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Sin separated the human race from God; a yawning chasm opened between them, and unless that chasm closed, humanity was doomed to eternal destruction. The gulf was deep and dangerous. It took something utterly incredible to solve the problem of sin and to reunite sinful humanity with a righteous and holy God.
It took One eternal with God Himself, One as divine as God Himself, to become a human being and, in that humanity, offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.
Christ was eternal and not dependent upon anyone or anything for His existence. He was God — not the mere outward appearance of God but God Himself. His essential nature was divine and eternal. Jesus retained that divinity but became a human being in order to keep the law in human flesh and to die as a Substitute for all those who have broken the law, which is all of us (Rom. 3:23) .
Christ became human, without any advantage over other humans. He kept God’s law, not through His internal divine power but by relying upon the same external divine power available to any other human.
Jesus was fully God and fully human. This means that the One who upholds “all things by the word of his power” (Heb. 1:3) was the same One who was found as a “babe lying in a manger” (Luke 2:16-17) is the same One who, as a human child, “increased in wisdom and stature” (Luke 2:52). This means that the One without whom “nothing was made that was made” (John 1:3, NKJV) was the same One who was “murdered by hanging on a tree” (Acts 5:30, NKJV).
If all this reveals to us Christ’s love for us, and Christ’s love for us is but a manifestation of the Father’s love for us, then no wonder we have so many reasons to rejoice and be thankful!
Read Romans 8:38-39. How does what we read in the study today give us powerful reasons to trust in what Paul says to us here?
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- Everton [Surname?]:
22 Apr 2018 God's fairness is clearly seen in the action of Jesus equalling Himself with man to experience man's weaknesses and total dependency on the Father. What Jesus did through dependency on the Father, we can, through Him.
Not too long before the cross, Jesus spoke with His inner circle about how people can come to the Father through Him. It was then that Philip said: “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us” (John 14:8, NKJV).
How did Jesus respond to Philip? John 14:9. What does His response teach us about the Father? What misconceptions about God should His response clear up?
Some people say that the God of the Old Testament is a God of justice in comparison to the God of the New Testament, who is full of mercy and grace and forgiveness. They draw a distinction between the two that is not valid. It’s the same God, with the same traits, in both the Old and New Testaments.
One reason Christ came to this world was to reveal the truth about God the Father. Through the centuries, wrong ideas about Him and His character had become widespread, not just among the heathen but among God’s chosen nation, as well. “The earth was dark through misapprehension of God. That the gloomy shadows might be lightened, that the world might be brought back to God, Satan’s deceptive power was to be broken”. — Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 22. These were some of the reasons that Jesus came to this earth.
God does not change. If we knew all the facts surrounding events in the Old Testament, we would find God just as merciful in the Old Testament as He is in the New. Scripture declares, “God is love” (1 John 4:8), and God does not change. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8, NRSV) .
Remember, too, it was the God of the Old Testament who hung on the cross.
This God is also gracious, compassionate, and slow to anger (Ps. 145:8) . God has unfailing love (Ps. 143:8) and delights in His followers (Ps. 147:11) . God plans to prosper people and give them hope (Jer. 29:11) . In His love, He will no longer rebuke but rejoices over His people with singing (Zeph. 3:17) . This, and so much more, is what God the Father is truly like.
|Think about the fact that Jesus represents God the Father. Why is this such a wonderful and hopeful truth, especially for those who might sometimes be afraid of God?|
8 comment(s) for this post:
- Newbegin Devaraj:
21 Apr 2018 Love of the Father Three times Jesus asks the Father to remove the cup. The Father had a choice to save His son and forsake humanity. Agape - self sacrificing love Sacrifices His son and redeems humanity Love of the Father
- Paul Blanke:
21 Apr 2018 I do not understand a comment. "Remember, too, it was God of the Old Testament who hung on the cross." What have I missed? I will not speculate.
- Nelson Miles:
21 Apr 2018 Question: Is God's love for us conditional or unconditional? Here is what I came to: Romans 5:6-8 "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Ephesians 2:4-5 "Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, mad us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved." Everything I have studied reflects that God's love for us is unconditional. And without giving any credit or praise to the devil and his works, my other question is, "What in the world is wrong with us and when will we wake up?!" The lesson is called "End Times"
- Phil van der Klift:
21 Apr 2018 Hi Paul That sentence is consistent with 2 Cor 5:18-19 and appears to be suggesting that the misperception that Jesus is the 'good guy' and God (especially as commonly perceived in the OT) the 'bad guy' is just that - a mispercetion, "a distinction that is not valid". Your thoughts?
- Phil van der Klift:
21 Apr 2018 Today's lesson raises a very relevant point when it states "Some people say that the God of the Old Testament is a God of justice in comparison to the God of the New Testament, who is full of mercy and grace and forgiveness. They draw a distinction between the two that is not valid. It’s the same God, with the same traits, in both the Old and New Testaments." It also is correct in stating "Through the centuries, wrong ideas about Him and His character had become widespread, not just among the heathen but among God’s chosen nation, as well." Has this situation changed, or has Satan continued with this same tactic even down to today? One important component in the overall "wrong ideas about Him (God) and His character" is the conception of justice. There are a range of theories and models of justice. 3 questions I would raise for discussion: 1) What is the theory/model/conception of justice that is commonly ascribed to the God of the OT? 2) What might the theory/model/conception of justice be for the God of the NT (and/or Jesus) "who is full of mercy and grace and forgiveness"? 3) Is there a theory/model/conception of justice that eliminates the commonly seen distinction between the God of the OT and the God of the NT (and/or Jesus) and at the same time is biblically valid to both OT and NT?
- Inge Anderson:
21 Apr 2018 To support what Phil said, we recognize that Jehovah/Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, was the Son in His pre-incarnate form. He spoke to Moses on Mt Sinai, led Israel by a cloud by day and fire by night. He was the Captain of the Lord's host. In the OT, the name of God is almost always translated as LORD, and each reference refers to the same person as Jesus Christ i the NT. Just a few references: John 4:11-12 cf John 1:1,3; Ex 3:14-15 cf John 8:58; Hosea 13:4 cf Luke 2:11; Zech 12:10 cf John 19:34-37; Ex 13:21-22 cf 1 Cor 10:1-4; Isa 44:6 cf Rev 1:8. Also see Isa 9:6.
- tau esay:
22 Apr 2018 well, I am so grateful that the God I serve is not like the criminal justice system in the U.S. All the drama that took place in the scripture the ATONEMENT was always moving forward in God LOVE for us human being, and at the correct time the ATONEMENT took place...John 3:16 and at this present, we as human being has a MEDIATOR for us in heaven, because God does not want anyone to perish. What does it mean that Jesus is our mediator? Not is the sense of a public defender or a high paying lawyer.
- JC Zielak:
22 Apr 2018 Yes God is Love! Unconditionally! Question is "do we accept His Love?" When we accept His Love and tried at least to understand it, Love starts to change us! But How can we love someone we do not know?! We must have a relationship! God's Love for us may not be enough, we need to learn from Him and Love Him back! It's a daily choice!
Memory Text: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10, NIV).
One fascinating but crucial difference between Christianity and non-Christian religions is that while the others emphasize what their founders have taught them, they do not emphasize what their founders have done for them . And that’s because whatever their founders may have done for them, it cannot save them. All these leaders could do was try to teach the people how to “save” themselves.
In contrast, Christians emphasize not only what Jesus taught but what He did, because what Christ did provides the only means by which we are saved. Christ’s incarnation in human flesh (Rom. 8:3), His death on the cross (Rom. 5:8), His resurrection (1 Pet. 1:3) and His ministry in heaven (Heb. 7:25) — these acts alone are what saves us. It’s certainly not anything in ourselves. “If you would gather together everything that is good and holy and noble and lovely in man and then present the subject to the angels of God as acting a part in the salvation of the human soul or in merit, the proposition would be rejected as treason”. — Ellen G. White, Faith and Works,p. 24.
This wonderful truth is especially important for us amid the perils and deceptions of the last days.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, April 28.
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- Katie Kay Heilig:
20 Apr 2018 how can we down load the lesson's so that we can study them at our own leisure and make time to not only study the lesson's but then we can share with on line friends that are interested
- Katie Kay Heilig:
20 Apr 2018 would like to down load Sabbath School lesson's on to my face book
- Maurice Ashton:
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- Maurice Ashton:
20 Apr 2018 On the home page SSNET.org there is a link to the current lesson. Clicking on the link takes you to the current lesson. At the bottom of each lesson there arelinks for over 70 ways of sharing the lesson. Hope that helps.
- Newbegin Devaraj:
20 Apr 2018 Agape defined (self emptying love defined) He loved us. Why should He love us? He loves us because it is His nature to love Love must follow action Sent his Son In my life it's very rare I will send my son and daughter to die for a people who would reject them, yet that's exactly what the Father did. He sent his son. Unto His own but His own rejected him and crucified Him. Atoning sacrifice for our sins. Christ willingly laid down His life so we would have a relationship with Him and the Father. John 20:17 “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus told her, “since I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” The Love of God is contradictory to human nature and is found only manifested in Christ. We Christians are called to manifest that love by abiding In Him.
Further Thought: “In the Revelation are portrayed the deep things of God. The very name given to its inspired pages, ‘the Revelation’, contradicts the statement that this is a sealed book. A revelation is something revealed.
The Lord Himself revealed to His servant the mysteries contained in this book, and He designs that they shall be open to the study of all. Its truths are addressed to those living in the last days of this earth’s history, as well as to those living in the days of John. Some of the scenes depicted in this prophecy are in the past, some are now taking place; some bring to view the close of the great conflict between the powers of darkness and the Prince of heaven, and some reveal the triumphs and joys of the redeemed in the earth made new”. — Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles , p. 584.
The texts we looked at this week, in both the beginning and the end of the book, show just how much of Revelation is about Jesus. Even with all the Old Testament references to historical events, the book of Revelation teaches us more about our Lord Jesus. See also Revelation 3:14; Revelation 5:5-6; Revelation 7:14; Revelation 19:11-16 for even more texts in Revelation about Him. When we put these texts together, we can get a powerful representation of Jesus and what He should mean to us as those who claim to be His followers.
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- Newbegin Devaraj:
19 Apr 2018 Disciples spent three and a half years with Jesus. Paul spent three years in the dessert of Arabia. Matthew 13:9-11 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Secret things of God are revealed to those who are willing to walk with the Lord.
- JC Zielak:
20 Apr 2018 I'd add marvelous blessings are expected to those who stand by Jesus' every day!
- Amy M:
20 Apr 2018 We can help Jesus give hope to those around us, particularly at times of grief by respectfully just being there. If called upon, we can express our strength, hope, and peace at present, and for the future when He returns.
- Alexsander [surname?]:
20 Apr 2018 Unfortunately many people nowadays are saying that Revelation is a, conversely, non-revealed book. Maybe because they do not comprehend, maybe because they do not want to discover what it really says. When people do not have a substance to bring from the Bible (because it is allegedly “sealed”), what remains is just an emotional experience, and this way many are going to be left in error because didn’t embraced the love of the truth. May the Lord keep our minds open by The Spirit to know really what He wants to tell us!
- Ken Reetz:
20 Apr 2018 The question: "What does the fact that all through the New Testament constant reference is made to the Old Testament mean for us? What should it tell us about how central Scripture should be to our faith and how seriously we must take the Word of God?" I like the way Revelation begins - verse 5 in the opening chapter, before any other revelation, the most important message of all scripture is proclaimed - the gospel. "and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood," Even in the Old Testament, the Priesthood, with their duties and handling of the sacrifices were all demonstrating the gospel by faith, which was fulfilled by Christ. I think that shows how important and relevant the scriptures are from Genesis to Revelation. The gospel is established, then Revelation continues by giving the message from Christ to the churches down through the ages. A side note: John was know as "the one whom Jesus loved" and was often found to be the closest to Jesus, even leaning against him at the Last Supper. Interesting that when Jesus appeared to John as told in Revelation 1:17, Jesus did not appear as John's Rabbi and close friend, but as the Holy One of Heaven. John could not stand before Him, but fell to the ground as if dead. How sobering and serious is that? With that in mind, I wonder what Christ expects when we enter our places of worship. Somewhere between "take off your sandals because the ground you stand on is Holy ground" (Exodus 3:5) and "David leaping and dancing before the Lord" (2 Samuel 8:16) there must be a proper due to God. What is the proper due to God in that regard?
- Paul Blanke:
20 Apr 2018 What is clear about Jesus is found in the Gospels, Matthew ,Mark , Luke and John. The same John, author of Revelation. All books in the Bible are inspired for good purposes. Those that read the Bible, Sola Scriptura, will not be misled. To pray before reading the Bible, is the best method of study available.
- Pete Villarreal:
21 Apr 2018 I would say “promised” and not “expected” to those who stand by JEsus But even more so Jesus is promised to stand by those who stand by Him every day. I feel His presence when I connect with Him via prayer every time I do so.