Monday: To Be Set Apart
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What is the first time the concept of “holiness” (from the same root often translated “sanctified”) is mentioned in Scripture? Gen. 2:3. How significant is the fact that the first thing deemed holy in the Bible is time?1 This text gives us our first understanding of holiness. It shows that something, in this case time, is “set apart” … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Holiness of God
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 11:10; Mark 1:2; Gen. 2:3; Job 42:5, 6; Luke 5:1–11; Luke 4:31–36; Isa. 6:1–3; Rev. 4:8, 9. Memory Text: “Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy” (Psalm 99:9). Key Thought: Scripture gives much attention to God’s holiness. What does this holiness tell us about what God is like … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: The God of Grace and Judgment
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How do grace and judgment work together? Here’s how inspiration reveals it. “While Jesus is pleading for the subjects of His grace, Satan accuses them before God as transgressors. The great deceiver has sought to lead them into skepticism, to cause them to lose confidence in God, to separate themselves from His love, and to … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Hour of His Judgment
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“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known”(Matt. 10:26).1 Looking around at the world, we shouldn’t have a problem understanding the idea of judgment and condemnation. One doesn’t have to be a believing Christian to realize that something is radically wrong with … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Condemnation and Grace
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Most everyone is familiar with John 3:16. What comes after, though, helps flesh it out and explain it even better. Read John 3:17–21. What does it say about judgment? About grace? How do these verses reveal to us how grace and judgment work together?  The word translated “condemn” in verse 17 is also translated in some versions as “judge.” … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Judgment and Grace in Eden
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Think about this: before sin, there was no need of grace because there was nothing to forgive, nothing to pardon, nothing to cover. It’s the same with judgment. Before sin, there was nothing to judge, nothing to condemn, nothing to be punished. Both grace and judgment arise, at least in a human context, only because … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Judgment Day
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The theme of judgment, divine judgment, runs through the entire Bible. And contrary to common beliefs, judgment is not contrary to salvation or to the gospel. Indeed, both themes are woven together in Scripture from Genesis through Revelation.1 And no wonder. Judgment and salvation reflect twin aspects of God’s character: His justice and grace. Thus, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The God of Grace and Judgment
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Read for This Week’s Study: 1 Cor. 3:13; 2 Cor. 5:10; Genesis 3, 6; John 3:17–21; Rev. 14:6, 7. Memory Text: “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Key Thought: God’s judgment is as pervasive in the Bible as is the theme of salvation; in fact, the … [Click to read more …]