Further Study: Creation and the Gospel
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“‘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 […]

Thursday: A New Creation
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The great news of the gospel centers around the death of Jesus as our substitute.

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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 […]

Wednesday: The Sin-bearing Substitute
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“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

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(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 […]

12: Creation and the Gospel – Teaching Plan
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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 […]

Tuesday: While We Were Yet Sinners . . .
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All throughout the Bible we find that God’s response to human sinfulness is redemptive in nature and motivated by genuine, unselfish love.

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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 […]

Monday: Sin and Death
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In Genesis 3:19, Adam was told that, at death, he would return to the dust from which he was made.

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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 […]

Sunday: Grace in the Garden
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As we all know so well, the first humans, perfect beings created in the “image of God,” fell into sin, which brought death.

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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 […]

Sabbath: Creation and the Gospel
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Read for This week’s Study: Gen. 3:21; Ps. 104:29, 30; John 1:4; Rom. 5:6-11;Gal. 3:13; Matt. 27:46.

Memory Text: “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22, NIV).

In the biblical account, Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, without any moral defect. But they did have free will, a prerequisite for them to be able to love. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, they fell under Satan’s power (see Heb. […]