Assembly, paneguris. Hebrews 12: 22,23 refers to the church of God as a whole in heaven and on earth. Thayer defined the word "a festal gathering of a whole people to celebrate public... solemnities". King James Bible Version simultaneously rendered the Greek word ekklesia to church and assembly. This church, the last-day church is known as Adventists (those who wait for the second coming of Christ). In the book of Revelation, these people describe as:
"keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." revelation 14:12
The commandments of God(1), Declared in mount Sinai in a scene of awful grandeur(2), are "the words of the covenant, the ten commandments" Exo 34:27(KJV) or "the Ten Words" (JPS, ABP, and DARBY versions). Briefly saying is, "love" Rom.13:9 and "love is the fulfilling of the law verse 8. Jesus calls it "the second great commandment" because the first and great commandments refer to our love to God "with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matt. 22: 38 and 37), which was quoted by Jesus from Deut. 6:5 (first) and Lev. 19:18 (second), meaning those are not new commandments, but the same as the beginning. These words comprise the whole of God's commandments was enumerated to ten, called The Ten Commandments or The Ten Words, the Law which all created beings must obey. Even the holy angels are obedient to its principles (Ps. 103: 20).
The Faith of Jesus; Jesus was the embodiment of the law, the transcript of His character. His life on earth was full of love, sacrifice, kindness, benevolence, always seen doing good, and total dependence on the Father. He set before us the perfect example of faith, the faith that sustains Him during His life on earth. It is the same faith possess by His last-days church, the Advent people.
"...Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." Revelation 13:10
There will be need not only of faith but of a trust in God. This is the true faith of Abraham, a faith which produced fruits. “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness” (James 2:23). When God told him to offer his son as a sacrifice it was the same voice that had spoken telling him to leave his country and go into a land which God would show him. Abraham was saved by faith in Christ as verily as the sinner is saved by faith in Christ today.
The faith that justifies always produces first true repentance, and then good works, which are the fruit of that faith. There is no saving faith that does not produce good fruit. God gave Christ to our world to become the sinner's substitute. The moment true faith in the merits of the costly atoning sacrifice is exercised, claiming Christ as a personal Saviour, that moment the sinner is justified before God, because he is pardoned.—MS 46, 1891
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