The 1888 Message given by Doctor Ellet J. Waggoner
and Elder Alonzo T. Jones at the Minneapolis General Conference Session
in 1888 is one of the most important messages ever given to our Church.
It was a special message from God to His people.
"The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious
message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. . . It
presented Justification through Faith in the surety; It
invited the people to receive the Righteousness of Christ, which is made
manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God."
Testimonies to Ministers, pages 91-92.
"The message given us by A.T. Jones and E.J.
Waggoner is the message of God to the Laodicean Church."
E.G.W., Letter S-24-1892.
A clear understanding today of this message is the
key to our future as a people, but it is also the Loud Cry message to be
presented to a lost world:
"The loud cry of the third angel has already
begun in the revelation of the Righteousness of Christ, the
sin pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel
whose glory shall fill the whole earth." Review, November,
(1) The Shorthand Reports of E. J. Waggoner, taken
down by Jessie F. Moser-Waggoner, and later edited by Waggoner, himself,
to confirm their accuracy, and then put into book form by himself: "Christ
and His Righteousness," 96 pages. 1890; "The Gospel in
Creation," 176 pages. 1893; and "The Glad
Tidings," 265 pages, 1900. All three of these books were based
on his 1888 shorthand notes.
(2) Elder A.T. Jones studies preached at the
General Conference session of 1893. These 24 sermons were a repetition
of his 1888 messages and are recorded in the General Conference Daily
Bulletins which were published at the time.
(3) Unequivocal statements by the Spirit of
Prophecy that the Waggoner-Jones message was the Truth of God on
Righteousness by Faith and confirmatory statements by inspiration
written at that time to clarify the message they gave.
The writings of these men, supported by detailed
statements in the Spirit of Prophecy, together present a broad and clear
view on the doctrine of Righteousness by Faith. They are more than a
match for the speculations of men today regarding that message. The
evidence below will conclusively show that the Brinsmead Ford
Paxton position on Righteousness by Faith is a false one, when compared
with Jones and Waggoner and inspiration.
The Reformation Theologians were freshly come out of
Roman Catholicism, and they taught a message in reaction against the
church of Rome. Determined to stay far away from such things as Penance,
Prayers for the Dead, Recitation of Hail Marys, Asceticism,
indulgences, and Veneration of images, they spoke out against all
religious acts of mankind, whatever might be the motivation. But
righteousness is right-doing, and right-doing is right acts.
Justification is the Christians entry way into the path of living
with Christ. Justification is not the full spectrum of Righteousness.
Waggoner and Jones brought to us the message that
true acts of Righteousness are not the works of self but the works of
Faith. The every-day acts of right living ("works") are the
fruit of faith, but obedience is the source of good works and must
be of Faith.
"Therefore, when the apostle says that we do not
make void the law of God by faith, but that, on the contrary, we
establish it, he means that faith does not lead to violation of the
law, but to obedience. No, we do not say that faith leads to
obedience, but that faith itself obeys." E. J. Waggoner,
Christ and His Righteousness, page 95.
E.J. Waggoner in his sermons and writings always
equated Righteousness of Faith with obedience.
It is too simplistic to say that obedience is but a
mere result of our faith. Obedience is the very expression of our faith,
it is our faith. Their message was this: Accept
by Faith the Obedience of Christ worked out in the believers daily
life. This is Heavens way of fitting him to walk amongst the
angels and to see the Father face to face. This is Righteousness by Faith
the Righteousness of Christ that God is waiting for His Church to
experience personally. The Key to this experience is Christ in you,
the anticipation of the glory that will be yours at His Second
Coming. This experience must be ours, and will be brought to its fullest
expression in the Latter Rain. But the key to it all is an indwelling
Saviour. This is the mystery of the gospel.
"The mystery of the Gospel is Christ in the
believer, the hope of glory." E.J. Waggoner. Glad Tidings, page
Ford and Brinsmead tell us that Justification has
nothing to do with being made righteous. (They say it only means to
declare or account righteous.) But the truth is that Justification
which declares us righteous immediately leads to right thinking and
living "in Christ." We are "made righteous" in Him.
"The meaning of the word justified. is
made righteous. This is the exact term that appears in
[Bibles in] other languages . . . The Latin word for righteousness is justitia.
To be just is to be righteous. Then we add the termination fy
from the Latin word meaning to make, and we have the exact
equivalent of the simpler term, make righteous. " E.J.
Waggoner, Glad Tidings, page 40.
There can be no doubt that the message of God given
to the Remnant in 1888 was to be centered in and received in
the indwelling fullness of Jesus Christ. The entire
experience of Righteousness by Faith is just that an experience.
An experience within the heart and life of the believer. It
is not merely a legal transaction made "outside" of the
believer up in heaven. Justification begins with the declaring of a man
righteous. This is not the end of the matter, for it immediately leads
to the Christian living and growth in Christ we call Sanctification.
Indeed, without Sanctification, there can be no Justification:
"But while God can be just, and yet justify the
sinner through the merits of Christ, no man can cover his soul with
the garments of Christs righteousness while practicing known sins, or
neglecting known duties. God requires the entire surrender of the heart,
before Justification can take place; and in order for man to retain
Justification there must be continual obedience through
active living faith that works by love and purifies the soul."
Selected Messages, volume 1, page 366.
In fact, without obedient faith there is no
"Those who are justified by faith must have a
heart to keep the way of the Lord. It is an evidence that a man is
not justified by faith when his works do not correspond to his
profession. James says, Seest thou how faith wrought with his
works, and by works was his faith made perfect. " (James 2:22)
The faith that does not produce good works does not
justify the soul. Ye see then how that by works a man is
justified, and not by faith only. (James 2:24)."
Selected Messages, volume 1, page 397.
Obedience is worked out for us and with us and in us
by the very One who Himself shared our fallen nature while on earth.
Waggoner clearly saw the importance of the religious experience of
Christ during His earthly years. If Christ did not come in our sinful
nature with all its hereditary weaknesses, He could not, as an
indwelling Saviour, provide us with a resistance to temptation which He
Himself had not experienced.
Christ, in order to be our Saviour, had to be tempted
in all points as ourselves. He needed to experience the
temptations from within as well as from without. He did this and still
remained holy and without stain.
"To believe on His name is to believe that He is
the Son of God. To believe that He is the Son of God,
means to believe that He is come in the flesh, in human flesh,
in our flesh, for His name is God with us. "
"Moreover, the fact that Christ took upon
Himself the flesh, not of a sinless being, but of sinful man, that is,
that the flesh which He assumed had all the weaknesses and sinful
tendencies to which fallen human nature is subject, is shown
by the statement that He was made of the seed of David according to
the flesh. David had all the passions of human nature. He says of
himself, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother
conceive me. Psalm 51:5." E.J. Waggoner, Christ
and His Righteousness, 1890, page 26.
"He was made to be sin. Here is the same mystery
as that the Son of God should die. The spotless Lamb of God, who knew no
sin, was made to be sin. Sinless, yet not only counted as a sinner, but
actually taking upon Himself sinful nature. He was made to be
sin in order that we might be made righteous." E.J.
Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness. pp 27.
"His humanity only veiled His Divine Nature, by
which He was inseparably connected with the invisible God, and which was
more than able successfully to resist the weaknesses of the flesh. There
was in His whole life a struggle. The flesh, moved upon by the enemy
of all righteousness, would tend to sin, yet His Divine Nature never for
a moment harbored an evil desire, nor did His Divine power for a moment
waver." E.J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, page
Jones agreed with this basic truth of the importance
of the Nature of Christ to the individual believer: "And thus it is
that for the sins which we have actually committed, for the sins which
are past, His righteousness is imputed to us, as our sins were
imputed to Him. and to keep us from sinning, His righteousness is
imparted to us in our flesh, as our flesh, with all its liability to
sin, was imparted to Him. Thus He is the complete Saviour.
"In that genealogy [of Christs earthly
ancestors], there are Jehoiakim who for his wickedness was buried
with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of
Jerusalem, Manasseh, who caused Judah to do worse than the
heathen, Ahaz, who made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against
the Lord; Rehoboam, who was born of Solomon after Solomon turned from
the Lord; Solomon himself, who was born of David and Bathsheba; . . .
"Now it is at the end of such a genealogy as
that, that the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. It was
at the end of such a genealogy as that that He was made of
a woman. It was in such a line of descent as that that God sent
His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.
"Whether temptation be from within or from
without, He is the perfect shield against it all, and so saves to the
uttermost all who come unto God by Him." A.T. Jones. The
Consecrated Way to Christian Perfection, pages 42-44.
"[Hebrews 4:15 quoted] He was in all points
tempted like as we are. Therefore He was in all points like
as we are!" A.T. Jones, The Consecrated Way to
Christian Perfection, pages 38-39.
Elder A.T. Jones in his 1893 General Conference
Sermons a repeat of his 1888 Message, showed that Righteousness
by Faith is not merely an act of Justification, but includes
"[Speaking of the 1888 Conference, and quoting
the Spirit of Prophecy 1892 Review passage cited above] Then what did
the brethren in that fearful position in which they stood, reject at
Minneapolis? They rejected the latter rain the loud cry of the third
angels message . . Christ came into the world, revealing the true
gospel as never before Christ in man." A.T. Jones,
General Conference Bulletin, 1893, page 266.
This was the emphasis of Minneapolis, not the
historic Christ, but the personal presence of God in us. This
is the meaning of Righteousness by Faith.
"The only possible way in which anybody
in this world can know the righteousness of God, can receive the
righteousness of God . . . is by having the mind of Christ itself. . .
Where do we get that mind? (Congregation: in Christ.) Then is
it possible for any man, by any possible means, to render to the Ten
Commandments what they require, and what only they will accept,
without having the mind of Jesus Christ itself? (Congregation: No.
sir.) Well, can I have the mind of Christ without the rest of Him?
No, I cannot. Therefore as I cannot have the mind of Christ without
the rest of Him, it follows that I must have the personal presence of
Christ Himself." A.T. Jones, 1893 General Conference
Bulletin, 1893, page 245.
Martin Luther was at the coming-out from
Catholicism. We are at the entering-in to Translation. Luther was
unprepared for the full light on Righteousness by Faith that we have.
The message was given us in order to finish the work of God on this
"Do you see it is Christ in us, that Living
Presence that does the righteous work, and that is by the Holy
Spirit? That is what the Holy Spirit brings; that is the outpouring
of the latter rain, is it not? You see we cannot study anything else. That
is the message for us now. When we receive the message what do
we receive? (Congregation: Christ.) When we receive Him what have
we? (Voice: The Holy Spirit. The Latter Rain.)" A.T.
Jones, 1893 General Conference Bulletin, page 360.
Elder A.T. Jones agreed with Elder E.J. Waggoner in
the definition of Justification:
"Justified is made righteous. So
whenever we read it here, you can just put the words, made
righteous there instead, and you have the same thing always."
A.T. Jones, General Conference Bulletin, 1893, page 362.
The message of an indwelling Saviour is
a major emphasis of the true teaching of Righteousness by Faith:
"Anyone who cannot go from this meeting with the
living consciousness of the presence of Jesus Christ in His power,
with His light and His glory upon Him, and in his life, that minister
had better not leave this place as a minister, or as a professed
minister; because he goes to a work that he cannot do; he
goes to meet a people whom he cannot meet: he goes to meet
responsibilities that he cannot meet." A.T. Jones, General
Conference Bulletin, 1893, page 495.
We are thankful for the wonderful truth of
Justification by Faith, for it is an integral part of the message of
Righteousness by Faith. But it is the full message which will finish
Gods work on earth. Justification begins a step.
Sanctification carries it through. Justification begins the next step.
Sanctification carries that through. The two go together all the way
to the city of God. Crying to Christ and obeying in Christ are the
two phases on our part. Forgiveness in Christ and enabling in Christ,
the two phases on Gods part. Two phases: Justification and
Sanctification a complete message.
Here is what Ellen White said to the Minneapolis
Session on the first Sabbath of the gathering:
"Many will say, I am saved. I am saved. I am
saved. Well, have they been cleansed from all filthiness of the flesh
and the spirit? And can they cleanse themselves by the righteousness of
the law? Jesus Christ came to this world, and there is His
righteousness to impart to the children of men who are obeying the law
of God. Here is the Jesus Christ who comes right in and
imparts His Righteousness to us: we cannot overcome in our own strength,
but by faith in Him. . . . We can be filled with all the fullness of
God. Our lives may measure with the life of God.. God help us
and fill us with all fullness and power, and then we can taste of the
joys of the world to come." E.G.W., Manuscript 8, 1888.
Sermon presented at the Minneapolis Conference. Sabbath, October 20.
In a final written message entitled. "A Call to
a Deeper Study of the Word," addressed to the Brethren assembled at
the Minneapolis General Conference, she stated:
"I see the beauty of truth in the
presentation of the Righteousness of Christ in relation to the law as
the doctor (Waggoner) has placed it before us. You say, many
of you, it is light and truth. Yet you have not presented it in this
light heretofore. Is it not possible that through earnest, prayerful
searching of the Scriptures he has seen still greater light on some
points? That which has been presented harmonizes perfectly with the
light which God has been pleased to give me during all the years of my
experience." Manuscript 15, 1888.
Elsewhere, she made similar comments:
"[It] is a message from God: It bears the divine
credentials." E.G.W., Review, September 3,
"Messages bearing the Divine credentials have
been sent to Gods people." Review, May 27, 1890.
Not only did Ellen White openly and repeatedly
support the message of Jones and Waggoner, but she even traveled with
them as they went from place to place, following the Minneapolis
meetings, presenting them to the people:
"I have traveled from place to place. attending
meetings where the message of the Righteousness of Christ was preached.
I considered it a privilege to stand by the side of my brethren, and
give my testimony with the message for the time." Review,
March 18. 1890.
In the providence of God, the Messenger of the Lord
was present to give added support to the message for the people a
message that Heaven wanted them to have, and a message that we need
Almost the entire General Conference Session of 1893
was devoted to a presentation of this subject by Elders Waggoner and
Jones. It is considered to have been a re-presentation of the message
delivered in 1888.
Here are additional passages from the Spirit of
Prophecy that will further clarify the important message of the 1888
Minneapolis General Conference:
"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 light."
Review, September 3, 1889.
"The Righteousness by which we are justified
is imputed: the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted.
The first is our title to heaven, the second is our fitness for heaven."
Review, June 4, 1895, Messages to Young People. page 35.
The ones whom Christ acknowledges as His when he
returns, will not be those who chose to remain in their sins:
"On Christ's coronation day He will not
acknowledge as His any who bear spot or wrinkle or any such thing.
But to His faithful ones He will give crowns of immortal glory.
Those who would not that He should reign over them will see Him
surrounded by the army of the redeemed, each of whom bears the sign. the
Lord our Righteousness." Review, November 24, 1904.
Righteousness by Faith will change our lives and
enable us to represent the Character of Christ before all men.
"This name is hallowed by the angels of heaven,
by the inhabitants of unfallen worlds. When you pray, Hallowed be Thy
name, you ask that it may be hallowed in this world, hallowed in
you. God has acknowledged you before men and angels as His
child; pray that you may do no dishonor to the worthy name by which
ye are called. God sends you into the world as His representatives. In
every act of life you are to make manifest the name of God. This
petition calls upon you to possess His character. You cannot
hallow His name, you cannot represent Him to the world, unless in
life and character you represent the very life and character of God.
This you can do only through the acceptance of the grace and
righteousness of Christ." Mount of Blessing, page
Seven Passages in the New Testament on Righteousness by
Paul declares in the first chapter of Romans that he
is "not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, . . . For therein is the
Righteousness of God revealed, from faith to faith." In
the Greek of this message, it is faith anti faith, faith upon
faith. Faith growing, building, enlarging. The Faith to
receive Justification, which becomes the Faith to walk with Jesus
day by day in the experience of Sanctification. The Righteousness of
God is revealed from one Faith to another.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for
it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that
believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is
the righteousness of God revealed from faith to [anti] faith; as
it is written, the just shall live by faith."
How do the messengers that brought us the Minneapolis
message of Righteousness by Faith, view the correct meaning of this
Waggoner sees in it works performed by faith:
"Here we have Righteousness by Faith:
The just shall live by faith. Nothing else? By faith and
works? Add not thou unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be
a liar. To be just is to be righteous, and a righteous man will do
righteous acts. This is the fruit of righteousness. But how does
he do these works? By Faith." E. J. Waggoner, Bible
Studies on the Book of Romans, page 1.
To Jones, it is an experience of receiving the
Personal Presence of Christ into the heart and the life:
"When the personal presence of Christ
comes to us, He will be closer to us than if He would
come in here to these meetings with us every day. Is that so?
(Congregation: Yes, sir.) Well then, that is the gospel, is it
not? That is the Righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ.
That is the gospel, for therein is the Righteousness of God
revealed from faith to faith. (Romans 1:17)." A.T.
Jones, General Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 301.
Inspiration, as we have seen, agrees with these
messages of Jones and Waggoner that it is faith that works, and
it is done in Christ, through His imparted grace, and by the indwelling
Holy Spirit within us:
"The Righteousness of Christ is revealed
from Faith to Faith, that is from your present Faith to an increased
understanding of that Faith which works by love and purifies the soul .
. . I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the
power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first
and also to the Greek for therein is the Righteousness of God
revealed from Faith to Faith. When Christ imparts to
any the blessing of His grace, He lays the recipients under special
obligation." E.G.W., Review, September 77, 1908. Bible
Commentary, volume 6, page 1067.
"The Spirit of God works in the believers
soul, enabling him to advance from one line of obedience to another,
reaching on from strength to greater strength, from grace to grace in
Jesus Christ." E.G.W., Selected Messages, volume
1, page 375.
The above writers clearly see the Scriptural scope of
Righteousness by Faith in Romans 1:16-17 as referring to Sanctification,
and not merely to Justification in its narrow sense of depersonalized or
Paul is a man who lived very close to Christ. Indeed,
he urges all followers of Christ to live such a life a life of
sanctified Obedience (2 Corinthians 10:5). Right-doing, or
obedience, is righteousness. It can be done only by
faith in Christs enabling strength. Every Christian as Paul, must be
Paul states plainly that the works of righteousness
performed by the Christian should not be the works (i.e., righteousness)
of Self, but, by denial of self, be the Righteousness of Christ.
Here is how he describes it:
"And be found in Him, not having mine own
righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through
the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith."
This text of Scripture leaves no doubt that the
imparted Righteousness of Christ the sanctified life of the believer
is not the righteousness of Self, but by the denial of self, is
the Righteousness of Faith.
Sanctification by Faith in Christs Righteousness
is Scriptural. To deny this, is to deny Scripture and to repudiate
the working of Christ in ones own life. Who would want to
be guilty of such a serious accusation against the atoning work of
Christ, provided for us at Calvary, mediated for us in the Sanctuary in
Heaven? May God have mercy on those who so glibly toss out words about
the Holy Work of Christ within the life of the believer.
Romans 10:4, 6-8
Paul in Romans ten shows that while the Righteousness
of Faith cannot be earned, yet it can be lived. In the heart
and life of His children, as a gift from God!
"For Christ is the end [Greek: objective or
goal] of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth but
the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, say not in
thine heart, who shall ascend into heaven? (That is to bring Christ down
from above:), or, who shall descend into the deep? (That is, to bring
Christ again from the dead.) But what sayeth it? the word is nigh
thee, even in thy mouth, and in thine heart." Romans
"When we bring our lives into complete
obedience to the law of God, regarding God as our Supreme Guide, and
clinging to Christ, as our hope of Righteousness, God will work in our
behalf. This is a Righteousness of Faith. This obedience works out for
us the divine will, bringing into our lives the Righteousness and
perfection that was seen in the life of Christ." E.G.W.,
Sons and Daughters of God, page 66.
Here is Pauls summary in Galatians of the
Christians relationship to Christ:
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I
live, yet not I but Christ liveth in me, and the life which now live
in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved
me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20.
Paul, a converted Christian, is completely dead to
self. He is quite obviously living the experience of Romans Eight, not
of Romans Seven. The life that he lived a life of Righteousness
he lived by Faith in the indwelling Saviour.
Paul emphasizes in Galatians that the Righteousness
of the saints is manifested "without the law" outside of
the laws condemnation because Jesus dwells in the heart by
faith, thus enabling him to fulfill its requirements. The law can
condemn unrighteousness, but cannot impart righteousness. But the
Righteousness which comes from a personal acceptance and a personal
relationship with Christ is a real Righteousness, and one
that in our lives fulfills every one of the laws requirements.
"In their professed service to God, the Jews
were really working for self. Their righteousness was the fruit of their
own efforts to keep the law according to their own ideas and for their
own selfish benefit. Hence it could be no better than then were. In
their endeavor to make themselves holy they were trying to bring a clean
thing out of an unclean. The law of God is as holy as He is holy, as
perfect as He is perfect. It presents to men the righteousness of God.
It is impossible for man of himself, to keep this law: for
the nature of man is depraved, deformed, and wholly unlike the character
of God. It is the works of a selfish heart that are as an unclean
thing and all our righteousness are as filthy rags. Isaiah
"While the law is holy, the Jews could not
attain righteousness by their own efforts to keep the law. The disciples
of Christ must obtain righteousness of a different character from that
of the Pharisees, if they would enter the kingdom of Heaven. God
offered them, in his Son, the perfect righteousness of the law. If they
would open their hearts fully to receive Christ, then the very life of
God, His love, would dwell in them, transforming them into His own
likeness: and thus through Gods free gift they would possess the
righteousness which the law requires." Mount of
Notice that only the works not of faith are
unclean and as a filthy rag. The heart that is fully opened to
receive Christ is transformed into His own likeness, and by His enabling
merit alone the believers obedience to the law of God will give him
possession of the "Righteousness which the law requires."
This Righteousness of Faith within the heart and life of the
believer is not unclean, nor is it a filthy rag.
It is perfect.
Romans 3: 21-22, 24
"But now the righteousness of God without the
law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even
the Righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and
upon all them that believe." Romans 3:21-22.
"Being justified freely by His grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:24.
This Righteousness is "unto all them that
believe." It is obviously imparted Righteousness. Paul shows us
clearly that there is real Righteousness communicated from God to man,
through Faith in Jesus Christ. And, then, having explained
this, he tells of Justification, in verse 24. The "all" of
verse 22, are the ones "being justified" in verse 24.
"Righteousness" is larger than being declared righteous.
It also includes the accompanying change in character.
"And what more shall I say, for time would fail
me if I tell of Gideon and the prophets who by faith performed acts
of righteousness." Hebrews 11:32-33 (N.E.B.).
Paul here tells us that the prophets "by faith
performed acts of righteousness." But this truth is denied by the
"Present Error" theology of Brinsmead and Ford in many of
their statements to the effect that Righteousness by Faith never in the
New Testament includes sanctification. The meaning of the above passage
in Hebrews is clear. "Righteousness" is simply defined as
an "act," and "by faith" shows that it is
genuine the entire experience proceeding from a connection with
Christ Himself that is as close as that of the branch engrafted
fiber-by-fiber with the Vine. Thus we are told that "acts of
righteousness" that proceed from Faith constitute right living,
according to the Bible. Or to say it in different words: Obedience is
Righteousness by Faith.
Ephesians 5:9 and Galatians 3:2
Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:9 that "the
fruit of the Spirit is . . goodness and righteousness." In
Galatians 3:2, he asks, "Receive ye the Spirit. . by . .
faith?" The Holy Spirit produces Righteousness in the believer (Ephesians
5:9), and a man receives the Holy Spirit by faith (Galatians
3:2). Therefore that righteousness he received from the Holy Spirit
is a Righteousness resulting from Faith. Ephesians 5:9 is clearly
speaking of Sanctification, for the terms "goodness and
righteousness" merely define the quality of life. So the "fruit
of the Spirit" may be called either Sanctification by
Faith, or Righteousness by Faith. Both terms in Biblical
theology have the same meaning.
It is thus clearly seen that in order for a Christian
to go to heaven, he must first be fitted to walk and live among
sinless beings. It is not enough to give him a title for
heaven, the Righteousness of God must be imparted to him. Only
the indwelling Righteousness of Christ will suffice.
The Latter Rain Experience will be a far deeper
infilling. of Jesus, an experience we are to seek now. As we are to
walk in the light of an Indwelling Saviour then, so we are to live now.
"Who will be fitted for the loud cry of the
third angel? Those who have the presence of Jesus Christ. This
means the personal presence, too not imaginary, a way-off
presence; It is not that at all." A.T. Jones, General
Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 297.
"Live with Him, brethren! Live with Him; live
with Him, this is what He wants. Why, He is raised from
the dead, and we are raised up with Him that we may live with Him.
(Romans 6:8). His personal presence is to be with us. That is what
the Laodicean message is to do for us; it brings the presence of Christ
to live in us." A.T. Jones, General Conference Daily
Bulletin, 1893, page 300.
Justification naturally leads to Sanctification, and
as we take each step in Christ, we bear witness to the Righteousness of
God by Faith in His Son.
"He called Abraham out doors to show him the
stars but He can show us sins without calling us out doors.
Has He shown you a great many sins? Has He? (Congregation: Yes).
Now He says, If thou be able to number them, they shall be as white
as snow. What do you say? (Congregation: Amen) Then what does
the Lord say? (Congregation: You are righteous) Are you? (Voice:
Yes) Do people become righteous as easy as that? Is it as simple a
transaction as that? (Congregation: Yes). Amen."
A.T. Jones, General Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 378.
We work because Jesus works in us. Apart from Him we
are nothing. Apart from Him we can do nothing. Our best is as good as
our worst, apart from an Indwelling Christ. But in Christ, the future is
bright, for Heaven begins in our lives.
"The difficulty is, when the people get their
minds on works, and works, and works, instead of upon Jesus Christ in
order to work, they pervert the whole thing." A.T.
Jones, General Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 298.
"Who then is to do the work in order that it may
be good works indeed? Let us read again: [from Steps to Christ, page 75]
"If Christ is dwelling in our hearts, He will work in us
both to will and to do of His good pleasure." We shall work as He
works; we shall manifest the same spirit. And thus, loving
Him and abiding in Him, we shall "grow up into Him in all things,
which is the Head, even Christ." Now then, that is what the
Lord wants, that is what the mind of Christ is." A.T. Jones,
General Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 298.
The accuracy of Alonzo T. Jones and Ellet J. Waggoner
in presenting the correct message to the people was due in no small way
to their understanding of Spirit of Prophecy principles. A careful study
of their lectures is a striking insight into their indebtedness to those
writings. They quote extensively from them.
The message is a clear one. The message of God to us
today, is echoing down from the days of Minneapolis to pray for
deliverance from a Satanic experience of Unrighteousness by Faith, and
by the power of a Forgiving Christ and an Indwelling Christ, become
fitted by Him, under the guidance of His Holy Spirit, in accordance with
the teachings of His Word for what is ahead. For six thousand years
men needed to prepare to die. God is waiting today for a people who will
prepare for translation. And it will take more than 16th Century
Lutheranism or 5th Century Augustinian Catholicism to do it. Refuse to
listen to those who would take away Gods Word. Their only objective
is to destroy the keeping of the law of God from our midst, and lead us
in captivity back to Babylon.
"The sweetest melodies that come from human
lips, justification by faith, and the righteousness of Christ."
E.G.W., Review, April 4, 1895.
Additional Insights Regarding the Message
"The minds of many have been so darkened and
confused by worldly customs, worldly practices, and worldly influences,
that all power to discriminate between light and darkness, truth and
error, seems destroyed . . . There are men among us in responsible
positions who hold that. . . such a faith as that of Paul, Peter, or
John, is old-fashioned, and insufferable at the present day. It is
pronounced absurd, mystical, and unworthy of an intelligent mind."
Testimonies, volume 5, page 62, 79.
"That, however, is but a sample. There will be
things to come that will be more surprising than that was to those at
Minneapolis, more surprising than anything we have yet seen. And,
brethren, we will be required to receive and preach that truth."
A.T. Jones, General Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 185.
"Not a soul of us has ever been able to dream
yet the wonderful blessings that God had for us at Minneapolis, and
which we would have been enjoying these four years, if hearts had been
ready to receive the message which God sent. We would have been four
years ahead. We would have been in the midst of the wonders of the loud
cry itself, tonight. Did not the Spirit of Prophecy tell us here at that
time that the blessing of God was hanging over our heads? Well,
brethren, you know." A.T. Jones, General Conference Daily
Bulletin, 1893, page not given [quoted in 1888 Re-examined, page
"I have had the question asked, What do you
think of this Light that these men A.T. Jones and E.J. Waggoner are
presenting? Why, I have been presenting it to you for the last
forty-five years, the matchless charms of Christ is what I have been
trying to present before your minds." E.G.W., Sermon at
Rome, New York, June 17, 1889, Manuscript 5. 1889.
"Many commit the error of trying to define
minutely the fine points of distinction between justification and
sanctification. Into the definitions of these two terms they often bring
their own ideas and speculations. Why try to be more minute than is
inspiration on the vital question of Righteousness by Faith? Why try to
work out every minute point, as if the salvation of the soul depended
upon all having exactly your understanding of this matter. You
are in danger of making a world of an atom and an atom of a world."
E.G.W., February 27, 1891 Diary, at Battle Creek; also:
Manuscript 6, 1903.
"This great truth must be established as a
living principle in our minds and hearts the efficacy of the
offering made for us; that God can and does save to the uttermost all
who come unto Him complying with the conditions specified in His Word.
Our work is to place our will on the side of Gods will. Then through
the blood of the atonement, we become partakers of the divine nature;
through Christ we are children of God, and we have the assurance
that God loves us even as He loves His Son. . . . Our hope is to be
constantly strengthened by the knowledge that Christ is our
Righteousness. Let our faith rest upon this foundation, for it will
stand fast forever." Testimonies, volume 5, page
"Christ has made every provision for us
to be strong. He has given us His Holy Spirit, whose office
it is to bring to our remembrance all the promises that Christ has made,
that we may have peace and a sweet sense of forgiveness. If we will
but keep our eyes fixed on the Saviour and trust in His power, we shall
be filled with a sense of security, for the Righteousness of Christ will
become our Righteousness." My Life Today, page 45.
"The proud heart strives to earn salvation;
but both our title to heaven and our fitness for it are found in the
Righteousness of Christ. The Lord can do nothing toward the
recovery of man until, convinced of his own weakness, and stripped of
all self-sufficiency, he yields himself to the control of God. Then
he can receive the gift that God is waiting to bestow. From the soul
that feels his need, nothing is withheld. He has unrestricted access to
Him in whom all fullness dwells." Desire of Ages,
"Righteousness within is testified to by
Righteousness without. He who is righteous within is not
hard-hearted and unsympathetic, but day by day he grows into the
image of Christ, going on from strength to strength. He who
is being sanctified by the truth will be self-controlled, and will
follow in the footsteps of Christ until grace is lost in glory. The
Righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the Righteousness by
which we are sanctified is imparted. The first is our title to heaven,
the second is our fitness for it." Review, June 4, 1895,
Messages to Young People, page 35.
"The foundation of Christianity is Christ our
Righteousness." Testimonies, volume 5. page 725.
"God gave to His servants at Minneapolis a
testimony that presented the truth as it is in Jesus, which is the third
angels message, in clear, distinct lines." Testimonies
to Ministers, page 93.
The rejection of the 1888 Message meant a
rejecting of the Spirit of Prophecy.
[After reminding them that the brethren in 1888
rejected the loud cry] "They didnt know they were doing this,
but the Spirit of the Lord was there to tell them they were doing it . .
. When the prophet told them what they were doing, they simply set the
prophet aside with all the rest." A.T. Jones, General
Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page not given [in 1888 Re-examined,
"If the ministers will not receive the light
[given at Minneapolis], I want to give the people a chance; perhaps they
will receive it.. . . [Formerly] you acknowledged that Sister White was
right. But somehow it has changed now, and Sister White is different.
Just like the Jewish nation." E.G.W., October 24,
1888, Manuscript 9, 1888.
"The office of a messenger whom God has chosen
to send with reproofs and warnings is strangely misunderstood at the
present time." E.G.W., Review, July 18, 1893.
"The influence that grew out of the resistance
of light and truth at Minneapolis tended to make of no effect the light
God had given to His people through the Testimonies. Great
Controversy, Volume 4 [our volume 5], has not had the circulation that
it should have had, because some of those who occupy responsible
positions were leavened with the spirit that prevailed at Minneapolis, a
spirit that clouded the discernment of the people. What
account will be rendered to God for thus retarding the work?" E.G.W.,
Letter read at the General Conference Session, February 27, 1893.
"I went to large expense in bringing out the
illustrated editions of Great Controversy and Patriarchs and
Prophets, But these books were allowed to fall almost dead from
the press, and for nearly three years little was done with
them." E.G.W. Letter D-237-1903.
"Oh, it is the hardest place in the world, to
speak where great light has come, to men in responsible
positions. They have been enlightened, but have chosen darkness rather
than light . . You may depend I have great sorrow of heart. What will
be the end of this stubborn unbelief we have yet to learn."
E.G.W., Letter dated September 18, 1890. Manuscript W-32, 1890.
"Let us thank the Lord that He is dealing with
us still, to save us from our errors, to save us from our dangers. to
keep us back from wrong courses, and to pour upon us the latter rain,
that we may be translated. That is what the message means
translation to you and me." A.T. Jones, General
Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 185.
"I say again, that in all cases he who
believes in Jesus Christ most fully will work most fully for Him.
"Now let us have this word, and that will be the
best close I could make to the whole thing tonight: Steps to Christ, page
79, The heart that rests most fully upon Christ will be the most
earnest and active in labor for Him. Amen. (Congregation:
Amen) Do not forget that now. Do not think that the man who
says that he rests wholly upon Jesus Christ is either a physical or a
spiritual loafer. If he shows this loafing in his life, he is
not resting on Christ at all, but on his own self.
"No sir; the heart that rests most fully upon
Christ will be the most earnest and active in labor for Him. That is
what Faith is. That is faith that will bring to you the
outpouring of the latter rain." A.T. Jones, General
Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 302.
The Message was a call to put away sin not to
"cover it over with righteousness. "
"When sin is pointed out to you, say, I
would rather have Christ than that. And let it go. (Congregation:
Amen) . . . Then where in the world is the opportunity for any of
us to get discouraged over our sins? [from wanting to hold on to them] Now
some of the brethren have done that very thing. They came
here free; but the Spirit of God brought up something they never saw
before. The Spirit of God went deeper than it ever went before, and
revealed things they never saw before: and then, instead of thanking
the Lord that that was so, and letting the whole wicked business go,
and thanking the Lord that they had ever so much more of Him than
they ever had before, they began to get discouraged . . . and they got
no good out of the meetings day after day.
"If the Lord has brought up sins to us that
we never thought of before, that only shows that He is going down to the
depths, and He will reach the bottom at last; and when He finds the last
thing that is unclean or impure, that is out of harmony with His will,
and brings that up, and shows that to us, and we say, I would rather
have the Lord than that then the work is complete, and the seal
of the living God can be fixed upon that character .
"Which would you rather have, the
completeness, the perfect fullness of Jesus Christ. or have less than
that, with some of your sins covered up that you never knew
of? . . So He has got to dig down to the deep places we never dreamed
of, because we cannot understand our hearts . . . Let Him go on,
brethren; let Him keep on His searching work . . . Brethren, let us be
honest with the Lord, and treat Him as He wants us to." A.T.
Jones, General Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 404.
"We have the word here that those things are
among us; ambition for place, jealousy of position, and envy of
situation: those things are among us. Now the time has come to put them
away; now the time has come for each one to find how low he can get
at the feet of Christ, and not how high in the Conference, or
in the estimation of men, or how high in the Conference Committee, or
General Conference Committee; that is not the question at all . . . No
difference what it costs; that has nothing to do with it."
A.T. Jones, General Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 183.
"Shall the Ark of the Covenant containing the
Law and the Righteous mediation of Christ be removed from this people?
Shall idols be smuggled in? Shall false principles and false precepts be
brought into the sanctuary? Shall antichrist be respected? Shall the
true doctrines and principles given us by God, which have made us what
we are, be ignored? . . . This is directly where the enemy,
through blinded, unconsecrated men, is leading us.
"Things have gone as far as they should
without someone protesting against them in plain words. The
Lords time to set things in order has fully come." E.G.W.,
Manuscript 29, 1890, Counsels to Writers and Editors, pages 95-96.
"The nearer we come to the second coming of the
Saviour the more fully Spiritualism will be professing Christ. Satan,
himself . . . comes as Christ; he is received as Christ. So then the
people of God must be so well acquainted with the Saviour that no
profession of the name of Christ will be received or accepted where it
is not the actual, genuine thing." A.T. Jones, General
Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page 342.
"Then although these folks quote the words of
Christ, it is all counterfeit. You know that Volume 4 [Great
Controversy, our volume 5] tells us that when Satan himself comes
with the gracious words that the Saviour uttered, he will talk them with
much the same tone, and will pass it off on those who have not the
mind of Christ. Brethren, there is no salvation for us, there
is no safety for us, there is no remedy for us at all, but to have the
mind of Christ." A.T. Jones, General Conference Daily
Bulletin, 1893, page 343.
"That is Righteousness by Faith: that is a
faith that works, thank the Lord, not a faith that believes
something away off, that keeps the truth of God in the outer
court, and then seeks by his own efforts to make up the lack. Not that. No,
but faith that works. It, itself, is working; it has a divine power to
"This is enough to show that the Papal
Doctrine of Justification by Faith is Satans doctrine; it
is simply the natural mind depending upon itself, working through
itself, exalting itself; and then covering it all up with a
profession of belief in this, that, and the other, but having no power
of God. Then, brethren, let it be rooted up forever."
A.T. Jones, General Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, page
The papal teaching is the antichrist teaching. It
asserts that man cannot have power from Christ to overcome in his life.
He must go it alone. He may do what he wants, but he shall not receive
help from Christ in the problems of life, and only an occasional
canonized saint will succeed in obtaining victory through self.