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: Which are a shadow of things to
come; but the body is of Christ.
I. THE OLD TESTAMENT SABBATH.
A. It was instituted by God before the giving of the Law. (Gen. 2:2,3)
B. It is clear that God gave the Sabbath to Israel as a law. (Exo. 20:8)
C. In the Law of Moses this commandment is put on an equality with all other commandments. (James 2:10)
II. THE SABBATH WAS DONE AWAY WITH THE REST OF THE LAW.
It was written in the hand writing of ordinances.
III. THE SABBATH WAS A COVENANT OR SIGN BETWEEN ISRAEL AND GOD.
IV. SOME MODERN OBJECTIONS TO THE LORD’S DAY INSTEAD OF THE SABBATH.
A. It is objected that a Catholic Pope changed the Sabbath to the first day of the week. There is no history to prove this, and if it did it would not change the facts simply because a Catholic Pope issued a decree. (Jesus actually did away with it. he did not change it.)
B. It is objected that Jesus kept the Sabbath, so should we. He FULFILLED the law. he observed it in its highest sense, then He did away with it. (Galatians 4:4,5; Matt. 5:17)
C. It is objected that Paul observed the Sabbath. So should we (Acts 18:4). Paul preached to the Jews who were gathered on the Sabbath, but he preache that the law was done away (Col. 2:14-17).
D. It is objected that the Sabbath was instituted by God before the Law of Moses was given, therefore we should observe the Sabbath. it is also true that animal sacrifices were made before the giving of the law but all of this was done away by Jesus. if we must observe the Sabbath for this reason, then we must also have the animal sacrifices for the same reason.
V. WHY THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK IS OBSERVED BY BAPTIST.
A. Jesus arose from the dead on the first day of the week (John 20:19).
B. Jesus appeared to the ten disciples on the first day of the week (John 20:19).
C. The day of Pentecost and the baptism of the holy Spirit came on the first day of the week (Acts 2; Lev. 23:16).
D. Peter preached and 3,000 converts were added to the church on the first day of the week (Acts 2:41).
E. The converts were baptized on the first day of the week (Acts 2:41).
F. The church in Troas assembled for worship on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
G. The church took the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
H. Paul preached to the church in Troas on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
I. Paul instructed the Corinthian church to make contributions on the first day of the week (I Cor. 16:2).
J. John was worshipping on the first day of the week when Jesus appeared to him and gave the Revelation (Rev. 1:10).
K. The Great Commission was given on the first day of the week (matt. 28:19,20; Mark 16:9-15).
VI. WE HONOR THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD EACH FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK BY ASSEMBLING FOR WORSHIP.
A. He is the firstfruits from the dead (I Cor. 15:20).
B. The great harvest from the grave, in the resurrection, is guaranteed by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (I Thess. 4:14-17).
C. There is no scriptural proof that we wear the mark of beast by keeping the first day of the week.
D. If the law is still in force then we are bound to keep all of it (James 2:10). We must have animal sacrifices, earthly priests, must not eat hog meat, must not eat catfish, a man must marry his brother’s widow, disobedient sons must be stoned to death, sabbath breakers must be killed, and many other like ordinances.
E. The keeping of the Sabbath law is impossible on a world-wide scale – it was given to a particular people in a particular region.
F. Sabbath keeping cannot give life (Gal. 3:19-21).
G. CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO EVERYONE THAT BELIEVETH (Rom. 10:4).