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Lesson No.

I-Sabbath,

April 4,

1942.

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT CREATION AND IN THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION

.

QUESTIONS

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1. Wh'ere was the Holy Spirit already present? In what con- dition ,was the earth at that time? Gen. 1 :2.

2. What qu€stion is raised by the prophet Isaiah concerning the Holy Spirit? In what proportion is he to be compared

with all

earthly

wisdom?

Isa. 40 :13,

14,

15.

3. What is the Holy Spirit for the beli-ever?

For what pur-

pose was he giv'en to the apostles?

'need at this time?

Acts 1:8.

What is also our great

NOTE: "The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to

them."-"The

4. What did th'e first man receive when he was created ? Gen. 2 :7. What did the disciples receive after the resurrection

Acts

of the

Apostles,"

p.

52.

of Christ?

John 20:22.

What is the breath of life?

Eccl.

12:7.

5. special

Which

power

gives

life and

moves all things?

1

John 5:7, 8.

6. What did Elihu say concerning his creation? Job 33:4~ Who alone can give true spiritual life? John 6.33.

7. What record is given concerning the co-operation of the Holy Spirit at the birth of Christ? What report is -also given about John the Baptist? Luke 1:30-35, 15, 41.

8. Who reveals the

mysteries of God? 1 Cor. 2 :9, 10. Heb.

9:14.

9. What wonderful and divine attributes are found in the Holy Spirit? Through whom are we spiritually born again? Isa. 11:2; John 3 :5, 6.

10. Throug'h what are the holy Scriptures given? 2 Tim. 3:16; John 6:63. What does the Holy !?pirit bring to those that accept him? Rom. 15 :13.

11. Through whom are all things created, and how are the gifts of the Holy Spirit divided unto the believers? 1 Cor.

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Lesson No.2-Sabbath, April 11, 1942.

THE CONDITIONS WHEREUPON MAN CAN RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

QUESTIONS

1. Who was to be the leader and teacher of man on earth?

Why

world?

did

God

Gen.

withdraw

6 :3.

His

Spirit from

the antediluvian

NOTE: "The inhabitants of the antidiluvian world turned from Jehovah, refusing to do His holy will. They loll owed their own unholy imagination and perverted ideas. It was because of their wickedness that they were destroyed; and to- day the world is following the same way."-"The Desire of Ages," p. 633.

2. How does

the Lord distinguish

the

shall inherit the kingdom of God?

peopl-e, and only John 3:5, 6.

who

3. Through what is the spiritual birth accomplished?

with

Acts 2:37-39).

the

does

Lord

compare it?

John

3:5,

8.

Where-

also

(See

4. What is revealed through thoe gospel? power given, and who shall receive it? 1 :12-14.

5. By whom were the prophets of all times led in searching

also at

Wherefore is this

1:16; John

Rom.

.

the Scriptures? 1 Peter 1 :10-12. Which

this time to be accomplishoed in the earth, and what must accompany the Lord's messengers? Mark 16:15, 16.

6. What preparation was necessary in order to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:37-39. What is the Holy

work

is

Spirit first to the b~liever? Eph. 1 :13, 14; 2 Cor.

1 :22.

7. How

pray

we the Father to

do

show

that woe love Jesus, and

give unto us?

what

John 14:15-17.

wiLl

He

8. By What spiritual power were men able to prophecy and preach the word of God? 2 P'eter 1 :20, 21.

NOTE: "The Savioui· knew that no argument, however logical, would melt hard hearts, or break through the crust of worldliness and selfishness. He knew that His disciples must receive the heavenly endowment; that the gospel would be effective only as it was p'roclaimed by hearts made warm and

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lips made eloquent by a living knowledge of Him who is the way, the truth, and the life. The work committed to the disciples would require great efficiency; for the tide of evil ran deep and strong against them. A vigilant, determined leader was in com~and of the forces of darkness, and the followers of Christ could battle for the right only through the help that God by His Spirit, would give them."-"The Acts of the Aposties,"

p.

31.

give them."-"The Acts of the Aposties," p. 31. ~ 9. '~hat must fir fh~lilllli'h.!ld to man

~

9.

'~hat must fir

fh~lilllli'h.!ld to man in order to receive the

gift of the

0

s

.

rk 1.Jj, 15; Acts 2~;~.

10.

 

pfrifrLl

,~we have received the gift of the ().r~'1Y:17. What image and character is

fleeted by those who are truly born again? Eph. 4 :22-24.

NOTE: "That regenerating power, which no human eye can see, begets a new life in the soul; it creates a new being in the image of God. While the work of the Spirit is silent and imperceptible, its effects are manifest. If the heart has been renewed by the Spmt of God, the Me will bear witness to the

fact

: The things they once hated, they now love; and the

things they once loved, they hate. The roud and self-assertive

meek and lowly in heart. e vam an superci 10US

become serIOUS an uno truSIVe. The drunken became sober, and the profligate pure. The vain customs and fashions of the

world are laid aside."-"Steps to Christ," pp. 61, 62, 63.

11. What is the first condition to be met in order to receive th'e Holy Spirit? Heb. 11:6. What are God's s·ervants to do that sinners may' get ready for the reception of the Holy Spirit? Acts 10 :42-48.

ecome

Lesson No.3-Sabbath, April 18, 1942.

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CHOOSING OF GOD'S MESSENGERS

QUESTIONS

1. Who was taking a prominent part in the s-election of God's messengmos in the first Christian church? What words of admonition are given by the apostle Paul as he departed from the church at Ephesus? Acts 13:2, 4; 20:28.

2. How are we to distinguish between those who are sent by the spirit of the Lord and the self-sent m'essengers? 1 John 4:1-6; 2 John 6-10; John 7:16-18.

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NOTE: "1 £tlW that Xne quick work that God was doing on earth w0111tlfWt)Jl w:e -out short in righteousness, and that the messengers must speed swiftly on their way to search out the scattered flock. An angel said: 'Are all messengers?' Another answered, 'No, no; God's messengers have a message'."-"Early Writings," p. 50.

3. What questions did Paul once advance, and what duty should eV'ery servant of the Lord to-day realize if faith cometh by preaching the word of God? Rom. 10:14-18.

4. Who directs the

preaching

of the gospel and the

plan of

redemption?

Through

whom

are

the

people

convicted of

the truth?

Acts 16 :6-10.

 

NOTE: "The arguments of the apostles alone though clear and convincing, would not ~'have removed the prejudice that had withstood so much evidence. But the Holy Spirit sent the arguments home to hearts with divine power. The words of the apostles were as sharp arrows of the Almighty, con- victing men of their terrible guilt in rejecting and crucifying the Lord of glory"-"The Acts of the Apostles," p. 45.

5.

Who is also taking a

and in directing the Lord's messengers? Acts 8

part in the preaching of the gospel

the

has

not been committed to angels, but has been entrusted to men. Holy angels have been employed in directing this work, they have in charge the great movements for the salvation of men; but the actual proclamation of the gospel is performed by the servants of Christ upon the earth."-"The Great Controversy,"

p. 312.

everlasting

NOTE:

"This

message

is

The

work

declared

of

to

be

the

part

of

gospel."

preaching

gospel

6. Tn what condition was the church of Christ after the con- version of Paul? Whereby were the apostles directed to th08e who were longing for salvation through Christ? Acts 9:31; 8:29.

7. What power accompanied the

Isa.

what enabled

prophets, and

wonderful

our

Saviour

to

carry

out

His

mission?

48:16; 2 Chron. 20:14·17; 15:1; Isa. 61:1

8. How was the pow'er of the Holy Spirit revealed by the bap- tism of Jesus and on various other occasions? Matt. 3:16;

4:1; Acts

8:39, 40.

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9. By whom is the Holy Scripture given?

Only in whicH way

are men enabled to come to a right knowledge of the truth? 2 Tim. 3:16, 17.

.

come to a right knowledge of the truth? 2 Tim. 3:16, 17. . Rev. 1:3. Who

Rev. 1:3.

Who prepares our hearts that we may be able to study the Bible right?

ANSWER: "The Bible should never be studied without prayer. The Holy Spirit alone can cause us to feel the import- ance of those things easy to be understood, or prevent us from wresting truths difficult of comprehension. It is the office of heavenly angels to prepare the hearts so to comprehend God's word that we shall be charmed with its beauty, admonished by its warnings, or animated and stren!!"thened by its promises."- "The Great Controversy," pp. 599, 600.

10.

Only who is counted blessed and will be saved?

Lesson No. 4-Sabbat",

April 25, 1942.

WHEN DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT LEAVE MEN?

WHAT

IS

THE SIN

AGAINST

THE

HOLY GHOST?

QUESTIONS

1. Where will the Holy Spirit dwell? What are we if we keep God's commandments? 2 Cor. 1:22; 1 Cor. 3:16.

2. Whereby are we led if we are God's children? Rom. 8 :14.

NOTE: "The Holy Spirit works with those who wiII be worked, moulds those who will be moulded, fashions those who .

wiII

be

fashioned.

Give

yourselves.Ji.he

~~J;it.ual

tho~h~and ho!y_~~uni~-"Gospe)W; ers," p. 274.

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3. Against what should God's children be closely guarded, and

order to receive the heavenly

what

should

they

do

in

treasure?

Eph.

4 :30-32.

NOTE:

"I am

instructed

to

say to

my fellow-workers,

If you would have the rich treasure of heaven, you must hold secret communion with God. Unless you do this, your soul will be as destitute of the Holy Spirit as were the hills of

Gilboa of dew and rain."-"Gospel Workers," p. 272.

What admonition did he give

4. For what did Paul strive?

to Timothy? Acts 24:16; 1 Tim. 1:19, 20.

.

5. What exclamation is often made by God's children?

What are we counselled to do at such timoes?

7:24.

Rom.

.

ANSWER: "Said the angel, 'Gird the a_rmour about thee, and above all take the shield of faith; for that will guard the heart, the very life, from the fiery darts of the wicked.' If the enemy can lead the desponding to take their eyes off from Jesus, and look to themselves, and dwell upon. their own un- worthiness, instead of dwelling upon the worthiness of Jesus, His love, His merits, and His great mercy, he will get away their sbield of faith, and gain his object; .they will be exposed to his fiery temptations. The weak should therefore look to Jesus, and believe in Hin1; they then exercise faith."-"Early Writings," p. 73.

6. To whom does th'e Holy Spirit always manifest himself? But what will tal,e place if w'e do not heed the counsels of the Lord? 1 Sam. 10:5; 24:9.

NOTE: "It is a perilous step to slight the reproofs and warnings of God's word or of His Spirit. Many, like Saul, yield to temptation until tney become blind to the true character of sin. They flatter themselves that they have had some good object in view, and have done no wrong i~ departing fr~l1'} the Lord's requirements. Thus they do despIte to the SpIrIt of grace until its voice is no longel; heard, and they are left to the delusions which they have chosen."-"Patriarchs and Prophets," p. 635.

What did

7. Of what sin were most of the Isr~eli.tes guilty?

God at last say?

Isa. 63:10; Hos. 4:17.

.

8.{What spirit of· opposition w ~anifeste.dby. the .T'ews in the days of the apostles? What had ChrIst therefore already said before? Acts 7:51; Matt. 15:14.

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9. What sin is not forgiven, and what says Paul of those who commit. this sin? Matt. 12 :31; 1 Tim. 4 :2.

What is

10.

How

not found for this sin?

great is

th'a sin against

the

6 :5,

Holy

6;

Ghost?

Heb.

Lesson No.5-Sabbath, May 2, 1942.

THE CHURCH THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

10 :26, 27.

1.

Wherewith was the

QUESTIONS Old Testament temple

Iighttld?

Lev.

24:2-4. Of what was this temple a symbol? Matt. 5:14.

2.

What command was given to the children of Israel con- cerning this? Ex. 27 :20, 21.

NOTE: "EverY.: one who connects himself with the church

of

con-

of

excel-

lency of God's commandments in contrast with the customs and

precepts of the world.

vow

lakes

e

c

0,

'n that

an

act

0

a

0

solemn

a

heart and

0

wor ove every wor

a

or tne

great

111 eres

scheme

t

Sl eratlOn.

urc

111 eres

0

IS.

IS wor

with

preserve a

soul

in

IV1l1g connec IOn WI

the

0

engage

redemption, and to show, in his life and character, the

Every soul that has made a profession

of

Christ

has

pledged

himself

to

be

all

that

is

possible for

him

to

be

as

a

spiritual

worker,

to

be

active,

zealous,

and

efficient in his Master's service."-"Testimonies," Vol. 5,. p. 460.

3. What meaning has the vision of Zechariah: The candle- stick and the two oliVt! trees? What is symbolized by the containers and pipes? Zech., chapter 4.

4. What has the Lord p·romised to His church? Into what wiII His Spirit lead us? John 14:16, 26; 16-:13.

5. What spirit of devotion and sacrifice was prevailing in the early Christian church, and how did the believers work for the salvation of souls? Acts 4 :32-37; 1 Thess. 1 :6-10.

6. What

is

therefore

the

duty

of

every

member

in

God's

church?

Whereto

is

the

remnant

church

called?

 

2

Cor.

5:18-20.

 

NOTE: "God has called His church in this day, as He called ancient Israel, to stand as a light in the earth. By the mighty cleaver of truth, the messages of the first, second, and third angels, He has separated them from the churches and from the world to bring them into a sacred nearness to Him-

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self. He has made them the depositaries of His law and has

committed to them the

time

is the all-important work for time; it is to be far-reaching as eternity. The love that Jesus manifested for the souls of men in the sacrifice which He made for their redemption, wiU actuate all His followers."-"Testimonies," Vol. 5, pp. 455, 456.

Nothing is to be permitted to hinder this work. It

great" truths of prophecy' for this

7. How

did the

apostles

preach the

gospel, and

how should

we proclaim it to-day?

1 Thess.

1 :5.

Only who can John 15:4-7.

NOTE: "The preaching of the word is of no avail with- out the presence and aid of the Holy Spirit; for this Spirit is the only effectual teacher of divine truth. Only when the truth is accompanied to the heart by the Spirit, will it quicken the conscience or transform the life."-"Gospel Workers," p. 284.

8. What does Jesus require of His followers? have success in the work of saving souls?

9. By

whom is the

Rom. 5:5.

love of God

shed abroad in our hearts?

10. What

is

the

command

of

Jesus

to

His

followers?

Matt. 28:19, 20; John 15:16.

church,

and

His

11. How may the church become the light of the world?

ANSWER:

"Christ's

followers

are

to

be

more

than a

light in the

midst of men.

They are

the

light of the world.

Jesus says to all who have named His name, You have given

yourselves to

My

66.

representatives."-"Thoughts from

the Mount of Blessing," p.

Me,

and

I

have given you to the world as

Lesson No.6-Sabbath, May 9, 1942.

THE GIFTS RECEIVED THROUGH THE EARLY RAIN

QUESTIONS

1.

2.

3.

What promise did God give to the early church? How was this promise fulfilled? IS8. 55 :10, 11; Joel 2 :23.

Through

John 16 :20-22.

How long was their sorrow to be, and in what name could

what experience was the early

church

to

pass?

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4.

What

blessed

fellowship

was

among

the

disciples

after

Christ's resurrection and

His

ascension to heaven?

Acts

1 :12-14. NOTE: "These days of preparation were days of deep heart-searching. The disciples felt their spiritual need and cried to the Lord for the holy unction that was to fit' them for the work of soul-saving. They did not ask for a blessing for themselves merely. They were weighted with the burden of the salvation of souls. they realized that the gospel was to be carried to the world, and they claimed the power that Christ had promised."-"The Acts of the Apostles," p. 37.

5. What came down from heaven in answe.r to their earnest

understood by

prayers?

What prophecy was then

clearl,y

them?

Acts 2:1-4; 14-18; Hos. 6:3; Zech. 10:1.

NOTE: "The Spirit came upon the waiting, praying disciples with a fulness that reached every heart. The Infinite One revealed Himself in power to His church. It was as if for ages this influence had been held in restraint, and now Heaven rejoiced in being able to pour out upon the church the riches of the Spirit's grace. And under the influence of the Spirit, words of penitence and confession mingled with songs of praise for sins forgiven. Words of thanksgiving and of prophecy were heard."-"The Acts of the Apostles," p. 38.

of

the Holy Spirit? Acts 2 :4. NOTE: "The Holy Spirit, assuming the form of tongues of fire rested upon those assembled. This was an emblem of the gift then bestowed on the disciples, which enabled them to speak with fluency languages with which they had been heretofore unacquainted. The appearance of fire signified the fervent zeal with which the apostles would labour, and the power that would attend their work."-"The Acts of the Apostles," p. 39.

6. What special

gift did they

receiv'e

at the outpouring

7.

How successful was therefore the preaching of the gospel in a very short time? Ho-w was th'e word of God pro- claimed? Acts 2:37-41; 4:4, 33.

8.

What signs were to follow the believers, and how did this

come about?

Mark 16:15-18; Acts 3:6-9; 8:6-8; 10:43-46;

28:4-6.

9.

What was the real object of speaking in tongues?

 

Who

only

could

understand

the

speaker?

Acts

2:6-8;

1

Cor.

14:10-18.

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10.

What other gifts did the

For what should .we

11:27, 28;

early Christian church receive?

Acts

pray to-da)'?

1 Co-r. 12:28-31;

13:8-1l.

NOTE:

"Christ promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to

to the

His church, and the promise belongs as much to us as

first disciples. But like every

other

promise

i_t

conditions."-"Gospel

Worker,"

p.

284.

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Lesson

Nc.

7-Sabbath,

May 16th, 1942.

THE FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

QUESTIONS

1.

What is the condition of men by nature?

does God send them?

Rom. 3 :11, 12; Acts

What message

17 :30.

2

In what position stands a carnal man toward God?

Why

can thos'e who are carnal not please God?

Rom.

8 :7,

8.

3. What is the great object of the Holy Spirit? What wiII he do to all men? John 16:8-1l.

NOTE: "The office of the Holy Spirit is distinctly speci- fied in the words of Christ: 'When He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." It is the Holy Spirit thl7t convicts of sin. If the sinner responds to the quickening influence of the Spirit, he will be brought to repentance, an.d aroused to the importance' of obeying the divine requirements."-"The Acts of the Apostles," p. ,52.

4. What are the works of the flesh, and what can those who are carnal never inherit? Gal. 5 :19-2l.

5. What admonition gives Paul to the believers of all times after they have found grace by God? Gat 5:16; Tit.

2:11-14.

6. What invitation does Christ extend to every soul, and what should the penitent sinner do? Matt. 11 :28-30.

NOTE: "God takes men as they are, and educates them

The

for His service, if they will yield themselves to Him.

Spirit of God, received into the soul, quickens all its

faculties."-"Gospel Workers," p. 285.

7.

Only

how

can

sinners

overcomoe

their

sinful

nature

and

change their

character?

Rom.

8 :1,

12,

13.

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NOTE: "It is the Spirit that causes to shine into dark- ened minds the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness; that makes men's hearts burn within them with an awakened i'ealization of the truths of eternity; that presents before the mind the gl~eat standard of righteousness, and convinces of sin; that inspires faith in Him who alone can save from sin; that works to transform character by withdrawing the affections of men from those things which are .temporal and perishable and fixing them upon the eternal inheritance. The Spirit recreates, Tefines, and sanctifies human beings, getting them to become members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King."- "Gospel Workers," p. '286, 287.

8. What should we do with our sinful traits of character, and

Col. 3:1-10; Phil.

what important admonition is given us? 2 :12-14.

What are the true fruits

of the spirit?

9.

Gal.

5 :22, 23.

\

NOTE: "The Spirit that reveals, also works in him the

fruits of righteousness

.earnest workers together with God; the heavenly intelligences co-operate with them, and they go weighted with the spirit of the message that they bear."-"Gospel Workers," pp. 287, 288.

10. How should those conduct themselves who belong to Christ, and how should they perform aU their duties in every respect of their life? Col. 3:12-17

NOTE: "The meekness of Christ, manifested in the home, will make the inmates happy; it provokes no quarrel, gives back no .angry answer, but soothes the irritated temper, and :diffuses a gentleness that is felt by all within its charmed circle. Wherever cherished, it makes the families of earth a part of the one great family above."-"Thoughts from the

Those who have this Spirit are

Mount of Blessing," p. 32.

.

Lesson No. 8:"-Sabbath, May

23, 1942.

THE GIFT OF PROPHECY IS A REVELATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

QUESTIONS

1. How did God commune with the patriarchs, a!ld in what manner did He reveal Himself to them? Gen. 12:1, 7; 15:1; 18:1, 2; 22:1, 2; 26:24; 28:12.

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2. How was Moses chosen as a prophet ·and leader, and how' did God reveal Himself to him? Ex. 3:1-6, 10.

3. Through wh()m were the children of Israel led forth out of

'>;Jl

Egypt?

Judges 4:4; Jer

By wh()m were the prophets chosen?

l:4-7; Amos 7:14, 15.

Hos. 12-13;:

4. How did kings and

priests inquire of and give honour to'

What

the pr()phets when the people ,were standing right?

resulted when they were rejected and persecuted? 1 Sam

9:9;

10:1; 1 Kings. 22:7;

Num.

12:1,

2,

10,

11.

5. In what manner does God speak with the proI}hets, and:

what

Sam. 3:3-10; Dan. 10:5-9; Acts 9:3-7; Num. 24:2-4.

is their conditi~n while in vision? Num. 12:6-8; 1

6. What warning has God given us, and how many shaH be· deceived by false prophets? Matt. 24:11, 23:26; 2 Peter' 2:1-2; Matt. 7:15; 1 King 13:11-22; Jude 11.

7. How

He speak.

and:

did

God

speak

through

men

in

ancient

How

does

times

through

to us now?

whom did

He speak later?

Heb.·I:I-2.

8. What message should be given to the Laodicean church? What is the testimony of Jesus .which. the remnant church will have? Rev. 3 :14-17; 12-17; 19 :10.

NOTE: "I saw that the testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded. This testimony must work deep re- pentance; all who truly receive it will obey it, and be purified.'" -"Early Writings," p. 270.

9. What has been especiaHy given us for this last time, and what gift has God placed iIi. the last church? 2 Peter 1 :19.

NOTE: "From this time, up to December, 1844, my joys,

trials, and disappointments were like those of my dear Advent friends around me. At this time I visited one of our Advent sisters, and in the morning we bowed around the family

altar

me as I had never felt it before. I was wrapt in a vision of God's glory, and seemed to be rising higher and higher from the earth and was shown something of the travels of the

Advent p~ople to the holy city

"-"Early Writings," p. 13.

While I was praying, the power of God came upon

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10. Through whom are the visions and testimonies given?

ANSWER: "God has given me a marked, solemn ex- perience in connection with His work; and you may be assured

that so long as my life is spared, 1 shall not cease to lift a warning voice as 1 am impressed by the Spirit of God, whether men will hear or whether they will forbear. 1 have no special wisdom in myself; 1 am only an instrument in the Lord's hands

The instructions that

1 have given by pen or voice have been an expression of the light that God has given me. 1 have tried to place before you the principles that the Spirit of God has for years been im- pressing upon my mind and writing on my heart."-"Testi- monies," Vol. 5, p. 691.

to do the work He has

set for

me to do.

Lesson No.9-Sabbath, May 30, 1942.

THE HEALTH REFORM A NECESSARY PREPARATION FOR THE RECEPTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT'

QUESTIONS

1. What command gave Jesus to His disciples as He sent them forth to proclaim the gospel message? Matt. 10:7, 8.

2. Who was to appear before th'e first advent of Christ, and

what

prophecy

was, made

concerning

him?

Isa. 40:3-8,

Mal. 4:5, 6.

 

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3. How did Jesus explain the coming of Elijah?

H()w is this.

Matt. 17:11-13.

NOTE: "John the Baptist went forth in the spirit and power of Elijah, to prepare the way of the L.ord, and to turn the people to the wisdom of the just. He was a representative of those living in these .last days, to whom God has intrusted sacred truths to present before the people, to prepare the way for the second appearing of Christ, John was a reformer • His diet purely vegetable, of locusts and wild honey, was a rebuke to the indulgence of appetite, and the gluttony that everywhere prevailed."-"Testimonies," Vol. 3, pp. 61, 62.

third

to be understood?

4. How closely is health reform connected' with the angel's message? '

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ANSWE~: "God has shown that hEalth reform is as closely connected with the third angel's message as the hand ·1S with the body."-"Testimonies," Vol. 3, p. 62.

purpose for Israel in the wilderness in

g-iving them manna? For whom is the history of ancient

5. ·What was

God's

Israel

written?

Deut. 8:3;

1

Cor.

10:6,

II.

given unto

be

educated? ANSWER: "As a people we have been given the work .of making known the principles of health reform. There are some who think that the question of diet is not of sufficient

importance to be included in their evangelistic work. But such

The light that the Lord has given

<In this subject in His word is plain, and men will be tested and

tried in many ways to see if they will heed it. Every church, -every family, needs to be instructed in regard to Christian temperance."-"Gospel Workers," pp. 347, 232.

7. What message was given to God's chosen servant for His people?

ANSWER: "Keep the work of health reform to the front, is the message I am instructed to bear. Show so plainly its value that a wide-spread need for it will be felt. Abstinence -from all hurtful food and drink is the fruit of true religion."- ."'Gospel Workers," p. 348.

8. What is the purpose of God for His people, and what posi-

the spirit of

6. What commission is

prophecy?

us

through

and

In what should

our churches

families

make a great mistake

tion do those who continue to eat flesh-food take the light?

toward

ANSWER: "Greater reforms should be seen among the

people who claim to be looking for the soon appearing of Christ. Health reform is to do among our people a work which it has -not yet done. There are those who ought to be awake to the danger of meat-eating, who are still eating the flesh of animals, thus endangering the physical, mental, and spiritual health. Many who are now only half converted on the question of meat-eating will go from God's people, to walk no more with

·them."-"Counsels on Health," p.

9. What law do we transgress if we do not obey the laws of health? .

575.

.

. ANSWER:

<>f our being as

"It is

to

much sin

break one of the ten

just as

laws

commandments, for

to

violate the

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we cannot do either without breaking God's law."-"Testi- monies," Vol. 2, p. 7.0.

10. What is the great aim of health reform?

ANSWER: "As we near the close of time we must rise hfgher and still higher upon the question of health reform and Christian temperance, presenting it in a more positive and

decided manner

branch of the great work which is to fit a people for the coming

of the Lord."-"Testimonies," Vol. 6, p. 112; Vol. 3, p. 161.

I was shown that the realth reform is one

Lesson No. 10-Sabbath, June 6, 1942.

OUR PERSONAL VICTORY

QUESTIONS

'f

1. To what is every member of th'e Laodicean church called? Only who will sit with the Father on His throne? Rev. 3:21, 22.

2. Through whom may we be victorious, and what counsel will be heeded by the overcomer? Phil. 4:13; 1 John 5:4, 5; 2 Tim. 2:25, 26.

3. What was Paul's desire, and what aim did he k'eep in mind? Phil. 3:10·15; 1 Cor. 9:24-27.

Rom.

4. Through whom and how can man be overcomers? 1:17; John 15:5.

possible'

5. Where is the battle for for us to be overcomers?

victory

to begin?

Is

it

ANSWER: "With Christ, as with the holy pair in Eden,

appetite was the ground of the first temptation. Just where

As

by the indulgence of appetite

There was in Him nothing

appetite Christ must overcome

the ruin began, the work of our redemption was to begin.

Adam fell,

so

by the denial of

that

responded

to

Satan's

sophistry.

He

did

not

consent

to

sin.

Not even

by

a

thought did He

yield

to

temptation

So

it may be with us."-"The Desire of Ages," pp. 117, 123.

6.

What is expected of every servant of the

Lord?

1 Tim.

4:11-16.

For

what should

every

worker

strive?

ANSWER: "And those who would be workers together with God must strive for perfection of every organ· of the

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body and quality of mind. True education is ~he preparation ()f the physical, mental, and moral powers for the performance of every duty; it is the training of the body mind and soul for divine service. This is the education that' will endure unto eternal life."-"Christ's Object Lessons," p. 330.

7. What testimony did Paul bear at the end of his life? What

mark

should

we

all

determine

to

reach?

2 Tim.

4:7,

8;

2 Cor.

7:1.

8. How is the condition of victory of the 144,000? th'ey receive? Rev. 14:5; 15:2.

What will

9. What shou1d God's childreit never say,' and what should they keep in mind?

ANSWER: "Let no one say, 1 cannot remedy my defects ()f character. If you come to this decision, you will certainly fail of obtaining everlasting life. The impossibility lies in your own will. If you will not, then you cannot overcome. The real difficulty arises from the corruption of an unsanctified heart, and an unwillingness to submit to the control of God"- "Christ's Object Lessons," p. 331.

10. Of what should we never lose sight if we desire to have a character according to God's will?

ANSWER: "He who would build up a strong symmet- rical character, he who would be a well-balanced Christian, must give all and do aU for Chl;ist; for the Redeemer will not accept divided Eervice. Daily he must learn the meaning of self-surrender. He must study the word of God, learning its meaning and obeying its precepts. Thus he may reach the standard of Christian excellence. Day by day God works with him, perfecting the character that is to stand in the time of final test."-"The Acts of the Apostles," p. 483.

11. What condition are we to reach before we can receive the latter rain?

ANSWER: "1 saw that none could share the 'refresh- ing,' unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and a.ction. We should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord, and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all remember that God is holy, and that none hut holy bein~s can ev~r dwell in. His presence."-"Early Writings," p. 71.

Lesson

No.

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ll-Sabbath, June

13,

1942.

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AT _

THE DISPOSAL

OF

ALL

QUESTIONS

1. How does Jesus admonish us?

What assurance does

He

give to the believers of all times?

Matt.

7 :7,

8.

 

NOTE:

"Prayer

is

the

breath

of

the

soul.

It

is the

-secret

of

spiritual

power.

No

other

means

of

grace

can be

substituted,

and

the

health

of

the

soul

preserved.

 

Prayers

bring the he,art into immediate contact with the Well-spring of

religious

life,

strengthens

expel'ience."-"Gospel

2.

and

the

sinew

and

muscle

of

the

W ol'kers," pp. 254, 255.

Who is our only example in this respect?

spmd much of His time? Matt. 14:23; Luke 6:12.

How did Christ

.3. What should accompany our prayers if we expect them to be answered? How are the promises of the Lord? Mark 11:24; Matt. 7:8; Luke 1:37.

How

.4. 'Vhat counsel has been giv'en us concerning prayer? often should we pray? Rom. 12:12; 1 Thess. 5:17.

.5.

'Vhen should we pray, and for whom are we also to pray?

Eph. 6:18,

19;

Matt. 6:5,

6.

,6.

What should we do before we offer our prayer?

At what

time do the saints pray?

Ps. 32:5, 6; Matt. 5:23-25; Mark

11:25,

26.

'7.

Only

wh-en

has

prayer

power?

W:hat

is

th'l!

reason

there

Elijah

is

not

pray?

more

faith

and

James

5 :16-18.

power

in

Israel?

How

did

NOTE: "I asked the angel why there was no more faith .and power in Israel. He said, 'Ye let go of the arm of the Lord too soon. Press your petitions to the throne and hold

,on by strong faith. The promises are sure. Believe ye receive

and ye shall have them.' "-"Early

'Writings," p. 73.

What should be resp'ected in

every family which waits for the grace of God? Isa.

the

8.

things

ye

ask

for,

What is to be built again?

58:6-12; Ps. 55:17.

NOTE:

"In every family

there

should

be

a

fixed

 

time

lor morning t\nd evening worship.

How

appropriate

it

is

for

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parents to gather their children about them before the fast is

broken, to thank the heavenly Father for His protection during the night, and to ask Him for His help and guidance and watch- care during the day! How fitting, also, when evening comes, for parents and children to gather once more before Him and thank Him for the blessings of the day that is past."-"Testi-

monies," Vol.

7,

p.

43.

9.

What blessings will come to a praying family, and what condition of watchfulness will" exist therein against every unki~d word and evil s'peaking? Ps. 15. 101:1-8.

10.

For what should we on every occasion send 01,11' petitions

to God? ANSWER: "Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus; then He would look to His Father, and appear to be pleading with Him. A light would come from the Father to the Son, and from the Son to the praying company. Then I saw an exceeding bright light come· from the Father to the Son, and from the Son it waved over the people before the throne."-'·'Early Writings," p. 54-55.

Lesson

No.

12-Sabbath, Jun-e 20,

1942.

THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALSO PROMISED TO US

QUESTIONS

].

Under what condition will God cause showers of rain to fall upon us? Lev. 26:3, 4.

2.

Wherewith are the two spiritual rains-the early and the

latter rain-compared?

Deut. 11,:13, 14.

NOTE: "It is true that in the time of the end, when God's work in the .earth is closing, the earnest efforts put forth by consecrated believers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, are to be accompanied by special tokens of divine favour. Under the figure of the early and the latter rain, that falls in Eastern lands at seed-time and harvest, the Hebrew prophets foretold the bestowal of spiritual grace in extraordinary measure t1' on God's church. The outpouring of the Spir~t in

cne days 0

e apos es was the beginning of the early, or

former rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time,

the

resence of the' S irit is to abide with the true church."- e

c s

0

pos

es,

pp.

:I.

What

preparations

are

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God's

.latter rain?

Luke 12 :31>·40.

children

to

make

for

the

4. What earnest desire did Jesus have before His crucifixion?

Luke 12 :50; 'l\'I~~t. 20 :23.

NOTE: "I also saw that many do not realize what they J, must be in order, to live in the sight of the Lord, without a high priest in the sanctuary, through the time of trouble. Those who receive the, s!llj.l of the living God, and are protected in the time of trouble, must reflect the image of Jesus fully."- "Early Writings," ll' 71.

5. What prophecy c~mcerning the fulness of the Holy Spirit was made already thousands of years ago, and what will

Joel 2:28, 29; Deut.

the Lord the~ gjve to His servants?

28:12.

6. Who helps us to overcome our infirmiti-es, and who is our

advocate in p~ay~~?

Rom. 8:26, 27.

7. For what purpose is the Holy Spirit given us?

26.

Gal. 5 :25,

NOTE: "The impartation of the Spirit is the imparta- tion of the life of Christ. Those only who are thus taught of God, those only who possess the inward V{orking of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ-life is manifested, can stand as true representatives of the Saviour."-"Gospel Workers," p. 285.

8. What will the Lord bring about among His people to cause

What will Satan

do at the sam.e'time to counteract God's work? ANSWER: "Before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth, th!lre will be, among the people of the Lord, such a revival of primi,tive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those' churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love 'for God and His word. Many, both of ministers and people,' will g~adly accept those great truths which God has c,aused to be proclaimed at this time, to prepare a people for the Lord's second c.oming. The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavour to prevent it, by introducing a counterfeit."-":"'''The .Great Controversy," p. 464.

His children to leave the fallen churches?

.'

9. For ,what purpose will the latter rain be given?

Who only

will have a part ilJ. this work?

Hos. 10.12; Luke 11:13.

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NOTE: "O~y l~~ who have withstood ahd overcome temptation in the tren pm. of the Mighty One will be permitted to act· a part in roc ming this message when it shall have

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Loesson No. 13-Sabbath, June 27, 1942.

THE MESSAGE OF REVIVAL,TO THE LAODICEAN CHURCH

QUESTIONS

swelled

1908.

into

he

10

cr ."-"Review

and

Herald,"

Nov. -19

1. What

message

3:14-17.

is

given

to

thoe

Laodicean

church?

Rev.

How does the True

Witness describe her condition, and what counsel is given hoer? Rev. 3 :18, 19. NOTE: "I was shown that the testimony to the Laodiceans applies to God's people at the present time, and the reason it has not accomplished a greater work is because of the hardness of their hearts. But God has given the message time to do its work. The heart must be purified from sins which have so long shut out Jesus. 'This fearful message will do its work."- "Testimonies," Vol. 1, p. 186.

3. What has God given His people to help them in the coming

conflict? What will be the result whoen the testimonies are believed and accepted? What is the result of unbelief? ANSWER: "I knew that a crisis must come. God has given this people plain and pointed testimonies to prevent this state of things. Had they obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit in warning, counsel, and entreaty, they would now enjoy unity and peace. But these testimonies have not been heeded by those who profes,s to believe them, and as a result tbere has been a wide departure from God, and the withdrawal of His bl'essing."-"Testimonies," Vol. 5, p. 46.

4. What position do many members of the Laodicean church

take against the testimonies and the message they bear? ANSWER: "They see no necessity for reform, and so they reject the words of the Lord, and hate him who reproveth at the gate. This very refusal to heed the admonitions which the Lord sends, gives Satan every advantage to make them the bitterest enemies of those who have told, then~ the truth. They become falsifiers of those who have borne to them the

2. What is the great need of this church?

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message from the Lord."-"Testimonies to Ministers," p. 408.

5. Have the testimonies of warnings been accepted or

neglected?

the testimonies?

When will the true value again be placed upon

"There is a marked neglect of the cautions

When

there is a seeking. 9f the Lord and a confession of sin, when the needed reformation takes place, united zeal and earnestness

wilJ

been withheld."-"Testi-

and warnings that have been given from time to

ANSWER:

time.

be shown in restoring

what has

monies," Vol.

8,

p.

89.

6. Only

who should

be set

apart

as

a

teache~' or minister?

W'hat warning did God's servant give concerning this many

years ago?

teacher

of the people, while his own teaching or example contradicts

.

should

ANSWER:

"No

man

be

set apart as

a

the testimony God has given His servants to bear "Testimonies," Vol. '6, p. 378.

"_

7.

How

may

we

recognise

those

who

have

accepted

the

Laodicean message? ANSWER: "Those who come up to every point, and stand every test, and overcome; be the prize what it may, have heeded the counsel of the True Witness, and they will receive the latter rain, and thus be fitted for translation."-"Testi- monies," Vol 1, pp. 187, 188.

8. What has God caned. for to take place among His people?

a among the people of God, He will turn His face from -'-Testimonies," Vol; 8, p. 146.

ANSWER:

"Unless

there

is

decided

reformation

them."

9. What' work is to be accomplished under

the fourth

angel?

Rev. 18:1-4.

the

direction of

of

the third angel's message, is to lighten the whole earth with

NOTE:

"The

angel

who

unites

in

the

proclamation

his glory

The work will

be

similar to

that of the

day of

Pentecost."-HTJw

Great Controversy,"

p.

611.

10.

What. will

pouring of the

God's servants do

H'oly Spirit?

during

the

time of' the out-

ANSWER: "8f'.r.vants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers."-"The Great Controversy," p. 612.

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