The Superiority of the Promise
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 6 Thursday
Read the third paragraph,
“As majestic as the giving of the law was on Sinai, with countless angels in attendance, and as important as Moses was in the presentation of the law at that time, the giving of the law was indirect. In stark contrast, God’s promise was made directly to Abraham (and, therefore, to all believers), for there was no need for a mediator. In the end, however important the law, it is no substitute for the promise of salvation through grace by faith. On the contrary, the law helps us better understand just how wonderful that promise really is.”
What do you think of this idea that there was no need for a mediator? Why not?
Because we are sick and God is our Creator, Healing, Fixer—of what is wrong, i.e. the problem is in us, the problem is not in God!
In summation of the lesson let’s read Galatians 3:19-29 from The Remedy:
If God promised to heal us, then what was the purpose of the law? It was added because of our sin-sick state–our darkened minds and the rapid rate at which we were destroying ourselves–in order to diagnose our condition and teach us a healthier way to live until the only true cure, Jesus (the promised One) had come. God communicated this law through angels, and then through Moses as an intermediary to the people. But when there is only one party involved– and God and his Son Jesus are One–an intermediary is not needed. Is the written law, then, somehow in opposition to the promises of God? Of course not! The written law was simply a tool to diagnose our sickness and lead us to God for healing. If the written law could somehow cure the infection of selfishness and promote life, then healing would certainly have followed the giving of the law. But Scripture is clear: All humanity is infected with selfishness and is imprisoned by this terminal condition. It is by trust that we experience the only cure, the One promised–Jesus Christ–who was given to humankind as the Remedy to this terminal condition. Before Christ came, we were quarantined by the written law–restrained from continual self- destruction–until Christ procured the only true cure. The written law was provided as a safeguard to protect us and lead us to Christ–the Great Physician–so that we might be restored to unity with God by trust in, and partaking of, Christ. Now that trust in God has been restored–and we are set right in heart, mind, and character, and again practice God’s methods– we no longer need the law to diagnose our condition or lead us back to God. Through the Remedy established by Jesus Christ you are all loyal children of God, for all of you who have immersed your minds and hearts into the truth of God as revealed by Christ have had your characters changed, and–like a new set of clothing–replaced with the character of Christ. Your station on earth is irrelevant: it doesn’t matter whether you are Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female–for you are all one in character, method, principle and motive through all that Christ has done. If you are Christlike in heart and mind, then you are one of Abraham’s descendants and an heir to all the promises of God.
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