The holiness which we are to express is supposed to spring forth from the finished work of Christ, it starts from the place of Rest, the Sabbath. Just as the Old Testament people lived and practice the life of the Old Testament in the Promised Land, the New Covenant people ought to exist and practice the life of the New Covenant in the Sabbath.
"So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality." (Col 2:6-7).
“If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.” (Heb 9:26).
“And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin.” (1John 3:5-6).
Christ is the reality of the Sabbath; his finished work is the Sabbath. Jesus came to give us rest from the struggle with sin; he won victory over sin, removed sin once and for all, and gave us rest. In Christ there is no sin, it is not possible to sin in Christ, and all those who abide in him enjoy rest from the struggle with sin. All that religious people have ever known is the struggle with sin; they are always struggling to do the right thing, struggling to obey the law and not commit sin, and it is how they know to live. These people never know rest, it is alien to them. Sin to them is this very big thing that you have to keep struggling with; they simply cannot conceive the idea of rest from the struggle with sin. This Sabbath is what Jesus came to give, through his death and resurrection he established the Land of Sabbath and called us to dwell in this land.
"And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest... So let us labor to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall." (Heb 3:16-19;4:10).
Although in the spirit we are already in this Sabbath yet we must labor to experience it in the flesh and in our everyday life. Unbelief and laziness are the things that will prevent us from entering into the Land of Sabbath. Just as the Israelites saw how huge the men of the land of Canaan were and they began to doubt if God’s word is true when He said He would give them the land, so also have many Christians look at sin and it stronghold, and then they begin to doubt if God actually knows what he is saying when He said Jesus died to set us free from sin and now the sons of God cannot sin (John 3:19).
Yes, we doubt if it is possible to live above sin, to come to a place where you are finally resting from the struggle with sin. This doubt has made them settle in the wilderness, refusing to press into the land of Sabbath. Many have died in the wilderness without ever experiencing rest from the struggle with sin, they never knew Sabbath. In fact this Sabbath has become alien to us because most of us have chosen to remain in the wilderness; we have lived in the wilderness for so long that we have forgotten of the existence of Sabbath.
We have chosen to dwell in unbelief and we continue to spread this unbelief, teaching it to our children. Now, generation after generation do not know Sabbath, it has become a forgotten city, a myth. Yes, when we talk about this land we speak of it has a myth, nobody truly believe it. It sound goods to the ear, but our logic tells us it is not possible, it is nothing but a myth. We see these scriptures in the bible, and we nod our heads in agreement to it, but we do not believe it, we have refuse to believe it, it’s just doesn’t make sense to us, the Land of Sabbath has become forgotten, it is nothing but a myth.
This is an excerpt from my book, "Victory Over Sin"