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 said that this text tells us what is necessary to resist the mark of the beast and receive the seal of God. I also said that the key to keeping the commandments of God is in having and keeping the faith of Jesus. Then I ended by saying that the 4th commandment holds the key to keeping the faith of Jesus which is the key to keeping the commandments and receiving the seal of God. This week I will begin to explain why I said the 4th commandment holds the key to all of this. In order to do that I must take another look at what we are told in two key scriptures.
First Galatians 2:20&21 says:
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. (Emphasis supplied).
This tells us 2 very important things about keeping the commandments of God. The first thing it tells us is that we cannot keep the commandments without having the faith of Jesus because in doing so we only frustrate the grace of God. The second thing it tells us is that in order to have the faith of Jesus (#7) we must allow Jesus to crucify our flesh (#6). Therefore, those who keep the commandments no longer do any work because the life they now live in the flesh is no longer controlled by them (not I) but by Jesus who now lives in them: They not only live by the power of His faith they are also cleansed and made holy by the power of His righteousness immediately, by faith: Not theirs but His (see II Corinthians 5:17-21 & Romans 3:19-31).
With that in mind, let us now look at what we are told in Hebrews 4:8-11:
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).
This tells us 3 very important things about entering into God’s rest. The first thing it tells us is that Jesus has to give God’s rest to us (v.8): We cannot enter God’s rest without coming to Jesus (see Matthew 11:28-30): In other words, No Jesus; no rest. The second thing it tells us is that when Jesus gives us rest we cease from doing our works (v.10). The third thing it tells us is that the only work (labor) that is left for God’s people to do is the work that will enable them to enter into His rest (v.11). Therefore, the question that God’s people must know the answer to in order to resist the mark of the beast and receive His seal is this:
What is the work that will enable God’s people to enter into His rest?
Galatians 2:20&20 lets us know that the answer to that question is the work of keeping the faith of Jesus. This is exactly why Revelation 14:12 says:
Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Those who keep the faith of Jesus will also keep the commandments of God because they will be keeping the 4th commandment. I say this because the 4th commandment was given by God to keep us resting in Jesus. This is why it starts by saying:
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Emphasis supplied).
Next week we are going to take a look at the 4th commandment in light of all that has been discussed in this blog and we will see more clearly why I say that keeping the faith of Jesus holds the key keeping the commandments and receiving the seal of God. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and to pray over:
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 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: 20:11 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 (Emphasis supplied).