The Law of Life : The Fourth Commandment

This selection consists of two articles on the "Law of Life : The Fourth Commandment".  The second article is but a continuation of the first.  It is often the case that the clearest Bible teachings present the most difficulties to us because of preconcieved ideas.

Article 1:  Whoever reads the Bible with care will notice that there is never any suggestion of the possibility of doubt as to which day is the Sabbath. The whole burden of the Scripture is as to its nature, and the manner of its observance. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” We are not required to make it holy; God himself did that in the beginning, to which the commandment refers us. When the heavens and the earth were finished, God “rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.” Genesis 2.2, 3. To sanctify is to make holy. The same word is used in the commandment as in Genesis 2.3. The idea prevails quite generally that men can keep any day holy, that they can make any day holy on which they choose to rest. This is a grave error. Only He who can create can make holy.

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Article 2:  The Gospel is “the power of God unto salvation,” and His everlasting power is seen in all the things that He has made. Therefore the power of the Gospel is to create, to make new. “If any man is in Christ there is a new creation; the old things are passed away; behold they are become new. But all things are of God.” 2 Corinthians 5.18, 19, R.V., margin. In Christ “is our redemption” because “in Him were all things created.” Colossians 1.14,16. He is Redeemer because He is Creator, and redemption is creation. It is a complete and perfect work. Christ’s last words on the cross were, “It is finished!” The cross of Christ brings those who accept it into the condition in which man was at the close of the sixth day of creation, when God saw everything that He had made, “and behold it was very good.” Therefore, since the Sabbath is the mark or seal of a perfect new creation, it is the seal of the Gospel, the sign of the cross, the pledge of the complete redemption of all things.

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