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SALVATION THROUGH the TRUTH, part 2 quotes

1)    "Therefore (David) being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne." Acts 2:30.

2)   "...God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh..." Romans 8:3.

3)  "He was not only made flesh, but He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh.  His divine attributes were withheld from relieving His soul anguish or His bodily pains." SDA Bible Commentary, vol 5, p 1124.

4)   "...Jesus was treated as a sinner when he assumed the likeness of sinful flesh..." Signs of the Times, August 8, 1892 (vol 2, p 504).

5)  "He humbled himself to pass through man's experiences, and he would not turn aside from the plan by which salvation could come to man. Knowing all the steps in the path of his humiliation, he refused not to descend step by step to the depths of man's woe, that he might make expiation for the sins of the condemned, perishing world. What humility was this! It amazed the angels. Tongue can never describe it. Pen can never portray it. The imagination cannot take it in. Sinless and exalted by nature, the Son of God consented to take the habiliments of humanity, to become one with the fallen race. The eternal Word consented to be made flesh. God became man." Signs of the Times, February 20, 1893 (vol 3, p 24).

6) "Of course, Jesus was born different.  He had a sinless human nature, the same as Adam had before his fall...Therefore it was natural for Jesus to be good.  I was born with a sinful nature, and it's natural for me to be bad...Jesus had the absolute, perfect, sinless nature of Adam before he fell....Jesus never had to go through the sinner's struggle [of overcoming temptation and sin]..." Salvation by Faith and Your Will, p 86, 93, 96.

"Although born in the flesh, He [Christ] was nevertheless God, and was exempt from the inherited passions and pollutions that corrupt the natural descendants of Adam.  He was without sin, not only in His outward conduct, but in His very nature." Questions on Doctrines, p 383.

"Because His humanity was sinless, Jesus could not experience the inner... urgings of sinful humans....
"He [Christ] knows the human struggle in temptations...because of His unique divine nature rather than from an identical human nature." Adventist Review, February 1, 1990, p 21-22.

7)   "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" Romans 8:3.

8)   "Adam was tempted by the enemy, and he fell.  It was not indwelling sin that caused him to yield; for God made him pure and upright; in His own image.  He was as faultless as the angels before the throne.  There were in him no corrupt principles, no tendencies to evil.  But when Christ came to meet the temptations of Satan, He bore `the likeness of sinful flesh.'" Signs of the Times, October 17, 1900 (vol 4, p 153).

9)    "...God cannot be tempted with evil..." James 1:13.

“As God, Christ could not be tempted...But as Christ humbled Himself to the nature of man, He could be tempted. He had not taken on Him even the nature of the angels, but humanity, perfectly identical with our own nature,  except without the taint of sin.” Manuscript Releases, vol 16, p 181-182.

10)  "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed." James 1:14.

11)    "The enticements which Christ resisted were those that we find it so difficult to withstand.  They were urged upon Him in as much greater degree as His character is superior to ours....
"In our humanity, Christ was to redeem Adam's failure.  But when Adam was assailed by the tempter, none of the effects of sin were upon him.  He stood in the strength of perfect manhood, possessing the full vigor of mind and body.  He was surrounded with the glories of Eden, and was in daily communion with heavenly beings.  It was not thus with Jesus when He entered the wilderness to cope with Satan.  For four thousand years the race had been decreasing in physical strength, in mental power, and in moral worth; and Christ took upon Him the infirmities of degenerate humanity.  Only thus could He rescue man from the lowest depths of his degradation." Desire of Ages, p 116-117.

12)    "...the fallen nature of Adam always strives for the mastery." Adventist Home, p 205.

13)    "For it became him (Father), for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings....For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." Hebrews 2:10, 18.

14)    "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest..." Hebrews 5:8-10.

15)    "Though He (Christ) had all the strength of passion of humanity, never did he yield to do one single act which was not pure and elevating and ennobling." In Heavenly Places, p 155.

"Temptation, however strong, is never an excuse for sin....Cry unto the Lord, tempted soul.  Cast yourself, helpless, unworthy, upon Jesus, and claim His very promise.  The Lord will hear.  He knows how strong are the inclinations of the natural heart, and He will help in every time of temptation." Testimonies, vol 5, p 177.

16)    “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15.

"In His humanity He understood all the temptations that will come to man." SDA Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 925.

"He endured every test that man will ever be called upon to endure.  He met all the temptations which man will meet in his life experience." Manuscript Releases, vol 21, p 402.

"He (Christ) took human nature.  He became flesh even as we are....Every temptation that could be brought against fallen humanity, He met and overcame....Had He not been fully human, He could not have been our substitute." Bible Echo, August 2, 1897.

17)    "...(Christ) clothed His divinity with humanity, that He might take on Himself the weakness of human nature....He was to suffer being tempted in all points upon which fallen men are tempted, that by His own experience He might become acquainted with the temptation of humanity, and know how to succor those who are severely tempted." Manuscript Releases, vol 17, p 29-30.

"Alone He (Christ) must tread the path; alone He must bear the burden.  Upon Him who had laid off His glory and accepted the weakness of humanity the redemption of the world must rest.  He saw and felt it all, but His purpose remained steadfast.  Upon His arm depended the salvation of the fallen race, and He reached out His hand to grasp the hand of Omnipotent Love." Desire of Ages, p 111.

18)    "Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people." Hebrews 2:17.

"Jesus clothed His divinity with humanity that He might have an experience in all that pertains to human life." Review and Herald, December 24, 1889 (vol 2, p 351).

"Christ became one with the human family....Thus He assured them of His complete identification with humanity." Youth's Instructor, March 19, 1903 (p 564).

19)    "It should be to us a cause of continual gratitude and rejoicing that Jesus knows our weakness and is acquainted with our temptations. We are too much in the habit of thinking that the Son of God was a being so entirely exalted above us that it is an impossibility for him to enter into our trials and temptations, and that he can have no sympathy with us in our weakness and frailties. This is because we do not take in the fact of his oneness with humanity. He took upon him the likeness of sinful flesh, and was made in all points like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God. He has engaged himself to save every son and daughter of Adam who will consent to be saved in God's appointed way." Signs of the Times, May 16, 1895 (vol 3, p 207).

20)    "Christ declared...No single principle of human nature will I violate." Manuscript Releases, vol 5, p 114.

21)    "Our Lord's trial and test and proving shows that He could yield to these temptations, else the battle was all a farce. But He did not yield to the solicitude of the enemy, thus evidencing that the human nature of man, united with the divine nature by faith, may be strong and withstand Satan's temptations....
“The divine nature, combined with the human, made Him capable of yielding to Satan's temptations. Here the test to Christ was far greater than that of Adam and Eve, for Christ took our nature, fallen but not corrupted, and would not be corrupted unless He received the words of Satan in the place of the words of God. To suppose He was not capable of yielding to temptation places Him where He cannot be perfect example for man, and the force and the power of this part of Christ's humiliation, which is the most eventful, is no instruction or help to human beings....
“The humanity of Christ received the fallen foe and engaged in battle with him. He was sustained in the conflict by divine power just as man will be sustained by his being a partaker of the divine nature. He gained victory after victory as our Champion, the Captain of our salvation, and the divine approval of God and all the universe of heaven flowed into His soul. His nature was shocked almost unto death, but the heavenly angels ministered unto the suffering One.
“All heaven rejoiced because humanity, the workmanship of God, was placed in an elevated scale with God by the signal victory gained. Christ was more than conqueror, leaving the way open that man may be more than conqueror through Christ's merits, because He loved him. The Son of the infinite God is brought into the tenderest sympathies with the tempted church. He knows how to succor those who shall be tempted, because He was Himself tempted.” Manuscript Releases, vol 16, p 181-184.

22)    "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." 1 John 4:1-3.

"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and an antichrist." 2 John 7.

23)    "He was subjected to the fiercest assaults of Satan, but not for a moment did he yield to the terrible temptations brought against him, or become discouraged in his work of bringing redemption to the race. He gave his life for the salvation of a fallen race. Who can understand the depth and the breadth of love so amazing!" Review and Herald, January 3, 1907 (vol 5, p 305).

"Only by the inexpressible anguish which Christ endured can we estimate the evil of unrestrained indulgence....He has endured all that it is possible for us to bear." Desire of Ages, p 122-23.

"More than we could possibly endure Christ endured in our behalf. Sinless to the last, he died for us. Justice demanded not merely that sin be pardoned; the death penalty must be met. The Saviour has met this demand. His broken body, his gushing blood, satisfied the claims of the law. Thus he bridged the gulf made by sin between earth and heaven. He suffered in the flesh, that with his robe of righteousness he might cover the defenseless sinner." Youth's Instructor, April 16, 1903.

24)    "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

25)    "Christ declared...I will endure every temptation wherewith man is beset.  I will call to My aid the powers of heaven, that men and women, imbued with My Spirit, may overcome as I overcame." Manuscript Releases, vol 5, p 114.

"The Saviour took upon Himself the infirmities of humanity and lived a sinless life, that men might have no fear that because of the weakness of human nature they could not overcome." Ministry of Healing, p 180.

"In order that the human family might have no excuse because of temptation, Christ became one with them." Signs of the Times, October 14, 1897 (vol 3, p 422).

* Here are the links to the quotes used for the other parts in this series:

Salvation Through the Truth - part 1
Salvation Through the Truth - part 3a
Salvation Through the Truth - part 3b
Salvation Through the Truth - part 4a
Salvation Through the Truth - part 4b
Salvation Through the Truth - part 5