CONCERNING THE LAW

 

The law of God existed before man was created. It was adapted to the condition of holy beings; even angels were governed by it. After the Fall, the principles of righteousness were unchanged. Nothing was taken from the law; not one of its holy precepts could be improved. And as it has existed from the beginning, so will it continue to exist throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. “Concerning thy testimonies,” says the psalmist, “I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever” (Psalm 119:152). By this law, which governs angels, which demands purity in the most secret thoughts, desires, and dispositions, and which shall “stand fast for ever” (Psalm 111:8), all the world is to be judged in the rapidly approaching day of God. Transgressors may flatter themselves that the Most High does not know, that the Almighty does not consider; He will not always bear with them. Soon they will receive the reward of their doings, the death that is the wages of sin; while the righteous nation, that have kept the law, will be ushered through the pearly gates of the celestial city, and will be crowned with immortal life and joy in the presence of God and the Lamb. {1SM 220.2, 3}

 

The law of God, which Satan has reproached as the yoke of bondage, will be honored as the law of liberty. A tested and proved creation will never again be turned from allegiance to Him whose character has been fully manifested before them as fathomless love and infinite wisdom. {GC 504.1}

The law of God existed before man was created. The angels were governed by it. Satan fell because he transgressed the principles of God’s government. After Adam and Eve were created, God made known to them his law. It was not then written, but was rehearsed to them by Jehovah. The Sabbath of the fourth commandment was instituted in Eden. After God had made the world, and created man upon the earth, he made the Sabbath for man. After Adam’s sin and fall, nothing was taken from the law of God. The principles of the ten commandments existed before the fall, and were of a character suited to the condition of a holy order of beings. After the fall, the principles of those precepts were not changed, but additional precepts were given to meet man in his fallen state. {1SP 261.1, 2}

 

THE FALLING AWAY

 

Lucifer went forth to diffuse the spirit of discontent among the angels. Working with mysterious secrecy, and for a time concealing his real purpose under an appearance of reverence for God, he endeavored to excite dissatisfaction CONCERNING THE LAWS that governed heavenly beings, intimating that they imposed an unnecessary restraint. SINCE THEIR NATURES WERE HOLY, HE URGED THAT THE ANGELS SHOULD OBEY THE DICTATES OF THEIR OWN WILL. {GC 495.2}

Satan had been so highly honored, and all his acts were so clothed with mystery, that it was difficult to disclose to the angels the true nature of his work. Until fully developed, sin would not appear the evil thing it was. Heretofore it had had no place in the universe of God, and holy beings had no conception of its nature and malignity. THEY COULD NOT DISCERN THE TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES THAT WOULD RESULT FROM SETTING ASIDE THE DIVINE LAW. ….While instilling discontent into the minds of the angels under him, he had artfully made it appear that he was seeking to remove dissatisfaction. WHEN HE URGED THAT CHANGES BE MADE IN THE ORDER AND LAWS OF GOD’S GOVERNMENT, IT WAS UNDER THE PRETENSE THAT THESE WERE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO PRESERVE HARMONY IN HEAVEN. {GC 497.2}

TO THE VERY CLOSE OF THE CONTROVERSY IN HEAVEN the great usurper continued to justify himself. When it was announced that with all his sympathizers he must be expelled from the abodes of bliss, then the rebel leader BOLDLY AVOWED HIS CONTEMPT FOR THE CREATOR’S LAW. HE REITERATED HIS CLAIM THAT ANGELS NEEDED NO CONTROL, BUT SHOULD BE LEFT TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN WILL, WHICH WOULD EVER GUIDE THEM RIGHT. HE DENOUNCED THE DIVINE STATUTES AS A RESTRICTION OF THEIR LIBERTY and declared that it was his purpose to secure the abolition of law; that, freed from this restraint, the hosts of heaven might enter upon a more exalted, more glorious state of existence. {GC 499.2}

 

CLAIM MADE

 

“He has abolished the 10 Commandments along with the rest of the laws given at Sinai, AS THE MEANS OF GOVERNING HIS PEOPLE. We are no longer under the law, we are no longer under the jurisdiction of the law. OUR GOVERNMENT COMES FROM WITHIN, [NOTICE: HE URGED THAT THE ANGELS SHOULD OBEY THE DICTATES OF THEIR OWN WILL. {GC 495.2}, ANGELS NEEDED NO CONTROL, BUT SHOULD BE LEFT TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN WILL {GC 499.2} God has given us his very own nature and those who have been born again , do by nature, the very deeds which the law demanded, but could never produce. And we do it, WITHOUT THE LEGAL LAW!”

 

Is this not the repeat of the Great Controversy but in a subtle way?

 

PARTAKING OF DIVINE NATURE

 

  • 2Peter 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.

 

CONVERSION DOES NOT CREATE NEW FACULTIES.–THE SPIRIT OF GOD DOES NOT CREATE NEW FACULTIES in the converted man but works a decided change IN THE EMPLOYMENT OF THOSE FACULTIES. When mind and heart and soul are changed, man is not given a NEW CONSCIENCE, but his will is submitted to a CONSCIENCE RENEWED, A CONSCIENCE WHOSE DORMANT SENSIBILITIES ARE AROUSED BY THE WORKING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.–Lt 44, 1899. (HC 104.)  {2MCP 692.3}

When God created man, he endowed him with a WELL-BALANCED MIND, WITH NOBLE QUALITIES AND POWERS. Man was perfect in his being, and in harmony with God. HIS THOUGHTS WERE PURE, and his aims holy. BUT THROUGH DISOBEDIENCE to God, his powers were PERVERTED, HIS AFFECTIONS MISPLACED, his high and HOLY PURPOSES WERE LOWERED, AND SELFISHNESS TOOK THE PLACE OF LOVE. THE FALL DID NOT CREATE IN MAN A NEW SET OF FACULTIES, BUT WORKED THE PERVERSION OF ALL THAT WAS GOOD IN HIS CHARACTER.  {ST, October 6, 1890 par. 1}

 

There seems a trend of many thinking partaking of divine nature is something so mysterious and a mysterious being dwelling in us to create new faculties or think for us or even make decisions for us. They seem to think a new conscience is given to us or the Holy Spirit changes everything about our mind and conscience. But no. The new birth and partaking of the divine nature is not God literally living in us but the Holy Spirit which is the germinating principle of the seed which is Christ, regenerating our dead or dormant sensibilities caused by partaking of the carnal mind of Satan. The once Holy perfections misplaced, are worked on to the right place. This is not creating the NEW FACULTIES and NEW CONSCIENCE but renewing it to the original state before the fall. Its not a modification of the present because the present is sin and sin cannot be modified. It is a restoration of the rightful one through the original which was misplaced and perverted.

 

When man fell, Satan did not enter him literally but only perverted, misplaced his faculties and conscience through his evil germinating principle in his seed. The rise of men is the opposite. Christ re-placing his conscience and faculties through the germinating principle in his seed. Here is demonstrated the Holy Spirit of God. When it starts germinating in the heart of the believer, it recreates the obedience required by the legal law and aligns with the natural law which fulfills the law of love the very principle of the government of God. The Holy Spirit because it’s the germinating principle of the seed, comes in fullness of the Godhead, unmodified helping us to partake of the divine nature of Christ, the divinity of his character. Here is the Holy Spirit, a distinct personality, personifying Christ. What nature then is the Holy Spirit? Its not Christ literally so you can’t tell what it is but his personality in a mysterious nature called the comforter, the breath of his life, the soul of his life formed by impartation and acceptance of his word in the heart bringing the very presence of the Father and His Son. Hence, you can’t cast aside his word to listen to the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit germinates from the word itself forming Christ within the hope of glory. “To the poor and oppressed and downtrodden of earth, Christ says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, even the Spirit of truth, (which is Christ formed within the hope of glory,) whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not: but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless.” {Ms24-1898}”

 

“We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency. {Lt66-1894}”. How do we commune with God? By partaking the flesh of his son and drinking of hi blood? How do we become strong? I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Though Holy Spirit is not the Word [SEED/CHRIST] yet the two are intrinsically inseparable. The latter has its own distinct personality yet a personification of the former because its his divinity in a different nature.

 

I find it so amazing and saddening when folks with good meaning insist the literalship of God in us. God’s purpose was every created being be a temple fro the indwelling of the Creator but how? Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? By his spirit. Why confound the spirit of God with God? The Lord Jesus loves His people, and when they put their trust in Him, depending wholly upon Him, He strengthens them. He will live through them, giving them the inspiration of His sanctifying Spirit, imparting to the soul a vital transfusion of Himself.–Sabbath School Worker, Feb. 1, 1896. Now when you receive a transfusion of blood from a donor, do you have a literal part of the donor? You have received a revitalizing element but not the literal part of that person. Does God living in angels make them have a literal part of God? Isn’t this meant by them being filled with the spirit of God so us to make them ministering spirits for they have his character in “fullness” hence also them being streamlets of the same? How about humanity being the dwelling temple of God? “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Christ declares: “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Christ is invested with power to give life to all creatures. “As the living Father hath sent me,” He says, “and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:57, 63). Christ is not here referring to His doctrine, but to His person, the divinity of His character.” The giving of the spirit is not a mysterious person possessing us, its partaking of divine nature, the divinity of his character, the third person of the Godhead, a distinct personality of the Father and Son independent thereof. This divinity of his regenerates the dormant, deadened faculties and conscience to produce the fruit of the spirit that was in Adam before the fall without creating new faculties and conscience hence Christ’s words “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; ”

From a sinless to sinful to sinless state. The first works were obedience but the canal mind brought disobedience, now renewed, the faculties and conscience walks in divine nature, obedience and man again become the temple of His Creator by the indwelling Spirit, the divinity of his character that vital transfusion of himself germinating from the seed even the word.

The word of God is the seed. Every seed has in itself a germinating principle. In it the life of the plant is enfolded. So there is life in God’s word. Christ says, “The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life.” John 5:24. In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God. {COL 38.1}

 

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