Because salvation is God’s solution to the problem created by sin, the extent of sin’s damage determines the scope of the solution.
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It wouldn’t be a solution were it unable to solve the problem, no matter what the size of the problem.
What do the following texts reveal about the scope of the sin problem? How have you experienced it yourself or seen around you the reality of these texts?
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Read for This Week’s Study: John 2:25; Jer. 17:9; Titus 1:1-2; Rom. 3:19-24; Acts 2:37; Luke 7:47; Eph. 2:1-5.
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).
Key Thought: The sin problem is very big; how thankful we should be that the solution was big enough to solve it.
The “sin problem” refers to the crisis caused by the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, [...]
Read Ellen G. White, “The Creation,” pp. 44-51, in Patriarchs and Prophets.
“In the beginning, man was created in the image of God. He was in perfect harmony with the nature and the law of God; the principles of righteousness were written upon his heart. But sin alienated him from his Maker. He no longer reflected the divine image. His heart was at war with the principles of God’s law. ‘The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to [...]
As deep and pervasive as the effects of sin have been on humanity, our plight is not irreversible.
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The Bible speaks about the possibility of renewal and restoration of the image of God in us, at least to some degree.
Study the following passages carefully: Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:23-24. What hope is presented?
The Bible clearly holds up the hope for us to be remade in God’s image. The renewal of the image of God in humanity is accompanied [...]
One of the many great obstacles for those who read evolution into the biblical creation account is the Fall.
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In the Bible, the world and humanity were perfect when created, a teaching that contradicts evolution at the most basic level. Only through transgression did suffering and death enter the world, a concept that’s contrary to the evolutionary model, in which suffering and death are part of the very means of creation itself.
Imagine what it would [...]
Whatever else it means to be “made in the image of God,” it also shows that we were made to be in relationships.
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What are those relationships, and how should we, made as we are, act in them?
Read Genesis 2:19-20. What does that tell us right away about humanity’s relationship to the world?
Notice the autonomy, the freedom, given to Adam here. He was to name the creatures that God had created. God didn’t do the naming Himself, [...]
As we saw yesterday, Adam and, of course, Eve were literal people, not symbols or myths but actual flesh and blood beings made “in the image of God.”
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Obviously, being made in the image of God is something good, something sacred, something that bestows inherent value on us. What, however, does that really mean?
Read Genesis 1:26 carefully. What statement of intention seems to be linked to the creation of man in God’s image? That is, God says [...]
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:27).
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What does this text tell us about our origins that is so radically different, even openly contradictory, from other views of human beginnings, such as evolution?
It is impossible to miss the point that, as a conscious act of God, humanity’s creation had a purpose behind it. Scripture has no room for any idea of [...]
Read for This Week’s Study: Gen 1:27; 1:26; Mark 12:13-17; Gen. 2:19-25; Acts 17:26; Rom. 5:12-19.
Memory Text: “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3).
Key Thought: God created humanity in His own image; sin defiled that image. God’s plan is to restore that image in us.
A nineteenth-century thinker, Arthur Schopenhauer, while deep in thought about the essence of human identity, accidently bumped into someone on the street. The person whom he hit angrily demanded, “Who [...]
Read Ellen G. White,
“Danger in Speculative Knowledge,” pp. 427-438, in The Ministry of Healing; “The Word Made Flesh,”pp. 746-749, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5; “Preface” and “Introduction,” pp. 5-7, in The Great Controversy.
“God has been pleased to communicate His truth to the world by human agencies, and He Himself, by His Holy Spirit, qualified men and enabled them to do this work. He guided the mind in the selection of what to speak and what to write. The treasure was entrusted to earthen vessels, [...]