polishedmud asked: Hi there, just responding to your post about the Sabbath. Jesus didn't break the Sabbath, He was actually showing the Jews what the Sabbath was really about. The problem was that the Jews made up all sorts of laws about how it should be kept holy, and this is what we should bear in mind. So my question is, what exactly is the new covenant? And if the Sabbath was included as part of the moral law, why should it be treated as optional when the other 9 are not?
You’re right in that Jesus didn’t break the sabbath. A common mistake though is that people believe we should actively follow the old covenant. We are under the new covenant, which came in order to set us free from the old covenant, including the 10 commandments. There are things that still apply that we learn about in the new testament, such as not committing adultery, but it is not in a law format. We do not follow a “do this, get this” system. If we did then adulterers would be to be stoned to death. A holy sabbath is never instated in the new covenant where you must keep it every week. Jesus lived under the law and it was his custom to be in the synagogue on the Sabbath but it’s important to understand that also Jesus did not abstain from physical activity; he made a point of healing the sick and also gathered food, which he received flack about. Now we, under the new covenant, especially do not follow a dogmatic sabbath. Yes, we still keep a sabbath but it is not one of law.
As applies to the 10 commandments: we are not under the law. The new covenant came to set us free from the law. To actively try to keep the law is in a way a rejection of the new covenant. If we seek to follow the law then we also seek to be subject to the consequences of not being able to fill that law. Instead, we walk by the Spirit. The Spirit is Christ in us, the hope of glory, and that is what gives us the power for holy living. When we receive the grace and Lordship of Christ our spirit is made completely righteous, and completely holy; made anew/reborn. Otherwise the Holy Spirit would not be able to make his dwelling in our hearts. It is the juncture between our spirit and the Holy Spirit and walking in and after that which enables us for holy living; it is that which the Law was powerless to do. Sin is not covered up, sin is removed.
Anonymous asked: So, in obedience to God shouldn't we follow his commands including keeping the sabbath Holy. Or does it not matter. And if not because it and other laws are apart of the old testament law, then why even have the Jewish Bible. Do the ten commandments hold importance today?
I believe there’s a lot of the view of the Sabbath that is very legalistic and is derivative of an old covenant mindset. I also know there are denominations that teach Saturday is the only proper sabbath. While it is the original Jewish sabbath, I believe sabbath is any day we choose.
I’ll also say that Jesus was in the custom of going to the synagogue but that he broke the sabbath by healing someone. Keeping the sabbath goes a lot further than just going to church and begins to come under legalism. Instead, we receive instruction in the new covenant not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together.
Also, the old testament contains truths that we can apply to our lives. It also shows God’s standards and what Jesus did for us. It also all points to Jesus. We can learn things that apply to the new covenant that are contained in the old testament. There is also scripture in the old testament that refer to that which is written in the old.
insecure-enrapture asked: Hi there! I'm terribly confused about whether the Sabbath is on Saturdays or Sundays, and whether it is a sin for us to shop and engage in other secular activities on that day. Could you guys help? God Bless :)
The Sabbath is on Saturday & this law was givin’ to Israel. (not the church of Israel)… but the Sabbath is part of the old testament law.
We as Christians have been set free from the law.
In Romans 6:14 it says: “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” also read Galatians 4:1-26.
The Apostle Paul said “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Romans 14:5
In other words saying that each individual christian should decide whether to observe a Sabbath rest.
We are to Worship God e v e r y d a y not just on Saturday or Sunday.
God Bless you ^u^