Christ's Object Lessons
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 11: Things New and Old
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When we eat Christ's flesh and drink His blood, the
element of eternal life will be found in the ministry.
There will not be a fund of stale, oft-repeated ideas. The
tame, dull sermonizing will cease. The old truths will be
presented, but they will be seen in a new light. There will
be a new perception of truth, a clearness and a power that [p. 131] all will discern. Those who have the privilege of sitting
under such a ministry will, if susceptible to the Holy
Spirit's influence, feel the energizing power of a new life.
The fire of God's love will be kindled within them. their
perceptive faculties will be quickened to discern the beauty
and majesty of truth.
The faithful householder represents what every teacher
of the children and youth should be. If he makes the word
of God his treasure, he will continually bring forth new
beauty and new truth. When the teacher will rely upon
God in prayer, the Spirit of Christ will come upon him,
and God will work through him by the Holy Spirit upon
the minds of others. The Spirit fills the mind and heart [p. 132] with sweet hope and courage and Bible imagery, and all
this will be communicated to the youth under his instruction.
The springs of heavenly peace and joy, unsealed in the
soul of the teacher by the words of Inspiration, will become
a mighty river of influence to bless all who connect with
him. The Bible will not become a tiresome book to the
student. Under a wise instructor the word will become
more and more desirable. It will be as the bread of life,
and will never grow old. Its freshness and beauty will
attract and charm the children and youth. It is like
the sun shining upon the earth, perpetually imparting
brightness and warmth, yet never exhausted.
God's holy, educating Spirit is in His word. A light,
a new and precious light, shines forth from every page.
Truth is there revealed, and words and sentences are made
bright and appropriate for the occasion, as the voice of God
speaking to the soul.
The Holy Spirit loves to address the youth, and to
discover to them the treasures and beauties of God's word.
The promises spoken by the great Teacher will captivate
the senses and animate the soul with spiritual power that
is divine. There will grow in the fruitful mind a familiarity
with divine things that will be as a barricade against
The words of truth will grow in importance, and assume
a breadth and fullness of meaning of which we have never
dreamed. The beauty and riches of the word have a
transforming influence on mind and character. The light
of heavenly love will fall upon the heart as an inspiration.
The appreciation of the Bible grows with its study.
Whichever way the student may turn, he will find displayed
the infinite wisdom and love of God. [p. 133]
The significance of the Jewish economy is not yet fully
comprehended. Truths vast and profound are shadowed
forth in its rites and symbols. The gospel is the key that
unlocks its mysteries. Through a knowledge of the plan
of redemption, its truths are opened to the understanding.
Far more than we do, it is our privilege to understand these
wonderful themes. We are to comprehend the deep things
of God. Angels desire to look into the truths that are
revealed to the people who with contrite hearts are searching
the word of God, and praying for greater lengths and
breadths and depths and heights of the knowledge which
He alone can give.
As we near the close of this world's history, the
prophecies relating to the last days especially demand our
study. The last book of the New Testament scriptures is
full of truth that we need to understand. Satan has blinded
the minds of many, so that they have been glad of any
excuse for not making the Revelation their study. But
Christ through His servant John has here declared what
shall be in the last days, and He says, "Blessed is he that
readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and
keep those things which are written therein." Rev. 1:3.
"This is life eternal," Christ said, "that they might know
Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast
sent." John 17:3. Why is it that we do not realize the
value of this knowledge? Why are not these glorious
truths glowing in our hearts, trembling upon our lips, and
pervading our whole being?
In giving us His word, God has put us in possession of
every truth essential for our salvation. Thousands have
drawn water from these wells of life, yet there is no
diminishing of the supply. Thousands have set the Lord
before them, and by beholding have been changed into the [p. 134] same image. Their spirit burns within them as they speak
of His character, telling what Christ is to them, and what
they are to Christ. But these searchers have not exhausted
these grand and holy themes. Thousands more may engage
in the work of searching out the mysteries of salvation.
As the life of Christ and the character of His mission are
dwelt upon, rays of light will shine forth more distinctly at
every attempt to discover truth. Each fresh search will
reveal something more deeply interesting than has yet been
unfolded. The subject is inexhaustible. The study of the
incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice and mediatorial
work, will employ the mind of the diligent student as long
as time shall last; and looking to heaven with its unnumbered
years he will exclaim, "Great is the mystery of
In eternity we shall learn that which, had we received
the enlightenment it was possible to obtain here, would have
opened our understanding. The themes of redemption will
employ the hearts and minds and tongues of the redeemed
through the everlasting ages. They will understand the
truths which Christ longed to open to His disciples, but
which they did not have faith to grasp. Forever and
forever new views of the perfection and glory of Christ will
appear. Through endless ages will the faithful Householder
bring forth from His treasure things new and old.
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