Paul, it has been said, was the true founder of Christianity. That is wrong, of course. Though Paul contributed much to our theological understanding of Christian doctrine, including 13 of the 27 New Testament books, practically all the teachings in his writings can be found elsewhere in Scripture. The main reason why some claim that Paul started a new religion is the misconception over his teaching about law and grace.
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The story goes of a man who got a job chopping down trees. The first day his foreman noticed he had cut down only ten trees while the other men had cut down a hundred or so. “Oh well,” thought the foreman, “it was his first day,” But the next couple days went the same way, so the foreman decided to have a talk with the new worker. “I am sure you have noticed [...]
Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 3:31, Rom 6:15, Acts 10:9-14, John 15:1-11, James 2:1-26, Heb. 3:7-19, Jude 5-7.
Memory Text: Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good (Romans 7:12, NKJV).
With so much evidence for the continued validity of God’s law, why do so many Christians argue against it?
First, some (as we have seen) look at certain New Testament texts that condemn a false understanding of the law’s function but conclude that the problem [...]
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prom•ise: an express assurance on which expectation is based.
From the moment man found himself in trouble, God has come beside humanity with a promise of remediation. No crime has been too large, no offence to great. It has always been about the promise.
To Adam, who had unleashed the curse of death on mankind, God lovingly provided a remedy through a promise of a sin bearer. That covenant has yet to cease and still provides hope for you and me so [...]
While sitting in class in his Papua New Guinea high school, young Willie Siso noticed that he was having difficulty hearing. A doctor told him he had an inflammation in his ear. But Willie’s hearing continued to fail.
Why is God allowing this? he wondered. As his hearing deteriorated, Willie began learning sign language. He graduated from a teacher’s college and took a job teaching in a middle school. In addition to his regular class, he taught five hearing-impaired students [...]
[Joyce is the one who authors the Thought Starters posts each week for Sabbath School teachers.]
I’m sorry I missed contributing to SSNET this week. My computer died. It was not a natural death but was caused by my moving it to a better part of the house. After a few days without a working computer, it has been taken care of, and I’ll be back next week. I think this is the first time I’ve missed a deadline for SSNET, [...]
Further Study: For more information on this week’s topic, read Ellen G. White, The Covenant of Grace, p. 131-137, in God’s Amazing Grace.
“This same covenant was renewed to Abraham in the promise, In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Gen. 22:18. This promise pointed to Christ. So Abraham understood it, and he trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sins. It was this faith that was accounted unto him for righteousness. The covenant with Abraham [...]
Does the new covenant nullify all others? Are all nations no longer blessed through Abraham’s seed? Find out what the Sabbath School author has to say on this week’s edition of “Ask the Author.”
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In many instances people can experience the promises of a covenant before all the terms are even met. For instance, a person purchasing a home has the opportunity to live in the home before it is paid for. Or a citizen enjoys the public services offered by the government before he has even started paying taxes. Those who enter into a covenant with God can also start to experience the benefits of the covenant before the promises are actualized [...]
There were strong consequences for violating certain biblical covenants. Yahweh warned Abraham that any male who was not circumcised would be cut off from the chosen (Gen. 17:14), and a litany of curses was directed toward those who refused to abide by the terms of the Sinai covenant (Deut. 27:11-26). Ultimately, those who violated the terms of the covenant would be punished with death (Ezek. 18:4). The same is true for the New Covenant: those who refuse to keep [...]
Key Thought : Both the Old and New Covenants are a restatement of the covenant of grace in which salvation is given to sinners through faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice.
[Lesson plan for Christ, the Law and the Covenants June 2, 2014]
1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 9:12-17.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. How does the rainbow show that God’s covenant with mankind was an eternal, or unchangeable [...]