Exploring the Sabbath from Old to New Testament Through Early Church History
No Christian, therefore, should rest till he has satisfactorily discovered the mind of God in this matter. If the Christian Sabbath be of divine institution, it is doubtless of great importance to religion that it be well kept, and therefore, that every Christian be well acquainted with the institution. (Jonathan Edwards, The perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath)
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For the last few years I’ve been studying the scriptures and church history concerning the Sabbath. When I first discovered early in my walk with Christ that Sunday was not the 7th day of the week, I began to wonder why Christians in general are not taught to observe the Sabbath. This subject has been nagging my conscience for many years until I decided to do an in depth study on the topic and as Edwards says, decided not to rest until I “satisfactorily discover the mind of God on this matter.” One thing I discovered in my research, compared to the other 9 commandments, there is an abundance of controversy, confusion, ignorance and varying opinions on the subject of The Sabbath. Here are just a few of the types of comments I’ve heard from believers concerning the Sabbath:
- The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (Quoting Jesus and insinuating there is no commandment anymore to follow the Sabbath).
- Oh, I didn’t know Sunday was not the 7th day of the week?
- You can’t know what the 7th day of the week really is.
- The Sabbath, that was only for Israel.
- The Sabbath that was under the Old Covenant we’re under the New Covenant now.
- Jews observe the Sabbath; Christians have the Lord’s Day.
- The Sabbath is just a 1 in 7 principle so you can observe it any day of the week.
- The Sabbath was changed to the first day of the week.
- I work in ministry and have to work on Sundays so I take another day as a Sabbath.
- There is no more Sabbath rule to follow because Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.
This study is divided in 5 parts:
- Part 1: A Look at Both Old and New Testament Scriptures on the Sabbath.
- Part 2: The Sabbath History of the First Century Ekklesia.
- Part 3: Summary and Conclusion
- Part 4: List of all Sabbath Related Scriptures From Old Testament and New Testament
- Part 5: Famous Theologians and Denominational Quotes About the Sabbath
To read the paper in its entirety click this link: AN EXAMINATION OF THE SABBATH: Exploring the Sabbath from Old to New Testament Through Early Church History.