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Second Quarter 2018 April • May • June
COMMENTARY—PREPARATION FOR THE END TIME
Week 8: May 19–25
COMMENTARY ON "Worship the Creator"
Following is a combined commentary on the material included in the Bible Study Guide with references as necessary to the supplemental passages included in the E. G. White Notes for the Sabbath School Lessons.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, all biblical quotes are from the English Standard Version (ESV).
Adventism insists that the “everlasting gospel” is the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14. They say that this “gospel” involves being called out of Babylon, or Sunday-keeping churches patterning themselves after Rome, and keeping the seventh-day Sabbath.
This interpretation is false. Nowhere in Scripture is the Sabbath part of the gospel or a requirement for Christians. Only in Ellen White do we find the requirement for Sabbath-keeping.
Scripture is clear:
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household (Acts 16:31).
Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent (John 6:28–29)
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life (John 5:24)
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God (John 3:18).
Adventism has created its own “plan of salvation”. It is not a biblical doctrine. Nowhere does Scripture require the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath. Nowhere does Scripture, apart from the interpretation of Ellen White, include a sacred day or the avoidance of a day. Nowhere does Scripture say worshiping on Sunday equates the mark of the beast, and nowhere does Scripture say that the Sabbath is the seal of God nor the sign of the seal of God.
Instead, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is the seal of God:
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13–14).
In short, the everlasting gospel proclaimed by the angel in Revelation is the gospel of the one true God, the One who sent His Son to the world to be the propitiation for human sin (Rom. 3:26-27). Jesus died to take the penalty the law demanded we receive for sin, and He rose from death and broke the curse of the law.
Jesus fulfilled the law and calls us to believe in Him. In Him we are free from the law, because we are made alive in Him. We live under the authority of the Son of God and submit to His word. The law is not our guide nor our standard. In the new covenant, we are under the law of Christ, and love is the fulfillment of the law.
For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Romans 13:9–10).
Assignment: Read the book of Galatians every day for a month and ask the Lord to teach you what He knows He wants you to learn from it.
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