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Job 22:21.  "Acquaint now thyself with him [God], and be at peace."


This is an invitation to come and be acquainted with God.  And the effect of this acquaintance is given: And be thou at peace.  "Come now, and let us reason together," and its effect: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."  Isa. 1:18.  "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God," and its effect: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him."  1 John 3:1, 2.


John 17:3.  "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent."


COL 415.  "It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is enshrouding the world.  Men are losing their knowledge of His character. . . His character is to be made known.  Into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of His glory, the light of His goodness, mercy, and truth."


DA 22.  "To know God is to love Him."


DA 22.  "The plan for our redemption was not an afterthought, a plan formulated after the fall of Adam. . .It was an unfolding of the principles that from eternal ages have been the foundation of God's throne." [This is the plan for our redemption.]


The ministry of Christ here upon this earth, was the kingdom of God revealed. “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”.  “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching, . . . and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt. 6:10; 3:1, 2. 


2 Cor. 5:19.  "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself."


RH July 1, 1890, p.10  “Through Christ, restoration as well as reconciliation is provided for man. The gulf that was made by sin has been spanned by the cross of Calvary. . . All who will believe that Christ is the atoning sacrifice may come and receive pardon for their sins; for through the merit of Christ, communication has been opened between God and man.”


SC 3.  "Christ was the medium through which He (the Father) could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world."


Col. 1:19.  "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell."


Col. 2:9.  "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."


John 10:10.  "I am come that ye might have life, and that ye might have it more abundantly."


1SAT 241.  "You cannot keep the law.  No.  It is impossible for man of himself to keep the law.  He cannot do it.  But what can he do?  Lay hold by living faith of the righteousness of Christ, and present to the Father the righteousness of Christ and the fragrance of His character is brought into his life.  Here Satan is dethroned he is emptied out of the house, and the vacuum is supplied by the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Christ sits enthroned in the human soul."


YI Nov. 29, 1894.  "Through the imputed [set in place, without our involvement] righteousness of Christ, the sinner may feel that he is pardoned, and may know that the law no more condemns him, because he is in harmony with all its precepts.  It is his privilege to count himself innocent when he reads and thinks of the retribution that will fall upon the unbelieving and sinful."


Let us consider this thought, that through "the imputed righteousness of Christ", the believer is in harmony with all the precepts of the law.


1BC 1104-5.  "Our duty to obey this law is to be the burden of this last message of mercy to the world.  God's law is not a new thing.  It is not holiness created, but holiness made known.  It is a code of principles expressing mercy, goodness, and love.  It presents to fallen humanity the character of God, and states plainly the whole duty of man."


1BC 1105.  "The ten commandments, Thou shalt, and Thou shalt not, are ten promises, assured to us if we render obedience to the law governing the universe. . . There is not a negative in that law, although it may appear thus."


John 14:15.  "If ye love Me, keep my commandments."


What is our Lord's emphasis here? -- Himself, or us keeping His commandments?  He says it right out in verse 23:


John 14:23.  "If a man love Me, he will keep my words."


Obedience is required of us keep the commandments we must.  So must an apple tree produce apples.

John 14:12.  "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also."


John 15:5.  "He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit."


Let us look at "obedience", in this light


John 1:12.  "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."


MB 54, 55.  "The disciples of Christ must obtain righteousness of a different character from that of the Pharisees, if they would enter the kingdom of heaven.  God offered them, in his Son, the perfect righteousness of the law.  If they would open their hearts fully to receive Christ, then the very life of God, His love, would dwell in them, transforming them into His own likeness."


John 14:1, 6.  "Let not your heart be troubled . . . I am the way."


He is saying, "I am the connecting link between your soul and God.  Let Me save you, and your character will take on My traits and virtues."


RH Aug. 26, 1890, p. 7.  "It is growth in knowledge of the character of Christ that sanctifies the soul.  To discern and appreciate the wonderful work of the atonement, transforms him who contemplates the plan of salvation."


Isa. 32:17.  "The work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever."