Question: Since we have love for God and for others, is it important whether or not we keep the Sabbath?

The sum of all the commandments is love for God and man (Matt 22:35-40).

Since we have love for God and for others, is it important whether or not we keep the Sabbath?

How can we love God and not keep his commandments? Is this how we show that we have love for God?

We show our love for God by obeying His commandments (1 John 5:2-3; John 14:15).

In Matt 22:37-40, Jesus does not mean that love for God and for others replaces God’s commandments, but that the underlying spirit of God’s commandments is love.

Sabbath was part of God’s creation, for he “blessed the seventh day and sanctified it” (see Gen 2:2-3; Ex 20:11). Since God’s creation has lasted to this very day, the Sabbath day instituted by God continues to be a blessed and holy day as it has always been since the creation week. The rest we have received in Christ Jesus does not and should not displace the rest on the seventh day or the observance of the Sabbath according to God’s commandment.

The Sabbath, being one of the Ten Commandments, has not been abolished, but the strict regulations concerning the keeping of the Sabbath day were fulfilled by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Christians today still keep the Ten Commandments. And God’s commandment is to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”.

If we have love for God, we should keep God’s commandments.

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