“But now thus saith
the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear
not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”
Testimonies, vol. 8, 9–18; The Desire of Ages, 476–484.
“It is your privilege to trust in the love of
Jesus for salvation, in the fullest, surest, noblest manner; to say, He loves
me, He receives me; I will trust Him, for He gave His life for me.” Testimonies to Ministers and
Gospel Workers, 517.
evidence do we have of the pre-existence of Christ as Creator and God Himself?
Isaiah 48:12, 13; Revelation 22:12, 13; John 1:1–3, 14; I John 5:20.
Note: “If Christ made all things, He existed
before all things. The words spoken in regard to this are so decisive that no
one need be left in doubt. Christ was God essentially, and in the highest
sense. He was with God from all eternity. God over all, blessed forevermore.”
“Ellen G. White Comments,” The
Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 1126.
Christ’s divine glory was for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming
humanity, yet He did not cease to be God when He became man. The human did not
take the place of the divine, nor the divine of the human. This is the mystery
of godliness. The two expressions ‘human’ and ‘divine’ were, in Christ, closely
and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality. Though Christ
humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was still His own. His deity could
not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty.” Ibid., 1129.
2 What responsibility does this
knowledge bring to us? Isaiah 43:10, 11; Acts 1:8; I John 2:1–6.
Note: “ ‘Ye are My
witnesses,’ [Isaiah 43:10] said Jesus, and in each act of our lives we should
inquire: How will our course affect the interests of the Redeemer’s kingdom? If
you are indeed Christ’s disciple, you will choose to walk in His footsteps,
however painful this may be to your natural feelings.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 367.
prophecies point to salvation from sin? Isaiah 46:12, 13; 49:6–8; 56:1. What
does the New Testament say about this promise? Matthew 1:21; John 8:12.
Note: “In the words, ‘I am the light of the
world,’ [John 8:12] Jesus declared Himself the Messiah. The aged Simeon, in the
temple where Christ was now teaching, had spoken of Him as ‘a light to lighten
the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.’ Luke 2:32. In these words he
was applying to Him a prophecy familiar to all Israel. By the prophet Isaiah,
the Holy Spirit had declared, ‘It is too light a thing that Thou shouldest be My servant to raise
up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also
give Thee for a light to the Gentiles, that Thou mayest
be My salvation unto the end of the earth.’ Isaiah 49:6, R.V. This prophecy was
generally understood as spoken of the Messiah, and when Jesus said, ‘I am the
light of the world,’ [John 8:12] the people could not fail to recognize His
claim to be the Promised One.” The Desire of Ages, 465.
prophecy of Isaiah began its fulfillment in Nazareth? Isaiah 61:1–3; Luke
4:16–21. When the people in the synagogue heard Christ, how did they react?
Note: “The Jews, because their understanding
was darkened by selfish prejudice, could not harmonize the strange power and
authority of Christ’s convicting words, with His humble life and appearance.
They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can afford to go without
display. This man’s poverty and humility seemed wholly inconsistent with his
claims to the great honor and power of the Messiah. That He should announce
Himself as the Son of God, they deemed intolerable blasphemy. They questioned,
if he were the Messiah, why was He so unpretending? What would become of their
nation if he were satisfied to be without the force of arms? When and how would
the glory and power, so long anticipated, bring the nations as subjects to the
city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that they were to bear rule over
all the earth? and could it be possible that the great
religious teachers were in error? The Lord had answered their query through
Isaiah: ‘O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the
way of thy paths.’ [Isaiah 3:12.]” The
Review and Herald, February 7, 1888.
5 How did
Isaiah depict Christ’s mission as the true shepherd? Isaiah 40:11. With what
declaration did Christ confirm this prophecy of Isaiah? John 10:7–15.
Note: “In all ages, philosophers and teachers
have been presenting to the world theories by which to satisfy the soul’s need.
Every heathen nation has had its great teachers and religious systems offering
some other means of redemption than Christ, turning the eyes of men away from
the Father’s face, and filling their hearts with fear of Him who has given them
only blessing. The trend of their work is to rob God of that which is His own, both by creation and by redemption. … It is the
gospel of the grace of God alone that can uplift the soul. The contemplation of
the love of God manifested in His Son will stir the heart and arouse the powers
of the soul as nothing else can. Christ came that He might recreate the image
of God in man; and whoever turns men away from Christ is turning them away from
the source of true development; he is defrauding them of the hope and purpose
and glory of life. He is a thief and a robber.” The Desire of Ages, 478.
6 What did
Isaiah write about Christ’s willingness to lead His people? Isaiah 30:21;
48:17. What did Christ say in confirmation of the words of Isaiah? John 16:13; 8:32.
Note: “While it is true that the Lord guides
individuals, it is also true that He is leading out a people, not a few
separate individuals here and there, one believing this thing, another that.
Angels of God are doing the work committed to their trust. The third angel is
leading out and purifying a people, and they should move with him unitedly.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 488.
7 According to His prophetic promise, on what conditions is
Christ willing to dwell with us? Isaiah 57:15; John 14:23. What blessings
belong to those who have His presence? I Peter 5:6, 7.
Note: “The presence of God is guaranteed to
the Christian. This Rock of faith is the living presence of God. The weakest
may depend upon it. Those who think themselves the strongest may become the
weakest unless they depend on Christ as their efficiency, their worthiness.
This is the Rock upon which we may build successfully.” Sons and Daughters of God, 77.
should we always bear in mind about Christ’s promises? Isaiah 43:1, 2; Romans
8:31; Hebrews 2:14, 15.
Note: “When trouble comes upon us, how often
we are like Peter! We look upon the waves, instead of keeping our eyes fixed
upon the Saviour. Our footsteps slide, and the proud
waters go over our souls. Jesus did not bid Peter come to Him that he should
perish; He does not call us to follow Him, and then forsake us.” The Desire of Ages, 382.
[the promises of God’s word] He is speaking to us individually, speaking as
directly as if we could listen to His voice. It is in these promises that
Christ communicates to us His grace and power. They are leaves from that tree
which is ‘for the healing of the nations.’ Revelation 22:2. … Nothing besides
can impart the courage and faith which give vital energy to the whole being.” The Ministry of Healing,
reformative work does the Messiah want to accomplish through His followers?
Isaiah 29:18, 19; 62:10.
Note: “In ministry to the poor there is a
wide field of service for women as well as for men. The efficient cook, the
housekeeper, the seamstress, the nurse—the help of all is needed. Let the
members of poor households be taught how to cook, how to make and mend their
own clothing, how to nurse the sick, how to care properly for the home. Let
boys and girls be thoroughly taught some useful trade or occupation.
families are needed to settle in the waste places. Let farmers, financiers,
builders, and those who are skilled in various arts and crafts, go to neglected
fields, to improve the land, to establish industries, to prepare humble homes
for themselves, and to help their neighbors.
rough places of nature, the wild places, God has made attractive by placing
beautiful things among the most unsightly. This is the work we are called to
do. Even the desert places of the earth, where the outlook appears to be
forbidding, may become as the garden of God.” The Ministry of Healing, 194.
some further aspects of the Messiah’s work and explain how we are to be colaborers in this work. Isaiah 42:16–20.
Note: “The work outlined in these scriptures
is the work before us. The terms ‘My servant,’ ‘Israel,’ ‘the Lord’s servant,’
mean anyone that the Lord may select and appoint to do a certain work. He makes
them ministers of His will, though some who are selected may be as ignorant of
His will as was Nebuchadnezzar.
will work for those of His people who will submit themselves to the working of
the Holy Spirit.” Testimonies,
vol. 9, 138.
Christ were united the human and the divine. His mission was to reconcile God
and man, to unite the finite with the infinite. This was the only way in which
fallen men could be exalted through the merits of the blood of Christ to be
partakers of the divine nature.” Ibid., vol. 2, 201.
stood before the people as a living expositor of the prophecies concerning Himself. Explaining the words He had read, He spoke of the
Messiah as a reliever of the oppressed, a liberator of captives, a healer of
the afflicted, restoring sight to the blind, and revealing to the world the
light of truth. His impressive manner and the wonderful import of His words
thrilled the hearers with a power they had never felt before. The tide of
divine influence broke every barrier down; like Moses, they beheld the
Invisible. As their hearts were moved upon by the Holy Spirit, they responded
with fervent amens and praises to the Lord.
when Jesus announced, ‘This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears,’
[Luke 4:21] they were suddenly recalled to think of themselves, and of the
claims of Him who had been addressing them. They, Israelites, children of
Abraham, had been represented as in bondage. They had been addressed as
prisoners to be delivered from the power of evil; as in darkness, and needing
the light of truth. Their pride was offended, and their fears were roused. The
words of Jesus indicated that His work for them was to be altogether different
from what they desired. Their deeds might be investigated too closely. Notwithstanding
their exactness in outward ceremonies, they shrank from inspection by those
clear, searching eyes. Who is this Jesus? they
questioned. He who had claimed for Himself the glory of the Messiah was the son
of a carpenter, and had worked at His trade with His father Joseph. They had
seen Him toiling up and down the hills, they were
acquainted with His brothers and sisters, and knew His life and labors. They
had seen Him develop from childhood to youth, and from
youth to manhood. Although His life had been spotless, they would not believe
that He was the Promised One.” The Desire of Ages, 237.
the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the
days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Again
and again the history of Christ’s withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When
the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating
themselves from the established church; but the religious leaders would not
tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class,
who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of
the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of
God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often
those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the
churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God.
And many times those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged
to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience.” The Desire of Ages, 232.
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