A passage from the Old Testament, Psalm 103:3, says the Lord “forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” We know God forgives all of our sins. Is it not logical, then, to expect that he will heal every disease, sickness or infirmity that we might have, when we ask in faith for such healing?
References to: Paul Kroll
The Christian Sabbath is life in Jesus Christ, in whom every believer finds true rest. The weekly seventh-day Sabbath is a shadow that prefigured the true Reality to whom it pointed – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Genesis 2:2-3 is sometimes used in an attempt to prove that Christians must keep the seventh-day Sabbath. It is important that we understand what this verse does and doesn’t say about the Sabbath rest. Further, we must ask what this verse tells us about the Sabbath when viewed against the essential message of Scripture about our salvation in Christ.
We read the following command from Jesus in Luke 5:14, when he healed someone: “Show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” If one assumed that Jesus’ teaching applied to all people at all times, it could be claimed that this passage is “proof” telling Christians they must offer the proper Mosaic sacrifice and appear before a Jewish priest.
Those who believe that Christians are required to keep the seventh-day Sabbath, especially as it applies to resting from work, sometimes cite Hebrews 4:9-11 as a proof-text. In the New International Version these verses say the following:
There remains…a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall.
Many people assume that because the weekly Sabbath is in the Ten Commandments, it must therefore be a law for all times and for all people to keep. They conclude that Christians are obligated to keep the Sabbath as “holy time.”
We cannot make a blanket statement that the law of God or the Ten Commandments are “done away.” Two of the Commandments tell us not to commit idolatry or to murder. These laws are not done away.
Editor’s note: We have two answers to this question. The short answer is first; the second answer has additional detail.
Question: Prophecies indicate that the Sabbath and annual festivals will be kept in God’s ideal age (e.g., Isaiah 66:23; Zechariah 14:16-19). Does this prove that the Sabbath and annual festivals must be kept by his people today?
|Before you read this article, we recommend you read Genesis 1: the six-day war, by Michael Morrison.|
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