Sunday the New Sabbath

“The day was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week, not on the ground of a particular command, but by the free spirit of the gospel and by the power of certain great facts which lie at the foundation of the Christian church. It was on that day that Christ rose from the dead; that he appeared to Mary, the disciples of Emmaus, and the assembled apostles; that he poured out his Spirit and founded the church; and that he revealed to his beloved disciples the mysteries of the future. Hence, the first day was already in the apostoclic age honorably designated as “the Lord’s Day.” On that day Paul met with the disciples at Troas and preached till midnight. On that day he ordered the Galatian and Corinthian Christians to make, no doubt in connection with the divine service, their weekly contributions to chraritable objects according to their ability. It appears, therefore, from the New Testament itself, that Sunday was observed as a a day of worship, and in special commemoration of the Resurrection, whereby the work of redemption was finished." —Philip Schaff

Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by Pastor Jerry Owen