You Decide Which Way To Go

by / Friday, 17 July 2015 / Published in Eternal Life

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

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

“…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:31, 32

God does not compel men to give up their unbelief.  Before them are light and darkness, truth and error.  It is for them to decide which they will accept.  The human mind is endowed with power to discriminate between right and wrong.  God designs that men shall not decide from impulse, but from weight of evidence, carefully comparing scripture with scripture. Had the Jews laid by their prejudice and compared written prophecy with the facts characterizing the life of Jesus, they would have perceived a beautiful harmony between the prophecies and their fulfillment in the life and ministry of the lowly Galilean.

Many are deceived today in the same way as were the Jews. Religious teachers read the Bible in the light of their own understanding and traditions; and the people do not search the Scriptures for themselves, and judge for themselves as to what is truth; but they yield up their judgment, and commit their souls to their leaders.  The preaching and teaching of His word is one of the means that God has ordained for diffusing light; but we must bring every man’s teaching to the test of Scripture. Whoever will prayerfully study the Bible, desiring to know the truth, that he may obey it, will receive divine enlightenment.  He will understand the Scriptures.  “If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the teaching.”  John 7:17, R.V.

E. G. White, The Desire Of Ages, pp. 412, 413

To those busy towns about the Sea of Galilee, heaven’s richest blessings had been freely offered. Day after day the Prince of life had gone in and out among them.  The glory of God, which prophets and kings had longed to see, had shone upon the multitudes that thronged the Saviour’s steps.  Yet they had refused the heavenly gift.

With a great show of prudence the rabbis had warned the people against receiving the new doctrines taught by this new teacher; for His theories and practices were contrary to the teachings of the fathers.  The people gave credence to what the priests and Pharisees taught, in place of seeking to understand the word of God for themselves.  They honored the priests and rulers instead of honoring God, and rejected the truth that they might keep their own traditions.  Many had been impressed and almost persuaded; but they did not act upon their convictions, and were not reckoned on the side of Christ. Satan presented his temptations, until the light appeared as darkness.  Thus many rejected the truth that would have proved the saving of the soul.

The True Witness says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.” Revelation 3:20  Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the word of God or through His messengers is a knock at the door of the heart.  It is the voice of Jesus asking for entrance. With every knock unheeded, the disposition to open becomes weaker. The impressions of the Holy Spirit if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow.  The heart becomes less impressible, and lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of life, and of the great eternity beyond.  Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have been in error, but from the fact that we have neglected heaven-sent opportunities for learning what is truth.

E. G. White, The Desire Of Ages, pp. 442, 443

The only way in which we can gain a more perfect apprehension of truth is by keeping the heart tender and subdued by the Spirit of Christ.  The soul must be cleansed from vanity and pride, and vacated of all that has held it in possession, and Christ must be enthroned within.  Human science is too limited to comprehend the atonement.  The plan of redemption is so far-reaching that philosophy cannot explain it.  It will ever remain a mystery that the most profound reasoning cannot Fathom.  The science of salvation cannot be explained; but it can be known by experience. Only he who sees his own sinfulness can discern the preciousness of the Saviour.

E. G. White, The Desire Of Ages, p. 446

Prophesies Pointing To Jesus

Old Testament

Bible PropheciesJesus Came From The Tribe Of Judah:”The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Genesis 49:10

New Testament

Fulfillment:”Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda” Luke 3:33

Old Testament

Jesus Was Born In Bethlehem:”But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2

New Testament

Fulfillment:”Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.” Matthew 2:1

Old Testament

Jesus Is Heir To The Throne Of David:”For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6,7

New Testament

Fulfillment:”He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:32,33

Old Testament

Jesus Was Born To A Virgin:”And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:13,14

New Testament

Fulfillment:”And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.” Luke 1:26-31

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Old Testament

Jesus Is The Messiah:”Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” Daniel 9:25

New Testament

Fulfillment:”The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.” John 4:25

“He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.” John 1:41

Old Testament

Jesus Healed The Brokenhearted:”The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” Isaiah 61:1

New Testament

Fulfillment:”The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”Luke 4:18,19

Old Testament

Jesus Healed The Blind, Lame And Deaf:”And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. ”Isaiah 29:18,19

New Testament

Fulfillment:”Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” Matthew 11:4,5

Old Testament

Jesus Preached In Parables:”I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old.”Psalm 78:2

New Testament

Fulfillment:”All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 13:34,35

Old Testament

Herod Attempted To Murder Jesus:”Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.” Jeremiah 31:15

New Testament

Fulfillment:”Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” Matthew 2:16-18
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Old Testament

Jesus Rode On A Donkey:”Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Zechariah 9:9

New Testament

Fulfillment:”And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Mark 11:4-9

Old Testament

Jesus Was Betrayed By A Friend:”Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.” Psalm 41:9

New Testament

Fulfillment:”I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.  Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” John 13:18,19,26

Old Testament

Jesus Was Sold For 30 Pieces Of Silver:”And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.” Zechariah 11:12

New Testament

Fulfillment:”Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.” Matthew 26:14-16

Old Testament

Jesus Was Crucified With Two Thieves:”Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12

New Testament

Fulfillment:”And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.” Mark 15:27,28

Old Testament

Jesus’ Bones Were Not Broken:”He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.” Psalm 34:20

New Testament

Fulfillment:”Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs.” John 19:32,33

“For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.” John 19:36

Old Testament

Jesus Was Buried In A Rich Man’s Tomb:”And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.” Isaiah 53:9

New Testament

Fulfillment:”When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.” Matthew 27:57-60

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Old Testament

Jesus Rose From The Grave On The Third Day:”After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.” Hosea 6:2

New Testament

Fulfillment:”How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly.” Acts 10:38-40

Old Testament

Jesus Ascended To God’s Right Hand:”Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive…” Psalm 68:18

New Testament

Fulfillment:”So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” Mark 16:19

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