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Sabbath or Sunday Worship Part 11B Series

Religion and the Sabbath or Sunday Worship Part 11B: The Trinity

Matthew 16:25-27 English Standard Version (ESV)

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” “For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.”  Have you seen the third person in those verses?

For as long as we submit to Our Lord Almighty, it pulls us toward God’s goal to keep up under His wings but we should be careful that we do not lose our faith and turn our back from Him.  We received the same promises given to those people in the wilderness, but the promises did not go well for them because they did not receive the promises with faith.  If we believe and have strong faith, we will experience that state of resting.

Remember that God said, Exasperated, I vowed, “They’ll never get where they’re going, never be able to sit down and rest.” God made that vow, even though he’d finished His part before the foundation of the world. Somewhere it’s written, “God rested the seventh day, having completed his work,” but in this other text he says, “They’ll never be able to sit down and rest.” So this promise has not yet been fulfilled.

Those earlier ones never did get to the place of rest because they were disobedient. God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today, just as he did in David’s psalm, centuries later than the original invitation: Today, please listen, don’t turn a deaf ear . . . And so this is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey, we’ll surely rest with God.

So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience. God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one can resist God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what. Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

God is all in all.

Reference: Hebrews 4:1-3a-14-16 MSG

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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