Jesus is the END of the LAW for RIGHTEOUSNESS


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JESUS IS THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS!



A dear brother in our Lord Jesus Christ wrote to me seeming very concerned that I am TWISTING the scriptures to my own destruction. And he quoted 2 Peter 3:16 along with two verses from the book of Romans and a couple verses from the Old Testament. He did this in order to try and prove that Christians must keep the Law of Moses in order to receive eternal life in the world to come. I will first take you through his argument and then I will show you WHY his INTERPRETATION of the scriptures is in ERROR.


Please read 2 Peter 3:16.


“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things HARD to be UNDERSTOOD,(Or hard to be RECEIVED) which they that are unlearned and unstable wrestle (Or TWIST around), as they do also the other scriptures, unto their OWN DESTRUCTION.”


Now, when you read the CONTEXT of verse 16 you will find that the apostle Peter is speaking of the coming of the DAY of Judgment of God. Then Peter quickly makes sure that we UNDERSTAND that the DAY of Judgment is 1000 years long. And when we study the scriptures further we understand that this means that there will be TWO judgments.

The first judgment will occur AT the return or at the coming of Jesus before the Millennium begins. This first judgment is known to most Christians as the rapture of the church. It is also known as the first resurrection of the saints. And at this first judgment, ONLY those of us who are found RIGHTEOUS IN Jesus Christ will be given eternal life to rule and reign with Jesus for 1000 years OVER the mortal humans who are judged as being UNJUST or UNRIGHTEOUS AT his coming. In other words, if one has not died while being a faithful Christian or one is not found to be a faithful Christians at the return of Jesus then they will be judged UNWORTHY to receive eternal life.

Please keep in mind that the first half of God’s WRATH follows immediately after this first judgment which is also again is called the RAPTURE of the CHURCH and the Judgment seat of Christ. And during the wrath of God almost all of the unjust will be slain. However, there will be a REMNANT of Israel that repents and calls upon the name of the Lord to be saved. And there will also be many Gentiles of the nations who will as well repent by calling upon God to be saved alive in their mortal bodies to go into the Millennium to be taught of the Lord.

Now, it will be TOO LATE for those who wait to SEE Jesus coming in clouds of glory for them to receive eternal life AT his coming. For you see, the FIRST judgment will just have ended AT the RAPTURE of the CHURCH which takes place AT the SECOND coming of Jesus. You see, just before Jesus splits the eastern sky in clouds of glory he will proclaim that ALL who are UNJUST to REMAIN unjust or UNRIGHTEOUS. And he will also proclaim that ALL who are RIGHTEOUS to REMAIN RIGHTEOUS at the moment of a twinkling of an eye while the FIRST judgment takes place called the FIRST resurrection and the RAPTURE of the CHURCH.


Please read Revelation 22:11-15.


“He that is UNJUST (Or UNRIGHTEOUS), let him be unjust STILL: and he which is FILTHY (Or UNRIGHTEOUS and UNWORTHY), let him be filthy STILL: and he that is RIGHTEOUS, let him be righteous STILL: and he that is HOLY, let him be holy STILL.

12. And, behold, I come quickly (Or swiftly, as in, the first judgment will take place in a TWINKLING of an eye and there will be no time to repent in order to receive eternal life AT the COMING of Jesus); and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his WORK shall be.

13. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14. Blessed are they that do his commandments, (Now here is where the seventh day of the week Sabbath keeping Christians are in ERROR. They INTERPRET the commandments here as being the LAW of MOSES and NOT as the NEW commandments taught in the New Testament under the NEW COVENANT. So then, ONLY those of us who are obeying the teachings of Jesus under the New Covenant written in the New Testament shall be BLESSED) that they (Speaking of ONLY those of us who are found IN Jesus Christ to be the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God by our FAITH and obedience to the NEW COVENANT) may have RIGHT to (Or may be found with the LICENCE OF) the tree of life, and may ENTER IN through the gates INTO the CITY. (The reason that I say LICENCE OF as opposed to the right TO the tree of life is because the LITERAL translation says the WOOD of THE LIFE. And that opened my eyes to see the truth. And that truth is that if we are not IN Jesus Christ BY our faith in the CROSS, then we do not have a LICENCE to enter into the city of God. So the commandments are the two NEW commandments that Jesus gives to his followers in the New Testament under the New Covenant. Please read the study “WHAT DOES REVELATION 22:14 TRULY MEAN?”)

15. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.”


So then, in order to know the end of a book you read the last chapter of the book to see how it ENDS. And the last book of the Bible teaches us that the first judgment is the dividing between the UNRIGHTEOUS and the RIGHTEOUS. In other words, there are only TWO types of people at the first judgment that will be separated. And ONLY ONE of those groups of people will be rewarded with ETERNAL LIFE and allowed to ENTER into the CITY of God, the New Jerusalem, AT the time of the first judgment. And again, for all those of you who still believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church this first judgment will take place AT the second coming of Jesus. In other words, the RAPTURE of the CHURCH will take place AFTER the 3 ½ years of great tribulation AT the SECOND coming of Jesus and right BEFORE Jesus executes the WRATH of Almighty God upon the UNRIGHTEOUS. And the UNRIGHTEOUS will include the REMNANT of Israel even if they are keeping the law of Moses perfectly or as much as is possible without having a Temple.

Now, let us go back to the words of Paul that are HARD to be understood and focus on the word “RIGHTEOUSNESS”. But before we do this, let me explain this brother’s argument as to why he believes that Christians must keep the law of Moses to have the right to eat of the tree of life in the world to come. This brother in the Lord quotes two verses from the book of Romans that SEEM to contradict each other.


Romans 2:13.


“For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the DOERS of the LAW shall be justified.”


Romans 3:20.


“Therefore BY the DEEDS of the LAW there shall NO flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”


Then, instead of resolving what SEEMS like a contradiction by correctly interpreting what Paul is teaching on the immediate CONTEXT, this brother in the Lord goes to the Old Testament to try and show that there were two laws in the law of Moses pertaining to being JUSTIFIED. And one of those laws was indeed able to justify a sinner under the law of Moses. BUT, according to his INTERPRETATION of those scriptures he quoted, the other law was NOT able to JUSTIFY the sinner under the law of Moses.

He then, quoted Numbers 15:28-30 where there is one law of Moses that if for a person who sins IGNORANTLY or UNINTENTIONALLY. And then he interprets these verses to mean that there is NO law in the law of Moses that is ABLE to justify the person that sins PRESUMPTUOUSLY or WILLINGLY. He used the word WILLINGLY. In other words, according to his interpretation, the law of Moses was indeed ABLE to justify those who sinned in IGNORANCE. BUT the law of Moses was NOT able to justify those who sinned WILLINGLY. And thus to him, that is the only reason that Jesus had to die. To say this another way, he believes that the only reason why Jesus had to die was to save those who sinned WILLINGLY. And to HIM that resolved what seemed to be a contradiction in Paul’s teachings.


Numbers 15:28-30.


“And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sins IGNORANTLY, when he sins by IGNORANCE before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.

29. You shall have one law for him that sins through IGNORANCE, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourns among them.

30. But the soul that does ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproaches the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.”


And then this brother INTERPRETS these verses OUT of their context to say that the law of Moses was only able to JUSTIFY the sinner that sins IGNORANTLY. And that is why we need a Messiah to justify those who do NOT sin IGNORANTLY or intentionally but rather they willfully sin.

But that is NOT what these verses in the book of Numbers mean. These verses are referring to the ignorance of the whole camp of Israel and NOT the ignorance of the one individual Israelite who actually did the sinning. You see my dear brothers and sister on our Lord Jesus Christ, under the Old Covenant, the whole nation of Israel was judged by ONE man’s sin. Do you remember the account in Joshua chapter 7 where there was an accursed thing that was taken and hid by the ONE man named Achan in a tent within the camp of Israel? And because of that ONE man's INTENTIONAL sin all twelve tribes of Israel suffered the consequences of that sin of the ONE man? And they were IGNORANT of that ONE man's sin UNTIL bad things started to happen to them.

So you see, it was the NATION of Israel that was IGNORANT of Achan’s sin. It was NOT that Achan was IGNORANT of his OWN sin. And that is what the CONTEXT of Numbers 15:28-30 is referring to and NOT that a person sins UNINTENTIONALLY.


Please read Numbers 15:24-28.


Then it shall be, if ought be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.

25. And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is IGNORANCE: (Or the sin was done WITHOUT THIER KNOWLEDGE of the one doing the sin) and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for THEIR ignorance:

26. And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourns among them; seeing all the PEOPLE were in ignorance.(Of the person among them that was sinning)

27. And if any soul sin through ignorance, (Speaking of a person sinning is SECRET without the knowledge of the camp of Israel knowing of this person’s sin) then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. (This is speaking of the person obeying the conviction of the Lord to VOLUNTARILY confess their sin and bring a sin offering according to the law of Moses)

28. And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sins ignorantly, (Or secretly without the knowledge of the rest of the camp of Israel knowing about his or her sin) when he sins by ignorance (without the knowledge of the congregation) before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.”


Then the context continues to say that the one who sins PRESUMPTUOUSLY or who sins HIGH-MINDEDLY shall be cut off from God’s people. The simplest meaning of those who sin presumptuously means that they are insolent and disobedient to the point that they willfully commit sin and THEN they hardened their heart to HIDE their sin. So in their mind and heart they do not think they will get caught. And when their conscience convicts them then they EXCUSE their sin as not being sin. In other words, WHEN God does convict them of their sin they are too proud to REPENT of their sin. So they continue to hide their sin by making excuses. They are PRESUMPTUOUS and HIGH MINDED. They resist God to REPENT of their sin. And for that reason they are cut off from God.

You see, Achan had many opportunities to CONFESS his sin of taking the gold and silver and hiding it in his tent while the rest of Israel was IGNORANT to what he had done. He stood silently as he watched everyone else being eliminated as the sinner that brought judgment to the whole camp of Israel. Then after all the evidence pointed to him he finally confessed and told them where he hid the gold and silver that he had stole. And that is NOT REPENTANCE. That is being CAUGHT. And that is why he was cut off by being stoned to death for his sin. The law of Moses could not justify anyone who refused to REPENT. And the same if true under the New Covenant.

Now, we did not even need for these verses in the book of Numbers to be correctly explained according to their context in order to know that Paul did NOT contradict himself. All we really need to do is to FINISH reading the CONTEXT of what else Paul wrote instead of placing one’s OWN personal interpretation into the scriptures.

Remember that the judgment at the coming of Jesus will be whether a person is found RIGHTEOUS or UNRIGHTEOUS when Jesus returns to set up his kingdom. And Paul is speaking about HOW we become RIGHTEOUS all through his teachings. So then, Romans 2:13 is just the START of what Paul is teaching. And that is why Romans 3:30 only SEEMS to be a contradiction. For you see, IF one is focused ONLY on those two verses, then they miss the true meaning of those two verses by not truly considering the REST of the CONTEXT of what Paul teaches us concerning RIGHTEOUSNESS. Let us read those two verses again to refresh our memory and then we will read what else Paul teaches on HOW we are made RIGHTEOUS.


Romans 2:13.


“For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the DOERS of the law shall be justified.”


Romans 3:20.


“Therefore BY the DEEDS of the law there shall NO flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”


Now please read Romans 9:30-33.


“What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed NOT after righteousness (Of the MORAL Law of Moses or the Law of God written on their conscience), have ATTAINED to RIGHTEOUSNESS, even the righteousness which IS OF FAITH.

31. But Israel, which (Has indeed) followed after the law of righteousness,(By keeping the law of Moses) has NOT attained to the law of righteousness. (Speaking of God’s now accepted RIGHTEOUSNESS by FAITH in his Son Jesus which is the ONLY righteousness that he accepts)

32. Wherefore? (Or WHY has Israel NOT attained the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God?) Because they sought it NOT BY FAITH, but as it were by the works of the law. (Or rather they sought to establish their OWN righteousness by being DOERS of the law of Moses.) For they stumbled at that stumbling stone;

33. As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and whosoever BELIEVES on him shall not be ashamed.”


So the law of faith to obtain righteousness was OFFENSIVE to the children of Israel. They had been taught all their life to obey the law of Moses. And they stumbled at the teaching of the New Covenant. Now let us continue right on into the next chapter of the book of Romans to read the CONCLUSION of what Paul is teaching on about HOW to become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God by our FAITH IN Jesus Christ our savior. And remember that Paul is explaining the FULFILMENT of PROPHECY written in the Old Testament.


Romans 10:1-11.


“Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. (So in Paul’s understanding of the teachings of Jesus, Israel was NOT saved. Paul understood that God CONCLUDED every last Israelite to be under sin so that God could be their workmanship to save them. Paul understood perfectly that no one could be saved by the law of Moses no matter how perfectly they kept the law of Moses)

2. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but NOT according to knowledge. (Speaking of the knowledge of the TRUTH, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. For you see, the Gospel of our salvation teaches us HOW to RECEIVE the free GIFT of the RIGHTEOUSNESS from God to be forgiven of all our past sins. Not only are we cleansed of all our unrighteous but we also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. You see, God needed to cleanse us first so that the Holy Spirit could come and dwell in us. And the anointing of the Holy Spirit is given to us in order to empower us to keep all the moral law of God that the Almighty writes upon our hearts when we are truly born-again. God removes our hardened conscience and creates in us a new heart that loves righteousness. But the unsaved Israelites who do indeed have a zeal for God have NOT obtained God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS)

3. For (Or BECAUSE) they being ignorant OF God's RIGHTEOUSNESS, and going about to establish their OWN righteousness, (By keeping the Law of Moses contained in ordinances that have been nailed to the cross)  have NOT submitted themselves unto the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF God. (Meaning that they have not RESTED in Jesus as their RIGHTEOUSNESS to obey the TWO commandments of Jesus under the New Covenant)

4. For (Or for you see) Christ is the END of the law FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS to every one that BELIEVES.

5. For Moses DESCRIBES the righteousness which is of the law, (Speaking of the MORAL law of God and also Moses TEACHES about the Messiah in the law contained in ORDINANCES who MUST be RECEIVED) That the man which does those things shall live by them. (There is only ONE thing that we must do to be saved. And that one thing is to BELIEVE in Jesus as the atonement for our sins. As soon as we believe God’s GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS becomes our righteousness. Now, please understand that being saved does not end there. For you see, in order to receive eternal life in the world to come we must REMAIN IN Jesus Christ by OBEYING his teachings that are written down for us in the New Testament. But God also writes his MORAL law on our hearts. So even if we never had a Bible or we never heard another sermon preached to us after we have BELIEVED, we can still receive eternal life by obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Righteous cannot be earned by obeying the Law of Moses)

6. BUT the righteousness which is OF FAITH (The RIGHTEOUSNESS OF God) speaks on this wise, Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

7. Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

8. But what saith it? (Speaking of the PROPHECY written in the Scriptures found in ) The word is nigh you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, (Speaking of the FULFILLED word of the PROPHECY in Deuteronomy 30:11-14 as being the prophesied word that was to come,) the word of FAITH, which we preach; (The word that became flesh, the MESSIAH)

9. That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him (The word made flesh that was prophesied in the law of Moses to be the Messiah) from the dead, you shall be saved.

10. For with the heart man believes unto RIGHTEOUSNESS; and with the mouth confession is made unto SALVATION.

11. For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.”


Now, Paul is quoting Deuteronomy chapter 30 which again is a prophecy of God promising to write his word upon the hearts of his people Israel. The word spoken of in Deuteronomy 30:11-14 is speaking of the word of prophecy that would be made flesh and dwell in our hearts. It is NOT talking about God writing the Law of Moses on the hearts of the children of Israel in the future.


Deuteronomy 30:11-14.


“For THIS COMMANDMENT (In the SINGULAR) which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off. (It is hidden from those of us who do not read the Bible in the Hebrew language. But it was never hidden from the children of Israel who read, write, and speak the Hebrew language. I will explain what I mean by this shortly)

12. It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

13. Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

14. But the WORD is very nigh unto you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do IT.”


Do WHAT? What does the pronoun IT refer to? The pronoun “IT” is referring back to the “THIS COMANDMENT” in the SINGULAR back in verse 11.


Now let us compare Deuteronomy 30:11-14 with the New Testament FULFILLMENT of this prophecy found in Romans 10:1-13. Then we will compare Deuteronomy 30:14 side by side to Romans 10:8 so that you can see that the “THIS COMMANDMENT in Deuteronomy is a prophecy of Yahweh’s commandment to BELIEVE on Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God in order to be saved. And if you do NOT then you shall be cut off and destroyed in the lake of fire.


Romans 10:1-13.


“Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

2. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but NOT according to knowledge. (There are many Jews who keep the law of Moses the best that they can possibly do even more so than some Christians that have been subverted to keep the law of Moses. But even though they sincerely love God and they serve God having a great zeal like many Christians caught up in the Hebrew Roots Movement, they are NOT worshipping Yahweh is Spirit and in TRUTH in the way God is commanding us to do under his New Covenant. They are NOT serving God according to the knowledge of the TRUTH of the GOSPEL written in the New Testament)

3. For they (Speaking of the children of Israel that do NOT believe that Jesus is their Messiah. And ALSO speaking of some Christians who have been subverted to keep the law of Moses to be saved) being IGNORANT of God's righteousness,(Speaking of God’s GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS that is freely given to all who BELIEVE that Jesus is their Messiah) and going about to establish their OWN righteousness, have NOT SUBMITTED themselves unto the righteousness of God.

4. For (Or for you see) Christ (Or the Messiah, the THIS COMMANDMENT) is the END of the law, FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS to everyone that BELIEVES.

5. FOR (Or BECAUSE the law of) Moses  DESCRIBES the righteousness which is OF the law, (Speaking of the law written on our CONSCIENCE that even the Gentiles have WITHOUT the law contained in ordinances giving ONLY to the CHILDREN of Israel after they were delivered from the bondage of Egypt. Selah, pause and think about this Reuven. The LAW of Moses was ADDED because the children of Israel kept disobeying the LAW. What LAW were they disobeying BEFORE the LAW of Moses was ADDED? It was the law written upon the heart, their CONSCIENCE which they hardened. So the LAW that Moses DESCRIBES is the MORAL law of RIGHTEOUSNESS) That the man which does THOSE things (Speaking of walking in RIGHTEOUSNESS obeying the moral law of righteousness written on our CONSCIENCE) shall live by them. (IF they never ever disobey the law of God written on their CONSCIENCE. And that is why the law of Moses was ADDED UNTIL the SEED should COME, speaking of the Messiah and the New Covenant)

6. BUT the righteousness which is of FAITH (Or the NEW LAW of FAITH, the THIS COMMANDMENT, that was shut up to those written about in the Scriptures from Genesis to Malachi UNTIL their Messiah came) speaks on this wise, Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (That is, to bring Christ [The Messiah, the TEACHING of God's so great a salvation, or more precisely the GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS and the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit to walk in RIGHTEOUSNESS] down from above:)

7. Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ [The Messiah, the THIS COMMANDMENT] again from the dead.)

8. But what says it? (Speaking of the word of prophecy concerning the Messiah, THIS COMMANDMENT in the SINGULAR) The word is nigh you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of FAITH, which we PREACH; (Speaking of the THIS COMMANDMENT, the gospel of our salvation to BELIEVE that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God who is the END of the law FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS)

9. That IF you (DO IT, as in, IF you OBEY the THIS COMMANDMENT that Yahweh prophesied would come. If you shall) shall CONFESS with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall BELIEVE in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.

10. For with the heart man believes unto RIGHTEOUSNESS; and with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto SALVATION.

11. For the scripture says, Whosoever BELIEVES on him shall not be ashamed.

12. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”


Please understand that the Bible does NOT teach a grace ALONE with NO works salvation. Yes, the initial step of being cleansed of all our past sins is completed by grace without any works of righteousness. But every TRUE born-again Christians knows that they must work, labor, strive, resist, and fight against the temptations to sin. TRUE Christianity is NOT doing whatever your flesh begs you to do. More on this later but for now let us read Deuteronomy 30:14 alongside Romans 10:8 which is the beginning of the fulfillment of the law and the prophets.


Deuteronomy 30:14.


But the word is very nigh unto you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do IT.” (Speaking of the THIS COMMANDMENT in the SINGULAR)


Romans 10:8.


“But what says it? (Speaking of the word of PROPHECY concerning the Messiah) The word is nigh you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of FAITH, which we PREACH;  (That you may DO IT by BELIEVING the gospel of Jesus Christ and CONFESS HIM as your Messiah, the THIS COMMANDMENT prophesied in Deuteronomy 30:10-14)


Now I want you to read the LITERAL translation and pay close attention to the UNTRANSLATED Hebrew letters, the Aleph, and the Tav. The English pronunciation is “ath” or “et”. Someone far more knowledgeable in the Hebrew language taught me about the Aleph and the Tav as being a marker or a Selah or a pause and think about these verses pertaining to the Messiah. So simply replace the untranslated Aleph tav with the name Jesus, Yeshua, or the Messiah, the word made flesh. Also, notice that the LITERAL translation uses the pronouns he and him as opposed to the pronoun it.


Deuteronomy 30:14 from the LITERAL translation.

“That near to you the word exceedingly in the mouth of you and in HEART of you to to do OF HIM.”


Now read the fulfillment again in Romans 10:1-13.


...that is, the word of FAITH, which we PREACH;  (That you may DO IT by BELIEVING the gospel of Jesus Christ and CONFESS HIM as your Messiah and OBEY HIM who I Yahweh have commanded HIM to SPEAK. Please NOTICE that in the LITERAL translation, the pronoun  “IT” is translated as to do OF HIM. In other words, the  “THIS COMMANDMENT” shall I write upon your heart IS to OBEY what my MESSIAH teaches you to DO. And if you disobey HIM you shall be destroyed. Acts 3:23)


In other words, we are not commanded to obey what Jesus DID. But rather we are commanded to obey what Jesus TAUGHT his disciples to do. The scriptures testify of Jesus as being the Messiah. And Yahweh gave Jesus the “THIS COMMANDMENT” in Deuteronomy 30:11-13 to tell Israel that if they do not believe who he is, then they would die in their sins. Jesus told them from the very beginning of his ministry that he is the Messiah.


Let us read John 12:48-51.


He that rejects me, and RECEIVES NOT MY WORDS, has one that judges him: the WORD that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

49. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he (Almighty God Yahweh himself) gave me A COMMANDMENT , what I should say, and what I should speak.

50. And I know that HIS COMMANDMENT is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”


And in Deuteronomy 18:15-19 we read where Yahweh PROPHESIED that he would raise up a prophet from among the brethren of the children or Israel. And God would put his words in the mouth of this prophet who we now know to be Jesus, to speak FOR Yahweh. And if any man does NOT hearken or OBEY the words and teachings of Jesus then Yahweh will require it of them.


Deuteronomy 18:15-19.


“The LORD your God will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall hearken;

16. According to all that you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, SAYING, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

17. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. (Meaning that the children of Israel did not want to hear the voice of God directly but through a PROPHET of God. And God is saying, Good, that is what I wanted them to say so that I can raise up unto them a Savior who will speak my words unto the them)

18. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto you, and will put MY words in HIS mouth; and he shall speak unto them .

19. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will NOT hearken unto MY words which HE shall speak in MY NAME, I will require it of him.”


Now in Acts 3:18-23 we read that the fulfillment of these verses is IN Jesus.


Acts 3:18-23.


“But those things, which God before had shown by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he has so fulfilled.

19. Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

20. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

21. Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

22. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; HIM shall you hear in all things whatsoever HE shall say unto you.

23. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will NOT hear that prophet, shall be DESTROYED from among the people.”


Galatians 2:21.


“But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the TRUTH of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If you, being a Jew, live after the manner of Gentiles, and NOT as do the Jews, why compel you the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

15. We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

16. KNOWING that a man is NOT justified by the works of the law, but by the FAITH of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and NOT by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

17. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners (According to the Law of Moses), is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

18. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. (Of the law of RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH in Jesus Christ)

19. For I through the law (Of RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH in Jesus Christ) am dead to the law (Of Moses contained in ORDINANCES), that I might live unto God.

20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

21. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law (Of Moses contained in ORDINANCES), then Christ is dead in vain.”


Ephesians 4:24.


“And that you put on the new man, which after God is CREATED in righteousness and true holiness.”



One of the arguments used by some Christians to teach that Christians must keep the Law of Moses is that the only change that was made from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant is that under the New Covenant God now writes his law upon on HEARTS and we do not need to be taught by any man about the Lord.

Now, IF SO BE, their argument applies to Christians in this present world, then we do not need anyone to teach us about the Law of Moses. For you see, according to their interpretation of God writing his law upon our hearts, then God has written everything in the Old Testament under the Old Covenant upon our hearts. So STOP teaching all the Law of Moses contained in ordinances to Christians if so be that God has written all these ordinances upon our hearts. Stop reading the Old Testament to learn all the Law of Moses if you truly believe that God has written the Law of Moses on your heart.

The truth of the matter is that God has written his MORAL laws upon our heart that were enforce BEFORE the Law of Moses was ever ADDED because of the children of Israel were breaking the MORAL Law of God written on their conscience. You see, the very day that Adam ate of the tree of KNOWLEDGE of GOOD and EVIL was the day that mankind received a CONSCIENCE to know the MORAL Law of God to know right from wrong.


Please read Romans 2:13-15.


“(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (NOT the Law of Moses but rather the MORAL Law of God written upon of CONSCIENCE because the context is speaking about the Gentiles who do NOT have the Law of Moses)

14.  FOR (Or BECAUSE) when the Gentiles, which have NOT the law (Speaking of the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES of all the feast days, animal sacrifices, the Sabbath day, the dietary laws and all the rudimentary services to God), do by nature the things contained in the law (Speaking of the MORAL Laws of God CONTAINED it the Law of Moses), these, having NOT the law (Of Moses contained in ORDINANCES), are a law (Or have the MORAL Law of God) unto themselves:

15. Which show the work of the law (Speaking of the MORAL Law of God to know right from wrong) written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)”


Titus 3:5-11.


But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

6. Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

7. That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

8. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. (This is NOT speaking about keeping the Law of Moses. But rather doing good works of righteousness being led by the Holy Spirit) These things are good and profitable unto men.

9. BUT AVOID foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law (Of Moses); for they are unprofitable and VAIN.

10. A man that is an heretick (Striving about the Law of Moses) after the first and second admonition reject;

11. Knowing that he that is such is SUBVERTED, and sins, being condemned of himself.”



Let me say to those of you are truly seeking the truth of the whole word of Almighty God that the Holy Spirit has never convicted me of sinning for not keeping the weekly Sabbath day or any of the feast day, or for eating any manner of meat. BUT the Holy Spirit has INDEED convicted me of an IMMORAL sin that I never knew was a sin before I became a Christian. Please allow me to rephrase that last statement a bit. I did know that it was not the right thing to do, but everyone was doing it and it seemed harmless at that time before I became a true born-again Christians.

Let me explain what that sin is so you can better understand what I am saying. Some of you may have done this yourself. Have you ever poked fun at someone by belittling them? Like “roasting” them with humorous sayings such as you are so fat the scale screams when you get on it. And then everyone laughs except the one that everyone is making fun of. But it is not about singling out any one person. For you see, the one who is cut down comes back with his or her own cut down of another person. And eventually, everyone gets made fun of before it is over when someone finally gets their feelings hurt.

Now, we all knew that this type of fun was not the right thing to do but we did not really think that it was a SIN. At least I did not think it was UNTIL after I became a Christians and I started to join in that kind of “fun” again and the Holy Spirit rebuked me to my face. The same was true with me in telling jokes. You know, the “adult” type jokes. And the “racial” jokes. We never really considered them SIN. But after I was born-again my FLESH BEGGED me to tell those old jokes to get a good laugh but the Holy Spirit forbade me. And the reason is that these kinds of things HURT others even though we may reason them away. And by hurting others we break the NEW COVENANT LAW of walking in LOVE toward one another

But again, the Holy Spirit has NEVER written on my heart to keep any of the feast days or the weekly Sabbath day. And if eating pork is a SIN, then the Holy Spirit has failed in his job to ever convict me of sinning when I eat pork. I was a Christian for over thirty years before I ever ran into my FIRST Sabbath-keeping Christians. And the first question she asked me was if I believe in keeping the commandments of God. I said, ABSOLUTELY! And she said, then why do you not keep the weekly Sabbath day. She said, it is one of the Ten Commandments and you just said you believe that we should keep the commandments of God.

Well, I could not answer her question that day. But I went and asked the Lord and he had me read the New Testament again. And upon reading the New Testament again, the Holy Spirit showed me that we, as Christians, ARE keeping the TRUE Sabbath REST by our FAITH in Jesus. For a deeper understanding of WHY Christians are NOT commanded to keep the law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES please read all the Bible studies under the heading “>>>WHAT IS THE TRUE SABBATH<<<”.


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!”

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“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 appointed: On the first day of the week let there be service, and the reading of the Holy Scriptures, and the oblation, because on the first day of the week our Lord rose from the place of the dead, and on the first day of the week he arose upon the world, and on the first day of the week he ascended up to heaven, and on the first day of the week he will appear at last with the angels of heaven" (Didascalia 2).

 

And I add further that the church BEGAN on the day of Pentecost, on a SUNDAY, the FIRST day of the week. The early church evidence and the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, make it quite clear that the early church worshiped God on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week, called the LORD'S day and that they did NOT KEEP the Sabbath day as the JEWS.

 

 

#26. 250 AD CYPRIAN:

 

The eight day, that is, the first day after the Sabbath, and the Lord's Day." (Epistle 58, Sec 4)

 

 

#27. 250 AD IGNATIUS:

 

"If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death-whom some deny, by which mystery we have obtained faith, and therefore endure, that we may be found the disciples of Jesus Christ, our only Master-how shall we be able to live apart from Him, whose disciples the prophets themselves in the Spirit did wait for Him as their Teacher? And therefore He whom they rightly waited for, being come, raised them from the dead. If, then, those who were conversant with the ancient Scriptures came to newness of hope, expecting the coming of Christ, as the Lord teaches us when He says, "If ye had believed Moses, ye would have believed Me, for he wrote of Me; " and again, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad; for before Abraham was, I am; " how shall we be able to live without Him? The prophets were His servants, and foresaw Him by the Spirit, and waited for Him as their Teacher, and expected Him as their Lord and Saviour, saying, "He will come and save us." Let us therefore NO longer keep the Sabbath after the Jewish manner, and rejoice in days of idleness; for "he that does not work, let him not eat." For say the [holy] oracles, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread." But let every one of you keep the Sabbath after a spiritual manner, rejoicing in meditation on the law, NOT in relaxation of the body, admiring the workmanship of God, and not eating things prepared the day before, nor using lukewarm drinks, and walking within a prescribed space, nor finding delight in dancing and plaudits which have no sense in them. And after the observance of the Sabbath, let every friend of Christ keep the Lord's Day as a festival, the resurrection-day, the queen and chief of all the days [of the week]. Looking forward to this, the prophet declared, "To the end, for the eighth day," on which our life both sprang up again, and the victory over death was obtained in Christ, whom the children of perdition, the enemies of the Saviour, deny, "whose god is their belly, who mind earthly things," who are "lovers of pleasure, and not lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." These make merchandise of Christ, corrupting His word, and giving up Jesus to sale: they are corrupters of women, and covetous of other men's possessions, swallowing up wealth insatiably; from whom may ye be delivered by the mercy of God through our Lord Jesus Christ! (Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians, Chapter IX)

 

 

#28. 250 AD IGNATIUS:

 

"On the day of the preparation, then, at the third hour, He received the sentence from Pilate, the Father permitting that to happen; at the sixth hour He was crucified; at the ninth hour He gave up the ghost; and before sunset He was buried. During the Sabbath He continued under the earth in the tomb in which Joseph of Arimathaea had laid Him. At the dawning of the Lord's day He arose from the dead, according to what was spoken by Himself, "As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man also be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. "The day of the preparation, then, comprises the passion; the Sabbath embraces the burial; the Lord's Day contains the resurrection." (The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians, chapter 9)

 

 

#29. 250 AD IGNATIUS:

 

If 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 symbols; nor do Christians of the present day do such things" (Church History 1:4:8).

 

#35. 300 AD Eusebius of Caesarea:

 

"The day of his [Christ's] light . . . was the day of his resurrection from the dead, which they say, as being the one and only truly holy day and the Lord's day, is better than any number of days as we ordinarily understand them, and better than the days set apart by the Mosaic Law for feasts, new moons, and Sabbaths, which the Apostle [Paul] teaches are the shadow of days and not days in reality" (Proof of the Gospel 4:16:186).

 

 

#36. 345 AD Athanasius:

 

"The Sabbath was the end of the first creation, the Lord's day was the beginning of the second, in which he renewed and restored the old in the same way as he prescribed that they should formerly observe the Sabbath as a memorial of the end of the first things, so we honor the Lord's day as being the memorial of the new creation" (On Sabbath and Circumcision 3).

 

 

#37. 350 AD APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS:

 

Be not careless of yourselves, neither deprive your Saviour of His own members, neither divide His body nor disperse His members, neither prefer the occasions of this life to the word of God; but assemble yourselves together every day, morning and evening, singing psalms and praying in the Lord's house: in the morning saying the sixty-second Psalm, and in the evening the hundred and fortieth, but principally on the Sabbath-day. And on the day of our Lord's resurrection, which is the Lord's day, meet more diligently, sending praise to God that made the universe by Jesus, and sent Him to us, and condescended to let Him suffer, and raised Him from the dead. Otherwise what apology will he make to God who does not assemble on that day to hear the saving word concerning the resurrection, on which we pray thrice standing in memory of Him who arose in three days, in which is performed the reading of the prophets, the preaching of the Gospel, the oblation of the sacrifice, the gift of the holy food? (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, book 2)

 

 

#38. 350 AD APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS:

 

"How We Ought to Assemble Together and to Celebrate the Festival Day of Our Saviour's Resurrection. On the day of the resurrection of the Lord, that is, the Lord's day, assemble yourselves together, without fail, giving thanks to God, and praising Him for those mercies God has bestowed upon you through Christ and has delivered you from ignorance, error, and bondage, that your sacrifice may be unspotted, and acceptable to God,..." (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, book 7)

 

 

#39. 350 AD Cyril of Jerusalem:

 

"Fall NOT AWAY either into the sect of the Samaritans or into Judaism, for Jesus Christ has henceforth ransomed you. Stand aloof from ALL observance of Sabbaths and from calling any indifferent meats common or unclean" (Catechetical Lectures 4:37).

 

 

#40. 360 AD Council of Laodicea:

 

"Christians should NOT Judaize and should NOT be idle on the Sabbath, but should work on that day; they should, however, particularly reverence the Lord's day and, if possible, not work on it, because they were Christians" (canon 29).

 

 

#41. 387 AD John Chrysostom:

 

"You have put on Christ, you have become a member of the Lord and been enrolled in the heavenly city, and you still grovel in the Law [of Moses]? How is it possible for you to obtain the kingdom? Listen to Paul's words, that the observance of the Law overthrows the gospel, and learn, if you will, how this comes to pass, and tremble, and shun this pitfall. Why do you keep the Sabbath and fast with the Jews?" (Homilies on Galatians 2:17).

 

#42. 412 AD Augustine:

 

"Well, now, I should like to be told what there is in these Ten Commandments, except the observance of the Sabbath, which ought NOT to be kept by a Christian . . . Which of these commandments would anyone say that the Christian ought not to keep? It is possible to contend that it is not the Law which was written on those two tables that the apostle [Paul] describes as 'the letter that kills' [2 Cor. 3:6], but the law of circumcision and the other sacred rites which are now abolished" (The Spirit and the Letter 24).

 

#43. 597 AD Gregory I:

 

"But after that, the grace of Almighty God, our Lord Jesus Christ, has appeared, the commandments of the Law which were spoken figuratively cannot be kept according to the letter. For if anyone says that this about the Sabbath is to be kept, he must 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.

 

Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.

        

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