Jeremiah’s Life, our Calling


Jeremiah’s Initiation


Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;

and before thou camest forth out of the womb

I sanctified thee,

and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold,

I cannot speak: for I am a child.

But the LORD said unto me,

Say not, I am a child:

for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee,

and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Be not afraid of their faces:

for I am with thee to deliver thee,

saith the LORD.

~ Jeremiah 1:4-8


Scriptural Calling


There are seven inseparable parts in the Lord’s calling on Jeremiah.  

Every part is a needful element, primary to the central idea that is the fullness of Christ in the beauty of the calling that is Christianity.


It is for all,

who have been enlightened,

and have tasted the heavenly gift,

and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost;

And have tasted the good word of God,

and the powers of the world to come.

~ Hebrews 6:4-5


In an earlier post, I stated that we are called to be saints, to walk in faithful obedience, according to all the biblical principles taught by Jesus and His apostles.


The Old Testament supplies us with ensamples and valuable lessons in which we can draw continued inspiration.

The book of Jeremiah is not without its value.


 

The only thing the early church had in written form was the O.T.

Later, many in the church were blessed with letters written and circulated by our apostolic fathers.

We would be wise to incorporate as much as we can from the O.T. in light of N.T. revelation to complement and develop our understanding and calling in Christ Jesus. 

Jeremiah’s call may be unique to Him but the general tenor and purpose is the same for all who are in Christ Jesus.

In a nutshell, our calling is to allow His purifying love to work in and through us according to His goodness and mercy.


Unto the church of God . . .

to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus,

called to be saints,

with all that in every place

call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord . . .

~ 1 Corinthians 1:2

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Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, 

By whom we have received grace and apostleship,

for obedience to the faith . . .

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God,

called to be saints:

~ Romans 1:3, 5, 7


One Life, one Calling 


Below are the seven parts to God’s calling of the Prophet Jeremiah described briefly and applied to those obedient to the Calling of Jesus. 


1.  “Before I formed thee in the belly, “I knew thee.”

Before the foundations of the world, all of humanity was foreknown to God and the plan of salvation was already chosen in Jesus Christ.

We all have a unique and genuine calling to be sanctified, pure, obedient, and blameless before the Lord. It is a merciful and glorious restoration God created before of the fall of man so long ago.

He came down to lift us up. We dare not neglect so great a salvation.

For He was foreknown

before the foundation of the world,

but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.

~ 1 Peter 1:20

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According as he hath chosen us in him

before the foundation of the world,

that we should be holy and without blame

before him in love:

~ Ephesians 1:4

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More importantly, God wants to know us now, in a living, dynamic, and active way. This requires complete submission; giving our utmost to His Highest.

It is a willful act of our own volition. God provides everything we need, but we must humble accept all He has to offer in order to be obedient in Him. 


2. Before thou camest forth out of the womb“I sanctified thee.”

To be filled with all the fulness of God is the product or goal of sanctification in the life of a Christian. 

What was meant in this context signified was that Jeremiah was completely separated to God. He was severed from any and all earthy or common use and entirely dedicated to God’s service.

Sanctified also means to make holy or pure. In the Christian life, entering into this blessing of grace is part of our calling and a precious gift of love untold.

Interestingly, Jeremiah began to appreciate his calling at the tender age of 17. He was to stand before kings and princes . . . what a high and difficult calling indeed.

His consecration was such that Jeremiah did not marry or have children, for judgment was at hand. This is not unlike the 144,000 Jews set apart during the impending Judgment at the Great Tribulation.

Another interesting fact is the Jeremiah bought a field in Anathoth, his home town, as a symbol of God’s redemption, mercy, and grace.

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

Take these documents,

both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase,

and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time.

For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.

~ Jeremiah 32:14-15


An important element of our calling in Christ is sanctification: a life of consecration and holiness unto the Lord.

We are not to participate or take part in any sin or behavior that is not becoming of a saint.

Know ye not that the unrighteous

shall not inherit the kingdom of God?

Be not deceived:

neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,

nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,

nor revilers, nor extortioners,

shall inherit the kingdom of God.

And such were some of you:

but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified,

but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus,

and by the Spirit of our God.

~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Like Jeremiah, we are become dead to sin and this world and dwell in the fulness  of righteousness that is Christ.

We have been set free from sin, set apart, and are dedicated to serve God and God alone.

Our calling is holy and high indeed.


3. “I ordained thee” a prophet unto the nations.

Jeremiah was called to be an envoy, an ambassador of the LORD. Like the Apostle Paul, an ambassador of Christ, we are called according to His purpose:

For those whom He foreknew,

He also predestined to become conformed

to the image of His Son,

so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

and these whom He predestined, He also called;

and these whom He called, He also justified;

and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

~ Romans 8:28-30

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Jeremiah’s calling was sure. He was to bring the message of repentance to Israel or they would face a horrible destruction as an idolatrous nation who chose to serve sin.

He was to suffer vicariously as he watched their suffering and demise. He wept, recorded, and pleaded with God for mercy and justice. 

We too are called to preach repentance, justification, and mercy as we watch with sadness an apathetic world dull of God, disregarding their calling, and given over to the delusion that is sin.

Many are on the broad road to destruction because they are hearers of the word and not doers.

But prove yourselves doers of the word,

and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

~ James 1:22

We are ordained to speak the truth in love and walk in the righteousness the Gospel brings.

For my mouth shall speak truth;

and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

 ~ Proverb 8:7

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How then shall they call on him

in whom they have not believed?

and how shall they believe in him

of whom they have not heard?

and how shall they hear without a preacher?

And how shall they preach, except they be sent?

as it is written,

How beautiful are the feet of them

that preach the gospel of peace,

and bring glad tidings of good things!

~ Romans 10:14-15

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Your calling may not to be a preacher. Nevertheless, we are to be ready always to act toward others in the spirit of truth, kindness, and holiness.

to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed

~ Titus 3:1

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Let your speech be alway with grace,

seasoned with salt,

that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

~ Colossians 4:6

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To do good works and to know what those works are: 

For we are God’s handiwork,

created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~ Ephesians 2:10

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Who is wise and understanding among you?

Let them show it by their good life,

by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

~ James 3:13

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As obedient children,

do not be conformed to the former lusts

which were yours in your ignorance,

but like the Holy One who called you,

be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

~ 1 Peter 1:14-15

Please refer to this post regarding the importance, definition, and character of one’s calling in Christ Jesus.


4. for thou shalt go to all that “I shall send thee,”

Yea; have ye never read,

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings

thou hast perfected praise?

~ Matthew 21:16

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Jeremiah complained that he was still a youth and intimated his inability but God reassured him with the last three elements of his calling listed below.

Jeremiah was truly weak and he knew it. He would also appear foolish to those (falsely) representing the elect of God’s nation. 

But God chose the foolish things of the world

to shame the wise;

God chose the weak things of the world

to shame the strong.

~ 1 Corinthians 1:27

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God expected complete submission from Jeremiah just like He expects complete submission of His will in our lives.

He was to go wherever, to whomever, and to do exactly as God directed. The devotion God required of Jeremiah was completely reasonable and we are expected to follow his example.

Therefore I urge you,

brethren, by the mercies of God,

to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,

acceptable to God,

which is your spiritual service of worship.

~ Romans 12:1

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We are called to worship God in spirit and truth. To disobey His calling or to live apart from holiness is to deny God of worship, and is unacceptable in His eyes.

But the hour cometh, and now is,

when the true worshippers

shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:

for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

~ John 4:23

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We (the Apostles) are from God.

Whoever knows God listens to us;

whoever is not from God does not listen to us.

By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

~ 1 John 4:6

Jeremiah was not known for being a Jonah. Jonah was an example of what not to do with God’s calling. 

Jonah was given much grace in his disobedience. We too are given such grace in the calling to sanctification and holiness. Seek God’s abiding love.

Give Him your whole existence.

Let Him overwhelm your spirit and life.

We have a much higher degree of responsibility than Jeremiah or Jonah because we have been given the complete oracles of God through the life of God the Son and the works of His apostles as found in the Bible. 

More importantly, if we are God’s children, we have the Spirit of truth abiding in us, who continually testifies of Jesus. 

But when the Comforter is come,

whom I will send unto you from the Father,

even the Spirit of truth,

which proceedeth from the Father,

he shall testify of me:

~ John 15:26


5. and “whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.”

Jeremiah was to speak God’s message, not his own. God was going to teach him what to say and put words of truth into him.

This is how God has always worked in His prophets and how the Father worked in Jesus, and the apostles. We are to listen and obey just like the people of old were.

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But because of their disobedience, they were judged and suffered greatly. There are many degrees of suffering in this life and the next.

This post will not address that complexity but it is something to consider.

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Jeremiah was to simply be obedient to God and allow Him to work through him. This is exactly what we are suppose to do. The following segment of Scripture highlights this.

And when they had brought them,

they set them before the council:

and the high priest asked them, Saying,

Did not we straitly command you

that ye should not teach in this name?

and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine,

and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,

We ought to obey God rather than men.

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus,

whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

to Him hath God exalted with his right hand

to be a Prince and a Saviour,

for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

And we are his witnesses of these things;

and so is also the Holy Ghost,

whom God hath given to them that obey him.

~ Acts 5:27-32

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The Spirit living in us is to transform us in such a way that our obedience to Him in everything we do, “reproves the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” ~ John 16:8

This is exactly what Jeremiah’s life and many prophets before him proved, often at the price of death. Unfortunately for us today, we are mainly concerned with how this can effect our livelyhood or place in this world.

God clearly states that if we value the world and our position in it to the point where we compromise any element of over the truth of God, and remain in this state, we will pass away because the love of God does not really dwell in us.

Love not the world,

neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world,

the love of the Father is not in him. 

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,

and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,

is not of the Father, but is of the world.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:

but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

~ 1 John 2:15-17

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6. “Be not afraid” of their faces: 

Jeremiah was commanded not to be afraid or fear man can do him in everything he did. We too are called to be approved by God by everything we do.

On that note, the command not to compromise our faith and to be completely obedient to the testifying Spirit of God is unquestionable.

We are not to fear what any man or institution can do to us. 

What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light;

and what you hear whispered in your ear,

proclaim upon the housetops.

“Do not fear those who kill the body

but are unable to kill the soul;

but rather fear Him who is able to destroy

both soul and body in hell.

~ Matthew 10-27-28

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But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake,

happy are ye:

and be not afraid of their terror,

neither be troubled;

~ 1 Peter 3:14

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And Moses said unto the people, Fear not:

for God is come to prove you,

and that his fear may be before your faces,

that ye sin not.

~ Exodus 20:20

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Therefore, brothers and sisters,

make every effort to be sure of your calling and election.

For by doing this you will never stumble into sin.

~ 2 Peter 1:10

We must follow the principles defined by God’s word and Spirit rather than the principles defined by the world. 

We often fall into deafening traps of silence when we fail to remain close to God. Te washing of the word, fellowship in prayer, praise by our worshipful life, and faithful obedience to His commandments renews His voice in us.

The renewal of faith obedience of God’s grace keeps us. And this saving faith produces fruit. Without which, our faith becomes dead for it produces not fruit (or works). 

With God working in us, His love begins to cast out fear because we no longer live in such a way that grieves his Spirit.

Namely, we are living in His love and not in our sin.

There is no fear in love;

but perfect love casts out fear,

because fear involves punishment,

and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

~ 1 John 4:18

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If you have been perfected in love, the Spirit of God will attest this in your life. If He does not, continue in His love and strive to enter in to the rest approved by God.

Let us, therefore,

make every effort to enter that rest,

so that no one will perish

by following their (Israel’s) example of disobedience.

~ Hebrews 4:11

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There is no fear in love;

but perfect love casts out fear,

because fear involves punishment,

and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

~ 1 John 4:18

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Finally, brothers, rejoice.

Aim for restoration, comfort one another,

agree with one another, live in peace;

and the God of love and peace will be with you.

~ 2 Corinthians 13:11

Do not bury what God has given you. Root out the things in your life that hide the word of God.

We are constantly given exhortations of peace and love by the disciples of Christ. This reflects the Holy Spirit’s testimony.

Let it be your testimony. Speak it openly without fear. Have faith and God will give it to you, if you abide in Him.

And the peace of God

that surpasses all understanding

will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

~ Philippians 4:7 

7. for “I am with thee to deliver thee” saith the LORD.

This is the final and greatest element of God’s calling. He will deliver us from all that seeks to destroy us in this world. 

 This is the bigger picture. For sin is what caused us to fall and sin will keep us from Him.

Within deliverance is found the riches and beauty of God’s saving grace. 

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name;

worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

~ Psalm 29:2

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O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness:

fear before him, all the earth.

~ Psalm 96:9

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And your testimonies are very trustworthy;

holiness is fitting for your house,

Lord Jehovah, for the length of days!

~ Psalm 93:5

In this life, there is also suffering. Jeremiah suffered greatly watching the judgement of God come like a dry, burning wind upon His people. 

For a clear picture of this, please read the book of Lamentations. 

We too are called to suffer in this world. But fear not, in Christ we can overcome the world, if, we continue in His calling for our life.

By this we know that we love the children of God,

when we love God, and keep his commandments.

For this is the love of God,

that we keep his commandments:

and his commandments are not grievous.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:

and this is the victory that overcometh the world,

even our faith

~ 1 John 5:2:4

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To whom God would make known

what is the riches of the glory

of this mystery among the Gentiles;

which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Whom we preach, warning every man,

and teaching every man in all wisdom;

that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Whereunto I also labour,

striving according to his working,

which worketh in me mightily.

~ Colossians 1:26-29


John and Paul stated above that when we love God we will obey him even through the suffering and trials the world brings. His labors of Love permeate His calling in Christ Jesus.


Final Word


Let God have His complete work in you in order to present yourself perfect in Christ at His glorious coming.

This is your calling.

There is non other.

Jeremiah 1:10

These are some notes regarding our high purpose in God through the perspective of Jeremiah the prophet’s calling.


Jeremiah was appointed or deputized to represent God’s will and speak for Him to Israel, His people and nation.

Make no mistake about it, each one of us is called to serve a Holy and all powerful, righteous God.

There are untold rewards when this service is appreciated and humbly observed.

Likewise, there are consequences and judgment when chastisement fails to heed the calling of God from a broken and contrite spirit.


See, I have this day set thee

over the nations and over the kingdoms,

to root out, and to pull down,

and to destroy, and to throw down,

to build, and to plant.

~ Jeremiah 1:10


Like Jeremiah, we are given the responsibility to root out all sin in our lives, to pull down Satan’s strongholds, and make our lives obedient to Christ.


For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,

but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing

that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,

and bringing into captivity every thought

to the obedience of Christ;

~ 2 Corinthians 10:4-5


In the battle for our mind and heart, we are instructed to destroy the works of the Devil and to throw down anything that grieves the Spirit of God.


He that committeth sin is of the devil;

for the devil sinneth from the beginning.

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,

that he might destroy the works of the devil.

~ 1 John 3:8

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let us lay aside every weight,

and the sin which doth so easily beset us

~ Hebrews 12:1

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Therefore, putting aside all filthiness

and all that remains of wickedness,

in humility receive the word implanted,

which is able to save your souls.

~ James 1:21


When we are obedient to God in these four areas, He enables our obedience to search, destroy, and become victorious over sin. Thus, begins His miraculous work of making us holy as He is holy.

Within this concurrent work of God through our consecration and sanctification, our heart and mind continuously attunes to God’s good pleasure and casts aside dross.

Where destruction and ruin from sin once dwelt, seeds of righteousness are sewn.


for the equipping of the saints for the work of service,

to the building up of the body of Christ;

until we all attain to the unity of the faith,

and of the knowledge of the Son of God,

to a mature man, to the measure of the stature

which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

~ Ephesians 4:13

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as he which hath called you is holy,

so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 

Because it is written,

Be ye holy; for I am holy.

~ 1 Peter 1;15


The following commentary on Jeremiah 1:10 highlights why it is so important to have a clear understanding and deep appreciation of the character of God’s calling on your life.


The two great blessings of election and mediation are here distinctly taught. God did not speak to the nations directly, but mediatorially He created a minister who should be His mouthpiece.

Observation itself teaches us that men are called and chosen of God to do special work in all departments of life.

The difficult lesson for some of us to learn is that we are called to obscurity, and yet this is as clearly a Divine appointment as is the choice of an Isaiah or a Jeremiah.

If you look at life, you will see that the most of men are called to quietness, to honest industry, and to what is mistakenly called common place existence.

What of it?

Shall the plain murmur because it is not a mountain?

Shall the green fields complain that Mont Blanc is higher than they?

If they have not his majesty, neither have they his barrenness.

To see our calling, to accept it, to honour it, that is the truly godly and noble life!

Every man is born to realise some purpose.

Find that purpose out, and fulfil it if you would lovingly serve God.

We find no difficulty in persuading a man that he is a Jeremiah or a Daniel, at any rate that, under certain circumstances, he might easily have turned out a Hannibal or a Wellington.

The difficulty, on the contrary, is to persuade a man that the lowliest lot, as well as the highest, is the appointment of God;

that door keeping is a promotion in the Divine gift;

and that to light a lamp may be as surely a call of God as to found an empire or to rule a world.

J. Parker, D. D.


God has place an immeasurably high value on you because you are created in His image. 

Whoever sheds human blood,

by humans shall their blood be shed;

for in the image of God has God made mankind.

~ Genesis 9:6


This command was given to us after the flood. Yet, God persisted in showing us his grace, favor, and redemptive love: 


God showed his great love for us

by sending Christ to die for us

while we were still sinners.

~ Romans 5:8


If we disregard the value God places on our existence, we disregard the giver of life.

He has shown us many times in His the holy word the judgment that befalls His people when they disregard Him.

When we offer ourselves completely, He sanctifies us by creating a new-life giving spirit in us, purifying and holy. 

Let us strive to be ready, lest we fail to be fit for his His service here on earth or to stand blameless before Him in heaven. 


And you, that were sometime alienated

and enemies in your mind by wicked works,

yet now hath he reconciled 

In the body of his flesh through death,

to present you holy and unblameable

and unreproveable in his sight:

If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled,

and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,

which ye have heard,

and which was preached to every creature

which is under heaven;

~ Colossians 1:21-23

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Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly;

and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete,

without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23


God has written His instructions to follow and waiting for you.

The seven characteristics that God began to work in Jeremiah at his calling are the same characteristics that should be in us according to his purpose, sanctified in Christ Jesus, and the rich glory that is his inheritance among the saints.

These will be addressed in the next post entitled, “Jeremiah’s Life and our Calling.”

May you strive to be His saint, righteous and holy . . . 

Goodbye Knott’s Berry Farm

This week I made my last trek with an old friend: it was a sad and troubling experience. I grew up loving Knott’s Berry Farm. With the new ownership from about a year ago, changes are starting to show.

My family already put off anything relayed to Disney after careful study and observation that there are underlying dark and wicked ideologies that permeate all things Disney.

We are told in Hebrews 12:1 to:


lay aside every weight,

and sin that so easily besets us

so we can run with patience the race set before us.


The are some obvious concepts in this passage; like eliminating things that hinder our walk or lead us to sin. Walk here means the deep and lasting commitment to loving God with all our being and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

The less obvious concept here is running with patience: we can run much more efficiently and reach our goal when we are not burdened.

A burden can stop us from reaching the finish line.

This is not something you want to ignore when the finish line is God and heaven.


But that is not the crux of this verse in my opinion. It is the concept of patience that is most critical.

Here we will consider patience in both its positive and negative light in connection to my experience at Knott’s.

Patience develops from a love that is being perfected.

Love is perfected by an unwavering and single-minded faith in the one who calls us through the power of the Holy Spirit. This produces in us


 wisdom, and righteousness,

and sanctification, and redemption

~ 1 Corinthians 1:30

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God hath from the beginning

chosen you to salvation

through sanctification of the Spirit

and belief of the truth:

~ 1 Thessalonians 2:13

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that each of you know how to possess his own vessel

in sanctification and honor 

~ 1 Thessalonians 4:4


The Positive Characteristics of Patience


Characteristics of patience are: steadfastness, constancy, endurance. (It is consistent in the picture of a race as found in Hebrews 12:1).

One who is not swerved from his intended purpose and remains loyal to his faith in Christ and His holy calling even under the greatest of trials or sufferings. This is often unjustly committed by others through their sinful deeds. 

Godly patience produces a gentle and kind long suffering; an enduring and sustaining perseverance in the face of circumstances beyond our sphere of influence.

Of course there are exceptions or variations to the course of patience such as with Job and Jeremiah but the general definition stands in my degree of understanding scripture.

How is this in relation to Knott’s?


The Negative Characteristics of Patience


Jeremiah provides a perfect example.

In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah is beset by the many sins and weight produced by the nation of Israel.

They fell away from their walk with God and not only lost the love of the Father but they were receiving their just recompense of God’s correcting hand.

For the few righteous that remained, His rod and His staff became the comforter. For the rest, He became the gavel of judgement.


He hath builded against me

and encompassed me with gall and travail.

~ Lamentations 3:5


In this passage, we begin to see the characteristics contrary to patience found in those obedient to Christ.

The collective sin and many weights so deliberately enjoyed by the people of Israel brought with them, a crippling snare. They were stopped in their tracks.

No longer could they run the race set before them. The hand of God brought everything to a stop.

Jerusalem, the city of peace, was literally encircled by a witness of many enemies. They built a fortress round about them and eventually tore down their ramparts and walls.

The enemy denied the people of all resources to the point that mothers were eating their infants and toddlers.

All this happened because their spiritual leaders were worthless and misleading in the sense that they did not expose their sin and lead them to repentance.


Sin can have the same effect in us spiritually and physically when we choose to embrace it and be entertained by it.

When this happens we become encumbered with gall and travail, just like Jeremiah.


Gall and Travail


Gall is bitter and poisonous, like venom from a snake (get the spiritual image here). Without the whole armor of God, the enemy can enter our life and spoil us.

The nature of gall shakes us to our core. It envelops the whole person so as to infect us at our chiefest parts: our cognitions, where we make decisions, and our outlook or world view.

Travail when united with gall is a vicious combination because travail always results in a weariness from toil, hardship, or distress.

This weariness brings with it impatience from the things that cause our spirits and life to be grieved or offended. It can come from something done to us, something we do. It can come from someone else or from within us.

Travail and gall is brought on only by sin, from within or without.


Taking it Home to Knott’s


The Children’s Show

There is a stage in Snoopy land at Knott’s that presents certain ideas to the young and innocent.

I observed the glorification of frank selfishness produce in the play that ended with song that encouraged the love of secular rock and roll.

(the presenter expected the children to already be familiar with a song sung by those who avow and openly practice homosexuality.

Tacit of approval of any sin is not an element of Godly patience.

Then the song switched and played the music used by cabaret dancers who historically kick up their legs to the music as they reveal their nakedness to the audience.

I watched my children be exposed to this.


Now they don’t know what is means right now, but later when other things of a similar nature are presented to them, the stage will have already been set, so to speak.

It is a subtle form of conditioning not fully appreciated by the innocent or complacent.

Now, I willingly chose to take my family to Knott’s and felt the conviction associated with a mild taste of gall and travail.


Throughout the park monitors are being strategically placed so park goers inevitably watch whatever is being displayed.
This increased my weariness and trouble because we have no control of the content.

We have no TV in our house for very good reasons.

I will gladly sit down and discuss the harm TV brings to one’s spiritual life any day of the week. 


More importantly there was secular music being played throughout the park did something very bad to my soul and mind. 

As a newly dedicated Christian, one of the best things I have done is to eliminate wordy influences from the media, TV, movies, magazines, newspaper, advertisements, radio, etc.

Now, it is very common to awaken with scriptural thoughts, prayers and praise to God, or to have beautiful Christian hymns ringing through my mind throughout the day.

What happened on the way home from Knott’s checked my soul and took away my patience and joy in the LORD.

I had a song from the park stuck in my mind. Even today, 24 hours later, curse words from that son have replaced the praises of God as sinful thoughts course through my soul.


God forgive me for my poor choice and for subjecting my children and wife to elements that caused the eventual destruction of Israel, your temple. and the destruction of millions of souls.

I pray God will guide me and give me the wisdom to choose the right activities to engage my family from this day forward.
I have learned a great lesson.

Amusement parks are not conducive to holiness or a sanctified life in Christ.

God forgive me and renew a right spirit in me.

A poem about prayer

WHAT IS PRAYER?

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,

Unuttered or expressed,

The motion of a hidden fire

That trembles in the breast:

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,

The falling of a tear,

The upward gleaming of an eye,

When none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech

That infant lips can try;

Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach

The Majesty on high:

Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,

The Christian’s native air,

His watch-word at the gates of death,

He enters heaven by prayer.

Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice,

Returning from his ways,

While angels in their songs rejoice,

And say, Behold he prays!

The saints in prayer appear as one,

In word, in deed, in mind,

When with the Father and the Son

Their fellowship they find.

Nor prayer is made on earth alone:

The Holy Spirit pleads;

And Jesus, on th’ eternal throne,

For sinners intercedes.

“O Thou, by whom we come to God!

The Life, the Truth, the Way,

The path of prayer thyself hast trod,

Lord, teach us how to pray!”

MONTGOMERY

Ode to the Farmer

I love farming. And if I had my way, I would be a farmer. This desire has been on my heart for many years.
My family even Hobbie farmed for 2 1/2 years.

Alas, it was not His will. Nevertheless, our family learned valuable lessons from the time and experience. Even today, I am still learning to listen to God softly speak and guide my direction.

This post is inspired from one of those precious moments this morning. It is from Jesus’ parables of the sower.


The Kingdom of Heaven is literally inside us if the living the Word abides in our hear and our spirit has been made alive.


And in the days of these kings

shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom,

which shall never be destroyed:

and the kingdom shall not be left to other people,

but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms,

and it shall stand for ever.

~ Daniel 2:44 

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The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!

for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

~ Luke 17:20b


Jesus promises us that the Comforter would bring heavenly peace to us if we are obedient according to His scriptural and Holy commands.

The Holy Spirit also provides us a blessed assurance when our faith is genuine, abiding, and working righteousness.


And the work of righteousness shall be peace;

and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

~ Isaiah 32:17 

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Confirming the souls of the disciples,

and exhorting them to continue in the faith,

and that we must through much tribulation

enter into the kingdom of God.

~ Acts 14:22 

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 Because he hath appointed a day,

in the which he will judge the world in righteousness

by that man whom he hath ordained;

whereof he hath given assurance unto all men,

in that he hath raised him from the dead.

~ Acts 17:31

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That their hearts might be comforted,

being knit together in love,

and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding,

to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God,

and of the Father, and of Christ;

~ Colossians 2:2 

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 For our gospel came not unto you in word only,

but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost,

and in much assurance;

as ye know what manner of men we were among you

for your sake.

~ 1 Thessalonians 1:5

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 And we desire that every one of you

do shew the same diligence

to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

~ Hebrews 6:11

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Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,

having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,

and our bodies washed with pure water.

~ Hebrews 10:22 


The kingdom is also in the future: this second element of the twofold promise, we hope in as well.


 

And the kingdom and dominion,

and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven,

shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High,

whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

~ Daniel 7:27 

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Hearken, my beloved brethren,

Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith,

and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised

to them that love him?

~ James 2:5


This future kingdom is beyond our comprehension to imagine or understand. God’s Kingdom is not for those who practice or continue in sin. The promise is for those who are faithful in Christ.


 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?

Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters,

nor adulterers, nor effeminate,

nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,

nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

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 Now this I say, brethren,

that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;

neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

~ 1 Corinthians 15:50

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 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,

and such like: of the which I tell you before,

as I have also told you in time past,

that they which do such things

shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

~ Galatians 5:21


Do you do such things?


 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person,

nor covetous man, who is an idolater,

hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 

~ Ephesians 5:5


Like Jesus, the farmer plants seeds telling those in the soil:


 Repent:

for the kingdom

of heaven is at hand.

~ Matthew 4:17


The Farmer and His Voice


We are to tell others about Jesus, reveal sin, and let His holy truth illuminate the day (or darkness) regardless of the circumstances or consequences. When we are walking in obedience to Him, He will give us discernment and when or what to speak.

For while it is your body working and your mouth speaking, it is not you who worketh the fields but the Spirit of God,


But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up,

take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak,

neither do ye premeditate:

but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour,

that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak,

but the Holy Ghost.

~ Mark 13:11

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And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,

and began to speak with other tongues,

as the Spirit gave them utterance.

~ Acts 2:4

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And set up false witnesses, which said,

This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words

against this holy place, and the law:

~ Acts 6:13

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And as I began to speak,

the Holy Ghost fell on them,

as on us at the beginning.

~ Acts 11:15

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Which things also we speak,

not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth,

but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;

comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

~ 1 Corinthians 2:13

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Wherefore I give you to understand,

that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:

and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord,

but by the Holy Ghost. 

~ 1 Corinthians 12:3 


We are walking according to the spirit and not according to the flesh (practicing or choosing to continue to sin). This sinful predispodition in a Christian is put to death, killed, utterly mortified;

so that it no longer lives but through righteousness in the power of the gospel, the Holy Spirit now lives and dwells in your soul, through your decisions and thoughts, and all your intentions.


 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:

but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body,

ye shall live.

~ Romans 8:13

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 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;

fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection,

evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry

~ Colossians 3:5

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 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:

for it is the power of God unto salvation

to every one that believeth;

to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

~ Romans 1:16

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Through mighty signs and wonders,

by the power of the Spirit of God;

so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum,

I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

~ Romans 15:19 

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Now to him that is of power to stablish you

according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ,

according to the revelation of the mystery,

which was kept secret since the world began.

~ Romans 16:25 


The Farmer and His Seed


Sometimes our words fall by the wayside, even to other professing Christians who may perish if they fail to strive to enter in through narrow gait.

Satan can take the words of truth out of someone’s heart if they are not careful to dig and nourish the soil of their heart allowing the word to grow.


Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side,

and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Some fell upon stony places,

where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up,

because they had no deepness of earth:

And when the sun was up, they were scorched;

and because they had no root, they withered away.

And some fell among thorns;

and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit,

some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

~ Matthew 5:3-9


Sometimes the distractions of worldly interests are lie thorns springing up, choking the word of God, stifling life out of our heart.

Blessed is the farmer that continues to till the ground producing good fruit, “some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold”


As followers of Christ, we have at our fingertips the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. We just have to ask and receive from the abundance of a loving God and Father .

Let your ears hear, let your mind understand, let your eyes see, and receive the beauty that is Christ’s kingdom.


A hardened heart, ears dull of hearing, eyes closed, and darkens understanding and freedom from sin. All that remains in the heart will be used by the wicked to become spoiled and unfruitful when even simple trials much less real tribulation comes.


You are a farmer. As a Christian, you sow good seed in the field ready for harvest. Jesus said the enemy would come and sow tares among the wheat. 

Do not worry, do not fear. Judge nothing before its time.


When the Lord comes,

He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness,

and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:

and then shall you have the praise of God.

~ 1 Corinthians 4:5


The Mustard Seed


Most of us like to have something growing in our yard that we can pick and eat fresh. When we are obedient to God’s word and do not remain silent, our little faith grow. As we grow and tell others about Christ, His kingdom is enlarged all in the presence of the enemy.

The mustard seed, which the farmer sowed in his field, although the least of all seeds, became the greatest in his garden, so large, it became like a tree.

The wicked one also benefitted from the farmer’s work.

No matter, we can take the word of God, cast it in the field so it permeates all around us.

This is what our Christian walk should  be like: hiding God’s word in our heart and the hearts of others so that grace may abound.

When the end comes, the harvest will begin. Those that have kept their heart dark with sin will be gathered and burned in consuming fire.


For the Son of man shall send forth his angels,

and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend,

and them which do iniquity;

And shall cast them into a furnace of fire:

there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

 ~ Matthew 13:41- 43


Conclusion


The farmers will then shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their God.

Are you a farmer?

Have you found that treasure like a pearl hidden in the field of your heart? Have you sold all that you have in hopes of purchasing it?

Spread the word as much as you can. The King of heaven will gather the good into holy vessels and cast away the bad.

God has given you Bible, tools and all. Dig into the word, store it in your barn, share your treasures both new and old before you depart this rich land.


Remember, if you are Christian, you are that farmer Christ spoke about in Matthew 14, Mark 4, and Luke 8.

He has already provided for all your  needs. All you have to do is trust and obey.


But this I say,

He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly;

and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart,

so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity:

for God loveth a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you;

that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things,

may abound to every good work:

(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad;

he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

Now he that ministereth seed to the sower

both minister bread for your food,

and multiply your seed sown,

and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness,

which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

For the administration of this service

not only supplieth the want of the saints,

but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

Whiles by the experiment of this ministration

they glorify God for your professed subjection

unto the gospel of Christ,

and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

And by their prayer for you,

which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

~ 1 Corinthians 9:6-12, 15


Salvation is yours for the taking. What will you do with it?

What’s in a name


Glory to God in the Highest


I found this gem of a commentary through studying an interesting and increasingly inspiring message on the sign of my Brother-in-Law’s church over Christmas. I looked and looked for the picture of the sign so I could post is here, but could not find it. The caption read something like this:


Glory to God in highest heaven,

and peace on earth

to those with whom God is well pleased.

~ Luke 2:14


I love older commentaries. Found within are fountains of beauty springing from writers inspired by study not stained with the lackadaisical attitudes of our modern global society; all too often this same attitude is found staining our softened and compromised churches.


By B. H. Carroll


The name “Jesus” means Saviour, and the salvation to be achieved by him was not political deliverance of his people from Roman rule, but salvation “from their sins.”

What a pity that his own disciples were so slow to understand the nature of the salvation, and how readily even Pontius Pilate acquitted him by the verdict, “I find no fault in him,” when he understood that our Lord’s kingdom was not of this world, and hence not a revolt against Caesar.

Had the suspicious, bloody-minded old tyrant, Herod, understood, there would have been no massacre of the babes at Bethlehem.

And even in our late day we need to be continually reminded of the real mission of our Lord.


Let us make no mistake about this “salvation from sins.”


It is salvation through the vicarious expiation of sins satisfying the claims of justice.

It is salvation from the guilt of sin by justification, through faith.

It is salvation from the defilement of sin by the cleansing blood of Christ applied by the Holy Spirit.

It is salvation from the love of sin through regeneration.

It is salvation from the dominion of sin through sanctification.

It is the salvation of the body through resurrection and glorification.

We may not stop at salvation done for us, but must include the salvation wrought in us.

Salvation has the legal aspects expressed by the appropriate words, expiation and justification.

And further expressed in a commercial legal sense by redemption and ransom.


If you address as Father the One

who impartially judges according to each one’s work,

conduct yourselves in fear

during the time of your stay on earth;

knowing that you were not redeemed

with perishable things like silver or gold

from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,

but with precious blood,

as of a lamb unblemished and spotless,

the blood of Christ.

~ 1 Peter 1:17-19

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whoever wants to become great among

you must be your servant,

and whoever wants to be first must be your slave

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served,

but to serve,

and to give his life as a ransom for many.

~ Mat 20:26-28

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He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.

This has now been witnessed to the world

at the proper time.

~ 1 Timothy 2:6

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and you will know the truth,

and the truth will make you free

~ John 8:32


Woe to the teacher or those taught who ignore one of these elements.

It has its biological import, expressed by birth from above, or a new creature; and life more abundant, expressed by sanctification.

Woe to the teacher or those taught who leave these out or magnifies these by decrying the legal aspects!


It has its human or experimental side,

as expressed in contrition, repentance,

faith, confession,

reformation and all those fruits of the Spirit,

love joy, hope, peace,

as we walk in newness of life from grace to grace,

from faith to faith,

from strength to strength,

perfecting ourselves in holiness,

being changed more and more into the image of Christ,

from glory to glory.


Thank you Mr. Carroll for your godly wisdom. May it touch the heart of others who happen to stumble across this humble and poor note found on this little blog.


When the angels sinned,

God let them fall all the way to Hell.

When humanity sinned,

God came down to restore us,

and cloth us in risen His glory.


Something smelly in the wilderness


In Hebrews chapter 3, Paul gives us a warning,


Take heed, brethren,

lest there be in any of you

an evil heart of unbelief,

in departing from the living God.


 then a pleading exhortation.


But exhort one another daily,

while it is called To day;

lest any of you be hardened

through the deceitfulness of sin.

For we are made partakers of Christ,

if we hold the beginning of our confidence

stedfast unto the end;


We are called to hold fast our faithful repentance in Christ just as we did in the beginning.

If we fail to to this, we allow sin through disobedience to re-enter our lives and risk our hearts being darkened and hardened, bringing unbelief and eventually separation from the God.

This is not a break in fellowship as some believe but departure from the Living God.


Souls in Peril


While it is said,

Today if ye will hear his voice,

harden not your hearts,

as in the provocation.

For some, when they had heard,

did provoke:

howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

But with whom was he grieved forty years?


All but two of the adult Israelites delivered from Egypt perished in the wilderness (figuratively speaking, in sin). The two delivered, Joshua and Caleb, followed the exhortation and did not harden their hearts.

They also had the benefit of an enriched faith, moral uprightness, and godly character.

Either way you cut it, the example God gave us in Hebrews reveals very poor odds for those initially delivered from sin through faith in Christ.

The Israelites knew, saw, and lived with the truth and promises of God. They were fed living water, manna, and were provided for. All these were shadows of what Jesus does for us now.

Why was God grieved with them and why did so many perish?


was it not with them that had sinned,

whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

And to whom sware he

that they should not enter into his rest,

but to them that believed not?

So we see

that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

~ Hebrews 3:12-19


They Perished because they did not heed his voice and obey his word. Rather, they chose return to sin, fell into unbelief, and hardened their hearts.

Instead of entering into His rest, they entered into judgment.

This is our example today. Do not continue in sin, guard your heart, and believe God can change both your heart and your (sinful) nature.

Or, like the Israelites, you run the risk of having your body left rotting in the wilderness only to be fed on by the birds of destruction.


Jesus died so we could live. Here is His exhortation.


Take my yoke upon you

and learn from me,

for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.

~ Matthew 11:29


We get on our knees before the cross, repent of our sins, believe in Christ. We walk away from our sins and follow His lead preparing ourselves to be obedient to Him and to live, truly live.

Here is Jesus’ warning to His servants who fail to do this.


And that servant, which knew his lord’s will,

and prepared not himself,

neither did according to his will,

shall be beaten with many stripes.

~ Luke 12:47


Let His stripes purify your heart. 

For many will be beaten with many stripes because of hardened and darkened hearts and disobedient unbelief in the knowledge and faith in Christ.


The choice is yours.

The only question is,

What kind of servant are you?


Take His yoke

and learn from Him,

you will find rest for your soul.



Let us therefore fear, lest,

a promise being left us

of entering into his rest,

any of you should seem to come short of it. 

~ Hebrews 4:1

The Sabbath

 


The First Mention of the Sabbath


Thus the heavens and the earth were finished,

and all the host of them. 

And on the seventh day

God ended his work which he had made;

and he rested on the seventh day

from all his work which he had made. 

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it:

because that in it he had rested from all his work

which God created and made.

~ Genesis 2:2-3


This is the first mention of the seventh day in the Bible. God explains that He blessed and sanctified it because He rested from all His works of creation.

There is no indication or hint that man is commanded to observe or rest on the Sabbath in this passage.  Nor is anything found in the rest of the book of Genesis that shows man violating or keeping the Sabbath.

In Genesis 2:3, the Hebrew word  שָׁבַת does not mean Sabbath day (a noun). This word describes God’s actions, what He did on that day. It means To cease, rest, desist, and is a verb.

The word to describe the Sabbath day was first used in Exodus 16:23.

This this was also the first time God showed displeasure at man not observing the Sabbath.

This is interesting because the Bible addresses every other commandment before the Exodus and in the New Testament. With this one, God is silent, both before the Exodus and in the New Testament.

Because of this, its uniqueness to Jewish law, and the argument of the changing of times and laws below gives strong support that the 4th commandment is connected to the ordinances of Old Testament as opposed to God’s moral laws.

The rest of the 9 commandments are addressed in Genesis, throughout the Old Testament and repeated multiple times in the New Testament.


The Sabbath as a Command


 The first instruction to keep the Sabbath happened in the wilderness of Sin, centuries after creation. This is also the first time God also showed displeasure with man not keeping the Sabbath.

Since the Sabbath was not formalized until Moses recited the 10 commandments at Mount Sinai, God gave the first violators a gentle, holy warning.

But God’s revelation is progressive: First we see Him resting as an example for us; Then He gives the command and a gentle warning when we disobey; Later, the Mosaic covenant to keep the Sabbath at Sinai brought the possibility of death.


The first instruction for man to keep the Sabbath is in this incident in Exodus 16:23-30:


And it came to pass,

that there went out some of the people on the seventh

day for to gather (manna), and they found none. 

And the Lord said unto Moses,

How long refuse ye

to keep my commandments and my laws?

See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath,

therefore he giveth you on the sixth day

the bread of two days;

abide ye every man in his place,

let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. 

So the people rested on the seventh day. 


Here the Lord declares to the Israelites that He has given them the Sabbath. With this gift (of the Sabbath) is a promise to provide for their needs if they abide by resting in their abode.

It is a time to sanctify themselves and their possessions in honor of their Deliverer.

On on the sixth day of the week the Israelites were to gather and prepare enough manna for two days in preparation for the Sabbath.

They were not allowed to go gather manna or prepare it on the Sabbath. If someone were to keep the Sabbath today, this would be their guide: to stay home and rest from any work including preparing food.

Here is the formal ordinance to keep the Sabbath.


Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,

but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.

On it you shall not do any work

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth,

the sea, and all that is in them,

and rested on the seventh day.

Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day

and made it holy.

~ Exodus 20:8-11


The Israelites were commanded not to profane the Sabbath. To profane something means to take something set apart for holy purposes and use it for everyday purposes.

In this sense, to profane the Sabbath meant treating it like any other day. This included work and food preparation.

Over time, the Pharisees created 39 categories and subdivided those into more categories defining what “work” meant.  This is one of the many ways they created an outward appearance of holiness but denied the power therein.

It is recorded that Jesus went to the synagogue to read as His custom. It does not say according to the law.


And he came to Nazareth,

where he had been brought up:

and, as his custom was,

he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day,

and stood up for to read.

~ Luke 4:16


He is the Sabbath. He is holy like His Father in Heaven is holy. God is truly our rest. The law was a shadow of things to come. He also tells us how we should rest in our Sabbath. Because the Sabbath was made for us.


The Sabbath Today


The Sabbath of today is not the Sabbath instituted in the Wilderness of Sin or on Mount Sinai. Today, we use different measuring tools to determine the times.

The way the Israelites calculated the Sabbath has changed dramatically over last 2,000 years.

The early Jewish calendar contained no Pagan influences. Our calendar today is dependent heavily upon them.

We know who changes times and laws, Satan.


And he shall speak great words against the most High,

and shall wear out the saints of the most High,

and think to change times and laws:

~ Daniel 7:25a


We also know that many antichrists have already come, are presently here, and are continuing to work.


Little children, it is the last time:

and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come,

even now are there many antichrists;

whereby we know that it is the last time.

~ 1 John 2:18


It is safe to assume that all who meet the definition of antichrist deny or change the truth of Jesus’ work.

By varying degrees, the Seventh Day Adventist church, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Mormon church fit some of these criteria. The first: denying that Jesus is the Christ. The Catholic Church fits them most completely.

Each one of these religions and many others (dresses as angels of light) deny the power of the blood of Jesus in some fashion.

Ellen G. White prophesied that Satan would take on our final sins.

It was seen, also, that while the sin offering pointed to Christ as a sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as a mediator, the scapegoat typified Satan, the author of sin, upon whom the sins of the truly penitent will finally be placed. The Great Controversy, p. 422.


Roman Catholic priests believe they have the power to forgive sins (denying Jesus, the mediator between man and God).

All bishops and priests of the Catholic Church can forgive sin. (A Catechism for Adults, p. 85).


Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are carnal brothers.

The current LDS Sunday School manual for children ages 8-11:

  • In the pre-mortal life we were spirit children and lived with our heavenly parents (Hebrews 12:9).
  • Jesus was the firstborn spirit child of Heavenly Father (D&C 93:21) and is the older brother of our spirits.
  • Lucifer, who became Satan, was also a spirit child of Heavenly Father.

The power to forgive sins, to transfer sins upon Satan, praying to Mary or a different Jesus as their mediator instead of the biblical Christ are all doctrines of demons and the spirit of the Antichrist.

Specifically relating to Daniel 7:25, the Roman Church has changed times and ordinances: Christmas was officially changed to coincide with the pagan holy day Saturnalia.

Easter was changed from its Jewish origins of Passover and the feast of first fruits to be celebrated on the pagan holy day named after Eostre.

As to the wearing out of the saints, we see over 1,300 years of persecution, destruction of entire cities, killing, torture, and burning of over 50 million people. by the Catholic church. We don’t know how many were saints.

We do know the penalty was death if someone had a bible in their own language. That is why John Huss died in 1415, Wycliff, and many other saints.

It is also safe to say that the calendar we follow today is reflective of the changes instituted by those who tolerate the spirit of antichrist.


A church/world dominating power has already changed times and laws reflective of Daniel 7:25 once. This will most likely occur again in the future with distressing results during the Great Tribulation.


I found a website that describes the discontinuity of the Sabbath with our current calendar system. I does a much better job than I could. Here is the site if you want to view it. Otherwise, it is copied below.

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It’s not on the Gregorian Calendar


According to the Bible, neither Saturday nor Sunday is the Sabbath! The original calendar described in the Torah and used by Moses was based upon the phases of the Moon, not a continuous weekly cycle. This Lunar Calendar was used for all the feast days, including the weekly Sabbath.

Since the Biblical calendar is based on the moon, it does not correspond to the days of the modern Gregorian Calendar. For example, the Sabbath is not always on Saturday but could be on Wednesday one month, and Thursday the next.

This can have serious economic impacts, as people desiring to follow the Sabbath today according to the Biblical Lunar calendar will find themselves having to ask for days off during the standard Monday-to-Friday work week. This would be not just once or twice a year, but every week. Obviously, such a schedule will not be looked upon favorably by most employers and fellow employees.

The format of the Biblical Month.

The Biblical month starts with New Moon Day. It looks like this:

(NM = New Moon, W = Work day, S = Sabbath)

Note: Moon phases are approximate, and are shown for the Northern Hemisphere; If you’re south of the Equator, they are reversed.On this calendar, the Sabbaths are always in the same place: The 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of the month. Of course they are 7 days apart, but the count starts every Lunar month.

Notice:

  • The first day of the month is New Moon Day.
  • Then the seven day week begins, and the 8th day of the month is the Sabbath
  • The 15th day (the next Sabbath) is the full moon.
  • The 22nd is another Sabbath.
  • The last Sabbath of the month is on the 29th.
  • The next month begins with the next new moon, and the count of days begins again.

The knowledge of the calendar has resurfaced after being ignored for over 1500 years. Careful reading of the Scriptures, together with detailed study of history reveal that the the calendar used over 2000 years ago is not the same as today. The historical research reveals that Rome was responsible for enforcing the change.


 

All Roads Lead to (and from) Rome


Since many people regard Rome to be the prophetic “Beast” of the Book of Revelation, and since the Sabbath is an issue both of worship and economics (regulating days of work and rest), this calendar change is a candidate for the ominous warning:

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
–Revelation 13:16-17


Coming Soon: A New World Calendar


Furthermore, there is a proposed change which will render even traditional Saturday observance incompatible with the business calendar. A new world calendar is proposed for the end of 2012. http://www.theworldcalendar.org This calendar is the obvious choice to promote a world economy by fixing many nuisances caused by the present calendar. Some features of the new calendar are:

  • It will stabilize business and school schedules, because all years will be the same.
  • Holidays will always be on the same day.
  • Each year will begin on a Sunday, and end on a Saturday.
  • Each quarter will contain exactly 91 days, instead of 89-92 as the present calendar.
  • Printed schedules and calendars will not expire after one year like they do today.

Of course, 365.25 days is not evenly divisible by 7. But 364 is. So the world calendar will have a business year of 364 days, and the extra day, at the end of the year, will be a world holiday. It will not have a name other than “World Day”. That is, it will not be a Saturday, or Sunday, or Monday; it will just be a special “World Day”.

The only problem is that the seven day cycle would be broken. At the end of the first year, the day called “Sunday”, for example, is really “Monday”, according to the seven-day cycle. It gets off by one day per year, except on leap years, which gets off by two days. Therefore, neither a Lunar Calendar Sabbath or a continuous seven-day Saturday Sabbath will conveniently fit into the new calendar.


The Biblical Evidence


In the Bible, the only times a Sabbath is identified with a numerical date, it is only on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, or 29th. Likewise, when one of those dates is mentioned, it is always a Sabbath.

The Feasts are the Key to the Hebrew Calendar

The Biblical book of Leviticus, written by Moses, describes all of the Jewish feasts in Chapter 23. Most people are familiar with Passover, and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). They are also aware that these feasts do not fall on the same day each year, since they are based upon the moon. However, few people notice that the weekly Sabbath is listed among the other Feasts:

“[1] And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, [2] Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. [3] Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. [4] These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. [5] In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover. [6] And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. [7] In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. [8] But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. … [continues with the other feasts up to verse 44]”
–Leviticus 23:1-8

There is no indication that a different calendar is used for the Sabbath as compared to the other feast days which are all grouped together in Leviticus 23. Notice that there is no provision in the scriptures for a situation when a feast day would “clash” with a weekly Sabbath, as happens today.

Because they are now using the mixed calendar, the Rabbis have developed “Rules of Postponement” to avoid a clash. For example, they don’t want the Day of Atonement to be adjacent to a Sabbath. However, if a Lunar Sabbath is used, then the Day of Atonement is always five days from the Sabbath, and there is never a problem.

Even though the Bible has many details about the feasts, it is silent on “postponements”. Why? Because Moses and the Prophets didn’t use a mixed calendar, and so they didn’t need them.

It can be seen that, by calculating the seventh day Sabbath in the same way as the feast days (from the beginning of the lunar month), there are no “clashes”, nor is there a need to add an extra day. The very fact that these Rabbinical “Rules of Postponement” exist is the “smoking gun” that indicates that the Rabbis are not using the Scriptural Calendar for the seventh day Sabbath!

The Feast of Tabernacles is a seven-day feast, as stated six times in Leviticus 23:34-42. The feast begins on the 15th day of the month which is a Sabbath, lasts for seven days, and then the eighth day, the 22nd of the month is a Sabbath. Here’s just two of the verses from Leviticus 23:

“[34] The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. …. [39] Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.”
–Leviticus 23:34-39

When most Jews celebrate this Feast today, two problems occur:

  • The Saturday “Sabbath” will fall at some random day between the 15th and 22nd of the Lunar month. This will give two Sabbaths in the seven day feast.

 

  • In order to fulfill Lev. 23:39, they have to make the feast eight days long (instead of seven), and make the eighth day a Sabbath. (It actually already is the lunar Sabbath, but they don’t know it.)

This is because they are using two incompatible calendars!


Two Versions in the Ten Commandments


Exodus chapter 20 lists the “Ten Commandments”. But when Moses repeats the commandments in Deuteronomy chapter 5, there is something unusual.

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. … For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
–Exodus 20:8,11

“[12] Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. [13] Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: [14] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work,…[15] And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.”
–Deuteronomy 5:12-15

So the Fourth commandment in Deuteronomy does not mention Creation at all as a reason for the Sabbath. Instead, it talks about the exodus from Egypt. When did the Almighty bring them out from Egypt with a mighty hand? 

“And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.”
–Numbers 33:3

“Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.”
–Deuteronomy 16:1

It is well known that they left Egypt on the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread, at night. People today teach that the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread is different from the seventh day Sabbath. But here they seem to be related, or even the same. They are linked by the Fourth Commandment as recorded in two different renderings.

  • The Fourth Commandment in Exodus 20 clearly references the seventh day Sabbath based on Creation.
  • The Fourth Commandment in Deuteronomy 5 clearly references the seventh day Sabbath based on the deliverance from Egypt, which occurred on the evening of the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread.

The Israelites left Egypt on the day after Passover (the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread) and it was the “fifteenth day of the first month”. (Passover is the fourteenth of the first month of the year.) When does the first month begin? It is the first new moon in the Spring. (All of the months in the Hebrew calendar start at the new moon.)


The Battle of Jericho


In the famous Battle of Jericho, the Israelites marched around Jericho for seven days, in offensive battle readiness, and attacked the city on the seventh day. Which of those seven days was the Sabbath? None of them! They started on the New Moon day, had a seven day march, and then rested on the eighth day of the month, which was the Sabbath. The “Book of Jasher”, which is not in the Bible but is historically useful, even says the march started on the New Moon.


The Manna and the Quail


Exactly one lunar month after they left Egypt, the people congregated together on the fifteenth day of the month, and they took that opportunity to complain to Moses about the lack of food. The story is in Exodus 16.

It specifically said that the quails would come “at even”, and that the bread would come the next “morning”. The simplest explanation for this is that the day, the fifteenth of the month, was the Sabbath, and that the people were to wait until after sunset before gathering food.

The quail was given in the evening after the Sabbath had past. The manna was given on the mornings of all the workdays, and twice as much on the Preparation day (the day before the Sabbath).

  • 1st month – Unleavened bread Sabbath was the 15th.
  • 2nd month – Sabbath when they complained was the 15th.
  • 3rd month – When was the Sabbath?

On the third month the whole congregation assembled before the Almighty. When did this assembly occur? On the 15th day of the third month! They left Egypt on the 15th day of the first month, and they came to Sinai on the 15th day of the third month.

“In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.”
–Exodus 19:1


Jesus kept the Lunar Sabbath


Yeshua healed a blind man on the Sabbath, the 22nd day of the seventh month. John 7:2 says that it was the Feast of Tabernacles, and John 7:37 says that on the last great day of the seven day feast, Yeshua announced that he was the source of living water. Then in John 7:53 we read that everyone went home (for the night) and the next verse, John 8:1, says that Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives.

The next verse says that in the morning they all went to the temple. The actual healing and the reaction of the Pharisees is the subject of John chapter 9. Some people try to use this scripture to say that the Sabbath was on the 23rd. But this argument requires that the Feast of Tabernacles be eight days long, not seven days, as specified in Leviticus.


The Historical Evidence


The Julian Calendar

The modern calendar began in 46/45 BC, when Julius Caesar, in consultation with the astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria, developed the Julian Calendar of 365.25 days. The big innovation was to separate the week from the lunar cycle and to make it a continuous cycle. It used an eight-day market week, with the days simply named “A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H”. Certain types of events were allowed on certain days, called fasti.

By the time of the First Century AD, the seven-day week named after “gods” and “goddesses” of the solar-system was being used in Rome, and was starting to replace the eight-day week.

But the 7-day solar system week was:

1. Saturn’s day (obvious in English)
2. Sun’s day  (obvious in English)
3. Moon’s day (obvious in English)
4. Mars’ day   (Spanish: Martes, French: Mardi)
5. Mercury’s day   (Spanish: Miércoles, French: Mercredi)
6. Jupiter’s day   (Spanish: Jueves, French: Jeudi)
7. Venus’ day   (Spanish: Viernes, French: Vendredi)

So Saturn’s day was the first day of the week. However, the Jews and Christians were not using that calendar until the time of Constantine. While it is generally known that Constantine enforced a “Sunday Law”, in AD 321, a big assumption is that he just replaced one day with the day next to it. Was there more to it? Yes, he changed the entire calendar.


Constantine’s Hybrid Calendar


In AD 321, Constantine created a big compromise. He blended the Hebrew idea of a seven day week with the Julian concept of a continuous weekly cycle, and added the veneration of the “Sun God” from Mithrasim to create the Roman calendar used today. He enforced his calendar upon the entire Roman Empire with military power.

Constantine and the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 replaced Passover with Easter. On the surface, that may not seem to be much of a change. But it’s not just a matter of replacing one day with another. It’s a completely different system of calendation, since Passover is not computed using a Julian calendar.

Because of these changes which were being enforced by persecutions across the Roman Empire, the Jewish Sanhedrin met for the last time around AD 350, and modified the calendar to the form used by most Jews today, in which the Sabbath is on Saturday, but the other Feast Days use a form of Lunar calendar.


The modern Gregorian Calendar


Later in history, Pope Gregory modified Constantine’s calendar slightly in 1582. (This was to fix a problem caused by the fact that the year is not exactly 365.25 days long, but 11 minutes shorter.) Like Constantine, the motivating factor was the date of Easter. So the calendation system used today is Roman (Pagan and Papal), and the question of when the Sabbath occurs is very important to anyone who desires to follow the Bible.


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What Does the New Testament Say?


Let us therefore fear, lest,

a promise being left us of entering into his rest,

any of you should seem to come short of it. 

For unto us was the gospel preached,

as well as unto them:

but the word preached did not profit them,

not being mixed with faith in them that heard it

For we which have believed do enter into rest,

as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath,

if they shall enter into my rest:

although the works were finished

from the foundation of the world. 

For he spake in a certain place

of the seventh day on this wise,

And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 

And in this place again,

If they shall enter into my rest. 

Seeing therefore it remaineth

that some must enter therein,

and they to whom it was first preached

entered not in because of unbelief: 

again, he limiteth a certain day,

saying in David, To day,

after so long a time; as it is said,

To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 

For if Jesus had given them rest,

then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 

For he that is entered into his rest,

he also hath ceased from his own works,

as God did . from his.

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest,

lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

~ Hebrews 4:4-11


This passage speaks of entering into the same rest that God did, the true Sabbath. It was a Sabbath free from sin, free from works, and free from unbelief; in holy communion with the Almighty.

Unbelief is described as disobedience in the bible and is categorized as a sin.

How do we enter? With fear, believing the gospel, not hardening our hearts, and hearing His voice. Jesus is our rest. He is our Sabbath and in that rest, we are not appointed to wrath. We are obedient.


Again, focusing on the Sabbath day:


Let no man therefore judge you in meat,

or in drink, or in respect of an holyday,

or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 

which are a shadow of things to come;

but the body is of Christ.

~ Colossians 2: 16-17


And again, the freedom to be persuaded by obedience of faithful study of the scripture and submission to the Holy Spirit rather than serving other man’s doctrines.


Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant?

to his own master he standeth or falleth.

Yea, he shall be holden up:

for God is able to make him stand. 

One man esteemeth one day above another:

another esteemeth every day alike.

Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 

He that regardeth the day,

regardeth it unto the Lord;

and he that regardeth not the day,

to the Lord he doth not regard it.

He that eateth, eateth to the Lord,

for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not,

to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

~ Romans 14:4-6


These passages speak for themselves and describe the principles of a Sabbath rest in the new covenant.

In this context resting is contrasted to observing a day. When we enter His rest, we more closely reflect what God did in Genesis: resting from our labors. This is what we are called to do.


These scriptures also show the liberty believers have. Perhaps this will be discussed in detail in a later post, but the main idea is clear.

Jesus did not split hairs regarding the Sabbath and we should share the same mind. This post was written to clarify my question about keeping the Sabbath.

With the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D., the Jews were dispersed throughout the known world. With this diaspora came the dominance of the Catholic Church and the changing of times and laws.

I am convinced that keeping of the (O.T.) Sabbath during the time of the Gentiles in not relevant nor it is even possible unless we abandon the Gregorian calendar and utilize the primitive Israelite calendar extracted from scripture.

This is neither practical nor called for by the apostles or Jesus. Though a deeper understand of the subject is always edifying.

Trying to follow the Sabbath would go against the principles given by the Apostle Paul’s example.


For though I be free from all men,

yet have I made myself servant unto all,

that I might gain the more. 

And unto the Jews I became as a Jew,

that I might gain the Jews;

to them that are under the law,

as under the law,

that I might gain them that are under the law;

to them that are without law,

as without law,

(being not without law to God,

but under the law to Christ,)

that I might gain them that are without law. 

To the weak became I as weak,

that I might gain the weak:

I am made all things to all men,

that I might by all means save some. 

And this I do for the gospel’s sake,

that I might be partaker thereof with you.

~ 1 Corinthians 9:19-23


I do believe there will come a time during the millennium that keeping the Sabbath may become a reality.

I love Jesus and want to be completely obedient to Him and have had this question in the back of my mind for years.

In my heart, the question has been satisfactorily answered.


Here is what the New Testament says we should do when it comes to gathering together in worship and fellowship.


And upon the first day of the week,

when the disciples came together to break bread,

Paul preached unto them,

ready to depart on the morrow;

and continued his speech until midnight.

~ Acts 20:7


Upon the first day of the week

let every one of you lay by him in store,

as God hath prospered him,

that there be no gatherings when I come.

~ 1 Corinthians 16:2


and let us consider one another

to provoke unto love and to good works: 

not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,

as the manner of some is;

but exhorting one another:

and so much the more,

as ye see the day approaching.

~Hebrews 10:24-26


It doesn’t matter to me what day of the week we meet for church. It can be on the Gregorian pagan calendar or on the primitive Israelite biblical schedule.

Our worship consists of much more than going to church or honoring a certain day.

Our worship who we serve when we wake up, when we lie down, as we cross the paths of others, and share our lives with those we love; the stranger, the enemy, our brethren, and family.


The earth is the Lord’s,

and the fulness thereof;

the world, and they that dwell therein.

~ Psalm 24:1


And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart,

and the heart of thy seed,

to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart,

and with all thy soul,

that thou mayest live.

~ Deuteronomy 30:6



 The (sabbath) shadow has passed the true image of Christ our sabbath has come and we are to abide in His blessings forever more: if we love Him and keep His commandments.


There is more biblical Support that the Sabbath was fixed on a luni-solar calendar and not the fixed solar/Gregorian calendar most associate the Sabbath with today.

The following is taken from a site that holds many beliefs akin to Seventh Day Adventism. Like the SDAs, some of their beliefs are contradictory to the doctrine found in Colossians 2 and they do not realize the doctrine of purity through sanctification.

Nonetheless, their strength in distinguishing Old Testament scripture from the traditions of men is substantial.


Let no man therefore judge you in meat,

or in drink,

or in respect of an holyday,

or of the new moon,

or of the sabbath days:

~ Colossians 2:16


[from WLC]

New Moon Day Separate from the 6 Work Days and the Seventh-Day Sabbath:

New Moon day is not counted as one of the 6 working days neither is it the seventh-day Sabbath; the new moon day starts the month as day 1 making the weekly Sabbaths to fall on 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of the lunar month. (See Ezekiel 46:1, Amos 8:5, 2Kings 4:23, and Isaiah 66:23.)


Exodus 12:

Passover was on the 14th of the first month. The first day of the feast of unleavened bread was on the 15th which was a Sabbath (See Leviticus 23: 4-16). This makes the Sabbaths for the first month (Abib) to have fallen on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and the 29th. (Exodus 12.)


Exodus 16:

Manna fell for the six week days, but did not fall on the Sabbath which fell on the 22nd, making the other Sabbaths for that month fall on the 8th, 15th and 29th. (Exodus 16.)


Exodus 19

Israel left Egypt the night of Abib 15. Three months later, on the very same day, the 15th, they rested before the mount. (See Deuteronomy 16:1; Numbers 33:3; Exodus 19:1-2.),

thus making the Sabbaths for the third month (as recorded in Exodus 19:1) fall on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

The weekly Sabbaths for the first month (Exodus 12) and the second month (Exodus 16) fell on the same dates also; this is not possible on today’s Gregorian Roman calendar which people use to identify their worship days.


Annual Feasts and High Sabbaths:

Every year, the feast of unleavened bread begins on the 15th, a Sabbath. The first day of feast of Tabernacles also falls on the 15th which is called a “holy convocation” and is followed, eight days later by another “holy convocation” on the 22nd, every single year. Two Sabbaths always falling on the 15th cannot occur on a solar calendar. (See Numbers 29:12-39; Leviticus 23:5, 6, 34, 35, 39).


Entering Canaan:

The manna never fell on the seventh-day Sabbath. After entering Canaan, Israel kept Passover. The manna ceased on the 16th of Abib, the day after the Sabbath: Exodus 16; Joshua 5:10-12. This places the Sabbath for this month on 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.


Dedication of Priesthood:

Aaron and his sons were sanctified for seven days beginning on New Moon Day (See Exodus 40: 2, 17). On the eighth day (which was also the 8th of the month), there was an assembly of the congregation. During the preceding seven days, they were not to leave the tabernacle. (See Leviticus 8:1- 13; 33-35; 9:1-5). From Exodus 40: 17 we learn that it was the first month (Abib) of the second year after their departure from Egypt, in which Passover was to be kept; this is a double confirmation that the Sabbaths for this month fell on 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.


Solomon:

Solomon kept the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days. On the 8th day (22nd of the month) they made a solemn assembly. Solomon sent the people away on the 23rd, being careful not to send them away on the 22nd, the Sabbath. (See 2 Chronicles 7:8-10). This places the Sabbath for the seventh month on 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.


Esther 9:

The 15th of the 12th month was a rest day, making the 8th, 22nd and 29th rest days as well. (Esther 9.)


Hezekiah’s Reform:

The people began to sanctify on New Moon day of the first month and on the 8th of the month they went to the temple. On the 16th of the month, they “made an end” which was the first day of the work week. (2 Chronicles 29:17.)


Crucifixion:

Passover was always on the 14th of Abib. (Leviticus 23:5.)

Christ’s crucifixion occurred on Passover, on the sixth day of the week. Passover always occurred on the sixth day of the week, followed by the seventh-day Sabbath on the 15th. (See Mark 15:42; John 19:31; Lev. 23:6, 7, 11 and 15; John 19:42.)


Resurrection:

Christ was resurrected early in the morning on the first day of the week. (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1 and 2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1.)

Christ was resurrected on the 16th of Abib, the first day of the week, corresponding to the wave sheaf offering, or first fruits. (Leviticus 23:11.)

Paul called Christ the “first fruits of them that sleep” and stated that He was buried and rose the third day. (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4 and 20-23.)

On the walk to Emmaus, the two disciples told Christ that it was the third day since the crucifixion. (Luke 24:17-21.)

The crucifixion week establishes the weekly seventh-day Sabbath on Abib 15, thus making the 8th, 22nd and 29th days Sabbaths as well.


Healing of the Blind Man:

The last day of the Feast of Tabernacles always falls on the 21st day of the seventh month: (See Leviticus 23:34, 36, 39-41; Numbers 29:12; Deuteronomy 16:13-15; Nehemiah 8:13-18; Ezekiel 45:21-25.)

Christ attended the Feast of Tabernacles. (John7:10.)

On the last day of the Feast, the 21st of the seventh month, Christ stood and spoke. (John 7:37.)

Christ spent that night on the Mount of Olives. (John 8:1.)

The next morning, the 22nd of the seventh month, Christ returned to the temple. (John 8:2.)

At the temple, Christ healed a blind man. (John 9:6.)

The healing of the blind man caused great anger for it was the seventh-day Sabbath. (John 9:14.)

This places the weekly seventh-day Sabbaths on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of the month yet again.


Paul’s Journey:

The first day of the work week always fell on the 2nd of the month, the day after New Moon. In Luke’s account of their journey, Paul’s company sailed from Philippi after the feast of unleavened bread ended on the 21st of Abib, sailed for five days and arrived at Troas where they stayed seven days. (See Acts 20:5-7.)

The seventh day of their stay at Troas was the second day of the month which Paul refers to as the first day of the week. This again places the Sabbaths on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th days of the month. (For more on Paul’s journey and how it corroborates the luni-solar calendar, click here.)”


Please come to your own conclusion by searching the scriptures. Let no man judge you for the day you worship the Lord or  your sincere and honest revelation (or lack thereof) found in scripture.

For me, the Ressurrection and every day after is a celebration, a wondrous unimaginable rest. When you find yourself completely enveloped by Him, the snares of this world lose their grip, and the rest we have so long been searching for is near.

The prophetic scripture below depicts the rejection of Jesus and the marvelous day I speak of. This occurred when He became the chief corner stone in the early morning on the first day of the week.

He is alive in hearts today: the hope of glory, an eternal rest found only by faith in our final salvation, Jesus.


The stone which the builders refused

is become the head stone of the corner.

This is the Lord’s doing;

it is marvellous in our eyes.

This is the day which the Lord hath made;

we will rejoice and be glad in it.

~ Psalm 118:22-24


Enter into His rest.

All those who are weary and heavy laden

for His burden is light

and His yoke is easy.

 

 

If you love me . . . part 4



If ye love me,

keep my commandments.

~ John 14:15


Keeping the Royal Law


The Royal Law of Christ moves man. Like rivers flowing from Eden, our souls are nourished and washed by the One who shed His blood; giving us waters from which we will never thirst again.


The word “keep” is critical to understanding our responsibility in the Royal Law. To ‘keep’ means to protect, to maintain, to watch over, and to preserve by keeping intact.

Adhering to the Royal Law’s underlying principles has profound affect on our relationship with God. This is seen individually before and after the fall, collectively at the time of the flood, in the wilderness outside Canaan, and after entering the promised land.

We have yet to see its culminating effect when the seventh seal is opened and there is silence in heaven for about a half an hour, Revelation 8. According to Jesus, we will be judged by every word and deed we do.


For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey,

who left his house,

and gave authority to his servants,

and to every man his work,

and commanded the porter to watch.

~ Mark 13:34

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For the Son of man shall come

in the glory of his Father with his angels;

and then he shall reward every man

according to his works.

~ Matthew 16:27

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every man’s work shall be made manifest:

for the day shall declare it,

because it shall be revealed by fire;

and the fire shall try every man’s work

of what sort it is.

~ 1 Corinthians 3:13

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If a man therefore purge himself from these,

he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified,

and meet for the master’s use,

and prepared unto every good work.

~ 2 Timothy 2:21

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And, behold, I come quickly;

and my reward is with me,

to give every man according as his work shall be.

~ Revelation 22:12


At the second coming, we will see the effects of obedience and disobedience to the Royal Law.

Our reward or punishment is based upon its sincere application or our disobedience according to the light we have.


Many in the past and even today suffer (allow)a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof.’ If we fall into this category, we must strive to overcome, here as an example.

We are exhorted to fully know how to keep the doctrine of Christ in all manner of life, purpose, faith, suffering, love, patience, persecutions, afflictions (2 Timothy 3:10).

Though the passage above reveals the full gamut of an untamed sinful heart; There are many more subtle forms of the same type disobedience occurring today in the church.

They all stem from disobedience to the principles we are called to ‘keep,’ so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.


An Example From America


It is this very same reason that America has lost the ability to adhere to its core values and laws. We the people now tolerate,  ignore and in some cases, approve of laws that are in contradiction to the constitution.

Sooner or later, the foundation on which we stand will become so weak that the whole stream of viability will be lost.

However simple or complicated a rule is: be it constitutional law, biblical covenants, or a game of Checkers, if the original intention is lost, the application is misconstrued, meaningless, and we walk in ignorance and apathy to the truth.


The principles of the Royal Law are found in the Garden, given in Old Testament commandments, and are explained in detail in the new. Every word and thought in the Bible permeates the Royal Law.

We won’t study the Garden principles here. They are better viewed in the context of perfection before and after the fall but here is the commandment.


Then the Lord God took the man

and put him into the garden of Eden

to cultivate it and keep it.

~ Genesis 2:15


The Royal Law in the O.T.


Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God

with all thine heart,

and with all thy soul,

and with all thy might.

~ Deuteronomy 6:4-5


Love


Love is the preeminent element, the glue that holds the Royal Law together. The meaning is identical in the New Testament.

וְאָֽהַבְתָּ֥wə·’ā·haḇ·tā This commandment to love occurs 4 times in the Bible. There are many other variations such as Deuteronomy 10:19 (וַאֲהַבְתֶּ֖ם – wa-’ă-haḇ-tem) below, but we are focusing on those found in the Royal Law.

The first two times God uses the word ‘to love’ describes how we are to love our neighbor.

The other two instances teach how we should love God. When Jesus gave the Royal Law, he told the Jews what they should have known all along if they had “kept” the commandments of God.

Below are the four instances of the Old Testament Hebrew word love found in the Royal Law plus a variation.


Thou shalt not avenge,

nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people,

but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself:

I am the Lord.

~ Leviticus 19:18


Because God deals honestly and faithfully with us, we are to show the same honesty and faithfulness to our neighbor. This verse is connected to the previous verse showing how we are to have the same characteristics found in longsuffering when we are wronged by our neighbor.

We are to forgive those who transgress against us. We are to put off all malice, to put on brotherly love, forgiveness, and kindness; remembering when we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Any anger or hatred toward others should not be kept in our heart. We are to take no notice of it, nor keep a record of it. This is one of the things we are commanded “not to keep” as noted in 1 Corinthians 13:5.


But the stranger that dwelleth with you

shall be unto you as one born among you,

and thou shalt love him as thyself;

for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt:

I am the Lord your God.

~ Leviticus 19:34


Strangers or those not considered Israelites were to be given the same consideration in love. This applies to us today. We are to love non-Christians as our self; even those who despitefully use, persecute, or kill us.

We were once strangers kept in bondage of sin and at enmity toward God. ‘Keeping’ or cherishing how God loved us even in our darkness before salvation is the responsibility of every devout Christian.


And thou shalt love the LORD thy God

with all thine heart,

and with all thy soul,

and with all thy might.

~ Deuteronomy 6:5


This commandment requires an inward change that can only come by faith through the giving of God’s grace. The transformation of our heart, mind, and soul are demonstrated by Godly obedience in secret and in public.

The heart refers to the inner man, the seat of our understanding. This includes knowledge of our sinful nature and that we can be transformed through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and the washing of the word.

Our soul refers to us as a living being: encompassing all desire, passion, appetite, and emotions. It is the living sustenance that God gave when He breathed life into Adam. This is our earthly self (not necessarily sinful self) connecting us deeply to the creation.

Our soul is contrasted from our spirit which will be discussed later. The main point to be understood is this: the spirit is what connects us to God and the soul is what connects us to the creation.

Our might refers to the abundance of ability, that drive we have within that allows us to achieve great things. It reveals qualities such as diligence, power, and force.


Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God,

and keep his charge, and his statutes,

and his judgments, and his commandments,

always.

~ Deuteronomy 11:1


Within this commandment, the definition of love blossoms. It does so by faithful and diligent (always) ‘keeping’ loving obedience to God and His ways.

God created in us powerful internal compasses so we can grow in love and knowledge of Him after we have been made alive in Christ. These internal tools are then sustained and strengthened as we walk in humble obedience to Him.

Keep here means acting on all four elements of this commandment – charge, statutes, judgments, and commandments.

Charge refers to being a guard, a watchman, someone who works to preserves and protect God’s instruction, word, or law.

Statues refers to applicable ordinances prescribed, or enacted in the Bible. They can apply to nature: The sun, moon, and stars; as for signs, appointed times, etc. Also, harvest times, seasons falls under this realm.

They can be applied to man. Pretty much all biblical posts on this blog but are focused on this application and deeper understanding their meaning.

Judgments belong to God and are according to His revelation toward us. We are told to keep His judgments and walk in the steps of Jesus and the Apostles as described in the New Testament. We are to be judges of righteousness. 

Jesus said that we are to, judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. This can only be under the standard of the Royal Law in humility and complete submission to God’s guidance.

As Christians we are to have these attributes in our heart, voice them openly in love, and make decisions based upon our measure of understanding. In doing so, we keep, learn, and preserve God’s righteous judgment.

We are commanded to be flavorful salt, pure and holy light.

Commandments are simply God’s commandments. We have two. In order to fulfill them, we are to delight our self in the Lord; and he shall give us the desires of our heart.

When we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, everything else will be added unto us.


And he that taketh not his cross,

and followeth after me,

is not worthy of me.

~ Matthew 10:38


This last one was added because it is representative of the variations of the word love commanded to us. We are to love all people as God loves us.


Love ye therefore the stranger:

for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

~ Deuteronomy 10:19


 The Royal Law in the N.T.


The question was raised in the N.T. what was the greatest commandment. The post here describes the context of the dialogue.

The gospels repeats it three times. The apostles further explain is meaning related to everyday life. By this we know it is for our instruction to keep all the days of our life.


Jesus said unto him,

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul,

and with all thy mind.

~ Matthew 22:37

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and thou shalt love the Lord thy God

with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul,

and with all thy mind,

and with all thy strength:

this is the first commandment.

~ Mark 12:30

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And he answering said,

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul,

and with all thy strength,

and with all thy mind;

and thy neighbour as thyself.

~ Luke 10:27

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Therefore all things whatsoever

ye would that men should do to you,

do ye even so to them:

for this is the law and the prophets.

~ Matthew 7:12


The Royal Law sums up how we are to love the Lord thy God, to keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments.


Now the end of the commandment is love

out of a pure heart,

and of a good conscience,

and of faith unfeigned:

~ 1 Timothy 1:5

 


Walk by faith not by sight.

If you love me . . . the Greek and Hebrew (part 2)

If you love me, keep my commandments.

~ John 14:15


Understanding the Greek


Below is a table of the words in the original Greek. This post will be reviewing the meaning of the original words.


Ἐὰν ἀγαπᾶτέ με, τὰς ἐντολὰς τὰς ἐμὰς τηρήσετε.

1437 [e] Ean Ἐὰν If Conj
25 [e] agapate ἀγαπᾶτέ you love V-PSA-2P
1473 [e] me με, me, PPro-A1S
3588 [e] tas τὰς Art-AFP
1785 [e] entolas ἐντολὰς commandments N-AFP
3588 [e] tas τὰς Art-AFP
1699 [e] emas ἐμὰς my PPro-AF1P
5083 [e] tērēsete τηρήσετε. you will keep. V-FIA-2P

What did Jesus mean when He said it is possible to love Him and keep His commandments. He was not talking about the old covenant.

They were impossible to keep and it were soon to be abolished at His death on the cross. He would usher in the inauguration the fulfillment of the law according the new and better covenant:


For he is our peace, who hath made both one,

and hath broken down the middle wall

of partition between us; 

having abolished in his flesh

the enmity, even the law of commandments

contained in ordinances;

for to make in himself of twain one new man,

so making peace; and that he might reconcile

both unto God in one body by the cross,

having slain the enmity thereby:

~ Ephesians 2:14-16


It would be known as the Law of Christ.

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault,

ye which are spiritual,

restore such an one in the spirit of meekness;

considering thyself,

lest thou also be tempted. 

Bear ye one another’s burdens,

and so fulfil the law of Christ

For if a man think himself to be something,

when he is nothing,

he deceiveth himself.

~ Galatians 6:1-3


Right now, Jesus wants us to be firmly planted in the rich soil of His word, built up into a strong branch ready to bear good fruit.


. . . rooted and grounded in love,

to be able to comprehend with all saints

what is the breadth, and length,

and depth, and height; 

and to know the love of Christ,

which passeth knowledge,

that ye might be . . .

To this end I might add, if we are rooted, grounded, and comprehending His love, we will be . . . 

. . . filled with all the fulness of God.’

~ Ephesians 3:17-19


We are to be filled with the fullness of God when we truly love Him. How many of us can honestly say we comprehend the depth, breath, height, and length of the love of Christ?

We first need to know the instructions we are to follow so we can be obedient to Him. Then, we can fully comprehend the love of Christ and fullness of God.


Sentence Structural Analysis


God’s word is so deep and so intimate. Lets us look at the basic grammatical structure of the verse, If ye love me, keep my commandments.


In the midst of this verse, Jesus was telling His Apostles that He had to go away and die for our sins. He was trying to comfort their hearts.

Jesus was giving them a promise. He said that if we loved and obeyed Him then, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth”

If  – (Ἐὰν)  is a conjunction and a conditional particle. It connects two clauses. Here it connects (If ye love me) and (keep my commandments). The importance of this dynamic is explained below.

Ye love – ἀγαπᾶτε (agapate) is plural for you love. Here Jesus is speaking to all His Apostles and everyone who claims to be a disciple that loves the Lord.

The love we are to seek, fully develop, and gracefully retain is ‘agape’.  Early Christians associated feasts with the Lord’s sacrifice at the Last Supper and called them Love (agape) feasts.

Agape love speaks of strong, immovable moral character as described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. It is the kind of love that causes one lay down his life for the brethren.


Love is patient, love is kind;

love does not envy or boast;

it is not arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way;

it is not irritable or resentful;

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing (evil),

but rejoices with the truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things,

hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.


These are some of the characteristics of the love of God toward us. This is also the character of love we are to have toward everyone.

Through the Holy Ghost and living word, we are to be transformed in our mind and heart having these characteristics in there fullest extent humanly possible.

There is no hint of sin in this type of love. Perfected love casts out all fear. Fear comes from sin. Therefore, perfect love casts out all sin in our life.

This is the type of love described by Jesus and what we should seek if we are to be his own.


 The Apodosis and Protasis


As mentioned above, the sentence structure is conditional and composed of two parts. The first part is called the protasis and is a conditional clause.

The second part is called apodosis, the resultant clause. There are expected responses and consequences to occur when obedience or disobedience, the conditional clause of loving Jesus is wrought (worked in us).


If the condition of obedience is met and we love Jesus there will be realities resulting from this experience bothe here on Earth and in heavenly realms.

If the condition (of loving Jesus) is not met, we are not keeping His commandments. We do not have the love of God, we are children of disobedience, and the truth is not in us.

The Apostle whom Jesus loved provides a clearer picture.


1 John 3 directly addresses the positive response of obedience, the negative response of disobedience, and the consequences of both actions.


And hereby we do know that we know him,

if we keep his commandments.

He that saith, I know him,

and keepeth not his commandments,

is a liar,

and the truth is not in him.

But whoso keepeth his word,

in him verily is the love of God perfected:

hereby know we that we are in him.

He that saith he abideth in him

ought himself also so to walk,

even as he walked.

Brethren, Again,

a new commandment I write unto you,

which thing is true in him and in you:

because the darkness is past,

and the true light now shineth.

He that saith he is in the light,

and hateth his brother,

is in darkness even until now.

He that loveth his brother abideth in the light,

and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

But he that hateth his brother is in darkness,

and walketh in darkness,

and knoweth not whither he goeth,

because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

~ 1 John 3:3-6, 8-11.


The Positive Response of Love

in I John 3


The first thing of note is the realization that to love Christ is to know Him. To know Him is to live and dwell in God’s pure and holy truth in all aspects of our lives.

There is no double-mindedness in the Christian soul that loves Jesus completely in obedient love because he keeps His word and the love of God is perfected in him.

He loves God with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength, and loves his neighbor as himself. There is nothing contrary in his love toward God or others. Hypocrisy is not a part of a heart made pure in Godly love.


If we know Jesus and have been perfected in His love. As obedient children, He has come into our heart to abide in us and we know and love Him. We are to walk as He walked.

The whole of our conduct: Our thoughts, dispositions, and behaviors are in His love. We willingly desire to give good will toward other and are ready to help those in need.

Our heart no longer has to be changed every time to do something good because we have to overcome that darkness of our sinful nature. We are predisposed to love and be kind to others.

We will not intentionally do anything that causes others to stumble.  At least not out ill will from our hearts. That has been put in check; All we do or want is done in love, even our mistakes, misfortunes, misunderstandings, and misinterpretations.

Neither do we take offense when others seek ill will toward us. We abide in the light as Jesus was in the light. We perceive the devils’ snares and are more aware of his wiles, avoiding stumbling blocks put in our way.

God gives us more light and strengthens our new life when we love Him and keep His commandments.


we all, with open face

(through loving/knowing Him in agape)

beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,

are changed into the same image

from glory to glory,

even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

~ 2 Corinthians 3:18


Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament law through agape love. He did not take away from the law or its moral constituents.


For verily I say unto you,

Till heaven and earth pass,

one jot or one tittle

shall in no wise pass from the law,

till all be fulfilled.

~ Matthew 5:18

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Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:

therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

~ Romans 13:10

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that the righteousness of the law

might be fulfilled in us,

who walk not after the flesh,

but after the Spirit.

~ Romans 8:4

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For all the law is fulfilled in one word,

even in this;

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

~ Galatians 5:14


This is the love that we are to have. It is the sum total of all human virtues in a life submitted to love and obedience in Christ.


The Negative Response of Love

in I John 3


The person that believes, thinks, or tells others that he knows or loves Jesus but does not keep His commandments is called a liar. A liar is worse than a lie because lying has become part of his nature, a part of his way of life.

It is in this sinful nature that he dwells within us silently, persistently. It is a numbing comfort almost unnoticed as we grow accustomed to it. It is darkness that does not lead to light.

It gives us more darkness, strengthening its ways unto increasing disobedience as we continue to disregard His commandments leading unto death and separation.

The Liar does not have the truth in him. He does not love his brother with agape love, and this predisposition toward darkness blinds him further, enticing and keeping him deeper in sin.


What does it Mean to ‘Keep’


שָׁמַר – shaw-mar,  In the Hebrew keep means to be very careful as a gate keeper would prevent or allow entrance, or a watchman who would watch at all hours keenly observing for any and all threats that may bring harm.

We cannot preserve God’s word if we do not have the love He calls us to have. Those who would corrupt it or take away from its purity do so because of this.

Shaw-mar also means to persevere to wait, secure, and perform that which is commanded. It is persevering in God’s truth and holding to that truth in love and obedience to God’s command.

When we keep Jesus’ commandments we are enlightening those around us and spreading the truth and holiness of God’s ways. We are ambassadors within the church building each other up.

This also has the effect of reproof: convicting, teaching men the true meaning of sin, righteousness, judgment. (John 16:8)


τηρήσετε (tērēsete) is unique in scripture as it is only used once. It is action meaning, you will keep  indicating current and future actions. We have already seen the meaning of keep in Hebrew.

Its meaning is consistent in the Greek as noted by its root tēros.

tēréō (from tēros, “a guard”) in the Greek – means to properly, maintain (preserve); (figuratively) spiritually guard (watch), keep intact.

We are the custodians of God’s word but can only be true to this command when we have His agape love to help us in this solemn and honorable duty.

Remember there are serious warnings for those who are disobedient to the word of God and keep not His commandments or know of His love.


If any man shall add unto these things,

God shall add unto him the plagues

that are written in this book: 

and if any man shall take away

from the words of the book of this prophecy,

God shall take away his part

out of the book of life

~ Revelation 22:18b-19a


The last word we are going to look at here is commandments.

ἐντολὰς entolas is plural for ἐντολή entolé: meaning that Jesus was referring to His injunctions, orders, commands, ordinances, or laws.

Entolas intensifies télos highlighting the intention of Jesus. We are to keep all His commandments until they reach the end of their intended goals, consummating His will for our lives.

Jesus has very specific objectives for each of us. These objectives begin with the building up of love with the expected end-result of complete obedience to His ways.

The nature of the condition to love Jesus means that keeping His commandments is a requirement or end-product of our love. This is not an option, it is a necessity that results from God’s love shed abroad in our hearts.


The commandments go deeper than Jesus’ words. They are heavenly, from the root of Almighty God, the Father. Jesus is showing us the obedience we should have by His complete obedience to the Father.


For I have not spoken of myself;

but the Father which sent me,

he gave me a commandment,

what I should say, and what I should speak.  

And I know that his commandment is life everlasting:

whatsoever I speak therefore,

even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

~ John 12:49-50


Here is an example pulled from the obedient words of Jesus of a person who kept all the commandments of his father. This is one of the most important stories in the Bible to me, The Prodigal Son.

Every time I read it, it brings tears to my eyes and warms my heart powerfully. This is what God’s word should do to us when we are His obedient children.

His word tuggs at our heart, pulling us closer and closer as He draws close unto us. Don’t resist this calling. It is holy, precious, and without end as noted by the abrupt closing of the story given by Jesus


And he answering said to his father, Lo,

these many years do I serve thee,

neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment:

and yet thou never gavest me a kid,

that I might make merry with my friends:

but as soon as this thy son was come,

which hath devoured thy living with harlots,

thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 

And he said unto him,

Son, thou art ever with me,

and all that I have is thine.

 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad:

for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again;

and was lost, and is found.

~ Luke 15:29-32


We are to be obedient and love Jesus so we can help Him find that which is lost. This is one of the beautiful fruits of obedience to God’s commandments, live everlasting.

The Apostle John reinforces the need for us to walk in obedience to the dictates of God’s love, even after all of His commandments.


And this is love,

that we walk after his commandments.

This is the commandment,

That, as ye have heard from the beginning,

ye should walk in it.

2 John 2:6


We can only walk in the commandments of Jesus if we are walking in His love. There is no hypocrisy, no sin, no selfishness, for love is the antithesis (opposite) of sin.

If I were to rephrase John 14:15, it might read something like this,


If anyone loves me as I have loved you,

they will walk in my ways,

according to my will;

persevering, honoring, and protecting

all of my commandments.