Westminster on the Sabbath

Posted: August 14, 2009 by Daniel in christian living, Christianity, church

Of late I have been challenged by a brother via email, who has a different view that me in regard to the day on which the sabbath should take place. Neither of us have moved from our initianl positions. I continue to hold the same position as the Westminster Confession, where it says:

As it is of the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in his Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly appointed one day in seven for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: (Exodus 20 v8, 10, 11; Isaiah 56 v2, 4, 6, 7) which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, (Genesis 2 v2,3; 1 Corinthians 16 v1,2; Acts 20 v7) which in Scripture is called the Lord’s day, (Revelation 1 v10) and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath.(Exodus 20 v8,10, with Matthew 5 v17,18)

This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest all the day from their own works, words, and thoughts, about their worldly employments and recreations;(Exodus 20 v8; 16 v23, 25, 26, 29, 30; 31 v15–17; Isaiah 58 v13; Nehemiah 13 v15–22) but also are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.(Isaiah 58 v13; Matthew 12 v1–13)

It has been good for me to sharpen my understanding of this commandment and the importance of glorifying God through our work and our rest. One last link that I would like to share that has a comprehensive handle on the subject is from Brian Schwertley at Reformed Online, The Christian Sabbath Examined, Proved, Applied


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