The Two Covenants
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 10 Sabbath Afternoon
What do you understand the two covenants to be?
- Old and New? Which are what?
- Dispensation of law and grace?
What is a covenant? A contract? An agreement? What did God covenant to do after man sinned?
- Save the species
- Provide a remedy to sin freely available to anyone
- Reveal the truth
- Save all who will let Him
- Bring an end to sin
- To make the earth new again
How much of this required the cooperation of mankind? A willing woman to be the vessel for Christ, and then individual cooperation for individual salvation – but what about the rest?
If no human being ultimately accepts God’s offer of salvation, didn’t God still save the human race/species? Yes, via Jesus who is fully human. And didn’t He provide a free remedy to sin? And didn’t He reveal the truth? And won’t He bring an end to sin? And wont He remake the earth?
The lesson rightly states, “The two covenants are not matters of time; instead they are reflective of human attitudes.”
What are those attitudes?
- I can cure myself
- I trust myself into God’s hands and accept His remedy
In the main passage for this lesson, Paul uses an allegory to provide a vividly memorable contrast between “two covenants.” We may represent this contrast with two columns:
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