06: Christ’s Death and the Law – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ's Death and the Law May 7, 2014]

Intro. Are you like me in that you dread reading or hearing about how cruel people were to the kindest Being in the universe? If Jesus had gone around beating people up and knocking them around, that would be one thing, but did He ever do anything that wasn’t an expression of love? Love for all? Love all the time? Was there ever a more gentle Person than Jesus? Why, oh why [...]

Thursday: The Curse of the Law
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(Gal. 3:10-14)

What do the following texts tell us about human nature? How do we see the reality of this truth every day? Ps. 51:5, Isa. 64:6, and Rom. 3:23.

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With the exception of Christ, all human beings have a common experience in that all have been infected by Adam’s sin. Consequently, no natural person can ever claim to be fully righteous. There are some such as Elijah and Enoch who lived exceptionally close to God, [...]

Wednesday: The Impotent Law
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Though in one sense, as we saw, the law empowers sin, in another real way the law is terribly impotent. How can the same object be both powerful and impotent at the same time?

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Here again, the difference lies not in the law but in the person. For the one who discovers that he is a sinner, the law forces him to acknowledge that he is going against God’s will and is consequently on a [...]

HopeSS: Christ’s Death and the Law
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You can view a 60-minute discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

Ask the Author: Christ’s Death and the Law
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Did the death of Christ do away with the law? Hear what the Sabbath School author has to say in this week’s edition of the new thirty minute talk show, “Ask the Author.”

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Tuesday: The Power of the Law
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According to Romans 4:15, Romans 5:13, and Romans 7:7, what is the function of the law? Also, what does Romans 7:8-11 say about the effect that the law has on the person who violates it?

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Every instrument has its purpose. Just as a key is used for opening a lock or a knife is used for cutting, so the law is used to define sin. Had it not been for God’s law, there would [...]

Monday: The Law of Sin and Death
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(Rom. 8:1-8)

Paul assures the Christian that there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. . . For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:1-2, NKJV). If we read these verses apart from their immediate context, it would appear that Paul was referring to two opposing laws: the law of life and the law of sin and death. However, the [...]

Sunday: Dead to the Law
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(Rom. 7:1-6)

Carefully examine Romans 7:1-6 and summarize as well as you can what Paul is saying. Read it carefully, keeping in mind other Bible passages about the law.

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Although some Bible versions incorrectly translate verse one to read that the law is binding until death, a literal interpretation is: every living person is under the rule of law. The emphasis is not on the dead but on the living.

The example from marriage demonstrates that [...]

Sabbath: Christ’s Death and the Law
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Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 7:1-6; Rom. 8:5-8; Rom. 7:7-13; Rom. 4:15; Acts 13:38-39; Gal. 3:10.

Memory Text: In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God (Romans 7:4, NRSV).

A woman is driving way over the speed limit. Suddenly, she sees in her rearview mirror [...]

HopeSS: Christ and the Sabbath
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.