God as Redeemer – Eternal Redeemer!

As a Bible Worker in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, I work on the front lines of the battle between good and evil. Many times I have seen families and individuals appear to be overcome by Satan, and it has brought me to tears on many occasions, but then I pray and then remember the power of my Redeemer.

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. Luke 22:41-43

The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with intense interest as the conflict drew to its close. Satan and his confederacy of evil, the legions of apostasy, watched intently this great crisis in the work of redemption. The powers of good and evil waited to see what answer would come to Christ’s thrice-repeated prayer. Angels had longed to bring relief to the divine sufferer, but this might not be. No way of escape was found for the Son of God. In this awful crisis, when everything was at stake, when the mysterious cup trembled in the hand of the sufferer, the heavens opened, a light shone forth amid the stormy darkness of the crisis hour, and the mighty angel who stands in God’s presence, occupying the position from which Satan fell, came to the side of Christ. The angel came not to take the cup from Christ’s hand, but to strengthen Him to drink it, with the assurance of the Father’s love. He came to give power to the divine-human suppliant. He pointed Him to the open heavens, telling Him of the souls that would be saved as the result of His sufferings. He assured Him that His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan, that His death would result in the utter discomfiture of Satan, and that the kingdom of this world would be given to the saints of the Most High. He told Him that He would see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied, for He would see a multitude of the human race saved, eternally saved. –Desire of Ages, p. 693

I still remember one night in Texas, when I was alone in my home praying for a family that was slipping away from God. I opened my book Desire of Ages to the passage above in the chapter titled “Gethsemane.” I still remember the chills that went down my spine as I rejoiced to read those last words, “He would see a multitude of the human race saved, eternally saved.” I was so thrilled to read those words! I have never forgotten them. Since then I have clung to those words as over the years I have watched families and individuals triumph over drugs and alcohol, hurt and bitterness, sexual immorality and more. Meanwhile, that family that I was praying and crying for that night? Over the years now the parents have returned to God and are in church every week. The children who seemed so distant from God have grown up. They are in church now and their children are in church.

Sometimes it appears Satan is getting all the victories, but I know this:

Christ rejoiced that He could do more for His followers than they could ask or think. He spoke with assurance, knowing that an almighty decree had been given before the world was made. He knew that truth, armed with the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, would conquer in the contest with evil; and that the bloodstained banner would wave triumphantly over His followers. He knew that the life of His trusting disciples would be like His, a series of uninterrupted victories, not seen to be such here, but recognized as such in the great hereafter. –Desire of Ages, p. 679

Sometimes the success of the gospel appears small, but even in my little world over time I have seen tremendous victories. I have seen a lady joyfully singing in church who years before told me bitterly she would never step foot in church again. I have seen families laughing and playing together who a while before seemed divided forever. I have seen enough to know the victories are not small and scarce. Multitudes are being redeemed. Eternally redeemed!

To illustrate why we must never give up, I must share an experience I had several years ago, early in my ministry that taught me to never give up. I was a Bible Worker in a small church in Oklahoma. For the sake of anonymity, I will name the couple Joe and Jane. Joe had gone back to drinking and soon he and Jane both stopped coming to church. One night at prayer meeting someone reported that not only had they left the church for the world, but they even told us to stop praying for them. Of course we kept praying any way.

After several weeks I finally found them at home. I thought I had talked them into at least letting me come back to study the Bible with them even if they would not come to church. We set a time for me to come back. When I returned, I was met at the door by Joe. He told me he could not study the Bible with me, because just the thought of reading the Bible made him so sick and depressed, that he could not stand it. So he sent me away. I walked back to my car fully convinced this man must have grieved the Holy Spirit away, since he had asked us not to pray for him, and even the thought of the Bible made him so sick. I decided if he had grieved the Spirit away, there was obviously no reason to contact him again, so I never did. I never saw Joe in church or anywhere else for that matter.

Three years later I was working in North Texas as a Bible Worker when I got a phone call from my mother. She wanted to know what set of Bible study guides I like to use. I told her the “Good News Study Guides” by Don Grey. She told me she needed to get some study guides because my father and she had just begun some Bible Studies with Joe and Jane. I could not believe it! First of all my parents don’t normally give Bible studies, and I thought Joe had grieved away the Holy Spirit with his drinking and constant rebellion. While studying with my parents, Joe left his drinking and rebellion and a few weeks later both he and his wife were re-baptized! I called my parents before writing this story. They tell me Joe and Jane continue to be faithful members ten years later.

I believe God used my parents to study with them so that I would be aware of this happy ending for two reasons. 1. To show me I should never give up on anyone. 2. To show me what He was able to accomplish with absolutely no help from me. God is able to work His greatest miracles when I am nowhere in the picture.

I was a young Bible Worker back then with a lot to learn. I have since learned to follow Jesus’ example in all I do. The reason I never give up on anyone now is simply this – Jesus left me with no example on how to give up. He never taught us to give up, never talked about giving up, never thought of giving up. Even if someone seems spiritually dead, we do not need to stop praying and give up. Jesus raises the dead! “But God … even when we were DEAD in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5



God as Redeemer – Eternal Redeemer! — 14 Comments

  1. i really thank GOD for all that he has done for me and my family. i say glory be to his name. But most at times am faced with alot of temtations and more often do i fall in my temtations so am asking for help through prays that GOD should help me to stand firm in my trails and temtations for him so that when he decend from his heavenly kindom i will not be lift out because it will be a painful thing.

    • I to have fallen into temtation, it seems the harder I try the harder it gets to follow Gods laws.I realy want to be a good christian but I find it so hard because I have no one around me to share with or study the bible with.I feel like I am alone in this life of mine.I hate asking for things but could you please pray for me to become the man Gods wants me to be.

  2. William, thank you for sharing with us how you have personally seen God at work.

    God has a lot more patience than we do, doesn't He? And we can never spend too much time meditating on what Christ has done for us.

  3. Thank you William for the wonderful message. It's incredible to think that God never give up on us and is willing to forgive even after our rebellious sins.

    Praise the Lord for such opportunity!

  4. Jesus has left me an example never to give up praying...matt 17:1-8,mark 9:2-8,luke 9:28-36 .. I'm often overcome with weariness as peter,james and john. question: if one of the three disciples not fallen asleep would he literally heard what moses and elijah said to jesus?..

  5. Oh powerful and humbling, I don't deserve the sacrifice that Christ made for me. But I am so filled with gratitude that He did! Jesus saves! How beautiful are those two words!

  6. I dont know how i found myself on this site. Thank God for this story. surely I have almost given up. Married twice and divorced with 2 beautiful girls, slipping into alchol and unspeakable. I came to hate God... how true that God's love is possible for me is amazing reality. pray for me too.

    • Freddie, I believe God brought you to this site especially to encourage you to hold on, because God is holding on to you. (I pray daily that the Lord will bring visitors who can benefit from what we have posted here, and I believe the Lord is answering that prayer.)

      Re-commit your life to Him, and then plan to spend a significant amount of time daily to focusing on His love for you -- like an hour or so a day. Read through the gospels several times before you do any other Bible reading. And I also recommend reading through something like a commentary on the Parables of Jesus.

      Focus your attention on the Lord and His love, rather than on the things of this world, and talk to Him as you would to a friend. That's what Christian prayer is all about. In a month's time, you will be so changed that you won't recognize the old you. 🙂

      I hope that other readers of this comment will join me in praying for you.

  7. I thank God for his love for me despite my sins, may his name be praised. I know I'm a sinner. I ask for more felling of the Holy Spirit to direct me to the right path.

  8. There are times when i sit down and wonder how my life would be without that great LOVE that Christ showed me a sinner on the cross! Am grateful and thank God for the Amazing grace.... I Love u God my Redeemer.

  9. Am in a medical school,and we are about 6 individuals that meet to fellowship on sabbath day.though am not a born SDA member,as i was going through the the sabbath study"GOD AS REDEEMER"i was really touched.i decide to research on futher;that brought me to this site.as i opened it,i slept off.when i got up this morning to chat with friends this page was still onthe screen so i decide to read.am relly blessed by all that i read thruogh,thanks alot,do pray rfor God's leading in my life so i dont get to lose focus ,of whom i am and the purpose for which he created me

    stillon myaloy

  10. Let's continue praying for and encouraging one another. As I see God's grace working in my life I become sure of one thing. I will be saved by faith. But it is not my faith that saves me. It's the faithfulness of Jesus that will save me!


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