Unity in Diversity
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 3 Tuesday
The lesson talks about the freedom we are to have in Christ, read first paragraph,
“Freedom, as a description of the Christian experience, is an important concept for Paul. He used the word more frequently than any other author in the New Testament did, and in the book of Galatians the words free and freedom occur numerous times. Freedom, however, for the Christian means freedom in Christ. It is the opportunity to live a life of unhindered devotion to God. It involves freedom from being enslaved to the desires of our sinful nature (Romans 6), freedom from the condemnation of the law (Rom. 8:1, 2), and freedom from the power of death (1 Cor. 15:55).”
The lesson states, “Freedom from being enslaved to the desires of our sinful natures, freedom from the condemnation of the law, and freedom from the power of death.”
What law lens do you hear these promises through?
If through the false imposed law lens, what is often taught?
That we are not condemned to be executed by God for our sins, because the law that condemns us has been paid by the perfect blood of Jesus so it has been satisfied and God can now pardon us.
That we are freed from the imposed punishment of the eternal death sentence, which would be inflicted by God if Jesus didn’t pay the penalty for us.
That we will one day get a new heart and right spirit and in that future day be delivered from the domination of the sinful desires.
What is the truth? It is all design law truth:
That when we accept the truth about God we open the heart and God’s Spirit enters and takes the perfection that Jesus achieved and reproduces it in us. We get the victory over the sinful desires here and now as we experience new motives and new thoughts within.
That we are not condemned by the law because we are now renewed to be in harmony with the law because we love God and others more than self.
That we have victory over death because we have been healed from the terminal condition which causes death.
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