Read for This week’s Study: Rev. 21:1-5, Gen 3:19, 1 Cor. 15:52-58, Gen. 6:11-13,Isa. 11:6-9,John 14:1-3.
Memory Text: “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13, NIV).
In 2 Peter 3:10-13, Peter describes the fate of heaven and earth. Both, along with all that they contain, will be destroyed.
But that’s not the end of the story, not by a long shot, because a new heaven and a new earth will be created in [...]
“‘The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever.’ [Deuteronomy 29:29.] Just how God accomplished the work of creation he has never revealed to men; human science cannot search out the secrets of the Most High. His creative power is as incomprehensible as his existence.”-Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 113. “In that thick darkness God’s presence was hidden. He makes darkness His pavilion, and [...]
“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22, NIV).
Image © Lars Justinen from GoodSalt.com
[Thought questions for Creation and the Gospel March 20, 2013]
1. All in Christ. If only God hadn’t made Adam and Eve free to sin. Wouldn’t it be a better world if we were not even tempted to do wrong? Have you ever met someone with that idea? What’s wrong with the concept that getting rid of sin at [...]
The great news of the gospel centers around the death of Jesus as our substitute.
Image © Bill Osborne from GoodSalt.com
He took our sins upon Himself, bearing in Himself the penalty that would, otherwise, justly be ours. As we have seen, too, the whole idea of Christ as our substitute, dying for the sins of the world, is inextricably linked to the Creation story. Christ came to destroy death, which is an alien intruder in God’s creation. If evolutionary theory [...]
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us
Image © Steve Creitz from GoodSalt.com
(for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’)” (Gal. 3:13, NKJV). Dwell on the amazing implications of this text, keeping in mind the deity of Christ as you do. What does this tell us about what God was willing to do in order to save us? More so, what does this tell us about how [...]
Key Thought : Creation is critically important to the plan of salvation. The creation of a new heart is one only God can make and is based on the idea of a perfect Creation that fell and needs redemption.
[Teaching Plan for Creation and the Gospel March 18, 2013]
1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:21-24.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Where did God get the skins to [...]
All throughout the Bible we find that God’s response to human sinfulness is redemptive in nature and motivated by genuine, unselfish love.
Image © Damon Bowie from GoodSalt.com
He would have been fully justified in giving Adam and Eve up to Satan’s destructive power; after all, they had made their choice. But God knew that Adam and Eve did not understand the full meaning of what they had done, and He determined to give them an opportunity to become better informed [...]
Friday’s section of this week’s SS lesson asks the question, “Critics of Christianity will often argue that Jesus knew beforehand that, though He would die, He would be resurrected to life. Thus, they ask, what was the big deal about His death when He knew it would be only temporary?”
My mother knows that flying in an airplane is safer than traveling by car. She knows the sad statistics that people are killed every day on the highways, while a rare [...]
In Genesis 3:19, Adam was told that, at death, he would return to the dust from which he was made.
Image © Jeff Preston from GoodSalt.com
The same thing happens to us. Notice—we do not return to being apes, because we were not made from apes. We were made from dust, and it’s to the dust, at death, that we return.
Read Genesis 2:7; Psalm 104:29-30; John 1:4; Acts 17:24-25. What is the ultimate significance of these texts for us? How should [...]
As we all know so well, the first humans, perfect beings created in the “image of God,” fell into sin, which brought death.
Image © Jeff Preston from GoodSalt.com
They had been warned, and they understood what they had been told. Eve even repeated to the serpent what God had said. Yet, they sinned anyway. At times we, like Eve, are led into sin by deceit; while, at other times, like Adam, we sin intentionally. Either way, we are sinners, guilty [...]