Bible Study Guides – Hebrews 7:15-26

March 23-29, 2003

MEMORY VERSE: “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25.

SUGGESTED READING: The Desire of Ages, 165, 166.

INTRODUCTION: “The Lord Jesus is your personal intercessor. . . . Repeat over and over many times through the day, ‘Jesus has died for me. He saw me in peril, exposed to destruction, and poured out His life to save me. He does not behold the soul as a trembling suppliant prostrate at His feet without pity, and He will not fail to raise me up.’ He has become the advocate for man. He has lifted up those who believe in Him and placed a treasurehouse of blessing at their demand. Men cannot bestow one blessing upon their fellows, they cannot remove one stain of sin. It is only the merit and righteousness of Christ that will avail anything, but this is placed to our account in rich fullness. We may draw upon God every moment. As we turn to Him, He answers, ‘Here I am.’

“Christ proclaims Himself our Intercessor. He would have us know that He has graciously engaged to be our Substitute. He places His merit in the golden censer to offer up with the prayers of His saints, so that the prayers of His dear children may be mingled with the fragrant merit of Christ as they ascend to the Father in the cloud of incense.” In Heavenly Places, 79.

1 How did the first priests receive their positions? Hebrews 7:16, first part. Compare Exodus 29:29, 30; Numbers 20:26, 28.

NOTE: “Doubtless [it is] called ‘carnal’ with reference to the fact that the commandment specified succession by physical descent.” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 441.

“By divine direction the tribe of Levi was set apart for the service of the sanctuary. In the earliest times every man was the priest of his own household. In the days of Abraham, the priesthood was regarded as the birthright of the eldest son. Now, instead of the first-born of all Israel, the Lord accepted the tribe of Levi for the work of the sanctuary. . . . The priesthood, however, was restricted to the family of Aaron. Aaron and his sons alone were permitted to minister before the Lord; the rest of the tribe were entrusted with the charge of the tabernacle. . . .” The Faith I Live By, 195.

2 How was Christ made a priest? Hebrews 7:16, last part, 17.

NOTE: “The high priest was designed in an especial manner to represent Christ, who was to become a high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. This order of priesthood was not to pass to another, or be superseded by another.” Review and Herald, December 17, 1872.

3 Why was the former commandment disannulled? Hebrews 7:18, 19, first part.

NOTE: “[Matthew 26:62, 63, quoted.] According to the Jewish form of administration, Christ was placed on oath by the priest: ‘I adjure Thee by the living God, that Thou tell us whether Thou be the Christ, the Son of God.’ This appeal was made by the first magistrate of the nation. He occupied a position higher than any in earthly courts. But his religion was a cloak that hid the deformities of a hard, cruel heart. He lorded it over the people, making his supposed godliness a source of gain. He was not accepted by God as a typical high priest at any time. His fitness for the priesthood ended with the covering garment, set apart for the use of the priests, which he wore. He was incapable and unworthy.

“The priesthood itself had become corrupt. Priest after priest filled his appointment and performed his religious duties as an actor in a theater.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 12, 399.

4 How did the Father declare the priesthood of His Son? Hebrews 7:20, 21.

NOTE: “And I saw if there was any one on earth who could consistently testify under oath, it is the Christian. He lives in the light of God’s countenance. He grows strong in his strength. And when matters of importance must be decided by law, there is no one who can so well appeal to God as the Christian. I was bid by the angel to notice that God sware by himself. Genesis 22:16; Hebrews 6:13, 17. He sware to Abraham, Genesis 26:3, to Isaac, Psalm 105:9; Jeremiah 11:5, and to David, Psalm 132:11; Acts 2:30. God required of the children of Israel an oath between man and man. Exodus 22:10, 11. Jesus submitted to the oath in the hour of his trial.” Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4b, 43.

5 Of what did Jesus become surety? Hebrews 7:22.

NOTE: “The word [surety] here has the meaning of one who becomes responsible for, or guarantees, the performance of some agreement, here, the ‘better testament.’ ” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 442.

“The terms of the ‘old covenant’ were, Obey and live: ‘If a man do, he shall even live in them’ (Ezekiel 20:11; Leviticus 18:5); but ‘cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them’ (Deuteronomy 27:26). The ‘new covenant’ was established upon ‘better promises’—the promise of forgiveness of sins and of the grace of God to renew the heart and bring it into harmony with the principles of God’s law.

“The blessings of the new covenant are grounded purely on mercy in forgiving unrighteousness and sins. . . . All who humble their hearts, confessing their sins, will find mercy and grace and assurance. Has God, in showing mercy to the sinner, ceased to be just? Has He dishonored His holy law, and will He henceforth pass over the violation of it? God is true. He changes not. The conditions of salvation are ever the same. Life, eternal life, is for all who will obey God’s law. . . .

“Under the new covenant, the conditions by which eternal life may be gained are the same as under the old—perfect obedience. . . . In the new and better covenant, Christ has fulfilled the law for the transgressors of law, if they receive Him by faith as a personal Saviour. . . . In the better covenant we are cleansed from sin by the blood of Christ.” God’s Amazing Grace, 136.

6 Why were there many priests under the old covenant? Hebrews 7:23. See 1 Chronicles 6 (especially verses 48, 49); Nehemiah 12:1–23.

NOTE: “I was also shown a sanctuary upon the earth containing two apartments. It resembled the one in heaven, and I was told that it was a figure of the heavenly. The furniture of the first apartment of the earthly sanctuary was like that in the first apartment of the heavenly. The veil was lifted, and I looked into the holy of holies and saw that the furniture was the same as in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. The priest ministered in both apartments of the earthly. He went daily into the first apartment, but entered the most holy only once a year, to cleanse it from the sins which had been conveyed there. I saw that Jesus ministered in both apartments of the heavenly sanctuary. The priests entered into the earthly with the blood of an animal as an offering for sin. Christ entered into the heavenly sanctuary by the offering of Hisown blood. The earthly priests were removed by death; therefore they could not continue long; but Jesus was a priest forever. Through the sacrifices and offerings brought to the earthly sanctuary, the children of Israel were to lay hold of the merits of a Saviour to come. And in the wisdom of God the particulars of this work were given us that we might, by looking to them, understand the work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary.” Early Writings, 252. [Emphasis supplied.]

7 Why is the priesthood of Christ perpetual (not transferred from one to another)? Hebrews 7:24.

NOTE: “Christ rent not His robe as did Caiaphas. He gave up His body to be rent, to be bruised, to be wounded for the transgression of the world. As by His own choice He died in the presence of an assembled nation of worshipers, type met antitype. Priest and victim combined, He entered the Temple as a place of sacrifice. Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us. He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He is a true high priest, for after enduring humiliation, shame, and reproach, after being crucified and buried, He was raised from the grave, triumphing over death. He is a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 12, 398.

8 What is Christ able to do for us? Hebrews 7:25, first part.

NOTE: “The faith that is unto salvation is not a casual faith, it is not the mere consent of the intellect, it is belief rooted in the heart, that embraces Christ as a personal Saviour, assured that He can save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by Him. To believe that He will save others, but will not save you is not genuine faith; but when the soul lays hold upon Christ as the only hope of salvation, then genuine faith is manifested. This faith leads its possessor to place all the affections of the soul upon Christ; his understanding is under the control of the Holy Spirit, and his character is molded after the divine likeness. His faith is not a dead faith, but a faith that works by love, and leads him to behold the beauty of Christ, and to become assimilated to the divine character. [Deuteronomy 30:11–14 quoted.] ‘And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live’ (Deuteronomy 30:6).” Selected Messages, Book 1, 391, 392. [Emphasis supplied.]

9 What further assurance does Christ’s priesthood give us? Hebrews 7:25, last part.

NOTE: “Type met antitype in the death of Christ, the Lamb slain for the sins of the world. Our great High Priest has made the only sacrifice that is of any value in our salvation. When He offered Himself on the cross, a perfect atonement was made for the sins of the people. We are now standing in the outer court, waiting and looking for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. No sacrifices are to be offered without, for the great High Priest is performing His work in the Most Holy Place. In His intercession as our advocate, Christ needs no man’s virtue, no man’s intercession. He is the only sin-bearer, the only sin-offering. Prayer and confession are to be offered only to Him who has entered once for all into the Most Holy Place. He will save to the uttermost all who come to Him in faith. He ever liveth to make intercession for us. . . .” Lift Him Up, 319.

“Let us remember that our great High Priest is pleading before the mercy seat in behalf of His ransomed people. He ever liveth to make intercession for us. ‘If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.’ [1 John 2:1.]” “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 948.

10 How is it that such a high priest became us? Hebrews 2:16, 17.

NOTE: “In stooping to take upon Himself humanity, Christ revealed a character the opposite of the character of Satan. But He stepped still lower in the path of humiliation. ‘Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.’ Philippians 2:8. As the high priest laid aside his gorgeous pontifical robes, and officiated in the white linen dress of the common priest, so Christ took the form of a servant, and offered sacrifice, Himself the priest, Himself the victim. ‘He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.’ Isaiah 53:5.” The Desire of Ages, 25.

11 What characteristics of our High Priest are identified? Hebrews 7:26, last part.

NOTE: “Walking in the midst of sin, He was holy, harmless, undefiled. He was wrongfully accused, yet He opened not His mouth to justify Himself. How many now, when accused of that of which they are not guilty, feel that there is a time when forbearance ceases to be a virtue, and losing their temper, speak words which grieve the Holy Spirit (Manuscript 42, 1901)?” “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 4, 1148.

“The character of Christ was one of unexampled excellence, embracing everything pure, true, lovely, and of good report. We have no knowledge of His ever visiting a party of pleasure or a dance hall, and yet He was the perfection of grace and courtly bearing. Christ was no novice; He was distinguished for the high intellectual powers He possessed even in the morning of His life. His youth was not wasted in indolence, neither was it wasted in sensual pleasure, self-indulgence, or frittered away in things of no profit. Not one of His hours from childhood to manhood was misspent, none were misappropriated. . . .” Our High Calling, 59.

12 What is meant by Jesus being “higher than the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26, last part)? 1 Peter 3:22; Romans 8:34; Acts 7:56.

NOTE: “Jesus said, ‘Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.’ He walked once a man on earth, His divinity clothed with humanity, a suffering, tempted man, beset with Satan’s devices. He was tempted in all points like as we are, and He knows how to succor those that are tempted. Now He is at the right hand of God. He is in heaven as our advocate, to make intercession for us. We must always take comfort and hope as we think of this. He is thinking of those who are subject to temptations in this world. He thinks of us individually, and knows our every necessity. When tempted, just say, He cares for me, He makes intercession for me, He loves me, He has died for me. I will give myself unreservedly to Him.” Lift Him Up, 184.

Bible Study Guides – Hebrews 7:4-14

March 16-22, 2003

MEMORY VERSE: “Now consider how great this man [was], unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.” Hebrews 7:4.

SUGGESTED READING: Patriarchs and Prophets, 350–358; 370, 371.

INTRODUCTION: “With Caiaphas the Jewish high priesthood ended. The service had become base and corrupt. It had no longer any connection with God. Truth and righteousness were hateful in the eyes of the priests. They were tyrannical and deceptive, full of selfish, ambitious schemes. Such ministration could make nothing perfect; for it was itself utterly corrupt. The grace of God had naught to do with it.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 1100, 1101.

1 How long will Christ serve as High Priest? Hebrews 5:6. Compare Psalm 110:4.

NOTE: “Wherever I go, I shall urge the people to keep Christ uplifted. He is always the same, yesterday, today, and forever, always seeking to do us good, always encouraging and guiding us, leading us onward step by step. What he is today,—a faithful high priest, touched with the feeling of our infirmities,—he will be tomorrow, and forevermore. He is our guide, our teacher, our counselor, our friend, ever bestowing his blessings upon us in response to our faith. He invites us to abide with him. When we do this, when we make our home with him, all friction, all ill temper, all irritation, will cease.” Review and Herald, October 6, 1904.

2 What proof is given for the greatness of Melchizedek? Hebrews 7:4.

NOTE: “Many persons will meet all inferior demands and dues, and leave to God only the last gleanings, if there be any. If not, his cause must wait till a more convenient season. Such was not the course pursued by Abraham. Upon his return from a successful military expedition, he was met by Melchizedek, ‘king of Salem, and priest of the most high God.’ [Hebrews 7:1.] This holy man blessed Abraham, in the name of the Lord, and the patriarch gave him tithes of all the spoils as a tribute of gratitude to the Ruler of nations.” Review and Herald, May 16, 1882.

3 Who took tithes in the Mosaic dispensation? Hebrews 7:5.

NOTE: “God had honored the Levites to do service in the tabernacle, because they took no part in making and worshiping the golden calf.” The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, 296.

“The appointed ministers of the sanctuary, the Levites received no landed inheritance; they dwelt together in cities set apart for their use, and received their support from the tithes and the gifts and offerings devoted to God’s service. They were the teachers of the people, guests at all their festivities, and everywhere honored as servants and representatives of God. To the whole nation was given the command: ‘Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.’ ‘Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; the Lord is his Inheritance.’ Deuteronomy 12:19; 10:9.” Education, 148.

4 What fact about Melchizedek suggested he was greater than Abraham? Hebrews 7:6, 7.

NOTE: “The Scriptures mention tithing in connection with the history of Abraham. The father of the faithful paid tithes to Melchisedec, ‘priest of the Most High God.’ ” Review and Herald,December 8, 1896.

“Melchisedec was not a Levite, and yet he received tithe from Abraham. Abraham has met a man greater than he is. He recognizes Melchisedec’s superiority and pays the priest [king] tithe.” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 440.

5 How did Levi pay tithe through Abraham? Hebrews 7:9, 10.

NOTE: “Abraham’s seed multiplied, and at length Jacob and his sons and their families went down into Egypt. Here they and their descendants sojourned for many years, till at last the Lord called them out, to lead them into the land of Canaan.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 505.

“Of the sons of Jacob, Levi was one of the most cruel and vindictive . . . . But repentance wrought reformation; and by their faithfulness to God amidst the apostasy of the other tribes, the curse Was transformed into a token of highest honor.” Education, 148.

“Whatever Abraham the patriarch did, his posterity did also. Thus when he paid tithe Levi paid tithe.” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 440.

6 Why did Jesus, as our High Priest, come after the order of Melchizedek rather than Levi? Hebrews 7:11–14.

NOTE: “The priesthood had become so corrupt that the priests had no scruples in engaging in the most dishonest and criminal acts to accomplish their designs. Those who assumed the office of high priest prior to, and at, the time of Christ’s first advent, were not men divinely appointed to the sacred work. They had eagerly aspired to the office through love of power and show. They desired a position where they could have authority, and practice fraud under a garb of piety, and thereby escape detection. The high priest held a position of power and importance. He was not only counselor and mediator, but judge; and there was no appeal from his decision. The priests were held in restraint by the authority of the Romans, and were not allowed the power of legally putting any one to death. This power rested with those who bore rule over the Jews. Men of corrupt hearts sought the distinguished office of high priest, and frequently obtained it by bribery and assassination. The high priest, clad in his consecrated and expensive robes, with the breastplate upon his breast, the light flashing upon the precious stones inlaid in the breastplate, presented a most imposing appearance, and struck the conscientious, true-hearted people with admiration, reverence, and awe. The high priest was designed in an especial manner to represent Christ, who was to become a high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.” Review and Herald, December 17, 1872.

7 When was the change made from the Aaronic to the Melchizedek priesthood? Hebrews 7:12, first part. Compare Colossians 2:14.

NOTE: “When type met antitype in the death of Christ, the sacrificial offerings ceased. The ceremonial law was done away. But by the crucifixion the law of Ten Commandments was established. The gospel has not abrogated the law, nor detracted one tittle from its claims. It still demands holiness in every part. It is the echo of God’s own voice, giving to every soul the invitation, Come up higher. Be holy, holier still.” Review and Herald, June 26, 1900.

8 In addition to the change of priesthood order, what else was changed? Hebrews 7:12, last part.

NOTE: “Many in the Christian world also have a veil before their eyes and heart. They do not see to the end of that which was done away. They do not see that it was only the ceremonial law which was abrogated at the death of Christ. They claim that the moral law was nailed to the Cross. Heavy is the veil that darkens their understanding. The hearts of many are at war with God. They are not subject to His law. Only as they shall come into harmony with the rule of His government, can Christ be of any avail to them. They may talk of Christ as their Saviour; but He will finally say to them, I know you not. You have not exercised genuine repentance toward God for the transgression of His holy law, and you cannot have genuine faith in Me, for it was My mission to exalt God’s law.” Selected Messages, Book 1, 239.

9 What direction had been given concerning the priesthood? Exodus 28:1; 40:13.

NOTE: “After the dedication of the tabernacle, the priests were consecrated to their sacred office. These services occupied seven days, each marked by special ceremonies. On the eighth day they entered upon their ministration. Assisted by his sons, Aaron offered the sacrifices that God required, and he lifted up his hands and blessed the people. All had been done as God commanded, and He accepted the sacrifice, and revealed His glory in a remarkable manner; fire came from the Lord and consumed the offering upon the altar. The people looked upon this wonderful manifestation of divine power with awe and intense interest. They saw in it a token of God’s glory and favor, and they raised a universal shout of praise and adoration and fell on their faces as if in the immediate presence of Jehovah.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 359.

10 What would have been the consequence if any other than the sons of Aaron had tried to act as priest? Numbers 3:10.

NOTE: “The Lord designated a special family of the tribe of Levi to bear the ark; and others of the Levites were specially appointed of God to bear the tabernacle and all its furniture, and to perform the work of setting up and taking down the tabernacle. And if any man from curiosity or from lack of order got out of his place and touched any part of the sanctuary or furniture, or even came near any of th workmen, he was to be put to death. God did not leave His holy tabernacle to be borne, erected, and taken down, indiscriminately, by any tribe who might choose the office; but persons were chosen who could appreciate the sacredness of the work in which they were engaged. These men appointed of God were directed to impress upon the people the special sacredness of the ark and all that appertained thereunto, lest they should look upon these things without realizing their holiness and should be cut off from Israel. All things pertaining to the most holy place were to be looked upon with reverence.” Testimonies, vol. 1, 652.

11 Of what tribe was our Lord Jesus Christ? Hebrews 7:14.

NOTE: “The lion, king of the forest, is a fitting symbol of this tribe, from which came David, and the Son of David, Shiloh, the true ‘Lion of the tribe of Judah,’ to whom all powers shall finally bow and all nations render homage.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 236.

“Once again the Saviour was presented to John, under the symbol of the ‘Lion of the tribe of Judah,’ and of ‘a Lamb as it had been slain.’ These symbols represent the union of omnipotent power and self-sacrificing love. As the Lion of Judah, Christ will defend his chosen ones and bring them off victorious, because they accepted him as ‘the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’ Christ the slain Lamb, who was despised, rejected, the victim of Satan’s wrath, of man’s abuse and cruelty,—how tender his sympathy with his people who are in the world! And according to the infinite depths of his humiliation and sacrifice as the Lamb of God, will be his power and glory as the Lion of Judah, for the deliverance of his people.” The Home Missionary, November 1, 1893.

12 Was there ever a priest before Christ of the tribe of Judah? Hebrews 7:13, 14.

NOTE: “By divine direction the tribe of Levi was set apart for the service of the sanctuary. In the earliest times every man was the priest of his own household. In the days of Abraham the priesthood was regarded as the birthright of the eldest son. Now, instead of the first-born of all Israel, the Lord accepted the tribe of Levi for the work of the sanctuary. By this signal honor He manifested His approval of their fidelity, both in adhering to His service and in executing His judgments when Israel apostatized in the worship of the golden calf. The priesthood, however, was restricted to the family of Aaron. Aaron and his sons alone were permitted to minister before the Lord; the rest of the tribe were entrusted with the charge of the tabernacle and its furniture, and they were to attend upon the priests in their ministration, but they were not to sacrifice, to burn incense, or to see the holy things till they were covered.” Patriarchs and Prophets,

Bible Study Guides – Hebrews 6:19-7:3

March 9-15, 2003

MEMORY VERSE: “Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.” Hebrews 6:19.

SUGGESTED READING: The Great Controversy, 414–416; 420, 421.

INTRODUCTION: As the ministration of Jesus closed in the holy place, and He passed into the holiest, and stood before the ark containing the law of God, He sent another mighty angel with a third message to the world. A parchment was placed in the angel’s hand, and as he descended to the earth in power and majesty, he proclaimed a fearful warning, with the most terrible threatening ever borne to man. This message was designed to put the children of God upon their guard, by showing them the hour of temptation and anguish that was before them. . . . The minds of all who embrace this message are directed to the most holy place, where Jesus stands before the ark, making His final intercession for all those for whom mercy still lingers and for those who have ignorantly broken the law of God. This atonement is made for the righteous dead as well as for the righteous living. It includes all who died trusting in Christ, but who, not having received the light upon God’s commandments, had sinned ignorantly in transgressing its precepts.” Early Writings, 254.

1 Upon what does our hope rest? Hebrews 6:18; Acts 2:26–28.

NOTE: “Hope has been set before us, even the hope of eternal life. . . . Believing in Him [our Redeemer], we have this hope as an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast. . . . We may confidently expect God’s favor not only in this world but in the heavenly world . . . .”We gain heaven not through our own merits but through the merits of Jesus Christ. . . . Let your hope not be centered in yourself, but in Him who has entered within the vail [sic].” That I May Know Him, 79.

“The cities of refuge appointed for God’s ancient people were a symbol of the refuge provided in Christ. The same merciful Saviour who appointed those temporal cities of refuge has by the shedding of His own blood provided for the transgressors of God’s law a sure retreat, into which they may flee for safety from the second death. No power can take out of His hands the souls that go to Him for pardon.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 516.

2 What is our hope called? Hebrews 6:19.

NOTE: “Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God.” The Desire of Ages, 794.

3 What is said in the Scriptures of the hope of the hypocrite? Job 8:13, 14.

NOTE: “Shall we, in view of the shortness of this life, neglect to secure that life which runs parallel with the life of God? Every day it is our privilege to live for Jesus. Commence the day with prayer; morning, noon, and night let your prayers ascend for wisdom and grace to overcome every device of Satan. Jesus is your only hope; upward to God be the soul’s adoration. Christians should be the happiest people upon the earth. In the eyes of the world, houses, lands, and money make men honored and respected. Not so in the sight of God. He measures them according to their moral worth. If they live for display, to receive the praise of men, they will receive no other reward. Their names will be written in the earth to perish with all things perishable. If they live to honor and glorify God, if true goodness, benevolence, and the love of God are seen in their connection with their fellow-men, their names will be immortalized among the heavenly host, and Jesus declares that he will not blot their names out of the book of life.” Review and Herald, December 1, 1885.

4 How many hopes are recognized in the Bible? Ephesians 4:4.

NOTE: “The apostle [Paul] exhorts his brethren to manifest in their lives the power of the truth which he had presented to them. By meekness and gentleness, forbearance and love, they were to exemplify the character of Christ and the blessings of His salvation. There is but one body, and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 239.

“There is one God, one faith, one baptism. There is one Lord Jesus, who must abide in the soul of every one of these brethren. When the brethren of one nationality separate themselves from the brethren of another nationality, to build up a separate interest, they are doing that which God never designed should be done. The very same truth which sanctifies my heart will sanctify the hearts of brethren of other nations.” Review and Herald, November 12, 1889.

5 What is the condition of those who have not obtained an interest in the promises of God? Ephesians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:13.

NOTE: “As in the days of Christ, the enemy of God works constantly to lead men to place the will in his control, that God may be forgotten. He knows that if this is done, he can control the whole man. He tempts men in many ways to forget their Creator. To some he offers tobacco and alcoholic drinks. Others he tempts by pointing them to their own degradation and helplessness. Those who yield to his temptations can have no conception of the love of God. The will becomes enslaved, bound to pursue a course which the word of God does not justify. Reason is enfeebled; the power to distinguish between right and wrong is lost; sacred and eternal realities are estimated as of less value than gold, silver, houses, lands, and bank stock. The love of God fades from the mind; and the captives in the tempter’s power live on, ‘having no hope, and without God in the world,’ [Ephesians 2:12] because they do not behold the Lamb of God.” The Signs of the Times, November 19, 1896.

6 What is the nature of a true hope, and where does our hope reach? Hebrews 6:19.

NOTE: “For eighteen centuries this work of ministration continued in the first apartment of the sanctuary. The blood of Christ, pleaded in behalf of penitent believers, secured their pardon and acceptance with the Father, yet their sins still remained upon the books of record. As in the typical service there was a work of atonement at the close of the year, so before Christ’s work for the redemption of men is completed there is a work of atonement for the removal of sin from the sanctuary. This is the service which began when the 2300 days ended. At that time, as foretold by Daniel the prophet, our High Priest entered the most holy, to perform the last division of His solemn work—to cleanse the sanctuary.” The Great Controversy, 421.

7 Who has entered within the veil for us? Hebrews 6:20.

NOTE: “The intercession of Christ in man’s behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross. By His death He began that work which after His resurrection He ascended to complete in heaven. We must by faith enter within the veil, ‘whither the forerunner is for us entered.’ Hebrews 6:20. There the light from the cross of Calvary is reflected. There we may gain a clearer insight into the mysteries of redemption. The salvation of man is accomplished at an infinite expense to heaven; the sacrifice made is equal to the broadest demands of the broken law of God. Jesus has opened the way to the Father’s throne, and through His mediation the sincere desire of all who come to Him in faith may be presented before God.” The Great Controversy, 489.

8 Describe the veils, rooms and furnishings found in the earthly sanctuary. Exodus 26:31–36.

NOTE: “I was also shown a sanctuary upon the earth containing two apartments. It resembled the one in heaven, and I was told that it was a figure of the heavenly. The furniture of the first apartment of the earthly sanctuary was like that in the first apartment of the heavenly. The veil was lifted, and I looked into the holy of holies and saw that the furniture was the same as in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. The priest ministered in both apartments of the earthly. He went daily into the first apartment, but entered the most holy only once a year, to cleanse it from the sins which had been conveyed there. I saw that Jesus ministered in both apartments of the heavenly sanctuary. The priests entered into the earthly with the blood of an animal as an offering for sin. Christ entered into the heavenly sanctuary by the offering of His own blood. The earthly priests were removed by death; therefore they could not continue long; but Jesus was a priest forever. Through the sacrifices and offerings brought to the earthly sanctuary, the children of Israel were to lay hold of the merits of a Saviour to come. And in the wisdom of God the particulars of this work were given us that we might, by looking to them, understand the work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary.” Early Writings, 252, 253.

9 Of the two veils (Exodus 26:31, 36), to which veil does Hebrews 6:19 refer? Hebrews 9:3.

NOTE: “The ministration of the priest throughout the year in the first apartment of the sanctuary, ‘within the veil’ which formed the door and separated the holy place from the outer court, represents the work of ministration upon which Christ entered at His ascension. It was the work of the priest in the daily ministration to present before God the blood of the sin offering, also the incense which ascended with the prayers of Israel. So did Christ plead His blood before the Father in behalf of sinners, and present before Him also, with the precious fragrance of His own righteousness, the prayers of penitent believers. Such was the work of ministration in the first apartment of the sanctuary in heaven.

“Thither the faith of Christ’s disciples followed Him as He ascended from their sight. Here their hopes centered, [Hebrews 6:19, 20; 9:12 quoted].” The Great Controversy, 420, 421.

10 Who was Melchizedek? Hebrews 7:1–3; Genesis 14:18.

NOTE: “As soon as David was established on the throne of Israel he began to seek a more appropriate location for the capital of his realm. Twenty miles from Hebron a place was selected as the future metropolis of the kingdom. Before Joshua had led the armies of Israel over Jordan it had been called Salem. Near this place Abraham had proved his loyalty to God. Eight hundred years before the coronation of David it had been the home of Melchizedek, the priest of the most high God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 703.

“God has never left Himself without witness on the earth. At one time Melchisedek represented the Lord Jesus Christ in person, to reveal the truth of heaven, and perpetuate the law of God (Letter 190, 1905).” “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 1, 1092, 1093.

“It was Christ that spoke through Melchisedec, the priest of the most high God. Melchisedec was not Christ, but he was the voice of God in the world, the representative of the Father. And all through the generations of the past, Christ has spoken; Christ has led His people, and has been the light of the world.” Review and Herald, February 18, 1890.

11 What did Abraham give to Melchizedek? Hebrews 7:2, first part; Genesis 14:20.

NOTE: “The tithing system reaches back beyond the days of Moses. Men were required to offer to God gifts for religious purposes before the definite system was given to Moses, even as far back as the days of Adam. In complying with God’s requirements, they were to manifest in offerings their appreciation of His mercies and blessings to them. This was continued through successive generations, and was carried out by Abraham, who gave tithes to Melchizedek, the priest of the most high God.” Counsels on Stewardship, 69.

“But the tithing system did not originate with the Hebrews. From the earliest times the Lord claimed a tithe as His, and this claim was recognized and honored. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, the priest of the most high God. Genesis 14:20. Jacob, when at Bethel, an exile and a wanderer, promised the Lord, ‘Of all that Thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto Thee.’ Genesis 28:22. As the Israelites were about to be established as a nation, the law of tithing was reaffirmed as one of the divinely ordained statutes upon obedience to which their prosperity depended.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 525.

12 How does the meaning of the name Melchizedek apply to Jesus? Hebrews 7:2, last part.

NOTE: ” ‘The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.’ [Isaiah 32:17.] From the beginning to the end of the history of the church, Christ will be to his people all that these words express . . . .” Review and Herald, September 24, 1903.

“It was at the cross that mercy and truth met together, that righteousness and peace kissed each other.” Ibid., April 4, 1899.

Bible Study Guides – Hebrews 6:9-18

March 2-8, 2003

MEMORY VERSE: “Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12.

SUGGESTED READING: Testimonies, vol. 1, 141–146.

INTRODUCTION: “We expect to see defects in the characters of youth who are not controlled by love and faith in Jesus Christ. We see youth wavering between right and wrong, vacillating between fixed principle and the almost overpowering current of evil that is bearing them off their feet to ruin. But of those of mature age we expect better things. We look for the character to be established, for principles to be rooted, and for them to be beyond the danger of pollution. But the case of Solomon is before us as a beacon of warning. . . . What a lesson for all who desire to save their souls to watch unto prayer continually! What a warning to keep the grace of Christ ever in their heart, to battle with inward corruptions and outward temptations!” Conflict and Courage, 197.

1 What was the condition of the people to whom Paul wrote this letter? Hebrews 5:12, 13.

NOTE: “[In Hebrews 6] the author continues the exhortation he began in chapter 5. His readers have been subsisting on milk when they should have had stronger food. They were still children,and were satisfied to remain so. He wants them to go on to the deeper things of God and not continue to be satisfied with their present attainments.” Seventh-day Adventist Bible commentary,vol. 7, 432.

2 What words did Paul use to give the “milk drinkers” a most solemn warning? Hebrews 6:4–8.

NOTE: “All who join themselves to the church but not to the Lord will in time develop their true character. ‘Ye shall know them by their fruits.’ Matthew 7:16. The precious fruit of godliness,temperance, patience, kindness, love, and charity, does not appear in their lives. They bear only thorns and briers. God is dishonored before the world by all such professors. . . . They are, Satan knows, his best working agents while they are unchanged in heart and life, and their works are in such marked contrast to their profession that they are a stumbling block to unbelievers and a great trial to believers. . . .” The Faith I Live By, 92.

3 How did Paul express his hope for these people? Hebrews 6:9.

NOTE: “Even in the corrupt condition in which the society of today is, there are souls capable of better things—souls represented by Christ under the symbol of ‘the lost pearl.’ [See Matthew 13:45, 46.] Christ gave up everything, that he might seek and save that which was lost, that He might recover the pearl that He valued at infinite cost. What are we ready to do to cooperate with Him in this work? What sacrifice are we ready to make? . . .” Lift Him Up, 353.

4 For what did Paul commend the people? Hebrews 6:10.

NOTE: “There have been some who have done what they could with self-denying, self-sacrificing effort. God is not unmindful of their works of love and devotion. . . . Every act of self-denying benevolence and loving service is precious in the sight of God. Some have ever manifested a willingness to do for his cause, and the Lord has prospered these willing ones, making them channels for his gifts, that they might continue to do and be blessed in doing. . . . Neither will he [God] overlook the lack of these labors in the members of his church who make themselves first and his cause second. Every one will be rewarded as his works have been.” Review and Herald, December 14, 1886.

5 How does the Lord regard His erring people? Revelation 3:19.

NOTE: “The True Witness declares that when you suppose you are really in a good condition of prosperity you are in need of everything. It is not enough for ministers to present theoretical subjects; they should also present those subjects which are practical. They need to study the practical lessons that Christ gave His disciples and make a close application of the same to their own souls and to the people. Because Christ bears this rebuking testimony, shall we suppose that He is destitute of tender love to His people? Oh, no! He who died to redeem man from death, loves with a divine love, and those whom He loves He rebukes.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 257, 258.

6 What was God’s desire for the Hebrew people? Hebrews 6:11.

NOTE: “The Lord looks with approval upon the works of his faithful servants. . . . But while he takes account of faithful service, he is no less exact to mark neglect of duty or its unwilling performance. It has always been the duty of God’s chosen people to labor unselfishly; but some neglect the work they ought to do, and others are overburdened to make up for their deficiencies. If all would cheerfully do their part, they would be sustained; but those who complain and murmur at every step will receive neither help nor reward.” The Signs of the Times, June 12, 1884.

7 What should the Christian not be? Hebrews 6:12, first part. Compare Romans 12:11.

NOTE: “There is something for everyone to do in this world of ours. The Lord is coming, and our waiting is to be not a time of idle expectation, but of vigilant work. We are not to spend our time wholly in prayerful meditation, neither are we to drive and hurry and work as if this were required in order that we should gain heaven, while neglecting to devote time to the cultivation of personal piety. There must be a combination of meditation and diligent work. . . . Worldly activities are not to crowd out the service of the Lord. The soul needs the riches of the grace of God, and the body needs physical exercise, in order to accomplish the work that must be done for the promulgation of the gospel of Christ. . . .” Our High Calling, 221.

8 What action is a Christian counseled to take? Hebrews 6:12, last part.

NOTE: “The grace of Christ must be an abiding principle in the heart and be exemplified in the life. Self will then be laid at the foot of the cross, and Christ will be accepted as all and in all. . . .There are great possibilities open to every sincere worker, if all the powers of mind and body are consecrated to God, to do his will, and not to serve self. The very thoughts are to be brought into subjection to the will of Christ. Then the affections will be refined and ennobled; those who carry the burden of the work will not be impure in thought or word or act, neither will they be light and trifling. All frivolity, all cheapness of conversation, all jesting and joking, weakens the soul, and weans the heart from prayer. Like Paul, the true followers of Christ will ever bear about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus; they cannot keep in mind the sufferings of Christ for them, and yet be light and trifling. They will manifest a true, Christ-like dignity and holy solemnity; yet there will be no Phariseeism. There will be cheerful faith and courage in the Lord; for they trust the keeping of their souls unto God as to a faithful Creator.” Gospel Workers, 1892 edition, 233, 234.

“God positively enjoins upon all His followers a duty to bless others with their influence and means. . . . In doing for others, a sweet satisfaction will be experienced, an inward peace which will be a sufficient reward. When actuated by a high and noble desire to do others good, they will find true happiness in a faithful discharge of life’s manifold duties. This will bring more than an earthly reward; for every faithful, unselfish performance of duty is noticed by the angels and shines in the life record. In heaven none will think of self, nor seek their own pleasure; but all, from pure, genuine love, will seek the happiness of the heavenly beings around them. If we wish to enjoy heavenly society in the earth made new, we must be governed by heavenly principles here.” In Heavenly Places, 233.

9 Of what is God willing that we should have full proof? Hebrews 6:17 (immutable means unchangeable).

NOTE: “By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan’s purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Saviour has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.’ John 3:16. He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice; He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only-begotten Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human nature. This is the pledge that God will fulfill His word.” The Desire of Ages, 25.

10 What two immutable things are referred to in Hebrews 6:18? Hebrews 6:16, 17. Compare Galatians 3:16, 17.

NOTE: “As the Bible presents two laws, one changeless and eternal, the other provisional and temporary, so there are two covenants. The covenant of grace was first made with man in Eden, when after the Fall there was given a divine promise that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent’s head. To all men this covenant offered pardon and the assisting grace of God for future obedience through faith in Christ. It also promised them eternal life on condition of fidelity to God’s law. Thus the patriarchs received the hope of salvation. . . .

“Though this covenant was made with Adam and renewed to Abraham, it could not be ratified until the death of Christ. It had existed by the promise of God since the first intimation of redemption had been given; it had been accepted by faith; yet when ratified by Christ, it is called a new covenant. The law of God was the basis of this covenant, which was simply an arrangement for bringing men again into harmony with the divine will, placing them where they could obey God’s law.

“Another compact—called in Scripture the ‘old’ covenant—was formed between God and Israel at Sinai, and was then ratified by the blood of a sacrifice. The Abrahamic covenant was ratified by the blood of Christ, and it is called the ‘second,’ or ‘new,’ covenant, because the blood by which it was sealed was shed after the blood of the first covenant. That the new covenant was valid in the days of Abraham is evident from the fact that it was then confirmed both by the promise and by the oath of God—the ‘two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie.’ Hebrews 6:18.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 370, 371. [Emphasis supplied.]

11 To whom are God’s promise and oath intended to give assurance? Hebrews 6:17.

NOTE: “His [God’s] word is pledged. The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but His kindness shall not depart from His people, neither shall the covenant of His peace be removed. His voice is heard, ‘I have loved thee with an everlasting love’ ( Jeremiah 31:3). ‘With everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee’ (Isaiah 54:8). How amazing is this love, that God condescends to remove all cause for doubt and questioning from human fears and weakness and takes hold of the trembling hand reached up to Him in faith; and He helps us to trust Him by multiplied assurances and securities. He has made us a binding agreement upon condition of our obedience, and He comes to meet us in our own understanding of things. We think that a pledge or promise from our fellow men, if recorded, still needs a guarantee. Jesus has met all these peculiar fears, and He has confirmed His promise with an oath: [Hebrews 6:17 quoted.] What more could our Lord do to strengthen our faith in His promises?” That I May Know Him, 262.

12 Of what do Christians lay hold? Hebrews 6:18, last part.

NOTE: ” ‘We are saved by hope.’ Romans 8:24. The fallen must be led to feel that it is not too late for them to be men. Christ honored man with His confidence and thus placed him on his honor. Even those who had fallen the lowest He treated with respect. It was a continual pain to Christ to be brought into contact with enmity, depravity, and impurity; but never did He utter one expression to show that His sensibilities were shocked or His refined tastes offended. Whatever the evil habits, the strong prejudices, or the overbearing passions of human beings, He met them all with pitying tenderness. As we partake of His Spirit, we shall regard all men as brethren, with similar temptations and trials, often falling and struggling to rise again, battling with discouragements and difficulties, craving sympathy and help. Then we shall meet them in such a way as not to discourage or repel them, but to awaken hope in their hearts. As they are thus encouraged, they can say with confidence, ‘Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.’ He will ‘plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness.’ Micah 7:8, 9.” The Ministry of Healing, 165, 166.

Bible Study Guides – Hebrews 5

February 23–March 1, 2003

MEMORY VERSE: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” Hebrews 5:8.

SUGGESTED READING: The Acts of the Apostles, 576; Manuscript Releases, vol. 1, 33, 34.

INTRODUCTION: “How exactly their [the Jewish converts’] condition represents the condition of many of the people of God today, who have had every advantage, every privilege, and who, feeling the burden of God’s work, ought to be saying with the whole heart, Here I am, Lord; send me. But in the place of being teachers, as they might be, they themselves can not bear the plain application of the Word of God. They do not discern the value of Bible truth. They are not a strength to the church. Had they thoroughly consecrated themselves to the Lord from their first reception of the truth, surrendering themselves unreservedly to him, and obeying the call, ‘Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,’ [Mark 8:34] they would have walked in the companionship of Christ, learning his lessons, receiving his divine impress. They would have recognized the claims of Christ, and would not have been half Christians and half worldlings, but whole-hearted Christians, believing and practicing the word, enlightened continually, not dwelling on vague generalities, but proclaiming Christ as the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.” Review and Herald, June 16, 1903.

1 As the Son of God, was Christ subject to suffering and temptation? Hebrews 5:8. Compare Hebrews 2:18; 4:15.

NOTE: “In 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. Taking human nature fitted Christ to understand man’s trials and sorrows, and all the temptations wherewith he is beset. Angels who were unacquainted with sin could not sympathize with man in his peculiar trials. Christ condescended to take man’s nature and was tempted in all points like as we, that He might know how to succor all who should be tempted. [See Hebrews 2:18.]” Testimonies, vol. 2, 201.

2 What did Christ learn by suffering? Hebrews 5:8, last part.

NOTE: “It was not only on the cross that Christ gave Himself for humanity, not only in the wilderness of temptation and in Gethsemane that He overcame in our behalf. Every day’s experience was an outpouring of His life; every day he learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And because the life of Jesus was a life of perfect trust His service for heaven and earth was without failure or faltering. He met and resisted all the temptations that man must meet because in his humanity he relied upon divine power.” The Columbia Union Visitor, October 2, 1912.

3 Being made perfect, what did He become? Hebrews 5:9.

NOTE: “He [Christ] was the Son of Jehovah, and the Author of our salvation. He labored and suffered for us. He denied Himself, and His whole life was one continued scene of toil and privation. Had He chosen so to do, He could have passed His days in a world of His own creating, in ease and plenty, and claimed for Himself all the pleasures and enjoyment the world could give Him. But He did not consider His own convenience. He lived not to please Himself, but to do good and lavish His blessings upon others.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 18.

4 What is meant by the expression, “when for the time”? Hebrews 5:12, first part.

NOTE: “Those who have long known the truth need to seek the Lord most earnestly, that their hearts may be filled with a determination to work for their neighbors. My brethren and sisters, visit those who live near you, and by sympathy and kindness seek to reach their hearts. Be sure to work in a way that will remove prejudice instead of creating it. And remember that those who know the truth for this time and yet confine their efforts to their own churches, refusing to work for their unconverted neighbors, will be called to account for unfulfilled duties.” The Publishing Ministry, 370.

“We are not to conceal the truth for this time. It is to stand forth in its power and purity. The trumpet is to give a certain sound; for there are those who, though they have long known the truth, need to be awakened. They have closed their eyes to the result of walking contrary to the light that God has given.” Review and Herald, November 5, 1903.

5 How were those who were not quick to discern the truths of God described? Hebrews 5:11, last part.

NOTE: “Paul could not speak to the Jewish converts as plainly as he desired regarding the mystery of godliness. Because of their spiritual weakness, their lack of perception, he could not utter the truth, which, could they have heard aright, with intelligent comprehension, would have been to them a savor of life unto life.

“The fault was not with their instructors, but with themselves. They were dull of understanding. Abundant advantages had been given them. They could have increased in understanding regarding Christ, his work, his power to save to the uttermost all who come to him. But they had not pressed onward and upward, improving their opportunity to learn more and still more of the Saviour. Because they had not received in faith the truths imparted to them, their memory was weak. They could not retain in their minds the truths essential to success in character-building.” Review and Herald, June 16, 1903.

6 Of what need had the dull of hearing? Hebrews 5:12.

NOTE: “Unbelief will ever find cause to doubt and reason away

the most positive proof. The Jews stood constantly upon guard, lest they should be forced by overwhelming evidence to yield their prejudice and unbelief. Though their understanding was convinced, they refused to surrender their pride and self-righteousness, admitting that they, who had boasted of their wisdom over all the rest of the world, themselves needed a teacher.” The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 2, 277.

7 How was the dull of hearing’s need for the primary truths of Christian doctrine described? Hebrews 5:12, last half.

NOTE: “Let the truth be presented as it is in Jesus, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, and there a little. Speak of the love of God in words easy to be understood. Bible truth, presented in the meekness and love of Jesus will have a telling influence upon many minds.” Evangelism, 199.

“But let laborers have discretion and not give strong meat to those who are babes; feed them with the sincere milk of the Word. In no case mingle your own spirit and ideas with the truth and cover up the precepts of God by traditions or suppositions. Let the people have the truth as it is in Jesus.—Manuscript 39, 1895.” Evangelism, 252.

8 What is meant by “leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ”? Hebrews 6:1.

NOTE: “We are not always to remain children in our knowledge and experience in spiritual things. We are not always to express ourselves in the language of one who has just received Christ; but our prayers and exhortations are to grow in intelligence as we advance in experience in the truth. The language of a child of six in a child of ten years of age would not be pleasing to us, and how painful would it be to hear expressions of childish intelligence in one who had arrived at years of maturity. When a person becomes of age, we expect from him a corresponding intelligence, according to his years and opportunities. . . . But if we expect this manifestation of growing intelligence in the child, as he advances in years, should we not also expect to see the Christian grow in grace and experience? . . .” Sons and Daughters of God, 330.

“It is positively necessary for those who believe the truth, to be making continual advancement, growing up unto the full stature of men and women in Christ Jesus. There is no time for backsliding and indifference. Each one must have a living experience in the things of God. Have root in yourselves. Become grounded in the faith, so that having done all you may stand, with unwavering confidence in God, through the time that will try every man’s work and character. Exercise your powers in spiritual things, till you can appreciate the deep things of God’s word, and go on from strength to strength.” Review and Herald, January 10, 1888.

9 What principles of the doctrine of Christ are given? Hebrews 6:2.

NOTE: “We may safely seek to be of one accord in doctrine and spirit, and if this were done, we would be in harmony with God’s will. If selfishness and pride and vanity and evil surmising were put away, we would become strong in God, and the door of our heart would be open for the entrance of Christ; the baptism of the Holy Ghost would fall upon us, and we should be filled with all the fullness of God.” Review and Herald, April 22, 1890.

10 What is said of those who were once enlightened and fall away? Hebrews 6:4–6.

NOTE: “In heaven God is all in all. There, holiness reigns supreme; there is nothing to mar the perfect harmony with God. If we are indeed journeying thither, the spirit of heaven will dwell in our hearts here. But if we find no pleasure now in the contemplation of heavenly things; if we have no interest in seeking the knowledge of God, no delight in beholding the character of Christ; if holiness has no attractions for us—then we may be sure that our hope of heaven is vain. Perfect conformity to the will of God is the high aim to be constantly before the Christian. He will love to talk of God, of Jesus, of the home of bliss and purity which Christ has prepared for them that love Him. The contemplation of these themes, when the soul feasts upon the blessed assurances of God, the apostle represents as tasting ‘the powers of the world to come.’ [Hebrews 6:5.]” My Life Today, 293.

“Jesus says, ‘I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.’ John 12:32. And as one is drawn to behold Jesus uplifted on the cross, he discerns the sinfulness of humanity. He sees that it is sin which scourged and crucified the Lord of glory. He sees that, while he has been loved with unspeakable tenderness, his life has been a continual scene of ingratitude and rebellion. He has forsaken his best Friend and abused heaven’s most precious gift. He has crucified to himself the Son of God afresh and pierced anew that bleeding and stricken heart. He is separated from God by a gulf of sin that is broad and black and deep, and he mourns in brokenness of heart.

“Such mourning ‘shall be comforted.’ God reveals to us our guilt that we may flee to Christ, and through Him be set free from the bondage of sin, and rejoice in the liberty of the sons of God. In true contrition we may come to the foot of the cross, and there leave our burdens.” Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, 9, 10.

11 What lesson is taught in Hebrews 6:7?

NOTE: “The Christian is represented by the figure of the earth, which drinks in the rain that comes upon it, and brings forth fruit to the one who dresses and cares for it. The follower of Christ is to gather sap and nourishment from the living Vine. He is to produce fruit to the glory of God. The Lord requires that every plant in his garden should be thrifty, and bear fruit in abundance,—some thirty, some sixty, and some an hundred fold. We are not to be satisfied with momentary flashes of light; but we are constantly to seek for the illumination of the Spirit of God. It is our privilege to study the word of truth, and to obey it. We are not safe unless we are often found before God, offering up, in faith, fervent and effectual prayers. We must draw water from the wells of salvation. We may raise the soul from its common earthliness into a heavenly atmosphere which will purify, elevate, and refine it for the paradise of God. Those who keep the commandments of God, have a right to appropriate the rich promises that he has given.” Review and Herald, July 31, 1888.

12 What warning against slighting the grace and blessing of Heaven is given? Hebrews 6:8.

NOTE: “Whenever pride and ambition are indulged, the life is marred, for pride, feeling no need, closes the heart against the infinite blessings of Heaven. He who makes self-glorification his aim will find himself destitute of the grace of God, through whose efficiency the truest riches and the most satisfying joys are won. But he who gives all and does all for Christ will know the fulfillment of the promise, ‘The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.’ [Proverbs 10:22.]” Conflict and Courage, 194.

Food for Life – Potato Waffles and Tofu Omelet

It is the custom and order of society to take a slight breakfast. But this is not the best way to treat the stomach. At breakfast time the stomach is in a better condition to take care of more food than at the second or third meal of the day. The habit of eating a sparing breakfast and a large dinner is wrong. Make your breakfast correspond more nearly to the heartiest meal of the day.” ounsels on Diet and Foods, 173.

“In every family there should be order, and regular habits. There should be a fixed time to rise in the morning, a time for breakfast, and a time for prayer, either directly before or directly after the morning meal. How appropriate it is for parents to gather their children about them before their fast is broken, and direct their young minds to our heavenly Father, who bestows upon us the bounties of his providence. Let them thank God for protecting them during the night, and ask for help and grace and the watchcare of angels through the day.” The Signs of the Times, August 7, 1884.

“In many families, there is no positive rudeness among the members, only a lack of those simple, affectionate attentions which awaken a spontaneous return; a want of that consideration and gentleness of demeanor which are well-springs of comfort in every household. The well-bred host does not fail to bid his guest ‘Good night,’ and ‘Good morning;’ why should not this simple expression of good feeling be always exchanged between parents and children? The kindly morning greeting will often nip in the bud some rising fretfulness; and the pleasant ‘Good-by,’ from old and young, when leaving the house for office, shop, or school, is a fragrant memory through the day of separation. When the family gather alone around breakfast or dinner table, the same courtesy should prevail as if guests were present. Reproof, complaint, unpleasant discussion, and scandal, no less than moody silence, should be banished. Let the conversation be genial, and suited to the little folks as far as possible.” The Health Reformer, February 1, 1874.

Potato Waffles or Pancakes

6–8 potatoes, grated

1/2 onion, grated

1 Tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon salt

Equivalent substitute for 2 eggs

Squeeze the water out of the potatoes. Add all other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place in a prepared waffle iron and bake until done, or cook as pancakes. Serve with lots of applesauce.

Tofu Omelet

1 brick of firm tofu

1 small clove garlic, pressed

1 Tablespoon minced green onion

1/8 teaspoon turmeric

Salt to taste fillings of choice.

Grate the tofu and then very gently mix in the seasonings (garlic, onion, turmeric, and salt). The long strands of tofu create a lattice that gives the omelet structural integrity. Once the tofu is mixed, pour off any water that has collected in the bottom of the bowl, and then arrange the mixture in two omelet-shaped patties on a heated, oiled nonstick or well-seasoned skillet. Cook the omelets at a medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, until much of the moisture is evaporated and the edges look a bit dry. Add your choice of filling, fold and serve.

Nature Nugget – Microevolution, Macroevolution, and Natural Selection

The theory of Evolution can be divided into two categories: Microevolution and Macroevolution. As with all of Satan’s deceptions, he has mixed truth and error together in order to deceive. Microevolution fits perfectly in the creation model, but Macroevolution is a gross misconception. It is what one generally thinks of when the term Evolution is heard.

Macroevolution is a major change over a long period of time, involving the origin of new types of organisms from previously existing, but different, ancestral types. An example of this theory is the belief that man evolved from apes, and that all life evolved from single-celled organisms over millions of years. This was Satan’s masterpiece to do away with God and His Word. This theory is dangerous, as it places man on the same level with animals and does away with accountability to a creator God for our actions. Some Christians today have accepted this theory in an amalgamated form where they believe that God created the building blocks for life and then left them alone to evolve over millions of years to what it is now.

Microevolution means a small change within a species or group. Change happens, but the descendant is still clearly of the same type as the ancestor. This change might be better called variation or adaptation, but the changes are horizontal in effect, not vertical. In other words, the change does not result in a higher life form. Microevolutionary changes may be due to a number of processes, the most common of which is Natural Selection.

Natural Selection is a term coined by Charles Darwin that supposedly explains how change happens in his theory of Evolution. Because this term is linked with the theory of Evolution, it is often thought ill of by Creationists. In reality, Darwin stole the principle of Natural Selection from creationist writers of his day. It has never been proven to function in the false theory of Macroevolution. In the process of Natural Selection, a trait within the present variety is selected as the best for a given set of conditions. This trait usually gives the organism a survival advantage over others of its kind lacking this trait. In a short period of time, this trait becomes fixed in a local population, resulting in a new subspecies, morph, or race. When this kind of difference in a species occurs, science is quick to declare the result a separate species, even though they are really variations of the original species.

The Creator gave the ability for enormous variety within each created kind to allow for survival in the myriad of habitats and environments that are the result of sin and the flood. But He set natural limits to genetic change so that a population of organisms can vary only so much. “Science is ever discovering new wonders; but she brings from her research nothing that, rightly understood, conflicts with divine revelation.” Education, 128. “The deepest students of science are constrained to recognize in nature the working of infinite power. But to man’s unaided reason, nature’s teaching cannot but be contradictory and disappointing. Only in the light of revelation can it be read aright. ‘Through faith we understand.’ Hebrews 11:3.” Ibid., 134.

David Arbour writes from DeQueen, Arkansas.

Children’s Story – God Seen in All His Works

In that beautiful part of Germany which borders on the Rhine River, there is a noble castle, as you travel on the west bank of the river, which you may see lifting its ancient towers on the opposite side, above the grove of trees about as old as itself. About forty years ago, there lived in that castle a noble gentleman, Baron Philippie. He had only one son, who was not only a companion and a comfort to his father, but a blessing to all who lived on his father’s estate. It happened, on a certain occasion, that, this young man being from home, there came a French gentleman to the castle, who began to talk of his heavenly Father in terms that chilled the old Baron’s blood, who reproved him, saying, “Are you not afraid of offending God?” The gentleman replied that he was not, for he had never seen Him.

The Baron did not notice the answer, but the next morning he took his visitor about the castle grounds and, among other objects, showed him a very beautiful picture that hung on the wall. The gentleman admired it very much and remarked that whoever drew that picture, knew how to use the pencil.

“My son drew that picture,” said the Baron.

“Then your son is a clever man,” replied the gentleman.

The Baron then went with his visitor into the garden and showed him beautiful flowers and the plantations of forest trees.

“Who had the ordering of this garden?” asked the gentleman.

“My son,” replied the Baron, “he knows every plant here, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop on the wall.”

“Indeed,” replied the gentleman, “I shall think very highly of him soon.”

The Baron then took him into the village and showed him a small, neat cottage, where his son had established a school, and where he caused all young people who had lost their parents to be received and nourished at his expense. The children in the house looked so innocent and so happy that the gentleman was very much pleased, and when he returned to the castle, he said to the Baron, “What a happy man you are to have so good a son!”

“How do you know that I have so good a son?”

“Because I have seen his works, and I know that he must be good and clever if he has done all that you have showed me.”

“And you have not seen him?”

“No, but I know him very well for I judge of him by his works.”

“True,” replied the Baron, “and in this way I judge the character of our heavenly Father. I know by His works that He is a being of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness.”

The French gentleman felt the force of reproof and was careful not to offend the good old Baron any more by his remarks.


All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all.

He gave us eyes to see them,

And lips, that we might tell

How great is God Almighty,

Who has made all things well.

—Cecil F. Alexander, 1848

Restoring the Temple – The Cardiovascular System

Centuries ago, scholars believed that the heart was the seat of thoughts and emotions. They believed this mainly because when you think of something, and become emotional, your heart rate speeds up. William Harvey, an English Physician, first described blood circulation in 1628, and although great strides had been made toward understanding the cardiovascular system, it was not until the middle to last part of the twentieth century that scientists came to understand its functions. Ellen White said, much earlier, “The more active the circulation the more free from obstructions and impurities will be the blood. The blood nourishes the body. The health of the body depends upon the healthful circulation of the blood.” Healthful Living, 178.

Your heart is about the size of your fist, no matter what age or size you are. Its duty is to pump blood through blood vessels (arteries) and to receive the blood again from the veins and repeat the process.

Blood circulation has two main purposes. First, it delivers oxygen, nutrients, water, hormones, and other essentials to each cell of the body. Second, it transports all the carbon dioxide and other waste products of the cells to the lungs to be expired or to the kidneys to be excreted. The adult heart beats approximately 70 times per minute and pumps 2,000 gallons (7,570 liters) of blood each day. There are about 60,000 miles (96,560 km) of blood vessels in the human body, or enough to encircle the Earth more than twice over.

The heart is a muscle, made by God as a different kind of muscle than those that move the skeleton. It has four chambers, the two atria and the two ventricles. It is really like two pumps in one. The right side of the heart receives circulated blood from the body. Blood drains from veins into the right atrium and then flows through a valve (tricuspid valve) into the right ventricle when the valve is opened. The blood then is shunted through another valve (pulmonary semilunar) to the lungs where it will drop off its carbon dioxide load and pick up inhaled oxygen. Blood and inspired air do not directly mix. Oxygen and carbon dioxide are transported across a special thin membrane in the lungs. When the blood is oxygenated, it becomes bright red. It then continues its journey back to the heart where its first stop is the left atrium. As the valve (bicuspid or mitral) opens, blood flows into the left ventricle. The left ventricle is the largest chamber in the heart and has a large portion of muscle surrounding it.

Only when a blood vessel is damaged, such as in a cut, is blood ever not contained within the circulatory system. Even when it flows through organs, such as the brain or liver, blood is always inside a blood vessel. Arteries are the vessels that carry blood away from the heart to the body. Blood is highly pressurized as it travels away from the heart, so arteries do not need valves. Arteries get smaller and smaller the farther they are from the heart, becoming arterioles. As blood arrives at the tissues, the vessels become so small that only one blood cell can fit through at a time. These tiny vessels are called capillaries. This is where the oxygen/carbon dioxide and nutrient/waste exchange takes place. The oxygen and nutrients are dropped off, and the blood picks up its load of carbon dioxide and other waste and continues its journey back to the heart. As the blood vessels start to get bigger, nearer the heart, they are called venules and then veins. Blood is much less pressurized by now, and its journey to the heart is assisted through skeletal muscle contraction and the use of valves. One-fifth of the blood goes to the kidneys to drop off its waste load and then continues to the right side of the heart.

Why do you hear your heart beating but you cannot hear your other muscles when they contract? It is not the muscle contraction that you are hearing. The sound that is heard when the heart beats, lub-dub, comes from the heart valves. The first sound, the “lub,” occurs when the tricuspid and mitral valves shut after the blood has gone through. The “dub” occurs when the pulmonic and aortic valves close. The lub-dub can be heard through a stethoscope or if you put your ear to someone’s chest.

Prior to 1900, heart disease was rare. Before machines made life easier, people plowed their fields, milked cows and did laundry by hand. The main method of transportation was walking. Rich meats were available only to the wealthy on a regular basis, and refined grains were unheard of. As the Industrial Age brought new methods to improve life, it also brought new ways to eat. Meats, refined foods, and high-fat foods became a staple of daily life, and the common people developed and died of rich man’s diseases. Between 1940 and 1967, the rate of heart disease increased so sharply that the World Health Organization called it the world’s most serious epidemic. The role of diet and exercise in heart disease prevention and treatment was finally discovered. Much earlier, Ellen White noted that “The more we exercise, the better will be the circulation of the blood. . . . Those who accustom themselves to proper exercise in the open air will generally have a good and vigorous circulation.” Healthful Living, 186.

God is not only the architect of your heart, but He maintains every beat that sends blood through your body and every breath that fills your lungs with oxygen. The daily care of this system lies in your hands.

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24.

Relationship between the Cardiovascular System and Other Systems

Integumentary: skin cell stimulation produces local changes in blood flow; delivers immune system cells to injury; clotting seals breaks in skin; removes toxins; provides heat.

Skeletal: provides calcium needed for normal heart muscle contraction; protects blood cells developing in bone marrow; provides calcium and phosphorous for bone maintenance; delivers hormones and nutrition to bone cells.

Muscular: skeletal muscle contractions help move blood through veins; protects superficial blood vessels; muscles make up most of the heart organ; delivers oxygen and nutrients, removes carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and heat during muscle activity.

Nervous: controls patterns of circulation; modifies heart rate and regulates blood pressure; certain cells in blood vessels maintain blood-brain barrier; helps to make cerebrospinal fluid.

Endocrine: helps regulate production of red blood cells; involved in elevating blood pressure; adrenaline stimulates cardiac muscle, elevating heart rate and contraction force; distributes hormones throughout the body; heart secretes hormone ANP.

Lymphatic: defends against pathogens or toxins in blood; fights infections of cardiovascular organs; returns tissue fluid to circulation; distributes white blood cells; carries antibodies; clotting response aids in slowing spread of disease-causing germs.

Respiratory: provides oxygen and removes carbon dioxide; transports oxygen and carbon dioxide between lungs and other body tissues.

Digestive: provides nutrients; absorbs water and ions essential to maintenance of normal blood volume; distributes digestive tract hormones; carries nutrients, water, and ions away from sites of absorption; delivers nutrients and toxins to liver.

Urinary: releases hormones to elevate blood pressure and accelerate red blood cell production; removes waste products delivers blood to capillaries where filtration occurs; accepts fluids and solutes reabsorbed during urine production.

Reproductive: estrogens may maintain healthy vessels and slow development of hardening of the arteries with age; distributes reproductive hormones; provides nutrients, oxygen, and waste removal for developing fetus.

Sheryle Beaudry, a certified teletriage nurse, writes from Estacada, Oregon where she lives with her husband and twin daughters.

From the Pen of Inspiration – My Son, Give Me Thy Heart

The heart belongs to Jesus. He has paid an infinite price for the soul; and he intercedes before the Father as our Mediator, pleading not as a petitioner, but as a conqueror who would claim that which is his own. He is able to save to the uttermost, for he ever lives to make intercession for us. A young heart is a precious offering, the most valuable gift that can be presented to God. All that you are, all the ability you possess, comes from God a sacred trust, to be rendered back to him again in a willing, holy offering. You cannot give to God anything that he has not first given you. Therefore when the heart is given to God, it is giving to him a gift which he has purchased, and is his own.

There are many claimants to the time, the affections, and the strength, of youth. Satan claims the youth as his property, and a vast number render to him all the ability, all the talent, they possess. The world claims the heart; but that heart belongs to the one who redeemed it. If given to the world, it will be filled with care, sorrow, and disappointed hopes; it will become impure and corrupted. It would be the worst kind of robbery to give to the world your heart’s affections and service, for they belong to God. You cannot with profit give your heart to pleasure-seeking. The enemy of righteousness has every kind of pleasure prepared for youth in all conditions of life; and they are not presented alone in crowded cities, but in every spot inhabited by human beings. Satan loves to secure the youth in his ranks as soldiers. The arch fiend well knows with what material he has to deal; and he has displayed his infernal wisdom in devising customs and pleasures for the youth which will separate their affections from Jesus Christ. The various amusements of society have been the ruin of thousands and tens of thousands who, had it not been for these attractions, would have been obedient children, respectful to their parents, upright, pure, and noble in their pursuits and in their character. In order to break away from the fascinations of pleasure, they will have to make a desperate effort. They will have to arise in all their strength, taking hold by faith of the Divine power in their efforts to be Christ’s only.

The lesson of the prodigal is given for the instruction of youth. In his life of pleasure and sinful indulgence, he expends his portion of the inheritance in riotous living. He is friendless, and in a strange country; clad in rags, hungry, longing even for the refuse fed to the swine. His last hope is to return, penitent and humbled, to his father’s house, where he is welcomed, forgiven, and taken back to a father’s heart. Many youth are doing as he did, living a careless, pleasure-loving, spendthrift life, forsaking the fountain of living waters, the fountain of true pleasure, and hewing out to themselves broken cisterns, which can hold no water.

God’s invitation comes to each youth, “My son, give me thine heart; I will keep it pure; I will satisfy its longings with true happiness.” God loves to make the youth happy, and that is why he would have them give their hearts into his keeping, that all the God-given faculties of the being may be kept in a vigorous, healthful condition. They are holding God’s gift of life. He makes the heart beat; he gives strength to every faculty. Pure enjoyment will not debase one of God’s gifts. We sin against our own bodies, and sin against God, when seeking pleasures which separate our affections from God. The youth are to consider that they are placed in the world on trial, to see whether they have characters that will fit them to live with angels.

When your associates urge you into paths of vice and folly, and all around you are tempting you to forget God, to destroy the capabilities God has intrusted to you, and to debase all that is noble in your nature, resist them. Remember that you are the Lord’s property, bought with a price, the suffering and agony of the Son of God.

God says, “My son, give me thy heart.” Will you refuse him that which you cannot give with merit because it is his already,—that which you cannot refuse without ruin to your own soul? He asks your heart; give it to him, it is his own. He asks your intellect; give it to him, it is his own, lent you in trust. He asks your money; it is his own, give it to him. “Ye are not your own; ye are bought with a price.”

The Lord Jesus claims your service. He loves you. If you doubt his love, look to Calvary. The light reflected from the cross shows you the magnitude of that love which no tongue can tell. “He that keepeth my commandments, he it is that loveth me.” We are to become acquainted by diligent study with the commandments of God; and then show that we are his obedient sons and daughters.

The mercies of God surround you every moment; and it would be profitable for you to consider how and whence your blessings come every day. Let the precious blessings of God awaken gratitude in you. You cannot number the blessings of God, the constant loving-kindness expressed to you, for they are as numerous as the refreshing drops of rain. Clouds of mercy are hanging over you, and ready to drop upon you. If you will appreciate the valuable gift of salvation, you will be sensible of daily refreshment, of the protection and love of Jesus; you will be guided in the way of peace.

Look upon the glorious things of God in nature, and let your heart go out in gratitude to the Giver. There is in nature’s book profitable study for the mind. Be not thankless and reckless. Open the eyes of your understanding; see the beautiful harmony in the laws of God in nature, and be awed, and reverence your Creator, the supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. See him, by the eye of faith, bending over you in love, saying with compassion, “My son, my daughter, give me thy heart.” Make the surrender to Jesus, and then with grateful hearts you can say, “I know that my redeemer liveth.” Your faith in Jesus will give strength to every purpose, consistency to the character. All your happiness, peace, joy, and success in this life are dependent upon genuine,trusting faith in God. This faith will prompt true obedience to the commandments of God. Your knowledge and faith in God is the strongest restraint from every evil practice, and the motive to all good. Believe in Jesus as one who pardons your sins, one who wants you to be happy in the mansions he has gone to prepare for you. He wants you to live in his presence; to have eternal life and a crown of glory. The Youth’s Instructor, January 5, 1887.

Ellen G. White (1827–1915) wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles and 40 books during her lifetime. Today, including compilations from her 50,000 pages of manuscript, more than 100 titles are available in English. She is the most translated woman writer in the entire history of literature, and the most translated American author of either gender. Seventh-day Adventists believe that Mrs. White was appointed by God as a special messenger to draw the world’s attention to the Holy Scriptures and help prepare people for Christ’s second advent.