The mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations…
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
…He is thy life…
The Simplicity of Our Salvation
The wonderful story of Jesus Christ and what He has done for our salvation has been poorly misunderstood. It is my prayer and hope that this series of videos will help us all to understand our salvation more simply.
Old and Mostly New Treasures from the 1888 Message
“The material is very clearly an advanced step in the direction laid out by the teachings of God through Jones and Waggoner during the late 1880s and 1890s. This book has been a extreme blessing to me and those with whom i’ve shared the thoughts contained therein. A must read for those who want the old and the new treasures from the storehouse of God.”
“We are to abide in Christ, but God abided in Christ. And there as He emptied Himself and became us, God filled Him, and God worked in Him right-doing. As He met my temptations, God worked in Him the victory. It was God in Him that overcame every temptation. It was God in Him that worked righteousness. Now what does the law want from us? The right-doing of God. So there, as Christ became us, and as He became us, as us, God worked through Him God’s works. Can you actually understand how simple this really is? Nothing for us to philosophize about it. Christ became me. As He became me, God in Him in me, fulfilled the law. Because the law wanted God’s right-doing. So as Christ became me, He performed God’s right-doing as me. So what do I have in Christ? God’s right-doing. Do you think that the law will be happy with God’s right-doing? It wants of me a perfect life, but through the working of God in Him, Jesus lived a perfect life. But whose life was it? It was our life.”
A little book, but full of beautiful, simple truths
“Who is there that wouldn’t like a life where God sorts everything out? Such a life would be free from guilt and condemnation; a life where everything is done right and the only consequences are persecution for the sake of that right-doing. Who is there that likes to reap the harvest of their own actions or the bitter fruits of their own planting? Just think: if you will let go and let God, and He is the one who is governing your life, then if anything goes “wrong”, it’s His problem, right? And He will fix it. It’s not for you to worry about. That sounds pretty good to me. In fact, I am afraid to get out of bed in the morning if it is “me” that will be governing my life that day…”
Camron Schofield, A Life that Measures with the Life of God, page 12
In this four part series, Camron Schofield addresses the main issues surrounding the Minneapolis General Conference of 1888 and brings out the simplicity of the Gospel that God was wanting to bring to those who claimed to be His people.
Now, so far in these presentations we have come to understand what we could call the “fundamentals” of righteousness by faith. A simple summary would be that we can't, God must, and so He has given us His word and through His word, He will bring His own righteousness – His own right-doing - into our practical lives.
Now, what we want to understand from here on, is what Jesus Christ has to do with all of this...
So far in our series we have been learning that we cannot do anything right. All of our own good best works are as filthy rags. Because of our sinful condition, our works are contaminated, no matter how good and perfect they may be. And so God has promised that He will give us His own perfect works - He will work obedience in us. But we must have a faith that will trust Him to do it. And then, of course, we must LET Him do it.
Are you a "rowboat Christian"? Trying to work out your own salvation but getting further from the destination? Its time to raise the mast and hoist the sails and let the Holy Spirit bring us into the heavenly haven.
If we will esteem others better than ourselves, when seeing a friend in error, instead of harshly criticising them, we can gently say: "I am not telling you not to do that because I think I am better than you, but because I think that you are better than me, and if I wouldn't be doing that, then you most certainly wouldn't be doing it."
Preached By Many; Forgotten By Most.
Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, John Bunyan and many others taught the personal atonement of Jesus Christ.
“I live, yet not I…”
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I 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
Faith must be therefore purely taught namely, that thou art so entirely joined unto Christ, that He and thou art made as it were one person: so that thou mayest boldly say, I am now one with Christ, that is to say, Christ’s righteousness, victory and life are mine. And again, Christ may say, I am that sinner, that is, his sins and his death are Mine, because he is united and joined unto Me, and I unto him. For by faith we are so joined together that we are become members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
By divine decree, there existed such an union between Christ and his people, that all Christ did his people did: and all Christ has performed, his people did perform in him, for they were in his loins when he descended to the tomb, and in his loins they have ascended up on high; with him they entered into bliss; and with him they sit in heavenly places.
Charles Spurgeon, Christ in the Covenant
But I say again, He [Christ] cannot be tempted in all points like as I am unless He was in all points like I am to start with. He could not feel as I do unless He is where I am and as I am. In other words, He could not be tempted in all points as I am and feel as I feel unless He was just myself over again.
Alonzo Jones, 1895 General Conference Bulletins
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. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah.
Ellen White, Christ's Object Lessons
The Lord did also lead me into the mystery of union with the Son of God; that I was joined to Him, that I was flesh of His flesh, and bone of His bone; … for if He and I were one, then His righteousness was mine, His merits mine, His victory also mine. Now could I see myself in heaven and earth at once: in heaven by my Christ, by my head, by my righteousness and life, though on earth by my body or person.
John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners