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Sunday vs The Sabbath in the New Testament

Believe it or not, there is not one instance in the New Testament where Jesus said: “Thou shall go to church on Sunday!”

By Bob Barney -The Plain Truth

I know this may come toSabbath-article a surprise to many, but Christ observed the Saturday Sabbath, never observed Sunday worship, and even claimed to be the LORD (He is the Old Testament LORD Yahweh) of the Sabbath! It may surprise others when they read for themselves that the Sabbath is for God's people, even until the time of the end! Read it for yourselves in Matthew 24. Jesus is giving the signs of His return, and notice these words: “Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath...” (Mathew 24:20) What is this? We are to pray that we don't have to flee on the Sabbath day? I thought the Sabbath was for Jews! And by the way, since the Law forbid work on the Sabbath, Christ is implying here that we have to pray that it doesn't happen on a Sabbath Day because we are not to flee (work) on that day! Something to consider.....

The following are the only passages I find concerning Sunday in the New Testament:

1) Matthew 28: 1: "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week." Here two different days are mentioned. One is "the Sabbath," and the other is "the first day of the week," or Sunday, which followed the Sabbath. Note here that Jesus was already GONE before the Sabbath started... And unlike what most Sabbatarians believe, the Sabbath did not start until dawn! (Not in the evening) See my article on when God's days begin.

2) Mark 16:1.2: "When the Sabbath was past ... very early in the morning the first day of the week." More proof that the Sunday started in the morning with the sunlight.

Art123) Mark 16:9: "Jesus was risen early the first day of the week." Sunday is simply called "the first day of the week." The "week" began in Genesis. God made the world in six days, then He "rested on the seventh day ... blessed the seventh day and sanctified it." Genesis 2:2, 3. God ordained "the seventh day" as His Holy Day, not "the first day of the week. Also note that God did not say He made the Sabbath for the Jews.. He made it for all mankind! Also, note here that some argue that Jesus rose on Sunday because of this statement. However the translation is easily also rendered (as some do) “Early on the first day of the week, after He arose, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had driven out seven demons.” Read John 20:1 for absolute proof of this!

4) Luke 24: 1: The women went to the tomb on "the first day of the week" after "they rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment." Luke 23:56. This verse is enlightening. These were Christian women who loved Jesus. They kept the Sabbath afterthe cross. Luke was a Gentile who wrote this about 28 years after the resurrection. Again, as Luke states, the Sabbath was still there, and these Christian women were keeping it "according to the commandment" found in Exodus 20:8-11. These verses prove that the Sabbath continues after the cross, and that the Sabbath is not Sunday.

5) John 20:1: Mary came to the tomb on "the first day of the week."

6) John 20:19: On the first day of the week" (late Sunday afternoon), the disciples "were assembled" behind shut doors. Why? "For fear of the Jews." This was not a worship service.

7) 1 Corinthians 16:2: "Concerning the collection for the saints" (vs. 1). The context and other Scriptures reveal that Paul was raising a "collection" for needy believers in "Jerusalem" (vs. 3) during a time of famine. See Acts 11:27-30; Romans 15:25, 26. Notice carefully: On "the first day of the week" (Sunday), "let every one" "lay by him at home" "in storage", a certain amount. The words, "by him in storage," reveal that this was to be done by the believers intheir homes. Paul said nothing here about a church service here.

  1. Acts 20:6-13: This passage is often misused to support Sunday observance, but it doesn’t. This was Paul's last meeting with a small group of believers in "Troas" (verse 6). The meeting took place at night (20:7, 8) on the "first day of the week." They met on Sunday night. Big deal, most Christians today meet during the week. There are many Wednesday night services today. Does this imply that they recognize Wednesday as a replacement for Sunday? Absolutely not! One can meet any day, in fact should meet everyday to study Christ's words!

One final proof of the Sabbath: Let's look thru the New Testament to find WHICH DAY Paul kept, and taught Gentile converts to keep. Notice which dayPaul and Barnabus used for preaching to Gentiles: It's in ACTS:

Acts 13: 13 From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” Then in verse42-44 “As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath. 43 When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.

44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.

Get that? When Paul stopped preaching on that Sabbath, Gentiles asked him to continue to preach TO THEM! What did Paul say, “well tomorrow is Sunday, we can meet in church to continue.” No- he had them wait UNTIL THE NEXT Sabbath! Try as you might, The Sabbath is for Christians. It was not changed by Christ, or the early church to Sunday; rather it was changed by the Pope some 300 years later!

Here is a brief outline what CHURCHES BELIEVE – but never tell you:

"It must be confessed that there is no law in the New Testament concerning the first day." Buck's Theological Dictionary.
"The current notion that Christ and His apo tles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely without authority in the New Testament." Dr. Lyman Abbott, Christian Union, Jan. 19, 1882.

            "They [the Catholics] allege the Sabbath changed into Sunday, the Lord's day, contrary to the decalogue, as it appears, neither is there any example more boasted of than the changing of the Sabbath day. Great, they say, is the power and             authority of the church, since it dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments." Authored by Philipp Melanchthon with approval byMartin Luther, Augsburg Confession of Faith, Art. 28, Par. 9.

                Moody Bible Institute: "The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. The fourth commandment begins with the word 'remember,' showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of         stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?" Dwight L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting, p. 47

        "When Christ was on earth He did nothing to set it [the Sabbath] aside; He freed it from the traces under which the scribes and Pharisees had put it, and gave it its true place. 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.' It is         just as practicable and as necessary for men today as it ever was - in fact, more than ever, because we live in such an intense age." ibid., p. 46.

        "And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are commanded to keep the first." Church of England Isaac Williams, "Plain     Sermons on the                Catechism," pp. 334, 336.

        "There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday... It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh         to the first day of the week... Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament - absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the         seventh to the first day of the week...’To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years intercourse with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question, never alluded to any         transference of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated...’Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day, as         we learn from the Christian Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, when adopted and sanctioned by papal         apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism." Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, author of the Baptist Manual, in a paper read before a New York minister’s conference held Nov.13, 1893  


It's about time we start obeying the words printed very clearly in our Bibles and STOP listening to the doctrines of man, tradition and the Devil!