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We stand a great risk of being lost when we convince ourselves that the experience of others concerning the truth is not sufficient to make us believe or seek to follow the truth, but we would rather stick to our own self-conceited ways until we are made to have a similar experience as theirs. Our knowledge of the validated experience of others concerning the truth, which we deny and desire not to have, may become sufficient witness against us in the judgement as typified in the life of Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar (Daniel 2, 3, 4 & 5).

 

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It is when we have not fully surrendered our lives to God that we are dismayed about what we will eat and what we will drink. “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31-33). Shall our half-surrendered lives and unbelief now prove God’s words untrue? “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).

 

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Will Satan bless those who are faithful and diligent in pursuing his interests in his plan of destruction for humanity, and God, the Creator of all things, forget to bless those who are faithful and diligent in pursuing His interests in His plan of salvation for mankind? God is not unrighteous to hold back His blessings from His people, but His people often fail to subject their life to Him whose ways are higher than their ways and whose thoughts are higher than their thoughts as the heavens are higher than the earth (Isaiah 55:9). As a result of this, His people accomplish so little when there are many promises in the Bible for the taking for the faithful commandment-abiding Christian. How true it is then, that half-hearted surrender and the lack of living faith has left many destitute of the grace so richly provided by our Redeemer!

 

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The seventh-day Sabbath before the entrance of sin was a memorial of creation first brought to view in Genesis. The Bible says, “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 2:3). After the entrance of sin, the seventh-day Sabbath remained a memorial for God’s people both before and after the coming of Jesus Christ. In the old dispensation, God tells His people to “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 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 20:9-11). In the new dispensation, God gives His people the same message albeit with a warning, “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” (Hebrews 4:8; KJV). And this chain continues all throughout eternity after the restoration of all things, “And it shall come to pass, that from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD,” (Isaiah 66:23). The implication of these is that no where in the Bible is Sunday, the first day of the week, declared as the Sabbath of the Lord; but it is an institution of man as evidenced by the historical change made by the authority of the Catholic Church.

 

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There is a grave misunderstanding that is the root of lawlessness in Christendom today. Many talk about the spirit of the law as a means to excuse themselves from the letter of the law, consciously or unconsciously falling prey to the popular maxim—do what thou wilt, so that in the name of love to God and love to neighbours, the commandments of God has now become a figment of every man’s imagination. But how can this be possible when the spirit of the law cannot be a law in itself, since it is meant to interpret the letter of the law? In the old dispensation, man could not fully and correctly interpret the divine law of God written on tables of stone, and this is made obvious in Christ’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:20-28 where Jesus says adultery begins in the heart and anger against others is as punishable as murder. Here in, Jesus Christ went beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law, preparing us for the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth (John 16:13), and further interpret to us the dead letters of the Ten Commandments. The letter therefore still remains ever relevant for there must be a law to be interpreted and the Holy Spirit is the interpreter of divine law; not a giver of some new law (Exodus 32:19; 34:1; Psalm 111:7-8) as most Christians erroneously assume today.

 

***”Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).***

Friend, what were your Bible reflections this month? Kindly leave them in the comment section below.

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