This website is called Adventist Alive because one need not be dead even if one is an Adventist. But should we live from the law and believe the assertion that the key issue of the cosmos is ‘the law’ and the keeping of it we never will be alive on this earth and will always be DEAD IN SPIRIT. Sure that’s a tautology but it is dead people who are married to the law and live people who are the expression of the Spirit of Christ.
The issue of salvation is neither the law or the Sabbath. Indeed, righteousness itself is not the key issue. Life is the key issue and righteousness is a sub-category of life. We are talking here of the life of God manifest as the Trinity and our participation and immersion in this life as the sons of God.
‘ I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing’ John 15.5 NIV. In the law we are apart from God. In Christ we are in the spirit of life.
‘Sons’ here is critical because Fatherhood and sonship are the issues of salvation. We are sons of our loving Father who is completely trustworthy and who loves us to the same degree that He loves His Son. In Christ we are the expression of our Father and the Son. Those who eat Him really do live because of Him. Eating Him means asking Him to be our life and entering into the life that is already ours in Him.
Many Adventists are convinced that THE SABBATH IS RIGHT. They are convinced that it is a legitimate issue and that The Sabbath is important to God. But rest is not found in externalities like days and times, Rest, joy, comfort and life is found in face to face communication. In Jesus we have this and more. In Jesus we have union.
Sabbath Rest is so important to God that He has made it a Person and not a day; a life and not an observance. Christ is our Sabbath. He is divine rest from human restlessness. He is our peace, our union with God and our fellowship with each other. Jesus is also our resurrection from all things dead and the spirit of life multiplied in the sons of God that is the new creation and the Kingdom.
‘For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience’ Hebrews 4.8-10 NIV.
Here the Lord is telling us that there is no deep rest, no peace and contentment in the Sabbath as an item of law and there is even the possibility of losing our salvation through disobedience to His new covenant provision of Himself as our spirit and life.
In the new testament age the Sabbath has no more power to impart rest or life than the wearing of the hijab or the eating of fish on Fridays. We need decide if we will be married to the law or married to our one husband who is Christ. Notions of sacred and secular, my time and God’s time are completely passé in the age of the Spirit and the efficacy of Jesus.
God urged Israel to seek His Face. There is no face to face relationship with God from a position in the law. God has given us His Face in Jesus.
Sabbath-keeping gives no advantage over non-Sabbath keeping. Sabbath keepers are neither more alive or more enlightened but frequently more wooden and bound than non-Sabbath-keepers. They are seldom the recipients of the spirit of wisdom and revelation. Even the spirit-filled life that some chance onto has no long-term ability to provide the spirit and life that comes alone from being one with our Father.
An Adventist pastor of long standing was offended because it was implied that as a keeper of the law he was not truly a son. And neither he was. He was created and redeemed by God to be sure. But he could not live in the spirit of sonship because this state of being is spirit and not law and never found in the separation that the law denotes. He could not enter his inheritance as son because he remained a son of Hagar the slave woman. Generically he was a son of God but not in spirit and in truth. He remained under the curse of the law and bound to the letter that kills.
‘His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise’ Gal 4.23 NIV.
As Sabbath-keepers we align ourselves with the old covenant and the law and define ourselves as sons of Hagar. But we are sons of the free woman who is the forbear of Christ. As participants in the Sabbath that is Jesus we are equipped to minister spirit and life. But tied to the Sabbath of the law we are incompetent to minister life and tied to the law of sin and death.
‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’
Gal 4.30 NIV.
‘These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother’ Gal 4.24-26 NIV.