Should Christians keep the Sabbath?

I think sincere followers of Christ may wrestle with this question as I have over the years.

Did Jesus intend for us to keep the Sabbath?

Mt 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Mt 5:18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
Mt 5:19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Mt 5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

However most people are probably unaware of just how stringent that Sabbath requirements are:  no buying, no selling, no work, no carrying of loads, cessation of all regular activity, resting, and worshiping the God of Jacob.  This will take place starting every Friday evening until every Saturday evening for the rest of your life.  In the Old Testament this meant no gathering of firewood, and no cooking in the house.  The Saturday is to be completely holy and dedicated to God.  I guess this would also mean no sporting events, no parties, no cable T.V., no internet,  and no entertainment for the duration of every Sabbath.

If God held mankind accountable to this one command it would filter out most of the population from Salvation.  Thanks be to God that Jesus not only upheld the Sabbath he fulfilled it in every respect.  During his earthly ministry the Pharisee’s tried to judge Jesus for healing on the Sabbath which they considered work and in the process entirely missed the mission that Jesus came to accomplish.

Thanks be to God that he intended the Sabbath to show us just how difficult it is to enter into God’s rest by human effort.  In fact it is impossible.  Not only were Israelites required to keep  the weekly Sabbath but also a number of holy days.  They were also required to give the land a Sabbath rest every seventh year.

But think of what Jesus did when he gave us the New Covenant.  Firstly he fulfilled all the Law and the Prophets and then he offered up his own sinless body on the cross as a perfect unblemished sacrifice of Atonement for my sins. In doing so Jesus became my Sabbath-Rest.

In washing away my sins he also simplified the requirements of law with the following two commands:
1) Love the Lord your God with all your heart
2) Love your neighbor as yourself

It is good for a person to refrain from working on the Sabbath because when we rest our bodies can be rejuvenated and the Lord can be honored.  However we should also remember that only the Lord of the Sabbath makes us holy.  We are no longer bound to stringent Mosaic Law which was a mere shadow of what is actually found in Christ.  Our freedom and liberty in Christ allow us to serve him every day because he has now consecrated our bodies to be His Holy Temple to live and to work for his good pleasure.

1Co 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
1Co 6:20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

The following Bible study led me to the conclusion which you have already read.

Blessings to all who have entered into the Sabbath rest of the living God.

IDENTIFYING THE SABBATH

The Sabbath is the last day of the week and is also know commonly as Saturday.  It is the day God rested after creating the heavens and the earth.

Ge 2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
Ge 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

HEBREW COMMANDMENT

The Sabbath is also identified as the fourth commandment given to Moses.

Ex 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Ex 20:9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
Ex 20:10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.
Ex 20:11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Here God is training his holy people to do no labor or work on the Sabbath.  It is the visible  part of the Old Covenant between God and his holy people just as circumcision is the hidden part of the Old Covenant.

Ex 31:12 Then the LORD said to Moses,
Ex 31:13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.
Ex 31:14 “ ‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people.
Ex 31:15 For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.
Ex 31:16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant.
Ex 31:17 It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.’ ”
Ex 31:18 When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.

The Sabbath then is a covenant between God and his chosen people who are under the law of Moses.

Dt 5:12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you.
Dt 5:13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
Dt 5:14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest, as you do.
Dt 5:15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

COVENANT AND LAW

Ne 9:14 You made known to them your holy Sabbath and gave them commands, decrees and laws through your servant Moses.

ENFORCEMENT OF SABBATH

Strictly speaking when an Israelite broke the Sabbath this was technically punishable by death.

Ex 35:1 Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the LORD has commanded you to do:
Ex 35:2 For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.
Ex 35:3 Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

Nu 15:32 While the Israelites were in the desert, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day.
Nu 15:33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly,
Nu 15:34 and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him.
Nu 15:35 Then the LORD said to Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.”
Nu 15:36 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the LORD commanded Moses

The Lord repeated the same warning over 400 years later.

Jer 17:21 This is what the LORD says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem.
Jer 17:22 Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your forefathers.
Jer 17:23 Yet they did not listen or pay attention; they were stiff-necked and would not listen or respond to discipline.
Jer 17:24 But if you are careful to obey me, declares the LORD, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy by not doing any work on it,
Jer 17:25 then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.
Jer 17:26 People will come from the towns of Judah and the villages around Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from the hill country and the Negev, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings, incense and thank offerings to the house of the LORD.
Jer 17:27 But if you do not obey me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.’ ”

Ne 10:31 “When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land and will cancel all debts.

SACRED DAY

Ex 31:14 “ ‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people.
Ex 31:15 For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.
Ex 31:16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant.
Ex 31:17 It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.’ ”
Ex 31:18 When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.

Lev 23:3 “ ‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD

Ne 13:17 I rebuked the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this wicked thing you are doing—desecrating the Sabbath day?
Ne 13:18 Didn’t your forefathers do the same things, so that our God brought all this calamity upon us and upon this city? Now you are stirring up more wrath against Israel by desecrating the Sabbath.”

FOREIGNERS COULD JOIN IN

Isa 56:1 This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right,for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.
Isa 56:2 Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

Isa 56:3 Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.”And let not any eunuch complain, “I am only a dry tree.”
Isa 56:4 For this is what the LORD says: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant—
Isa 56:5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.
Isa 56:6 And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve him, to love the name of the LORD, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant—
Isa 56:7 these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Isa 56:8 The Sovereign LORD declares— he who gathers the exiles of Israel: “I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.”

Isa 58:13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’S holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
Isa 58:14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

JESUS LORD OF THE SABBATH

During his time on this earth Jesus established the New Covenant.  Christians are reminded of this by the covenant that Jesus gave them – the bread and the wine – to remember that His life was poured out for them and his body broken on the cross on their behalf so that they might have eternal life.

Jesus hinted that he was intending to change the meaning and purpose of the Mosaic Sabbath given as part of the Law.  The point Jesus made was that He is Lord of the Sabbath.  If the Sabbath was made for man that means that man can benefit from the Sabbath such as a weekly day of rest.  Our bodies cannot work efficiently if they are working constantly day following day, week following week, year over year.  God’s plan is that our bodies get recharged on a weekly basis by resting.  The Sabbath remains holy yet we are under grace not law.

Mk 2:27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Mk 2:28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Jesus healed on the Sabbath.   Here Jesus was attacking the rigidity of the Pharisees and exposing their hypocrisy and lack of love as leaders.

Mt 12:1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.
Mt 12:2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
Mt 12:3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
Mt 12:4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests.
Mt 12:5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day and yet are innocent?
Mt 12:6 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
Mt 12:7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
Mt 12:8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Mt 12:9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
Mt 12:10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
Mt 12:11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?
Mt 12:12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Mt 12:13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.
Mt 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

SABBATH WIDELY PRACTICED BY FIRST CENTURY JEWISH-CHRISTIANS

The Sabbath was widely practiced by those who followed Jesus and also by the Apostles.  They had to contend daily with attacks from fellow Jews who said that they were trying to destroy the law of Moses.

Mt 28:1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

Mk 1:21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.

Mk 2:23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.
Mk 2:24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

Mk 6:2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles!

Mk 15:42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
Mk 15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.

Mk 16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.

Lk 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.

Lk 4:31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people.

Lk 6:6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled.
Lk 6:7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.

Lk 13:10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,

Lk 14:1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.

Lk 23:54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
Lk 23:55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.
Lk 23:56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Jn 5:9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,
Jn 5:10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

Jn 5:16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him.
Jn 5:17 Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”
Jn 5:18 For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Jn 7:22 Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a child on the Sabbath.
Jn 7:23 Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath?

Jn 9:14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath.

Jn 9:16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others asked, “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?” So they were divided.

Ac 1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.

Ac 13:13 From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem.
Ac 13:14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down.

Ac 13:27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.

Ac 13:42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath.
Ac 13:43 When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.
Ac 13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord

Ac 15:21 For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”

Ac 16:13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.

Ac 17:1 When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
Ac 17:2 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Ac 17:3 explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ,’” he said.

Ac 18:4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
Ac 18:5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

GENTILES FREED FROM THE BURDEN OF SABBATH

Paul is reminding Gentile Christian’s that they are  not under obligation to keep the Mosaic Sabbath because for them the Sabbath is found in Jesus Christ who fulfilled the entire Law and the Prophets.

Col 2:13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
Col 2:14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
Col 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Col 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
Col 2:17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

JESUS HAS BECOME OUR SABBATH REST

God is speaking of a rest and is equating it with a certain day – Today.   The criteria for entering God’s rest are:
1) hearing the gospel Today
2) responding in faith to the gospel of Jesus Christ
3) at this point the believer has entered into God’s spiritual rest.

Those who are disobedience are prevented from entering into God’s rest.  The idea of Sabbath-rest is the complete cessation of trying to earn God’s favor by doing things but rather by faith accepting the salvation that God offers through his one and only son Jesus Christ.  God’s rest is a state of grace. There is nothing more we need to do to earn God’s favor!

Heb 4:1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.
Heb 4:2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
Heb 4:3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”

And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
Heb 4:4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.”
Heb 4:5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
Heb 4:6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.
Heb 4:7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
Heb 4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
Heb 4:9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
Heb 4:10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.
Heb 4:11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Heb 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account

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2 Responses to “Should Christians keep the Sabbath?”

  1. Brother, u have an exhaustive explanation regarding the Sabbath here. that shows that u r well versed on the topic of Sabbath sacredness. But u should have the support of the holy writ when u claim that Jesus do not need us to keep the day sacred so as to give way for our own interests. My opinion is, people do not want to keep the Seventhday Sabbath holy because it is against their ‘worldly best interest’ to do so. We have problem setting aside a day for God, as He commanded us to do, that means we have problem with the God who gave the command.
    We have to remember also, the 7th day was hallowed at creation, not during Moses time. So, the Law of Moses with all its ordinances is the one that done away at the cross. The moral law, including the keeping of the Sabbath is not done away with. for proof, when we are commanded to 1) Love the Lord your God with all your heart 2) Love your neighbor as yourself, as u have quoted. but strangely, the commands r actually an old commandment. notice 1) Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 2) Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
    Furthermore, Jesus and His disciples never ceased to keep the 7th day sabbath holy by ceasing all worldly work on that day.
    Even in heaven, there will be Sabbath observed. See Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
    Sabbath is actually an essential Mark of God. It shows that He is GOD is the CREATOR, of HEAVEN AND EARTH. Sabbath reminds us of His power to create.
    Question! If we do not need to keep holy the Sabbath of the Lord, then why we worship Him on SUNDAY instead? That day is not even appointed by God anywhere in the Bible. Yet we go to church Sunday after Sunday after Sunday. Who commanded us to revere this day then?
    God instituted the Sabbath, but we r ‘pleasing Him’ on a day He did not bless. So where r our obedience to the Creator God? We r only obeying the tradition of men.
    Thank you.

    May God bless u.

  2. I think we Christians forget what life must have been like without the Holy Spirit. In former times God set aside the Sabbath day so that the Jewish people would remember and obey their God who brought them out of bondage from Egypt. (Dt 5.15). But before we step away from Christianity all the way back into Judaism we should first give a good read of Galations and then Hebrews. Every Christian now has Jesus as High Priest who has already entered into heaven and is now seated in the Most Holy Place. Furthermore God has poured out his Spirit on all men so that we might know Him and have fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ. Our Passover Lamb has redeemed us and made us a New Creation in Christ, dedicated and made Holy in his sight. He has made us to be a kingdom of priests to serve our God continuously before Him day and night.

    Ro 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
    Ro 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    1Pe 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
    1Pe 1:16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

    1Pe 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—
    1Pe 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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