Saturday, May 20, 2017
Saturday Versus Sunday Worship
Bible Questions Answered:
“...I got into it with a guy that said Saturday is the Sabbath, and that I was not worshiping correctly by worshiping on Sunday. I found out later this man, is Seventh Day Adventist. What do we tell someone like this...”
Shane/ Alliance, Nebraska U.S.A.
Some have a real problem with this, but it comes down to, are we under the laws of the Old Testament, or not, as as Christian believers, we are not!
Galatians 3:24-26 KJV
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
The Apostle Paul was at the church of Galatia. At the church, a group of Jews, so called Judaizers, who taught that Christ was not in Himself enough for eternal salvation, one also had to keep Moses' law.
Their equation for salvation then was:
(The Law-circumcision) + (Christ) = Salvation.
There were those in the church that realized if this was true, then Paul was terribly wrong.
The Apostle became furious, he defended the integrity of the gospel, and so the book of Galatians was written.
The Apostle Paul stated, as was the message of The Gospel.
(Christ) = Salvation (alone).
Galatians 5:2,11,12 NLT
2 Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you.
11 Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted?
If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended.
12 I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.
Galatians 6:12-16 NLT
12 Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save.
13 And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples.
14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.
15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.
Ephesians 2:8,9 KJV
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
The Gift Of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Titus 3:5-7 KJV
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of The Holy Ghost;
6 Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;
7 That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Christians are not under the law, but the grace of God.
Romans 6:14 KJV
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:14,15 NLT
14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!
The Early Church Worshiped On Sunday (The First Day Of The Week):
The Resurrection Was On Sunday.
Matthew 28:1-7 NLT
1 Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of The Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.
3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.
4 The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
5 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as He said would happen. Come, see where His body was lying.
7 And now, go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and He is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see Him there. Remember what I have told you.”
Jesus Appeared On The First Day Of The Week.
John 20:19,26 NLT
19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” He said.
26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” He said.
Pentecost Was On Sunday (49 days after Easter):
Acts 2:1 KJV
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
The Early Church, Worshiped On Sunday:
Acts 20:7 KJV
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.
Acts 20:7 MSG
We met on Sunday to worship and celebrate the Master’s Supper. Paul addressed the congregation. Our plan was to leave first thing in the morning, but Paul talked on, way past midnight.
I Corinthians 16:1,2 KJV
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
2 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.
I Corinthians 16:1,2 MSG
Regarding the relief offering for poor Christians that is being collected, you get the same instructions I gave the churches in Galatia. Every Sunday each of you make an offering and put it in safekeeping. Be as generous as you can. When I get there you’ll have it ready, and I won’t have to make a special appeal.
The Resurrected Lord, Appeared To John On The Island Of Patmos, On Sunday:
Revelation 1:10 KJV
10 I was in The Spirit on The Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, The first and The Last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Revelation 1:10,11 MSG
It was Sunday and I was in The Spirit, praying. I heard a loud voice behind me, trumpet-clear and piercing:
“Write what you see into a book. Send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea.”
Why not worship on the Sabbath? Only 9 Old Testament commandments were reissued in the New Testament, but not the Sabbath.
Matthew 12:8 KJV
For The Son Of Man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
We now have and Eternal High Priest, at The Right Hand Of God, Jesus Christ, The Righteous.
Hebrews 7:12 KJV
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Mark 2:27,28 KJV
27 And He said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28 Therefore The Son Of Man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Colossians 2:16,17 NLT
16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths.
17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ Himself is that reality
So dear friends, what is the end of the matter? The Early Church, worshiped on Sunday, but the Apostle Paul leaves these final words with us...
Romans 14:1-13 NLT (The Danger of Criticism)
1 Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.
2 For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.
3 Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.
4 Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with The Lord’s help, they will stand and receive His approval.
5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable.
6 Those who worship The Lord on a special day do it to honor Him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor The Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please The Lord and give thanks to God.
7 For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves.
8 If we live, it’s to honor The Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor The Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to The Lord.
9 Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.
10 So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
11 For the Scriptures say,
“‘As surely as I live,’ says The Lord, ‘every knee will bend to Me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.’”
12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.
13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.
John 6:37,47 KJV
37 “...him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.
Acts 10:34,35 NLT
34 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism.
35 In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right.
Ephesians 1:6 KJV
To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.