Br Dr.Richard Ing
THE SABBATH UNDER THE
It is my understanding that when Jesus came, He established
a new covenant and discarded the old Mosaic law and covenant. "For
there is verily a disannuling of the commandment going before for the weakness
and unprofitableness thereof. For the
law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the
which we draw nigh unto God." Heb.
7:18-19; also Heb 8:6-13. When the Lord
Jesus was on earth, He said, "Follow Me;" but when He returned to
heaven, He said, "Follow the Holy Spirit."
The flesh profits nothing.
Spiritual truths are found through the Holy Spirit and the new spirit
that Christ gave all born-again believers.
The written laws were put in their hearts and minds. Heb. 8:10; Eze. 36:25-27. The laws established through Moses, including
the Ten Commandments, were a curse on us because no one could obey it through
the flesh. Gal. 3:10-11. Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law by
taking on all of our sins upon Himself.
He served as our curse. Gal.
3:13. No sins, no curses. The Ten Commandments and laws established in
the Old Testament were our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be
justified by faith and not the written law.
Gal. 3:24. There is no way man
can obey the written law in the flesh.
Man had to be given a new spirit and the Holy Spirit in order to know
spiritual and absolute truth of God. 1 Co. 2:14-15.
Under the Old Testament and the Ten Commandments, the
Sabbath Day was a day of rest that fell on a Saturday. Hebrews 4:3-7, the writer explains that even
when God had spoken of rest on the seventh day many never entered into that
rest because of unbelief and a hardened heart.
If the Sabbath Day, a Saturday, had given them rest, then Jesus would
not have spoken of another day (rest).
therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest, he
also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that
rest, lest any man hall after the same example of unbelief." Heb. 4:8-11.
Therefore, God says that our rest
is no longer in a day, but in Jesus Christ.
We cease from our works and rest in Him.
Jesus is our rest, not a Saturday or a Sunday.
Therefore, whether the Sabbath is Sunday or Saturday is
moot. The rest of God is no longer a day
but a person, Jesus Christ. We no longer
have to strive to obey the written law, including the Ten Commandments. They are written in our hearts and if we obey
the Holy Spirit, we cannot sin. 1 Jn. 3:9. The Sabbath Day, either on a Saturday, or
Sunday, will not make us holy or sinless.
It is obedience to the Holy Spirit that makes us sons of God. Ro. 8:14.
"For as many as are led by
the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." The apostle Paul rebuked those that observe
days, and months, and times, and years.
Gal. 4:10; Col.
The just shall live by faith in Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:38),
not by a day of rest. He is our Sabbath,
our rest. We no longer strive to obey in
the flesh. Observing the Sabbath on a
Sunday profits us nothing; neither does observing the Sabbath on a
Saturday. God did away with the day of
rest and gave us the Lord Jesus Christ as our rest. "Come
unto Me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I
am meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall find rest for your souls." Mt. 11:28.
The danger of observing a day such as Saturday, or whatever
day, as being our rest, is that we fall back into works in the flesh for our
salvation. We justify ourselves by
observing a written law. Galatians 5:1-6
talks about how one who goes back to observing the law has lost his grace.
"Stand fast therefore in the
liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the
yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto
you, that if ye be circumcised Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is
circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you,
whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope
of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus
Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith
which worketh by love."
Gal. 3:10 says, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:
for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which
are written in the book of the law to do them." In other words, if you walk according to
obedience or observance of a day under the law, you have put the curse of the
law back upon yourself and must obey all the written law. You have rejected faith and are attempting to
justify yourself by the law in the sight of God. Gal. 3:11.
Observing a day of the week as your rest, instead of Jesus Christ by
faith, is going back to the Ten
Commandments and the written law.
Hebrews 4:1, 2 says, "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.
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
Romans 8 is clear that the flesh leads to death, while the
Spirit leads to life. Ro. 8:1-9. Those that are led by the Spirit of God are the
sons (children) of God (Ro. 8:14), not those that are led by the flesh that is
trying to please God by observing Saturday or Sunday as a day of rest and
Therefore, all this arguing back and forth about whether the
Sabbath is Saturday or Sunday is useless and dangerous. It erases the doctrine of faith and throws us
back into bondage to the law. Our rest
is Jesus Christ.