Gospel Truth #2
By His uplifted cross and on-going priestly ministry, Christ is drawing "all men" to repentance. His gracious love is so strong and persistent that the sinner must resist it in order to be lost.
Ellen White's View
[Christ] took in His grasp the world over which Satan claimed to preside as his lawful territory, and by His wonderful work in giving His life, He restored the whole race of men to favor with God" (Selected Messages, book 1, p. 343).
"He redeemed Adam's disgraceful fall, and saved the world" (My Life Today, p. 323).
"Every member of the human family is given wholly into the hands of Christ. . . . Every gift is stamped with the cross and bears the image and superscription of Jesus Christ" (MS. 36, 1890).
"Jesus, the world's Redeemer, stands between Satan and every soul. . . . The sins of everyone who has lived upon the earth were laid upon Christ, testifying to the fact that no one need be a loser in the conflict with Satan" (Review and Herald, May 23, 1899).
"As soon as there was sin, there was a Saviour. Christ knew that He would have to suffer, yet He became man's substitute. As soon as Adam sinned, the Son of God presented Himself as surety for the human race, with just as much power to avert the doom pronounced upon the guilty as when He died upon the cross of Calvary" (ibid., March 12, 1901).
"You may say you believe in Jesus, when you have an appreciation of the cost of salvation. You may make this claim, when you feel that Jesus died for you on the cruel cross of Calvary; when you have an intelligent understanding faith that His death makes it possible for you to cease from sin, and to perfect a righteous character through the grace of God, bestowed upon you as the purchase of Christ's blood" (ibid., July 24, 1888).