Barry Amundsen (18 March 2011)
"Re: Scribe to Elijah to Barry Amundsen my reply"
Thank you again Scribe to Elijah,
I appreciate you taking time to answer me. The Noahide laws are very
good and certainly ought to be kept. I also believe that in keeping the
"Great Commandment" of loving the Lord our God with all our heart,
soul, mind and strength; and our neighbor as our self, we are keeping
all the law, Matt. 22:40.
If you will allow me, I'd like to explain my belief about keeping the sabbath rest for today.
My understanding of the sabbath for New Testament saints is that we are
to enter into His rest and by faith cease from our own dead works of
attempts at righteousness and trust in the promise that Jesus fulfilled
the whole of the law on my behalf. This is referred to by Jesus as
"keeping the word of His patience" (endurance) (Rev. 3 verse 10 below).
That is, holding onto the word that says that He endured the punishment
for my failures and by faith I am credited with His righteousness. In
doing this, I no longer seek to establish my own righteousness and am
thereby "resting from my works of righteousness'.
9. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
This is keeping the sabbath rest to me. I see no mention of a certain
day to do this on but all days are the sabbath to rest from our own
works now. It is no longer about physically working, for Jesus'
disciples were "working" on the sabbath day by picking and shelling
grain and they were ridiculed by the Pharisees for so doing and Jesus
was too for allowing this. Jesus also healed people on the sabbath and
He commanded that a lame man take up his bed and walk on the sabbath
etc. which should have been forbidden but Jesus explained that the
sabbath was made for man and not man for the sabbath. And that It was
ultimately meant to teach the above truth from Hebrews.
I have this confidence also from:
7. And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write;
These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the
key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and
no man openeth;
8. I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open
door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast
kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan,
which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make
them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved
10. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also
will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all
the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple
of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the
name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new
Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will
write upon him my new name.
13. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
35. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
I must remain confident that He will keep His promise to me to save me for keeping my faith in what He has promised.
Thank you again,