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Written by J.H. Oliphant   



Saturday was the day kept by the Jews in Old Testament times. The Savior and apostles habitually met on the first day of the week. John, in the Isle of Patmos, says, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” I understand this was Sunday. The day of Pentecost was the first day of the week. Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. The Corinthians were to lay by in store as God had prospered them on the first day of the week.
It seems to me that the Jews celebrated the event of creation, and that we celebrate the event of Jesus rising from the dead on the first day of the week. The Savior and his apostles habitually met on the first day of the week; while there is no expressed command for the first day of the week, yet Christ and his apostles exampled the first day of the week.

“One man esteemeth one day above another; and another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.”—Rom. xiv. 15. There was then a difference of opinion among the disciples, but Paul advised them to be persuaded in their own minds. One day is as long as another, and as good as another.

It is one of the Ten Commandments to “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” As this commandment required one day in seven, it is a moral duty to obey it. We should give one-seventh of our time to rest and devotion; but, so far as it sets aside a special day, it is ceremonial. The Christian Sabbath retains the moral feature of it, but drops the ceremonial by allowing that one day is as good as another. The other nine commandments each expressed a moral duty. Some things are commanded because they are duties; others are duties because they are commanded. Ceremonial commands are duties because they are commanded; but commandments which point out moral obligations are duties, even before they are commanded. Duties in the Ten Commandments had been duties in all previous ages.

The true and real Sabbath is hinted at in Hebrews iv.—“We which have believed do enter into rest’ ….. He that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” This is the true and real Sabbath, of which the old Sabbath was a type. It includes all the days from your conversion to death’s day. To work for salvation is to break the Sabbath, the real Sabbath. We rest in all this Sabbath. Moses directed them to stone one who had so much as gathered a few sticks on this day; to show that we must not rest in our own works, but our duty is to rest, REST, REST in Christ all our days and in death.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 September 2006 )
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