Because of the verses that I am listing below:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
I share the above verses because they were eye openers for me. Standing alone they are troublesome to say the least, but I continued reading. The thing that directed me to what was so important about Matthew 7:21-23 were the following verses which are a parable.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
You see, there will be those that saith to Jesus, what is said in verses 21-23, and he will tell them he never knew them...depart from me ye that work iniquity. These people BELIEVE that they are serving righteously. Christ tells them to depart. Iniquity in the Greek is lawlessness and means "The utter disregard for God's law-his written and living word."(source) The storms are going to come for all but those with a foundation built on a rock will stand. The rock is Christ:1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Christ is also the word.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
We must build our foundation on Him, which while he walked this earth and the preaching he preached was ALL from the Old Testament. That is the foundation.
Now think clearly on this: Why would Jesus say this to those that were prophesying in His name AND casting out devils, if the law was no more? If they were practicing iniquity/lawlessness then my next question is this: Is there something to the law that many have tossed out with the covering of grace? Those that preserved the word-the Jews, put hedges around the word and added their traditions making the law far more than it was. But we are told it is not grievous to keep the law. The law is not done away with~God forbid, and we are told if we love him we will keep his commandments~And why if the law is nailed to the cross(*), are we told to keep the commandments in the New Testament?
1 John 5:2
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
In Proverbs7 :2 we are told :Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. In Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Our whole duty is to fear God and keep his commandments, which God says he does not change yet, he changed for in the New Testament. By the way, context is everything. When we read the Old Testament and the New there are instances that are specific rules/laws and commands to certain people, men for example or women, or priests, or bishops, or the older women and so on. The Commandments given to the 12 tribes at Mt. Sinai were for the Children of Israel(and the stranger that joined them), and were given FOR EVER. Honestly, the key is in the fourth commandment, as our Father knew we would need reminding, Remember the Sabbath day,to keep it holy. Fully knowing that we don't remember the Sabbath and we most certainly do not keep it holy.
Trivia: where were the Ten Commandments housed? In the Ark of the covenant~ which was in the temple. We are now the temple and the new covenant, well guess where that is to be housed?
what does this mean?
Now you know where I began on this new journey. I am not suggesting that I know everything. I am suggesting that man changed when the worship day was. Feel free to study this~Constantine, the Catholic church, the Council of Laodicea, and more. The Bible is clear that Christ was perfect, Paul was an apostle after the death, burial, and Resurrection and he kept the Sabbath.
Through a small amount of research one can appreciate that those that had zero connection to Paul, let alone Christ, made a decision based upon NOT BEING LIKE THE JEW.
Council of Laodicea
"Christians should not Judaize and should not be idle on the Sabbath, but should work on that day; they should, however, particularly reverence the Lord’s day and, if possible, not work on it, because they were Christians" (Canon 29 [A.D. 360]). (source)
The above is from the Council of Laodicea. It appears that the justification was NOT because of the Lord's day, but because they were distancing themselves from the way that the Jew (one of the tribes of Israel) was worshiping. Judaizing was NEGATIVE. They are told not to be idle on the sabbath.
What does God say?
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Read all of Hebrews 4 and you will understand that he is speaking directly about the sabbath day.
Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
the council of Laodicea~for the Lord's day~ they are told if possible, to not work on it. God wants us to rest. He knows the world and how draining it is. He makes it clear through his example. Yet man, in the council of Laodicea, suggest if possible to not work and we end up having what we have today. Today, according the the majority of Christian churches, the first day is the Christian day of rest, yet rest doesn't occur. Drive past your restaurants after church on Sunday. The parking lots are filled to the brim. Go to the stores on Sunday and you will find people dressed in their Sunday best shopping for their weekly groceries etc. With the loophole that man made, man has brazenly walked out and decided no rest is needed. We know more than God now.
I mean no disrespect. I did not post my The Truth verses Man's Traditions post or this one with the hopes of making people angry, but I no longer can sit by without standing in His Word and testing EVERYTHING to it.
If a person was isolated and only had a Bible to read, ponder this: when he came to civilization~ would he recognize Sunday as the day of rest or the Sabbath as the day of rest? For that matter, would he recognize Christmas? Matthew and Luke's gospels look nothing like how man and his traditions have taken over.
Each of us will be accountable on that day of reckoning. Those that are walking as he walked and those that are walking in the traditions of man, never taking the time to study to shew themselves approved, ALL will be on their knees. I pray that in the life I have left, that I stand boldly for Truth using only His Word and not a church father or council to establish it.
Upcoming Post: The New Covenant. Do we understand what this new covenant is? Do we understand what it replaced, and where can we find this new covenant in the Bible?
(*) what is nailed to the cross?
Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
What was nailed to the cross? The judgments against us~ not the law. Only what we have done in breaking it...just the same as if we get a speeding ticket and someone walks in to the court and pays for the ticket...the speeds are no longer removed, just my infraction against complying with the speed.