Lesson 09 - The Christian Church, Past and Present - 1
Lesson 9 - (downloadable pdf file)
Very soon after the scattering of the people from Babel (see Genesis 11:1-9), idolatry again became well-nigh universal. Leaving those who had become hardened in their unbelief, the Lord chose Abraham to preserve the truth for future generations. Abraham stood faithful amid the faithlessness of his generation. To him God communicated His will, giving him a distinct understanding of His Law and of the salvation that was to be accomplished through Christ.
1. On what basis did the Lord make His covenant with Abraham? Genesis 22:18
NOTE: While all God’s promises can be received only by faith, Abraham received the covenant because he was obedient to all God’s laws and commandments - he submitted to the authority of God and of His government, thus demonstrating true faith.
2. On what condition were Abraham’s descendants able to enter into this promise? Exodus 19:5, 6
3. What did God warn would result from disobedience? Jeremiah 26:4-6
4. What did Christ tell the leaders of His day? Matthew 21:43
5. Who then are the true Israel of the Bible? Galatians 3:29
NOTE: We can clearly see that God’s promises are not given to anyone because of a physical relationship, but because of a faith relationship with Christ. Therefore, when Israel is spoken of, it refers to God’s faithful people, regardless of national origin. The promises of God to Israel may be understood as applying to those who are in Christ.
6. How do we demonstrate our new covenant relationship with Christ? 1 John 3:6, John 14:15
NOTE: It was through disobedience that man lost his life, and it is obvious that he would not receive it back while still disloyal and disobedient to the government of God. It is those who have their loyalty to the government of God by obedience through the power of Christ, who will be received back into the family of heaven. See Revelation 3:21.
7. To whom did Christ become the Author of salvation? Hebrews 5:9
8. How has Christ made this obedience possible? Hebrews 8:10
9. How does Christ address those who profess this new covenant relationship, but do not show it to be a reality by true obedience? Matthew 7:21-23
NOTE: We see that it is the works (fruits) that determine the final reward, rather than the profession.
10. Are we able of ourselves to render this obedience? Jeremiah 13:23; John 15:5
11. Why is this the case? Romans 7:18, 8:7
12. What then must take place? Romans 12:2
13. How does this transformation take place? 2 Corinthians 3:18
NOTE: It is a law of our nature that the things we constantly behold, mold and influence our thought processes, changing us into the likeness of that upon which our minds dwell.
14. Where do we find Jesus revealed? John 5:39
15. What does the apostle Peter say of Jesus’ life? 1 Peter 2:21, 22
16. Is it possible to have a relationship with Christ and not follow His example of obedience? 1 John 2:3-6
17. What must each person have done, who eventually sits with Christ on His throne? Revelation 3:21
When this earth’s history closes, there will be only two divisions - the righteous and the wicked. Every man, woman, and child will be found in one of these two armies. All who enter heaven will do so as conquerors. You will have battles to fight; you will have difficulties to meet that can be overcome only by strong, determined resistance.
But eternal life is worth a lifelong, persevering effort.