Present Truth Part 34
Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12 (Emphasis supplied).
In last week’s blog I stated that as long as we abide “in Christ” there is no condemnation because the law of the Spirit of life guarantees our #6 (sinful flesh) will be crucified by the power of #7 (Christ living in us) through the process of righteousness by faith (RBF): A process that not only guarantees our righteousness but also our sanctification and ultimately our redemption (see Romans 8:1-4 & I Corinthians 1:30&31).
I also stated last week that the only way to abide “in Christ” is to surrender our will daily because then and only then can we say:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (Emphasis supplied).
Without daily surrender of the will we cannot say that the life I now live is no longer controlled by my flesh (#6) but it is controlled by the power of Jesus (#7) who now lives in me and the life I now live in my flesh (#6) is lived by the power of the faith of Jesus (#7).
Before I go any further I think it is very important that we understand that even after Paul said that he was crucified with Christ he said that he still lived his life in the flesh. However, the difference surrender made was his flesh was now controlled by the power and faith of Jesus who now lives in him. This is very important to understand because it explains why we must continue to abide in Christ through daily surrender the will to Jesus. Notice this very powerful quote on the absolute necessity of daily surrender taken from the middle of the first paragraph of the book The Desire of Ages page 324:
When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature… But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one. We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light… The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. (Emphasis supplied).
This is why we are told in Revelation 14:12:
Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Emphasis supplied).
Revelation 14:12 tells us that those who reject the mark of the beast and receive the seal of God (the saints) will not only keep the commandments of God but they will also keep the faith of Jesus. It says this because it is impossible to keep the commandments of God without having the faith of Jesus. In other words, it is impossible to keep the commandments without daily surrender of your will to Jesus. Those who focus on keeping the commandments without daily surrender of the will can only produce more sin because all they can produce is self (#6) righteousness which is filthy rags (see Isaiah 64:6). However, those who focus on keeping the faith of Jesus by daily surrender of the will to Jesus will produce God’s (#7) righteousness which is what the law of God requires (see Romans 3:19-31). Again, this is why the apostle Paul said:
2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Next week I am going to show why the 4th commandment holds the key to keeping the faith of Jesus which is the key to keeping the commandments of God and receiving the seal of God. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:8-11 (Emphasis supplied).