W. W. Prescott
Following statements were taken from W. W. Prescott’s 2 separate articles, published on Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, March 17, 1896 and April 14, 1896 respectively. (Emphasis in caps added through out)
Under the title, "The Christ of Judia-1"
“Jesus Christ established a new family, of which he became the head. “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and after ward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall bear the image of the heavenly.” 1 Corinthians 15:45-49. So Jesus Christ the Lord from heaven, the last Adam, in entering into this relationship with the human family, became the head of this family just as Adam was the head of the divine-human family originally. Jesus Christ was God in heaven, and he came to this world, and WAS BORN OF THE FLESH, AND THUS HE WHO HAD BEEN BORN OF THE SPIRIT, WAS AFTERWARD BORN OF THE FLESH, AND BY THIS DOUBLE BIRTH THIS FAMILY WAS ESTABLISHED,-the divine-human family of which he is the head,-in order that we who have already been born of the flesh, may by his grace and the power of the same Spirit, be born of the Spirit,-that is, EVERY MEMBER OF THIS DIVINE-FAMILY IS TWICE BORN. And Jesus Christ took the same relationship to this family that the first Adam took in the beginning, in whom were found all the members of the family. As in Adam every member was created, when he was given the power to reproduce, so in Christ every member of the family which he established, of which he is the head, was in him, and he gathered into himself the whole family. The same relationship is sustained toward him as was sustained toward the first Adam. As what we receive by birth from flesh is the flesh of sin, with all the tendencies of evil,-for that which is born of the flesh is flesh,-and as by birth of the flesh we enter into all the experiences of Adam, by having his nature; so by this new, this second birth, we enter into the family of God and the nature of Jesus Christ our Saviour, becoming partakers of the divine nature. Jesus Christ identified himself so fully and completely with us in his humanity as our divine Saviour, as well as our brother in the flesh, that he said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Vol. 73, March 17, 1896, p. 168.3)
Under the title, “The Christ of Judea-2”
“Let us inquire, How is it possible for us to enter into this experience? Of what value is it to us to work for God, unless we enter into the experience as set forth? That is the only object, that we may be transformed into the life of Jesus Christ. We found that Christ came to our humanity by birth. The Scriptures emphasize the manner of his birth,-born of a woman, born of the seed of David. He was given to us by birth. And the announcement of the angels to the shepherds was, “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Now as Christ partook of our nature by birth, so we must partake of his nature by birth. AS CHRIST WAS TWICE BORN,-ONCE IN ETERNITY, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, AND AGAIN HERE IN THE FLESH, THUS UNITING THE DIVINE WITH THE HUMAN IN THAT SECOND BIRTH,-so we who have been born once already in the flesh, are to have the second birth, being born again of the Spirit, in order that our experience may be the same,-the human and the divine being joined in a life union. Advent Review and Sabbath Herald Vol. 73, April 14, 1896, p. 232.2
Salvation is not something which Christ brings to us and gives to us apart from himself. Salvation is simply Christ himself, and there is no salvation except in receiving Christ himself. We have just so much of salvation as we have of Christ. We are just so far saved as we have the Saviour, and IT IS BY HIS COMING IN THIS WAY AND DWELLING IN US, THAT WE HAVE SALVATION. Righteousness cannot be received apart from him; and we have just as much righteousness as we have of Christ, and no more. UNLESS HE IS THE INDWELLING CHRIST, THE SAVIOUR THAT IS IN US, there is no righteousness in us. We cannot separate any of these things from Christ himself. ARSH April 14, 1896, p. 232.3
We must be born again. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:3-5. No one can enter the kingdom of God except he is twice born; once born of the flesh,-that which is born of the flesh is flesh,-and again born of the Spirit,-that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Let us go into the matter a little more fully, and see what it is to be born again, that we may know how to have the experience set forth here. “When Jesus came into the coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-17. How could the Father in heaven reveal to Peter the fact that Jesus of Nazareth, the man who that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but say Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-17. How could the Father in heaven reveal to Peter the fact that Jesus of Nazareth, the man who lived, worked, walked, ate, and slept, was the Christ, the Son of the living God?-Only by the imparting to him of the divine life that dwelt in Jesus of Nazareth. “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” Then Peter, born again with that new life, by that very life recognized the same life in Jesus of Nazareth; and he confessed that he was the Christ, the son of the living God. This experience is just as much a real experience of a birth at it our physical birth. It makes no difference whether or not we have our birthday written down. If the graft is there, you know that the grafting has been done. If Jesus Christ dwells in the heart, he will be revealed in the life. The spiritual life is just as genuine a life as is our physical life. We may not be able to tell how long since we were born again, but it matters not; if the life which comes with the new birth dwells in us and shows itself, that is all that is necessary. We are to enter into that experience which Jesus wrought for us and lives to minister to us. He it in heaven as our advocate, and he holds out to us his own heavenly life in the gift of the Holy Spirit Now to make possible in us the very life that Jesus Christ lived in the flesh, THERE MUST BE THE INDWELLING PRESENCE. HE HIMSELF MUST BE THE POWER; HE HIMSELF MUST LIVE THE LIFE. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth is me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. Hers is the union of the new life,-I have been crucified with Christ; I have shared with him in his crucifixion, and I live; “yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” w. w. P. (W. W. Prescott, Adventist Review and Sabbath Herald, Vol. 73, April 14, 1896, p. 232.4