Are Christians still required to follow the Sabbath? Hmmmmm...........
Wow is there a lot of confusion in the world wide body of Christ over this topic, wow!
One thing GOD and myself have been doing for many years now is, we tackle very difficult topics and try to make the book, article, audio or video as simple as possible.
So the goal of this book is to make the topic of the Sabbath so simple, even brand new teenagers will be able to easily understand this.
Now children of GOD, let me show you something very, VERY interesting.
Sometimes someone will say → Garrett! Don't you follow the 10 commandments any longer? Usually this question comes up when we are debating the topic of do children of GOD have to celebrate a Sabbath day any longer!
Now here is my answer →
No I do not follow the 10 commandments in the old testament. BUT! I DO follow the 10 commandments the way they are taught IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. And there is a slight difference.
I am about to reveal a mystery to all of you.
Most of you did not know this. But the 10 commandments are actually repeated in the new testament, but with a few tiny twists.
Now what I am about to share with you is going to really surprise most of you.
ALL OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS ARE repeated in the new testament except for one!
That is right, one is missing.............. One of the 10 commandments is NOT repeated in the new testament.
Let me show you this amazing find →
Chapter 1 – The 10 commandments.
Let us go one commandment at a time starting in the old testament, then showing you the new testament equivalent. I will use JESUS and Paul to show you how they repeat the 10 commandments in the new testament to keep everything as simple as possible.
The 10 commandments!
Old testament always first in black color, new testament second in white color.............
In some instances for the new testament, I literally could of put in upwards of 20 scriptures to prove each commandment. But for the sake of keeping the book a little shorter and easier to read, I will not put in more than 2-3 new testament commandments at a time.
COMMANDMENTS – Exodus chapter 20:
1). Old testament Exodus 20:3 “You must not have any other god but me.
1). New testament - Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
1B). Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
2). Old testament - Exodus 20:4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.
2). New testament - 1 Corinthians 5:11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols.
2B). Revelation 9:20 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk!
3). Old testament – Exodus 20: 7 “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
3). New testament - 1 Timothy 1:13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief.
HERE WE HAVE THE SABBATH!
4). Old testament – Exodus 20:8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work,10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
4). New testament – Uh oh!We have a little problem here. Nowhere in the new testament are we commanded to follow the Sabbath. Not JESUS, nor Paul, nor Peter, nor John, nor James anywhere in their letters tell us that we must follow the Sabbath any longer.
Hmmmm very interesting. We cannot find anyone in the new testament ordering us to obey the Sabbath!
LET US BY PASS COMMANDMENT 4 FOR A LITTLE WHILE, WE WILL GET BACK TO the Sabbath very shortly. Let us continue in the last six commandments now.
5). Old testament – Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
5). New testament - Mathew 19:19 – 19 Honor your father and mother.
5B). Ephesians 6:3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”
6). Old testament – Exodus 20:13 “You must not murder.
6). New testament - Mathew 19:18 - You must not murder.
6B). 1 Peter 4:15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder.
7). Old testament – Exodus 20:14 “You must not commit adultery.
7). New testament - Mathew 19:18 - You must not commit adultery.
8). Old testament – Exodus 20:15 “You must not steal.
8). New testament - 1 Peter 4:15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs.
9). Old testament – Exodus 20:16 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
9). New testament - Mathew 19:18 - You must not testify falsely.
9B). Luke 18:20 - You must not testify falsely.
10). Old testament – Exodus 20:17 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”
10). New testament - Romans 13:9 -For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.
We can clearly see here that 9 out of the 10 commandments are repeated in the new testament.
Please be very patient as we continue in this very interesting topic all about the Sabbath.
Not only is the Sabbath one of the 10 commandments, but the Sabbath is also a part of the old testament law that was made between GOD and the Jewish nation.
Before we go to chapter 2, let me make something clear!
Nowhere in the new testament are we ordered to obey a Sabbath day. Much more on this topic will be covered very shortly in another chapter.
Chapter 2: Who did GOD give the old testament law to?
All over the books of Exodus & Leviticus & most of the entire old testament, GOD commanded the Jewish people to follow and obey the Sabbath.
The word Sabbath is mentioned a WHOPPING 92 times in the old testament.
This law was between GOD and the Jewish nation only, not anyone else.
No other country or people in the world were commanded to follow the holy Sabbath day except for the Jewish nation.
Well partially because GOD chose Abraham's children to be his holy nation, a nation of priests.
Second, GOD chose to reveal himself to the entire world mostly by using the Jewish nation as his special possession.
So let me make this crystal clear →
The law was given by GOD to the Jewish nation only, NOT ANYONE ELSE ON EARTH.
Look at this incredible scripture that proves this →
The Lord Reveals Himself at Sinai
19 Exactly two months after the Israelites left Egypt, they arrived in the wilderness of Sinai. 2 After breaking camp at Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and set up camp there at the base of Mount Sinai.
3 Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “Give these instructions to the family of Jacob; announce it to the descendants of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me.6 And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”
7 So Moses returned from the mountain and called together the elders of the people and told them everything the Lord had commanded him. 8 And all the people responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded.” So Moses brought the people’s answer back to the Lord.
*WHO IS GOD SPEAKING TO UP ABOVE IN THAT SCRIPTURE?
THE JEWISH NATION ONLY, NOT ANYONE ELSE!!!
Look at this →
He told them, “This is what the Lord commanded: Tomorrow will be a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath day set apart for the Lord. So bake or boil as much as you want today, and set aside what is left for tomorrow.”
*Who was GOD talking to in that scripture? His Jewish nation, not anyone else.
Look at this →
“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
*Who is GOD talking to here? You guessed it. His Jewish nation only, not anyone else.
Look at this →
“Keep my Sabbath days of rest, and show reverence toward my sanctuary. I am the Lord.
*Who is GOD talking to here? He is talking to his Jewish nation only, not anyone else!
Look at one more please →
You despise my holy things and violate my Sabbath days of rest.
*Who is GOD talking to there? His Jewish nation only of course.
Every single time that GOD talks about the Sabbath, it is ALWAYS to his Jewish holy nation of priests, yes the children of Jacob.
NOT ANYONE ELSE!
Nobody else on earth was required to follow the law, NOR the Sabbath except the Jewish nation of Israel.
This means that all of the tribes of Israel, AND any foreigners who have decided to live with the Jewish people were required to follow the old testament law and the Sabbath.
So if a Greek person wanted to move his entire family and live with the Jewish nation, he had to live as the Jews lived! That means by following the entire law.
Foreigners were allowed to join the Jewish nation, but they were then required to follow all of the laws & commandments too.
If they did, they were now living as part of the Jewish people.
Nobody else on earth was required to follow the laws that GOD gave the Jewish people nor the Sabbath.
This means that the Egyptians were NOT required by GOD to obey a Sabbath day.
This also means that the Babylonians were NOT required by GOD to obey the Sabbath either.
This means that the Assyrians, nor the Greeks, nor the Romans, nor any of the Nordic people groups either were required by GOD to obey a holy Sabbath day.
Let me make this crystal clear for all of you.
Only, ONLY the Jewish nation of Israel was required by GOD to obey the laws of Moses and the Sabbath, NOT ANYONE ELSE.
So what does this mean?
This means that you who live in Russia would NOT be required by GOD to obey a Sabbath day.
This means that all of you children of GOD living in Japan, China, Singapore or Malaysia are NOT required by GOD to obey the Sabbath day either.
Because the law and the Sabbath were given to the Jewish nation of Israel only, NOT ANYONE ELSE!
This means if you are a American Christian, Chinese Christian in China, or if you are a Pakistani Christian living in Pakistan, you are NOT required by GOD to obey his holy Sabbath day.
This means if you are a child of GOD living in Norway, Denmark, Sweden or Switzerland, you are NOT required by GOD to celebrate a Sabbath any longer....
Now I know right now, many of you reading this will be arguing with me vehemently that is for sure.
BE PATIENT, WE ARE ONLY ON CHAPTER 2.....
All of your confusion, all of your questions, all of your debating inside of your mind about the Sabbath will be addressed in the next few chapters I promise!
I challenge all of you right now. Go in the old testament and look up the word Sabbath. You will only see GOD giving this commandment to the Jewish nation of Israel, NOT ANYONE ELSE.
GOD only DEMANDED that his special possession, his nation of holy priests obey the Sabbath in the old testament, NOT ANYONE ELSE!!!
Since GOD did NOT require the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Persians, Assyrians or anyone else to follow the Sabbath,
WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO FOLLOW IT NOW?
As I end chapter 2 here, remember, this chapter is all about sharing with you that the old testament law was made between GOD and the Jewish nation only, NOT ANYONE ELSE ON EARTH!!!
You are NOT part of the old testament Jewish nation! You never have been, you never will be so rest assured, the LAW THAT GOD MADE FOR HIS JEWISH NATION TO FOLLOW THE SABBATH was never ever ever ever made with you NOR FOR YOU........
Chapter 3: The Letter of the old testament Law NOW turned to a spiritual fulfillment.
Please let me explain what this means, because understanding this is extremely important.
There are some laws that GOD gave us in the old testament which NOW have a spiritual meaning, or a spiritual fulfillment.
Please let me give you a few examples →
GOD tells us in the 10 commandments:
Thou shall NOT murder.
But here JESUS changes it to also include a spiritual meaning and fulfillment!!!
1 John 3:15
Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart.
So JESUS tells us if we hate someone, and hate is spiritual, it is a emotion, that we are actually a murder at heart.
In this scripture, JESUS adds some new testament spiritual meaning to a old testament law!!
The LAW of circumcision.
The very first time the word circumcise is used is in
This is the covenant that you and your descendants must keep: Each male among you must be circumcised.
This is a law that GOD put in place with all of Abraham's children, present and future generations.
So any child of GOD who insists that we MUST obey the Sabbath day, ALSO HAS to obey the laws of circumcision too............
Let me show you the new testament spiritual fulfillment of circumcision →
When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature.
*As we can clearly see here, the new testament SPIRITUAL circumcision is now when JESUS cuts away our fleshly/sinful nature. The cutting away process of our sinful nature is a spiritual blessing JESUS does for us. It is NOT physical, it is spiritual.
That right there IS THE NEW TESTAMENT FULFILLMENT OF A OLD TESTAMENT LAW.
Here is another spiritual fulfillment using Paul as an example →
For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort.
As we can see above, those who worship GOD by his spirit are the ones who are truly circumcised. Worshiping is spiritual.
The circumcision of the skin in the old testament is now having a circumcised heart, having the spirit of GOD living inside of us and worshiping GOD.
Let me give you another example please →
It doesn't matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
Paul tells us here that it does not even matter if a Christian man gets circumcised or not.........
Paul is telling us we no longer have to follow this law.
Because it has a new testament spiritual fulfillment now....
So we learned a secret here!
Some of the old testament laws now have new testament spiritual fulfillment’s..
There are many more examples I could of used besides those three up above to show why we men do not have to circumcise our skin any longer.
Because we are living in the new testament now under a brand new covenant made between GOD, his son JESUS and all of us. The new testament circumcision is now has a spiritual fulfillment to it.
So because of this, we no longer have to circumcise our skin any longer which was a part of the old testament law.
Let us try another old testament law and find it's new testament spiritual fulfillment →
Take with you seven pairs—male and female—of each animal I have approved for eating and for sacrifice, and take one pair of each of the others.
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose.
Each day you must sacrifice a young bull as a sin offering to purify them, making them right with the Lord.
There are simply 3 examples of many I could give you where GOD orders the Jewish nation only, NOT anyone else, but the Jewish nation to sacrifice animals for various reasons.
Now can we find the New testament Spiritual fulfillment of Sacrificing animals?
Of course we can!
Here is the main spiritual fulfillment →
for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.
Here is another →
After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.
Here are a few more spiritual sacrifices that we do now in the new testament →
A Living Sacrifice to God
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
1 Peter 2:5
And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.
Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel. And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!
So since GOD'S own son now sacrificed himself on the cross for us, obviously animal sacrifices are no longer needed! Now we do a new testament spiritual sacrifice to GOD with our hearts, our worshiping, praising, helping others, giving gifts to the poor and needy, dedicating our life to the kingdom of GOD etc etc etc......
JESUS himself is the spiritual fulfillment of the old testament animal sacrifices.
Here is another → Romans 3:25
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.
Here is another → Ephesians 5:2
Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Here is one more example of a old testament law that has now been changed to have a spiritual meaning and a spiritual fulfillment →
Old testament – Exodus 20:14 “You must not commit adultery.
Now here is what JESUS says about adultery in the new testament →
Mathew 5:27 - Teaching about Adultery
27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery. 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Did you notice that JESUS changed the old testament physical law of adultery into a brand new new testament SPIRITUAL law?
HE SURE DID..........
So adultery has also been changed to a new testament spiritual fulfillment. If we even look, that is right, look at a woman wrongly, we have committed adultery in our heart.
Looking is spiritual...........
Our heart is spiritual.........
Now could the same be true for the old testament law of following the Sabbath?
You better believe it.........
The Old testament law of following a Sabbath day NOW HAS A NEW TESTAMENT SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT!
GOD gave the Jewish nation a Sabbath day as a great blessing for them. It was a day of rest. A day of letting all of their worries and fears fly right out the window. 1 day out of the week to rest, to possibly pray more, to spend some time with GOD and family.....
Now let us see if we can find it's new testament spiritual fulfillment.
Here are a few examples of our new testament SPIRITUAL Sabbath that GOD requires us to follow →
1). Matthew 11:28
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls
*Here JESUS tells us we can rest in him. Rest from what? From our worries, from our fears, from our anxieties, from our sadness, loneliness, depression, lust etc etc........
Did you notice it is all spiritual?
Here is another →
John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
*Abiding in JESUS is our new testament SPIRITUAL Sabbath. In the new testament, we do NOT celebrate one day a week with JESUS, we spend 7 days a week with him, day and night resting in the LORD.
This is all done SPIRITUALLY!
Here is another →
1st Peter 5:7 – Cast your anxiety upon HIM for HE cares for you!
*Casting your fear, anxiety and worry on the LORD JESUS while you abide in him, is your new testament Sabbath that you can practice 24/7.......
Here is another one →
John 15:9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.
*Another spiritual fulfillment of the old testament Sabbath is to remain in JESUS' love.
Our new testament Sabbath is NOT resting one day a week from our physical labors. It is now a spiritual rest. It is a rest we must try to seek out 7 days a week the best we can with the grace GOD is giving us.
Here is another →
1st John 1:3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
*Having fellowship with GOD and his son JESUS is our new testament SPIRITUAL Sabbath that we are ordered to follow.
Here is another →
1st John 2:27 - So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
*There John is telling us what our new testament SPIRITUAL Sabbath is. Part of our new testament spiritual Sabbath is to remain in fellowship with GOD and his son JESUS.
And in the very next sentence, John says it again →
1st John 2:28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.
Look at this →
For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.
*This is a spiritual rest we do in our mind, heart and soul by abiding in JESUS and remaining in his love.
Our new testament Sabbath once again →
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
And again →
Galatians 2:20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
*By trusting in CHRIST with all of our life daily, we are practicing our new testament SPIRITUAL Sabbath. Our new testament Sabbath rest.
And again →
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
*Once again we see that trusting in JESUS 24/7 is our new testament spiritual rest.
Here is one last new testament SPIRITUAL Sabbath laws →
Phil 4:6-7 - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
*When we do NOT worry about anything, when we pray about all things, when we are thanking GOD, we will experience GOD'S peace...... By doing this, we are practicing the new testament spiritual Sabbath...........
Right there in Phil 4:6-7, it sums up our new testament spiritual Sabbath perfectly for us.
By abiding in JESUS, trusting in him, casting your cares and anxieties upon him and spending every day with the LORD, you are NOW practicing your new testament spiritual Sabbath O PRAISE GOD!!!
So to make this clear and simple to everyone, here is our new testament spiritual Sabbath →
1). Abiding in JESUS 24/7 the best we can with the grace GOD is giving us.
2). Resting in the LORD. Resting here means spiritually resting in our mind, our thoughts, our imaginations, our heart and with our soul.
3). Casting our fears, anxieties and worries on the LORD. This is all done spiritually too in our mind and heart. By casting our fears to JESUS, we are now free in the LORD and we will enter into his rest.
4). Trusting in JESUS and the bible promises is also our new testament SPIRITUAL Sabbath that GOD wants us to follow.
5). Practicing fellowship with JESUS 24/7 is also our new testament SPIRITUAL Sabbath!
Chapter 4: James & Peter
In this chapter I am going to use a very famous new testament story to show you once again, that we do NOT practice the old testament Sabbath day any longer. I pray this chapter will super bless you.
Let us find out what James and Peter say now →
Acts Chapter 15
The Council at Jerusalem
15 While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 Paul and Barnabas disagreed with them, arguing vehemently.
*Here we have some Jewish believers coming to Antioch to try to force the brand new Christians there to follow the law of Moses even though the law of Moses was never meant for anyone else to obey except the Jewish Nation.
*Paul and Barnabas are arguing with them vehemently!!!
Why would Paul and Barnabas argue with them? Because they had both learned from JESUS that nobody had to follow the law any longer now that the Messiah had died on the cross for all sins. Now that they learned that JESUS fulfilled all of the old testament law all in himself!
Let's continue and find out what happens next →
Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question.
*Because of those Jewish old testament men, now the brand new Christians in Antioch were battling confusion. They were not trusting Paul and Barnabas now. So they decided to send a delegation to James and Peter in Jerusalem to find out once and for all if they had to obey the old testament law of Moses, or if they were free to worship CHRIST now the way Paul was teaching.
3 The church sent the delegates to Jerusalem, and they stopped along the way in Phoenicia and Samaria to visit the believers. They told them—much to everyone’s joy—that the Gentiles, too, were being converted.
*Here we have gentile men and women coming to believe in JESUS. Remember the chapter above, the law that GOD put into place was only between GOD and the Jewish nation, not anyone else including all gentiles world wide......
4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, Barnabas and Paul were welcomed by the whole church, including the apostles and elders. They reported everything God had done through them. 5 But then some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and insisted, “The Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow the law of Moses.”
*First, everyone welcomed Paul, Barnabas and the other believers with them. They all celebrated when they found out Gentile people were accepting JESUS all over the world.
BUT then it happened...... The demons would fight back. The demons living inside of some of the Jewish believers pushed the men to speak up, to start arguing, to fight back and try to force the brand new Gentile believers to go under the law of Moses, even though the law was never intended by GOD for the gentile nations to follow.
Basically speaking here, some of the Jewish men wanted the brand new Christians all over the world to be circumcised and brought under the law.
Now you might be asking, why is this topic so important?
Because if the council in Jerusalem decides that Christians all over the world MUST BE circumcised, that also means that WORLD WIDE Christians must also obey the Sabbath day too!
That right there is the key to this entire chapter. We must find out what James and Peter say.
What they say in the next few paragraphs will tell us once and for all if we MUST follow the Sabbath day, or if we are now free in Christ.
So let us find out what they say →
6 So the apostles and elders met together to resolve this issue.
GOD will use the apostles and elders to tell us once and for all what he wants us to do.
At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe. 8 God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.
*GOD accepts people all over the world now who believe in his son JESUS. He confirms this by giving those people his HOLY SPIRIT.
9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith. 10 So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear?
*Peter tells the apostles and elders → Why are you trying to put the brand new Gentile believers under the law of Moses, when you know darn well that neither us nor our ancestors were able to follow it?
11 We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”
*Peter tells the whole world how to be saved, and it has nothing to do with celebrating a Sabbath day.
12 Everyone listened quietly as Barnabas and Paul told about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.
13 When they had finished, James stood and said, “Brothers, listen to me.
*JESUS' brother is now about to speak. He will tell us once and for all if we must practice the Sabbath day or not!
14 Peter has told you about the time God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people for himself. 15 And this conversion of Gentiles is exactly what the prophets predicted. As it is written:
16 ‘Afterward I will return and restore the fallen house of David. I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, 17 so that the rest of humanity might seek the Lord, including the Gentiles— all those I have called to be mine. The Lord has spoken—
18 he who made these things known so long ago.’
*Here we see James start off with a prophecy that GOD would call the Gentiles to know his son JESUS too.
*Here is Jame's answer now →
19 “And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
*So far James says we should NOT make it difficult for the Gentiles to follow GOD. Praise GOD.
20 Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood.
*Right there is GOD'S answer who is speaking through James with his Holy Spirit!
*We must stay away from food that has been given to demonic gods, from sexual immorality, from eating meat of dead animals on the road and from drinking blood which some witches, satanists and occult people do world wide.
*There is nothing said by James about the Sabbath, nor about practicing the law of Moses.
Obviously because Paul, Barnabas, Peter and James have learned that they were now under a new testament covenant, the covenant of grace, mercies, blessings and JESUS' death on the cross. They were NO longer under the old covenant between GOD and the Jewish nation only. They had learned that the Messiah came, died and rose from the dead while at the same time, fulfilling all of the law of the old testament all in himself!
Now think about this for a second. If following the Sabbath was so important now that our Messiah had died on the cross, wouldn't James & Peter said something about it to the new believers in Antioch?
Of course they would of......
Yet in their letter there will be nothing, not a single word about following any Sabbath days or laws......
Let us continue now →
21 For these laws of Moses have been preached in Jewish synagogues in every city on every Sabbath for many generations.”
The Letter for Gentile Believers
22 Then the apostles and elders together with the whole church in Jerusalem chose delegates, and they sent them to Antioch of Syria with Paul and Barnabas to report on this decision. The men chosen were two of the church leaders —Judas (also called Barsabbas) and Silas. 23 This is the letter they took with them:
*This letter is so important, they did NOT trust it with Paul and Barnabas only. James, Peter and the church leaders in Jerusalem decided to send a few more elders with Paul and Barnabas back to Antioch who would all traveling together.
*Do you see how important this letter is?
*Yet there is not a single word mentioned in the letter about practicing a Sabbath day......
*Praise GOD they had already learned they were FREE in Christ now.
*Let us continue →
23“This letter is from the apostles and elders, your brothers in Jerusalem. It is written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. Greetings!
24 “We understand that some men from here have troubled you and upset you with their teaching, but we did not send them!
*James, Peter and the other leaders tell the brand new Christians they did not send those Jewish men to cause trouble in Antioch, that those men were acting on their own authority by trying to force new believers in JESUS under the law of Moses which whom that law was never meant for!
*There we see satan trying to bring the brand new believers in JESUS world wide under a very strict Mosaic law that satan knew darn well no man or woman on earth could ever follow.......
*To continue →
25 So we decided, having come to complete agreement, to send you official representatives, along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We are sending Judas and Silas to confirm what we have decided concerning your question.
*Here James, Peter and the elders say they are in complete agreement.
Since they were in complete agreement, who are you or I to try to force other believers right now back under the law?
*How dare we try to force Christians all over the world back under the law of Moses by telling them they must practice a Sabbath day 1 day a week when GOD said in this chapter, we do not have to anymore?
*To continue →
28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements:29 You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. Farewell.”
*Do all of you wonderful children of GOD see how short the letter is above?
*Did you see James and Peter say it seemed good to the HOLY GHOST to lay no greater burdens on you?
*Are most of you finally starting to agree with this book that you are completely free in JESUS CHRIST?
This chapter of Acts is one of the most amazing chapters. We can learn so much about our freedom in Christ JESUS by analyzing and studying this chapter.
To wrap up this chapter of my book let me say it clearly →
If GOD, James, Peter and all of the elders agree that the new believers in Antioch did NOT have practice circumcision, the Sabbath, nor sacrificing animals, let us make sure we always teach people the same all over the world.
After four chapters of this book, I pray that you are being blessed with more and more truths of GOD, that you are actually and literally free in Christ JESUS from the law, from rituals, from everything that the Jews had to follow in the old testament.
O Praise GOD!
Chapter 5: What Does JESUS Say?
We found out in the last chapter what GOD said about this topic speaking through James, Peter and the other elders of the church at Jerusalem.
So now let us find out what GOD'S son JESUS says!!!
The Rich Man
Mathew 19:16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
*Here a rich man asks JESUS what he must do to have eternal life, to enter into heaven for eternity. Let us find out what JESUS says. Will JESUS tell him that he must keep the Sabbath day commandment?
*Let us continue →
17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.”
*One very important note here!!! Obviously you must recognize JESUS had not yet died when he spoke here. The new covenant had not yet been made with his blood. So remembering this, let us find out what JESUS says →
18 “Which ones?” the man asked.
And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. 19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
*I want all of you to notice here. JESUS did NOT mention keeping the Sabbath. This is vitally important to recognize and remember. Every other commandment JESUS mentions here CAN ALL BE FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
*We already learned up above in a previous chapter that there is NO new testament commandment to keeping the Sabbath day.
*It is very very interesting that JESUS also excludes the Sabbath day here too while speaking to the rich young man.
*Let us continue →
20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?”
21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
*Nowhere in the talk above between JESUS and the rich man did JESUS mention to the entire universe we must keep the Sabbath day. Likewise, nowhere else in the entire new testament will you find GOD commanding us to keep the Sabbath day any longer.
ALSO JESUS DID NOT SAY TO KEEP THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, HE SAID TO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS............ WHICH COMMANDMENTS GIVE US ETERNAL LIFE? THE ONES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, NOT THE OLD TESTAMENT.
The old testament commandments were between GOD and the Jewish nation only.
It is only our new testament commandments that give us eternal life.
O PRAISE GOD we are living in the new testament.
Chapter 6: What Does Paul Say About The Sabbath?
We found out what GOD said speaking through James, Peter and the elders. We also found out what GOD'S son JESUS said about eternal life. None of them mentioned the Sabbath. In fact can I be so bold as to say they PURPOSELY did NOT mention the Sabbath!!!
Now let us find out what Paul says about this topic →
COL 2:16 – 16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths.
*Wow did you children of GOD read what Paul said very carefully? Paul said do NOT let anyone put you down or condemn you if you do NOT want to celebrate the Sabbath.
*Do all of you realize I could of started this huge book with this simple scripture and finished the book with only Paul's sentence?
*Do you realize just this one sentence in Col 2:16 tells us everything we need to know about the Sabbath for us new testament believers?
*It sure does. Paul tells us clearly in this scripture that we do NOT have to celebrate a Sabbath day any longer, and to NOT let anyone put us down about it, or make fun of us, or condemn us either.
*O PRAISE GOD WE ARE TRULY FREE IN CHRIST JESUS.
*Let us continue →
17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.
*Paul tells us clearly here that the old testament Mosaic law were only shadows of JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF...........
*Resting one day a week practicing the old testament Sabbath day is a shadow of resting in JESUS 24/7 now.......
For over 2000 years now since our Messiah JESUS has died on the cross, he fulfilled the law and now we have a new testament spiritual Sabbath that GOD wants us to follow.
JESUS himself is the fulfillment of the shadows of the old testament rules.
Let us continue to find out what else Paul says on this matter →
ROMANS 14:5 – 5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable.
*Paul is telling us here clearly, there is NO Sabbath day any longer. He states above that whichever day or hour or time you want to spend special time with JESUS, it is perfectly acceptable.
*So for example if you want to dedicate this coming Thursday morning completely to JESUS and reading the bible, Paul states this is perfectly acceptable. Or if you want to dedicate the first day of every month to a mega 12 hour session of praying and bible reading on your day off of work, that is perfectly acceptable.
*Paul is telling us that if a person thinks one day is more holy, or another person disagrees, either way both ways are acceptable.
But how can this be true?
Because WE ARE TRULY FREE IN CHRIST JESUS NOW.....
Look at this incredible scripture →
[Freedom in Christ] So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
*Do all of you clearly see that Paul tells us we are now free in CHRIST and to make sure we never ever get tied up again in the law?
Brother and sister, you are completely and truly free in JESUS to worship when you want, to pray when you want, to read the bible when you want, to go to church when you want, to spend as much or as little time as you want with JESUS.
Because of JESUS' death on the cross for you, YOU ARE NOW FREE FROM ALL OF THE LAW of the old testament.
O PRAISE GOD!
Chapter 7 – Is JESUS Really Greater Than The Old Testament Sabbath?
JESUS LORD OVER THE SABBATH
For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”
*Here we see JESUS himself telling us that he is actually LORD over the Sabbath. And yes he should be, he created the Sabbath and the Creator is greater than the creation.
*So children of GOD, do not, DO NOT elevate the Sabbath to be greater than JESUS, when you do that, you will be cursing yourself.
*But you might be asking how do I do that Garrett?
You do that when you try to force other Christians to keep the old testament Sabbath law. When you push Christians all over the internet and coerce them with manipulation to go back to the law of the Sabbath, you are actually elevating the Sabbath over JESUS CHRIST himself....... This is a very dangerous thing to do for you, and for the poor soul who listens to you!
Does Paul agree that JESUS is greater than the Sabbath?
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.
*Paul tells us that everything else is pure garbage compared to knowing JESUS CHRIST.
*That means that circumcision is pure garbage compared to knowing CHRIST.
That animal sacrifices are also pure garbage compared to knowing CHRIST.
It also means that trying to practice a old testament law of keeping a Sabbath day is also PURE GARBAGE COMPARED TO KNOWING CHRIST JESUS our LORD...
I mean come on people. Paul here speaking to the Galatians had the perfect chance to order everyone to keep the Sabbath day, but guess what?
HE DID NOT...........
IN FACT NOWHERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT DOES PAUL TELL US TO KEEP THE SABBATH day, no not once.
Because JESUS is our Sabbath now, we are to rest in the LORD 24/7 the best we can with the grace GOD is giving us.
Chapter 8: When Did The Old Testament Sabbath
THE SABBATH IS MENTIONED 48 TIMES BEFORE JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS!
ONLY 7 TIMES AFTER HE DIES.
Why is this?
Read down below and find out!
The law to keep the Sabbath day holy and unto GOD in my opinion ended at the last supper.
During the last supper when JESUS passed around the cup of wine and the bread, that in my opinion is when the old testament law ended.
Here is the scripture →
Mathew 26:26 – 26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it,28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.
*In verse 28 – JESUS MAKES A NEW COVENANT. THE OLD TESTAMENT COVENANT/LAW IS NOW BROKEN. It is broken as the 12 disciples eat the bread and drink the wine. The bread is symbolic of JESUS body while the wine is symbolic of JESUS' blood which will be poured out for his world wide church as a sacrifice for our sins.
*One might argue that the new covenant was sealed when JESUS literally dies on the cross. I could understand that and possibly agree with that too.
*So BEFORE JESUS dies on the cross, you will see in the bible that even JESUS himself goes into the temple and teaches on many Sabbath days.
But here is the key →
Once he dies on the cross, JESUS fulfilled the law and we are now all free in Christ JESUS.
This is also very symbolic →
YES THE SABBATH DID END HERE
[The Resurrection] Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body.
DID YOU NOTICE IN THE SCRIPTURE WHERE IT SAID – THE Sabbath ended?
Yes it truly did end there for the Jewish nation to have to follow the Sabbath any longer!
*So children of GOD! WE ARE NOW LIVING IN A NEW COVENANT, the covenant of JESUS sacrificing his life for our sins, grace, mercies, blessings, favor of GOD all made because JESUS died on the cross for our terrible sins.....
Praise TO GOD who sent his son to die for you and me!
And that my wonderful brother and sister in CHRIST is why we no longer have to practice a literal Sabbath day every week any longer.
But wait there is even more →
Chapter 9: Where Is GOD'S New Covenant Law Now?
GOD'S new covenant law is now written on our hearts. GOD literally writes his laws on our own heart! This is a spiritual act that GOD does for us.
Look at this →
HERE IS THE NEW TESTAMENT LAW
They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.
But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
So even children of GOD who do not own a bible, or children of GOD who cannot read the bible for whatever reasons have the laws of GOD now in the new testament written on their hearts........
Oh wow is it so much better to be alive now with the LORD JESUS in the new testament than in the old testament.
So we have GOD'S new covenant laws written in his holy bible in the new testament, and they are also written in our hearts so we can follow the LORD with the grace he gives us each day as we wake up.
Chapter 10: Yes There Is Even More!
Here Paul confronts Peter and we can learn so much here about the law, and if we are still required to follow the old testament Sabbath day or not.
Paul Confronts Peter
11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. 12 When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. 13 As a result, other Jewish Christians followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy! 14 When I saw that they were not following the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others, “Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions?
*Here Paul is telling us that Peter and himself have already discarded the Jewish old testament law at this point in their lives. So he is upset with Peter because Peter and the others are trying to make the Gentile believers follow the old testament law which we have already learned GOD did not want them to do.
*To continue →
15 You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. 16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law.
*I pray all of you see what Paul just said. He said we are NOT made right with GOD by obeying the old testament law........... That would include the Sabbath too. Nobody is required any longer to obey the Sabbath day any longer, yet you can dedicate any day, hour or anytime you want to spend special time with JESUS and the bible now that we are in the new testament.
*To Continue what Paul says to Peter →
And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”
*Here Paul tells us again we are NOT made right with GOD by obeying the old testament laws and regulations.
Once again we learn!
You are free child of GOD, you are free in CHRIST JESUS...
Chapter 11: Does JESUS Have The Authority To Change Laws?
Here I want to have a very short chapter to show you a few scriptures on the topic of can GOD'S son change laws?
Here JESUS changes the law of divorce →
Teaching about Divorce
31 “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’ 32 But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.
Here JESUS changes the law about revenge →
Teaching about Revenge
38 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.
Here JESUS changes the law about – Love & enemies →
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.
Here JESUS changes the old testament law on adultery →
A Woman Caught in Adultery
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 11 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
*There are many other instances in the new testament where GOD OR HIS SON JESUS changed the old testament laws. But for the sake of making this book too long, let us stop here.
All over the new testament GOD is changing old testament laws speaking through JESUS, Paul, Peter etc etc..............
WE FOLLOW NEW TESTAMENT SPIRITUAL LAWS NOW
2 Corinthians 3:6
He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit.
In conclusion, I pray with GOD'S grace that you will be set free from any confusion you might have had about the topic of the Sabbath.
I pray with the grace of GOD all of your confusion and anxiety on the topic of the Sabbath are now shattered and that you know once and for all,
YOU ARE FREE IN CHRIST............
STAY FREE in Christ child of GOD and do not let anyone, nor any evil spirit ever try to bring you back into bondage again of practicing a Sabbath day.
WHAT IS THE NEW TESTAMENT SPIRITUAL SABBATH NOW ?
A- Resting in JESUS 24/7......
B- Casting our anxieties upon the LORD.
C- Trusting in JESUS.
D- Praising and worshiping the LORD 24/7 the best we can with the grace GOD is giving us.
E- Believing in the bible promises and having peace about it.
F- Refusing to worry about anything, while praying about everything and keeping our mind on JESUS......
G- I am sure some of you reading this could add even MORE SPIRITUAL new testament Sabbath practices that you find in the new testament.