If we are saved by grace through faith, where does that leave us with the 4th commandment?

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Speaker 1

So Julie is asking, if we are saved by grace through faith, where does that leave us with the Fourth Commandment? HoNOR the Sabbath and keep it holy. Saturday is the Sabbath, but Christians worship and call Sunday the Sabbath, I presume is what she meant to say.

Speaker 2

Yep.

Speaker 3

That’s a really great question, Julie, and I really appreciate you submitting this and bringing some attention to this, because it is an interesting topic because there’s so many people out there. There are many Christians that believe in keeping the Fourth Commandment, as God told his people at creation and again reiterated it with the Ten Commandments wrote on stone in his own finger. And then we see in the life of Jesus, Jesus keeping the fourth commandment in resting on the Sabbath day, which is on the 7th day of the week. And it’s interesting because we’re talking about it being Good Friday. And I always thought it was so interesting that we belong to Christ through creation. We are Jesus’s because he created us in six literal days, and on the 7th day he rested. And then we’re Jesus’s by redemption. Jesus bought us back after we’d sold ourselves out for same, in the same like manner we see at the end of the week, he’s crucified on Friday right before Sabbath, and he rests on the Sabbath day, and then he’s resurrected on Sunday, the first day, and begins a new week of recreation, basically. So it’s just kind of an interesting thought just putting it out there.

Speaker 3

And so when you’re talking about if we’re saved by grace through faith, then basically do we need to keep the commandments, specifically the fourth Commandment, which is remembering the Sabbath day, to keep the holy. So what I want to kind of go back then is just kind of looking at, first of all, what is grace? Because so many people say, oh, I’m saved by grace. I don’t need to keep the law. But let’s go ahead and see what the Bible says about grace. So let’s go to the Bible in one Corinthians, chapter 15 and verse ten, and I don’t know if we can get that up there. I know our director is Very busy this evening, so if not, I can go ahead and pull it up. But, yeah, I would like to look at one Corinthians 1510. Thank you. It says, but by the grace of God, I am what I am. This is Paul speaking. And his grace toward me was not in vain, but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me so, so many people believe that, oh, grace means that you don’t have to do anything because you’re saved by grace.

Speaker 3

And it’s true. We are saved by grace through faith, not of works, lest any man should boast, it is a gift from God. And so I definitely believe that we are saved by grace. Absolutely. There’s nothing we can do to earn our salvation. We’re not trying to earn our salvation by any means. However, when we’ve received God’s grace, we can’t help but do something about it. And we see this firsthand in the life of Paul, as he just said, that he labored even more because of not just him, but the grace that was with him. And so it is definitely a product of being saved by grace that an outward expression in works would follow. Not that, obviously. Again, we’re not saved by works. We’re not saved by keeping the Sabbath. We’re not saved by any commandment keeping at all. We’re saved because of the merits of Jesus Christ for the blood he shed on Calvary, not by our own works. But again, let’s look more at what Paul says about grace. And if you go to the Book of Ephesians chapter three and verse seven, it says something else very interesting. EphesiAnS chapter three, verse seven.

Speaker 3

And there it reads, I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace, given me through the working of his power. And so again, we see the effective working of his power, basically that we see grace again being associated with a working, a doing something. But again, it’s not our works, it’s God’s work. It’s God’s grace working through us and in us, just like we of ourselves can do nothing, but we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us. And so God is telling us here that agaiN, we are given grace, not for the sake of sinning, like Paul says in Romans chapter, know, because where sin abounds, grace abounds, he says. So then should we sin that grace may abound, he says, God forbid. Absolutely not. We can’t any longer live in sin if we claim to live after Christ. That doesn’t make sense. And so, as far as commandment keeping, we are called to obey Christ’s commandments. Jesus said, if you love me, keep my commandments and follow my example. And the example Jesus gives us very clearly is keeping the fourth commandment, which is the 7th day Sabbath keeping.

Speaker 3

And so, just one more callback to what grace does in Titus chapter two, verses eleven through 14. This is just such a beautiful passage, I absolutely love what our brother says here in Titus again in chapter two, verses eleven through 14. And here he says, I’m going to see if it will come up on the screen. There it is. For the grace of God. Here we see the grace of God again, that brings salvation, has appeared to all men. And in verse twelve, he goes on to say, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age. And so here we see this is part of the acts. Sorry, go ahead into verse 13, just to finish up this thought, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. And in verse 14, he says, who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for himself his own special people, zealous of good works. So again, here we see God’s grace being a part of our salvation and working in us to no longer live out of the law.

Speaker 3

We are supposed to live in the law of God. And God made his law very, very clear that he is the Lord. He changes not. And all his commandments are righteousness. And because his commandments are righteousness, we are to live by the law. Not that the law saves us by any means, but rather it is a schoolmaster, as it says in the New Testament, that the law is a schoolmaster, showing us basically what is going on with our character and basically being like a mirror to look into, to say, does my life reflect? Is the law of God reflected in my life? Or are there areas that need to be fixed? And so that’s the purpose of the law. The purpose of the law is to show us where we need to grow in God’s grace and to keep his law by his grace, not of our own strength, but by his grace and his power. So it’s so easy, I think, to criticize our brothers and sisters, who maybe they do keep Sunday as a tradition of the world, but we need to live by example and showing that we can keep God’s law by his grace.

Speaker 3

And that’s how we obey all of the commandments, one through ten, including the fourth Commandment, which is to keep the Sabbath holy. And then as far as why Sunday is kept, sadly, it’s been handed down through so many years, and it was prophesied that this would happen. We know from Daniel, chapter seven, verse 25, that this fourth beast of Daniel, chapter seven, in verse 25, it says that it would seek to change times and laws, and the only law of God associated with time is the fourth Commandment, which is the 7th day Sabbath. And here we see that many hundreds of years ago, just a little bit after the early church had kind of faded away in the first few hundred years after the Christian Church formed, that a false Sabbath did come in, which is the first day of the week. And sadly it’s just been a tradition, but we would rather obey God rather than the tradition of men. And we see this pretty clear in Colossians chapter two, verses six through eight. So we’ll just go there really quick. Colossians chapter two, verses six through eight. Excuse me, just to reiterate this point and bring it home.

Speaker 3

So here it says, so then just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you are taught, overflowing with thankfulness, see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elements of spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. So there’s definitely a false system of worship. There are false things out there. There’s a counterfeit for everything that God has in his word. And we see that in the world just looking around and I mean, this is definitely, if you were the devil, you wouldn’t make something so obvious that it was like, oh, that’s obviously in contrast to God’s will. You’d make something that was a very similar counterfeit that would use deception, because that’s how the devil works. He’s a liar from the beginning and he uses lies to deceive the whole world. Honestly, that’s what it says in the Book of Revelation. So it would only make sense that the devil would then bring in a false counterfeit to God’s true holy day, which he set up again at creation.

Speaker 3

He reiterated know at Mount Sinai, writing it with his own finger in the tables of stone. Jesus kept it by his own example. And we see the disciples keeping the 7th day Sabbath throughout the entire New Testament. And even Paul himself says in Hebrews chapter four, talking about that if there was another day, God would have told us. But there remains rest for the people of God, and God did rest from his works on the 7th day and we are to do the same. And so yeah, there’s really no reason to keep any other day other than what God has clearly laid out in his Bible that you see from COVID to cover, from Genesis to Revelation, the 7th day Sabbath. However, it cannot be in our own strength, it can’t be in our own works. It has to be through God’s grace that we are able to keep the law because of our own self. Again, we can’t keep any of God’s law because our hearts are desperately wicked. But it’s only by Christ creating in us a new heart and writing his law in our heart, which is the New covenant, that we are able to keep his law through grace and through faith.

Speaker 3

So I hope that is encouraging to you, my friend, and I pray that you continue to walk in grace, grow in grace, and obey Christ’s law as you abide in him. So, yeah. Jay or Wendy, any other thoughts on that?

Speaker 2

I do, and I love your approach there and focus on grace, because I think that is so important to the heart of the New Testament message and why it’s different than the Old covenant. And then I think another aspect to it, too, is that we often talk about here how the New Testament isn’t abolishing the things from the Old Testament, it’s taking those principles and magnifying them. So we talk about that. We go from thou shalt not commit adultery to don’t even look lustfully at somebody. And we recently made a video where we talked about, yeah, maybe the New Testament doesn’t say you have to tithe, but it’s teaching that everything we have now should be used as a living sacrifice given to God. And I can make the most now of this time and your resources for God. God’s calling for all of it. And sort of, it’s a Sabbath, too. There’s nothing. Sure, the Sabbath is gone. Rather now we need to be understanding and living greater than before the principles of Sabbath and not abolish a day. Not just say, oh, it’s a season, but really what’s at the heart of it.

Speaker 2

And that the heart of the Sabbath is love, just like all of God’s law. And it’s the Sabbath that teaches us that time and being present with somebody is important. And here it’s a special time that’s set aside for God and by God. And what do we communicate to God when we don’t care about mean? And there’s this deep interconnection between faith and love. And Tina always cites this verse, which is spot on. Galatians five, five through six. It says, for we through the spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. So righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

Speaker 3

Amen.

Speaker 2

Faith working through love. And so this now becomes a heart of the New Testament. It is love that we’re called to do and be. And if we’re not loving, we’ve talked about it before. That’s like a number one indicator. Somebody doesn’t really know Jesus. And when Jesus is condemning the Pharisees, he’s condemning even future Christians, it’s because they have not love. For example, they’re not taking care of the poor, the needy, all these people. Jesus will say, I don’t even know you, because you have not love in your heart, basically is what Jesus is saying there. And so Jesus says, so what does it look like to love God? John 1415 Jesus says, if you love me, keep my commandments. That’s our expression of love to God. And we don’t force ourselves to keep it as commandments just because God said so. God would be a tyrant if that’s the case. But Jesus is saying, if you love me and why do we love him? Because he first loved us. So when we get to understand God’s love, his mercy, the grace Tina was talking about, that he showed us that now should prompt us to love him back, keep his commandments, do what pleases God.

Speaker 2

And the God who in Mark 228 says, I am the Lord of the Sabbath. And if he’s the Lord of the Sabbath, how do we want to treat the Sabbath? We want to keep it holy, or are we going to want to desecrate it? Isaiah 56 Two says, blessed is the man who does this, the son of man who lays hold on it, who keeps from defiling the Sabbath and keeps his hand from doing any evil. Sabbath, too, has so many aspects about faith. I think we’ve done a video on it, too. So there’s a deep connection. Sabbath really becomes the ultimate test of faith, because are you willing by faith to say, I don’t need to work on a particular day, I’m going to slow down, I’ll just be with God and trust God to take care of me, because I have set aside this day as he set aside.

Speaker 1

And I think God encourages us to delight ourselves in the Sabbath day and to enjoy the blessing of the Sabbath day. And so when we think about this question, if we’re thinking that it’s like a legal thing to have to keep the Sabbath, it’s like, well, is it a legal thing to have to eat the food that you enjoy eating that makes you feel great just because you have to live? Just because you have to live, but you love to eat it and you feel amazing when you do. I think it’s kind of the same sort of thing. If we learn to appreciate Sabbath for what it is, we truly get to delight ourselves in it and enjoy the blessing of it. And I was not raised a Sabbath keeper, and keeping Sabbath was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it required a complete change in my whole life. But it is totally worth it. Absolutely worth it.

Speaker 2

I mean, go back to Mark 227. God says Sabbath was made for man. There’s a blessing there for us to embrace and take advantage of. But it’s that day God designated, the day God set aside that carries that blessing. It’s not whatever day we choose.

Speaker 3

Yeah, definitely.

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