“Unless therefore I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture, or by the clearest reasoning, unless I am persuaded by means of the passages I have quoted, and unless they thus render my conscience bound by the Word of God, I cannot and will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other; may God help me! Amen!” – Martin Luther – Diet of Worms (1521)
The truly amazing thing is that all of the “difficult texts” listed below cease to be “difficult texts” the moment one accepts the truth about the covenants. So long as one resists this eternal truth he is left with the dilemma of having to put a spin on all of these verses, much like the infamous media “spin doctors” in Washington D. C..
“Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:15-16.
One of the most refreshing things about being an ex-Adventist is, I no longer have to explain hundreds of “difficult texts” to help others understand the way I view the Bible.
My position today, does not require “a spin” on it for anyone to see it. Rather it takes a spin to avoid seeing it. What I am asking is that you read the Bible and believe exactly what is written. I believe the Bible means exactly what it says, and if something is unclear then I believe in allowing another passage, that speaks on the same topic elsewhere, to explain its meaning. It requires a “spin” on these verses to believe anything other that what is plainly written! So do your very best to lay aside the Adventists explanations you have been taught to believe by a myriad of highly trained and extremely gifted evangelists during the countless seminars you have no doubt attended during your time as an Adventist. Remember, “sometimes we can be too smart for our own good!”
Those who carefully and objectively read this entire post will become more and more amazed as they begin to see the continuity of scripture telling one cohesive story in perfect unison and harmony when it comes to the law and the covenants. Many will never read their Bibles the same way after reading this post!
Undoubtedly some will read these verses to see which ones they can explain. At one time I would have done the same. Resist that urge, and simply read the Bible, as if for the first time. Allow the word of God to be the teacher, and approach the scriptures as an empty vessel, ready to learn from its wisdom. The scriptures are not arranged in any particular order as I would normally have done in a regular article, rather they are presented in the order we find them in the Bible starting with Genesis through Revelation. May the Holy Spirit speak to you as you read the word of God today!
And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient. And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.
Note: Leviticus through Deuteronomy or what Adventists would call the ceremonial laws, were not written at the time the covenant was ratified. The Ten Commandments were in essence the only law given at the time the Old Covenant was ratified. The only written account of the Ten Commandments at this time was made by the hand of Moses in the Book of the Covenant. The ceremonial laws were not yet given at the time the covenant was ratified. The ceremonial laws were later amended and placed outside the Ark of the Covenant. The covenant itself, the Ten Commandments were placed on the inside of the Ark. With this foundation laid, please read Galatians 4:24-31; 2 Corinthians 3:7, and Hebrews 8:6-13.
“And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. 4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: Beside the Sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.
And on the sabbath day two lambs of the first year without spot, and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and the drink offering thereof: This is the burnt offering of every sabbath, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.
“And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.”
Deuteronomy 5:2, 3
“The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.”
Deuteronomy 5:14, 15
“But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And REMEMBER that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.”
We will continue listing Difficult Bible Texts for Seventh-day Adventists in a few moments. We must take a pause here, because the implications of the fourth commandment in Deuteronomy 5 are too important to merely make a few passing comments, because most will miss its significance.
Source: BIBLICAL SABBATH KEEPING
These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.”
According to verse 22, verse 15 was spoken by God in the mount, and it is written on the tables of stone. Verse 15 was not an after thought. Moses explicitly says, “he added no more.” Verse 15 was not added to what God said, rather it was included in what He said on the Mountain.You must read BOTH Exodus 20:8-11 and Deuteronomy 5:14-15 in order to have the COMPLETE COMMANDMENT – that was spoken from the mountain, and later written in tables of stone. This is not an either/or situation. You can’t pick and choose. Adventists like to quote Matthew 5:18, “one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” but they themselves have left out a lot of jots and tittles – in fact an entire verse that belongs to the Sabbath Commandment! The Adventists have depicted a hammer and a chisel defacing the Sabbath out of the Ten Commandments, unaware that this is precisely what the Adventists themselves have done. If you endorse the Sabbath today then you must keep the whole thing.
Adventist like to call attention to the word REMEMBER in the fourth commandment. But they really would like to forget the fourth commandment in Deuteronomy 5. In order to keep the Sabbath “according to the commandment” you must remember the deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt each and every Sabbath. This is absent from the Adventists practice and teaching, and understandably so. It would be out of place to require a Gentile Christian to remember the Hebrews Exodus from Egypt every Saturday and to further teach that they will forfeit eternal life if they fail to keep this commandment. And yet this is a part of keeping the Sabbath day Holy according to the Ten Commandments. It is not possible for Gentiles to remember that THEY were delivered from Egypt. Only the Jews themselves could fulfill this commandment.
The first words God spoke from the Mountain were “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Exodus 20:2, Deuteronomy 5:6
Q. Who is God speaking to?
A. The Hebrews.
Q. Who is He exclusively making this covenant with?
A. The Hebrews. (See Ephesians 2:12)
God reminds us of this fact, right in the heart of the fourth commandment. In a few moments we will look at Ephesians 2:11-20, which teaches us that God removed the commandments that were restricted to the Jews, so that the Gentiles could join God’s people.
The Hebrews agreed to obey the Covenant given at Mt. Sinai, whereas Christians agree to obey Jesus and thereby enter into a New Covenant relationship with God. Gentiles have never been placed under the Covenant given at Sinai. In a legal sense Gentiles never had, nor ever will be obligated to the Sinaic Covenant. See Galatians 4:24-21.
Since there appears to be two versions of the Ten Commandments, the Adventist only believes in keeping the version that they are comfortable practicing, thus agreeing to obey the Sinaic Covenant. In light of Deuteronomy 5:22 there are not two versions of the Ten Commandments, rather there is only one, and the two accounts given in the Bible each fill in the pieces for what the other lacks. Exodus 20:11 references creation, and omits the exodus, Deuteronomy 5:15 does the opposite, it references the exodus and omits creation. Other than this the two accounts of the Ten Commandments are identical.
Exodus 20:11 and Deuteronomy 5:15 WERE BOTH SPOKEN in the mount and were BOTH written on the tables of stone. We find this same type of thing happening in the Gospels, where one account gives certain details that the other does not. That is why we must study “line upon line. here a little and there a little. ” In any case, both versions of the Ten Commandments include the “gates” which is a reference to the gates of the cities of Israel. The Sabbath commandment according to both versions of the Ten Commandments was to be observed within the gates of ancient Israel.
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Exodus 20:10.
Give special attention to the way that Deuteronomy – once again – gives us a more complete account of the fourth commandment. “. . . that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.”
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. Deuteronomy 5:14
“Abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” Exodus 16:29.
Those who lived in the country were not permitted to travel on the Sabbath and had to remain in their homes. Those living in the cities were only permitted to travel from their homes to the synagogues and then back home so long as it was with in the allotted “Sabbath Days Journey” of 2000 paces. This is why the women had to rush home before the Sabbath, and could not return with their spices until Sunday morning to care for the body of Christ. “On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.” Luke 23:54-56, Luke 24:1
Keeping the Sabbath “according to the commandment,” was a corporate experience. Translating this into modern terms: a Seventh-day Adventist who lives in New York does not truly keep the Sabbath so long as millions of people desecrate the Sabbath with common labor within the boarders of New York City. In order to truly keep the Sabbath according to either version of the Ten Commandments the Seventh-day Adventists would have to rectify this in every city the live. If so much as a stranger within their gates desecrated the Sabbath it brings sin upon all “according to the commandment.”
For further evidence about the importance of the gates in ancient Israel’s observance of the Sabbath see Jeremiah 17:21, 27, and Nehemiah 13:15-21. In fact it would be beneficial to read the entire book of Nehemiah with the Sabbath commandment in mind, you will walk away from this reading with a fresh new appreciation for that book of the Bible. Only the Jews in ancient Israel could fulfill Sabbath according to either version of the Ten Commandments.
Is there a distinction between Commandments and Ordinances? See this post!
Source: The Old Covenant is Finished!
Bible Covenants have a SIGN OF REMEMBRANCE attached to them which reminded them to obey the covenant.
For Adam it was Animal Sacrifices
For Noah it was the Rainbow.
For Abraham it was Circumcision
For the Old Covenant it was the Sabbath
For the New Covenant it is Communion or “Lord’s Supper,”
“THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME!”
“For this is my blood of the new testament“
The Sabbath was the sign of the Old Covenant. Israels observance of the Sabbath demonstrated their under obligation to observe the covenant given at Sinai. Observing the sign of the Old Covenant today demonstrates that a person is still living under an older contract with God, which “glory was to be done away” 2 Corinthians 3:7. There is only one contract that is binding upon God’s people today, i.e. the New Covenant. And the only sign of remembrance we need to observe today is communion
Each sign served as a symbol which represented Christ. Paul calls these things “shadows.” The Bible teaches that when Christ died he fulfilled the old covenant doing away with its authority. Paul says these conditions have been “abolished.” Legally speaking God had a contract with ancient Israel, and it ended at the Cross, and was replaced with another newer contract based on better promises.
“When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord had made with you, then I remained on the mountain forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water.”
1 Kings 8:9,21:
v.9 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.”
v.21 “And there I have set a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord, which He made with our fathers when He brought them from the land of Egypt.”
Note: During the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, it was observed that the only thing that still remained in the Ark of the Covenant was the Ten Commandments. Inside the Ark of was the “covenant of the Lord.”
1 Chronicles 23:31
And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the LORD in the Sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the LORD:
2 Chronicles 2:4
Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.
2 Chronicles 8:12-13
Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch, Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the Sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.
2 Chronicles 31:3
He appointed also the king’s portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.
“And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant.”
Note: Remember this and the above verses when you read Colossians 2:14-17.
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For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.
Longest chapter in the Bible, and all about the law, and refers to the law as statutes, ordinances, judgments, etc, without distinction.
Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Note: Colossians 2:14-17 is a mirror image of this passage, Isaiah is the shadow, Colossians is the fulfillment.
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Note: “Law and the Prophets” or “testimony references the BOOKS OF MOSES and the writings of the PROPHETS i.e. the 613 commandments in the Torah and the prophecies given through the Prophets.
Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;
“But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle afire in the gates thereof and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.”
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Ezekiel 20 calls the second and fourth commandments, “My statutes and My ordinances”
do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.’ V7
But they rebelled against Me … nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. V8
I gave them My statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live. V11
I gave them My sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them v12
Israel rebelled … they did not walk in My statutes and they rejected My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live; and My sabbaths they greatly profaned. V13
because they rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they even profaned My sabbaths, for their heart continually went after their idols. V16
I am the Lord your God; walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and observe them. V19
Sanctify My sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’ V20
did not walk in My statutes, nor were they careful to observe My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live; they profaned My sabbaths. V21
because they had not observed My ordinances, but had rejected My statutes and had profaned My sabbaths, and their eyes were on the idols of their fathers. V24
I also gave them statutes and ordinances v25
As for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord God, “Go, serve everyone his idols; but later you will surely listen to Me, and My holy name you will profane no longer with your gifts and with your idols. V39
And the burnt offering that the prince shall offer unto the LORD in the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish. 5 And the meat offering shall be an ephah for a ram, and the meat offering for the lambs as he shall be able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.
All the people of the land shall give this oblation for the prince in Israel. 17 And it shall be the prince’s part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the Sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.
Daniel 7:8, 24
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
Note: 538 A.D. is the year when the Ostrogoth’s were driven out of Rome. The Ostrogoth’s later recovered from their defeat, went on the offensive, and re-occupied Rome from 541 to 548 A.D. In other words, the Ostrogoth’s were not uprooted in 538 A.D.
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
The Christians were universally assembling on Sundays by the year 140 A.D., two centuries earlier than Ellen believed. Adventist Historian, Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi PhD as well as hundreds of historians, encyclopedias, and contemporaries of the first through fourth centuries attest to this. The Christians in Rome were hiding in Catacombs during this time, and could not have possibly influenced all of Christendom to adopt this practice, by this early date.
“I differ from Ellen White, for example, on the origin of Sunday. She teaches that in the first centuries all Christians observed the Sabbath and it was largely through the efforts of Constantine that Sunday keeping was adopted by many Christians in the fourth century. My research shows otherwise. If you read my essay HOW DID SUNDAYKEEPING BEGIN? which summarizes my dissertation, you will notice that I place the origin of Sundaykeeping by the time of the Emperor Hadrian, in A. D. 135.” Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi PhD.
“Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?”
“Think not that lam come to destroy the law, or the prophets: Jam not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”
“Law and the Prophets” references the BOOKS OF MOSES and the writings of the PROPHETS i.e. the 613 commandments in the Torah and the prophecies given through the Prophets. All the post resurrection references testify that Christ did indeed fulfill the law and the prophets. Furthermore, the context does not warrant applying Matthew 5:19 exclusively to the 10 commandments, rather this verse applies to all 613 commandments contained in the Torah. “One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, TILL all things be accomplished” v. 18.
“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, TILL the seed should come to whom the promise was made;” Galatians 3:19
These are my words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, how that ALL things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me.” Luke 24:44.
Below is a Small Sample of How Christ Fulfilled the “Law and the Prophets”
in the law: Genesis 3:15, Genesis 14:18, Genesis 22:18, Genesis 49:10; Lev 16:2-19; Numbers 21:8, Numbers 35:25; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; John 3:14, John 5:46; Acts 3:22-24, Acts 7:37; Hebrews 3:5, Hebrews 7:1, Hebrews 9:8, Hebrews 10:1
in the prophets: Luke 24:27; Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 11:1-10, Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, Isaiah 42:1-4, Isaiah 49:1-8, Isaiah 50:2-6; Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53:1-12, Isaiah 61:1-3; Jeremiah 23:5, Jeremiah 33:14; Ezekiel 17:22, Ezekiel 34:23; Daniel 2:44, Daniel 7:13, Daniel 9:24-27; Hosea 1:7-11, Hosea 3:5; Joel 2:28-32; Amos 9:11; Micah 5:1-4; Haggai 2:7-9; Zechariah 6:12, Zechariah 9:9, Zechariah 11:8-13, Zechariah 12:10, Zechariah 13:7, Zechariah 14:4; Malachi 3:1-3, Malachi 4:2-6
in the psalms: Psalms 2:1-12, Psalms 16:9-11, Psalms 22:1-31, Psalms 40:6-8, Psalms 69:1-36, Psalms 72:1-20, Psalms 88:1-18; Psalms 109:4-20, Psalms 110:1-7, Psalms 118:22; John 5:39; Acts 17:2-3; 1 Peter 1:11;
Anyone who denies that Jesus fulfilled the “law and the prophets” is by definition an antichrist. The Messiah by the very definition of the prophecies given about Him; is the One who is to come and fulfill the prophecies about the Christ in the “law and the prophets.” “Who do you say that I am?” “Thou art the Christ!” Matthew 16:15-16.
For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? John 5:46-47
The Sermon on the Mount: Known as “The Christian Constitution,” gives us a contrast of the way things were in the past, to the way they are today under the regime of Christ. The laws discussed mingles the Ten Commandments and other well known laws of the Torah without distinction.
“Ye have heard that it was said”
Ten Commandments &
other Laws of the Torah
“but I say unto you”
“Law of Christ” Galatians 6:2
“Thou shalt not kill”
Unjust anger = murder
“Thou shalt not commit adultery”
Lust = adultery
“give her a writing of divorcement”
Divorce only permitted because of adultery
Thou “shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths“
“Swear not at all”
“eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”
“turn the other cheek”
“Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy”
“Love your enemies”
(Christian Research Institute)
“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”
And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
The Scriptures clearly states that Moses sinned, died and is now in heaven (Jude 9). If everyone’s sins are NOT blotted out until AFTER the investigative judgment, how could Moses enter heaven? The Bible clearly states that no sinner will enter heaven (Rev. 21:27). Moses’ sins must have been blotted out prior to 1844!
There is no mention of an Investigative Judgment when Ellen White relates how Elijah was taken directly to the throne of heaven: “There was yet a great work for Elijah to do; and when his work was done, he was not to perish in discouragement and solitude in the wilderness. Not for him the descent into the dust of death, but the ascent in glory, with the convoy of celestial chariots, to the throne on high.” Desire of Ages, p. 301.
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Note: “The Law of the Prophets”, hang from these two commandments, not the Ten Commandments as SDA teach. The 613 commandments contained in the Torah came to there end when we passed from the old to the new covenant. Despite what Adventists claim, the Ten Commandments themselves do not teach the attributes of love, such as mercy, forgiveness, long-suffering, visiting the widow, and the fatherless, and feeding the poor, esteeming the needs of others as greater than our own, etc. The Old Covenant law pails in comparison to “the Law of Christ” Galatians 6:2. See 1 John 4:21.
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
“Matthew 24:20. “Neither on the Sabbath-day.”
Long JOURNEYS WERE PROHIBITED by the law on the Sabbath, Exodus 16:29. . . . It should be added that it was almost impracticable to travel in Judea on that day, as THE GATES OF THE CITIES WERE USUALLY CLOSED, Nehemiah 13:19-22.” Barnes Commentary
“Matthew 24:20. “Neither on the Sabbath-day.”
“That you may not raise the indignation of the Jews by travelling on that day, and so suffer that death out of the city which you had endeavored to escape from within. Besides, on the Sabbath-days the Jews not only kept within doors, but THE GATES OF ALL THE CITIES AND TOWNS IN EVERY PLACE WERE KEPT SHUT AND BARRED; so that their flight should be on a Sabbath, they could not expect admission into any place of security in the land.” Clarke’s Commentary.
“Matthew 24:20. “Neither on the Sabbath-day.”
“Because then the gates of the city were closed, preventing departure.” ‘The Peoples New Testament’ Bible Commentary.
Note: Gates – See my comments on Deuteronomy 5:14,15.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Note: Compare to John 14:15, 15:12, and 1 John 3:23. 2 John 4-6
The early church of the first century went out in the world to teach “all things” that Christ taught. Notice it was HIS teachings that were commissioned here, not Mt. Sinai.
“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.”
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Note: Compare to the Ellen’s “Investigative Judgment” theory. There was no need to investigate this man’s case. He believed and was saved. According to Great Controversy all must pass the Investigative Judgement before their fate is known. Jesus bypassed the “Investigative Judgment” and settled things right then and there for the thief on the cross.
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
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“Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man; for He knew what was in man.”
Note: Compare to the Ellen’s “Investigative Judgment” theory. There is nothing to investigate, God already knows!
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
Note: Do you remember Jeremiah 17:21, and Numbers 15:32-36?
John 5:24 (RV)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement; but is passed from death unto life.”
Note: Remember this verse whenever you study about the “Investigative Judgment!”
“Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him.”
Note: Compare to the Ellen’s “Investigative Judgment” theory. There is nothing to investigate, God already knows!
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
If ye love me, keep MY commandments.
This is MY commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Note: See also 1 John 3:23, 4:21, and especially 2 John 4-6.
“And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter, kill, and eat.”
Acts 13:42, 44
And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
See the article ” The Sabbath in the Book of Acts.”
“Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.”
Note: Compare to the Ellen’s “Investigative Judgment” theory. There is nothing to investigate, God already knows!
And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
See the article ” The Sabbath in the Book of Acts.”
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
See the article ” The Sabbath in the Book of Acts.”
And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
See the article ” The Sabbath in the Book of Acts.”
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are (present tense) sanctified.
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are (present tense) sanctified by faith that is in me.
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
Note: See Titus 1:15, 1 John 3:20-21.
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Note: the SDA formula “at-one-ment” = RECONCILED! “
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Reconciled equals 1. Sins not imputed, and 2. righteousness imputed on our behalf in Christ by faith. These are the two main pillars of salvation. Christ is our righteousness. It is not Christ + our works that make us righteous before God, rather it is Christ alone, by faith alone! See Ephesians 2:8,9. Some like to say we are “saved by faith alone,” and while this is true, I like to think of it this way. “We are saved by Christ alone!“
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Note: Compare to Romans 3:19,20.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Note: Compare to Galatians 3:10; 3:23, 4:21; 5:18
“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbour hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.
The teachings of Christ are such GOOD NEWS, that I cannot help myself here, I must pause, and take a moment and share some of this GOOD NEWS with you. After all I love to talk about the teachings of Jesus Christ.
What the Old Covenant law attempted to introduce, but failed to accomplish, the New Covenant law of Christ has succeeded, yea, it has triumphed over sin and has given us “a better way.” “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor,” hence if we love our neighbor we will not lie to him, or steal from him etc. The law of Christ does all of this and more! The Old Covenant law was merely a list of “Do not’s.” The Ten Commandments “Do not” include commandments to be merciful (That is why the various statutes were added to the Old Covenant such as not to charge interest to a fellow Israelite and help his animal out of the ditch etc.). The Ten Commandments “Do not” include commandments to be forgiving, and longsuffering, not to mention gentleness, kindness, and patience and compassion. “Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:23.
The law of Christ does include all of these, and more. Christs love moves from within our hearts to do as the Good Samaritan i.e. to help the helpless, to visit the widow, and the fatherless, and to feed and clothe the poor. To give a coat to someone who has none, when we have two. Love not only fulfills the old law, the law of Christ does what the law of Ten Commandments “Do not!“
It is no wonder that the law of Christ is called the Greatest Commandment, since it is far superior to even the Ten! Another striking contrast between the old and new law, is the law to “love one another” does not condemn either ourselves or others, neither does it bring guilt or fear, whereas the old law of Ten Commandments does. “Perfect love casts out all fear!”
Thousands know it in their hearts, that they do their best to obey the Ten Commandments, out of a fear of condemnation if they fail to live up to it, and thousands of others seek out to condemn those who they deem less righteous before the law than themselves. Legalism tends to produce either guilt and self condemnation or it fosters pride in ones own good behavior and tends to enjoy condemning the failings of others in order to reassure himself of his own moral worth. Whereas the Christian obeys the law of love, because it is a joy, and makes us happy! Christ’s commandments truly are the law of liberty!
As the old hymn suggests, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus“
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
“I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself. but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”
Note: See Titus 1:15.
“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.”
1 Corinthians 1:2
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are (present tense) sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are (present tense) saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 9:20-21
And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
1 Corinthians 14:37
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
Note the oft quoted verse: “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.” 1 Corinthians 7:19.
As I said at the beginning of this post, I allow scripture to do its own interpreting especially when we find definitions for terms within the same epistle i.e. letter. We do the same when we get to 1 John!
1 Corinthians 15:2
By which also ye are (present tense) saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
2 Corinthians 2:15
For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are (present tense) saved, and in them that perish:
2 Corinthians 3:3-17
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.”
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Note: “The man that doeth them shall live in them” compare to Ezekiel 20:11-13, 21 posted earlier in this chapter.
And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.”
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
“But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”
“Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times and years.”
Days = Weekly Sabbaths
Months = Monthly New Moon Sabbaths
Times = Annual Festival Sabbaths
Years = 7th Year Sabbaths
Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were (past tense) sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are (present tense) saved.)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”
The Ten Commandments were written by both the hand of Moses before they were written on tables of stone
(Read this link and the two comments that follow it for the complete study)
2 Thessalonians 2:15
“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”
1 Timothy 2:11-15
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”
1 Timothy 4:1-4
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.”
2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath (past tense) saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Note: Ellen White taught that “we should never dare say we are saved” but instead ought to keep working at it. Selected Messages Book 1 page, 315
2 Timothy 2:19
“The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His.”
2 Timothy 4:1
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Note: Compare to Ellen White’s 1844 “Investigative Judgment” theory.
“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”
Note: See Romans 2:14-15, 1 John 3:20-21.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us (past tense), by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
For both he that sanctifieth and they who are (present tense) sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
“The word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature that is not manifest in His sight; but all things are naked and laid open to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”
“Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Note: The Levitcal Priesthood offered sacrifices continually, year by year. Melchizedek received tithe from Abraham ONCE. Hebrews 9 &10 emphasizes the work of Jesus Christ as our high priest occurred ONCE for all time, not continually. The investigative judgment theory has Christ doing His High Priestly work continually since 1844. Please read Hebrews 9 &10, and you will find the emphasis on ONCE is precisely the point in direct context to Jesus Christ fulfilling the anti-typical Day of Atonement in heaven as our High Priest; which earlier we are told is after the order of Melchizedek. Our King and High Priest offered His own blood before the Father and made atonement for our sins once, there is no need to do this a second time 1900 years later, nor is there any need for Him to do so continually since 1844 until today. Once He did so He SAT DOWN at the right hand of God. Why? Because the Father has already accepted Christ’s blood to make atonement for sin.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Romans 5:10-11
TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT VERSES 11-12 AND COMPARE IT WITH 25-26, AND VERSE 7. THERE IS NO MISTAKE, THE HOLY PLACE IN VERSE 12 IS THE MOST HOLY, ON THE ANTI-TYPICAL DAY OF ATONEMENT. THE CONTEXT BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER SHOWS THE CONTINUITY OF THIS FACT THROUGH OUT THIS CHAPTER.
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
Note: The Old Covenant was written on the “tables of the Covenant” and was placed inside the “Ark of the Covenant.” The truth of all of this is so obvious it takes serious effort to avoid seeing it. “In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” Hebrews 8:13.
Hebrews 10:8, 9
“Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”
Hebrews 10:10, 14
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. For by one offering he hath (past tense) perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
Note: The Royal Law,” also called the “Law of Liberty” is “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” This is the “Law of Christ.” This is His commandment! “Against such there is no law.” “Love fulfills the law.” It is love that visits the widow and the fatherless, and refuses to show partiality between the rich and the poor. It is these types loving deeds, that James reminds us to perform.
1 John 2:3-4, 7-8
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep HIS commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not HIS commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
Note: See 1 John 3:23, 4:21, 2 John 4-6. See also John 15:12, and Matthew 28:18-20.
1 John 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Note: Both “the law” and “transgression of the law” in the Greek is “anomia,” which is the word for “iniquity,” and that is precisely how it is translated elsewhere. The words “nomos,” which is the word for ‘law,” and “entolē,” which is the word for “commandments,” are ,completely absent from 1 John 3:4. Here is what this verse is saying to us:
“Those who live sinful lives are disobeying God. Sin is disobedience.” 1 John 3:4 God’s Word.
Here is another example of the Greek word “anomia”
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their INIQUITIES (anomia) will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12
1 John 3:20-21
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
Note: See Titus 1:15. Romans 2:14,15.
1 John 3:22-24
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do the things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments abideth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he gave us.
Note: See also 1 John 4:21, 2 John 4-6.
1 John 4:21
And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.
Note: This verse contains the “Two Great Commandments.”
1 John 5:2-3
Hereby we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and do his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Note: See 2 John 4-6.
1 John 5:16
“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”
2 John 1:4-6
I rejoice greatly that I have found certain of thy children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote to thee a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we should walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, even as ye heard from the beginning, that ye should walk in it.
Note: According to John the Great Commandment, to “love one another” is “His (God’s) commandments” that “we have received from the Father.” He who “loves one another” fulfills “God’s Commandments” in Revelation 12:17, 14:12, 22:14 – these verses are also written by John. The New Testament is adamant about the fact that Love fulfills the law! His commandments truly are not grievous. The yoke of Christ’s commandments truly is easy, and His burden light. Matthew 11:28-30.
As I said at the beginning of this post, I allow scripture to do its own interpreting especially when we find definitions for terms within writings of the same author, most especially when we see this same definition repeatedly throughout his gospel and all of his writings.
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are (present tense) sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ,
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us (past tense) from our sins in his own blood.”
Note: Contrast this with Ellen’s 1844 “Investigative Judgment” theory. Adventists believe their sins have yet to be cleansed.