“The “faith of Jesus” must result in “keeping the commandments.” Otherwise we’re just playing church, just going through the motions, just pretending.”
Chapter 7, Page 65 –
As I’ve been discussing with you the Covenant Grace-Faith Relationship, I realize that I’ve been emphasizing the Faith part, mostly because I think many people don’t know how that “actually works.” But here’s the rub. I suspect that people don’t know how “keeping the commandments of God” actually works, either. I’ve been looking at the multiple times that Revelation mentions the two phrases: “keeping the commandments of God” and “the faith of Jesus” (the last phrase being expressed differently in various places, such as, Revelation 1:2, 1:9, 12:17, 14:12). These two phrases represent the Covenant Grace-Faith Relationship from two different viewpoints: thoughts versus actions, internal changes versus external results. The fact is, what we’ve been talking about – the choice on our part to “surrender” and to “present ourselves” and to “abide” – happens internally. But it must eventually result in useful actions externally. The “faith of Jesus” must result in “keeping the commandments.” Otherwise we’re just playing church, just going through the motions, just pretending to be Christ-followers.
As Seventh-day Adventists, we are very concerned about “keeping the commandments of God.” It’s important. It’s integral to who we are. We become exercised if we think we or someone we know is not “keeping” the commandments. We understand that God’s People at the Time of End will be “keeping the commandments of God” and we don’t want any of our friends to be missing in heaven because we didn’t stridently remind them to “keep the commandments.”
“Keeping” is one of those metaphorical phrases like the ones I mentioned in our last conversation. I don’t think we Seventh-day Adventists understand what that word means, even though we use it constantly to describe ourselves in our favorite Revelation passages. (I’ll take up this topic at a later time, but not now.)
“Keeping” the commandments. Actually doing what God wants us to do. Do we know what we’re talking about?}