Friday, June 12
FURTHER STUDY: “Of the poor in spirit Jesus says, ‘Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ This kingdom is not as Christ’s hearers had hoped, a temporal and earthly dominion. Christ was opening to men the spiritual kingdom of His love, His grace, His righteousness. The ensign of the Messiah’s reign is distinguished by the likeness of the Son of man. His subjects are the poor in spirit, the meek, the persecuted for righteousness’ sake. The kingdom of heaven is theirs.’- Ellen G. White, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessings, p. 8.
“We are now in God’s workshop. Many of us are rough stones from the quarry. But as we lay hold upon the truth of God, its influence affects us. It elevates us and removes from us every imperfection and sin, of whatever nature. This we are prepared to see the Kind in His beauty and finally to unite with the pure and heavenly angles in the kingdom, of glory. It is here that this work is to be accomplished for us, here that our bodies and spirits are to be fitted for immortality.”-Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, pp. 355, 356.
Discussion Questions :
1. Physicist Steven Weinberg, talking about the cosmos, famously (or infamously) wrote: “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.” His words made quite a stir, and he eventually tried to soften what he said. Some, though, didn’t see any reason for the controversy about the universe not having a point. “Why should it have a point?” Asked Harvard astronomer Martha Geller about the universe. “What point? It’s just a physical system, what point is there? I’ve always been puzzled by that statement. “The universe, just a system, and a pointless one at that? As ac Christian awaiting the second coming of Jesus and the full and complete establishment of the kingdom of God, how would you respond to the ideas behind these statements?
2. Every generations of Christians has expected Jesus to return in their time, and some pastor/evangelists have set specific dates. But each has failed. What is wrong with time setting?