Ellen G. White Writings

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Manuscript Releases, vol. 13 [Nos. 1000-1080], Page 382

The law that they disobeyed was their life. Obedience to it would have made their characters as fine gold, their principles as the golden wedge of Ophir. The law that they chose to disregard and trample under foot would, if obeyed, have kept them in happiness and peace, and obedience would have borne fruit in sanctified love and beauty of character. The world would have been filled with holiness and purity.

Were the church of Christ today what it should be, older and younger believers would be united in the bonds of holy fellowship, free from all the lawless, tainted sentimentalism of Satan's creation.

Those who refuse the testimonies God has sent them are not eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of God. The character developed tells its history to the end. Through the refusal to receive correct principles, and the corruption of human nature, Satan works by his sophistry to deceive if possible the very elect. Through subtlety he steals away the influence of the words of life, and truth, precious truth, is not of half as much consequence to men as their ambitious purposes.

After seducing Adam and Eve, Satan was sentenced [This sentence which was implemented partially at the crucifixion, will be executed fully at the beginning of the millennium. See Revelation 20:1-3, Where “The bottomless pit” Represents this earth in A chaotic state. See also Early Writings, 39-40, 290; The Great Controversy, 485, 657-661; The S.D.A. Bible Commentary 5:1149, 1150; The Desire of Ages, 761] to confinement to this globe. “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel” [Genesis 3:15]. This curse has reference chiefly to the originator of sin, the devil, and not to the serpent, the medium. Satan and his associates fell under the curse.

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