Last week we discovered the more we do the work of faith (daily surrender of our will to Jesus), the more we enter God’s rest. This is because the work of faith results in us being able to say that we live by the power and faith of Jesus who works in us both to will and to do God’s will (see Galatians 2:20 & Philippians 2:12&13). This is also why the apostle Paul said:
1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. I Corinthians 1:30&31 (Emphasis supplied).
All of scripture makes it abundantly clear that the work of salvation is the work of God and God alone and the only work that sinful humanity can do is the work of faith. This is what Jesus was trying to get the religious leaders of His day to understand when He said:
5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. John 5:39&40 (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus makes it clear here that the purpose of every scripture is to teach us the only work we are to do is the work of faith (come to Him in daily surrender: Any other work is sin. This is why Hebrews 11:6 says:
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Emphasis supplied).
To ensure that we live by this truth God gave us 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).
The only verse that gives us any room to believe that we are to do any other work than the work of faith is the 9th verse which says:
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
However, in order to get this text to say that our work should be to do anything other than the work of faith we must take it out of context: Not only with Exodus 20:8, 10 and 11 but with all of scripture.
Next week I am going to deal with what I believe to be Satan’s greatest deception and why He has worked so hard to destroy or distort the Sabbath truth as revealed in the 4th commandment. Until then I leave you with what Jesus said about the Sabbath in Mark 2:27&28:
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).