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The New Testament Sabbath Day

by Tony Warren
(permission granted, see end of article)

    There are some religious groups in our day which spend a considerable amount of time insisting that the Christian Church should observe the old testament seventh day Sabbath (saturday). As a result there are many Christians who are somewhat confused about why we don't worship on Saturday anymore. These dear Christians are not so much dissuaded by those questioning Sunday worship, as they are seeking the biblical rationale for having the day of rest (Sabbath) changed to Sunday. They simply want to know, "why is there a New Testament Sabbath?" It's a very good question.

There are two important things to consider here. Number one, the Sabbath was given to Israel as the 'sign' of an everlasting Covenant between God and His people in remembrance that it was God who sanctified them (Exodus 31:13-16), and because they should remember God's work in bringing them out of the bondage of Egypt (Deuteronomy 5:13-15). And number two, it was instituted as a day of rest from their labours (Exodus 31:17), coinciding with and commemorating God's rest from His. It was to be observed on the seventh day (saturday), and was to be a Holy day wherein their work would cease.

Ultimately, there is no new testament Sabbath anymore than there is a new testament passover feast. The passover feast continues in the observance of the Lord's supper, and likewise the Sabbath continues in the Lord's day (Sunday).

Luke 6:4-5

  • "How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
  • And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."
The disciples could work on the Sabbath in the cornfield because Christ as high Priest and Lord of the Sabbath fulfilled the law for them. He is the Sabbath wherein they would find rest from the works of the law. For all of the old testament signs and ceremonial laws and ordinances were fulfilled (completed) in Christ at the cross. They were simply 'types' of the actual things which were to come. The Holy canon speaks of them as a [skia], meaning that they were merely shadows or the prefiguring of the reality which was to come. The problem for many Bible students in our day is that they do not fully understand these shadows or types that are used in the scriptures, nor their relationship to Bible prophecy. But God used them as signs (significations) of what was coming. In this way the seventh day Sabbath was a sign or 'token' of the rest from our labors that we would have in Christ.

As a practical example, have you ever been out at night when there is not much light, yet because there is a little directed light, you see the shadow of a man or a car approaching before you see the actual man or car? That shadow that you see ahead of time gives you a idea of what is coming. By it's shadowy form, you can generally tell whether it is a car, a dog, or a man. But it's not the real, or the true thing, just a shadow or prefiguring of the true. It gives you a preview of what is coming. And when the true thing comes, it is much more defined and understandable than the shadow was. That may be an imperfect analogy, but in the same way, God used His directed light of scripture to show the Saints shadows of things that were to come. These are spoken of as signs or tokens. They are the 'types or figures' of the true thing that God had in view from the very beginning. The types forecast things which were to come in God's plan of Salvation. And in this way the Sabbath was a sign of the coming of Christ, our Rest wherein we would cease from our labours. He was the true or the fulfilment of that seventh day Sabbath sign. It is only in Him that any of us would see rest.

We see the same principle when the old testament law commanded that the sacrifice of the passover Lamb was to be kept forever. That was not the real or true, it was the shadow of the true sacrifice Lamb that was to come. Only in Christ would this law be kept forever. By using these old testament laws, God was using shadows and types to illustrate future prophesy. So when Christ came, the law was fulfilled. When the prophecy of the sacrifice passover Lamb was fulfilled, then the practice of observing the shadow (sign of sacrificing a literal lamb) was over. The everlasting law wasn't done away with, it was completed or 'come to fruition' in Christ.

Matthew 5:17

  • "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil".

The law was completed or fulfilled. This is what so many theologians do not understand. Christ didn't do away with the old testament laws, He was that to which those laws pointed. He is the fruition of them.

Luke 24:44

  • "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."
Christ fulfilled these old covenant laws which pointed to Him. We now celebrate Christ (the passover Lamb) by the communion service in remembrance of his broken body. In other words, we now recognize that the law of Moses in actual sacrificing of an animal, was merely an old testament 'sign' pointing to the real sacrifice of his body. And with the coming of the real, our eyes are upon it and not any longer upon the 'sign' looking forward to it. We are now looking backward. i.e., the old testament law of the 'passover sacrifice' looked forward to the broken body of Christ, the 'communion service' looks back at the broken body of Christ. The method of observance has changed, but the observance has not. In Christ, we keep the law of the passover forever. The blood of the passover lamb in the true, shed once, and for all.

Likewise the law of the Gifts, the Temple, the Scapegoat, the Altar, the High Priest, the Sabbath, the Atonement, etc., they were all mere shadows of the true. They were not the true, but a shadow thereof. We can see this illustrated in the book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 8:2-5

  • A Minister of the Sanctuary, and of the True Tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man.
  • For every High Priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
  • For if He were on earth, He should not be a Priest, seeing that there are Priests that offer gifts according to the law:
  • Who serve unto the Example and a Shadow of heavenly things."
Hebrews 10:1-2
  • "for the LAW having a Shadow of good things to come, and not the
  • Very Image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect."
You see, they were all a [skia] or shadow of things to come, and not the true or the real thing in view. Yes, they were God's laws that stand forever, but only in Christ can anyone keep them according to what was/is required. These passages in the book of Hebrews reveals to us just how the various signs and ceremonial laws of the old testament system of worship merely reflected a greater spiritual (and yet actual) fulfillment or completion under Christ.

This also held true for the law of the Sabbath fulfilled in Christ Jesus. And through 'Him alone' there is yet a greater and complete Rest (Sabbath) which awaits the Church. At the end of the age, we receive the consummation of that rest which we have already received in Christ Jesus.

These things can be intellectually discerned, but the real truth of them is spiritually discerned. The literal Temple was a shadow of Christ, the true Temple and the veil of the Temple a shadow of His flesh (Hebrews 9:3; 10:20), the High Priests were a shadow of Christ our High Priest who makes intercession for us, the sacrifice Lamb was a shadow that Christ was the true sacrifice Lamb, the lamps were a shadow that Christ was the light of the world, the Passover a shadow that the judgment of God will pass over us as it did the children of Israel, The feast of firstfruits (Pentecost) a shadow that He is our Firstfruits, and the seventh day Sabbath a shadow of Christ, who is our Rest wherein we do no work (Salvation by Grace) to obtain favor of God. They all were looking forward to the true or real that came with Christ.

It is thus important to understand that this seventh day was fulfilled in Christ in that the works that He 'finished' for us, is what allows us to enter into that Sabbath or Rest. Old things are become new so that in new testament dispensation, the old signs and laws in Christ were completed. With the new Temple the old by law is to be observed no longer. The new is observed in Christ. With the new Passover feast (The Lord's Supper) the old is to be observed by law no longer. With a new High Priest, the old is to be observed by law no longer. With a new sign of Salvation (baptism) the old (of circumcision) is to be observed by law no longer. And with a new Sabbath day (Not a new Sabbath), the old testament day is to be observed by law no longer. We observe it faithfully (as all the old testament everlasting commands of the law) in Christ. And stated, God indeed told us plainly from the start that it was a 'sign' or signification.

Exodus 31:13

  • "Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you."
It was a sign or signification between God's children and Him that they know they are sanctified or made Holy by God. Again, something which can only happen in Christ as they are delivered from the bondage of sin.

Colossians 1:22

  • "In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:"
The sign of the sabbath was that they should remember that it was the Lord that made them Holy, they were not Holy of themselves. Likewise in Deuteronomy God says the sign was so that they would remember God's work in bringing them out of the bondage of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 5:15

  • "And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day."
All this is related to the finished work of Christ on the cross, which the seventh day Sabbath prefigured. The deliverance from bondage to sin that we are set free from the law of works in the Rest of Christ.

But just as there are those theologians of the Church who don't want to give up the old Judaic beliefs in earthly kingdoms, rules, ceremonies, governments, temple, earthly city Jerusalem, or many of the other old testament 'types' which pointed to Christ, so there are also those who don't want to give up the old testament seventh day Sabbath. They either don't understand, or are indoctrinated into believing that we should still be under bondage of old testament shadows. But Christ is our new testament Sabbath of Rest, and changing the day of observance is the same as changing the Passover observance to the Communion observance. It illustrates a move from the old covenant 'representing law' to the new covenant representing Grace (keeping the law in Christ).

When Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead as the Firstfruits on Sunday, this became the sign of the new testament Sabbath, the day of our resurrection or Rest in Christ. When His 'work' was completed, He rose from the dead our new Sabbath or Rest on this day. It became our new testament 'sign.' Just as God ended His work of creation (Genesis 2:2) and rested on Saturday in the beginning, so Christ ended His work of a new creation and we Rest in His resurrection on Sunday, the new testament day of Rest.

2nd Corinthians 5:17

  • "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
That word creature is [ktisis] creation, and this mirrors God's rest on the Sabbath in creation in the beginning. Again, not merely by coincidence. We no longer are to rest on the old testament Sabbath (which would put us under the old testament law), but the on the new testament Sabbath, illustrating our Sabbath (rest) from work is in Christ's resurrection. Not under law, but Grace.

Matthew 28:1

  • "In the end of the Sabbaths, as it began to dawn towards the First of the Sabbaths, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the Sepulchre."
It was the end of the old testament Sabbaths, and the dawning of the new testament Sabbaths. In the 'translation' of your Bible it may read first of the 'week' (an unfortunate translation) but the word there is Sabbaths [sabbaton] from the root Hebrew word [Sabbath]. In that verse of Matthew 28:1, the two words, one translated 'week' and the other 'Sabbath,' are the identical words, the plural of [sabbaton]. i.e., Sabbaths! We can understand why translators made this error, as it doesn't 'seem' correct to say, 'in the end of the Sabbaths (plural), as it began to dawn towards the first of the Sabbaths (plural).' But when we understand that it was speaking of an end to the old testament era of Sabbaths and the beginning (dawn) of a new testament era of Sabbaths, it makes perfect sense. We can readily understand (though not condone) why they decided to translate one sabbaton as week and the other identical sabbaton as Sabbath (singular), but in the Greek they both are the identical plural words Sabbaths. This is confirmed by Greek scholars, and there is nothing in the Greek text itself which would promote the translating these same two plural Greek words for sabbaths, differently here.

Unfortunately (as we all know), even translators make mistakes sometimes. We all have feet of clay, we're all finite humans. But marvelously, God has preserved the Greek from which the translations were made, so that we can check every translation and every new version of the Bible ourselves to 'test' it's accuracy. We can test any translation with the Greek and Hebrew from which it is taken, to make sure the translation is an accurate one.

So take careful note of the language of Matthew, and consider what is actually said there. This is not 'incidental' language for we know that God inspired every single Word of Holy canon. As the old adage goes,

"God knows what He is doing, even when we do not!"

It says that at the end, or at the close of the Sabbaths, as it began to dawn towards the FIRST of the Sabbaths. ..Think about that. Why would God say the end of the Sabbaths, as it dawns toward the FIRST of the Sabbaths? Has God ever used this type language before? The answer is No. Has God ever said at the end of one weeks as it began to dawn towards the first of another weeks? ..Again, no, never! Because never before had Christ been crucified, completed His work on the cross, and risen the 'dawn' of a new DAY wherein we have our Rest (sabbath) from our work. This is the 'Lord's Day' a new testament Sabbath of rest for us. That's why God says at the end of the Sabbaths, as it began to dawn towards the first of the Sabbaths. It's because one era of Sabbaths (7th day) representing the old testament law is ending, and another (8th day, Sunday) is the "FIRST" of the dawn of another era of Sabbaths representing the new testament rest in Christ, which the old only prefigured. The ending of the old, and the beginning of the new. Not a new Sabbath, but the completion or fulfillment of the sign of the old. God's Word isn't made up of incidental or coincidental language, it's all divinely inspired, God breathed, and deliberate.

We can see this exact same teaching about the Sabbath in the description of Mary Magdalene going to the sepulchre Sunday morning.

Mark 16:1-2

  • "And when the Sabbath was Past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
  • and very early in the morning the first of the Sabbath, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Once again we see the language of one Sabbath being past (saturday), and they came to the tomb early in the morning of the FIRST of the Sabbaths (sunday). Very plain language that God is telling us of a new Sabbath day. Again, in your translation one of the words may read 'Week,' but both of the words are the 'identical' word Sabbaths [sabbaton]. God is alerting us that the old testament Sabbath is past, and with the resurrection of Christ, it's the start of the FIRST of the Sabbaths. What some theologians don't fully comprehend is that God knows what He is doing and has inspired to be said exactly what He wanted said. Every Word of God is deliberate, immutable, intentional, purposeful, and meaningful. Every jot and every tittle.

Mark 16:9

  • "Now when Jesus was risen early the first of the Sabbaths, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils".
With the rising of Christ came the end of the law (works) and began the FIRST of the new testament Sabbaths (Day of rest). And like all the ceremonial laws, with their fulfilment in Christ, they passed away in as far as observance in the old testament fashion. The passover ended, and the Lord's supper was the beginning of the new. As the sign of circumcision was ended, and baptism was the beginning of the new sign of Salvation. The time of the high priests ended, and Christ is now our more perfect High Priest to make intercession. God gives us these spiritual pictures to show us that these old testament ceremonies and types were [skia] or shadows of what has now come.

In fact, we can see this clearly as God deliberately links the seventh day Sabbath right along with the ceremonial laws that had ended with Christ.

..He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!

Colossians 2:16

  • "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, which are a Shadow of things to come: but the body is of Christ!"
Here God tells us very plainly and 'without ambiguity' that the old testament Sabbath was a [skia] or shadow that pointed to a greater Sabbath to come. All of those old testament laws of Moses like not eating unclean meats, the ceremonial laws of Holy days, the ceremonial laws of the new moons, and right along with these God puts the old testament Sabbath, and says it was merely a 'shadow.' And like all these other laws, it would have it's substance, efficacy, and fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ, the true it pictured. We are not to be judged by any of these, as the law of these are kept in Christ. We would no more go back to observe the seventh day Sabbath today as we would go back to the Passover, or observe the new moons, or continue the old testament laws of eating meats, or of going to Jerusalem three times a year (Feast of Tabernacles, Passover, Weeks). They were shadows of what has now come. Likewise, Christ is that Sabbath of Rest the children of God looked for, and it has come.

This is explained in Hebrews chapter four. I would suggest everyone very carefully read that chapter of Christ our Rest. His rising from the dead fulfills it and His coming again the consummation of it so that there still remains a Rest for us. When we work six days and rest on the seventh, we bear witness to the Sabbath cycle ordained by God. And God makes it clear that there is a greater rest which is being prepared for those who have Christ as their Sabbath. For it is not the law, but only Jesus who can give the gift of that Rest.

Matthew 11:28

  • "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you Rest".
In other words, it is only 'in Christ' that anyone would find Rest. This is the Rest that we labour to enter into. Although the works (labour) wherewith we enter into this rest was finished before the foundation of the world because it's efficacy reaches back into the Old Covenant, it's actual accomplishment was at the Cross.

Understand, this is why it was commanded that no work was to be done on the Sabbath day in the first place. It was to signify there is no work in the Sabbath (Rest) because our Sabbath or Rest is in Christ, who alone worked that we might enter in. We would never be able to enter into that Rest by our own works, and anyone who attempts it will fall short. That's what the law illustrated. That is why a man who picked up sticks on the Sabbath was killed (Num 15:32). Because it is a 'sign' that he violated the Rest wherein no man enters by his own work. Through belief in Christ we enter into that Rest, but it won't be 'fully realized' according to His divine schedule until His second coming. And an unbeliever shall never enter into that Sabbath of rest.

Hebrews 3:11

  • "So I Sware in My wrath, they shall not enter into my Rest."
It was unbelief that kept them out for the Sabbath Rest in view was Christ. Those old testament people there did not become Saved whereof they would have (by faith) been in Christ and able (because of His Work) to enter in. Because of unbelief, man was/is not able. Hebrews chapter four is indicative of this.

Hebrews 4:3-4

  • "For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, as I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the Works were finished from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).
  • for He spake in a certain place on the SEVENTH day on this wise, And God did Rest the seventh day from all His works.
Now that's about as clear as a magazine photograph. The seventh day Sabbath looked forward to Christ, the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world that our works are ended. By Grace we are Saved through the works of Him. He is the fulfillment of that Sabbath of rest. Old testament Saints could be Saved because the works were finished from the foundation of the world. In other words, the 'efficacy' of Christ's death and resurrection was upon them as well as us who come along afterward. They were Saved by Grace looking forward to the shed blood of Christ, just as we are likewise Saved by Grace looking backward to the shed Blood of Christ. His blood sacrifice effective looking either forward or backward. He was their Sabbath of Rest that the seventh day looked forward to. He is our Sabbath of Rest that the eighth day looks back to. In fact the old testament circumcision was on the eighth day to illustrate the true circumcision is in Christ's resurrection.

Luke 2:21

  • "And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb."
Acts 7:8
  • "And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs."
The circumcision on the eighth day (Sunday) to signify that the shedding of blood in the 'true' cutting off of the sins of the flesh of man would be in the resurrection of Christ. i.e., circumcision of the heart in our Sabbath of Rest, on the eighth day.

Christ is our consummation of the Rest where we are laboring to enter into at His second advent. When we leave this tabernacle of flesh, we will cease from our labors. But in the real sense, the works we do are the works Christ finished at the cross. As says scripture, He worketh within us to will and to do (1st Cor. 15:10). Because of His work, we labour to bring the gospel of Salvation that many might enter into that Sabbath of Rest.

Hebrews 4:9

  • "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 work, as God did His.
  • Let us labour therefore to enter into that Rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief".
And so we see that ultimately, while Christ is our Sabbath of Rest that the seventh day Sabbath was a shadow of, we labour in this world also to enter into that 'realized' Rest at Christ's second coming. It is the consummation of the inheritance which we have ALREADY received. There still remains a Rest for Christians and whoever receives that Rest which Christ promised will rest from his own work, just as God rested from his. Let us then (as scripture prompts), labour to enter into that Rest so that not one of us will fail as they (the Israelites under Moses) did because of their lack of faith (Heb 4:9-11). ALL Christians are given the gift of eternal life and of entering this rest of God. Where the works 'required' were completed from the foundation of the world in Christ. There is no work that we can do to enter into that Rest, for the works have been completed long ago.

And so this is why we do not any longer worship on the seventh day Sabbath. It was a sign, a part of the old testament ceremonial law which pointed to Christ, and as all the other ceremonial laws it was fulfilled in Christ. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath! Let no man judge you in regards to these 'as if' you should follow these laws still. We follow them by being in Christ who keeps the law perfectly for us.

Yet resign yourself to the fact that in this world, you will always have those who want to judge you about the seventh day Sabbath (contrary to scriptures). And when presented with the pertinent scriptures, they inevitably say things like, "..yes, but God commanded the Sabbath to be observed forever," or "..but it is the commandment of God." What they fail to understand is that all of scripture (not just the 10 commandments) is the commands of God, and that we indeed (truly) do observe them forever. ..in Christ! The same as we observe all the other ceremonial laws now in Christ. Curiously enough, if you ask them if they still keep the Passover, they will say of course not. Yet they arbitrarily and inconsistently seek to keep the Sabbath. However, the fact is, God commanded the Passover to be a statute kept forever also (Exodus 12:14), so why aren't they hitting the posts of their house with blood of a lamb? Do they keep the Candlesticks burning forever? Because God commanded it to be a statute kept forever also (Exodus 27:20-21). Do they keep the law of circumcision still? Because God commanded that be a law to be kept forever also (Leviticus 6:18). Or how about the feast of Tabernacles. God commanded that this feast be a statute kept forever also. Do they do that? Do they go to Jerusalem 3 times a year? Because that was a commanded for ever also.

Of course they don't keep any of these. And the reason is that they accept (and understand intellectually) that these were all fulfilled in Christ. He is our Passover Lamb whose blood keeps death away from our door. He is the light of the candlestick that burns forever. He is the one who has cut off our sin by circumcising the heart. He is the one who has brought us out of Egypt, and in whom we keep the Feast of Tabernacles. ..and He is our Sabbath of Rest in whom there is no work (By Grace we are Saved). Yes, they all are statutes forever, and true believers keep every last one of them. Not as they did on the old testament side (a shadow of the real), but by new testament observances. Christ has come and has not destroyed these laws, He has fulfilled them (Matthew 5:17). The real that cast the shadow is come, why would anyone still want to keep the shadow looking forward to Christ 'as if' He hadn't yet come? Israel keeps the old testament passover feasts and sabbaths, but we worship God in a new testament mode.

Moreover, we can also see the new testament keeping of the Sabbath in the Saints after the cross beginning to gather together to break bread and fellowship on Sunday, because this was the Lord's day for the new testament Church. Again, God's Word isn't coincidental or by mere chance, it is God breathed. The Church didn't start gathering together on Sunday just because it was a nice day. This was the divinely inspired passing of the old, and the institution of the new.

Acts 20:6-7

  • "And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.
  • And upon the first of the Sabbaths, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight."
Paul stayed seven days with them so that he could be there Sunday for Church when the disciples came together, had communion in breaking bread, and heard the gospel preached. It's not surprising that they would begin to meet on Sunday. Even though Paul for a time went to the Synagogues on the seventh day Sabbath and preached trying to persuade his brethren (the Jews who worshipped on that day) out of the scriptures that Messiah had come, they assembled (Churched) on Sunday. When the Jewish Sabbath day is mentioned after the cross, it is always mentioned (during that transitional period) in connection with the Jewish people and their worship in the temple or synagogues. The only other two places the word Sabbath is mentioned is in Colossians 2:16-17 (which we already went over). There scripture tells us we are free from judgment of observance of any old testament seventh day Sabbath. We are free from the law (Rom 6:14,15; 7:4; 10:4). The word translated 'rest' in Hebrews 4:9 is 'Sabbath or keeping of a Sabbath.' The Sabbath rest spoken of in this chapter is the Rest of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (vv. 3, 4, 9, 10) and the Realized end of that in eternal glory (v. 11). So we see that the old testament Sabbath is no longer a new testament observance. The Sabbath continues to be observed, but on Sunday, the dawn of a new day. As we've seen, the Church early on began to recognize this day as the new Sabbath day, and began assembling together on that day.

1st Corinthians 16:1-2

  • "Now concerning the collection for the Saints, as I have given order to the Churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
  • upon the first of the Sabbaths, let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gathering when I come."
Everything in scripture points to the resurrection of Christ on Sunday as the first of the Sabbaths, the Lord's Day. He is risen, He is Lord of the Sabbath, risen from the dead (and we together with Him) our works finished that we might enter into Rest. Paul requested the collection offering for the believers on Sunday because this was the usual day that believers gathered together (churched).

Those who insist on keeping the seventh day Sabbath claim they are following God's Word. But if they are correct, then their own words testify against them that they are 'not' really following God's Word. If they were, then they should also demand that all of the Sabbath breakers be executed, as per God's law (which they claim to be keeping).

Exodus 31:15

  • "Six days may work be done, but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, Holy unto the Lord: Whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, He shall surely be put to Death,
  • It is a Sign between Me and the children of Israel forever:.."
The law commanded to be kept forever. The very same law that requires the observance of the seventh day Sabbath, requires the death of those who violate the Sabbath. And God makes it clear it is a statute forever. If a person wants to live under sabbatical law, then he must be willing to put to death enyone who would break the Sabbath, just as God requires. Is there anyone claiming to be faithfully keeping the Sabbatical law who keeps the Sabbath as God instructed? Of course not. Not even the most strict seventh day Advocate observes such a Sabbath. The plain truth is, the only ones observing such a Sabbath is those who understand the forever keeping of the Sabbath is in Christ, and that violators will be judged by Christ. ..At the Last day! For all those not in Christ, are those 'Sabbath breakers' who have the sentence of death hanging over them. Those not under Grace. Those whose works they themselves must give account of.

But these things are spiritually discerned. The understanding of these things is brought to light by the holy Spirit of God through the careful study of His Word, not by the words of men.

May the Lord who is Gracious above all grant us the wisdom to discern His truth and to understand that He is our Sabbath of Rest, and that the old testament ceremonial laws were just a shadow of the real. By his Spirit alone will we comprehend that we should no more observe the seventh day Sabbath, even as we should no more observe the Passover. We must worship Him in Spirit and truth. We worship Him on Sunday the new testament Sabbath or rest we observe. In recognition of the 'work' which Christ accomplished for us, that we may Rest thereby.


Copyright 1996 Tony Warren
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