Gems For a Month of Meditation

on Righteousness by Faith

 

compiled by: MERWIN R. THURBER

 

1. “I present before you the Man of Calvary. He can save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by Him. The more you have of Jesus, the more you will desire a closer connection with Him, and your soul will be hid with Christ in God, and thus be prepared when He shall come with power and great glory.” ---Ellen C. White, in Review and Herald, August, 18, 1891.

 

2. “The sacrifice that Christ made in order that He might impart to us His righteousness—this is the theme upon which we may dwell with deeper and still deeper enthusiasm.”—Sons and Daughters of God, p.124.

 

3. “Our hope is constantly strengthened by the knowledge that Christ is our righteousness. Let our faith rest upon this foundation, for it will stand fast forever.”—Testimonies, vol. 5, p.742.

 

4. “The message of Christ’s righteousness is to sound from one end of the earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God, which closes the work of the third angel.” Testimonies, vol. 6, p.19.

 

5. “Without the grace of Christ, the sinner is in a hopeless condition; nothing can be done for him; but through divine grace, supernatural power is imparted to the man, and works in heart and mind and character. It is through the impartation of the grace of Christ that sin is discerned in its hateful nature, and finally driven from the soul temple.”—Selected Messages, book 1, p.366.

 

6. “You are a sinner. You cannot atone for your past sins; you cannot change your heart and make yourself holy. But God promises to do all this for you through Christ. You believe that promise. You confess your sins and give yourself to God. You will to serve Him. Just as surely as you do this, God will fulfill His word to you. If you believe the promise -----believe that you are forgiven and cleansed,—God supplies the fact. . . . It is so if you believe it,”— Steps to Christ, p. 51.

 

7. “When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness.”—Christ’s Object Lessons,. p. 312.

 

8. “The faith that does not produce good works does not justify the soul.”—Selected Messages,. book 1,. p. 397.

 

9. “The righteousness of God is justifying the believer in Jesus, on condition of his future obedience to the statutes of God’s government in heaven and earth.”—Ellen C. White, in Review and Herald,. April 24, 1888.

 

10. “The faith essential for salvation is not mere nominal faith, but an abiding principle, deriving vital power from Christ. It will lead the soul to feel the love of Christ to such a degree that the character will be refined, purified, ennobled. This faith in Christ is not merely an impulse, but a power that works by love and purifies the soul.”—Ellen C. White, in Review and Herald, August 18, 1891.

 

11. “It is not enough to believe about Christ; we must believe in Him. The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Savior; which appropriates His merits to ourselves. Many hold faith as an opinion. But saving faith is a transaction, by which those who receive Christ join themselves in covenant relation with God.”—The Desire of Ages,. p.347.

 

12. “The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted. The first is our title to heaven, the second is our fitness for heaven.”—Messages to Young People,. p.35.

 

13. “The religion of Christ means more than forgiveness of sin; it means taking away our sins, and filling the vacuum with the graces of the Holy Spirit. 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.”—Christ’s Object Lessons, pg. 419, 420.

 

14. Many commit the error of trying to define minutely the fine points of distinction between justification and sanctification. Into the definitions of these two terms they often bring their own ideas and speculations. Why try to be more minute than is Inspiration on the vital question of righteousness by faith? Why try to work out every minute point, as if the salvation of the soul depended upon all having exactly your understanding of this matter?”—The SDA Bible Commentary, Ellen C. White Comments. on Rom. 3:24-28, p.1072.

 

15. “Through faith, every deficiency of character may be supplied, every defilement cleansed, every fault corrected, every excellence developed.” —The Acts of the Apostles, p. 564.

 

16. “The work of gaining salvation is one of copartnership, a joint operation. There is to be cooperation between God and the repentant sinner.”—The Acts of the Apostles, p. 482.

 

17. “Those who are waiting to behold a magical change in their characters without determined effort on their part to overcome sin will be disappointed.”—Selected Messages, book 1, p. 336

 

18. “You are just as dependent upon Christ in order to live a holy life, as is the branch upon the parent stock for growth and fruitfulness. Apart from Him you have no life. You have no power to resist temptation or to grow in grace and holiness.”—Steps to Christ, p. 69.

 

19. “The strongest temptation is no excuse for sin.”—Signs of the Times, April 15, 1911.

 

20. “Righteousness is right-doing, and it is by their deeds that all will be judged Our characters are revealed by what we do. The works show whether the faith is genuine.”—Christ’s Object Lessons p. 312. 

 

21. “Those only who through faith in Christ obey all of God’s commandments will reach the condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression. They testify to their love of Christ by obeying all His precepts”—The SDA Bible Commentary, Ellen G. White Comments, on Eph. 5:27, p. 1118.

 

22. “Man is to be saved by faith, not by works; yet his faith must be shown by his works.”—Patriarchs and Prophets p. 279.

 

23 . “The testimony of the word of God is against this ensnaring doctrine of faith without works.”—The Great Controversy, p. 472.

 

24. “The condition of eternal life is now just what it has always been --just what it was in Paradise before the fall of our first parents,—perfect obedience to the law of God, perfect righteousness. —Steps to Christ, p. 62.

 

25. “The life of Christ on earth was a perfect expression of God’s law, and when those who claim to be children of God become Christlike in character, they will be obedient to God’s commandments.”— Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 315.

 

26. “Jesus is the true pattern. His self sacrificing life is our example.”— Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 155.

 

 

27. “Jesus revealed no qualities, and exercised no powers, that men may not have through faith in Him. His perfect humanity is that which all His followers may possess, if they will be in subjection to God as He was. —The Desire of Ages, p. 664.

 

28 . “Christ died to make it possible for you to cease to sin.”—Review and Herald Aug. 28, 1894.

 

29 . “When we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, we shall have no relish for sin; for Christ will be working with us. We may make mistakes but we will hate the sin that caused the sufferings of the Son of God.”—Selected Messages, book 1, p. 360.

 

30. “The nearer we come to Jesus and the more clearly we discern the purity of His character, the more clearly we shall discern the exceeding sinfulness of sin and the less we shall feel like exalting ourselves.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 160.

 

31. “Those who reject the gift of Christ’s righteousness are rejecting the attributes of character which would constitute them the sons and daughters of God. They are rejecting that which alone could give them a fitness for place at the marriage feast.”—lbid. pg. 316, 317.

        

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