by Ervin Thomsen

Living in the Judgment Hour – II
Our Identity as Kings and Priests
In the first angel’s message, God announces that the “hour of His judgment is come” (Revelation 14:6), and appeals to all of earth’s inhabitants to accept the benefits of the everlasting gospel, the everlasting covenant¸ which has existed before the foundation of the world. In this covenant, the Father and the Son clasped hands in a binding agreement that the Son would come here to planet earth to do whatever was necessary to restore humanity to communion with God should sin ever arise. The 2nd and 3rd angels’ messages inform us about heaven’s indictment of covenant-breakers who will reap the judgments of God. Hence this chapter is a brief summary about the specific heresies for which people will be judged in the last days prior to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. These are all related to human choices of rejecting the glorious provisions of the everlasting gospel by engaging in Babylon-like living and by worship of the beast and antichrist.  Just as the tempter in his temptations of Jesus challenged His identity by the words “if you are the Son of God,” – so the enemy Satan also wants to erode the security of our identity in order that we may forget who we really are and to whom we belong.  His ultimate motive is that feelings of fear about our legal standing will take away our joyful assurance of salvation.
The Security of our Identity
Living in the end-time of earth’s history, so often we may focus on a “to-do-list” (or “not-to-do”) list of duties and behaviors, as if our future destiny is totally determined by ourselves as we try to impress God with our conduct. We often seem to forget who we really are in Christ – our identity in Him. Because our ability to resist and overcome temptation resides to a great extent in our divinely-designated identity (our spiritual immune system), let us then embrace that identity because God has already embraced us in Christ. At His tomb on the morning of the resurrection, as Jesus conversed with Mary, He told her about her new identity – “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God” (John 20:17).
By attacking our identity in Christ, Satan is able most effectively to take away our assurance of salvation and security in Christ.  The ability to successfully overcome temptations does not rest in our trying harder to correct our wrong behaviors, or in accumulating good behaviors to outweigh our bad behaviors, but rather in taking full advantage of our identity in Jesus Christ.
Remember these key concepts about the role of our identity –
·         God’s Truth: Who you are determines what you do.
·         Satan’s Lies:    What you do determines who you are.
Because of the accomplishments of Christ’s atoning work, God has declared certain things to be true about us regardless of our feelings. The gospel is the good news about our new identity based on Christ’s accomplishments at the cross, and this means that legally…
·         we are redeemed – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).
·         we are justified – “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24).
·         we have been given new life…even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 1:5, 6).
·         we are reconciled to God – who has reconciled us to Himself….God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19, 20).
·         we are deeply loved and the penalty of your sins have been paid. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins”  (1 John 4:10).
·         we have a new identity as His very own children and also heirs. “But you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…and if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 4:26, 29). “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:14-17).
Living, as we are, in the time of His judgment, now is the time to take full advantage of our God-given identity. When we come to God in prayer, we do not come as beggars pleading for salvation, but as His very own children, fully entitled to receive the blessings of His everlasting covenant, His last will and testament.
Our identity as determined by the redemption history of Jesus Christ
To a great extent, our identity as Americans rests on the event of July 4, 1776 – the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a historically verifiable event. We were not there when it happened, but we are, nevertheless, the bona fide beneficiaries of that event. Likewise, our identity as Christians is based on certain verifiable historical events. The New Testament is utterly clear on this – that we are included and incorporated in the history of Jesus Christ as evidenced through the rite of baptism. Thus His history (His story) becomes our history. “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should also walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Romans 6:4, 5).
In other words, the good life that we should have lived, but did not live, Christ lived for us, and the righteous merits of His life are now credited to our account as though we had never sinned. The punishment that we rightfully deserved because of our sins, God laid on His Son. Thus we are considered as bona fide participants all the accomplishments of Christ in His atonement – His life, His death, His resurrection, His ascension, and His intercession, being now legally seated with Him in heavenly places.
Our identity as kings and priests
In the prologue to Revelation, John conveys greetings from Jesus Christ to the early Christian believers, reminding them, in spite of persecutions and hardship they had endured, about their identity as kings and priests. “Grace to you, and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the Ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priest (or a kingdom of priests) to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:5, 6). Notice in this sequence that our identity as “kings and priests” comes after the experience of being washed in the blood of Christ. 
We approach our task as kings.  Where Christ’s kingdom rule is not yet established, we are authorized and deputized to start “ruling” in such situations through our prayers. There are areas and circumstances where Christ is not now ruling – cities, counties, neighborhoods, churches, homes (including our own homes).  God’s purpose for us is first to depend on His Son, Jesus Christ, and ask Him through us to extend His kingdom rule to such areas. Recall how in the Lord’s Prayer, based on our identity as His children, we pray, “Our Father…Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 KJV).  As a king, you may in praise and worship join with the witnesses in heaven’s courtroom in exalting the name of Jesus Christ, thus extending Christ’s kingdom authority in areas where He is not now ruling, for God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3 KJV).
We also approach our tasks as priests. Our first work as priests is not witnessing to others, but to serve as intercessors in behalf of others that their hearts will be softened to hear and yield to the convicting power of the witness of the Holy Spirit. When you lift up others in prayer to Jesus, you thus join Him as a priest in His work as the great High Priest. One of the most poignant scenes from the heavenly sanctuary is found in Revelation 8:1-3 (KJV). “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.  And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.  And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer [it] with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.  And the smoke of the incense, [which came] with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast [it] into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.”  
Our prayers do make a difference.  Have you ever felt as if your prayers went no higher than the ceiling, and that prayer was merely a Christian duty with no measurable results? Then listen to this: “The religious services, the prayers, the praise, the penitent confession of sin ascend from true believers as incense to the heavenly sanctuary; but passing through the corrupt channels of humanity, they are so defiled that unless purified by blood, they can never be of value with God. They ascend not in spotless purity, and unless the Intercessor who is at God's right hand presents and purifies all by His righteousness, it is not acceptable to God. All incense from earthly tabernacles must be moist with the cleansing drops of the blood of Christ. He holds before the Father the censer of His own merits, in which there is no taint of earthly corruption. He gathers into this censer the prayers, the praise, and the confessions of His people, and with these He puts His own spotless righteousness. Then, perfumed with the merits of Christ's propitiation, the incense comes up before God wholly and entirely acceptable. Then gracious answers are returned.” [1]
Because priests have special and privileged access to God, and because kings are given authority to rule, God wants us to exercise our dual privilege of “kings and priests” in worship and in prayer. As a priest, it is your privilege to participate in the proceedings of heaven’s courtroom by glorifying the Judge and His Son. Moreover, through prayer you have access to the control center of the universe, the place of highest authority in heaven and earth. As a priest your prayers ascend like incense before the throne of God as you join with Him in accomplishing His work in all the earth.
The Authority of Our Identity
With our new identity, Jesus Christ has deputized us with His authority to do His work on earth. In four passages in the gospels, Jesus resoundingly spoke about this authority.
In Luke 10:1-20 Luke records how Jesus appointed 70 and sent them out two-by-two in advance of His own missionary trips. They returned with a glowing report of their success, stating that “even the demons are subject to us in Your name” (Luke 10:17), to which Jesus replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:19, 20). Note that Jesus here does not condemn the successful results of their work, but tells them that their real rejoicing should be found in the gospel – that is, that their names are written in heaven. One of the assignments of the gospel is that God has appointed believers of His church to be the “enforcement agency” on earth to extend the victory of Christ’s cross (Revelation 12:11, 12).  Note, however, that enforcement does not mean the using of force and coercion, but it is rather that inner awareness of our authority in Christ, who said, “I am with you always.” In anticipation of this, Paul wrote that “the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly” (Romans 16:20). 
This is not defensive, but offensive prayer, so much so that “the gates of hell” shall not prevail against it. Jesus has given every believer authority to bind and to loose, and praying in faith is the key with which we bind and loose. We bind Satan and angels, i.e. we ask that God will restrain their activities, and we loose the captives who are held in his prison that they may experience genuine freedom.
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am here in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:19, 20). When we pray like this, we operate directly under the authority of Jesus in setting people free from bondages that bind them, so they will be able to hear and respond to the voice of Jesus. Unless we pray, they will generally not respond. When we pray, even when facing impossible situations, God has pledged to answer such prayers. Remember, “Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence?” [2] When Peter gave his testimony about the identity of Jesus Christ, Jesus responded by investing him, and also all believers in His church, with authority, based on Christ’s name, to act in His behalf: “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:18, 19).
“All authority (power – KJV) has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:18, 19). So often we have focused on the “finishing the work,” as if this is all that matters, but God wants us to avail ourselves of the authority, a derived authority, He has given us. Just imagine the results of our witnessing and evangelism if we would take God at His word according to these passages of Scripture. Why don’t we do it? This notion of having been given authority to act is no doubt one of the most neglected aspects of our ministry.  Is it possible that we are so results-oriented in evangelism and witnessing that many of us may consider prayer and worship a waste of time when there is so much work to do? We would rather work than pray. Perhaps it is because the results of our work may generate applause and publicity, but prayer, when offered according to Christ’s guidelines, is noticed and rewarded only by our heavenly Father (Matthew 6:6).
While living in the ‘hour of His judgment” what should be our most urgent task?
Continually we hear the call to evangelize so we can “finish the work.”  But could it be that our most important work is to engage in worship and prayer, because such prayer is not preparation for our work – it is the work? We have heard the slogan, “Don’t just sit there, do something!” And yet our most urgent need may be to do exactly that – to sit there and wait on the Lord, rather than letting our busyness for Him crowd out the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. Consider again the tremendous promises made by Jesus in His instructions to the disciples found in other Scripture passages. 
·         “And whatsoever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13, 14).

  • “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).
  • “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23, 24).

The Power of Praying in the Judgment Hour –
Worship is Warfare and Prayer is our Offensive Weapon
Prayer and worship go together. When Christ, in the battle on Calvary’s cross, defeated Satan, there was worship in heaven, as a loud voice proclaimed, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren who accused them before God day and night has been cast down” (Revelation 12:10).     Because Christ has defeated Satan and won the decisive victory, we too can worship His mighty name (Revelation 12:10, 11). To worship and pray is to participate as Christ’s deputies in the defeat of Satan, reclaiming territory that he has held, and setting captives free from prison. And though the Bible says, “woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! for the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Revelation 12:11), yet Christ’s power is greater than the power of the enemy. As we go on the offensive against the enemy, the methods of our warfare are worship, praise, and prayer. God wants to enlist every Christian in such offensive warfare. Why? To give us overcoming experience in ruling, an internship for the new earth, and to learn to love as Christ loved as we participate in intercessory prayer.
Covenant Praying
If you have ever felt that you are unworthy to pray, then remember prayer is not answered on basis of worthiness, but on basis of Christ’s atonement. Covenant praying is prayer which makes its appeals to God on basis of His covenant faithfulness as carried out in Christ’s redeeming work. Note Christian author Paul Bilheimer’s special encouragement to help to overcome any personal reluctance to pray.
            “Prayer is not answered on the basis of worthiness. The crucial factor in getting answers    to prayer is not primarily spiritual superiority but simply the boldness, courage and faith     to pray regardless of our sense of unworthiness. Satan uses your sense of unworthiness to       prevent your praying. When he succeeds, he has won. All the prayers that God is      answering are by people who not only feel unworthy as you do, but who actually are             unworthy. God does all His work through unworthy people, who, despite a conviction of             unworthiness, are making prayer the main business of their lives anyway.” 
            “If you are close enough to God for Him to lay a burden of prayer upon you, you are        qualified to be an intercessor. You are not wasting the time you spend in prayer.  All prayer that is according to God’s will originates in the heart of God. When God lays a            burden of prayer upon you it means that He is already at work to accomplish it. Therefore, when you have a God-given burden for anything, you can pray in faith that      God is already in action. Do not permit Satan to frighten you out of prayer because of a    sense of unworthiness any longer. You have been given authority over Satan but it is    totally null and void if you do not pray.” [3]
Such prayer can bring confusion and disarray to the armies of Satan who would oppose         God’s work and torment us with thoughts of our own helplessness and unworthiness.
“Satan will call to his aid legions of his angels to oppose the advance of even one soul,     
and, if possible, wrest it from the hand of Christ…But if the one in danger perseveres,     
and in his helplessness casts himself upon the merits of the blood of Christ, our Saviour    
listens to the earnest prayer of faith, and sends a reinforcement of those angels that excel
in strength to deliver him. Satan cannot endure to have his powerful rival appealed to, for            
he fears and trembles before His strength and majesty. At the sound of fervent prayer,     
Satan's whole host trembles.” [4]  
       “We are ill-taught if we look for results only in the earthlies when we pray. A praying        saint performs far more havoc among the unseen forces of darkness than we have the         slightest notion of.” [5]
The Power of Prayer as Intercession                                                                              
As our Advocate, Jesus has been given authority to plead our cases in our behalf. But His pleading is not  that of persuading the Father in order to move the Father to mercy, but to present His “pleas” (legal arguments) on behalf of our cases in a legally defensible manner before God’s throne so that the accusations of Satan cannot prevail. When Jesus prays, He knows that the Father readily welcomes any of Christ’s friends as His friends. Jesus is presenting anyone who trusts in Him as a trophy of His victory on Calvary’s cross. As He prays for us, He is intimately acquainted with every feeling in our hearts, because as our High Priest He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).
One of the primary passages about intercessory prayer occurs in the context of that most favorite text of Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” The passage, which precedes Romans 8:28, is all about the power of intercessory prayer, “for the Spirit helps us in our infirmities. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26 NIV). Here are some pointers on intercessory prayer – a most necessary work for the believer, and a work for which there is no visible credit or applause by onlookers, because it is best carried out in secret.

  1. Intercessory prayer is to take up our duly authorized commission and authority to “bind and to loose”
  2. The purpose of intercession is not to persuade God, because He already loves and knows what we need before we ask Him.
  3. Intercession is not the sending up of compliments of praise to God to overcome His reluctance by pressuring Him to do what He would not otherwise do.
  4. The intercession of the Holy Spirit is not to "translate" our prayers so that God can understand them, for He already knows everything that is in our hearts.
  5. Intercession is a process of identification with the person for whom we are praying.
  6. Intercession is also a process of identification with God’s heart concerning the person for whom we are praying.
  7. In intercessory prayer we seek to understand the deepest needs of the person for whom we are praying as the Holy Spirit reveals these to us.
  8. In intercessory prayer we enter into a unity with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit concerning the person for whom we are praying.
  9. In intercessory prayer we enter into the sufferings of Christ for us and for the person for whom we are praying. “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Galatians 4:19 KJV).
  10. To “pray in the Spirit” is to let the Holy Spirit motivate and direct our prayers.
  11. If our prayers of intercession are prompted by the Holy Spirit, does it then not also stand to reason that the same Holy Spirit is at work in accomplishing answers to such prayers?
  12. A purpose of intercessory prayer is to enter into the saving work of Jesus Christ, and through the discernment given by the Holy Spirit to know something about the spirit of the person for whom we are praying.
  13. In intercessory prayer, as we see others through the eyes of Jesus, we learn to love them as Jesus loved them.
  14. The greatest blessing of intercession is the presence of Christ flowing through you in the form of compassion.
  15. The throne of the universe is a cross, and in intercessory prayer we rule with Christ in overcoming the enemy, Satan.

Prayer has a solid foundation. When based on God’s covenant as exhibited at Calvary’s cross, when carried out by faith in His promises, its results are powerful.  “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things” (Romans 8:32). Note how Ellen G. White grasped the immense possibilities of such prayer.
            “Jesus is our atoning sacrifice; we can make no atonement for ourselves, but by faith we    can accept the atonement that has been made. ‘For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,            the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God’ (1 Peter 3:18). ‘Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb             without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18, 19). ‘The blood of Jesus Christ his Son      cleanseth us from all sin’ (1 John 1:7 KJV). It is by virtue of this precious blood that the    sin-stricken soul can be restored to soundness. While you are putting up your petition to       God, the Holy Spirit applies the faithful promises of God to your heart. In moments of          perplexity, when Satan suggests doubt and discouragement, the Spirit of the Lord will lift       up as a standard against him the faithful sayings of Christ, and the bright beams of the             Sun of righteousness will flash into your mind and soul. When Satan would overwhelm    you with despair, the Holy Spirit will point you to the intercession made for you by a             living Saviour.  Christ is the fragrance, the holy incense, which makes your petitions             acceptable to the Father. When the light of Christ's righteousness is fully understood and            accepted, love, joy, peace, and inexpressible gratitude will pervade the soul, and the    language of him who is blessed will be ‘Thy gentleness hath made me great’ (Psalm           18:35).” [6]
Some things to pray for in the judgment hour – Here are some pointers on praying and working in the judgment hour.

  • Let all prayer be in accordance with the benefits of God’s covenant of the gospel. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:31).
  • Pray with the Psalmist, “Lord, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph? (Psalm 94:3).
  • Join the prayers of “those who had “been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 6:9, 10)? Take all your disappointments, unfair and unjust experiences to Jesus Christ.
  • Pray like the persistent widow, “Get justice for me from my adversary” and trust the promise of the heavenly Judge: “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily (Luke 18:3, 6, 7, 8).
  • Don’t just pray for justice, but also WORK for justice: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8). While waiting for the 2nd coming of Jesus, don’t just sit there waiting and do nothing. Become engaged in initiatives in your world to seek to correct abuses and injustice, in whatever forms these may appear. 
  • Join in thanksgiving and worship with the twenty-four elders, witnesses in the heavenly courtroom, as you with gratitude anticipate God’s judgments. “We give You thanks, O Lord God, Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servant the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:17,18).
  • Pray and work for the worldwide proclamation of the everlasting gospel (Revelation 14:6)
  • Pray for the Spirit-filled witness of God’s church – “And let the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 20:17). Pray and work that through the witness of the Bride, His Church, many will be contagiously attracted to and fall in love with the Bridegroom.
  • Pray, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 20:20).

Read and Believe this Affirmation of Faith
God the Father, Who is for us,    
sent His Son Jesus Christ to be with us,
to die for us to bring salvation to us,
that the gift of the Holy Spirit might be in us,
so the sufficiency of God’s resources
which are beyond us may flow through us
to overcome all that is against us.

Life Applications

Questions to Ponder
Is the judgment a cause for celebration or a cause for fear and trembling in your life at this moment? Why? (Read Psalm 96 – what is the mood of this psalm?)
What are some covenant benefits of Christ’s atoning work that have personally benefited you?
Is the gospel to you a theory of doctrines that you are trying to prove to others, or is it a living experience based on your personal appreciation and application of the benefits of the everlasting gospel?
What are some specific projects in which you can engage in order to work for justice in your own neighborhood, city, and country?
Text to Remember: “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (John 2:1, 2).
Truths vs. Lies:
Replace the lies of the enemy with these truths that will set you free.
Lead me in Your truth, and teach me: for You are the God of my salvation;
on You I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:5).   

Lies or half-truths
My most urgent task is to live without sin in order to impress God with my sincerity.
It is important for me to tell others about the correctness of the doctrines I believe in.
To finish the work I must tell others about where they are doctrinally wrong as well as about their sinfulness, and they must change their behaviors before it is too late.
Write out any other lies or half-truths that you have believed, and how you will replace these with the truths of the Bible.
My most urgent task is to trust in the sufficiency of Christ’s atoning work for myself.
It is important for me to turn people’s attention to the merits of Christ’s cross.
To finish the work I will avail myself, and tell others, of all the covenant benefits made available to me as a result of Christ’s cross.

[1] Ellen G. White, Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 6, 1078.
[2] Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, 93.
[3] Paul E. Billheimer, I Give Unto You Power, (Santa Ana, CA: Trinity Broadcasting, no date), 35, 36.
[4] Ellen G. White, God’s Amazing Grace, 257.
[5] Oswald Chambers,
[6] Ellen G. White, Ye Shall Receive Power, 133.