“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom.” Jeremiah 9:23

Men are not to rejoice in their wisdom, their strength, or their riches, but in the fact that they have a knowledge of Christ.   This knowledge is the most excellent, the most precious, that we can posses.   It is the pledge of everlasting life.  For “this” is life eternal, that we might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  Money cannot buy it, intellect cannot grasp it, power cannot command it; but to all who will accept it God’s glorious grace is freely given.  But men may feel their need, and, renouncing all self-dependence, accept salvation as a a gift.  Those who enter heaven will not scale its walls by their own righteousness, no will its gates be opened to them for costly offerings of gold or silver; but they will gain an entrance to the many mansions of the Father’s house through the merit of the cross of Christ.

The self-righteous feel no need of Christ.  And when those who profess His name extol their own wisdom and goodness, they give evidence that they are not acquainted with him.  As soon as Christ is revealed to the soul, the sinner feels that his only hope is in the Lamb of God as the only source of forgiveness and redemption for their sins.  As Christ begins to open His love before him watch the effect, and see what it is.  Many claim this experience who are strangers to the love of Christ.   But it leads on to look with humility upon himself, . . .if he gives evidence that the heavenly reward is of more value to him than his worldly possessions, we may know that beams of life from Christ are shining upon his soul.

Out of Christ, human wisdom in all its forms is foolishness; for those who trust in their own wisdom, have lost eternity out of their reckoning . . . To all who believe in Jesus as able to save to the utmost all that come unto God by Him, the gospel is the power and wisdom of God.

I have the pleasure of knowing these soldiers for Christ, they are missionaries in their daily life. And somehow, the sign over their head, is the anointing of joy, happiness, love and forgiveness! Of course I have to adopted them!  They are truly “wise guys.” But you’d never know by how silly these “wise guys” are, and having fun is their middle name. Can’t help but love em!

What do they do for fun? I have a huge photo collection, but not as many as Ryan!


Saved by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ
Saved by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ

“The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” I John 1:7 Some speak of the Jewish age as a Christ-less period, without mercy or grace.  To such are applicable the words of Christ to the Sadducees, “Ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God.”  The period of the Jewish economy was on of wonderful manifestations of divine power.  So glorious was the revealing of His presence that it could not be borne by mortal man.  Moses, who was so highly favored of God, exclaimed, “I do exceedingly fear and quake.”  But God strengthened him to endure this excellent glory, and to bring from the mount a reflection of it upon his face so that the people could not look steadfastly upon it. . . .

The very system of sacrifices was devised by Christ, and given to Adam as typifying a Saviour to come, who would bear the sins of the world, and die for its redemption.  Through Moses, Christ gave definite directions to the children of Israel in regard to the sacrificial offerings. . . .Only clean and precious animals, those which would best symbolize Christ, were accepted as offerings to God. . . .

The Israelites were forbidden to eat the fat or the blood. . . .This law not only related to beasts for sacrifice, but to all cattle which were used for food.   This law was to impress upon them the important fact that it here had been no sin there would have been no shedding of blood. . . .

The blood of the Son of God was symbolized by the blood of the slain victim, and God would have clear and definite ideas preserved between the sacred and the common.  Blood was sacred, inasmuch as through the shedding of the blood of the Son of God alone could there be atonement for sin.  Blood was also used to cleanse the sanctuary from the sins of the people, thus typifying the blood of Christ which alone can cleanse from sin.

The Jews became calloused to slaying lambs, they substituted sick ones, they made a mockery of Jesus, the pure Lamb of God. They lost sight of the Garden of Eden, where no one, no animal  plant or flower died. Don’t expect to eat God’s pets in Heaven.  There will be no slaying of animals, humans, angels or beasts. What will we read on “Wall Street Journal” in Heaven?  Crisis! Will the peace be kept or broken?  Could we exist without conflict? hummm Or does Lucifer play a silent part behind the scenes on earth, that makes earth,  no Garden of Eden? Before sin entered, this planet, we got a glimpse of what perfect might look like. It’s been down hill for our precious earth, animals and habitat. There is no turning back, without divine intervention, and God seems willing to do the makeover, if we ask Gods Hand to stop Lucifer from bleeding His Sheep of His Pasture! Pray for the God of Mount Sinai to stand up and be recognized as the Good Shepherd, over the evil shepherd, Lucifer!

ELLEN WHITE QUOTES, with comments by Connie