Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
February 2, 2018
The Doctrine of the Sabbath.
Point 1. Introduction, Freedom demands Rest and rest demands freedom.
Point 2. Salvation Rest, Mat 11:28. Salvation is described in terms of rest, the rest of eternal life (contrary to everlasting life.
Point 3. There is what is known as a Supergrace Rest or an advance of the Sabbath Rest for the people of Go.
It all began with your salvation or understanding of the "rest Life" that God gives us at salvation.
The land of Canaan is a type of the supergrace life, and in the context of Heb 3:11, supergrace is manifest by faith‑rest.
For example, the maximum use of faith-rest with doctrine and the maximum application of doctrine from the heart or the right lobe of the soul.
Heb 3:11 as I swore in my wrath, 'they shall not enter my rest.' "
Heb 4:1‑3 (in Heb 4:3 we have what is known an elliptical oath which says that this rest was provided for the Jews in eternity past, yet their disobedience of unbelief will keep them out of it.
There is a temporal sabbath i.e., mentioned in Heb 3:11 and this is for all believers. This is the sabbath for the mature believer.
- For instance, if you had saddled a horse on Friday, you could not remove the saddle if the horse was still saddled on the sabbath. On Saturday you couldn't saddle or unsaddle a horse.
- On Saturday you couldn't cook anything.
- If you have mud on your robe you were not allowed to clean it off.
- You couldn't stop anyone from bleeding on the Sabbath, you had to wait for Sunday.
The commandment said to remember grace." The commandment was a ritual. It had to do with what you think.
Christians are freed by the new covenant to observe any day (Rom. 14:5-6; Gal 4:9-10; Col. 2:14-17).
Heb 3:7-10, Notice the phrase in verse 10...they have not known my ways.
The modern tendency of apostasy today stresses the works and production of the believer. just like the Jews distorted the ritual sabbath, most Christians distort the real one.
The main problem is the believers ignorance of doctrine.
However, when God gets down to indicting you He doesn't mention your failure to do this or that but He indicts you for your stupidity and ignorance concerning His plan.
Ignorance of doctrine means a breakdown of the spiritual sabbath in your life which is in reality....faith-rest.
This rest is a state in which the believer has a relaxed mental attitude no matter what the situation may look like.
A heart of unbelief is a heart without rest.
No faith-rest is to say God is a liar.
- "asah" - to manufacture something out of something.
b. bara - to create something out of nothing.
c. jatsar - creation of male body.
d. banah - built - used for woman's body.
Now, notice that it says "And God said"
The word for God is Elohim (plural) - whenever you find Elohim it normally refers to the Trinity.
Every person (with few exceptions) has someone by grace of God that has been provided for them.
"Said" - Qal imperfect - this is the pronouncement of a decree that will always exist! - ie. "Let us make man in our own image."
Now, in reproduction we pass down our OSN and physical traits of body but God gives life to the soul, (Gen 5:3).
ISA 57:16 "For I will not contend forever, Neither will I always be angry; For the spirit would grow faint before Me, And the soul breath of those whom I have made.
In Gen 1:26, "And God said - let us (Trinity) make man in Our image"
"Make" is the Hebrew verb asah which is used for the invisible part of man. Jatsar - creation of male body which asah refers to the immaterial essence of man or his soul.
God rested because He had just created man in His own in image.
God's image - Elohim = same essence, but different personalities.
Taught - Isa 48:16, Mat 28:19.
The Father planned salvation - Joh 4:34, 5:17.
The Son executed salvation and the plan; Heb 10:7, Joh 4:34.
The Spirit reveals salvation; Joh 16:8-11.