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The Sabbath Was Abolished By Jesus Christ

How often many will pick up a bible and think that there is no difference between the old testament and the new testament. How often do many religions today fail to understand that Christians are not to obey the old testament laws. They fail to realize that the old testament was written for our learning to bring us to Christ, for it testifies of him. Rom 15:4 f; Jn 9:31 Many fail to understand that the law of Moses has been taken out of the way, and nailed to the cross of Jesus. Col 2:14 Those who don’t understand that Christ was the end of the law of Moses will often worship on Saturday instead of Sunday. Rom 10:4 Let us examine in some detail what the scriptures tell us about the Sabbath.

Moses’ Law (10 Commandments Included) Has Been Done Away In Christ

The 10 Commandments were written and engraved on stones. Ex 32:15,16 The new covenant of Christ, on the other hand, was “written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables that are hearts of flesh” 2 Cor. 3:3 Furthermore, what was written on stone (the 10 Commandments), was a killing law, i.e., led to death because of human disobedience, while the new covenant of the Spirit is a life-giving ministration 2 Cor. 3:7 In that same context, Paul says that this old covenant has passed away; it has been replaced by that which possesses a greater and superior glory 2 Cor.3:11 The law of Moses has been abolished: “. . . having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace Eph. 2:15 Christ, through his cross, “blotted out the bond written in ordinances” of the old law:” “Having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross” Col. 2:14 The Sabbath law, along with the rest of Moses’ law, was taken away by the cross of Jesus.

The Sabbath Law Was Given To Hebrews Only

The Sabbath was given to the Hebrews to help them remember their own experience in Egypt: “And you shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah thy God brought you out from there by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm: therefore Jehovah your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day” Deut. 5:15 It was a unique sign between God and the children of Israel: “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath through-out their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed” Exod. 31:16-17 The Jews were to remember the Passover on the Sabbath, even as Christian are to remember the Lord’s death on Sunday. The Sabbath was never for Gentiles, nor was it ever practiced by the church.

The Sabbath Law Was Formally Given At Sinai And Not At The Creation

The Sabbath law was first mentioned when God fed Israel with manna from heaven, and was formally given by Moses to Israel at Sinai. Nehemiah states: Ex 16 “You came down also upon mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right ordinances and true laws, good statutes and commandments, and made known unto them thy holy Sabbath, and commanded them commandments, and statutes, and a law, by Moses your servant” Neh. 9:13-14 Moses, who revealed the Sabbath to the people at Sinai, explained its having been “hallowed” by God in his narrative about the creation in Genesis 2:1-3. However, is noteworthy that none of the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc.) ever observed the Sabbath. It is because God never established it with them, but rather with Israel after they escaped Egypt, crossed the Red Sea, and entered into the wilderness. Moses wrote, “The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.” Deut 5:3

Sabbath Observance Was Forbidden To Gentile Christians

Paul warned Christians not to be entangled again in a yoke of bondage Gal. 5:1, but to continue in the freedom from the law of Moses which Jesus had wrought upon the cross. Since circumcision was the main issue in Galatians, other facts are often ignored, such as his condemnation of observance of the Jewish holy days: “You observe days, and months, and seasons, and years. I am afraid of you, lest by any means I have bestowed labor upon you in vain” Gal. 4:10-11 The Sabbath was one of those Jewish holy days to which he makes reference. Paul feared that, just as these Gentiles had once been servants of idolatrous gods, they would now serve the false apostles who had invaded their number, make themselves subservient to the entire law, and ultimately sever themselves from Christ and his grace.

Christians Are Not To Be Judged By Jewish Laws

Paul stated it clearly when he said, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day: which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s” Col. 2:16-17 If we are judged by Christ according to his gospel, and we shall be come the judgment, then it is conclusive that the Sabbath is not a part of the gospel of Christ. Rom 2:16 If any preaches any other gospel, they shall be accursed. Gal 1:6-9 Anyone who justifies themselves by the law of Moses have fallen from grace. Gal 5:4

Christians Are To Worship On Sunday

This was the day of our Lord’s resurrection John 20:1 It was the day upon which early Christians assembled to worship and commemorate the Lord’s death and resurrection Acts 20:7 On this same day they gave of their means 1 Cor. 16:1-2. In the Old Testament, the Sabbath was a day of holy convocation and assembly Lev. 23:3  New Testament Christians were never seen observing this day or meeting in such convocations, except to teach and convert Jews in the Synagogue to Christianity. Christians worshiped on Sunday, since Sabbath celebration ended for them with the Lord’s death on the cross. Sunday was the day we remember the Lord’s death, and the great sacrifice that he gave for us that we might have eternal life.1 Cor 11:24-26

Comments on: "The Sabbath Was Abolished By Jesus Christ" (19)

  1. If Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

    Then it is also true that to ware anyother name than Christ is to be carnal or of the earth
    and if I am a member of the body then I am of the body of Christ then I would be
    referred to as a member of the Chruch of Christ for the body is it’s members so therefore it would make since that the Church be called the Church of Christ…

  2. Philip Gardiner said:

    If the ten commandments “have been done away with in Christ” are Christians then permitted to murder each other today? is it permissible to take the Lord’s name in vain? The logical of your argument is- Sabbath keeping is done away- so don’t worry about the Sabbath. The command “thou shalt not kill” no longer stands so feel free to murder who you like?

    I would like to direct you to Hebrews 4:9- there remains a keeping of Sabbath.
    Did Christ abolish the moral law, or reinforced it? In the sermon on the mount Jesus said he is “the Lord of the Sabbath day”; How is He Lord of something that doesn’t exist?

    • To answer your first question: 9 of the 10 commandments are followed in the New Testament because they were brought into the Kingdom of Christ by Jesus and his blessed apostles. The Apostles NEVER worshiped on the Sabbath nor was any Christian ever commanded to worship on the Sabbath. They worshiped on Sunday to remember the Lord’s death and not on Saturday to remember the Passover in Egypt. Acts 20:7

      Your second comment is purely false because you didn’t quote the verses before and after which made it abundantly clear that the Sabbath was NO longer on the earth, but is a part now of our heavenly rest. Secondly, the word “Moral” or “Moral Law” doesn’t appear anywhere in the entire bible. There was no distinction of the law of Moses as you falsely acclaim.

      For the record here is Hebrew 4:1-11 for all to read.

      Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them,[a] not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

      “So I swore in My wrath,
      ‘They shall not enter My rest,’”[b]

      although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; [c] 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”[d]

      6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:

      “Today, if you will hear His voice,
      Do not harden your hearts.”[e]

      8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
      The Word Discovers Our Condition

      11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

      Jesus Had The Power To Take Away The Sabbath

      Jesus verily is Lord of the Sabbath. And because he is the Master and creator of the Sabbath, he had the right to give it and take it away. Mt 28:18 f; Job 1:21 When Jesus used this phrase he was accused of breaking the Sabbath. According to the law of Moses, anyone who did any work (plucking corn is work) they were stoned to death. This was Jesus reply to his accusers:

      Luke 6:1-5
      Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands. 2 And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?”

      3 But Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?” 5 And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

      WHEN DID THE SABBATH END?
      Hosea said, “I will also cause all her mirth to cease, Her feast days, Her New Moons, Her Sabbaths —All her appointed feasts.” Hos 2:11

      In the book of Jeremiah it was prophesied that the law of Moses would be replaced with a new law unlike the 10 commandments: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jer 31:31-33

      Amos said exactly when the Sabbath officially ended: When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell grain? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and dealing falsely with balances of deceit? Amos 8:5

      And in verse 9 it was answered when the SABBATH ENDED OFFICIALLY! “And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord Jehovah, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.” Amos 8:9

      This day was fulfilled when Jesus was on the cross: “Now from the sixth hour (Noon) until the ninth hour (3pm) there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour (3pm) Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matt 27:45-46

      “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes. Rom 10:4 And that includes the Sabbath.” The Apostle Paul made it abundantly clear for all who try and keep the old law when he said, Christ has become no effect to you, for anyone who is justified by the law of Moses is fallen from grace. Gal 5:4 And James’ Word nailed the door shut to Sabbath worshipers when he said, “Whosoever shall keep the whole law of Moses and stumble in one point is guilty of all.” Jam 2:10

      Thank you for your questions:

  3. This article says things like “The Sabbath Law Was Given To Hebrews Only” and “Sabbath Isayah 56:2-3 & 6-7

    • The Sabbath was GIVEN to Israel only but anyone who became a proselyte Jew were subject to all the 613 laws of Moses including the 7 Sabbatical laws. The law of Moses ended with Christ to everyone who believes. Rom 10:4 For the law of Moses was nailed to the cross of Jesus. Col 2:14 The law of Moses faded away and is no longer in effect today. Heb 8:13 This included the Sabbath which was one of the 10 commandments given by Moses. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Jn 1:17 All who justify themselves by the law of Moses fall from the grace of Christ. Gal 5:4

      • “For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

        4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

        5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

        6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

        7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

        8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

        9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

        10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

        11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

        12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
        Hebrews 4:3-12

  4. Stephen said:

    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children Hosea 4:6

  5. Lucille pangilinan reyes said:

    Amen to that.

  6. It also speaks of the tree of life being there as well, but that too was taken away from man to be reserved unto judgment.

  7. Christians obey the law of Christ to love one another.

  8. Where can you find in the Bible that the Sunday is a day of worship?

    • Marvin asked: Where can you find in the Bible that the Sunday is a day of worship?

      Biblical Answer: 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.

      Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you.
      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. 1 Cor 16:1,2

  9. Please each quoted verse below it clearly shows that Jesus himself kept the Sabbath and even his apostle Paul whom I noticed you love to quote so much. Stop pulling what you need to hear from verses read the whole conttext, understanding the story the people he was talking too and why.
    The prophets—described as part of the foundation of God’s Church today (Ephesians 2:19-21)—all kept the Sabbath. Jesus Christ came in the flesh and observed the Sabbath (Luke 4:16). All of the apostles, including Paul, observed the seventh-day Sabbath (Acts 17:2). They followed Christ’s example. And in 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul said, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

    • TANIA: If you want to follow Paul who followed after Christ then please do so. You quote Acts 17:2 but why not quote the verses next to it: You won’t but for my readers, I will. “Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.” Acts 17:1-4.

      Paul didn’t go to the synagogue to worship but to teach. He didn’t teach them the law of Moses but the gospel and doctrine of Christ. As for Jesus, he lived and died under the law of Moses. It wasn’t until after he arose from the dead on the day of Pentecost was the gospel first preached and eventually unto all the world (Acts 2 f; Col 1:23). If you want to follow after the apostles, then stop worshiping and giving on the Sabbath and start worshiping on Sunday as they did. (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1-3).

      The law of Moses (the 10 commandments) were abolished as Paul stated very plainly. “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby” (Eph 2:14-16). “”And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: (Col 2:13-16).: “In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away.(Heb 8:13)

      “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law (of Moses); you are fallen from grace” (Gal 5:4).

  10. This is the truth

    • Anne Elizabeth said:

      Three items apparently not considered:

      1 >> Regarding “new moon, or of the sabbath days” (Col 2:13-16), these were not the Exodus 20:8-11 Sabbaths. They were connected to the Holy Feasts throughout the year.

      2 >> Did you notice the words ” … whosoever of you are justified by the law (of Moses); you are fallen from grace” (Gal 5:4) >> If you are trying to be justified before God by obeying the 10 Commandments you are misunderstanding the purpose of the Law — which is to be a schoolmaster, to bring you to Christ (Romans). Jesus said “If you [really] love Me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15 Amplified Bible)

      3 >> Are you then advocating that the other 9 Commandments are obsolete?

      • Obviously, Jesus and his apostles brought over the other nine or else how would one explain Ephesians 5:19-21 or 1 Corinthians 6:9,10. However, even with these commandments continued, the punishment for them here on earth ended. As for the Sabbath, it ended here on earth but the scriptures promise a new Sabbath of rest, that being, eternal life with God. Heb 4:8,9. Christians have a day of remembrance, even as the Hebrews did. No, it is not the Sabbath which remembers the Passover in Egypt. It is the first day of the week which remembers the Lord’s death (1 Cor 11:24-26).

  11. “For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

    4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

    5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

    6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

    7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

    8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

    9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

    10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

    11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

    12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:3-12

  12. Thank you!
    I am now in Jerusalem where most stores are closed on Saturday.
    They say this is proper for the jews do this.
    What do you think?
    In my opinion, it would be better to have the stores open and have the income from the stores on Saturday sent to the poor people in Africa!
    That seems much better than close the stores to keep an O.T. ritual to keep the Jews happy.
    What do you think?
    Thanks for your opinion!
    Ove Lackell ( missionary in Brazil 1991-2006 and living again in Sweden since 2010)
    Please click on LUCIFER BY OVE LACKELL on Google to see my last book.
    God bless you! Ove 46 (0)734339954

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