Post Number: 628
|Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 - 10:37 pm: || |
This is from an adventist publication titled "Responding to Conflict Biblically" Not sure why there are so many EGW quotes as it is supposed to support everything BIBLICALLY.
What they do is provide a Bible quote or more often, give the reader their synoposis of the text and then provide chapter and verse so it can be looked up.
Here is a little bit...word for word. Your comments please:
FORGIVENESS IS SYMBOLIZED IN THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Lord's Supper reveals to us God's incredible forgiveness and love in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross--1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 3:16, 17; Luke 23:34.
"As we receive the bread and wine symbolizing Christ's broken body and spilled blood, we witness the struggle by which our reconcilliation with God is obtained"--Ellen White, The Desire of Ages, p. 661.
I'm going to let you respond and then I will give my 2 cents worth.
Post Number: 343
|Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 5:14 am: || |
STRUGGLE: Jesus, the subordinate victim, in compliance to plan B implemented after sin entered the scene, overcame his struggle with his sinful tendencies only through strict obedience to the will of God.
"Jesus, the world's Redeemer, could only keep the commandments of God, in the same way that humanity can keep them. [...] We must practice the example of Christ, bearing in mind His Sonship and His humanity. It was not God that was tempted in the wilderness, nor a god that was to endure the contradiction of sinners against himself. It was the Majesty of heaven who became a man--humbled Himself to our human nature." (Manuscript Releases, Volume Six, page 342, paragraphs 1-2.)
"Christ On Probation – For a period of time Christ was on probation(1). He took humanity on himself, to stand the test and trial which the first Adam failed to endure. Had he failed in His test and trial(2), He would have been disobedient to the voice of God(3), and the world would have been lost(4)."
(SDA Bible Commentary, Volume 5, p. 1082; Signs of the Times May 10, 1869)
Post Number: 344
|Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 5:29 am: || |
'the will of the angry God.'
Post Number: 10971
|Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 10:19 pm: || |
Absolutely, John! The bread and the wine are not reminders of "struggle". They are reminders of Jesus' finished work. Jesus Himself said the bread and wine are His blood and body...we are to remember His finished sacrifice and to look forward to the certainty of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
It wasn't about "struggle". It was about suffering—willing suffering and obedient suffering. Jesus trusted the Father, even as He walked willingly to the cross.
Our salvation was obtained not by a struggle but by a willing sacrifice. Jesus was no unwilling victim. Never was there a doubt that He would be successful, obedient, and victorious. He told His disciples in advance that He would rise on the third day. He knew! Never was there doubt. There was only willing suffering.
People don't like being in debt to someone that they cannot repay, but God asks us to allow ourselves to be in His debt without obligation or guilt. We are asked simply to believe—and to confess with our mouths Jesus as Lord.
He is Lord!
Post Number: 719
|Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 12:07 am: || |
Suffering? Struggle? 'Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me?' 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani!' Looks pretty similar. I don't think she went far enough, but it's headed down the right road.