Sabbath School Lesson Review 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 11
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 11 Friday
How important is it that we all agree exactly on what we should believe? When does it become dangerous to think ideas that are different from the rest of our fellow believers?
Some people grow up in slavery to the idea that they will never amount to anything. Since childhood they have been given the impression of not being very special. But then they learn the truth about themselves, the amazing capacity of human beings to change and grow. And this truth awakens a new sense of freedom that gives them confidence and energy to accomplish something after all. Some people are even in bondage to the notion that they are not free to think for themselves, especially in matters of religion. All too frequently one meets a religious person who seems afraid to hear a new theological idea. He feels it would be dangerous to change anything learned earlier from those in authority. Such people are not yet free. And above all else God wants us to be free in our thinking about religion, our thinking about Him. This was a matter of great concern to one Christian writer for whom I have particular respect.
Years ago Ellen White advised that;
” Beware of rejecting that which is truth. The great danger with our people has been that of depending upon men, and making flesh their arm. Those who have not been in the habit of searching the Bible for themselves, or weighing evidence, have confidence in the leading men, and accept the decisions they make; and thus many will reject the very messages God sends to His people, if these leading brethren do not accept them.
” No one should claim that he has all the light there is for God’s people. The Lord will not tolerate this. He has said, ‘I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.’ Even if all our leading men should refuse light and truth, that door will still remain open. The Lord will raise up men who will give the people the message for this time. . . .
” Young men should search the Scriptures for themselves. They are not to feel that it is sufficient for those older in experience to find out the truth; that the younger ones can accept it from them as authority. The Jews perished as a nation because they were drawn from the truth of the Bible by their rulers, priests, and elders. Had they heeded the lessons of Jesus, and searched the Scriptures for themselves, they would not have perished. . . .
” We must study the truth for ourselves. No man should be relied upon to think for us. No matter who he is, or in what position he may be placed, we are not to look upon any man as a criterion for us. We are to counsel together, and to be subject one to another; but at the same time we are to exercise the ability God has given us, in order to learn what is truth. Each one of us must look to God for divine enlightenment. We must individually develop a character that will stand the test in the day of God. We must not become set in our ideas, and think that no one should interfere with our opinions.”—” Testimonies to Ministers,” pp. 106-110.
Those are daring words! And surprisingly they come from a most disciplined and cooperative Christian person. But this understanding of personal freedom was based upon the recognition that in the beginning, when man was created in the image of God, he was “endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator-individuality, power to think and to do.” Man’s capacity for free, creative, responsible thought and action is the image of God within him.
In the first paragraph it states,
So often we hear Christians talk about “freedom in Christ.” And, of course, this is a valid concept. To be free from the condemnation of the law and to have assurance of salvation because of what Christ has done for us and not from our own works is indeed to be free. The story of Martin Luther and the bondage from which he suffered before he understood grace is a great example of what this freedom can mean. However, as we saw in Peter, the wonderful truth can be twisted.
“The great truth of our entire dependence upon Christ for salvation lies close to the error of presumption. Freedom in Christ is by thousands mistaken for lawlessness; and because Christ came to release us from the condemnation of the law, many declare that the law itself is done away, and that those who keep it are fallen from grace. And thus, as truth and error appear so near akin, minds that are not guided by the Holy Spirit will be led to accept the error and, in so doing, place themselves under the power of Satan’s deceptions. In thus leading people to receive error for truth, Satan is working to secure the homage of the Protestant world.” – Ellen G. White, Christ Triumphant, p. 324.
“Christ came to release us from the condemnation of the law…”
How? What does this mean?
What law lens?
If the law is like human law, what would it mean to be released from the condemnation of the law? For instance, what does it mean to be released from a speeding ticket? To either have the fine waived or someone else to pay the fine. This is the false theology of penal substitution.
But, when we realize God’s law is design law, what does it mean to be released from the condemnation of the law? For instance, what does it mean to be released from the condemnation of a terminal diagnosis of lung cancer from years of smoking (violating the laws of health)? To be healed by having the cancer put into remission. Now, if the cancer is in remission and one is no longer living in violations of the laws of health, is there anything for the laws of health to condemn?
So, Christ frees us from the condemnation of the law by procuring a remedy and then applying that remedy in us to heal and restore us to live in harmony with His law/design for life.
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