joi, 4 decembrie 2008
Light for a World in Darkness
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the
people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon
thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness
of thy rising. Isa. 60:2, 3.
Darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people, and how
ardently we should desire the presence of the divine Instructor to lead us
in the way of truth and righteousness. God has already spoken to man at
sundry times and in divers places and in various ways, yet the world's
ignorance is increasing. We must speak with more pronounced utterances
concerning the truth, that we may bring to man a knowledge of God. The
distinction between Christians and worldlings must be more marked. The Bible
must become a book of more prominence among us, and the attentive, diligent
searcher by painstaking effort must search for the hidden treasure. The
maxims of men, the dogmas of error, though advanced by those who profess to
be interpreters of the Word of God, must be discarded, for they are
calculated to cover up the truth. . . .
The Jews turned from the Lord Jesus, whom the prophets foretold as the
coming Messiah, and they have not been able to see to the end of that which
was abolished. In making void the law of God, in turning from the truth with
aversion, the Christian world have turned from Christ, and have made
manifest the fact that they were not accustomed to looking upon truth of
heavenly origin. The darkness has become like a funeral pall, and it covers
the whole earth. This is not the time to become weak and sickly in faith.
This is no time to permit the world to convert the church of God. Let those
who have light now arise and shine. . . .
Those who are waiting for the appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ cannot mingle with those who are lovers of pleasures more than lovers
of God, who are seeking amusement in games and pleasure parties. As faithful
watchmen they must proclaim the warning, "The morning cometh, and also the
night" (Isa. 21:12).
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