Further Thought: Read Ellen G. White, “Christ the Center of the Message”, p. 388, in Selected Messages, book 1; “The Call of Abraham”, pages 125-127; “The Law and the Covenants,” pages 363, 364, in Patriarchs and Prophets; “The Sermon on the Mount,” pages 307, 308; “Controversy,” p. 608; “ ‘It Is Finished,’ ” pages 762, 763, in The Desire of Ages.
“To him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt (Romans 4:4). The Apostle here explains the quoted passage (Gen. 15:4-6) to conclude and prove from it that justification is by faith and not by works. This he does first of all by explaining the meaning of the words ‘it was counted unto him for righteousness.’ These words explain that God receives (sinners) by grace and not because of their works.” – Martin Luther, Commentary on Romans, p. 82.
“If Satan can succeed in leading man to place value upon his own works as works of merit and righteousness, he knows that he can overcome him by his temptations, and make him his victim and prey. . . . Strike the door-posts with the blood of Calvary’s Lamb, and you are safe.” – Ellen G. White, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Sept. 3, 1889.
Source: Daily Sabbath School Lessons