The Sabbath: The Change Of Observance From The Seventh To The Lord’s Day -- By: William De Loss Love

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 037:146 (Apr 1880)
Article: The Sabbath: The Change Of Observance From The Seventh To The Lord’s Day
Author: William De Loss Love


The Sabbath: The Change Of Observance From The Seventh To The Lord’s Day

Rev. William De Loss Love

In a previous Article on the Sabbath we have seen that there was a possibility, and even probability, of a change of observance from the seventh to some other day of the week. We now resume and proceed with the discussion.

5. The Lord’s day in the new dispensation was the chief of all days with the apostles and early Christians, and was their special day for rest and religious worship.

(1). The Lord’s day during the Apostolic age. (a) Christ, in the first instance, gave great significance and emphasis to his resurrection day, by appearing five different times to his disciples during its hours, — to Mary Magdalene (John 20:14–17), to the other women (Matt. 28:9-10, to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13–31; Mark 16:12), to the apostle Peter separately (1 Cor. 15:5), and to ten of the apostles collected together (Mark 16:14; Luke

24:36–49; John 20:19–23). In respect to power, he might just as well have risen on the seventh day. Why did he not do it, and give it the more honor? But simply appearing so many times on the day that he rose might not in itself have made it a sacred festival, either weekly, monthly, or annual. Yet much more notice of it in its weekly round, either by himself or his apostles, would be nearly certain to make it a noted day, and sacred to the Christians.

Objection: These admitted facts of Christ’s appearance on the day that he rose do not prove a change of sacred time. Reply: Seventh-day authors are profuse in their representations that First-day keepers adduce Christ’s several manifestations of himself on his resurrection day as proof that that day in its weekly recurrence should be kept holy, and the seventh day be spent as secular. Thus they mislead tens of thousands of their readers and adherents.1 First-day observers claim this: that the occurrences on the day in the morning of which Christ rose, constitute the beginning of a series of events, which soon led to the universal keeping by Christians of the first day of the week as sacred; and that that early observance and its causes have made the first day chief and holy in nearly...

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