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Sabbath

 

Br Dr.Richard Ing

THE SABBATH UNDER THE NEW COVENANT

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). 

"There remaineth 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. 2:16.

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 it."

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 holiness.

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.


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