119 MINISTRIES ERRORS-2
DID GOD CHANGE
WHEN GOD CHANGED
In other words, we read in the Bible where Almighty God at the beginning first commanded his people Israel to be circumcised in their flesh in the OLD Testament, under the OLD covenant, but now in the NEW Testament, under a NEW COVENANT, Almighty God has CHANGED the law of circumcision in the FLESH so that circumcision in the flesh is not only NO LONGER REQUIRED, but it is ALSO taught AGAINST by the apostles and disciples of Jesus in the New Testament that if a believer seeks to be saved by being circumcised in the flesh, then they have FALLEN from GRACE and the ATONEMENT of Jesus profits them NOTHING. So then did GOD CHANGE just because God CHANGED the law? The answer is quite simple a NO! Almighty God HIMSELF did not change. Nor did God change his MIND. Just because the law of God CHANGED in the way things are to be done does not mean that God himself changed or God changed his mind. The TRUTH of the matter is all that has happened in that God has FULFILLED what he has ALREADY spoken in his word. In others words, this was God's PLAN all along. So then, let us begin this study in God's word to see that the law of God did indeed change from what was written in the Old Testament to what is now written in the NEW TESTAMENT.
Please read Galatians 5:1-14, which clearly and plainly teaches us that the law of God concerning being circumcised in the flesh has been ABOLISHED and FULFILLED through our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.
11. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, WHY do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offense of the cross ceased.(in other words, Paul was being persecuted because he was preaching against being circumcised in the FLESH as being part of a believers FAITH to be justified before Almighty God, because Jesus both fulfilled and abolish circumcision in the flesh by his death on the cross)
It is made perfectly clear in the word of God that Almighty God did in fact CHANGE the LAW, but just because the law of God changed does this also mean that Almighty God himself CHANGED? We will answer this question is this study of God's word and will without a doubt get many of you to think outside the box of the RELIGIOUS definition of God.
of the reasons that I am writing this study is because just recently
I became aware of the teachings of the Hebrew Roots Movement and the
119 Ministries, who teach that Christians must obey ALL
the LAW of God, meaning that they are FALSELY teaching Christians that they must obey EVERY jot and tittle of the law of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinances that are
written in the OLD Testament. And one of their arguments that they
use is based on the verses of scripture that say that God does NOT
CHANGE, so therefore the OLD Testament is still in FORCE today for Christians just the same as it was for the children of Israel under the old covenant.
So then, let us take a closer look at the verses that SEEM to be saying that Almighty God never CHANGES, which the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement INTERPRET to mean that God never does anything DIFFERENT than what he has done in the past. In other words, the 119 Ministries INTERPRET these passages of scripture to mean that whatever God has said in the OLD Testament is STILL valid or in force today, which includes keeping ALL the law that was written to God's people Israel.
I have also found that the 119 Ministries rely very heavily on Matthew 5:17-19 where Jesus tells us that he has not come to DESTROY or to ABOLISH the LAW but to FULFILL the law and the prophets. We will take a closer look at this verse in a moment, but first let me just quote all the verses that SEEM to be saying that God never changes.
So then, from the above verses the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement teach that ALL the LAW of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament to God's people Israel still remains in FORCE for Christians today, as in, EVERY JOT and TITTLE of the LAW and COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God written in the OLD Testament are to be KEPT to the letter, because Jesus himself said that he has NOT come to DESTROY the LAW, but to FULFILL the LAW and the prophets. Let us read Matthew 5:17-19 and see what this passage of scripture is truly teaching us.
"Think NOT that I am come to DESTROY the LAW, or the prophets: I am NOT come to DESTROY, but to FULFILL.
19. Whosoever therefore shall break ONE of these LEAST commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the LEAST in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven."
word translated as ''DESTROY'' here comes from the Greek word
"KATALYO'', which means throw down, to abolish, to destroy.
HOWEVER this Greek word "KATALYO'' ALSO
means to destroy UTTERLY,
to overthrow COMPLETELY.
In other words, this Greek word that is translated as ''DESTROY'' in
the king James Version and as ''ABOLISH'' in the New International
Version carries with it the meaning that Jesus did not come to
COMPLETELY ABOLISH the law, or to UTTERLY and COMPLETELY overthrow the law.
So then Matthew 5:17,18 should have been translated as;
18. 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 (or until IT) be fulfilled.''
Now some of you may argue that I am changing God's word to make it say what I want it to say, but in TRUTH I am just pointing out to you, the reader, the seeker of the TRUTH, that in the original language these Greek words sometimes have many different meanings and the English translation that we read is just that, a TRANSLATION. In other words, this verse could have just as easily been translated as UTTERLY destroy or COMPLETELY abolish, which would then AGREE with the rest of God's word without trying to manipulate, twist or change many other CLEAR, PLAIN and SIMPLE passages of scripture to get them to agree with your OWN private personal translation of Matthew 5:17,18. Let me explain what I mean by this.
keep in mind that Galatians 3:19 teaches us that the LAW was ADDED
because of transgression UNTIL
the PROMISE of the MESSIAH be FULFILLED, which teaches us that some
in the LAW
were without fail and indeed made AT the FIRST coming of Jesus at his
DEATH and resurrection. In other words, Jesus did indeed ABOLISH SOME
of the LAW of GOD written in the OLD TESTAMENT. One part of the LAW
of GOD that was INDEED ABOLISHED and
FULFILLED at the SAME time was the OFFERING of SACRIFICES for sins,
which no true born again believer denies. So then, without a doubt this is one jot and tittle of the law that has INDEED been both ABOLISHED and FULFILLED at the cross of Jesus. Please remember that the 119
Ministries teaches that Christians must keep ALL the LAW of God, BECAUSE not ONE JOT or TITTLE of the law shall pass away until ALL be FULFILLED. So why then
do they back pedal so to speak and make excuses concerning the law of
God in the area of offering sacrifices for sins. If ALL truly means
ALL, then there should be no excuses for not KEEPING ALL the law and
therefore they should also teach that Christians must obey ALL the law if they TRULY LOVE God and offer animal
sacrifices in order to be forgiven of their sins. How foolish would this be to even think that Christian under the NEW TESTAMENT must obey the law of God under the OLD covenant to continue to offer animal sacrifices?
The TRUTH of the matter is that the law of God pertaining to animal sacrifices has INDEED been both ABOLISHED and FULFILLED by Jesus at the cross. But there were OTHER parts of the OLD covenant law of God that have been ABOLISHED and FULFILLED as well by the cross of Jesus. But some Christians in the early church, who were still yet learning, were being DECEIVED to keep the OLD covenant laws for FEAR of the JEWS.
is Galatians 3:19, which teaches us that the law was temporarily
added for reason of transgression UNTIL the PROMISE of the coming
MESSIAH be FULFILLED. This verse also teaches us that there is a DIFFERENCE between the law of God, as in, the COMMANDMENTS of God, which some call the MORAL law of God that teaches us what is right from what is wrong, and the CEREMONIAL law of God, which was ADDED because God's people transgressed of broke the MORAL law, the COMMANDMENTS of God. So the, when the word "LAW" is used in the Bible we must judge from the CONTEXT to WHICH law this word "LAW" is referring to is that particular passage of scripture.
"Wherefore (or for what REASON) then SERVE the LAW (the ceremonial law and NOT the COMMANDMENTS of God)? It was ADDED because of transgressions, TILL the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator."
So then, it is made clear to us that some part or some aspect of the law CHANGES in some way at the death and resurrection of Jesus, otherwise Jesus died in VAIN. In other words, Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY abolish the WHOLE LAW or to UTTERLY and completely destroy ALL the law, but rather Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies written in the Old Testament that were speaking of him as being the Messiah. So then, the TRUTH of the matter is that some part of the LAW was INDEED ABOLISHED at the CROSS of Jesus, when Jesus FULFILLED what Almighty God had ALREADY spoken in his word through the prophets in the Old Testament.
One thing we can all agree on is that the REASON that Jesus came was to FULFILL the law AND the PROPHETS. In other words, Jesus spoke of his coming was to FULFILL not ONLY the LAW, but ALSO that he came to FULFILL the PROPHETS. In other words, Jesus is talking about HIMSELF being PROPHESIED through the different rituals or ceremonies of the LAW as being TYPES and SHADOWS of his COMING as well as being spoken of by the prophets that God would raise up a SAVIOR among the people to save them from their SINS. Remember Jesus told the Jews that they sought eternal life in the scriptures and the scriptures spoke of HIM. Jesus was trying to get the Jews to see that he was that man that the SCRIPTURES themselves foretold that would come to be the savior. Jesus said if you do not believe that I am HE, then you shall remain dead in your sins. Please read John 8:24,25 which says,
"I said therefore unto you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you believe NOT that I am he, (meaning that if you do not believe that I am the ONE that was PROPHESIED in the scriptures as the CHRIST, the coming MESSIAH) you shall die in your sins.
25. Then said they unto him, WHO are YOU? And Jesus said unto them, Even the SAME that I said unto you from the BEGINNING."
Now let us go back to the very BEGINNING when Jesus first revealed to the Jews WHO he was. Please read Luke 4:14-21, which is right after Jesus returned form the wilderness being tempted of the devil after he was baptized by John the baptist.
"And Jesus returned (from the wilderness being tempted of the devil for 40 days) in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
15. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
16. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has ANOINTED ME to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent ME to heal the brokenhearted , to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down . And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture FULFILLED in your ears."
In other words, I am he, the ONE that was PROPHESIED to be the MESSIAH the ANOINTED one with the POWER of the Spirit of Almighty God. I am he that was sent by God. You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus the CHRIST, this was the whole point of the Old Testament to
foretell of the coming Messiah. The LAW was just ADDED to KEEP God's
people Israel UNTIL the promise of the Messiah's coming be FULFILLED. They would obey the ceremonial law when the disobeyed the COMMANDMENTS of God so that their sins would be covered until Jesus came to die once and for all for the sins of the whole world. The word or God tells us that the name of Jesus is the ONLY name under heaven that is given among mankind whereby we MUST be SAVED. This is why Jesus went into the heart of the earth to PREACH the gospel to the SPIRITS of the DEAD saints in the Old Testament so that the could be SAVED by the name of JESUS the same as those who are alive UNDER the NEW TESTAMENT. Please read the study called "WHAT AND WHERE IS PARADISE?" for all the scriptures that support what I just said.
when Jesus FULFILLED part of the law and part of the prophecies at
his first coming he ALSO ABOLISHED that part of the law and the
prophets as well, because they NO LONGER serve the purpose to lead us
to Jesus. Again it is NOT that God himself CHANGED or that God changed his MIND. You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus
Christ, the prophets ALSO foretold that God was going to establish a
NEW COVENANT with his people Israel,
which Almighty God did indeed INITIATE with his Son Jesus. In other words, God FULFILLED his par of this NEW COVENANT. BUT then
when Israel REJECTED his Son Jesus as being their MESSIAH, then they themselves
rejected this NEW covenant that God desired to make with them as well.
So then, as ALSO already spoke in God's word and prophesied in the Old testament, Almighty God then TURNED to a people who was NOT a people of God in order to provoke his people Israel to jealousy. Now this does not mean that God has abandoned his people Israel, but it does mean that UNTIL the second coming of Jesus the only way for the Jews to come to Almighty God the Father is through his Son Jesus the ONLY name under heaven whereby mankind MUST be saved. Again this SECOND coming of Jesus was ALSO prophesied in the Old Testament in Isaiah 11:11, which says,
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the SECOND TIME to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left , from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea."
So then we do indeed see a lot of CHANGES in the way God is dealing with not only his chosen people Israel, but also the rest of mankind, the GENTILES, who once were NOT under the LAW contained in ORDINANCES but rather were under the law of their CONSCIENCE. But in reality these changes are NOT really and truly changes in that Almighty God himself nor has God changed his mind, by rather these changes in the way God is doing things is the FULFILLMENT of his written word spoken by the prophets in the Old Testament. So when you go back and read all those verses that teach us that God changes NOT you will see that they are speaking of Almighty God remaining FAITHFUL to what he has spoken in his word. Where his word means ALL his word and not just verse cherry picked here and there to TRY and prove one's own private interpretation of Matthew 5:17,18.
I do agree with one of the arguments used by the 119 Ministries that
has not yet been FULFILLED, meaning that Jesus is coming AGAIN to FULFILL some MORE of the Old Testament scriptures.
However, I do NOT agree with their CONCLUSION that they drew, which is to FALSELY teach that ALL the LAW written in the Old Testament contained in ordinances is still in FORCE and therefore must be KEPT, because not ONE jot or tittle shall pass away until ALL has been FULFILLED. The word translated as "ALL" here in Matthew 5:17,18 does not mean "ALL" in this case, because we KNOW for certain that SOME of the law was indeed ABOLISHED and FULFILLED at the CROSS of Jesus. Otherwise Jesus died in VAIN and we are still in our sins and must continue to offer animal sacrifices if we want our sins to be covered until the real Messiah comes. How foolish does that sound to a true born again Christians. Of course Jesus did NOT die in vain. Jesus is the prophesied MESSIAH.
But the 119 Ministries dogmatically demands that until heaven and earth pass away not ONE single jot or tittle of the law shall be ABOLISHED until ALL be fulfilled.
Please remember that the word "ALL" can also refer to that specific prophecy or IT be fulfilled. Also remember that Jesus came NOT the "KATALYO" the law, which means that Jesus did NOT come to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the law. And never forget that the word "LAW" is NOT and all inclusion word meaning every last word written in the Bible. Please remember and never forget that the word "LAW" must be interpreted by the CONTEXT to see if it means the MORAL law, as in, referring to the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God, OR if it means the ceremonial and ritual law that were observed as SHADOWS of the TRUE which was prophesied to come speaking of Jesus the MESSIAH.
The TRUTH of the matter is that Jesus FULFILLED different PROPHECIES all through his life during his FIRST coming and that Jesus will FULFILL ALL the prophecies concerning him when he comes again to reign for a 1000 years. In other words, ALL the PROPHETS will be FULFILLED before heaven and earth passes away, but God's WORD shall never pass away. NOT God's LAW will never pass away, but rather God's WORD shall never pass away, because it is quite evident from the WHOLE word of God that SOME of the law of God has indeed been both ABOLISHED and FULFILLED by the cross of Jesus. Also I personally do not believe that there will be any need for any law in the NEW heaven and the NEW earth, because their will be NO enemy of God, but I do believe that God's WORD shall never pass away.
brings us to yet another ERROR that is made by the 119 Ministries and
the Hebrew Roots Movement. They INCORRECTLY substitute
Jesus being called the Word of God to being the WRITTEN WORD of God.
And then INCORRECTLY substitute
the WORD of God for being the LAW of God. And then INCORRECTLY
the LAW of God for ALL the LAW contained in some 613 carnal ORDINANCES. And then
that to properly FOLLOW Jesus means the follow and KEEP the WHOLE
LAW written in the OLD TESTAMENT contained in these some 613 carnal ordinances, which most Christians clearly see and understand have been ABOLISHED at the cross of Jesus.
In other words, those who are being deceived by the Hebrew Roots Movement and the 119 Ministries do not understand the DIFFERENCE between the COMMANDMENTS of God and the LAW of Moses contained in some 613 ORDINANCES, which was ADDED because of transgressions UNTIL the promise of the MESSIAH was FULFILLED. This is where some Christians like the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement get into ERROR, because they FALSELY INTERPRET a verse that only SEEMS to support what they believe and then they FOCUS all their attention on this ONE verse while trying to make all these other clear and plain passages of scripture FIT their own private interpretation.
see trying to CHANGE the clear meaning of these many other passage of
scripture to fit their own private INTERPRETATION of Matthew 5:17,18
is the same as IGNORING these other passages of scripture that
CONTRADICT their own personal interpretation of Matthew 5:17.18,
which they try to insist means ONE or the OTHER and cannot mean BOTH,
therefore you must choose, between either Jesus came to ABOLISH the
law, OR Jesus came to FULFILL the law, because you cannot have it
both ways. Here is a quote from the 119 Ministries website in their
article called ABOLISH or FULFILL. The EMPHASIS added in their study is mine so that you will not just skim over their errors that I want you to see so that you don't make the same mistakes.
ABOLISH or FULFILL
Matthew 5:17--‐18 17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a
pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
So then....What does ''abolish'' bring about? Now....What does ''fulfill'' bring about"? Take note that Jesus came to do one and NOT the other. They cannot mean the same thing.
However, we are informed by church leaders that they DO bring about the same result.
Think about it. According to the American Heritage Dictionary ''abolish'' means-- ''To do away with; put an end to.'' And yet what are we told ''fulfill'' means? The definition given to us is the same ''To do away with; put and end to".
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, the ERROR made here by the 119 Ministries is that they have INCORRECTLY interpreted Matthew 5:17,18 as Jesus saying that he came to do ONE or the OTHER. And also they use the modern day meaning of the the "ENGLISH" word "ABOLISH" from a secular dictionary of modern day definitions, rather than the original Greek word that was TRANSLATED as ABOLISH in the New International Version.
So then, by not properly understanding the meaning of the Greek word "KATALYO" that means UTTERLY or COMPLETELY destroy, then they have falsely concluded that there is absolutely no way that Jesus came to do BOTH. However this is a FALSE or an INCORRECT INTERPRETATION to dogmatically teach that Jesus did NOT come to do BOTH "KATALYO'' AND fulfill the law and the prophets, and then dogmatically teach that Jesus came to ONE and NOT the other.
instead of going back and changing the way they view or understand
Matthew 15:17,18, they have gone into even more ERROR by TRYING to
CHANGE the meanings of all the other CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE to
understand verses that without a doubt CONTRADICT their OWN PRIVATE
of Matthew 5:17,18 that it CANNOT be BOTH ways. You see, one false
interpretation often leads to another false interpretation, which
often leads to yet another false interpretation. A little LEAVEN or false teaching leavens the whole lump. So just stop and
think it through for a moment dear child of God how many passages of scripture
are being redefined by the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots
Movement to make them fit their own private interpretation of Matthew
5:17,18, which they claim means that Jesus came to do only ONE, which
was to FULFILL the law and that not ONE single jot or tittle was ABOLISHED
from the law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the Old Testament written to the children of Israel.
However, the TRUTH of the matter is that Jesus did indeed come to do BOTH. Jesus did not come to abolish COMPLETELY the WHOLE law of God but Jesus did come to ABOLISH PART of the law of God AND to also FULFILL part of the prophets at his FIRST coming.
we are on Matthew 5:17,18 let us read the context from where it is
found and we will discover yet another error of the 119 Ministries
who have set themselves in AGREEMENT with the FALSE teaching of once
saved always saved. For those of you who may not be familiar will
this false doctrine of eternal security it basically incorrectly
teaches that once a person accepts Jesus as their savior, then from
that moment on they can never lose their salvation no matter what.
For a deeper understanding of why this teaching is not a SOUND
BIBLICAL teaching please read the study called "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE YOU ARE SAVED THEN YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED?". But
for now let us read Matthew 5:17-20, which says;
"Think not that I am come to ("KATALYO'', which means COMPLETELY DESTROY) the law, or the prophets: I am not come to ("KATALYO'', which again means that Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY DESTROY the law), but to fulfill.
19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least COMMANDMENTS, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the LEAST in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven.
First of all please notice that Jesus clearly teaches us that the PART of the law that shall not pass away is speaking of the COMMANDMENT of God and NOT the ceremonial law that was ADDED because of transgressing of the COMMANDMENTS of God, UNTIL the MESSIAH should come. Now we are faced with the question as to whether or not the KEEPING of the COMMANDMENTS of God is required of us as Christians as a matter of receiving the END of our SALVATION which is our actually obtaining our promise and reward of ETERNAL LIFE.
So then, NOW the question becomes WHEN do we ACTUALLY receive ETERNAL LIFE and ENTER into the kingdom of heaven? In other words, do we ACTUALLY OBTAIN our crown of ETERNAL LIFE the moment we accept Jesus as our savior and can therefore NEVER LOSE our crown of ETERNAL LIFE as some have FALSELY led some of us to believe?
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, those who falsely teach that the very moment you accept Jesus as your savior then you are eternally saved and therefore you can never loose your salvation no matter what ALSO falsely teach that at the very moment you accept Jesus as your savior you are GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE. Here is a direct quote taken from a website that teaches this FALSE doctrine of eternal security or once saved always saved.
4. We have been given eternal life. We already possess eternal life. Therefore we are eternally saved and cannot lose our salvation, other wise it would NOT be called ETERNAL life.
The Once Saved Always Saved doctrine uses I John 5:13 to support their viewpoint which says,
“THESE THINGS have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, AND that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
I also highlight the word "AND" here to show you, the seeker of the TRUTH, that were are first saved, as in, forgiven of all our PAST sins and placed into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God and given the PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE if so be we CONTINUE to BELIEVE. Please notice the phrase before this word "AND" that John is writing to those who ALREADY BELIEVE in Jesus so that or in order that they will CONTINUE to believe unto the END. Of course those who FALSELY teach once saved always saved doctrine only FOCUS on the word HAVE eternal life, but again I want to point out two things in the context that clearly teaches us that we only have the assurance or hope of obtaining eternal life in the world to come as the joy that is set before us to encourage us to CONTINUE to believe on the name of the Son of God. First I want you to again notice the word AND where John is writing to believers who ALREADY believe in the Son of God to tell them about the promise of eternal life that is abiding in them so that or in order that we will CONTINUE to believe in the Son of God unto the end so that we will be found that good and faithful servant that is accounted worthy to have the right to eat of the tree of life in the world to come.
Now ask yourself what are the "THESE THINGS" that John wrote unto us in order that we may know that we have eternal life abiding in us or remaining is us? Again keeping this verse of scripture in context and comparing it with other verses of scripture we will know the truth, the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth. Please back up to verse 3,4, and 5 of this same chapter of 1 John.
“For this is the love of God that we KEEP his COMMANDMENTS: and his commandments are NOT grievous.(But the keeping of ALL the law of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written to the children of Israel which NONE of them could keep IS GRIEVOUS and CONTRARY to us) For whatsoever is born of God OVERCOMES the world; and THIS is the victory that overcomes the world, EVEN our FAITH. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that BELIEVES that Jesus is the Son of God?”
The word "BELIEVES" is a CONTINUOUS verb showing a continual FAITH and LOVE of God by KEEPING his COMMANDMENTS. Now if we back up even further we will see the reason why we have this witness or assurance within us that we have everlasting life abiding in us. You see, it is the PROMISE or HOPE of obtaining eternal life that ABIDES or remains alive in us as we continue to BELIEVE in the Son of God and his words. Look at I John 3:8 which is one of the things John wrote unto us that we may know that we have eternal life.
“He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For THIS PURPOSE the the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Whosoever is born of God does NOT commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. IN THIS (speaking of NOT committing SIN, IN THIS) the children of God are manifest (made known), and the children of the devil: whosoever does not righteousness is not of God neither he that loves not his brother.
For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew him? Because his OWN WORKS were evil and his brother’s righteous.
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, BECAUSE we love the brethren. He that loves not his brother ABIDES IN DEATH.
Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer HAS ETERNAL LIFE ABIDING IN HIM.”
So you see, as long as we are abiding and walking in LOVE, then we KNOW we have eternal life in us abiding in us, but IF we draw back and get out of abiding and walking in love, then DEATH once again abides in us.
For you see, we do not actually receive the wages of sin, which is DEATH, nor do we actually receive the reward of ETERNAL LIFE until we actually die physically, or until Jesus returns, which ever comes first.
If it were true that a believer actually receives eternal life the moment that they repent of their sins, then it must also be equally as true that when a person SINS then they ACTUALLY RECEIVE at that exact moment that the SIN the wages of sin which is DEATH. But we do not see every person that sins DIE the very moment that they SIN, nor do we see every person being taken to heaven and given eternal life the moment they accept Jesus as their savior. But rather a sinner in abiding in death until they repent of their sin, and in the same way a believer is abiding in eternal life so long as they continue to believe. And if we believe we will KEEP the commandments of God. NOT the whole law contained in some 613 ordinances that were added UNTIL the promise of the Messiah should come, but rather we are taught in the NEW testament to keep the COMMANDMENTS of God.
Therefore the determining factor of which one of the two we receive, eternal damnation or eternal life, is based on what is abiding in our hearts at the time we die physically or when Jesus returns. You see, there is no middle ground. Either we are OBEYING God's word and walking in love or we are DISOBEYING God and walking after the flesh.
Jesus said if you abide in me and my words abide in you shall know the TRUTH the TRUTH shall MAKE you FREE. So I ask you, from what shall we be made free? The answer to this question is many things. The first thing is that we are set free from the debt of sin in that all our past sins are forgiven and we as place in a right relationship with Almighty God. And another of the things we are made free from is bondage or the dominion that SIN once had over us, so that we should no longer serve sin, but rather we have been made free to serve God through righteous works.
And we are able to do this HOW? HOW can we live without sin? The answer is by the law of FAITH. For the word of God says that the just or more specifically those who shall live justly, that is, the justified shall live without sin by FAITH. In other words, Christians who have been made RIGHTEOUS by the blood of Jesus through FAITH shall continue to live this righteous life by the law of FAITH and not their OWN works of righteousness performed in their OWN strength in which there is boasting.
Hebrews 11:6 says,
Are you DILIGENTLY seeking God? The truth is we only have eternal life ABIDING in us IF SO BE that we OBEY the TRUTH. We must endure unto the END as Jesus said, and then, and ONLY then shall we be saved and obtain eternal life. The word of God clearly teaches that the actual POSSESSING of eternal life does not come UNTIL Jesus returns and the dead in Christ are raised.
1 Timothy 6:19 says,
Then we read in Titus 1:2
And again in Titus 3:7,8
“That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the HOPE of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you AFFIRM CONSTANTLY THAT (or so that) they which have believed in God might be careful to MAINTAIN GOOD WORKS.”
Now the reason being that we must take heed and be careful to MAINTAIN good works is because without good works, that is to say, without living righteously before God, there will be NO reward of eternal life. Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. It is not OUR OWN good works, but God doing the good works that God has commanded us to do through the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 John 3:21,24,25 says,
“I have not written unto you because you know NOT the truth, but because you KNOW it, and that no lie is of the truth…. Let that therefore ABIDE in you, which you have heard from the beginning. IF that which you heard from the beginning SHALL REMAIN IN YOU, you also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the PROMISE he has promised us, even eternal life.”
“ But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well SPRINGING UP INTO everlasting life.”
“ But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have fruit unto holiness, and the END everlasting life.”
Galatians 6: 7-9 says,
“BE NOT DECEIVED; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that also shall he reap. For he that sows of the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit SHALL of the Spirit REAP everlasting life. And let us NOT BE WEARY IN WELL DOING: for IN DUE SEASON we shall reap IF WE FAINT NOT.”
James 1:12 says it like this,
“Blessed is the man that ENDURES temptation: for when he is tried, he SHALL receive the crown of life, which the Lord has PROMISED to them that LOVE him.”
Jesus said in Revelation 2:10
“Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried, and you shall have tribulation ten days; be you FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, and I WILL give you a CROWN of LIFE.”
That is to say, IF SO BE that you are FAITHFUL unto death.
Then in Revelation 3:11 Jesus warns us to hold fast so that we do not lose our crown of life.
“Behold I come quickly: HOLD FAST which you have, that no man TAKE your CROWN (speaking of do not be deceived by FALSE teaching but hold fast to the TRUTH of the gospel so that NO man TAKE your crown of LIFE that is promised to those of you who REMAIN faithful).”
You see, we will receive eternal life, IF and ONLY IF we are found faithful unto the END by being obedient to God's word and his Holy Spirit. As you have seen from these verses of scripture that the word of God clearly teaches that we do not actually possess or obtain eternal life to the point that we can never lose it, until Jesus comes again, and we are found to be those good and faithful servants. It is ONLY then at the resurrection of the RIGHTEOUS dead IN CHRIST and those FAITHFUL believers who are alive and remain unto the COMING of Jesus when we RECEIVE our INCORRUPTIBLE glorified bodies that our SALVATION is ETERNALLY SECURE and the SECOND death has NO POWER over us from that point on.
Look at Revelation 22:12 which says,
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my REWARD IS WITH ME, to give every man ACCORDING AS HIS WORK SHALL BE.
14. Blessed are they that DO (as in, ACTIVELY DOING in the PRESENT TENSE) his commandments, that (or in order that) THEY (speaking of ONLY those who are DOING or KEEPING the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God) may have RIGHT to the tree of LIFE, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
I also want to point out that the word "WORK" is in the SINGULAR. In other words, we will be judged by the last WORK we are doing when we die or Jesus comes again.
Please read Ezekiel 33:7-20, which clearly teaches us that a righteous persons who turns from their righteousness and SIN shall have the wages of sin abiding in them and if they were it die while in that state of sin, then they shall NOT receive eternal life, but rather they shall receive the penalty of DEATH, the second death which is to be cast into the lake of fire to be destroyed.
8. When I (Almighty God) say unto the wicked, O wicked man, you shalt surely DIE; if you do not speak to WARN the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.
11. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn you, turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?
12. Therefore, you son of man, say unto the children of your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall NOT deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turns from his wickedness; NEITHER shall the RIGHTEOUS be able to LIVE for his righteousness in the day that he SINS.
13. When I shall say to the RIGHTEOUS, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, ALL his righteousness shall NOT be remembered; BUT for his iniquity that he has committed, he shall die for it.
So then, consider your self WARNED my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. Do NOT be DECEIVED by the enemy to turn away from righteousness back to your old life of sin. God only requires of you to OBEY his Holy Spirit one step at a time.
So YES, we are clearly taught in the NEW Testament to KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God, but we are NOT taught to keep ALL the law of God contained in ordinances written in the OLD Testament to God's people Israel.
My point is this, none of us have actually obtained or received our reward of ETERNAL LIFE as yet, so then none of us are actually IN the kingdom of heaven as yet. Both of these things take place AT the second coming of Jesus. So then, to INTERPRET Matthew 5:19 to mean that we as Christians do NOT have to KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God as a REQUIREMENT to obtain ETERNAL LIFE, because of FALSELY interpreting this verse to mean that we are ALREADY IN the kingdom of heaven and therefore we shall only be considered LEAST or GREAT in the kingdom by whether or not we KEEP or do NOT keep the commandments of God.
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the LEAST in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven "
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, that if you like the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement FALSELY teach that a believer in Jesus Christ the moment that they accept Jesus as their savior, then they are ETERNALLY SAVED and therefore can only be called LEAST in the kingdom of heaven or they will be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven, because ONCE you have accepted Jesus as your savior, then you can NEVER LOSE your salvation no matter what is to CONTRADICT the whole word of God. Again please read the entire in depth study on this highly controversial subject of eternal security or once saved always saved. Here again is the link to the study called "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE YOU ARE SAVED THEN YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED?", but for now here is a quote taken from the study called that is posted on the 119 Ministries teaching website, which teaches this false doctrine of once saved always saved.
If we teach that any of God’s law has been abolished and we practice as such then we will be LEAST in the Kingdom of Heaven, at best. It is only those who teach all of God’s commandments and practice them that will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven. If you teach that God has abolished His Sabbath, for example,
(and perhaps really believe that God would abolish the "eternal sign of His covenant") it does NOT matter who you are or what else you did, you will STILL BE SAVED but be least in the Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity. Your eternal rewards are compromised.
Mt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I do not come to destroy, but to
fulfill (with meaning).
Mt 5:18 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 (law and prophets) be fulfilled.
Mt 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he
shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be
called great in the kingdom of heaven.
We will receive reward for our works on the day of judgment (His return). For some, there will be so little works that they will still be saved, but basically have no eternal reward.
Again this is the very same thing that this FALSE doctrine of eternal security and once saved always saved INCORRECTLY teaches, which is believers ONLY lose their REWARDS and STATUS in the kingdom of God to come, but they themselves with still be saved.
The TRUTH of the matter is that IF you are going to dogmatically teach that NOT ONE JOT or TITTLE of the law of God was ABOLISHED due to Jesus FULFILLING it at his first coming, then you do NOT truly believe that Jesus died for your sins. If you TRULY believe that keeping ALL the law dogmatically means ALL the law of God where NOT EVEN ONE JOT or TITTLE has been ABOLISHED by the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, then you must therefore be OBEDIENT to DO ALL the law of God EVERY JOT and TITTLE of it, because you yourself teach that ALL means ALL and therefore means that NONE of God's law has been ABOLISHED at the first coming of Jesus.
So then, IF you truly believe this, then you must KEEP the law of God that taught the children of Israel to OFFER for themselves animal sacrifices for their sins, because you yourself dogmatically teach that ALL means ALL the law and NOT just SOME of the law. Therefore according to your own mixed up theology you must KEEP ALL the law and NOT just SOME of the law. Therefore by your own teaching you must offer animal sacrifices in order to have your sins forgiven along with your faith in Jesus Christ.
How ridiculous is even the thought that we as Christians must live like the JEWS and offer animal sacrifices for our sins. For those of us who see the TRUTH of the whole word of God it is just that ridiculous to even think that we must keep ALL the law contained in some 613 ordinances as well. Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. I do not mean to sound sarcastic or more superior in my understanding of God's word. I am merely trying to get you to take a closer look at the WHOLE word of God and TEST EVERYTHING.
Now most every true born again Christian AGREES that Almighty God has put in them the desire to DO the will of God. And even more so than just the keeping the commandments of God, as in, the ten commandments of God, but also in doing good works of righteousness. So please keep in mind that the keeping of God's law is NOT what is being rebuked in this study of God's word as being in ERROR.
Every true Christian no doubt LOVES God and has the desire that God himself places in us to do what pleases God. Any believer who is truly led by the Holy Spirit knows when they have not done that which pleases God. And all that God requires of us is that we ask for forgiveness of what we have done or did not do and believe the promise in his word that he is faithful to forgive us and then move forward in our walk with the Lord. We are being judged by what we are PRESENTLY DOING or NOT DOING. So then if you are NOT obeying the Holy Spirit, the REPENT and ask God's help to overcome sin and do what he is leading you to do. Then obey the leading of the Holy Spirit one step at a time.
Another point that I want to bring up that has DECEIVED those in the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement is that they believe that to walk as Jesus walked dogmatically means that we as Christians should live after the manner of the JEWS. The 119 Ministries teaches that IF you are NOT eating a KOSHER diet, then you are not truly FOLLOWING Jesus. The 119 Ministries teaches that IF your as a Christian are NOT dressing like a Jew, then you are NOT walking as Jesus walked. The 119 Ministries also goes on the teach that IF a Christians does NOT KEEP the FEAST days and every Sabbath day, then they are NOT truly following the TRUE Jesus. Here is a quote from the same website at 119 Ministries teachings.
This is what the believer’s walk should be. The same commandments Jesus walked are the same
commandments we should walk. We should not walk differently than Jesus Himself.
If you walk differently than Jesus are you really following Him? Many forget that Jesus (His real name
Y'shua) was a Sabbath keeping, kosher eating, Feast observing, and tassel wearing Jew. You do not see
many believers following those commandments that Jesus walked. Sometimes it is wise to stop and pause
and ask the question WHY? Why do I walk differently than my Savior? Do I follow a "different Jesus?"
1Jn 2:6 He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
How did Jesus walk? What was Jesus obedient to? Jesus kept God’s commandments perfectly. He showed
His love for the Father and love for others perfectly in His perfect obedience to God’s law. Are we to not at
least strive for the same? Yes, it is true we are unable to walk perfectly like He did and we will fail, but that
is what the whole purpose of grace. We are still commanded to walk and follow Him the best that we can
with the Spirit leading and supporting us the whole way.
It is because of God’s grace we should want to love God back (1 John 4:19), and Scripture defines loving
God back as keeping (all of) His commandments (not just some of them).
The TRUTH of the matter is that Jesus spent more time in his WALK with his God and Father by obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit than he did on eating and dressing. In fact Jesus spoke against the way the scribes and the Pharisees dressed.
Please read Matthew :1-9.
Then Paul goes on to say in Romans 14:17 that the kingdom of God is NOT about what we eat or drink.
Every believer that has gotten OFF the course of the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ has imposed some kind of DRESS code that if this dress code was not strictly followed, then they were NOT truly following the Lord. This is called RELIGION child of God. The Catholics went astray when they began FOCUSING all their attention on the OLD TESTAMENT LAWS. Soon a PRIESTHOOD was formed and then a division was made between the higher ranking clergy and lower class congregation. The Catholic priest are to be called father, even though Jesus taught us to call NO man our father upon the earth because Almighty God is our Father. When the reformation came the Protestants threw off many of the false teaching of Catholicism, but some branches kept the tradition of wearing priestly garments. Even in some more modern movements like the BISHOP and APOSTALIC movement DRESS has become an issue. In Catholicism it is forbidden to eat MEAT on Fridays, which again the forbidding of eating meat is taught against in the New Testament. The Mormons have their sacred undergarments. The Amish forsake all the conveniences of modern day society declaring them to be unholy and even sinful. This is NOT what the kingdom of God is about dear child of God. It is about walking in LOVE one toward another. If you love your brother, then you will not steal from him or covet his good or his wife. Can you not see that ALL the law of God is fulfilled in one word just like the scripture teaches us to do unto others as you would have them to do unto you and to love your neighbor as yourself.
The point that I am making is that Jesus did indeed keep the TEN COMMANDMENTS of God. And Jesus being a Jew no doubt kept the laws and the traditions of God's people Israel, but please keep in mind that he alone was God's chosen one to do all the will of God so that he would be crucified as an INNOCENT man in order that he could ransom mankind back to God. Please remember that Jesus still yet live under the OLD COVENANT so it was expected for everyone to obey all the law of God contained in ordinances. So then, to deceitfully try and use the argument that if you do NOT live exactly as Jesus lived, then you are NOT following the TRUE Jesus is to grossly mislead God's children.
Upon read and studying the New Testament I find that it does in fact teach us that we are to keep no less than nine of the ten commandments in order to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. And these nine commandments are NOT grievous to keep, because God has given us his Holy Spirit to EMPOWER us to be GREATER than our enemy who is in the world. God has also given us the PROMISES in his word that by FAITH we can TRUST that God will DO what he said he will DO. Again I say nine out of the ten commandments rather than all ten because I myself do not find in the NEW Testament where believers are WARNED that if they do NOT worship God on Saturday, then they have sinned. Nor do I find that it is even emphasized or talked about that much. Nor have I ever once been convicted by the Holy Spirit for worshiping God on Sunday. Nor have I ever been led or drawn by the Holy Spirit to start observing the Sabbath of Saturday. But we do see WARNINGS about keeping the other nine commandments.
However, I do find passages of scripture in the NEW Testament like Colossians 2:16,17, which clearly and plainly teaches us that we as Christians are NOT to let ourselves be JUDGED for NOT KEEPING the feast days or the Sabbath days.
"Let no man therefore judge you in MEAT, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17. Which are a SHADOW of things to come; BUT the body is OF Christ."
So then, here is a list of things Paul is teaching us as Christians to not let any man JUDGE us:
1. Let no man judge you in MEAT referring to food as in what you EAT.
2. Let no man judge you in DRINK.
3. Let no man judge you in respect of an HOLY DAY referring to a YEARLY high holy Sabbath day.
4.Let no man judge you in respect of the NEW MOON speaking of the MONTHLY Sabbath days or celebrations.
5. Let no man judge you in respect of the SABBATH DAYS speaking of the WEEKLY SABBATH days.
The word "SABBATH" is found 55 times in the
King James Bible in the NEW Testament. Of these 55 times 45 of which
are found in the four Gospels, which was still yet UNDER the law of the old covenant, because Jesus had not yet been crucified and risen from the dead. And the remaining 10 times are found in
the book of Acts and just this 1 time here in Colossians 2:16. Here
is a list of the ONLY nine times the word "SABBATH" is
found in the book of the ACTS of the Apostles. And I myself find none of these verse clearly teaching the church to observe the sabbath day in the way that it was taught in law of Moses.
"Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey."
"But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down."
"For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him."
"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that THESE words might be preached to THEM the next sabbath."
"And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to HEAR the WORD of God."
"For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day."
"And on the sabbath we went OUT of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spoke unto the women which resorted thither."
"And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days REASONED with them out of the scriptures,"
"And he REASONED in the synagogue every sabbath, and PERSUADED the Jews and the Greeks."
In none of these passages of scripture do I find where we as Christians are commanded to keep the Sabbath day. The Apostles went into synagogue on the Sabbath day to preach the gospel to the Jews. In Acts 16:13 we see the disciple going OUT of the city down by a river on the Sabbath day to preach the gospel to a group of women that were gathered together there perhaps to pray. For a deeper understanding on whether or not we as Christians should keep the Sabbath, as in, worshiping God on SATURDAY and opposed to worshiping God on Sunday please read the studies called "SUNDAY WORSHIP VERSES SABBATH KEEPING?", and "ONLY NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS?", but for now let us go back the law pertaining to the CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH being ABOLISH and FULFILLED at the cross of Jesus.
Please read Galatians 6:12,13, which teaches us that Christians in the early church were being compelled to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH so that the Jews who were doing the compelling would NOT be PERSECUTED by other Jews. Then in verse 14 we read where the Apostle Paul taught us that for a Christian the only Glorying or boasting we should have in in the cross of Jesus.
You see the Jews heavily persecuted Christians both Jew and Gentile for NOT keeping the law of Moses. And the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION in the flesh seemed to be the number one thing that the Jews PERSECUTED the church for NOT KEEPING. Paul teaches us in verse 15 that NEITHER being circumcised in the flesh or NOT being circumcised in the flesh avails anything. The only thing that matters is that you be found to be a BELIEVER IN Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 7:18,19 Paul teaches us that if an unbeliever in Jesus Christ whether they are Jew or Gentile who has been circumcised in the flesh and then becomes a BELIEVER in Jesus Christ for them NOT to become uncircumcised in the flesh. And then goes on to say that anyone who has NOT been CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH who becomes a BELIEVER in Jesus Christ is NOT to seek to become CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH.
Now here in this passage of scripture we see a clear DISTINCTION being made between the LAW of God and the COMMANDMENTS of God. In other words, the NEW Testament is teaching us as Christians NOT to KEEP the LAW of God concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH as well as the LAW contained in some 613 ORDINANCES, but RATHER we are to keep the COMMANDMENTS of God. So again Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the WHOLE LAW, but Jesus did in fact ABOLISH and FULFILL some PART of the law. You see there is LAW #1, which is the COMMANDMENTS of God that taught God's people Israel right from wrong that is sometimes called the MORAL law. And then there is LAW #2, which is the CEREMONIAL law of offerings and such that covered the sins of God's people when they disobeyed LAW #1 and followed on to obey this LAW #2.
Jesus FULFILLED this part of the law I just referred to as LAW #2, the CEREMONIAL, which were types, figures, and shadows of the true which was to come. So then, we as BELIEVERS are now CIRCUMCISED by the Holy Spirit of Almighty God in our HEARTS, which was ALSO prophesied in the Old Testament. Please read Romans 2:29, which says,
Then we read in Colossians 2:10-17 where the uncircumcised are circumcised WITHOUT HANDS through our Lord Jesus Christ who has BLOTTED OUT these hand writings of ORDINANCES that were against us and contrary to us.
"BEWARE lest (or for FEAR THAT) any man (like the 119 Ministries or the Hebrew Roots Movement) spoil you through philosophy and VAIN DECEIT, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and NOT after Christ.
11. In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made WITHOUT HANDS, IN putting off the body of the sins of the flesh BY the circumcision of Christ (speaking of being forgiven of all our past sins and being brought into right relationship into the family of God):
I want you to read Colossians 2:16,17 from several other translations, which make it blatantly clear that we as Christians are NOT to let any man CONDEMN us for NOT observing the annual feast days, for NOT keeping the monthly festivals and for NOT honoring the weekly Sabbath days.
Here is Col. 2:1,17 from the New International Version (NIV)
Here is Colossians 2:16,17 from the Complete Jerusalem Bible (CJB)
Here is Colossians 2:16,17,18 from the New Living Translation (NLT)
18. Don't let anyone condemn you by INSISTING on self-denial. And don't let anyone say you must worship angels, even though they say they have had visions about this. These people claim to be so humble, but their sinful minds have made them PROUD."
Here is Colossians 2:16,17 from the Message Bible
Here is Colossians 2:16-23 from the New Century Version (NCV)
"So do NOT let anyone make RULES for you about eating and drinking or about a religious feast (referring to NOT keeping of the annual feast days), a New Moon Festival (the MONTHLY celebrations), or a Sabbath day (Speaking of NOT keeping the WEEKLY Sabbath day).
18. Do not let anyone disqualify you by making you humiliate yourself and worship angels (speaking of the DOCTRINES of Devils). Such people enter into visions, which fill them with foolish pride because of their human way of thinking.
23. They seem to be wise, but they are only part of a man-made religion. They make people pretend not to be proud and make them punish their bodies, but they do not really control the evil desires of the sinful self."
Here is Colossians 2:16,17 from God's Word Translation (GWT)
You can continue to read
from many more multiple translations and they all speak the same
thing, which is that these ORDINANCES that were against us and that
were contrary to us, which no man was able to keep except our Lord
Jesus the CHRIST was BLOTTED OUT and taking out of our WAY through
the death of our Messiah on the cross. In other words, Jesus came to
FULFILL the whole law of God including the 613 ordinances in order
that the law contained in ORDINANCE could be ABOLISHED or BLOTTED
OUT. But this does NOT mean that Jesus also ABOLISHED the COMMANDMENTS of God. Jesus did NOT come to "KATALYO" which means to COMPLETELY abolish the law.
Now I know that the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement TRIES to explain away this TRUTH by saying that Colossians 2:14 is speaking of ONLY the blotting out of our past SINS and has NOTHING whatsoever to do with ABOLISHING the LAW. They give an human illustration of when a governor PARDONING a prisoner he does NOT ABOLISH the LAW itself, but rather merely forgives the CRIME or the one who transgressed the law. The law itself remains in FORCE.
Again we cannot always
give human examples to relate SPIRITUAL things. I agree that all our
past sins were indeed BLOTTED OUT, but ALSO there is no denying that
SOME of the LAW of God was INDEED blotted out as well. No true born
again believer can deny that Jesus ABOLISHED the LAW of God
pertaining to animal sacrifices for the covering of SINS. It is
FOOLISHNESS to say that at the first coming of Jesus that NONE of the
LAW of God was ABOLISHED by the cross of Jesus. We have learned in this study of God's word
that Jesus did not come to "KAYTALYO" which means to
COMPLETELY destroy the WHOLE law of God. So YES, the COMMANDMENTS of God were NOT abolished at the cross, but rather that ceremonial law to cover the CRIME was abolished. Sort of like when the governor pardoned the criminal he no longer had to be YOKED behind bars. The YOKE was taken away but the law still remained in force. Therefore if he broke the commandments again then he would be found guilty again and be worthy of punishment again. Unless of course he went to the governor, that is to say, Almighty God and repented of his sins to once again receive a pardon or stay of execution from the lake of fire on the day of judgment.
The TRUTH of the matter is
that the law of God contained in the 613 ORDINANCES were ABOLISHED at
the first coming of Jesus. The TRUTH of the matter is that the ANNUAL
feast day, the MONTHLY celebration feast days, and the WEEKLY
Sabbath days were ALSO ABOLISHED at the first coming of Jesus, because
these were only SHADOWS, types, figures or a school master that was
leading us TO our savior Jesus Christ. So the, once we receive Jesus as our savior we longer need these SHADOWS of the TRUE to LEAD us to the TRUE, because we have already been led to Jesus or MESSIAH.
Please read Ephesians 2:11-18, which clearly and plainly teaches us that the LAW contained in ORDINANCES was INDEED that enmity that was CONTRARY to us of AGAINST us which was BLOTTED OUT.
I do not see how the word of Almighty God can make it any plainer than this. It is the LAW that was contained in ORDINANCES that was CONTRARY to God people Israel that was ABOLISHED, SLAIN and NAILED to the cross of Jesus thus making a way for BOTH the JEWS and the Gentiles to have access to Almighty God. Please read Ephesians 2:15 from the New Century version.
Here is Ephesians 2:15 from God's Word Translation
read Ephesians 2:14-16 from the New International Readers Version,
which teaches us that this was God's PLAN all along. Jesus was slain in the mind and plan of God from before the foundation of the world. The law was only a temporary step that was added until God's final plan of FAITH in his Son Jesus should come.
15. Through his body on the cross (at his FIRST coming), Christ put an END to the LAW with all its commands and rules. He wanted to create one new group of people out of the two. He wanted to make peace between them.
Here is Ephesians 2:15 from Complete Jerusalem Bible
"By DESTROYING in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ORDINANCES. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom,"
You see, Almighty God did not CHANGE his MIND, but rather God FULFILLED what he said that he would do in his word, which was to establish a NEW COVENANT with his people Israel. This GOOD NEWS which was prophesied in the Old Testament that the prophets of old desired to look into was FULFILLED in Jesus Christ at the CROSS. Jesus said it is FINISHED and he gave up the ghost.
The word of truth tells us that had the principalities and rulers of darkness KNOWN, then the would NOT have CRUCIFIED the Lord of glory. Almighty God kept his very own LAMB that would one day be slain SECRET from his enemy from the very foundation of the world. God did not CHANGE his MIND, but rather God ACCOMPLISHED what he SAID he would do in his word HIDDEN in SHADOWS and the CEREMONIES of the LAW, which were ABOLISHED at the cross, because there is no longer a NEED for them to LEAD us to our savior Jesus Christ.
The word of TRUTH teaches us that the LAW was just a SCHOOLMASTER that was pointing us to Jesus Christ, but ONCE the promise of his coming was fulfilled, then there is no longer a need to keep these ceremonial laws contained in ORDINANCES, which were added only UNTIL the seed should COME. Please read Galatians 3:1-29, which clearly and plainly teaches us that the law contained in carnal ordinances was ADDED because of the transgression of the law of the COMMANDMENTS of God only UNTIL the promised prophesied seed of the MESSIAH should come.
“O foolish Galatians, who has BEWITCHED(or who has DECEIVED) you, that you should NOT obey the TRUTH, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
17. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
19, Wherefore (or for what REASON) then SERVE the law? It was ADDED because of transgressions, TILL the seed should come to whom the promise was made (and that seed was JESUS); and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
The law was a SCHOOLMASTER to them in the Old Testament times that was teaching them about the coming Messiah. The AFTER the coming of Jesus came and he DIED for their SINS then there is NO MORE NEED to be under the schoolmaster to be TAUGHT about Jesus, because those who have already BELIEVED understand that these were just SHADOWS and figures of that which was to COME.
You know in school when we were taught how to divide we used to have to write out each step so that we could easier see how to arrive at the true answer. But AFTER we learned how to divide we were no longer required to write out the whole problem on paper to prove how we arrived at the true answer.
God knows our hearts and it is upon our hearts that God now writes his laws and leads us by his Holy Spirit.
Again most Christians understand and know this truth, but there are some Christians being lead away from the TRUTH of the gospel by the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement to keep the WHOLE law contained in some 613 ORDINANCES written in the Old Testament.
Most Christians know that God has written on their heart to OBEY the COMMANDMENTS. And most Christian understand the DIFFERENCE between the law contained in ORDINANCES and the COMMANDMENTS of God. But where I believe the problem begins is when Christians question why the church worships God on SUNDAY rather than on SATURDAY the 7th day of the week. They begin to reason in themselves why the church keeps only NINE of the TEN commandments not understanding that Jesus is our REST. Please read the study "ONLY NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS?", but for now please read Matthew 11:28,29, which teaches us that when we believe upon Jesus we EXCHANGE the YOKE of the OLD covenant with the YOKE of Jesus whereby we enter into REST.
The YOKE of the OLD covenant was heavy and unable to be borne without the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the only man to ever keep ALL the law of God and to do ALL his will so that he was without sin his whole life. Please read Acts 15:10.
The law contained in
ordinances written in the Old Testament is called a YOKE of BONDAGE
in the New Testament. Please read Galatians 5:1-9, which clearly and
plainly teaches us that a LITTLE leaven or a LITTLE ERROR of FALSE
teaching will lead to more and more error until the whole teaching is
FALSE. In other words, I believe that the 119 Ministries and the
Hebrew Roots Movement as well as all the SABBATH KEEPING sects began
to leaven the whole lump when they began IMPOSE the keeping of the
Sabbath as an ADDITION to FAITH in order to be justified. This little leaven of deception that worshiping God on SUNDAY was not pleasing to God simply because Sunday is not the 7th day of the week. The commandment of God is simple; work six days then REST one day, work six more days, then REST one day and so forth. It is not so much as being a specific day of the week as it is for us to observe one day of REST and that we set aside one day a week to come together and worship God. It is the SPIRIT of the law that we are taught in the NEW Testament to keep and NOT the OLDNESS of the LETTER of the law. The LETTER of the law is a yoke of bondage.
Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man not that man was made for the Sabbath. Please read Mark 2:23-28.
Jesus has become the Lord ALSO of the SABBATH to become our REST. When we BELIEVE upon Jesus as our savior we do ENTER into his REST as Hebrews 3:7-19 and Hebrews 4:1-11 teaches us.
17. But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned (because they did not BELIEVE God to go and POSSESS the land is how they sinned They witnessed all the mighty WORKS of God's provision and deliverance, yet because of the UNBELIEF they did not enter into God REST), whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
Now let us continue reading in Hebrews 4:1-11.
3. For we which HAVE BELIEVED do enter into REST (meaning some who are hearing this good news have not yet believed), as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my REST: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world (the LAMB of God was already SLAIN from the foundation of the world).
This last verse 11 where it say let us LABOR therefore to enter into that rest is speaking of two things. ONE the writer is preaching this message to others who have NOT BELIEVED upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ so that they would labor to enter into that REST by FAITH as opposed to their OWN works of righteousness. And TWO we who have ALREADY BELIEVED and have ENTERED into his REST labor or work to enter into the final rest in the world to come where we actually received our reward of ETERNAL LIFE. However, our labor of love is NOT being done in or OWN strength. It is not us who are actually doing the WORK, but rather it is CHRIST or the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit in us that is doing these good WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS, otherwise there would be BOASTING.
Again the word SABBATH is only found 55 times in the NEW Testament in the King James Version of the Bible. And of these 55 times 45 of which are found in the four Gospels. The remaining 10 times are found in the book of Acts and Colossians 2:16.
In Colossians 2:16 we are taught not to let others JUDGE or condemn us for NOT keeping the weekly SABBATH. And in NONE of the other nine times in the book of Acts do we find any where that we as Christians are commanding to keep the SABBATH.
But what we do find taught in the NEW Testament is that only NINE of the ten commandments are REPEATED and taught to be kept.
And we also see that the early church observes the Lord's day to assemble.
#1. We see that the church broke bread and drank from the cup of wine, or partook of communion, the Lord's supper, on the FIRST day of the week, which was SUNDAY. Please read Acts 20:6,7.
Please notice that they were there SEVEN days and yet there is absolutely NO mention of the disciples assembling together of SATURDAY the 7th day of the week, but rather it was the FIRST day of the week that the early church assembled together to hear the preaching of the word of God and to observe communion.
#2. The church itself BEGAN on a SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week. Please read Leviticus 23:15-21, which clearly and plainly teaches us that the day of PENTECOST always would fall on the day AFTER the SABBATH day on the 50th day.
"And you shall COUNT unto you from the morrow AFTER the Sabbath (in other words, the day AFTER Saturday is SUNDAY), from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete:(or seven Saturdays shall pass)
18. And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savor unto the LORD.
21. And you shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: you shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations."
Now please read Acts 2:1-4, which clearly and plainly teaches us that the the church BEGAN on the day of PENTECOST by being FILLED with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them the utterance. You can read the entire New Testament and you will not find on word where the early church kept Leviticus chapter 23. The disciples were not baking bread to offer God nor any of the other things described in Leviticus chapter 23, but rather they were all in one accord praying and waiting to be endued with POWER from on high as Jesus had commanded them.
#3. Jesus rose from the grave AFTER the THIRD day as told his disciples that he would in Mark 8:31 and ON the FIRST day of the week before sunrise. Please also read Matthew 28:1-8 which clearly and plainly teaches us that the SABBATH had ENDED before Jesus had risen from the grave, And then John 20, which clearly and plainly teaches us that Jesus was risen for the grave before sunrise on the FIRST day of the week.
Please keep in mind that God's recognizing of days is establish in Genesis chapter 1 where each new day BEGAN at EVENING and NOT in the MORNING or at midnight like we do here in the west. Therefore the Sabbath BEGAN at sunset of FRIDAY EVENING and ENDED on SATURDAY EVENING. It was BETWEEN Saturday EVENING and BEFORE SUNRISE on SUNDAY MORNING the Jesus rose from the grave. The FIRST day of the week BEGAN at SUNSET on SATURDAY EVENING.
Jesus was crucified on Wednesday and was laid in the tomb right before SUNSET on WEDNESDAY EVENING, which was the beginning of a HIGH Sabbath day. So from Wednesday evening to Thursday evening was 1 night and 1 day in the grave. Then from Thursday evening to Friday evening was 2 nights and 2 days in the grave. Then from Friday evening to Saturday evening, which would be the END of the WEEKLY Sabbath was 3 nights and 3 days for Jesus to be in the grave. Then BETWEEN that Saturday EVENING AFTER SUNSET, which would be the START of the FIRST day of the week and BEFORE the SUNRISE on this FIRST day of the week Jesus rose from the grave AFTER being in the grave three full days and three full night just like he said he would.
#4. Jesus appeared to his disciples on the FIRST day of the week, which was SUNDAY and commissioned then to preach the gospel. Please read John 20:19-23.
"Then the SAME day at evening, being the FIRST day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said unto them, Peace be unto you.
#5. Peter preaches the first sermon on the FIRST day of the week and 3000 souls are added to the church. Please read Acts 2:14-41.
#6. These new believers were also baptized on the FIRST day of the week. Acts 2:41
"Then they that gladly received his word were BAPTIZED: and the SAME day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."
#7. Paul instructs the church to take up a collection and have it ready on the FIRST day of the week when he comes to preach the gospel. Please read 1 Corinthians 16:1,2
It would seem that Paul was coming on the FIRST day of the week and Paul wanted the collection for the saints in Jerusalem to already be ready when he gets there.
The point is that there is NO mention of the early church gathering together to worship God on the SATURDAY the 7th day of the week, but we do however find several time that the FIRST day of the week is spoken of as to when the church assembled together to observe communion, the breaking of bread.
The apostle John speaks of being caught up in the SPIRIT on the LORD'S DAY. Now while there is no positive without a doubt proof in that particular passage of scripture in the book of Revelation that the Lord's day was the FIRST day of the week we do know without a doubt the John did in fact know which day was the SABBATH day and yet he chose to call this day the LORD'S DAY.
We have already established that the Lord rose AFTER three days which was ON the FIRST day of the week. Therefore it does not take a rocket scientist to see that the LORD'S DAY was on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week.
The early writers of our church fathers BEFORE the Catholic church came into power wrote of worshiping God on the FIRST day of the week. Here are a few accounts that came across.
Barnabas (+/- 100), Epistle, Chapter 15
"Wherefore, also, we keep the 8th day with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead."
Justin Martyr (110-165)
Apology, Chapter 67 - "And on that day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place. ... Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead."
In the Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew, Trypho writes: "But this is what we are most at a loss about: that you, professing to be pious, and supposing yourselves better than others, are not in any particular separated from them, and do not alter your mode of living from the nations, in that you observe no festivals or sabbaths, and do not have the rite of circumcision" (Chapter 10).
To this Justin replies: "The new law requires you to keep perpetual sabbath, and you, because you are idle for one day, suppose you are pious, not discerning why this has been commanded you" (Chapter 12).
Against Marcian, Book 5, Chapter 19, verses 16,17.
"And what shall we say of the new race of us Christians, whom Christ at His advent planted in every country and in every region? for, lo! wherever we are, we are all called after the one name of Christ -- Christians. On one day, the first of the week, we assemble ourselves together."
So then, from the books of Acts to this present day the church has assembled together on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week to worship and praise God. Sunday has always been the LORD'S DAY, the day in which our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the grave.
The Sabbath day was fulfilled in our Lord Jesus Christ on the CROSS when he laid down his life for us becoming our REST that we enter into through FAITH.
So then the only part of the law the Jesus did NOT ABOLISH was NINE of the ten commandments, which we are taught to KEEP in the NEW Testament, but NOT in our OWN strength.
I myself find ONLY NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS repeated in the NEW Testament. Here are the passages of scripture where the NINE commandments are repeated and we are taught to keep them.
Commandment #1. (1Corinthinans 8:4 and Acts 14:15)
Commandment #2. (Galatians 5:19-21, Romans 1:22,23, and 1John 5:21)
Commandment #3, (James 5:2)
Commandment #4 (NOT FOUND)
Commandment #5 (Ephesians 6:2,3)
Commandment #6 (Romans 13:8-10)
Commandment #7 (Romans 13:8-10 and 1 Corinthians 6:9,10)
Commandment #8 ( Romans 13:8-10 and Ephesians 4:28)
Commandment #9 ( Revelation 21:8, 22:15 and Colossians 3:9
Commandment #10 ( Romans 13:8-10 and Ephesians 5:3
Please read the study called "ONLY NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS?" for a deeper understanding of why the sabbath day is no longer keep by the church and WHY Sunday has become the day st aside to gather together and worship God. Also I might add that many Sabbath keepers FALSELY teach that it is a SIN to worship God of SUNDAY. Some Sabbath keepers even go so far as to FALSELY teach that Christians who worship God on SUNDAYS are taking the MARK of the BEAST.
If either of these were true then Almighty God would not answer the prayers of these so called SINNERS to HEAL the SICK on SUNDAY. But I am hear to ASSURE you my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ that I have personally witnessed Almighty God answering the prayers of many believers on SUNDAY to heal the sick and to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the Holy Spirit gave the utterance.
Therefore I conclude by affirming that the Sabbath keepers, the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Move are FALSELY teaching Christians to live and the JEWS lived UNDER the LAW contained in ORDINANCES.
Jesus said come unto me all you that are heaven laden and he will give you REST. WHY then serve you the LAW.
All that Almighty God requires of you is to OBEY his Holy Spirit one step at a time. Read the passages of scripture where the nine commandments are repeated and through the power of the Holy Spirit and the promises in God's word strive to OBEY these commands. And if you fall confess your sins and begin again. Almighty God is always faithful to forgive us of our sins if we ask in faith.
Thanks for reading and may God grant you PEACE knowing that you are doing his will. Grow in God's grace and may he bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the whole word of God.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
Please read all the studies linked within this study and all the studies linked below. This study was just the TIP of the iceberg of exposing the ERRORS of interpretation made by the Saturday seventh day of the week Sabbath keeping churches.
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Some CLAIM the the early church kept the Sabbath as the Jews, but I assure you that the early first century church were accustomed to gathering together BEFORE the light of day break on the FIRST day of the week that THEY called the Lord's day.
Here is a NON BIAS historical account found in a letter from Pliny the Younger to Trojan concerning the Christians.
Pliny was a Roman who persecuted and killed Christians, so again this is a historical NON BIAS account of WHEN Christians gathered together.
Here is what Pliny says in his letter to Trajan. The EMPHASIS and comments are mine:
“That they were WONT (or as they were ACCUSTOMED and USED to do, or in the HABIT of doing), on a STATED day (or on a CERTAIN preset day), to meet together BEFORE IT WAS LIGHT, and to sing a hymn to Christ, as to a god, alternately; and to oblige themselves by a sacrament [or oath], not to do anything that was ill: but that they would commit no theft, or pilfering, or adultery; that they would not break their promises, or deny what was deposited with them, when it was required back again; after which it was their CUSTOM to depart, AND to meet AGAIN at a common but innocent meal,(so after the hard worship service early morning beginning before day light they would depart and they come back together later that same to to share a common simple meal together, and most likely break bread together as other early church writers give more detail) which they had left off upon that edict which I published at your command, and wherein I had forbidden any such conventicles (or religious meetings).”
Below are some quotes of early church writers that clearly teach us that the early church did NOT keep the Sabbath day, as in, on SATURDAY, the 7th day of the week, but rather the early church throughout history from it's beginning worshiped God on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week, which is sometimes referred to as the EIGHTH day of the week or the day AFTER the Sabbath day, or the LORD'S DAY.
(The emphasis is mine in these quotes given below):
The date is given first and the source is given at the end.
Quote number #:
#1. 90 AD DIDACHE:
"Christian Assembly on the Lord's Day:
1. But every Lord's day do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure.
2. But let no one that is at variance with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned.
3. For this is that which was spoken by the Lord: In every place and time offer to me a pure sacrifice; for I am a great King, saith the Lord, and my name is wonderful among the nations." (Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, Chapter XIV)
#2. 100 AD BARNABAS:
"We keep the eighth day [Sunday] with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead" (The Epistle of Barnabas, 100 AD 15:6-8).
#3. 100 AD BARNABAS:
Moreover God says to the Jews, 'Your new moons and Sabbaths I cannot endure.' You see how he says, 'The present Sabbaths are not acceptable to me, but the Sabbath which I have made in which, when I have rested [heaven: Heb 4] from all things, I will make the beginning of the eighth day which is the beginning of another world.' Wherefore we Christians keep the eighth day for joy, on which also Jesus arose from the dead and when he appeared ascended into heaven. (15:8f, The Epistle of Barnabas, 100 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, pg. 147)
#4. 110 AD Pliny:
They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath not to (do) any wicked deeds, never to commit any fraud, theft, or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of good food—but food of an ordinary and innocent kind. (About three years after the death of Ignatius in 250, an important official communication was sent from one Pliny to Trajan the Roman emperor. Pliny, the Roman governor of Bithynia, wrote of the Christians who had been congregating there probably from at least A.D. 62 onwards. In this remarkable it is explicitly stated that these early Christians observed the substance of most of the Ten Commandments, and it is implied that they observed all ten as far as they were able to do so. As far as they were able, for as most of the early Christians were of slave stock or from other lower classes'-, and those who had heathen masters or employers—the vast majority—would be forced to work on THEIR day of rest, which was unfortunately an official working day throughout the empires' until Constantine's "Sabbath" Edict in 321 A.D. gave them some measure of public protection. Hence one reads that after meeting "on a certain FIXED day before it was light", the first century Bithynian Christians had "to separate"—many of them having to labour for their masters and/or employers from dawn to dusk—"and then reassemble to partake of . . . food". The "certain fixed day" [stato die"'] on which the Christians met, is regarded by Seventh-day Adventists as Saturday'-. Certainly the expression would seem to indicate a regular day of meeting, probably each week. But Sunday is FAR more likely to have been the "certain fixed day" than Saturday. For if Pliny had been referring to the old Saturday Sabbath, as a Roman he would doubtless have referred to the "later" meeting first and only then to the morning meeting on the day after the "certain fixed day", seeing that the old Saturday Sabbath was demarcated from the evening of one day to the evening of the following day. But Pliny makes no such reference. Instead, he mentions that the pre-dawn meeting took place first—and only after wards the later meeting; and that both meetings took place on the SAME "certain fixed day". This rather points to the Roman (and—more importantly!—New Testament) midnight to midnight demarcation of modern Sunday-keepers than to the evening to evening demarcation of the Jews and the Seventh-day Adventists. (The Covenantial Sabbath, Francis Nigel Lee, Pg 242)
Also I myself will further add to the comment of the writer above that mere common sense plainly teaches us that Pliny was clearly speaking of SUNDAY, because the LAW that Constantine passed was not to mandate work on SUNDAY so that these Christians could worship God on SUNDAY. So the CLAIM by the Seventh Day Advent church that the fixed day of worship for Christians was a Saturday is FALSE. Other wise Constantine would have made it a law the employers allowed Christians off for work on a Saturday rather than on a Sunday.
This PROVES beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Christians were ALREADY worshiping God on SUNDAY the FIRST DAY of the week from the very beginning of the church on the day of Pentecost. The truth of the matter is that Constantine only made it easier for Christians to worship God on Sunday without being persecuted by their employers or owners by passing the EDICT making it a LAW to force heathen employers to let their employees have at least some time off from work so that they could worship God on SUNDAY.
Every Sabbath keeper will AGREE that Constantine's "SABBATH" is referring to SUNDAY as the day of the week and NOT as Saturday being the REST for Christians. Again all the Constantine did was to pass a law making it EASIER fro Christian to worship on the DAY that they had ALREADY been worshiping on since the very beginning at the DAY of PENTECOST, which is on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week that Christian called the LORD'S day the day our Lord rose from the grave.
Open your EYES dear child of God and read what these early church writings are teaching us about the EARLIEST believers as to which day the early church worshiped God. SUNDAY has ALWAYS been the Sabbath or the day of REST of the early church and the church throughout it's entire history.
#5. 150 AD EPISTLE OF THE APOSTLES:
- I [Christ] have come into being on the eighth day which is the day of the Lord. (18)
#6. 150 AD JUSTIN:
"He then speaks of those Gentiles, namely us, who in every place offer sacrifices to Him, i.e., the bread of the Eucharist, and also the cup of the Eucharist, affirming both that we glorify His name, and that you profane [it]. The command of circumcision, again, bidding [them] always circumcise the children on the eighth day, was a type of the true circumcision, by which we are circumcised from deceit and iniquity through Him who rose from the dead on the first day AFTER the Sabbath, [namely through] our Lord Jesus Christ. For the first day after the Sabbath, remaining the first of all the days, is called, however, the eighth, according to the number of all the days of the cycle, and [yet] remains the first.". (Justin, Dialogue 41:4)
#7. 150 AD JUSTIN:
...those who have persecuted and do persecute Christ, if they do not repent, shall not inherit anything on the holy mountain. But the Gentiles, who have believed on Him, and have repented of the sins which they have committed, they shall receive the inheritance along with the patriarchs and the prophets, and the just men who are descended from Jacob, even although theyneither keep the Sabbath, nor are circumcised, nor observe the feasts. Assuredly they shall receive the holy inheritance of God. (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, page 207)
#8. 150 AD JUSTIN:
But if we do not admit this, we shall be liable to fall into foolish opinion, as if it were not the same God who existed in the times of Enoch and all the rest, who neither were circumcised after the flesh, nor observed Sabbaths, nor any other rites, seeing that Moses enjoined such observances... For if there was no need of circumcision before Abraham, or of the observance of Sabbaths, of feasts and sacrifices, before Moses; no more need is there of them now, after that, according to the will of God, Jesus Christ the Son of God has been born without sin, of a virgin sprung from the stock of Abraham. (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, page 206)
#9. 150 AD JUSTIN:
Moreover, all those righteous men already mentioned [after mentioning Adam. Abel, Enoch, Lot, Noah, Melchizedek, and Abraham], though they kept no Sabbaths, were pleasing to God; and after them Abraham with all his descendants until Moses... And you [fleshly Jews] were commanded to keep Sabbaths, that you might retain the memorial of God. For His word makes this announcement, saying, "That you may know that I am God who redeemed you." (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, page 204)
#10. 150 AD JUSTIN:
There is no other thing for which you blame us, my friends, is there than this? That we do not live according to the Law, nor, are we circumcised in the flesh as your forefathers, nor do we observe the Sabbath as you do. (Dialogue with Trypho 10:1. In verse 3 the Jew Trypho acknowledges that Christians 'do not keep the Sabbath.')
#11. 155 AD Justin Martyr:
"[W]e too would observe the fleshly circumcision, and the Sabbaths, and in short all the feasts, if we did not know for what REASON they were enjoined [on] you--namely, on account of your transgressions and the hardness of your heart. . . . [H]ow is it, Trypho, that we would not observethose rites which do not harm us--I speak of fleshly circumcision AND Sabbaths AND feasts? . . . God enjoined you [Jews] to keep the Sabbath,and impose on you other precepts for a sign, as I have already said, on account of your unrighteousness and that of your fathers" (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 18, 21).
#12. 180 AD ACTS OF PETER:
- Paul had often contended with the Jewish teachers and had confuted them, saying 'it is Christ on whom your fathers laid hands. He abolished their Sabbath and fasts and festivals and circumcision.' (1: I)-2
#13. 180 AD GOSPEL OF PETER:
Early in the morning when (the Sabbath dawned, a multitude from Jerusalem and the surrounding country came to see the scaled sepulchre. In the night in which the Lord's day dawned, while the soldiers in pairs for each watch were keeping guard, a great voice came from heaven. [There follows an account of the resurrection. Early in the morning of the Lord's day Mary Magdalene, a disciple of the Lord .... came to the sepulchre. (9:34f.; 12:50f.)
#14. 190 AD CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA:
(in commenting on each of the Ten Commandments and their Christian meaning:) The seventh day is proclaimed a day of rest, PREPARING by abstention from evil FOR the Primal day, our TRUE rest. (Ibid. VII. xvi. 138.1)
I will add that the meaning of the word "Primal" means an "ARCHETYPAL", which means an original TYPE pointing to the TRUE. So this early church writer is saying what Paul teaches us in scripture that the things in the OLD Testament are TYPES and SHADOWS or the TRUE which was to come. Jesus became our SABBATH, and we have entered into our REST being in Jesus Christ. The SABBATH was an ARCHETYPAL pointing toward our TRUE REST which was to come being FULFILLED in the ATONEMENT of Jesus.
#15. 190 AD CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA:
He does the commandment according to the Gospel and keeps the Lord's day, whenever he puts away an evil mind . . . glorifying the Lord's resurrection in himself. (Ibid. Vii.xii.76.4)
#16. 190 AD CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA:
Plato prophetically speaks of the Lord's day in the tenth book of the Republic, in these words: 'And when seven days have passed to each of them in the meadow, on the eighth they must go on." (Miscellanies V.xiv.106.2)
#17. 200 AD BARDESANES:
Wherever we are, we are all called after the one name of Christ Christians. On one day, the first of the week, we assemble ourselves together (On Fate)
#18. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
"We solemnize the day AFTER Saturday in contradistinction to those who call this day their Sabbath" (Tertullian's Apology, Ch 16)
In other words, Tertullian is saying that we Christians DISTINGUISH us from the JEWS who hold Saturday as THEIR Sabbath by solemnizing or reverencing the day AFTER Saturday as our day of worship and rest.
#19. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
It follows, accordingly, that, in so far as the abolition of carnal circumcision and of the old law is demonstrated as having been consummated at its specific times, so ALSO the observance of the Sabbath is demonstrated to have been temporary. (An Answer to the Jews 4:1, Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. 3, page 155)
#20. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
Let him who contends that the Sabbath is still to be observed a balm of salvation, and circumcision on the eighth day because of threat of death, teach us that in earliest times righteous men kept Sabbath or practiced circumcision, and so were made friends of God. .. ...Therefore, since God originated Adam uncircumcised, and inobservant of the Sabbath, consequently his offspring also, Abel, offering Him sacrifices, uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, was by Him commended... Noah also, uncircumcised - yes, and inobservant of the Sabbath - God freed from the deluge. For Enoch, too, most righteous man, uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, He translated from this world... Melchizedek also, "the priest of most high God," uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, was chosen to the priesthood of God. (An Answer to the Jews 2:10; 4:1, Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. 3, page 153)
#21. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
Others . . . suppose that the sun is the god of the Christians, because it is well-known that we regard Sunday as a day of joy. (To the Nations 1: 133)
Keep in mind that this was well BEFORE Constantine SUPPOSEDLY CHANGED the day of rest and worship to SUNday as the Seventh Day Adventist church CLAIMS. But it TRUTH Christians had ALREADY been worshiping God on SUNDAY, the FIRST day of the week that they also called the LORD'S day, the day that our Lord and savior Jesus rose from the dead.
So as early as Tertullian in 200 AD there were groups of JEWS and Christian JEWS who ASSUMED or who SUPPOSED, or who FALSELY ACCUSED Christians for worshiping God on SUNDAY that they were worshiping a sun god and not the true God.
#22. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
To us Sabbaths are foreign. (On Idolatry, 14:6)4
#23. 220 AD ORIGEN:
"On Sunday none of the actions of the world should be done. If then, you abstain from all the works of this world and keep yourselves free for spiritual things, go to church, listen to the readings and divine homilies, meditate on heavenly things. (Homil. 23 in Numeros 4, PG 12:749)
#24. 220 AD Origen:
"Hence it is not possible that the [day of] rest after the Sabbath should have come into existence from the seventh [day] of our God. On the contrary, it is our Savior who, after the pattern of his own rest, caused us to be made in the likeness of his death, and hence also of his resurrection" (Commentary on John 2:28).
#25. 225 AD The Didascalia:
"The apostles further appointed: On the first day of the week let there be service, and the reading of the Holy Scriptures, and the oblation, because on the first day of the week our Lord rose from the place of the dead, and on the first day of the week he arose upon the world, and on the first day of the week he ascended up to heaven, and on the first day of the week he will appear at last with the angels of heaven" (Didascalia 2).
And I add further that the church BEGAN on the day of Pentecost on a SUNDAY, the FIRST day of the week. The early church evidence and the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible make it quite clear that the early church worshiped God on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week, called the LORD'S day and that they did NOT KEEP the Sabbath day as the JEWS.
#26. 250 AD CYPRIAN:
The eight day, that is, the first day after the Sabbath, and the Lord's Day." (Epistle 58, Sec 4)
#27. 250 AD IGNATIUS:
"If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death-whom some deny, by which mystery we have obtained faith, and therefore endure, that we may be found the disciples of Jesus Christ, our only Master-how shall we be able to live apart from Him, whose disciples the prophets themselves in the Spirit did wait for Him as their Teacher? And therefore He whom they rightly waited for, being come, raised them from the dead. If, then, those who were conversant with the ancient Scriptures came to newness of hope, expecting the coming of Christ, as the Lord teaches us when He says, "If ye had believed Moses, ye would have believed Me, for he wrote of Me; " and again, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it, and was glad; for before Abraham was, I am; " how shall we be able to live without Him? The prophets were His servants, and foresaw Him by the Spirit, and waited for Him as their Teacher, and expected Him as their Lord and Saviour, saying, "He will come and save us." Let us therefore NO longer keep the Sabbath after the Jewish manner, and rejoice in days of idleness; for "he that does not work, let him not eat." For say the [holy] oracles, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread." But let every one of you keep the Sabbath after a spiritual manner, rejoicing in meditation on the law, NOT in relaxation of the body, admiring the workmanship of God, and not eating things prepared the day before, nor using lukewarm drinks, and walking within a prescribed space, nor finding delight in dancing and plaudits which have no sense in them. And after the observance of the Sabbath, let every friend of Christ keep the Lord's Day as a festival, the resurrection-day, the queen and chief of all the days [of the week].Looking forward to this, the prophet declared, "To the end, for the eighth day," on which our life both sprang up again, and the victory over death was obtained in Christ, whom the children of perdition, the enemies of the Saviour, deny, "whose god is their belly, who mind earthly things," who are "lovers of pleasure, and not lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." These make merchandise of Christ, corrupting His word, and giving up Jesus to sale: they are corrupters of women, and covetous of other men's possessions, swallowing up wealth insatiably; from whom may ye be delivered by the mercy of God through our Lord Jesus Christ! (Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians, Chapter IX)
#28. 250 AD IGNATIUS:
"On the day of the preparation, then, at the third hour, He received the sentence from Pilate, the Father permitting that to happen; at the sixth hour He was crucified; at the ninth hour He gave up the ghost; and before sunset He was buried. During the Sabbath He continued under the earth in the tomb in which Joseph of Arimathaea had laid Him. At the dawning of the Lord's day He arose from the dead, according to what was spoken by Himself, "As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man also be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. "The day of the preparation, then, comprises the passion; the Sabbath embraces the burial; the Lord's Day contains the resurrection." (The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians, chapter 9)
#29. 250 AD IGNATIUS:
If any one fasts on the Lord's Day or on the Sabbath, except on the paschal Sabbath only, he is a murderer of Christ. (The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philippians, chapter 8)
#30. 250 AD IGNATIUS:
"This [custom], of not bending the knee upon Sunday, is a symbol of the resurrection, through which we have been set free, by the grace of Christ, from sins, and from death, which has been put to death under Him. Now this custom took its rise from apostolic times, as the blessed Irenaeus, the martyr and bishop of Lyons, declares in his treatise On Easter, in which he makes mention of Pentecost also; upon which [feast] we do not bend the knee, because it is of equal significance with the Lord's day, for the reason already alleged concerning it." (Ignatius, Fragments)
#31. 300 AD Victorinus:
"The sixth day [Friday] is called parasceve, that is to say, the preparation of the kingdom. . . . On this day also, on account of the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ, we make either a station to God or a fast. On the seventh day he rested from all his works, and blessed it, and sanctified it. On the former day we are accustomed to fast rigorously, that on the Lord's day we may go forth to our bread with giving of thanks. And let the parasceve become a rigorous fast, lest we should APPEAR to observe ANY Sabbath with the Jews . . . which Sabbath he [Christ] in his body ABOLISHED" (The Creation of the World).
#32. 300 AD EUSEBIUS:
"They did not, therefore, regard circumcision, NOR observe the Sabbath NEITHER do we; ... because such things as these do NOT belong to Christians" (Ecc. Hist., Book 1, Ch. 4)
#33. 300 AD EUSEBIUS:
[The Ebionites] were accustomed to observe the Sabbath and other Jewish customs but on the Lord's days to celebrate the same practices as we in remembrance of the resurrection of the Savior. (Church History Ill.xxvii.5)
I will also add that the Ebionites were Christians who were seduced by the Jews to keep the Jewish customs. In other words, the Ebionites were Judanized Christians. The Ebionites also taught the need to be circumcised in the flesh in order to be saved. Some today would not even consider Ebionites as being true Christians since they went back to trusting the law of Moses to be saved.
#34. 300 AD Eusebius of Caesarea:
"They [the pre- Mosaic saints of the Old Testament] did not care about circumcision of the body, neither do we [Christians]. They did not care about observing Sabbaths, nor do we. They did not avoid certain kinds of food, neither did they regard the other distinctions which Moses first delivered to their posterity to be observed as symbols; nor do Christians of the present day do such things" (Church History 1:4:8).
#35. 300 AD Eusebius of Caesarea:
"The day of his [Christ's] light . . . was the day of his resurrection from the dead, which they say, as being the one and only truly holy day and the Lord's day, is better than any number of days as we ordinarily understand them, and better than the days set apart by the Mosaic Law for feasts, new moons, and Sabbaths, which the Apostle [Paul] teaches are the shadow of days and not days in reality" (Proof of the Gospel 4:16:186).
#36. 345 AD Athanasius:
"The Sabbath was the end of the first creation, the Lord's day was the beginning of the second, in which he renewed and restored the old in the same way as he prescribed that they should formerly observe the Sabbath as a memorial of the end of the first things, so we honor the Lord's day as being the memorial of the new creation" (On Sabbath and Circumcision 3).
#37. 350 AD APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS:
Be not careless of yourselves, neither deprive your Saviour of His own members, neither divide His body nor disperse His members, neither prefer the occasions of this life to the word of God; but assemble yourselves together every day, morning and evening, singing psalms and praying in the Lord's house: in the morning saying the sixty-second Psalm, and in the evening the hundred and fortieth, but principally on the Sabbath-day. And on the day of our Lord's resurrection, which is the Lord's day, meet more diligently, sending praise to God that made the universe by Jesus, and sent Him to us, and condescended to let Him suffer, and raised Him from the dead. Otherwise what apology will he make to God who does not assemble on that day to hear the saving word concerning the resurrection, on which we pray thrice standing in memory of Him who arose in three days, in which is performed the reading of the prophets, the preaching of the Gospel, the oblation of the sacrifice, the gift of the holy food? (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, book 2)
#38. 350 AD APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS:
"How We Ought to Assemble Together, and to Celebrate the Festival Day of Our Saviour's Resurrection. On the day of the resurrection of the Lord, that is, the Lord's day, assemble yourselves together, without fail, giving thanks to God, and praising Him for those mercies God has bestowed upon you through Christ, and has delivered you from ignorance, error, and bondage, that your sacrifice may be unspotted, and acceptable to God,..." (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, book 7)
#39. 350 AD Cyril of Jerusalem:
"Fall NOT AWAY either into the sect of the Samaritans or into Judaism, for Jesus Christ has henceforth ransomed you. Stand aloof from ALL observance of Sabbaths and from calling any indifferent meats common or unclean" (Catechetical Lectures 4:37).
#40. 360 AD Council of Laodicea:
"Christians should NOT Judaize and should NOT be idle on the Sabbath, but should work on that day; they should, however, particularly reverence the Lord's day and, if possible, not work on it, because they were Christians" (canon 29).
#41. 387 AD John Chrysostom:
"You have put on Christ, you have become a member of the Lord and been enrolled in the heavenly city, and you still grovel in the Law [of Moses]? How is it possible for you to obtain the kingdom? Listen to Paul's words, that the observance of the Law overthrows the gospel, and learn, if you will, how this comes to pass, and tremble, and shun this pitfall. Why do you keep the Sabbath and fast with the Jews?" (Homilies on Galatians 2:17).
#42. 412 AD Augustine:
"Well, now, I should like to be told what there is in these Ten Commandments, except the observance of the Sabbath, which ought NOT to be kept by a Christian . . . Which of these commandments would anyone say that the Christian ought not to keep? It is possible to contend that it is not the Law which was written on those two tables that the apostle [Paul] describes as 'the letter that kills' [2 Cor. 3:6], but the law of circumcision and the other sacred rites which are now abolished" (The Spirit and the Letter 24).
#43. 597 AD Gregory I:
"But after that the grace of almighty God, our Lord Jesus Christ, has appeared, the commandments of the Law which were spoken figuratively cannot be kept according to the letter. For if anyone says that this about the Sabbath is to be kept, he must needs say that carnal sacrifices are to be offered. He must say too that the commandment about the circumcision of the body is still to be retained. But let him hear the apostle Paul saying in opposition to him: 'If you be circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing' (Gal. 5:2)" (Letters 13:1).