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Stitch By Stich

In the 1880’s there were 2 young men Alonzo T. Jones and Elliot Waggnor.

One of the sermons that Jones preached he spoke about Jesus being born in Bethlehem and when growing up at the age of 12 yr old he was in the temple teaching and asking questions about the Messiah and when His parents found him and took Him home He was obeying the 5th commandment. And when Jesus did this and as a little boy, he chose to keep the 5th commandment he was weaving a stitch in a robe of righteousness for you and me.

He went along through the life of Christ and when he was baptized, and went into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil three times, the devil tried to get him to sin and break Gods law and every time Jesus responded with “IT IS WRITTEN” I’m putting my Father first and will not put any other god before me and he keep the 1st Commandment; He was weaving a stitch in his humanity in a robe of righteousness for us.

When He kept the Sabbath in Luke 4 and every other Sabbath that was His custom to keep he was weaving a Sabbath Keeping Stitch in that robe of righteousness for you and me.

Every time He said “I tell you the Truth…” and kept the 9th Commandment he wove another stitch.

Every time He resisted temptation all throughout His life from the very first moment of conscience when He was able to resist temptation to the very end of His life when He said IT is finished while he hung on that cross. He was living a perfect life of obedience to the law of God stitch by stitch and he did it for you and me because He loves us.

He had us in mind every time He chose to keep the righteousness of the law.

The subject of righteousness by faith has been pondered, studied, agitated, and argued in the Seventh-day Adventist church for well over a century – as well it should be. Because at the end of the day, this is the subject that will determine where we spend eternity. And especially now, as we see the events of prophecy rapidly fulfilling around us, we need to be even more diligent, in the words of the apostle, to make our calling and election sure (2 Pet. 1:10).

We find these words from a little Document entitled Christ our righteousness: The end is near! We have not a moment to lose! Light is to shine forth from God's people in clear, distinct rays, bringing Jesus before the churches and before the world.... One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other… Christ Our Righteousness..

However, along with all the agitation and arguments have come a multiplicity of theories of righteousness by faith, often making a doctrine that should be simple enough for a child to grasp more complicated than quantum physics!

Over the years, it has become apparent that the discussions on righteousness by faith really amounts to whether or not we can truly overcome sin and to what degree; whether we can attain to Christian perfection, and what that means exactly; whether or not the overcoming and/or perfection takes place before or after Jesus comes; whether there will come a time when we no longer need the righteousness of Christ; and finally, how our understanding of these things affects our personal assurance of salvation today.


God Bless Christopher Camacho

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