88. My Vision Toward Deeper Revelations

on the Sabbath


Nov. 29, 2014


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Early this Sabbath a.m., November 29, 2014, the Lord gave me a vision of the following concepts which involve far deeper implications to the Sabbath truth than we have heretofore comprehended. I was shown that there is a direct relationship between the Everlasting Covenant relative to the Godhead, and the Perpetual Covenant of the Sabbath commandment. To date, I have never read or heard of this conceptual relationship. We are told that we will spend eternity studying the mystery of the Godhead. I was shown that will be the subject of our study on the Holy Sabbath day in heaven.

 

We are told that God created the world in six days and that on the seventh day He rested.

 

Gen 2:2   And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 

Gen 2:3   And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. 

 

What is God’s Rest? What Rest Did He Enter Into?

 

Heb 4:1 ¶ Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 

Heb 4:2   For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 

Heb 4:3   For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world

Heb 4:4   For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

Heb 4:5   And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest

Heb 4:6   Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief

Heb 4:7   Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Heb 4:8   For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day

Heb 4:9   There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God

Heb 4:10   For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his

Heb 4:11 ¶ Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief

Heb 4:12   For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

 

The Creator was Slain From the Foundation of the Earth

 

Two sacrifices:

 

 "The darkness rolled away from the Saviour and from the Cross. Christ bowed His head and died. In His Incarnation He had reached the prescribed limit as a sacrifice, but not as a redeemer." E.G. White Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, p. 409.

 

The prescribed limit of a sacrifice is found in the Testator’s Covenant. The Testator must die to something FOREVER, for the following reasons:

 

1.    Eternal death (not death for three days) is the wages for man’s sin.

2.    A testament is of no strength at all while the TESTATOR liveth.

3.    Christ died FOREVER to His former life as being DIVINE ONLY--HIS DIVINE ONLY NATURE.

4.    Christ is a man priest forever says Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy.

 

Heb 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Heb 9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

 

"The Incarnation of Christ was an act of self-sacrifice; His life was one of continual self-denial. The highest glory of the love of God to man was manifested in the sacrifice of His only-begotten Son, who was the express image of His person. This is the great mystery of godliness. It is the privilege and the duty of every professed follower of Christ to have the mind of Christ. Without self-denial and cross bearing we cannot be His disciples." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 185.

 

The only sacrifice involving the slaying of our dear Saviour that is recognized by most professing Christians is the cross sacrifice. Most are ignorant of the heavenly Sanctuary Incarnation sacrifice which occurred from the foundation of the earth.

 

Compare Hebrews 4:3 with Revelation 13:8.

 

Heb 4:3   For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world

 

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

Christ, as the Lamb of God sacrifice was first slain from the foundation of the world. What is the meaning of this slaying? Where did it occur? What did it consist of?

 

From the time of the foundation of the earth, the Testator of the Everlasting Covenant, made a Covenant with the Father, to FOREVER empty Himself of His past life of being Divine only, and voluntarily take our sinful nature. Before His Incarnation sacrifice, all we know about the NATURE of the Son was that He was a spirit. God is a spirit. That is all we know of the NATURE of God. We know more than that about His personality, but that is all we know about His NATURE.

 

The Son of God came in the likeness, the NATURE, of our sinful flesh.

 

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

 

In order to come in our human NATURE, Christ had to empty Himself of certain attributes that were cumbered by His humanity.

 

"7. Made himself of no reputation. Literally, 'emptied Himself.' This emptying was voluntary (see on John 10:17, 18). It was not possible for Christ to retain all the tokens of divinity and still accomplish the Incarnation. The outworking of this emptying is detailed in the remainder of Phil. 2:7 and in v. 8. See Vol. 5, p. 918." SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 155, col. 1.

 

Phl 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 

Phl 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

 

5. The Subordination of Christ. Voluntarily assuming the limitations of human nature at the incarnation, the Lord Jesus Christ thereby subordinated Himself to the Father for the duration of His earthly ministry (see ps. 40:8; Matt. 26:39; John 3:16 4:34; 5:19, 30; 12:49; 14:10; 17:4, 8; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:7, 8; Heb. 2:9; see on Luke 1:35; 2:49; John 3:16; 4:34; Phil 2:7, 8).

Laying aside His royal robe and kingly crown’ (DA 22, 23). “He voluntarily assumed human nature. It was His own act, and by His own consent.” (EGW ST Jan 20, 1890; cf 5T 702).  “He humbled Himself, and took mortality upon Him.” (EGW RH Sept. 4, 1900).

 

The Son of God was surrendered to the Father’s will, and dependent upon His power. So utterly was Christ emptied of self that He made no plans for Himself. He accepted God’s plans for Him, and day by day the Father unfolded His plans” (DA 208; cf. 664. ‘While bearing human nature, He was dependent upon the Omnipotent for His life.  In His humanity, He laid hold of the divinity of God’”{EGW, ST, June 17, 1897 par. 8}.

 

"Cumbered with humanity Christ could not be in every place personally, therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them to go to His Father and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth. The Holy Spirit is Himself divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit.” E.G. White, (Manuscript Releases Volume 14 (No’s 1081-1135) MR No.1084.

 

How Long Will Christ Bear our Human Nature?

 

 "By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan's purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Saviour has bound himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. 'God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.' [John 3:16]. He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only Begotten Son to become one of the human family forever to retain His human nature. This is the pledge that God will fulfill His word. 'Unto us a child is born unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder.' God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the 'Son of man' who shares the throne of the universe. It is the 'Son of man' whose name shall be called, 'Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the prince of Peace.' [Isa. 9:6]. The I Am is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both. HE who is 'holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,' is not ashamed to call us brethren. [Heb. 7:26 2:11.] In Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are bound together. Christ glorified is our brother. Heaven is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enfolded in the bosom of Infinite love." The Desire of Ages, 25.

 

Christ a Man Priest Forever Says Scripture

 

22By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

23And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

24But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

25Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

26For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

27Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

28For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. Hebrews 7:22-28.

 

What Works Did Christ Cease From When He Rested From His Own Works?

 

Christ died to His former NATURE of being Divine only, and the works of being divine only, to become human and to yield up His will to His Father, that the Father might do His works in and through Christ:

 

Jhn 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

 

In His Heavenly Sanctuary Incarnation sacrifice, from the foundation of the earth, the Son of God died to His former life as Holy Spirit Divine Nature (only), to take our human nature and become dependent upon the Father’s grace power on a moment by moment basis. That is how the Son as God, rested from His own works and relied on His Father’s Spirit to do the works in and through Him.

 

We are to die to our own human life to receive the life of Christ, the soul of His life, His Holy Spirit, indwelling us, that He might do His works in and through us. It is then that we receive eternal life via His eternal Spirit.

 

"He (Christ) suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which WAS His." Desire of Ages, p. 25 1 Cor. 11:24-265, cf. John 6:53, 54, Titus 3:5, 6.

 

"Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.

In the gift of the Spirit [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE], Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow....

The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail....

It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, May 19, 1904, vol. 5, p. 42.

 

Christ had stooped to take upon Himself man’s nature; He was to bear an infinite weight of woe as He should make His soul an offering for sin; yet angels desire that even in His humiliation the Son of the Highest might appear before men with a dignity and glory befitting His character.” E.G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 313, 314.

 

The life that WAS His, that we receive, is the pre-Incarnation life of His Holy Ghost at His Incarnation. The Holy Ghost is not mentioned in Scripture until Matthew. This is of high significance.

 

"As the worker studies the life of Christ, and the character of His mission is dwelt upon, each fresh search will reveal something more deeply interesting than has yet been unfolded. The subject is inexhaustible. The study of the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice and mediatorial work, will employ the mind of the diligent student as long as time shall last." Gospel Workers, p. 251. SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7a, p. 444.

 

"That God should thus be manifest in the flesh is indeed a mystery and without the help of the Holy Spirit we cannot hope to comprehend this subject. The most humbling lesson that man has to learn is the nothingness of human wisdom, and the folly of trying, by his own unaided efforts, to find out God." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, 7a, p. 444. Review and Herald Articles, April 5, 1906.

 

"In Christ, divinity and humanity were combined. Divinity was not degraded to humanity divinity held its place, but humanity by being united to divinity, withstood the fiercest test of temptation in the wilderness. The prince of this world came to Christ after his long fast, when He was an hungered, and suggested to Him to command the stones to become bread. But the plan of God, devised for the salvation of man, provided that Christ should know hunger, and poverty, and every phase of man's experience." SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7a, p. 445.

 

The Sabbath is a memorial to the greatest sacrifice the Son of God made for man--resting from His own works to become a man and resting from the works of a man to let His Father do the works through Him. This is a mystery that we will study for eternity.

 

The Sabbath is a memorial to the fact that we are to be dead to self and our own works, to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit of the Son of God, that He might work in and through us to regenerate man back into the image of God.

 

The Sabbath is a memorial to the act of buying Gold tried in the fire, which is faith in and love for the self-sacrificing love of Christ, so that we thereby die to self and let Him do the works in and through us, while we depend on His grace POWER (Rom. 1:5) on a moment by moment basis. We thus begin to understand true Sabbath rest. True Sabbath rest is being dead to our sinful human nature and living according to His indwelling Holy Spirit. This is what we should celebrate every Sabbath day and every moment of our lives. We celebrate the highest good, crowning sacrificial act that made all this possible. And we will celebrate that sacrificial act every Sabbath eternally in the earth made new. Though this involves the deepest revelation involving the Sabbath, the concepts will be expanded upon for eternity. This is why God made Holy and Sanctified the Sabbath and made it a perpetual Covenant between Himself and His people. The Everlasting Covenant is an integral part of that Perpetual Sabbath Commandment.

 

In the Name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

 

Ronald William Beaulieu

 

 

 

 

 

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