The Lost Generation’s Victory
Preface: The reality of Christ’s return calls us to continual readiness.
Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that “a halo of light and glory centered about the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection, immortalizing the sacred truth that He was the Saviour
of the world.”1
Quoting Baxter, Ellen White describes the believers’ attitudes in the hope of the resurrection: “ ‘The thoughts of the coming of the Lord,’ said Baxter, ‘are most sweet and joyful to me. . . .’ ‘It is the work of faith and the character of His saints to love His appearing and to look for that blessed hope.’ ‘If death be the last enemy to be destroyed at the resurrection, we may learn how earnestly believers should long and pray for the second coming of Christ, when this full and final conquest shall be made.’ ”2 The promise of the resurrection is also for this generation.
Satan tried to harm the early Christians, but he could not destroy them. “He could only have power over the body. He could not make believers yield their faith and hope. And even in death they triumphed with a bright hope of immortality at the resurrection of the just.”3
Jesus declared, “ ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ ” (John 11:25, NIV) and “He who has the Son has life” (1 John 5:12). “In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived. . . . The divinity of Christ is the believer's assurance of eternal life.”4 The promise of the resurrection is also for this generation.
Taste the assurance of life now. “The Word of God contains our life insurance policy. . . . Those who thus partake of the Son of God become partakers of the divine nature, one with Christ. They breathe a holy atmosphere, in which only the soul can truly live. They carry in their lives an assurance of the holy principles received from the Word their lives are worked by the power of the Holy Spirit, and they have an earnest of the immortality that will be theirs through the death and resurrection of Christ.”5
1. Ellen G. White, Early Writings, p. 197.
2. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 303, 304.
3. White, Early Writings, p. 225.
4. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 530.
5. White, The Upward Look, p. 78.