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).
In summary Romans 8:1-8 tells us that those who are in Christ Jesus are not condemned by the law of God (v.1) because they walk in the Spirit 24/7 (v.1- 5): They walk in the Spirit 24/7 because they are spiritually minded, which means that their mind (will) is controlled by the spirit and not by the flesh. It also tells us that the one whose mind (will) is controlled by the flesh is not subject to the law of God and therefore cannot please God (v.6-8). All of this helps us to understand why the 4th commandment starts by saying in the Exodus 20:8:
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Emphasis supplied).
As I said last week, the purpose of this verse is to keep us walking in holiness 24/7. Romans 8:1-8 lets us know that in order to do that we have to walk in the Spirit 24/7: Which means we have to take the first step every daily and surrender our will to Jesus because in order to walk in the Spirit 24/7 our mind must be under the control of the Spirit 24/7. Otherwise we cannot please God because our mind is not subject to God’s law (God’s commandments).
Now let’s see if what I have said so far agrees with what we are told in Exodus 20:10 which tells us what we must do in order to keep the Sabbath holy. It says:
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:
Verse 10 tells us the only way to keep the Sabbath holy is to cease doing any work. Now here is my question:
Why do you think that we must not do any work in order to keep the Sabbath holy?
Romans 8:7&8 answers that question by saying:
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).
Before I go any further I want look at what God said about why He gave His people His Sabbath in Ezekiel 20:12:
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I [am] the LORD that sanctify them.
God tells us here that He gave His people His Sabbath as a sign to constantly remind them that all their works were sinful and the work of sanctification (to make one holy) was (and still is) His and not theirs. Therefore, in order to keep it holy they would have to cease from all their works and enter His rest. However, God’s people did not listen to this because they had more faith in their works than they did God’s promises. This is why God went on to say in Ezekiel 20:13
But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which [if] a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. (Emphasis supplied).
The apostle Paul tells us that God’s people today are making the same mistake that God’s people of old did (see Hebrew 3:17-19 & 4:1-7). This is why he said in Hebrews 4:8-10:
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. (Emphasis supplied).
The phrase as God did from his tells us that the rest is not complete until we worship God in spirit (daily surrender) and in truth (honor his 7th day). The truth is that God not only rested on the 7th day, but he also blessed it and sanctified it (set it apart) so that all who entered into His spiritual rest would keep the 7th day Sabbath as a sign that it is God who sanctifies them.
When we do both (remember to keep it in truth on the 7th day and in spirit on the other 6 days) then, and only then, will we be sealed. I say this because Jesus said:
4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 4:24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.
Next week I am going to show how a right understanding and keeping of the 4th commandment is the key to worshipping God in spirit and in truth. I will also show how the devil has perverted the understanding and keeping of the 4th commandment to prevent God’s people from not only entering God’s rest but also from experiencing God’s righteousness. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture for you to once again ponder and pray over:
Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12