Salvation comes from Jesus
Guardian Lifestyles Editor
Published: Aug 08, 2013
Even though members of the Seventh-day Adventist faith must believe and teach their distinctive truth and doctrines, they were reminded that salvation would only come from Jesus, according to Ted Wilson, president of the General Council of Seventh-day Adventists.
Speaking at the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) recently before an audience of more than 1,800 people who came together to worship and hear the leader of the Seventh-day Adventist world church speak at a special Sabbath service at Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Wilson told the believers that “God’s all-encompassing righteousness involves the completeness of both justification and sanctification”. And that it was His way of bringing his people into an immediate and long-term relationship with Him.
“It’s only Christ’s all-encompassing righteousness, of justification and sanctification that will save you and me, change us and nurture us into Christ’s disciples who can be powerful witnesses to the countries of the Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos and to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” he said.
Wilson encouraged the Adventists to live life to the fullest, always leaning upon God.
“Once the Holy Spirit enters your life, once you begin studying the scriptures, once you have an intimate prayer life with the Lord, once you begin to live the Christian life you begin to exhibit the fruit of the spirit, and that is what all Seventh-day Adventists hope to do,” he said.
And as an Adventist, he told them that they believe in helping to live out the life of Jesus Christ in their daily experience in a practical way with people, and as a result, building up society in a positive way.
He also told the church members to be independent, but dependent on the Lord.
“Paul understood that when he is weak in himself he is strong in the Lord, and that is to be our example as well,” Wilson said.
Wilson also told members of the ATCU (an organization formed less than three years ago that has approximately 32,000 members), which is one of 119 unions within the Adventist world church, that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is giving a strong, renewed emphasis to what many of the members know as medical missionary work or comprehensive health ministry, in reference to the world church’s theme “Revival and Reformation.”
He said a renewed emphasis worldwide was being placed on the principal of healthy living because it tied in with an understanding of the physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects of who they are.
“God made us in a complete sense and he expects us to live to the fullest in each one of those areas through his grace,” said Wilson. “We do not work our way to heaven by healthful living. We do not achieve sanctification through our own efforts. It is all through the righteousness of Jesus Christ,” he said.
Wilson told Adventists that the power of God works in them so that they can be a examples to others who stand for truth and that it was a privilege to be part of God’s great advent movement.
“As we look towards the future as we understand what is happening around us, we
realize that … not only Seventh-day Adventists, but all people, the only hope that we have is in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, for this world I believe, according to biblical prophecy, to understand we are living in the last end times. Jesus is coming soon,” said Wilson.
The economic conditions in the world today are becoming so fragile, and you who live in economies that depend upon tourism and upon funds that are easily expended you can feel that recession and that difficulty. Around the world, natural disasters are becoming more prominent — we have been told that as we come closer to the coming of Jesus, that the winds of strife and that natural disasters will increase. All over the world we are seeing increased natural challenges.”
Wilson reminded the Adventists to be the closest friends to everybody, but to always guard religious liberty and the freedom of conscience religiously.
“God is a God of love and we ought to proclaim the everlasting gospel … calling people back to God … calling people to align themselves with the covenant of God,” he said.
Also present were Pastor Leon Wellington, vice president of the Adventist Church in Inter-America, and his wife, Shirnet; Pastor Leonar Johnson, president of the ATCU; the leaders of the four fields comprising the ATCU — Pastor Paul Scavella, president of the South Bahamas Conference; Pastor Shian O’Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference; Pastor Errol Tinker, president of the North Bahamas Conference and Pastor Michael Smith, president of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission.