How amazing is it that the living God has commanded us? Jesus said that God’s commandment is eternal life (Jn 12:49-50). We live lives of faith to have eternal life. But if we ignore God’s commands, what good is our life of faith? Many people’s minds are at ease if they are healthy in this life. But their spirits are already dead. When their bodies die, their spirits will become demons. Demons continue to operate on earth for a specific period before they are cast into the abyss. At the appointed time, they will be cast into the lake of fire. Do not become complacent because you think that you have faith. The Bible warns us that if we sin deliberately after we received the knowledge of the truth, “no sacrifice for sins remains, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God” (Heb 10:26-27).
The Lord commands us to keep the holy day. The holy day is very important to our faith. Idolatry is a serious offense which brings a curse. It continues to the third and fourth generation. The punishment for idolatry takes place slowly over time. On the other hand, anyone who transgressed the Sabbath was severely punished by being stoned to death (Num 15:32-36). One can clearly see how severe an offense breaking the Sabbath was. The Lord said that He is the Lord of the Sabbath (Mt 12:8). When you consider how strict the Lord was when it came to breaking the Sabbath, how more severe will He be towards those who transgress the Lord’s Day?
The Lord’s Day is the day of the Lord. Revelation 1:10 says, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet.” It was on the Lord’s Day that apostle John was inspired to write Revelation. This was the first day after the Sabbath. The disciples remembered Jesus’ precious blood and accepted His words when they gathered to partake in the bread and the cup (Acts 20:7). When they gathered, they did not come empty-handed, but brought offerings that were prepared beforehand (1 Cor 16:1-3). We should not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but we should keep the Lord’s Day wholeheartedly (Heb 10:25). If we truly acknowledge the Lord’s authority, we must accept His commands. We come to the church to worship because the Lord commanded it.
Worship is to meet the Lord face to face. When people say “God is spirit”, many think that since God is invisible, they must understand Him in an abstract way. But the main idea we must understand when we say, “God is spirit”, is that God lives forever. And because He is living, He calls us, commands us, and hears us. Worship is about meeting the living God.
God is the God of blessings. Because blessings come from God, they cannot be separated from Him. Therefore, blessings are given by God alone. Even though the Son of God blessed others, He did not give the blessings Himself. He invokes the blessing and says, “Father, please bless them.” God alone is the source of blessings. It was He who said to Abraham, “You shall be a blessing!” This meant that God would be with Abraham. So God promised that He would bless those who blessed Abraham, and curse those who cursed him (Gen 12:1-3).