“The First Angel’s Message is an acknowledgement – by Faith – of the Creator God of the Covenant Grace-Faith Relationship.”

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Chapter 14, Page 139 –

The Millerites of the 1840’s saw the gospel, the obedience (in giving God glory), and the judgment. And with their understanding of the 2300 days of Daniel 8:14 and the cleansing of the sanctuary, the judgment meant the imminent Second Coming of Jesus. What more do you see, especially in light of your understanding of the Covenant Grace-Faith Relationship? 

The First Angel’s Message is the fulfillment of the commandment and the promise in Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe [1] that He is and [2] that he is a rewarder of those who [“diligently” from KJV] seek Him.” The First Angel’s Message is an acknowledgement, by Faith, of the Creator God of the Covenant Grace-Faith Relationship. This is the God who is and who is able to give gifts that function. This is the God who, through His Holy Spirit, is in charge of my life. This is the God who can reconcile me to Himself and remove (“cleanse” is the metaphorical word) the separation of sin – which is the positive side of the judgment, not the frightful side. (Did you notice the Three Levels?)

What confirmation and assurance can I give you about the truth of this First Angel’s Message? Look at the last part of verse seven. God is worthy to be believed, He is worthy to be worshiped because He is the Creator God. I’m amazed at how many basic Bible teachings are incorporated in this First Angel’s Message. I can’t begin to count all of the Gifts of God which we are “Receiving From” Him, wrapped up in the whole of the First Angel’s Message, symbolized by the Sabbath, and validated in God’s creatorship.