Sabbath

Question: Some say those who keep Sabbath are under the law. Is it right?

Some say, “All who keep the Sabbath on the seventh day (Saturday) are under the law, bearing the yoke of slavery.”

Is it right?

The Sabbath under grace, on the seventh day, is no longer restricted to the law, for Jesus has become the Lord of Sabbath.

But Christ did not come to abolish the law, and not a single stroke of the law could be altered.
The law had to be fulfilled (Mt 5:18).

This meant that the Ten Commandments were not to be abolished; these included the two categories – loving God and loving people (Mk 12:30-31).
God Himself inscribed the commandments on two tablets, so that they would differ from the other statutes and precepts announced by Moses (Deut 4:13; 2 Kgs 21:8).

When Jesus was in the world, He taught men to obey the commandments (Mt 5:9).
He said clearly, “If you want to enter life, obey the commandments. “(Mt 19:17-19)
This means the moral nature of the commandments is not denied.

Obeying God’s commands does not contradict that of believing in Jesus and entering eternal life.
Many believers exceed the proper limits in righting a wrong, risking by nullifying the law by faith
(Rom 3:31).

Some who oppose keeping the Sabbath are actually opposing God’s commandments.
Some opposed the fourth commandment while supporting the other nine.
This is exactly the same as the Catholics, who abolished the second commandment –
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”
(Jas 2:10-11)

In the grace of the Lord Jesus, we do not need to observe the Sabbath under the Law, but it does not mean that we do not need to keep the Sabbath that is in the ten commandments.

Altering the law of God at will is tantamount to a serious sin. God anointed Jesus as the Lord of Sabbath.
The grace that comes with Him has “cancelled the written code with its regulations that was against us and that stood opposed to us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Col 2:14) ” The previous statutes were abolished because they were weak and not beneficial.” The decrees and laws taught by Moses (Deut 4:1) mostly concerned ceremonies. They should not be regarded as equal with the ten commandments. “They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings – external regulations applying until the time of the new order.” (Heb 9:10)

For example, regulations concerning the Sabbath forbade gathering wood, preparing meals, trading, going on expedition, working and herding cattle. They were rigidly observed in the time of the law. They were weakened by the sinful nature (Rom 8:3). Whoever failed to obey was reproached by the law. These previous decrees were abolished because they were useless.

Keep the Sabbath Day

The Sabbath under grace does not deny or alter the original day prescribed – rather, it is observed with freedom and joy. Sunshine makes it warm in summer while in winter it gives the warmth we need.

We are no longer restricted to Sabbath under the law after Lord Jesus too it away, nailing it to the corss (Col 2:14). We are now able to enjoy the Sabbath day as a day of rest and worship the Lord.

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