TRUTH FOR TODAY

Lesson 1: March 13-April 6
Lesson 2: April 7-13
Lesson 3: April 14-20
Lesson 4: April 21-27
Lesson 5: April 28-May 4
Lesson 6: May 5-11
Lesson 7: May 12-18
Lesson 8: May 19-25
Lesson 9: May 26-June 1
Lesson 10: June 2-8
Lesson 11: June 9-15
Lesson 12: June 16-22
Lesson 13: June 23-29

Lesson 1: March 13-April 6

‘Ye shall be witnesses unto Me’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.’ Mark 16:15.

STUDY HELP: Acts of the Apostles, pages 25-34.

LESSON SCRIPTURES: Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:45-49; Acts 1:8.

LESSON AIM: To study the commission that Christ gave His church.

 

Introduction

 

‘Before ascending to heaven, Christ gave His disciples their commission. He told them that they were to be the executors of the will in which He bequeathed to the world the treasures of eternal life. You have been witnesses of My life of sacrifice on behalf of the world, He said to them. You have seen My labours for Israel. And although My people would not come to Me that they might have life, although priests and rulers have done unto Me as they listed, although they have rejected Me, they shall have still another opportunity of accepting the Son of God. You have seen that all who come to Me confessing their sins, I freely receive. Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. To you, My disciples, I commit this message of mercy. It is to be given to both Jews and Gentiles, to Israel, first, and then to all nations, tongues, and peoples. All who believe are to be gathered into one church.’ Acts of the Apostles, page 27.

 

‘All power is given unto Me’

 

1. With what words did Christ begin His commission to His disciples on the mountain in Galilee? Matthew 28:16-18.

NOTE: ‘Do you suppose that after Christ gave His precious life to redeem the beings He created He would fail to give them sufficient power to enable them to overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony? He has power to save every individual. He said, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” For our redemption all power is given to Him who stood at the head of humanity. For nearly six weeks the Sinless One fought a battle with the powers of darkness in the wilderness of temptation, overcoming not on His account, but on our account, thus making it possible for every son and daughter of Adam to overcome through the merit of His sinlessness.’ Christ Triumphant, page 199.

 

2. What does Christ do with the power which He now has? John 1:12. Compare Romans 1:16.

NOTE: ‘“As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” John 1:12. This power is not in the human agent. It is the power of God. When a soul receives Christ, he receives power to live the life of Christ.’ Christ's Object Lessons, page 314.

‘The gospel inculcates universal humility and benevolence. It produces the virtues of Christ’s character in all who savingly accept it. Christ made the sacrifice of Himself to furnish man with grace and power. All who receive His spirit become sons of God, one with Christ in God. Those who attain to eternal life must overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. In order to be saved men must work out their own salvation with fear and trembling, revealing a faith which works by love and purifies the soul. Love for God and man has been enjoined upon every human being. God works by His Holy Spirit in those who believe in Christ as their personal Saviour. He helps them to work out their own salvation, giving them grace for the grace which they impart to others.’ Gospel Herald, August 1, 1900.

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