By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
Since Jesus left His earthly existence, many religious sects have sprung up which try to keep the old law. These believe they are pleasing to God with their efforts. Though their hearts may be right, they are completely wrong in their attempts. They have ignored the basic truth and God's intention for sending Jesus to set man free from all their legalistic activities. These different religious sects who try to keep the law have forsaken God's Word. Those who try to keep the law believe it to be necessary to keep the Seventh Day as their day of worship. But these have missed the whole point of what God's Word has to say about the Seventh Day. The Seventh Day is first mentioned in Genesis, chapter two:
"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made." Genesis 2:2
God ended His creative work on the seventh day, and He is going to finish His creation again on the seventh day with those who have entered into His rest.
Man has looked at the first seven days of creation as being twenty-four hour days, but these could not have been twenty-four hour days because, as we look further at the creation as Moses described it in Genesis, we discover:
"These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the vifield before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground." Genesis 2:4 - 5
The word generation means "birth." This is explaining how God created the earth as we know it. Moses explains that God planted every plant before it was in the earth, and every herb before it grew. Moses goes on to explain:
"And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Genesis 2:8-9
There are those who believe God planted full grown plants in the garden; but the Bible is very clear that the Lord made every tree to grow. If God had planted full grown trees, He would not have said that He made every tree to grow. But as verse 5 and 9 of Genesis, chapter 2 tells us, God planted seeds or seedlings that had to grow. And you cannot grow a tree in a twenty-four hour time span. So, when God spoke of the Seventh Day, He was not speaking of a day of the week. He was speaking of a period of time, and that period of time is the seventh one thousand year day. Peter, who holds the keys to the Kingdom of heaven, reveals:
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day." II Peter 3:8
This also speaks of the Seventh Day as being the seven thousandth year at the end of the age. Let's look again at Genesis 2:2:
"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." Genesis 2:2
On the Seventh Day, God ended His work and rested from all His work which He had made. When was the entirety of God's creation made? We know by Jesus' words:
"All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made." John 1:3
So, when did God make all things? God completed all His creation on the seventh day before He entered into His rest. God's creation was completed in the Spirit before the world began. This is explained in the book of Job. God asked Job . . .
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 38:4 & 7
All the sons of God and morning stars were present in the beginning, and so, too, were all those who were called to be sons. Paul knew this mystery of God's creation. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul proclaimed:
"Who hath 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." II Timothy 1:9
Yes, we were known in Christ Jesus before the world began. We were called with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose. And He did this before He entered into His rest. Paul declared the same thing to the church at Rome and Ephesus:
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." Romans 8:29-30
God has predestined those He knew from the beginning to be conformed to the image of His Son. Those who were predestined were called, justified, and glorified. Paul declared to the church at Ephesus:
"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved." Ephesians 1:5-6
We are predestined according to the good pleasure of God's will, and it is to God's praise and glory that He has made us accepted in the beloved (agape love). Paul continues:
"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will:" Ephesians 1:11
Our inheritance is predestined according to God's purpose, and He works all things after the counsel of His own will. He does not have to go outside Himself for anything.
Those who do not believe may say, "Well, predestined does not mean God knew all things from the beginning of time." Notice the definition of the word predestined in the Strong's Concordance:
"To predetermine, decide beforehand, in the New Testament of God decreeing from eternity, to foreordain, appoint beforehand.:
So, we cannot argue with the meaning of the word, or God's purpose in using it. Let's look again at Genesis 2:2
"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." Genesis 2:2
When God ended all His work, He rested. The word rested is the Hebrew word SHABBATH. It is where we get the word sabbath. It means "to cease and desist, and to put an end to." This word is used both in the Old and New Testaments. Many confuse the word seventh and sabbath, believing that they both mean the same thing. The word seventh is the Hebrew word SHEBIY'Y and means "Spiritual perfection" - - - while the word sabbath means "to rest." We are to rest or cease from all our labors. So when God entered into His rest, He ceased from all His labors, He has never departed from it. Moses goes on to say:
"And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made." Genesis 2:3
When God rested from all His work, He sanctified the seventh day. The word sanctified is a holy word that means "to consecrate, to hallow, and to set apart as sacred." So God sanctified the seventh day for all eternity. What a blessed revelation!
Let's look at the seven one thousand year days, since the book of Genesis:
The First Thousand Year Day - From Creation to the Flood
Approximately one thousand years after the creation, man had grown so vile and corrupt God was forced to cleanse the earth of everything man had put on it. And only Noah found grace in the sight of God. God informed Noah to build an ark to carry him and his family through the flood. With this event, now all of God's creation comes through Noah and his three sons. This was the end of the first thousand year day of God's time. As we continue, we discover God's second thousand year day. Many of the sons of Seth, Adam's third son were still alive when the flood came, and were destroyed in the flood.
The Second One Thousand Year Day - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Then, we move ahead another one thousand years to the time of Abraham. God informed us of the birth of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Abraham became the father of our faith and is a type of God the Father. As the Word states, in Isaac all Abraham's seed will be blessed. Isaac is a type of Jesus. Jacob's name was changed to Israel, and he begat twelve sons, called the children of Israel. Jacob (Israel) is a type of the Holy Spirit which spread the gospel all over the earth. With Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob we have the end of the second thousand year day.
The Third One Thousand Year Day - The Children of Israel
By the end of the book of Genesis, the children of Israel had moved into Egypt because of the famine in the land, and Joseph provided them food and the prime land of Goshen as a place to live. God blessed Israel, and they multiplied until they became a threat to Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, who then made them slaves. Then God raised up Moses to deliver His people from Egypt. But Israel had become so acclimated to the ways of Egypt that God had to give them the law because they did not want to hear His voice for themselves. It was God's desire to speak audibly to the children of Israel, and God gave Moses strict orders as to how the people were to prepare themselves to receive God's Word. But when God came down on Mt. Sinai, the people were afraid because of their sin, and they informed Moses, he was to hear from God, and then tell them what the Lord wanted them to do. It was because the children of Israel did not want to hear God's voice, that they were given the written law. Note, this is the first time God ordained the Sabbath Day.
"Six days shalt thou labor, 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:" Exodus 20:9 & 10
God did not tell Israel what six days they should work. The Jews and the Seventh Day Adventists choose Saturday as their day of rest. The Christian church chooses Sunday as their day of rest, because that is the day Jesus arose from the grave. Beloved, we need to know that God is not interested in what day man rests, as long as he rests one day, and that day is to be dedicated to Him. Mark recorded Jesus' words:
"And He said unto them, the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath." Mark 2:27
God ordained the Sabbath so man would rest his body. A man who works seven days a week will not last long. God had to make a law of the Sabbath, so man would not work himself to death. So, the Sabbath became part of the law. When God delivered Israel from Egypt and put them in their promised land, this was the end of the third one thousand year day.
The Fourth One Thousand Year Day - The Time of David
The book of Genesis and Exodus covered the first three thousand years from creation. In the beginning of the fourth thousandth year of creation, God brought forth David and Solomon to rule His people Israel. Much of the Old Testament is given to this period of time. The fourth day ended with the book of Malachi. This began a period known as the four hundred silent years. During this four hundred year interval God did not speak openly to man.
The Fifth One Thousand Year Day - The Coming of Jesus Christ
Then, on the faithful day when the heavens opened up and the shepherds heard:
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:14
The glorious appearing of Jesus began the fifth one thousand year day from creation. The earth would never be the same because of His coming. John recorded:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
Jesus was full of grace and truth. Jesus' ministry lasted only about three and one-half years, but John also recorded:
"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." John 21:25
Jesus accomplished more in three and one-half years, than most could accomplish in a life time. From the time Jesus began His ministry, the religious system plotted how they could destroy Him. The Pharisees came to Jesus, and stated Herod was going to kill Him.
"And He said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected." Luke 13:32
The Sixth Thousand Year Day - The Church Age
The fifth and sixth one thousand year days are the church age. Jesus spoke about two days - - - today and tomorrow. We know by the writings of Peter that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day. So when Jesus spoke of today and tomorrow, He was speaking of a two thousand year period. This we know as the church age. Peter also informed us:
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:" I Peter 2:21
Jesus was the church's example of what ministry they were to accomplish. The church was to do cures (healings) and cast out devils (deliverances, setting the captives free). This the church has failed to accomplish.
Then Jesus stated the third day He would be perfected. The word perfected means "to bring to an end (or complete) all the prophesies of the Scriptures." Jesus proclaimed this would be completed the third day (the three thousandth year day).
The third day was measured from the time Jesus came to earth to the end of the age.
The seventh day was measured from the time God entered into His rest.
So it is easy to see the third day and the seventh day are the same day. So, the third day and the seventh day is when God is going to complete the end of the age. This will be the end of the sixth thousand year day.
The King James Bible records this event as the end of the world. But the word used for world is the Greek word AION and is translated thirty-eight times as world. This should have been translated " AGE ". Jesus came to earth in His fleshly existence at the beginning of the fifth one thousand year day, so the fifth day and the sixth day, are the two days of the church age, which will bring us to the end of the age.
So how is Jesus going to be perfected on the third day? Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica:
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10
Many believe Jesus is going to return in His fleshly condition, but Jesus is not coming back in the flesh. He is coming back in a people, His glorified saints, those who have died to self, and have overcome the flesh, and have come again into the image and likeness of the Father. Praise the Lord.
By Jesus' own words recorded by John, we know Jesus has nothing further to accomplish in the flesh:
"I have glorified Thee on earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do." John 17:4
When Jesus hung on the cross, He declared, "It is finished!" Jesus' earthly task was complete. So, how is Jesus going to be glorified? He is going to be glorified in His saints.
The Seven Thousand Year Day - God's Glory Revealed in His Saints
We discovered that when Jesus finished His creation, He entered into His rest. What is He waiting for? He is waiting for His glorified saints to enter into His rest with Him. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul explains this entering into His rest:
"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Hebrews 4:1
Paul begins, "Let us therefore fear . . ." Paul states we should fear that we do not come up short of entering into God's rest:
"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." Hebrews 4:2
All those who have heard the gospel have the same chance to enter into God's rest. But those who do not mix their faith with the gospel, then the words of the gospel will be of no profit to them. We must not only have faith, but we must operate our lives on what the gospel says. Paul continues:
"For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world." Hebrews 4:3
As stated before, all God's works were finished from the foundation of the world. And those who do not enter into His rest and do not believe Him, are destined to go through His wrath (judgment). Why? It is because they did not believe God's Word, and they did not act upon their faith.
"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." Hebrews 4:4
Again, we are reminded that God finished all His works before He entered into His rest on the seventh day. Paul goes on to explain:
"And in this place again, if they shall enter into My rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief." Hebrews 4:5-6
Those who first learned about God's day of rest were ancient Israel. The children of Israel were given God's Law, which they failed to keep. Paul is warning this last day generation not to make the same mistake as Israel did.
"When your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known My ways. So I sware in My wrath, They shall not enter into My rest. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God." Hebrews 3:9-12
Those who fail to heed God's Word will suffer the same fate ancient Israel did when they departed from their faith in the living God to serve other gods. These will also suffer the wrath of God.
Paul continued to reveal the Seventh Day:
"Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 4:7
God has limited a certain day. That certain day is the Seventh Day (the seventh thousandth year day). David proclaimed we are to hear God's voice and harden not our hearts as ancient Israel did. The Psalmist writes:
"For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted Me, proved me, and saw My work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known My ways:" Psalm 95:7-10
We know we are the sheep of His pasture if we will hear His voice today, and if we do not harden our hearts as ancient Israel did. God's people are going through provocations today as ancient Israel did when they were in the wilderness. The word provocation means "strife and contention." There is much strife and contention today, as people wander through their wilderness of religious confusion. Many of those who call themselves Christians today, do not know God's ways. They believe if they sin, they can simply ask God's forgiveness, and they are home free. The lesson they have failed to learn is that sin wounds the soul. And after every sin, their must be a healing process for the soul. It takes years for these scars to be removed from the soul because of sin. Paul continues his letter to the Hebrews:
"For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day." Hebrews 4:8
Many who come to Jesus have no desire to go any further with God. They accept His salvation, but remain in their religious status quo, never seeking to discover the deeper Word that God has for His people. What we need to know is that we cannot enter into the rest of the Seventh Day by looking to Jesus only as the Good Shepherd, the Great physician, or to the man who died on the cross. If we are going to enter into God's Seventh Day rest, we must look to the risen, all glorious, all powerful Christ Jesus. After Jesus' resurrection, He met with His eleven disciples:
"Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18
The risen, glorified Christ was given all power and all authority to use that power in heaven (the Spiritual realm) and in earth, (the flesh realm). No one has any power in heaven or earth except Christ Jesus. Then it stands to reason, no one can enter into the Seventh Day rest by hanging on to the cross. We must let go of everything Jesus was in the flesh, and meet Him where He is today. As Isaiah proclaimed, the child that is born unto us has become the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father, Isaiah 9:6. This is who we must worship today if we are going to enter into His everlasting rest. Paul concludes his revelation to the Hebrews.
"There remaineth therefore a rest 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." Hebrews 4:9-10
God's rest is for all God's people who meet His terms. They must cease from their own works, as God did from His. Then, and only then, will we be found worthy to enter into His Seventh Day rest. Paul warns:
"Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fail after the same example of unbelief." Hebrews 4:11
We must labor to enter into God's rest. The word labor means "to endeavor, do diligence, and to exert one self." We must deal with any and all unbelief. If we do not, then, as the Holy Spirit warned through the pen of Paul:
"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Hebrews 4:1
The Third Day and The Seventh Day Are The Same Day
The most talked about days in the Scriptures are the third day and the seventh day which are the same day. We have been given many examples as to what God will do on these days.
The Third Day = The Seventh Day
Matthew recorded an event that the world has wondered at, and this event took place on the Seventh Day:
"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart," Matthew 17:1
After six days comes the Seventh Day. Jesus took His closest disciples, Peter, James, and John to the top of an high mountain, away from the crowds that followed Him.
"And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light." Matthew 17:2
The word transfigured is the Greek word METAMORPHOO and means "to change into another form." Jesus' face shone as bright as the sun. This bright light illuminated all His clothing. Jesus was showing Himself to His disciples in His resurrected form, when He received the glory He had as the Father before the world began, John 17:5. This was the same Jesus whom Paul met on the road to Damascus. When Paul was taken before King Agrippa, Paul explained the bright light he had seen:
"At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me. . . " Acts 26:13
God had to put scales over Paul's eyes to keep this bright light from blinding him.
"And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink." Acts 9:8-9
The image of the risen, glorified Christ was etched in Paul's mind, and the rest of his life, Paul never doubted the risen, glorified Christ Jesus. The Lord then sent Ananias (whose name means "the grace of God") to pray for Paul that God would open his eyes, remove the scales, and restore his sight. This event took place three days after Paul's encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
The church has become blinded as to who Jesus is today. They still worship Him as the Good Shepherd, or the Great Physician, or the One who died for their sins. They do not know Him as Jesus who was transfigured before Peter, James, and John - - - or they do not recognize Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ who Paul met on the road to Damascus.
But their eyes will be opened on the third day. Everyone knows Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day. The same is true of the church. God is going to raise the dead church to know Him on the third day. These are those who will be purified in God's wrath.
Those who endure to the end will be invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. We are given a picture of this Marriage Supper by the apostle John:
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:" John 2:1
The marriage at Cana was on the third day.
"And both Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage." John 2:2
All the true disciples of Christ will be called to the Marriage Supper on the third day.
"And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine." John 2:3
Wine is the symbol of the true anointed teachings of Christ.
"And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece." John 2:6
Water pots in the days of Jesus were usually made of fired clay, but these water pots were made of stone. These were the living stone water pots described by Peter:
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:5
The word lively should have been translated "living or alive." These water pots contained two and three firkins a piece. This was a liquid measure, but Spiritually speaking these refer to two positions in the Tabernacle: the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. There were no `one firkin' water pots which represent the Outer Court of the Tabernacle invited to this Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
"Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim." John 2:7
Jesus told His servants to fill these living stone water pots to the brim with the water of the Word, and then Jesus turned the water in these water pots into wine - - - into the true anointed Word of God.
"And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto Him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now." John 2:8-10
The ruler of the feast is God the Father, and He stated it was customary to put the good wine at the beginning of the feast and when men have well drunk, then you put out the bad wine. But the ruler of the feast asked why the Bridegroom kept the good wine until last?
As you may have noticed, there was no mention of a bride at this wedding feast. These stone water pots filled with the water of the Word represent the bride at this wedding, and Jesus is the Bridegroom.
This Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place on the third day. The prophet Hosea spoke of this union between the Bridegroom and His bride:
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:2
On the third day God is going to raise us up, and we will live in His sight. Jesus revealed this day to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God." Revelation 21:3
It is going to be on the third day when God will "revive us." The word revive means "to restore to life again." This is when His people will have the life that God created them with, and that is eternal life. This will happen on the third day or the seventh day (which is the same day).
God made us another promise through the pen of Hosea:
"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord, His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3
If we follow on to know the Lord, then He will come upon us as the rain - - - the early and latter rain together. Those who follow on to know the Lord will receive the Double Portion Anointing which the whole world is waiting for. When this happens, all the earth will see the power of God in His people. The apostle James spoke of this coming day:
"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until He receive the early and latter rain." James 5:7
Yes, God has a people, and He has a day in which He is going to empower His people to fulfill the plan He had for His original creation.
So what about those who worship God on what they believe is the seventh day? They call it their sabbath. These do this to keep the old law. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, was raised under the law, and understood the law. But after Paul met Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus and received the Holy Spirit anointing, he understood completely the relationship we have to the law in our day. To the Galatians, Paul wrote:
"Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?" Galatians 4:21
The word hear means "to comprehend or understand." Those who keep Saturday as their seventh day do not understand what they are doing in the light of the other Scriptures concerning the law. Paul could not have made it any clearer than he did in his letter to the churches in Galatia:
"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." Galatians 3:23-24
For centuries, Israel was under the written law. Why? It was because they refused to hear God's voice when He wanted to verbally speak to them on Mount Sinai. Israel could not keep these rigid laws. We need to understand that the law was only our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, the Holy Spirit anointing in our lives. It is by this anointing that we are justified by faith. Paul continues:
"But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." Galatians 3:25
A schoolmaster teaches us right from wrong. When we come to Christ, we no longer need a schoolmaster (the law) to teach us what is pleasing and not pleasing to God. This is because we hear His voice and allow Him to change our lives. Then Paul further informs us:
"But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." Galatians 5:18
If we are being led by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we have no need for the law to guide our paths. Paul added this to his words:
"For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Galatians 5:3-4
Those who desire to keep the seventh day as their sabbath are debtors to do the whole law. Man cannot pick and choose what part of God's Word he is going to keep, and ignore the rest of His Word. If a man is circuncised to keep the law, then he is a debtor to keep the law. The same is true for those who keep Saturday as their seventh day. They, too, are debtors to keep the balance of the whole law. Then, as Paul relates, Christ (the anointing) has become of no effect in their lives. And if they continue to justify their walk with God by keeping part of the law, they have fallen from grace. The apostle James declares:
"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10
This is why it is so dangerous to try to keep part of the law. Because if you offend in any part of the law, you are guilty of the whole law. This is why Israel could not keep the law. If they made one mistake in keeping the law, they were guilty of the whole law. This was the law of sin and death. No matter how many sacrifices they made, there was no forgiveness of sin under the old law.
To the Romans, Paul revealed:
"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:14
Those whom the schoolmaster has led to Christ are no longer under the law, but under God's grace. And being under grace, we have forgiveness of sin. The definition for sin is "missing the mark." We need to follow Paul's advice. Paul proclaimed:
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14
As long as we are pressing toward the mark of our high calling in Christ Jesus, then God's grace will abound in our lives. Paul continued his revelation to the church at Rome:
"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4
Coming to Christ brings us to the end of the law. When Christ comes into our lives, His righteousness shines forth because the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit cleanses us from all unrighteousness, John 1:9. But if we do not believe God's Word, then we try to please God by keeping the Law.
The Law was given to Moses and was part of the covenant God made with ancient Israel. But when Jesus came to this life, He made a new covenant with His people through His shed blood. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul explains:
"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
The restrictions in the Old Testament concerning the old law vanish away with the new covenant. It becomes confusing why anyone would want to go back under the old law, when God has made it so clear that the old law has vanished away. Anyone who tries to keep the old law, or any part of it, has fallen from the grace of God which He has so generously bestowed upon His people.
Paul's letter to Timothy makes it very clear that those who keep people in bondage under the law do not realize what they are doing:
"Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm." I Timothy 1:7
The word affirm means "to assert confidently." These teachers of the law may do it ignorantly, but none the less, they are leading people down the wrong path.
God has laid out before His people a glorious path. All we need to do is walk into it.
When understanding comes by the Holy Spirit as to who we are in Christ and what His promises are concerning the third and the seventh day, then we need to rejoice and praise God for His mercy and grace.