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Devotional for Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Jesus has always been one with the Father. Through Creation, Christ carried out the Father’s will and revealed God’s glory. Jesus was the reflection of the Father’s glory. He came to this earth as one of us to show how much the Father loves us. It is the glory of God to love and to give. This is the law of heaven and earth. Force of any kind is contrary to God’s government.

Conversely, sin exalts self and misrepresents God. It began in heaven when Lucifer said, “I will be like God and place my throne above the stars of God.” Some of the angels admired Lucifer and decided to join him. Their rebellion had to be stopped, so they were expelled from heaven.

Lucifer decided to tempt Adam and Eve to sin, and he succeeded. To save humankind, Jesus chose to give His kingly scepter to the Father, get off His throne, come to earth in a human body, and give His life for us. This plan wasn’t crafted after Adam and Eve sinned; it had been “kept in silence through times eternal” (Romans 16:25, ASV). Forevermore, Christ will be the Son of God in a human body like one of us. He is forever our Brother.

While on earth, Jesus gave us an example of obedience. Satan believed that God’s law was unreasonable and impossible to keep, but Jesus kept the law of God without using any power that is not also offered to us. He gives us the power to obey if we ask Him, and through Christ we become more united to the Father.

By dying willingly on the cross, Christ proved Satan wrong and showed heavenly and earthly creation that God and His government are fair and based on love. One day Satan will be destroyed completely and sin will never again enter the universe. Our union with God will never again be broken.

“In the light from Calvary it will be seen that the law of self- renouncing love is the law of life for earth and heaven; that the love which “seeketh not her own” has its source in the heart of God; and that in the meek and lowly One is manifested the character of Him who dwelleth in the light which no man can approach unto.” —The Desire of Ages, 20

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FROM A Brief History of God's Love by Dr. Jack Blanco, p. 103, 104

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