Friday: Further Study: Christ’s church and the Law

Further Study: The three angels of Revelation 14 represent the people who accept the light of God’s messages and go forth as His agents to sound the warning throughout the length and breadth of the earth. Christ declares to His followers: Ye are the light of the world.  Matthew 5:14. To every soul that accepts Jesus the cross of Calvary speaks: Behold the worth of the soul: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15. Nothing is to be permitted to hinder this work. It is the all-important work for this time; it is to be far-reaching as eternity. The love that Jesus manifested for the souls of men in the sacrifice which He made for their redemption, will actuate all His followers.-Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, pp. 455, 456.studymore

The theme of greatest importance is the third angel’s message, embracing the messages of the first and second angels. All should understand the truths contained in these messages and demonstrate them in daily life, for this is essential to salvation. We shall have to study earnestly, prayerfully, in order to understand these grand truths; and our power to learn and comprehend will be taxed to the utmost.-Ellen G. White, Evangelism, p. 196.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Revelation 12:17 describes the remnant as those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus. With the presence of hundreds of other Sabbath-keeping Christian churches around the globe, what is the specific purpose of Seventh-day Adventism? What are we proclaiming and teaching that these other churches aren’t, even those who might be keeping the seventh-day sabbath?
  2. Read Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, and James 2:23, all in context. How do these verses help us understand salvation by faith?
  3. Notice that in the first angel’s message, which begins with the everlasting gospel, there is also a proclamation that the hour of his judgment has come. So, the gospel, the law, and judgment all appear together in the three angels’ messages. How do we understand the role of the law and grace in judgment? How do they all fit together?
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