how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Ps. 119:97.
those who talk of principle as if they would not on any account depart from
it be sure that they understand the principles laid down in the Word of God
for our guidance. There are some who follow false principles. Their idea of
principle is misleading. Following right principle means the faithful doing
of the first four and the last six commandments. In obedience to these divine
commands, we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ, appropriating all
that is embraced in the atonement made on Calvary. Christ will stand by the
side of all who receive Him as their Saviour. To them He will give power to
become the sons of God. “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
One here referred to as the Word is the Son of God, who was the Commander
in the heavenly courts, and who came to this world to open heavenly things
to fallen human beings. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the
Word that was with God before the world was. In clothing His divinity with
humanity, He became possessed of two natures, the divine and the human. And
because of this, He was fully able to accomplish for the human race their
complete redemption, and their restoration to the privileges of the higher
He began His earthly life as human beings begin theirs, coming to this world
as a helpless babe. And while here, He lived the life that every human being
may live who will receive the great gift that the Lord made to our world in
sending His Son to work out the plan of salvation.
Christ bore the penalty of sin, the stroke of divine justice, that human beings
might not be left to perish. He bore in His body the sentence pronounced against
sinners. This is the science of salvation, which can safely be searched into,
and which it is profitable to strive to understand. . . .
Those who continue in transgression will be judged according to their refusal
of light. They choose to stand on the side of the prince of darkness, to become
the helping hand of him who, if it were possible, would deceive the very elect.
They refuse the wonderful gift of heaven, and though they may profess righteousness,
and talk of “adherence to principle,” they are at the same time
following principles opposed to the noble principles of heaven, and they teach
others to follow the same corrupting principles.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 270.