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Lesson 10 August 31-September 6

Living the Gospel

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So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants:  we have done that which was our duty to do.  Luke 17:10

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Sabbath Afternoon

Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 8:20-23; John 3:16, 17; Matt. 9:36; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 John 3:16, 17; Rev. 14:6, 7.

Memory Text: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10

As soon as we talk about God’s commands, requirements or instructions, we run the risk—or even face the temptation—of thinking that somehow what we do can earn or contribute to our salvation or otherwise gain favor with God.

We cannot save ourselves, but we have a part to play in our salvation, or else all would be saved. We must learn of God. It is through a knowledge of God that we receive His grace and will trust Him will all we have and all we are. We are evil by nature and need to be transformed. It is by beholding Him that we are changed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18.).

We can gain favor with God. When we love His Son, we will be found in favor with God. If we continue to reject His Son, and His truth, we shall not be found in favor with God. Pray about it. Are we in favor with God today?

 But the Bible tells us repeatedly that we are sinners saved by God’s grace through Jesus and His substitutionary death for us on the cross. What could we possibly add to this in any way? Or, as Ellen G. White has written: “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”. – Faith and Works, p. 24.

Amen!  There is nothing good in man until we become partakers of His divine nature. Then we may develop a character that reflects the character of our God. We merit nothing with God that can save us. But, we must do something in order to be saved. We must learn of God and love Him supremely before we can be saved. It is God's grace, His love we do not merit that transforms our hearts. Though they be as scarlet, God will cleanse them white as snow.

Thus, too, even our works of mercy and compassion toward those in need should not be seen as legalistic. On the contrary, as we grow in our understanding and appreciation of salvation, the link between God’s love and His concern for the poor and oppressed will be passed on to us, recipients of His love. We have received, so we will give. When we see how God so loved us, we also see how much He loves others and calls us to love them, as well.

This is right. No matter how much someone tells us to love the poor, and to love our enemies, we will not, nor can we until we love Jesus supremely. The focus needs to be on our learning of Jesus. It would be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ, then we shall love our enemy and live to help others.

Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, September 7.

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Sunday        September 1

“For God So Loved … ”

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world … ”—and the original Greek word is kosmos, meaning “the world as a created, organized entity”. – The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 929. This verse is about salvation for humanity, but the plan of salvation has implications for the whole of creation too.

Read Romans 8:20-23. What does this teach about the broader issues in the plan of salvation?

Of course, on one level, salvation is about each one of us in our personal relationship with the Lord. But there’s more. Justification is really not just about getting our sins forgiven. Ideally, it should also be about how, through Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord creates the family of God, who celebrate their forgiveness and assurance of salvation by, among other things, being witnesses to the world through their good works.

Read John 3:16, 17. How does verse 17 contribute to a broader understanding of verse 16?

We can accept that God loves people other than just ourselves. He loves those we love, and we rejoice in that. He also loves those we reach out to, and our recognition of this truth is often our motivation for our own reaching out to them. But He also loves those whom we are uncomfortable with, or even afraid of. God loves all people, everywhere, even those whom we might not particularly like.

Creation is one way we see this demonstrated. The Bible consistently points to the world around us as evidence of God’s goodness: “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matt. 5:45, NIV). Even life itself is a gift from God, and regardless of the individual’s response or attitude to God, every person is a recipient of that gift.

How should it change our attitude toward others and their circumstances when we recognize them as beings created and loved by God?

Our attitude towards evil people will not be changed until we are changed. When we are converted, then we will love those who despitefully use us. "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matthew 5:44.

Knowing that God loves them does not empower us to do so.
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Monday         September 2

Compassion and Repentance

The intermingled stories of salvation and the great controversy call us to acknowledge a truth about life that is foundational for our understanding of our world and ourselves, and that is: we and our world are fallen, broken, and sinful. Our world is not what it was created to be, and though we still bear the image of the God who created us, we are part of the world’s brokenness. The sin in our lives is of the same nature as the evil that causes so much pain, oppression, and exploitation all over the world.

Those who do not think God can change us into holiness, have not the hope that is required to be changed. "The sin in our lives..."  How can Jesus come if His church does not understand there is no excuse for sin? What is the "image of God" the author speaks of? He misunderstands the power of grace to transform sinners into saints.

Thus, it is right for us to feel the hurt, discomfort, sorrow, and tragedy of the world and of the lives around us. We would have to be robots not to feel the pain of life here. The laments in the book of Psalms, the sorrows of Jeremiah and the other prophets, and the tears and compassion of Jesus demonstrate the appropriateness of this kind of response to the world and its evil, and particularly to those who are so often hurt by that evil.

Read Matthew 9:36, 14:14, Luke 19:41, 42, and John 11:35. What was it in each of these verses that moved Jesus with compassion? How can we have a heart that is softened to the pain around us?

We must have Jesus. We must love Him supremely. Self must die. There is nothing good in man until we are fully surrendered to Jesus. And, then we must maintain that experience in order to have the compassion and love that Jesus has for our enemies. We must come out of our Laodicean condition. It is a lost condition. We must be converted.

We also need to remember that sin and evil are not just “out there”, or the result of someone else’s brokenness: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8, NIV).

In other words, we are "broken" too?  Cannot God heal us? Yes, He can and all who make a full surrender are healed. We may not understand a lot, but we have been cleansed from sin.  Shall we look at 1 John 1:8 in the context of first John? What does it mean to "be without sin"? Does it mean we continue in sin forever? That is an abomination!

 1:6   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 
 1:7   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 
 1:8   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 
 1:9   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
 1:10   If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 

What does the promise in 1:7 mean? Will God cleans us from all sin? Does God lie? No, He does not. Then He will cleanse us from ALL sin. What does 1:9 mean? Can God cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness? He says He will, but it is a conditional promise. What is the condition we must meet in order to be cleansed from ALL unrighteousness? There is no excuse for sin. God has provided a remedy for our sin sick souls. It was an expensive price that was paid for this. Why do so many reject this precious gift? Why do so many continue on in sin? Because they have been deceived as to the power of grace to transform sinners into saints.

I know many will think this impossible because of what they have been taught and because of their own experience. Here is a precious promise that will encourage all. "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4. That is right, God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. This is also a conditional promise. Unless we abide in Christ, and He in us, we have no power to resist the smallest temptation. But, if we are truly converted and are filled with the Spirit, we shall not be tempted beyond what we can bear. Thus, we will not sin.

"The strongest temptation is no excuse for sin. No matter how severe the pressure brought to bear upon you, sin is your own act. The seat of the difficulty is the unrenewed heart. In view of the dangers of this time, shall not we, as God’s commandment-keeping people, put away from among us all sin, all iniquity, all perverseness? Adventist Home, pg 331.

In the understanding of the biblical prophets, sin was a tragedy not primarily because someone had broken “the rules”, but because sin has broken the relationship between God and His people, and also because our sin hurts other people. This may take place on a small or large scale, but it is the same evil.

Then why do you continue to hurt other people? There is no excuse since God has provided a remedy in Christ. It is true that man is evil, but even though we continue to live in fallen flesh, we may  become partakers of Christ's divine nature and escape the corruption in the world and in us.

Selfishness, greed, meanness, prejudice, ignorance, and carelessness are at the root of all the world’s evil, injustice, poverty, and oppression. And confessing our sinfulness is a first step in addressing this evil, as well as a first step toward allowing the love of God to take its rightful place in our hearts: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Look at yourself (but not too closely nor for too long). In what ways are you broken and part of the bigger problem? What’s the only answer, and the only place to look?

The answer is always the same. We need to be converted and  be filled with the Holy Spirit. Then we will not sin. Is this what the author is saying?
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Tuesday         September 3

Grace and Good Works

Summarize Ephesians 2:8-10 in your own words.

 2:8   For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 
 2:9   Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
 2:10   For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 

What do these verses tell us about the relationship between grace and good works?

The Bible tells us that among other things, we were created to worship God and to serve others. Only in our imagination can we try to understand what these acts would be like in a sinless environment.

For now, because of sin, we know only a broken and fallen world. Fortunately for us, God’s grace, expressed and enacted in Jesus’ sacrifice for the sins of the world, opens the way for forgiveness and healing. Thus, even amid this broken existence our lives become more fully God’s workmanship, and God uses us to partner with Him to seek to heal and restore the damage and hurt in the lives of others (see Eph. 2:10). “Those who receive are to impart to others. From every direction are coming calls for help. God calls upon men to minister gladly to their fellow men”. – Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 103.

Again, we do not do good works—care for the poor, lift up the oppressed, feed the hungry—in order to earn salvation or standing with God. In Christ, by faith, we have all the standing with God we will ever need. Rather, we recognize ourselves as both sinners and victims of sin who are, nonetheless, loved and redeemed by God. While we still battle with temptations to self-centeredness and greed, the self-sacrificing and humble grace of God offers a new kind of life and love that will transform our lives.

"In Christ" what does it mean?  It means that we are abiding in Him and His Spirit has control of the whole heart.

When we look at the Cross, we see the great and complete sacrifice done for us and realize that we can add nothing to what it offers us in Christ. But this does not mean that we shouldn’t do something in response to what we have been given in Christ. On the contrary, we must respond, and what better way to respond to the love that has been shown us than by showing love to others?

If it was all done at the cross, then we are all saved. We are not all saved, thus we have something we must do in order to be saved. We must allow Christ to have the whole heart. In order to come to this point, we must know Him. To know Him we must spend time with Him. And, if we are fully surrendered then we will respond to help others who do not know Jesus. When we are filled with the "living water" that we have drunk, we will want to give it to others.

Read 1 John 3:16, 17.

 3:16   Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren. 
 3:17   But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 

How do these verses so powerfully capture what our response to the cross should be?

If the love of God dwelleth not in us, can we know? If we sin, it is a revelation that the love of God dwelleth not in us. And if we have not Jesus, then we are none of His, no matter that we are in His church, or have been baptized. He that hath the Son hath life, He who hath not the Son hath not life. If we do not manifest the fruits of the Spirit, we are none of His. "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9.
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Wednesday          September 4

Our Common Humanity

By His ministry and His teaching, Jesus urged a radical inclusiveness. All who sought His attention with honest motives—whether women with bad reputations, tax collectors, lepers, Samaritans, Roman centurions, religious leaders, or children—He welcomed with genuine warmth and care. As the early church was to discover in transformative ways, this included the offer of the gift of salvation.

This is not quite correct. These individuals who are not yet converted who sought Him, most often did not have "honest motives." Like the nobleman who sought out Christ that his son might be healed, they sought out Christ for selfish reasons. Their motives were not honest, but self centered. Until we love Jesus supremely, we remain in a selfish, evil, lost condition. It is when we know God and trust Him with all we have and all we are that our motives become pure and honest.

     "Like a flash of light, the Saviour's words to the nobleman laid bare his heart. He saw that his motives in seeking Jesus were selfish. His vacillating faith appeared to him in its true character. In deep distress he realized that his doubt might cost the life of his son. He knew that he was in the presence of One who could read the thoughts, and to whom all things were possible." Desire of Ages, pg 198.

A radical inclusiveness ought not include all of humanity. It is true that Jesus sought out all who were open to truth, but some He could not reach and He left them joined to their idols. Some would have killed Him, so He left Jerusalem. Radical inclusiveness does not include all who are hitchhiking or all who panhandle. While we cannot discern the heart of all, they may not be past the point of salvation, we are not to think we ought to invite all into our homes. We need to make such matters a matter of prayer before thinking all are safe to minister to.

As the first believers slowly recognized the inclusiveness of the gospel, they were not merely adding good works for others onto their faith as a “nice” thing to do. It was core to their understanding of the gospel, as they had experienced it in the life, ministry, and death of Jesus. As they wrestled with the issues and questions that arose, first individually for leaders such as Paul and Peter (see, for example, Acts 10:9-20), then as a church body at the Jerusalem council (see Acts 15), they began to realize the dramatic shift this good news had brought into their understanding of God’s love and inclusiveness and how that should be lived out in the lives of those who profess to follow Him.

We are not be prejudiced against a particular group of people. But, we do not have to pick up all hitchhikers. Not all hitchhikers are safe to pick up, not all hitchhikers are evil to the point of hurting those who seek to help them. We need the wisdom of God as to who we shall minister to. There are only so many hours in a day. Jesus did not heal all who he could see were sick. He did not heal many lepers for a reason. We need to exercise such discernment also. There are many who are hungry. We are not to have soup kitchens even though it is a good work for others to do. We have a message and we are to consider it when we decide where and how we will minister to others.

What do each of the following texts teach us about our common humanity? How should each idea influence our attitude toward others?

Mal. 2:10

Acts 17:26

Rom. 3:23

Gal. 3:28

Galatians 3:28 is a theological summary of the practical story Jesus told about the good Samaritan.

Galatians 3:28 is not talking about the world, but about the church, all who are in a converted state. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

We are not to be prejudiced against any group, but look at all indivdually when it comes to ministry. But, there are men and there are women, there are slaves and there are those who are free. We need to ask Jesus how to reach the world, and whom we shall minister to.

Rather than arguing about who we are obligated to serve, just go and serve, and perhaps even be prepared to be served by those we might not expect to serve us. The common element of the global human family is realized at a higher level in the common family of those who are bound together by the gospel, by the saving love of God that calls us to oneness in Him: “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free” (1 Cor. 12:13, NIV).

We cannot tell the church to do that which they cannot do until they have the right motive. This will not be until they are converted. A Laodicean church has many who are not converted and thus they will not seek to save the lost from a right Spirit. And, the church is not one body when there are many who are not converted, but in rebellion. We need to address how we do ministry in a divided church. When we evangelize, where do we take those who accept Christ with fully surrendered heart? Do we lead them into a divided church where they will be hurt and led astray? We need to be honest as we talk about ministry otherwise we will fail of our goal in truly helping others.
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Thursday         September 5

The Everlasting Gospel

The transforming invitation and appeal of the gospel “to every nation, kindred, tongue and people” (Rev. 14:6) has continued throughout Christian history. However, Revelation describes a renewed proclamation of this message—the good news about Jesus and all that entails—at the end of time.

Read Revelation 14:6, 7. How is the common understanding of the gospel—most commonly summarized by John 3:16—included in the angel’s specific message in verse 7?

I don't see it. There is no comparison between John 3:16 and verse 7.  One reveals grace, the other justice.

14:6   And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 
 14:7   Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 

Revelation 14:7 brings together three key elements we have already noted in this study of God’s concern about evil, poverty, and oppression throughout the Bible story:

Judgment. The appeal for judgment—for justice to be done—has been a repeated call of those who have been oppressed throughout history. Fortunately, the Bible portrays God as One who hears the cries of those in distress. As often expressed in the Psalms, for example, those who are being treated unfairly regard judgment as good news.

Worship. The writings of the Hebrew prophets often link the subjects of worship and good deeds, particularly when comparing the worship of those who claimed to be God’s people with the wrongs that they committed and continued. In Isaiah 58, for example, God explicitly stated that the worship He most desired was acts of kindness and care for the poor and needy (see Isa. 58:6, 7).

Creation. As we have seen, one of the foundational elements of God’s call for justice is the common family of humanity, that we are all created in His image and loved by Him, that we all have value in His sight and that no one should be exploited or oppressed for the unjust gain and greed of another. It seems clear that this end-time proclamation of the gospel is a broad and far-reaching call to accept the rescue, redemption, and restoration that God wants for fallen humanity. Hence, even amid the issues regarding true and false worship, and persecution (see Rev. 14:8-12), God will have a people who will stand for what is right, for the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, even amid the worst of evil.

Amen!  Justice is no less a part of God's government that is mercy. Those who reject Christ's offer of salvation will suffer for every sin they have committed, for every hurt they have done to another.  And, those who have taught a false gospel will be held to a higher account than those who did not. Many will be lost on account of those who lied about God. This is why Paul wrote "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8,9.

And, those who have changed the Word by printing lies in "new" bibles will one day see the result of their evil deed. Justice will be for all who have served Satan rather than God. There is still time for repentance. God is not happy when souls are lost because they believed a lie. We are not to darken what God has said. Job did this and the very first thing God said to him was "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me." Job 38:1-3. 

How can we find ways of ministering to those in need while at the same time sharing with them both the hope and the warning that are found in the three angels’ messages?

One precedes the other. When we take time to heal the sick, they will be open to hearing what we have to say about our God. This is why the health message is the "right arm" of the gospel message. We plow the ground before we plant the seed of His Word.

"As the right arm is connected with the body, so the health reform and medical missionary work is connected with the third angel’s message, and is to work efficiently as the right arm, for the defense of the body of truth."  Review and Herald,  June 20, 1899.

The Lord has instructed us that with our training schools there should be connected small sanitariums that the students may have opportunity to gain a knowledge of medical missionary work. This line of work is to be brought into our schools as part of the regular instruction. Gospel Herald, May 1, 1908.
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Friday         September 6

Further Thought: Read Ellen G. White, “God With Us”, pp. 19-26, The Desire of Ages ; “Saved to Serve”, pp. 95-107, in The Ministry of Healing.

“God claims the whole earth as His vineyard. Though now in the hands of the usurper, it belongs to God. By redemption no less than by creation it is His. For the world Christ’s sacrifice was made. ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son’. John 3:16. It is through that one gift that every other is imparted to men. Daily the whole world receives blessing from God. Every drop of rain, every ray of light shed on our unthankful race, every leaf and flower and fruit, testifies to God’s long forbearance and His great love”. – Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 301, 302.

Amen!! God allowed His innocent Son to come to this dark spot in the universe a helpless baby subject to the weakness of humanity to fight the battle of life as each of us must do, at the risk of failure and eternal loss! Such love!!

“‘In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free. All are brought nigh by His precious blood’. (Gal. 3:28; Eph. 2:13).

Whatever the difference in religious belief, a call from suffering humanity must be heard and answered …

All around us are poor, tried souls that need sympathizing words and helpful deeds. There are widows who need sympathy and assistance. There are orphans whom Christ has bidden His followers receive as a trust from God. Too often these are passed by with neglect. They may be ragged, uncouth, and seemingly in every way unattractive; yet they are God’s property. They have been bought with a price, and they are as precious in His sight as we are. They are members of God’s great household, and Christians as His stewards are responsible for them”. – Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 386, 387.

Discussion Questions:

    In seeking to do good works and help others, how can we resist the temptation to think that this somehow makes us better and gains us merit that God should recognize?

God does indeed recognize our good deeds. He keeps track of them in books in heaven.

    Is your church a community in which there is “no difference”, but all are one in Christ?

    How do we find the right balance in doing good for those in need, if for no other reason than that they are in need and we can help them, while at the same time reaching out to them with the truths of the gospel? How can we learn to do both, and why is it always better to do both?

Summary: The love of God as expressed in the plan of salvation and enacted in the life and sacrifice of Jesus offers us forgiveness, life, and hope. As recipients of this grace, we seek to share this with others, not to earn salvation, but because it is what we have been created and re-created to do. As such, the gospel transforms relationships and moves us to serve, particularly those most in need.

Most in need? Lost is lost. All are in need equally. It is true that some suffer more than others. But, this is not dependent upon race, status, or wealth. Suffering will come to all. Let us minister to all following the lead of the Spirit of God.

And yes, the gospel transforms relationships. We love others as Christ loves us when we are in a converted state. "Our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world as the unwearied servant of man’s necessity. He “took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses,” that He might minister to every need of humanity. Matthew 8:17. The burden of disease and wretchedness and sin He came to remove. It was His mission to bring to men complete restoration; He came to give them health and peace and perfection of character.  Ministry of Healing, pg 17.

This "perfection of character" is not what comes just for the 144,000. No, it comes to all who love Jesus supremely. The Holy Spirit takes possession of the heart when we fully surrender the heart to Christ. He brings with Him all of the fruits of the Spirit, not one is missing. This is the perfection that God speaks of. This is the result of a transformation of relationship between man and God. This is what it means to be reconciled with God.
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