Behold Your God




Fred T. Wright

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Chapter Fourteen

The Supreme Revelation


     There are no contradictions in the Word of God; it must not be interpreted according to private or human methods; the Bible is its own dictionary and therefore its own interpreter; God’s ways and man’s way are entirely different from each other; and the only way in which God destroys is by trying to save; any destruction eventuating is because of rejection by man and not the action of God.

     This established, the groundwork has been prepared for studying the various incidents of history in which God has played a part. Reference is made here to the flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the plagues of Egypt, the execution of those who worshipped the golden calf, the stoning of the Sabbath breaker, the adulterer, the glutton, and Achan, the slaughter of the Canaanites, the obliteration of Sennacherib’s army, and many other such events, right through to the concluding one—the final liquidation in the lake of fire.

     The study of these happenings has left the majority with definite ideas of the character of God. He is viewed as a stern judge Who, ruling His kingdom like any earthly potentate, has visited deadly punishments upon those who do not obey Him. These concepts are formed because of the human tendency to think of God as being like themselves.

     That such a mistake should be made is quite understandable, for it is natural for men to think in terms of the familiar. The only kind of kingdoms, kings, governments, laws, punishments, and destruction known to men are in the context of this earth. They are familiar with the connection between possession of great power and despotism. In their own hearts they long for power so that they can rule over others rather than be ruled by them. They know that acquired power can only be maintained by the suppression or destruction of those who oppose them.

     Thus, when they see God in a position of absolute rulership combined with infinite power, they cannot conceive of His using that in any other way than they would if they were in the same situation. So natural is this way of thinking to man, that the standard view of God’s conduct in the Old Testament is accepted without question. Not even a second thought is given to it. To them, God is simply acting in the accepted and expected way for a person situated as He is. How often as I have spoken to people about this, the response has been, “Well, I just never had any occasion to question whether God does or does not destroy. I have read that He does, and that is as far as I have gone into it. After all, He is the Creator, He does have absolute power, and therefore He has the right to destroy us if we do not please Him. It seems as simple as that to me.”


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     But to others, the Old Testament has presented serious problems. They shudder as they read the stories of Israel’s conquests wherein men, women, beautiful little girls and boys, together with tender infants in arms were ruthlessly put to the sword. That God should command such atrocities, projects a frightening rather than attractive picture of Him. It brings but scant comfort to the soul, and tends to produce a service of fear rather than love.

     In her hospital bed, a woman, sick and despairing, turned to reading the Bible to find rest and comfort. She naturally began at the beginning and soon found herself wading through grim accounts of bloody slaughters. The picture was revolting and disturbing, causing her very shortly to lay the Book aside forever.

     Her reaction is understandable when it is considered that her study was without an understanding of what God actually did in these situations. Had she seen God’s real character, as it was truly revealed in those instances, then her love for Him would have been quickened, and her soul would have been rested with joy and hope. But tragically it was not so. 

     Evidence will now be presented to show that the Old Testament is not the place to begin searching out the character of God. The convincing arguments for this is that not even the holy angels were able to understand God’s character as it was revealed in the Old Testament. Not until the advent of Christ, and especially until the demonstration of infinite love and justice given on Calvary, were they able to see God as He really is. At the same time, Satan was revealed in his true light. For the first time, the angels were truly convinced of the righteousness of God’s cause. The Scriptural evidences for this have already been quoted, but it is appropriate to re-quote them here.

     “Not until the death of Christ was the character of Satan clearly revealed to the angels or to the unfallen worlds. The archapostate had so clothed himself with deception that even holy beings had not understood his principles. They had not clearly seen the nature of his rebellion.” The Desire of Ages, 758.

     At the cross “Satan saw that his disguise was torn away. His administration was laid open before the unfallen angels and before the heavenly universe. He had revealed himself as a murderer. By shedding the blood of the Son of God, he had uprooted himself from the sympathies of the heavenly beings. Henceforth his work was restricted. Whatever attitude he might assume, he could no longer await the angels as they came from the heavenly courts, and before them accuse Christ’s brethren of being clothed with the garments of blackness and the defilement of sin. The last link of sympathy between Satan and the heavenly world was broken.” ibid., 761.

     There is a direct relationship between the misunderstanding of Satan’s character and the falsification of God’s. Therefore, to whatever extent the angels were not able to see the true nature of Satan and his work during the


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Old Testament era, then to that extent were they unable to correctly comprehend God’s principles of character and conduct. If holy angels, mighty in intellectual and spiritual power and personally participant in God’s workings in the Old Testament dispensation, still had clouded views of God, then it is impossible for human minds to understand God for these evidences alone.

     When the revelations of God as given by Christ at the cross swept away the haze with which Satan had obscured God’s character, they were able to go back and review the past in a new light. In the glory streaming from Christ and Calvary, they found the mysteries solved and the dark spots illuminated. Perfect peace filled their soul as they rejoiced in eternal deliverance from the misconceptions of the past.[1]

     What was necessary for them, is even more so for earthbound travellers seeking the knowledge of God which is life eternal. This search must start with the finest and fullest existing revelation of Him—the life of Christ and the marvel of Calvary. Entering the study at this point will quickly impress on the searcher’s mind the necessity of penetrating beyond the commonly held view of the Old Testament God.

     To too many for too long, the Old Testament revelation of God, compared with Christ’s unfolding of Him in the New, has provided an altogether contradictory picture. God is seen as a stern, exacting lawmaker Who will not permit His will to be thwarted, while Christ is viewed as a tender, benign, loving forgiver of all sins. To God is ascribed one character and to Christ another. This destroys the precious truth that Christ and the Father are one in authority, character, spirit, aims, and works. The belief is spawned that Christ is the Appeaser of the Father’s fury, influencing Him to act contrary to His real character by showing mercy when it is not in His heart or nature to do so.

     The further men are steeped in the darkness of Satan’s misrepresentations of the Father and the Son, the more exaggerated this appeasement doctrine becomes. In its worst form it is found among those religionists who offer human sacrifices to the deities to placate their wrath. Consider how such a concept of God makes Him to be altogether such an one as ourselves.

     Yet, strange as it may seem, the average professed child of God today is prepared to believe, on the one hand, that the Father and Son are one in character, spirit, and power, while, on the other hand, holding to the view that the Father, as revealed in the Old Testament in particular, and the Son, as manifested in the New, are two very different characters.

     It is grossly inconsistent to hold such apposition and only possible if the two ideas are carefully compartmentalized into separate areas of the brain so that they are never thought of at the same time. Let them be brought together, and the honest, thoughtful student will realize that one or the other has to go. Either Christ and the Father are one, or they are not.


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     Solving this problem is not difficult, for the Scriptures are emphatic that the Father and the Son are one in every particular. Jesus testified to this repeatedly.

     “I and My Father are one.” John 10:30.

     “If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not.

     “But if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” John 10:37, 38.

     “If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.

     “Philip saith unto Him, Lord shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

     “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hat seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

     “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.

     “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.” John 14:7-11.

     “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you. The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19.

     By these words, Christ, on His Father’s behalf, denied that there was any difference whatsoever between Them in character and work. Both are joined in the most intimate way, in dedicated purpose to save the perishing. Christ does not have to appease the Father for He is doing exactly what the Father has commissioned Him to do.

     Division is Satan’s objective, but God’s great purpose is to bring all things in heaven and earth into unity as it is written; “Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself:

     “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him.” Ephesians 1:9, 10.

     Evidence was presented back in chapter three that the specific method employed by Satan to drive wedges between God and His creatures was the false presentation of God’s character.

     “Sin originated in self-seeking. Lucifer, the covering cherub, desired to be first in heaven. He sought to gain control of heavenly beings, to draw them away from their Creator, and to win their homage to himself. Therefore he misrepresented God, attributing to Him the desire for self-exaltation. With his own evil characteristics he sought to invest the loving Creator. Thus he deceived angels. Thus he deceived men. He led them to doubt the word of God, and to distrust His goodness. Because God is a


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God of justice and terrible majesty, Satan caused them to look upon Him as severe and unforgiving. Thus he drew men to join him in rebellion against God, and the night of woe settled down upon the world.” The Desire of Ages, 21, 22.

     “By the same misrepresentation of the character of God as he had practised in heaven, causing Him to be regarded as severe and tyrannical, Satan induced man to sin.” The Great Controversy, 500.

     “Adam believed the falsehood of Satan, and through his misrepresentation of the character of God, Adam’s life was changed and marred. He disobeyed the commandment of God, and did the very thing the Lord told him not to do. Through disobedience Adam fell; but had he endured the test, and been loyal to God, the floodgates of woe would not have been opened upon our world.

     “Through belief in Satan’s misrepresentation of God, man’s character and destiny where changed, but if men will believe the Word of God, they will be transformed in mind and character, and fitted for eternal life.” Selected Messages 1:345, 346.

     Satan’s method of destroying the unity of the universe can only be countered by the restoration of the truth about God. That character was manifested in all God’s dealings with both loyal and rebellious individuals and nations between the fall and the first advent, but men, influenced and blinded by Satan, were not able to see the verities offered there.

     Therefore, an incontrovertible revelation of God’s character had to be supplied to counteract Satan’s lies and make clear the real message of the Old Testament. There was only one being who could give such a demonstration and that was Christ, “Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, . . .” (Hebrews 1:3) was commissioned by God to do so.

     “The Saviour was deeply anxious for His disciples to understand for what purpose His divinity was united to humanity. He came to the world to display the glory [character] of God, that man might be uplifted by its restoring power.” The Desire of Ages, 664.


     Note by Ron Beaulieu: But what about all those who lived between the fall and the coming of Christ to the world to display the character of God? How would they have been uplifted and restored? This is why regeneration is so important. It appears that Fred Wright did not think of this huge problem. End note.


     “Christ came to the earth to reveal to men the character of His Father, and His life was filled with deeds of divine tenderness and compassion.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 469.

     “. . . Jesus, the express image of the Father’s person, the effulgence of His glory; the self-denying Redeemer, throughout His pilgrimage of love on earth was a living representative of the character of the law of God. In His life it is made manifest that heaven-born love, Christlike principles, underlie the laws of eternal rectitude.” God’s Amazing Grace, 102.

     So total is the revelation of God’s character as given by Christ that “All that man needs to know or can know of God has been revealed in the life and character of His Son.” Testimonies 8:286.


Note by Ron Beaulieu: It should be obvious that all who lived between the fall and the display of Christ’s life on this earth, had no way of knowing “All that man NEEDS to know or CAN KNOW of God, because it had not yet been revealed in the life and character of His Son. The regeneration of all who have lived, for the real, live, Investigative Judgment, solves this issue, for all will have THEN had equal opportunity to KNOW what he/she needed to know relative to the character of God revealed through His Son as displayed after His first coming to this earth. End note.


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     There is not a single reason for doubting the veracity of these statements. Jesus confirmed the truth of it in His words to Philip, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” John 14:9

     Jesus is the Word of God. This is a most important and significant title whereby we are informed of Christ’s special mission to mankind. It is a serious mistake to limit Christ’s role to that of a sacrifice by which the penalty of sin was paid. He certainly came to pay that ransom and this aspect of His work must never be minimized or disparaged, but it is just as important to see the other tasks He came to fulfil. He also came to prove that any human being who will permit Christ to take away the old nature and then make him a partaker of divine nature can, by living faith, keep all the commandments to perfection.


Note by Ron Beaulieu: Here again the issues arises as to how those who lived between the fall and Christ’s special mission to mankind (His life’s example of overcoming on this earth), could have received the inspiration and aid of the divine nature and the life of Christ on this earth. This issue is of great magnitude inasmuch as God is a just God, and it would not be fair to those who lived between the fall and Christ’s sojourn on this earth, if they did not have the same privilege of being inspired by Christ and His divine nature in overcoming sin and the opportunity for striving to be Christ’s bride. End note.


     But, great and essential as those works are, they are not sufficient to end the great controversy without the third work; that of revealing God’s righteous character to the point where Satan’s lies are shown for what they are.

     As a description of this work, the title, “The Word of God,” is most appropriate. Falling from the lips of one who is entirely honest and truthful, words are an exact expression of the thinking and character of the speaker. Upon this earth, Jesus Christ was the word of God. That is, He did not speak His own words but those of the Father. He did not do His own deeds but the deeds of the One Who had sent Him.

     These great truths are not to be construed to mean that Christ did not have a mind or an individuality of His own. “In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived.” The Desire of Ages, 530. He could certainly have come to the earth to express His own mind, to do His own works, and to reveal His own character. But, He came with a commission other than that. He was sent to reveal the words, thought, character, and deeds of the Father of righteousness. With perfect faithfulness, He fulfilled that commission, thereby assuring all that God can be seen and understood, simply by looking to the life and teachings of His Son. [A privilege those living between the fall and the cross did not have access to without regeneration of all men of all ages for the live Investigative Judgment since 1844. Without the truth of regeneration, thinking individuals will consider this otherwise problem as injustice on the part of God. rb].

     “He was the Word of God—God’s thought made audible.” The Desire of Ages, 19. Therefore, He declared of His mission, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me. He doeth the works.” John 14:10.

     “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak those things.” John 8:28.

     Therefore, great care should be taken to understand this aspect of Christ’s mission. The truth that Jesus was the very expression of the thought and character of God should hold so firm a place in the mind, that


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no matter what contradictory pictures of God may be presented, the only acceptable ones are those in harmony with Christ’s representations of God.

     Already mentioned is the apparent difference between the image of God as seen through the history of the Old Testament and Christ’s revelation of Him. Many are convinced that they are faced with a choice of which picture of God they will accept, but, if the principle laid down above is grasped and followed, it will be seen that the contradictory view of God, as gained from the incorrect understanding of the Old Testament, must be rejected. This is because it does not agree with the revelation of God as given by Jesus Christ. His presentation of God’s character is the clearest, the most convincing, and the most easily understood.

     In other words, those who wish to know what God is like, how He relates Himself to the sinner and to the righteous, have only to look at God in the face of Jesus Christ. Any ideas about God which find no reflection in Christ’s life and teachings must be unhesitatingly rejected as error. This can only mean that belief cannot be retained in both the popular view of God and Christ’s presentation of Him. One or the other has to go. God is utterly consistent and, therefore, His Word is consistent with itself. It cannot and certainly does not present a concept in one place and the opposite in another. This cannot be. Every searcher for truth must be convinced of this as a provision motivating him to reject any tendency to accept contradictory views of Scripture, while he searches with earnest perseverance for biblical solutions which will bring them into perfect harmony.

     In the New Testament, Christ gave us the true picture of God. Let that truth be forever and without question established in the mind. As surely as the Lord is consistent, then the Old Testament presentation of Him must coincide with the New. The student must not rest until the two are harmonized.

     In working to achieve that harmony, begin where the truth is clearest. This means that the starting point must be the life of Christ—not the history of the Old Testament. For four thousand years, both human and angelic minds failed to see the revelation of Himself which the Lord had sought to transmit throughout all His dealing. Having failed to penetrate the devil’s sophistries during that time, He sent Christ to accomplish what had before been impossible. It was impossible, not because of any shortcoming on God’s part, but because of the blindness and prejudice of men’s darkened minds and the sheer subtlety of Satan. It is much easier to spread a lie than to establish the truth. Raising a doubt, or insinuating an evil motive is a simple thing compared to the vindication of a righteous character.

     Christ came, then, to settle forever the question of God’s character. He did it by bringing that which had been distant and obscure into the closest contact with the human race. So intimate is the proximity of that spotless life, that it is impossible not to see it as it is. There are none to argue that Christ possessed any other than an impeccable righteousness in which is


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embodied all that is most precious and desirable in any being, divine or human. It would be impossible to give a more convincing argument than that. What Christ came to accomplish, He was pre-eminently successful in doing. The question of what God is in character, is forever settled.

      To appreciate the full value of Christ’s matchless presentation of God’s character, it is necessary to recognize how all-encompassing it was. Did Christ come to present a partial view of God? Was it simply a shifting of emphasis? Did God, feeling that He had most satisfactorily convinced men in the Old Testament of the sterner and uncompromising side of His nature, leave Christ to emphasize the qualities of love, forgiveness, and mercy?

     Such a view is adopted by many as a solution to what they feel would otherwise be a contradiction between the messages of the Old and New Testaments, but it is not the message of the Scriptures themselves. Therein, it is asserted that Christ’s manifestation of the Father was complete. It leaves nothing more to be shown. This is not saying that everything about God’s character can be understood in one contact with the Saviour, for it will take eternity to see all that Christ came to tell. What must be recognized and accepted as truth is that the revelation of God in the face of Christ is complete. Therefore it is written: “All that man needs to know or can know of God has been revealed in the life and character of His Son.” Testimonies, 8:286.

     This statement is specific, comprehensive, and accurate. It leaves no space for the supposition that Christ revealed only a certain aspect of God’s character or even the larger part of it. It does not admit to the notion that Chris’s ministry provided a further stage in this revelation with final unfolding to be given in the future. Rather, it confirms in language so simple that no doubt is left of its meaning, that Christ came to give a manifestation of God so complete that there is nothing more which can be shown. Nothing was overlooked or omitted. There is no inquiry about God which can be raised except it be answered in the life and teachings of the Saviour. The work is complete. It has all been unfolded. All that remains is for the eager, spiritual child of God through earnest study and prayer to come into possession of this richest of all treasures. Some may counter that eternal life is the richest of all treasures. This is true and in its truth establishes this point, for the knowledge of God is eternal life. “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou has sent.” John 17:3.

     Christ Himself declared the totality of His revelation of His Father.

     “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19.

     This Scripture is a key in understanding Christ’s ministry as the Word of the living God. Let the precious truths contained therein be examined with thorough care.


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     Christ testified that He did nothing of Himself. Thus He denied that any act of His during this earthly ministry was original with, or from, Himself. Unlike men, who feel they must do something that is distinctly themselves, Christ had come with only one great purpose in mind which was to do the works and will of His Father. He had not come to glorify Himself, but the Almighty God Who had sent Him.

     Therefore, as certainly as His life, so filled with activity, contained nothing done of Himself or from Himself, so all that He did was of God and from God. It was the Father Who was acting out His life and character through the medium of His beloved Son. Therefore, in Christ’s every act, we see God at work and know thereby exactly what the Father does in relation to His subjects, be they sinful or righteous.

     This is confirmed in Christ’ words, “For what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19.

     The witness of Christ here is not simply in these terms, “What things He doeth,” but “What things soever He doeth.” The addition of this word means that everything the Father does is included. This is a word which carries the idea of completeness, of infinitude. Therefore Christ is attesting that everything the Father does, without any exceptions, the Son does likewise.

     The student must not fail to observe the insertion of the word, “likewise.” It adds significant meaning to the Saviour’s message. It is important that we believe that Christ did upon this earth, everything the Father did. It is equally essential for us to know that He did it likewise as the Father did it. Not only did He do all the Father did, but He did it exactly as the Father did it.

     Therefore, the revelation of God as given by Christ was not only complete but it was a facsimile. If the Father Himself had come down in place of Christ, the picture would have been so identical that it would have been impossible to tell them apart.

     In a further attempt to argue that the revelation of God by Christ was incomplete, it may be claimed that during the earthly interval, Christ did not have a full knowledge of the works of God. Such an argument is stifled in the very next verse where Christ claimed complete knowledge of the ways and works of God.

     “For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth Him all things that Himself doeth: and He will shew Him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.” John 5:20.

     What Christ says, we believe, for He is the Truth. By His testimony, then, we know that everything the Father does, the Son did in the same way precisely, and inasmuch as there was nothing of His ways which the Father did not reveal to the Son, that revelation is complete.

     What a challenge this is to the old ideas about God. Every idea in which God is seen as the destroyer of those who refuse His offers of mercy, can be sustained only if we find Christ doing the same thing. What citadels of error


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must collapse before the onslaught of this impregnable truth! What an entirely new and glorious structure of living verities about the Father must now arise from the wreckage of those edifices of lies!

     Consider the time-honored theories about God. He is viewed as One Who initially seeks the salvation of His creatures. From His position of supreme authority, He calls upon men to repent of their sins and obey His will. He demonstrates patience while men play with His appeals, but the time comes when that patience is exhausted. Then He arises to perform His “strange act.” With terrifying power, wielded in His own hands, He wipes the rebellious from the face of the earth, thus demonstrating that He is not a God to be scorned. He thus asserts His will by the naked use of destructive force, convincing men that they must obey Him or perish. This is the view of the white-haired traditionalist.

     Is this what God does? Is this a true picture of His patterns of behavior? It is important to know the answer, for if it is not correct, then it is a lying representation of God designed by the devil to separate us from Him and to effect our destruction. Certainly, it is the time-honored view of God and Hs ways, so that, if this were the determining factor, it would be the truth. But, the fact that a belief is hoary with the dignity of age and majority acceptance, does not make it correct.

     There is another and altogether reliable means of testing the veracity, or otherwise, of these concepts. That proof is offered in the life of Christ. He came to show us exactly how God behaves in any situation. Therefore, if this long-standing and popular concept of God is correct, it is certain that it will be supported by Christ’s doing the same thing in the same way.

     But where can this pattern of behavior be found in His life upon this earth.

     It cannot be found. Search as exhaustively as possible. Investigate every word and act. Listen to His inspired utterances. See Him dealing with those who had rejected His last appeals of mercy. Behold Him receiving abuse and mockery in return for love and mercy and never once can any suggestion be found of His even entertaining an idea of doing as men have understood God to do. Not even by a thought did He enter into any work whereby He would use the mighty power available to Him to destroy the impenitent.

     Men have long seen God as having two faces. One of these is the forgiving, merciful face which He turns toward man during the period of pleading for their repentance, while the other is the face of thunder as He is about to destroy him. Christ exhibited no such duality. Throughout His life only one role was ever played by Him—that of a Saviour and a Saviour only. Not once do we find Him lifting His hand to destroy anyone. He lived only to bless, to heal, to restore, and to save.

     “How God anointed Jesus Of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38.


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     “Christ stood at the head of humanity in the garb of humanity. So full of sympathy and love was His attitude that the poorest was not afraid to come to Him. He was kind to all, easily approached by the most lowly. He went from house to house, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, comforting the mourners, soothing the afflicted, speaking peace to the distressed. . . . He came as an expression of the perfect love of God, not to crush, not to judge and condemn, but to heal every weak, defective character, to save men and women from Satan’s power.” Welfare Ministry, 53, 54.

     “Constantly He went about doing good. By the good He accomplished, by His loving words and kindly deeds, He interpreted the gospel to men.” ibid., 56.

     “Just as we trace the pathway of a stream of water by the line of living green it produces, so Christ could be seen in the deeds of mercy that marked His pathway at every step. Wherever He went, health sprang up, and happiness followed wherever He passed. The blind and deaf rejoiced in His presence. His words to the ignorant opened to them a fountain of life. He dispensed His blessings abundantly and continuously. They were the garnered treasures of eternity, given in Christ, the Lord’s rich gift to man.” ibid. 57.

      “Christ, the outshining of the Father’s glory, came to the world as its light. He came to represent God to men, and of Him it is written that He was anointed ‘with the Holy Ghost and with power,’ and ‘went about dong good.’” Christ’s Object Lessons, 416, 417.

     This statement is very much to the point declaring that Christ came to this earth to represent God to man and then telling us that in order to do that, He went about doing good. How tragic that so many have failed to appreciate that Christ is the exact and complete revelation of the Father of lights. When this truth is seen as it should and must be, then it will be understood that God is committed to only one work—that of going about and doing good. He, together with Christ, is the great Healer, Restorer, Saviour, and Friend of all mankind. It is not His way to destroy them. They are destroyed only when they take themselves out of His care and beyond the limits of His circle of protection.

     “The life of Christ was filled with words and acts of benevolence, sympathy, and love.” Early Writings, 160.

     So it was. It was not partly, but overflowingly filled so that there was space for nothing else but that. The truth of the statements just quoted can be verified by studying the inspired records of His life. Such a study will fail to bring to light a single act of destruction or the administration of any punishment.

     Some may raise the objection that Christ cursed and destroyed the barren fig tree and that He drove the money changers out of the temple on two occasions by using a whip to do so. Both these events will be studied in the next chapter. The presentation of Scriptural evidences will show that the


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wasting of the fig tree was not an act of destruction on Christ’s part. It will be shown that He related Himself to it exactly as He does to every sinner, by permitting His protection and life to be withdrawn from it. Likewise, it will be shown that it was not by personal, physical force that He was successful in clearing the temple of the money changers.

     These are the only events which could be offered as an exception to the rule of Christ’s ministry. When it is successfully shown that they are not an exception, then it will be recognized that Christ did only good while upon this earth. He came as a Saviour only. “For God sent not His Son to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17.

     This is the great and thrilling message from the life of Christ. It testifies that throughout all the ages before He came, men held to a serious misconception of God’s character. Christ had come to dispel that error, and by acting out the ways and works of His Father, declares, “Here is the correct view of My Father. This is what you are to believe that He is and does.”

     At this point, some will be thinking that if they accept Christ’s life as the full and complete picture of what God is, then how will they ever understand God’s actions in the Old Testament?

     Let all such be earnestly encouraged to take hold of Christ’s words by faith. Jesus said that He had come to do the works of His Father. He has told us that to see Him is to see the Father. Therefore, faith in those words assures us that the picture of the Father which Christ came to give is the truth in regard to the Father. Faith then comforts us with the happy thought that there is a better and more beautiful interpretation of the Old Testament scriptures than we have had in the past. Thus we are filled with eager anticipation as we return to the study of events prior to the first advent of the Word of God

     Later many of the great happenings of that period will be re-examined. To the glad surprise of many of our readers, and we would hope all, it will be seen that God is a Saviour and Saviour only.


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[1] Note by Ron Beaulieu: Thinking individuals will naturally wonder about the case of all those who lived and died before Christ.  What kind of a fair view would they have had of  God’s character, when even angel’s could not discern His true character before the cross? This is a huge problem that is solved by the regeneration of  all mankind at the end-time for a real, live Investigative Judgment, which affords opportunity to know the true nature of God and then accept or reject it. Biblical proof of regeneration, of which reincarnation is Satan’s counterfeit, is the message to Philadelphia in Revelation 3:10-12, wherein the original Philadelphians circa the days of the disciples, are promised that they will be around to be kept through the time of trouble that comes upon the entire world.