The Fullness of His Blessing – Awaits Our Demand and Reception !

     To each of us our Lord and Saviour says . . . . “The Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence,* and the violent take it by force !”  Matthew 11:12

     This verse of Scripture has often left me wondering . . . What could our Saviour have meant when He spoke these words to his disciples and the multitudes that followed Him ?

     As I prayed and considered one day these words of Jesus, I was led to look up the words “violent” and also “violence” in its original greek of the text.  What our Lord revealed has changed my life forever.  And it is my prayer that as you read the article below, you also will be inspired to press your case as never before “boldly to the throne of grace !”   ref: Galatians 3:14 and Acts 2:30-39

   The word “violent,” and “violence” literally mean =  to seize, to take hold of with unyielding persistence, and refuse to be denied !
Luke 18:1-8* & Genesis 32:24-30*

     Not because we deserve anything, but rather because we claim by faith (Romans 10:17) the merits and worthiness of our crucified and resurrected Saviour, for God has promised, and He verily cannot lie !

ref: Numbers 23:19, I Kings 8:56-58 and Isaiah 55:8-11

     “And all the promises of God are in Him (the Word of God) yea, and in Him, Amen !”
II Corinthians 1:20

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     “The parable of the merchantman seeking goodly pearls has a double significance: it applies not only to men as seeking the kingdom of heaven, but to Christ as seeking His lost inheritance. Christ, the heavenly merchantman seeking goodly pearls, saw in lost humanity the pearl of price.

     In man, defiled and ruined by sin, He saw the possibilities of redemption. Hearts that have been the battleground of the conflict with Satan, and that have been rescued by the power of love (self-sacrifice), are more precious to the Redeemer than are those who have never fallen.

      God looked upon humanity, not as vile and worthless; He looked upon it in Christ, He saw it as it might become through redeeming love. He collected all the riches of the universe, and laid them down in order to buy the pearl. And Jesus, having found it, resets it in His own diadem. “For they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon His land.” Zechariah 9:16. “They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels.” Malachi 3:17.

     But Christ as the precious pearl, and our privilege of possessing this heavenly treasure, is the theme on which we most need to dwell. It is the Holy Spirit that reveals to men the preciousness of the goodly pearl. The time of the Holy Spirit’s power is the time when in a special sense the heavenly gift is sought and found. In Christ’s day many heard the gospel, but their minds were darkened by false teaching, and they did not recognize in the humble Teacher of Galilee the Sent of God.

     But after Christ’s ascension His enthronement (Zechariah 6:12-13)in His mediatorial kingdom was signalized by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost the Spirit was given. Christ’s witnesses proclaimed the power of the risen Saviour. The light of heaven penetrated the darkened minds of those who had been deceived by the enemies of Christ. They now saw Him exalted to be “a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31.

     They saw Him encircled with the glory of heaven, with infinite treasures in His hands to bestow upon all who would turn from their rebellion. As the apostles set forth the glory of the Only-Begotten of the Father, three thousand souls were convicted.

     They were made to see themselves as they were, sinful and polluted, and Christ as their friend and Redeemer. Christ was lifted up, Christ was glorified, through the power of the Holy Spirit resting upon men.
     By faith these believers saw Him as the One Who had borne humiliation, suffering, and death that they might not perish but have everlasting Life . . . . “and this Life is in His Son !” I John 5:11-12. The revelation (revealing) of Christ by the Spirit brought to them a realizing sense of His power and majesty, and they stretched forth their hands to Him by faith, saying, “I believe !”

     Then the Glad Tidings (gospel) of a risen Saviour were carried to the uttermost bounds of the inhabited world. The church beheld converts flocking to her from all directions. Believers were reconverted. Sinners united with Christians in seeking the pearl of great price.
     The prophecy was fulfilled, The weak shall be “as David,” and the house of David “as the Angel of the Lord.” Zechariah 12:8. Every Christian saw in his brother the divine similitude of benevolence and love. One interest prevailed. One object swallowed up all others. All hearts beat in harmony. The only ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ’s character, and to labor for the enlargement of His kingdom.

     “The multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul. . . . With great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus (Ephesians 1:17-21 and Romans 6:1-6); and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:32, 33. “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:47. The Spirit of Christ animated the whole congregation; for they had found the pearl of great price.

     These scenes are to be repeated, and with greater power. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was the former rain, but the Latter Rain will be more abundant. The Spirit awaits our demand and reception. Christ is again to be revealed in His fulness by the Holy Spirit’s power.

     Men will discern the value of the precious pearl, and with the apostle Paul they will say, “What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge* (knowing) of Christ Jesus my Lord.”   Philippians 3:7-8 and ref: John 17:3*

– Christ Object Lessons, p.121

     “Christ had an infinite variety of subjects from which to choose in His teaching, but the one upon which He dwelt most largely was the endowment of His Holy Spirit. What great things He predicted for the church because of this endowment!   Yet what subject is less dwelt upon today? what promise less fulfilled?

     Prophecies are dwelt upon, doctrines are expounded, but the promise of the Spirit, the fulfillment of which is necessary for the success of God’s work, is incidentally touched upon, and that is all. Other blessings and privileges have been set before the church but the thought entertained regarding the promise of the Spirit is that it is not for the church now, that at some time in the future the church will receive this gift.
     But this promise belongs to us now as surely as it belonged to the disciples.

ref: Galatians 3:14
and Acts 2:30-39

   God’s people seem to be incapable of comprehending and appropriating (as their very own) this Promise. They seem to think that only the scantiest showers of grace are to fall on the thirsty soul (ref: Isaiah 44:3). They act as if they must rely on their own efforts for Salvation (rescue, deliverance, freedom and healing) and as a result they have little strength for the work of overcoming.

     They have little Light to give to the souls dying in the darkness of error. Church members have long been content with little of the Blessing of God (John 6:63). They have not felt the need of reaching for the exalted privileges provided for them at infinite cost.
     Their spirituality is feeble, their experience dwarfed and crippled; and therefore they are disqualified for the work of the Lord. They are unable to present in the power of the Spirit the great and glorious Truths (unfailing verity – John 17:17) of God’s Word . . .

     It is not because of any restriction on God’s part that the riches of His grace* (G5485 – the divine Influence) do not flow to men. His gift is godlike.
     He gave with a liberality that men do not appreciate because they do not love to receive. If all were willing to receive, all would be filled with the Spirit. By resting content with small blessings, we disqualify ourselves for receiving the Spirit in its unlimited fullness. We are too easily satisfied with a ripple on the surface, when it is our privilege to expect the deep moving of the Spirit of God.

     Expecting little, we receive but little . . .”
– Review and Herald, June 10, 1902

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Blood on the Doorposts ?

9bb6cba8-6b14-4961-8eb6-c3f7e6247040     “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 . . . !
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Justified by Faith Alone !

bethesdaBut it is a faith which works by love . . .  

Now it was not written for his (Abraham’s) sake alone . . . But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed (reckoned), if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord (Sovereign King) from the dead . . .      Who was delivered (given up) for our offenses,* (ref: Romans 8:31-34) and was raised again for our justification. Therefore . . . being justified* by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ !”                                                    Romans 4:17-25 and 5:1, 12-19 and 6:1-6

Justified (H6663) = to make clear, to cleanse, to make righteousness
(G1344, 1342) = to render, declare just, innocent, free, holy, and righteous !


The Lord would have His people sound in the faith– not ignorant of the great Salvation 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 as his Peace, for with Christ is God and peace.      Christ made an end of sin, bearing its heavy curse in His own body on the tree (II Peter 1:24), and He hath taken away the curse from all those who believe in Him as a personal Saviour (Galatians 3:8-14). 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) of Christ.

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Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock . . . !

Jesus knocking at the door 1     “No man can of himself cast out the evil throng that have taken possession of the heart. Only Christ can cleanse the soul temple . . . but He will not force and entrance. He come not into the heart as to the temple of old; but He says . . .

     “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My Voice, and opens the door (yields, surrenders their will), I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me . . . !”     Revelation 3:20
– ref: Desire of Ages, p.161

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The Righteousness Of Faith !

     “For the Promise, that He should be the heir of the world . . . was not to Abraham, or to his Seed* through the law, but through the righteousness of faith !”
Romans 4:13-21 and ref: Galatians 3:16 and 3:27-29

     “Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of Justification* by faith is the third angel’s message, and I have answered . . . It is the third angel’s message in verity !

The prophet declares, “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.” Brightness, glory, and power are to be connected with the third angel’s message (Revelation 14), and conviction will follow wherever it is preached in demonstration of the Spirit.

     How will any of our brethren know when this Light shall come to the people of God? As yet, we certainly have not seen the Light that answers to this description. God has Light for His people, and all who will accept it will see the sinfulness of remaining in a lukewarm condition . . . !”
– Review & Herald, April 1, 1890

     “What is Justification* (to declare, to render innocent, holy and righteous) by faith? It is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust, and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do for himself.

— Testimonies to Ministers and Workers (Series A, No. 9, 1897), pages 61-62. {TM 456}

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Cleansing of the Temple of the Heart ?

temple 2     “What?  know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (John 4:24) which is in you . . . which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”   I Corinthians 6:19-20

     “In the cleansing of the temple, Jesus was announcing His mission as the Messiah, and entering upon His work. That temple, erected for the abode of the divine Presence, was designed to be an object lesson for Israel and for the world. From eternal ages it was God’s purpose that every created being, from the bright and holy seraph to man, should be a temple for the indwelling of the Creator. 
     Because of sin, humanity ceased to be a temple for God. Darkened and defiled by evil, the heart of man no longer revealed the glory of the Divine One. But by the incarnation of the Son of God (His becoming a man), the purpose of Heaven is fulfilled. God dwells in humanity, and through saving grace* (G5485 – the Divine Influence) the heart of man becomes again His temple . . .
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Ministry and Miracles of the LORD our Righteousness !

Jesus-heals-lame     “Christ has all power in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18-19). He is the Great Physician, upon Whom we are to call when suffering from physical or spiritual disease. Over the winds and the waves and over men possessed with demons, He showed that He possessed absolute control. To Him have been given the keys of death and of hell. Principalities and powers were made subject to Him, even while in His humiliation (as a man) . . .

O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself . . . but in Me is thine help. I will be thy King . . .
I will ransom them (you) from the power of the grave; I will redeem them (you) from death. O death, I will be thy plagues . . . O grave, I will be thy destruction
!”
Hosea 13:9-14

We are too faithless. Oh, how I wish that I could lead our people to have faith in God!   They need not feel that in order to exercise faith they must be wrought up into a high state of excitement. All they have to do is to believe God’s Word, just as they believe one another’s word. He hath said it, and He will perform His Word. Calmly rely on His Promise, because He means all that He says. Say, He has spoken to me in His Word, and He will fulfill every Promise that He has made. Do not become restless. Be trustful. God’s Word is true. Act (live) as if your heavenly Father could be trusted . . . !”

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The Blueprint – Salvation and the Sanctuary !

     “Thy way O God (Elohim) is in the sanctuary . . . Who is so great a God (Mighty One) as our God !”   Psalm 77:13

A powerful message for this final generation.
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The Time is at Hand !

And he saith unto me . . . Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand !”
Revelation 22:10

     A powerful message revealing the nearness of the Lord Jesus Christ’s return in the clouds of heaven. Bible prophecies are unfolded in light of current events in news across the world.

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The Sons and Daughters of God !

empty-tomb (2)     Now I pray that, “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know . . . what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead . . . !”   Ephesians 1:18-20

     “In the death of Christ upon the cross, angels had seen the pledge of final victory over the powers of darkness. In the slain Saviour sleeping in Joseph’s tomb, angels beheld the mighty Conqueror. Angels guarded the sepulchre of Christ, and acted a part in his resurrection. While Roman sentinels were keeping their watch beside the Saviour’s tomb, an angel of the most exalted order was sent from heaven.

     His countenance was like the lightning, and his garments white as snow. He parted the darkness from his track, and the whole heavens were lit with his resplendent glory. The earth trembled and heaved; soldiers, officers, and sentinels, all fell as dead men prostrate upon the earth . . . .

O death, where is thy sting? . . . O grave, where is thy victory ?”
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