TRUTH FOR TODAY

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Lesson 2: October 6-12
Lesson 3: October 13-19
Lesson 4: October 20-26
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Lesson 8: November 17-23
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Lesson 12: December 15-21
Lesson 13: December 22-28

Lesson 4: October 20-26

‘Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.’ Luke 13:3.

STUDY HELP:  Steps to Christ, pages 23-35 .

LESSON SCRIPTURE: Ezekiel 18:30-32.

LESSON AIM: To study the importance of repentance as it was taught in the sanctuary.

 

Introduction

 

‘How shall a man be just with God? How shall the sinner be made righteous? It is only through Christ that we can be brought into harmony with God, with holiness; but how are we to come to Christ? Many are asking the same question as did the multitude on the Day of Pentecost, when, convicted of sin, they cried out, “What shall we do?” The first word of Peter’s answer was, “Repent.” Acts 2:37, 38. At another time, shortly after, he said, “Repent, ... and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.” Acts 3:19. Repentance includes sorrow for sin and a turning away from it. We shall not renounce sin unless we see its sinfulness; until we turn away from it in heart, there will be no real change in the life. There are many who fail to understand the true nature of repentance. Multitudes sorrow that they have sinned and even make an outward reformation because they fear that their wrongdoing will bring suffering upon themselves. But this is not repentance in the Bible sense.’ Steps to Christ, page 23.

 

‘Ye shall afflict your souls’

 

  1. What service of the sanctuary emphasised the importance of repentance? Leviticus 23:27-29. 

NOTE: ‘In the typical service only those who had come before God with confession and repentance, and whose sins, through the blood of the sin offering, were transferred to the sanctuary, had a part in the service of the Day of Atonement.’ Great Controversy, page 480.

 

  1. What expression of repentance was required of all? Leviticus 23:27-29.

NOTE: ‘We are now living in the great day of atonement. In the typical service, while the high priest was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict their souls by repentance of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be cut off from among the people. In like manner, all who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance. There must be deep, faithful searching of heart. The light, frivolous spirit indulged by so many professed Christians must be put away. There is earnest warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies that strive for the mastery. The work of preparation is an individual work. We are not saved in groups. The purity and devotion of one will not offset the want of these qualities in another. Though all nations are to pass in judgment before God, yet He will examine the case of each individual with as close and searching scrutiny as if there were not another being upon the earth. Everyone must be tested and found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon, none know how soon, it will pass to the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At this time above all others it behoves every soul to heed the Saviour’s admonition: “Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” Mark 13:33.’ Counsels for the Church, page 348.

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