by Theodore Wright
For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
– Hebrews 4:8-9
The sabbath day rest for the Christian is not Saturday.
Neither is it Sunday.
It is, in fact, the eternal rest which we have with Christ.
We observe this sabbath, keeping it holy, by placing our full confident faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
Hebrews chapter 4…
1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
“So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ”
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way:
“And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;
5 and again in this place:
“They shall not enter My rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
To insist that it is a sin before God for anyone to work on Saturday is placing a yoke of bondage on Christ’s disciples. The very insistence of such is sinful disobedience against God’s commandment.
Romans chapter 14 verses 5 thru 6a…
One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.
The New Testament book of Colossians continually warns us not to fall into the error of legalism and not to attempt to justify oneself by things that cannot save.
Colossians chapter 2 verses 16 & 17…
So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
The Old Testament laws and holidays serve to teach us faith, the substance of things hoped for, in the hope of the eternal rest we have with Jesus.
ACCEPT JESUS, FOREVER FORGIVEN
Scripture taken from the New King James Version.
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