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Did Paul Keep The Sabbath

If Paul did away with the seventh-day Sabbath Commandment by claiming that it was nailed to the cross, then why was he an habitual Sabbath-keeper? (ref. Acts 13:14, 42, 44; 17:2; 18:4)

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I don't believe that Paul did away with the Sabbath. I would like to fellowship with others in my area who believe the same.
---Donnie on 8/16/07

Where does it say in the bible that the Sabbath (or law) was nailed to the cross? A.
---aly on 3/28/07

We have been placed in Him and Christ in us is the hope of glory. I'll take the substance over the sign and the reality over the picture any day. My Messiah has come, is coming, and shall come. Each day I live in the reality and substance of what He has completed in redemption, what He is doing in me presently, and the full completion of what He has begun. Why live in the shadow when you can walk in the full light of His countenance?
---Linda on 9/1/06

A sign is something that points to a substance that is needed. If you are looking for a hotel and you see a sign that says, "Hotel 5 miles on Exit 5", do you camp at or keep the sign or do you move on to where the sign is pointing to? Faith is the substance of things hoped for (the fullness of Christ expressed in and through His body) and we were kept under governors and tutors UNTIL that faith came. Has that faith come to you Daniel or are you still under the governors and tutors?
---Linda on 9/1/06

No sabbaths were done away with. What Paul is commenting on here is gnostism as is so appaerant in the text. He is combatting man made laws added to the sabbaths. The sabbaths are a shadow that point to Messiah why on earth would we stop keeping them? Nailing the ordances to the cross is what they did in Rome They nailed the charges against you over the cross.. Yeshua's crime? Insurrection King of the Jews. Try using some context in your scripture folks it really helps clear the head
---Daniel on 9/1/06

Mk 2:28 Sabbath was made for man [humans]
Genesis 2:1-3 God rested, blessed the Sabbath, and Sanctified it (set apart for a holy purpose)
Exodus 20: Sabbath reverences Creator and Redeemer
Jas 2:8 royal law
James 1:25, 2:12 Law of liberty
Revelation 14:6 Call to worship God as Creator in times when religion and thinking is human centered
Revelation 14:12 God's people trust Him and love to obey... Find freedom and truth through obedience (John 8:31,32)
Paul did too.

---aa4768 on 9/18/05

Paul in his boosting in Galatians seems to tell us that he was very particular about keeping the law; howbeit, once the church become more and more Gentile in nature, they no longer kept the Jewish sabbath as they were not under any burden to do so from the decree issued by the Jerusalem council Acts 15.
---lee on 9/18/05

Paul never "did away" with the weekly sabbath, God used Paul [having prepared him under Gamaliel's teaching of The Tenach], to convey it's meanings to us gentiles [being the Apostle to the same], who did'nt have a clue about Judaism verbatum.

There's a difference in The Tenach, & The Brith Chadasha.

The early Jewish church kept The Lord's day as well!

The 7th day sabbath will be in force til the end of the millinium period on earth [or as long as there's Jews on earth!].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 9/17/05

Let me respectfully say to you that for me the 10 comandments/ML are NOT an OT LAW! They/it were/was not given only to Israel only!
I believe it is permanent and for all people.
Also, I am not claiming that only SDA will be saved. I know God has His children in other churches who live up to the light they
have received so far.
I also am happy so serve my God. No bondage here! Peace! Pierre
---Pierr7958 on 9/14/05

Final thought on this Pierre. Jesus cited many of the 10 commandments in Matthew and other scriptures. NOT ONCE did He mention the OT law of keeping the Sabbath. I hate to disappoint you, but lovers of God and those faithful to God are the 'remnant church', not the SDA, I see your faith as bondage.
---NVBarbara on 9/14/05

The Law of God is a code of conduct for all of us to know the right and wrong way to relate to God and our fellow men. It is FOR ALL jews and gentiles. Without it you and I would not know sin from righteousness. That is why Paul asked:" Do we make void the law through faith? God forbid!" and then adds "Shall we sin so grace can abound? God forbif!"
---Pierr7958 on 9/14/05

NVB cont.
9. What id the remnant church?
"The dragon was angry with the remnant...WHICH KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD... REV 12:17 14:12
Conc: The remnant obey God because they love
Him, want to thank Him for His gift!
Do you know a better way to honor our God? I don't!
---Pierr7958 on 9/14/05

NVB cont.
5. Jesus id the ML as the law to be kept when asked.
"though shalt not murder..steal..bear false witness..." Math 19:18-19
6. How can we, through Christ fulfill the ML?
"Owe no man anything..." Rom 13:8-10
7. How will we know that we love others?
"by this we know... 1 John 5:2
8. How will we know that we love God?
"For this is the love of God..." 1 John 5:3 TBC
---Pierr7958 on 9/14/05

NB> In this answer I am dealing with the MORAL LAW = what we call the 10 commandments. (ML)
1. J's attitude toward the ML
"Think not that I have come to destroy the law..." Math 5:17
2. J's and the stability/durability of the ML.
"For verily I say unto you..." Math 5:18
3. J's and the importance of the ML.
'Whosoever therefore sall break..Math 5:19
4. J's and the rich young ruler.
"If ...keep the commandments." Math 19.17
---Pierr7958 on 9/14/05

NB> In this answer I am dealing with the MORAL LAW = what we call the 10 commandments. (ML)
1. J's attitude toward the ML
"Think not that I have come to destroy the law..." Math 5:17
2. J's and the stability/durability of the ML.
"For verily I say unto you..." Math 5:18
3. J's and the importance of the ML.
'Whosoever therefore sall break..Math 5:19
4. J's and the rich young ruler.
"If ...keep the commandments." Math 19.17
---Pierr7958 on 9/14/05

The Ten Commandments were given to the Israelites, -they have never been and are not now binding upon Gentiles.
The original question is about Paul's conduct. I have to disagree with Pierr on this. The Ten Commandments WERE part of the Law. Paul chose to be under a new one, making no exemptions. 1Cor9:20-21
---Ken on 9/14/05

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Again Pierre, can you give me some scripture supporting the 7th day Sabbath in the NT by Jesus?
---NVBarbara on 9/13/05

If by OT sabbath you mean the sabbaths which I described earlier to Ken (scroll back right here) then NO I cannot produce a text as requested for it is precicely the laws in connection with the observation of these feast/sabbaths which Jesus nailed to the cross when He died putting an end to the sacrificial system. That is why I do not have to offer meat offerings. So, NO TEXT IN SUPPORT OF THE CEREMONIAL sabbaths.
But plenty of support for the continued observation of the 7th DAY SABBATH.
---Pierr7958 on 9/13/05

Pierre, can you give me one scripture in the bible where Jesus said we should keep the OT Sabbath? If we keep 1 law, why don't we keep the rest? The 10 commandments were just a few, the Jews lived by 100's of commandments given by God. Have you slaughtered any animals lately as a sin offering as in the OT?
---NVBarbara on 9/13/05

I don't want to argue with you.
Let me just say that I believe in salvation by GRACE THROUGH FAITH.
For me that means SALVATION IS A (FREE) GIFT. I can do NOTHING TO EARN IT!
For me that means that BECAUSE HE SAVED ME, I will gladly DO GOOD WORKS (remember: faith without works is dead) and I will heed his command to obey Him, as a THANK YOU to Him for His gift.
That's my view of it and you are welcome to see it differently.
---Pierr7958 on 9/13/05

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You disagree that you've proved nothing?

I don't.

Pierre God's standard for entrance to Heaven is 100% righteousness and so none of us is qualified apart from what Jesus did based on past sin and degrees of presant disbelief.

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and it's only by his forgiveness that you are clean.

If you think you're righteous by yourself and what you do you're lost.

Isaiah 64:6
---Pharisee on 9/13/05

Pharisee: I respectfully disagree with you but you are entitled to your opinion. Have a good day!
---Pierr7958 on 9/13/05

Pirre you still cannot prove (despite all the caps and exlamations) that Paul was making a distinction between the Sabbath days.

What was nailed to the cross was the Lord Jesus, and in him the fufillment of all law was wrought.

We have gained his righteousness. By fufilling the law and prophets for us we are accepted by God.

There is now NO FORMULA to recieve God's blessing, you have it wether you worship on Saturday or Sunday.
Every Christian "keeps the Sabbath."
---Pharisee on 9/13/05

Ken cont. marked the end of these ordinances in regard to animal sacrifices.( EPH 2:15)
NB. THAT THE SABBATHS HERE ARE yearly NOT THE WEEKLY OF THE MORAL LAW See LEV 23:24-37 for details. These sabbaths fell on certain set days of the month-a different day of the week each year.NB> their diff from THE COMMANMNT SABBATH v 37+38 > they are feast to offer meat offerings, drink offerings, UP TO HIS DAY (his coming)
---Pierr7958 on 9/12/05

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"BLOTTING OUT the handwriting of ORDINANCES
"Which are a shadow of things to come"
I respectfully suggest to you one last time that a certain law of ordinances was nailed to the cross. This was the ceremonial law of types and shadows that pointed forward to the death of Jesus and that no further meaning beyond the cross. The tearing of the temple curtain at the death of Jesus marked TBC
---Pierr7958 on 9/12/05

Paul wrote about the freedom we have in Christ to "regard all days alike", again drawing no distinction between "ceremonial" and "moral" law on this point, saying neither viewpoint should bring a man into judgement.

Since Paul espoused such freedom in Christ it would have been completely out of character to support Sabbath observance, and there is no evidence that he did, either in his letters or by example.
---Ken on 9/12/05

Neither Jesus nor his disciples made any distinction between so-called "moral" and "ceremonial" laws but quoted from all as "the Law".

Paul draws no distinctions in Colossians 2:16 between different kinds of Sabbath (as he surely he'd have had to if he regarded Sabbath observance as still binding after Jesus' death), -although you have to do so because you seek to go against the spirit of what he wrote...
---Ken on 9/12/05

WIW: You write that it is not important which day we worship on, as long as we worship.
Question: How do you reconcile your statement with God's commandment to us to REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY and His comment that one way for us to show Him that we love Him, is to keep/obey His laws!
By the way, do you feel the same way about your birthday? That it doesen't matter when, just as long as friends remember it sometimes. In that case: Happy early/late Birthday!
---Pierr7958 on 9/12/05

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Pat: I would like for you to consider the following comments and tell me what you think:
1.What was "nailed to the cross" were all the rules/regs/ordinances regulating the sacrificial system which became useless when Jesus came to die for ours sins.
2. Constantine and rel Rome have in fact changed the Lord's 4th commandment, asking us to remember SU in place of SABBATH.
3. The Sabbath is indeed to be a delightful time when we spend special time worshipping our Creator and Redeemer.
---Pierr7958 on 9/12/05

Help me...

Bait you into something and turn it against you...No thanks.

Help me see some REAL evidence that you are right.

The way I see it YOU are the one making an outlandish claim that the apostles didn't mean what they wrote; that all the Christians for the last 2000 years are wrong and you, Jerry, and the Adventists are right.

This in turn leaves you with the burden of proof my man, no more rhetoric.
---Z-Pharisee on 9/12/05

The curse of the Law was nailed to the cross, not the 10 commandments. Constantine is the one that changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, about 300 AD. Jesus, or Paul had nothing to do with that! Jesus did prophesy that man would THINK to change the Sabbath, but just because man thinks he has, dont mean he has! The Sabbath is a blessing, not a curse!! We just don't have to keep it as they did under the law.
---Pat on 9/11/05

Help me! Tell me, in Col. 2:16 it talks about
several things inc. holydays and Sabbaths. Then in v 17 it tells us "which are a shadow of things to come"
What does that expression mean to you? I would appreciate your answering it. Thanks.
---Pierr7958 on 9/11/05

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Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a HOLY DAY, or of the new moon, or of the SABBATH DAYS:
Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Looks pretty cut and dried to me....
I'm sorry but it's hard for me to swallow that all Christians even those who grew up under the Apostles teachings till now have it wrong, and sudddenly in the last 200 years we've uncovered the truth.
---Pharisee on 9/11/05

1. Paul was a Pharisee. Since this was his background, it only stands to reason he would have friends there that would be no place else. He could witness to them there.

2. His early ministry was to the Jew only, so what better place to speak to them about Christ than on the Sabbath?

3. Paul did not have as a priority on his agenda that of removing the Sabbath.(For that matter, neither did Christ.) It's not important which day we worship, as long as we worship. Mark 2:27
---WIVV on 9/11/05

Once again the adventist argument is at best SPECULATORY...

It amazes me how someone can be convinced of something and yet have NO EVIDENCE to support their case.

All your argument proves is that he went, not why, and motive is the key in the Christian life.

The only motive CLEARLY STATED was to preach the gospel.
---Pharisee on 9/11/05

Here's my summation:

It's presumtious to think that men from the creation of the world accurately counted days, and so I can't imagine how this can be anything more than a matter of tradition.

I DO encourage the spirit of the command (1 in 7 HOLY) but never met a Christ that asks us to apply legality to it.

After all, when it's the Sabbath on this side of the world it won't be in another.
I didn't want argument, but when Christian teachings are challenged I'm in it.
---Pharisee on 9/11/05

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Ken: Just in case you missed it, Col. 2:16 is NOT talking about the 7th Day Sabbath of the moral law. It is talking about feast days promoted in the ceremonial law tied to the sacrificial system, which Jesus nailed to the cross when He died.
---Pierr7958 on 9/11/05

Where better to talk to his fellow Jews about the good news of Jesus Christ than in synagogues on the Sabbath? The desire for a ready-assembled audience doesn't make him a Sabbath-keeper!
As he wrote to the Colossians (2:16), "Allow no one therefore to take you to task about what you eat or drink, or over the observance of festival, new moon, or Sabbath."
---Ken on 9/11/05

Yes, the record indicates that Paul was a Sabbath keeper:
Acts 13:42-44
---Pierr7958p on 9/11/05

Paul was not a habitual sabbath-keeper. In the passages you cited, the Holy Ghost sent Paul to preach in those synagogues, so he was not going to a synagogue to worship God but instead to convert those who customarily worshipped on the sabbath in following the O.T. Please read Acts 13:4,5,46; Romans 14:5,6,13; Colossians 2:16.
---Eloy on 9/11/05

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because he was the Lord's servant and loved him with all his heart. "Christians" who argue on whether or not one HAS TO GO to church, make about as much sense as a kid arguing with his parents about whether or not he HAS TO GO to the zoo or amusement park! To the true child of God, being in his house is more of an unsatisfiable hunger than a commandment.
---Sissy on 9/10/05

Of course, Paul kept the Sabbath, because keeping the Sabbath was commanded and Jesus said, "If you love me, obey my commands". Paul said it was nailed to the cross because it wasn't the 'salvation' issue any longer that it had been . . . it was now a 'love' issue.
---Doug on 9/10/05

You could assume that it was for the sake of the command OR that he went to the synagouges to preach the gospel to the Jews...OR both, either way to me it matters not, Jesus never commanded us to keep the Sabbath, he is my judge, he is my God.
---High_Road on 9/10/05

Paul recognized that obedience earned nothing was simply man's duty and no law given could give life--Luke 17:5-10, Galatians 3:21. He kept the Sabbath out of love, because it was God's gift to him, was made for man. God shared knowledge of His day with man so man could have special fellowship on His day with Him. Paul loved God, therefore Paul was a Sabbath-keeper---This is the love of God that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous.
---Wayne87 on 9/10/05

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