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Which Day is the Sabbath Day of Rest? 
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS, SEPTEMBER 2016
 

Recently I have received a lot of questions regarding which day is the “Sabbath Day of Rest." In the Old Testament's covenant, God designated Saturday as the Sabbath Day of Rest (Ex. 20:8–11). A recent Pentecostal publication quoted several verses from the Old Testament regarding the Sabbath Day, encouraging people to observe and follow it.

However in the New Testament, the Sabbath Day of Rest had changed. Historically the first major change occurred in 70 AD where Christians were removed from their synagogues when refusing to defend Jerusalem and the Temple. The Sabbath Day of Rest had technically moved from Saturday to Sunday to symbolize Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead.

Jesus Christ is our new high priest, Melchizedek (from the tribe of Judah), and He has changed the day of Sabbath. (Heb. 5:1–5). Apostle Paul wrote, “Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he sets a certain day, “Today,“ saying through David so long afterwards in the words already quoted, ‘Today, when you hear his voice do not harden your hearts.” For, if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak of another day. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for whoever enters God’s rest also ceases from his labor as God did from His” (Heb. 4:6–10).

So exactly what does this scripture mean? The “new Sabbath day” designated by Jesus is not a choice of one particular day, but of course, it is on a particular day, which is TODAY! God's Sabbath Day is every day of the week!

How can this be? As Paul reminds us, “Do you not know that you are God’s Temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? …..For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are” (1 Cor. 3:16–17). In the New Testament, there are two words for “temple”. One refers to the Temple building and its courts, and the second refers to the “Holy of Holies” which is where the Holy Spirit resides.

The Church of Jesus Christ consists of those people who are the outward building. Those with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) with the proof of the Signs following (Mk. 16:17–18) and minister the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6–8;1, Cor. 12:8–10) are the Holy of Holies. When a Church comes together to worship, the people become God’s temple building and those who have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, are the Holy of Holies (1 Cor. 16–17). Remember there is no Temple in the New Jerusalem, “for its Temple is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb" (Rev. 21:22).

The church of Jesus Christ has a daily Sabbath. And today that Sabbath is everything we do all day long... work, play and sleep. We are to worship God each day in all things we do. "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom 12:1-2)."

The first church didn't meet in large church buildings on Sundays like we see today, but they met daily in people's homes. Examples would be Jesus’ house (Mk. 2:2), in the Upper Room and in other Christians homes (1 Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15).

If you want to enjoy the Sabbath Day Rest each day, or if you, your family and/or friends would like to receive either Salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, a Gift of the Holy Spirit, Healing, Deliverance, etc., I invite you come to one of our house meetings or contact me.

Yours in Jesus,  
Rev. Gordon Williams
 
c. 2016, Gordon Williams Evangelistic Association
   

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