God gave the Old Testament Sabbath to Israel. It was a wonderful gift to them. Today, God has given us something even better—the Lord’s Day. The Old Testament Sabbath has been transformed and fulfilled in the New Testament Sabbath. What is the difference?
The Old Testament Sabbath speaks of the finished work of creation. The New Testament Sabbath, the “Believer’s Rest,” speaks of the finished work of redemption. The first dealt with life in Adam. Ours deals with life in Christ. The first commemorated the work of God’s hands. This commemorates the work of God’s heart.
The first displayed God’s power. This displays God’s grace. The first was given to Israel. This was given to the Church. The first was a day of law. This is a day of love. Those who insist on keeping the Old Testament Sabbath rest are on the wrong side of Calvary.
Now, this doesn’t mean we jettison that Commandment which says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” We simply see it in its ultimate fulfillment as it applies to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
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