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Peter’s Counsel to Parents, Page 55

Chapter 8—“Steadfast Unto the End”

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Ellen White closes her discussion on the sixty-first book of the Bible with special reference to its author, the apostle Peter. The key to his teaching success, she says, was that “Peter kept alive in his heart the hope of Christ's return, and he assured the church of the certain fulfillment of the Saviour's promise.” Not that our conversation about the second coming should be designed to frighten children into obedience; but that Christ's eventual return adds purpose to the concept of character development.

Adventists believe that because there was a first advent, there will be a second advent. When Jesus comes a second time He will expect to find individuals who have heeded His invitation “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Now, in this last selection Ellen White adds fascinating detail to the concept of Christian perfection. She notes, for example, “None need fail of attaining, in his sphere, to perfection of Christian character....

“Man's obedience can be made perfect only by the increase of Christ's righteousness, which fills with divine fragrance every act of obedience....

“The work of transformation from unholiness to holiness is a continuous one.”

Ellen White shows Peter's optimism for the possibility of a person to grow after the pattern of Christ. Though the believer cannot now totally understand the miracle of sanctification, he

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