THIS IS THE PROBLEM!

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14:9-12 (KJV)

Please read carefully the following quotation:

“The third angel’s message is the proclamation of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. The commandments of God have been proclaimed, but the faith of Jesus Christ has not been proclaimed by Seventh-day Adventists as of equal importance, the law and the gospel going hand in hand. I cannot find language to express this subject in its fullness.” {3SM 172.2}

And this has been the dilemma for too long now.  Yes, it is true.  The preaching of the “Commandments of God” does not go out along with the “Faith of Jesus” so it appears those who do not keep the “Commandments of God” are not worthy to be shown the “Faith of Jesus”!  It is only when there is a balance met in the preaching of the two—together, is when it will make an impact on those who have not accepted both, for it only by the acceptation of both will anyone be saved.

When we lift Christ up and people are able to compare themselves against the good He is, there comes a desire to want to be like Him.  Why?  Because He is our Savior.  And, because He is our Savior, we will come to the point of wanting to please Him.  How do we do this?  We do what He has done.  We’ll do what He has commanded.  But, when we put the cart before the horse, there is no movement upon the person’s life because he’s too focused on rules which he knows he is unable to comply.  However, when I see by loving Him and He loving me, and learn He will place His righteousness upon me, and will help me to accomplish the goals He has set for me, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I am able to look upon those Commandments in a favorable light because it is His power coupled with my effort, desire and prayer to align myself with His Holy Requirements and will be successful in doing so.

Lifting up Christ—first, is a given, must be done and must be exemplified in our lives before all men.  We don’t and should not lift up the Commandments, but Christ.  He is the savior not the Commandments.  And once the relationship is formed the maturity is soon reached when we ask Him, “Lord, how can I love you?”  And He lovingly says to us, “If you love Me, keep my Commandments.”  Our response will be, “Surely, Lord.  I will do it.”

Admittedly, while I look at Rev. 12: 17:

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev 12:17 (KJV)

I’ve always found “which keep the Commandments of God” quite easily understood but needed help in defining what, “have the testimony of Jesus Christ” fully meant.  Now, I don’t have that problem anymore.  And by virtue of the word, “and”, which is a conjunction meaning it joins together what is before and what follows, this is what brings victory.  You see, when you have mastered one or the other, then the Devil is pleased.  If we bring with all power about the Commandments without the “testimony of Jesus Christ”, we’re working for the enemy.  And when we “have the testimony of Jesus Christ” without the “Commandments of God”, we again are pleasing to the enemy.  BUT, when we have both working in harmony THEN and ONLY THEN is the enemy angry and will come after us because we are a threat to his kingdom.

Let’s make the devil angry today.

 

March 18, 2015

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