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The Reformation Herald Online Edition

Jesus, Fully God

“Things New and Old”
“Things New and Old”

“Every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old” (Matthew 13:52).

The Word of God can be compared to a treasure chest containing things new and old. But the main point is this: we find precious treasures in the Word of God—some are fresh revelations of His love that we may have never noticed before, while others are time-tested precepts we continue to cherish and uphold through His grace.

This issue of The Reformation Herald does not necessarily revolve around one single theme. Rather, it brings forth various important issues—“things new and old”—the central figure being Jesus Christ, fully God and perfect man. The complete divinity of Christ is brought up in the article “Jesus, Fully God.” Also the solitude of Christ during His experience from Gethsemane to the cross is taken into serious consideration in the article, “Solace in Solitude.” We need to meditate daily on how great was the cost of our free salvation. It is free for everyone who believes, but tremendously expensive to our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ! We must know the cost of our salvation, even though this theme will be studied throughout all eternity. It pays to begin studying this vital topic here and now, today. Indeed, our spiritual experience depends upon our meditating on these subjects.

One of the distinctive doctrines of Adventism is the sealing message, and it especially considers the character of those who will make up the group of the 144,000. Why are they considered a “unique people”? Knowing the precious light of truth that we possess, can we be saved if we neglect such light? Paul puts before us a vital question: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).

Another doctrine peculiar to Adventism is the investigative judgment, and this is brought to the attention of the reader. Why do we need an investigative judgment? Whose cases will be scrutinized during the judgment taking place before the second coming of Christ? This doctrine is an essential part of the first angel’s message (Revelation 14:6–8). How can we face judgment without an Advocate?

How about our health reform? Are we following the laws of health as presented in the sacred writings? Are we developing our mental, physical and spiritual powers? How about physical exercise? Are we living up to the light we have regarding the eight natural doctors available to preserve our health? True education involves the harmonious development of the whole person. About this vital point also, you will find inspired instruction.

We are sure that this issue of The Reformation Herald will bring a great blessing to our readers.

Enjoy the reading and be blessed with these inspiring messages!