Be warned, however, that that which follows should drive you to the Scriptures, that you may "search the scriptures". (John 5:39a.) If you will not operate in love and search the Scriptures, then how does God dwell in you? Indeed, we have the standard by 1_John 4:16 and 2_Timothy 3:16. Let all memorize those verses if must needs be. Indeed, love and Scripture, that is the standard by spirit and truth. Rather than being fearful and dismissing what the Scripture does REALLY, TRULY, and VERILY say, may those who will read this operate by that standard. (May they also read on to the end of this entire writing!) And let all who would question that which follows know that they are welcome to question me, but only in love and Scripture. Let that be the standard. Moreover, may all keep this in remembrance as they read the two examples hereafter as a testimony: it is not I that say it, but the Scripture. Now may "the Holy Ghost... teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance". (John 14:26[b],d-e.) Indeed, this is Scripture and Scripture will prove it. Yes, Scripture is revealing...
WHAT FOLLOWS ARE NOT MY WORDS, BUT GOD'S WORDS, WRITTEN IN SCRIPTURE. In Hebrews 4:9, it is written: "There remaineth therefore a REST to the people of God." The word for REST, in the Greek, is "sabbatism", and the 4th verse of that chapter had explained that the sabbath is the seventh day. Jesus never changed the sabbath. Indeed, if the REST was not important, then why did Jesus exhort, "pray ye that your flight ((in the end times)) be not... on the sabbath day" in Matthew 24:20? But lest one be under the Law, "The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath". (Mark 2:27b-c.) Man NEEDS the REST in God. Sometimes, though, one may HAVE to "pluck corn" (Mark 2:23), "lead an ox away to watering" (Luke 13:15) or even "lift a sheep out of a pit" (Matthew 12:11.) Indeed, it is on that specific basis that Paul wrote "Let no man therefore judge you... in respect of... the sabbath". (Colossians 2:16[a],[c],e.) But never is the sabbath changed from ever being anything but the seventh day. One can worship God seven days a week, but the REST in God (that man NEEDS) is the seventh day, as God commanded. (Just because one got a full meal at breakfast, it does not mean that he got a full-night's rest!) I beseech you all, it is by love and not the Law that this is revealed.
WHAT FOLLOWS ARE NOT MY WORDS, BUT GOD'S WORDS, WRITTEN IN SCRIPTURE. In Deuteronomy 21:15, the "Law of Moses" says, "If a man have two wives...". In Exodus 21:10, the "Law of Moses" says, "If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish." But this is, indeed, also written in the New Testament! In 1_Corinthians 7:25-28, Paul is only "concerning virgins" and married men (whether or not such married men have been "loosed from a wife"). He says to such married men, "But and if thou marry ((another)), thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned." Despite the corruption of some of the modern-day "translations" of these verses, this truth is the indisputable context in which Paul is teaching. Why is this important? Has this been revealed for the edification of the church? I say, Absolutely and with no other intent! After all, the Great Deceiver has unleashed a plot to trap Christians with a wicked paradox. That is, without this understanding of the true meaning of adultery (which has never been changed by God, just as idolatry has never been changed), Christians will be trapped. When shown the Parable of the Ten Virgins (in Matthew 25:1-13), where Jesus tells of five virgins being His (betrothed) brides, the Great Deceiver will attempt to trap Christians with his wicked paradox: "Did Jesus sin or is Scripture wrong?" Without knowing the true meaning of adultery, the Christian would otherwise "have to" say yes to one of those two options. God forbid. Thus, revealing this truth has been clearly to arm the church with the truth for when the Great Deceiver sends his devils forward to entrap Christians with that wicked paradox. I beseech you all, it is by love and not error that this is revealed.
Indeed, the changes of these two of the Ten Commandments are related in several ways. For one, the change is about how man lovingly obeys God, as the other is about how woman lovingly obeys man. Yet, the changes have reversed the terms on which such obedience occurs (if at all). For another one, the change is a great irony. The change of the meaning of sabbath has made the 4th Commandment virtually "of none effect by ((their)) tradition." (Matthew 15:6[c].) In the reverse, the change of the meaning of adultery has made the 7th Commandment more restrictive (in the "times" of Grace) than the Law had ever been. Pure hypocrisy. And there are other connections between the changes of these two Commandments which have been altered by the doctrines of men. Yet, if we will believe the written Word of God rather than the commandments of men, we are better able to "worship the Father in spirit and in truth". (John 4:23[c].)
© April 4, 1996, The Standard Bearer
P.O. Box 765, O.O.B., ME 04064