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SALVATION THROUGH the TRUTH, part 1 quotes

1)    "If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus.  It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple.  So in the case of many today when prejudice withholds from good.  How different would be the result if they would `come and see.'
     "While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth.  Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit....Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance." Desire of Ages, p 140-141.

2)   "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness..." 2 Timothy 3:16.

3)  "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15.

     "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12.

4)   "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20.

5)  "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." John 7:17.

6)  "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Genesis 3:15.

7)   "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham." Hebrews 2:16.

     "...he (God) raised up upon them (Israel) David to be their king...Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:" Acts 13:22-23.

     "Remember that Jesus Christ [is] of the seed of David..." 2 Timothy 2:8.

8)   "He took on Himself, not the nature of angels, but the nature of man, and in this world lived a life untainted by sin." Testimonies, vol 8, p 207.

     "...(Christ) taking man's nature in its fallen condition..." Selected Messages, book 1, p 256.

     "Christ, the spotless Son of God, honored humanity by taking upon himself fallen human nature." Review and Herald, September 29, 1896 (vol 3, p 397).

     "...the divine Son of God, who had, with unprecedented self-denial, and love for the creatures formed in His image, come from heaven and assumed their fallen nature..." SDA Bible Commentary, vol 5, p 1150.

9)    "Notwithstanding that the sins of a guilty world were laid upon Christ, notwithstanding the humiliation of taking upon Himself our fallen nature, the voice from heaven declared Him to be the Son of the Eternal." Desire of Ages, p 112.

10)  "Jesus also told them (angels) that they would have a part to act, to be with Him and at different times strengthen Him; that He would take man's fallen nature, and His strength would not be even equal with theirs..." Early Writings, p 150-51.

11)    "It was in the order of God that Christ should take upon himself the form and nature of fallen man..." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 2, p 39.

12)    "He (Christ) took upon Him our sinful nature." Review and Herald, December 15, 1896 (vol 3, p 421).

     "He took upon Himself fallen suffering human nature, degraded and defiled by sin." SDA Bible Commentary, vol 4, p 1147.

     "Christ did in reality unite the offending nature of man with His own sinless nature..." Review and Herald, July 17, 1900 (vol 4, p 201).

     "Though He had no taint of sin upon His character, yet He condescended to connect our fallen human nature with His divinity.  By thus taking humanity, He honored humanity.  Having taken our fallen nature, he showed what it might become..." Selected Messages, book 3, p 134.

13)    "The human nature of Christ was like unto ours..." Signs of the Times, December 9, 1897 (vol 3, p 436).

     "Jesus assumed humanity...making all feel that His identification with their nature and interest is complete." 1895 General Conference Bulletin, p 338.

     "The majesty of heaven held not Himself aloof from degraded, sinful humanity." Testimonies, vol 5, p 346.

     "He humbled Himself that He might meet fallen men where they were..." Review and Herald, July 21, 1891 (vol 2, p 506).

14)    "Jesus laid aside his robes of royalty, stepped down from his eternal throne, clothed his divinity with humanity, and for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might become rich.  Rich in money? in lands? in bank-stock?--No; that we might secure eternal riches.  There is no salvation except that which comes through Christ.  He came to earth to lift up the fallen.  With his human arm he encircles the race, while with his divine arm he grasps the throne of the infinite, thus connecting finite man to the infinite God, and uniting earth to heaven." Review and Herald, October 27, 1885 (vol 1, p 557).

15)    "The Son of God does indeed call men, uniting them with Him as brethren, conferring upon them the honor of divine sonship. What wonderful condescension on the part of Christ. He became our elder brother, that we might become sons and daughters of God. We have been bought with a price--and what a price! Christ volunteered to come to this earth and stand at the head of fallen human beings, who were heirs of guilt, under sentence of eternal death. We must have perished had He not borne our guilt and the wrath of God." Manuscript Releases, vol 12, p 61.

16)    "The humanity of the Son of God is everything to us.  It is the golden chain that binds our souls to Christ, and through Christ to God." Our High Calling, p 48.

17)    "It was the marvel of all the universe that Christ should humble Himself to save fallen man. That He who had passed from star to star, from world to world, superintending all, by His providence supplying the needs of every order of being in His vast creation--that He should consent to leave His glory and take upon Himself human nature, was a mystery which the sinless intelligences of other worlds desired to understand." Patriarchs and Prophets, p 69.

     "Our Saviour purchased the human race by humiliation of the very severest kind.  He, the Majesty of heaven, disrobed Himself of His glory, and clothed His divinity with humanity, that He might pass through what humanity must pass through." Review and Herald, October 23, 1900 (vol 4, p 229).

18)    "In our conclusions, we make many mistakes because of our erroneous views of the human nature of our Lord." Our High Calling, p 48.

19)    "Christ assumed our fallen nature, and was subject to every temptation to which man is subject." Manuscript Releases, vol 17, p 29.

     "What love!  What amazing condescension!  The King of glory proposes to humble Himself to fallen humanity!  He would place His feet in Adam's steps.  He would take man's fallen nature, and engage to cope with the strong foe who triumphed over Adam.  He would overcome Satan, and in thus doing He would open the way for the redemption from the disgrace of Adam's failure and fall, of all those who would believe on Him." God's Amazing Grace, p 23.

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

Salvation Through the Truth - part 2
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