Do we really want to enter God’s rest when we don’t accept His Holy day when He rested?

(Barbara) #1

Do we really want to enter His rest when we do not keep the Sabbath Holy?

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(SeanO) #2

@bborowic Like the ancient Israelites were given the promise of a ‘rest’ in the Promised Land if they obeyed God, we have been given the promise of ‘rest’ in Christ - eternal life. The author of Hebrews (in chapter 4) is exhorting us to strive after that rest - to remain in Christ, unlike the Israelites who disbelieved God’s promises and therefore did not enter into the rest of the Promised Land, but died in the wilderness.

As NT believers, Christ is our Sabbath rest. We are no longer required to observe the Sabbath. However, we should also respect the conscious of those who still feel compelled to do so.

Romans 14:5 - One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.

Colossians 2:16-17 - Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

Believers are not obligated to observe the Sabbath. The Sabbath was the sign of the Mosaic covenant. The Mosaic covenant and the Sabbath as the covenant sign are no longer applicable now that the new covenant of Jesus Christ has come. Believers are called upon to honor and respect those who think the Sabbath is still mandatory for believers. But if one argues that the Sabbath is required for salvation, such a teaching is contrary to the gospel and should be resisted forcefully. In any case, Paul makes it clear in both Romans 14:5 and Colossians 2:16–17 that the Sabbath has passed away now that Christ has come.

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