gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil
world, according to the will of God and our Father. Gal. 1:4.
giving His life for the life of the world, Christ bridged the gulf that sin
had made, joining this sin-cursed earth to the universe of heaven as a province.
God chose this world to be the theater of His mighty works of grace. While
the sentence of condemnation was suspended over it because of the rebellion
of its inhabitants, while the clouds of wrath were accumulating because of
the transgression of the law of God, a mysterious voice was heard in heaven,
“Lo, I come. . . to do thy will, O God” (Ps. 40:7, 8). Our substitute
and surety came from heaven declaring that He had brought with Him the vast
and inestimable donation of eternal life. Pardon is offered to all who will
return their allegiance to the law of God. But there are those who refuse
to accept a “thus saith the Lord.” They will not reverence and
respect His law. They make rigorous human enactments in opposition to a “thus
saith the Lord,” and by precept and example lead men, women, and children
into sin. They exalt human enactments above the divine law. But the condemnation
and wrath of God are suspended over the disobedient. The clouds of God’s
justice are gathering. The material of destruction has been piled up for ages;
and still apostasy, rebellion, and disloyalty against God is continually increasing.
The remnant people of God, who keep His commandments, will understand the
word spoken by Daniel, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and
tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand;
but the wise shall understand” (Dan. 12:10).
Satan has called this world his territory. Here his seat is, and he holds
in allegiance to himself all who refuse to keep God’s commandments,
who reject a plain, “thus saith the Lord.” They stand under the
enemy’s banner; for there are but two parties in the world. All rank
either under the banner of the obedient or under the banner of the disobedient.
Jesus is now sending His message to a fallen world. He delights to take apparently
hopeless material, those through whom Satan has worked, and make them the
subjects of His grace. He rejoices to deliver them from the wrath which is
to fall upon the disobedient.
Our Father Cares, p. 230.