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Sabbath or Sunday Worship Part 4 Series

Religion: Sabbath or Sunday Service Part 4 -Body and Soul for Christ

Although we are God’s children, we still tend to do evil things; unless we are convicted as evil-doers or proven wicked, there is still a benefit of the doubt. We can be killed, yet it cannot hurt us. As it is written, “Don’t be afraid of people; they can kill you, but they cannot harm your soul. Instead, you should fear God who can destroy both your body and your soul in hell.”—Matthew 10:28

True worship is an act of faith, hope, and love driven by wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Whatever the circumstances, true worship is worshipping the one true God, our Creator, and great provider. When Solomon was young, God offered him anything his heart desired, and Solomon only asked for wisdom. His request was granted, and God gave him wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Knowledge is the collection of information through experience or education. It gives awareness and mindfulness of facts, and through knowledge, a person can avoid injuries or misfortunes, can use the knowledge to help others to live a better life, and knowledge of the word of God, when shared, can be a blessing to others. We can know things,  but how well does it give without understanding?

Understanding refers to knowing or realizing the intended use or application of given facts, figures, or issues. Understanding is not stand-alone; it needs the presence of knowledge to be beneficial, like faith that needs hope to strengthen the faithful. We can know of the existence of God, but without understanding why He will reward us when we acknowledge His existence could be meaningless in our walk with our faith. We know and believe that doing good things will please God, and the reward will be peaceful living. Knowing and doing what is right is the gift of the spirit of understanding. Wisdom is the most important gift we receive from God, a more excellent gift than knowledge and understanding. Solomon could have asked God for material things like money and more kingdom to possess, but instead, he only asked God for wisdom. Without wisdom, making a decision can be harmful.

Wisdom makes knowledge and understanding develop moral conduct and character, leading to the correct behavior. Proverbs 4:6-7 says, “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore, get wisdom. Though it costs all you have, get understanding.” “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111:10

We know that fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge that God is a jealous God. We might be lost in translation and end up assuming that the Bible as it was written must also be construed, which is a big mistake. If there is more than one interpretation, we need more discernment, prayers, and searching. God never creates something from nothing without a purpose. Therefore, every person was created with a purpose, and he needs the divine wisdom of God to be wiser.

Solomon is a good example that we are created without divine wisdom. We have to wait for God’s timing, and when the time comes, we have to ask God to spare us the spirit of wisdom. The first and most important thing we need to know about wisdom is that it comes from God. The “beginning of true wisdom” is found when we fear the Lord, and then goes on to say that we’ll “grow in wisdom” when we obey God.

When we apply the importance of knowledge and understanding about the truth of Sabbath worship, ask the Holy Spirit of God to give us the power to control ourselves and let the light governs us. When the body dominates the will of the conscience, the conscience itself cries out loud for help to avoid the body delivering us to the valley of death. We need God to provide us with His wisdom to make perfect decisions and actions so our bodies and soul will not react against the truth and stand firm and always obey the purpose of God not only in His presence but much more in His absence. Continue to work out our salvation by separating from sin with fear and trembling, and always remember that God works in His will and with good pleasure.

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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