The Seventh Day Sabbath
Written by arkwriter   
Sunday, 14 June 2009 22:01
                                BASIC  CHRISTIAN  TRUTHS 


The Sabbath was established by God after the Creation. He rested, blessed and sanctified the Seventh Day (Gen. 2:1-3). The Sabbath Day is not any one of the seven days of the week, but it is specifically the Seventh Day - Saturday. God pointed out exactly which is the Seventh-Day Sabbath (Ex. 16:23-30). He knows that people will forget the Sabbath, therefore He reminds His people in the Fourth Commandment, "Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy . . ." (Ex. 20:8-11). After the LORD's death and burial the disciples "rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment" (Lk. 23:56).

The Lord Jesus Christ kept the Seventh-Day Sabbath throughout His life on earth (Lk. 4:16, 31).  Anticipating the Roman invasion in A.D.70, He commanded His disciples to "pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath" (Mt. 24:20). This proves the early Christians had kept the Sabbath. 

  On the Sabbath Day the apostle Paul and his fellow-workers usually worshiped in the synagogue (Acts 13:14; 17:2). Paul preached to the Jews and also to the Gentiles on the Sabbath Day (Acts 13:42-44; 18:4). In cities where there were no Jews nor synagogues Paul and his friends continued to worship God on the Sabbath Day (Acts 16:11-13). It is clear the early Apostolic Church was keeping the Seventh-Day Sabbath.

  The teaching that the Sabbath is given only to the Jews is a serious error. Our LORD said,
"The Sabbath was made for man" (Mk. 2:27). "The people of God", meaning Christians, must keep the Sabbath (Heb. 4:9). Only those who obey God's commandment to observe the Seventh-Day Sabbath will have the future "rest" in heaven (Heb. 4:1-11; Rev. 22:14). 

  Although the Seventh Day remains the same but observance of the Sabbath is no longer under the law (Rom. 6:14). Our LORD taught that, under grace, the Sabbath should be devoted to worshipping the One True God and doing good works for mankind (Jn. 7:23; Mt. 12:1-13; Mk. 3:4). We honor Jesus Christ who is "also LORD of the Sabbath." (Mk. 2:28)

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