Friends of mine are honestly amazed that Christians from the other denominations cannot ‘see’ the Sabbath. On the face of it consistency would indicate that that if we are looking to obey the commandments then we should be doing all of them and not leaving our number four. This would be consistent and correct if God meant the human race to live from Moses and the laws. But He does not. This was never the plan. The plan as Jesus announced and Paul declared is Christ in you or as Paul said in another place, ‘Christ is our life.’
An Adventist theologian once described the new covenant as ‘new covenant theology.’ It’s not ‘a theology.’ It’s what God in Christ has done for the human race. Most Adventists don’t know that there is a new covenant. Those who have heard of it view it with suspicion and rightly so. If the new covenant is God’s living way – and it is – there is no valid reason for the existence of the SDA church.
The law was a schoolmaster to lead to Christ who would be incarnated in us as our firstly our life and secondly as our righteousness. The new creation as distinct from the old – which all Believers should have given up living in – is Christ come in our flesh. This is the resurrected Jesus manifesting as our life. It is the spirit of sonship. But if you live in the law you don’t live in the spirit and you do not see or understand the glory of the Christ manifest as Bill, Mary, Jane and the church. Let’s be clear. Today you have both peace, rest and life without measure seeking to be realised in you. The Sabbath has no relevance to Christians today because Jesus is our Sabbath and our new creation life. Below are the reasons why the Sabbath is not only irrelevant and a dead albatross around the necks of the mariners of life who could be living I the Spirit of Christ instead of living in the law.
‘You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?’ Gal 1.1-5