“The Israelites were required to sprinkle the door-posts with the blood of a slain lamb, in order that when the angel of death passed through the land, they might escape destruction. But if . . . instead of doing this simple act of faith and obedience, they had barricaded the door, and taken every precaution to keep the destroying angel out, their pains would have been in vain, and would have testified to their unbelief . . .
When the blood was seen upon the door-post, it was enough. The salvation (the deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing and restoration) of the house was assured. So it is in the work of Salvation; it is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanseth from all sin . . . !
The LORD would have His people sound in the faith– not ignorant of the great Salvation (deliverance, rescue, freedom, healing and restoration) so abundantly provided for them . . . !
“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people O Daniel, and upon thy holy city . . . the city and people which are called by Thy name (Jerusalem – City of peace), to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins . . . to make reconciliation* for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness . . .
To seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most holy (holiest of all) . . . !” Daniel 9:24 and 9:19
“It is not now the work of the sinner to make peace with God, but to accept Christ as his peace and righteousness . . . Thus man becomes one with Christ and one with God (John 17:21). There is no way by which the heart may be made holy, save through faith in Christ !” – Youth Instructor, December 6, 1894
“For now . . . in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off (in the outer and inner court), are made nigh by the blood of Christ (the Anointed One, the anointing – John 20:17). For He is our peace, Who hath made both (God and man) one . . . and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us . . .” Ephesians 2:13-14
“Jesus . . . when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost (spirit). And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom . . . and the earth did quake, and the rocks were rent . . .
And when the centurion and they that were with him, watching Jesus (Yehushua) , saw the earth quake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying . . . Truly this Man was the Son of God . . . !”
Matthew 27:50-54 and Mark 15:38-39
” In contemplating the incarnation of Christ in humanity, we stand baffled before an unfathomable mystery that the human mind cannot comprehend. The more we reflect upon it, the more amazing does it appear.
How wide is the contrast between the divinity of Christ and the helpless infant in Bethlehem’s manger! How can we span the distance between the mighty God (Isaiah 9:6-7) and a helpless child? And yet the Creator of worlds, He in Whom was the fulness of the Godhead (Deity, Divinity) bodily, was manifest in the helpless babe in the manger. Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the Father in dignity and glory, and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one* (John 17:21) .
It is in this union that we find the hope of our fallen race . . . !” ref: Colossians 1:20
—Signs of the Times July 30, 1896.
“Through Christ . . . restoration as well as reconciliation* is provided for man. The gulf that was made by sin has been spanned by the cross of Calvary. A full, complete ransom has been paid by Jesus, by virtue of which the sinner is pardoned, and the justice of the law is maintained . . . “To declare, I say . . . at this time (even now, even Today, if you will hear His Voice), His righteousness . . . that He might be just, and the Justifier of them which believe in Jesus !” Romans 3:26 and ref: Hebrews 3:7-8 and II Corinthians 6:2.
All who believe that Christ is the atoning sacrifice (at-one-ment) may come and receive pardon for their sins; for through the merit (worthiness) of Christ, communication has been opened between God and man. God can accept me as His child, and I can claim Him and rejoice in Him as my loving Father !
We must center our hopes of heaven upon Christ alone, because He is our Substitute and Surety (the pledge of a completed work in us – Philippians 1:6) . We have transgressed the law of God, and by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified . . . “For the wages of even one sin is death !” Romans 6:23
The best efforts that man in his own strength can make, are valueless to meet the holy and just law that he has transgressed. . . . But through faith in Christ he may claim the righteousness of the Son of God as all-sufficient. Christ satisfied the demands of the law (the sacrifice of SELF on behalf of God and all others) . . . in His human nature.
He bore the curse of the law (for transgression – Deuteronomy 11:26-28 and 28:1- 47 and Galatians 3:10-14) for the sinner, Christ made an atonement for him, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life ! Genuine faith appropriates the righteousness of Christ [as his own], and the sinner is made an overcomer with Christ; for he is made a partaker of the divine nature, and thus Divinity and humanity are combined ! ref: II Peter 1:3-4
– Review & Herald, July 1, 1890
“For it pleased the Father that in Him (in Christ Jesus) should all fulness* (completion, to finish, to furnish, to complete) dwell . . . And having made peace through the blood of His cross (Philippians 2:8 and Romans 6:10), by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself . . . . And you, who were sometime (once before) alienated, and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now (Today) hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death . . . to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight !”
“The Lord would have His people sound in the faith– not ignorant of the great Salvation (deliverance, rescue, freedom, healing and restoration) so abundantly provided for them . . .
They are not to look forward, thinking that at some future time a great work is to be done for them; for the work is now complete. The believer is not called upon to make his peace with God; he never has nor ever can do this. He is to accept Christ, by faith, as his Peace, for with Christ is God and peace . . .
“And ye are complete in Him, which is Head of all principality and power. In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ . . .
Yea, buried with Him in baptism . . . wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation* of God (Theos – Deity, Divinity), Who hath raised Him from the dead . . . having forgiven you all trespasses !”
Colossians 2:10-13, ref: Hebrews 4:12 and II Peter 1:4
Christ made an end of sin, bearing its heavy curse in His Own body on the tree, and He hath taken away the curse (Galatians 3:10-14) from all those who believe in Him as a personal Saviour. He makes an end of the controlling power of sin in the heart, and the life and character of the believer testify to the genuine character of the grace* (G5485 – Divine Influence) of Christ.
To those that ask Him in faith (Romans 10:17), Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit; for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the sanctification of the Truth (John 17:17 and 6:63), the believer becomes fitted for the courts of heaven; for Christ works within us, and His righteousness is upon us (Zechariah 3:1-9). Without this no soul will be entitled to heaven . . .” – 1 Selected Messages, p.395-396
“For this Man, after He had offered One sacrifice* for sins for ever . . . sat down (Acts 2:30-33, Ephesians 1:18-21 and 2:4-7 and Hebrews 1:3) on the right hand of God, from henceforth expecting (waiting in confident expectation) till His enemies be made His footstool . . .
For by One offering* (bloodless – Romans 12:1) He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified . . . whereof the gift of the Holy Spirit also is a witness to us. For after that He has said before . . .
This is the Covenant (Oath, Promise – Isaiah 55:8-11) that I will make with them after those days, saith the LORD . . . I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them . . . not with ink, nor in tables of stone, but with the Spirit of the Living (Life-giving) God, in the tables of their heart . . .
And their sins and their iniquities will I remember* no more !
ref: II Corinthians 3:1-3
Having therefore brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest, by the blood of Jesus . . . by a new (recently slain) and Living Way (John 14:6), which He hath consecrated* for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh . . . Let us draw near (to the throne of grace) with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure Water (Ephesians 5:26) . . .
And let us hold fast the profession of our faith, without wavering, for He is faithful that hath promised . . . !” Hebrews 10:1-23
“In order to be candidates for heaven we must meet the requirement of the law: “Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself” (Luke 10:27). We can do this only as we grasp by faith the righteousness of Christ as our own (Jeremiah 23:5-6) .; . . Thus Christ makes an end of the curse of sin, and sets the believing soul free from its action and effect !
Reconciliation* means that every barrier between the soul and God is removed, and that the sinner realizes what the pardoning love of God means. By reason of the sacrifice made by Christ for fallen men, God can justly pardon the transgressor who accepts the merits (worthiness) of Christ (Hebrews 10:7-14).
Christ was the channel through which the mercy, love, and righteousness might flow from the heart of God to the heart of the sinner. “He is faithful and He is Just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness !” I John 1:9.
In the prophecy of Daniel it was recorded of Christ that He shall “make reconciliation* for iniquity, and . . . bring in everlasting righteousness” (Daniel 9:24). Every soul may say: “By His perfect obedience He has satisfied the claims of the law, and my only hope is found in looking to Him as my Substitute and Surety, Who obeyed the law perfectly for me. By faith in His merits (worthiness – Revelation 5:12), I am free from the condemnation of the law. He clothes me with His righteousness, which answers all the demands of the law.
“Ye shall know the Truth (the unfailing verity of God’s Word), and the Truth shall make you free . . . for whom the Son makes free, shall be free indeed !” John 8:32-36 and Romans 8:21
I am complete in Him Who brings in everlasting righteousness (Ephesians 1:6 & Colossians 2:10). He presents me to God in the spotless garment of which no thread was woven by any human agent. All is of Christ, and all the glory, honor, and majesty are to be given to the Lamb of God, “which taketh away the sins of the whole world.”
John 1:29, I John 2:2 & Romans 5:12-19
– 1 Selected Messages, p.395-396