By now, you probably have guessed my views on keeping the LORD’s day, otherwise known as Sunday. I believe that Sunday should be set aside for the worship of God. This is not a play day, or a day to sit and watch the television. We are still bound by the Moral Law and keeping that day holy.
Many have often asked why was it that those in Acts began to keep the LORD’s day on the First day of the week? Well, the simple answer is that it points to the resurrection of Christ and the new creation to come. The Sabbath is rooted in creation (and points to a six-day, 24-hour period of creation by God). That creation has become tainted by sin, and the resurrection of Christ, points to the new heavens and earth to come. Because of this, the disciples started meeting on the first day of the week. Yet, there are still those who say that this is no longer a requirement. These people would be known as antinomians, or those who reject the moral law (the Ten Commandments).
They base this on the verse found in Colossians 2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths. On the surface, it would seem that they are right. But are they? And of course, the answer is no. Paul is not writing the brethren in Colosse telling them to no longer keep the Sabbath. After all, he kept it as well as the other disciples. So what is Paul writing about?
R.C. Sproul writes:
“In Colosse, the Sabbath was kept and festivals observed in order to placate supernatural powers or angels thought to direct the course of the stars, regulated the calendar, and determine human destiny. This, Paul says, is a form of bondage from which Christ came to liberate men and women.”
In other words, Paul isn’t writing to free them from the Law of God, but the laws of man. Men in this area were abusing Sabbaths and festivals in order to worship other gods. When it comes to worshipping the living and true God, the moral law still applies.
Yes, we still set aside one day in seven in order to worship the God of all creation. The Law has not been removed but fulfilled in Christ. He kept it perfectly because He knew that we cannot (and if you break one of the commandments, you have broken all of them– see James.) Jesus did not come to remove it from us as a standard of living. This would be contrary to His purposes of sanctification. We are being sanctified in Christ and to say that the Law is no longer necessary, is to say that our lives are not to reflect the life of our Savior. Yet that is what we are to do. We strive to keep the Law because He did. We strive to do as He did, as Paul tells us in Philippians 2. Christ was not an antinomian. On the contrary, He wrote the Law and gave it to us. The Father’s commands are His commands. And if we are to grow to be like Him, we are to strive to keep His commands. Therefore, Keep the Sabbath holy, for He is holy!