The Path (Way) of Life ?

bethesda     “My son, My daughter . . . . attend to My Words, yea, incline thine ear to My sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes, keep them in the midst of thine heart . . . For they are Life unto those that find them (John 6:63), and health to all their flesh !”
– Proverbs 4:20-22

     “The Saviour in His miracles revealed the power that is continually at work in man’s behalf, to sustain and to heal him . . . Sickness, suffering, and death are work of an antagonistic power. Satan is the destroyer; but God is (our) the Restorer . . . !

     The Words spoken to Israel are true today of those who recover health of body or health of soul. “I Am the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) that healeth thee !” Exodus 15:26.

     The desire of God for every human being is expressed in the Words, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2.  He it is Whoforgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies !” Psalm 103:3-4

     When Christ healed disease, He warned many of the afflicted ones, “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” John 5:14. Thus He taught that they had brought disease upon themselves by transgressing the laws of God (Theos – Deity, divinity), and that health could be preserved only by obedience. 

     The physician should teach his patients that they are to cooperate with God in the work of restoration. The physician has a continually increasing realization of the fact that disease is the result of sin. He knows that the laws of nature, as truly as the precepts of the Decalogue, are divine, and that only in obedience to them can health be recovered or preserved. He sees many suffering as the result of hurtful practices who might be restored to health if they would do what they might for their own restoration. They need to be taught that every practice which destroys the physical, mental, or spiritual energies is sin, and that health is to be secured through obedience to the laws fruits-veggies-3that God has established for the good of all mankind.

     When a physician sees a patient suffering from disease caused by improper eating and drinking or other wrong habits, yet neglects to tell him of this, he is doing his fellow being an injury. Drunkards, maniacs, those who are given over to licentiousness* (immoral thoughts and practices), all appeal to the physician to declare clearly and distinctly that suffering results from sin. Those who understand the principles of life should be in earnest in striving to counteract the causes of disease. Seeing the continual conflict with pain, laboring constantly to alleviate suffering, how can the physician hold his peace? Is he benevolent and merciful if he does not teach strict temperance as a remedy for disease?fruits-vegetables-fresh-2

     Let it be made plain that the way (path) of God’s commandments is the Way of Life. God has established the laws of nature, but His laws are not arbitrary exactions. Every “Thou shalt not,” whether in physical or in moral law, implies a promise. If we obey it, blessing will attend our steps. God never forces us to do right, but He seeks to save us from the evil and lead us to the good. 

     Let attention be called to the laws that were taught to Israel. God gave them definite instruction in regard to their habits of life. He made known to them the laws relating to both physical and spiritual well-being; and on condition of obedience He assured them . . .

The LORD will take away from thee all sickness.” Deuteronomy 7:15. “Set your hearts unto all the Words which I testify among you this day.” “For they are Life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” Deuteronomy 32:46; Proverbs 4:22.

     God desires us to reach the standard of perfection made possible for us by the gift of Christ. He calls upon us to make our choice on the right side, to connect with heavenly agencies, to adopt principles that will restore in us the divine image. In His written Word and in the great book of nature He has revealed the principles of Life. It is our work to obtain a knowledge of these principles, and by obedience to co-operate with Him in restoring health to the body as well as to the soul.

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The physical life is to be carefully educated, cultivated, and developed, that through men and women the divine nature may be revealed in its fullness. Both the physical and the mental powers, with the affections, are to be so trained that they can reach the highest efficiency.

     That perfection* of character which the Lord requires is the fitting up of the whole being as a temple for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God will accept of nothing less than the service of the entire human organism.

     It is not enough to bring into action certain parts of the living machinery. All parts must work in perfect harmony, or the service will be deficient. It is thus that man is qualified to co-operate with God in representing Christ to the world. Thus God desires to prepare a people to stand before Him pure and holy, that He may introduce them into the society of heavenly angels.

Perfection of character cannot be attained when the laws of nature are disregarded; for this is transgression of the law of God (Theos – deity, divinity). His law is written by His own finger upon every nerve, every muscle, every fiber of our being, upon every faculty which has been intrusted to man. These gifts are bestowed, not to be abused and corrupted, but to be used to His honor and glory in the uplifting of humanity. { Review & Herald, November 12, 1901} 

     Men need to learn that the blessings of obedience, in their fullness, can be theirs only as they receive the grace* (G5485 = Divine Influence) of Christ. It is His grace that gives man power to obey the laws of God. It is this that enables him to break the bondage of evil habit. This is the only power that can make him and keep him steadfast in the right path . . . !”

– Ministry of Healing, p.113-115 

A Temple for Our God ?

court-yard-2   “What?  know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God . . . and ye are not your own?

     Therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit (mind), which are God’s . . . for you have been purchased from slavery to sin, at an infinite price . . . !” I Corinthians 6:15-20 and ref: I Peter 1:18-19*

     “When Moses was about to build the sanctuary as a dwelling place for God, he was directed to make all things according to the Pattern shown him in the mount . . . .

But Israel had chosen their own ways. They had not builded according to the Pattern; but Christ, the True temple for God’s indwelling, molded every detail of His earthly life in harmony with God’s ideal. He said, “I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.” Psalm 40:8.

     So our characters are to be builded “for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22. And we are to “make all things according to the Pattern,” even Him Who “suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps.” Hebrews 8:5 & 1 Peter 2:21.     – Desire of Ages, p.209 Continue reading

The Law of the Spirit and Life ?

Eli     “For the Law of the Spirit of (and) Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death . . . !”   Romans 8:2-4

There are Truths in the Word which, like veins of precious ore, are hidden beneath the surface. The hidden treasure is discovered as it is searched for, as a miner searches for gold and silver. The evidence of the Truth (verity) of God’s Word is in the Word itself. Scripture is the key that unlocks scripture. The deep meaning of the Truths of God’s Word is unfolded to our minds by His Spirit.”                                    – 8 Testimonies, p.157

For spiritual things are Spiritually discerned . . . !”     ref: I Corinthians 2:14 

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth (Malachi 4:3-6); but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it: for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success .And be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves . . . .For whoso looketh into the perfect Law of liberty (freedom from sin and death – Romans 8:2), and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hear, but a doer of the work (John 14:10 & Philippians 2:13) . . . . this man shall be blessed in his deed !”     James 1:21-25

Have I not commanded (promised) you?  Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid nor be dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go !”   Joshua 1:8-9

For it is God which worketh in you both to will, and to do of His good pleasure !”     Philippians 2:13″And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him . . . because we keep His Commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight . . . !”    I John 3:22
     “And he that keepeth His Commandments dwelleth in Him, and He (God – John 4:24) in him . . . And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us . . . !”   I John 3:24

And Jesus (Yehushua) said . . . . Abide in Me, and I in you. For as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye bear fruit (Galatians 5:22) except ye abide in Me . . . . For I Am the Vine, and ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit . . . for without Me ye can do nothing !If ye abide in Me (the Word – John 1:1 & 1:14), and My Words . . . which are Spirit and Life . . . abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you !”     John 15:1-7 & John 6:63

If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love . . . even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love !”   John 15:10
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous !”   I John 5:2-3

And hereby we do know that we know Him . . . which is Life eternal . . . (ref: John 17:3), if we keep His Commandments. For he that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the Truth (God’s Word – John 17:17) is not in Him . . . . But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; and hereby know we that we are in Him . . . . He that saith he abideth in Him (Christ Jesus), ought himself also so to walk, even as He (Jesus) walked !”   I John 2:3-6Jesus saith  . . . . “Believest thou not that I Am in the Father, and the Father  . . . which is Spirit (John 4:24) . . . is in Me?  for the Words that I speak unto you,

I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works . . . . If ye love Me, keep My commandments !”   John 14:10-15     And Jesus said . . . “He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him ! John 8:29

     “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 (Revelation 14:6-15 & 18:1-4) 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 (Malachi 4:1-6) into all the highways and byways of life, and decisions will be made for God . . . !”

–Ms 15, 1888, p. 5. (To “Dear Brethren Assembled at General Conference,” Nov. 1, 1888.)