This is Chad Gleaves with SabbathRestMagazine.com and NewToSabbath.com
If you are new to Sabbath, you may have people telling you that Jesus has done away with the law.
Lets talk about that for a second.
I have always found it interesting when people say the Law has been replaced by Jesus and we should only be in strict obedience to him.
My first question is, where is this list of “Jesus'” laws written down?
Is it written somewhere in the New Testament?
Does this make the New Testament a NEW Law for us?
If there is a NEW Law, wouldn’t that still put us under Law and back under bondage?
See if I were to start a football league with no rules, everybody would hate that football league because it is the rules that makes the game of football worth playing and watching. it’s all about the rules! Everybody argues the rules, enjoys the rules, despises the rules, but no matter how you feel about the rules it is the rules that make the game so much fun. When you have good rules the game is awesome. The rules become freedom for the game. Without rules there is only bondage
So for the modern day christian, This whole argument that rules are bad makes absolutely no sense. It only begins to make sense when a person realizes that God said in Isaiah 8:19-20 that If anyone speak contrary to the Law and the Testimonies, they have no light in them.
Isaiah 8:19-20 And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
again in Jer 26:4-6 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,
5 To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened;
6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.
Matt 7: Says that false prophets are those that are without the Law of God… Lawless.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [lawlessness].
Matt 5: 17-19 says that, whoever trys to annul even the least command of the Law will be called least in the kingdom of Heaven.
17“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.18“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.19“Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
When Jesus said he fulfilled the law and did not abolish the Law, It’s a little bit like a magnificent builder coming along and building $1 million home and putting the last door on the front of the house and announcing to everyone that it is finished is fulfilled is completed. Here’s the question. Is it time to move in or is it time to burn the house down? Modern-day Christianity says it’s time to burn the law the law is not good for us any longer. In contrast, Jesus seems to be saying I am the door and the last piece of the puzzle. I fulfilled the law totally and now it’s time to live in the law because now that I filled it the Law can benefit you like it never could before.
See, the only thing that makes sense is that the Law of the Old Testament still stands today and Jesus did two things. Jesus made it possible for God to forgive mankind of it’s transgression of the Law and Jesus made it possible for the Laws of God to be written on our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
I would suggest, God wants us to be following His ways (The Laws) so we will become more like him. The Anti-Christ is the Lawless one and if we teach others to disregard the Laws then we are preaching the same message of Anti-Christ. Harsh but reality.