Are Christians today to worship God on Saturday, holding to the original Sabbath, as our Rest?
There’s been a lot of concern lately about the Christian day of worship, once observed on Saturday, but having been changed in previous centuries to Sunday. God commanded His People to observe the Sabbath as a Holy Day, which is our Saturday (Exod.20).
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 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:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Bondage is being proposed by those who teach damnation because of not holding Church service on Saturday, instead of Sunday. Christ nailed portions of His Law on the cross, the Saturday sabbath day dogma was one of those ‘ordinances’. Being ‘nailed on the cross’ means those ordinances became part of Christ. That means ‘fulfillment’ in Christ, not done away with. That’s where many Christians are being misled, and trapped back into bondage of ordinances in The Law. This means Christ became our True Rest, for that’s what the word ‘Sabbath’ means, i.e. ‘rest’. Hebrews 3-4 tells us about That Rest, Who is now Jesus Christ.
Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
Confidence means believing on God’s Savior Jesus Christ, that our Father’s Promises of Salvation are true, and having ‘faith’ in those things unseen concerning that Promise.
Heb 3:15 While it is said, “To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”
Paul is quoting from Psalms 95 here. He’s talking about how Israel hardened their hearts coming out of Egypt by God’s deliverance. They had direct experience of God’s Holy Presence among them, with the Pillar of Fire, yet they hardened their hearts, and had little ‘faith’.
Heb 3:16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
Not all made it out of the wilderness, because of their lack of faith, even within direct eyesight of God’s Presence.
Heb 3:17 But with whom was He grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not?
So who finally was led out of the wilderness through Moses? Was it not those who believed? That word ‘rest’ is referring to God’s Sabbath.
Heb 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
If we don’t believe in our Salvation through Christ, having confidence, then we can’t enter into His Rest. If one thinks that by not holding Church service on a particular day will keep them from that Salvation, or ‘His Rest’, then that’s using The Law to be justified by, and not by ‘faith in Christ’.
Heb 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
If you accept Christ as Savior, as your Salvation, “today”… you have ‘entered into His Rest’.
Heb 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, “As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest:” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”
The words in bold above was Paul quoting from Psalms 95:11. That ‘rest’ is His abode, but It’s not for unbelievers, but for those who believe.
Heb 4:4 For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, “And God did rest the seventh day from all His works.”
5 And in this place again, “If they shall enter into My rest.”
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Christ became that Sabbath, and means Rest from our ‘work’ today, and with Him in the future eternal peace. That Old Testament Sabbath was a shadow of this Rest which all believers on Christ have today, if you’ll have confidence in Him.
But for those who have not believed, and to whom Christ was first preached (the Jews), many of them have not entered in That Rest ‘because of unbelief’, and they are no better off than those whose ‘carcases fell in the wilderness.’
Heb 4:7 Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, “To day,” after so long a time; as it is said, “To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”
This word ‘limiteth’ means ‘declare, appoint, determined’ (Strong’s no.3724). There should be no doubt that Paul is talking about the Sabbath here, as all along in these verses. “Today” means we don’t need any other Mediator than Christ to pray to Jehovah, our Father, and follow Him. If you believe that you must hold Church service on Saturday to have Salvation, then you might as well hire you some Levites and start animal sacrifice again. And make sure you do it right…according to The Law, and don’t slip up and fail in it one iota!
Heb 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
This word ‘Jesus’ in Hebrew is the equivalent of the Hebrew word ‘Joshua’. This verse 8 goes with the previous verse 7 about David’s time. This refers to Joshua’s eventual leading of the Israelites into the ‘promise land’ (see Joshua 1-2). So this verse is not referring to Jesus Christ, but Joshua the prophet who entered into the promise land. If he led the Israelites out of the wilderness to the promise land, then wouldn’t he have told them about another day of Rest? Yet future?
The word ‘rest’ in verse 9 is ‘sabbatismos’ in the Greek, from the root ‘sabbaton’, a word of Hebrew origin (Strong’s nos.7676; 4520).
10 For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
So Christ is our Sabbath today, for those who believe. That means if you’re not in His Rest everyday, especially during these endtimes, you have little ‘Rest’ in Him. Just as Christ also became our ‘Passover’ sacrificed for us on the cross, we are to worship God through Christ today (1 Cor.5:7). That is our ‘labour’ today, working for Christ Jesus. Believers hold to Him in faith everyday now, in hope of entering into His Rest Which is The Eternal Sabbath of His future Kingdom upon this ancient earth.