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1. The Law Our Schoolmaster

By John Thiel, Walking in the Light of 1888 Conference, Study 1, mp3

We are to walk in the light that came down from heaven in 1888. And you consider this; it’s a subject 120 years old. And why walk in the light of something that was addressed 120 years ago? Why address the matter such a long time after? We have already been made aware that the light of the Revelation 18 angel came back then; and that was the beginning of this angel and the beginning of the light that would swell into a loud cry. So as we contemplate that reality, why has it taken 120 years? and why have we, to all human observation, seen such little impact of that message in the ranks of the majority of Adventism? The Lord in His mercy, according to Testimonies to Ministers, p. 91-92, gave a most precious message; and to do what? To bring more prominently the Lord Jesus to us. Read the rest of this entry

The Fundamentals of God’s Law

By John Thiel

There are three points we want to observe in this study – 1) God’s unbending justice. 2) The attitude that God’s people should hold in reference to that unbending justice. 3) How the church deals with transgression on the grounds of God’s justice. Bible religion is Godly fundamentalism in action but the religion of the bible has to do with black and white with no shades of grey. Right is to be jealously sustained and wrong is to be clearly condemned. While this is to be the religion of the bible there is a fundamentally right and wrong way of dealing with the wrong. While we need to deal correctly with the upholding of God’s true ways of the white in contrast to the black or right in contrast to the wrong, we have a fundamental way of dealing with the wrong in the right way. Godly fundamentalism includes hating the sin but loving the sinner. As the hymn says – ‘The thunders of his hand keep the wide world in awe his wrath and justice stand to guard his holy law and yet where his love resolves to bless his truth confirms and seals the grace.’  Very fitting words for our meditation today. God has wrath and justice – it stands to guard his holy law. Rectitude is the character of God. The word rectitude means right, righteousness, standing 100% on law and right doing.

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The Law of God

The Law of God

OLD TESTAMENT

I

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

II

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

III

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

IV

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

V

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

VI

Thou shalt not kill.

VII

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

VIII

Thou shalt not steal.

IX

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

X

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

– See Exodus 20:1-18

 

I WILL NOT ALTER NOR BREAK THE THING THAT IS GONE OUT OF MY LIPS. See Psalms 89:34

The Law of God

NEW TESTAMENT

I

“Thou shalt worship the Lord they God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:10.

II

“Little children, Keep yourselves from idols.” “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.” 1 John 5:21; Acts 17:29

III

“That the name of God and His doctrine be not blasphemed.”
1 Timothy 6:1

IV

“Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.” “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” “For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works.” “There remaineth therefore a keeping of a Sabbath to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.” “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth.” Matthew 24:20; Mark 2:27,28; Hebrews 4:4,9,10, margin; Colossians 1:16.

V

“Honour thy father and thy mother.” Matthew 19:19

VI

“Thou shalt not kill.” Romans 13:9

VII

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Matthew 19:18

VIII
“Thou shalt not steal.” Romans 13:9

IX

“Thou shalt not bear false witness.” Romans 13:9

X

“Thou shalt not covet.” Romans 7:7

AFTER HIS DEATH

“Do we make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31

“They . . . rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.” Luke 23:54-56

SABBATH IN THE NEW EARTH

“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 66:22,23. See Mark 2:27,28

The Law of God

AS CHANGED BY THE PAPACY

I

I am the Lord they God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

(It will be observed that the second commandment as found in the Bible is left out.)

II

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

III

Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.

“A Doctrinal Catechism,’ (Catholic) page 174, has the following question and answer:-

“Q. – Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?”

“A. – Had she not such power . . . she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”

IV

Honour thy father and thy mother.

V

Thou shalt not kill.

VI

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

VII

Thou shalt not steal.

VIII

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

IX

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife.

X

Thou shalt not covert they neighbour’s goods.

– See General Catholic Catechism

“HE SHALL THINK TO CHANGE TIMES AND THE LAW.”-Daniel 7:25. R. V.

“That man of sin . . . who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
II Thessalonians 2:3,4.

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