Sabbath School Lesson Review 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 9
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 9 Friday
Now Paul goes on. “Brethren, I beseech you, become as I am. For I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong.” And I think our SDA Bible Commentary is right in saying that this is in anticipation of the next few lines. “You did me no wrong. You know that it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first. And though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God,” messenger of God, “as Christ Jesus, even.”
The Galatians had received Paul very well when he first came. They had been very respectful. In fact, he goes on to say, “What has become of the satisfaction you once felt? For I bear you witness that if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?” Doesn’t this sound like Jesus’ words to the Pharisees back there in John 8?
What do you think of his statement that ‘you would have plucked out your eyes’? Is that just a dramatic way of saying that they would have been willing to do anything for him, or does that refer to his problem of eyesight? One theory is, as you know, that ever since the Damascus road, Paul’s eyesight was not normal. You remember when he said some words about the high priest that seemed disrespectful, and somebody said to him, “Do you revile the high priest like that? “Oh,” he said “I’m sorry. I didn’t realize he was the high priest.” How could you miss that, in his vestments? And maybe again that’s evidence that it’s Paul’s eyesight that wasn’t as it should be. Was this his ‘thorn in the flesh’, perhaps?
This from one of the founders of our church; He who called the fisherman of Galilee is still calling men to His service. And He is just as willing to manifest His power through us as through the first disciples. However imperfect and sinful we may be, the Lord holds out to us the offer of partnership with Himself, of apprenticeship to Christ. He invites us to come under the divine instruction, that, uniting with Christ, we may work the works of God. There are souls perplexed with doubt, burdened with infirmities, weak in faith, and unable to grasp the Unseen; but a friend whom they can see, coming to them in Christ’s stead, can be a connecting link to fasten their trembling faith upon Christ. We are to be laborers together with the heavenly angels in presenting Jesus to the world. With almost impatient eagerness the angels wait for our co‐operation; for man must be the channel to communicate with man. And when we give ourselves to Christ in wholehearted devotion, angels rejoice that they may speak through our voices to reveal God’s love. Desire of Ages page 297.3
God has manifested His love to men by making them partakers with Himself in the work of salvation. All to whom the heavenly inspiration has come are put in trust with the gospel. “We are labourers together with God,” called to represent Him as ambassadors of love. We are to cooperate with the work of the delegates of heaven. . . .Through the ministration of angels, God sends light to His people, and through His people the light is to be given to the world. My Life Today page 304.5
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