28 Apr 2019 Hebrews (Program #18)

Hebrews (Program #18) – The Remaining Sabbath Rest (1)

Today we come in Hebrews to the matter of the Sabbath rest. How does a Christian enter in to the Sabbath rest? This is the subject of today’s life study.

Hebrews 4:9 says, “So then there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” Many Christians debate whether our Sabbath is Saturday or Sunday or some other time period yet in the future. What is the New Testament revelation on this topic and how critical it is for us as Christians?

The New Testament doesn’t say too much about this issue but I guess it’s fitting that it is addressed in this book of Hebrews. There are several different views of the importance or the interpretation of the Sabbath in the New Testament. The Sabbath here in Hebrews has a very particular meaning and interpretation. There is a debate among some Christians whether to keep the Saturday or Sunday as the Sabbath. There are some ardent Sabbath keepers who insist that since it’s one of the commandments you must keep the Sabbath. But this not what we’re talking about today in Hebrews. What we’re talking about is the Sabbath rest for the people of God is related to being faithful, it’s related to holding fast our boldness for Him to the end. So there is a Sabbath rest in several stages that we can enter into that has nothing to do with a certain day of the week and it also is not merely a period of time in the future as some have said that the Sabbath is just refers to a 1000 years period in the future. There is a very contemporary application just like it says in Hebrews today that if we hear His voice, we have to pay attention. So we need to know the Sabbath rest today as our portion as Christians and it’s very wonderful here in the book of Hebrews how it fits to show the whole matter of God’s economy with man, it’s all tied up with this Sabbath rest.

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