Ellen G. White Writings

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SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7 (EGW), Page 905

bush, “Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” We must come to the study of this subject with the humility of a learner, with a contrite heart. And the study of the incarnation of Christ is a fruitful field, and will repay the searcher who digs deep for hidden truth (Manuscript 67, 1898). 7BC 904.11

6 (John 1:1-3, 14; see EGW on John 1:1-3; Revelation 12:10). Equality Between Christ and the Father—Christ's position with His Father is one of equality. This enabled Him to become a sin-offering for transgressors. He was fully sufficient to magnify the law and make it honorable (Manuscript 48, 1893). 7BC 905.1

7. See EGW on Matthew 26:42. 7BC 905.2

7, 8. See EGW on Hebrews 2:17. 7BC 905.3

9. See EGW on Matthew 27:21, 22, 29. 7BC 905.4

10, 11. See EGW on Romans 3:19. 7BC 905.5

12. See EGW on Galatians 5:6. 7BC 905.6

12, 13. See EGW on Romans 12:2; 2 Peter 1:5-11. 7BC 905.7

Chapter 3

5, 6. See EGW on Romans 7:7-9. 7BC 905.8

8 (John 17:3; Colossians 1:19; see EGW on Revelation 3:1). The Highest Science—In Christ all fullness dwells. He teaches us to count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord. This knowledge is the highest science that any man can reach. It is the sum of all true science. “This is life eternal,” Christ declared, “that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (Manuscript 125, 1907). 7BC 905.9

8-10. Paul's Estimate of God's Grace—[Philippians 3:8, 9 quoted.] The righteousness that before he [Paul] had thought worth so much was now worthless in his sight. His own righteousness was unrighteousness. The deep longing of his soul was, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” 7BC 905.10

He would know for himself the power of the Saviour's grace. He trusted in His power to save even him, who had persecuted the church of Christ. In his estimation no treasure could equal the value of the gift of the knowledge of Christ (Manuscript 89, 1903). 7BC 905.11

9. See EGW on Colossians 2:10. 7BC 905.12

12. See EGW on 2 Corinthians 12:1-4; 2 Peter 3:18. 7BC 905.13

12-15. See EGW on Revelation 3:18-21. 7BC 905.14

13. This One Thing I Do—Paul's calling demanded from him service of varied kinds—working with his hands to earn his living, traveling from place to place, establishing churches, writing letters to the churches already established. Yet in the midst of these varied labors, he declared, “This one thing I do.” 7BC 905.15

One thing he kept steadfastly before him in all his work—to be faithful to Christ, who, when he was blaspheming His name and using every means in his power to make others blaspheme it, had revealed Himself to him. The one great purpose of his life was to serve and honor Him whose name had once filled him with contempt. His one desire was to win souls to the Saviour. Jew and Gentile might oppose and persecute him, but nothing could turn him from his purpose (Letter 107, 1904). 7BC 905.16

Chapter 4

8. See EGW on Psalm 19:14. 7BC 905.17

18. See EGW on Acts 10:1-4. 7BC 905.18

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Colossians

Chapter 1

Instruction of Highest Value—The manifestation of real goodness is the bearing of fruit in good works. This bears the endorsement of heaven. Read the first chapter of Paul's Epistle to the Colossians. The instruction it contains is of the highest value. The religion of Christ makes all who possess it truly benevolent. It countenances no littleness, no mean transactions. 7BC 905.19

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