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Tke Gospel in Medical Practice

Tke Gospel in Medical Practice

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The Lord has spoken and medical science has spoken regarding healthful dress. We as parents must assume our responsibility. With such definite instruction we are with­ out excuse and cannot plead lack of knowledge on this question. Some years ago this serious charge and timely counsel was given to the church: "Fashion is deteriorating the intellect and eating out the spirituality of our people. Obedience to fashion is pervading our Seventh-day Adventist churches, and is doing more than any other power to separate our people from God. I have been shown that our church rules are very deficient. All ex­ hibitions of pride in dress, which is forbidden in the word of God, should be sufficient reason for church discipline. . . . Self, and only self, is the object of adoration, and one such pro­ fessed Christian will lead many away from' God. "There is a terrible sin upon us as a people, that we have permitted our church members to dress in a manner incon­ sistent with their faith. We must arise at once, and close the door against the allurements of fashion. Unless we do this, our churches will become demoralized."—Testimonies, vol. 4, pp. 647, 648. The Lord admonishes the church in these words: "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1 Peter 3:3, 4. Beneath the Oak at Shechem Might it be that an experience similar to that which took place in the home of Jacob is needed in some homes among us today? Note the experience as recorded in Genesis 35:1-4: "And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there; and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be. clean, and change your garments: and let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hands, and all their earrings which ' were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was. by Shechem." A Reformation in Our Homes Perhaps some of us as fathers need to go to Bethel and erect an altar unto the Lord and search our hearts and homes. It may be that we too will find some things that we should bury beneath the oak which is by Shechem. Fortunate indeed is the father who has the same influence at home as did Jacob at that time. Bethel was a sacred spot to Jacob. Before going there to dwell he determined to free his household of the defilement of idolatry of all kinds. Note this comment from (he Spirit of prophecy re­ garding that experience: "With deep emotion, Jacob repeated the story of his first visit to Bethel, when he left his father's tent a lonely wanderer, fleeing for his life, and how the Lord had appeared to him in the night vision. As he reviewed the wonderful dealings of God with him, his own heart was softened, his children also were touched by a subduing power; he had taken the most ef­ fectual way to prepare them to join in the worship of God when they should arrive at Bethel. 'And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in theirs ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shecheml' "-^Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 205, 206. Jacob's own heart was softened and subdued under the influence of God's Spirit. Thus he was able to bring about a reformation in his home. We should guard against fanaticism and extreme posi­ tions. The Lord, through His Word and the testimony of Jesus, cautions us against this. But with faith and confi­ dence in the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus let us inquire, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" The New Birth Experience and the Moral Law By F. B. Jerisen WHAT does the Bible teach about the new birth It has always been difficult for the human spirit to and the moral law? No Scriptural truth has been understand divine revelation. In fact, until the human more confused in the minds of Christians than heart experiences a surrender and a regeneration, human this one. The moral glory of the new birth is that it puts nature is incapable of understanding the divine nature. the sinner saved by grace into absolute harmony and The apostle Paul endeavored to point this out for his perfect obedience to the will of God as expressed in the people when he wrote, "The natural man receiveth not moral law of Ten Commandments. Jeremiah predicted the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness that God would make a new covenant with His people, in unto him: neither can he know them, because they are which they would be reconciled to Him. The Jews mis­ spiritually discerned." 1 Cor. 2:14. understood this covenant, much the" same as JNicodemus" God planned to reveal the new~Mrth to the cKiMren 6t~ misunderstood Jesus' sermon on the new birth. Israel, for without that the new coyenant could have no "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a effect. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all -&ut of tbe-4a-Bd--ef-JSgypt-; which-^Cy-eevena-nt-they-brake>—al­ -things,-yea,-4he-d€€p-things^^f-God.-' ^G&r-^^-lQ^----- -—— though I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: but this The children of Israel had been taught that when they shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; had disobeyed the law, their sin could be washed away After those days, saith the Lord, I will put My law in their in­ by the blood of a sacrifice. They understood that "without ward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, shedding of blood is no remission." Heb. 9:22. But they and they shall be My people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, did not accept the true Lamb of God when He came to Know the Lord: for they shall all know Me, from the le~ast of rescue them from their sins. They had become so blinded them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will for­ by a desire for a Messiah who would deliver them from give their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." the Roman yoke of bondage that they failed utterly to Jer. 31:31-34. recognize the one who alone could redeem them from 8 REVIEW AND HERALD

Prayer to My Guide By MARJORIE LEWIS LLOYD Dear Lord, 1 cannot find the way; The light is dim; I cannot trace The markings on the chart. I know Thou hast a plan for me— A way that leads to heaven and home; But, Lord, I cannot find it. My heart would choose some lovely path Among the oaks and pines, Some bit of heaven here on earth. And yet, this is not heaven's air; This must not be the way. I catch a little glimpse Of Thy own perfect plan, And see that somewhere just ahead My path must turn. But lead me, Lord, For if I make the turn today, It might be just too*soon; Tomorrow, just too late. Then Thou must surely lead me, For my heart must find the way That leads from earth to heaven, That leads me back to Thee. the greater bondage of a sin-laden heart. They wanted only a deliverer, not a Redeemer. They wanted a politi­ cal savior, not a blood-atoning Saviour. So in the fulfill­ ment of prophecy, "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:11, 12. Paul placed this truth before his people in the great Roman epistle. "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." Rom. 5:10. Such a redemption the Jews were not concerned with. They failed, not because God did not love them, but be­ cause there is no remission "without shedding of blood." The Jews were lost, not because they did not reverence the law; they cared much for the law. Indeed, they made a savior out of the law. They wanted a law without a Saviour, and they perished in their blindness. What, then, is the relationship between the new cove­ nant of liberty and the new birth and the moral law? "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Gal. 5:1. Ceremonial Law Nailed to the Cross The preceding text is often quoted by certain theo­ logians to prove that the moral law was nailed to the cross. The confusion arises out of the unwillingness to recognize the basic difference between the moral and the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament. The law of ceremonies was given to Moses for the purpose of maintaining ritual purity and oneness .with God, of pointing to Christ until the Lamb of God should come, whose death on the cross fulfilled the requirements of all ceremonial law, and thus these ordinances ended at the cross. These-laws were or­ dained to guide the Israelite to repentance and reconcilia­ tion with God by an atoning sacrifice when he had broken the moral law. The whole book of Leviticus and much of Exodus and parts of Numbers and Deuteronomy deal with the ritual laws "which stood only in- meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, im­ posed on them until the time of reformation," and re- DECEMBER 18, 1947 mained "a figure for the time then present" while "the first tabernacle was yet standing." Heb. 9:10, 9, 8. But in contrast to the old covenant, with its ritual law of ordinances that was nailed to the cross, is the great glory of the new covenant, wherein the moral law is written in the heart and mind of the Christian by the Spirit of the living God. "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God." Heb. 9:14. Here we find the foundation principle of the new covenant. Reader, please observe that it is the apostle Paul who is writing of the gospel of the new covenant. This need ever to be kept in mind, since it is Paulwho speaks about the ne­ cessity of not being entangled again with the yoke of bondage. What is the yoke of bondage? We shall point that out as we proceed. You must now notice that in the new covenant the moral law is written in the heart. That is obviously differ­ ent from being nailed to the cross. One wonders why the theologians have been blinded to this great truth in times past. Listen to Paul as he states this mighty truth in his letter to the Hebrews: "Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that He had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, J will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them. And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." Heb. 10:15-17. The New Covenant of Liberty It is rather strange that Christians like to talk about the new covenant of liberty, yet they have never been taught the real truth concerning this vital subject. But with this background you are now ready to appreciate the sur­ passing beauty of the new birth in its relationship to the new covenant. "There is therefore now no condemna­ tion to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law o£ sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be ful­ filled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Rom. 8:1-4; Need I point out that in this pas­ sage Paul asserts that God condemned sin and not the law? God gave us the Spirit to set us free from the law of sin and death, but not the requirements of the moral law. Finally, He wrote the'law in the heart and mind "that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us." To experience the new birth is to experience the im- partation of the Holy Spirit. The imparted Spirit in the new covenant relationship writes the moral law in the heart and mind, and frees the sinner from the yoke of bondage. (Gal. 5:1.) What is the yoke of bondage? Read again verses 19-21: "Now the works of the flesh are mani­ fest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emu­ lations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, mur­ ders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, ,as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Can the law deliver you from such bondage? Never. Can the law save anyone from the bondage o£ sin? Never. Who, then, can save a sinner from the chains of sin? Christ only. How does He save the sinner? By His atoning blood and regeneration. What is regeneration? It is the incoming Spirit who writes the law in the forgiven sin­ ner's heart, and then lets the fruit of the moral law pro- 9*

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