In a recent post on the Bible’s perspective of the Sabbath we learned that the Fulfilled Sabbath position is, in all likelihood, the most accurate in representing the biblical teaching of Sabbath. Below, I will list a few reasons as to why I believe this is so, and why the Eternal Sabbath (Seventh Day Adventist) and the Christian Sabbath (Reformed) do not line up with Scripture. Continue reading A Christian and Sabbath Observance: Why You Don’t Need to Rest on Sundays, or Saturdays
From a biblical perspective, the Sabbath day in its entirety is identified as being fulfilled in Christ and is therefore transformed to be the rest which Christ will give in the new heavens and new earth. Christ came to fulfill the Law, and in doing so superseded—or rather transformed—it into the Law of Christ. In the Law of Christ, the Sabbath command is never repeated nor commanded to be observed, and therefore is no longer binding upon Christians as a weekly observance. Rather, it becomes the rest promised by Christ in the new heavens and earth. It is the eternal rest or salvation which God entered into in Genesis 2 and which Christ offers those who have faith in him. Continue reading A Biblical Perspective on the Sabbath
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.”
My focus for this post is from verse 25. What I wish to draw from this text is Paul’s purpose for staying alive. Whatever this ambition is, to him it was worth staying alive and suffering more, rather than going to be with the Lord. Being that death is “much gain”, this task must be of incredible importance to Paul.
So for what reason is Paul remaining? He says it is for the church’s progress and joy in the faith. Before elaborating on the meaning, there are a few things I wish to point out from our text, and the book as a whole, concerning working for the progress and joy of our brothers’ faith. Continue reading True Fellowship: Increasing One Another’s Faith and Joy
“Deeds not creeds!”
“I don’t need theology, I just love people!”
“I believe in the resurrection, and nothing else matters after that!”
Nearly everyone has heard statements like these. Perhaps some of us have used them ourselves. These words may even have been spoken by a brother or sister who is gung-ho and witnessing all the time. In some respect, I can sympathize with such words. What’s the point of sitting around debating supralapsarianism verses infralapsarianism if meanwhile people outside are dying and going to hell? Sure, I confess I have wasted a lot of precious time in worthless debates, and have often debated out of pride rather than edifying the others in the discussion. However, these are not excuses for being lax about truth or indifferent about theology.
Truly, everybody holds at least some theological positions. In fact, a statement like, “Deeds not creeds,” contains theology. Do you believe that committing adultery is sin? That’s theology. Clearly theology also matters when it comes to salvation. Who is Jesus Christ? What did the cross accomplish? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? What must I do to be saved? If we get any of these questions wrong, we are going to hell. That matters! So if we are on fire for God and evangelizing all the time but we give people the wrong information, we are doing no good but are instead causing a lot of damage. Continue reading Doctrine Matters: The Ridiculousness of “Deeds Not Creeds” Part 1