"Grace be to you and peace from God: the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Galatians 1:3-5
Dear Ivonne Maldonado
Please read Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 16:23-29; Exodus 20:8-11; Exodus 31:14-16; Exodus 35:3; Numbers 15:32; Luke 4:16; Colossians 2:16; Acts 20:7; Revelation 1:10
Is the first day of the week “the Christian Sabbath” or “the LORD’s day?”
Let us read Genesis 2:2-3 and Exodus 31:16-17, “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested (sabbathed) on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the SEVENTH DAY, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.” And, “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed.”
In Genesis 1:31, we read that at the end of the sixth day, after man was made in the image and likeness of God, God saw that all His work was very good. God was hard at work on the first day. But God “sabbathed” in His perfect work of creation. But it was on the seventh day. God rested in His perfect work of creation. But God’s rest was surely disturbed after the serpent beguiled Eve and spoiled God’s perfect work. Now the whole creation is travailing in pain. (Romans 8:21-23).
The LORD Jesus Christ entered, by His blood, into heaven, having obtained eternal redemption for us, and He sat down in Heaven on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 9:12; Hebrews 10:12; Hebrews 1:2-3). This He did after He cried on the cross, “finished.” (John 19:30). Christ RESTED in a perfect work of redemption. Christ arose on the first day of the week. Christ was dead and in the sepulcher on the seventh day, Israel’s Sabbath. Before He went to Calvary, Christ said, “Come unto Me and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Then on the cross He became the End of the Law for Righteousness to Believers. (Romans 10:4). “Therefore there remaineth a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:9-10).
By trusting and resting in the perfect redemptive work of the LORD Jesus Christ we learn that, under Grace, the believer has rest, but NO Sabbath Day; as Israel, under the law, had the Sabbath but NO rest.
Christ is the believer’s Sabbath.
The first day of the week is certainly neither the Christian Sabbath nor the LORD’s day. In Revelation 1:10, the Apostle John was projected into the Day of the LORD and was NOT talking about Sunday. It seems that the “first day” was a special day with the early first Christians; but we may BE SURE that they did NOT petition Caesar to force the sinners to close their shops.
Now, another thing, there can be no Sabbath without stone-throwers to execute those who gather sticks or light fires or do any servile work on that day. (Numbers 15:32; Exodus 35:3). God gave men a perfect work at Sinai, WITH a Sabbath. They did not and could not perfectly keep that law and they found NO Sabbath (rest) in the Law.
The LORD Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry was a seventh-day Sabbath-keeper. (Luke 4:16). But, HE was LORD of the Sabbath day. (Mark 2:28).
The Sabbath was a covenant between Jehovah and Israel. (Exodus 31:14-16). There can be no universal Sabbath with such variations of time around the world; and especially with Israel cast away, albeit temporarily. (Romans 11:15).
Abraham had no Sabbath to keep. He found rest in a Person, not in a day. So also do Christians today. Moreover, there is NO mention of the Sabbath between Genesis 2:2 and Exodus 16:23-29; that period called “from Adam to Moses.” (Romans 5:14).
Therefore, Christian, member of the Body of Christ, Child of the Living God, “let no man judge you with respect to the Sabbath.” (Colossians 2:16).
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth
the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)