Prepared by William Earnhardt for Sabbath November 13, 2021.
Main Theme: While we are saved by grace in both Old and New Testaments, we have the law in both testaments to show us how to live a life of love.
Read Together Ezekiel 25:15-16. Define together the main idea of this passage.
Study: Iniquity is sin. According to the definition of sin in 1 John 3:4 was there a law in heaven when Lucifer sinned? Is it possible to sin where there is no law? See Romans 3:20.
Apply: Why is the idea of a moral law inseparable from the idea of moral beings? Without that law, what would define what is moral and what is not?
Share: Your neighbor asks, “did the angels have the ten commandments written in stone or was there a main underlying principle they followed?” What do you tell your neighbor?
Read Together Deuteronomy 5:6-22. Define together the main thought of this passage.
Study: Is God commanding we have no other gods or promising they will need no other gods? Both? How do we know? What assurances do we have in this passage of God’s grace? In verses 12-15 where do we see a promise of rest?
Apply: How do we keep the commandments without being legalistic?
Share: Your same neighbor tells you we were saved by keeping the law in the Old Testament, but today we are saved by grace. What do you say to your neighbor? Hint: God has Always Been Graceful.
Read Together Deuteronomy 9:1-6. Define together the main thought of this passage.
Study: How does this passage relate to Ephesians 2:8-10? Do we see the same principles of grace in both Old and New Testaments?
Apply: Even when we are obedient and victorious why should we never be proud? See Galatians 2:20.
Share: Your neighbor asks, “if we are not saved by keeping the law then why keep it?” What do you tell your neighbor?
Read Together Romans 3:20, 27-31. Define together the main idea of this passage.
Study: Is Paul presenting a new idea or an eternal idea? In other words was anyone in the Old Testament saved by keeping the law? Were those in the Old Testament saved by grace as well?
Apply: How does faith help you keep the law? See James 2:18.
Share: Your neighbor asks you how you can tell if you are saved? What do you tell your neighbor? See the Gospel Presentation.