HopeSS: The Son
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[Note that this now points to the correct video. The previous version pointed to Lesson 1, not Lesson 2]
You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris on their own site. (Needs Adobe Flash.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the Study Guide here. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

Friday: Further Study: The Son
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, Divine-Human Saviour, p. 1126-1128 in TheSDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5.

While God’s Word speaks of the humanity of Christ when upon this earth, it also speaks decidedly regarding His pre-existence. The Word existed as a divine being, even as the eternal Son of God, in union and oneness with His Father. . . . The world was made by Him, and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:3). If Christ made [...]

02: The Son – Hit the Mark
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I never really thought about this until this week’s lesson on The Son. Hyperbole in speech is so common that unconsciously I took for granted some of the words Jesus spoke to His disciples. But this week, examining who Jesus is, gave me an opportunity to look deeper into my beliefs and convictions.

Jesus had been intensely preparing His disciples for the climatic events that would soon follow. Who He was to them would determine their futures. The nation was stirred [...]

Thursday: Christ’s Mission
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After considering who Jesus was, we are in a better position to understand what He came to do for us.

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Satan made accusations against God. In order to meet those accusations, Jesus came to represent the Father’s character, and to correct the false concept that many had developed about the Godhead. He wanted us to know God, because to know Him is indispensable in order to have eternal life (John 17:3). However, we need more [...]

Wednesday: Christ’s Divine Nature: Part 2
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Jesus declared and demonstrated that He had the same power as the Father to overcome death. As the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will (John 5:21, NKJV). Only God can state: I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25, NKJV).

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Another clear indication of His divinity is found in His assertion to preexistence. He came down from heaven (John 3:13, NKJV) [...]

02: The Son – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : The Lord Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, existed from eternity, a distinct person, yet one with the Father.

[Lesson plan for The Son July 7, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 24:30, 25:31.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why does Jesus call Himself the Son of man in these words? What is He emphasizing here?
c. Personal Application: Why is it important to know [...]

Tuesday: Christ’s Divine Nature: Part 1
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The deity of Christ is the foundation of our faith. A human being could never be our savior, no matter how extraordinary his life may have been. Throughout the entire New Testament, we have evidence of His divinity. We will focus on what Jesus Himself taught about this subject.

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It was, for starters, not a simple matter for Jesus to explain who He was. His mission required Him to make known that He was the [...]

Monday: The Son of God
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The title Son of God was used not only by Gabriel (Luke 1:35) but also by several people when addressing Jesus (Matt. 14:33, Mark 15:39, John 1:49, John 11:27). He accepted that title but was very careful not to apply it directly to Himself, lest He be stoned to death. Nevertheless, the Bible does reveal in different ways His special relationship with the Father.

The Father acknowledged Jesus as His Son at His baptism [...]

Sunday: The Son of Man
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This title, the Son of Man, was Jesus’ favorite designation for Himself. He referred to Himself as Son of Man more than eighty times. Other people never addressed Him that way. He, of course, selected this special designation for Himself with a purpose in mind.

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This idiomatic expression was common in the Old Testament. With just one exception, it always referred to a human; thus, Jesus used it in order to emphasize His humanity.

Scripture presents [...]