Saturday Worship…Sunday Worship…Does it matter to your Salvation?

Posted: May 18, 2010 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, From Adventism to Christ, The Bible

This post is long…read 10 page Word document long but there is a LOT to cover and wanted to give everything full coverage.

I’d also like to apoligize for not posting recently the servers were down at the library.

Sabbath…Sunday…What Does it Matter? And does it matter to your salvation?

 This article is very personal and it came from a conversation with some wonderful Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) friends of mine last Friday night after The Grove, the Friday Night service. As usual my terminology did not make sense to them, just as their terminology would confuse (and often does lead both sides to) misunderstand each other. I’ll freely admit that I got angry and flustered simply because while we use the same words to describe certain beliefs, the beliefs behind those words are so very different. So that is why I walked away last night, because the frustration of not reaching each other made continuing the conversation pointless and would simply led to further frustration.

Because of that confusion as I walked home I was led by The Holy Spirit to write the following article. It took two sessions (the first from midnight to 3 am) and a total of 5 and a-half hours to bring it to completion in this form. It is my hope that this article will make things much clearer to both my SDA friends and others who visit this site as to the difference between Sabbath and The Lord’s Day (Sunday) and why mainline Christianity meets on Sunday.

I also hope this article clears up any lingering questions that people have over what saves them, and what seals them. It is my prayer through Christ that this article will bring a clearer understanding of just what the Bible has to say about these subjects.

 A further word of warning this is a heavy study and long post with a LOT of Bible quotes along the way to help make things clear. That said I wanted to cover the topic exhaustively and I want to state right at the outset that I believe that God does call us to go to Church to study the word with other believers. It is simply a question of:

 1)      Which day is the correct day for you personally to worship on?

2)      What are the differences between the Sabbath and The Lord’s Day (Sunday)?

3)      Is going to church on a certain day what gives you Salvation?

4)      If not…what does?

 

The Sabbath

 The Sabbath is first noted as a rest after creating.

 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Gen 2:3 (NASB)

“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

Ex 20:11 (NASB)

“It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”

Ex 31:17 (NASB)

The blessing and sanctifying of the seventh day do have regard to the Sabbath. The Sabbath was to be kept by the people of ISRAEL once it was instituted; yet just because resting is mentioned at the end of the creation week in Genesis doesn’t mean that Sabbath was instituted there.

The first time we can say it WAS instituted was by Moses in Exodus 16: 23-29:

 then he said to them, “This is what the Lord meant : Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.”24 So they put it aside until morning, as Moses had ordered, and it did not become foul nor was there any worm in it.25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field.26 “Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the sabbath, there will be none .”27 It came about on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, but they found none.28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My instructions ?29 “See, the Lord has given you the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.”

Ex 16:23-29 (NASB)

Once again it is given to and meant to be kept by the children of ISRAEL. Not long after this of course it was written down as the fourth commandment. The Sabbath was meant as a way to keep the Nation of Israel bound together and to keep them separate from everyone else.

Two reasons are set down for ISRAEL to observe the seventh day.

1)      God’s resting on the Seventh Day of Creation.

2)      And ISRAEL’S being rescued from Slavery in Egypt by the outstretched arm of God.

‘You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.

Deut 5:15 (NASB)

The Sabbath is for ISRAEL to be kept through all future generations as a perpetual sign between the Nation of ISRAEL and Jehovah forever.

Sabbath Observance

Sabbath was observed in the following manner:

1)      No labor/working: This included, no kindling of fire for cooking which is outright forbidden. Gathering wood was a transgression. No burden bearing or travel (further narrowed to a Sabbath Day’s journey 2,000 paces). Not trading, in fact they would even close the city gates.

2)      A Holy Assembly: The doubling of the daily offering by two lambs of the first year with the meat and drink offerings that went along with them hand in hand.

 The reason that practically everything stopped was so that the nation of ISRAEL could come together was to draw themselves together spiritually, to worship with Jehovah with all of their body, spirit and soul.

REWARD

“Also I gave them My sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them

Ezek 20:12 (NASB)

As can be seen above it was supposed to be a Sign between Jehovah and ISRAEL of the eventual eternal rest that would be shared when all things were complete.

TYPOLOGY

The Sabbath commemorates God’s creation rest. It marks a finished creation. After Sinai it was a day of legal obligation. —New Unger’s Bible Dictionary

 However in the New Testament: Sunday- The Lord’s Day

The Sabbath is mentioned often in the book of Acts in connection with the Jews yet in the rest of the New Testament it occurs TWICE.

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day[

Col 2:16 (NASB)

For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “and God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;5 and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.”

Heb 4:4-5 (NASB)

Both of these texts have to do with a new Rest in Christ that’s now available to us. A new rest In Christ that we can now freely enter into.

10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

Heb 4:10 (NASB)

In other words once we accept Christ we Rest for since Christ died for us, and took our sins upon Him we entered into His rest.

In Contrast to the 1st Day of the Week (The Lord’s Day/Sunday)

As the Sabbath commemorates God’s creation rest, the first day speaks of Christ’s resurrection. The seventh day marks God’s creative rest. On the first day Christ was unceasingly active. The seventh day commemorates a finished creation, the first day a finished redemption. —New Unger’s Bible Dictionary

Sunday (The Lord’s Day)

Sunday is the first day of the week, adopted by the first Christians from the Roman calendar (Lat. Dies Solis, Day of the Sun), because it was dedicated to the worship of the sun. The Christians reinterpreted the heathen name as implying the “Sun of Righteousness,” with reference to this rising (Malachi 4:2).

 2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.

Mal 4:2 (NASB)

Sunday was also called Dies Panis (Day of Bread), because it was an early custom to break bread on that day. In The Teaching of the Twelve it is called the “Lord’s Day of the Lord” (Kuriaken de Kuriou).

Jewish Christians for a short time continued to go to the Synagogue and temple services. However it wasn’t long at all before the “first day of the week” took the place of the Jewish Sabbath as the regular time of public worship at many of the churches of Jewish Christians.

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.

Acts 20:7 (NASB)

2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

1 Cor 16:2 (NASB)

The main reasons were that Jesus Rose from the Dead on Sunday assuring our Redemption, a lot of His (Post Resurrection) appearances to His disciples occurred on Sunday, and it was on a Sunday at Pentecost that the Holy Spirit was poured out.

Once the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem stopped the sacrifices at the Temple by making such services impossible, Sunday became the recognized day of assembly for fellowship and celebration of The Lord’s Supper.

It should be noted that the Gentile Christians (everyone other than the Jews) kept only The Lord’s Day from its institution. In other words All Christians (bar the Jews) worshipped on Sunday from the moment they became Christian.

No one ever commanded Gentile Christians to worship on the Saturday Sabbath, in fact when the question arose of what rules the Gentile Christians should follow the book of Acts describes the decision of the council of Leaders at the Jerusalem Church.

28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

Acts 15:28-29 (NASB)

In other words at this perfect and pivotal time, a time when it would have been preferable for the Apostles and Elders in Jerusalem to make corrections and get people “back on track” if they were “off-track”; there is no correction made about their day of worship whatsoever.

The Gentile Christians were told to keep on worshiping as they were (on Sunday) and to follow these essential rules.

1)      Don’t partake of things sacrificed to idols.

2)      From blood.

3)      From things strangled.

4)      From fornication.

That’s it, no begging that they stop worship on Sunday, because there was no need to.

Paul addressed the idea of a Day of Worship in Romans:

5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.

Romans 14:5-6 (NASB)

The Gentile Believer was born into Christ. “A New Creation”. He or She met on Sunday in a Church setting to break bread with other believers but they could hold EVERY DAY alike. In other words if you wanted to worship on Monday, or Wednesday or even Saturday you could. In this day and age many Christians worship their rest in Christ on more than one day a week, and some worship Him personally on EVERY DAY!

Three years later when he wrote to the Church at Collosae he addressed the Day of Worship again:

 16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day —17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

Col 2:16-17 (NASB)

Once again no one is to judge you about the day you worship on, these things, including the Sabbath day, are mere shadows. Who are the shadows pointed towards, Christ, and Christ is the substance or fulfillment.

In fact the fifteen verses before that make things abundantly clear here are Colossians 2:1-15:

1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face,2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself,3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.4 I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.5 For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,10 and in Him you have been made complete , and He is the head over all rule and authority;11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him .

Col 2:1-15 (NASB) (Bold emphasis mine)

In his letter to the Magnesians, Ignatius evidently addressed a church of mixed character, since he spoke of some “who were brought up in the ancient order of things,” who “have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s Day,” etc.

As a Gentile Christian and Former SDA

I know that I am a Gentile. I’m British, through and through therefore there is no chance that I’m Jewish or an Israelite. For the majority of my life I was attending an SDA Church, a church that looks back to the Law instead of forwards to true Grace. There was always something that seemed really wrong about that and it took me a LONG time to study my way out of SDAism and into a Restful Relationship with Christ.

GRACE through FAITH, not worshiping on a day, saves me. Since my re-baptism and the indwelling of the HOLY SPIRIT in me I have experienced such regeneration. Through HIS SPIRIT worshiping with MY SPIRIT, I have found my REST, my ETERNAL REST in HIM. And it gives me such peace, there is nothing like having assurance, and there is nothing like living a SPIRIT led life.

1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Romans 8:1-2 (NASB) (Emphasis Mine)

To SDA’s and others that seems like a license to Sin, but it is not, since the Holy Spirit lives IN ME, in ANY CHRISTIAN for that matter, you should if you have truly given your life over to God be drawn to do as the HOLY SPIRIT AKA GOD would have you to do. It’s not easy or overnight but I’ve seen a rather substantial transformation for the better since being filled with the HOLY SPIRIT. Of course God doesn’t do a SIN NATURE-ECTOMY, you will still SIN alarmingly often, but rather than feeling indifferent to that sin you will feel disgusted by it. Of course it should be noted that the only time you will ever stop sinning and get that SIN NATURE-ECTOMY is when you get to Heaven.

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God,22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge

2 Cor 1:21-22 (NASB)

It is incredible that GOD established YOU and ME in Christ, and he sealed us and gave us the HOLY SPIRIT in out hearts as a pledge!

In Him , you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed , you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory

Eph 1:13-14 (NASB)

How amazing it is to be sealed in Christ with the HOLY SPIRIT, who is our pledge to our Heavenly Inheritance. Sealed and redeemed as God’s own possession.

15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

Romans 8:15-17 (NASB)

Through the Holy Spirit WE have been ADOPTED into the family of GOD! We are His children! And His heirs with Christ! God The Holy Spirit testifies with OUR SPIRIT that we are HIS CHILDREN! We go through life pointing to Him, and we suffer with Him from, if nothing else slander and ridicule knowing that in the end we will be glorified with HIM!

I bring all of this up because we are Justified in the eyes of GOD through His Son Jesus Christ.

In the title of my post I asked what does it matter, the answer is it does not matter. The day you go to church on does not determine your Salvation.

However through this long post it should be noted that The Sabbath was for Israel as a reminder of God rescuing them out of Egypt. The Day of the Lord is kept by Jewish Christians and Gentiles (Myself) as a reminder of the Resurrection, and the complete covering that Jesus sacrifice provides.

To go back to the 5 questions at the head of the article:

5)      Which day is the correct day for you personally to worship on?

If you are an Israelite/Jew than the Sabbath is yours to worship, if however you are a Gentile or (a Jew that places their trust in Christ) then we worship His Resurrection on the Lord’s Day (Sunday).

6)      What are the differences between the Sabbath and The Lord’s Day (Sunday)?

The Sabbath was set a memorial of resting after a finished creation, it became a commandment for Israel and was and is kept as both a reminder of Rest and of God rescuing them out of Egypt.

The Lord’s Day was kept by Gentiles and believing Jews as a reminder of God’s Resurrection. His complete atoning sacrifice for our sins, our complete rescue from the World. It is now kept by the Christian Church, the body of Christ, worldwide to remind us of Calvary and His Rising again. How we were crucified to Him, our sins hung on the cross with Him and how through accepting that gift “Our sins are cast out as far away as the east is from the west”.

7)      Is going to church on a certain day what gives you Salvation?

No going to Church on a certain day is NOT what gives you Salvation.

8)      If not…what does?

When you turn to Jesus and personally repent of your sins asking Him to forgive you; believing in FAITH that He died on the cross to take your place, then the GRACE of GOD through that FAITH SAVES YOU. He then sends HIMSELF in the form of THE HOLY SPIRIT to indwell in you and begins a process called REGENERATION that will SEAL you as an ADOPTED CHILD of GOD and guarantee YOU a place IN HEAVEN for ETERNITY.

Now that I’ve put forth what I truly and sincerely believe as led by the Holy Spirit, my Declaration of Independence IN CHRIST if you will; I hope you now more clearly understand the differences and more than that I hope you can understand why I’m so happy and certain in my faith.

In closing I suppose I have a few more questions; if you claim to be Christian and saved by Grace through Faith then why are you worshiping as if you are still under a law made for the Israelites?

And for that matter if all of the temple worship was a shadow pointing towards Christ’s complete sacrifice on the cross (which I certainly believe it was) then hasn’t Jesus always wanted an all the time, every day relationship with Him? (Which I certainly believe he has.)

And if that is so isn’t that EXACTLY what we enter when we accept his forgiveness, by GRACE through FAITH, and are then SEALED by the HOLY SPIRIT? (Which I certainly believe it is.)

Let’s discuss.

In Christ (Every Day),

Ross

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  1. Nes says:

    God’s Word has a lot to say to those who are willing to be corrected. The people to be the most pitied are those who have closed minds. They will resist any information that varies from their personal views. Their minds are made up, and they don’t want to be bothered by the facts. This is especially true concerning the subject of the Sabbath.
    Multitudes have inherited opinions about the day to be observed weekly, and they find it very difficult to look objectively at any other viewpoint. Many of them know that one of the Ten Commandments requires the keeping of the seventh day of the week. They also know that the seventh day is Saturday. Yet they tenaciously follow the tradition of observing a different day from the one God commanded. They worship on Sunday, the first day of the week, for which there is no biblical command.
    Why do they do it? Most Sunday keepers have simply accepted the practice of the religious majority in the community where they were raised; assuming that it has to be right because so many are doing it. Is this a safe assumption? Has the majority usually been right in religious matters?
    The Bible clearly answers these questions in the negative. Every available source of information reveals that in religious matters, at least, the majority has always been wrong. Jesus Himself said, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26). Only eight people went into the ark to be saved from the flood. Christ taught that only a comparable few would be saved at the end of the world. Said He, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13, 14).
    It is very true that the great majority of Christians today, including many famous evangelists and theologians, are keeping Sunday instead of the seventh-day Sabbath. That fact alone should not over impress anyone.Taken by itself, in the light of Christ’s words, it should raise a flag of warning. Truth has never been popular with the masses. And those in the majority today, as in all past ages, are not really looking for truth as much as they are looking for a smooth, easy, comfortable religion that will allow them to live as they want to live.
    What, then, should be the test of the Sabbath truth? Just one thing, and one thing only—the Word of God. Unfortunately, millions have never studied the Bible for themselves on this subject. I propose that we test the Sunday-keeping practice of this majority group and find out if it is correct. If it is biblical, then all of us should accept it and faithfully keep every Sunday. If the Scriptures do not support it, then we should diligently search the Word until we find the day that our Lord has endorsed for us to keep.
    The most honest way I know to approach this subject is to take a look at absolutely everything that the Bible says about the first day of the week. There are only eight texts in the New Testament that refer to Sunday, and by carefully studying these verses we can be certain that all the evidence for consideration is before us. If there is any biblical authority for keeping the first day of the week, it will have to be found in one of these verses.
    Are we willing to face the consequences of this kind of exhaustive study? Here is where our prejudice will be tested! Can we open our minds completely to whatever this objective search reveals? These are not trick questions. Personally, I do not care which day is found to be the Sabbath. If the Bible teaches it, I will gladly keep Monday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday. Long ago, I decided to be a Christian and to follow the Word of God wherever it would lead, regardless of my feelings. It makes no difference to me which day I keep holy, as long as it is the one commanded in the Bible! I hope you feel the same way as we begin our examination of every single reference in the New Testament that mentions the first day of the week.

    Let’s begin with the first Gospel. Matthew writes, “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre” (Matthew 28:1). Here we have some very interesting proof that the Sabbath could not possibly be the first day of the week. According to this recordthe Sabbath was ending when the first day was beginning. They are two successive days. Based on Scripture no one could truthfully call Sunday the Sabbath. It would be both confusing and unbiblical.
    The substance of Matthew’s testimony is simply that the women came at dawn on the day following the Sabbath and found that Jesus was already risen. This harmonizes perfectly with the next Gospel, which adds a few more details. Notice that Mark equates the dawn with “the rising of the sun.” He wrote, “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepul­chre?” (Mark 16:1–3).
    These parallel Gospel accounts clear up a common misconception that has arisen over the meaning of Matthew’s words “as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week.” Some have interpreted this to be just before sundown on Saturday evening. Since the Hebrew reckoning would establish the end of the Sabbath at sunset, they assume that the women came just before the first day was ushered in at sundown.
    Here we see the value of comparing text with text. Mark’s words make it impossible to hold the view that the women came Saturday night and found the tomb empty. He lists the very same women as coming at sunrise Sunday morning, but they were asking the question, “Who shall roll us away the stone?” Obviously, if they had been there the night before and discovered an empty tomb, they would have known that the stone was already removed from the door. Thus, we can understand clearly that Matthew’s “dawn” is referring to the early morning visit at sunrise on Sunday morning.
    The third New Testament reference to the first day is a simple narrative statement in Mark 16:9, “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Little comment is needed here, because the verse is only repeating the same story of the resurrection early on Sunday morning. The important thing to note is that nothing is said in any of these texts about the first day of the week being holy. There is no intimation of anyone observing the day in honor of the resurrection.

    Chapter Four

    • rossbondreturns says:

      You will notice that I don’t get rid of responses that differ from my opinion, or for the Christian church as a whole just because I don’t agree with them. HOwever the Church and Gentile Christians did meet to Break Bread and Commune on the First day of the week starting very shortly after Jesus Death and Ressurection (Acts 20:7 is one of those places). This was done to commemorate the completion of God’s work through His Son Jesus to bring us into a new life with Him.

      Also, Paul, through the God Breathed insiration of the Holy Spirit said two things concerning the day of worship.

      1: In Romans 14:5 Paul states: “One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every one alike. Let each be convinced in his own mind.

      In other words You might hold the Saturday as esteemed…and I might hold Sunday to be esteemed, as long as we are convinced of our beliefs than we are just fine in Christ’s eyes since we are setting a day aside for Christ. Since I have been indwelled by the Holy Spirit, my body is a Temple of the Lord after all, I actually take the time to set apart each DAY for the Lord. In other words I give each day to the Lord to serve Him as I will. I think that’s of key importance, if you are a Christian you are a servant to what and where Christ leads you to be.

      2: In Colossions 2: 15-17 It says: 16Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day–

      17things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. (NASB)

      We are not to Judge anyone according to what day they choose to celebrate Sabbath on, if you feel I was in this post I’d agree to disagree. However right here it states that Sabbath Day’s and festivals and the rest were all things that were a shadow pointing towards Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ fulfilled all things when He died on the Cross. He even put a new law in our hearts because the old law was pointing towards a salvation only His death could offer.

      Therefore, when I was baptized into Christ, my Sins were cast away as far as the east is from the west. And since the Lord is the Lord of the Sabbath, and He fulfilled the Sahdow that was the Sabbath Day…in other words when I died in Christ, I entered into my Eternal Sabbath Rest.

      I find it a much more rewarding Christian walk now that I am resting in Christ than when I was worried about even one unconfessed Sin.

      I hope you too can find that Sabbath Rest.

      In Christ,

      Ross

  2. Nes says:

    In 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2, Paul wrote: “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come … whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.”
    Please carefully notice what the apostle said, and what he did not say. Many have assumed that a religious meeting was held and a collection plate passed. This is not the case. Paul was writing special appeals to the churches in Asia Minor, because many of the Christians in Jerusalem were suffering greatly for lack of food and daily necessities. Paul asked the church at Corinth to gather food, clothing, etc., and store it up at home until he could send men to transport it to Jerusalem. The expression “lay by him in store” in the original Greek gives the clear connotation of putting aside at home. Even Sunday advocates agree to this.
    There was no service held on the first day of the week. The gathering up and storing was to be done on that day. Why did Paul suggest that this work be done on Sunday, and what was involved in getting it done?
    First, the letter would have been shared with the church on the Sabbath when they were all gathered for worship. The first opportunity to do the work would be the next day—the first day of the week. Keep in mind that there was an apparent food shortage in Jerusalem, and the need was not primarily for money. Such famine conditions were not unusual in areas of the Middle East, as Luke reminds us in Acts 11:28–30.
    The church in Rome gives a clue as to the special needs of those suffering Christians. “But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain” (Romans 15:25–28).
    Here the apostle touches a tender spot in his eloquent appeal. The Roman Christians owed a great debt of gratitude to the mother church in Jerusalem that had sent teachers to evangelize them. Paul urges them to return carnal, or material, gifts in appreciation of the spiritual truths received from them. What kind of gifts did Paul have in mind? It is very interesting that he describes it as sealing to them “this fruit.” The Greek word used here is “karpos,” which is the universal term used for literal fruit. It can also have the connotation of “fruits of one’s labor.”
    This throws light on Paul’s counsel to the Corinthian Christians to do their work on the first day of the week, “so that there be no gatherings when I come.” Such work as gathering and storing up produce from garden and field would certainly not be appropriate on Sabbath. In these verses, Sunday is identified once again as a day for secular activities and gives no indication of religious observance

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