SabbathBro. David Chancellor
10/4/2009 11:00 AM
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
There’s a controversy in our day about whether the Sabbath is Saturday or Sunday. The Sabbath is to be a day of rest. Keeping specific days isn’t the topic of today. The Sabbath is a type of something we enjoy as Christians.
Christ gave us something better than the 10 commandments. In Christ there is rest for the Christian. It can be a blessing for our lives. When you find the rest that God gives, it applies to all 7 days of the week. It is a rest from our works. We can have rest from our works.
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
"For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lust and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared…" After God appeared to us, we were saved, "…Not by works of righteousness which we have done…" Since Jesus came, works aren’t the means of our salvation. In the Old Testament, salvation/righteousness was based on works. It was apparent by their works that they wouldn’t be righteous.
Jesus is the source of our Sabbath/rest. He brought us into a relationship with God based on his righteousness and not our works. Jesus in us produces righteousness in us. The grace of God in us gives us a desire to live for Christ. He also gives us what we need to do what is pleasing to God. There is no way that our self-righteous works could win us a place with God.
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scriptures, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the cruse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live by them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ: that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Some had convinced these that there were things of the law that had to be done to make them acceptable to God. If you try to live by the law you can’t miss out on any point. People couldn’t live the law and it became a curse to them. Faith in Christ’s work enables us to walk with God. Our relationship with God is completely based on faith in what he’s done for us.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
These had not submitted to the righteousness of God, but were relying on their own righteousness. If you try to keep the Sabbath to establish righteousness with God, you’re not enjoying the rest that Christ brings. "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." We believe that Jesus was our sacrifice. He came to reveal God to us and to make it possible for us to know God. He came to pay the price for our sins. We rest because we trust in the work that Christ did for the salvation of our souls. He provided an unending Sabbath day for those that put their faith in him.
Colossians 2:8-17, 20-21
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ, For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross: And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Jesus showed what God can do in a man. God working in us can do some things for us. All those ordinances were nailed to the cross. Jesus triumphed over them. Some would try to bring those ordinances back. Those things were a way to help us to learn about Christ. It is there to help us to see that Jesus is the one and to help us to establish a relationship with God. Our rest is in Christ. He is our righteousness. We trust in him.
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath: if they shall enter into my rest; although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest on the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
There was still a rest promised that wasn’t the land of Canaan. They didn’t find rest there because there was still sin in their hearts. This promised rest is found in ceasing from our own works. We trust in Christ. Our rest is that we quit trying to work our way into salvation with Christ and trust what Jesus has done to save us. Trusting God can give you all the blessing available by him to us. Keep faith in God. Let your good works be a natural outflowing of salvation. Keep faith in God so that you’ll have peace and rest in your soul.