2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus said this to the religious leaders of His day because Satan had been successful in distorting the true purpose of the Sabbath. A quote from the book, The Desire of ages, pages 35 & 36 reveals the principle that Satan used (and still uses) to deceive God’s chosen people concerning the 7th day Sabbath’s true purpose:
Through heathenism, Satan had for ages turned men away from God; but he won his great triumph in perverting the faith of Israel. By contemplating and worshiping their own conceptions, the heathen had lost a knowledge of God, and had become more and more corrupt. So it was with Israel. The principle that man can save himself by his own works lay at the foundation of every heathen religion; it had now become the principle of the Jewish religion. Satan had implanted this principle. Wherever it is held, men have no barrier against sin. (Emphasis supplied).
The principle that all biblical truth is based on is: JESUS SAVES. Satan hates that principle because He knows that those who live by it are able to be set free from the slavery of sin. Therefore, Satan has tried everything in his power to do away with it. At first He tried to do away with it by destroying the Bible and all who believed and lived by it. But he found that it only caused the truth to be revealed more powerfully in the lives of those who lived by it and the Church of God grew stronger. Finally, Satan realized that he could accomplish his purpose much more effectively by perverting the faith of God’s people. Satan did this by getting them to believe in, live by and teach a principle that is anti-truth and anti-Christ. That principle is:
Man can save himself by his own works.
Now I will fast forward to the 4th commandment by asking this question:
Have you ever wondered why the 4th commandment has been the center of so much debate and contention within the Christian faith?
I have and I have come to a conclusion and that conclusion is this:
Satan knows that it is the commandment that will cause us to surrender all to Jesus 24/7 because we believe in and live by the gospel truth: JESUS SAVES. Therefore, Satan has done everything in His power to corrupt the truth it teaches by implanting the principle that man can save himself by his own works.
Next week we are going to show how the whole world has been deceived or made drunk by the principle that man can save himself by his own works. In the mean time I leave you with this scripture to ponder and pray over:
1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 1:26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 1:27 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: 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. Colossians 1:25-29 (Emphasis supplied).