What does it mean to be a "sabbath keeper" under the New Covenant? Such a question raises many more questions: What is the relationship of the Christian to the law of Moses? How do we, as believers in the New Covenant, fulfill the Sabbath command? In the book of Hebrews, the author teaches about "entering Sabbath rest." In this message, pastor Ryan Habbena expounds this passage, and teaches what the Scriptures teach about entering true Sabbath rest.
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Overview cont'd Even if we tried to keep the Sabbath, we could never keep it perfectly. Only Jesus Christ did that. Stand firm in Christ: He has and is ALL you need.
Overview We are under the Law of Christ now, not under the Old Covenant. He explains the book of Hebrews and how it relates to Believers today. Entering God's rest means to repent & believe in God's Son Jesus Christ. True Sabbath rest is found only in Christ. Only a few who left Egypt under the O.C. entered God's rest, the Promised Land, because of rebellion and disobedience. Christ is the greater Moses: REPENT AND BELIEVE the Gospel. And if you have already repented and believe, you have already entered His rest. Those who believe we have to still practice the Saturday Sabbath or the Sunday Sabbath (for those who believe the sabbath was moved) or any other day,
are all missing the mark, he says; Jesus Himself is the fulfillment of the Sabbath and we have our sufficiency for fulfilling the Sabbath in Him; He met/meets that law for us. Let no one judge you regarding the sabbath day, as the apostle Paul said; there are NO specific days we are bound to. You may hold a special day onto the Lord but you have no right to hold anyone else to it.
SEE JESUS AS ALL SUFFICIENT. Whatever the Law requires, look to Christ and you will find fulfillment. You will never go wrong by fleeing to Jesus...We are complete in Him!
I found this sermon quite helpful in understanding Hebrews.
Ryan Habbena is pastor of preaching and teaching at Conquering King Fellowship in Eagan, MN. He holds two degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies (B.A. Bethel University, M.A. Bethel Seminary [Saint Paul]). Ryan has been married to his wife, Jenny, for fourteen years, and...