THE SABBATH = SPIRITUAL REST

THE SABBATH = SPIRITUAL REST

 Hello all,

 Just as we discuss the nature of the true Israelites and we conclude that it is all about the Spirit of a person; so too we need to take a look at the Sabbath in the same regard.  We see a true Israelite is not one in flesh but in Spirit.  It matters not the color of the flesh when it comes to being born again, for when born again from above we become an Israelite at heart and in the Holy Spirit. 

This same concept applies to the Sabbath…it was once the physical keeping of one day a week to worship God.  That was before Christ came and changed everything.  During His ministry the Law was still in effect and He came to fulfill the law.  Yet, after His death and resurrection, He became our Sabbath rest via the Holy Spirit. The Sabbath rest, just like who Israel truly is, became a Spiritual thing, a Spiritual rest, one we partake of every day. 

Those who keep this Sabbath rest in Jesus every day are the true Sabbath keepers of the New Covenant. 

We must come out of our carnal understanding of Spiritual matters.  In that regard, I think the following excerpts from this article and study shows how this is so, and how important it is for us to understand that giving up our own will to the will of our Savior and His Spirit, is the true meaning of keeping the Sabbath. 

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The Connection Between Rest & The Spirit

http://www.word-spirit.org/ShouldWeKeepTheSabbath.htm  

By Frank Hilton  

(small part of entire article) 

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” (Isa 28:10-12) 

This is very important because this is a direct link between a prophecy of the Old Testament and the foretelling of the “stammering lips and another tongue” (speaking in tongues) in the New Testament. But, notice what the “tongues” are directly related to; A REST FOR THE WEARY! This is also a direct link between what Jesus said about rest (peace) and the Comforter as mentioned above. 

What About The Book Of Acts? 

The New Testament dispensation didn’t actually begin until after Jesus’s death, his ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Ghost (birth of the church). So, the time of the law was replaced (fulfilled) by the church age on the day of Pentecost. 

When you read the book of Acts, you read about the Apostles preaching in the synagogues of the Jews. And since salvation was offered to the Jews first, they went to the synagogue on the sabbath days to preach. It wasn’t until chapter 10, that the Gentiles got the Holy Ghost. And as the Gentile church grew and the Jews started realizing that they are saved by grace and not by the works of the law, confusion and trouble began within the church.  

Peter was rebuked by Paul because he lived as a Gentile, but compelled the Gentiles to live like a Jew and follow some of the Law (Gal 2:11-16). Certain Jews from Judea started telling the Gentiles that except they be circumcised after the manner of Moses, they cannot be saved (Act 15:1). So, whichever Jews, who kept the sabbath, tried to teach the Gentiles to be circumcised and or keep the sabbath, it was out of ignorance. 

The Apostles had a meeting about this issue, and they, with direction from the Holy Ghost sent letters to the Gentiles telling them that they didn’t have to keep the law, except they had to abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: (Act 15:27-29). 

Now think back… Circumcision was instituted by God way back in Abraham’s time, even before the Law of Moses. Yet, in the New Testament, circumcision is not necessary to be saved. So, since the circumcision was replaced by water baptism, that law was fulfilled in Baptism.  

The lesson we should see from Acts 15 is that certain Jews tried to make Gentiles observe some things of the Law in the flesh, but the Holy Ghost only forbidded them things that was directly linked to sin. And the sabbath was not one of those things. So, now we will see how the sabbath was fulfilled. 

Entering Into Rest By Ceasing From Our Works 

In Hebrews 2:1-11 is some teaching on the rest that the people of the Old Testament failed to enter because of unbelief. The context of the chapter is not directly about the sabbath, but a rest that believers get through the finished work of Calvary and the promises made to the New Testament believers. 

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. (Heb 4:2-11)

 Earlier, we defined that rest means to cease as God did when he finished creation. There is a direct connection between the prophecy of Isaiah’s rest (28:11-12), teachings of Jesus concerning salvation and rest (peace) and this scripture above. The key to the entire chapter is how a person finds this rest by “CEASING” from their own works as God did from His. Therefore, since the scriptures always speaks of the seventh day sabbath as a ceasing and rest, the New Testament “sabbath” is fulfilled when we enter into our rest through faith in Jesus Christ and the new birth plan of salvation. So, it is clear that entering a “rest” is directly linked to our salvation and how we are to “CEASE” from our own works as God did when He ceased from His when He created the earth in 7 days!! 

The Shadows Have Come 

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. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 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; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? (Col 2:16-22) 

If there was one scripture that could imply that we are not obligated to observe the actual Sabbath day, it is the one above. However, you have to interpret it correctly because if you read it to fast you will miss why Paul is writing this. 

The statement “Let no man therefore judge you in meat… or of the Sabbath days”, on the outside, looks like Paul is saying we should observe the Sabbath day. However, look at the context of all those verses. He says, “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” He is warning believers to not let outsiders (or false Christians) draw them away from the faith and the worship of God. He accuses the deceivers of not seeing the truth and judging them because they don’t keep the Sabbath. 

He then asks us a question. If we are dead with Christ (saved), then why are we subject (observing) things of men; Touch not; taste not; handle not; after the commandments of men? Paul is telling us; don’t let outsiders judge you because you are not keeping the law like they think you should. When we try to keep the letter of the law, without the Spirit of the law, we then are not justified by Christ. 

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (Gal 3:2-3) 

An important point in this entire study is found within these words at the beginning of (Col 2:16-22 – above)… “Which are a shadow of things to come;” The Sabbath is referred to as shadow. Which means it is an example or allegory that ushers in the real thing. 

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (Heb 10:1) 

Since the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, it is also applicable that most of the Old Testament rituals and ordinances was just a shadow of things to come. What that means is a lot of the physical things done in the Old Testament is fulfilled spiritually and done only through Jesus Christ. Because, we are not saved, or justified by the law, keeping the letter of the law will do us no good. And since the verse specifically mentions the “Sabbath day” as being one of those shadows, we can safely say that the physical Sabbath day has been replaced with the spiritual rest we have through Jesus. 

The First Day of the Week 

The only reference of the church having a service on the first day of the week is found in 1 Cor 16:2. This is the only passage that actually states Sunday as being the day of worship. If you were to look back at some history, you will read that Sunday was the day they worshipped on as well. And since a Jewish Sabbath was on Saturday, and if the church did hold services on Sunday, then we can conclude that they didn’t observe the actual Sabbath day on Saturday. 

Now, do we doctrinally consider Sunday as a Sabbath day. No! (even though we do set this day aside). Since the Holy Ghost is our “Sabbath” rest, it doesn’t matter what day we have church. Even if we wanted to have it on Saturday, it doesn’t matter to God because he is only interested in our “spiritual sabbath” (rest) between us and Him. All he cares about is if we are living in sin or not, no matter what day it is! 

Points To Ponder 

• If God wanted the sabbath to continue as a literal day, then why didn’t Jesus teach it? 

•Why didn’t the Apostles put that in their letter to the Gentiles in Acts 15? 

•Why hasn’t people died because they refuse to obey the sabbath like they died in the Old Testament? 

•If Christians are not keeping the physical Sabbath day, then why do people get the Holy Ghost on Sunday or any other day? 

•The keeping of an actual Sabbath day was enforced in the Old Testament only because it was under the Old Testament covenant with Israel. 

•Nowhere in the New Testament are we commanded to keep an actual Sabbath day. 

•A person can decide to honor a day above another if that is their conviction (Romans 14). But, it is not a command or a law that we have to keep the Sabbath to be saved, for salvation is in Jesus. 

•Back then, God was more interested in what people did on the Sabbath, than the actual Sabbath day. Just like today, He is more interested in the sin we commit than if we keep a Sabbath day. Because, if you are sinning on a “Sabbath day”, then the Sabbath day doesn’t matter, it’s the sin that will cause you to be lost.

The last point is… 

 DO WE KEEP THE SABBATH? … YES!!! … 

 IT’S A SPIRITAUL SABBATH OF REST WHEN WE ARE SAVED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! 

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In the following Scripture we see what happens to those who are not saved by Jesus Christ: 

Rev 14:11

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they HAVE NO REST day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” 

“they have no rest”….. 

Salvation and Sabbath rest go hand in hand…there cannot be one without the other, and neither without being born again from above, and resting in Jesus and His Holy Spirit. 

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!! 

Patti C.

 

 

 

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Author: kinz2all

Hello all! What a long strange trip it has been! I am amazed that through 40 years of Bible studies, Bible College, and attending a multitude of churches, of varying denominations, I have come full circle back to the day when I was “born again”. On that day (Sept 24th 1978) I found the Truth when Jesus found me. I knew in an instant that I could live in eternity by living in the moment with Christ. God is love and loves everyone and wants everyone to be set free in Christ. That the spiritual world trumps the material world and by focusing on Christ one can live spiritually every moment, and death to self brings abundant new life. This was massively life changing! I went from being broken to being whole! I could not contain the love and joy within me. I was a different person and all my relationships changed. And shortly after that earthshaking day, I did sell everything I owned and went on the road proclaiming the JOY of the Good News!! Yet, after three years, I settled down and starting going to church, realizing I had not truly studied the Word of God. I had attended church as a child and as a teen I sang in the choir and taught vacation Bible school, so I knew the major highlights of the Gospel, and pretty much believed what preachers were preaching about God’s Word. Still, I did not find the fire of the Spirit in many of the churches I attended. To me, all the different denominations were creating division not unity in the body of Christ, by chopping up the Word to suit the traditions of men. In 1997 I decided to start reading and studying the Bible for myself. I read books about the “rapture” and the Left Behind series of books and started to see how churches were so divided on these issues and nothing they were teaching really rang true in my heart. I attended Bible College in 2004 and got my Masters in Theology and really got into understanding the End Times as taught by the pre-trib and pre-wrath rapture groups and authors. I was completely sold on this interpretation of the Bible, so much so, that I started writing about it on a pre-trib web site called Five Doves. I got really into waiting for the rapture and trying to figure out the timing and all that, and wrote many many articles about how and when this would happen. It was exciting, I felt that I was learning so much. The more I studied on my own the more I started to see that I did not see in His Word the same things that others were seeing and started to write about what I was finding. As soon as I did this, and started to stray away from the herd of pre-tribbers, I was thrown off the web site. As soon as that happened, the Lord started giving me new revelations and I started asking questions and rely on Him to show me in His Word the answers I was looking for. The major turning point was when I started writing for another web site (Rapture Prophecy Bible Forum) and found out who Israel truly is. That is the foundation for all Bible study…once one knows whom Israel is, one can never go back to dispensational beliefs. That opened the flood gates of revelations from the Lord. He made sure that I would have the time to truly focus on what the Holy Spirit was showing me. I fell down some stairs and broke both of my feet and was not able to do anything but study the Bible. And Study I did!! I was consumed with it, day and night and felt on fire for the Truth. Things that I had believed in for so long just fell away, and everyday I was finding out more and more. Although I started to see that there is no end time rapture, I still believed in a future Second Coming and that we were in the Last Days and how the world was becoming a dark place full of evil. I wrote much about this…even on this blog. Yet, at the same time finding out about the Kingdom of God and how it has already come, and how the Jewish feasts have all been fulfilled in Christ. We are not waiting for the last three to be fulfilled as so many preach and teach. The plan of Salvation was FINISHED AT THE CROSS, and all that was left to be fulfilled was the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost…the 7th and last feast not the 4th…and Christ’s Second Coming in Judgment and the resurrection of the saints. That brings me up to recent time, and my most recent revelations from the Lord and I am shocked at what I have found out! I never even conceived that the Bible was a finished work and that there was no longer anything left to be fulfilled. Yet, that is what I have found out and it is AMAZING how I feel totally set free!! The Truth truly does set one free from the searching and the divisions of the traditions of man!! It all makes so much sense and every verse has taken on a new and heartfelt meaning!! It is GOOD NEWS!! Jesus is our King we can live in His Kingdom RIGHT NOW!! He did ALL He said he would do, when He said He would do it, all we need to do is KNOW HIM. The only event left to happen will happen to each of His children when they pass from this world and into eternity. I was so overwhelmed by my discoveries that I did not know how to approach beginning to write about it. Also, it labels me (and I hate labels in reference to divisions in Christ) I find that I have become a full Preterist. I would never ever have thought this is where my studies would lead, but cannot deny it is where the Lord has brought me. I am now ready to start proving it and that is what I will be doing from here on out. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of all this is that it has brought me full circle. When I was born again and shown the power of Jesus and relying on Him, I knew it was finished in Him…He was the answer to all. Love is the strongest power in the universe and God is love. Nothing else really mattered. It was not until I got caught up in the “traditions of men” that the path got crooked and the way confusing. Yet, it is so wonderful to find out that His Word tells us the Truth, and that Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life. That being said, I will be posting studies that helped me understand, and hope that anyone out there that is reading this may find what they may be looking for, as they take this journey OF FINDING OUT FOR YOURSELF. God bless all, and may you be in His love and Light today and always!! JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!! Patti C.

One thought on “THE SABBATH = SPIRITUAL REST”

  1. Not much has been written for a few days, I see! But, I know that Patti is deep in thought and prayer to add more which will touch our hearts and souls.

    In the past few days I have been doing a crochet project with many different colors…one my daughter suggested she would enjoy. She picked out the colors. They are an array of wild, bright-colored yarns that look like they would never go together in harmony, and I had no idea how to mix lime green, oranges, reds, purples, yellows, and bright pinks in order to make sense of them and make something which would be a delight for her to behold.

    I put them together in small rectangles of the same size. As I looked at these rectangles of different, but very contrasting, colors, the thought of today’s “churches” came into my mind. All different “religions” sit in their different churches…all facing forward looking to their leader to teach them their different doctrines. And each “church” will argue that all the other church doctrines are wrong.

    However, it came to my mind that perhaps in EVERY doctrine there may be one thing that they have correct. And putting ALL these different doctrines together produces a very beautiful, and most interesting mixture. It’s like a palette of paints which are meant to be mixed into what was intended by God to form a beautiful portrait.

    Yet, we, as human beings, separate the colors into what suits ourselves. The reds being “Baptists”, the purples being “Pentecostals”, the oranges being the “Methodists”, etc….and so on. What God has purposed to be a beautiful intermingling of all the colors to form a portrait of His purpose for the world, “man” has distorted this vision by separating the colors on the palette.

    Our thought may be, “I am a Baptist, therefore, I am a “red”, and “reds” should never associate with purples (Pentecosts).

    WHAT A MESS WE HAVE MADE OF GOD’S ORIGINAL INTENTION OF PRODUCING THE PORTRAIT HE ORIGINALLY INTENDED.

    However, God knows the corrupt mind of “man”, and He will eventually produce what He started….in spite of mankind’s distortion of it all….

    Good article displaying this principle….written beautifully by J. Preston Eby:

    http://sigler.org/eby/REV-101.pdf

    One piece of the link article:

    God‟s glory is not now, nor has it ever been, on a denomination, program, or building of man‟s design. His glory is the glory of Christ, which is the radiance and splendor of His mind, nature, and power in the realm of the Spirit. The glory of the Lord is that holy and awesome presence of the Lord that is supernatural, marvelous beyond my faltering lips or feeble pen to describe. That glory belongs to the Christ body! The unspeakable glory that Jesus had with the Father before the world was is now given unto God‟s sons! And the hour is nigh at hand when we shall be crowned with the fullness of the wondrous, majestic, and awesome glory and honor of the Lord! Through God‟s sons the name of the Lord shall be exalted in all the earth and before all nations! The nations shall come to the light of the glory of God upon us, and kings shall come to the brightness of our rising! When the Christ body is complete and mature and united in one, when we shall have fully experienced within ourselves all the character and purpose of the twelve tribes of Israel through the dealings of God, we shall be changed into His likeness in spirit, soul, and body and crowned with glory and honor. We shall then have dominion over the whole creation in that wonderful and omnipotent power of His resurrection! Oh, yes! The Christ body is the temple of God, the priests of the Lord, and the kings of the kingdom. All of this is represented spiritually in the sealed ones of the tribe of Benjamin!

    And another piece of the link article:

    May I now point out that there has again been a wonderful enlargement in the revelation of God‟s right hand, for Jesus Christ has been exalted to the realm of the right hand; and there shall be a further enlargement, for the promise is sure, “To him that overcometh will I grant to SIT WITH ME IN MY THRONE, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne” (Rev. 3:21). Thus Jesus was able to say, “ALL POWER is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Mat. 28:18), and again, “But YE SHALL RECEIVE POWER after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” (Acts 1:8). God‟s right hand is becoming a people, the Christ, Head and body, a many-membered SON OF THE RIGHT HAND; and the manifestation of God in and through this RIGHT HAND COMPANY shall become even more glorious in power as the appointed hour for the unveiling of the sons of God arrives. These shall not only declare His word, but shall have authority and divine ability to see it established in the earth! When the power of God arises in all fullness in His body of sons, and He is exalted in the people He has prepared, how unspeakably glorious and honorable He will be in the eyes of His creation! These are the hundred and forty-four thousand who have come all the way into the tribe of Benjamin — THE SON OF THE RIGHT HAND! That is where the glory rests!

    And another:

    A whole book could be written just about that. Therefore, by John‟s estimation of “a great multitude which no man could number” is meant in the spiritual sense that no one but the Lord alone knows their quality! The Lord alone knows where each has come from spiritually, some from Baptist, some from Methodist, some from Pentecostal, some from Roman Catholic, some from the Mormons, some from Episcopalian, some from Jehovah‟s Witnesses, some from Seventh Day Adventist, etc. Oh, yes! Don‟t let it dismay you that I include some groups that by many are considered cults. Men look on the outward appearance, but God knows the heart! Whoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved! It doesn‟t say, “He that believeth and hath all his doctrine straight.” Oh, no! God has people everywhere! And only He knows their spiritual state, only He knows their ultimate place in Him! The Lord alone knows the quality of their affection after Him, and arranges all into order according to it.
    God has a precise order for every man and every thing to be set free and restored into the truth, the life, and the purpose of God. Here it is clear that the religious realm of Christianity (Jezebel) is released first! This is a great harvest! The 144,000 are the firstfruits of Christ‟s full redemption (Rev. 14:4). This harvest principle reveals the order of God in the restoration of all things — God has an order and there is a progression in His great program of redemption, reconciliation, and the restitution of all things. The next part of the harvest (after the firstfruits) is the big harvest, not the full harvest in the end of the year, but the complete “wheat” harvest that comes after the waving of the firstfruits. These are people uniquely His “out of” every nation, kindred, people, and tongue. The Greek word is ek meaning out of. This is the full redemption of the church which is God‟s “called out” people out from among the nations (Acts 15:14). God will restore His people who have been held captive in religious Babylon! And that is the first thing on His agenda following the manifestation of the sons of God! The firstfruits of His redemption are the sons of God. Next in order is the church. Then the salvation of all nations. After the salvation of the nations shall come the gradual resurrection and restoration of every man who has lived and died from Adam all the way through the ages. And finally, the restoration of all spirits and all worlds and all realms throughout the endless vastnesses of infinity!

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    According to all of this, no “religious” doctrine is 100% right. But somewhere in this whole conglomeration of “truths” as we all see it, the real truth will one day emerge. We just have to learn to listen to each other and NOT what church leaders tell us is true. Then, one day, we will understand what the whole picture is all about…..

    Won’t we all be very surprised!!

    Arlene

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