Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, Colossians 2:16-18
Christians are often very confused when it comes to the topic of Keeping the Sabbath” I actually did a whole teaching on this topic on my YouTube Channel. So to first understand this topic, we need to understand , what is the Sabbath? And what does it mean to Keep the Sabbath? If you ask a Hebrew Roots person or Seven Day Adventist, how do you Keep the Sabbath? Most likely they will say, they worship God on a specific day and don’t work
So as you can probably guess, most Christians on Sunday worship God and don’t usually work, so are they still Keeping the Sabbath? Well in a spiritual sense, Yes, but the legalist will say No, you must observe Saturday as your Sabbath. I would like to first start with some more questions, what Covenant are you in? Hopefully you said your in the New Covenant with Christ. Then , when did Jesus or the Apostles command us to Keep the Saturday Sabbath in the New Testament? The fact is nobody ever commanded the Sabbath to be kept in the New Covenant.
In Exodus 31:13, God told Moses “Tell the Children of Israel, to Keep my Sabbaths as a sign between me and You” So who was this command for? The Israelites and why? Because it was a sign of the Mosaic Covenant. As the Apostle Paul teaches here “Let no one judge you in regard to what you eat, or drink, or regard to a feast, new moon or Sabbath” (v16) Why? Because we are in the New Covenant with Christ, we are not in the Mosaic Covenant with Moses. As the author of Hebrews says “He (Christ) is a mediator of a Better Covenant which was established on better promises (Hebrews 8:6) and also says “By calling the covenant New he made the first one obsolete” (Hebrews 8:13)
So what was the purpose of the Sabbath and all the rituals of the Mosaic Covenant? As Paul says here “Which are a shadow of things to come” The Sabbath was a foreshadow of Christ, just as the sacrificial system was a foreshadow of Christ, just as the temple was a foreshadow of Christ. Jesus Christ is our Rest (Hebrews 4, Matthew 11:28)
So how do we keep the 4th commandment? We abide in Christ, we are Born Again in Christ. As Jesus said “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I (Christ) will give you Rest”(Matthew 11:28), Amen!