Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:28-29 (Emphasis supplied).
In this weeks’ blog I am continuing to deal with the question:
What are some of the things we can or must do in order to keep the 7th Day different from the other 6 days of holiness?
In last weeks’ blog I established the fact that the 4th commandment commands us to be crucified with Jesus daily so that Jesus can work in us both to will and do God’s good pleasure. (Please read or reread last weeks’ blog for an explanation of how I arrived at this conclusion). Therefore, the answer to the question, what are some of the things we can or must do in order to keep the 7th Day different from the other 6 days of holiness, is this:
There is nothing we can do different to make the 7th Day more special or holier than the other 6 days because there is no-thing we can do that is holy.
I know this answer brings us to a dilemma because the Bible makes it perfectly clear that the 7th Day is special to God and He commands us to honor that day in a special way, so how do we do it? Here is my answer to that question:
We do it by surrendering our will to Jesus so He can work in us both to will and to do of God’s good pleasure: Then and only then will the 7th Day be more special.
Again, I say this because of what Jesus said to the rich young ruler when he asked Jesus what good thing must he do in order to possess eternal life: Jesus’ answer was:
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
When we ask what can we do to keep the Sabbath holy or the 7th Day different from the other 6 days we are asking the same question the rich young ruler asked Jesus in Matthew 19:16 and Jesus’ answer is the same to us as it was to him:
There is none good but one, that is God.
Therefore, the only thing we can do to make the Sabbath more special than the other 6 days is to do the same thing we must do on the other 6 days and that is to surrender our will to Jesus so we can say:
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. Galatians 2:20-21 (Emphasis supplied).
Daily surrender of our will to Jesus is not just the only way to keep the 4th commandment; it is also the only way to keep the other 9 commandments because it commands us to walk in the righteousness of Jesus 24/7 and not our own: When we do that the one who is holy (Jesus) will make the 7th Day special.
In summary, when we keep the 4th commandment in its’ fullness Jesus will make the 7th Day special because He will work in us both to will and to do of God’ good pleasure and it is God’s good pleasure for us to honor His day.
Next week I am going to going to develop my summary thought more completely. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it] Isaiah 58:13-14 (Emphasis supplied).