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Faith and Works, Page 15

Chapter 1—Ellen White Clarifies the Issues

A general manuscript written in 1890 at the time of the ministerial institutes in Battle Creek, on file as Manuscript 36, 1890, and published in The Review and Herald, February 24, 1977 and The Review and Herald, March 3, 1977. This vital clarifying statement forms an appropriate introduction to the eighteen presentations that follow, arranged in chronological sequence. FW 15

Said the apostle Paul, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? ... And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). The absence of devotion, piety, and sanctification of the outer man comes through denying Jesus Christ our righteousness. The love of God needs to be constantly cultivated.... FW 15.1

While one class pervert the doctrine of justification by faith and neglect to comply with the conditions laid down in the Word of God—“If ye love Me, keep My commandments”—there is fully as great an error on the part of those who claim to believe and obey the commandments of God but who place themselves in opposition to the precious rays of light—new to them—reflected from the cross of Calvary. The first class do not see the wondrous things in the law of God for all who are doers of His Word. The others cavil over trivialities and neglect the weightier matters, mercy and the love of God. FW 15.2

Many have lost very much in that they have not opened the eyes of their understanding to discern the wondrous things in the law of God. On the one hand, religionists generally have divorced the law and the gospel, while we have, on the other FW 15.3

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