Friday, October 1, 2010

Is Keeping Sabbath Important?

Q: Many Christians today either question the Sabbath or do not understand the significance of it. What does the Bible say about it?

 A: This is a wonderful question that keeps coming to many in the Christian circles. 

Keeping sabbath is important, but not in a legalistic way. The Old Covenant demands a one day sabbath keeping
(Exod 20:8-11). But the New Covenant sets a higher standard and it conveys the idea of doing "all to the glory of God" (1 Cor 10:31). In other words it is not just Sunday but living a holy and consecrated life of communion with God all through the week. To live like this our whole body, soul and spirit has to be completely dedicated as a living sacrifice to fulfill God's will for our lives (Rom 12:1-2), rather than just keeping Sabbath holy and living the rest of the week soulishly which does not glorify God even one bit.

Sabbath is the only commandment that is not repeatedly insisted upon the New Covenant members by Jesus or any other apostle. There is freedom to keep it as we like
[i.e. on Sunday or any other day as we set time for communion with God and other believers]. To God the motive behind keeping Sabbath is more important than keeping it outwardly in the New Testament. This is why 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.” (Rom 14:5).

So the bottom line is, 'Sabbath keeping is not a command in the New Testament but a lifestyle to live daily'.

I also do agree that some people totally have no regard for communion with God at all and are not even spending quality time daily and at weekends to go to Church, have fellowship with our God and brethren. I can tell you that they will lose the quality of abundant life and blessings that God gives to the devoted ones. They are people who will seek God only after they require breakdown maintenance in their spiritual lives.


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