Our Faith is a Gift From God

The Apostle Paul wrote “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.”

This is just an excerpt of his letter to the Roman church.  Paul had not yet been to Rome, he nor James or Peter.  Yet, the Catholic Church claims that Peter started the Catholic Church. The Roman church may have been started by folks who had been at the Feast of Weeks the day that the Holy Spirit first hit the earth in worldwide manner, beginning at Jerusalem first, but we do not know for sure. Paul wrote this letter to encourage the believers there and to express his desire to visit them.  But chapter 14 regards the fact that Paul was admonishing both Gentiles and Messianic Jews to stop their bickering over who did what.

Believe it or not, Gentiles way back then were figuring out because of what the Disciples taught that God’s law still existed.  This bothered the Jews.  I often wonder why folks have not figured out on their own that if Sabbath for instance had been done away with, why wasn’t this a huge argument at the council.  It is the silence on this matter that should astound everyone.

Most people choose not to believe this because they cannot get it through their minds that God simply does not change like a shifting shadow. You just gotta ask your self, why would God bring folks out of bondage and slavery from Egypt just to put them back into slavery and bondage to His laws, as most general audience have been taught. It just does not make any sense at all.

The whole chapter of Romans 14 was written on the basis that Messianic Jews had been asked by Gentiles to stop observing what they had deemed to be ‘their holy days’ or keeping kosher.  Evidently, they had forgotten like most of this entire universe that God instilled the Holy Days and out of all the days of the week of creation, He saw that every day was good, but He blessed the Sabbath. These days do not belong to the Jews nor their ancestors.  They belong to God.

Have we not all read: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Leviticus 23:2

Did you see that?  “my feasts’

The Messianic Jews criticized the Gentiles as having ‘weak faith’ if they adhered to the practices that God had called them to. Nevertheless, the specifics are clearly in a Gentile cultural and religious context, not a Jewish one.  Paul did not teach that following the way of God was a sign of weak faith at all.  Paul exhorts the believers both Jew and Gentile whose trust was ‘strong’, not to look down on those whose trust was in the Lord since all believers are equal before the Lord.

So many people claim that we are saved by grace, as if they cannot see that there has been God’s grace all along. Was it not by the grace of God that He did not smite Adam and Eve before they ever had any children that one would kill the other?  Was it not the grace of God that He did not utterly destroy Abraham and Sarah for jumping the gun when He had promised that they would have a child?  Was it not by the grace of God that there were even eight human beings that God saved when He originally planned to destroy all humankind on the face of the earth but Noah found grace in the eyes of God?

Since we all believe we are going to be guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if we all fell to criticizing what the other ate or did not eat in front of our Lord?  Why do that now?

Do we find ourselves to be so important that we have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned?  I am quite sure that God can handle that without our help.

Especially during the Holidays of those who believe or the Holy Days that folks observe, one person may think that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. There are good reasons either way. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience. Paul said so. Do we just throw this part of Paul’s letter out or pretend that it was never written.  God called him to preach to the Gentiles.  Do we not think that God knew what He was doing in choosing a Jew to teach the Gentiles?  Now there is a deep thought.

What is important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake.  If you keep a holiday, keep it for God’s sake.  If you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib. If you are a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli.

If you celebrate Christmas, do so unto the glory of God.

If you observe Sabbath, do so unto the glory of God.

If you observe Sunday church, well that one I can not give you any instruction except that you go back and read the Ten Commandments and keep in mind that you may be observing and only keeping nine of the ten.

Your own reflection would have to be between you, God’s word and the Vatican I suppose. It may actually one day come down to this too.

I often wonder what folks will think when they watch the daily news and see Sabbath keepers being hauled off to prisons or maybe even killed as heretics.  I wonder if folks will figure it all out in their own minds that satan is behind it because if he can wipe out those who are in covenant with God; keeping all Ten Commandments, then he makes God’s word appear null and void.  O wait a minute… hasn’t he already done this through the papacy? Don’t blame the papacy though ok?  We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

My best instruction is an honest and faithful one and that is, you just might consider looking at all the calendars in your home.  No matter how you slice it or dice it, you are going to find that the Seventh Day is still at the end of every week. In addition, since I always keep it faithful and true, James said, if you break one, you break them all.

I cannot water this one down, nor would I even try.  I cannot find it anywhere that Jesus said that it was ok to observe Sunday as the Seventh day when it is clearly the first day. Of this, I am certain and observe this day unto the glory of God.

Think of it this way. Would we hear Jesus tell us that “Sun-day” is fine to think of as the 7th day of the week, and that the blessing placed upon the 7th day was now moved to a day previously honored by sun worshippers? Really?  Would Jesus teach anything that was any different from God’s point of view?

Do a little research of your own on the mark of Papal Authority:

“Sunday is our mark of authority. The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.”

Source:  The Catholic Record, London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.

Just because man ‘thinks’ that he can change God’s law, does not in fact mean that he can.  It is still written:  But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: – Exodus 20:10

None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It’s God that we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other.

That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that He could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other and the transgression against His law.  Yes, that is what sin is.

¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

By the way… that is New Testament scripture from 1 John 3:4

So, be kind to one another. Judging and boasting do not benefit people who claim they are standing before the throne of grace. Remember too: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”

Accept His blessings and be one too. Cherish the gift. No-one can ever take it away from you.

~ Eudora

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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