“Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then I shall know even as also I am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12)
Think what it will mean to study through the eternal ages under the personal instruction of Christ! In the present conflicts and temptations, we are to form characters that will prepare us to know right from wrong. A look at Jesus, setting aside his agenda to become our KING, but to die at the hands of a cruel and unjust judgment, leaves us an example of God and heaven giving us perfect FREEDOM.
Freedom purchased by Jesus, defended by unselfishness, is a goal a guide, to take abuse, take suffering, take unkindness, until someone figures out, it is love for God and man, that gives us freedom to decide who we want to follow, God or man.
For Christians it is like walking off the end of a Gang Plank. . .to try and walk on water . . .knowing someone, a supernatural someone, wants to take us away from eternal life with our Saviour. Following Satan and his advice, terminates our agreement to let Jesus be the author and finisher of our faith.
Those souls who are dying at the hands of cruel and ruthless men bent on destroying are martyrs . . . whose lives are now in the hands of Our Mighty God, who sees and knows the truth about the war between good and evil.
Will God continue to watch this war? The answer is NO! He has heard your prayers, and closed the door to Heaven. He cannot bear the sight. Jesus cries, we cry out against the injustice in this world, knowing, someday soon, the hand of injustice will divide us like wheat and chaff. And in spite of the odds, humans do hate injustice. We love God who has gone before us, to purify His Name, before unjust judgment. For this I will suffer, with Him. . . knowing my life or death is in His Hands. Thy will be done in my life, to purify my character to see, I am unworthy to touch the hem of His garment.
Where God’s word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. He truth was proclaimed through out the world. He truth was published. His character exemplified. His patience glorified His Name.
Then another map was shown. “On it light was shining from a few places only. The rest of the world was in darkness, without a glimmer of light here and there. Our Instructor said: “This darkness is the result of men’s following their own course. They have cherished hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil. They have made questioning and faultfinding and accusing the chief business of their lives. Their hearts are not right with God. They have hidden their light under a bushel.” Ellen White Quote p. 28, TESTIMONIES TO THE CHURCH Volume 9.
I met a young man, a minister, who had the power to heal, but given the opportunity to heal a little girl named Magdalena he refused to heal her. He knew his life would be turned around, his fame would spread, his life would not be his own. When people know you can heal, they wish for your touch, kind prayer, and they tend to overwhelm the healer, Jesus knew full well, they could come to eat, be healed, but few would truly wish to see His Father’s Government, that required unselfish love, to be this kind of God. Unconditional love, sets no boundaries, that are not for our own good. When someone challenges “our boundaries” it only means they want to make their own. And when that person calls themselves a “Christian” and they become a hypocrite, it destroys the character of God. The young man hid his light under a bushel. When he tried to heal his daughter, born with three kidneys, he has lost his power. He had withheld the talent, God had given him.
When we know we are “imperfect” in God’s eyes, and we know our character refinement will continue in heaven, we have become “humble.” Humble enough to let God guide us into His perfect love! And Freedom gives us the chance to crucify Jesus again, or bow down to serve Him, under His boundaries of perfect love in His Law. Obedience is better than sacrifice. What people see in me, may it not conflict with His Love and Charity.