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Lesson 11: June 9-15

‘Hope thou in God’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.’  Psalm 42:5. 

LESSON AIM: To show that God expects and looks to us to place all our hope in Him.

 

Introduction

 

‘John was a teacher of holiness, and in his letters to the church he laid down unerring rules for the conduct of Christians. “Every man that hath this hope in Him,” he wrote, “purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1 John 3:3; 2:6. He taught that the Christian must be pure in heart and life. Never should he be satisfied with an empty profession. As God is holy in His sphere, so fallen man, through faith in Christ, is to be holy in his sphere.’ Acts of the Apostles, page 559.

 

‘Whose hope is in the Lord’

 

1. Where does our hope come from?  Psalm 146:4-5.

NOTE: ‘The Son of God, undertaking to become the Redeemer of the race, placed Adam in a new relation to his Creator. He was still fallen; but a door of hope was opened to him. The wrath of God still hung over Adam, but the execution of the sentence of death was delayed, and the indignation of God was restrained, because Christ had entered upon the work of becoming man’s Redeemer. Christ was to take the wrath of God, which in justice should fall upon man. He became a refuge for man, and, although man was indeed a criminal, deserving the wrath of God, yet he could, by faith in Christ, run into the refuge provided and be safe. In the midst of death there was life, if man chose to accept it.’ Confrontation, page 19.

 

2. Away from God, what is our state in the world?  Ephesians 2:12; Job 7:6.

NOTE: ‘The hearts of Paul and his associate workers were drawn out on behalf of those who were “without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.” Through the untiring ministrations of the apostles to the Gentiles, the “strangers and foreigners,” who “sometimes were far off,” learned that they had been “made nigh by the blood of Christ,” and that, through faith in His atoning sacrifice, they might become “fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” Ephesians 2:12, 13, 19.’ Acts of the Apostles, page 175.

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