Keep the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday & Rest in Christ
12-27-2008, 06:47 PM (This post was last modified: 12-27-2008 06:50 PM by Rose of Shushan.)
RE: Keep the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday & Rest in Christ
glad you decided to jump in and post!
The Sabbaths we know, were signs and shadows of the reality which is Messiah.
The true meaning of the Sabbath wasn’t just the cessation of work and rest for the body but was also spiritual.Work wasn’t the primary issue here obviously since the priests did work as shown here
Mat 12:5 Or have you not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
In the NT we see that the Sabbath is something which the believer is no longer commanded to "keep". It makes sense the gospel was to go out into the whole world with every culture. How could the gentiles keep a sign which hadn’t been given to them. They came into the new covenant and not to the old of Sinai. Or are we suggesting that Paul was teaching gentiles to stone Sabbath breakers? Instead this is what we see
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in food, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Jesus is that rest.
Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
So if he who gives us that rest is come, isn’t the Sabbath also fulfilled? The sign given to the Israelites was fulfilled in Christ.
I am also reminded of what Paul said to the Galatians who were being influenced by those of the Circumcision/judiasers.
Gal 4:9 But now, after you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
Gal 4:10 You observe days, and months, and times, and years.
Gal 4:11 I am afraid for you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.
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