Jesus Means Me

In His promises and warnings, Jesus means me.

“God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that I by believing in Him, might not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16)

The experiences related in God’s word are to be my experiences. Prayer and promise, precept and warning, are mine.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

As faith thus receives and assimilates the principles of truth, they become a part of the being and the motive power of the life. The word of God, received into the soul, molds the thoughts, and enters into the development of character.

In his words of instruction, Jesus means me.

I may appropriate to myself his merits, his death, his cleansing blood, as fully as though there were not another sinner in the world for whom Christ died. In listening to his teachings with understanding open to receive his words, we display the highest wisdom. In being doers of the word,–obeying Christ by leading self-denying lives and forming pure and holy characters,–we shall secure the life which measures with the life of God.

 

(DA 390; RH, July 22, 1884)

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