Tuesday, June 21, 2011
God's Sign for Believers
Some say that the sign of God for Christians is the Sabbath. It is their position that the Sabbath is the dividing wall between believers and non-believers. It is also their position that the 7th day, Saturday, must be kept to receive God’s seal. But is this position or hypothesis Biblical?
The Bible Says in Exodus 34:28, that the Ten Commandments are the words of the covenant.
“Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant--the Ten Commandments.”
The Bible Says in Exodus 31:16 (NIV) that the Sabbath was to be observed by the Israelites.
“Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.”
The Bible Says in Exodus 31:17 (NIV) that the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between God and the children of Israel.
“It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”
What does God say is the sign for New Covenant believers?
1 Cor. 11:25 (NIV) In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me."
Under the Old Covenant, the sign of the covenant between God and Israel was the Sabbath. “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Under the New Covenant, the sign of the covenant between God and whosoever believes is baptism and the Lord’s Supper (“This do in remembrance of Me”).
As we relate to others on a daily basis, the true sign of a believer of God is love for others, not the keeping of a special day.
The Bible Says in John 13:34-35 (KJV)….
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
According to John, who quoted Jesus, the sign of discipleship or a Christ-follower is love. Christians are known by their love, which emulates the Godhead. The Holy Spirit, Who indwells the believer, empowers the believer to love and live a life set apart for the will and purposes of God.