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Who Has the Suit?




by Gary Blanchard



A couple years ago a popular movie about the end of the world came to theaters. It was a masterpiece of special effects describing the end of the world. The 1,000-foot waves and massive earthquakes were terrifying to say the least. At first I thought they must have consulted with the Bible when writing the film since the effects were of biblical proportion, but that thought quickly vanished as the sinister message of the movie became apparent.

The message: humanity’s only hope of salvation was in technologically advanced boats that one must pay tons of money in order to board. Moreover, every symbol that would draw attention to Jesus, including the statue of Jesus overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was knocked down.

Ellen White has this to say about those who teach that man can save himself. “The principle that man can save himself by his own works [lays] at the foundation of every heathen religion.1 How very sad. In these last days of earth’s history, humanity is being taught a lie regarding how to be saved.

God, who doesn’t want anyone to be lost, will raise up a people in the last days who will lift up Jesus as one’s only hope of salvation. Seventh-day Adventists are not better than other Christians, but we have been given a greater responsibility. Our most solemn and important work is to tell others the first, second, and third angels’ messages found in Revelation 14:6-12.

The messages of the three angels are God’s very last messages before He returns to deliver His people. How do we know? Because verse 14 describes the second coming of Jesus, and notice in your Bible that it comes right after the third angel speaks!

The first angel’s message is so simple yet so profound that many scholars have dedicated their lives to unpacking it. You’ll be happy to know that I have decided to keep it simple.

The first angel’s message is “Jesus saves!” Here is how the Bible puts it: “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water’ ” (Revelation 14:6, 7).2

What is the gospel? The Bible says the gospel is the good news that God saves everyone who believes in Jesus. How does He do this? He does this by giving them His very own righteousness! It’s called righteousness by faith (Romans 1:16, 17).   

Imagine you’re invited to a ritzy restaurant, but when you arrive, you discover you are underdressed and therefore unable to enter. Suddenly, to your amazement, the owner of the restaurant, out of the kindness of their heart, gives you their very own suit to wear. Suddenly you have access to the exquisite fellowship and food, not because of your merits, but because of theirs. That’s the gospel in a nutshell!

Most religions in the world today teach “karma,” the idea that you get what you deserve, but Christianity teaches something very different. Christianity teaches that Jesus got what we deserve (death) so we can get what He deserves (eternal life). Good works are important, and God expects them—but they are not our ticket to heaven! Only Jesus and His righteousness can secure your salvation and mine.

Yes, this world will soon come to an end, but those who hear the first angel’s message know how to escape. What are you waiting for? Don’t delay another moment! Ask Jesus for His suit of righteousness; by faith, put it on and keep it on. Then out of love and appreciation, “worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (Revelation 14:7).

1 Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1898), p. 35. (Italics supplied.)
2 Texts in this article are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Pastor Gary Blanchard lives with his wife and three teenagers in Cleburne, Texas. He is the youth and young adult director for the Texas Conference. His desire is to see every young person become a minister for the Master
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