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God has given Christ to us

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Heb 7:25)

God is not pleased with out sinful state. His law still stands unchangeable with the penalty of death being the consequence of disobedience. However, when God gave His Son to be our sacrifice and subsequently, our High Priest, He made an eternal provision to meet the needs of repentant sinners. As long as we desire salvation and seek mercy and help from God, Jesus will always be available to us, our Substitute and Mediator, One who represents us before the throne of God. We may be confident that "he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" (Philippians 1:6)

What assurance may the Christian face as he encounters numerous temptations and is often buffetted by trials? (Heb 4:15; 2 Tim 1:12)

"Through all our trials we have a never-failing Helper. He does not leave us alone to struggle with temptation, to battle with evil, and be finally crushed with burdens and sorrow. Though now He is hidden from mortal sight, the ear of faith can hear His voice saying, Fear not; I am with you. "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore." Rev. 1:18. I have endured your sorrows, experienced your struggles, encountered your temptations. I know your tears; I also have wept. The griefs that lie too deep to be breathed into any human ear, I know. Think not that you are desolate and forsaken. Though your pain touch no responsive chord in any heart on earth, look unto Me, and live. "The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." Isa. 54:10. _ The Desire of Ages, p.483

In what way will the memory of Christ's great sacrifice be always remembered in the years eternity? (Habakkuk 3:4)

". . . . Our Redeemer will ever bear the marks of His crucifixion. Upon His wounded head, upon His side, His hands and feet, are the only traces of the cruel work that sin has wrought. . . . That pierced side whence flowed the crimson stream that reconciled man to God--there is the Saviour's glory, there "the hiding of His power." "Mighty to save," through the sacrifice of redemption, He was therefore strong to execute justice upon them that despised God's mercy. And the tokens of His humiliation are His highest honor; through the eternal ages the wounds of Calvary will show forth His praise and declare His power." _ The Great Controversy, p. 674

Key Thought

God has given Christ to us. We have a brother at the throne of God. We may be confident that if we place ourselves in His hand, He will do the work in us.

Though eternal life is "the gift of God" (Rom. 6:23), in what way should we respond to God's assurance that this gift is available (1 Tim 6:12; Rom 2:7)

No one should cherish the false idea that because eternal life is a gift, this means that Christians need to make no earnest effort to obtain it. We can never afford to become lax and careless in fighting the fight of faith. constant vigilance is required. It is true that we cannot obtain this life by our works. There is no saving merit in our deeds. At the same time we may be assured that eternal life is not for those who are spiritually lazy, and who treat salvation as a light matter. " Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." (Phil 2:12)

Key Thought

Eternal life is not just a span of time. It is also a quality of life which we may begin to experience now, as we enter into union with Christ. (1 John 5:11)

(Source: Restoration Ministry)

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