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Keeping the Sabbath of the New Covenant — 9 Comments

  1. This is not long...but let's also remember that Jesus RESTED on the Sabbath and rose on the first day of the week! So he even observed the Sabbath in death. His last act on this earth.

  2. It is worth noting that in Acts, references to Greeks are often referring to Hellenistic Jews. These were the Greek speaking Jews of the diaspora. They were not gentile Greeks. The Hellenistic Jews were the ones that gave us the Septuagent. One needs to understand some of the differences and tensions between the judaistic and Hellenistic Jews because it explains quite a lot about the development of early Christianity. It is thought by some that Paul was from a Hellenistic background but later became a Pharisee.

  3. Okay pastor it was only ceremonial feast ended,but how can i help someone who wants to know the exactly meaning of Paul in collosians 2:16-17.

    How can i start to educate that man who put this verse as his pilot study and the end of the sabbath?

    • In Col 2:14 "by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross."

      I understand it as many Christians do that it is the record of our sins that required payment that were nailed to the cross. One who is forgiven of sin need not be concerned how others judge them. Thus: "Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath." The emphasis should be on what Christ did on the cross for us not our works of how we eat or drink or how we observe.

      "These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ."

      Interesting it does not say was a shadow but rather are. If the Sabbath is spoken of here as done away with then why does it not speak of it in the past tense?

      I do not buy the argument that only the ceremonial Feasts are spoken of here in Col 2:16. The progression in this passage is Feasts (yearly) news moons (monthly) and Sabbaths (weekly). If Feast equals Sabbaths why the needless repetition?

      Moreover the majority of the Church down through history has retained two of the Feasts due to their importance to Christianity, that is the Paschal Feast (called Easter by those of you who speak English, Pascha for most everyone else) and Pentecost. Yes, these two feasts are mostly observed in a Christian context and rightfully so yet they both still their have roots that go back to the OT. Thus if Pascha and Pentecost can be retained in a Christian context then why not the weekly Sabbath also? Clearly Paul continued to observe in the context of Christ and the Christian life. If Paul did then should we not also? 1 Corinthians 4:16

  4. I am not going to explain those 2 verses (Col 2:16-17) which are constantly used to abrogate the Sabbath commandment, however, I am going to post two bible verses that are hardly ever used by pastors or bible teachers (including SDA) when they bring up the polemic.
    Doing this might change or enlarge one's perspective about the topic.

    Hebrews 10:1 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.

    Ezekiel 45:17 And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and MEAT offerings, and DRINK offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.

  5. Robert E: I am confused to what you refer. The two feasts are kept partially, yes. The Passover as the Lord's supper, Easter being a celebration of the resurrection we expect in the near future. Would you suggest we have something more for Sabbath?

    Perhaps this: Rev 5:9,10 with 2Corinthians 5:21 KJV
    For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
    I cannot keep Sabbath, it keeps me. I cannot save myself, my Savior had to do it for me. I receive that as did Abraham, Romans 4,11ff. So by his Righteousness I am made Holy. By His rest I rest in his work of saving me. No duty here, it (Sabbath) was made for me. I can fabricate rules of obedience and personal "fences" to keep me 'holy' but none of that does so. Only his work in me is of any value.
    Exodus 31:13. It's about His work in us, which we must take time to appreciate.

    • Michael you do not seem confused at all to me. You seem to understand it well.

      I would only add to what you said: Hebrews 4:1-10

      4 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.[a] 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

      “So I declared on oath in my anger,
      ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”[b]

      And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”[c] 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”

      6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

      “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”[d]

      8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[e] just as God did from his.


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