Are Humans Predestined? (Lesson 10, 2017 Q4)

Are Humans Predestined? (Lesson 10, 2017 Q4)

There are two major topics we need to cover in Romans 9: Predestination and Israel—two topics which have often been a point of debate between Adventists and other Christians. I will begin with predestination.   I have spent many years debating the issue of predestination with Calvinists. Those debates often revolve around “predestination” pass

Fighting Against Ourselves (Lesson 9, 2017 Q4)

Fighting Against Ourselves (Lesson 9, 2017 Q4)

In the previous lesson commentary, we focused on some of the hermeneutical problems we face when attempting to make sense of the first section of Romans 7. This will come in handy when we explore next week's lesson. This week, we are studying Romans 8, which is a response to the second part of chapter 7; thus, we will need to briefly look at that f

Addressing the Root Issues (Lesson 6, Q4 2017)

Addressing the Root Issues (Lesson 6, Q4 2017)

Romans 5 can be broken down into three sections: (1) The first five verses complete Paul’s exposition of righteousness by faith which began in chapter 3, (2) verses 6-11 explore the fact that it was God who took the initiative in our salvation, and (3) verses 12-21 address the issue of our sinful inheritance. Therefore, since we have been justified

The Gospel in the Sanctuary (Lesson 5, Q4 2017)

The Gospel in the Sanctuary (Lesson 5, Q4 2017)

This week's Sabbath School lesson continues with a study of the fourth chapter of Romans. This chapter is intriguing because it functions as a sort of interlude between chapters 3 and 5—both of which take more of a theological approach to justification and related topics. Chapter 4, by contrast, is more of a case study of justification in practice.