I heard, “You Are Now Going Forward!”
Yes, Gleanings from the Book of Galatians. We saw in our last discussion as the apostle admonished the churches in Galatia, that going back to The Law is going back into bondage. It is to live under beggarly elements which cannot offer life.
“But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?” Galatians 4:9.
Then the apostle goes on to state some of the beggarly elements they were now going back to observe;
“Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years,” Galatians 4:10.
Please get ready, as The Word of God is going to step on religious toes right now!
Observation of days, today is idolatry. Observation of days, months, times, and years is unscriptural, it was the former way of life lived by the churches in Galatia to which they made worship them to which are not gods by nature.
Today in Christ there is nothing like the Sabbath days. The Sabbath day observation ended when Jesus died on the cross to fulfill the righteousness of The Law for us. He himself, is The LORD of the Sabbath.
Today we don’t have days, we have only one day called The Day of Salvation:
“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” 2 Corinthians 6:2.
Now is the day of salvation. We don’t have to wait until a Sabbath day to have fellowship with God. We don’t have to observe a holy Sabbath day for us to be holy, we are perpetually holy and irreproachable in Christ,
“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight,” Colossians 1:21-22.
The Sabbath observation was just a picture of the rest we are to have in Christ. It was foreshadowing the grace we will have in Christ.
It foreshadowed that after the work on the cross, we will rest from all our works to earn salvation and look to Christ for salvation.
Now that Christ has done work, we have entered into this rest. We are no longer labouring to enter the rest but we have ceased from all our works to earn salvation.
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his,” Hebrews 4:9-10.
Oh, that you may see that it was a shadow! God rested on the seventh day when the work of creation was finished on the sixth day, as a picture that the people of God, the new creation, when we believe in the finished work of Christ, the new creation work done by Christ, we enter the rest (the seventh day, the Sabbath day) just as God did and rested on the seventh day. But for unbelief, not many people do.
Christ is the reality of the Sabbath; it was all speaking of him. He is the substance of the Sabbath observation, he is the fulfillment of the Sabbath.
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ,” Colossians 2:16-17.
Observe the statement, “Which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is of Christ….”
I know most of you have not seen this one in your Bibles. Sabbath days were a shadow, the reality is Christ.
He is the substance, the material, the reality of what they were foreshadowing. Now that we have the reality, going back to the shadow is foolishness.
Again observe this statement, “Let no man therefore judge you…”
Please don’t send me a mail concerning this. You are forbidden by The Word of God not to Judge me for not observing the Sabbath days. I am observing my rest in Christ.
Those who fight for the observation of the Sabbath days, do not even know the day of the Sabbath.
Many people will kill you for going to the farm on Sunday. They think Sunday is the Sabbath day.
The Sabbath days were “Friday Sun Down to Saturday Sun Up”. (Luke 23:53-56, Luke 24:1) It does not have anything to do with Sunday.
Most of us believe Jesus died on Friday, which was the preparation for the Sabbath.
If you read the above quoted verses, the Sabbath day was Saturday, to which they rested to see Him rise on Sunday.
Hence those fighting for the observation of the Sabbath on Sunday, do not even know the day of the Sabbath. Religion without revelation is a demon.
This is why some real law keepers go to Church on Saturday, adding the name of Jesus to their traditions — which Paul says is doing service to beggarly elements.
Today we are in The Day of Salvation, the day of Christ. I can go to my farm on Sunday, Saturday, any day I feel like.
In our Church, we have only set aside Sundays for services, Wednesdays for services, there is actually no difference.
We only set aside a day convenient for many of us to meet and enjoy fellowship with each other and The LORD. In Christ, observing days is idolatry.
Paul says the Galatians, observation of days was a destruction to all his labours of grace upon them;
“I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain,” Galatians 4:11.
Look to Christ. We are already in our Sabbath rest, resting from our works and enjoying the grace of Christ. Christ The LORD is the body of the Sabbath.
In an encounter with The LORD, I saw The LORD with a Christian who had been in a tight corner for a long time. This child of God has never actually experienced the life of abundance before in her life.
I saw that The LORD had promoted her but she had stayed in that level without going forward for a long time.
As I saw this, I saw the face of The LORD become all of a sudden full of displeasure over the condition of this Child of God. Then I heard Him say, “You are now going forward..” as The LORD began putting up things together for a shift.
“The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates. Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which The LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them,” Deuteronomy 1:6-8.
Then The LORD said, “My Child, I see your longsuffering. You have waited for so long for My Salvation, but this is your moment. You have dwelt too long in this condition. I say to you, ‘Go forward!’
What you see before you, I have already given to you. Go on My Child, and possess the land.
Lay hold on your inheritance. Do not be afraid, you are not going alone, I, even I your God, is with you.
I AM with you to help you all the way.
I AM establishing My Covenant upon you, and no one can stop what I do for you.
I say to you My Child, arise, gladden yourself, rejoice, for you are now going forward!”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.