And Ye Would Not

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Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

They are really nice promises that returning in rest we’ll be saved. Then there are these negative lines at the end ‘and you would not.’

Aspects of Christianity that People can easily Get Into

A few months ago I was speaking with a minister from another church and we were speaking about church standards, beliefs and standards of living. Like us they were very conservative, they had high standards, they have a prophet, we have a prophet and the prophet that we have – Ellen White – has given a lot of detail on standards. The Bible gives a lot of detail on standards. Moses gave a lot of detail on standards. Also their prophet gave a lot of detail on standards. We were speaking together and we were sharing different points of belief and Christian standards that we both believed in. In our conversation I brought up the Sabbath and they didn’t believe the Sabbath.

They asked me a question; if someone doesn’t keep the Sabbath will they be lost? You have heard questions where you have a standard and someone said, ‘if you don’t do that standard are you lost?’ It sorts of puts you in a funny situation like this standard is the source of our salvation. Do you get that mentality coming across sometimes? They had standards and one of their standards was that they didn’t drink alcohol. Same as us, we don’t either. I asked him a question and said; do you believe that if someone drinks alcohol that they are lost? The response was yes. If you can’t obey the prophet how can you be saved? Is that true or not? Why would people be lost? They are lost because of disobedience.

It is interesting that if you do something wrong, you are lost. We spoke about the Garden of Eden and he said it was a piece of fruit. God said don’t eat it. They did and were lost. It is a small thing. It was not drinking alcohol. It was just a fruit and you are lost. He asked me a question; if someone doesn’t keep the Sabbath day are they lost? He went on to explain some examples of reformers in the dark ages who he believes as well as we that they will be saved who yet never kept the Sabbath to make the point that you may not be lost. I said, are there examples in the Bible where someone drunk alcohol and was not lost? Of course! Does that mean we can drink alcohol and still be saved? Is abstaining from alcohol the source of my salvation or is keeping the Sabbath day the source of my salvation?

We had a really nice conversation. I respected the man. We had a really nice time together. It made me think; why are people lost? Is it because they failed to do something? If there is a standard and to not achieve that standard is sin and then the wages of sin is death? If I don’t achieve a certain standard I am lost. Is it a good way to think about this? Is it natural to think like this? I have to achieve certain things otherwise I am lost. I can give you a hundred Bible texts that show that unless you do this certain thing, you won’t be saved or not do a certain thing thou shalt not.

I believe we will not be lost so much by not doing or doing certain things in action, but that we will be lost depending on what we do with Jesus. This takes all the legalism out of the question yet still keep the standard that Christ can accomplish in us. My belief is that we will not be lost so much of what we do, but what we have done with Jesus. This will be the biggest element.

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. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

Does that text confuse you? It says if you see a brother sin a sin not unto death pray for life for him. Why do you need to pray for life for somebody who sins a sin not unto death?

There are two things; if someone sins a sin not unto death, you should pray for him. If there is a sin which is unto death don’t pray for him. These two types of sin; one needs life.All unrighteousness is sin and there is a sin not unto death. That seems to conflict with the Bible text that says the wages of sin is death. All unrighteousness is sin and the wages of sin is death. Here we see that there is a sin that can receive life even though you have committed the sin. There is a sin that you cannot receive life. If you make a sin and then receive life will you die? No! The result is not death but you still have to receive life. In other words, let us make it simple. There is a sin that is acceptable within the plan of salvation and there is a sin that is outside the plan of salvation.

The classic example is the devil. The devil is not in the plan of salvation. The atonement on the cross was not for the devil. Christ’s blood that was shed was not for Satan. It was for mankind? Should we be praying for the devil for salvation? No! There are two types of sin. Don’t get it wrong. All sin is unrighteousness. All unrighteousness is sin. We are not trying to say there is some sin that is acceptable and there is some sin that is unacceptable. All sin is unacceptable. There is a type of sin that is eligible for salvation/life and there is a type that isn’t.

It is easy to get in the mindset that if you do a sin that is it; you are lost, and in that particular sin you will have eternal death. That will make our religion looking at actions as the source of not being lost or ultimately being saved. Making it a work based religion. The other extreme is where you say, it doesn’t matter if you sin. Just live how you like and you will still be saved anyway as long as you have a mental confession of the existence of God and Jesus and certain amount of doctrines.

Numbers 5:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  6  Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any sin that men commit, to do a trespass against the LORD, and that person be guilty;  7  Then they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal thereof, and add unto it the fifth [part] thereof, and give [it] unto [him] against whom he hath trespassed.

Here is this restoration for sin. Notice the wording; If any man or woman shall commit a sin any sin that man commits, it sort of gives the type of sin. Here the Lord is saying, Moses, these sacrificial system; if anyone sins this type of sin that men commit then here is the procedure to have it reconciled.

Hosea 6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

When Adam transgressed, was there a way of escape? Can Adam have eternal life? If Adam has eternal life, he transgressed. Although he transgressed he made a sin. Was it unto death ultimately or was it not? He received life. If you see a man/brother sin a sin that is not unto death, this type of sin that is called not unto death then you shall pray for life for him. He needs life because he will die. But when he receives life, he doesn’t have to die. Therefore the sin becomes not unto death. There is a way of escape. It is like Adam. Like men, if anyone commits a sin then they should receive a plan of salvation for it and they won’t die.

1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.  12  Not as Cain, [who] was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Here is an example of two brothers. Did Abel sin? Was Abel a sinner? How do you know Abel was a sinner? He had to make a sacrifice. Abel was a sinner. Was Cain a sinner? Here is the contrast between the two people. One is called ‘he is of the devil’ and ‘one is of God.’ One receives pardon and one didn’t. It says, ‘not as Cain’ using Cain as the example for someone who sins after the similitude of the devil. Why did Cain kill Abel? It is because his brother was righteous. That is the different sort of sin than the sin that they obviously did to make the sacrifice in the first place.

Why does Satan Hate Christ?

Is it the same reason why Cain hates Abel? It is because He is righteous and the other is evil. John paints the picture of these two types of sin; sin unto death and the sin not unto death. When we are talking in the religious world, we start to get down to these standards. We start to put down parameters that if someone doesn’t achieve these standards they will be lost. Is that the correct way to look about it? Is that the healthy way to view religious standards? If someone doesn’t do this particular thing, they will not be saved. How we need to be looking at it is how do they respond to Jesus? How people respond to Jesus will determine whether they are like Satan in hating righteousness itself because it is righteous and the rest are wicked or whether they are sinning like Adam sinned in a terrible situation, a struggle between his own way and God’s way and it was a struggle because he did want to do God’s way but he had this powerful way and he made his decision in this woeful situation like Adam. It says if a man sins a sin like men commit; but there is a sin after the similitude of the devil.

We will look at the problem that mankind has when we walk with the Lord and sinning and failing to admit standards and how that acts upon our salvation.

There is a loss of salvation because someone didn’t do something right.

The Brothers of Joseph

Genesis 42:21 And they said one to another, We [are] verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

Why were the brothers in strife? It is because they would do a certain thing. They heard their brother in anguish, when he besought us, and we would not hear. Because of that some bad things came. Were they lost? Was it a sin what they did? Yes, it was a sin and it required forgiveness.

Joshua and Caleb

Here is another example of Joshua and Caleb after they had a little bit of time in the wilderness. They came to the borders of the land of Canaan. They gave their report.

Deuteronomy 1:25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought [it] down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, [It is] a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.  26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God:

What was the problem with the children of Israel? They wouldn’t go up. Here they are not doing something. They are failing. They rebelled against the commandment of the Lord. They would not. They had the fruit in the land, they had God’s promises but they wouldn’t do it.

Deuteronomy 8:20 As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.

What sort of picture does this draw? If you are not obedient then you will be destroyed. Can we get a very legalistic view of if you don’t do this you are finished? That reflects on how we operate as a church or how we interact with each other that if someone doesn’t do it they are lost. Look at this text. This text is true but the human slung that we put on it is that the obedience is some outward action that God is requiring. The voice of the Lord is more than that. The voice of the Lord is calling on us to not just outward action but come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden and if you would not come unto Him you will be lost. If you don’t come to Jesus will you be lost? Does that sound legalistic? No, but if I said if you don’t have the certain standard in a particular action of yours you will be lost, does that sound legalistic? You can say obedience; but one is not obedient to what a sinner can do.

I have often thought, how do you become obedient when you are disobedient? Do you know there is away you can be obedient in disobedience? In your disobedience there is a way you can be obedient. It is by coming back to Jesus. You have been disobedient and thought, ah, my whole life I have disobeyed, I failed in every department, I haven’t done this, I haven’t done that. Despair and anguish can crush us but there is one obedience you can do and that is to go to Jesus. That is the obedience where you will be judged on. Did you go to Jesus?

What is the voice of the Lord? Is it a legalistic requirement where God is laying down things for us to achieve or is the voice of the Lord a standard where the Lord Himself has promised to accomplish in us if we come to Him? When we absorb this, it has a profound approach on how we will interact with other people.

Will I be Lost if I?

When someone asks the question; if I don’t do what your church says, will I be lost? I will be lost if I talk about defiling a body and how unhelpful practices are wrong. We can say that caffeine and coffee is wrong and it damages the body and there are heaps of studies to show that it is. So we can say that taking caffeine is a transgression against our bodies which is the temple of the Holy Ghost, therefore you will be lost. People then say are you saying I will be lost if I drink coffee? This is the point. You will be lost if you don’t go to Christ. If I am destroying my body in whatever habits I have; the Bible doesn’t tell us not to smoke. The Bible doesn’t tell us not to do drugs on so many levels and yet the world understands they are wrong. When we come to Christ, He will correct all the habits that are outside of His line; but the point is coming to Him. If I don’t want to come to Him, that is a different story altogether.

The Children of Israel

Judges 2:16 Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.  17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; [but] they did not so.

Every time we read the Old Testament we are in danger of reading it in the legalistic view. That comes from the sentiment that the Old Testament and the New Testament are of different dispensations in how salvation was accomplished.

The way that a New Testament Christian is saved is exactly the same way that someone is saved in the Old Testament; but we have the tendency of reading all these things in a way where we say, ‘they didn’t listen to God, they went and did the wrong thing and therefore God took them out.’

God was communicating to them and was amongst them as a shepherd. If a ship doesn’t go to the shepherd it will be eaten by wolves. That is not legalistic. It is common sense: But the idea that if the ship doesn’t follow the shepherd, the shepherd will turn around and smash the sheep on the head is legalistic. There are different ways you can read this text. This is the point of what it is that they would not do. Are we in danger of doing the same?

2 Kings 18:12  Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, [and] all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear [them], nor do [them].

Here was the sentence that was pronounced against Israel. The reason was because Moses as a servant had commanded all these things and they wouldn’t do it. They wouldn’t hear it or do it.

If you don’t obey the prophet, you will be lost. That is true; but looking it at a legalistic point of view is not the correct representation. What we will do with Jesus is the question that we need to always have in our minds.

2 Chronicles  33:10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. 11Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.

Why did this happen? They would not hearken. You can see in this text in the Old Testament it is biblical that if we do not have obedience we will be lost. The question is; how do we look at this word ‘obedience’? Are we looking at it as ‘all those standards that the church put up and is expounded from the Bible and from the prophets’ writings? It is like a giant war, a mountain of requirements on this and that level and if I don’t do this I will be lost. That way of thinking is a shift to a total different aspect of what obedience is actually is.

We see a side of God which is benevolent which is the other side where it seems like here are Israelites. Moses told them all this stuff and they didn’t do it. He is going to send them to these nations to get killed and burnt and it is like, ‘God is really tough on this people.’ All these scriptures are from the Old Testament also and we will see all this beautiful display of the same problem but helps paint.

Psalms 81:10  I [am] the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. 11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.  12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: [and] they walked in their own counsels.

What does it sound like? I want to give you blessings. I want to help you out. I want to fulfil my promises to you but my people would not hearken to me. What picture does this paint? God wants to bless them, help them, fulfil the promises that He made to them but they wouldn’t accept it. Open your mouth so that I can fill it with blessings. But they are not opening their mouths. If a child is hungry I will feed the child. What if the child doesn’t open their mouth? Is the child not being fed because it is a mean parent? Not at all! If the parent says, I will only feed you if you mop the floor first and if the child never mops the floor, ‘I will not feed you.‘ The child starves to death. It that a mean parent? In both cases one child is not opening the mouth and the child isn’t doing the chores to get its food,. The child won’t respond to receive the blessing is disobedient. One fault lies perfectly on the child and the parent can’t do anything about it.

The other one is the legalistic requirement of the parent.

How do you look at the Old Testament? My people wouldn’t hearken. That was the problem in all the other texts before. You wouldn’t hearken so the Assyrians came in and smashed your cities. You wouldn’t hearken and so you were carried to Babylon. You wouldn’t hearken and so this problem came to you as if God is this avenging God that hits everyone that doesn’t listen to Him. That is not God. He is saying, open your mouth so I can bless you but you wouldn’t do it. If you don’t get a blessing you get a curse. If you don’t get life, you get death. It is not God’s problem but we always blame God. God is simply saying, open your mouth and just let me but you wouldn’t do it. He is not asking us to live a perfect life. He is saying, come to me and I will make you live a perfect life but you wouldn’t come.

Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts.  10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:  11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.  12 To whom he said, This [is] the rest [wherewith] ye may cause the weary to rest; and this [is] the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

What sort of relationship is this bringing to our mind? It is a parental relationship of a loving parent to the child. I will feed you and do these things.

What is the problem with Israel? ‘I want to give you rest. I want to bless you with a day of rest that is a sign of the rest of the gospel that we are to enjoy every day of the week. I want to bless you with this but you would not. The people who would not will be lost. The question is; if someone doesn’t keep the Sabbath holy are they lost? It is a totally wrong way to come to the issue. The question is if God is blessing us and wants to give us a blessing and we don’t want to receive that blessing you answer the question yourself. Everyone knows the answer.

Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.  16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.

How are you saved? It is in returning. Returning means you had fallen into a pit and God is saying, ‘come back to me.’ Maybe you’ve got a wrong picture of God and think He is a God that is a tyrant. He says, ‘you have gone the wrong way. Not me. Come unto me.’
This is the God of the Old Testament. It is Jesus when He was at the cities and wanting Jerusalem to accept Him as the Messiah. He wasn’t asking them all to have perfection. He wanted them to receive Him and He could help them. He was so sorry because they wouldn’t receive Him.

The sick man that never takes the medicine, has no hope. Is it a legalistic loss because you didn’t take medicine that you are lost or is it just a method of salvation that you are not accepting? There is no other option. Christ cried over Jerusalem. He said, how many times have I gathered you under my wings like a chicken gathers her little chicks under their wings but you wouldn’t?

All through the scripture is this whole approach to disobedience. The disobedience was not coming to Christ and returning back to Him.

Jeremiah 13:11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

Do you see the problem? I want to make these people into something special. I want to develop their characters. I want to make them a jewel that shines. Sure they are not. They are sinners. They are a poor people. Out of all the nations the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt and they were very poor people. God chose them and said, I want to work with them. He was not trying to pick the qualified people. He wants sinners. That is the qualification. To qualify to be worthy and be a friend of Jesus means you need to be a sinner. Are you that? Then go to Him. The only reason that you will ever fail is because you didn’t go to Him. That is all. All the actions of our lives that we do and fall into are all side issues because they all can be overcome through the grace of Christ if a person goes. If they still exist ,we will be judged according to our works. Will we be judged because of what we have done or not done? The judgment will hinge not so much on just the mere fact that it was done, but you rejected the means for it not to be done or for it to be done – whichever it is. That has a fearful penalty.

If you are ever wearing a belt, it keeps everything together.

Matthew 11:16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,  17And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

How does Christ liken the generation? We played the tune, you never danced. You didn’t respond to that calling. Here Christ is calling. The call is a power in itself. If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me, everyone. Does that mean that everyone will come to Christ? They will have the drawing but they won’t respond. How will I liken this generation? We play the tune, we played it, you didn’t dance. You didn’t respond to these overtures of love, to a relationship that will make you overcome all your problems. You didn’t respond to that.

Christ gives us examples of this generation in a verse saying we have played to you and you have not danced.

Matthew 1:28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

That is the call. All through the Old Testament are the calls saying come unto me Israel. I will help you against all your problems. Just listen to my voice of love. People read it as a legalistic requirement; ‘if you don’t make the sacrifice in this particular form you are finished.’ The reason why they couldn’t obey is because they couldn’t come to Christ. If you don’t come to Christ you can’t obey. With Christ all things are possible. There is no problem you can think of that is not solvable with Christ. The only thing that will make it unsolvable is if you don’t come to Christ because with men it is impossible.

John 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?  39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,  40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with [their] eyes, nor understand with [their] heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

What was equated with the blind eyes? It was the hardening of the heart. When our hearts are hardened we will hear Christ’s invitation but won’t respond to it. If you don’t respond to Christ that is a sin unto death. Did Satan respond to Christ? Did Christ want Satan saved wanting him to reconsider his position before he left heaven? Of course He did but Satan didn’t respond. Did Christ make a call to Cain? He said, if you do well it will be okay. The ‘well’ wasn’t to live a perfect life and you won’t have a problem. If you follow the sacrifices not making your own program, if you just follow the conditions of the slain Lamb which represents me, if you take me and my offering things will work for you Cain. Cain said, it is too hard for me to bear. I don’t want your yolk. He left and received a mark.

The whole world will fall into the two categories; one will have the mark of beast which rejects the calling of Christ and the others will receive the seal of God which is responding to this call of Christ. Follow the Lamb where so ever He goeth. It is a relationship of following God. Not following a whole list of requirements dangled from the pulpit or things that some people say this is the checklist of religious things that you must tick off and when you’ve done it you are a holy person. It is far from it. It is following Jesus wherever He goes. Where Jesus will go is in a place that will purify you in your particular circumstances in His way.

Jesus did that with King David even to the point where King David did apparently the wrong thing, but what did Christ say about that? He was guiltless. It is because he was following the Lamb wherever He went. Where a legalistic man jump on David and say, this is the laid down requirement, David had a relationship with Jesus that purified him from all his wrongs that he had committed in the past and no one could judge him for it. The text says who is he that condemth? It is Christ that justifies and He has risen again. Who can condemn if you have a relationship with Christ? Do you have a relationship with Christ? That is what you need to ask yourself because that is the point where we will be judged on. What did you do with Jesus? Christ’s invitation all the time is not a driving approach where it is pushing us to go and do this and that. The hireling will push the sheep. Christ is the shepherd. He calls. I stand at the door and knock. He is not budging in and laying down the legalistic rules. He is knocking at the heart’s door. If any man will open I will enter.
It is an invitation where the marriage supper is on. Go and invite people to come. He wants to draw us to Him.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

That is a promise that empowers our will to come to Jesus right there. If we think, ‘I can’t come to Jesus’, the promise empowers us to come to Jesus. Whosoever will, let him come. It is what Christ is saying. If I don’t come, Christ will say, ‘they would not come.’ This is the rest where you will be refreshed and saved but you would not. Ellen White says if you will not, you cannot. We create the impossibilities ourselves.

Some regard sin as altogether so light a matter that they have no defense against its indulgence or its consequence. . . . {OFC 96.4}
If you suppose for a moment that God will treat sin lightly, or make provisions or exemptions so that you can go on in committing sin, and the soul suffer no penalty from so doing, you are under a terrible delusion of Satan. Any willful violation of the righteous law of Jehovah exposes your soul to the full assaults of Satan. {OFC 96.5}

God hates sin. He has made a way of escape from it and He requires you to accept that invitation. That is what He wants you to do. He doesn’t treat sin lightly. This message isn’t to say me not doing a certain thing doesn’t matter. It does actually matter but your biggest issue if we fail will be what you did with Jesus because that was your biggest solution to your problem. Sin is not a light matter. It shouldn’t be treated lightly; but let’s not go down the legalistic side in looking it as an act compared to a relationship, as a solution.

When you lose your conscious integrity, your soul becomes a battlefield for Satan; you have doubts and fears enough to paralyze your energies and drive you to discouragement. . . . {OFC 96.6}
Remember that temptation is not sin. Remember that however trying the circumstances in which a man may be placed, nothing can really weaken his soul so long as he does not yield to temptation but maintains his own integrity. The interests most vital to you individually are in your own keeping. No one can damage them without your consent. All the satanic legions cannot injure you unless you open your soul to the arts and arrows of Satan. Your ruin can never take place until your will consents. If there is not pollution of mind in yourself, all the surrounding pollution cannot taint or defile you. {OFC 96.7}
Eternal life is worth everything to us or it is worth nothing. Those only who put forth persevering effort and untiring zeal with intense desire proportionate to the value of the object they are in pursuit of, will gain that life which measures with the life of God…. {OFC 97.1}
We have the example of Adam and Eve before us, and the result of their transgression should lead every soul of us to avoid sin, to abhor sin as the hateful thing it is, and to feel, in view of the sufferings which sin is sure to inflict, that it is better to suffer loss of all things than to depart from the least of God’s commandments. {OFC 97.2}
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28. {OFC 97.3}
Many who hear this invitation, while sighing for rest, yet press on the rugged path, hugging their burdens close to their heart. Jesus loves them, and longs to bear their burdens and themselves also in His strong arms. He would remove the fears and uncertainties that rob them of peace and rest; but they must first come to Him, and tell Him the secret woes of their heart. . . . {OFC 97.4}
Sometimes we pour our troubles into human ears, and tell our afflictions to those who cannot help us, and neglect to confide all to Jesus, who is able to change the sorrowful way to paths of joy and peace. . . . {OFC 97.5}
He proposes to be our friend, to walk with us through all the rough pathways of life. He says to us, I am the Lord thy God; walk with me, and I will fill thy path with light. Jesus, the Majesty of Heaven, proposes to elevate to companionship with Himself those who come to Him with their burdens, their weaknesses, and their cares. . . . {OFC 97.6}
His invitation to us is a call to a pure, holy, and happy life—a life of peace and rest, of liberty and love—and to a rich inheritance in the future, immortal life. . . . It is our privilege to have daily a calm, close, happy walk with Jesus. {OFC 97.7}
Rest is found when all self-justification, all reasoning from a selfish standpoint, is put away. Entire self-surrender, an acceptance of His ways, is the secret of perfect rest in His love. . . . Do just what He has told you to do, and be assured that God will do all that He has said He would do. . . . Have you come to Him, renouncing all your makeshifts, all your unbelief, all your self-righteousness? Come just as you are, weak, helpless, and ready to die. {OFC 97.8}

You think of the promises when it comes to overcoming habits and actions. How much does God say He will do? Think of that. You must do what He has said for you to do. What is the first thing He says for you to do? Come to me! If we can do that He has promised that He will do everything He has said He will do. That is not legalistic yet it maintains a high standard but in the framework of the gospel.

What is the “rest” promised?—It is the consciousness that God is true, that He never disappoints the one who comes to Him. His pardon is full and free, and His acceptance means rest to the soul, rest in His love. {OFC 98.1}

May the Lord help us when we sin a sin that men commit. When you look at all the men; all the examples in the Bible, are hideous sins but Christ is offering His life. Let us not get on to the side of the devil where we reject Christ Himself. You can’t even pray for people who do that. Not that we should judge what that people. It is not our job but our work is that we would not be one of those that Christ will say, the Father will say, what happened to such and such a brother or sister? Christ will say, they wouldn’t come. I called them. I sent out servants to call them but they wouldn’t come. It is the only reason for failure – we wouldn’t.

I hope you can get appreciation of that negative part to those lovely texts. It is a warning for us. He put it there for a reason;not to be negative for negative sake but to be real because that is what life is about. I pray that we can accept Christ and come to Him with our hearts and all our problems and accept the invitation and accept His gracious promises.

Amen.

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Posted on November 30, 2013, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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