Christ's Object Lessons
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 11: Things New and Old
Based on Matt. 13:51, 52
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While Christ was teaching the people, He was also
educating His disciples for their future work. In
all His instruction there were lessons for them. After
giving the parable of the net, He asked them, "Have ye
understood all these things?" They said unto Him, "Yea,
Lord." Then in another parable He set before them their
responsibility in regard to the truths they had received.
"Therefore," He said, "every scribe which is instructed
unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an
householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things
new and old."
The treasure gained by the householder he does not
hoard. He brings it forth to communicate to others. And
by use the treasure increases. The householder has
precious things both new and old. So Christ teaches that the
truth committed to His disciples is to be communicated to
the world. And as the knowledge of truth is imparted, it
will increase. [p. 125]
All who receive the gospel message into the heart will
long to proclaim it. The heaven-born love of Christ must
find expression. Those who have put on Christ will relate
their experience, tracing step by step the leadings of the
Holy Spirit—their hungering and thirsting for the knowledge
of God and of Jesus Christ whom He has sent, the
results of their searching of the Scriptures, their prayers,
their soul agony, and the words of Christ to them, "Thy sins
be forgiven thee." It is unnatural for any to keep these
things secret, and those who are filled with the love of
Christ will not do so. In proportion as the Lord has made
them the depositaries of sacred truth will be their desire
that others shall receive the same blessing. And as they
make known the rich treasures of God's grace, more and
still more of the grace of Christ will be imparted to them.
They will have the heart of a little child in its simplicity
and unreserved obedience. Their souls will pant after holiness,
and more and more of the treasures of truth and grace
will be revealed to them to be given to the world.
The great storehouse of truth is the word of God—
the written word, the book of nature, and the book of
experience in God's dealing with human life. Here are the
treasures from which Christ's workers are to draw. In
the search after truth they are to depend upon God, not
upon human intelligences, the great men whose wisdom is
foolishness with God. Through His own appointed channels
the Lord will impart a knowledge of Himself to every
If the follower of Christ will believe His word and
practice it, there is no science in the natural world that he
will not be able to grasp and appreciate. There is nothing
but that will furnish him means for imparting the truth to
others. Natural science is a treasure house of knowledge
from which every student in the school of Christ may draw. [p. 126] As we contemplate the beauty of nature, as we study its
lessons in the cultivation of the soil, in the growth of the
trees, in all the wonders of earth and sea and sky, there will
come to us a new perception of truth. And the mysteries
connected with God's dealings with men, the depths of His
wisdom and judgment as seen in human life—these are
found to be a storehouse rich in treasure.
But it is in the written word that a knowledge of God
is most clearly revealed to fallen man. This is the treasure
house of the unsearchable riches of Christ.
The word of God includes the Scriptures of the Old
Testament as well as of the New. One is not complete
without the other. Christ declared that the truths of the
Old Testament are as valuable as those of the New. Christ
was as much man's Redeemer in the beginning of the world
as He is today. Before He clothed His divinity with
humanity and came to our world, the gospel message
was given by Adam, Seth, Enoch, Methuselah, and Noah.
Abraham in Canaan and Lot in Sodom bore the message,
and from generation to generation faithful messengers
proclaimed the Coming One. The rites of the Jewish
economy were instituted by Christ Himself. He was the
foundation of their system of sacrificial offerings, the great
antitype of all their religious service. The blood shed as
the sacrifices were offered pointed to the sacrifice of the
Lamb of God. All the typical offerings were fulfilled in
Christ as manifested to the patriarchs, as symbolized in
the sacrificial service, as portrayed in the law, and as
revealed by the prophets, is the riches of the Old Testament.
Christ in His life, His death, and His resurrection, Christ
as He is manifested by the Holy Spirit, is the treasure of
the New Testament. Our Saviour, the outshining of the
Father's glory, is both the Old and the New. [p. 127]
Of Christ's life and death and intercession, which prophets
had foretold, the apostles were to go forth as witnesses.
Christ in His humiliation, in His purity and holiness, in
His matchless love, was to be their theme. And in order to
preach the gospel in its fullness, they must present the
Saviour not only as revealed in His life and teachings, but
as foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament and as
symbolized by the sacrificial service.
Christ in His teaching presented old truths of which He
Himself was the originator, truths which He had spoken
through patriarchs and prophets; but He now shed upon
them a new light. How different appeared their meaning!
A flood of light and spirituality was brought in by His
explanation. And He promised that the Holy Spirit should
enlighten the disciples, that the word of God should be ever
unfolding to them. They would be able to present its truths
in new beauty.
Ever since the first promise of redemption was spoken
in Eden, the life, the character, and the mediatorial work of
Christ have been the study of human minds. Yet every
mind through whom the Holy Spirit has worked has
presented these themes in a light that is fresh and new. The
truths of redemption are capable of constant development
and expansion. Though old, they are ever new, constantly
revealing to the seeker for truth a greater glory and a
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