By Ashley Strickland, CNN
Updated 0200 GMT (1000 HKT) March 17, 2022
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(CNN)The James Webb Space Telescope has taken one giant step closer in its mission to unlock the mysteries of the universe.
The world’s premier space observatory has successfully completed a number of steps crucial for aligning its 18 gold mirror segments. Having checked this milestone off of Webb’s list, the telescope team expects that the observatory may even exceed the goals it was meant to achieve.
Webb will be able to peer inside the atmospheres of exoplanets and observe some of the first galaxies created after the universe began by observing them through infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Hebrews:4:12
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.2 Peter:1:2,8-9
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
The Lord desires us all to be learners in the school of Christ. Young and old have precious lessons to learn from the divine Teacher, and when these lessons are learned, they are to impart them to others. God is presenting to the minds of men divinely appointed precious gems of truth, appropriate for our time. God has rescued these truths from the companionship of error and has placed them in their proper framework. When these truths are given their rightful position in God’s great plan, when they are presented intelligently and earnestly and with reverential awe, by the Lord’s servants, many will conscientiously believe because of the weight of evidence, without waiting for every supposed difficulty which may suggest itself to their minds to be removed.
Others, not discerning spiritual things, will keep themselves in a combative frame of mind, opposing every argument that does not meet their ideas. Shall this miserable work cease?
Those who have not been sinking the shaft deeper and still deeper into the mine of truth will see no beauty in the precious things presented at this conference.
When the will is once set in stubborn opposition to the light given, it is difficult to yield, even under the convincing evidence which have been in this conference. To controvert, to question, to criticize, to ridicule, is the education many have received and the fruit they bear. They refuse to admit evidence. The natural heart is in warfare against light, truth, and knowledge. Jesus Christ has been in every sleeping room where you have been entertained. How many prayers went up to heaven in these rooms?
Satan is fruitful in bringing up devices to evade the truth. But I call upon you to believe the words I speak today. Truth of heavenly origin is confronting Satan’s falsehoods, and this truth will prevail. We do well to remember that Christ is the light of the world and that fresh beams of light are constantly reflected from the source of all light.
He who studies the truth, who prayerfully opens the eyes of his understanding to see and his heart to receive the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness, will be in harmony with the messenger and the message God sends. All the opposition, all the prejudice, all the suggestions of the enemy, will never make the truth less precious or less true. Only when men yield to the subtility of the enemy does the truth become darkness to them.
But even though the truth is opposed and spoken against by those who should be blessed, strengthened, and made joyful by it, its value and brightness are not lessened, for the Lord’s messengers will hold up the telescope to the spiritual eye, that the truth may be seen from all points, and its value appreciated.
A fair investigation will not fail to reveal wonderful things in God’s Word. Every jot of resistance places the opposer in a darker shade. He does not want to see. He will not search God’s Word. But opposition and resistance serve only to bring out truth in new, distinct lines.
The more truth is spoken against, the brighter it will shine. Thus the precious ore is polished. Every word of slander spoken against it, every misrepresentation of its value, awakens attention and is the means of leading to closer investigation as to what is saving truth. The truth becomes more highly estimated. New beauty and greater value are revealed from every point of view.
Brethren, God has most precious light for His people. I call it not new light, but O, it is strangely new to many. Jesus said to His disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34. This was really an old commandment, which had been given in the Old Testament Scriptures, but it had been lost. It had not been practiced. The command that they should love one another as Christ had loved them was indeed new to the disciples. But the revealing of this love would give to the world an unmistakable evidence that they were God’s children.
I call upon the young men who are entering the work as ministers to take heed how they hear. Be careful how you oppose the precious truths of which you now have so little knowledge. Search the Scriptures for yourselves.
You have altogether too limited knowledge of yourselves. Know for yourselves what is truth. Do not take any man’s words, any man’s prejudices, any man’s arguments, any man’s theories. This has been done by ministers to the injury of their experience, and it has left them novices when they should have been wise in the Scriptures and in the power of God. Take your Bibles, humble yourselves and weep and fast and pray before the Lord, as did Nathanael, seeking to know the truth. Jesus’ divine eye saw Nathanael praying, and answered his prayer 5LtMs, Ms 8a, 1888, par. 30 – 5LtMs, Ms 8a, 1888, par. 36