Project yourself into the description of the saints' deliverance portrayed
in the chapter "God's
People Delivered, "The Great Controversy, pp. 635-652. In
your mind, contrast the destiny of the saved and that of the lost, and resolve
anew to remain unshakably loyal to Christ and His gospel. Or read
21 and 22, and contemplate the glory of being in the New Jerusalem.
Consider the priorities you might need to reorganize if truly "your
citizenship is in heaven"
"Through them [His people] the Sun of Righteousness will shine with undimmed
luster to the world. Christ has given to His church ample facilities,
that He may receive a large revenue of glory from His redeemed, purchased
possession. He has bestowed upon His people capabilities and blessings
that they may represent His own sufficiency. The church, endowed with
the righteousness of Christ, is His depositary, in which the riches of His
mercy, His grace, and His love, are to appear in full and final display.
Christ looks upon His people in their purity and perfection, as the
reward of His humiliation, and the supplement of His glory." - The Desire
of Ages, p. 680.
1. Carefully review the character description of the 144,000 in Revelation 14:1-5. What changes will you have to make in order to follow the Lamb wherever He goes?
2. Discuss the idea of covenanting as a class to pray daily for the latter rain. What part will the experience described in Revelation 12:11 have in obtaining the latter rain?
3. After studying this week's lesson, how would
you answer the Key Question in Sabbath Afternoon's
SUMMARY: Guided, empowered, and protected by God, the church will be enveloped with Christ's glory at His second coming. Because each member will be clothed with Christ's righteousness - the full manifestation of His indwelling power in every believer's heart - He will be able to take them to heaven, where there will be no more sorrow, death, or pain and where God Himself shall wipe away every tear (Rev. 21:4). "Glory to God in the highest."