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Should We Keep the Biblical Sabbath?
F. B. wrote:
This note is starting to turn into an epistle, therefore, we will call it quits for right now.
Julio B. Scaramastro
Wednesday, August 6, 1997 T
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 21:03:52 -0800
From: "Julio B. Scaramastro" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: F. B.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.(Exodus 20:8-11, KJV).
Here we see the distinction between what is done on 6 days, namely that which refers to the necessities of the flesh and that which is done on the 7th day, which is the satisfaction of the spiritual. This is why I said in my previous letter that the Lord Jesus Christ extended the sabbath day to include the whole week; for the Lord Jesus Christ requires us to live EVERY day unto God and never serve the flesh.
This is a common method of instructing people unto salvation. You are first given that which is natural, which is concrete and easily to be understood. Then follows the spiritual based on it. When we look at the Jewish calendar and the week which is a basic unit thereof, we are not dealing with just a literal, natural calendar, but the basis for teaching man about God's plan and purpose with the earth. As you might know, in I Cor. chapter 15 the Spirit through the Apostle Paul is establishing the future resurrection of those who are responsible to that resurrection upon the Jewish calendar. Therefore, it is quite easy to establish from Heb. 4 that the 7th day rest was a type of the millenial rest, or the rest in the kingdom age, that all the faithful look forward to.
The above points become the basis of the spiritual lesson contained in the teachings of Christ. According to Rom. 6 when we are baptised with Christ, we become co-crucified with him, putting to death the flesh. We then are resurrected to a newness of life (Greek: zoe). The word "zoe" is not only associated with this newness of life that comes after the symbolical resurrection -- a type of the saints' future real resurrection from the dead -- but the word "zoe" is the word for "life" selected to be joined together in such phrases as: "everlasting life", "eternal life", "tree of life", "crown (Greek: stephanos) of life", "the promise of life", etc. And thus is always associated with the type of life that the glorified saints enjoy in the milleniurn or kingdom age.
What is being said is, that being symbolically resurrected from the waters of baptism (or symbolical death) we are to walk in newness of life (Greek: zoe) and thus be living symbolically the life of the kingdom age now! In this manner there is no single day of our life that is represented as the type of the kingdom age, or rest of Yahweh, but every day is lived alike, because typically we are living out the life of the kingdom age. It is for this reason also that the Lord Jesus Christ said in Matt. 11:28-30:
Notice that he will give rest to us if we take his yoke upon ourselves. It is provided typically now and in reality in the millenial rest. In addition, it will be noted that the Lord Jesus Christ constantly worked on the sabbath day. He explained this by indicating that he was doing the works of his Father, which of course, the legalistic pharisees could not understand. As has been said, we are supposed to be living typically in the kingdom age, and thus always doing the works of the Father.
One more point can be made in this area, and that is in reference to the Lord Jesus Christ referring to himself as the Lord of the Sabbath, in various scriptures where he is attacked by the pharisees for doing work on the sabbath. Being lord of the sabbath, or being the lord of the millenial age, the fulfillment of the type of the sabbath, he was only and always doing the work of the Father. Who were the pharisees to condemn the King of the Kingdom Age or millenial. sabbath?
In regards to Matt. 5:17-20 which says:
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.(Matthew 5:17-20, KJV).
There is nothing in these words of the Lord Jesus Christ that reinstitutes the 4th commandment. What it DOES say is that all of the shadow of the law would be fulfilled in him. For the parable, shadow or type of the law all taught about the Lord Jesus Christ as Paul picks up and says in Gal. 3:24-25:
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (Galatians 3:24-25, KJV).
Thus we are no longer under the Law of Moses. This point is picked up in Col. 2:8-23 as has already be said in the previous email. Again I would like to bring your attention to verses 16-17:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (Colossians 2:16-17, KJV).
Note that in harmony with this passage indicating that the Lord Jesus Christ took the handwriting of ordinances that was against us out of the way through His sacrifice upon the stake (vs. 14), and then clearly establishes the significance of what was done in the above 2 verses which refer to all of the different aspects of the Law including the sabbath as the shadow of things to come, but the reality was the Body of Christ.
Now let us consider Acts 15:20-21 which says:
Again we just have a statement of fact that verifies what has been said above, for in verse 20 we have the only principles that the Gentiles were expected to keep and thus setting aside what all the Judiasers were trying to do. And verse 21 indicates that throughout the Roman world, the law had been being read every sabbath day in the Jewish synagogues. Verse 21 is a statement of what Jews had been doing, not what was commanded by Christ to Christians to be doing.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. (Romans 14:5-6, KJV).
Again we have no charge to keep the sabbath day, but a warning about making ANY issue about ANY day by anybody, thus this statement actually goes completely against the position of those who want to establish Saturday, or for that matter Sunday, as a sabbath day
This has been a bit longer than brief, and therefore we will close here with the intention of looking at your two letters later on, Lord willing. The letter to Dr. H. needs to be re-sent as part is missing.