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Manuscript Releases, vol. 21 [Nos. 1501-1598], Page 2

doer of the Word he seeks to hold forth to others, he will in all meekness and humbleness of mind open the door of his mind and heart to the instruction of this Word, for “The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” [Psalm 119:130].

“Hear this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two walk together, except they be agreed” [Amos 3:1-3]? This testimony was given to the children of Israel.

The Lord has declared that the work of advancing the truth shall go forth in His strength. Human wisdom is the gift of God; but often that wisdom is not expressed in word, in spirit, in character, as the wisdom of God. God is misrepresented in 1898 by those who have been as graciously enlightened as were the Israelites when Christ, enshrouded in the pillar of cloud, directed the movements of His people. He was their shadow from the heat, and their light amid the darkness of the night.

How true are the words, “Darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” [Isaiah 60:2]. Darkness covers the world like a funeral pall. This darkness is not an accident or an attribute of our moral condition, but a principle, an element, which, like evil leaven, gathers to itself all the properties it can assimilate. It is a constant darkness, pervading and overshadowing the whole world.

Christ is the light of the world. He says, “He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness.” “He that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.” “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” Those who follow Christ shall not walk in darkness; but all who follow their own ideas, walking contrary to the Word of God, are of the class concerning whom the Lord spoke to the prophet, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

The humility of Christ, His example of self-denial, are expressed in His words to His disciples, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Christ, the Majesty of heaven, gave Himself up to do His Father's will. His own will was in perfect harmony with the will of His Father.

Among all who walk in harmony with God, there must be perfect freedom from all the natural passions of the human heart. All who give themselves to the service of Christ will follow the example of Christ, and will be perfect overcomers. When self ceases to wrestle for the supremacy, and the heart is worked

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