Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ February 16 ______

OBEY AND LIVE

 

Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

__Genesis 2:17__

But, poor, repentant mortals, hear the words of Jesus, and believe as you hear: “And He answered (the accusing charge of Satan) and spake unto those (angels) that stood before Him (to do his bidding), saying, Take away the filthy garments from him.” I will blot out his transgressions. I will cover his sins. I will impute to him My righteousness. “And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.” [Zechariah 3:4.]

 

The filthy garments are removed; for Christ says, “I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee.” [Verse 4]. The iniquity is transferred to the innocent, the pure, the holy Son of God; and man, all undeserving, stands before the Lord cleansed from all unrighteousness, and clothed with the imputed righteousness of Christ. Oh, what a change of raiment is this!

“And Christ does more than this for them: “And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by. And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk in My ways, and if thou wilt keep My charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.” [Verses 5-7.]

“This is the honor that God will bestow on those who are clothed with the garments of Christ’s righteousness. With such encouragement as this, how can men continue in sin? How can they grieve the heart of Christ? …

“Two classes have ever been before the world-the obedient and the disobedi¬ent, the genuine and the counterfeit. Amid all the temptations and the deceptions of Satan, let everyone remain loyal to all of God’s commandments. (Manuscript 125, December 9, 1901)

Reflection:

Like the angels, the dwellers in Eden had been placed upon probation; their happy estate could be retained only on condition of fidelity to the Creator’s law. They could obey and live, or disobey and perish. God had made them the recipients of rich blessings; but should they disregard His will, He who spared not the angels that sinned, could not spare them; transgression would forfeit His gifts and bring upon them misery and ruin. (Patriarchs and Prophets, 53)