Father’s Life flows through the Son
“All things Christ received from God, but He took to give. So in the heavenly courts, in His ministry for all created beings: through the beloved Son, the Father's life flows out to all; through the Son it returns, in praise and joyous service, a tide of love, to the great Source of all. And thus through Christ the circuit of beneficence is complete, representing the character of the great Giver, the law of life.” Desire of Ages 20.21.
“As speech is to thought, so is Christ to the invisible God. He is the manifestation of the Father, and is called the Word of God. God sent His Son into the world, His divinity clothed with humanity, to make known in His life and character the attributes of the Father, that men might bear the image of the invisible God. He was the embodiment of the law of God, which is the transcript of His character.” ST. November 15. 1899.
Father-Son make a Covenant
“That which in the counsels of heaven the Father and the Son deemed essential for man's salvation is clearly presented in the Holy Scriptures.” Christian Temperance 438.
“Before the fall of man, the Son of God had united with His Father in laying the plan of salvation.” R&H. Sep 13. 1906.
“Before the foundations of the earth were laid, the Father and the Son had united in a covenant to redeem man if he should be overcome by Satan. They had clasped their hands in a solemn pledge that Christ should become the surety for the human race.” DA 834.
“The plan of redemption was arranged in the counsels between the Father and the Son. Then Christ pledged Himself to render an account for man if he proved disloyal.” In Heavenly Places 12.
“The plan of salvation devised by the Father and the Son will be a grand success.” (Ellen White, The Signs of the Times, June 17, 1903 par. 2)
“Even the angels were not permitted to share the counsels between the Father and the Son when the plan of salvation was laid.” PP 69.
“Before the foundations of the world were laid, the only begotten of God pledged Himself to become the Redeemer of the human race. He who was partaker of the Father’s glory before the world was, laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown…” 1 SM 226. 1905.
“In the plan to save a lost world, the counsel was between them both: the covenant of peace was between the Father and the Son…. The only-begotten Son, in whom the Father delighted, was given for the ransom of a fallen race.” Signs. Dec 23. 1897.
“An irrevocable covenant was made between the Father and the Son.” Signs of the Times. Aug 22. 1900.
“At what infinite cost to the Father and to the Son was the merciful, wondrous provision made for our redemption.” Signs. Aug 12 1908.
“The Father and the Son in consultation decided that Christ must come to the world as a babe, and live the life that human beings must live from childhood to manhood, bearing the trials that they must bear, and at the same time living a sinless life.” Reflecting Christ 16.
“God became one with man when, in the council between the Father and the Son in heaven it was determined that if man fell from his allegiance, the Son of God should be his Redeemer and restore in him the moral image of God.” 1888 Materials. 869.
Redemption “was to vindicate the character of God before the universe… it would justify God and His Son in their dealing with the rebellion of Satan.” PP68.69.
This is very different from the Adventist understanding as shown below.
“A plan of salvation was encompassed in the covenant made by the Three Persons of the Godhead, who possessed the attributes of Deity equally. In order to eradicate sin and rebellion from the universe and to restore harmony and peace, one of the divine Beings accepted, and entered into the role of the Father, another the role of the Son. The remaining divine Being, the Holy Spirit, was also to participate in effecting the plan of salvation” (Gordon Jenson, Adventist Review, 31 October 1996, p. 12 – Jenson was at the time president of Spicer Memorial College of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, India).
“The Godhead was stirred with pity for the race, and the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit gave Themselves to the working out of the plan of redemption. In order fully to carry out this plan, it was decided that Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, should give Himself an offering for sin.” Counsels on Health. 223.
The above statement appears to say that the Holy Spirit was part of the council that planned redemption, but this is not what the prophet is saying. The Holy Spirit is part of the “working out” of the plan of redemption that had been made by the Father and the Son. The Spirit was not a third being formulating it with the Father and the Son.
“Christ was not alone in making His great sacrifice. It was the fulfilment of the covenant made between Him and His Father before the foundation of the world was laid. With clasped hands they had entered into the solemn pledge that Christ would become the surety for the human race if they were overcome by Satan's sophistry.” Youth's Instructor, June 14, 1900, p. 186. (‘The Price of our Redemption’) 1MR 121.
“He bore the sins of the world, and endured the penalty which rolled like a mountain upon His divine soul. He yielded up His life a sacrifice, that man should not eternally die. He died, not through being compelled to die, but by His own free will.” 7BC 446.
"And the counsel of peace shall be between them both." The love of the Father, no less than of the Son, is the fountain of salvation for the lost race.“ GC88 416.
“In the Psalms, in the prophets, in the gospels, and in the epistles, God has by revelation made prominent the vital truths concerning the agreement between the Father and the Son in providing for the salvation of a lost race.” R&H. Sep 24. 1908.
Father gives His Greatest Gift
“God the Father has given unto man the greatest gift that Heaven held…. I believe that the heart of the great God is touched and moved by the condition of sinners today, as when he gave His Son to die for the sins of the world.” Review and Herald. May 4. 1876.
“The glorious plan of man's salvation was brought about through the infinite love of God the Father. In this divine plan is seen the most marvelous manifestation of the love of God to the fallen race. Such love as is manifested in the gift of God's beloved Son amazed the holy angels.” God’s Amazing Grace p160.
“The heart of God yearns over His earthly children with a love stronger than death. In giving up His Son, He has poured out to us all heaven in one gift.” Faith Love By 45.
We behold Jesus, the Son of God, coming to our world, and engaging in the mysterious conflict that discomfited the powers of darkness. O how wonderful, how almost incredible it is, that the infinite God would consent to the humiliation of his own dear Son.” Christian Education 107.
“He wants you to come into that position where He may grant you the gift of immortality. He has given you the gift of His Son, the greatest gift that Heaven could bestow.” ST Feb 7. 1878.
“God’s greatest gift is Christ, whose life is ours, given for us.” 3MR 323.
“The greatest gift that God could bestow upon men was bestowed in the gift of His beloved Son… There was nothing held in reserve.” Signs of the Times Dec 30. 1889. “Through Christ had been communicated every ray of divine light that had ever reached our fallen world. It was He who had spoken through everyone that throughout the ages had declared God’s word to man… God’s greatest gift was bestowed to meet man’s greatest need.” Education 73.74.
“Christ gave to the Jewish people abundant evidence that He was the Messiah; but His teaching called for a decided change in their lives…. They were afraid of being convinced lest they should be converted and be compelled to give up their preconceived opinions. The treasure of the gospel, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, was among them, but they rejected the greatest gift that Heaven could bestow.” COL 105.
“Light falls over the edges of the heavenly city, for “the threshold of heaven is flooded with the glory proceeding from the throne of Gold, that the light may fall directly on those who are seeking the help that Christ alone can give.” UL 107.
When we study a passage of Scripture “…light from the throne of God will shine into the soul.” OHC 31.
“The Son of God entered into the plan for man's salvation, knowing all the steps that He must descend in order to make expiation for the sins of the burdened, groaning world. What humility was this! It amazed the angels. Tongue can never describe it, the imagination cannot take it in -- the eternal Word consented to be made flesh; God became man. But He stepped still lower; the Man must humble Himself to bear insult, reproach, shameful accusations, and abuse.” 17MR 339.340.
"The great gift of salvation has been placed within our reach at an infinite cost to the Father and the Son. To neglect salvation, is to neglect the knowledge of the Father and of the
Son whom God hath sent in order that man might become a partaker of the divine nature, and thus, with Christ, an heir of all things. A neglect to lay hold of the priceless treasure of salvation, means the eternal ruin of your soul." RH 3/10/91 & 11/21/12.
“It was the marvel of all the universe that Christ should humble Himself to save fallen man. That He who had passed from star to star, from world to world, superintending all, by His providence supplying the needs of every order of being in His vast creation -- that He should consent to leave His glory and take upon Himself human nature, was a mystery which the sinless intelligences of other worlds desired to understand.” PP 69.70.
“The infinite value of the sacrifice required for our redemption reveals the fact that sin is a tremendous evil. God might have wiped out this foul blot from His creation by sweeping the sinner from the face of the earth. But He "so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.” 6T 66.
“The advent of Christ was the greatest event which had taken place since the creation of the world. . . . The eye of God was upon His Son every moment …” Review and Herald. Dec. 24. 1872.
“Jesus came to this earth to accomplish the greatest work ever accomplished among men. He came as God's ambassador, to show us how to live so as to secure life's best results. What were the conditions chosen by the Infinite Father for His Son? A secluded home in the Galilean hills; a household sustained by honest, self-respecting labor; a life of simplicity; daily conflict with difficulty and hardship; self-sacrifice, economy, and patient, gladsome service; the hour of study at His mother's side, with the open scroll of Scripture; the quiet of dawn or twilight in the green valley; the holy ministries of nature; the study of creation and providence; and the soul's communion with God -- these were the conditions and opportunities of the early life of Jesus.” AH 132.2
Father-Son create Universe
“God… hath spoken unto us by His Son… by whom also made the worlds.” Hebrews 1:1.2.
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” John 1:10.
“For by him (Christ) were all things created… all things were created by him, and for him.” Colossians 1:16.
“The Sovereign of the universe was not alone in His work of beneficence. He had an associate – a co-worker who could appreciate His purposes, and could share His joy.” PP 34-34.
“The Son of God had wrought the Father’s will in creation of all the hosts of heaven; and to Him, as well as to God their homage and allegiance were due.” PP 35-36.
“The Father wrought by His Son in the creation of all heavenly beings.” PP34.
The Son upholds all Things
“And he (Christ v15.16) is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:17.
“The Son, the anointed of God, the ‘express image of his person’, ‘the brightness of his glory’, ‘upholding all things by the word of his power’, holds supremacy over them all.” (Hebrews 1:3). Lift Him Up 50.
“Nature testifies of an intelligence, a presence, an active energy, that works in and through her laws. There is in nature the continual working of the Father and the Son. Christ says, ‘My Father worketh hitherto, and I work’.” Christian Education 194. PP 114.5.
Lucifer, a Created Angel
“Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth… thou wast upon the holy mountain of God… Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” Ezekiel 28:14.15.
“Lucifer... before his rebellion, was a high and exalted angel, next in honor to God's dear Son. His countenance, like those of the other angels, was mild and expressive of happiness…His form was perfect; his bearing noble and majestic. A special light beamed in his countenance and shone around him brighter and more beautiful than around the other angels; yet Christ, God's dear Son, had the pre-eminence over all the angelic host. He was one with the Father before the angels were created.” FLB 67.
“Lucifer . . . , before his rebellion, was a high and exalted angel, next in honor to God's dear Son. His countenance, like those of the other angels, was mild and expressive of happiness. His forehead was high and broad, showing a powerful intellect. His form was perfect; his bearing noble and majestic. A special light beamed in his countenance and shone around him brighter and more beautiful than around the other angels; yet Christ, God's dear Son, had the pre-eminence over all the angelic host. He was one with the Father before the angels were created…” FLB 67.
“Evil originated with Lucifer, who rebelled against the government of God. Before his fall he was a covering cherub, distinguished by his excellence. God made him good and beautiful, as near as possible like Himself.” Faith I Live By 66.
“It was pride and ambition that prompted Lucifer to complain of the government of God..” Conflict and Courage 108.
Lucifer, the first of the covering cherubs, stood “in the presence of the great Creator, and the ceaseless beams of glory enshrouding the eternal God rested upon him.” PP 35.
“Satan’s position in heaven had been next to the Son of God. He was first among the angels.” 1SM 341. “Satan, the chief of the fallen angels, once had an exalted position in Heaven. He was next in honor to Christ.” R&H. 24 Feb. 1874.
“He was next to Christ in exaltation and character.” R&H Oct 22.1895.
“Sin originated with him, who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God, and who stood highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of Heaven. Before his fall, Lucifer was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. ‘Thus saith the Lord God: Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering.’ ‘Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth…..” GC88 493.
“Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness…” Ezekiel 28:17. “Every precious stone was thy covering…” 28:13.
Plans of Father and Son
“Before the fall of Satan, the Father consulted His Son in regard to the formation of man. They purposed to make this world… and to make man in the image of God…
“When Satan (Lucifer) learned the purpose of God, he was envious at Christ, and jealous because the Father had not consulted him in regard to the creation of man.” 3 Spiritual Gifts 36.
“God informs Satan that to His Son alone He would reveal His secret purposes.” 1 SP 22.
“Sin originated with him who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God and was highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven.” Patriarchs & Prophets 35.
“Thou hast said in thine heart… I will exalt my throne above the stars of God… I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:13.14. “Thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God.” Ezekiel 28:6.
“To dispute the supremacy of the Son of God, thus impeaching the wisdom and love of the Creator, had become the purpose of this prince of angels. To this object he was about to bend the energies of that master mind, which, next to Christ’s, was first among the hosts of heaven.” PP35-36.
“God's dear Son, had the preeminence over all the angelic host. He was one with the Father before the angels were created. Lucifer was envious of Christ, and gradually assumed command which devolved on Christ alone.” LHU 18.
Lucifer “coveting the glory with which the infinite Father had invested His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power that was the prerogative of Christ alone.” PP35.
“Lucifer allowed his jealousy of Christ to prevail and became the more determine.” Patriarchs & Prophets 35-36.
“He promised them a new and better government than they then had, in which all would be freedom. Great numbers signified their purpose to accept him as their leader and chief commander. As he saw his advances were met with success, he flattered himself that he should yet have all the angels on his side, and that he would be equal with God Himself, and his voice of authority would be heard in commanding the entire host of heaven. Again the loyal angels warned him, and assured him what must be the consequences if he persisted; that He who could create the angels could by His power overturn all their authority and in some signal manner punish their audacity and terrible rebellion. To think that an angel should resist the law of God which was as sacred as Himself! They warned the rebellious to close their ears to Lucifer's deceptive reasonings, and advised him and all who had been affected by him to go to God and confess their wrong for even admitting a thought of questioning His authority.” SR 16.
“He (Lucifer) desired the place occupied by Christ, having it in his mind, that if he gained this position, to make an effort to take the place of God.” MS 37. May 1903. UL 135.
Father meets with all Angels
“The King of the universe summoned the heavenly hosts before Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true position of the Son.” Patriarchs & Prophets 35-36.
“Before the assembled inhabitants of heaven the King declared that none but Christ, the only begotten of God, could fully enter into His purposes, and to Him it was committed to execute the mighty counsels of His will.” PP 35-36.
“Angels delighted to execute his (Lucifer’s) commands, and He was clothed with wisdom and glory above them all. Yet the Son of God was the acknowledged sovereign of Heaven, one in power and authority with the Father.” GC88 495.
“The exaltation of the Son of God as equal with the Father was represented as an injustice to Lucifer, who, it was claimed, was also entitled to reverence and honor… There had been no change in the position or authority of Christ. Lucifer’s envy and misrepresentation… and his claims of equality with Christ had made necessary a statement of the true position of the Son of God; but this had been from the beginning.” PP 37.38.
Lucifer’s Rebellion Continues
“Before he fell, Satan wanted Christ's position. Because he could not have it, he became desperate, rebelled, and was cast out of heaven. Because he was restrained from carrying out his plans, he decided that he would be his own god.” 19 Manuscript Release 395.
“Notwithstanding the infinite power and majesty of God and Christ, angels became disaffected. The insinuations of Satan took effect, and they really came to believe that the Father and the Son were their enemies, and that Satan was their benefactor.” 3 T 328.
“Satan… began his work of rebellion with the angels under his command, seeking to diffuse among them the spirit of discontent. And he worked in so deceptive a way that many of the angels were won to his allegiance before his purposes were fully known.” R&H Jan. 28. 1909.
“Loyal angels warned against this rebellion. Many were disposed to heed this counsel, to repent of their disaffection, and seek to be agents in favour with the Father and His Son…” Patriarchs and Prophets 40-41.
“Good angels wept to hear the words of Satan, and his exulting boasts. God declared that the rebellious should remain in heaven no longer. Their high and happy state had been held upon condition of obedience to the law which God had given to govern the high order of intelligences. But no provision had been made to save those who should venture to transgress his law. Satan grew bold in his rebellion, and expressed his contempt of the Creator's law. This Satan could not bear. He claimed that angels needed no law; but should be left free to follow their own will, which would ever guide them right; that law was a restriction of their liberty, and that to abolish law was one great object of his standing as he did. The condition of the angels he thought needed improvement. Not so the mind of God, who had made laws and exalted them equal to himself. The happiness of the angelic host consisted in their perfect obedience to law. Each had his special work assigned him; and until Satan rebelled, there had been perfect order and harmony among the angels in heaven. Then there was war in heaven.” ST Jan 9. 1879.
The Father’s Decision
“Lucifer had been the highest of all created beings and had been foremost in revealing God’s purposes to the universe. After he sinned, his power to deceive was the more deceptive, and the unveiling of his character more difficult, because of the exalted position he had held with the Father.” DA 759.
“The Father decides the case of Satan, and declares that he must be turned out of Heaven for his daring rebellion, and that all those who united with him in his rebellion, should be turned out with him.” 3 Spiritual Gifts 38.
“Christ, as Commander of heaven, was appointed to put down the rebellion.” R & H May 30 1889.
War in Heaven
“Christ, as Commander of heaven, was appointed to put down the rebellion.” R&H. May 30. 1899.
Satan “declared that he was prepared to resist the authority of Christ, and to defend his place in Heaven by force of might, strength against strength.” 1 Spirit of Prophecy 22.
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.” Revelation 12:7.
“Michael and His angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven." Revelation 12:8.
“Angels were engaged in the battle; Satan wished to conquer the Son of God and those who were submissive to His will.” 1 Spiritual Gifts 18.
“The Son of God, the Prince of heaven, and His loyal angels engaged in conflict with the arch rebel and those who united with him. The Son of God and true, loyal angels prevailed; and Satan and his sympathizers were expelled from Heaven. All the heavenly host acknowledged and adored the God of justice. Not a taint of rebellion was left in Heaven. ” 1 SP 22.
“Lucifer, who, because he was determined to have his own way and be above Christ, was cast out of heaven.” R & H. Dec 22. 1910.
“Christ and his angels fought against Satan and his angels, for they were determined to remain in Heaven with all their rebellion. But they prevailed not.” 3 Spiritual Gifts 38.
Lucifer cast out of Heaven
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:9. (This verse applies more so to when Satan was cast out as earth’s representative at the death of Christ. At his initial rebellion, he was not cast into the earth as it had not yet been created, but after the cross, he was no longer permitted to enter heaven as our representative. Christ took that place and is now our Representative)
“The Son of God, the Prince of heaven, and His loyal angels engaged in conflict with the archrebel and those who united with him. The Son of God and true, loyal angels prevailed; and Satan and his sympathizers were expelled from heaven… Not a taint of rebellion was left in heaven. All was again peaceful and harmonious as before.” Lift Him Up 19.
“Satan in his rebellion took a third part of the angels. They turned from the Father and from His Son, and united with the instigator of rebellion.” 3 Testimonies 114.
Creation of Earth and Man
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.
“Angels in heaven mourned the fate for those who had been their companions in happiness and bliss. Their loss was felt in heaven. The Father consulted His Son in regard to at once carrying out their purpose to make man to inhabit the earth.” Story of Redemption 19.
“The Father and the Son engaged in the mighty, wondrous work they had contemplated, of creating the world. The earth came forth from the hand of the Creator exceedingly beautiful.” Signs of the Times. Jan 9. 1879.
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Genesis 1:26.
“After the earth was created, and the beasts upon it, the Father and Son carried out their purpose, which was designed before the fall of Satan, to make man in their own image. They had wrought together in the creation of the earth and every living thing upon it. Life Him Up 47.
“The glory of God is to be revealed in the creation of man in God's image and in his redemption. One soul is of more value than a world… The Lord Jesus Christ is the author of our being, and He is also the author of our redemption, and everyone who will enter the kingdom of God will develop a character that is the counterpart of the character of God.” AG 248.
“After the earth was created, and the beasts upon it, the Father and Son carried out their purpose, which was designed before the fall of Satan, to make man in their own image. They had wrought together in the creation of the earth and every living thing upon it. And now God says to His Son, ‘Let us make man in our image’.” Spiritual Gifts Book 1 & 2. p33.34.
“There the fall of Satan, the Father consulted His Son in regard to the formation of man. They purchased to make this world, and create beasts and living things upon this, and to make man in the image of God.” SG Vol 1&2. p36.
The Father and the Son Rest
“And on the seventh day God… rested on the seventh day…” Genesis 2:1-3.
“In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after Their work of creation.” Desire of Ages 769.2
Adam and Eve in the Garden
“Very happy were the holy pair in Eden. Unlimited control was given them over every living thing… Adam and Eve were charmed with the beauties of their Eden home. They raised their voices in harmonious songs of love, praise and adoration to the Father and His dear Son for the tokens of love which surrounded them.” Story of Redemption 22.
“The happy birds flitted about them without fear; and as their glad songs ascended to the praise of their Creator, Adam and Eve united with them in thanksgiving to the Father and the Son.” This Day with God 23.
Satan Plans to Seduce Adam
“When through his rebellion he was cast out of heaven, he determined to make man his victim, and the earth his kingdom. He cast the blame of his rebellion upon Christ, and in determined hatred of God, sought to wound Him through the fall of man.” Bible Echo Nov 1. 1892.
“If he should come boldly upon Adam and Eve and make complaints of God’s own Son they would not listen to him for a moment, but would be prepared for such an attack… He decided that cunning and deceit would do what might, or force, could not.” Signs. Jan 10. 1879. Story of Redemption 28.29.
Adam and Eve Warned
“Two angels sped on their way to visit our first parents… They told them that the most exalted angel, next in order to Christ, refused obedience to the law of God…that this rebellion had caused war in heaven… and that this fallen foe was now an enemy to all the concerned the interest of God and His dear Son…” Story of Redemption 30.31.
“The angels unite with Adam and Eve in holy strains… Satan heard the sound of their strains of joyful adoration to the Father and Son…And his envy, hatred and malignity increased.” SR 30.
Eve falls for Satan’s Trap
“How anxiously they (the holy angels) waited to see if the holy pair would be deluded by the tempter, and yield to his arts! They asked themselves, Will the holy pair transfer their faith and love from the Father and the Son to Satan?” 1 Bible Commentary 1083.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food… she did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3:6.
“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” 1 Timothy 2:14.
“Satan was determined to succeed in his temptation of the sinless Adam and Eve. And he could reach even this holy pair more successfully through the medium of appetite than in any other way. The fruit of the forbidden tree seemed pleasant to the eye and desirable to the taste. They ate and fell. They transgressed God's just command and became sinners. Satan's triumph was complete. He then had the vantage ground over the race. He flattered himself that, through his subtlety, he had thwarted the purpose of God in the creation of man.” Confrontation 15.
“The Son of God, heaven’s glorious Commander was touched with pity for the fallen race.” Patriarchs and Prophets 63.
“By sin, earth was cut off from heaven, and alienated from its communion…” DA 113.
“The transgression of man had separated earth from heaven, and finite man from the infinite God. As an island is separated from a continent, so earth was cut off from heaven, and a wide channel intervened between man and God.” R&H. Nov 11. 1890.
God’s Son pleads with Father
“Sorrow filled heaven as it was realized that man was lost… The whole family of Adam must die.
I then saw the lovely Jesus and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon His countenance. Soon I saw Him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying angel, ‘He is in close converse with His Father.’ The anxiety of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with His Father.
Three times He was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time He came from the Father we could see His person. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity…
He then made known to the angelic choir that a way of escape had been made for lost man; that He had been pleading with His Father, and had obtained permission to give His own life as a ransom for the race, to bear their sins, and take the sentence of death upon Himself…” Early Writings 149.
“Before the Father He (God’s Son) pleaded in the sinner’s behalf… Long continue was that mysterious communing – ‘the counsel of peace’ for the fallen sons of men. The plan of salvation had been laid before the creation of the earth… yet it was a struggle even with the Father to yield up His Son to die for the guilty race.” PP63.
“Said the angel, "Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no." It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give His darling Son to die for them.” EW 127.
“As the angels beheld the overmastering anguish of the Son of God, the words were spoken, ‘The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent.’ Father and Son have clasped their hands, and are mutually pledged to fulfil the terms of the everlasting covenant, to give fallen man another chance.” 12 Manuscript Release 408.
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.
“The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind. “ R&H Jul 9. 1895.
“… it was a marvel with all heaven, that the Father suffered the Son of his bosom to lay aside His glory, and come down to earth, and submit to humiliation, and the agonizing death of the cross to save fallen man.” 4a Spiritual Gifts 119.
“Christ’s death had answered the question whether the Father and the Son had sufficient love for man to exercise self-denial and a spirit of sacrifice.” PP 70.
“The Father consents to give his dearly beloved Son to save the fallen race; and through his merits and intercession promises to receive man again into his favour, and to restore holiness to as many as should be willing to accept the atonement thus mercifully offered, and obey his law. For the sake of His dear Son the Feather forbears awhile the execution of death, and to Christ He commits the fallen race.” SG Vol 1& 2. p46.47.
“Our heavenly Father surrendered His beloved Son to the agonies of the crucifixion….. What greater proof can the Infinite One give us of His divine love and pity? ‘He that spared not His Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?’” ST April 3, 1879.
Giving Son an Eternal Risk
“Look upon the wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet. Remember that Christ risked all. For our redemption, heaven itself was imperilled.” Christ’s Object Lessons 196.
“The issues at stake were beyond the comprehension of men… In His conflict with the prince of darkness in this atom of a world, Christ had to meet the whole confederacy of evil, the united forces of the adversary of God and man; but at every point He met the tempter, and put him to flight. Christ was conqueror over the powers of darkness, and took the infinite risk of consenting to war with the enemy, that He might conquer him in our behalf.” Signs of the Times. Jan 5. 1915.
“God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.” DA 49.
“To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones.” DA 49.
Adam and Eve told Plan
“Adam and Eve were told that the Son of God had offered to atone, with His own life, for their transgression.” PP 66
“When Adam and Eve realized how exalted and sacred… they pleaded to die themselves… rather than that the beloved Son of God should make this great sacrifice.” Story of Redemption 47.
“Adam was informed that an angel's life could not pay the debt… But the Son of God, who had in unison with the Father created man, could make an atonement for man acceptable to God, by giving His life a sacrifice and bearing the wrath of His Father.” SR 46.
“Christ would take upon Himself the guilt and shame of sin – sin so offensive to a holy God that it must separate the Father and the Son.” PP 63.
“When he (Satan) tempted and overcame Adam and Eve, he thought he had gained possession of this world… But God gave His own dear Son – one equal with Himself – to bear the penalty of transgression…” PP 69.70.
“He was to stand between the sinner and the penalty of sin; yet few would receive Him as the Son of God.” PP 63.64.
“It was the Son of God that gave to our first parents the promise of redemption. It was He who revealed Himself to the patriarchs. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses understood the gospel. They looked for salvation through man’s Substitute and Surety….” Patriarchs & Prophets p366.
Satan Rejoices in Evil
“When the plan of salvation was revealed, Satan rejoiced with his angels that he could, by causing man's fall, pull down the Son of God from his exalted position. He told his angels that when Jesus should take fallen man's nature, he could overpower him, and hinder the accomplishment of the plan.” ST. January 30. 1879.
“Satan is determined that men shall not see the love of God which led Him to give His only-begotten Son to save a lost race; for it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance.” 1 SM 156.
Other Worlds support Father
“Every world throughout immensity engages the care and support of the Father and the Son; and this care is constantly exercised for fallen humanity.” MYP 254.