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Queries and Explications: What is the Sabbath of Colossians 2:14-16?

QUESTION
“The Seventh Day Adventists asked me if I have evidence from Colossians 2:14-16 that the Sabbath day is the weekly Sabbath? What is your direct answer to this question?”

REPLY
L.A. Mott said, “Now look at Col. 2:14: ‘Christ blotted) out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.’ Read the statement in its context. In three different ways Paul asserts that something called the ‘handwriting of ordinances ‘ was abolished: (1) Christ blotted it out. (2) He took it out of the way. (3) He nailed it to the cross. So, it is dead. The cross that killed Jesus also killed the handwriting or ordinances. It is no longer in force.

“Verse 16 identifies the handwriting of ordinances: ‘Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect to an holyday, or of the new moon, or of Sabbath (days).’ The reference is to ordinances of the law of Moses. The point of this statement is that since the handwriting of ordinances has been abolished, its contents are not to be made a basis of judgment. The observance of these ordinances is no ground for approval; the non-observance is no ground for condemnation. Continue reading » Queries and Explications: What is the Sabbath of Colossians 2:14-16?

Queries and Explications: Is the Weekly Sabbath Still Binding?

QUESTION: “Is the weekly Sabbath still binding on us because of Hebrews 4:9? The ‘rest’ in this verse is ‘Sabbatismos’ in Greek which means ‘weekly Sabbath’ (Saturday). Is this true?”

REPLY: In his Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, W. E. Vine, speaking of “sabbatismos” says, “(H)ere the sabbath-keeping is the perpetual sabbath rest to be enjoyed uninterruptedly by believers in their fellowship with the Father and the Son, in contrast to the weekly Sabbath under the law” (970). Note, “sabbatismos,” Vine says, is “in contrast to the weekly Sabbath under the law.” Thayer, commenting on Hebrews 4:9, concurs (565).

Too, as a casual search will show, the usual word for the weekly (Saturday) sabbath is sabbata, or sabbaton, not sabbatismos. Further, Hebrews 4:9 refers to “a rest,” not “the Sabbath.” Continue reading » Queries and Explications: Is the Weekly Sabbath Still Binding?

Confusion on the Covenants: What About the Sabbath?

Some of our religious friends and neighbors, especially the Seventh Day Adventists, contend for the observance of the Sabbath. They make the claim that one who follows the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ must keep the seventh day as a day of rest. We will show from the inspired word of God that Christians are not required to consecrate the Sabbath. Also, we will look at how this subject presents great difficulty to our brethren who hold the “one covenant” position.

 

Israel Only
The first hint of man keeping the Sabbath, a day of rest on the seventh day by commandment of God, is found shortly after Israel departed from Egypt.

    And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily…And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning…And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none (Ex. 16:5, 22-23, 25-26).

Prior to this time there is a total absence of any command, example, or necessary inference that man was required to observe the seventh day as a day of rest! Continue reading » Confusion on the Covenants: What About the Sabbath?