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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 have the tendency to do evil things but unless we are convicted as evil-doers or proven to be wicked there still is 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 at a young age, God offered him anything his heart desired, and Solomon only asked for wisdom. His request has been granted and God gave him not only wisdom but also 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, 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 useful, 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 a peaceful living. Knowing and doing what is right is the gift of the spirit of understanding. Wisdom is the most important gift we received from God, a greater gift than knowledge and understanding. Solomon could have asked God for material things like money, 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 that leads to doing the right 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 also the knowledge that God is a jealous God. We might be lost in translation, and might end up assuming that the Bible as it was written must also be construed, and that is a big mistake. If there is more than one interpretation, we need more discernment and more prayers and searching. God never creates something from nothing without a purpose therefore, every person was created with a purpose and it 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 a perfect decision and action so our body 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 both His will and in good pleasure.

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

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

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