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Selected Messages Book 2, Page 396

Chapter 52—The Church Triumphant

[In 1893 in meeting the charge that the church had become Babylon, Ellen G. White wrote: “the church, enfeebled and defective, needing to be reproved, warned, and counseled, is the only object upon earth upon which Christ bestows His supreme regard.”—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 49. The repeating of this thought on a number of occasions in subsequent years is encouraging and significant.—Compilers.]

An Oft-repeated Assurance

The Father loves His people today as He loves His own Son. Someday it will be our privilege to see Him face to face.—Manuscript 103, 1903. (Written September 15, 1902.)

We should remember that the church, enfeebled and defective though it be, is the only object on earth on which Christ bestows His supreme regard. He is constantly watching it with solicitude, and is strengthening it by His Holy Spirit.—Manuscript 155, 1902. (November 22, 1902.)

Trust to God's guardianship. His church is to be taught. Enfeebled and defective though it is, it is the object of His supreme regard.—Letter 279, 1904. (August 1, 1904.)

Ever on Gaining Ground

The church is to increase in activity and to enlarge her bounds. Our missionary efforts are to be expansive; we must enlarge our borders.... While there have been fierce contentions in the effort to maintain our distinctive character,

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