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Christ in the Commandments

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In a nutshell, all the Commandments are reaffirmed in the NT except the 4th Commandment, so most Biblical evangelists leave it out of their Gospel messages, essentially relegating it to a lesser Commandment. After all, we are no longer required to keep the Sabbath as a matter of pleasing God, though it makes sense to take one day out of the week to rest and honor God. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Romans 14:5-6— 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. 6He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord.

In actuality, Sabbaths, celebrations, festivals, etc., were all a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

Colossians 2:16-17—Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

The rest that we are to honor, the ultimate Sabbath we are to observe, is Christ.

Hebrew 4:1-11—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. 2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3Now 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.’ “And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. 4For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” 5And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
6It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.” 8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

Now think about the 4th Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” It’s about Christ. A shadow in the OT, the reality in the NT.

Now the least of these Commandments becomes the most important, because if you are still working for your salvation, you have not trusted Christ, you have not ceased from your labors in trying to please God.
We must rest in Him.

Christ is in the Commandments.

What do you think?

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  1. What do I think? Well, I saw your youtube video about learning the commandments. I thought that was very helpful and I intend to use it to help y grandchildren. I also liked you answer to someone who asked if you keep the commandments, “Of course not. I’m a sinner, too. Thanks for asking.” I think we all are sinners and we all commit sin. That being said, I do think it is a sin to no keep Sabbath on he 7th day. If you break any commandments of God, you are sinning. It is really pretty cut and dry. Are you a worse sinner if you go to the grocery store on Saturday and church on Sunday and I do the opposite? Well, if we only look at that one isolated area, then yes. But peoples lives are not that compartmentalized and God sees all our sins. God knows our heart. Why is it that we Christians think we know which commandments are less important to God? He wrote ALL of them in stone with His finger! They are all important to Him and they, ideally, all should be important to us. They are not suggestions. Jesus kept the sabbath, His disciples kept he sabbath after He ascended into heaven. His example was to keep the sabbath. his Word says for us to REMEMBER the sabbath, not forget it and change it. The sabbath day was changed for political reasons, not because God changed it. Am I going to hell if I believe in Jesus but go to church n Sunday? I do not think so. Jesus sacrifice on the cross is sufficient for ALL our sins. That being said, not keeping the 7th day sabbath as commanded by God is a sin.

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