WHY DO YOU OBSERVE SUNDAY?
The Bible Teaches the Observance of the Sabbath!
Which day did Christ and the apostles observe? Which day did Paul teach gentile converts to observe?
How did the day become changed from the seventh to the first day of the week?
1 Thessalonians 5:21 commands us to "Prove all things"
I ask you to please read this booklet with an open mind . . .
If you are already right, honest investigation will but confirm it.
If you are wrong, you should want to know it.
Introduction: I was raised in a Sunday
keeping church. We always went to church Sunday
morning, Sunday night and Wednesday evenings.
This was accepted by me as Bible "truth." Early in
my married life I became a Lay Minister in the
Church of Christ. They taught, "We speak where
the Bible speaks and are silent where the Bible is
silent." . . . I believed with all my heart that Sunday
was the "Lords Day."
It came as a great surprise to me when I
discovered the word "Sunday" does not appear in
the Bible. Shock would be more the word for it. (This
was over forty years ago.) In 1955 I read a booklet
titled, "Which Day is The Sabbath of The New
Testament?" I recently came across this booklet in
my files, written in 1952. I am reproducing this
booklet on the following pages . . . This booklet
changed my life . . . It is my prayer that it will be
helpful to you.
Tom Justus, Minister
Church of God, Sabbath Day
We have been reared in a Sunday-observing world.
Naturally, we have taken Sunday-observances for
granted. Naturally, the idea of a different day as the
true Sabbath-day strikes us as fanatical and absurd.
Yet today some are telling us SATURDAY is the right
day. They insist the SEVENTH day is the only day the
Bible anywhere commands us to keep. They even claim
we are sinning-that we have the "Mark of the Beast" and
shall suffer the seven last plagues-if we observe Sunday
instead of keeping the seventh day.
Many False Prophets
Jesus warned that many false prophets would appear,
deceiving many. So what is the TRUTH? How can we
Let all remember each of us shall stand before the
judgment-seat of Christ! We shall be JUDGED, not by
our sincerity in what we have always believed thru
careless assumption, nor by our sincerity in following
some NEW teaching without proof! We shall be judged by
the BIBLE, God's Word!
How to PROVE the Truth
"All Scripture," we read in II Tim. 3:16, "is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction." Again, the command to us is,
"PROVE ALL THINGS."
We must be willing to be corrected, if wrong. We must
be careful not to be blown about "with every wind of
doctrine." We must free our minds of all prejudice.
We must be able and willing to study BOTH sides
honestly, laying our ideas and desires on the shelf,
prayerfully asking God for guidance.
If we already are right, honest investigation will but
If we are WRONG, we should want to know it. And
we shall quickly, willingly, as a little child accept the
TRUTH as God reveals it, whatever that truth may be, if
our hearts are right with Him! Perhaps this very study
may be the TEST!
On the following pages is a brief, terse, outline of ONE
PHASE of this many-sided question. Explanation of other
phases, answering other questions that may come up, will
be supplied on request.
These three facts are self-evident.
(1) Sunday is the first day of the week. See any
calendar, dictionary, or encyclopedia. Is it, then, by
BIBLE authority, "the Christian Sabbath," or truly the
"Lord's Day," as it is popularly called today?
(2) Jesus kept the SABBATH (Luke 4:16). It was His
custom. The Sabbath He kept was the same day of the
week the Jews observed, for the minister and
congregation were all in the synagogue (verse 2O), and the
Pharisees continually rebuked Jesus for healing on the
(3) The Sabbath Jesus kept was the seventh day of
the week. Three days after His crucifixation, this
Sabbath still was the day before the first day of the
week (Mat. 28:1). Therefore it was not just any day in
seven, it was the seventh day of the week. See also Luke
23:56 and 24:1.
. . . BUT,
. . . was the day CHANGED by Christ or the
apostles, after this, to the first day of the week so that
Sunday is now the New Testament Christian Sabbath?
. . . does the NEW TESTAMENT someplace show us
that SUNDAY is the true Lord's Day and command
Christians to observe it? LET US SEE!
Is "Sunday" Mentioned in
This change could not be made-a different day, the
FIRST day of the week, could not be established by New
Testament BIBLE authority, except in some text or texts
employing the phrase "first day of the week," or the
The word "Sunday" does not appear any place in the
But the phrase "first day of the week" is found in the
New Testament. It occurs in exactly EIGHT places. So it
will not take long to examine these eight texts employing
IF the day was changed by BIBLE authority, if
Christians are to find any BIBLE AUTHORITY
whatsoever for observing Sunday as the "Lord's Day"
today, then we must find that authority in one of
these eight texts!
Let us acknowledge at the outset, since the seventh
day of the week is clearly established as the Bible
Sabbath up until the time of the Cross, that there can be
no BIBLE AUTHORITY for Sunday observance unless
we find it clearly and plainly stated in one of these eight
New Testament passages.
So let us examine them carefully, honestly,
The Day AFTER Sabbath
(1) Matthew 28:1: "In the end of the Sabbath, as
it began to dawn toward THE FIRST DAY OF THE
WEEK, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
to see the sepulchre." This is the first place in the
Bible where "the first day of the week" is
mentioned. Matthew wrote these words, under
inspiration of the Holy Spirit, many years after the
New Testament Church came into being. The text
says that late on the Sabbath day it was drawing
TOWARD the first day of the week. So this
Scripture, we must admit, tells us plainly that three
days and three nights after all that was done away
had been securely "nailed to the Cross," the
Sabbath was still the day BEFORE the first day of
the week-still the seventh day of the week.
One point is here plainly proved. Many tell us
that the Sabbath command was merely for "one day
in seven"-that it did not have to be THE seventh
day of the week, but merely the seventh part of
time. They argue that Sunday, being one day out of
seven, fulfills the command. But here is a passage
in the NEW Testament, inspired by the Holy Spirit
many years after the beginning of the NEW
Testament Church, stating in plain language that,
three days after all abolished things had been done
away, the Sabbath still existed and that it was the
seventh day of THE WEEK-the day before the
FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. That much is proved,
and must remain settled for all who honestly seek
and accept BIBLE authority. But, was the day
(2) Mark 16:2: "And very early in the morning
THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, they came unto
the sepulchre at the rising of the sun." This is
merely Mark's version of the sunrise visit to the tomb.
It was written several years after the crucifixion.
The first day of the week, also, was "AFTER the
Sabbath was PAST," according to verse 1. So this
text proves the same thing as the one above-that
the first day of the week was not at that time (three
days after the crucifixion) the Sabbath, but the day
AFTER the Sabbath. The Sabbath, then, still was
the SEVENTH day of the week.
A Common Work Day
(3) Mark 16:9: "Now when Jesus was risen,
early the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK He appeared
first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast
seven devils." This text speaks of Jesus' appearance
to Mary Magdalene later the same day, the day
AFTER the Sabbath.
Nothing here calls the first day of the week the
Christian Sabbath, we must admit. Nothing here
calls it "The Lord's Day." Nothing here hallows
Sunday or says God made it holy. Nothing here
commands us to observe it. Nothing here sets it
apart as a memorial of the Resurrection, or for any
purpose. No command or example of REST on this
day-no authority for observing Sunday here.
(4) Luke 24:1: "NOW UPON THE FIRST DAY
OF THE WEEK, very early in the morning, they came
unto the sepulchre, bringing their spices which they
had prepared, and certain others with them."
This text tells again the same event recorded by
Matthews and Mark, and it shows that on THE
FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK these women came to
do the work of a common week-day, AFTER having
rested the Sabbath day "according to the
commandment." For we read, in the verse just
before this, "And they returned, and prepared spices
and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day
according to the commandment." Shall we say
these women did not yet know the commandment
was abolished? No, we cannot, for this statement
was not made by the women, but inspired by the
HOLY GHOST, who did know it was not
abolished. And it was written, at least twenty five
years after the establishing of the New Testament
Church! The Holy Ghost THEN inspired the direct
statement that the rest of these women on the
Sabbath day was according to the commandment,
which statement would not be possible had the
commandment been abolished.
This text, then, establishes Sunday as a common
work day, three days after the crucifixion, and it
further established that at that time the command to
rest on the Sabbath had not been abolished.
(5) John 20:1: "THE FIRST DAY OF THE
WEEK cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was
yet dark, unto the sepulchre."
This, written many, many years after the
crucifixion, is John's version, describing the same
visit to the tomb. It confirms the facts above.
Was This a Religious Meeting, to Celebrate
(6) John 20:19: "Then the same day at evening,
being THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, when the
doors were shut where the disciples were assembled
for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the
midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Let us examine this carefully, for some claim this
was a religious service called for the purpose of
celebrating the Resurrection. But notice this is the
same first day of the week that FOLLOWED the
Sabbath. It was Jesus' first opportunity to appear to
His disciples. For three and a half years He had
been constantly with them, on ALL days of the
week. His meeting with them, of itself, could not
establish any day as a Sabbath.
Were they assembled to celebrate the Resurrection,
thus establishing Sunday as the Christian Sabbath
in honor of the Resurrection? The text says they
were assembled "for fear of the Jews." The Jews
had just taken and crucified their Master. They were
afraid. The doors were shut because of their fear-probably bolted. Why were they assembled? "FOR
FEAR OF THE JEWS" according to this text, and
also because they all lived together in this upper
room (Acts 1:13). They could not have assembled
to celebrate the Resurrection for THEY DID NOT
BELIEVE JESUS WAS RISEN (Mark 16:11; Luke
24:37, 39, 41). Nothing in this text calls this day
"Sabbath," or "Lord's Day," or any sacred title.
Nothing here sets it apart, makes it holy. No
authority here for changing a command of God!
Lord's Supper Day-or Work Day-WHICH?
(7) Acts 20:7: "And upon THE FIRST DAY OF
THE WEEK, when the disciples came together to
break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to
depart on the morrow; and continued his speech
until midnight. And there were many lights in the
upper chamber, where they were gathered together."
Here, at last, we find a religious meeting on the first
day of the week. But it was not a SUNDAY meeting!
Notice, Paul continued his speech until midnight!
"And there were many LIGHTS in the upper
chamber, where they were gathered together." It
was AFTER SUNSET, prior to midnight, the first
day of the week. Now at that time the first day of
the week did not begin at midnight, as men begin it
today. It began, and the seventh day ended, AT
SUNSET! All Bible days begin and end at
SUNSET. Throughout the Roman world at that
time, and for a few hundred years afterwards, days
began and ended at sunset. The practice of
beginning the new day at midnight was started
much later. Therefore this meeting, and Paul's
preaching, took place during the hours we now call
SATURDAY NIGHT-it was not a Sunday
meeting at all!
WHY Paul Remained Behind
Let us, now, pick up the thread of the narrative
related in this passage. Begin verse 6:
"We sailed away from Philippi after the days of
unleavened bread, and came unto them at Troas in
five days; where we abode seven days. And upon
the first day of the week, when the disciples came
together to break bread, Paul preached unto them,
READY TO DEPART ON THE MORROW."
Paul and his companions had been in this town
of Troas seven days. His companions had left by
ship after sunset. Paul remained behind for a
farewell meeting. He preached until midnight,
"ready to depart on the morrow." At break of day-sunrise Sunday morning-Paul departed (verse 11).
Now notice what his companions had done. "And
we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there
intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed,
minding himself to go afoot. And when he met with
us at Assos, we took him in." (Verses 13-14).
Look at this on the map. Paul's companions had
to sail around a peninsula-a distance of fifty or
sixty miles, while Paul, afoot, walked across, a
distance of 19 1/2 miles. He was able to walk this
distance in shorter time than they could sail the
much longer distance, which gave Paul the
opportunity to remain behind after they left, for this
last farewell sermon and visit.
Now do you see what actually happened? Paul's
companions were engaged in the LABOR of
rowing and sailing a boat while Paul was preaching
that Saturday night and early Sunday morning-on
the first day of the week. They had set sail Saturday
night, AFTER THE SABBATH HAD ENDED.
Paul remained behind for one more last farewell
sermon. Then, at break of day Sunday morning,
Paul set out afoot, indulging in the labor of a 19 1/2
mile walk from Troas to Assos! He waited till the
Sabbath was past for this long walk-a good hard
day's work, if you ever tried it! He did it on the first
day of the week! Again, a common work day!
What "Break Bread" Means
But does this text not say, as many claim today,
that the disciples always held communion every
first day of the week! NOT AT ALL!
In the first place, it says nothing about anything
being done EVERY first day of the week. It relates
the events of this one particular first day of the
week, ONLY. It is not speaking of any CUSTOMS,
but of the events occurring as Paul and his
companions concluded their seven-day visit in
passing by this town.
Jesus had introduced the Lord's Supper as part of
the Passover, at the beginning of the annual "days
of unleavened bread." No longer could they kill
lambs or eat the roasted body of Passover Lambs,
after Christ, OUR Passover, had been once slain for
us. Yet the Passover was ordained FOREVER (Ex.
12:24). At His last Passover supper Jesus substituted
the wine as the emblem of His blood, instead of the
blood of the slain lamb. He substituted the
unleavened bread for the roast body of the lamb as
the symbol of His body, broken for us. The
disciples continued to observe Passover annually,
now in the form of the Lord's Supper using only the
bread and wine, as a MEMORIAL (I Cor. 11:24) of
Christ's DEATH, (I Cor. 11:26), showing His death
till He come again. They continued to observe the
days of unleavened bread (Acts 20:6).
This year they had observed the days of
unleavened bread and the Communion service at
Philippi, after which they came to Troas in five
days where they remained seven days.
After the Sabbath day had ended, at sunset,
"upon the first day of the week, . . . the disciples
came together to BREAK BREAD."
People have ASSUMED this expression means
the taking of Communion. But notice! Paul
preached, and continued preaching until midnight.
They had no opportunity to stop and "break bread"
until then. When Paul "therefore was come up
again"-after restoring the one who had fallen
down from the third balcony-and had broken
bread, AND EATEN."
Note it! "Broken bread AND EATEN." This
breaking bread was not Communion-simply
eating a meal. This expression was commonly used
of old to designate a meal. It still is used in that
sense in parts of even the United States.
Notice Luke 22:16, where Jesus was introducing
the Lord's Supper, taking it with His disciples. He
said, "I will not any more eat thereof until it be
fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." Yet, the day after
His resurrection, after walking with the two
disciples to Emmaus, as "He sat at MEAT with them,
He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to
them." (Luke 24:30). Here Jesus "brake bread" but it
was not the Lord's Supper, which He said He would
NOT take again. It was a meal-"He sat AT MEAT."
Notice Acts 2:46. The disciples, "continuing
daily with one accord in the temple and breaking
bread from house to house, did eat their meat with
gladness." Here again "breaking bread" means
EATING MEAT. Not on the first day of the week,
Again, when Paul was shipwrecked on the
voyage to Rome, the sailors had been fasting out of
fright. But "Paul besought them all to take MEAT,
saying, "This day is the fourteenth day that ye have
tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
Wherefore I pray you to take some MEAT: for this
is for your health-And when he had thus spoken,
he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence
of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to
eat." (Acts 27:33-35). Here Paul broke bread to give
to unconverted sailors who were hungry.
The truth is, NOWHERE IN THE BIBLE is the
expression "breaking of bread," or "to break bread,"
used to signify observance of the Lord's Supper. In
all these texts it means, simply, eating a meal. So,
when we read in Acts 20:7, 11, "the disciples came
together to break," and how Paul had "broken bread
and EATEN," we know by Scripture interpretation
it referred only to eating food as a meal, not to a
What Was This COLLECTION?
We come now to the 8th and last place where the
term "first day of the week" occurs in the Bible.
(8)1 Corinthians 16:2: "Upon the FIRST DAY
OF THE WEEK let everyone of you lay by him in
store, as God hath prospered him."
often we see this text printed on the little offering
envelopes in the pews of popular churches, and we
have been told that this text sets THE FIRST DAY
OF THE WEEK as the time for taking up the
church collection for the carrying on of God's
work, paying the minister, etc.
Let us begin with the first verse and really catch
the true intended meaning of this verse.
"Now concerning the collection for the saints, as
I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even
so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every
one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered
him, that there be no gatherings when I come."
This speaks of a collection-but for WHOM-for WHAT? Note it! Not for the preacher-not for
evangelism-but "the collection FOR THE
SAINTS." The poor saints at Jerusalem were
suffering from drought and famine. They needed, not
money, but FOOD. Notice Paul had given similar
instruction to other churches. Now observe his
instruction to the Romans:
"But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the
saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and
Achaia (where the Corinthian Church was located)
to make a certain contribution for the poor saints
which are at Jerusalem . . . When, therefore, I have
performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I
will come by you into Spain." (Rom. 15:25-28).
Ah! Did you catch it? It was not money, but
FRUIT that was being sealed for shipment to the
poor saints at Jerusalem!
Now turn back to I Corinthians 16. Paul is
speaking concerning a collection FOR THE
SAINTS. Upon the first day of the week each of
them is instructed to do what? Look at it! Does it
say drop a coin in the collection plate at a church
service? Not at all!
It says "let everyone of you lay by him in
STORE." Note it! LAY BY! STORE UP! Store up
BY HIMSELF-at home! Not lay by at the church
house-lay by HIM-at home.
Now WHY? "That there be no GATHERINGS
when I come." Men GATHER fruit out of the
orchard-they GATHER vegetables out of the
ground, to be STORED UP. But putting coins in a
collection plate at church, or handing in your tithe-envelope could not be called a GATHERING, but
an offering or collection.
Notice further: "And when I come, whomsoever
ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to
bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be
meet that I go also, they (more than one) shall go
with me." (verses 3-4).
Apparently it was going to require several men to
carry this collection, gathered and stored up, to
Jerusalem. If it were tithe or offering for the
minister or the spread of the Gospel, Paul could
have carried the money alone.
So, once again, the last and final text in the Bible
where we find "THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK"
mentioned, it is a WORK DAY-a day for gathering
fruit and food out of the orchards and the fields and
gardens, and storing it up. It was to be the FIRST
labor of the week, hence the first day of the week, as
soon as the Sabbath was past!
No Bible Authority
So, finally, we find upon honest examination that
NOT ONE of the texts speaking about "THE FIRST
DAY OF THE WEEK" sets it apart as a rest day.
Not one makes it holy, calls it the Sabbath or by any
other sacred title. In EVERY case, the first day of
the week was a common work day.
In NONE of them was there a religious meeting
and preaching service being held on the hours we
now call SUNDAY. In NONE of them can we find
a single shred of BIBLE AUTHORITY for Sunday
observance! There is no record in the Bible of
celebrating the Resurrection on Sunday.
Sometimes Revelation l:l0 is used as Bible
authority for calling Sunday "The LORD'S DAY." It
says: "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and
heard behind me a great voice." But this does not
say the "first day of the week," or "Sunday" is the
"day" here called "the Lord's day." As a matter of
fact, it is not speaking of ANY day of the week at
all, but of "the Day of the Lord,"-the time of the
coming PLAGUES, climaxing in the coming of
Christ, and the millennium. This is the THEME of
the Revelation. But, if one wants to argue, and
insist upon this text applying to some definite day of
the week, he shall have to look elsewhere to see
WHICH day THE BIBLE calls "The LORD'S
DAY." For this text does not designate ANY day of
But Jesus said He was Lord of the SABBATH,
and if He is LORD of that day, then it belongs to
Him, and is His day, and therefore the Sabbath is the
Lord's Day (Mark 2:28). Isaiah 58:13 calls the
Sabbath (the seventh day of the week) "MY HOLY
DAY." God is speaking. So the Sabbath is THE
In the original commandment, in Exodus 20:10,
we read: "The seventh day is the Sabbath OF THE
LORD THY GOD." No MY day, or your day.
Sunday is MY day. So is Tuesday, and every other
weekday, for my labor and my own needs. But the
seventh day is NOT mine-it is THE LORD'S! It
belongs to HIM, and He made it HOLY, and
commanded us to KEEP it that way. We have no
right to use it for ourselves. It is HIS DAY!
The TRUE SABBATH of the NEW Testament
Now briefly let us look thru the New Testament to
find WHICH DAY Paul kept, and taught Gentile
converts to keep.
Notice which day Paul and Barnabus used for
preaching to Gentiles:
(1) Acts 13:14-15, 42-44: "But when they departed
from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went
into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY, and sat
down. And after the reading of the law and the
prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them,
saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any work of
exhortation for the people, say on."
Then Paul stood up, and spoke, preaching Christ to
"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue,
the GENTILES besought that these words might be
preached to them THE NEXT SABBATH.
Now since Paul was preaching "the grace of God,"
(verse 43), here was his opportunity to straighten out
these Gentiles, and explain that the Sabbath was done
away. Why should he wait a whole week, in order to
preach to THE GENTILES on THE NEXT SABBATH?
If the day had now been changed to Sunday, why did not
Paul tell them they would not have to wait a week, but
the very next day, Sunday, was the proper day for this
service? But notice what Paul did.
"And the NEXT SABBATH DAY came almost the
whole city together to hear the Word of God." Here Paul
waited a whole week, passing up a Sunday, in order to
preach to the GENTILES upon the Sabbath day.
Gentiles Met on SABBATH
(2) Acts l5:1-2, 5, 14-21: Study this whole passage
carefully. Certain men had come down from Judea to
Antioch, teaching that the Gentile converts there must be
circumcised and keep the law of Moses to be saved. Quite
a dissension arose between them and Paul and Barnabus.
So it was decided Paul and Barnabus should go to
Jerusalem to the apostles and Elders about the question.
At the conference at Jerusalem, James gave the
"Wherefore my sentence is," he pronounced, (verses 19-
21) .... that we write unto them, that they abstain from
pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things
strangled, and from blood."
He did not say they should not keep the Ten
Commandments. The Ten Commandments were not in
question-but it was circumcision in question, (Acts l5:l),
which was an altogether DIFFERENT law than the Ten
But why WRITE this sentence to them? Note it!
.... "For Moses of old time bath in every city them that
preach him, being read in the synagogues EVERY
SABBATH DAY." (Verse 21).
Do you see it? Judaizing teachers were reading the Law
of Moses and teaching people in the synagogues EVERY
SABBATH DAY. The apostles were WRONG this
decision concerning the Law of Moses, BECAUSE
GENTILE CONVERTS WERE GOING TO CHURCH ON
THE SABBATH DAY, and would hear this false
teaching. In order to counteract it, and protect the
Gentiles from it, the written message was sent. It shows
that the GENTILE CONVERTS HAD STARTED
KEEPING THE SABBATH DAY, AND WENT TO
CHURCH ON THAT DAY! And the Apostles' letter did
not reprove them for this Sabbath-keeping, or even
This is very significant. Since GENTILES HAD
NEVER KEPT THE SABBATH. Therefore it is
something these Gentiles had STARTED doing after they
were converted under the teaching of Paul and Barnabus!
A Sabbath in Philippi
(3) Acts 16:12-15: Here we find Paul and Silas at
Philippi. And "we were in that city abiding certain days.
And ON THE SABBATH we went out of the city by a
river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat
down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of
purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped
God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, . . .
and when she was baptized . . ."
Here again Paul and his companions waited until
the Sabbath, and then went to a place of worship,
and preached, and this woman, probably a Gentile,
was converted. The passage indicates it was the
CUSTOM to meet there on the Sabbath and that it
was CUSTOM for Paul and his companions to go to
a place of prayer and worship when the Sabbath day
Paul Worked Week-days, and Kept the SABBATH
(4) Acts 18:1-11: "After these things Paul
departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; and
found a certain Jew named Aquila . . . with his wife
Priscilla . . . and came unto them. And because he
was of the same craft, he abode with them, and
wrought; for by their occupation they were
tentmakers, and he reasoned in the synagogue
EVERY SABBATH, and persuaded the Jews and
If we could find one text in the New Testament
giving as strong authority for Sunday observance
as this one does for Sabbath-keeping, we should
certainly have Bible AUTHORITY for it! Here Paul
WORKED weekdays, but went to church and taught
GENTILES as well as Jews every SABBATH.
Now the Commandment says: "Six days shalt thou
labor, and do all thy work," just as much as it says
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." There
is just as much command to work six days as there is
to rest the seventh. And so if the day had been
changed, Paul would have had to work Sabbaths, in
order to go to church and preach every Sunday. But
here he WORKED week days and went to church
and preached EVERY SABBATH-not just on one
particular occasion-it says EVERY SABBATH.
He preached Christ, and the Gospel of the
Kingdom. And when the Jews became offended and
blasphemed, he turned away from the Jews
altogether, and from then on preached To
GENTILES ONLY, (verse 6), and he continued there
a year and six months (verse 11),-working week
days-preaching to Gentiles ONLY-EVERY
What MORE conclusive proof could we desire?
What STRONGER Bible evidence than this, as to the
true Sabbath of the NEW Testament?
For a year and
a half Paul continued working week-days-six
days-including Sundays-and preaching to
GENTILES exclusively EVERY SABBATH! Certainly
it was his
custom and manner! Certainly he could not have
done this had the Sabbath been done away, or
Paul COMMANDS Gentiles to Keep the Sabbath
Did he follow Jesus in this? Why, CERTAINLY!
Jesus, "as His custom was . . . went into the
synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY." (Luke 4:16).
It was Jesus' custom. Paul followed Him, and
COMMANDED the Gentile converts to follow Him,
even as he followed Christ.
The question for us, today, is, "Are WE willing
to follow in His steps?" Jesus came to set us an
that we should FOLLOW HIS STEPS. If we, like Paul,
are CRUCIFIED in Christ, and HE lives HIS life IN
us, Christ IN us will still keep the Sabbath, for He is
the SAME, yesterday, today, and forever!