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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 14--4th Quarter 2016--Some Lessons From Job
« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2016, 02:32:18 PM »
Finally, and perhaps most important, despite all that happened, Job stayed faithful to the Lord. Much more consequently for us all, Jesus stayed faithful, as well. Despite everything that happened to Him, Jesus lived a sinless life, one that perfectly embodied the character of God. Jesus was the “express image of His [God’s] person” (Heb. 1:3, NKJV), and thus alone had the righteousness needed for salvation, “even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference” (Rom. 3:22).

Without righteousness, none shall enter the kingdom of God.

Yes, Jesus is the only sinless One. But, the righteousness He perfected He not only imputes to repentant sinners, He imparts also. Here is where the great deception has entered the church. What does it mean to impart His righteousness?

     We have been listening to pointed truths pressed home to the heart by the Spirit of God. Some professed followers of Christ may be inclined to say, as did the disciples at a certain time as they listened to the earnest truths which fell from the lips of the divine Teacher, "This is an hard saying, who can hear it?" Many may think that the way is made too straight; when we talk of self-denial, and sacrifice for Christ's sake, they think we dwell too much on these points. You would prefer to hear us speak of the Christian's reward. We know that those who are faithful will inherit all things; but the great question with us should be, "Who may abide the day of his coming; and who shall stand when he appeareth?" Who shall be counted worthy to receive the exceeding great and precious reward that shall be given to the overcomers? Those who shall be partakers of Christ's sufferings, will be sharers with him of his glory. 
     Without holiness, the word of God tells us, no man can see the Lord. Without purity of life it is impossible for us to be fitted and prepared to dwell with the holy and sinless angels in a pure and holy Heaven. No sin can be there. No impurity can enter the pearly gates of the golden city of God. And the question for us to settle is, whether we will turn from all sin and comply with the conditions God has given us, that we may become his sons and daughters. Separation from the world he requires of us in order to become members of the royal family.
     The light has been given us showing us the path plain and distinct that we might not err therein, if we will only study the chart which points out the way. But while many of us profess to be Christians, we fail to make the word of God the man of our counsel; we fail to make it our guide; we do not study its pages and acquaint ourselves with the principles contained in its sacred record. 
     If we would only study the truths of God's word, and do his will, we should know of the doctrine; we should not be ignorant of the important truths for this time. We believe without a doubt that Christ is soon to come; and believing this we feel a necessity upon us to plead with men and women to prepare for the coming of the Son of Man. We do not want that any of you should be of that number who shall call for rocks and mountains to fall on them to hide them from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. We want you rather to be of that number who shall enter in through the gates into the city, who shall have an abundant entrance, and shall have right to the tree of life, and shall eat of its immortal fruit and pluck of its healing leaves. We want you to be of that company that shall bow before the throne of God crying, "Worthy, worthy, worthy, is the Lamb that was slain for us." We want you to be praising God with immortal tongues, and be saved with an everlasting salvation; and, therefore, we warn you to flee from the wrath to come. We plead with you to perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. It is perfection that is required; and nothing short of perfection will enable you to see the King in his beauty.  RH, April 12, 1870 par.


Notice the date, 1870. In 1888 this truth had been so perverted that, as Wally has pointed out, the church had fallen back into what the Jews suffered from, self-righteousness, Phariseeism. The perfection Christ imparts to repentant sinners is moral character, character that loves those who despitefully use them. There is a difference between those who proclaim the law and keep it outwardly, and those who have a living connection with Christ and love as He loves. True Christians manifests all of the fruits of the Spirit, but may not be keeping the law as others demand. They may not have understanding of the law as others do. Many truly converted Christians do not keep the seventh day Sabbath. They break the fourth commandment, but are ignorant of this truth.
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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 14--4th Quarter 2016--Some Lessons From Job
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2016, 06:35:38 PM »
This is God's church. There are those who believe the gospel truth. There are Seventh-day Adventist pastors who teach the gospel truth. We just heard one preach the truth about the "wedding garment" and the "investigative judgment".  Pastor Jason Sliger revealed to an audience that he told they would think him crazy, the gospel message. How very sad church members would think the truth to be crazy. But, it is the truth. As Israel was deceived, so it is today. Most believe we do not lose our justification, eternal life, when we sin a known sin. Most think such a theology is Phariseeim, who can keep the law of God perfectly?

Satan could not bear to allow the message to continue. The 3ABN broadcast was cut off in the middle of the sermon. They rolled credits over the sermon and switched to their regular programming. Yes, it was probably scheduled, but is no one to override the schedule? When the program is made available, we will post it in its entirety.
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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 14--4th Quarter 2016--Some Lessons From Job
« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2016, 07:09:04 PM »
Friday December 30

Further Thought: Through the centuries, the book of Job has thrilled, enlightened, and challenged readers in Judaism, Christianity, and even Islam (which has its own variant of the biblical account). We say challenged because, as we have seen, in and of itself the book leaves many questions unanswered.

No, it does not.  Only those who have not seen the truth in the Book will have unanswered questions.

On one level, this shouldn’t be so surprising. After all, from Genesis to Revelation, what book of the Bible doesn’t leave questions unanswered? Even taken as a whole, the Bible doesn’t answer every issue that it raises.

The important questions that salvation hangs on, are answered in this Book. There is power to walk in the light we have been given. To not do so, is sin. And, sin reveals a separation between man and God. There is a period of temporal life called probation. God is in absolute control of what happens in the world. Satan is restrained by God. Job's character was perfect as long as he held fast to Christ. And, when he allowed his mind to wander, he perverted the truth, and condemned God that he might be righteous. We need Jesus all the time, not just part time. Job's character was so strong that he praised God even thinking God caused his suffering. And, his character was such that when God reproved him, he did not argue, but instead repented in dust and ashes.

And, while the lessons did not reveal that God uses our suffering to strengthen our characters, we brought it out from lesson one. We who love Jesus supremely, glory in our tribulation. Romans 5:3-5. It works for our good and God's glory. Jesus learned obedience through His suffering. There are so many more verses that tell us why bad things happen to "good" people.

When things are going well, if we are abiding in Christ, we are His witnesses. If things are not going well, then we are really His witnesses. It reveals His supernatural power when we do not act as do the heathen. Job was God's witness that the great controversy between Satan and Christ is a fact. God pointed to Job as evidence that Satan had lied about man not being able to keep God's law. And, Satan would not concede and attempted to say Job was only keeping the law "outwardly", and it was for a selfish motive Job kept the law.

God's love and care for His creatures extends past the Earth. What happens on this earth is a demonstration of the power of God's love, and a demonstration of what is the result of sin. By seeing the results of sin, we learn to hate it, if we abide in Christ and He in us. The universe sees the true character of God and of Satan. Soon, when the demonstration is over, sin and sinners will be destroyed. Sin will not arise a second time. Thus, we see the great miracle that God leaves His creatures with free will, but insures sin will not ever ever return to the universe! What a wise and loving God we serve!!


If the topics it covers, the fall of humanity and the plan of salvation, are subjects that we will be studying throughout eternity (see The Great Controversy, p. 678), how could one finite book of it, even one inspired by the Lord (2 Tim. 3:16), answer everything for us now?

God does not intend to answer "everything". He gives us what we need to know for each day. And, if we remain ignorant, then we reveal where our hearts are.

     God will not condemn any at the judgment because they honestly believed a lie, or conscientiously cherished error; but it will be because they neglected the opportunities of making themselves acquainted with truth. The infidel will be condemned, not because he was an infidel, but because he did not take advantage of the means God has placed within his reach to enable him to become a Christian. 
     So it will be found in the judgment. God's reproof has been plainly uttered against men and women who have sinned by corrupting their bodies and defiling their souls by licentiousness. They have the warnings to others placed in similar circumstances, who have been overcome by the tempter, and they know that the displeasure of God rested upon them. They have the example of Joseph and Daniel, who feared God. Joseph, when tempted, looked up to heaven, and realized that God's eye was upon him, and he exclaimed, "How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" He also urged his duty to his master, who trusted him so fully, as a reason against it.  TM 437.


The book of Job, though, doesn’t stand alone. It’s part of a much greater picture revealed in the Word of God. And, as part of a grand spiritual and theological mosaic, it presents us with a powerful message, one with universal appeal, at least for all the followers of God. And that message is: faithfulness amid adversity. Job is a living example of Jesus’ own words: “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matt. 24:13. What believer in Jesus, seeking to do right, hasn’t at times faced inexplicable wrong? What believer in Jesus, seeking to be faithful, hasn’t faced challenges to faith? What believer in Jesus, seeking comfort, hasn’t faced accusations instead? And yet, the book of Job presents us with an example of someone who, facing all this and more, maintained his faith and integrity. And as by faith and by grace we trust in the One who died on the cross for Job, and for us, the message to us is, “Go, and do thou likewise.” (Luke 10:37).

Discussion Questions:

    Place yourself in the mind of a Jew who, knowing the book of Job, lived before the coming of Jesus. What questions do you think that person might have that we today, living after Jesus, don’t have? That is, how does the story of Jesus and what He has done for us help us better understand the book of Job?

    When you get to meet Job, what might be the first question you ask him, and why?

By God's grace, when I meet Job, I would like to know if he ever reconciled his idea that God hurt him with his knowledge that God is love. I suppose since he knew he would come forth as gold tried in the fire, he could understand that his suffering was for his own good as well as for God's glory. Job was a lot smarter than we are today. He did not suffer on account of 6,000 years of sin.


    What are some questions and issues that the book of Job touched on that we didn’t cover in this quarter?

We have covered them in detail from lesson one.


    What was the main spiritual concept that you got from this study on Job? Share your answers with your class.

The great controversy is revealed in the Book of Job. God's grace can not only keep one from sinning, but by walking in the light of God's love, and suffering while doing so, builds a character that is so very much greater than Adam's character before he sinned. That is sinful flesh is not an excuse to sin. The moment Job allowed his mind to dwell on his own suffering, he lost sight of Jesus and sinned. But, he had a Mediator that was right there knocking on the door of his heart. The love of God for him in his sin (grace), brought him repentance not to be repented of, and he was re-converted.
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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 14--4th Quarter 2016--Some Lessons From Job
« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2017, 07:01:15 AM »
Generally we don't look back on Sabbath School lessons, but we will make an exception with the Book of Job. Since the lessons have not been learned, and we know there are sincere seekers of truth that are reading, we will continue to add to the lessons that we might better understand what God has revealed.

Suffering is a mystery to many in this world, but it ought not be. God is perfectly just, and He is in absolute control. We see this illustrated in Satan being held back as to what he could do to Job and his family. Then why the suffering?

Here is an example from Scripture that reveals God allowing suffering to come to His faithful servants. From the Book of Acts:

 16:19   And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew [them] into the marketplace unto the rulers, 
 16:20   And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 
 16:21   And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 
 16:22   And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat [them]. 
 16:23   And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast [them] into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 
 16:24   Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 
 16:25   And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 


After being beaten with many stripes, what do we see Paul and Silas doing? Praying and singing. Why do we not study such character? Is this not the character of our God? And does He not want us to have His character? Then why the surprise when bad things happen to "good" people? Why did God allow His servants to be beaten? And, why did the two men sing praises to God?
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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 14--4th Quarter 2016--Some Lessons From Job
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2017, 05:57:22 AM »
We present answers for what to many are mysteries. We understand why God set up a test for Job. He knew the end from the beginning. He knew the character defects in the life of Job that would be revealed when Satan was allowed to try him. Job is not the only one Satan is allowed to hurt. For what purpose?

Here in the Book of John is a passage we are familiar with. But, it does not seem to cause us such great concern. Why not. "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry [thee] whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me." Verses 21:18,19. 

God was going to allow Peter to glorify Christ by the manner of his death. God could have stopped it, but He did not. If was for Peter's good and God's glory. Does it present a problem for your faith? There is much in Scripture that reveals the suffering of "good" people. And, it does not cause us to stumble. This supports the truth we are to learn from the Book of Job.
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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 14--4th Quarter 2016--Some Lessons From Job
« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2017, 04:17:15 AM »
We will continue to keep the Book of Job current as the lessons not taught in the quarterly are most important. We are to glory in our trials. The whole Bible reveals this truth. The most weighty trust and the highest honor that we may possess is to partake in the sufferings of Christ. We are witnesses to the whole universe of the character of our God. There is a very good reason why God allows "good" people to suffer.

Thursday January 26--The Personality of the Holy Spirit



Read Romans 5:5 and Ephesians 2:18, 19.

Let us read Romans 5:5 in context that we might better understand what it means to be converted, and why God allows bad things to happen to "good" people.

 5:3   And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 
 5:4   And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 
 5:5   And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 

 2:18   For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 
 2:19   Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;   


Why do we glory in our tribulation? Because our trials are God's way of increasing the abundance of the fruit that the Holy Spirit brings into our lives. When abiding in Christ and filled with the Spirit, we are not tempted beyond what we can bear, but are given power to overcome the temptations that He allows. This will cause us to become more patient, it will give of a new experience which enables us to bear stronger trials tomorrow. We grow in strength of character in this manner. We also glory God as we are His witnesses in our great trials, thus the "love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." It was so very sad this truth was not revealed in our study of the life of Job. What a story is his life. What a character he had formed by obedience to the truth. But, when separated from the Spirit, Job condemned God that he might be seen to be righteous. We need Jesus through the Spirit all the time or else no matter how strong our character, we shall fall.

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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 14--4th Quarter 2016--Some Lessons From Job
« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2017, 07:53:42 AM »
Error is brought into God's church by neglecting truth, or taking verses out of context. Romans 5 is a most important verse because it teaches us why God measures a trial for us each day. Suffering is a part of the Christian life just as is joy in the midst of the suffering. Joy and long-suffering are fruits that come into the life when the Spirit is allowed into the heart.

Abraham continued to travel southward, and again his faith was tested. The heavens withheld their rain, and the flocks and herds found no pasture. Starvation threatened the whole camp. Everyone was eagerly watching to see what Abraham would do, as trouble after trouble came. As long as his confidence appeared unshaken, they felt that there was hope; they were assured that God was his friend and that He was still guiding him.
Abraham clung to the promise, “I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” He would not allow circumstances to shake his faith in God’s word. He went down to Egypt to escape the famine. In his great trouble he did not turn back to the Chaldean land from which he came, but looked for a temporary home as near as possible to the Land of Promise.

The Lord in His wisdom had brought this trial on Abraham to teach him lessons for the benefit of everyone after him who would be called to endure affliction. God does not forget or cast off those who put their trust in Him. The trials that test our faith most severely and make it seem that God has forsaken us are to lead us closer to Christ. We may lay all our burdens at His feet and in exchange experience the peace that He will give us.
The heat of the furnace is what separates the dross from the true gold of Christian character. By difficult, testing trials God disciplines His servants. He sees that some have powers that may be used in the advancement of His work and in His wisdom He brings them into positions that test their character and reveal weaknesses of which they were unaware. He gives them opportunity to correct these defects showing them their own weakness and teaching them to lean on Him. In this way they are educated, trained, and disciplined, prepared to fulfill the grand purpose for which their powers were given to them. Heavenly angels can unite with them in the work to be accomplished on earth.  BOE 54.
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