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Man originally had powers and a well-balanced mind, but disobedience caused that to cease. Where there was love, selfishness now existed. With our own power, meaning on our own, it is impossible to resist sin because we are so weak. If not for God, man would forever be Satan’s captors.

Without sin, a person is joyful when spending time with Christ. A sinful person finds no joy in spending time with Christ. A person not in harmony with Christ doesn’t enjoy time spent with Him. This is kinda painful to read. Made my chest tighten. The sinner, if permitted to go, would not feel comfortable in heaven. He would welcome destruction as to hide his face from Jesus. It is no arbitrary decree on the part of God that excludes the wicked from heaven; they are shut out by their own unfitness for its companionship. It is impossible for us on our own accord to escape from sin. We need Christ. Education, culture, the exercise of the will, human effort, all have their proper sphere, but in heaven they are powerless. They may produce an outward correctness of behavior, but they cannot change the heart; they cannot purify the springs of life. There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can be changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ. Jesus is the only medium of communication between God and man.
And the only way to God is Christ. He says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6. The heart of God yearns over His earthly children with a love stronger than death. In giving up His Son, He has poured out to us all heaven in one gift. The Saviour’s life and death and intercession, the ministry of angels, the pleading of the Spirit, the Father working above and through all, the unceasing interest of heavenly beings,–all are enlisted in behalf of man’s redemption.

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I started reading Steps to Christ a while back so I decided instead of the usual Sabbath scripture, I would write summaries of the chapters on Sabbath. It’s my way of spending time with the Lord and sharing the gospel. Hope you enjoy.

Chapter 1

God’s love is shown throughout nature from the sun to the rain, to the birds and the trees.  God loves us but sin tarnished man.  God put thorns and thistles in our lives so that we would know the trials and work for our salvation.  God also sent His son to save us.  He came in human form to be the medium for Christ and by doing this, He raised humanity.  God sent His son because the enemy blinded people and made them think that God was only stern and ruled with jealousy.

 

God showed His love through creation. The pain endured as a result of sin is meant to prepare us for heaven. God’s love is shown throughout nature, but the enemy tries to deceive us into thinking that God is severe and we are to serve Him out of fear. To combat this, God sent His Son to die for our sins. Love, mercy, and compassion were revealed in every act of His life. He took man’s nature, that He might reach man’s wants. His life was one of self-denial and thoughtful care for others. Every soul was precious in His eyes. In all men He saw fallen souls whom it was His mission to save. {SC 12.1}

     It was to redeem us that Jesus lived and suffered and died. He became “a Man of Sorrows,” that we might be made partakers of everlasting joy. God permitted His beloved Son, full of grace and truth, to come from a world of indescribable glory, to a world marred and blighted with sin, darkened with the shadow of death and the curse. He permitted Him to leave the bosom of His love, the adoration of the angels, to suffer shame, insult, humiliation, hatred, and death. “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5. Behold Him in the wilderness, in Gethsemane, upon the cross! The spotless Son of God took upon Himself the burden of sin. He who had been one with God, felt in His soul the awful separation that sin makes between God and man. This wrung from His lips the anguished cry, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46. It was the burden of sin, the sense of its terrible enormity, of its separation of the soul from God–it was this that broke the heart of the Son of God. {SC 13.1}

     But this great sacrifice was not made in order to create in the Father’s heart a love for man, not to make Him willing to save. No, no! “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16. The Father loves us, not because of the great propitiation, but He provided the propitiation because He loves us. Christ was the medium through which He could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.” 2 Corinthians 5:19. God suffered with His Son. In the agony of Gethsemane, the death of Calvary, the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption. {SC 13.2}

By assuming human nature, Christ elevates humanity.

 

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