Evangelism Pages 613-617 Reconsidered

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  1. I am very disappointed in the way you interpreted these pages. It appears that you have twisted the meaning or phrases to argue your position. Per the English dictionary, the word “From” is a preposition “(used to specify a starting point in spatial movement)” Therefore, when one says “from everlasting” it means “from everlasting” IS the starting point. It is not future tense. You state the EGW never uses this term to mean eternity to eternity. Please consider this quote form 1SM pg 247 ” The Lord Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, existed from eternity, a distinct person, yet one with the Father. He was the surpassing glory of heaven. He was the commander of the heavenly intelligence, and the adoring homage of the angels was received by Him as His right.” To use your own argument “existed from eternity” means Jesus had no beginning. You are also misinterpreting begotten. If you look the word up in the original Greek it means “one and only” it is used as an adjective- like an only child in human terms. It is not the same word as “begat” as found in the first book of Mathew which is a verb meaning “to become.”

    1. So sorry for the disappointment Sabina. Please look up every time EGW uses the phrases “through” or “throughout eternity.” You will see these are ALWAYS future tense, without an ending.

      “Eternity,” according to the book “Education,” is “before time began.” Ed 304.2-3. At that time, in what’s called “the days or eternity” Christ was brought forth. (Micah 5:2, Proverbs 8:22-30, Patriarchs and Prophets, 34.1.)

      Say that you and I have accepted the gift of eternal life from Jesus Christ. All going well, we enter into His divine nature after being reborn and will live eternally in the future–but that doesn’t give us existence in eternity passed. In the same way, Christ was GIVEN life from His Father: “As the Father hath life in himself; so hath he GIVEN to the Son to have life in himself” (John 5:26).

      Also, “God is the Father of Christ; Christ is the Son of God. To Christ has been GIVEN an exalted position. He has been MADE EQUAL with the Father. All the counsels of God are opened to His Son.” 8T 268.3

      These are words that mandate Christ, the SON of God, not having an exalted position, or not being equal with the Father at some time in the past.

      Plus, how could God love the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son if He had no begotten Son to give? You can find the same conundrum in Hebrews 1:4-6, “Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath BY INHERITANCE obtained a more excellent name than they. 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my SON, this day have I begotten thee? And AGAIN, I will be to him a FATHER, and he shall be to me a SON? 1:6 And AGAIN, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” Here you can see that God must have had a “firstbegotten” in order to bring that “firstbegotten” into the world.

      Consider watching this series and you’ll learn more than what is in the papers above: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnIT3k5R3NTLRzObGxT2NZ5w3J08t9zIQ

        1. Sorry, but I don’t know why you would ask, except perhaps that Christ’s “human nature was created” (6MR 111.1). Christ was worshipped, and I am perfectly fine with directing my worship toward the only begotten Son of God, as the angels were commanded the same (Hebrews 1).

          Please clarify, if need be. Thanks.

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