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  • 1. Slide 1 © 2003 By Default! Are Christians Obligated to Observe the 7th day Sabbath Today? A Theological Debate Tony Costa, Reformed Baptist & Angelo Austria, Seventh-Day Adventist www.freewebs.com/tonycosta A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 2. Slide 2 © 2003 By Default! Definition of Terms  The Sabbath is the proper name in Scripture for the 7th day of the week  It corresponds to our Saturday  The question is not what day is the Sabbath, but whether under the New Covenant Christians are obligated to keep it  Thesis: Sabbath keeping is not obligatory for Christians in the New Covenant A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 3. Slide 3 © 2003 By Default! Genesis 2:2-3 (ESV) “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 4. Slide 4 © 2003 By Default! Exodus 16:23, 25-26 “[Moses] said to them, „This is what the LORD has commanded: „Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.‟ Moses said, „Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none”. A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 5. Slide 5 © 2003 By Default! Nehemiah 9:13-14 "You came down on Mount Sinai; you spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and laws that are just and right, and decrees and commands that are good. You made known to them your holy Sabbath and gave them commands, decrees and laws through your servant Moses.” A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 6. Slide 6 © 2003 By Default! Deuteronomy 5:2-3 “The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb [Mt. Sinai]. It was not with our fathers that the LORD made this covenant, But with us, with all of us who are alive here today.” A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 7. Slide 7 © 2003 By Default! Sabbath: “a sign” between God and Israel (Exodus 31:13) “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, 'Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you.” A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 8. Slide 8 © 2003 By Default! Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 9. Slide 9 © 2003 By Default! Colossians 2:16-17 “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 10. Slide 10 © 2003 By Default! Romans 14:4-6 “Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord.” A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 11. Slide 11 © 2003 By Default! Sabbath not Obligatory for Christians  Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:28-29) ruled that while Gentiles should observe certain rules the command to keep the Sabbath is not mentioned.  9 out of the 10 Commandments are repeated and enforced in the New Testament except the fourth commandment to observe the Sabbath.  In Mark 7:21-22 13 sins are listed. Jesus did not mention breaking the Sabbath among them. A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 12. Slide 12 © 2003 By Default! Sabbath not Obligatory for Christians  In Romans 1:29-32 20 sins are listed and not one of them is Sabbath breaking.  In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 10 sins are listed and Sabbath breaking is not one of them.  In Galatians 5:19-21 a list of 15 sins are given and Sabbath breaking is not among them.  In 2 Timothy 3:1-4 there's a list of 18 sins, but not once is Sabbath breaking mentioned.  Revelation 21:8; 22:15 a total of 13 sins are mentioned and again Sabbath breaking is not mentioned among them. A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 13. Slide 13 © 2003 By Default! Christians Under a New Law: The Law of Christ “To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win Those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.” (1 Corinthians 9:20-21) A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 14. Slide 14 © 2003 By Default! Christians Under a New Law: The Law of Christ • “Bear one another‟s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) • “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2) • James 1:25; 2:12 refers to the law of Christ as “the law of liberty” • Isaiah 42:4 prophesies that when the Messiah comes the Gentiles (“the coastlands”) will wait “for his law”. A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 15. Slide 15 © 2003 By Default! Have you entered into God’s rest (Hebrews 3:7-4:11)?  The rest of God is not a day, it is a state that we enter into through Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is God‟s true Sabbath.  The Sabbath pointed to Christ as a shadow, He is the reality of what the Sabbath stood for.  God has set a certain day for his people to enter into His “rest” and that day is…“Today” (Heb 3:13; 4:7). A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com
  • 16. Slide 16 © 2003 By Default! Are Christians Obligated to Observe the 7th day Sabbath Today? A Theological Debate Tony Costa, Reformed Baptist & Angelo Austria, Seventh-Day Adventist www.freewebs.com/tonycosta A Free sample background from www.powerpointbackgrounds.com