The first step in the path of obedience is to surrender the will to God.
Last week I used this quote to emphasis a truth that few Christians know or believe and that truth is this:
Surrender of the will is required in order to obey God: Without it any attempt to keep God’s commandments is sin.
The apostle Paul came to an understanding of this truth when He had an encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road and experienced his conversion (see Philippians 3:3-15). His testimony after that can be found in Galatians 2:20&21 where he 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.
Paul is telling us here that true conversion is a process of being crucified with Jesus daily so we can live daily by the power of His faith. In Romans 7:25 Paul lets us know that this process starts by taking the first step which is to surrender our will to Jesus (see last week’s blog for a more complete explanation for why I say this).
I stress the word process because another truth that few Christians know or believe is that obedience is a path that is to be walk in daily: A path that leads to daily sanctification and ends in total glorification. This is why we are told in Proverbs 4:18&19:
4:18 But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 4:19 The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. (Emphasis supplied).
This is why I submit to you that the purpose of the 4th commandment is to keep us walking in the path of obedience 24/7. With that said, I will now focus my discussion on what we are told in Exodus 20:8-1; the 4th commandment which says:
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. (Emphasis supplied).
My first question is this:
In verse 8 is God telling us to remember the Sabbath day so we can be holy on 1 day of the week or is God telling us to remember the Sabbath day in order for us to walk in holiness every day of the week?
If your answer is that the 8th verse is telling us to be holy 1 day of the week then my next question is this:
Is it possible to be holy on 1 day if you have not been holy on the other 6, or: If we are to be holy on just 1 day what are we to be on the other 6 days, unholy?
I ask these questions to show that the only way for the 8th verse to be interpreted in a way that is consistent with the rest of the bible is to realize that its’ purpose it to keep us walking in holiness 24/7.
Next week I am going to deal with verse 10 which tells us how to keep it holy 24/7. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:1-8 (Emphasis supplied).