THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL-NO LAW, NO GOSPEL.
It is important to see how the law goes with the gospel and how the gospel establishes the law. Without the law there would be no Gospel. As a servant of Christ, a Thusia seventh day Adventist, we must know how to explain the law and what it has to do with the salvation of humanity away from sin, especially the seventh day Sabbath. In this study we would see how the seventh day Sabbath is established within the scriptures.
First we would look at a scripture from Paul in the book of Romans 16:25,26 showing us that the gospel, the preaching of Jesus Christ, the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret when the world began but now is revealed to us, is according to the law.
"Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandments of the everlasting God, make known to all nations for the obedience of faith: to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen."
In that scripture Paul shows that his gospel is the preaching of the gospel of Christ, which is the revelation of the mystery, the very plan of salvation that was kept secret from the foundation of the earth when it was created. But now it is manifested to us, in the scriptures of the prophets, thus the very salvation that God made for us through Christ was since the foundation of the earth and is written in the scripture of the prophets. The scripture goes on to show what is revealed is according to the commandments of the everlasting God (the law of God), which is for the obedience of faith.
Two points we have to note and ask ourselves these questions:
Why the mystery that was kept secret from the foundation of the earth is revealed to man?
Why is it revealed according to the commandments of the everlasting God?
This is explained quite clearly in scripture.
In Romans 5:12:
" wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned."
Here we see that sin entered the world by mankind. It was because of the fall of Adam and Eve that cause the mystery that was hidden from the foundation of the world to be revealed. In looking at Genesis 3:15 we see the first revealing of that mystery:
"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
It is by the revelation of this mystery that put man at enmity with the devil, which involved the death of Christ. Why was it necessary to put mankind at enmity with the serpent? Because when mankind fall into sin, he was united with Satan in sin and against God, thus God in making salvation available for man is to save him from sin and put him at enmity with the serpent by reconciling him to God. Therefore the free gift God made available for man is the everlasting gospel that Paul and all the apostles and prophets wrote about, and was revealed according to the law.( Isaiah 8:16,20, Romans 5:14-20,21)
BUT WHY ACCORDING TO THE LAW?
To understand this, we need to understand what was the sin of mankind.
We know that God told man not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil, he used the phrase "thou shalt not":
",And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
Mankind disregarding God through a philosophy of the exaltation of creation as god with God, man sinned against God. Genesis 3:1-6, Psalms 51:4
Paul touching on the free gift and its provision and how it deals with the offence which is sin in mankind, touches on the law and its entry to deal with the offence. This offence he show began with Adam, thus since Adam, was the law. Romans 5:12,20
Moreover since the offence was going against God, in rebellion against him and the law maintains the "thou shalt not " to point out the offence, then it follows that the offence (sin) is transgression of the law of God. Therefore it was the law of God that Adam and Eve broke. (Genesis 2:15,16, Genesis 3:1-6, exodus 20:1-17, 1 John 3:4).
This is why Paul said that the revelation of the mystery kept secret from the foundation of the earth was revealed according to the law because of the law they broke. Therefore the Gospel is for law keeping or to establish the law, to bring man back to Law keeping. Romans 5:20,21.
The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, this same gospel is the mystery. Romans 1:16,17, Ephesians 3:3,4,9. This gospel is the faith of Christ upon which the law is established in our mind through justification by faith making us sinfree. Romans 3:28,30,31, Romans 16:25,26.
Therefore the gospel was since the foundation of the earth and was revealed according to the law to establish the law because it's the law that was was violated and broken when man sinned against God.
And since the Sabbath starts with remember to pointing back to the foundation of the earth then it follows the gospel establishes Sabbath keeping. Also since the everlasting gospel was revealed to deal with the offence (sin) in man, thus the gospel is for sinfree living.
My people the law and gospel go hand in hand. All those who oppose the law oppose the gospel. To do away with the law is to do away with the Gospel. To seek to do away with the law is to do away with God. Think about it meditatively.
"Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments,my statutes, and my laws." Genesis 26:5
The everlasting covenant was given to Abraham because of law keeping. And since through Abraham all nations of the earth are blessed, then all nations of the earth are blessed by the everlasting covenant which is the everlasting gospel. This blessing that all Nations receive through Abraham that the scripture foresee, is justification by God through which we receive the promise of the Spirit into our minds by faith(Galatians 3:7-9,14, Galatians 4:6). And when we receive the Spirit into our hearts by faith the law is established in our hearts.(Galatians 3:14, Galatians 4:6, Romans 3:20, Hebrews 8:10,11). Therefore God indwelling us by faith makes us sinfree. Thus justification by faith is sinfreeness. (Act 13:38,39, Romans 8:1,2,4,Romans 3:28,30,31). This change by the revelation of the mystery the everlasting gospel establishes Sabbath keeping to the people of God.( Hebrews 4:1-11).
This is the everlasting Gospel and we Thusia possess it. For this purpose we exist and are established by God, to revive true Seventh day Adventism and ancient Christianity upon the earth, to revive the heart of all those who would hear the Spirit of God, and stand against all who preach the doctrine of Satan in Sunday exaltation to exalt the Roman Catholic papacy. I say to all the sincere ones out there who love truth, check us out on YouTube thusia SDA gospel and our website http//:www.thusiasdaevangel.com
By Bro. Michael Francis