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The Testimonies Themselves ( 7 )
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Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the phrase . . .
 
the  testimonies  themselves
Related phrase:  the key to the testimonies is the testimonies themselves  ( below )
But others will be greatly helped by the messages. Though not personally addressed, they will be corrected, and will be led to shun the evils specified The Spirit of the Lord will be in the instruction, and doubts existing in many minds will be swept away. The testimonies themselves will be the key that will explain the messages given, as scripture is explained by scripture. Many will read with eagerness the messages reproving wrong, that they may learn what they may do to be saved.... Light will dawn upon the understanding, and the Spirit will make an impression on minds, as Bible truth is clearly and simply presented in the messages that since 1846 God has been sending His people. These messages are to find their place in hearts, and transformations will take place.—Letter 73, 1903. { 1SM 42.2 } 
 
 
After a while I arose and said some words to the point. “Now,” I said, “I have heard your words, and if you have been, my brethren, so sorely tried on the testimonies, there should be something that you can clearly define in me, my work, or in the testimonies themselves, that has caused you all this doubt and unbelief. Can it be possible that men of sensible, critical minds will be so credulous as to receive the sayings of men and their suppositions, gather up reports and place so great confidence in imaginings, and withstand all the evidence that God has been pleased to give them, at and ever since the Minneapolis meeting, to confirm their faith in the testimonies on Bible grounds, applying the test Christ has given them—“By their fruits ye shall know them;”—a corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit, neither can a good tree bring forth corrupt fruit,—and yet know not in regard to the testimonies, whether they are of heaven or hell? { 1888 630.1 } { 13MR 52.2 } 
 
 
But others will be greatly helped by the messages. Though not personally addressed, they will be corrected, and will be led to shun the evils specified.... The Spirit of the Lord will be in the instruction, and doubts existing in many minds will be swept away. The testimonies themselves will be the key that will explain the messages given, as scripture is explained by scripture. Many will read with eagerness the messages reproving wrong, that they may learn what they may do to be saved.... These messages are to find their place in hearts, and transformations will take place.—Selected Messages 1:41, 42. { YRP 252.8} 
 
 
The  key  to  the  testimonies  is  the  testimonies  themselves
 
He says he knew so little of the testimonies, he did not understand the relation they sustained to the cause. Some time since, while he was in perplexity, asking the Lord for light, he had a very striking dream. He saw Sister White in a boat riding on the billows, which were sending the spray like light in every direction. It came into the room where he was with many others; he moved to get beyond its reach, when a hand stretched out to him gave him a paper. The paper was on fire, and a voice said, “Read quickly.” He put out the fire, and opened the paper. There was a testimony, and a key lying upon the testimony. The interpretation came to his mind with great force, “The key to the testimonies is the testimonies themselves." He woke with the blessing of God upon him. Then he prayed, “Lord direct me to the testimony I should read to help my case.” He took up testimony 31 and opened at the article, “The testimonies rejected.” He read it through with intense interest and was deeply impressed that the testimonies were from God. { PC 149.3 }
 
 
He put out the fire, and opened the paper. There was a testimony, and a key lying upon the testimony. The interpretation came to his mind with great force: the key to the testimonies is the testimonies themselves. He awoke with the blessing of God upon him. Then he prayed, “Lord, direct me to the testimony I should read, to help my case.” He took up Testimony 31, and opened at the article, “The Testimonies Rejected.” He read it through with intense interest and was deeply impressed that the testimonies were from God. { 1888 1119.1 } 
 
 
He put out the fire, and opened the paper. There was a testimony, and a key lying upon the testimony. The interpretation came to his mind with great force: the key to the testimonies is the testimonies themselves. He awoke with the blessing of God upon him. Then he prayed, “Lord, direct me to the testimony I should read, to help my case.” He took up Testimony 31, and opened at the article, “The Testimonies Rejected.” He read it through with intense interest and was deeply impressed that the testimonies were from God. { 15MR 295.1 } 
 
 
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