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has asserted that men could not keep the commandments of God. To prove
that they could, Christ became a man, and lived a life of perfect
obedience, an evidence to sinful human beings, to the worlds unfallen,
and to the heavenly angels, that man could keep God's law through the
divine power that is abundantly provided for all that believe. In
order to reveal God to the world, to demonstrate as true that which
Satan has denied, Christ volunteered to take humanity, and in His
power, humanity can obey God . . He was, as we are, subject to the
enemy's temptations. Satan exulted when Christ became a human being,
and he compassed His path with every conceivable temptation. Human
weakness and tears were His portion; but He sought unto God, praying
with His whole soul, with strong crying and tears; and He was heard in
that He feared. The subtlety of the enemy could not ensnare Him while
He made God His trust, and was obedient to His words. 'The prince of
this world cometh,' He said, 'and hath nothing in Me.' He can find
nothing in Me which responds to his sophistry.
impurity, Christ maintained His purity. Satan could not stain or
corrupt it. His character revealed a perfect hatred for sin. It was
His holiness that stirred against Him all the passion of a profligate
world; for by His perfect life He threw upon the world a perpetual
reproach, and made manifest the contrast between transgression and the
pure, spotless righteousness of One that knew no sin. . Christ was
buffeted with temptations, and convulsed with agony." Signs, May
1 0, 1899, 2.
the councils of heaven the cross was ordained as the means of
atonement. This was to be God's means of winning souls to Him. Christ
came to this earth to show that in humanity He could keep the holy law
of God. 'I have kept My Father's commandments,' He declared. The Saviour
proposed to re-establish the principles of human dependence upon God and
cooperation between God and man. He proposed to unite God and man by the
golden chain of love. "5 Manuscript Releases, 114.
took on Him the nature of man, and passed over the ground where Adam
fell, to be tested and tried as all human beings are tested and tried.
Satan came as an angel of light, to induce Him if possible to commit
sin, and thus place the human race entirely under the dominion of
evil. But Christ was victorious, and man was placed on vantage ground
the Father gave His Son to live and die for man, He placed all the
treasure of heaven at our disposal. There is no excuse for sin. God has
given us all the advantages He could possibly give, that we may have
strength to withstand the temptations of the enemy. Had man, when tested
and tried, followed the example of Christ, he would have given his
children and his children's children an example of steadfast purity and
righteousness, and the race would not have deteriorated, but
improved." Manuscript Releases, Vol. 6, 3.
nature of God, whose law had been transgressed, and the nature of Adam,
the transgressor, meet in Jesus as the Son of God, and the Son of
man." Manuscript Vol. 17, 338.
keep His glory veiled as the child of a fallen race, this was the most
severe discipline to which the Prince of Life could subject Himself." 5
Bible Commentary, 1081.
aside His royal robe and kingly crown, He clothed His divinity with
humanity. "2 Testimonies, 68.
He might by His own example condemn sin in the flesh, He took upon
Himself the likeness of sinful flesh." Signs, September 3,
took upon His sinless nature our sinful nature, that He might know how
to succor those that are tempted." Medical Ministry, 181 (1902).
came to this world as a man, to prove to angels and to men that man may
overcome, that in every emergency he may know that the powers of Heaven
are ready to help him . .
charmed the first Adam by his sophistry, just as he charms men and
women today, leading them to believe a lie. Adam did not reach above his
humanity for divine power. He believed the words of Satan. But the
second Adam was not to become the enemy's bond-slave.
had the advantage over Christ, in that when he was assailed by the
tempter, none of the effects of sin were upon him." Signs, December
Father and the Son in consultation decided that Christ must come to
the world as a babe, and live the life that human beings must live from
childhood to manhood, bearing the trials that they must bear, and at
the same time living a sinless life, that men might see in Him an
example of what they can become, and that He might know by experience
how to help them in their struggles with sin. " Signs, May 17,
divine-human Saviour, He came to stand at the head of the fallen race,
to share in their experience from childhood to manhood. That human
beings might be partakers of the divine nature, He came to this earth,
and lived a life of perfect obedience." Review, June 15, 1905.
knows by experience what are the weaknesses of humanity, what are our
wants, and where lies the strength of our temptations; for He was in all
points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Ministry of
Healing, 71 (1905).
humbled Himself to stand at the head of humanity, to meet the
temptations and endure the trials that humanity must meet and endure. He
must know what humanity has to meet from the fallen foe, that He might
know how to succor those who are tempted." My Life Today, 335
was not only made flesh, but He was made in the likeness of sinful
flesh." 5 Bible Commentary, 1124.
His obedience to all the commandments of God. Christ wrought out a
redemption for men. This was not done by going out of Himself to
another, but by taking humanity into Himself. Thus Christ gave to
humanity an existence out of Himself. To bring humanity into Christ, to
bring the fallen race into oneness with divinity, is the work of
redemption. Christ took human nature that men might be one with Him as
He is one with the Father, that God may love man as He loves His only
begotten Son, that men may be partakers of the divine nature, and be complete
in Him." Review, April 5, 1906.
was in Christ in human form, and endured all the temptations wherewith
man was beset; in our behalf He participated in the suffering and
trials of sorrowful human nature. .Jesus is our Pattern. The Majesty of
Heaven, the King of Glory, was tempted in all points like as sinful man
is tempted. But through Christ we may be placed upon vantage ground, and
become partakers of the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is
in the world through lust." Review, January 2. 1896.
in the courts of heaven had known that the time would come when the
power of Satan must be met and conquered if the human race was ever to
be saved from his dominion, And when that time came, the Son of God laid
off His kingly crown and royal robe, and clothing His divinity with
humanity, came to the earth to meet the prince of evil, and to conquer
him. In order to become the advocate of man before the Father, the
Saviour would live His life on earth as every human being must,
accepting the adversities and sorrows and temptations. As the Babe of
Bethlehem, He would become one with the race, and by a spotless life
from the manger to the cross He would show that man. by a life of
repentance and faith in Him, might be restored to the favor of God. He
would bring to man redeeming grace, forgiveness of sins. If men would
return to their loyalty, and no longer transgress, they would receive
in the weakness of humanity was to meet the temptations of one
possessing the powers of the higher nature that God had bestowed on
the angelic family. But Christ's humanity was united with divinity, and
in this strength He would bear all the temptations that Satan could
bring against Him. . yet keep His soul untainted by sin, And this power
He would give to every son and daughter of Adam who would accept by
faith the righteous attributes of His character.
loved the world so dearly that He gave His only begotten Son that
whosoever might accept Him might have power to live His righteous
life. Christ proved that it is possible for man to lay hold by faith on
the power of God. He showed that the sinner, by repentance and the
exercise of faith in the righteousness of Christ, can be reconciled to
God, and become a partaker of the divine nature, overcoming the
corruption that is in the world through lust.
Satan presents the same temptations that he presented to Christ,
offering us the kingdoms of the world in return for our allegiance.
But upon him who looks to Jesus as the author and fInisher of his faith,
Satan's temptations have no power. He can not cause to sin the one who
will accept by faith the virtues of Him who was tempted in all points as
we are, yet without sin." Review, January 28. 1909.
rendered obedience to God, and overcame as humanity must overcome. We
are led to wrong conclusions because of erroneous views of the nature of
our Lord. To attribute to His nature a power that it is not possible for
man to have in his conflicts with Satan, is to destroy the obedience
that is required of man. Man cannot overcome Satan's temptations except
as divine power works through humanity. The Lord Jesus came to our
world, not to reveal what God in His own divine person could do, but
what He could do through humanity. Through faith man is to be a partaker
of the divine nature, and to overcome every temptation wherewith he is
beset. It was the Majesty of heaven who became a man, who humbled
Himself to our human nature; it was He who was tempted in the wilderness
and endured the contradiction of sinners against Himself.
are not to serve God as if we were not human, but we are to serve Him as
those who have been redeemed by the Son of God, through the
righteousness of Christ we shall stand before God pardoned, as if we
had never sinned," Signs, April 10. 1893.
gave Himself as a ransom, He laid off His kingly crown, stepped down
from His high command over all heaven, clothing His divinity with
humanity, that He might carry all the infirmities and bear all the
temptations of humanity."7 Bible Commentary, 469 (Letter 22.
the plan of redemption had a yet broader and deeper purpose than the
salvation of man . . The act of Christ in dying for the salvation of
man would not only make heaven accessible to men, but before all the
universe it would justify God and His Son in their dealing with the
rebellion of Satan. It would establish the perpetuity of the law of
God, and would reveal the nature and the results of sin . . Satan had
sought to prove that God was unjust, that His law was
faulty." Patriarchs and Prophets, 6869.
[Satan] hoped to establish the claim put forth when he rebelled in
heaven, that the requirements of God were unjust, and could not be
obeyed. Even Israel, he declared, did not keep the law." Desire
of Ages. 29.
was in the order of God that Christ should take upon Himself the form
and nature of fallen man." 2 Spiritual Gifts, 39.
King of Glory proposed to humble Himself to fallen humanity! He would
place His feet in Adam's steps. He would take man's fallen nature and
engage to cope with the strong foe who triumphed over Adam. He would
overcome Satan, and in thus doing He would open the way for the
redemption, from the disgrace of Adam's failure and fall, of all those
who would believe on Him." Review, February 24, 1874.
did in reality unite. the offending nature of man with His own sinless
nature, because by this act of condescension He would be enabled to
pour out His blessings in behalf of the fallen race." Review,
July 17, 1900.
had two natures, the nature of a man, and the nature of God. In Him
divinity and humanity were combined. . and by preserving each nature
distinct, He has given to the world a representation of the character
of God, and the character of a perfect man. "General
Conference Bulletin, December 1, 1899.
took our nature and overcame, that we through taking His nature might
overcome. Made in the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom. 8:3), He lived a
sinless Iife." Desire of Ages, 312.
children bear in mind that the child Jesus had taken upon Himself human
nature, and was in the likeness of sinful flesh, and was tempted of
Satan as all children are tempted." Youth's Instructor, August
took upon Himself, fallen suffering human nature, degraded and defiled
by sin"4 Bible Commentary, 1147.
the image made in the likeness of the destroying serpents was lifted up
for their healing, so One made in the likeness of sinful flesh was to
be their Redeemer." Desire of Ages, 147.
a strange symbol of Christ was the likeness of the serpents which
stung them. This symbol was lifted on a pole, and they were to look on
it, and be healed. So Jesus was made in the likeness of sinful flesh. He
came as the sin bearer." Sons and Daughters of God, 222.
He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:21.
the sin bearer, endures judicial punishment for iniquity and becomes
sin itself for man." Story of Redemption, 225.
possessed the same nature that man possesses. He was tempted in all
points like as man is tempted. The same power by which He obeyed is at
man's command." That I May Know Him, 292.
Majesty of heaven undertook the cause of man, and with the same
facilities that man may obtain, withstood the temptations of Satan as
man must withstand them. This was the only way in which fallen man could
become a partaker of the divine nature. . Christ, who knew not the
least taint of sin or defilement, took our nature in its deteriorated
condition. "1 Selected Messages, 252253.
are thoughts and feelings suggested and aroused by Satan that annoy even
the best of men; but if they are not cherished, if they are repulsed as
hateful, the soul is not contaminated with guilt, and no other is
defiled by their influence." Review, March 27, 1888.
life of Christ was a perpetual warfare against satanic agencies. Satan
rallied the whole energies of apostasy against the Son of God. The
conflict increased in fierceness and malignity, as again and again the
prey was taken from out of His hands. Satan assailed Christ through
every conceivable form of temptation. "Review, October 29,
showed his knowledge of the weak points of the human heart, and put
forth his utmost power to take advantage of the weakness of humanity
which Christ had assumed in order to overcome his temptations on man's
account. "Review, April 1, 1875.
is resisted when a man is powerfully influenced to do a wrong action;
and, knowing that he can do it, resists, by faith, with a firm hold upon
divine power. This was the ordeal through which Christ
passed." Youth's Instructor, July 20, 1899.
Son of God in His humanity wrestled with the very same fierce,
apparently overwhelming temptations that assail men temptations to
indulgence of appetite, to presumptuous venturing where God has not
led them, and to the worship of the god of this world, to sacrifice an
eternity of bliss for the fascinating pleasures of this Iife." l
Selected Messages, 95.
Saviour came to this world to endure in human nature all the temptations
wherewith man is beset." Sons and Daughters of God, 230; Letter
was put to the closest test, requiring the strength of all His faculties
to resist the inclination when in danger, to use His power to deliver
Himself from peril, and triumph over the prince of
darkness." Review, April 1, 1875.
present before you the great Exemplar.. as really did He meet and resist
the temptations of Satan as any of the children of humanity, In this
sense alone could He be a perfect example for man. He subjected Himself
to humanity to become acquainted with ALL the temptations wherewith man
is beset; He took upon Him the infirmities and bore the sorrows of the
sons of Adam," Manuscript Releases, Vol. 20, 71-72.
the wilderness of temptation , . He [our Lord] was exposed to the
assaults of satanic agencies, These assaults were more severe than man
has ever passed through, . In this conflict the humanity of Christ was
taxed as none of us will ever know. , These were real temptations, no
pretense, Christ 'suffered being tempted' (Heb, 2:18)."1
Selected Messages, 94-95.
welfare of the whole human family and of Christ Himself was at stake.
One admission from Christ, one word of concession, and the world would
be claimed by Satan as his," l Selected Messages, 95,
temptations to which Christ was subjected were a terrible reality. As
a free agent, He was placed on probation, with liberty to yield to
Satan's temptations and work at cross purposes with God," Youth's
Instructor, October 26, 1899.
could have sinned; He could have fallen, but not for one moment was
there in Him an evil propensity," 5 Bible Commentary. 1128.
the human nature of the Son of Mary changed into the divine nature of
the Son of God? No; the two natures were mysteriously blended in one
person—the man Christ Jesus, In Him dwelt all the fullness of the
Godhead bodily. When Christ was crucified, it was His human nature that
died. Deity did not sink and die; that would have been impossible.
"5 Bible Commentary, 1113,
a member of the human family He was mortal, but as God He was the
fountain of life to the world, He could, in His divine person, ever have
withstood the advances of death, and refused to come under its
dominion; but He voluntarily laid down His life ' "Review.
July 5, 1887,
might have helped His human nature to withstand the inroads of disease
by pouring from His divine nature vitality and undecaying vigor to the
human, But He humbled Himself to man's nature," Review, September
apostle would call our attention from ourselves to the Author of
salvation. He presents before us His two natures, divine and
human." Review, July 5, 1887,
humanity of Christ embraces fallen humanity, while His divinity lays
hold upon the throne of God," 6 Testimonies, 147,
with the Father in dignity and power. yet in His humanity tempted in all
points like as we are tempted," Signs, April 26, 1905.
is the Righteousness of Christ, His own unblemished character, that
through faith is imparted to all who receive Him as their personal
Saviour. , This robe, woven in the loom of heaven, has in it not one
thread of human devising. Christ in His humanity WROUGHT OUT a perfect
character, and this character He offers to impart to
us." Christ's Object Lessons, 310311.
law drives us to Christ, who was hanged upon the cross that He might be
able to impart His righteousness to fallen, sinful man and thus present
men to His Father in His righteous character." l Selected
Christ, coming to the earth as man, lived a holy life, and developed a
perfect character, These He offers as a free gift to all who will receive
them. " Desire of Ages, 762.
employed the human faculties. . He lived out the character of God
through the human body which God had prepared for Him. He blessed the
world by living out in human flesh the life of God." Review, June
made stronger attacks upon Christ than he will ever make upon us. There
was much at stake with him, whether Christ or himself should be
conqueror. If Christ resisted his most powerful temptations, and Satan
did not succeed in leading Him to sin, he knew that he must lose his
power, and finally be punished with everlasting destruction. Therefore
Satan worked with mighty power to lead Christ to do a wrong action, for
then he would gain advantage over Him. . You can never be tempted in so
determined and cruel a manner as was our Saviour, Satan was upon His
path every moment," Youth's Instructor, April 1, 1873.
instigated the cruel abuse of the debased mob, led on by the priests
and rulers to provoke if possible, retaliation from the world's
Redeemer, or to drive Him to deliver Himself by a miracle from the hands
of His persecutors and thus break up the plan of salvation. One stain
upon His human life, one failure of His humanity to bear the terrible
test imposed upon it, would make the Lamb of God an imperfect offering,
and the redemption of man would be a failure." Story of
Redemption, 59. 1877.
was necessary for Him to be constantly on guard in order to preserve His
purity. "Desire of Ages. 71.
the world's Redeemer, could only keep the commandments of God in the
same way that humanity can keep them. " Manuscript I, 1892.
holy angels were horror stricken that one who had been of their number
could fall so far as to be capable of such cruelty. Every sentiment of
sympathy or pity which they had ever felt for Satan in his exile was
quenched in their hearts. That his envy should be exercised in such a
revenge upon an innocent person was enough to strip him of his assumed
robe of celestial light, and to reveal the hideous deformity beneath;
but to manifest such malignity toward the divine Son of God. who had,
with unprecedented self-denial. and love for the creatures formed in
His image, come from Heaven and assumed their fallen nature, was such a
heinous crime against Heaven that it caused the angels to shudder with
horror, and sever forever the last tie of sympathy existing between
Satan and the heavenly world." 3 Spirit of Prophecy, 183184.
He has tasted the very dregs of human affliction and temptation, and
understands the frailties and sins of men, because in our behalf He
has victoriously withstood the temptations of Satan, and will deal
justly and tenderly with the souls that His own blood has been poured
out to save, because of this, the Son of man is appointed to execute the
judgment. " Story of Redemption. 44.
law requires righteousness, a righteous life, a perfect character, and
this man has not to give. . But Christ, coming to earth as man, lived a
perfect life, and developed a perfect character. These He offers as a
free gift to all who will receive them. . More than this, Christ
imbues men with the attributes of God. He builds up the human
character after the similitude of the divine character, a goodly fabric
of spiritual strength and beauty. Thus the very righteousness of the law
is fulfilled in the believer in Christ. God can 'be just, and the
justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Desire of Ages, 762.
satisfied the demands of the law in His human nature. He bore the curse
of the law for the sinner, made an atonement for him, that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Genuine
faith appropriates the righteousness of Christ, 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." 1 Selected
who are seeking the righteousness of Christ will be dwelling upon the
great themes of salvation. . They meditate upon the incarnation of
Christ, they contemplate the great sacrifice made to save them from
perdition, to bring in pardon, peace, and everlasting righteousness. The
soul is aglow with these grand and elevating themes." Testimonies
to Ministers, 87-88.
verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the
seed of Abraham." Hebrews 2:16.
has been over the ground. He knows the power of every temptation. He
knows just how to meet every emergency, and how to guide you through
every danger. Then why not trust Him?" Review, July 19, 1892.
alone had experience in all the sorrows and temptations that befall
human beings. Never another of woman born was so fiercely beset by
temptation; never another bore so heavy a burden of the world's sin and
pain. Never was there another whose sympathies were so broad or so
tender. A sharer in all the experiences of humanity, He could feel not
only for, but with, every burdened and tempted and struggling
one." Education. 78.
is a deep mysterious truth, that Christ is bound to humanity by the most
sensitive sympathies. The evil works, the evil thoughts, the evil
words of every son and daughter of Adam press upon His divine
soul." Review. December 20, 1892.
was a difficult task for the Prince of Life to carry out the plan which
He had undertaken for the salvation of man, in clothing His divinity
with humanity. He had received honor in the heavenly courts, and was
familiar with absolute power. It was as difficult for Him to keep the
level of humanity as it is for men to rise above the low level of their
depraved natures, and be partakers of the divine
nature." Review, April 1. 1875.
suffered keenly under abuse and insult . . He knew that in a moment,
by the flashing forth of His divine power, He could lay His cruel
tormentors in the dust. This made the trial the harder to bear. . Thus
when Christ was treated with contempt, there came to Him a strong
temptation to manifest His divine character . . But it was His
difficult task to keep the position He had chosen as one with humanity,
"Desire of Ages, 700.
became subject to temptation, endangering as it were His divine
attributes, Satan sought, by constant and curious devices of his
cunning, to make Christ yield to temptation. "7 Bible
is too limited to comprehend the atonement, the mysterious and wonderful
plan of redemption is so far reaching that philosophy can not explain
it; it will ever remain a mystery that the most profound reason cannot
fathom. "Signs, October 24, 1906.
work of redemption involved consequences of which it is difficult for
man to have any conception. There was to be imparted to the human being
striving for conformity to the divine image an outlay of heaven's
treasures, an excellency of power, which would place them higher than
the angels who had not fallen. "Sons and Daughters of God, 243.
what intense interest was this controversy watched by the heavenly
angels and the unfallen worlds, as the honor of the law was being
vindicated. Not merely for this world, but for the universe of heaven,
was the controversy to be forever settled,"l Selected Messages,
truths that have lain unheeded and unseen since the day of Pentecost,
are to shine from God's Word in their native purity. To those who truly
love God the Holy Spirit will reveal truths that have faded (gone) from
the mind, and also will reveal truths that are entirely new. "Review,
August 17, 1897.
one with us, He must bear the burden of our guilt and woe. The Sinless
One must feel the shame of sin." Desire of Ages 111.
[Adam] was as faultless as the angels. . no tendencies to evil. . But
when Christ came. . He bore the likeness of sinful flesh.
"Signs, October 17, 1900.
burden of our message should be the mission and life of Jesus Christ. .
Show to your hearers Jesus in His condescension to save fallen man. Show
them that He who was their surety had to take human nature, and carry it
through the darkness and fearfulness of the malediction of His Father,
because of man's transgression of His law; for the Saviour was found in
fashion as a man. Describe, if human language can, the humiliation of
the Son of God, and think not that you have reached the climax, when you
see Him exchanging the throne of light and glory which He had with the
Father, for humanity. . (He) 'became obedient unto death.' but the
manner of His death was an astonishment to the universe." Review,
mystery of the incarnation of Christ, the account of His sufferings, His
crucifixion, His resurrection and ascension, open to all humanity the
marvelous love of God. This imparts a power to the
truth," Review, June 18,1895.
has not been presented. . as a faithful and merciful High Priest, Who
was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. . His work as
sacrifice, substitute, and surety, has been coldly and casually dwelt
upon. . The unparalleled love of Christ, through the agency of the
Holy Spirit, will bring conviction and conversion, . This is life
eternal. that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ
whom thou hast sent. " Review, November 29, 1892.
robe, woven in the loom of heaven, has in it not one thread of human
devising. Christ in His humanity wrought out a perfect character, and
this character He offers to impart to us . . When we submit ourselves to
Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His
will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into
captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed
with the garment of His righteousness. "Christ's Object Lessons,
considered as a man, was perfect, yet He grew in grace. And Jesus
increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke
2:52). Even the most perfect Christian may increase continually in the
knowledge and love of God," 1 Testimonies, 339340.
miracle that Christ performed was a sign of His divinity." Desire
of Ages, 406.
enemy was overcome by Christ in His human nature. The power of the
Saviour's Godhead was hidden. He overcame in human nature, relying upon
God for power." 7 Bible Commentary, 924.
Christ took human nature upon Him, He bound humanity to Himself by a tie
of love that can never be broken by any power save the choice of man
himself," Steps to Christ, 72.
is an inexhaustible fund of perfect obedience accruing from His
obedience. . In heaven, His merits. His self-denial. and self-sacrifice.
are treasured up as incense, to be offered up with the prayers of His
people." Review, October 30. 1900.
the past filly years every phase of heresy has been brought to bear
upon us . . especially concerning the ministration of Christ in the
heavenly sanctuary. . Do you wonder that when I see the beginning of a
work that would remove some of the pillars of our faith, I have
something to say? I must obey the command, 'Meet it!' "Series B.
is a brother in our infirmities, but not in possessing like passions. .
While He was a child, He thought and spoke as a child, but no trace of
sin marred the image of God in Him. Yet He was not exempt from
temptation. He was subject to all the conflicts which we have to meet.
"2 Testimonies, 202.
soul must purpose the sinful act before passion can dominate over
reason, or iniquity triumph over conscience." 5 Testimonies. 177.
need not retain one sinful propensity." 7 Bible Commentary, 943.
was in the order of God that Christ should take upon Himself the form
and nature of fallen man." Review. December 31.1872.
ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey. his
servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death. or of
obedience unto righteousness?" Romans 6: 16.
took upon His sinless nature our sinful nature." Medical
want to comprehend so far as possible the truly human nature of our
Lord. The divine and human were linked in Christ, and both were
complete." 3 Selected Messages. 135.
is a great mystery, a mystery that will not be fully completely
understood in all its greatness until the translation of the redeemed
shall take place. Then the power and greatness and efficacy of the gift
of God to man will be understood. But the enemy is determined that
this gift shall be so mystified that it will become as nothingness." 5
Bible Commentary, 1113.
cannot touch the mind or intellect unless we yield it to him. "6
Bible Commentary. 1105.
Christ, the Sent of God. who, in this world and in human nature, lived a
pure, noble, perfect life, setting an example that all may safely
follow." Counsels to Teachers. 488.
did not employ His divine power to lessen His burdens or lighten His
toil. He had taken upon Himself the form of humanity. with all its
attendant ills, and He did not flinch from its severest
trials." Counsels to Teachers. 276277.
died that the life of man might be bound up with His life in the union
of divinity and humanity. He came to our world and lived a
divine-human life, in order that the lives of men and women might be
as harmonious as God designs them to be." 7 Testimonies. 49.
down through the centuries, we find that there came a time when God's
law must once more be unmistakably revealed as the standard of
obedience. Christ came to vindicate the sacred claims of the law. He
came to live a life of obedience to its requirements and thus prove the
falsity of the charge made by Satan that it is impossible for man to
keep the law of God. As a man He met temptation and overcame in the
strength given Him from God. As He went about doing good, healing all
who were afflicted by Satan. He made plain to men the character of God's
law and the nature of His service. His life testifies that it is
possible for us also to obey the law of God." 8 Testimonies.
identity with man will ever be the power of His influence. He became
bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. . He clothed His divine nature
with the garb of humanity, and demonstrated before the heavenly
universe, before the unfallen worlds, and before the fallen world how
much God loves the human race." Manuscript Releases. Vol. 5. 114
(Manuscript 165. 1899. "Words of Counsel to Ministers and
Christ was in His perfect humanity, we must be, for we must form
characters for eternity." Testimonies to Ministers. 173.
(Christ's] life and character were the unfolding or representation of
the perfection of character that man may attain by becoming partaker
of the divine nature. and overcoming the world through daily
conflicts." Faith I Live By, 114.
faith in Christ, every deficiency of character may be supplied, every
defilement cleansed, every fault corrected, every excellence developed." Education, 257.
a man He supplicated the throne of God till His humanity was charged
with a heavenly current that should connect humanity with divinity . .
His experience is to be ours. "Desire of Ages. 363.
heavenly intelligences will work with the human agent who seeks with
determined faith that perfection of character which will reach out to
perfection in action. To everyone engaged in this work Christ says, I am
at your right hand to help you.
the will of man cooperates with the will of God, it becomes omnipotent.
Whatever is to be done at His command may be accomplished in His
strength. All His commands are enablings." Christ's Object
is an age famous for surface work, for easy methods, for boasted
holiness aside from the standard of character that God has erected. All
short routes, all cutoff tracks, all teaching which fails to exalt the
law of God as the standard of religious character, is spurious. Perfection
of character is a lifelong work, unattainable by those who are not
willing to strive for it in God's appointed way, by slow and toilsome
steps. We cannot afford to make any mistake in this matter." 5
one wrong trait of character, one sinful desire cherished, will
eventually neutralize all the power of the gospel. The prevalence of a
sinful desire shows the delusion of the soul. Every indulgence of that
desire strengthens the soul's aversion to God. The pains of duty and the
pleasures of sin are the cords with which Satan binds men in his snares.
Those who would rather die than perform a wrong act are the only ones
who will be found faithful. " 5 Testimonies, 53.
beholding Jesus we receive a living, expanding principle in the heart,
and the Holy Spirit carries on the work, and the believer advances from
grace to grace, from strength to strength, from character to character.
He conforms to the image of Christ, until in spiritual growth he attains
unto the measure of the full stature in Christ Jesus. Thus Christ makes
an end of the curse of sin, and sets the believing soul free from its
action and effect." l Selected Messages. 395.
He comes, He is not to cleanse us of our sins, to remove from us the
defects in our characters, or to cure us of the infirmities of our
tempers and dispositions. If wrought for us at all, this work will all
be accomplished before that time. . No work will then be done for them
[the unsanctified] to remove their defects and give them holy
characters. The Refiner does not then sit to pursue His refining process
and remove their sins and corruption. This is all to be done in these
hours of probation. It is now that this work is to be accomplished for
us. "2 Testimonies, 355.
who profess godliness are under the most sacred obligation to guard the
spirit, and to exercise selfcontrol under the greatest provocation
. . God has made ample provision for His people; and if they will rely
upon His strength, they will never become the sport of circumstances.
The strongest temptation cannot excuse sin. However great the pressure
brought to bear upon the soul, transgression is our own act. It is not
in the power of earth or hell to compel anyone to do evil. Satan
attacks us at our weak points, but we need not be overcome. However
severe or unexpected the assault, God has provided help for us, and in
His strength we may conquer." Patriarchs and Prophets, 421.
who have accepted the light from God's Word are never, never to leave an
impression upon human minds that God will serve with their sins. His
Word defines sin as transgression of the law (1 John 3:4)."1
Selected Messages. 115.
not flatter yourself that He does not denounce the particular sins
that you love. Do not imagine that by some means you can enter into life
without being free from moral pollution. If we would live with Jesus in
the mansions that He has gone to prepare, we must be like Him in this
world. We must be diligent to set our hearts in order. Let us greatly
fear self-deception. "Signs. June 5, 1884.
condition of eternal life is now just what it has always been—just
what it was in Paradise before the fall of our first parents—perfect
obedience to the law of God, perfect righteousness. If eternal life
were granted on any condition short of this, then the happiness of the
whole universe would be imperiled. The way would be open for sin with
all its trail of woe and misery, to be immortalized." Steps to
has spoken, and He means that man shall obey. He does not inquire if it
is convenient for him to do so. The Lord of life and glory did not
consult His convenience or pleasure when He left His station of high
command to become a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. . Jesus
died, not to save man in his sins, but from his sins. Man is to leave
the error of his ways, to follow the example of Christ, to take up his
cross and follow Him, denying self and obeying God at any
cost." 4 Testimonies. 250-251.
righteousness of Christ is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and
unforsaken sin. "Desire of Ages. 555-556. "The very image
of God is to be reproduced in humanity. The honor of God, the honor of
Christ, is involved in the perfection of the character of His
people." Desire of Ages, 671.
cannot enter heaven with any deformity or imperfection of character. and
we must be fitted for heaven now in this probationary time." Signs,
February 15, 1892.
must learn of Christ. We must know what He is to those He has ransomed.
We must realize that through belief in Him it is our privilege to be
partakers of the divine nature. and to escape the corruption that is
in the world through lust. Then we are cleansed from all sin, from all
defects of character. We need not retain one sinful
propensity." 7 Bible Commentary, 943.
controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands; when, if
they had conquered on this point, they would have had moral power to
gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. But those who
are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character." 3
we will trust Him, and commit our ways to Him, He will direct our steps
in the very path that will result in our obtaining the victory over
every evil passion and every trait of character that is unlike the
character of our divine Pattern." Our High Calling, 316.
man can be a counterpart of Jesus Christ is beyond human comprehension.
But the Holy Spirit can strengthen our spiritual eyesight." Sons
and Daughters of God, 34. "The Life that Christ lived in this
world, men and women can live through His power and under His
instruction." 9 Testimonies, 22.
who has not sufficient faith in Christ to believe that He can keep him
from sinning, has not the faith that will give him an entrance into the
kingdom of God." Review, March 10,1904. "Scarcely can the
human mind comprehend what is the breadth and depth and height of the
spiritual attainments that can be reached by becoming partakers of the
divine nature." Our High Calling, 60.
greatest work that can be done in our world is to glorify God by living
the character of Christ." 6 Testimonies, 439.
calls upon us to reach the standard of perfection and places before us
the example of Christ's character. In His humanity, perfected by a life
of constant resistance to evil, the Saviour showed that through
cooperation with Divinity, human beings may in this life attain to
perfection of character. This is God's assurance to us that we, too,
may obtain complete victory. " Acts of the Apostles, 531.
Christ was in His perfect humanity, we must be; for we must form
characters for eternity." Testimonies to Ministers, 173.
the heathen are those who worship God. . Though ignorant of the written
law of God. . (they] have done the things that the law
required." Desire of Ages, 638.
were occasions when Jesus stood forth while in human flesh as the Son of
God. Divinity flashed through humanity, and was seen by the scoffing
priests and rulers. . When Christ's indwelling glory flashed forth, it
was too intense for His pure and perfect humanity entirely to conceal. .
His majesty shone forth. The truth, obscured as it was by a veil of
humiliation, spoke to every heart with unmistakable evidence. This led
to the words of Christ, 'Ye know who I am: Men and devils were
compelled, by the shining forth of His glory, to confess, 'Truly, this
is the Son of God.' Thus God was revealed; thus Christ was glorified. .
the stamp of divinity was upon His humanity. He came as a divine
Teacher, to uplift human beings, to increase their physical, mental, and
spiritual efficiency. " 5 Bible Commentary, 1129.
Him was life; and the life was the light of men.' It is not physical
life that is here specified, but eternal life, the life which is
exclusively the property of God. The Word, who was with God, and who was
God, had this life. Physical life is something which each individual
received. It is not eternal or immortal; for God, the Life-giver, takes
it again. Man has no control over his life. But the life of Christ was
unborrowed. No man can take this life from Him. 'I lay it down of Myself,'
He said. In Him was life, original, unborrowed, underived. This life
is not inherent in man. He can possess it only through Christ. He cannot
earn it; it is given him as a free gift if he will believe in Christ as
his personal Saviour. 'This is life eternal, that they might know Thee.
the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent' (John
17:3)."5 Bible Commentary, 1130.
speech is to thought, so is Christ to the invisible Father. He is the
manifestation of the Father, and is called the Word of God. God sent His
Son into the world, His divinity clothed with humanity, that man might
bear the image of the invisible God. He made known in His words, His
character, His power and majesty, the nature and attributes of God.
Divinity flashed through humanity in softening, subduing light. He was
the embodiment of the law of God, which is the transcript of His
character." 5 Bible Commentary, 1131.
enemy of God and man is not willing that this truth should be clearly
presented; for he knows that if the people receive it fully, his power
will be broken. If he can control minds so that doubt and unbelief and
darkness shall compose the experience of those who claim to be the
children of God, he can overcome them with temptation. . Unless divine
power is brought into the experience of the people of God, false
theories and erroneous ideas will take minds captive, Christ and His
righteousness will be dropped out of the experience of many, and their
faith will be without power or life." Gospel Workers, 161-162
are living Christians unless they are having a daily experience in the
things of God and daily practice self-denial, cheerfully bearing the
cross and following Christ. Every living Christian will advance daily
in the divine life. As he advances toward perfection, he experiences a
conversion to God every day; and this conversion is not completed
until he attains to perfection of character, a full preparation for
the finishing touch of immortality." 2 Testimonies, 505.
must do his part; he must be victor on his own account, through the
strength and grace that Christ gives him . . The Saviour overcame to
show man how to overcome. All the temptations of Satan, Christ met
with the Word of God. By trusting in God's promises, He received power
to obey God's commands. "4 Testimonies, 3233.
is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His
church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in
His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.
"Christ's Object Lessons, 69. "Therefore he [Satan] is
constantly seeking to deceive the followers of Christ with his fatal
sophistry that it is impossible for them to overcome." Great
it becomes the habit of the soul to converse with God, the power of the
evil one is broken; for Satan cannot abide near the soul that draws nigh
unto God." Our High Calling, 96.
obedience is required, and those who say that it is not possible to live
a perfect life throw upon God the imputation of injustice and
untruth." Manuscript Releases, Vol. 1,369.
few in every generation from Adam resisted his [Satan's] every artifice
and stood forth as noble representatives of what it was in the power of
man to do and be—Christ working with human efforts, helping man in
overcoming the power of Satan. Enoch and Elijah are the correct
representatives of what the race might be through faith in Jesus Christ
if they chose to be. Satan was greatly disturbed because these noble,
holy men stood untainted amid the moral pollution surrounding them,
perfected righteous characters, and were accounted worthy of translation
to Heaven. As they stood forth in moral power, in noble uprightness,
overcoming Satan's temptations, he could not bring them under the
dominion of death." Review, March 3, 1874.
life and character. . represent the lives and characters of all who will
be translated when Christ comes. "Signs, November 11, 1886.
order for man to retain justification, there must be continual
obedience, through active, living faith that works by love and
purifies the soul." l Selected Messages, 366.
Christ had taken the necessary steps in repentance, conversion, and
faith in behalf of the human race, He went to John to be baptized of him
in Jordan. "General Conference Bulletin, 04-04-01.
came not confessing His own sins; but guilt was imputed to Him as the
sinner's substitute. He came not to repent on His own account; but in
behalf of the sinner. . He takes upon Himself their sins numbering
Himself with the transgressors, taking the steps the sinner is required
to take; and doing the work the sinner must do." Review, January
. had taken the steps which every sinner must take, in conversion,
repentance, and baptism. He Himself had no sins of which to repent,
and therefore He had no sins to wash away. But He was our example in all
things, and therefore He must do that which He would have us do.
" In Heavenly Places, 252.
present before you the great Exemplar. . As really did He meet and
resist the temptations of Satan as any of the children of humanity. In
this sense alone could He be a perfect example for man. He subjected
Himself to humanity, to become acquainted with all the temptations
wherewith man is beset. He took upon him the infirmities and bore the
sorrows of the sons of Adam.
was 'made like unto His brethren' (Heb. 2: 17). He felt both joy and
grief as they feel. His body was susceptible to weariness, as yours. His
mind, like yours, could be harassed and perplexed. If you could have
hardships. so did He. Satan could tempt Him. His enemies could annoy
Him. The ruling powers could torture His body; the soldiers could
crucify Him; and they can do no more to us. Jesus was exposed to
hardships, to conflict and temptation. as a man . . Your circumstances,
your cogitations at this period of your life, Jesus has had. . He sees
your dangers. He is acquainted with your temptations. He invites you
to follow His example." Our High Calling, 57.
the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the
light is never brought by human instrumentality yet they will not
perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His
voice speaking to them in nature, and have done those things that the
law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched
their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God.
" Desire of Ages. 638.
are many who in their hearts murmur against God. They say, 'We inherit
the fallen nature of Adam, and are not responsible for our natural
imperfections.' They find fault with God's requirements, and complain
that He demands what they have no power to give. Satan made the same
complaint in heaven, but such thoughts dishonor God." Signs,
August 29. 1892.
no one say, I cannot remedy my defects of character. If you come to this
decision, you will certainly fail of obtaining everlasting Iife."
Christ's Object Lessons. 331.
righteousness of God is absolute. This righteousness characterizes all
His works, all His laws. As God is, so must His people be." l Selected
could not have come to this earth with the glory that He had in the
heavenly courts. Sinful human beings could not have borne the sight.
He veiled His divinity with the garb of humanity, but He did not part
with His divinity. A divine-human Saviour, He came to stand at the
head of the race, to share in their experience, from childhood to
manhood." 5 Bible Commentary, 1128.
did not cease to be God when He became man . . The two expressions
'human' and 'divine' were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and
yet they had a distinct individuality: " Signs May 10, 1899.