The Desire of Ages Truth for the End of Time

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In the hearts of all mankind of whatever race or station in life there are inexpressible longings for. something they do not now possess This longing is implanted in the very constitution of man by a. merciful God that man may not be satisfied with his present conditions or attainments whether bad or. good or better God desires that the human shall seek the best and find it to the eternal blessing of his. Satan by wily scheme and craft has perverted these longings of the human heart He makes men. believe that this desire may be satisfied by pleasure by wealth by ease by fame by power but those. who have been thus deceived by him and they number myriads find all these things pall upon the. sense leaving the soul as barren and unsatisfied as before. It is God s design that this longing of the human heart should lead to the One who alone is able to. satisfy it The desire is of Him that it may lead to Him the fullness and fulfillment of that desire That. fullness is found in Jesus the Christ the Son of the Eternal God For it was the good pleasure of the. Father that in Him should all the fullness dwell for in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead. bodily And it is also true that in Him ye are made full with respect to every desire divinely. implanted and normally followed, Haggai calls Him the Desire of all nations and we may well call Him the Desire of all ages even. as He is the King of ages, It is the purpose of this book to set forth Jesus Christ as the One in whom every longing may be. satisfied There is many a life of Christ written excellent books large funds of information elaborate. essays on chronology and contemporaneous history customs and events with much of the teaching. and many glimpses of the many sided life of Jesus of Nazareth Yet it may be truly said the half has. never been told, It is not however the purpose of this work to set forth a harmony of the Gospels or even to give in. strictly chronological order the important events and wonderful lessons of the life of Christ its purpose. is to present the love of God as revealed in His Son the divine beauty of the life of Christ of which all. may partake and not to satisfy the desires of the merely curious nor the questionings of critics But. even as by the attraction of His own goodness of character Jesus drew His disciples unto Himself and. by His personal presence by His sympathetic touch and feeling in all their infirmities and needs and. by His constant association transformed their characters from the earthly to the heavenly from the. selfish to the sacrificing from smallhearted ignorance and prejudice to largehearted knowledge and. profound love for souls of all nations and races even so it is the purpose of this book so to present the. blessed Redeemer as to help the reader to come to Him face to face heart to heart and find in Him. even as did the disciples of old Jesus the Mighty One who saves to the uttermost and transforms to. His own divine image all those who come unto God by Him Yet how impossible it is to reveal His. life It is like attempting to put upon canvas the living rainbow into characters of black and white the. sweetest music, In the following pages the author a woman of large and deep and long experience in the things of God. has set forth new beauties from the life of Jesus She has brought many new gems from the precious. casket She opens before the reader undreamed of riches from this infinite treasure house New and. glorious light flashes forth from many a familiar passage the depth of which the reader supposed he. had long before fathomed To state it in brief Jesus Christ is revealed as the fullness of the Godhead. the infinitely merciful Saviour of sinners the Sun of Righteousness the merciful High Priest the. Healer of all human maladies and diseases the tender compassionate Friend the constant ever present. and helpful Companion the Prince of the House of David the Shield of His people the Prince of. Peace the Coming King the Everlasting Father the culmination and fruition of the desires and hopes. of all the ages, Under the blessing of God this book is given to the world with the prayer that the Lord by His Spirit.
will make the words of this book words of life to many souls whose longings and desires are yet. unsatisfied that they may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His. sufferings and finally throughout a blessed eternity at His right hand share in that fullness of joy. and pleasures forevermore which will be the ripened fruitage of all those who find in Him the all in. all the Chiefest among ten thousand and the One altogether lovely. Publishers,1 God With Us, His name shall be called Immanuel God with us The light of the knowledge of the glory of. God is seen in the face of Jesus Christ From the days of eternity the Lord Jesus Christ was one with. the Father He was the image of God the image of His greatness and majesty the outshining of His. glory It was to manifest this glory that He came to our world To this sin darkened earth He came to. reveal the light of God s love to be God with us Therefore it was prophesied of Him His name. shall be called Immanuel, By coming to dwell with us Jesus was to reveal God both to men and to angels He was the Word of. God God s thought made audible In His prayer for His disciples He says I have declared unto them. Thy name merciful and gracious long suffering and abundant in goodness and truth that the. love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them and I in them But not alone for His earthborn. children was this revelation given Our little world is the lesson book of the universe God s wonderful. purpose of grace the mystery of redeeming love is the theme into which angels desire to look and it. will be their study throughout endless ages Both the redeemed. and the unfallen beings will find in the cross of Christ their science and their song It will be seen that. the glory shining in the face of Jesus is the glory of self sacrificing love In the light from Calvary it. will be seen that the law of self renouncing love is the law of life for earth and heaven that the love. which seeketh not her own has its source in the heart of God and that in the meek and lowly One is. manifested the character of Him who dwelleth in the light which no man can approach unto. In the beginning God was revealed in all the works of creation It was Christ that spread the heavens. and laid the foundations of the earth It was His hand that hung the worlds in space and fashioned the. flowers of the field His strength setteth fast the mountains The sea is His and He made it Ps. 65 6 95 5 It was He that filled the earth with beauty and the air with song And upon all things in. earth and air and sky He wrote the message of the Father s love. Now sin has marred God s perfect work yet that handwriting remains Even now all created things. declare the glory of His excellence There is nothing save the selfish heart of man that lives unto itself. No bird that cleaves the air no animal that moves upon the ground but ministers to some other life. There is no leaf of the forest or lowly blade of grass but has its ministry Every tree and shrub and leaf. pours forth that element of life without which neither man nor animal could live and man and animal. in turn minister to the life of tree and shrub and leaf The flowers breathe fragrance and unfold their. beauty in blessing, to the world The sun sheds its light to gladden a thousand worlds The ocean itself the source of all. our springs and fountains receives the streams from every land but takes to give The mists ascending. from its bosom fall in showers to water the earth that it may bring forth and bud. The angels of glory find their joy in giving giving love and tireless watchcare to souls that are fallen. and unholy Heavenly beings woo the hearts of men they bring to this dark world light from the courts. above by gentle and patient ministry they move upon the human spirit to bring the lost into a. fellowship with Christ which is even closer than they themselves can know. But turning from all lesser representations we behold God in Jesus Looking unto Jesus we see that it is. the glory of our God to give I do nothing of Myself said Christ the living Father hath sent Me and. I live by the Father I seek not Mine own glory but the glory of Him that sent Me John 8 28 6 57. 8 50 7 18 In these words is set forth the great principle which is the law of life for the universe All. things Christ received from God but He took to give So in the heavenly courts in His ministry for all. created beings through the beloved Son the Father s life flows out to all through the Son it returns in. praise and joyous service a tide of love to the great Source of all And thus through Christ the circuit. of beneficence is complete representing the character of the great Giver the law of life. In heaven itself this law was broken 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 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 earth was dark through misapprehension of God That the gloomy shadows might be lightened. that the world might be brought back to God Satan s deceptive power was to be broken This could not. be done by force The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God s government He desires. only the service of love and love cannot be commanded it cannot be won by force or authority Only. by love is love awakened To know God is to love Him His character must be manifested in contrast to. the character of Satan This work only one Being in all the universe could do Only He who knew the. height and depth of the love of God could make it known Upon the world s dark night the Sun of. Righteousness must rise with healing in His wings Mal 4 2. The plan for our redemption was not an afterthought a plan formulated after the fall of Adam It was a. revelation of the mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal Rom 16 25 R V It. was an unfolding of the principles that from eternal ages have been the foundation of God s throne. From the beginning God and Christ knew of the apostasy of Satan and of the fall of man through the. deceptive power of the apostate God did not ordain that sin should exist but He foresaw its existence. and made provision to meet the terrible emergency So great was His love for the world that He. covenanted to give His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but. have everlasting life John 3 16, Lucifer had said I will exalt my throne above the stars of God I will be like the Most High Isa. 14 13 14 But Christ being in the form of God counted it not a thing to be grasped to be on an. equality with God but emptied Himself taking the form of a servant being made in the likeness of. men Phil 2 6 7 R V margin, This was a voluntary sacrifice Jesus might have remained at the Father s side He might have retained.
the glory of heaven and the homage of the angels But He chose to give back the scepter into. the Father s hands and to step down from the throne of the universe that He might bring light to the. benighted and life to the perishing, Nearly two thousand years ago a voice of mysterious import was heard in heaven from the throne of. God Lo I come Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not but a body hast Thou prepared Me. Lo I come in the volume of the Book it is written of Me to do Thy will O God Heb 10 5 7 In. these words is announced the fulfillment of the purpose that had been hidden from eternal ages Christ. was about to visit our world and to become incarnate He says A body hast Thou prepared Me Had. He appeared with the glory that was His with the Father before the world was we could not have. endured the light of His presence That we might behold it and not be destroyed the manifestation of. His glory was shrouded His divinity was veiled with humanity the invisible glory in the visible. human form, This great purpose had been shadowed forth in types and symbols The burning bush in which Christ. appeared to Moses revealed God The symbol chosen for the representation of the Deity was a lowly. shrub that seemingly had no attractions This enshrined the Infinite The all merciful God shrouded. His glory in a most humble type that Moses could look upon it and live So in the pillar of cloud by. day and the pillar of fire by night God communicated with Israel revealing to men His will and. imparting to them His grace God s glory was subdued and His majesty veiled that the weak vision of. finite men might behold it So Christ was to come in the body of our humiliation Phil 3 21 R V. in the likeness of men In the eyes of the world He possessed no beauty that they should desire Him. yet He was the incarnate God the light of heaven and earth His glory was veiled His greatness and. majesty were hidden that He might draw near to sorrowful tempted men. The Desire of Ages By Ellen G White PREFACE In the hearts of all mankind of whatever race or station in life there are inexpressible longings for

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