Sunday, May 8, 2016

Should we keep the Sabbath or not?

The O. T. system of Law required keeping the Sabbath as part of the overall moral, legal, and sacrificial system by which the Jewish people satisfied God’s requirements for behavior, government, and forgiveness of sins. The Sabbath was part of the Law in that sense. In order to "remain" in favor with God, you had to also keep the Sabbath. If it was not kept, then the person was in sin and would often be punished (Ezekiel 18:4, Rom. 6:23, Deut. 13:1-9, Num. 35:31, Lev. 20:2, etc.).
But with Jesus’ atonement and justification by faith (Rom. 5:1), we no longer are required to keep the Law, and hence the Sabbath which was only a shadow of things to come (Col. 2:16-17). We are not under Law but grace (Rom. 6:14-15). The Sabbath is fulfilled in Jesus because in Him we have rest (Matt. 11:28). We are not under obligation to keep the Law, and this goes for the Sabbath as well.
Don't keep the Sabbath:
(Romans 14:5), "One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind."
(Colossians 2:16), "Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day."

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