Present Truth Part 39-A
Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12
As I have said in previous blogs, Revelation 14:12 tells us that those who keep the commandments of God must also have the faith of Jesus. At this point I would like to add that Revelation 14:12 also tells us that the 4th commandment holds the key to keeping the commandments because it commands us to live by the faith of Jesus. I say this because the only way we can keep the 4th commandment is to do what Jesus said we must do in order to follow Him and that is to take up our cross every day and lose our lives for His sake (see Luke 9:23&24). Galatians 2:20 tells us what happens when we do that on a daily basis. It 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.
Only those who have this experience can keep the 4th commandment in spirit and in truth because they no longer walk in the flesh, they walk in the Spirit 24/7. Therefore they are in a constant state of rest because they only do the one thing that is required by the 4th commandment and that is to come to Jesus daily so they can cease from their works (see Hebrews 4:8-10). Once they take that first step and surrender the will daily, Jesus takes control and works in them to will and to do of God’s good pleasure (see Philippians 2:12&13). This is the labor we are called to do in order to enter God’s rest (see Hebrew 4:11) because this is the labor/work that results in experiencing not only God’s rest but also God’s righteousness. This is why Isaiah 32:17 says:
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
It is called the work of righteousness because it results in us experiencing God’s righteousness immediately through justification and daily through sanctification (see Romans 3:19-31 & I Corinthians 1:30&3).
This is the only work that the 4th commandment allows. Any other work is forbidden.
In next week blog I am going to deal with the most misunderstood verse in the 4th commandment and show how the work that is refers to is the work that results in experiencing God’s rest and God’s righteousness. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to once again ponder and pray over:
6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? … 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:24-26 & 31-33 (Emphasis supplied).