Which Day is The Sabbath
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
been reared in a Sunday-observing world. Naturally, we have taken
Sunday-observance for granted. Naturally, the idea of a different day as the
true Sabbath-day strikes us as fanatical and absurd.
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
sinning -- that we have the "Mark of the Beast" and shall suffer the
seven last plagues -- if we observe Sunday instead of keeping the seventh day.
Many False Prophets
warned that many false prophets would appear, deceiving many. So what is the
TRUTH? How can we KNOW?
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 Word!
How to PROVE the Truth
Scripture," we read in II Timothy 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."
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
be able and willing to study BOTH sides honestly, laying our ideas and desires
on the shelf, prayerfully asking God for guidance.
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!
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.
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 today?
(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, Matthew 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.
BUT . . .
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 Sabbath? 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?
change could not be made, -- a 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" does not appear any place in the Bible.
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.
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!
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
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, six 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 week
-- still the seventh day of the week.
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 six 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 WEEK -- the 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 ten years after the crucifixion. This 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 above -- that 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
A Common Work Day
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.
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 day -- no 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."
tells 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."
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 GHOST, who did know whether it was abolished. And it was
written 28 years after the establishing of the New Testament Church! The Holy
Ghost 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.
text, then, establishes Sunday as a common work day, three days after the
crucifixion, and it further establishes 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."
written 63 years after the crucifixion, is merely John's version, describing
the same visit to the tomb. It confirms the facts above.
Was This a Religious Meeting, to Celebrate the Resurrection?
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
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.
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 16:14; Luke 27:37,
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 God!
Lord's Supper Day -- or Work Day -- WHICH?
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."
last, we find a religious meeting on the first day of the week. But it was not
a SUNDAY meeting!
Paul continued his speech until midnight! "And there were many LIGHTS in
the upper chamber, where they were gathered together." It was AFTER
SUNSET, prier to midnight, the first day of the week. Now at that time the
first day of the week did not begin at midnight, as man 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
afterward, 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 NIGHT -- it was not
a Sunday meeting at all!
WHY Paul Remained Behind
now, pick up the thread of the narrative related in this passage. Begin in
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."
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 morning -- Paul departed, verse 11.
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 13-14.
this on the map. Paul's companions had to sail around a peninsula -- a distance
of fifty or sixty miles, while Paul afoot, walked across, a distance of 19 and
a half 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.
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 morning -- on 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 19 and a half mile walk from Troas to Assos! He
waited till the Sabbath was past for this long walk -- a good hard day's work,
if you ever tried it! He did it on the first day of the week a common work day!
What "Break Bread" Means
this text not say, as many claim today, that the disciples always held
communion every first day of the week? NOT AT ALL!
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 this town.
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, Exodus 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 Corinthians 11:24, of
Christ's DEATH, I Corinthians 11:26, showing His death till He come again. They
continued to observe the days of unleavened bread, Acts 20:6.
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
often fasted on the Sabbath in those days. Consequently, after the Sabbath day
had ended, at sunset, "upon the first day of the week, -- the disciples
came together to BREAK BREAD."
have ASSUMED this expression to mean 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
balcony -- "and had broken bread, AND EATEN."
"Broken bread AND EATEN." This breaking bread was not Communion --
simply 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 States.
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."
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.
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 health -- And 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.
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 those 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?
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
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.
begin with the first verse and really catch the true intended meaning of this
concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order of 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."
speaks of a collection -- but for WHOM -- for WHAT? Note it! Not for the
preacher -- not for evangelism -- but "the collection FOR THE
SAINTS." The poor saints at Jerusalem were suffering from drought and
famine. They needed, not money, but FOOD. Notice Paul had given similar
instruction to other churches. Now observe his instruction to the Romans:
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," Romans 15:25-28.
you catch it? It was not money, but FRUIT that was being sealed for shipment to
the poor saints at Jerusalem!
back to I Corinthians 16. Paul is speaking concerning a collection FOR THE
SAINTS. Upon the first day of the week each one 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 all!
"let everyone of you lay by him IN STORE." Note it! LAY BY! STORE UP!
Store up BY HIMSELF -- at home! Not lay by at the church house -- lay by HIM --
"that there be no GATHERINGS when I come." Men GATHER fruit out of
the orchard -- they 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.
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.
it was going of 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.
again, the last and final text in the Bible where we find "the FIRST DAY
OF THE WEEK" mentioned, it is a WORK DAY -- a 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
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.
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.
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.
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 LORD'S DAY.
original commandment, in Exodus 20:10, we read: "The seventh day is the
Sabbath OF THE LORD THY GOD." Not MY day, or your day. Sunday is MY day.
So is Tuesday, and every other week-day, for my labor and my own needs. But the
seventh day is NOT mine -- it 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!
briefly let us look thru the New Testament to find WHICH DAY Paul kept, and
taught Gentile converts to keep.
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 word of exhortation for the people, say on."
stood up, and spoke, preaching Christ to them.
when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the GENTILES besought that these
words might be preached to them THE NEXT SABBATH."
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 do . . .
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
15:1-2, 5, 14-21. Study this whole passage carefully. Certain men had come down
from Judaea to Antioch, teaching that the Gentile converts there must be
circumcised and keep the law of Moses to be saved. Quite a dissention arose
between them and Paul and Barnabus. So it was decided Paul and Barnabus would
go to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about the question.
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 pollution of idols, and from fornication, and from things
strangled, and from blood."
not say they should not keep the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were
not in question -- but only the Law of Moses, which was an altogether DIFFERENT
law. He merely mentioned four prohibitions, and otherwise they did not need to
observe the law of Moses.
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.
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.
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
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 the
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 . . . ."
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 indicated 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
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."
could but 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 week-days, but went to church and
taught GENTILES as well as Jews every SABBATH.
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 a 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 SABBATH -- not just on one particular
occasion -- it says EVERY SABBATH.
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 days -- preaching to Gentiles ONLY -- EVERY
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-days -- six days -- including Sundays -- and 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
Gentile-born at Corinth, Paul COMMANDED: "Be ye followers of me, even as I
also am of Christ," I Corinthians 11:1.
"as his manner was, went in unto them, and three SABBATH DAYS reasoned
with them out of the Scriptures," Acts 17:2. It was his MANNER -- his
CUSTOM, as we have seen by ample evidence showing a total of eighty-four
different Sabbaths Paul is shown specifically to have kept.
follow Jesus in this? Why, CERTAINLY! Jesus, "as his custom was. . . went
into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY," Luke 4:16.
Jesus' custom. Paul followed Him, and COMMANDED the Gentile converts to follow
him, even as he followed Christ.
question for us, today, is, "Are WE willing to follow in His steps?"
Jesus came to set us an example, that we should FOLLOW HIS STEPS. If we, like
Paul, are 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!
much additional NEW Testament authority for Sabbath-keeping. Other booklets to
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