Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Christian Sabbath

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
HEBREWS 4:9

It is important to notice that the Holy Spirit employs a different word for rest in this verse from the one uniformly used throughout the chapter. Here the word literally means a keeping of Sabbath. Therefore, there is a very specific reference here to the Christian Sabbath. Remember that Paul is writing to Jewish believers who have embraced Christ. Having renounced Judaism, the matter of the Sabbath must have troubled them deeply.

However, the apostle seeks to assure them by informing them that under Christianity there is a Sabbath to keep, one day in seven to observe as Gods day. What that day is, is clearly revealed in the following verse, where Christs rest from His work of redemption is plainly in view. Just as God did rest the seventh day from all his works (v. 4), so Christ has entered into his rest (v. 10). He did so by rising again, signifying the finished work of the cross. When did He rise? On the first day of the week, which day is now the Sabbath for the people of God, as the opening for of verse 10 indicates.

In actual fact, Pauls reasoning here shows that the keeping of the Sabbath has a much fuller meaning now than it had in Old Testament times. It is not only a memorial of Gods work in creation, it is also an emblem of the rest which Christ entered into when He completed His redemptive work. Observing one day in seven is therefore still binding upon Gods people. The Lord has graciously given us six days during which we can attend to employment and recreation. Let us not rob Him of the other day. May Gods people do all within their power to sanctify that day, calling it a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable (Isa. 58:13).

Any man who says there is no Christian Sabbath takes direct issue with the New Testament Scriptures.
A. W. Pink

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