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Sabbath School Daily Summary – November 11th

4th Quarter: Present Truth in Deuteronomy.
Lesson 7: Law and Grace
Thursday: Not for Your Righteousness

Text: [[Deu 9:5]] BSB
It is not by your righteousness or uprightness of heart that you are going in to possess their land,…

Message
At the end of the day, at the end of all our struggles, the whole issue comes down to one question: “How can one be saved?” How does one attain that perfect character? What we’re really asking is, “how can I attain the perfect character of Christ? The law? Can the adherence to the law give me this advantage? Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Rom 3:20) Where is the hope then? Can the Bible provide us with a better hope? “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3).

Just that? Yes! The only way to attain the righteousness that leads to salvation, according to the Bible, is through faith alone. Nothing more, nothing less. EG White simplifies it this way: “What is justification by faith? It is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust, and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do for himself. When men see their own nothingness, they are prepared to be clothed with the righteousness of Christ.” Looking at how Holy God is, what act of man can elevate us to his level, except by clinging onto the merits of Christ on our behalf?

Over and over again, God reminded the Israelites that the blessings they were about to inherit weren’t because of any good they’ve done. In other words, it wasn’t because of their own righteousness… This must sink into the hearts of every believer. Irrespective of your contribution to church or humanity, your good works can’t qualify you for salvation. Our salvation is entirely a gift (Grace) from God to be received. This package was offered even before the world existed, so it makes sense to say that it was without man’s effort. This gift of salvation was fully expressed on the cross of Calvary. Because we were incapable, Christ stood in and did all on our behalf.

Reflection
As difficult as it may sound, you are not to obey to be saved, rather, you’re to obey because you are already saved in Christ. Put differently, The Lord has saved you by grace; now, with His law written in your heart and His Spirit empowering you, go and obey His law.

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