Had God the Father Come to Our World…

Posted Jan 05, 2012 by Allen Powell in Worship of True God Hits: 4,586

This passage was used to promote the “interchangeability” of the Father and the Son in a seminar given at GYC on 12-30-11. The theme of GYC was the Holy Spirit but it seemed to me to be a defense of the trinity by some presenters. The underlined portion was the quote used in the seminar. This underlined portion is also in a devotional named “That I May Know Him” pg. 338. I included more of the letter that EGW wrote to Edson so that context could be given. I do not see interchangeability in the quote nor do I see the Father and Son choosing roles. By the way, role playing of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit was denied by the presenters, unlike the article by Jensen in the R&H, but interchangeability of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Person of the Godhead was claimed. Confusion on this issue abounds.

 

 

We have precious golden hours wherein we can cultivate faith and perfect a Christian character. We need to watch and pray. Be sober and watch unto prayer. We have an inexhaustible storehouse, an ocean of love, in the God of our salvation. He has placed in the hands of Christ all the treasures of the heavenly resources and says, "All these are for man in order to convince fallen, sinful man of My love, that there is no love in the universe but Mine, and for his happiness I am working and will work." The happiness of man is to know God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent.  {21MR 392.2} 

     It was to make this vast treasure house of all good available that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. He sprinkled every gift with His own blood, making it one by this act. The richest gift, the most costly sacrifice, was selected by God to come to the world as His expression of the love of God to man. The gift of God to our world in sending Jesus is an exhibition of His grace which God Himself cannot surpass. While we live in this world, there will be new developments and the extensive glory of the great love He had for the souls He has created even in this world. But that love will be extending and expanding before the saints in light, and in characters of new and increasing interest, seen and joyously realized throughout eternity.  {21MR 392.3} 

But one thing is impossible with God--the power of eclipsing the greatness of His gift, in showing His love for fallen man than He has given in Jesus. In this wonderful expression of His love He has given to man fallen, and to all the unfallen worlds, and to the universe of heaven clear evidence that there is no love but His love.  {21MR 392.4} 

     The Lord has paid this infinite price in giving His only begotten Son that through belief in Jesus Christ is belief in God, and that the righteous laws, the ten precepts of His decalogue, may appear to the world, even to as many as will believe on Jesus Christ, as His just requirements and are ever to be maintained.  {21MR 392.5} 

     Had God the Father come to our world and dwelt among us, veiling His glory and humbling Himself, that humanity might look upon Him, the history that we have of the life of Christ would not have been changed in unfolding its record of His own condescending grace. In every act of Jesus, in every lesson of His instruction, we are to see and hear and recognize God. In sight, in hearing, in effect, it is the voice and movements of the Father. But language seems to be so feeble! I refrain, and with John exclaim, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not" [1 John 3:1].--Letter 83, 1895.