Love, the Goal of Christian Virtue
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 9 Monday
What do you think of the title of Monday’s lesson, “Love, the Goal of Christian Virtue”?
Do you agree? Yes, and if true then what does this mean?
What does it mean in regard to who is saved in the end? Are we saved by:
- Denominational affiliation?
- Method of baptism?
- Attestation to a creed?
- Legal adjustment in record books?
Or are we saved by being transformed in heart to love God and others more than self? Any texts to support this idea?
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:10,11
What does this text mean?
What is salvation? It is healing and what is the power that brings the healing? The power of truth and love, and where does the power of truth and love have its impact? In the hearts, minds and characters of intelligent beings, how? Truth destroys lies to win us to trust, and in trust we invite God in and the Spirit comes in and takes the perfection of Christ and reproduces it us.
Who is the accuser? Satan, and he has been hurled down, how? What hurled him down?
“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” John 12:31,32 (the word men is supplied, not in the Greek)
What is driving Satan out? And from where is Satan being driven out? John 12:31,32 from The Remedy:
“Now is the time for the infection of selfishness and sin in this world to be fully diagnosed and revealed as destructive; now, Satan—the prince of this selfish world—will be driven out into the open, out of the shadows, out from behind his lies and distortions about God and God’s methods, out where all can see him as the murderer he truly is, and thus out of the hearts of all who love me. 32 When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all intelligences throughout the universe to me.”
The saved overcame the accuser how?
By the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, which is what?
Blood is metaphor or symbolic for the life of Christ, which is the perfect character of Christ, that the righteous partake of, what Peter refers to in our text as being “partakers of the divine nature.” This is what Jesus meant in John 6 about drinking His blood and eating His flesh. Thus we overcome by believing the truth about God such that we trust God enough to open the heart to Him and then receive the Spirit and are changed in heart by receiving the perfection of Christ so that we die to survival drives and love others more than self!
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