Be careful, exceedingly careful as to how you dwell upon the human nature of Christ. Do not set Him before the people as a man with the propensities of sin. He is the second Adam. The first Adam was created a pure, sinless being, without a taint of sin upon him; he was in the image of God. He could fall, and he did fall through transgressing. Because of sin, his posterity was born with inherent propensities of disobedience. But Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of God. He took upon Himself human nature, and was tempted in all points as human nature is tempted. He could have sinned; He could have fallen, but not for one moment was there in Him an evil propensity. He was assailed with temptations in the wilderness, as Adam was assailed with temptations in Eden.
by David Clayton
The Spirit of Man
In trying to safeguard against the concept of the immortal soul, Adventism has gone too far in the other direction. Generally speaking, today, in Adventism, man is regarded as being only a breathing, thinking piece of clay. As the average Seventh day Adventist would explain it, the formula seems very simple: God made man from the dust of the earth, then He breathed breath into him (air) and so man became a living soul. Take away the breath of life (air) and man becomes a dead soul, therefore, all man is made up of is dirt, made alive when the process of breathing begins. There is no such thing as an immaterial component called the spirit. This is just another way of describing the breath which is in man's nostrils. However, that concept presents many problems.
Recently I received a letter from a reader who agrees with our perspective on Righteousness by faith but feels that it is incompatible with several doctrines taught by the Seventh-day Adventist faith, especially those which involve the law and observance of the Sabbath. I attempted to answer the objections of this person and as I believe that the answers given to these questions may be helpful to others I have published the questions as well as the answers given.
by A.T. Jones
“The Word was made flesh.”
“When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman.” Gal. 4:4.
“And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isa. 53:6.
We have seen that in His being made of a woman, Christ reached sin at the very fountain head of its entrance into this world and that He must be made of a woman to do this. Also there was laid upon Him the iniquity, in the actual sins, of us all.
Will new-born babies who die before they are able to choose Christ be lost? Many people seem to have the idea that it depends on the parents. If the parents are saved, then the child will be saved. If the parents are lost, then the child will be lost. However, in light of the gospel, this does not make sense. Humanity is lost or saved on the basis what Adam and Christ has done. The word of God teaches us that all men became sinful and lost because of Adam's sin. However, the same word teaches us that salvation is available to all because of what Christ did. Of course, for a person to receive the gift of salvation in Christ, he must make a choice. He must choose to believe in the gift of God.
by David Clayton
As we consider the title of this article, our response may be to think, “well, the sinner has to die because the law proves him guilty and requires his death.” We see his death as completely dependent upon his relationship to the law. This concept is rooted deeply into the thinking of Christians and while in a way, it is correct, this common understanding does not fully explain the truth. Let us consider for a moment what a law really is. A law is basically a principle or a rule which governs behaviour. A law dictates the way we operate.
But when we speak of law, there are two kinds of law which we need to consider. There is natural law and there is judicial law and understanding the difference between the two is critical to a proper appreciation of the reason why the sinner has to die.
I once heard the host of a popular talk-show in Jamaica describe God as a “blood-thirsty” being. His reason for coming to this conclusion was that he could not understand why God should demand death for the smallest act of transgression, and why He should be so inflexible in His demand that the only way He will forgive us is if His own Son should die instead. The way he explained it, it was God's demand for retribution which made it necessary for the sinner to die and if this was not to be, then the only thing which God would accept was that His own Son should be sacrificed instead.