The Crowning--Highest Good Gift--The Essence and Very Foundational Basis of Salvation

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Dear Reader,

One of Adventism’s most profound contributions to the continuum of Reformation evolvement which Ellen White said should always be progressing was her contribution to a better understanding of the Incarnation Sacrifice of the Son of God BEFORE THE CROSS SACRIFICE.

Mainline Christianity has focused on the cross substitutionary death as being the basis of salvation.  Nothing could be further from the truth as we will find well substantiated by Scripture and Ellen White. As essential as the cross was, it was not the basis nor the purpose of our salvation.  The basis is intrinsically linked with the purpose, the objective of our salvation.

Without Christ formed within, the cross will not avail one person salvation. Christ died 2000 years ago for all who will receive Him formed within, but not one person will benefit from His death on the cross unless Christ is formed in the heart of man.  The bible expresses it thusly:

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The professed watchmen of Isaiah 56:10-12, even those of the Reformation, have missed the very essence of the plan of salvation.  They failed to realize that the Son of God made another eternal sacrifice at His Incarnation in the Sanctuary in heaven, at the time He emptied Himself of His former Godhead ONLY Being (state), and was come in the likeness of sinful flesh, to retain His combination with humanity FOREVER That act which occurred before the cross event, was a FOREVER death to His original DEITY ONLY existence.

 "Literally, 'emptied Himself.'  This emptying was voluntary (see on John 10:17, 18).  It was not possible for Christ to retain all the tokens of divinity and still accomplish the Incarnation."  SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 155, col. 1.

Phl 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Phl 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

It was a sacrifice that man cannot yet completely comprehend for Deity to empty itself and take upon itself humanity FOREVER This sacrifice is not comprehended as it should have been by the early church fathers or the leaders of the Reformation.

The Crowning, Highest Good Gift of the Son of God That Heaven Could Bestow

"Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.

In the gift of the Spirit [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE], Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow....

The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail....

It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, May 19, 1904, vol. 5, p. 42.

 

The Sacrifice Made at the Incarnation

 

Two Sacrifices – the Incarnation and the cross:

 

"The darkness rolled away from the Saviour and from the Cross. Christ bowed His head and died. In His Incarnation He had reached the prescribed limit as a sacrifice, but not as a redeemer." E.G. White Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, p. 409.

 

What was it about the Incarnation in and of itself that reached the prescribed limit as a sacrifice?  What was the prescribed limit that was involved with sacrifice on the part of the Son of Man?  The prescribed limit of the Everlasting Covenant was death of the Testator! 

 

Hbr 9:16 For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

 

Hbr 9:17 For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

 

"The darkness rolled away from the Saviour and from the Cross. Christ bowed His head and died. In His Incarnation He had reached the prescribed limit as a sacrifice, but not as a redeemer." E.G. White Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, p. 409.

 

On SDA Internet chat groups, professing Seventh-day Adventists have denied that the Incarnation was a second sacrifice of the Son of Man.  Such a denial directly contradicts the Holy Spirit gift to the church in the person of Ellen White, as well as common sense:

 

"The Incarnation of Christ was an act of self-sacrifice; His life was one of continual self-denial. The highest glory of the love of God to man was manifested in the sacrifice of His only-begotten Son, who was the express image of His person. This is the great mystery of godliness. It is the privilege and the duty of every professed follower of Christ to have the mind of Christ. Without self-denial and cross bearing we cannot be His disciples." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 185.

 

It was the sacrifice made at the Incarnation that made the gift of the Holy Spirit—the Divine Nature of Jesus Christ, available for implanting in man:

 

"The sanctification of the soul by the working of the Holy Spirit is the implanting of Christ's nature in humanity."  E.G. White, God's Amazing Grace, p. 244; original source:  Manuscript 34, 1894.

 

Ellen White said that the Incarnation was a sacrifice.  She said that the Incarnation sacrifice met the prescribed limit as a sacrifice, BUT NOT AS A REDEEMER.  The testator died at His Incarnation to be born in the likeness of sinful flesh in a human being, Mary.  But that did not redeem man.

 

Let’s look at the definition of redeem:

 

re·deem    Pronunciation Key  (rhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/ibreve.gif-dhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/emacr.gifmhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/prime.gif)
tr.v. re·deemed, re·deem·ing, re·deems

  1. To recover ownership of by paying a specified sum.
  2. To pay off (a promissory note, for example).
  3. To turn in (coupons, for example) and receive something in exchange.
  4. To fulfill (a pledge, for example).
  5. To convert into cash: redeem stocks.
  6. To set free; rescue or ransom.
  7. To save from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. See Synonyms at save1.
  8. To make up for: The low price of the clothes dryer redeems its lack of special features.
  9. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of: You botched the last job but can redeem yourself on this one.

 

The Incarnation death of the Son of  Man did not, in and of itself provide a ransom.  The Incarnation provided a means to save us from the state of sinfulness, but not its consequences.  The means to save us from sinfulness was the Divine Nature Holy Spirit gift of the Incarnation.  But the consequence of our violation of God’s Holy Law, is eternal death.  The wages of sin is death.  To protect His honor and integrity, God Himself must prove that His commandments to men were possible to keep for Satan has said they were not.

 

Man could not be “set free” from his sins until they were laid upon the Redeemer, and that was the redeeming act.  That did not occur in the Incarnation death, which met the prescribed limit of sacrifice—the death of the Testator or Covenant maker.  But the act of having our sins laid upon Christ, did not provide the remedy for sin.  That act and His death on the cross, paid the penalty for our sins or the redemption cost.

 

But the remedy—the essence of the salvation act, was the gift made possible by the Son’s Incarnation act—the gift of His Holy Spirit Divine Nature, laid aside at His Incarnation as a bequeathed gift to us for the purpose of regeneration from sin back into the image of His character—self sacrificing love and righteousness by faith in His Incarnation and redeeming acts in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. 

 

All of the above acts were essential to salvation, but the essence, the basis of salvation, was the gift of the Son’s Divine Nature as a remedy for sin—that was His crowing act and the greatest gift that heaven could bestow, and without which His sacrifice on the cross would have been to no avail, because it was not the cross that provided the cure—the remedy for sin!.  The cross provided a redemption from the penalty of sin, by Christ taking our sins upon Himself.

 

But the cross did not provide even all of the death penalty!  Three days in the tomb did not pay our penalty of eternal death for sin.  So what paid the eternal death part of the Everlasting Covenant Testator agreement?  The Son’s death to his DIVINITY ONLY BEING.  He died to that DIVINITY ONLY STATE OF BEING FOREVER.  He laid aside that Divine Nature as a bequeathed gift to man that it might indwell any man who would receive that greatest of all gifts of the Son.  The essence of the gospel of salvation is in the remedy—Christ in you the hope of glory—glorification.

 

This truth is one of Adventism’s greatest contributions to the Reformation.  Why?  Because man and Satan had made the cross the only sacrifice of the Son of God.  There is no remedy for sin in the cross.  Mainline Christianity realized that there was no remedy for sin in the cross. That is why they concluded that man cannot keep God’s commandments!  That is why they accepted ONLY the substitution part of the redeeming acts.  That and the fact that man would rather believe that Christ did it ALL FOR MAN, rather than IN AND THROUGH man.

 

Internet Dialog on This Basic Issue of Salvation

I don’t have time to put all the following posts in their precise order, but you will be able to get the drift of the points made by each person.  My point in presenting this dialog is to demonstrate how Adventists, as well as Catholics and mainstream Christianity are not aware of the other sacrifices of Christ other than the cross, and when informed they reject the greatest good, crowning sacrifices made.  This is a rejection of the Straight Testimony by rising up against it.

The message to Laodicea is the gospel and it does not say only accept the cross as your substitute.  It instructs God’s people to buy gold tried in the fire, the love and faith of Christ’s righteousness tried in the fire of His obedience, in and through us.

 

--- In SDAIssues@yahoogroups.com, "Ron Beaulieu" <rsbeauli@t...
wrote:

Karl,
 
I believe there is a more accurate assessment of the reason one obeys:


   a.. One obeys first because of being wooed by the Holy Spirit and receiving its gifts.
   b.. The gifts are full surrender of the will based on the gifts of love and faith.
   c.. Then Christ indwells and does all the works.
   d.. Christ's works are righteousness.
   e.. Christ's Righteousness and self-sacrificing (agape love) is the basis of salvation.
   f.. The cross paid our penalty of death so we could have another chance at Christ's Righteousness.
   g.. The reason one's obedience is efficacious toward salvation, is because the obedience is that of Christ's Righteousness.
   h.. One receives Christ's Righteousness because of love for Him and His Righteousness and because of hating sin because of its ravages.


 So in summarization:  The most accurate statement as to why one obeys is that the only correct [proper and acceptable] motive for obedience is love and then faith acting on that love.  So we obey because we receive the gifts of love and faith--the self-sacrificing love and faith of Christ. 


Our faith then reflects our love (and vice versa) in the act of full surrender to the Will of Christ.
 
 So actually, we obey because we love truth and hate sin (error) and its results.  But the obedience is Christ's, lest any man should boast, because our only obedience is in receiving the gift of full surrender via faith and love.  The obedience all Christians give is not theirs whatsoever.  It is all Christ's, wrought in and through
the Christian.  That is why it is the basis for our salvation, because the self-sacrificing love and righteousness of God and Christ is the basis of their character--their very Being and that is why Christ's obedience in and through us is the very MOST FUNDAMENTAL BASIS of salvation.

Ron

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Karl

To: SDAIssues@yahoogroups.com

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 3:46 PM

Subject: [SDAIssues] Re: Classic Morris Venden Gospel

 

I see your rendition of "another probation" which is not the probation of man after Adam's sin, but the probation for you to keep up the payments once God puts the down payment to your credit. While our obedience is based on the power of Christ in our life in order to obey and not of ourselves, the basis for our salvation is the cross...alone.


Karl

 

Ron responds:

Karl,

 

You have all these little pet ditties that you have imposed upon me for years now, but they do not hold up when I say over and over and times over, that Christ does it all in and through us--DOWN PAYMENT--HIGH PRIEST AND SACRIFICE, as well as our indwelling Payment Maker, paying in and through us all the righteousness that the Law demands--and not monthly payments--but continuous, moment by moment payments!

 

 

Ron

Note:  Marsha was once an SDA. She went all through SDA schools and then apostated to Catholicism:

Ron to Marsha:

Marsha,

 

The good news is not that Jesus has arbitrarily saved us, because He did no such thing!  The good news is how He saves us.  It was not the death and resurrection ALONE that saved us.  All that did was pay the death penalty and prove that the victory over sin Christ had as a human was possible for all men, even unto death if necessary.

 

The Incarnation combined with the victory unto death constitutes the good news.  The one pays our debt penalty of eternal death, the other gives us the bequeathed gift of Christ's Holy Spirit indwelling us and working His good pleasure in us.  One is the atonement for the death penalty, the other is the remedy for sin.  Neither is efficacious without the other, though you would negate the remedy for sin, as would Karl and all who hate the law abiding in the heart as a condition, the essence, of salvation.

 

The good news to all such as desire salvation without a remedy for sin, is that the cross did it all and that simply is not true.  Christ's victory before the cross did it all as far as the essence of salvation is concerned, and then His substitution for our death made the benefits of His victory available--namely the indwelling of His Holy Spirit to work His Will in and through us.

 

Hbr 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

You can't fight Jerusalem city hall Marsha and Karl!  But you will go down to hell trying!

 

Ron

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Marsha A. Adams

To: SDAIssues@yahoogroups.com

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 3:45 PM

Subject: [SDAIssues] Re: I am not a perfectionist

 

No, Ron, no, no, no!

 

Gospel means good news.

 

The good news is that Jesus, through His death and resurrection has saved us.  "Someday" is not good news, it is hope.  Now, because God exists outside of time and space, the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection has always existed.  The Incarnation was not the Good News, because Jesus might have failed.  The reasons for His sacrifice were not the Good News, in fact the reasons were BAD news, because without the reasons Our Lord would not have had to die. 

 

Jesus' VICTORY is Good News indeed, but what was Jesus' Victory?  His Victory was that He was crucified and rose again.

 

The Good News is that we who were dead in sin are now alive in Christ.  That was accomplished by Jesus' death and resurrection.  And His death and resurrection are made efficacious through the sanctifying grace of God. And ain't a that GOOD NEWS, my Lord?

 

Marsha

 

Ron responds:

 

Marsha,

 

The Incarnation is good news because Jesus did not fail!  The fact that he could have failed the Incarnation test is a total non sequitur because he could have failed the cross test as well!  Does that fact obfuscate the good news of the cross--the payment of our death penalty!  No!  Neither does the fact that He could have failed the Incarnation into humanity test before the cross, obfuscate the fact that He did not fail it and what the Incarnation gift afforded by way of His Divine Nature! 

 

The fact is that both His tests before and on the cross were efficacious toward our salvation.  They cannot be separated!  Therefore, to obviate the one, and sanction the other, as being the good news, is foolish virgin reasoning to put it as kindly as I can.

 

The reason for the sacrifice of the Incarnation was good news.   Scripture and Ellen White teach that it was the "crowning greatest good" news gift that Christ gave to man.

 

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 

 That is good news!  That is the remedy for sin!  Without that promise being provided by the Incarnation--the gift of the Incarnation, there would be no remedy for sin. 

 

The ESSENCE of the gospel is the remedy for sin, not the payment for it!  For without the remedy, the payment, Christ's proxy death, would be to no avail.  Sin would FOREVER PROLIFERATE, without a remedy!  THE ESSENCE IS IN THE REMEDY!

 

 Ellen White and Scripture describe the REMEDY further:

 

"The Power of God in the Third Person.--The prince of the power of evil can only be held in check by the power of God in the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.-- Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 10, p. 37. (1897).

"Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.

In the gift of the Spirit [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE], Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow....

The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail....

It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, May 19, 1904, vol. 5, p. 42.

The Essence of the Gospel Proven (To the Reasonable Mind--That is)

 

Looking at the above statement by Ellen White:

  • What was the crowing gift?  The crowning gift would be the essence gift.
  • What was the greatest good gift?
  • What is more an essence of the gospel--Christ death on the cross, or His life and soul given to man for their regeneration?
  • Which is the essence of the gospel--the Divine Nature gift of the Holy Spirit, or the cross?
  • By what power do we overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil and receive the impress of Christ's character upon the church?  His gift of the Holy Spirit!  That is the essence of the gospel!
  • Only a moron could conclude that the cross was greater than the gift of the Holy Spirit Divine Nature of Christ.
  • The ESSENCE is in the REMEDY!  And the REMEDY is in the ESSENCE!

 

Bible text

 

Act 3:26  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

 

When we are TURNED AWAY from our iniquities, that is different from being saved IN THEM.

 

"But through the power of the incarnation of Christ, God manifest in the flesh, the strength of God is revealed in gentleness and beauty. To 'as many as received him, to them gave he POWER to become the sons of God.' By this POWER we may OVERCOME OUR EVIL TENDENCIES and so modify our imperfect dispositions that the will of God may be fulfilled in us."--Letter 79, May 7, 1903, to J.A. Burden and wife. The Upward Look, 141.

 

Christ could have returned to His pre-Incarnation state:  "The humanity of the Son of God trembled in that trying hour. He prayed not now for His disciples that their faith might not fail, but for His own tempted, agonized soul. The awful moment had come--that moment which was to decide the destiny of the world. The fate of humanity trembled in the balance. Christ might even now refuse to drink the cup apportioned to guilty man. It was not yet too late. He might wipe the bloody sweat from His brow, and leave man to perish in his iniquity. He might say, Let the transgressor receive the penalty of his sin, and I will go back to My Father. Will the Son of God drink the bitter cup of humiliation and agony? Will the innocent suffer the consequences of the curse of sin, to save the guilty? The words fall tremblingly from the pale lips of Jesus, "O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done." {DA 690.2}

 

There you have it Marsha!  She said that Christ might have even refused the cup apportioned to guilty man!  That was death!  Christ could have refused death on the cross as well as He could have annulled His humanity and returned to His pre-Incarnation state.

 

"Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.

In the gift of the Spirit [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE], Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow....

The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail....

It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, May 19, 1904, vol. 5, p. 42.

 

Ron

 

 

--- In SDAIssues@yahoogroups.com, "Ron Beaulieu" <rsbeauli@t...

wrote:

 

 Marsha,

 

The essence of the Gospel is the reason for His Incarnation; His Incarnation into humanity; His victory as a human;

His victory as a human with all the sins and propensities to sin laid upon Him; His victory unto death; His victory in dying in our stead.  The essence of the Gospel existed long before the cross, for we are told that He was crucified from the foundation of the earth. 

 

The essence ALL THE REASONS--existed long before the cross!  The cross was the final test and the final proxy substitution for our penalty--eternal death.

 

The essence of the Gospel is the desire and plan of God to restore sinful man back to His original image and character.  The plan, the purpose, the objective, occurred long before the cross.  Thus, the essence of the gospel was merely confirmed by the cross and not just the result of the cross.  Though it could not have been complete without the cross.  All elements to the plan of salvation, including the cross, constitute THE ESSENCE of salvation.

 

Ron

 

   ----- Original Message -----

   From: Marsha A. Adams

   To: SDAIssues@yahoogroups.com

   Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 3:11 PM

   Subject: [SDAIssues] Re: I am not a perfectionist

 

 

   Ron,

 

 

   Well, I was right, you did manage to complicate my answer beyond all recognition.  The essence of the Gospel is not the reason why He died, the essence is the results of that death.

 

 

   Marsha

 

Ron responds:

 

Marsha,

 

I will uncomplicate it just for you!

 

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

 

The hope of the gospel, the hope of glory, glorification, is CHRIST IN YOU.  That is the hope, THE ESSENCE of the gospel.  That is "My Gospel Journey" book.  One sentence.  Will you fight this?

 

Ron

 

 

 ----- Original Message -----

From: Marsha A. Adams

To: SDAIssues@yahoogroups.com

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 4:00 PM

Subject: [SDAIssues] Re: I am not a perfectionist

 

Ron:

No, I will not fight this.  Christ in you, the hope of glory is
indeed the essence of the Gospel, culmination of all grace.

Marsha

 

Ron responds:

 

If Christ in you is indeed the essence of the Gospel, then it is the BASIS of the gospel.

 

Ron

 

 

   --- In SDAIssues@yahoogroups.com, "Ron Beaulieu" <rsbeauli@t...

   wrote:

  

    Marsha,

   

The Catholic Church, as well as all mainstream churches, her daughters, focus on the death of Christ on the cross.  Your first sentence stressed that fact.  Jesus died!

   

I believe the essence of the gospel are the REASONS WHY HE DIED:

 

      a.. He came in the likeness of humanity to prove that man--even though laden with the sins and propensities to sin of all the world laid upon His humanity, He obeyed the Will of His Father by the aid of His Holy Spirit.

 

      b.. Christ's victory was His work(s) of righteousness, the

works of His Father's Will.

 

      c.. The Father's Will is expressed in His Law--the

transcript of His character.

 

      d.. The Oil of Grace is the Power of God's Character over sin and the devil.

 

      e.. The gifts of Grace are the gifts of Christ's Character--

Spirit--Holy Spirit worked in and through us.

 

      f.. His works are the fruit of His overcoming.  Thus His

fruit is reproduced on us as branches of Himself THE VINE.

 

      g.. His fruit--HIS VICTORY, is THE BASIS of salvation.  His victory unto death on the cross made the victory obtained in the Garden [of Gethsemane]  possible.

 

      h.. The victory of Christ's humanity was not to pardon a

continuum of sinning.

 

      i.. The victory of Christ's humanity was to make His Divine Nature available to man--to indwell surrendered man and obey His Law in the heart of man--THE BASIS OF SALVATION.

 

      j.. Faith and love tried in the fire of His obedience as

manifested in and through us, IS THE BASIS OF SALVATION.

 

      k.. Is it ALL BASED ON HIS WORKS IN AND THROUGH US?  Yes!  An eternity of YES's!  Confidential, you, John, and Karl all say I am wrong.  Now prove it from    Scripture!  Sola Scriptura!  You will be hard pressed!

   

    Ron

 

      ----- Original Message -----

      From: Marsha A. Adams

      To: SDAIssues@yahoogroups.com

      Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 2:21 PM

      Subject: [SDAIssues] Re: I am not a perfectionist

       

      --- In SDAIssues@yahoogroups.com, "Ron Beaulieu"

<rsbeauli@t...

   wrote:

   

      Does the Catholic church have another way Marsha?  Please tell me the ONE WAY your church teaches by answering:

      

         a.. What is Christ waiting for?

         b.. What is the essence of the Catholic Gospel?   

   

      Ron:

   

      I have already answered (a), now I will attempt to answer

(b).

   

      The Catholic Gospel is that Jesus died to save us from our sins.  We were lost and now we are saved.  We were dead in sin and now we are alive in Christ.  During Mass we profess our faith, often using these words, "Christ HAS died, Christ IS risen, Christ WILL come again."  That is the Gospel.

   

      The essence of the Catholic Gospel is that we are saved by grace. Sanctifying grace is a share in God's holiness. That grace is only available to us as the result of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Now go ahead and complicate that simple truth beyond all recognition.

   

      Marsha

 

 

Marsha,

 

The good news is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  The cross will not save anyone who is without Christ indwelling them.  The cross does not save.  Christ in you saves.  That is why Christ in you is the basis of salvation.  That is why Christ in you is the essence of salvation.

 

End of Internet Dialog

 

Dear friend,

 

Ellen White said that the Message to Laodicea is for all churches.  Can you begin to see why that message is not heeded?  If mainstream Christianity believes that Christ did it all FOR US, in lieu of IN AND THROUGH US, why buy the gold (faith and love) tried in the fire of His obedience, if He did it all OUTSIDE OF US. 

 

Karl always says that Christ did it all for us 2000 years ago.  The fact is that Christ made it all possible for us to receive His Divine Nature 2000 years ago, but he did not receive that nature for us!  He wants us to receive it by receiving the free grace gift of surrender to His Divine Nature indwelling us.  Somehow, folk would rather just be forgiven for sin rather than receiving the means of overcoming it.

 

But let’s not deceive ourselves friend.  If we reject the crowning, greatest good gift that heaven could bestow, given for the purpose of regenerating us back to the image (character) of Christ, we will be lost when the following final verdict is proclaimed at His coming:

 

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Rev. 11:10-21.

 

We must surrender to the Divine Nature Holy Spirit of Christ our Lord, that He may indwell us and do His good pleasure WILL in us.  Any other teaching is a false gospel.  The greatest good and crowning gift that heaven could bestow is indeed the basis of salvation, and that gift is the mind of Christ, His character, His law, planted in the heart of man.  That is the New Covenant!  The basis of salvation is that New Covenant and the means for fulfilling it.

 

The cross made the basis of salvation possible, but the cross is not the basis of salvation.  The basis of our salvation is Christ in us and His Incarnation sacrifice that made that basis possible.

 

God bless,

 

Ron