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*** Of what did Paul
say he was not ashamed?
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the
power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” Rom. 1:16.
*** What good tidings
did the angels announce to the shepherds?
“Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to
all people; for unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10, 11.
*** What did Simeon say
after seeing the Saviour?
“And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary His mother, Behold, this
child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel.” Luke 2:34.
*** To whom did Anna
the prophetess speak of the Saviour?
“And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the
Lord, and spake of Him to all them that looked for redemption in
Jerusalem.” Luke 2:38.
*** In his
pre-announcement of Christ’s birth and name, what did the angel say Christ
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His flame
Jesus [Saviour]; for He shall save His people from their sins.”
*** On what condition
was He to save them?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life.” John 3:16.
*** Christ saves
believers from their sins under the Christian dispensation; but does His
blood atone for sins committed in the old dispensation?NOTE. The
blood of Christ availed for believers the same in the old dispensation as
it does in the new. The first promise made to man, that the seed of the
woman should bruise the serpent’s head, was as verily the gospel of Jesus
Christ as was the song the angels sung over the plains of Bethlehem, to
the shepherds, as they watched their flocks by night, “Glory to God
in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.”
“And for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that
by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were
under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise
of eternal inheritance.” Heb. 9:15.
*** How did Abel show
his faith in the coming Saviour?
“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent Sacrifice than
Cain.” Heb. 11:4.
*** What did the
ceremonial law of the Jews contain?
“For the law having a shadow of good things to come.” Heb. 10:1.
*** What were these “good things to come” which this law foreshadowed?
“But Christ being come a High Priest of good things to come, by
a greater and more perfect tabernacle.” Heb. 9:11.
*** Did those of the
patriarchal age have a knowledge of sin?
“Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou
done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me
and on my kingdom a great sin? Thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not
to be done.” Gen. 20:9 (Gen. 4:7) (Gen. 13:13).
*** By what means must
they have gained that knowledge?
“By the law is the knowledge of sin.” “I had not known
sin, but by the law.” Rom. 3:20; 7:7.
*** Was there a
priesthood in the days of Abraham, to minister for the sins of the people?
“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high
God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and
blessed him.” Heb. 7:1.
*** And was the gospel
preached to Abraham?NOTE. We have
learned from the foregoing scriptures that from the earliest age men were
convinced of sin, and that their knowledge of their sinful condition could
be learned in no other way than by a moral rule, even God’s law. They also
had a ministering priesthood, to point them to Christ, which was the good
news, or gospel, that gave them hope in a coming Messiah actually to take
away their sins. When Christ came, He died for the transgressions which
had been committed in the old dispensation, just the same as He did for
those which would be committed under the new.
“And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen
through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham.” Gal. 3:8.
*** But when Christ
came, did He expect to put away the law of God in order to save men?NOTE. He came
to fulfill the law; that is, to carry out its design. The law was ordained
to life. (Rom. 7:10.) Had man never broken the law, he would not have been
a sinner, and would therefore, from the first, have lived eternally. Now
Christ fulfills it, or carries its design into effect, that is, gives life
to the believer in Him. Had man never transgressed the law, he would not
have needed Christ; if the law could have been done away, after man had
broken it, he would not then have needed Christ; for it is the law, and
that only, which condemns him to death. Take away the instrument of death,
and man would live. Christ could not abate a jot of that law; for His
mission was to make an atonement before the law, in behalf of the sinner.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law or
the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matt. 5:17.
*** How much of the law
did Christ say should remain in force?
“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot
or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be
fulfilled.” Matt. 5:18.
*** Then if we have
faith in Christ and the gospel, how does that affect the law?
“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we
establish the law.” Rom. 3:31.
*** How many lawgivers are there?
“There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy.” James 4:12.
*** What part does
Christ act in behalf of the sinner?
“If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1.
*** In the closing
message to the world, how are the law and the gospel associated?NOTE. There
is no salvation in the law. There is no redeeming quality in law.
Redemption is through the blood of Christ. The sinner may cease to break
the commandments of God, and strive with all his powers to keep them; but
this will not atone for his sins, and redeem him from his present
condition in consequence of past transgression... The hope of eternal
salvation hangs upon Christ. Adam hung his hope there. Abel, Enoch, Noah,
Abraham, and the believing Jews hung theirs there. We can do no more, the
hope of the next life depends upon Christ. Faith in His blood can alone
free us from our transgressions. And a life of obedience to the
commandments of God and the faith of Jesus will be a sufficient passport
through the golden gates of the city of God.
“Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith
of Jesus.” Rev. 14:12.
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