Blik wrote: "Are you saying that if you go to church on Sunday you are not honoring a Sabbath?"
No, I am saying that in OT God's rest for humans was the Sabbath. In NT God's rest for humans is the baptism of the Holy Sprit.
Human toil started when the Holy Spirit left them in the garden after the transgression, it ends in the NT when the Holy Spirit is again given to us, as Jesus reconciled us to the Father.
We become the living stones part (body of Christ0 of the New Temple of God (Jesus), and as such is not a matter of days or places, but of gathering to worship God in spirit and truth in Jesus name.
Gentile Bride of Christ is different from Israel (physical), when you look at Revelation, persons from every ethnic group are there worshipping, so much that we can say that over 90% to say something is Gentile (think of the ratio of Gentiles to physical Israelites here on Earth now).
Both groups together may be spiritual Israel, but the large component is definitively gentile.
Blik wrote: "15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as many as shall walk by this rule, peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God."
Exactly, the Israel of God: the new temple of God (Body of Christ),
1 Corinthians 12:13. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
Is not about Saturday nor Sunday (early believers gathered Sunday so they would not be confused with Jewish believers, and to celebrate resurrection).
Is about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, getting back to original state in koinonia with God. That is God's rest for us in the New Covenant.
We do not have two Gods in the Bible, but two covenants, whose ethnicity is way different and so are the requirements.
Luke 7:28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
Because of Jesus sacrifice, persons in the New Covenant have it way easier, and a much better deal. Not by works anymore, but by faith and complying with the God prescribed requirements for it is part or manifesting that faith.
Blik wrote: " I found that rabbi school such as Gamaliel's school got tired of gentiles joining synagogue only to deflect and take Hebrews with them. They made up 18 rules for the gentiles to follow in order to join and these rules were called Law of Moses. Just as we knew what "Iron Curtain" meant, they knew what Law of Moses meant."
Nice to know, thanks for sharing, but in light of the whole counsel of God, I disagree:
Justified by the Law, or Justified by Faith?
1 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as
having been crucified? 2
I want only to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3
Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now trying to be made complete by the flesh? 4
Have you suffered so many things
for nothing—if indeed also it was
for nothing? 5
Therefore does the one who gives you the Spirit and who works miracles among you do so
by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness, 7
then understand that the ones ⌊who have faith⌋, these are sons of Abraham. 8
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the good news in advance to Abraham: “In you all the nations will be blessed.” 9
So then, the ones who have
faith are blessed together with Abraham who believed. 10
For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse, for it is written, “Cursed is
everyone who does not abide by all the things
that are written in the book of the law to do them.” 11
Now it is
clear that no one is justified in the sight of God by the law, because “the one who is righteous will live by faith.” 12
But the law is not from faith, but “the one who does these things
will live by them.”
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by
* becoming a curse for us, because it is written, “Cursed is
everyone who hangs on a tree,” 14
in order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
The Promise to Abraham and His Descendant
Brothers, I am speaking according to a human perspective. Nevertheless, when
* the covenant of a man has been ratified, no one declares it
invalid or adds additional provisions to it
Now to Abraham and to his descendant the promises were spoken. It does not say, “and to descendants,” as concerning many, but as concerning one, “and to your descendant,” who is Christ. 17
Now I am saying this: the law, that came after four hundred and thirty years, does not revoke a covenant previously ratified by God, in order to nullify the promise. 18
For if the inheritance is
from the law, it is
no longer from the promise, but God graciously gave it
to Abraham through the promise.
Harris, W. H., III, Ritzema, E., Brannan, R., Mangum, D., Dunham, J., Reimer, J. A., & Wierenga, M. (Eds.). (2012). The Lexham English Bible
(Ga 3:1–18). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Could not be clearer. We are in a new Covenant, and is all about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Sprit will not ask you to do anything against the nature and character of God, but we are now talking about the "weightier matters of the law": love of God in our hearts Romans 5:5, mercy, charity, justice, piety, etc.
We are expected to not be workers of lawlessness, so I pay attention to the decalogue, and the sermon on the mount, to check that I am growing OK in Christlikeness, but I understand that the baptism of the Holy Spirit to restore koinoia with God is where is at in the New Covenant.