Sabbath And The Way

In Philippians Paul talks about the believers in Philippi being pressured to accept the doctrine that one has to follow the rules of the law of Moses in order, to be saved.

The subtle difference of course is how “love is the fulfilling of the law”, so those who are saved and born again – “transplanted from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light” follow the law of Moses in Spirit, just as Jesus pointed out in His ‘Sermon on the Mount’, it’s not really good enough to not murder, but don’t be angry at someone – or someones – without cause, i.e. disliking them.

The one’s insisting the seat of Jesus (who IS salvation) be shared with the seat of Moses, at their authority, Paul said, were acting like dogs. How do dogs act? They are always pushing each other to be leader of the pack, to be dominant.

Jesus said that’s the way the world is and believers should not be that way.

Also in his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote there was only one way to remain pure and blameless – “I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding, that you would distinguish those things that are suitable, that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ”.

“…the washing with water through the word, to present to Himself a glorious church without spot or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy (including whole) and blameless.” – Ephesians 5:27-28

Sealed Foreheads?  of Revelation 7:1-4, and 9

After this – the opening and first appearance of Seal 6 – I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back its four winds so that no wind would blow on land or sea or on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, with the seal of the living God. And he called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or sea or trees until we have sealed the foreheads of the servants of our God.” And I heard the NUMBER of those who were sealed, 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel… ..After this I looked and saw a multitude too-large-to-count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue..

….Revelation 9:4 – “…only those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads..”




There’s two things in my life which make me wonder if at heart, I am still to some degree, a Pagan. (Lol)

One being I love the phrase Holy Ghost. I don’t use it, but often want to.. It’s outdated I guess.. people wouldn’t know what to think.. lol.

The other is my Christmas tree with its colorful lights. Reminds me of stained glass.. the only stained glass in my life right now.

Do I have to give these two things up? I don’t worship the tree.. or decorate it in the name of a strange God. I’m not even thinking of a supposed guy named ‘Santa’, but to be honest, our Father in heaven, in many ways, reminds me of the fictional Santa.. After all, “God is love” 1 Jn.4:8.

It’s kind of like the Sabbath, I think. I love to observe the original Sabbath, especially as it begins on Friday evening. And it may indeed be the superior thing. But I don’t think it’s a commandment for Gentile believers, per the Jerusalem council in Acts chapter 15.

So for now, I’ll leave it at that. Should the Spirit of God say otherwise, I pray I have ears to hear. Always!

God bless your coming year!

A Most Subtle Thing

Perhaps one of the most subtle of things is the whole issue of law vs grace. The first thing to notice is how versus does not really belong there! But there’s a secret! Or so it seems.

The secret, or key, is one of “direction”. When it comes to law and grace, the formula is grace first. The law coming first, the imposing from the outside, is failure. For it demands compliance in one’s imperfect and flawed state. And denies the reality of the flawed state. And if sincere, it is frustration.

I have to think this is one of the top, all important things God is teaching us.

So what is the successful formula?

In answer to “Lord teach us to pray”, one of the things Jesus said was “if your child asks for a fish would you give him a serpent? How much more will your heavenly Father  give the Holy Spirit to them who ask Him?”

This suggests to me that the answer to all things is more of the Spirit of God. Grace. So the law in us is not an imposing from without, but a radiating from within. From a changed, born again heart.

The confusion is thinking when one says we are “saved by grace apart from the law” it’s assumed the thinking is anything goes, there are no standards to uphold. This is a wrong perception. Can we trust Grace? The working of God’s Spirit? His Spirit within results in change of character. For “God is love” and “love works no ill”.

”Love is the fulfilling of the law.” And paradoxically the law, imposed from without, does not produce love, nor any of the “fruits of the Spirit”. If we will remember, it was keepers of the law who plotted and finally carried out the crucifixion of Jesus.

The apostle John said – by this we will know if we know him, if we follow his commandments. (And if we love one another. And I believe, if we have true affection for our fellow person.)

Acts 15, when the apostles held a council (got together to decide) they said it seemed good to them and the Holy Spirit, that gentile (non-Israel) believers did not have to observe the covenant God had with Israel – as an observance. To abstain from sin of course. But they did not have to be circumcised, etc. And elsewhere about Sabbaths, Paul wrote to  “let” each one be fully persuaded about it, in their own mind. Let each one make up their own mind – some observe one day above others (Sabbath) and one views all day’s alike (Sabbath times every day), let each be..

If God Most High and all powerful wants us all to observe a Saturday Sabbath, we will, but it will come from within.

This is a subtle twisting of truth. Any twisting of the truth robs the gospel of its POWER. “If we mix Law with grace we are fallen from grace.” If we remember right/know our New Testament history (Acts and the Epistles/letters) we know this was the first subtle assault upon the gospel.