Bible Study Guide- April 30 – May 6
April 30–May 6
"He Shall Appear the Second Time without Sin unto Salvation"
MEMORY VERSE: "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Hebrews 9:28.
STUDY HELP: Christ’s Object Lessons, pages 155–163.
INTRODUCTION: "We are looking for the Second Coming of Christ. Our hope of His soon appearing in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory fills our hearts with joy. When the Saviour comes, those who are prepared to meet Him will exclaim, ‘Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation’ (Isaiah 25:9.)" Sermons and Talks Vol. 2, 179.
"The End of Your Faith"
1 What is the aim or purpose of the Christian’s life of faith? 1 Peter 1:8, 9.
NOTE: "Only those who practice holiness in this life will see the King in His beauty. Put away all vain, trifling talk, and everything of a frivolous and sensational nature. Do not engross your mind with thoughts of worldly entertainments and pleasures. Engage in the work of saving your soul.…You may use every moment of this God–given life to His name’s glory. Strengthen yourself to resist the powers of darkness, that they shall not obtain a victory over you." Sermons and Talks Vol. 2, 176. (See also Acts of the Apostles, 387.)
2 When will our salvation be revealed? 1 Peter 1:5.
NOTE: "We must begin in earnest to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. There are many who give no decided evidence that they are true to their baptismal vows. Their zeal is chilled by formality, worldly ambition, pride, and love of self. Occasionally their feelings are stirred, but they do not fall on the Rock, Christ Jesus. They do not come to God with hearts that are broken in repentance and confession. Those who experience the work of true conversion in their hearts, will reveal the fruits of the Spirit in their lives." Educational Messenger, September 4, 1908.
"Blessed Are They"
3 How does the Lord Himself describe those who will have the right to enter the City of God? Revelation 22:14.
NOTE: "None who have had the light of truth will enter the city of God as commandment–breakers. His law lies at the foundation of His government in earth and in heaven. If they have knowingly trampled upon and despised His law on the earth, they will not be taken to heaven to do the same work there; there is no change of character when Christ comes. The character building is to go on during the hours of probation. Day by day their actions are registered in the books of heaven, and they will, in the great day of God, be rewarded as their works have been. It will then be seen who receives the blessing." Faith and Works, 43.
4 What heavenly proclamation is made concerning God’s people prior to the Second Coming of Jesus? Revelation 14:12.
NOTE: See The Great Controversy, 435.
"The Hope of Salvation"
5 What preparation should the Christian make to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ? 1 Thessalonians 5:8–9.
NOTE: "...It is the duty of every servant of God to withstand firmly and decidedly these perverters of the faith and by the word of truth fearlessly to expose their errors." Acts of the Apostles, 387.
6 What counsel did Christ give to one who sought to receive eternal life? Matthew 19:16, 17.
NOTE: See The Desire of Ages, 518, 520.
"The Faith of Jesus"
7 How may we be kept from sin until the time when our salvation shall be revealed? 1 Peter 1:5.
NOTE: See Acts of the Apostles, 530.
8 Does the faith of Jesus free us from obedience to God’s Law? Romans 3:31.
NOTE: "There are two errors against which the children of God—particularly those who have just come to trust in His grace—especially need to guard. The first.…is that of looking to their own works, trusting to anything they can do, to bring themselves into harmony with God. He who is trying to become holy by his own works in keeping the law, is attempting an impossibility.…It is the grace of Christ alone, through faith, that can make us holy. The opposite, and no less dangerous, error is that belief in Christ releases men from keeping the law of God; that since by faith alone we become partakers of the grace of Christ, our works have nothing to do with our redemption. But notice here that obedience is not a mere outward compliance, but the service of love. The law of God is an expression of His very nature; it is an embodiment of the great principle of love, and hence is the foundation of His government in heaven and earth.…Instead of releasing man from obedience, it is faith, and faith only, that makes us partakers of the grace of Christ, which enables us to render obedience. As Jesus was in human nature, so God means His followers to be. In His strength we are to live the life of purity and nobility which the Saviour lived." The Faith I Live By, 93.
"We Deceive Ourselves"
9 What solemn warning does John give to those who claim to have been saved from their sins? 1 John 1:8.
NOTE: "Those who accept Christ, and in their first confidence say, ‘I am saved,’ are in danger of trusting to themselves. They lose sight of their own weakness and their constant need of divine strength. They are unprepared for Satan’s devices, and under temptation many, like Peter, fall into the very depths of sin. We are admonished, ‘Let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall.’ 1 Corinthians 10:12. Our only safety is in constant distrust of self, and dependence on Christ." Christ’s Object Lessons, 155. (See also Faith and Works, 121.)
10 What counsel is given to those who think that they are in no danger of falling into sin? 1 Corinthians 10:12.
NOTE: "We are never to rest in a satisfied condition, and cease to make advancement, saying, ‘I am saved.’ When this idea is entertained, the motives for watchfulness, for prayer, for earnest endeavor to press onward to higher attainments, cease to exist. No sanctified tongue will be found uttering these words till Christ shall come, and we enter in through the gates into the city of God. Then, with the utmost propriety, we may give glory to God and to the Lamb for eternal deliverance." Maranatha, 236.
"We Will be Glad and Rejoice"
11 When will the people of God know that their salvation has arrived? Isaiah 25:8, 9.
NOTE: "As we behold Christ we shall be changed into His image and made fit to meet Him at His coming. Now is the time to prepare for the coming of our Lord. Readiness to meet Him cannot be attained in a moment’s time. Preparatory to that solemn scene there must be vigilant waiting combined with earnest work. The union of these two makes us complete in Christ. The active and devotional must be combined as were the human and divine in Christ. So God’s children glorify Him. Amid the busy scenes of life their voices will be heard speaking words of encouragement, hope, and faith. The will and the affections will be consecrated to Christ. Thus they prepare to meet their Lord; and when He comes, they will say, with joy: ‘This is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us.’" In Heavenly Places, 250.
12 As we see the signs of Christ’s soon coming, what should be the reaction of God’s people? Luke 21:28, Romans 13:11.
NOTE: "There is great need that our weakening faith should be quickened, and that we should ever keep before the mind the evidences that our Lord is soon coming, that we may ever be found not only waiting, but watching and working. We are not to be found in idle expectancy; for this leads to carelessness of life, and deficiency of character." Review and Herald, November 22, 1892.
"This knowledge of the nearness of Christ’s coming should not be allowed to lose its force, and we become careless and inattentive, and fall into slumber—into an insensibility and indifference to realities. In slumber we are in an unreal world, and not sensible of the things which are taking place around us. Dangers very great may threaten, but there is no sign that they are appreciated. This spiritual sleep is to be avoided. The exhortation is given by the apostle, ‘The night is far spent, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore put off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.’" Youth’s Instructor, August 25, 1886.
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