It is indeed an amazingly awesome creation that the Almighty One has fashioned and upheld here on the earth for over 6,000 years. And the crowning pinnacle of His grand creation is the human race made in His own image! This is the race of created beings designed to inhabit this planet and exercise dominion over it. Due to the intelligence and reasoning power bestowed upon humanity, this species—homo sapiens—has been entrusted with this privilege—yet above all, it is the only one on earth being offered the opportunity to live forever in the joyous presence of the majestic Creator throughout eternity.
Like any privilege and responsibility, this comes with conditions. The just and merciful Creator of the universe lays these conditions plainly before us and invites us to reason with Him so we can comprehend the provisions of His covenant.
Therefore, for the next three months, Sabbath school students all around the world will be studying the essential topic, “Reasoning With Our Creator.” This is the first part of a year-long series entitled “Treasures of Truth,” providing essential understanding on wonderful gems of truth bearing tremendous value to equip for eternity. All who would be saved must have deep, genuine faith in God and a victorious Christian experience that will endure even the trying ordeals of the final hour in earth’s history.
“A religion that is addressed to intelligent creatures will produce reasonable evidences of its genuineness, for there will be marked results in heart and character. The grace of Christ will be made manifest in their daily conduct. We may safely ask those who profess to be sanctified, Do the fruits of the Spirit appear in your life? Do you manifest the meekness and lowliness of Christ, and reveal the fact that you are learning daily in the school of Christ, shaping your life after the pattern of His unselfish life?
“The best evidence that any of us can have of our connection with the God of heaven is that we keep His commandments. The best proof of faith in Christ is distrust of self and dependence upon God. The only reliable proof of our abiding in Christ is to reflect His image. Just so far as we do this we give evidence that we are sanctified through the truth, for the truth is exemplified in our daily life.”—Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 121.
“There are many who, though striving to obey God’s commandments, have little peace or joy. This lack in their experience is the result of a failure to exercise faith. They walk as it were in a salt land, a parched wilderness. They claim little, when they might claim much; for there is no limit to the promises of God.”—The Acts of the Apostles, p. 563.
It is our prayer that we all may be enriched by the Sabbath Bible Lessons this quarter, and our faith abundantly fortified by indeed reasoning with the Omniscient One!
The General Conference Sabbath School Department