"For ye know the grace of our Master Yahushua, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9).
The Captain of our salvation made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, in order that humanity might be allied to divinity. Man is to represent Yahushua. He is to be long-suffering toward his fellow-men, to be patient, forgiving, and full of Yahushua-like love. He who is truly converted will manifest respect for his brethren; he will do as Yahushua has commanded. Yahushua said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:34). Where the love of Yahushua abounds in the soul, there will be an expression of that love that will be understood by the world.
Yahuwah would express his character in humanity; but the attributes of Yahushua can only be revealed through those who labor in love for the souls for whom Yahushua has died. Yahuwah has given power to the human agent, which makes him accountable for the impressions which he makes on the minds of his fellow-men. I cannot say it is well with you when you have little concern as to what kind of impression you are making upon the minds and the characters of those with whom you associate. Those who work in a reckless, careless manner, and have no concern as to what becomes of those whom they deem to be erring, have false ideas as to what constitutes to be a follower of Yahushua. Yahushua says, "Whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:6).
Not all who name the name of Yahushua are one with Yahushua. Those who do not have the Spirit and the grace of Yahushua are none of his, no matter what may be their profession. By their fruits ye shall know them. The customs and practices that are after the order of the world do not carry out the principles of Yahuwah's law, and therefore do not breathe of his Spirit nor express his character. Yahushua-likeness will be revealed only by those who are assimilated to the divine image. Only those who are being molded through the operation of the Holy Spirit are doers of the word of Yahuwah, and express the mind and the will of Yahuwah. There is counterfeit religion in the world as well as genuine religion. The true spirit of a man is manifested by the way in which he deals with his fellow-man. We may ask the question, Does he represent the character of Yahushua in spirit and action, or simply manifest the natural, selfish traits of character that belong to the people of this world? Profession weighs nothing with Yahuwah. Before it is everlastingly too late for wrongs to be righted, let each one ask himself, "What am I?" It depends upon ourselves as to whether we shall form such characters as will constitute us members of Yahuwah's royal family above.
If we would become Yahushua-like, we must study Yahushua's character. Yahuwah has given capabilities to the human agent by which he is to co-operate with Yahuwah, in blessing, uplifting, strengthening, and ennobling, not himself only, but others with whom he associates. This work of blessing others we shall do by giving men an example in our own lives of the spirit, ways, and works of Yahushua. When self controls, it works to discourage, to dishearten, and to drive souls away from their Saviour. Yahushua says, "He that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad" (Matthew 12:30).
It is necessary that we should closely examine ourselves, and inquire, Is this Yahushua's way? Would Yahushua pursue this course of action? What kind of impression am I leaving upon the minds of those with whom I am connected? Shall I pursue a course of action that will weaken the confidence of any one with whom I deal, and cause him to think lightly of the religion of Yahushua that I profess? Shall I be uncourteous, un-Yahushua-like, unmerciful toward the purchase of the blood of Yahushua? I would speak words of warning to the brethren of our churches; for I fear that many are acting the part of the slothful servant who hid his Master's talent in the earth. His sin was the sin of neglect, the sin of failing to improve the great treasures of knowledge that were committed to his trust. Yahuwah has given precious light to his people with which to enlighten the world, and are not many treating it with indifference, and acting as though the heavenly gift was of little consequence? Yahushua said, "Ye are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14). Who did he mean were the light of the world?--He meant those who are following in his footsteps. He says, "He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). It is those who are branches of the living Vine, who bear much fruit. They are sustained by the nourishment that flows from the parent stock. Those who abide in Yahushua will have the same spirit that he manifested, and be actuated by the same motives, and be pure, peaceable, and undefiled, yet they will be as burning and shining lights amid the moral darkness of the world.
Fair-weather disciples will not answer to the Master's call in the time of peril toward which we are hastening. It will take those who not only hear but do the words of Yahushua, to be active disciples, "not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Master" (Romans 12:11). A new energy proceeding from beneath is taking possession of the whole synagogue of Satan; and a new life descending from Heaven is taking possession of every human agent who is consecrated, devoted, and who is seeking to work the works of Yahuwah. The Master can do great things through simple instrumentalities when they are devoted to his service. The Master said to Moses, "What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Master said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand" (Exodus 4:3-4).
Let those who minister in word and doctrine mix faith with earnest prayer, and seek to put to use every ray of light that comes from the written word. The voice of Yahuwah calls from heaven and demands the use of every intrusted capability. Every talent is to be used to its uttermost. If ever there was a time when men and women should have an assurance that they are co-partners with Yahushua in the saving of the world, it is now. Ask yourself, Am I a faithful steward of the grace of Yahuwah? Am I burying the light, failing to improve the talent that has been lent me to trade upon? The way in which we use Yahuwah's intrusted capability is deciding our own future destiny, and settling the question as to whether or not we shall be intrusted with greater gifts, even with eternal riches.
Precious light is shining in order that we all may become doers of the word of Yahushua, and may diffuse the light of truth to others. As you see the standard of what you ought to be set before you, review your past experience, and remember that whoso confesseth and forsaketh his sins shall find mercy. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"(1 John 1:9). For Yahushua's sake your sins may be forgiven, and may go beforehand to judgment to be "blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Master" (Acts 3:19). But do not sleep now on the very brink of the eternal world. Obtain the experience where you will hate the things which you once loved, and love that which you once hated; where you will count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Yahushua.
Do not live a life of uncertainty. "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. . . . Let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation"(1 Thessalonians 5:4-9). Every human agent knows for himself whether his feet are tending toward the city of our Yahuwah, or tending toward the darkness of the shadow of death. There are many who claim to be followers of Yahushua who are as spurious coin. They are traveling in the broad road of selfishness and sin. But he who rests upon the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour, who has received Yahushua by faith, has the promise that he is the son of Yahuwah. "As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of Yahuwah, even to them that believe on his name; which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Yahuwah" (John 1:12-13). As sons of Yahuwah, we are partakers of the divine nature. We know what true light is, and know the power of the grace of Yahushua. We have the faith that works by love and purifies the soul.
By: Ellen White
Review and Herald
April 9, 1895
We have taken out from the original article all pagan names and titles of the Father and Son, and have replaced them with the original given names. Furthermore, we have restored in the Scriptures quoted the original names of the Father and Son, as they were originally written by the inspired writers of the Bible. -WLC Team