Age of Unrest

by / Monday, 01 December 2014 / Published in Eternal Life

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”  John 5:39

The admonition to “search the Scriptures” was never more appropriate then at the present time.  This is an age of unrest, and the youth drink deeply of its spirit.  Would that they could be made to realize the importance and the peril of the position they occupy!… Never were such momentous issues before any generation as await the one now coming upon the stage of action.  Never were the youth of any age or country so earnestly observed by the angels of God as are the youth of today.  All heaven is watching with intense interest for every indication of the characters they are forming–whether when brought to the test they will stand firmly for God and the right or be swayed by worldly influences…

God has a great work to be done in a short time.  He has committed to the young, talents of intellect, time, and means, and He holds them responsible for the use they make of these good gifts.  He calls upon them to come to the front, to resist the corrupting, bewitching influences of this fast age and to become qualified to labor in His cause.  They cannot become fitted for usefulness without putting heart and energy into the work of preparation…

It is a divine law that blessings come at some cost to the receiver.  Those who would become wise in the sciences must study, and those who would become wise in regard to Bible truth, that they may impart that knowledge to others, must be diligent students of God’s Holy Word.  There is no other way; they  must search the Scriptures diligently, interestedly, prayerfully… And after all their research, there is beyond an infinity of wisdom, love, and power.

The Bible should ever be the Christian’s textbook.  Of all books it should be made the most attractive to the young.  If they drink deep of its spirit they will be prepared to withstand the wiles of Satan and to resist the temptations of this infidel age.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 194


“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”  II Peter 1:21

Some have neglected the Bible under the erroneous impression that the indwelling of the Spirit was preferable to the study and guidance of the Scriptures.  Such will be exposed to Satan’s snares and fatal delusions.  The Holy Spirit and the Word are in perfect harmony.  The Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures and always leads to the Scriptures…

Everything in the religious world is to be tried by the Scriptures.  “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.’  Isaiah 8:20  The claimed enlightenment of the Spirit within is to be tested and tried by the Word of God, which is the detector of the pure wheat…

The mine of truth is to be explored interestedly, diligently.  How often we find Christ applying the Old Testament Scriptures, expounding their truths, showing their spiritual character, clothing them with freshness and richness and beauty the people had never beheld before.  …The truths our Saviour reveals in His exposition are capable of constant expansion and new and richer developments.  While searching the Scriptures, the mind that is led by the Holy Spirit sees their Author, and by beholding is constantly brightening while looking at the WordThus the intellect aspiring to reach the standard of perfection becomes elevated to comprehend it…

The truth of heavenly origin is represented as “treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”  Matthew 13:44 that he may work every part of it.  In his persevering efforts he discovers concealed jewels and precious ore.  He who labors wisely sinks the shaft deeper and deeper and discovers a rich and precious lode.  He finds that the field of revelation is interlaced with golden veins of precious treasures and is indeed the storehouse of the unsearchable riches of Christ–light, truth, and life.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 195


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