Monday: the “Rules” of Love
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(John 15:10)

Scripture provides a number of examples of Jesus’ fidelity to the law of God. For instance, although His words in Luke 2:49 imply that at a young age He understood His identity, when His earthly mother expressed the hurt she felt that resulted from His straying from the family, He humbly accompanied His parents home and was obedient to them (Luke 2:51, NIV). On another occasion, Jesus refused to bow to Satan when tempted in the wilderness because worship was […]

Sunday: The Law and the Prophets
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Some believe that the Ten Commandments, delivered through Moses at Sinai, were relevant only to the Israelites before the Cross and are not binding in the New Covenant era of grace. Others teach that Christians are free from the old law, but only those of Jewish heritage, and not Christians, are still expected to adhere to it. As we have seen, though the Bible does teach that the works of the law can save no one, no passage gives a […]

Sabbath: The Law of God and the Law of Christ
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 19:16-22; John 13:34-35; Gal. 6:1-5; Acts 17:31; John 5:30.

Memory Text: If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love (John 15:10, NKJV).

In most nations a hierarchy of laws exists. At the top are laws that come from the national government and that bind all who reside in the country. Then there are laws on the provincial level […]

Inside Story: Toogii’s Triumph
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My friends call me Toogii (TAW-gee). I live in the capital city of Mongolia.

My family isn’t Christian, so I grew up not knowing much about Jesus. One day a friend of my grandmother gave her an invitation to meetings at the Adventist church, where a missionary was speaking. Grandmother gave the invitation to my aunt who asked me to go with her to the meetings. I wasn’t really interested, but I went out of respect for her. And I was […]

Friday: Further Study: Christ, the End of the Law
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Further Study: “The law reveals sin to us, and causes us to feel our need of Christ and to flee unto Him for pardon and peace by exercising repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. . . .

The law of ten commandments is not to be looked upon as much from the prohibitory side, as from the mercy side. Its prohibitions are the sure guarantee of happiness in obedience. As received in Christ, it works in […]

Thursday: The Disciplinarian
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(Gal. 3:19-24)

In harmony with the book of Romans, Paul is careful to stipulate in Galatians that the purpose of the law is to define sin and not to make people righteous (Gal. 3:19, Gal. 3:21).

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Read Galatians 3:23-24. What images does Paul use to describe the purpose of the law? What do you think the images mean?

Depending on the translation, the law is identified in Gal 3:24 as a schoolmaster, taskmaster, tutor, and custodian, among […]

Wednesday: The Goal of the Law
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(Rom. 9:30-10:4)

The title for this week’s lesson comes from Romans 10:4-Christ is the end of the law (NKJV). Many who have been preconditioned to think negatively about the law automatically interpret the text to mean, Christ made the law obsolete. However, this reading goes against the many references in the book of Romans and other parts of the New Testament that discuss the continued relevance of the law.

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Read Romans 9:30-10:4. How is Paul explaining here […]

Tuesday: O Wretched Man!
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(Rom. 7:21-25)

Read Romans 7:13-25. How are we to understand these verses? Is Paul talking about an unconverted man, or is this the experience of the converted? What reasons can you give for your answer?

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If you were unsure as to whom these verses refer, you are not alone. Theologians also have wrestled with this question for centuries. The person described here is someone who delights in the law of God (hardly sounds like a nonbeliever) […]

Monday: Law and Grace
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(Rom. 6:15-23)

One of the most difficult concepts for Christians to comprehend is the continued role of the law for the one saved by grace. If a believer attains righteousness by accepting the sufficiency of the life and death of Jesus, why is it still necessary to keep the law? This question provides another opportunity to repeat a key point: the law was never intended to provide salvation; its function (after the Fall) was to define sin. Yet, the Cross doesn’t […]

Sunday: Where Sin Abounded
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(Rom. 5:12-21)

Though it points out sins, the law is powerless to save us from them. That very powerlessness, however, shows us our need for Jesus, the only solution for sin.

Read Romans 5:12-21. In what way is the message of God’s grace revealed in these texts?

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Notice in this passage the constant association between sin and death. Time and again they appear in immediate relationship with each other. And that’s because sin, the violation of God’s […]