Thought for the Day – 29 September 2017

 

Thought for the Day

True Christians who observe the biblical Sabbaths and biblical festivals are, in fact, pioneers. They are pioneering the Way of life which all nations will soon learn in tomorrow’s world!

For example, the Sabbath pictures the reign of Christ during the coming seventh millennium of human history. It is the “rest” which God commanded from the beginning.

Hebrews 4:4; 4For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.”   

That is why Paul was inspired to write:

Hebrews 4:9; 9There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”  

God’s Sabbath and His annual Holy Days picture His great Plan. Yet true Christianity, of course, involves far more than keeping the biblical Sabbaths. It involves an entire Way of life based on Jesus’ example and His teaching:

Luke 4:4; 4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”   

And over and over, throughout the entire Bible, God’s Word shows us clearly that obedience to the Ten Commandments is the way of life Almighty God prescribes for His true “saints.

Revelation 14:12; 12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

But the devil has injected into the minds of many ministers the strange idea that “grace” somehow supersedes obedience to the very law of Almighty God, which was somehow “done away” after Christ. They are taught that all one has to do is “believe on Jesus” and one’s sins are immediately forgiven even though no real repentance is required! However, they do know the Bible says clearly that one must repent of sin in order to be forgiven and receive God’s Spirit.

Acts 2:38; 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”   

The Bible also says clearly:

1 John 3:4; 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 

If sin is breaking God’s law, then that is the very thing to be repented of! And, to repent means to turn around and go the other way! How clear! 

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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