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Sabbathkeepers Through Time

Sabbathkeepers Through Time

Some people think that Christians observing the seventh-day Sabbath is a new idea, even a fad, and not applicable to believers today. But the Bible seems to share a different story. Let’s take a look …

Creation — God spent Creation week making a beautiful world for us to enjoy. The record explains how God completed His work: “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:3). He spent this first Sabbath with the first people, Adam and Eve, demonstrating for them how they were to live, work, and worship. Even with the entrance of sin into the world, Adam passed this knowledge down to succeeding generations. When God spoke the Ten Commandments, it was clear that the Sabbath had already been a part of the human experience—notice His specific command to “remember” and His direct reference back to the Creation.

Christ — Jesus came to demonstrate how to live as children of God. The Gospels record His example of faithful worship with fellow believers on the seventh day. He also specifically explained, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27,28). In the original language, the meaning is even more clear and references back to Creation, saying that the Sabbath was made for “the Man,” Adam, and all humanity. The Sabbath was an essential part of Christ’s life.

Church — Members of the early Christian church consistently worshiped on the seventh day. When the church council met to discuss the issue of circumcision, members specifically referenced the typical worship experience on Sabbath (Acts 15:21). Records show that there have always been groups of Sabbathkeepers ever since. Most often, these believers are referred to in the writings of those who oppressed them, but their continued presence demonstrates that God’s law was still faithfully observed despite some attempting to change it. As the Reformation gained momentum, these believers grew in number such that today, there is a worldwide movement of Sabbathkeepers.

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