IS SALVATION FOR ISRAEL ONLY?


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IS SALVATION FOR ISRAEL ONLY?


There are Christians who are saying that they are the true Jews. Or more specifically, some Christians are saying that they are the children of promise or the NATURAL seed of Abraham. And they are saying this because they sincerely believe that ONLY the house of Israel and the house of Judah are chosen by God to be saved. So to them, it has become vital to understand what RACE is the TRUE Hebrew race of people.

Now my line of reasoning is why bother. For you see, if so be that the Hebrew race is the ONLY race of people that can possibly be saved and you are NOT a TRUE Hebrew then there is nothing you can do about it anyway. And then, according to them even if you are a true Hebrew there is no guarantee that you will be saved because there is more than one line or lineage in the Hebrew race. There are the lineages that are descendants of Jacob, and then there are the lineages from the seed of Ishmael and also the lineage of the seed of Esau. And then there is the seed of Jacob which is the seed of promise prophesying of Jesus.


Please read the following three verses.


Romans 9:7.  


“Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall your seed be called.”


Galatians 3:16.  


“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He says not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ.”


Galatians 3:29.  


And if you be Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

So then, according to the word of truth, the Holy Bible, what this means is that ALL who BELIEVE in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God as the atonement for their sin ARE the seed of Abraham and heirs of the PROMISE that God made to Abraham. Plain and simple the truth according to the whole word of Almighty God is that Jesus died for ALL races of human beings. And then whosoever of any person from any race of people who BELIEVES might be saved.

Anyway, those who teach that salvation is only for Israel use verses like John 4:22 to try and prove that their covenant theology is the correct approach to interpreting the Scriptures correctly and therefore to THEM all other Christians who believe that Jesus died for all human beings are in error.


John 4:22.

“You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.”



Obviously, this verse is taken out of its context which we will see further on in this study of God’s word but first I want to give you a few more verses that they use to try and prove their doctrine to be the correct doctrine.

They also interpret the words of Jesus in Matthew 15:24 as meaning that Jesus only died on the cross to save the house of Israel and the house of Judah and no other people.


Matthew 15:24.


“But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”



And they argue further that Jesus told his disciple to go ONLY to the lost SHEEP of Israel and to NOT go to the Gentiles to preach that the kingdom of God is at hand.


Matthew 10:5-7.


“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter you not:

6.  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7.  And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”



I had a sister in the Lord write to me telling me that I am in error teaching that Jesus died for the sins of the WHOLE world. She said that there is NO gospel of SALVATION. Let me just give you her words so I do not misquote her. Most of what she wrote to me were quotes from websites she has come to believe are speaking truth and that I am teaching error in some of my teachings. Here are her words she wrote to me. Whether they are her own words or a quote from a website she has visited, I am not sure.


“There is NO 'gospel of salvation' in the Bible ... the GOSPEL (good news) Jesus and Paul taught was "THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" .... HUGE area to know and get right in your teachings Mark!! The gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ "includes" my SALVATION!!

For by GRACE am I SAVED through FAITH ... not of myself, it is the GIFT of GOD.”



Now immediately when I read this the Holy Spirit brought this passage of Scripture to my remembrance along with many other verses as well.


Ephesians 1:12,13.


“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13.  In whom you also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”



Other verses also came to my remembrance such as; God chose to save mankind by the foolishness of preaching. I mean that is the whole purpose of preaching the gospel, to SAVE those who BELIEVE the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Please read 1 Corinthians 1:18-21.


“For the preaching of the CROSS is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (And according to Ephesians which we just read no one is saved until AFTER they hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and also RECEIVE and continually BELIEVE the gospel of Jesus Christ unto the receiving of the end of salvation which is eternal life in the world to come.)

19.  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20.  Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21.  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching TO SAVE them that BELIEVE.”



Now, I agree that part of the gospel is to preach the yet coming kingdom of God and my dear sister in our Lord Jesus Christ is indeed correct in saying that there is huge area of understanding we all need to come to on this subject of the kingdom of God so that we are sure that our teaching is in line with what the Bible itself teaches.

Well, she believes and teaches that the 1000 year reign of Jesus spoken of in Revelation 20:4-6 is NOT a LITERAL 1000 years and that we are living in the 1000 year reign of Jesus right now in this present world. What she and other Christians who believe and teach that the second coming of Jesus is at the END of the 1000 years have failed to see is that there are TWO kingdoms that Jesus teaches us. The first kingdom came WITHOUT observation and is WITHIN us.


Please read Luke 17:20,21.


“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes NOT with observation:

21.  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is WITHIN you.”



This is the kingdom that we, as Christians, are in NOW in this present world that is WITHIN those of us who BELIEVE in Jesus as the atonement for our sins. But there is ALSO yet a coming kingdom where the kingdoms of this present world will become the kingdom of our Lord, And in that kingdom that is also called the world to come is WHEN Jesus will come and all his angel with him to sit in his throne of glory to rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords for a LITERAL 1000 years.

Now in this same passage of scripture Jesus ALSO speaks of the SECOND kingdom that every eye shall see when Jesus returns with clouds of glory.


Please read Luke 17:22-30.


“And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when you shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you shall not see it.

23.  And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.

24.  For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. (When you read this same account form Matthew 24:23-31 you can clearly see that no one will have to tell anyone that Jesus has come for every eye shall see him and those who are NOT IN Jesus Christ when he comes shall wail. Let us go ahead and take a moment to read these verses. “THEN if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

Matthew 24:24 for there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Matthew 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.

Matthew 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Matthew 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west;(do you need to be told that it is thundering and lightning or can you hear and see it for yourself?) So shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24:28  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. (There will be a war in the Middle East raging when Jesus returns. He will put an end to that war and all wars for a 1000 years. Satan will be bound during that 1000 year reign of Jesus. Then at the end of the 1000 years Satan will be loosed for a short time and he will deceive the nations one final time to make war to prove that God is just to destroy Satan and all the fallen angels who follow Lucifer to rebel against God to try and take over God’s throne. Please read the study “UNDERSTANDING WHY?” for why God allows evil and why God did not destroy Satan right on the spot when the fallen angels first rebelled. It would appear that God gave the angels a chance to repent but instead they falsely accused God for creating them with a sinful rebellious nature. So God created mankind a little lower and inferior to the angels to prove that he is not to be blamed for the choices the fallen angels made in order to try and take over their creator’s throne. The order of events is made very clear to us in Matthew 24.)

Matthew 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30  And THEN shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Matthew 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”)

25.  But FIRST must he suffer many things, AND be REJECTED of this generation. (Or this AGE, as in, this present world)

26.  And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

27.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

28.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; (Jesus speaks of THREE days in Luke 13:31,33. “And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Luke 13:33  Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.” The apostle Peter teaches us that one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day. So it has been almost TWO full days since the resurrection of Jesus. In other words, we are living at the very end of the second day and the THIRD day is nigh approaching in the very near future.)

29.  But the SAME DAY that Lot WENT OUT of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. (This verse is speaking of the THIRD day when Jesus comes to execute the WRATH of Almighty God. Please read the study “THE THIRD DAY” for a deeper understanding of the second coming of Jesus. But for now please know and understand that there will NOT be a PRE-tribulation rapture of the church in order to escape the great tribulation. I have many studies on this subject so I implore you to not be deceived by the false PRE-tribulation rapture THEORY.)

30.  Even thus shall it be in the DAY (Speaking of the Millennium, the 1000 year long DAY of the Lord) WHEN the Son of man is REVEALED.”



Jesus speaks of this present world and the world to come which also teaches us of these TWO kingdoms where we, as Christians, are to be ruling and reigning in BOTH kingdoms.


Please read Luke 18:29,30.


“And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that has left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, (Speaking of this present kingdom in this present age we are living in NOW. This first kingdom lasts for TWO days or for 2000 years. And Jesus is teaching us that there are benefits and reward for us as Christians both NOW in this PRESENT world AND in the world yet to come which will begin on the THIRD day and last a LITERAL 1000 years.)

30.  Who shall not receive manifold more in this PRESENT TIME, AND in the world TO COME life everlasting.”



There are many verses that prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that this present world is NOT the 1000 year reign of Jesus. For a deeper understanding on this subject please read the study “IS THE 1000 YEARS LITERAL?” where I cover all the verses used to TRY and prove that the 1000 years is NOT a literal 1000 years but for now here are two more verses that should prove to most Christians beyond any shadow of a doubt that we are NOT living in the 1000 year reign of Jesus right now in this present world.


Please read Matthew 19:28.  


“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That you which have followed me, (speaking of following Jesus in this PRESENT world will receive rewards) in the regeneration WHEN the Son of man SHALL sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”


Jesus is not yet sitting on his throne of glory in THIS PRESENT AGE.


Matthew 25:31.


WHEN the Son of man SHALL COME in his glory, and all the holy angels WITH him, THEN shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:”



Again, please read the other studies I have on this subject but for now let us get back to the subject at hand which is the question, “Did Jesus die on the cross for the JEWS ONLY?” In other words, is salvation for the Hebrew people only?

One of the main arguments used by those who teach that Jesus came to seek and save the lost sheep of Israel ONLY is that God CHOSE the Hebrew people as HIS chosen people. And then Jesus says, You have NOT chosen ME, but I have chosen YOU and they quote John 15:16.


John 5:16.


You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”



There argument goes something like this. They say things like, It does not make sense to say that we BECOME one of the ELECT when WE CHOSE to BELIEVE in Jesus for HOW can one CHOOSE to be saved when one has already been CHOSEN to be saved?

Now, while it is true that we BECOME one of the ELECT WHEN WE CHOOSE to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ it is not a true and correct interpretation of this verse to mean becoming one of the ELECT, as in, the elect are chosen to BE SAVED. In other words, you have to read into this verse chosen to BE SAVED. In truth, Jesus is speaking here of choosing his TWELVE disciples to be FOLLOWERS of him. So yes, the goal is for all the followers of Jesus is indeed to be saved, as in, to receive the end of our salvation in the world to come which is eternal life. But as you will clearly see from the CONTEXT that ONE of those whom Jesus CHOSE betrayed Jesus.

Read the CONTEXT and you will see this for yourself. I am only going to quote a few verses from the entire context because the context spans three chapters.


Let us start with John 13:18.19.


I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.

19.  Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, you may believe that I am he.”



Now, I want you to read the entire context on your own to see for yourself that Jesus is specifically speaking to his TWELVE disciples when he is saying, YOU have not chosen ME but I have chosen YOU but for now please read the verse in question in its immediate context.


John 15:16-19.


“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

17.  These things I command you, that you love one another.

18.  If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.

19.  If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”


Now read John 15:27.


“And you also shall bear witness, because YOU have been with me from the beginning.”



So the WHO Jesus is speaking to here in this entire passage of scripture is his TWELVE disciples who have been with him from the beginning who did NOT choose him but he chose them and one of them is of the devil that the scripture might be fulfilled.


Please read John 6:67-71.


“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

68.  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

69.  And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.

70.  Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen YOU TWELVE, and one of you is a devil? (There will be twelve that Jesus has CHOSEN and ORDAINED to sit on TWELVE thrones. But one of the original twelve betrayed Jesus and was replaced with another. Personally I believe that Jesus CHOSE the Apostle Paul to be that twelfth apostle to sit on one of the twelve thrones. Now every faithful believer in Jesus who endures unto the end will rule and reign WITH Jesus in the world to come but there does appear to be twelve special thrones reserved for the twelve apostles. And there appears to be another twelve thrones for each of the twelve elders of the twelve tribes of Israel for a total of 24 elders in the throne room of God.)

71.  He spoke of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.”



There are basically two approaches as to how Christians INTERPRET the Bible. There is what is called covenant theology and there is what is called Dispensationalism.

I personally am neither 100% on either side. I see a little truth in both approaches but I do lean more to the dispensational approach which I will explain shortly.

The Christians who take the covenant theology approach hold to the Calvinistic belief of the ELECT being chosen from before the foundation of the world. And those who teach that salvation is for God’s chosen people Israel ONLY hold to a form of the Calvinistic belief as well but it slightly differs from Calvinism in that the ELECT are ONLY the Hebrew race and in Calvinism the ELECT are both Jews and Gentiles who were chosen by God to be saved from before the foundation of the world.

Both groups of Christian use Ephesians 1:3-6 to try and prove that God has chosen ONLY a certain specific group of people to be saved and therefore ONLY these certain select specific individual people CAN be saved. And thus the rest of the world was created to be lost and it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to be saved. In other words, according to all forms of Calvinism God has already chosen WHO will be saved and therefore to the Calvinist mindset the will of man has no choice in the matter because it is God alone that chooses who will be saved and he has ALREADY made his choice.

Please read this passage first with the emphasis on the way that Calvinist INTERPRET these verses and then I will show you the correct interpretation of these verses and WHY no form of a Calvinistic interpretation can possibly correct.


Ephesians 1:3-6.


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4.  According as HE has CHOSEN US  in him BEFORE the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5.  Having PREDESTINED US unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of HIS will,

6.  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein HE has made US ACCEPTED in the beloved.

7.  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of HIS grace;”


Did you notice that ALL their emphasis is on WHO is chosen and WHEN they WERE chosen as being BEFORE the foundation of the world? Now let us read this same passage of scripture in there context the way that God has intended us to understand these words.


Ephesians 1:3-14.


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places IN Christ:

4.  According as he has chosen us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, (Jesus was slain BEFORE the foundation of the world. In other words, the focus should be on WHAT God chose before the foundation of the world and not the who that were chosen. You see dear children of God, it is the WAY God chose to SAVE mankind as WHAT God chose BEFORE the foundation of the world. God chose for salvation to be IN his Son Jesus the Christ and WHOSOEVER in all the world of ANY human being who BELIEVES shall be saved) that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5.  Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6.  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted IN the beloved.

7.  IN whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8.  Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

9.  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, (By the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ willing that ALL men should be saved) according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself:

10.  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even IN him:

11.  IN whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will:

12.  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who FIRST trusted IN Christ.

13.  IN whom you also trusted, AFTER that you HEARD the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: IN whom also AFTER that ye BELIEVED, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14.  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”



Now those who believe and teach that the 1000 year reign of Jesus is NOT a LITERAL 1000 years MUST also believe in some form of the doctrine of once saved always saved or eternal security which wrongly teaches that God has ALREADY given the elect eternal life as a free gift and therefore we are eternally saved. I implore all my readers and seekers of the truth of the whole word of God to read the study “IS ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED BIBLICAL?”

Please understand that I believe and teach that any Christian can become rooted and grounded in God’s word to become fully persuaded in their OWN heart and mind that THEY will hold fast unto the end to never deny Jesus so that they will keep themselves close to God at all times. This is called persevering in the faith, enduring unto the end to be saved. So every Christian can have PEACE that God is FOR us and never against us and that HE will never leave nor forsake US. But in no way should any Christian ever be deceived to think that it is impossible for them to be deceived and fall away from the faith.


Getting back to the subject at hand to learn from the Bible ITSELF the WHO that Jesus died on the cross to save I want you to read part of the article my dead sister in our Lord Jesus Christ sent me to read saying that I was in error to teach that Jesus died for ALL of mankind.

Now as you read this article from a covenant theology website I will give some of my comments along the way. So I will put THEIR words in a different font so you can readily distinguish THEIR WORDS from my comments. The emphasis is mine.


“Jesus Christ is sovereign!  Man is not. They both cannot be sovereign at the same time.  Jesus Christ is also sovereign in WHO He died for and saved!  He died for the “sheep”, both past and present.  He died even for many in the genetic line of the Israelites who had lived and died before He offered His sacrifice.

He died for the sin debt committed by Adam, Abraham, Noah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Joshua, David, Hezekiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea, Ezekiel, Aaron, John the Baptist, Samuel, Asa, Josiah, Elijah, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Ezra, Asaph, Obadiah, Haggai, Ruth, Boaz, etc. and rose from the dead to ensure that they too all received the promises of the Father.  All these aforementioned people were dead when Jesus Christ was sacrificed and rose from the dead.

It does not say that He took on Him the “seed of Edom,” or the “seed of Canaan,” or the seed of Ishmael,” or the “seed of Japheth,” or the “seed of Ham,” or the “seed of the Zulus,” or the “seed of Shelah,” or the “seed of the Koreans,” or the “seed of the Indonesians,” but it says He TOOK ON Him the “seed of Abraham.”


Now what is being IMPLIED here is that Jesus TOOK ON himself the SIN debt of ONLY the SEED of Abraham. But that is NOT what this verse of Scripture means. Let us read this verse that says Jesus TOOK ON the seed of Abraham.

Please read Hebrews 2:14-18.


“Forasmuch then AS the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he ALSO himself likewise TOOK PART of the SAME; that (Or so that or in order that) through death (His laying down of his life for the sins of the world) he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; (Whenever you see the word “that” it means so that or in order that. It means that it was NEEDED or that it was HOW or WHAT God chose to do as his way of destroying death. So God chose to use a MAN to suffer and die for the sins of MAN as the means by which God would destroy the wages of sin which is death. God only needed ONE MAN to live without sin and be slain as an INNOCENT MAN in order to REDEEM all of mankind back to himself)

15.  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16.  For verily (Or TRULY) he TOOK NOT ON him the NATURE of ANGELS; but he TOOK ON him the seed of Abraham. (The words, TOOK ON” here in this context having nothing to do with Jesus taking upon the SINS of only the Hebrew race of people. The words, taking on the seed of Abraham simply means that the word was made FLESH and that Jesus was a MORTAL HUMAN BEING like all men are. All of mankind were made a little LOWER and INFERIOR to the angels for a REASON. Learn that reason and you will better understand WHY God created mankind. Understand that and you will understand WHY God allows evil in this present world. Please read the study “UNDERSTANDING WHY?”)

17.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that (Or here is one of the reason why Jesus was made a little lower than the angels to have the SAME NATURE as all human beings so that) he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

18.  For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”



So then, the words “took on the seed of Abraham” have nothing to do with Jesus suffering and dying ONLY for the Hebrew race of people. In fact, these words actually show us that Jesus suffered and died for the entire HUMAN race and that he did NOT die for the fallen angels. Personally I believe that God already gave the fallen angels their chance to repent and be forgiven of their sin BEFORE God ever create man upon the earth a little LOWER than the angels to prove that an inferior species of being could live without rebelling against God if they were not influenced to be evil.

Let us continue reading the arguments of why those who teach covenant theology believe that they are right and all other Christians are in error for teaching that Jesus died for the sins of the WHOLE world. Again much of the emphasis is mine.


Abraham was the covenant recipient of God.  He is the father of God’s elect people. “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.  He saith not, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one, And to thy seed which is Christ” [anointed] (Galatians 3:16).

It is the seed of Abraham itself that is to be anointed, and that the promises made to Abraham were confirmed to Isaac and Jacob as well, as a lineage, and that Jesus made it a matter of belief and faith within these people.  These are whom He said He was sent to, saying “I was not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel” (Matthew 15:24).”


Now both of these verses state what this writing states. But neither of these verses MEAN what the writer is IMPLYING or INTERPRETING these verses to mean. I will show you WHY I say this in a moment when we read the CONTEXT of these verses and also COMPARE scripture with scripture. But for now please notice the writers QUESTION.


“How do they [Judeo-Christians] say that the “seed of Abraham” are those of any race who have faith and belief in Jesus Christ?  They have to ignore that it is only one racial seed. The Bible carefully constructs that the promises made to Abraham were confirmed to Isaac and Jacob as well, as a lineage, and that Jesus made it a matter of belief and faith within these people only.


Now the only reason that this question even exists is that the covenant theology Christians have ERRORED in their INTERPRETING the verses that they use to TRY and prove that their doctrine is correct and all other teachings are in error.

And here is HOW YOU can always know WHO has the correct interpretation. First, take the verse that is being quoted as a proof text to teach any church doctrine and read it in its CONTEXT. Look to see IF the interpretation AGREES with the CONTEXT. If the INTERPRETATION placed on a verse does NOT AGREE with the CONTEXT then it is NOT the CORRECT interpretation. Keep in mind that the covenant theology interpretation that we are covering in this particular study in God’s word is that salvation is ONLY for the race of Hebrew people and every other human being cannot be saved because Jesus did not die for the sins of the whole world.

Let us now read Galatians 3:16 in its CONTEXT to see whether or not this INTERPRETATION is a sound Biblical interpretation or if it is in error.


Please read Galatians 3:13-29.


“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree: (The “us” here could mean only the Jews or natural born Hebrew people. It could mean only those elected to be saved. Or it could mean whosoever of any human being who BELIEVES in Jesus as the atonement for their sins. Let us keep reading the context to see the sound Biblical reason for WHY Jesus suffered and died on the cross.)

14.  THAT (Or so that or in order that) the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (The “we” here includes the Jewish people AND the Gentiles. No matter how you interpret who the “us” is referring to the use of the pronoun WE has to include the GENTILES whoever they may be. Let us keep reading the context to learn who the Gentiles are. Those who teach this form of covenant theology that Jesus only died for the Hebrew people argue that the Gentiles are the covenant people of God dispersed to other parts of the world among the HEATHEN people who are NOT God’s chosen people. Well, let us keep reading to see if that INTERPRETATION is a sound Biblical interpretation or if it is in error.)

15.  Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

16.  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He says not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ. (Speaking of Jesus the Son of the living God who God anointed to become the Messiah.)

17.  And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God IN Christ, (This agrees with that interpretation of Ephesians 1:3-7 that it was the WAY or MEANS by which God chose to save mankind being IN his Son and not that God chose only a certain select group of people to be saved. So when God made the covenant with Abraham the SEED that God had in his mind was his Lamb slain before the foundation of the world IN whom God would then bring the blessing he promise Abraham upon ALL NATIONS.) the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

18.  For IF the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: (Or IF salvation is for the Jewish people ONLY then the PROMISE that God made to Abraham is a lie) but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19.  Wherefore then serveth the law? 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. (The TO WHOM the promise was made is referring TO WHOM the SEED is speaking or to whom the seed is referring.)

20.  Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

21.  Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

22.  But the scripture has concluded all under sin, (in other words, the scriptures teach us that God has concluded or lumped together ALL of mankind to be under sin including his chosen people ISRAEL) THAT (or so that or in order that) the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. (The THEM that BELIEVE now narrows down the WHO Jesus died for in the sense of WHO will RECEIVE God’s so great a salvation. In other words, the GIFT of eternal life will be GIVEN to ONLY the people who BELIEVE in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God who died as the atonement for their sins.)

23.  But before faith came, we were kept (Protected) under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

24.  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (The our, we and us here would seem to be only those of the Jewish faith because the Gentiles were NOT given the Law of Moses contained in ordinances. The Gentiles were NOT a people of God. The Gentiles were heathens who did NOT have any COVENANT relationship with God.)

26.  For YOU are ALL the children of God BY faith IN Christ Jesus.

27.  For AS MANY of YOU as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28.  There is NEITHER Jew NOR Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for YOU are ALL one IN Christ Jesus.

29.  And IF you be Christ's, THEN ARE YOU Abraham's SEED, and heirs according to the promise.”



So then, what the Bible ITSELF teaches us in SIMPLICITY is that ALL who BELIEVE IN Jesus Christ ARE of the SEED of Abraham. In other words, the clear, plain, and simple word of TRUTH teaches us the Jesus died for ALL human beings who receive and BELIEVE the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Let us now read Matthew 15:24 “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” in its context to see why Jesus was NOT sent to the Gentiles as well seeing that we now know that Jesus died for the sins of all human beings in the entire world who hear the gospel and BELIEVE unto the end to be saved.


Please read Matthew 15:22-28.


“And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, you Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23.  But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she cries after us.

24.  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (So it was Jesus who was NOT sent to the Gentiles AT this time, but later we see that Jesus called the Apostle Paul to be SENT TO the Gentiles. Thus it would not be SOUND Biblical teaching to dogmatically demand that these words of Jesus to mean that Jesus died on the cross ONLY for the lost sheep of the house of Israel. We must be CONSISTENT in our INTERPRETATION of the scriptures. For example, if you insist this verse means that Jesus died on the cross ONLY for the Hebrew race of people then you must use all the words in this verse and also insist that Jesus died only for the house of Israel and NOT for the house of Judah. And Jesus did NOT die for any RIGHTEOUS of the house of Israel but rather only for the LOST sheep of the house of Israel which would then mean one of two things, no righteous people can be saved or the righteous of Israel are not saved by the Law of Moses. So it should be clear that Jesus is speaking ONLY of himself as NOT being sent to the Gentiles.)

25.  Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26.  But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

27.  And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

28.  Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is YOUR FAITH: be it unto YOU even as you will. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”



So here we see that because of the FAITH of this Gentile heathen woman Jesus granted that the blessing was given to the Hebrew chosen people of God to come upon her daughter to be healed. BEFORE the cross Jesus told his disciples to NOT go to the Gentiles. Then later on through the Holy Spirit Jesus taught his disciples to preach the gospel of salvation to the JEWS FIRST. So while they were preaching to the JEWS God began to SAVE the GENTILES.

So then if so be that it was God’s ordained will that predestined salvation to be ONLY to his chosen people the race of Hebrew people then God broke his own word by SAVING the Gentiles who BELIEVE the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Now some have argued that the Gentiles whom Jesus and Paul are speaking are the DISPERSED of Israel and NOT the heathen Gentiles who are NOT God’s chosen Hebrew people. And they quote John 7:35.


John 7:25.


“Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?”



The dispersed are the children of Israel scattered all over the world among the Gentile nations. Again, it is a matter of INTERPRETATION of what this verse means. Does it mean that there are Hebrew people who are ALSO called Gentiles because they forgot their ancestry? Or does it mean that there are some Hebrew people scattered among the Gentiles and Jesus would go and preach to the scattered Hebrew people? Or does it mean that Jesus is going to the cross to die for the sins of the WHOLE world so that the gospel of salvation will also be preached to the Gentiles?

How can we tell which interpretation best fits the WHOLE of scripture? First of all, take a look at WHO is doing the speaking. Here we see that it is the JEWS who are speaking WONDERING what Jesus means. So then are we to believe the JEWS over what Jesus and the apostles and the rest of God’s word clearly teaches us? I mean, are we to believe the Jews who said, why believe this man for he has a devil?

Next, we look to see if these verses are a statement of FACT with no interpretation needed. In this case, one must INTERPRET that the dispersed among the Gentiles means that the GENTILES are the Hebrew people and NOT the heathen Gentiles who are NOT the chosen people of God.

Next, we look to see if there are any other verses that AGREE with this INTERPRETATION. I personally do not see any verses that agree with this interpretation that the Gentile who Jesus and Paul spoke of was the dispersed Hebrew people.

For this interpretation to be true then there must not be ANY verses in the entire Bible that CONTRADICT this interpretation.

So now let us look up the word “Gentiles” in a concordance and read the verses with the word “Gentiles” in them to see if EVERY verse agrees with this interpretation the Gentiles whom Jesus and Paul spoke of were the chosen Hebrew people who were dispersed among the Gentiles.


Let us begin with Ephesians 3:1-15.


“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

2.  If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

3.  How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

4.  Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

5.  Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

6.  That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise IN Christ by the gospel:

7.  Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

8.  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

9  And to make ALL men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

10.  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

11.  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed IN Christ Jesus our Lord: (Meaning that it was God’s purpose for salvation to be IN his Son Jesus Christ for WHOSOEVER of any human being who BELIEVES in his Son Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God who suffered and died on the cross for the atonement of their sins.)

12.  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

13.  Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14.  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15.  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,”


Now let us see if these Gentiles whom Paul has been sent are the chosen Hebrew people of God as some claim in order to cling to their covenant theology that Jesus died ONLY for the race of Hebrew people.


Please read Romans 10:19-21.


“But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses says,

20.  I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are NO people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. But Esaias is very bold, and says, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

21.  But to Israel he says, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.”



Paul is speaking of the Gentiles who were NOT a people of God. He is quoting two prophecies that teach us that it was in God’s plan all along to turn to the Gentiles to provoke the disobedient chosen Jews to jealousy so that they would turn from their disobedience and trust in their God to save them.


Please read Ephesians 2:8-19.


“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9.  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10. For we are his workmanship, created IN Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

11.  Wherefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; (Paul is speaking about uncircumcised heathen Gentiles who have been SAVED by grace through faith IN Jesus Christ after hearing the gospel of salvation.)

12.  That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: (The Gentiles that Jesus called Paul to preach the Gospel to were the heathen uncircumcised strangers from all the covenants of God who were NOT a people of God BEFORE they BELIEVED IN Jesus Christ as the savior.)

13.  But NOW IN Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14.  For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15.  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16.  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17.  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

18.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

19.  Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”


For most of my readers who are truly seeking the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God should know beyond any shadow of a doubt that Jesus suffered and died for the sins of the WHOLE world so that WHOSOEVER of any human being who hears and believes the gospel of Jesus Christ unto the end shall be saved.

But there may be some who will argue what about the other verses that seem to teach that salvation is only to the race of Hebrew people? If this is you then keep reading because there is not one verse that states as a fact that salvation is only for the Hebrew race of people.


”The above “seed of Abraham” is in dark font.  This “one seed” is racial.  It was to remain a pure, holy seed.  These are the only people that were preached to in the Old and New Testaments—“Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham…” (Acts 13:26).  Stock and seed are similar in meaning.

The Word of God was not given to any other race besides Israel (although modern Christianity still try to give Bibles to and evangelize all the other races)!  Israel is unique by God’s sovereign choice!



To make a statement such as this is to say that the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ is NOT the WORD of Almighty God just because the covenant that God gave to Moses was ONLY given to the Children of Israel. There are many prophecies in the Old Testament scriptures that clearly reveal to us that God had ALL races of people in his mind and plan of salvation to be saved IN his Son Jesus Christ. And if you deny that the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ as being the WORD of God then you deny your own new birth for we are born-again BY the WORD of God the gospel of our salvation.


1 Peter 1:23.  


“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.”


1 Corinthians 4:15.  


“For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”



We can only be born-again by hearing the true gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of our SALVATION and the power of God to save WHOSOEVER BELIEVES.


Ephesians 1:13.


“In whom you also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,”


Jesus said, your word O’God is the truth. Now the reason that some verses SEEM to be saying that the gospel is only being preached to the Jews is that this was God’s plan all along so he could TURN to the Gentiles after the Jews rejected his so great a salvation. There are verses that clearly teach us that the gospel was to the Jews FIRST but this does not mean that the gospel is for the Jews ONLY as some have ERRORED in their interpretation of the Scriptures.


Romans 1:16  


“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and ALSO to the Greek.”



Let us continue with some more of their arguments to TRY and show that salvation is ONLY for the SEED of Abraham but NOT for all of Abraham’s seed.



“But thou, Israel art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.” Isaiah 41:8


The “seed” in this verse is very important, as it defines which part of Abram’s seed is continually referred to in both Testaments, as being God’s people racially.  Not all the nations that spring from Abraham are regarded as His seed. Only the nation “named” or “called in Isaac” is to be so regarded. Jacob and his descendants were accepted as this seed.

To show this, Jacob was re-named “Israel”—that is, as a prince thou hast power with God and man, and hast prevailed.  Thus, Jacob was the seed named in Isaac.


“Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.” Romans 9:7


“This is the only view that shows Scripture to be consistent through both Testaments.  Here the “elect” is confined to Israel only.  “For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect” (Isaiah 45:4).  Israel’s redemption from the curse of the broken Law is through the New Covenant which is made with the House of Judah and the House of Israel only (Hebrews 8:8 and Jeremiah 31:31).

These verses present an insoluble difficulty to those who believe in the universality of God’s love and grace.  Those who do so deny the plain teaching of Scripture that Christ laid down His life for “the sheep,” and for them alone.  They insist that justice, as well as mercy, demanded that He should die for all of the human race, none excepted.



It is odd that these particular covenant theology believers do NOT take the 1000 year reign of Jesus to be a LITERAL 1000 years and insist that it is SYMBOLIC language but yet they do not see the symbolism used in the Old Testament.

The SYMBOLIC name Israel given to Jacob means “He shall reign for God”. This is one of the many hidden prophecies of Jesus who will rule and reign FOR Yahweh during the literal 1000 year reign of Jesus in the world to come.

Israel being God’s elect is again symbolically speaking of Jesus as being God’s chosen vessel whom he would ANOINT with his Spirit and power.

And likewise, the house of Judah is symbolic language foretelling the church that would come through the Lion of the tribe of Judah.


“But let us ask the Universalist a question.   

Is it harder to believe that God has provided no salvation for part of the human race, than that He has provided none for the fallen angels?



It is not hard at all to understand that the reason that God does not provide a way of salvation for the fallen angels is that they have already been given the opportunity to repent and ask for God’s forgiveness BEFORE God ever created mankind.

It is not hard to understand that making all-out war against God is far more serious than disobeying a commandment of God that he gives for our own good. Satan’s sin was a rebellion to overtake God’s throne. I think it pretty gracious of God to answer Satan’s accusation against God for creating him imperfectly. Please read the study “UNDERSTANDING WHY?” to understand that God created mankind after Satan started a war with God to try and take over his throne.


“Confusion reigns in America and the lands of Christendom today because they have been fed the lie that they are Gentiles and that the Jews alone are Israel!



There is no sound Biblical proof that the white Caucasian races are not Gentiles. But there is much evidence to support that the Jews in the land of Israel today are the TRUE Jews.


And since the Bible story centers in Israel and the covenant promises that God made with Abraham and his seed, to mistake the identity of this people, or to ‘spiritualize’ them and apply their promises to a so-called ‘Gentile Church’ can only lead to confusion and spiritual darkness.”



Again, if so be that a person believes that ONLY a single RACE of people can be saved then what purpose does it serve? Why would Jesus teach us to preach the gospel to EVERY creature if so be salvation is only for the Jews.

The Black Africans make the CLAIM that THEY are the TRUE Hebrew Israelite people while those who teach this covenant theology teach that the Anglo-Saxon white race is the TRUE Hebrew Israelite people.

Jesus says that he will make those who SAY that they are Jews and they are NOT Jews to come and bow down at our feet in the world to come.


Revelation 3:9.


“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.”


Let us continue to see some more of their arguments to try and prove that Jesus only died for the children of ISRAEL.


“Think with me for a moment. The main feature of the Abrahamic Covenant was that of great national development. Not only was Israel to become a great nation, but Abram’s name was changed to Abraham because he was to become the “father of many nations”(Genesis 17:4-5).

This promise of great national development on the part of the Israel people is reiterated time and again. We are plainly told that there was more than one great nation that was to spring from just the birthright house of Joseph:


“And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it, he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.” Genesis 48:19.


This future “multitude of nations” is from the House of Israel, which the Jews do not claim to be from. They were scattered over much of the known earth at the time while the vast majority of Jews were living in and around Jerusalem.

The point I would make here, is, that none of the national promises made to Israel have ever been fulfilled in the Jews, nor are they about to be, and the end of the age is upon us. Neither have the Jews as a people entered into New Covenant salvation.  The fact is they are the most anti-Christ people in existence today!

To therefore present them as being “God’s chosen people” and heirs to the promises given to Israel, has led to confusion confounded. Yea, it leaves our people perplexed and in darkness with respect to the meaning of the events that are bringing this age to a close.



Well, you would not be perplexed if you would interpret the scriptures correctly. God prophesied that his people Israel would gather THEMSELVES back into their land but it was not by him meaning that this gathering is NOT the gathering that Almighty God himself prophesied would take place AT the coming of Jesus when God would turn to his people a SECOND time.

Also, the multitude of many nations is through the seed of Jacob the younger. So it is IMPOSSIBLE for salvation to be ONLY for the ONE nation of the Hebrew people. The multitude of many nations speaks of ALL who BELIEVE in Jesus.


The great Israel nation as prophesied by Isaiah and Micah, which was to be chief among the nations, is none other than our own United States.

 

Nothing but the OPINION of men. Others dogmatically demand that the United States is the whore of Babylon. These are all opinions of men derived from how they INTERPRET certain verses incorrectly.


“The people, who came here from England and Western Europe, are the Anglo-Saxons, Nordic and English speaking peoples. What is more, we comprise the people who above all others have embraced New Covenant salvation. And by every Biblical mark of identification, we are the once lost sheep of the house of Israel. It is only as we recognize this fact and get back to God in our national life in keeping with God’s Kingdom purposes, that we will ever be rid of our confusion and begin to solve our mounting problems.”



No, the Bible itself teaches us that Israel will not receive the New Covenant until they see Jesus whom they have pierced.


Zechariah 12:10.  


“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”



The truth of the whole matter is easily discerned for those with ears to hear and eyes to see by interpreting the verses in question in the LIGHT of the clear, plain, simple verses that do not need any interpretation to understand that Jesus died for the sins of the WHOLE world.


Please read 1 John 2:1,2.


“My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

2.  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and NOT for ours ONLY, but ALSO for the sins of the WHOLE world.”



If those who teach false doctrine would quit trying to reason AWAY the CLEAR, PLAIN and SIMPLE verses and then interpret the verses they use to try and prove their teaching by interpreting those verses in their CONTEXT then there would be no false teachings

So plain and simple the Gospel was preached to the Jews FIRST and then God turned to the Gentiles to provoke his people Israel to jealousy when God turns back to his people the Jews a SECOND time at the coming of Jesus.

The FIRST shall be LAST and the LAST shall be FIRST. Jesus told his people that the publicans would enter the kingdom BEFORE the children.


Matthew 21:28:32.


“But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard.

29.  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

30.  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

31.  Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

32.  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and you believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.”



Now the apostles of Jesus were all Jews and they were the FIRST to be saved and enter into the kingdom of God, as in the FIRST kingdom of God that has already come WITHOUT observation. And those of us who ARE Christ’s at his coming will be the ONLY people who enter into the world to come with IMMORTAL bodies.

The Jews and those left alive of the nations will go into the world to come in their MORTAL bodies.

The natural seed Ishmael and Esau will SERVE the natural seed of Israel. And those who are IN Christ at his coming will rule and reign WITH Jesus over the MORTALS on the earth.

We shall REST from all our work while the mortals rebuilt the waste places. For all the verses that prove what I am saying, please read the studies I have on the second coming of Jesus. I have a studying coming soon on all the verses used to try and prove that the 1000 year reign of Jesus is not a literal 1000 years.


Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to read ALL the studies that I gave links to throughout this study concerning this subject on Sabbath TRUTH. I will post them again below along with all the studies that I have on this subject. Also, below are some quotes from early church writers that prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that the early church did not keep the seventh day of the week as the Jews.

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Some Christians CLAIM that the early church kept the Sabbath as the Jews, but I assure you that the early first-century church was accustomed to gathering together BEFORE the light of daybreak on the FIRST day of the week that THEY called the Lord's day.

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, and the Sunday first day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians. All of the studies listed below can be sent to a brother or sister caught up in the Hebrew Roots Movement or a Sabbath-keeping church by sending them this one link “>>>WHAT IS THE TRUE SABBATH?<<<”

Or you can pick and choose any of the links below to send to them or read for yourself. Be sure to read the HISTORICAL evidence if you have not already done so. I post the SAME historical evidence at the end of almost every study on this subject of the Sabbath day. But if you want to read it again you may see something that did not stand out before.


“YES CHRISTIANS MUST KEEP THE SABBATH!”

“JESUS IS LORD OF THE SABBATH!”

“MATTHEW 5:17-19 SABBATH TRUTH!”

“MATTHEW 24:20 FUTURE SABBATH KEEPING!”

“SABBATH TRUTH REMEMBER THE SABBATH!”

“REALLY ONLY NINE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?”

“MUST CHRISTIANS KEEP THE 4th COMMANDMENT?”

“SABBATH KEEPING VERSUS SUNDAY WORSHIP?”

“60 ARGUMENTS FOR THE SABBATH!”

“IS JESUS OUR SABBATH REST?”

“THE SABBATH REST IS A SIGN!”

“THE SABBATH, SUNDAY, OR NEITHER DAY?”

“WHAT IS THE TRUE SABBATH?”

“HAS GOD'S LAW BEEN ABOLISHED? (Matthew 5:17-19)”

“IS SATURDAY THE LORD'S DAY?”

“WAS JESUS RESURRECTED ON SUNDAY?”

“JESUS WORDS ONLY! SABBATH TRUTH!”

“IS PAUL A TRUE APOSTLE OF JESUS?”

“IS THE APOSTLE PAUL A FALSE TEACHER?”

“DO PAUL'S TEACHINGS CONTRADICT JESUS?”

“MUST CHRISTIANS KEEP THE DIETARY LAWS?”

“ACTS 10 PETER'S VISION OF CLEANSED MEATS?”

“IS THE HEBREWS ROOT MOVEMENT BIBLICAL?”

“119 MINISTRIES ERRORS PART 1”

“119 MINISTRIES ERRORS PART 2”

“WHO ARE THE TRUE JEWS?”

“ARE BLACK AFRICANS THE TRUE HEBREWS?”

“WHAT IS THE ONE TRUE CHURCH?”


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Again, some Christians make the CLAIM that the early church kept the Sabbath as the Jews, but I assure you that the early first-century church was accustomed to gathering together BEFORE the light of daybreak 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 Trojan. The EMPHASIS and comments in parenthesis are my own:


“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 they had worship service early morning beginning before day light, they would depart and they come back together later that same day 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 year AD or date is given first and then the source is given at the end followed by the quote from that historical source. The Apostle John was still alive until 100 AD.


#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 Trojan 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 remark, 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 labor 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 afterward, 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 Covenantal 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. Otherwise, Constantine would have made it a law that employers allow 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 that Constantine did was to pass a law making it EASIER for Christians 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 its 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 they neither 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 observe those 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 (Or refuted them completely), 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 sepulcher. 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 sepulcher. (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 referencing 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 the 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 in 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 of 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 appointedOn 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 anyone 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 Judaized 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 symbolsnor 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 pitfallWhy 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 need to 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).



Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to read ALL the studies I gave links to at the beginning of this study concerning this subject on Sabbath TRUTH. I will post them again below. Also below are some quotes from early church writers that prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that the early church did not keep the seventh day of the week as the Jews.


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