Commentary on "The Election of Grace"
Day 2: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - Living Sacrifices
This lesson emphasizes that “…faith is not a substitute for obedience, as if faith somehow nullifies our obligation to obey the Lord. The moral precepts are still in force; they are explained, even amplified in the New Testament. And no indication is given, either, that it will be easy for the Christian to regulate his or her life by these moral precepts.”
What is interesting to think about here is what is missing. The motive for serving the Lord is faith in the loving grace of Jesus extended to us undeserving sinners.
The emphasis on the “moral precepts” being still in force is, mostly likely, a reference to the view that the Sabbath is a moral principle that must be obeyed in order to show one’s faith. All the moral principles of the Decalogue are repeated in the New Testament, either by the apostles or our Lord Jesus Himself. The only article of the Law that is not reiterated is the directive to “remember the Sabbath.”
Thus, Sabbath-keeping is not a measure of obedience to the Lord in the New Covenant. This topic has been carefully explained in several comprehensive Bible studies. It would be very helpful to research this topic by reading Sabbath in Christ, by Dale Ratzlaff or listening to The Gospel and the Covenants, by J. Mark Martin www.exadventist.com.
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