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SALVATION THROUGH the TRUTH, part 3b quotes

1)   "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 2 Cor 6:14-18, 7:1.

2)   "...neither be partaker of others men's sins: keep thyself pure." 1 Timothy 5:22

     "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4.

3)  "Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity....My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord." Jeremiah 51:6, 45.

4)   "You are exhorted to touch not the unclean thing; for in touching this, you will yourself become unclean.  It is impossible for you to unite with those who are corrupt, and still remain pure....God and Christ and the heavenly host would have man know that if he unites with the corrupt, he will become corrupt." SDA Bible Commentary, vol 6, p 1102.

     "We are exhorted, `Touch not the unclean.'  Those who associate with the impure, themselves become impure.  If we choose the society of the ungodly, we shall be affected by their ungodliness." Review and Herald, October 23, 1888 (vol 2, p 255).

5)  "Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil..." Romans 2:9.

     "...a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit...Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." Matthew 7:17, 19.

     "...the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." 1 Peter 3:12.

     "Evil shall slay the wicked..." Psalms 34:16, 21.

     "As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death." Proverbs 11:19.

     "Arise ye, and depart; for this (unclean church) is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction." Micah 2:10.

6)  "For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person...hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." Ephesians 5:5.

7)   "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12.

     "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him." Romans 6:6-8.

8)   "Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." Romans 13:13-14.

     "For the love of Christ constraineth us...that they which live should not live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again....Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 17.

     "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh...Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:16, 19-25.

9)    "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God....Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him...Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." Colossians 3:1-3, 9-10, 12-14.

10)  "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23.

     "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

11)    "Brethren, be no longer slothful servants.  Every soul must battle against inclination.  Christ came not to save men in their sins, but from their sins.  He has made it possible for us to possess a holy character; do not, then, be content with defects and deformities.  But while we are to seek earnestly for perfection of character, we must remember that sanctification is not the work of a moment, but of a lifetime.  Said Paul, `I die daily.'  Day by day the work of overcoming must go forward.  Every day we are to resist temptation, and gain the victory over selfishness in all its forms.  Day by day we should cherish love and humility, and cultivate in ourselves all those excellencies of character which will please God and fit us for the blessed society of heaven.  To all who are seeking to accomplish this work, the promise is very precious, `He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.'" Historical Sketches, p 181.

     "Overcoming, means much more than we realize.  It means resisting the enemy and drawing nigh to God.  It means taking up the cross and following Christ, doing cheerfully those things that are contrary to natural inclination.  Christ came from heaven to show us how to live a life of self-sacrifice.  In His strength we are to gain perfection.  He has made it possible for us to do this, and when He comes the second time, He will ask us why we have not fulfilled His purpose for us.  Day by day, hour by hour, we are preparing for the judgment, deciding our eternal destiny.  We are trading on our Lord's goods.  When He comes, He will reckon with us, to see how we have improved His goods.  Results proportionate to the talents entrusted will be required, and to every faithful, self-denying Christian will be given a reward proportionate to his work.  Nothing that is done in sincerity is in vain.  Everything is accurately weighed in the golden scales of the sanctuary." Signs of the Times, July 17, 1901 (vol 4, p 189).

     "We can never see our Lord in peace, unless our souls are spotless.  We must bear the perfect image of Christ.  Every thought must be brought into subjection to the will of Christ.  As expressed by the great apostle, we must come `unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.'  We shall never attain to this condition without earnest effort.  We must strive daily against outward evil and inward sin, if we would reach the perfection of Christian character." Selected messages, Book 3, p 148.

12)    "The time of probation is given us that we may perfect a character fit for eternity.  How solemn is the thought..." Review and Herald, June 17, 1890 (vol 2, p 404).

     "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6.

     "...ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God." Colossians 4:12.

     "Before the world, God is developing us as living witnesses to what men and women may become through the grace of Christ.  We are enjoined to strive for perfection of character.  The divine Teacher says, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matt. 5:48).  Would Christ tantalize us by requiring of us an impossibility?  Never, never!  What an honor He confers upon us in urging us to be holy in our sphere, as the Father is holy in His sphere!  He can enable us to do this, for He declares, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth" (Matt. 28:18).  This unlimited power it is our privilege to claim." That I May Know Him, p 131.

13)    "Our Saviour does not require impossibilities of any soul.  He expects nothing of His disciples that He is not willing to give them grace and strength to perform.  He would not call upon them to be perfect if He had not at His command every perfection of grace to bestow on the ones upon whom He would confer so high and holy a privilege." God's Amazing Grace, p 230.

     "If you make God your strength, you may, under the most discouraging circumstances, attain a height and breadth of Christian perfection which you hardly think it possible to reach.  Your thoughts may be elevated, you may have noble aspirations, clear perceptions of truth, and purposes of action which shall raise you above all sordid motives." Counsels on Health, p 384.

* 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 2
Salvation Through the Truth - part 3a
Salvation Through the Truth - part 4a
Salvation Through the Truth - part 4b
Salvation Through the Truth - part 5