10 Quotes from The Sabbath as Rest

Guy Waters is James Baird Jr. Professor of New Testament and academic dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson. He is the author or editor of fifteen books and numerous chapters, articles, and reviews. He is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

Quotes from The Sabbath as Rest

1. As the seventh day of the week commemorated God’s work of creation, so the first day of the week commemorates God’s work of new creation, which dawned in human history at Christ’s resurrection. (Pg. 13)

2. God instituted the weekly Sabbath at the creation in order to point to the goal of human existence, namely, eschatological life with God. (Pg. 28)

3. Christ does not merely repair what was destroyed or lost in Adam – he also advances his people to the goal for which they were created (1 Corinthians 15:42-49). Thus, in Christ, we continue to observe the weekly Sabbath as a pointer toward our future rest and a help in our present pilgrimage (Hebrews 4:9). (Pg. 31)

4. The Sabbath is a day of worship and spiritual resting, a day to receive the blessings that God particularly promises to those who draw near to him in worship on that day. (Pg. 43)

5. The true worship of God will be paired with a universal commitment to righteousness among their fellow human beings. In this way, the redeemed will enjoy life in covenant with God. (Pg. 56)

6. The creational purposes for the Sabbath – blessing in the worship of the holy God – will come to realization in the lives of men and women. (Pg. 70)

7. From the creation until the resurrection, God called people to worship him on the seventh day of the week. From the resurrection until the return of Christ, God calls people to worship him on the first day of the week. (Pg. 105)

8. The weekly Sabbath serves to point believers to their heavenly hope so that they may strive toward it along the path of faith and good works. (Pg. 116)

9. The Sabbath commemorates God’s work of creation, even as it points forward to the rest that awaits the people of God, and the Sabbath commemorates God’s work of redemption shadowed in the exodus and accomplished in the death and resurrection of Christ. (Pg. 127)

10. The Sabbath provides a weekly reset to our priorities, attitudes, and goals so that we return to our callings of the other six days with the clarity and perspective that we need to live in a way that pleases and honors our great God. (Pg. 133)

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Evan Knies is an elder of North Hills Church in West Monroe, LA. He is husband of Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and Southern Seminary.

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