By Bill Knott
“One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other—Christ our righteousness.”1
For all we like to use the term, there probably is no such thing as a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”
The circumstances we label with that phrase are often those that might more aptly be titled “the power of an idea whose time has come.” God’s gift of prophecy, invading human history and experience, nonetheless invites and sometimes even requires human participation. The prophet hears and accepts God’s call upon the life: he or she responds in faithfulness, and God’s message is preached and taught. Listeners recognize the divine source of the words proclaimed, and by their cooperation help to set in motion the revivals and the reformations that change the course of nations, reshape institutions, and share the gospel in places it has never been heard—all as predicted in prophecy.
One hundred twenty-five years ago God’s messenger to this movement—Ellen White—passionately predicted the theme that would dominate the conversation of God’s end-time remnant. And while the Lord has always had among us witnesses who held high the light shining from the cross, there can be no doubting that the past decades of our history as a people have been marked by a growing spotlight on the righteousness of Christ. From pulpits, in our evangelistic outreach, in personal conversations and correspondence, one interest has, in fact, begun to prevail—the all-sufficiency of Jesus, what Ellen White so frequently termed “the loveliness of Jesus.”2
Your church has made this theme the foremost of its emphases for the next five years, and thus this issue of Adventist World is specially focused on that “subject [that] will swallow up every other.” Read with an open heart. Expect the best as you trace again the best news ever told.
1-Ellen G. White, “Be Zealous and Repent”, Review and Herald, Dec. 23, 1890.
2-Ellen G. White letter 8, 1890.