|THE BIBLE TEACHES THE OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH!
day did Christ and the apostles observe? Which day did Paul teach gentile converts to
observe? How did the day become changed from the seventh to the first day of the week?
I Thessalonians 5:21 commands us to "Prove all things" . . . I ask you to
please read this booklet with an open mind. . . If you are already right, honest
investigation will but confirm it. If you are wrong, you should want to know it. We have been reared in a Sunday-observing world.
Naturally, we have taken Sunday-observances for granted. Naturally, the
idea of a different day as the true Sabbath-day strikes us as fanatical and
Yet today some are telling us SATURDAY is the right
day. They insist the SEVENTH day is the only day the Bible anywhere
commands us to keep. They even claim we are sinningthat we have the
"Mark of the Beast" and shall suffer the seven last plaguesif we observe
Sunday instead of keeping the seventh day.
Many False Prophets
Jesus warned that many false prophets would appear, deceiving many. So what
is the TRUTH? How can we know?
Let all remember each of us shall stand before the judgment-seat of Christ!
We shall be JUDGED, not by our sincerity in what we have always believed
thru careless assumption, nor by our sincerity in following some NEW
teaching without proof! We shall be judged by the BIBLE, God's
How to PROVE the Truth
"All Scripture," we read in II Tim. 3:16, "is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction."
Again, the command to us is, "PROVE ALL THINGS."
We must be willing to be corrected, if wrong. We must be careful not to
be blown about "with every wind of doctrine." We must free our minds of all
We must be able and willing to study BOTH sides honestly,
laying our ideas and desires on the shelf, prayerfully asking God for guidance.
If we already are right, honest investigation will but confirm it.
If we are WRONG, we should want to know it. And we shall
quickly, willingly, as a little child accept the TRUTH as God reveals it,
whatever that truth may be, if our hearts are right with Him! Perhaps this very
study may be the TEST!
On the following pages is a brief, terse, outline of ONE PHASE
of this many-sided question. Explanation of other phases, answering other questions that
may come up, will be supplied on request.
These three facts are self-evident.
(1) Sunday is the first day of the week. See any calendar,
dictionary, or encyclopedia. Is it, then, by BIBLE authority, "the
Christian Sabbath," or truly the "Lord's Day," as it is popularly called
(2) Jesus kept the SABBATH (Luke 4:16). It was His custom.
The Sabbath He kept was the same day of the week the Jews observed, for the minister and
congregation were all in the synagogue (verse 20), and the Pharisees continually rebuked
Jesus for healing on the Sabbath day.
(3) The Sabbath Jesus kept was the seventh day of the
week. Three days after His crucifixion, this Sabbath still was the day before
the first day of the week (Mat. 28:1). Therefore it was not just any day in
seven, it was the seventh day of the week. See also Luke 23:56 and 24:1.
...was the day CHANGED by Christ or the apostles, after
this, to the first day of the week so that Sunday is now the New Testament Christian
...does the NEW TESTAMENT someplace show us that SUNDAY
is the true Lord's Day and command Christians to observe it?
LET US SEE!
Is "Sunday" Mentioned in the New Testament?
This change could not be madea different day, the FIRST
day of the week, could not be established by New Testament BIBLE
authority, except in some text or texts employing the phrase "first day of the
week," or the word "Sunday."
The word "Sunday" does not appear any place in the Bible.
But the phrase "first day of the week" is found in the New
Testament. It occurs in exactly EIGHT places. So it will not take long to
examine these eight texts employing this phrase.
IF the day was changed by BIBLE authority,if
Christians are to find any BIBLE AUTHORITY whatsoever for observing
Sunday as the "Lord's Day" today, then we must find that authority in one of
these eight texts!
Let us acknowledge at the outset, since the seventh day of the week is
clearly established as the Bible Sabbath up until the time of the Cross, that there can be
no BIBLE AUTHORITY for Sunday observance unless we find it clearly and
plainly stated in one of these eight New Testament passages.
So let us examine them carefully, honestly, prayerfully.
The Day AFTER Sabbath
(1) Matthew 28:1: "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." This is the first place in the Bible where
"the first day of the week" is mentioned. Matthew wrote these words, under
inspiration of the Holy Spirit, many years after the New Testament Church came into being.
The text says that late on the Sabbath day it was drawing TOWARD the
first day of the week. So this Scripture, we must admit, tells us plainly that three days
and three nights after all that was done away had been securely "nailed to the
Cross," the Sabbath was still the day BEFORE the first day
of the weekstill the seventh day of the week.
One point is here plainly proved. Many tell us that the Sabbath command was
merely for "one day in seven"that it did not have to be THE
seventh day of the week, but merely the seventh part of time. They argue that
Sunday, being one day out of seven, fulfills the command. But here is a passage in the NEW
Testament, inspired by the Holy Spirit many years after the beginning of the NEW
Testament Church, stating in plain language that, three days after all abolished things
had been done away, the Sabbath still existed and that it was the seventh day of THE
WEEKthe day before the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. That much is
proved, and must remain settled for all who honestly seek and accept BIBLE
authority. But, was the day changed later?
(2) Mark 16:2: "And very early in the morning THE FIRST DAY
OF THE WEEK, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun." This is
merely Mark's version of the sunrise visit to the tomb. It was written several years after
the crucifixion. The first day of the week, also, was "AFTER the
Sabbath was PAST," according to verse 1. So this text proves the
same thing as the one abovethat the first day of the week was not at that time
(three days after the crucifixion) the Sabbath, but the day AFTER the
Sabbath. The Sabbath, then, still was the SEVENTH day of the week.
A Common Work Day
(3) 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." This text speaks of Jesus' appearance to Mary Magdalene later the same
day,the day AFTER the Sabbath.
Nothing here calls the first day of the week the Christian Sabbath, we must
admit. Nothing here calls it "The Lord's Day." Nothing here hallows Sunday or
says God made it holy. Nothing here commands us to observe it. Nothing here sets it apart
as a memorial of the Resurrection, or for any purpose. No command or example of REST
on this dayno authority for observing Sunday here.
(4) Luke 24:1: "Now UPON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK,
very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing their spices which they
had prepared, and certain others with them."
This text tells again the same event recorded by Matthew and Mark, and it
shows that on THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK these women came to do the
work of a common week-day, AFTER having rested the Sabbath day
"according to the commandment." For we read, in the verse just before
this, "And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the
Sabbath day according to the commandment." Shall we say these women did not yet
know the commandment was abolished? No, we cannot, for this statement was not made by the
women, but inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT, who did know it was not
abolished. And it was written, at least twenty five years after the establishing of the
New Testament Church! The Holy Spirit THEN inspired the direct statement
that the rest of these women on the Sabbath day was according to the commandment, which
statement would not be possible had the commandment been abolished.
This text, then, establishes Sunday as a common work day, three days after
the crucifixion, and it further established that at that time the command to rest on the
Sabbath had not been abolished.
(5) John 20:1: "THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK cometh
Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre."
This, written many, many years after the crucifixion, is John's version, describing
the same visit to the tomb. It confirms the facts above.
Was This a Religious Meeting, to Celebrate the Resurrection?
(6) John 20:19: "Then the same day at evening, being THE
FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, when the doors were shut where the disciples were
assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them,
Peace be unto you."
Let us examine this carefully, for some claim this was a religious service
called for the purpose of celebrating the Resurrection. But notice this is the same
first day of the week that FOLLOWED the Sabbath. It was Jesus' first
opportunity to appear to His disciples. For three and a half years He had been constantly
with them, on ALL days of the week. His meeting with them, of itself,
could not establish any day as a Sabbath.
Were they assembled to celebrate the Resurrection, thus establishing
Sunday as the Christian Sabbath in honor of the Resurrection? The text says they were
assembled "for fear of the Jews." The Jews had just taken and crucified their
Master. They were afraid. The doors were shut because of their fear probably bolted.
Why were they assembled? "FOR FEAR OF THE JEWS" according to
this text, and also because they all lived together in this upper room (Acts
1:13). They could not have assembled to celebrate the Resurrection for THEY DID
NOT BELIEVE JESUS WAS RISEN (Mark 16:11; Luke 24:37, 39, 41). Nothing in this
text calls this day "Sabbath," or "Lord's Day," or any sacred title.
Nothing here sets it apart, makes it holy. No authority here for changing a command of
Lord's Supper Dayor Work DayWHICH?
(7) Acts 20:7: "And upon THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK,
when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart
on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the
upper chamber, where they were gathered together."
Here, at last, we find a religious meeting on the first day of the week. But
it was not a SUNDAY meeting!
Notice, Paul continued his speech until midnight! "And
there were many LIGHTS in the upper chamber, where they were gathered
together." It was AFTER SUNSET, prior to midnight, the first day of
the week. Now at that time the first day of the week did not begin at midnight,
as men begin it today. It began, and the seventh day ended, AT SUNSET!
All Bible days begin and end at SUNSET. Throughout the Roman world at
that time, and for a few hundred years afterwards, days began and ended at sunset. The
practice of beginning the new day at midnight was started much later. Therefore this
meeting, and Paul's preaching, took place during the hours we now call SATURDAY
NIGHTit was not a Sunday meeting at all!
WHY Paul Remained Behind
Let us, now, pick up the thread of the narrative related in this passage.
Begin verse 6:
We sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread,
and came unto them at Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. And upon the first
day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them,
READY TO DEPART ON THE MORROW."
Paul and his companions had been in this town of Troas seven
days. His companions had left by ship after sunset. Paul remained behind for
a farewell meeting. He preached until midnight, "ready to depart on the
morrow." At break of day— sunrise Sunday morningPaul departed (verse 11).
Now notice what his companions had done. "And we went before to ship, and
sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding
himself to go afoot. And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in." (Verses
Look at this on the map. Paul's companions had to sail around a
peninsulaa distance of fifty or sixty miles, while Paul, afoot, walked across, a
distance of 191/2 miles. He was able to walk this distance in shorter time than they could
sail the much longer distance, which gave Paul the opportunity to remain behind after they
left, for this last farewell sermon and visit.
Now do you see what actually happened? Paul's companions were engaged in the LABOR
of rowing and sailing a boat while Paul was preaching that Saturday night and early Sunday
morningon the first day of the week. They had set sail Saturday night, AFTER
THE SABBATH HAD ENDED. Paul remained behind for one more last farewell sermon.
Then, at break of day Sunday morning, Paul set out afoot, indulging in the labor of a
191/2 mile walk from Troas to Assos! He waited till the Sabbath was past for this long
walka good hard day's work, if you ever tried it! He did it on the first day of the
week! Again, a common work day!
What "Break Bread" Means
But does this text not say, as many claim today, that the disciples always
held communion every first day of the week! NOT AT ALL!
In the first place, it says nothing about anything being done EVERY
first day of the week. It relates the events of this one particular first day of the week,
ONLY. It is not speaking of any CUSTOMS, but of the
events occurring as Paul and his companions concluded their seven-day visit in passing by
Jesus had introduced the Lord's Supper as part of the Passover, at the
beginning of the annual "days of unleavened bread." No longer could they kill
lambs or eat the roasted body of Passover Lambs, after Christ, OUR
Passover, had been once slain for us. Yet the Passover was ordained FOREVER
(Ex. 12:24). At His last Passover supper Jesus substituted the wine as the emblem of His
blood, instead of the blood of the slain lamb. He substituted the unleavened bread for the
roast body of the lamb as the symbol of His body, broken for us. The disciples continued
to observe Passover annually, now in the form of the Lord's Supper using only the bread
and wine, as a MEMORIAL (I Cor. 11:24) of Christ's DEATH, (I Cor. 11:26),
showing His death till He come again. They continued to observe the days of unleavened
bread (Acts 20:6).
This year they had observed the days of unleavened bread and the Communion
service at Philippi, after which they came to Troas in five days where they remained seven
After the Sabbath day had ended, at sunset, "upon the first day of the
week, . . . the disciples came together to BREAK BREAD."
People have ASSUMED this expression means the taking of
Communion. But notice! Paul preached, and continued preaching until midnight. They had no
opportunity to stop and "break bread" until then. When Paul "therefore was
come up again"after restoring the one who had fallen down from the third
balconyand had broken bread. AND EATEN."
Note it! "Broken bread AND EATEN." This breaking
bread was not Communionsimply eating a meal. This expression was commonly used of
old to designate a meal. It still is used in that sense in parts of even the United
Notice Luke 22:16, where Jesus was introducing the Lord's Supper, taking it with
His disciples. He said, "I will not any more eat thereof until it be fulfilled in the
Kingdom of God." Yet, the day after His resurrection, after walking with the two
disciples to Emmaus, as "He sat at MEAT with them, He took bread,
and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them." (Luke 24:30). Here Jesus
"brake bread" but it was not the Lord's Supper, which He said He would NOT
take again. It was a meal"He sat AT MEAT"
Notice Acts 2:46. The disciples, "continuing daily with one accord in
the temple and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat
with gladness." Here again "breaking bread" means EATING MEAT.
Not on the first day of the week, but DAILY.
Again, when Paul was shipwrecked on the voyage to Rome, the sailors had been
fasting out of fright. But "Paul besought them all to take MEAT,
saying, "This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting,
having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some MEAT: for this is
for your healthAnd when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks
to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat."
(Acts 27:33-35). Here Paul broke bread to give to unconverted sailors who were hungry.
The truth is, NOWHERE IN THE BIBLE is the expression
"breaking of bread," or "to break bread," used to signify observance
of the Lord's Supper. In all these texts it means, simply, eating a meal. So, when we read
in Acts 20:7, 11, "the disciples came together to break," and how Paul had
"broken bread and EATEN," we know by Scripture interpretation
it referred only to eating food as a meal, not to a Communion service.
What Was This COLLECTION?
We come now to the 8th and last place where the term "first day of the
week" occurs in the Bible.
(8) I Corinthians 16:2: "Upon the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK
let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him."
Often we see this text printed on the little offering envelopes in the pews of
popular churches, and we have been told that this text sets THE FIRST DAY OF THE
WEEK as the time for taking up the church collection for the carrying on of God's
work, paying the minister, etc.
Let us begin with the first verse and really catch the true intended meaning
of this verse.
"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
This speaks of a collectionbut for WHOM for WHAT?
Note it! Not for the preachernot for evangelismbut "the collection FOR
THE SAINTS." The poor saints at Jerusalem were suffering from
famine. They needed, not money, but FOOD. Notice Paul had given similar instruction to
other churches. Now observe his instruction to the Romans:
"But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath
pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia (where the Corinthian Church was located) to make a
certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.. . When, therefore, I
have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into
Spain." (Rom. 15:25-28).
Ah! Did you catch it? It was not money, but FRUIT that was
being sealed for shipment to the poor saints at Jerusalem!
Now turn back to I Corinthians 16. Paul is speaking concerning a collection FOR
THE SAINTS. Upon the first day of the week each of them is instructed to do what?
Look at it! Does it say drop a coin in the collection plate at a church service? Not at
It says "let everyone of you lay by him in STORE." Note
it! LAY BY! STORE UP! Store up BY HIMSELFat home!
Not lay by at the church houselay by HIMat home.
Now WHY? "That there be no GATHERINGS
when I come." Men GATHER fruit out of the orchardthey GATHER
vegetables out of the ground, to be STORED UP. But putting coins in a
collection plate at church, or handing in your tithe-envelope could not be called a GATHERING,
but an offering or collection.
Notice further: "And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters,
them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be
meet that I go also, they (more than one) shall go with me." (verses 3-4).
Apparently it was going to require several men to carry this collection, gathered
and stored up, to Jerusalem. If it were tithe or offering for the minister or the spread
of the Gospel, Paul could have carried the money alone.
So, once again, the last and final text in the Bible where we find "THE
FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK" mentioned, it is a WORK DAYa
day for gathering fruit and food out of the orchards and the fields and gardens, and
storing it up. It was to be the FIRST labor of the week, hence the first day of the week,
as soon as the Sabbath was past!
No Bible Authority
So, finally, we find upon honest examination that NOT ONE
of the texts speaking about "THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK" sets it
apart as a rest day. Not one makes it holy, calls it the Sabbath or by any other sacred
title. In EVERY case, the first day of the week was a common work day.
In NONE of them was there a religious meeting and preaching
service being held on the hours we now call SUNDAY. In NONE
of them can we find a single shred of BIBLE AUTHORITY for Sunday
observance! There is no record in the Bible of celebrating the Resurrection on Sunday.
Sometimes Revelation 1:10 is used as Bible authority for calling Sunday "The LORD'S
DAY." It says: "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind
me a great voice." But this does not say the "first day of the week," or
"Sunday" is the "day" here called "the Lord's day." As a
matter of fact, it is not speaking of ANY day of the week at all, but of
"the Day of the Lord,"the time of the coming PLAGUES,
climaxing in the coming of Christ, and the millennium. This is the THEME
of the Revelation. But, if one wants to argue, and insist upon this text applying to some
definite day of the week, he shall have to look elsewhere to see WHICH
day THE BIBLE calls "The LORD'S DAY." For this
text does not designate ANY day of the week.
But Jesus said He was Lord of the SABBATH, and if He is LORD
of that day, then it belongs to Him, and is His day, and therefore the Sabbath is the
Lord's Day (Mark 2:28). Isaiah 58:13 calls the Sabbath (the seventh day of the week)
"MY HOLY DAY." God is speaking. So the Sabbath is THE
In the original commandment, in Exodus 20:10, we read: "The seventh
day is the Sabbath OF THE LORD THY GOD." No MY day,
or your day. Sunday is MY day. So is Tuesday, and every other weekday,
for my labor and my own needs. But the seventh day is NOT mineit is
THE LORD'S! It belongs to HIM, and He made it HOLY, and
commanded us to KEEP it that way. We have no right to use it for
ourselves. It is HIS DAY!
The TRUE SABBATH of the NEW Testament
Now briefly let us look thru the New Testament to find WHICH
DAY Paul kept, and taught Gentile converts to keep.
Notice which day Paul and Barnabus used for preaching to Gentiles:
(1) Acts 13:14-15, 42-44: "But when they departed from Perga,
they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY,
and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the
synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any work of exhortation
for the people, say on."
Then Paul stood up, and spoke, preaching Christ to them.
"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the GENTILES
besought that these words might be preached to them THE NEXT SABBATH.
Now since Paul was preaching "the grace of God" (verse
43), here was his opportunity to straighten out these Gentiles, and explain that the
Sabbath was done away. Why should he wait a whole week, in order to preach to THE
GENTILES on THE NEXT SABBATH? If the day had now been changed to
Sunday, why did not Paul tell them they would not have to wait a week, but the very next
day, Sunday, was the proper day for this service? But notice what Paul did.
"And the NEXT SABBATH DAY came almost the whole city
together to hear the Word of God." Here Paul waited a whole week, passing up a
Sunday, in order to preach to the GENTILES upon the Sabbath day.
Gentiles Met on SABBATH
(2) Acts 15:1-2, 5, 14-21: Study this whole passage carefully.
Certain men had come down from Judea to Antioch, teaching that the Gentile converts there
must be circumcised and keep the law of Moses to be saved. Quite a dissension arose
between them and Paul and Barnabus. So it was decided Paul and Barnabus should go to
Jerusalem to the apostles and Elders about the question.
At the conference at Jerusalem, James gave the decision.
"Wherefore my sentence is;' he pronounced, (verses 19-21).. . . that we
write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and
from things strangled, and from blood?"
He did not say they should not keep the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were
not in questionbut it was circumcision in question, (Acts 15:1), which was an
altogether DIFFERENT law than the Ten Commandments.
But why WRITE this sentence to them? Note it!
..."For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being
read in the synagogues EVERY SABBATH DAY." (Verse 21).
Do you see it? Judaizing teachers were reading the Law of Moses and teaching
people in the synagogues EVERY SABBATH DAY. The apostles were WRITING
this decision concerning the Law of Moses, BECAUSE GENTILE CONVERTS WERE GOING TO
CHURCH ON THE SABBATH DAY, and would hear this false teaching. In order to
counteract it, and protect the Gentiles from it, the written message was sent. It shows
that the GENTILE CONVERTS HAD STARTED KEEPING THE SABBATH DAY, AND WENT TO CHURCH
ON THAT DAY! And the Apostles' letter did not reprove them for this
Sabbath-keeping, or even mention it.
This is very significant, since GENTILES HAD NEVER KEPT THE SABBATH.
Therefore it is something these Gentiles had STARTED doing after they
were converted under the teaching of Paul and Barnabus!
A Sabbath in Philippi
(3) Acts 16:12-15: Here we find Paul and Silas at Philippi. And "we
were in that city abiding certain days. And ON THE SABBATH we went out of
the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake
unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of
purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord
opened,. . . and when she was baptized..
Here again Paul and his companions waited until the Sabbath, and then went to
a place of worship, and preached, and this woman, probably a Gentile, was converted. The
passage indicates it was the CUSTOM to meet there on the Sabbath, and
that it was CUSTOM for Paul and his companions to go to a place of prayer
and worship when the Sabbath day came.
Paul Worked Week-days, and Kept the SABBATH
(4) Acts 18:1-11: "After these things Paul departed from
Athens, and came to Corinth; and found a certain Jew named Aquila. . . with his wife
Priscilla. . . and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with
them, and wrought; for by their occupation they were tentmakers, and he reasoned in the
synagogue EVERY SABBATH, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks."
If we could find one text in the New Testament giving as strong authority
for Sunday observance as this one does for Sabbath-keeping, we should certainly have Bible
AUTHORITY for it! Here Paul WORKED weekdays, but went to
church and taught GENTILES as well as Jews every SABBATH.
Now the Commandment says: "Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy
work," just as much as it says "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy?"
There is just as much command to work six days as there is to rest the seventh. And so if
the day had been changed, Paul would have had to work Sabbaths, in order to go to church
and preach every Sunday. But here he WORKED week days and went to church
and preached EVERY SABBATHnot just on one particular
occasionit says EVERY SABBATH.
He preached Christ, and the Gospel of the Kingdom. And when the Jews became
offended and blasphemed, he turned away from the Jews altogether, and from then on
preached TO GENTILES ONLY, (verse 6), and he continued there a year
and six months (verse 11), working week dayspreaching to Gentiles ONLY
What MORE conclusive proof could we desire? What STRONGER
Bible evidence than this, as to the true Sabbath of the NEW Testament?
For a year and a half Paul continued working week-dayssix days including
Sundaysand preaching to GENTILES exclusively EVERY SABBATH!
Certainly it was his custom and manner! Certainly he could not have done this had
the Sabbath been done away, or changed.
Paul COMMANDS Gentiles to Keep the Sabbath
To these Gentile-born at Corinth, Paul COMMANDED: "Be
ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ?' (I Cor. 11:1).
And Paul "as his manner was, went in unto them, and free SABBATH
DAYS reasoned with them out of the Scriptures." (Acts 17:2) It was his MANNERhis
CUSTOM, as we have seen by ample evidence showing a total of eighty-four
different Sabbaths Paul is shown specifically to have kept.
Did he follow Jesus in this? Why, CERTAINLY! Jesus, "as
His custom was.. . went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY?'
It was Jesus' custom. Paul followed Him, and COMMANDED the
Gentile converts to follow Him, even as he followed Christ
The question for us today is Are WE willing to follow m His
steps7 Jesus came to set us an example that we should FOLLOW HIS STEPS If
we like Paul ate CRUCIFIED with Christ, and HE lives HIS
life IN us, Christ IN us will still keep the Sabbath,
for He is the SAME, yesterday, today, and forever!