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The Lord’s Day

 

Christ, Agent of Creation

 

From what time was Christ associated with the Father?

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” John 1:1,2.

 

Who created all things?

 

“And to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.” Ephesians 3:9. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” Hebrews 1:1,2.  “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by him and for him.” Colossians 1:16,17.

 

Was there anything made without Christ?

 

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

John 1:3.  

 

Christ Makes the Sabbath

 

Was the Sabbath “made”?

 

“The Sabbath was made for man.” Mark 2:27.  

 

Then by whom was the Sabbath made?

 

By Christ Jesus, the Son of God.

 

Note – The conclusion is inevitable. If Christ made all things, and the Sabbath was one of the things that were made, then it follows that Christ must have made the Sabbath. This being so, the Sabbath must be the Lord’s Day.

 

What did God do in the beginning on the seventh day?

 

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2:2,3.

 

Note – If all things were made by Jesus Christ, then He, with the Father, rested on the seventh day from His work of creation, blessed the day, and made it holy.

How much honor is due to Jesus Christ?

 

“That all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.” John 5:23. I and the Father are one.” John 10:30.

 

Note – Sabbath keeping, then honors Christ equally with the Father.

 

Christ Keeps the Sabbath

 

Did Christ keep the Sabbath?

 

“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” John 15:10.    

 

Did Christ’s followers keep the Sabbath after His death?

 

“Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment. Luke 23:56.

 

The Lord’s Day

 

On what day does John say he was in the Spirit?

 

“On the Lord’s day, I was in the Spirit.” Revelation 1:10. [Seventh day Sabbath]

 

What does the commandment say is the Lord’s?

 

“But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.” Exodus 20:10.

 

What does the prophet Isaiah; speaking for God, call the seventh-day Sabbath?

 

“My holy day.” Isaiah 58:13.

 

Note – We do not need to speculate as to what is the Lord’s, if we will but take the Word of God for our guide.

 

On what day must John have been in the Spirit?

 

The seventh, if he referred to a day of the week at all.

 

Note – No other day of the week in the entire Bible is claimed by God as His day. During the early centuries of the Christian era, apostasy came. Men, without any command of Scripture, thinking to honor Christ in spite of the Jews, who crucified Christ, began to neglect the Sabbath of the commandment and to honor the first day of the week, on which Christ rose from the dead, and called it “the Lord’s day.” Finally the Sabbath was almost lost sight of, and the Sunday generally replaced it. But there was no warrant for the change in the divine and unchangeable law of God. The Bible knows but one God, one Lawgiver, one Mediator between God and man, one Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, one Spirit, one faith, one baptism, and one Sabbath.  (See Jeremiah 10:10-12; Revelation 14:6, 7; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4-6; Exodus 20:8-11.)

 

Why have the scholars and churchmen found that there is no Bible authority for first-day or Sunday sacredness?

 

The answer is, they have found and declared it so.

 

What influence does the Bible and history shows working in the church immediately after apostolic days?

 

“Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.” Acts 20:30.

 

Note – “Between the days of the apostles and the conversion of Constantine, the Christian common wealth changed its aspect…. Rites and ceremonies, of which neither Paul nor Peter ever heard, crept silently into use, and then claimed the rank of divine institutions.” W.D. Killen (Presbyterian), The Ancient Church, Preface, pp. xv, xvi.

 

What did Christ say of worship based on tradition?

 

They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.” Matthew15:9.  

 

Note – “Protestants often deride the authority of Church tradition, and claim to be directed by the Bible only; yet they, too, have been guided by the customs of the ancient Church, which find no warrant in the Bible, but rest on Church tradition only! The Bible, which Protestants claim to obey exclusively, gives no authorization for the substitution of the first day off the week for the seventh. On what authority, therefore, have they done so? Plainly on the authority of that very Catholic Church which they abandoned, and whose traditions they condemn.” John L. Stoddard, Rebuilding a lost faith (1826 ed.), p. 80.

 

What will be done with every plant not planted by God?

 

“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.” Verse 13.  

 

In all matters of religion, whose commands should we obey?

 

“We must obey God rather than men!” Acts 5:29.

 

Note – In all matters of religion we as Christians must walk as Christ walked, think as Christ thought, talk as Christ talked. To His disciples He said, “Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19,20.

 


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