In seeking us, Christ came all
the way to where we are, taking upon Himself "the likeness of
sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." Thus He is
a Savior "nigh at hand, not afar off." He "is the Savior
of all men," even "the chief of sinners." But sinners
have the freedom to refuse Him and reject Him.
the Bible Says
"In these days of the
general acceptance of Catholicism on the part of 'Protestants,' we
should know for ourselves the doctrine of Christ and the consequences in
those who accept the dogma [of the Immaculate Conception].
"We have the following
statements of Catholic fathers and saints: 'Because [Mary] being very
different from the rest of mankind, human nature, but not sin,
communicated itself to her.' 'She was created in a condition more
sublime and glorious than that of all natures.' This puts the nature of
Mary infinitely beyond any real likeness or relationship to mankind. In
the words of Cardinal Gibbons: 'We affirm that the Second Person of the
Blessed Trinity, was begotten of the virgin, thus taking to Himself from
her maternal womb, a human nature of the same substance as hers.'
"It follows, as two and
two make four, that in His human nature the Lord Jesus is 'very
different' from mankind, infinitely beyond any real likeness or
relationship to us as we are in this world. The truth is that the Lord
Jesus in His human nature took our flesh and blood just as it is, with
all its infirmities. It will be well to know how near He really
"Jesus, that He might
bring man back to the glory of God, in His love followed him down even
here, partakes of his nature as it is, suffers with him and even dies with
him as well as for him in his sinful human nature. For 'He
was numbered with the transgressors.' This is love. He comes to us where
we are, that He may lift us up from ourselves unto God. 'Forasmuch then
as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself
likewise took part of the same' (Hebrews
"All the words that
could be used to make this plain and positive are here put together in a
single sentence. Instead of its being true that Jesus in His human
nature is so far away that He has no real likeness nor relationship to
us, it is true that He is in very deed our kin in flesh and blood
relation. This great truth of the blood-relationship between our
Redeemer and ourselves is clearly taught in the gospel in Leviticus.
When any one had lost his inheritance, the right of redemption fell to
his nearest of kin in blood-relationship. It fell not merely to one who
was near of kin, but to the one who was nearest (Leviticus
Therefore Christ took our very flesh and blood, and so became our
nearest of kin. He is the nearest to us of all persons in the universe.
Christianity. To deny that Jesus Christ came not simply in flesh,
but in the flesh, the only flesh that there is in this world, sinful
flesh,—to deny this is to deny Christ. For 'every spirit that
confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of
God.' Confess to Him your sins: He will never take advantage of you.
Tell Him your griefs. He has felt the same and can relieve you. Pour out
to Him your sorrows: 'He hath carried our sorrows,' He was 'a man of
sorrows and acquainted with grief,' He will comfort you with the comfort
of God" (The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, 1894,
"If He were not of the
same flesh as are those whom He came to redeem, then there is no sort of
use of His being made flesh at all. More than this: Since the only flesh
that there is in this world which He came to redeem, is just the poor,
sinful, lost, human flesh that all mankind have; if this is not the
flesh that He was made, then He never really came to the world
which needs to be redeemed. For if He came in a human nature different
from that which human nature in this world actually is, then, even
though He were in the world, yet for any practical purpose in reaching
man and helping him, He was as far from him as if He had never come. . .
"The faith of Rome
springs from that idea of the natural mind that God is too pure and too
holy to dwell with us and in us in our sinful human nature; that sinful
as we are, we are too far off for Him in His purity and holiness to come
to us just as we are.
"The true faith—the
faith of Jesus, is that He has come to us where we are; that, infinitely
pure and holy as He is, and sinful, degraded and lost as we are, by His
Holy Spirit [He] will willingly dwell with us and in us, to save us, to
purify us, and to make us holy.
"The faith of Rome is
that we must be pure and holy in order that God shall dwell with us.
"The faith of Jesus is
that God must dwell with us, and in us, in order that we shall be holy
or pure at all" (The Consecrated Way, pp. 35, 39,
condensed). (Ellen White was not Only
Supportive, but Enthusiastic)