Pat's Chat (August 26)


You have learned some things about Seventh-day Adventist Christians from some of my Pat’s Chats. I am so excited about our Study Guides for this quarter. I don’t know if you remember that Adventists believe the Bible’s record of creation literally. We do not believe that it took God billions of years to get everything started on His new planet. Read Genesis1 for a quick reminder of how God SPOKE things into existence. “The earth came forth from the hand of the Creator exceedingly beautiful. There were mountains and hills and plains; and interspersed among them were rivers and bodies of water. The earth was not one extensive plain, but the monotony of the scenery was broken by hills and mountains, not high and ragged as they now are, but regular and beautiful in shape. The bare, high rocks were never seen upon them, but lay beneath the surface, answering as bones to the earth. The waters were regularly dispersed. The hills, mountains, and very beautiful plains were adorned with plants and flowers, and tall, majestic trees of every description, which were many times larger and much more beautiful than trees now are. The air was pure and healthful, and the earth seemed like a noble palace. Angels beheld and rejoiced at the wonderful and beautiful works of God.” —Lift Him Up, p. 47.

“Man was the crowning act of the creation of God, made in the image of God, and designed to be a counterpart of God; but Satan has labored to obliterate the image of God in man, and to imprint upon him his own image. Man is very dear to God, because he was formed in His own image…

“In order to understand the value which God places upon man, we need to obliterate the image of God in man, we need to comprehend the plan of redemption, the costly sacrifice which our Saviour made to save the human race from eternal ruin. Jesus died to regain possession of the one pearl of great price…

“The Lord gave His only begotten Son to ransom us from sin. We are His workmanship, we are His representatives in the world, and He expects that we shall reveal the true value of man by our purity of life, and the earnest efforts put forth to recover the pearl of great price. Our character is to be modeled after the divine similitude, and to be reformed by that faith that works by love and purifies the soul. The grace of God will beautify, ennoble, and sanctify the character. The servant of the Lord who works intelligently will be successful.” —Lift Him Up, p. 48.

“Jesus pointed His hearers back to the marriage institution as ordained at creation… He referred them to the blessed days of Eden, when God pronounced all things ‘very good.’ Then marriage and the Sabbath had their origin, twin institutions for the glory of God in the benefit of humanity. Then, as the Creator joined the hands of the holy pair in wedlock, saying, ‘A man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one’ (Genesis 2:24). He enunciated the law of marriage for all the children of Adam to the close of time. That which the Eternal Father Himself had pronounced good was the law of highest blessing and development for man.” —Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, pp. 63, 64.

All the quotes above are from Ellen G. White NOTES July| Aug| Sept 2021. pp. 62-63.

MARANATHA

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