Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dial Daily Bread: The Heart of the "Third Angel's Message in Verity"

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

Christ indeed redeemed the entire human race by His sacrifice, "abolished [the second] death" (2 Tim. 1:10), uprooted the fear that haunts mankind (Heb. 13:6), has "drawn the sting of all the powers ranged against us" (Col. 2:15, Phillips), chained Satan and his evil "principalities" to His triumphal chariot in His victory procession, cancelled the "handwritten" record of our trespasses which we ourselves had signed as our indebtedness to be paid for by our own second death (vss. 14, 15), and reversed the "condemnation" that came on "all men" in Adam, pronouncing on "all men" a glorious "verdict of acquittal" (Rom. 5:16-18, NEB).

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, and prompts us to continual overcoming. But in view of the cross, we are to "let no man therefore judge you" or lay upon us a guilt trip for trespasses paid for by Christ's sacrifice. We are to "let no man beguile" us of our "reward" through the false teachings of a "fleshly mind" (Col. 2:16-18).

Paul's meaning for the Colossians of his day included deliverance from the regulations of the ceremonial law, but it also had reference to the infinitely greater good news of deliverance from every vestige of Satan's tyranny over our souls. That is the idea which is at the heart of the "third angel's message in verity"--deliverance from the galling yoke of sin.

It is possible for a people to prepare for the second coming of Christ! That's Good News. Untold millions are waiting to hear it.

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: 1994 Phone Message.
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