Lesson 1: December 26-January 1

‘Ye shall not surely die’


MEMORY VERSE:  ‘He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth because there was no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar, and the father of it.’ John 8:44.

LESSON AIM: To teach that the devil has infected the world with a corrupting element that is steadily growing,  and diminishing the Word of God.


BIBLE TRUTH. God warned Adam and Eve that if they disobeyed and ate the fruit, they would surely die. At their Creation God gave Adam and Eve probationary time, not eternal life. Genesis 2:17. 


THE DEADLY LEPROSY: By contrast Satan said, ‘Ye shall not surely die’, Genesis 3:4.  In saying this Satan was putting himself above his Maker. He was speaking in opposition to the law of God, the government of God, denying sin and its death penalty and, more importantly, disseminating rebellion against Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Saviour and High Priest. This contagion is still alive today, constantly deepening and strengthening as it spreads in the world to destroy the reputation and teaching of Jesus.




‘In another parable which Jesus presented to His disciples, He likened the kingdom of heaven to a field wherein a man sowed good seed, but in which, while he was sleeping, the enemy sowed tares. The question was asked the householder: “Didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.”’  Testimonies, volume 3, page 113.


‘Through his subtlety’


1. How does God describe the serpent’s method of seducing Eve? 2 Corinthians 11:3.

NOTE: ‘In assuming human nature, that He might reach to the very depths of human woe and misery and lift man up, Christ has shown what estimate He places upon the human race. In this work everything was at stake. Satan claimed to be the lawful owner of the fallen race; and with what persistent effort did he seek to overthrow Christ through his subtlety! It was only by the most desperate conflict with the powers of Satan that Christ could accomplish His purpose of restoring the almost obliterated image of God in man, and place His own signature upon his forehead. It was a desperate battle; for Satan had so long worked in league with human intelligences as to almost completely intercept every ray of light shining from the throne of God upon the human mind.’ General Conference Daily Bulletin, March 2, 1897.


2. How clearly is the truth of the serpent’s identity revealed in Scripture?  Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:2

NOTE: ‘The remnant church will be brought into great trial and distress. Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, will feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts. Satan numbers the world as his subjects; he has gained control of the apostate churches; but here is a little company that are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. As he influenced the heathen nations to destroy Israel, so in the near future he will stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the people of God. All will be required to render obedience to human edicts in violation of the divine law. Those who will be true to God and to duty will be betrayed “both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends.”’ Christian Service, page 157. 

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