Memory Verse: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” —Isaiah 1:18
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:13-25
The new covenant that God promised to make with Israel is personal, not national, and its reception and compliance to it are individual matters. Though sin separated men from God He does not force them to return to Him. As long as sinful nature controls men, they cannot appreciate God’s presence. When Adam sinned he feared to meet God in the Garden. It is human nature to follow the multitude, the course of least resistance. Pleasures of various kinds appeal to the majority who follow the broad way that leads away from eternal life. When one makes a personal covenant relationship with God it takes a lot of courage to turn away from the broad way. In accepting salvation, the sinner expresses with regret and sorrow his sins, surrendering his all—his time, talent and body, everything that he has and is and ever expects to be, to his purchaser—Christ. He forsakes the world, worldly ways and all selfish desires, gladly and willingly. He does this in exchange for what Christ offers and offers freely, inward joy, peace and love. The sinner gives himself completely to Christ, promising obedience, allegiance, faithfulness and loving service. Why? Because in Christ, he is redeemed from eternal death!
A proper “covenant relationship” with God requires five major experiences: 1) Faith, faith in Jehovah God and Jesus Christ. 2) Repentance of sins. 3) Confession of sins. 4) Baptism and 5) Obedience, effective operation of all of these means genuine conversion. In making this surrender to Christ one should realize he may face severe trials and persecution from the world, even to the extent of physical death; or worst of all, the deceptive evil temptation of indifference and spiritual lethargy. But, the Christian can retain an inward strength and peace by full surrender to Christ.
The two on the road to Emmaus asked Christ to abide with them for it was toward evening and the day was far spent, today we are living in the closing days of this age, in a day far spent, and we should realize that Christ’s return is near for judgment. Christ in us is the hope of glory, choosing obedience of us He promised to abide with His people until the end, and we may rest assured that He will keep His promise.
- What did Peter, John and Christ say about the way of eternal life? Acts 2:38-40; Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:5, 7, 9; Matthew 19:16-17.
- What attitude does God show toward the sinner? 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:1-6; Ezekiel 18:23; Ezekiel 33:9-11.
- What does repentance mean and what must follow to make repentance effective? Ezekiel 18:30-32.
- What are some important changes given in Colossians 3:5-17?
- What is the significance of baptism? Romans 6:1-6, 20, 22. What about faith? Hebrews 11:6.
- What advice is given for Christians in Romans 12:1-2; Romans 13:10-14 and what is meant by “putting on the Lord Jesus Christ?”
- What admonition did Christ give for Christians for the “end time?” Luke 21:34-36. What did Paul say? Ephesians 5:14-17.
- What promise is made to the Christian in Matthew 28:19-20?
- As a summary of this lesson, what experiences are involved in making a proper “covenant relationship” with God?
- What is the next event for men after death? Hebrews 9:27. Why then does God call for repentance? Acts 17:30-31. When will the appointed “Day of Judgment” come? 2 Timothy 4:1.