First Quarter 2016 Adult Sabbath School Lessons
"Peter on the Great Controversy"
March 12, 2016
The Great Controversy is foundational in the entire study and experience of Righteousness by Faith. Peter, both because of his overall experience with Christ and also because of his experience of denying Christ at the time of Christ's trial, had a valuable understanding of the need of true faith, of the importance of corporate as well as individual repentance, and the right understanding of righteousness by faith being both a perfect standing as well as a progressive experience of sanctified living and character. His famous text in I Peter 5:8 reveals his understanding of the need or a true New Testament faith to be safe against the continual attempts of Satan to devour us and to snatch away our faith experience. Peter understood the importance of believers to live a life that truly is representative and worthy of our high calling and election in Christ. Peter experienced first hand the reality of the Great Controversy being waged in his own mind and life, and the importance of remaining faithful, as he eventually faced crucifixion himself. As Revelation 12:11 points out, we overcome by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of our Testimony, and love not our lives more than Christ.