Degrees of Light Study Guide
“I must ‘walk in the light as He is in the light…’— not in the light of my own conscience, but in God’s light. If I will walk there, with nothing held back or hidden, then this amazing truth is revealed to me: ‘…the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses [me] from all sin’ so that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke in me. On the conscious level it produces a keen, sorrowful knowledge of what sin really is. The love of God working in me causes me to hate, with the Holy Spirit’s hatred for sin, anything that is not in keeping with God’s holiness. To ‘walk in the light’ means that everything that is of the darkness actually drives me closer to the center of the light.” – Oswald Chambers
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (NKJV)
- Why did God send His Son into the world?
- What does this passage say about those who do not believe in the Son?
- According to verse 19, what is the condemnation?
- Why do you think people would ever love darkness more than light?
- According to verse 21, what does the person who does the truth do?
- How do you think we “come to the light”? How do we keep coming to the light?
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (NKJV)
- What do you think it means that people “suppress the truth in unrighteousness”?
- According to this passage, why is the world “without excuse” for not acknowledging God?
- How has God made Himself known since the beginning of creation?
- In what ways do you think we worship and serve the creation rather than the Creator today?
15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. (NKJV)
- What do you think “to the pure all things are pure” means?
- How is the opposite true, that to those who are defiled nothing is pure?
- Our conscience is defined as “the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives.” Verse 15 explains to us, though, that the conscience can be defiled. How do you think this happens?
- What do you think it means for the conscience to be “defiled”?
- How do you think people today profess to know God, but deny Him in their works?
- Prayer: “10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (NKJV)
- What did Jesus tell us about the Law in verse 17?
- How did He come to fulfill the Law?
- How do you think we, as New Testament believers, can sometimes diminish the Law’s value?
- Why is the Law still important and valuable?
- Prayer: Lord give me a desire and love for your laws and precepts. Thank you that all your commands are for my good; let me walk according to your Word so that I can experience the life and joy that come as a result. (Psalm 1:1-2)
11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. (NKJV)
- Under the Old Covenant, how were people’s sins covered?
- How are our sins able to be taken care of now under the New Covenant?
- How is the blood of Christ a far greater sacrifice than the blood of animals?
- According to verse 14, what does Jesus’ blood cleanse?
- What do you think are “dead works”?
- Prayer: 20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Heb. 13:21)
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