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The Doctrine of the Everlasting Covenant in the
Writings of Ellet J. Waggoner

Again, Ellen White confirms this as the message she heard and was so excited about. She wrote a special testimony in 1896 to some at Battle Creek concerning her convictions in regards to Waggoner's message. The reader is encouraged to carefully examine the whole testimony found in Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers.

This is the testimony that must go throughout the length and breadth of the world. It presents the law and the gospel, binding up the two in a perfect whole, (see Romans 5 and 1 John 3:9 to the close of the chapter.) These precious scriptures will be impressed upon every heart that is opened to receive them … "As many as receive Him, to them gave He to become the son of God, even to them that believe on His name." These have not a mere nominal faith, a theory of truth, a legal religion, but they believe to a purpose, appropriating to themselves the richest gifts of God … This is the very work which the Lord designs that the message He has given His servants shall perform in the heart and mind of every human agent. It is perpetual life of the church to love God supremely and to love others as they love themselves. There was but little love for God or man, and god gave to His messengers just what the people needed.88

As for the interpretation of the new covenant being present in the Old Testament, she was clear that the Abrahamic covenant contained all there was needed for salvation. Nothing more was to be added. Notice what she said in 1890 concerning the entering of the "old covenant."

But if the Abrahamic covenant contained the promise of redemption, why was another covenant formed at Sinai?—In their bondage the people had to a great extent lost the knowledge of God and of the principles of the Abrahamic covenant. In delivering them from Egypt, God sought to reveal to them his power and his mercy, that they might be led to love and trust him.

But there was a still greater truth to be impressed upon their minds. Living in the midst of idolatry and corruption, they had no true conception of the holiness of God, of the exceeding sinfulness of their own hearts, their inability, in themselves, to render obedience to God's law, Saviour. All this they must be and they must be taught.89

This was the core of Waggoner's presentation on the subject of the covenants. It dealt with the proper nature of God's covenant, stating that it was not a legal transaction as humans perceive it; it was a relationship in which God promised and man responded with heart and mind in believing that God would accomplish what He had promised in His own strength and His own way. Waggoner also showed that the same gospel was present in both the Old and the New Testament times. This salvation of meant that the methods, means, and goals of the men have been consistent from the original promise of redemption God gave Adam and Eve after the Fall.

This message revolutionized the doctrine
of righteousness by faith

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