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Manuscript Releases, vol. 16 [Nos. 1186-1235], Page 100

MR No. 1200—The Need for Love in the Church, and An Appeal to Heed the Message to the Laodiceans

(Written September 1, 1892, from North Fitzroy, Victoria, to O. A. Olsen, president of the General Conference.) 16MR 100

We are certainly living amid the perils of the last days, and, while we may intellectually accept the theory of the truth, it will be of no saving value to us unless the prayer of Christ avails in our behalf, “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” The meaning of that prayer is, Make them holy through the knowledge of the Word. “The light (Christ) shineth in darkness (the world), and the darkness comprehended it not.” Instead of welcoming that which scatters the darkness, many comprehend it not and received it not. 16MR 100.1

Ministers are sent, as was John, to bear witness of that Light. The office of the messenger sent of God is not to draw the sympathies of the people to himself, but to direct the affections and sympathies away from himself, to center them upon Christ. The burden of his message should be, 16MR 100.2

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Christ “was in the world, and the world was made by Him”; but the world had sunk to such terrible depths of unbelief that when its own Creator came to it, it knew Him not. “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: which were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” This grace is not inherited. 16MR 100.3

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