Christ's Object Lessons
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 29: "To Meet the Bridegroom"
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The message of hope and mercy is to be carried to the
ends of the earth. Whosoever will, may reach forth and
take hold of God's strength and make peace with Him,
and he shall make peace. No longer are the heathen to
be wrapped in midnight darkness. The gloom is to disappear
before the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness.
The power of hell has been overcome.
But no man can impart that which he himself has not
received. In the work of God, humanity can originate
nothing. No man can by his own effort make himself a
light bearer for God. It was the golden oil emptied by the
heavenly messengers into the golden tubes, to be conducted
from the golden bowl into the lamps of the sanctuary, that [p. 419] produced a continuous bright and shining light. It is the
love of God continually transferred to man that enables him
to impart light. Into the hearts of all who are united to
God by faith the golden oil of love flows freely, to shine
out again in good works, in real, heartfelt service for God.
In the great and measureless gift of the Holy Spirit are
contained all of heaven's resources. It is not because of any
restriction on the part of God that the riches of His grace
do not flow earthward to men. If all were willing to
receive, all would become filled with His Spirit.
It is the privilege of every soul to be a living channel
through which God can communicate to the world the
treasures of His grace, the unsearchable riches of Christ.
There is nothing that Christ desires so much as agents who
will represent to the world His Spirit and character. There
is nothing that the world needs so much as the manifestation
through humanity of the Saviour's love. All heaven
is waiting for channels through which can be poured the
holy oil to be a joy and blessing to human hearts.
Christ has made every provision that His church shall
be a transformed body, illumined with the Light of the
world, possessing the glory of Emmanuel. It is His purpose
that every Christian shall be surrounded with a spiritual
atmosphere of light and peace. He desires that we shall
reveal His own joy in our lives.
The indwelling of the Spirit will be shown by the
outflowing of heavenly love. The divine fullness will flow
through the consecrated human agent, to be given forth
The Sun of Righteousness has "healing in His wings."
Mal. 4:2. So from every true disciple is to be diffused
an influence for life, courage, helpfulness, and true healing.
The religion of Christ means more than the forgiveness [p. 420] of sin; it means taking away our sins, and filling the
vacuum with the graces of the Holy Spirit. It means divine
illumination, rejoicing in God. It means a heart emptied
of self, and blessed with the abiding presence of Christ.
When Christ reigns in the soul, there is purity, freedom
from sin. The glory, the fullness, the completeness of the
gospel plan is fulfilled in the life. The acceptance of the
Saviour brings a glow of perfect peace, perfect love, perfect
assurance. The beauty and fragrance of the character of
Christ revealed in the life testifies that God has indeed sent
His Son into the world to be its Saviour.
Christ does not bid His followers strive to shine. He
says, Let your light shine. If you have received the grace
of God, the light is in you. Remove the obstructions, and
the Lord's glory will be revealed. The light will shine
forth to penetrate and dispel the darkness. You cannot
help shining within the range of your influence.
The revelation of His own glory in the form of humanity
will bring heaven so near to men that the beauty
adorning the inner temple will be seen in every soul in
whom the Saviour dwells. Men will be captivated by the
glory of an abiding Christ. And in currents of praise and
thanksgiving from the many souls thus won to God, glory
will flow back to the great Giver.
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the
Lord is risen upon thee." Isa. 60:1. To those who go out
to meet the Bridegroom is this message given. Christ
is coming with power and great glory. He is coming with
His own glory and with the glory of the Father. He is
coming with all the holy angels with Him. While all the
world is plunged in darkness, there will be light in every
dwelling of the saints. They will catch the first light of
His second appearing. The unsullied light will shine from [p. 421] His splendor, and Christ the Redeemer will be admired by
all who have served Him. While the wicked flee from
His presence, Christ's followers will rejoice. The patriarch
Job, looking down to the time of Christ's second advent,
said, "Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall
behold, and not a stranger." Job 19:27, margin. To His
faithful followers Christ has been a daily companion and
familiar friend. They have lived in close contact, in
constant communion with God. Upon them the glory of the
Lord has risen. In them the light of the knowledge of the
glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ has been reflected.
Now they rejoice in the undimmed rays of the brightness
and glory of the King in His majesty. They are prepared
for the communion of heaven; for they have heaven in
With uplifted heads, with the bright beams of the Sun
of Righteousness shining upon them, with rejoicing that
their redemption draweth nigh, they go forth to meet the
Bridegroom, saying, "Lo, this is our God; we have waited
for Him, and He will save us." Isa. 25:9.
"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude,
and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty
thunderings, saying, Alleluia; for the Lord God omnipotent
reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to
Him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife
hath made herself ready. . . . And he saith unto me,
Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage
supper of the Lamb." "He is Lord of lords, and King of
kings; and they that are with Him are called, and chosen,
and faithful." Rev. 19:6-9; 17:14.
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