Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ June 6 ______

GOLDEN OBEDIENCE

 

This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. __2 John 6__

Thus it is in our time. A departure from right principles will blind the under_ standing as to what is truth. The holy law of ten commandments, written on tables of stone by the finger of God, and placed in the ark, is the stan- dard of righteousness. Before the obedient and the disobedient it will appear in the last great day, and all the wicked will be convicted. They will see that their actions proceeded from a depraved character. They will see that the part they acted served to carry on the rebellion begun in the heavenly courts. They will see all the cruelty and all the wickedness that have dishonored their Creator and brought about the wretchedness that fills the world.

The law that they disobeyed was their life. Obedience to it would have made their characters as fine gold, their principles as the golden wedge of Ophir. The law that they chose to disregard and trample under foot would, if obeyed, have kept them in happiness and peace, and obedience would have borne fruit in sanctified love and beauty of character. The world would have been filled with holiness and purity. …

Those who refuse the testimonies God has sent them are not eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of God. The character developed tells its his-tory to the end. Through the refusal to receive correct principles, and the cor-ruption of human nature, Satan works by his sophistry to deceive if possible the very elect. …

Unless man is given the converting grace of heaven, he will have no dis-position to oppose Satan’s counsels and will become the enemy’s willing dupe. (Manuscript 5, January 20, 1904)

Reflection:

Who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal We to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indigna tion and wrath. (Romans 2:6-8)