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Our approach will be topical Bible Study where we examine all the scriptures on a particular topic and harmonize them all. You can find our study book here: It is Volume 1 of Studies on the Scriptures; or an abbreviated version of it here: God’s Grand Plan of the Ages. You can prepare by answering the questions below:
Vol. 1, Chapter 11 THE THREE WAYS
The bible describes three different paths a person may travel in the course of his life. In this study we will consider these three ways, the qualifications of a person on each way and the direction each path leads.
We will start with the section on page 54, “On the throne—or before the throne” in the abbreviated book, “God’s Grand Plan of the Ages”
Read: Revelation 7:9-17; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Revelation 3:21.
17. What is the reward of those disciples who fail to keep spiritual objectives first in their life, but who don’t reject the Lord? (214)
Answer: The Lord gives them severe experiences to awaken them to their real desires, and to give them an opportunity to correct their ways. If they do awake to their lack of zeal and correct their ways, the Lord says He will not forsake them. Though they don’t receive the great reward of the divine nature as Jesus did, they will serve God before Jesus’ throne rather than with Jesus as his bride in his throne.
Read: John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 12:9; 2 Timothy 4:7,8; 1 Peter 5:4; Romans 8:31, 32.
18. Why do we not need to be discouraged as we see how weak we are even when trying our best?
Answer: The Lord assures us that as long as we are trying, He will keep and encourage us. All our experiences will be to develop our faith and reliance in Him so He can guide our lives and activities.
Read: Isaiah 35:8-10.
19. How does Isaiah describe the pathway for humanity in God’s kingdom?
Answer: It is a highway, easy for man to travel, and a way which will discourage him from doing wrong.
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Acts 3:19-26.
20. For whom is the Highway of Holiness?
Answer: It is for the whole world.
Read: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Acts 3:19-26.
21. What is the result of getting to the end of the Highway of Holiness?
Answer: The end result of getting to the end of the Highway of Holiness will be actual perfection.
Read: Isaiah 11:4-9; 62:10-12; Malachi 3:15,18.
22.How will the human family succeed so easily to achieve perfection in the kingdom when it is so difficult for Jesus’ disciples on the narrow way?
Answer: All hindrances to progress toward perfection will be removed in the kingdom. In addition each step of progress will be encouraged and rewarded until each person reaches the requirements for actual acceptance by God.
Compare Luke 4:19 and Isaiah 61:2. Read: Philippians 3:8-15.
23.Why did Jesus not offer the Highway of Holiness to his disciples or anyone else at his ministry? (218)
Answer: Because only theBroad Roadto destruction was open before his first advent. At his first advent, the narrow way opened for his disciples. The Highway of Holiness opens when the narrow way closes after the disciples all have received their reward of the divine nature.
24.What have we learned about the opportunities open to man as different ways to live life?
Answer: There are three ways—the board road is traveled by all of Adam and his family. There are two ways of release from theBroad Road. The first way is provided for all people—the Highway of Holiness and will restore the family to complete human perfection. The other way is open to Jesus’ disciples prior to the Highway of Holiness. This way—the narrow way, is a way of sacrifice of earthly pleasures in order to serve God to a resurrection to a spirit nature in heaven, the divine nature.
The entire world is thus scheduled to receive God’s blessing of life and salvation from sin and destruction because of God’s love.
QUESTIONS ALREADY COVERED
Read Matthew 7:13, 14; Isaiah 35:8-10.
1. What are the three ways the bible tells us about?
Answer: The three ways the bible tells us about are 1) theBroad Roadthat leads to destruction, death; 2) theNarrow Waythat leads to life; and 3) the Highway of Holiness that cleanses and corrects the sins of the traveler. As a result of traveling on the Highway of Holiness the traveler will be delivered from his sinful condition.
The Broad Road to Destruction
Read: Genesis 2:16, 17; Psalms 73:1-28; Proverbs 16:18; 18:7; Job 5:21, 22; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22.
2. What has been man’s destiny as a result of Adam’s sin? (205)
Answer: The sentence of death resulting from Adam’s sin has directed a course of destruction for the human family.
3. By whom has the human family any hope of salvation from the downward course?
Answer: God’s provision of the Messiah and Jesus’ sacrifice is the only hope of a reversal of the destruction for humanity.
Read: 2 Timothy 1:10; Hebrews 10:20; Ephesians 1:18-23; Romans 8: 13-18.
4. Who can have a release now from this direction of destruction?
Answer: Jesus’ disciples are the only ones now who can struggle against the destruction successfully.
Read: Hebrews 10:20; 1 Peter 2:9, 10; Matthew 7:14; 2 Timothy 1:7-12; 4:6-
5. How may Jesus’ disciples gain release from the path toward destruction?
Answer: They may renounce the sin of theBroad Road, and fully consecrate to the Lord. Then they may enter theNarrow Waywhich leads to life.
Read: Genesis 2:9, 16, 17; 3:22; Psalms 39:11; Job 14:10; Malachi 4:2; Ecclesiastes 9:10.
8. What analogy is there between God giving life to His creation, and the sun shining light on different objects?
Answer: In each case the reflection of the sun is determined by the nature of the object itself. When the sun does not shine on the object then that object is lightless. So it is with God’s gift of life. Each of His creatures enjoys it only as long as God gives it. Because each created nature is mortal, thus is dependent on God for its sustenance. When God removes the life support, then the creature dies.
9. From the scriptures about the divine nature promised as a reward to Jesus’ disciples for their faithfulness, what will these disciples have in receiving the divine nature? (210)
Answer: They will receive life within themselves. Therefore, they will not be dependent upon any outside/external source for sustenance.
“The Narrow Way to Life.”
6. What kind of life is a faithful disciple of Jesus promised?
Answer: Immortal life is promised.
Read: James 1:17, 18.
7. How does immortal life relate to the human family by their nature?
Answer: The human family has mortal life. Therefore it is dependent on outside support for life to continue. The hope of immortality for anyone who is human now is not a natural gift from God. It is a unique gift promised only to Jesus’ disciples for faithfulness in their commitment to God.
Consider that God is the great source of life and gives life to every living creature. It is a unique gift promised only to Jesus’ disciples for faithfulness in their commitment to God.
Read: 1 Timothy 6:14-16; Hebrews 1:3; John 5:26.
10. To whom has God given immortality?
Answer: To Jesus, and thus Jesus has life within himself. He is no longer subject to death.
Read: 1 John 3:2; Colossians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 4:17; John 17:22; 1 Peter 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:14.
11. To where does theNarrow Waylead?
Answer: TheNarrow Wayleads to life, the highest form of life, the divine nature.
12. How many are interested in walking theNarrow Wayinstead of on theBroad Roadto destruction?
Answer: Matthew 7:14 says that only a few find the Narrow Way.
Read: Hebrews 11:39, 40; Matthew 11:11; Revelation 21:1-4.
13. Is the Highway of Holiness open yet?
Answer: No, it won’t be open until the disciples of Jesus complete their walk on the Narrow Way and receive their reward. Then the Highway of Holiness will be opened for the world.
Read: Romans 8:17, 18; 2 Timothy 2:11, 12; Matthew 16:24-26; 1 Corinthians 15:37-49.
14. If the end of theNarrow Wayis the divine nature, what is the roadway of that way like? (212)
Answer: It is narrow because it demands willing suffering to serve God rather than one’s own ambitions. It might also be referred to as a way of death for two reasons. 1) One is the suffering just mentioned. 2) The other is the actual death of the human being. Except we complete our walk in death faithfully, we cannot have a resurrection to the diving nature.
Read: Romans 8:13, 14; Ephesians 1:18-23; Philippians 3:8-11; 4:19; Ephesians 3:16-19; Proverbs 8:23; 1 John 2:1,2; Hebrews 10:10-23; 2 Peter 1:4-8.
15. How can a human being possibly be faithful to such a demanding requirement?
Answer: Three people are involved, God, Jesus and we. We give our hearts, our constant best efforts to serve God. Jesus presents our efforts to God, based on the virtue of Jesus’ own sacrifice. God accepts our efforts and fashions our experiences to develop our faith and obedience and to test them for faithfulness.
Read: James 4:4; 1 John 2:15; John 5:44; Romans 8:13,14; Galatians 6:7-9
16. What should we be careful to let influence us?
Answer: We must reject influences which would draw us to become involved with worldly efforts. Instead we must encourage all spiritual influences which would stimulate our minds to dwell on God’s blessings and hopes.