Cornerstones of Adventism

These series connects the importance of knowing the true God to the subject of the Sanctuary. It reveals the connecting link between

1. Fear God and give Him glory (True God)
2. The hour of His judgment is come (Sanctuary)

The series begins based around the first vision of Ellen White and the lighted path that goes all the way to the city and opened for God's people the light of the investigative judgment. The second presentation identifies the true God and connects the God who has form to the heavenly Sanctuary that has form and opens the way to the Most Holy Place in 1844. The third presentation reveals the cornerstone of Christ's mediatorial work through His Sonship to the Father as the begotten Son. The forth presentation explores the dimensions of that mediatorial work in light of the call to give glory to God and the standard in the judgment.

Presentations: 5 • Presenter: Adrian Ebens
Presented: Aug 11, 2011 - Dec 11, 2011

The Way into the Most Holy show video ▼hide video ▲

Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faith--the foundations that were laid at the beginning of our work by prayerful study of the word and by revelation. Upon these foundations we have been building for the last fifty years. Men may suppose that they have found a new way and that they can lay a stronger foundation than that which has been laid. But this is a great deception. Other foundation can no man lay than that which has been laid. 8T 297

Presented: Aug 11, 2011
Presenter: Adrian Ebens

God of the Midnight Cry show video ▼hide video ▲

The reading of Daniel 7 led Adventists to see a movement by the Son of Man towards the Ancient of Days in the Most Holy Place. Why have Protestants not been able to see this movement and see the Biblical teaching of the Investigative Judgement? Why do many Adventists now deny this doctrine through either a denial of victory over sin in this life or an outright denial of the doctrtine completely.

Presented: Nov 06, 2011
Presenter: Adrian Ebens

The Cornerstone of Adventism show video ▼hide video ▲

In 1858 Ellen White published that God had laid a solid immovable platform of truth in the Advent movement and that God was the Master builder. See 1SG 169 or EW 258.

Since Jesus is the Truth and and no other foundation can be laid than Him (1 Cor 3:11) and He is the cornerstone of God's Church then how could the Adventist Church build a solid immovable platform when according to our church today, they believed the so called "heretical doctrine of Semi-arianism?" If our pioneers were wrong about the person of the Son of God, then the cornerstone of Adventism was not laid correctly. When God is the master builder and lays a cornerstone would he allow that stone to be laid wrongly? How could Ellen White be shown by God that the system of teaching held by Adventists were "solid" and immovable" if the central piece of the foundation was completely wrong?

Presented: Nov 20, 2011
Presenter: Adrian Ebens

True Mediator show video ▼hide video ▲

The Biblical teaching of the Most Holy Place reveals that intercession for sin will end just before the Second Coming. The ability to maintain this belief depends completely upon the pedigree of your mediator. Is your mediator able to sanctify you completely, can He carry you all the way to the City above? Does your mediator truly mediate between the Father and Humanity? Within the Trinity, Jesus is both mediator and being mediated on behalf of and therefore the mediation is symbolic and metaphorical.

Presented: Dec 11, 2011
Presenter: Adrian Ebens

Agape Versus Eros - Only Father and Son Reveal Agape show video ▼hide video ▲

The Father called His Son - His Beloved or Agape Son. Agape Love is self sacrificing, giving without seeking for any return. The evidence that the Son of God is an Agape Son is found in His inhertiance. As He inherited or received all things this thus proves that Christ is an agape Son. The second person of the Trinity cannot be an Agape Son because He is taught as being equal with the Father by His own power and intellect or simply being the same power and intellect as the Father in one being. As Pope Benedict states

God is the absolute and ultimate source of all being; but this universal principle of creation—the Logos, primordial reason—is at the same time a lover with all the passion of a true love. Eros is thus supremely ennobled, yet at the same time it is so purified as to become one with agape. Pope Benedict IX Encyclical Letter, 2005, Deus Caritas Est “God is Love.”

Agape and Eros are contrasted as Follows

Agape is often contrasted with eros, which is not found in the New Testament though it is prominent in Greek philosophy. Eros can refer to a vulgar, carnal love, but in the context of Hellenic thought it takes the form of spiritual love that aspires to procure the highest good. Eros is the desire to possess and enjoy; [The need or desire for another] agape is the willingness to serve without reservations.... Eros is attracted to that which has the greatest value; [need for equal status or co-equality] agape goes out to the least worthy. Eros discovers value [seeks equal] wheras agape creates value. [makes equal] Agape is a gift love whereas eros is a need love. Eros springs from a deficiency that must be satisfied. Agape is the overflowing abundance of divine grace. (`God the Almighty': Power, Wisdom, Holiness and Love', D. Bloesch, 2006, p. 147.)

Eros springs from a deficiency or need. Whenever you hear a preacher state that in order for love to exist there needs to be more than one being to love - this is speaking of Eros and not Agape.

Presented: Feb 26, 2017
Presenter: Adrian Ebens