"All the good that man enjoys comes because of the mercy of God. He is
the great and bountiful Giver. His love is manifest to all in the abundant
provision made for man. He has given us probationary time in which to form
characters for the courts above. We believe without a doubt that Christ is
soon coming. This is not a fable to us; it is a reality. When He comes He is
not to cleanse us of our sins, to remove from us the defects in our
characters, or to cure us of the infirmities of our tempers and
dispositions. If wrought for us at all, this work will all be accomplished
before that time.
When the Lord comes, those who are holy will be holy still. Those who
have reserved their bodies and spirits in holiness, in sanctification and
honor, will then receive the finishing touch of immortality. But those who
are unjust, unsanctified, and filthy will remain so forever. No work will
then be done for them to remove their defects and give them holy characters.
The Refiner does not then sit to pursue His refining process and remove
their sins and their corruption. This is all to be done in these hours of
probation. It is now that this work is to be accomplished for us.
During probationary time the grace of God is offered to every soul. But
if men waste their opportunities in self-pleasing, they cut themselves off
from everlasting life. No after-probation will be granted them. By their own
choice they have fixed an impassable gulf between them and their God. Many
are deceiving themselves by thinking that the character will be transformed
at the coming of Christ, but there will be no conversion of heart at His
appearing. Our defects of character must here be repented of, and through
the grace of Christ we must overcome them while probation shall last. This
is the place for fitting up for the family above. Probation is almost ended.
Get ready! get ready! Work while the day lasts, for the night cometh when no
man can work." White, God's Amazing Grace, p.244.
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"Most startling messages will be borne by men of God's appointment, messages of a character to warn the people, to arouse them. And while some will be provoked by the warning, and led to resist the light and evidence, we are to see from this that we are giving the testing message for this time." Evangelism, p. 168.
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