Sabbath School

Exhortations from the Sanctuary

Scripture: Heb 10:19-25

Leading Question: What would happen to our understanding of God and our responsibilities before him if the book of Hebrews were simply to disappear from our Bibles?

The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character

“Theodicy” is a word that bubbles up to the top when we address the issue of the “Cosmic Conflict.” Given the fact that the world is a tragic mess, how could God be both all good and all powerful? The story of the Great Controversy is an attempt to address that question. But it should be noted that the “theodicy” question interests only believers in the free­will tradition. For them, God must win the hearts of his children.

Our Prophetic Heritage

Scripture: Rev 10; 14:6-12

Leading Question: What is the most effective way today to direct attention to the work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary?

Several issues present themselves in connection with the study of the three angels’ message of Revelation 14. Those are addressed below

The Investigative Judgment Has Three Main Problems

As a belief, the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine of the sanctuary offers a marvelous reading of the Hebraic worship system. This analysis reveals a glorious picture of Jesus Christ that was, among other ends, designed to prepare the Jewish, covenant people for His arrival; His First Coming. It did not accomplish this, for the most part, due to the intransigent disobedience and self-assuredness of the Israelites. Yet, today, it stands, for those Christians who will look, as a luminous architectural and temporal analogy to the work of God, in us, that Christ completes.

The Eschatological Day of Atonement

Scripture: Daniel 8-9

Leading Question: How can Jesus help us address the issues in Daniel 8?

Open Court, Open Investigation

Among ancient Near Eastern perspectives of deities in judgment East, Yahweh’s courtroom is fairly unique.

The Pre-advent Judgement – A Sure Outcome

Nearly two years ago my Aunt adopted a little girl who has become an integral part of our family. This summer, as part of the legal process of adoption, the family attended a celebration hearing where the judge declared that she was an official part of the family and gave documents to my cousin and her ‘forever family.’ It was not lost on me that the last time I had been in a similar courtroom it had been a fear-inspiring experience; the judgement had been uncertain.

Christ Our High Priest

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.

Reflections on Christ, Law, and Sacrifice


Editor’s Note: This week’s SS lesson is about Christ our Sacrifice, a topic that commands consideration of the requirements of the law. In the upcoming fall issue of Spectrum, Ivan Blazen makes the case for Christ our Law. What follows is an excerpt from that article. To read the entire article, be sure your membership/subscription to the Spectrumjournal is current. The issue will be mailed the first week of December.

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