WHY DO CHRISTIANS WORSHIP
UPON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK?
Very simply, the answer to this
question is that Christians are under a different law from the law that
Remember the sabbath
day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the
seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God. . . (Exodus 20:8-10). And He
While Jesus lived on earth, He kept the Law of Moses and taught others to do so. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled (Matthew 5:17,18). Please notice that Jesus said nothing would pass from the Law till all be fulfilled.
Jesus fulfilled all that was written in the Old Testament the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets. And He said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms concerning me (Luke 24:44).
The purpose of the Law which was
Please notice again, Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster (Galatians , 25). If we are no longer under the Law of Moses, then obviously the Sabbath law is not binding upon us today.
When did the Law of Moses as a law binding upon Gods people end? The answer is, it ended when Jesus died on the cross thus fulfilling it. Please notice: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometime were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us: Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace (Ephesians 2:13-15). Jesus abolished the law of commandments (the Law of Moses which included the command to keep the sabbath, Exodus 20:8). He abolished it in His flesh; that is by His death on the cross (cf. Colossians -17).
The new law, the Law of Christ,
came into effect on Pentecost Day (Acts
On that day, the
In summary, why do Christians meet
for worship upon Sunday, the first day of the week, instead of Saturday, the
seventh day of the week? The teaching of
the Bible is plain. The Law of Moses,
which included the sabbath
commandment, was to the nation of
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