”
– Great Controversy 1888, p.465-466
“If we would have the Spirit and power of the third angel’s message, we must present the law and the gospel together, for they go hand in hand . . .
“Two years ago, while in Switzerland, I was addressed in the night season by a voice which said, “Follow me.” I thought I arose, and followed my guide. I seemed to be in the Tabernacle at Battle Creek, and my guide gave instructions in regard to many things at the conference. I will give in substance a few things that were said: “The Spirit of God has not had a controlling influence in this meeting. The spirit that controlled the Pharisees is coming in among this people, who have been greatly favored of God.”
Many things were spoken which I will not now present to you. I was told that there was need of great spiritual revival among the men who bear responsibilities in the cause of God. There was not perfection in all points on either side of the question under discussion. We must search the Scriptures for evidences of Truth.
“There are but few, even of those who claim to believe it, that comprehend the third angel’s message, and yet this is the message for this time. It is present Truth. But how few take up this message in its true bearing, and present it to the people in its power! With many it has but little force . . .”
– 1888 Materials, p.165
“Said my guide, “There is much Light yet to shine forth from the law of God and the gospel (Glad Tidings) of righteousness. This message, understood in its true character, and proclaimed in the Spirit, will lighten the earth with its glory !
The great decisive question is to be brought before all nations, tongues, and peoples. The closing work of the third angel’s message will be attended with a power that will send the rays of the Sun of Righteousness into all the highways and byways of life, and decisions will be made for God as supreme Governor; His law will be looked upon as the rule of His government.”
Many who claim to believe the Truth (the Verity of God’s Word) will change their opinions in times of peril, and will take the side of the transgressors of God’s law in order to escape persecution. There will be great humbling of hearts before God on the part of every one who remains faithful and true to the end. But Satan will so work upon the unconsecrated elements of the human mind that many will not accept the Light in God’s appointed way.
I entreat you, brethren, be not like the Pharisees, who were blinded with spiritual pride, self-righteousness, and self-sufficiency, and who because of this were forsaken of God. For years I have been receiving instructions and warnings that this was the danger to our people. Says the Scripture: “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” John 12:42-43
There is positive danger that some who profess to believe the Truth will be found in a position similar to that of the Jews. They take the ideas of the men they are associated with, not because by searching the Scriptures they conscientiously accept the teachings in doctrine as Truth. I entreat you to make God your trust; idolize no man, depend upon no man. Let not your love of man hold them in places of trust that they are not qualified to fill to the glory of God; for man is finite and erring, liable to be controlled by his own opinions and feelings. Self-esteem and self-righteousness are coming in upon us, and many will fall because of unbelief and unrighteousness, for the grace* (the divine Influence) of Christ is not ruling in the hearts of many . . .
All these lessons are given for the benefit of those upon whom the ends of the world are come !
I have been shown that Jesus will reveal to us precious old Truths in a new light, if we are ready to receive them; but they must be received in the very way in which the Lord shall choose to send them. With humble, soft-ened hearts, with respect and love for one another, search your Bibles. The Light may not come in accordance with plans that men may devise.
But all who reverence the Word of God just as it reads, all who do His will to the best of their ability, will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, notwithstanding the efforts of the enemy to confuse minds and to make uncertain the Word of God.
– 1888 Materials, p.166-167