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Walking in the Light - Renouncing Worldliness: Sabbath School Lesson for July 25-31, 2009

"On what basis can we know that our sins are forgiven? What does it mean to know God? What does it mean not to love the things of the world? What's the ultimate fate of the world?"

This week's Sabbath School lesson is found here:
http://ssnet.org/qrtrly/eng/09c/less05kjv.html

To watch Doug Batchelor's Sabbath School class at Sacramento Central Church, go here:
http://www.amazingfacts.org/Television/CentralStudyHour/tabid/76/De...

A wonderful resource that I have enjoyed recently is the Good Word Online site. This site is created by the Walla Walla University Theology department. It is a taped audio discussion of the lesson topic among very qualified conversation partners. I am privileged to live in the same community as these theology professors and admire their thoughtfulness and Godliness. Listen to the discussion and read the notes here:
http://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/departments/theology/goodword/l...

Come back here and discuss it. :-) I look forward to learning more about 'Walking in the Light' through the discussions here. God bless!

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Walking in the light:

"God will accept everyone that comes to Him trusting wholly in the merits of a crucified Saviour. Love springs up in the heart. There may be no ecstasy of feeling, but there is an abiding, peaceful trust. Every burden is light; for the yoke (love) which Christ imposes is easy. Duty becomes a delight, and sacrifice a pleasure. The path that before seemed shrouded in darkness becomes bright with beams from the Sun of righteousness. This is walking in the light as Christ is in the light." 1 S.M.354. *parenthesis supplied

It never ceases to amaze me how simple the matter of salvation is. It is just as simple as ABC. But we don't understand it. See F.W.64.

Read this statement again and again until the Holy Spirit impresses the truth upon your mind and you will not let it go easily.

sky

This is the everlasting Gospel: "Through the sacrifices and offerings brought to the earthly sanctuary, the children of Israel were to lay hold of the merits of a Saviour to come." 1 SG 161.
Yeah, I like it too because it awaken us of our realization that we have to trust God's sustaining and unchanging grace... ",

Sad thing is a question was always raised for everyone. Are we guilty of wordliness? Have we been conformed to the world rather than being transformed?

Through faith, we can overcome the world that's according to 1 John 5:4. Christ gave Himself us from this present evil world (Galatians 1:4).

Through God's promises we become partakers of His nature and escape the corruption that in the world. (2 Peter 1:4).

God forbid that we should be entangled again in the pollutions of the world (2 Peter 2:20).

Notice that 2 Peter 2:20 shows us how to escape the pollutions of the world -- "through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Through knowledge, we can learn how to escape initially, and how to continue to escape the pollutions of the world.

If you claim you are the child of God, we have to start escaping the pollutions of the world... ", Besides, let's not doubt for it because we are already saved by God's merits... ",
thanks for this thread - i hope to fellowship more with others here in the coming weeks. I just want to say a couple things before I have to move on with my morning (i'm on the East coast, Wash DC suburbs) - number one, God is awesome, because He has taken me out of my ignorance into the light of His Word - Bible Study! Two, this week's topic was really speaking to me - I wonder if others were challenged by Paul's message to the colossians about not getting "spoiled" through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (2:8). Wow! What struck me was the linking of Philosophy with (1) vanity and (2) deceit. and also the idea that worldly knowledge truly "spoils" us, it spoils our appetite, takes away our taste, for spiritual truths, especially the Person of Truth, Jesus. These points are so heavy. They were a real reminder and they shook me to make sure I was being vigilant about what I'm taking into the avenues of my mind...

-m
God will accept everyone that comes to Him trusting wholly in the merits of a crucified Saviour. Love springs up in the heart. There may be no ecstasy of feeling, but there is an abiding, peaceful trust. Every burden is light; for the yoke (love) which Christ imposes is easy. Duty becomes a delight, and sacrifice a pleasure. The path that before seemed shrouded in darkness becomes bright with beams from the Sun of righteousness. This is walking in the light as Christ is in the light." 1 S.M.354. *parenthesis supplied

The above statement is God's special message of righteousness by faith which He sent to us as a people in 1888. This message was resisted and by the action of our own brethren this precious light of truth which was to illuminate the whole earth with its glory has, in a great degree, been kept away from the world. See 1 S.M.234,235,360.

Today, when this message is presented in clear, distinct lines, as it was in 1888, is it any more received than it was then? Is it not considered as though this message meant absolutely nothing to us? In fact it is throdden underfoot by many and made little of. Some are even offended by it, so exasperated by it that they begin the work of character assassinating those who make every effort to bring it to light. The same solemn warning that was given to our ancestors was meant more for us than for them:

"Be careful how you treat it. Take off the shoes from off your feet; for you are on holy ground." T.M.89,90.

Let me share that message again so that none can say that they have not had the opportunity to hear it in clear, distinct lines:

"Unless he makes it his libusiness to behold the uplifted Saviour and to accept the merits which it is his privilege to claim, the sinner can no more be saved than Peter could walk upon the water unless he kept his eyes fixed steadily upon Jesus." T.M.93.

This message from Heaven could not be more clear or more simple. We cannot be saved unless moment by moment we look to Jesus, accept His merits, and believe it is our privilege to claim them. If we refuse to become as little children by simply believing that it is our privilege to claim the merits of the Saviour and that it is the only way we can be saved, the only way we can attain to righteousness, then we will lose our only hope to receive pardon and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, which, by the way, is the wedding garment, the robe of righteousness woven in the loom of Heaven. This garment has in it not one thread of human devisings.

The question is, What will you do with this message which has come down to us directly from the throne of grace?

Our eternal destiny is hanging in the balance, upon how we treat this message. It is a message which is appropriate for this time and which is to be received, believed, and acted upon! It is the third angel's message in verity! See T.M.93,92,96,97.

sky
After reviewing the lesson, I really like this one....

What is it that makes heaven, “heaven”? Is it the gold on the streets, the
tree of life, or the river of life. No! It is being able to live forever with God and among a group
of people who are totally loving
.

There is a parable told about a man who showed up at the pearly gates, and Peter asked him
if he had any last request before he entered heaven. “Yes” the man replied, “I would like to
see what hell is really like.” So an angel escorted him to hell where he saw people who were
just skin and bones and looked simply awful. Then a bell rang and the man asked what that
was for. The angel surprised him by saying it was the dinner bell. But the people looked like
they had not eaten in months! So the angel said, “Come and see what happens when they
get to the dining area.” As they approach a long thin building with several doors, there was
an “angel” standing outside each door, and as each person came up to the door to enter the
angel would place tubes over their arms and elbows so they could not bend them. Inside, the
table which was quite narrow was filled with wonderful food from end to end. During the “lunch
period,” each of them struggled as hard as he/she could to get something into his/her mouth,
but each of them failed.
When they returned to heaven, the man discovered that there was a dining room in heaven
just like the one in hell, but all of the people looked well-fed. When these people arrived for
a meal, as they sat opposite each other on either side of the long narrow table, they picked
up the wonderful items of food and reached across to feed their friends on the other side!

Those who enter heaven will always be thinking of others.

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