Tuesday: The Required Death
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John the Baptist described Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29, NKJV). This image was easy for any Israelite familiar with the sacrifices offered in the temple and the sacred history recorded in the Old Testament to understand. Abraham had revealed his faith that God will … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Salvation Is a Gift From God
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In John 3:16 two verbs are used to describe what God did for our salvation. How do these verbs relate to each other? What do they reveal regarding the origin of our salvation? The English verb to love, especially the casual way it is often used today, is totally inadequate to express the depth of … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Salvation
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Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 18:9-14; John 6:44; Luke 15:3-10; Matt. 20:28; John 8:34-36; John 6:35, John 6:47-51. Memory Text: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16, NKJV). Death, we often say, is just … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: A River of Life
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I’m a fourth-generation Adventist in the Czech Republic, the second-most atheistic country in Europe. Going to church was part of my life, like grocery shopping and eating. I enjoyed church because I had friends there, but I didn’t have a relationship with God. I had developed a rather twisted picture of God. Many other young … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: The Holy Spirit
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, The Power Promised, p. 19-23, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8; The Gift of the Spirit, p. 47-56, in The Acts of the Apostles. At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Work of the Holy Spirit
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We have already mentioned the important role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the incarnated Christ and in the inspiration of Scripture. Let us focus now on what Jesus taught about the Spirit’s work for our salvation. What indispensable work does the Holy Spirit do in order to prepare us to accept the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Holy Spirit Is Divine
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When Jesus introduced the Holy Spirit to the disciples, He called Him another Helper (John 14:16). The Greek word Jesus used for another is allos, which means another of the same kind, in contrast with heteros, another of different kind or quality. The same likeness of nature that bonds the Father and the Son is … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Holy Spirit Is a Person
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Ellen G. White wrote that the nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them. . . . Regarding such mysteries, which are too deep for human understanding, silence is golden. -The Acts of the Apostles, p. 52. Nevertheless, she also affirmed that … [Click to read more …]