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For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works.

And in this place again, If they shall enter into My rest.

Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day.

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

- Hebrews 4:3-11

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him.

And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

- Mark 16:1-2

 

While God's command to observe a weekly Sabbath has and shall remain, yet the form of its observance has changed in the past, and will change in the future. Scripture speaks of the four forms of Sabbath observance listed in the chart below:


FOUR FORMS OF SABBATH OBSERVANCE
Form
Time Period

1. Creational Sabbath

From Adam to Moses

2. Ceremonial Sabbath

From Moses to Christ

3. Resurrectional Sabbath

From Christ to the end of time

4. Eternal
Sabbath

From the end of time throughout eternity in heaven


The change in the form of Sabbath observance from Ceremonial (Old Testament) to Resurrectional (New Testament) is of particular importance to us living in the New Testament time. The Seventh Day Adventists, for instance, deny this change and require a Saturday, rather than a Sunday, Sabbath observance.

Scripture, however, testifies of the New Testament change in Sabbath observance from the last day to the first day of the week in several ways. These reasons, with the supporting evidence from early church history, are listed below.

The reasons why we observe the weekly Sabbath on the first day rather than the last day of the week, as a New Testament church, are as follows:

1. In commemoration of Christ's resurrection - Jesus arose from the grave on Sunday, the first day of the week. Christ's resurrection day confirms His triumph. In Christ, its Head, Easter Sunday is also the Victory Day for God's Church. It confirms the Church's victory over Satan, death, grave, and hell. Celebrating the weekly Sabbath on the first day of the week commemorates the great importance of Christ's Victory Day for His people.


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