By Jeff Wehr
“Those who wait for the Bridegroom’s coming are to say to the people, ‘Behold your God.’ The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love.” Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, 415.
The last message given to the world will be a message of the love of God. It will be a message that will show the true nature or character of God. How will that character be seen by the world? “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3. The character of God is to be seen by His last day church. But to be more specific, it will be seen through the 144,000 “which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.” Revelation 14:4.
“Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.” Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, 69.
God is not waiting for us to operate more printing presses and radio stations. He is waiting for us to choose Him before all things. He is waiting for us to become like Him in character.
There is no greater knowledge to be gained than that of the true character of God. This knowledge leads to life eternal. Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3.
We are not born into this world with a true knowledge of God. In fact, the vast majority of people in the world grow up with a misconception of the true nature of God. It is out of this misconception of God that we do harm to ourselves and others.
How do we obtain this knowledge? “By sin the image of God in man has been marred and well-nigh obliterated; it is the work of the gospel to restore that which has been lost; and we are to cooperate with the divine agency in this work. And how can we come into harmony with God, how shall we receive His likeness, unless we obtain a knowledge of Him? It is this knowledge that Christ came into the world to reveal unto us. . . Brethren and sisters, it is by beholding that we become changed. By dwelling upon the love of God and our Saviour, by contemplating the perfection of the divine character and claiming the righteousness of Christ as ours by faith, we are to be transformed into the same image.” Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, 743, 744.
The opposite would also be true. If you choose not to behold Christ, then you will not come to know the true God. If you have misconceptions of God you character will remain imperfect. “The meager views which so many have had of the exalted character and office of Christ have narrowed their religious experience and have greatly hindered their progress in the divine life. Personal religion among us as a people is at a low ebb. There is much form, much machinery, much tongue religion; but something deeper and more solid must be brought into our religious experience. With all our facilities, our publishing houses, our schools, our sanitariums, and many, many other advantages, we ought to be far in advance of our present position.” Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, 743.
As our knowledge of God is progressive so will be our spiritual growth. “And the years of eternity, as they roll, will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God and of Christ. As knowledge is progressive, so will love, reverence, and happiness increase. The more men learn of God, the greater will be their admiration of His character.” Ellen G. White, Great Controversy, 678.