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disciples judged by loving, defining a heretic or terrorist, defining Jesus religion,

Q53: 60. "The Law of the New Kingdom"

Show the Desire of Ages is inspired..

(1) Disciples are judged by their loving

The one who stands nearest to Christ will be he who on earth has drunk most deeply of the spirit of Hisself-sacrificing love,--love that "vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, . . . seeketh not her own, is noteasily provoked, thinketh no evil" (1 Cor. 13:4, 5),--love that moves the disciple, as it moved our Lord,to give all, to live and labor and sacrifice, even unto death, for the saving of humanity. This spirit wasmade manifest in the life of Paul.

Paul's example of loving is our model, apart from Jesus, how we should also love, if we wish to claim Jesus' love flowing through us. Every Pastor who enters such a career should be loving and reaching others as Paul did.

(2) Defining a Heretic or Terrorist

In the kingdoms of the world, position meant self-aggrandizement. The people were supposed to existfor the benefit of the ruling classes. Influence, wealth, education, were so many means of gainingcontrol of the masses for the use of the leaders. The higher classes were to think, decide, enjoy, andrule; the lower were to obey and serve. Religion, like all things else, was a matter of authority. Thepeople were expected to believe and practice as their superiors directed. The right of man as man, to think and act for himself, was wholly unrecognized.

Our world through Satan rules over mankind. All classes of men are clearly defined.If we dare to act and think differently to a world of conformity, we are treated as a heretic or terrorist.All religions except the true religion of Jesus, are secular and fall into the world, as a system designed to control masses of people's minds.

Ho 9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

  • Joh 10:20 And many of them said, (Jesus) ... is mad; why hear ye him?

    The Satanic world of mankind ruling mankind in clasess of wealth and status, do not tolerate true believers of Jesus, where such believers are free from boundaries defined by man's laws and traditions.So mankind thinks such true believers are mad....heretics...terrorists... a threat to those living in Satan's world of secularism, materialism and evolution.

    (3) Defining the religion of Jesus..

    Christ was establishing a kingdom on different principles. He called men, not to authority, but toservice, the strong to bear the infirmities of the weak. Power, position, talent, education, placed theirpossessor under the greater obligation to serve his fellows. To even the lowliest of Christ's disciples itis said, "All things are for your sakes." 2 Cor. 4:15."The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom formany." Among His disciples Christ was in every sense a caretaker, a burden bearer. He shared theirpoverty, He practiced self-denial on their account, He went before them to smooth the more difficultplaces, and soon He would consummate His work on earth by laying down His life.

    Jesus came to our world to establish a different religion where people

    do service:-

  • not rule over people
  • but service
  • not control people
  • but love

    Can you see a difference here?

    Satan's world ruled by mankind is about

  • "Getting"

    Jesus' world ruled by believers is about

  • "Giving"

    Can you see the difference? So when you come to church to meet people do you come to "get" or to "give" ?

    Most churches are social clubs where people

  • "get gossip" ..
  • "get entertainment"
  • "get status"
  • "get noticed"

    The Spirit of Prophecy says ... Among His disciples Christ was in every sense a caretaker, a burden bearer. He shared theirpoverty, He practiced self-denial on their account, He went before them to smooth the more difficultplaces

    The Holy Writings describe today's people as

    Eze 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

  • 32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

    They look nice, play sweet music, say happy Sabbath, read words from my Bible but my words they do not do.

  • (4) Defining the believer's duty..

    In matters of conscience the soul must be left untrammeled. No one is to control another's mind, tojudge for another, or to prescribe his duty. God gives to every soul freedom to think, and to follow hisown convictions. "Every one of us shall give account of himself to God." No one has a right to mergehis own individuality in that of another. In all matters where principle is involved, "let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." Rom. 14:12, 5.

    Pr 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

    This principle is found here in the Writings. Plan your own course...

    Pr 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

    Direct your own goals in life, but allow daily the LORD Jesus to direct your walk of steps getting there.

    The next chapter of Desire of Ages..we look at "Zacchaeus"

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