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The New Covenant Sabbath Rest is in Christ Jesus
Hebrews 4

The New Covenant Sabbath

September 20, 2017

My comment in regard to this certain argument (Reposting because facebook deleted it without notice or warning about a half hour ago):

The book of Hebrews simply states for us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (and I would be careful to make sure you are assembling together with true believers) -Hebrews 10:25. No one in the New Covenant said keep such and such particular DAY as a sabbath rest OR day of worship.

I've often heard people say "Sunday worship is for pagans!" while teaching the world to worship only on Saturn-day. No, worship and service to God is every waking hour. It is the first and greatest commandment. That is the commandment we are all to strive for with all our heart and by the mercy and grace of God by the Spirit through the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. (Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 10:25-28; Romans 12:1)

Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

And that includes the sabbath!

I'm not teaching that we are NOT to enter or observe the sabbath. Quite the opposite. The author of Hebrews instructs us in chapter 4 about specifically entering into PERMANENT sabbath rest which is only in Yeshua.

"For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through [following] the same example of disobedience." Hebrew 4:10, 11

The Greek word underneath the English word "rest" in Hebrews is actually different than the specific word used for sabbath rest. The word[s] used in Hebrews is κατάπαυσις (n). And καταπαύω (v). The word used specifically for the sabbath is ἀνάπαυσις (n). And ἀναπαύω (v). (See Matthew 11:28, 29 and Exodus 23:12 and "Rest" (Noun and Verb) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)

Strict "sabbath observers" would have us believe that we rest from the rest provided by Christ, which actually nullifies God's true meaning of sabbath. And we do not worship only one day a week. These arguments are fruitless. We need to keep the greatest commandment with all your heart (enter into the sabbath, Christ - Be made perfect in love 1 John 4:18). All the law and the prophets hang on that commandment and the 2nd which "is like unto it", namely to love our neighbor as ourselves. And this all happens naturally when we are first converted to Christ as we realize what He did for us and that knowledge grows as we go to Jesus every day, yoke up with Him, and learn of Him (what He did for us, sinners.)

Anyone who does not preeminently and habitually teach themselves, adhere to, and THEN teach their neighbor this doctrine are in error and have no business teaching at all, because they still have a log in their own eye.

It's one commandment, like in the very beginning. Paul called it "simplicity in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3).

Every other teaching should usher us into keeping the first and greatest commandment by faith in Messiah. The only other "rules" were given in Acts of the Apostles and "that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood." (Acts 15:20)

All other instructions teach us what loving the Lord with all the heart is. Or rather, HOW to love the Lord with all the heart. But "charity" (agape love) is the chief goal (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Arguing about what DAY we are to worship sounds ridiculous.

Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together (only with true born again believers in Jesus), pray unceasingly, love the Lord God the Logos by His Spirit joined to our spirit. Seek Him with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. That is the strait door we are to agonizamai (strive) to enter into.

"let us consider how to stimulate (3948. paroxusmos) one another to love and good deeds (2041. ergon), not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging (3870. parakaleó) [one another]; and all the more as you see the day drawing near." Heb 10:24, 25 (And that day is [rapidly] approaching us all.)

3948. paroxusmos — 2041. ergon
3870. parakaleó — Hebrews 10 NASB with Strong's:

"For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us, but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will consume God’s enemies. Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for the Son of God, and profanes the blood of the covenant that made him holy, and insults the Spirit of grace? For we know the one who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrews 10:26-31 (NET)

We had better be seeking God with all our heart. As the Lord said, “So keep watch at all times, and pray that you may have the strength to escape all that is about to happen and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36

Dear heavenly Father, We ask You to make Your logos (Intelligence, thoughts and subsequent word) alive within our hearts. And that You make the rough places plain in our understanding of Your will. We ask You in the worthy Name of Your precious Son, Yeshua the Messiah. Amen

~Thomas Richards

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God loves the people in the world so much that He came down to die for us. If God is opening your heart to His message and you feel convicted for your sins which have separated you from a holy God and you feel the need to be forgiven, then say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully converted to the Christ in 1997!

Say, "My Lord and my God, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe Jesus the Christ died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe Jesus raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now on the right-hand side of God listening to this prayer. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You in, Lord Jesus. Thank you, God, for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen."

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