As I sit here today, I wanted to read today’s Sabbath School reading to be ready for Sabbath next week on September 27. This week I am going to show what the adult Sabbath School lessons are like. Once again I am not here to shove my beliefs of being a Seventh-day Adventist down anyone’s throat or wish to convert anyone into my beliefs or religious practices. I am just here to show what Seventh-day Adventists and Sabbath keepers do every Saturday before worship service. Images cannot be saved here because I do not have a plus account. Hang in there.
When I do my Sabbath School studies, I take notes. My notes will be at the bottom of each page unless they have questions for me to answer, and the answer is underneath the questions. I use footnotes in my studies as well. God bless and have a good rest of your afternoon.
Sabbath: The Key to Unity
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Memory Text: “Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth-in Him” (Ephesians 1:9-10, NKJV).
Ephesus was a major center of commerce and influence in Asia Minor. The church there, in Ephesus, was made up of Jews, Gentiles, and people in all social walks of life. Such a diverse membership might have been as prone to conflicts as the world in which they lived; that is, if it weren’t for Christ and the unity they had in Him as members of the body of Christ. Thus, Paul’s concern for unity among Christ’s followers is the central theme of his Epistle to the Ephesians.
Paul’s concept of unity has two dimensions: unity in the church, where Jews and Gentiles are brought together in one body-Christ; and unity in the universe, in which all things in heaven and earth find their ultimate oneness in Christ.
The source of this unity is Christ. Paul’s expression “in Christ” or “with Christ” is used numerous times in this epistle in order to show what God has accomplished for us and for the universe through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God’s ultimate purpose in the plan of salvation is to reunify all things through Christ. This unity will be made fully manifest only at the end of the age.
“He [God] let us know his secret plan. This is what God wanted, and he planned to do it through [by] Christ. God’s goal [what God wanted to do] was to finish his plan when the right time came. He planned that all things in heaven and on earth be joined together with Christ as the head” – Ephesians 1:9, 10 ERV