CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 66

KEY SCRIPTURE: ACTS 20:7. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight”.

The disciples met on the first day of the week. On this occasion they came to break bread. In 1st Corinthians 16:2 apostle Paul said the following …” Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come”. The first day of the week is Sunday. It is also referred to as the Lord’s day. Revelation 1:10 “I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day and I heard behind me a great voice, as a trumpet. Now I wish to say that issues of days for worship or Sabbath are minor issues which should not take too much of our attention. I am doing this explanation to help some brethren who out of lack of understanding have placed themselves under legalistic bondage. Romans 14:5 says “one man esteemeth one day above another, another esteemeth everyday alike, let every man be fully persuaded in his mind”.

Dear reader according to the old covenant God established that the Sabbath must be kept holy. Exodus 20:10 (please read it). The Lord Jesus before his Crucifixion introduced the new covenant and it was fully consummated when he gave his life on the cross (Matthew 26:26). After his resurrection the old covenant was put aside and the new covenant was enacted. For finding fault with them, he says, behold, the days come, saith the lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah” [Heb 8:8]. The Lord said he will cut a new covenant with the people of Israel.

After the Lord’s resurrection the Christians started meeting on the Lord’s day or the first day of the week.

The Jewish brethren did go to the synagogues on the Sabbath days. In the light of this Apostle Paul says in Colossians 2:16 that “let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of any holiday, or of the new moon, or the Sabbath days. (the bible talked about Sabbath days because we have the yearly Sabbath   and the weekly Sabbath). Do not allow anybody to condemn you because you don’t worship on the Sabbath or the seventh day.

Don’t intend to condemn anybody on the day he or she worships, yet I just want to establish that Sunday worshipers have not sinned in anyway; the provision of the new covenant makes it possible for a man or people to choose which day to honour God.

PRAYER

Father, I pray for all Christians to accept each other for the day that they chose to worship you. May we rather be concerned about pleasing the father as we win the world to Christ

FURTHER STUDIES

John 13:34. A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Romans 14:5. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

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