EXTRACTS FROM ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS
“New light will ever be revealed on the word of God to him who is living connection with the Son of righteousness --- The diligent seeker for truth will find precious rays of light yet to shine forth from the word of God --- Many germs are yet scattered that are to be gathered together to become the property of the remnant people of God --- Let no one come to the conclusion that there is no more truth to be revealed. There is no excuse for anyone in taking the position that there is no more truth to be revealed. We are not safe when we take the position that we will not accept anything else than that upon which we have settled as truth”.
(Counsel on Sabbath School work, page 34)
“Whenever the people of God are growing in grace, they will be constantly obtaining a clearer understanding of His word. They will discern new light and beauty in its sacred truth. This has been true in the history of the church in all ages, and thus, will continue to the end. But as real spiritual life declines, it has ever been the tendency to cease to advance in knowledge of the truth. Men rest satisfied with the light already received from God’s word, and discourages any further investigation of the scriptures. They become conservative and seek to avoid discussion – when new questions are started by investigating the scriptures, when no difference of opinion arises which will set men to searching the bible for themselves, to make sure that they have the truth, there will be many now, as in ancient times, who will hold to tradition, and worship what they know not”.
(5T pg 706-707)
“It is a fact that we have the truth, and we must hold with tenacity to the position that cannot be shaken; but we must not look with suspicion upon any new light which God may send, and say, “really we cannot say that we need any more light than the old [Historical Adventism] which we have hitherto received, and in which we are settled. While we hold to this position, the testimony of the True Witness applies to our cases its rebuke, “And knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Those who feel rich and increased in goods and in need of nothing are in a condition before God, and they knew it not.””
(RH. August 7, 1894, paragraph 2)
“We are to know more than we do at the present time. We are to comprehend the deep things of God. There are themes to be dwelt upon which are worthy of more than a passing notice. Angels have desired to look into the truths which are revealed to the people who are searching God’s word and with contrite hearts praying for wisdom, for greater lengths and breaths and heights of that knowledge which God alone, can give --- as we near the closing scenes of this earth’s history still more wonderful representations will be made. We need to study the scriptures with humble, contrite hearts. Those who will devote their powers to the study of God’s words, and especially the prophecies to these last days will be rewarded by the discovery of important truths”.
(MS 75, 1899, pg 4:5 (Untitled Manuscript, May 11, 1899)
May be found as Manuscript release N54 in Manuscript
Release, vol.1 pp. 195-196)