Special Insights No. 9
Third Quarter 2005
The Spiritual Life
(Produced by the Editorial Board of the 1888 Message Study Committee)
Lord of Our Body Temples
One of the earliest research studies performed was designed under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and recorded in Daniel chapter one. Daniel and three other teenage youth were among some of the children of
The lesson this week is entitled Lord of Our Body
With this background I would like to suggest three reasons why the gospel presented in 1888 prevents the Health Message from becoming legalism:
1. 2 Cor. says that the [agape] of Christ constrains us. This is not based on legalism but on a heart appreciation for the sacrifice of Christ and the Father. We will with Frances Ridley Havergal say, Take my will and make it thine it shall be no longer mine. Agape is powerful enough to cause us to lay aside our selfish desires including those related to health reform and submit to God.
2. Health reform is part of the New Covenant. Paul says in Gal. 2:20, I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. The faith of Jesus enabled Him to deny Himself, submit His will to His Father and by faith do only those things which pleased the Father. The faith of Jesus makes a reality the promises of the New Covenant. I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts. This faith is given to us and if we dont resist, this New Covenant experience will be ours and that includes the experience of healthful living. Waggoner says in The Glad Tidings, p. 47, It is not we that live, but Christ that lives in us, and uses His own faith to deliver us from the power of Satan. What have we to do? Let Him live in us in His own way. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Phil. 2:5, KJV.
3. This reason is the most important because it deals with motivation. A proper understanding of the gospel removes our selfish motivation to live 7 more years and instead to be concerned about the honor and vindication of God. How we treat our body temples has more to do with Gods glory than our own personal salvation. 1 Cor. says, Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. The memory text has the same idea. Jesus came to manifest the glory of the Father and now we have the same privilege. Daniel chapter 7, verse 10, tells us that 10,000 x 10,000 (100 million) at least are watching to see whether or not there is power in the blood. The universe is watching to see if self is cast out of the hearts and minds of His people. Eph says, to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. Our diet is not just so we can live another 7 years, but so we can participate in this final revelation of Gods character to the on-looking universe.
The 1888 message is a powerful answer to legalism. By the power of agape, we are motivated to live not only for ourselves but for Him who loved us and gave Himself for us. May God bless us as we seek to give Him glory in every area of our lives.
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