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From Heaven With Love

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    Unholiness Revealed

    This miracle, above any other he had ever witnessed, was to Peter a manifestation of divine power. In Jesus he saw One who held all nature under His control. Shame for his unbelief, gratitude for the condescension of Christ, above all, the sense of his uncleanness in the presence of infinite purity, overwhelmed him. Peter fell at the Saviour's feet, exclaiming, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”HLv 157.4

    It was the same presence of divine holiness that had caused the prophet Daniel to fall as one dead before the angel. See Daniel 10:8. Isaiah exclaimed, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, ... for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5. Thus it has been with all who have been granted a view of God's greatness and majesty.HLv 158.1

    The Saviour answered Peter, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” After Isaiah had beheld the holiness of God and his own unworthiness, he was entrusted with the divine message. After Peter had been led to self-renunciation, he received the call to work for Christ.HLv 158.2

    The disciples had witnessed many of Christ's miracles, and had listened to His teaching, but none had entirely forsaken their former employment. The imprisonment of John the Baptist had been a bitter disappointment. If such were the outcome of John's mission, they could have little hope for their Master, with the religious leaders combined against Him. It was a relief to return for a short time to their fishing. But now Jesus called them to forsake their former life and unite their interests with His. Peter had accepted the call. On reaching shore, Jesus bade the three others, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left all and followed Him.HLv 158.3

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