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Lesson 2 Sabbath, April 13, 2024

The “Strangers”

MEMORY TEXT: “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations” (1 Peter 1:6).

“We are travelers, pilgrims and strangers, on earth. Let us not spend our means in gratifying desires that God bids us repress. Let us rather set a right example before our associates. Let us fitly represent our faith. . . . Let your influence impress souls with the sacredness of God’s requirements.”—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 452.

Suggested Reading:   The Great Controversy, pp. 17-38

Sunday April 7


a. How did Peter refer to the Christians scattered in Asia Minor to whom his first epistle was primarily addressed? 1 Peter 1:1.

b. While Christ’s followers are strangers to this world, how are they seen by God? 1 Peter 1:2; 2:9; Ephesians 2:19.

“The people of God—the true Israel—though scattered throughout all nations, are on earth but sojourners, whose citizenship is in heaven.”—Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 447.

“The condition of being received into the Lord’s family is coming out from the world, separating from all its contaminating influences. The people of God are to have no connection with idolatry in any of its forms. They are to reach a higher standard. We are to be distinguished from the world, and then God says, ‘I will receive you as members of My royal family, children of the heavenly King.’ As believers in the truth we are to be distinct in practice from sin and sinners. Our citizenship is in heaven.

“We should realize more clearly the value of the promises God has made to us, and appreciate more deeply the honor He has given us.”—Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 481.

Monday April 8


a. When Peter calls us the “elect” of God, does it mean that once chosen we cannot be lost? Explain by comparing John 15:16 with Luke 3:8, 9; Luke 6:13–16 with John 6:70, 71; Isaiah 41:8, 9 with Romans 11:20–23.

“When Judas was chosen by our Lord, his case was not hopeless. He had some good qualities. In his association with Christ in the work, by listening to His discourses, he had a favorable opportunity to see his wrongs. . . . He was even placed in a position by our Lord where he could have his choice either to develop his covetous disposition or to see and correct it. He carried the little means collected for the poor and for the necessary expenses. . . .

“This little money was to Judas a continual temptation. . . . Our Saviour rebuked him for this covetousness. This rankled in the heart of Judas, until, for a small sum of money, he consented to betray his Lord. There will be those among Sabbathkeepers who are no truer at heart than was Judas.”—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, pp. 41, 42.

b. On what main principle is the election “according to the foreknowledge of God” established? 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 1:4, 5.

“The Father sets His love upon His elect people who live in the midst of men. These are the people whom Christ has redeemed by the price of His own blood; and because they respond to the drawing of Christ, through the sovereign mercy of God, they are elected to be saved as His obedient children. . . . Everyone who will humble himself as a little child, who will receive and obey the Word of God with a child’s simplicity, will be among the elect of God.”—The Signs of the Times, January 2, 1893.

c. What should we do to secure our election and avoid repeating the sad fate of Judas? 2 Peter 1:10; 3:17; 1 John 3:2, 3.

“If we comply with the conditions the Lord has made, we shall secure our election to salvation. Perfect obedience to His commandments is the evidence that we love God, and are not hardened in sin.”—The SDA Bible Commentary [E. G. White Comments], vol. 6, p. 1079.

Tuesday April 9


a. To whom is ascribed all glory for electing and predestinating us for salvation—and why? 1 Peter 1:3; Psalm 72:18, 19.

“At the very beginning of his first letter the aged servant of God ascribed to his Lord a tribute of praise and thanksgiving. ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ ”—The Acts of the Apostles, p. 517.

b. With what words does Peter seek to comfort brethren facing severe persecution? 1 Peter 1:3 (last part), 4. See also Hebrews 11:26.

“In this hope of a sure inheritance in the earth made new, the early Christians rejoiced, even in times of severe trial and affliction. ‘Ye greatly rejoice,’ Peter wrote, ‘though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.’ ”—Ibid., pp. 517, 518.

c. Why does God permit temptations, suffering and afflictions to come upon His elect? 1 Peter 1:6, 7; Matthew 5:11, 12.

“Trials and obstacles are the Lord’s chosen methods of discipline and His appointed conditions of success. He who reads the hearts of men knows their characters better than they themselves know them. He sees that some have powers and susceptibilities which, rightly directed, might be used in the advancement of His work. In His providence He brings these persons into different positions and varied circumstances that they may discover in their character the defects which have been concealed from their own knowledge. He gives them opportunity to correct these defects and to fit themselves for His service. Often He permits the fires of affliction to assail them that they may be purified.

“The fact that we are called upon to endure trial shows that the Lord Jesus sees in us something precious which He desires to develop. . . . The Lord allows His chosen ones to be placed in the furnace of affliction to prove what temper they are of and whether they can be fashioned for His work.”—The Ministry of Healing, p. 471.

Wednesday April 10


a. What is the only way God can bring us “unto salvation”? 1 Peter 1:5; Luke 8:48.

“The faith in Christ which saves the soul is not what it is represented to be by many. ‘Believe, believe,’ is their cry; ‘only believe in Christ, and you will be saved. It is all you have to do.’ While true faith trusts wholly in Christ for salvation, it will lead to perfect conformity to the law of God. Faith is manifested by works.”—The Review and Herald, October 5, 1886.

“In order that we may be kept by the power of God through faith, the desires of the mind should be continually ascending in silent prayer for help, for light, for strength, for knowledge. But thought and prayer cannot take the place of earnest, faithful improvement of the time. Work and prayer are both required in perfecting Christian character.”—God’s Amazing Grace, p. 317.

b. Why does faith need trials? 1 Peter 1:7; Job 23:10; James 1:3.

“In the religious life of every soul who is finally victorious there will be scenes of terrible perplexity and trial; but his knowledge of the Scriptures will enable him to bring to mind the encouraging promises of God, which will comfort his heart and strengthen his faith in the power of the Mighty One. . . . The trial of faith is more precious than gold. All should learn that this is a part of the discipline in the school of Christ, which is essential to purify and refine them from the dross of earthliness.”—Ibid., p. 81.

c. How does the apostle Peter describe the essence of faith? 1 Peter 1:8, 9. Compare this to Paul’s definition of faith. Hebrews 11:1.

“Let us never forget, even when we walk in the valley, that Christ is as much with us when we walk trustingly there as when we are on the mountaintop. The voice said to us, ‘Will you not roll your burden upon the Burden Bearer, the Lord Jesus Christ? Will you not live on the sunny side of the cross?’ ”—Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 2, p. 811.

Thursday April 11


a. Why did “salvation by grace” through faith, become easier to understand after Christ’s incarnation and death? 1 Peter 1:10–12; Luke 10:24; 1 John 1:1–3.

“Even the prophets who were favored with the special illumination of the Spirit did not fully comprehend the import of the revelations committed to them. . . .

“Yet . . . they earnestly sought to obtain all the light which God had been pleased to make manifest. . . . What a lesson to the people of God in the Christian age, for whose benefit these prophecies were given to His servants! . . . Contrast their holy zeal with the listless unconcern with which the favored ones of later ages treat this gift of Heaven. What a rebuke to the ease-loving, world-loving indifference which is content to declare that the prophecies cannot be understood!”—The Great Controversy, p. 344.

b. Why is the plan of redemption a mystery even for the angels? 1 Peter 1:12 (last part); 1 Corinthians 4:9.

“By coming to dwell with us, Jesus was to reveal God both to men and to angels. . . . Our little world is the lesson book of the universe. God’s wonderful purpose of grace, the mystery of redeeming love, is the theme into which ‘angels desire to look,’ and it will be their study throughout endless ages. Both the redeemed and the unfallen beings will find in the cross of Christ their science and their song.”—The Desire of Ages, pp. 19, 20.

Friday April 12


1. What can remind me that I am a stranger, a pilgrim, in this world—one who should not feel at home here?

2. How can I secure my election and salvation?

3. What will better equip me to bear trials and temptations valiantly?

4. What tends to weaken—or to strengthen—my faith?

5. How can I invest more time to study the plan of redemption more deeply?

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