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The Risk of Eternal Loss

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Stephen Bohr

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  • January 2, 2015
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So nice to see all of you dressed up.  The Sabbath has begun. Praise the Lord. Do you look forward to the Sabbath? Even I look forward to the Sabbath, even though the  pastor works harder on Sabbath than any other day.  But it's Sacred work so it is allowed.

 I invite you to bow your heads with me as we pray.
Father in heaven more than ever we need Your help tonight we need the help of Your Holy Spirit as we open the pages of your Holy Book. The message that we are going to study is so important. I ask Lord, that You will enlighten our minds, that You will open our hearts, to receive the message that You have for us. We thank You Father for the promise of Your presence and we know that You have answered this prayer because we ask it in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Before the creation of the Angels, the inhabitants of the other worlds and human beings on this earth, the Father and the Son had a very unique relationship. I would like as we begin our study this evening to go over nine  characteristics of the relationship between the Father and the Son before anything was Created in  the universe.

1    Two Distinct Individuals

The first point that I want to underline is that the Father and Son are two distinct individuals. Two separate person's. I would like to give biblical basis, as well as Spirit of Prophecy confirmation.  In John 17:5 Jesus prayed “and now oh Father, glorify me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was”. So the Son was with the Father. If He was with the Father He was not the Father. In John 17:22 Jesus continues his prayer “and the glory which you gave me I have given them”, that is the disciples, “that they may be one just as we are one”. The Father and the Son are two distinct individuals.
In Ministry of Healing page 422 Ellen White makes this profound statement “The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either, they are one in purpose, in mind, and character, but not in person. It is thus that God and Christ are one”. So the Father and the Son are two distinct persons. And yet because they are intimately related one to the other, The Bible describes them as one. Jesus said in John 10:30 ‘I and the Father are one”.  So you have two distinct persons but they are one in the sense of character, in the sense of unity.  In the Youth Instructor for December 16, 1897,  Ellen White makes this remarkable statement, this is how it reads: “From eternity there was a complete unity between the Father and the Son, they were two, yet little short of being identical”,  did you hear that? “They were two, yet little short of being identical”.  Two in individuality yet one in spirit, heart and character. Two [???].

3  Are equally God

The third characteristic of the relationship between the Father and the Son that I would like to share is, that both the Father and the Son are equally God. They are both one hundred percent divine.   Jesus is not a lesser God. Jesus is equal to the Father.   John 1:1,2 makes that very clear: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”. Not a God, but God.  Ellen White always in harmony with Scripture states as much in Counsels to the Church page 76 she says:  “God is the Father of Christ, Christ is the Son of God.  To Christ has been given an exalted position He has been made equal with the Father. All the counsels of God are open to His Son.”  In the book God’s Amazing Grace page 160 she once again emphasizes that the Father and the Son are equal they are both God. This is how it reads: “This Savior was the brightness of His Father's glory and the express image of His person”  He possessed Divine Majesty, perfection and excellence he was equal with God.  One more statement in Patriarchs and Prophets pages 38, 39 “Christ was the Son of God.  He had been one with Him before the Angels were called into existence.  He had ever stood at the right hand of the Father”.

So Jesus Christ is a distinct personality from the Father, He is one with the Father, He is equal with the Father fully and completely God in every sense of the word.  

4    A Special Intimacy

The fourth characteristic is that there is a special intimacy between the Father and the Son. And this intimacy is expressed by stating that the Son is in the bosom of the Father. That indicates closeness and intimacy like when we hug a little baby close to our bosom. In John 1:18 we find that description in Scripture that says: “No one has seen God at any time the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father He has declared Him”. Ellen White states as much in that Review and Herald for February 28, 1888 when Ellen White discusses Jesus coming to this earth sent by His Father she states: “The Father permitted Him to leave the bosom of His love the adoration of the Angels to suffer shame and insult, humiliation, hatred and death.” So this intimacy is expressed as the Son being in the bosom of the Father.

 

5    Jesus Is The Express Image Of His Father

The 5th characteristic that I would like to share concerning the relationship between the Father and the Son, in eternity past, is that Jesus is the express image of his Father.  Ellen White in the devotional book Lift Him Up page 24 had this to say: “The Son of God was next in authority to the great lawgiver”,  remember that, “the Son of God was next in authority to the great lawgiver, He was in the express image of His Father, not in features alone but in perfection of character”.   So very clearly Ellen White says that He was the express image of His Father.  Incidentally the normal word for image when it refers to us in the New Testament that we are made in the image of God is the word Ickone which is where we get the word icon from. But this word is not that word when it refers to Christ being the image of the Father the word is a different word it's the Greek word Charakter  that we get our word character from.  It is used of Christ, in this one verse in Scripture. So Jesus is the express image of the Father.

6   Jesus Is The Father's Second Self.

The sixth characteristic that I would like to share with you is that Jesus is the Father's second self. You know very well in John 14:9 Jesus said to Philip “Have I been with you so long and yet you have not known me Philip.  He who has seen Me, has seen the Father so how can you say, show us the Father”.  The Son is the second self of the Father. What the Son is, is the character of the Father.  In a statement that I read once before in Youth Instructor December 16 1897, I read that statement again: “From eternity there was a complete unity between the Father and the Son. They were two yet little short of being identical to an individuality yet one in spirit heart and character.”   So Jesus is the Father’s and was the Father’s in eternity, the second self.

7    Composed Of The Same Substance

The seventh characteristic that I would like to share with you concerning the relationship between the Father and the Son, is that the Father and the Son are composed of the same substance, because Jesus is the Son of the Father. They are co-substantial in other words. In Philippians 2:6 it says: “That Jesus was in the form of God.” That word form in Greek means the substance of God the very stuff that God is made of.  Jesus is composed of that.  Ellen White confirms this point in Signs Of The Times November 28 1893, she is commenting on the verse “I and My Father are one”, she says: “The words of Christ were full of deep meaning, as He put forth the claim that He and the Father were of one substance, possessing the same attributes, Father and Son were of the same substance”, co-substantial in other words. In the Review And Herald April 5 1906, Ellen White also states: “Christ was God essentially and in the highest sense”.  Now when she says is essentially it is not like he's ‘essentially like me’.  No, the word essentially means in His essence, in His substance, Jesus is one with the Father he is co-substantial with the Father. Would it be too much the say the Son has the Father 's DNA?  

 

8    The Glory Of Jesus

The eighth  characteristic that I would like to share with you is that the glory of Jesus is the glory of His Father shining in Him. Hebrews 1:3 Jesus is referred to as the brightness of the Father's glory. In John 1:14 we are told “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory”, and notice “we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.”  The glory of Jesus is the glory of His Father.  In 2 Cor 4:6 we are told this: “For it is the God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”.  The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the glory of the Father. Ellen White confirms this point as well the book Medical Ministry p 19 Ellen White explains in the condition of Jesus before His incarnation: “He was the brightness of the Father's glory, the express image of His person”. In Christ Object Lessons p115 she repeats the same thought when she states: “In Him, that is in Jesus, is gathered all the glory of the Father, the fullness of the Godhead, He is the brightness of a Father's glory and the express image of His person.”  One more statement on this point, Testimonies For The Church volume 2 p200 she states; “The Savior was the brightness of His Father's glory and the express image of His person, He possessed divine Majesty, perfection and excellence, He was equal with God”.

9  Son Is Subject To His Father's Authority

The ninth  characteristic that I would love to share with you, is that even though the Father and Son are on a level of equality as persons, the Son from eternity past has been subject to His Father's authority as His head. That is clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 11:3 where it says clearly that “the Father is the head of Christ”.  So God is the head of Christ. So Christ in eternity past, even before the creation of the Angels, was subject to His Father's authority even though He was equal to His Father.  In eternity past, in the present and in eternity future both the Father and the Son have authority and dominion, but the Father has absolute authority and the Son has delegated authority. even though they are equal. Never has Jesus ever acted independently of His Father, He has ever been subject to His Father's authority and His Father's will.  You might be thinking that happened since the incarnation that He was subject to His Father's will even though He is equal to His Father.  Not so, let me read you a couple of statements from the Spirit Of Prophecy. The first one is found in Story Of Redemption p13 you know Lucifer in Heaven said hey Jesus and me are equal we are the same.  And yet Jesus is favorite and I'm not favoured. So the Father had called a meeting in Heaven of all the heavenly council to explain the position of His Son. This is before the creation of the world.  Notice this statement:

The great Creator”,  referring to the Father, “assembled the heavenly host that He might”, that His Father might, “in the presence of all the angels confer special honor upon His Son”.  Was Jesus the Son already?  Yes, “The Son was seated on the throne with the Father and a heavenly throng of the holy angels with gathered around them.  The Father then made known that it was ordained by Himself”, that is by the Father “that Christ His Son should be equal with Himself. So that wherever was the presence of His Son it was as His own presence. The word of the Son must be obeyed as readily as the word of the Father. His Son He invested with authority to command heavenly host.”  What has the Father done? He is the one that has invested the Son with authority to command the heavenly host. And then she continues: “Especially was His Son to work in union with Himself in the anticipated creation of the earth and every living thing that should exist upon the earth.  “His Son would carry out his will and His purposes but would do nothing of himself alone. The Father's will would be fulfilled in Him.”  Clear.  

Another statement that we find in Patriarchs and Prophets p 36 adds some details we are told there: “The King of the universe”,  this is a reference to God the Father, “the King of the universe summoned the heavenly host before Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true position of His Son and show the relation He sustained to all the created beings.  The Son of God shared the Father's throne and the glory of the eternal, self existent One encircled both. ... Before the assembled inhabitants of heaven the King declared that none but Christ, the Only Begotten of God, could fully enter into His purposes, and to Him it was committed to execute the mighty councils on His will.”  That is of the Father's will. “The Son of God had wrought the fathers will”, listen carefully, “the Son of God had wrought the Father's will in the creation of all the hosts of heaven”, who created the Angels? Jesus.  Whose will was He performing?  The will of His Father, so once again the Son of God done the Father's will in the creation of all the host of heaven. “And to Him as well as to God their homage and allegiance were due.  Christ was still to exercise divine power, in the creation of the earth and its inhabitants. But in all this He would not seek power or exultation for Himself contrary to God's plan, but would exalt the Father's glory and execute His purposes of beneficence and love.” 

Is that crystal clear, if you read it with an open mind and an open heart.  You know even after Jesus became incarnate He was still subject to the Fathers will. Matthew 28:18 right before the great commission. It says: “that Jesus came and spoke to them saying ‘all authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth’”. Who was the only one that could have given Him the authority? Only His Father. The Bible teaches that in eternity future the Son will still be subject to His Father. 1 Cor 15:28 says: “Now when all things are made subject to Him then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him that God may be all in all”. I'm not going where you think I'm going. I know many of you are saying well Pastor Bohr is going to deal with women's ordination. I'm not going there.  On earth God works for the better part of six days and made everything perfect and beautiful [??] transitioning to the earth, as the crowning act of creation, God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man came alive. Then God told Adam to name the animals and he did so but he noticed that each animal had its counterpart except himself. We are told in Genesis 2:20 “but for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him”. So God applied to Adam general anesthesia, the Bible calls it a deep sleep and performed the first surgery of history as far as we know. And the incision left no scar and from the rib close to Adams bosom He created the woman and the Bible says that God then bought her to man as His gift. We are told in Genesis 2:22 “Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman and He brought her to the man”.  And Adam kind of wakes up from his slumber, opens his eyes, I'm sure he opened them real wide. I'm sure this mouth fell open Ah!  one like me. And God explained to him that Eve had been created from himself, she was consubstantial with him. She had been created from him and for him. Now we've all read that text in Genesis where it speaks about the image of God, Genesis 1:26 says: “Then God”, Ellen White  identifies this person as the Father, “Then God said”, she, Ellen White says He speaking to His Son Jesus Christ. “Then God said let Us make man in Our image according to Our likeness”. Now we usually think of the image of God as an individual thing.  Adam was made in the image of God physically, mentally and spiritually. Eve was made in the image of God physically, mentally and spiritually. We think of the image of God is an individual thing but really what Genesis 1:26 is explaining is that the relationship between Adam and Eve was to reflect the relationship between the Father and the Son. It was an exhibition on a smaller scale of the relationship between the Father and the Son. Let's take a look at the relationship between Adam and Eve. The creation story makes it very clear that Adam and Eve two distinct persons, because we are told they would no longer be two but one. They were two individuals just like the Father and Son are two. And yet we are told in the creation story that God pronounced Adam and Eve that the two are one. In the sense of unity, in the sense of closeness and intimacy they were two but one like the Father and the Son are two but one. Adam and Eve stood on the level of equality, they were equally human and both are referred to with a generic word ‘man’. Eve was not a lesser order of humanity, she was as much human as Adam was Human, just like the Son was as much God as the Father is God.  Patriarchs and Prophets p 46. Ellen White explains: “Eve was created from a rib taken from the side of Adam, signifying that she was not to control him as the head nor to be trampled under his feet as an inferior but was to stand by his side as an Equal, to be loved and protected by him.”  Just like the Father and Son are equal, both God, Adam and Eve were created equal, both human. There was a special intimacy between Adam and Eve. Eve so to speak was taken from the bosom of Adam.  In fact in Deuteronomy 13:6 the wife is called the wife of thy bosom, interestingly enough. So just as the Son is in the bosom of the Father, Eve was in the bosom of Adam.

Ellen White explains in Patriarchs and Prophets p 46:  “Eve was created from a rib taken from the side of Adam”, that's pretty close to the heart, pretty close to the bosom, “signifying that she was not to control him as the head, nor be trampled under his feet as an inferior but to stand by his side as an equal be loved and protected by him”.  Eve because she was taken from Adam was in the image of Adam of course she was in the image of God through Adam,  just like Jesus the Son is the image of the Father. Just like Jesus is the second self of the Father, Eve was the second self of Adam. In the book Patriarchs and Prophets p 46 Ellen White explains: “A part of man's bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh she was his second self. Showing the close union and be affectionate attachment that it should exist in this relation.” Eve was also co-substantial with Adam. She was flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone.  Just as the Son is co-substantial with the Father. In fact Adam said in Genesis 2:23: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.” The Woman  was also the glory of man, like the Son is the glory of the Father. In fact the apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:7: “For a man indeed ought not cover his head since he is the image and glory of God, and Woman is the glory of man”. Are you seeing the parallels, amazing parallels.  The last parallel also holds true, even though Adam and Eve were created equal, Eve was created to be subject to the authority of Adam. We do not like that,  because the word authority is a nasty little word. The word submission is a nasty little word. Because we live in a sinful world and we look at those negatively. But the Bible does not. Jesus was subject to his parents, that wasn't a bad thing, it was a good thing. The word submission is used in the positive sense in Scripture as long as it follows God's plan. So Adam was created to be the head and Eve was to be subject to the leadership of Adam.  Let's talk about Eve’s sin, do you know what Eve’s sin was? Yes she ate the fruit, I know that.  But it is was deeper than that. You see Eve’s sin consisted of two parts: 1. She acted independently of Adam.  2.  Even though she was human she wanted to ascend to the height of God.  Her sin  was primarily selfishness. In other words she acted independently of Adam, even though God told her to stay with Adam she wanted to ascend to the height of God.  Ellen White explains in Patriarchs and Prophets p 53, 54: ‘The Angels had cautioned Eve to beware of separating herself from her husband while occupied in their daily labor in the garden; with him she would be in less danger from temptation than if she were alone. But absorbed in her pleasing task, she unconsciously wandered from his side.”  Independence.

The Story Of Redemption p 32: “Eve, unconsciously at first, separated from her husband in her employment, when she became aware of the fact she felt that there might be danger, but again she thought herself secure, even if she did not remain close to the side of her husband. She had wisdom and strength to know it evil came, and to meet it.”  By herself, independently of Adam. That was Eve’s sin. While it was a sin for human to be God and acting independently of Adam, her head. What was Adam’s sin? What does this have to do with the cross?  This is very intimately related with the cross. What was Adam sin?  I know he ate the fruit, but his sin was deeper than just eating the fruit. You see like God the Father, Adam had a most precious possession, Eve.  And big question that Adam had to face was am I willing to give up Eve who is one with me?  How can I give up the one who is my image, the image of God, through him? My same substance and my glory how could I care for myself the one who was close to my bosom? How can I live with out this person that I love so much? He could not conceive of being separated forever from the one that was most precious to him. He was selfish he was thinking only of himself.  Ellen White describes the anguish and the agony as Adam struggled with the decision of whether he would give up the most precious thing that he had an intimate relationship with.

The book Conflict And Courage p 16 Ellen white explains: “There was a terrible struggle in his mind. He mourned that he had permitted Eve to wander from his side but now the deed was  done; he must be separated from her...”. See the anguish was more than he was willing to be separated, “ he must separated from her whose society had been his joy. How could he have it thus? Adam enjoyed the companionship of God and the holy angels. He had looked upon the glory of the Creator, he understood the high destiny opened to the human race, should they remain faithful to God.” He knew that if he was faithful, the human race would be holy and the world will be filled with righteous beings. She (Ellen White) continued saying: “he understood the high destiny opened to the human race should they remain faithful to God. Yet all of these blessings were lost sight of in the fear of losing that one gift which in his eyes out values every other. Love, gratitude and loyalty to the Creator - all were overborne by love to Eve.”

She was part of himself and he could not endure the thought of separation.  Could he give up his precious Eve, at the risk of being separated from her forever?   We studied the relationship of the Father and the Son, we've noticed that there were two distinct individuals, that they were one however, that the Son was the same substance as the Father, flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone. We've noticed that Jesus is in the bosom of His Father, Jesus is the Father’s  second self. He is the express image of His Father, He is a reflection of the Father's glory.  The most precious thing the Father has in the universe.  His precious Son. Now we bring this to a divine level, the father with was faced with a similar decision as Adam. Am I willing to give up My Son? The most prized possession in heaven, the most intimate partner. Am I willing to give up My Son at the risk of internal loss? Or do I keep Him to Myself?  Do you see the parallel?  It was a struggle for the Father to give up His Son.

We find in  Signs Of The Times November 4 1908, “Before the Father”, this is when Jesus is in heaven before the human race has sinned, “Before the Father He pleaded in the sinners behalf while the host of heaven away from the result with an intensity of interest that words cannot express. Long continued was that mysterious communion, Jesus is before His Father, the counsel of peace for the fallen sons of men. The plan of salvation had been laid before the creation of the earth, for Christ is the Lamb foreordained before the foundation of the world” and listen to this, “Yet it was a struggle even for the King of the Universe to yield up His Son to die  for the guilty race.” It was a struggle even for the King of the universe. He had to make the same decision that Adam made.

Desire of Ages p 49 Ellen White explains:  “God permitted His Son to become a helpless babe subject to the weakness of humanity He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it”,  now listen carefully,  “At the risk of failure and eternal loss.” The Father was willing to risk eternal failure and loss of His Son.  She continues saying “The heart of a human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child and trembles at the thought of life perils. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones.  ‘Herein is love.’ Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!

Ellen White explains in Christ Object Lessons p196. “For our redemption Heaven itself was imperilled.”  What! For our redemption Heaven was imperilled What does the word imperilled mean?  O looked it up in the dictionary, it means: to put at risk, of being harmed, injured or destroyed, to endanger, to jeopardize.  God jeopardized heaven itself when Jesus was sent to this earth.  So the Father had the same basic choice on a much grander scale than Adam had.  But God did the opposite of Adam.  He was willing to give up His most prized possession. But when He was [??] with at the risk of loosing Him forever. Romans 8:32 says: “He who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall we not with him also freely give us all things.

In the Review and Herald July 9, 1895, listen to this statement Ellen White says: “The eternal Father the unchangeable One gave His only begotten Son, tore from His bosom, Him who was made in the express image of His person and sent Him down to the earth to reveal how greatly He loved mankind.”

Do you remember the statement that I read a little while ago that there was a struggle for the King of the universe to give up His Son? Let me finish that statement now. She says: “But”,  after stating that it was a struggle even for the King of the universe to yield up His Son of the to die for a guilty race she says “BUT, how God  so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. O! the mystery of redemption! The love of God for a world that did not love Him! Who can know the depths of that love which ‘passeth knowledge’? Through endless ages, immortal minds, seeking to comprehend the mystery of that incomprehensible love will wonder and adore”.

So the Father's struggle was similar to the struggle of the man.  What about Eve’s sin? Do you remember what Eve's sin was?  Wanting to ascend to the heights of God.   In acting independently of Adam, her head.  Did Jesus face those same two dilemmas?  Listen carefully folks, Jesus was God, but instead of designing to ascend He was willing to defend. We are told in Philippians 2:5-8  “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, not but made himself of no reputation taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men and been found in the appearance of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death of the cross.”  Instead of Jesus saying ‘I'm going to go up’, He was up there, He says: ‘I am going to go down. Just the opposite of what Eve did. And instead of Jesus acting independently of His Father, Jesus always said ‘Father Your will done,  I will do what you say, as My head, I will do what you say and I will perform your will not my will be done but yours.’  He did just the opposite of Eve. That's why I said the relations between the Father and the Son is reflected on a small scale in the relationship between Adam and Eve.

So the Father was willing to do what Adam was unwilling to do, give up what was most precious to him at the risk of eternal loss and eternal separation. And the Son was willing to do what Eve had been unwilling to do, come down at the risk of failing and being separated from His Father for eternity.  You know what's most amazing to me, that the Father and the Son would have been willing to take this risk for one. FOR ONE!  Look at the person next to you. Jesus would have given His life for that one. Yes, He would've given it for me, but we need to think that He would have given it for others to.  Yes, we should focus on others, those are the ones that Jesus focused upon. What is the value of a soul? The value can only be understood by the risk that the Father and Son were willing to take, to save one. The Father and the Son would've been willing to save only one soul.  And we are not talking about sophisticated and refined sinners like us. We are talking about murderers, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, liars, idolaters.  Jesus would have come to die for one of us    which we consider to be the scum of the earth, but which God considers precious.  I want to read some statements from Ellen White and the value of us all.  God's Amazing Grace p 173. By the way before I read that statement, do you know that Ellen White says that the value of the soul is infinite it is of infinite value.  How do you buy something that is of infinite value? Only by paying an infinite price.

Listen to these statements: “The wealth of earth dwindles into insignificance when compared with the worth of a single soul for whom our Lord and Master died. He who weighs the hills in scales and the mountains in a balance regards a human soul as of infinite value.” One soul is of Infinite value.  In the book Testimonies for the church volume 3 p 186,  Ellen White explains: “The soul is of infinite value, its worth can be estimated only by the price paid to ransom it.  You want to know how much a soul is worth? Look at Jesus, what He gave, what the Father gave. Then you will know what the value is”. Once again the soul is of infinite value. It's worth can be estimated only by the price paid to ransom it. Calvary, Calvary, Calvary! Will explain the true value of the soul. 

Here is another one Testimonies for the Church volume 6 p 21, 22 “One soul is of more value to Heaven than a whole world of property, houses, lands and money.  For the conversion of one soul we should stretch our resources to the utmost.”  Ministry Of Healing p 135, Ellen White presented this theme in all of her writings, she says: “If but one soul would accept the gospel of His grace, Christ would to save that one, would have chosen and His life of toil and humiliation and His death of shame.”

Christ Object Lessons p 196, Ellen White explains:  “The value of soul who can estimate? Would you know it's worth? Go to Gethsemane and there watch with Christ through those hours of anguish, when He sweat as it were great drops blood. Look upon the Saviour uplifted on the cross. Hear that despairing cry ‘My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me’. Look upon the wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet.  Remember that Christ risked all”,  listen carefully, “Remember that Christ risked all. For our redemption Heaven itself was imperilled. At the foot of the cross, remembering that for one sinner Christ would have laid down His life, you may estimate the value of a soul.

So I want to make a call this evening, the call is very simple. The group that we have in this place has unlimited potential with the power of God.  The devil knows that the hope of the church is found in the youth, and young adults, because you have the energy, clear minds, you have the strength, you have the desire, you have the vision.  So the devil causes all sorts of distractions, that keep us from doing that which is important. I want to challenge, all those who are gathered here this evening I want to ask how many of you, as you've seen what the Father and the Son were willing to risk, to save each one of us who are  gathered here, would be willing to say tonight: God, through Your grace and Your power this year I am going to work to my utmost to bring at least one soul to the feet of Jesus?  Are you willing to make that commitment this evening?  Do you want to stand if you are willing to make that commitment when you go home I am going to reach one soul? That might be your friend. It might be a relative. Focus on an individual. It might be a fellow worker. It might be a stranger. It might be a person who lives on the streets. God wants us to work for one soul. If we work for soul we will duplicate the number that we had here.  Wouldn’t that be marvellous.   If all those watching on television became involved and worked for one soul.  The church would grow and we would finish God’s work.  Are you happy living in this world? When we get to heaven we will not need iPhones. We won’t need twitter.  We will travel instantly from earth to heaven and the planets. Something that is really interesting to me is to see two individuals sitting side-by-side and they are texting. In heaven we will to communicate face-to-face, mouth-to-mouth. Praise the Lord for your response.  Now how about we go out there after GYC and just use the energy that God has given to do this.  I like to make a second call perhaps there are some here was not given their lives for the Lord Jesus you're that once all the Jesus came to die for what you have not made a commitment to Him.  If you are that person, I would like to ask you to raise your hand right now and say I am going to give my life to the Lord Jesus. If He risked it all for me, I'm going to give my entire life to Him.  Do you want to raise your hand at this time, if you are in that category? I can't see very well because we had these lights in my face here but is anyone who was not made a commitment to Jesus Christ would like to do that this evening by raising your head I want to have a special word of prayer for you tonight. I see some hands, several hands. It's very difficult, could I ask you please to come forward. I know that's a big request. But could I ask you to come forward. We have a sea of people out here and I just can't see all of the hands that are raised,  could you please come over to this side. I want to have a word of prayer with you. I thank three ABN for giving me some extra time tonight, to present this message was a considerably extremely important. Please gather right here in front and have a special prayer for all of you, don't delay Jesus is calling you tonight. I'll do it tomorrow, you might say. But tomorrow isn’t ours. We do not know if we will be alive tomorrow.  We have several coming forward at this time, praise the Lord. The  Holy Spirit is working here.

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