A Bible study on the observation of the Sabbath.
• There is absolutely NO reference anywhere in the New Testament for Christians to observe the Sabbath.
• The Sabbath was given to the Jews as a sign between God and Israel (Exodus 31:13), because the Jews require a sign (1 Cor. 1:22). It was not given to the Gentiles!
• The observance of the Sabbath is part of the Law, and we are NOT under the Law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
• No one is to judge us in regards to the Sabbath (Colossians 2:16).
• Keeping the Sabbath is a work of the Law, and no one is justified by the works of the Law (Galatians 2:16).
• Christians in the Bible met on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7), took up collections on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1-2), preached on the first day of the week (Acts 2:14, 20:7), received the Holy Spirit on the first day of the week (Acts 2:1-4), Jesus rose on the first day of the week (John 20:1, Luke 24:1) and Jesus appeared to His disciples on the first day of the week (John 20:19). Therefore the first day of the week is called the Lord’s day (Revelation 1:10).
• After the book of Acts, the Sabbath is only mentioned once, which speaks against anyone saying you should observe the Sabbath.
• Paul listed the commandments in Romans 13:9, and they do not include the Sabbath day. It also says if there are any other commandments than the ones he listed, they are summed up by just loving your neighbor. Romans 13:10 and Galatians 5:14 both say that love is the fulfilling of the Law. So if you love your neighbor, you have fulfilled the Law, which includes the observance of the Sabbath.
• Galatians 5:1 says Christ has made us free from the Law.
• For those who say that observing the Sabbath is required, Christ is become of no effect to them, and they are fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4).
• Galatians 5:17 says if your are led by the Holy Spirit, you are not under the law.
• Galatians 4:9,10 says that if you observe special days you are in bondage to weak things.
• In Luke 4:16, it doesn’t say that Jesus went into the Synagogue because it was the Law regarding the Sabbath. It says He went into the Synagogue because it was “His custom.” We have a custom too. It is our custom to go to church on the first day of the week – Sunday.
• If we are under the law, and must obey the Sabbath Law, then we must also put to death anyone who does not observe the Sabbath as required in Numbers 15:32-36.
• Worship on the first day of the week is supported by many early Christian writings and was observed by the church since the first century.
• There is NO mention or even a hint of the Sabbath in Revelation, and it has nothing to do with the mark of the beast.