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Temple of the Comforter, Another Witness

Temple of the Comforter, Another Witness

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When we were putting together the study “Temple of the Comforter” we used only the King James Scripture, a lexicon and concordance as our resources for study. Since publishing that study we have come across a corroborating witness in the writings of Ellen G. White from the book Desire of Ages. We were a bit amazed at what we read in her book when compared to what we were led to share from Scripture. It was such an encouragement and blessing that we wanted to share it with you.
When we were putting together the study “Temple of the Comforter” we used only the King James Scripture, a lexicon and concordance as our resources for study. Since publishing that study we have come across a corroborating witness in the writings of Ellen G. White from the book Desire of Ages. We were a bit amazed at what we read in her book when compared to what we were led to share from Scripture. It was such an encouragement and blessing that we wanted to share it with you.

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Temple of the Comforter, Another Witness
from the writings of Ellen G. White researched and compiled byRex Conklin and Frank Klin
Come now let us reason together. We are challenged to be Bereans so test the spirits and searchthe Scriptures handed down from the Church in the Wilderness to see if these things are so.Study with a friend and pray for discernment because we are promised that wherever two or threeare gathered in Jesus’ Name, He is there. Encourage each other. Pray with and for each other.May you be richly blessed as you study His Word.When Rex Conklin and I were putting together the study “Temple of the Comforter” about Christdwelling in us through His Spirit
(
http://www.scribd.com/doc/45624259/Temple-of-the-Comforter)we used only the King James Scripture, a lexicon and concordance as our resources for study.Since publishing that study we have come across a corroborating witness in the writings of EllenG. White from the book Desire of Ages. We were a bit amazed at what we read in her book whencompared to what we were led to share from Scripture. It was such an encouragement andblessing that we wanted to share it with you.“In the cleansing of the temple, Jesus was announcing His mission as the Messiah, and enteringupon His work. That temple, erected for the
abode
of the divine Presence, was designed to be anobject lesson for Israel and for the world. From eternal ages it was God's purpose that everycreated being, from the bright and holy seraph to man, should be a
templ
e for the
indwelling ofthe Creator
. Because of sin, humanity ceased to be a temple for God. Darkened and defiled byevil, the heart of man no longer revealed the glory of the Divine One. But by the incarnation of theSon of God, the purpose of Heaven is fulfilled. God
dwells
in humanity, and through saving gracethe heart of man becomes again
His temple
. God designed that the temple at Jerusalem shouldbe a continual witness to the high destiny open to every soul. But the Jews had not understoodthe significance of the building they regarded with so much pride. They did not yield themselvesas
holy temples
for the Divine Spirit. The courts of the temple at Jerusalem, filled with the tumultof unholy traffic, represented all too truly the
temple of the heart
, defiled by the presence ofsensual passion and unholy thoughts. In cleansing the temple from the world's buyers andsellers, Jesus announced His mission to cleanse the heart from the defilement of sin,--from theearthly desires, the selfish lusts, the evil habits, that corrupt the soul. "The Lord, whom ye seek,shall suddenly come to
His temple
, even the Messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in:behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may
abide
the day of His coming? andwho shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: and Heshall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them asgold and silver." Malachi 3:1-3. {Desire of Ages, page 161 par. 1}"Know ye not that ye are the
temple
of God, and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth
in you? If anyman defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which templeye are." 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17. No man can of himself cast out the evil throng that have takenpossession of the heart. Only Christ can cleanse the
soul temple
. But He will not force anentrance. He comes not into the heart as to the temple of old; but
He says
, "Behold, I stand atthe door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him."Revelation 3:20. He will come, not for one day merely; for He says, "I will
dwell
in them, and walkin them; . . . and they shall be My people." "He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast alltheir sins into the depths of the sea." 2 Corinthians 6:16; Micah 7:19. His
presence
will cleanseand sanctify the soul, so that it may be a
holy temple
unto the Lord, and "an
habitation
of Godthrough the Spirit." Ephesians 2:21, 22. {Ibid, par. 2}The story of Zacchaeus on pages 552-556 of the Desire of Ages is pertinent to Christ abidingwithin. We will quote a few paragraphs from the narrative.
 
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“Before Zacchaeus had looked upon the face of Christ, he had begun the work that made himmanifest as a true penitent. Before being accused by man, he had confessed his sin. He hadyielded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and had begun to carry out the teaching of the wordswritten for ancient Israel as well as for ourselves. The Lord had said long before, "If thy brother bewaxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be astranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or increase: butfear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury,nor lend him thy victuals for increase." "Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shaltfear thy God." Leviticus 25:35-37, 17. These words had been spoken by Christ Himself when Hewas enshrouded in the pillar of cloud, and the very first response of Zacchaeus to the love ofChrist was in manifesting compassion toward the poor and suffering.”“No repentance is genuine that does not work reformation. The righteousness of Christ is not acloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin; it is a principle of life that transforms thecharacter and controls the conduct. Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender ofheart and life to the
indwelling
of the principles of heaven.”“To Zacchaeus the Saviour said, "This day is salvation come to this house." Not only wasZacchaeus himself blessed, but all his household with him. Christ went to his home to give himlessons of truth, and to instruct his household in the things of the kingdom. They had been shutout from the synagogues by the contempt of rabbis and worshipers; but now, the most favoredhousehold in all Jericho, they gathered in their own home about the divine Teacher, and heard forthemselves the words of life.It is when Christ is received as a
personal
Saviour that salvation comes to the soul. Zacchaeushad
received Jesus
, not merely as a passing guest in his home, but
as One to abide in thesoul temple.
The scribes and Pharisees accused him as a sinner, they murmured against Christfor becoming his guest, but the Lord recognized him as a son of Abraham. For "they which are offaith, the same are the children of Abraham." Galatians 3:7.Now we turn to the vine and the branches from pages 675 through 677 of the Desire of Ages."I am the Vine, ye are the branches," Christ said to His disciples. Though He was about to beremoved from them, their
spiritual union
with Him was to be unchanged. The connection of thebranch with the vine, He said, represents the
relation
you are to sustain to Me. The scion isengrafted into the living vine, and fiber by fiber, vein by vein, it grows into the vine stock. The
lifeof the vine
 
becomes the life of the branch
. So the soul dead in trespasses and sins receiveslife through connection with Christ. By faith in Him as a personal Saviour the union is formed. Thesinner unites his weakness to
Christ's strength
, his emptiness to
Christ's fullness
, his frailty to
Christ's enduring might
. Then he has the
mind of Christ
. The humanity of Christ has touchedour humanity, and our humanity has touched divinity. Thus through the agency of the Holy Spiritman becomes a partaker of the divine nature. He is accepted in the Beloved.”“This
union
with Christ, once formed, must be maintained. Christ said, "
Abide in Me
, and I inyou. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it
abide
in the vine; no more can ye, exceptye
abide
in Me." This is no casual touch, no off-and-on connection. The branch becomes a partof the living vine. The communication of life, strength, and fruitfulness from the root to thebranches is unobstructed and constant. Separated from the vine, the branch cannot live. Nomore, said Jesus, can you live apart from Me. The life you have received from Me can bepreserved only by continual
communion
. Without Me you cannot overcome one sin, or resist onetemptation.”"
Abide
in Me, and I in you."
Abiding in Christ means
 
a constant receiving of His Spirit
, a lifeof unreserved surrender to His service. The channel of communication must be open continuallybetween man and his God. As the vine branch constantly draws the sap from the living vine, so
 
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are we to cling to Jesus, and receive from Him by faith the strength and perfection of His owncharacter.”“The root sends its nourishment through the branch to the outermost twig. So Christcommunicates the
current of spiritual strength
to every believer. So long as the soul is
united
to Christ, there is no danger that it will wither or decay.”“The life of the vine will be manifest in fragrant fruit on the branches. "He that abideth in Me," saidJesus, "and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing." Whenwe live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will bemissing.”"Herein is My Father glorified," said Jesus, "that ye bear much fruit." God desires to
manifest
 through you the holiness, the benevolence, the compassion, of
His own character
. Yet theSaviour does not bid the disciples labor to bear fruit. He tells them to abide in Him. "If ye abide inMe," He says, "and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done untoyou." It is
through the word
that
Christ abides
in His followers. This is the same vital union thatis represented by eating His flesh and drinking His blood. The words of Christ are spirit and life.Receiving them, you receive the life of the Vine. You live "by every word that proceedeth out ofthe mouth of God." Matthew 4:4. The life of Christ in you produces the same fruits as in Him.Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, youbear fruit after the similitude of Christ.”A few more gems."Though the Lord be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly." Psalm 138:6. Those who revealthe meek and lowly spirit of Christ are tenderly regarded by God. They may be looked upon withscorn by the world, but they are of great value in His sight. Not only the wise, the great, thebeneficent, will gain a passport to the heavenly courts; not only the busy worker, full of zeal andrestless activity. No; the poor in spirit, who crave the
presence of an abiding Christ
, the humblein heart, whose highest ambition is to do God's will,--these will gain an abundant entrance. Theywill be among that number who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of theLamb. "Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple:and He that sitteth on the throne shall
dwell
among them." Revelation 7:15. {Desire of Ages,page 301 par. 4}“When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. Achange is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work,bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes
His own fortress
, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall beknown in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnableto the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall bedominated by the wicked one. We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other ofthe two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary forus deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under itsdominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it hisabiding place. The
only defense against evil
is the
indwelling of Christ in the heart
throughfaith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist theunhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off manybad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God,through the
surrender
of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without apersonal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of theenemy, and shall do his bidding in the end.” {Desire of Ages, page 324 par. 1}

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