_______ June 18 ______
HOLD FAST TO THE TRUTH
In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven. __Colossians 1:22-23__
As the ministration of Jesus closed in the holy place, and He passed into the holiest, and stood before the ark containing the law of God, He sent another mighty angel with a third message to the world. A parchment was placed in the angel’s hand, and as he descended to the earth in power and majesty, he proclaimed a fearful warning, with the most terrible threatening ever borne to man. This message was designed to put the children of God upon’ their guard, by showing them the hour of temptation and anguish that was before them.
Said the angel, “They will be brought into close combat with the beast and his image. Their only hope of eternal life is to remain steadfast. Although their lives are at stake, they must hold fast the truth.” The third angel closes his message thus: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the com¬mandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
As he repeated these words, he pointed to the heavenly sanctuary. The minds of all who embrace this message are directed to the most holy place, where Jesus stands before the ark, making His final intercession for all those for whom mer¬cy still lingers and for those who have ignorantly broken the law of God. This atonement is made for the righteous dead as well as for the righteous living. It includes all who died trusting in Christ, but who, not having received the light upon God’s commandments, had sinned ignorantly in transgressing its precepts. (Early Writings, 254)
Hold fast to the truth, the precious, sanctifying truth. You are then inthe best of company, and the very highest intelligences are beholding your course of actin You are a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. Under provocation, yourworic.ii, to hold the faith and a good conscience, “Which some having put away, concerning fa” have made shipwreck.” (Letter 17, April 7, 1897)