SDA Sabbath School Lessons
Friday July 26, 1996

Further Study

FURTHER STUDY: In connection with the topic of the pre-advent judgment, study Matthew 22:11-14; Revelation 8:5; 10:8-11:1; 15:5-8; 19:1-8.

The pre-advent judgment declares irrevocably saved those who have been consistently enjoying present salvation in Christ. The pre-advent judgment eternally vindicates believers whose sins have previously been forgiven. In this judgment, approval is given to those who, by constantly receiving the impartation of Christ's righteousness, are experiencing victory over sin.

"Everything that we of ourselves can do is defiled by sin. But the Son of God 'was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.' Sin is defined to be 'the transgression of the law.' 1John 3:5,4. But Christ was obedient to every requirement of the law. ... By His perfect obedience He has made it possible for every human being to obey God's commandments. When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe or righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah." - Christ's Object Lessons , pp. 311,312.

"Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own." -- Christ's Object Lessons, p. 69.


  1. A friend in your church tells you that the guilt of your sins is not blotted out until the pre-advent judgment. What Bible answer can you give?
  2. Another friend argues that victory over sin means that everything we do is free from all human imperfection. How would you reply?
  3. Yet another friend says that, because all our sins were forgiven at the cross, there is no need for a pre-advent judgment. What answer would you give?

SUMMARY: The pre-advent judgment is the antitypical Day of Atonement, involving the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary of the record of pardoned sin and the spiritual cleansing of God's people on earth.