Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 19

 

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    The Lord God ‘Jesus’ made perpetual promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Our English dictionary defines ‘Perpetual’ as lasting forever or for an indefinitely long time.) We know from prophecies referred to in our last study that a greater deliverance, from Egypt is planned. We also know the sons of Jacob, ‘Israelites’ broke their covenant, causing God to scattered them among hostile to His way nations. (Thus the scripture at Malachi 3: For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord of host.)

     Reason Israelites were not consumed is because God doesn’t change. (Ordinance means; a law or rule made by an authority, something prescribed or regularly done.) (Similarly; ‘Oracles means’ a source of wisdom, a source of knowledge or wise saying.)

    Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to write, (Rom 3:1-4; Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified7 in your words and will prevail when you are judged.) (Quote from Psalms 51:4)

    God’s Sabbaths, commandments, calendar, and suggested attributes are ordnances. Jesus Christ being the same yesterday today and forever, plus He’s the Lord that changes not, is absolute proof; ‘He hasn’t permitted a Sabbath change, that was gifted to His chosen for their good.

    Distorting God’s Word by using Jesus’ Apostle Paul’s writing at Troas, regarding a first day of the week collections for the Saints at Jerusalem, to change the Sabbath is reckless theology. Consider why Jesus or His apostle would want to change His Sabbath? Let’s consider how this reckless theory evolved.

    (Acts 20:5-7; These had gone on ahead, and were waiting for us in Troas. We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and within five days we came to the others in Troas, where we stayed for seven days.    On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people, and because he intended to leave the next day, he extended his message until midnight.)

    If this text could be used to change the seventh day Sabbath ordinance to the first day, explain Paul’s teaching until midnight. Verse 7 above clearly states, ‘on that first day they broke to eat a meal, and Paul spoke until midnight because of leaving the next day.  

    People teaching a Sabbath change don’t consider or care that Paul had just observed the feast of unleavened bread which would naturally have included the Passover, prior to that first day of the week, collection for the Saints at Jerusalem. When people desired Paul tarry longer, he consented not, but bade them farewell, saying, ‘I must by all means keep this feast that comes to Jerusalem’, but I will return again unto you, if God will, and he sailed from Ephesus. (See Acts 18:21) Paul kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread and intended to keep the next feast that comes to Jerusalem which would be Pentecost. Honest people find it strange, that a first day change overlooks the fact that Paul diligently kept God’s annual Sabbaths.

    After a young man fell from the loft where Paul was teaching late on that first day, was thought to be dead, Paul prayed, and told the congregation, ‘his life is in him.’ Afterward they talked until break of day, then Paul continued on his way. (Read verses 9-12) If folks used the same logic for a Sabbath day change, ‘they’d also teach keeping until the break of day!’

    From the beginning, God commanded that each day start and end at sunset. This text indicates that Paul started his sermon about sunset and kept teaching until morning, because he had so much to teach, and the people wanted to continue listening. Their meeting the first day to organize the collections for Jerusalem in no way changes God’s seventh day Sabbath. (Citizens of Troas were celebrating Paul’s being with them, and were hungry for what he had to say.) The people desired to understand much as possible before Paul left.

    When Pharisees criticized Jesus’ conduct regarding, keeping the Sabbath, He said to them, (the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath, therefore the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath. See Mark 2:27-28) A people worshiping Jesus as Lord could in no way think of changing the day, He proclaims to be the Lord of.

    No apostle ever taught strict law keeping as a means by which people could be saved, rather Jesus’ doctrine of faith, love, and overcoming the sin nature to the end. Loving God is to keep His Ways. Early New Covenant Churches, documented that Jesus revealed Himself through the apostles’ teaching. Allow Paul’s teaching on this subject.

    (1Corinthians 1:18-25; For, the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For, it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent. (Quote from Isaiah 29:14) Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? For, since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are CALLED, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For, the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.)

    Followers of Jesus are miraculously gifted to understand, ‘minds must be opened supernaturally in order to know why God’s Sabbaths are holy.’

    Paul exposed the devises of Satan, and taught that Believers IN Jesus must be about overcoming the pulls of inherited nature. Part of overcoming our inherited nature is to overcome our natural resentment to God’s spiritual laws. Paul used Abraham’s faith in God, as the example. Believing IN faith; loving God, and honoring His Way, is how Jesus’ apostles worshiped God.

    They explained that the law keeping Israelites put strict law observance, pride in doing, above loving their Creator and neighbor. Inherited human nature willingly puts legalistic rule above love. Law keeping can become an idol.

    New Testament Christian are gifted with a desire to be personally holy, love God’s Way, and yield to servicing others. Jesus’ Apostle Peter gives us the perfect summation.

    (1Peter 1:13-21; Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which has CALLED you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conduct; Because it is written “Be you holy; for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conduct, received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by Him do believe IN God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.)

    Note it’s, “by the revelation of Jesus Christ that, we fashion ourselves. Being holy is to recognize, redemption is by His precious blood, that Jesus is, foreordained-manifested in these last times for us.”

    Obviously Jesus’ apostles kept His weekly and annual Sabbaths. Paul went to great length explaining that the crux of his preaching was, ‘Jesus Christ and Him crucified.’ No Apostle, believer or Christian ever considered changing anything in God’s original words.

    Paul explains at Philippians 2:3-11; Complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.)

    Jesus revealed to John that near the end of this age, “a time He refers to as the abomination of desolation will be revealed”, then people in Judea should flee to the mountains because of the onset of persecutions. Of that time Jesus said, among other things; “Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.” (Matt 24:20)

    Could be, Muslims and Jews think Jesus is referring to the sixth day, and Christendom think He’s referring to the first day. Thank God truth is revealed to His followers.

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