Our blog will share 30 different Bible Contrasts that show distinctions that matter when studying God’s Word. It is important to understand this perspective or we may get confused.
We see a number of dissimilar wordings within God’s Word. Some have seen them as contradictions in the Bible. We prefer the term “contrasts.” The main reason for these differences is that God is setting forth two separate programs (intimated even in Genesis 1:1). The first deals with the earth and Israel. The other concerns the heavens and Christ’s Body Church. It was given to the Apostle Paul to lay out these differences. He is God’s “apostle of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13).
So then we must recognize such Bible divisions if we’d truly understand God’s Word and be approved by Him (II Tim. 2:15). Then we must follow the last directives given by God through Paul as “the commandments of the Lord” for this present time (I Cor. 14:37).
Today is Part #5
SABBATH COMMANDED: God “rested on the seventh day” after creation (Gen. 2:2). Thus the Ten Commandments included, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” for “the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord” (Ex. 20:8-11). The Lord through Moses added, “The seventh [day] is the sabbath of rest,” “the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath…for a perpetual covenant” as “a sign” with “Israel forever” (Ex. 31:15-17). Jesus Christ and His disciples consistently observed the sabbath day (e.g.: Luke 4:16; 23:56; Acts 13:14).
SABBATH CONCLUDED: The Apostle Paul wrote that Christ has now “abolished…the law of commandments” (Eph. 2:15). Believers today are to “let no man therefore judge you…in respect of…the sabbath…a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Col. 2:16,17). Today’s “rest [sabbath rest, in Greek] to the people of God” is to have “ceased from his own works” (Heb. 4:9,10). Thus it came to be that “the first day of the week,” was “when the disciples came together” for fellowship, preaching, and to gather collections (Acts20:7; I Cor. 16:1,2).
For more information and understanding, we recommend doing the PMA “Understanding your Bible” 8 part lesson series available for free download at Free Bible Correspondence – Prison Mission Association
(These points come from Pastor David Adams, booklet, Bible Contrasts used by permission)