What is your view of the need to observe the Sabbath?

Some Christians are also putting us under fire about the Sabbath. That it is wrong to observe it on Sunday.

My response is in Green:

People get caught up with this because of their lack of biblical understanding. First let's look at when God instituted the Sabbath and what He had to say about it. (Exodus 31:16-17 NIV) [16] The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. [17] It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.

It was and is a lasting covenant between God and Israel. When the early church first started understanding that God's mercy extended to the Gentiles there was controversy; should these new believers be made to become Jews? Should they be commanded to be circumcised? What should they be commanded to do. Well the counsel of elders, Apostles and others met and discussed this very issue. Here is what they commanded the believers: (Acts 15:20 NIV) Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. Notice they said nothing about the Sabbath.

(Romans 14:5-8 NIV) [5] One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. [6] He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. [7] For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. [8] If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Whatever day a person celebrates or gives to the Lord is up to him.

(Colossians 2:16-17 NIV) [16] Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. [17] These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Again we are not to judge or allow ourselves to be judged by what days we honor God with.

Here are three more passages which show that the early church met on Sunday (the first day of the week): (John 20:19-20 NIV) [19] On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" [20] After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Jesus came to the disciples on Sunday. If He had disapproved of them meeting on Sunday, I think He would have told them and I don't think He would have honored their meeting by appearing to them.

(Acts 20:7 NIV) On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

(1 Corinthians 16:1-2 NIV) [1] Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. [2] On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

Of the ten commandments in the Old Testaments 9 of them are restated in varying ways in the New Testament for us to follow. Which one of the ten is not restated as a commandment to us? To keep the Sabbath. Now I do believe that we should honor God at least one day a week, but I don't think He cares which day it is. It is a matter of the heart not of the law.

People will try to claim that our salvation depends on our observing the Sabbath. If a person adds anything to the finished work of Christ on the cross they are preaching a different gospel. A gospel that cannot save anyone. Either we are saved by what Jesus did or we save ourselves by what we do. If we think we save ourselves then Jesus is of no use to us. This seems harsh, but it is repeated time and time again in the Scriptures. Now that is not to say we can live any way we want to after conversion, but it does mean that there is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation.

Ralph

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