“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” 1 John 3:4-6 KJV.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV.
“Sanctification is believed by many to be instantaneously accomplished. ‘Only believe,’ say they, ‘and the blessing is yours.’ No further effort on the part of the receiver is supposed to be required. But the Bible teaches that sanctification is progressive. The Christian will feel the promptings of sin, but he will keep up a constant warfare against it. Here is where Christ’s help is needed. Human weakness becomes united to divine strength, and faith exclaims, ‘Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Paul exhorts his brethren, ‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;’ and concerning himself he declares, ‘I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’ The successive steps in the attainment of Bible sanctification are set before us in the words of Peter: ‘Giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity.’ ‘Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.’ This is a daily work, continuing as long as life shall last.
Spurious sanctification carries with it a boastful, self-righteous spirit which is foreign to the religion of the Bible. Meekness and humility are the fruits of the Spirit. The prophet Daniel was an example of true sanctification. His long life was filled up with noble service for his Master. He was a man ‘greatly beloved’ of Heaven, and was granted such honors as have rarely been vouchsafed to mortals. Yet his purity of character and unwavering fidelity were equaled only by his humility and contrition. Instead of claiming to be pure and holy, this honored prophet identified himself with the really sinful of Israel, as he pleaded before God in behalf of his people: ‘We do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.’ ‘We have sinned, we have done wickedly.’ And ‘for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach.’ He declares, ‘I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people.’ And when at a later time the Son of God appeared in answer to his prayers to give him instruction, he declares, ‘My comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.’
Those who are truly seeking to perfect Christian character will never indulge the thought that they are sinless. The more their minds dwell upon the character of Christ, and the nearer they approach to his divine image, the more clearly will they discern its spotless perfection, and the more deeply will they feel their own weakness and defects. Those who claim to be without sin, give evidence that they are far from holy. It is because they have no true knowledge of Christ that they can look upon themselves as reflecting his image. The greater the distance between them and their Saviour, the more righteous they appear in their own eyes.” EGW, SOP, Vol 4, 1884, pp. 300-302.
A Blessed Sabbath day to you all. We will continue our study of Revelation 7 via Zoom at 11am US Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
EG White and the SDA pioneers rejected the trinity doctrine, Sunday sacredness, and other unscriptural teachings. They believed in the One True God and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ and their Holy Spirit. They published this truth in their Fundamental Principles of 1872 and 1889. They have no creed except the Scriptures alone. EG White never changed this Biblical SDA faith. She died in 1915.
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Sincerely in the Blessed Hope.