October 3 - 4
"And He (Jesus) said unto then, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." (Mark 2:27,28)
Holy as is the Sabbath, I have no hesitation in saying that the Lord's day, with which the Church has to do, is founded on a deeper sanctity. The believer has not to beware, on the one hand of confounding the Sabbath with the Lord's day, and on the other of supposing that, because the Lord's day is not the Sabbath, it may therefore be turned to a selfish or worldly account. The Sabbath is the holy memorial of creation and of the law, as the Lord's day is of grace and of the new creation in the resurrection of the Saviour. As Christians we are neither of the old creation nor under the law, but stand on the totally different ground of Christ dead and risen. The Sabbath was for man and the Jew - the last day of the week, and one simply of rest, to be shared with the ox and the donkey. This is not the Christian idea, which begins the week with the Lord, gives the best to Him in worship, and is free to labour for Him to all lengths in the midst of the world's sin and misery. (William Kelly)
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"Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money." (Acts 8:20)
A missionary to the people of the Philippines was trying to explain salvation to a wealthy woman, but the woman didn't understand that she couldn't pay for it.
So the missionary gave her this illustration: "If you wanted to give your daughter a big, beautiful mansion as a gift, how would you feel if she said, 'Mother, you must let me help you pay for the gift. You know I work for the mission hospital and don't make much money, but I think I can squeeze out $8 a month.' "
She went on: "That's what you are saying to God. You want to help pay for what Jesus has already paid for. A home in heaven is a gift. It is an insult to try to help pay for it."
All over the world devout, well-meaning people - rich, poor, and in-between - struggle to understand that Jesus paid it all. Convinced that they have to do something to earn God's favor, they attempt to pay for salvation as best they can.
We need to understand that when God gave His Son Jesus as a sacrifice, the bill for out sin was paid. For us to try to pay for God's gift is insulting to Him. Genuine trust is believing that God has already taken care of the payment. We don't need to buy something that has already been purchased with Jesus' death on the cross. (David Branon)
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain -
He washed it white as snow.
If we could earn our salvation, Christ would not have died to provide it.
Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries, Copyright (2006), Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted permission
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