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“Here is the patience of the saints. Here are the ones who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12)
In Revelation 14:9-11 we see the sad condition of those who live “by faith alone”. This a picture of unconfessed and unrepentant sin. But at same time they imagine in their minds they are in righteous standing with Jesus. But it is only those, “who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus”. These are the ones who stand before the throne and have access to it.
What are “the commandments of God”? It is what commanded in the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament,
“And He gave to Moses, when He had made an end of speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18).
This is what we know as the Ten Commandments. The holiest and most powerful document ever seen on earth.
This moral code is written on the hearts of every human since antiquity. This is called the human conscience.
This is why it is so important for Christians (“saints”), and even non-Christians to put it upon themselves to adhere to and follow these simple moral rules. One tablet is moral conduct toward God. And the other tablet is moral conduct toward our neighbor. This takes a concerted effort on our part to do our part. Because we at our core are nothing but selfish and evil. We are prone to selfish lusts and desires to be found in the world. This is our struggle, this is our battle as Christians to overcome SELF. This is called “the patience of the saints”. To keep going and to not quit this daily struggle.
This “patience“is found in following in the footsteps of our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is “the faith of Jesus”. It is “the ones who keep the commandments of God“.
The reformed church says “Sola Fide”, or what is grace plus faith plus nothing. This is the road of salvation into the kingdom of God. But this is far from the truth.
“My dear friends, you always obeyed what you were taught. Just as you obeyed when I was with you, it is even more important for you to obey now that I am not there. So you must continue to live in a way that gives meaning to your salvation. Do this with fear and respect for God. Yes, it is God who is working in you. He helps you want to do what pleases him, and he gives you the power to do it” (Philippians 2:12-13)
The Apostle Paul exhibited for us, “the patience of the saints“,
“My life is being given as an offering for God. The time has come for me to leave this life here. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have served the Lord faithfully“ (2 Timothy 4:6-7)
This is “the patience of the saints” that we continue to do what is commanded in the Holy Bible. To pick up our cross and follow the Lord Jesus every day.
“And I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they shall rest from their labors, and their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13)
“But those belonging to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:24-25).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies (regeneration, transformation) it brings forth much fruit. He who loves his life shall lose it. And he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal” (John 12:24-25).
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).