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Questionsliving under the New Covenant



"Don't you realize we are living under the New Covenant now, and keep Sunday instead of the Sabbath?"
Question. Well, it seems as though you have studied the subject of the covenants quite deeply! You undoubtedly know when the Old Covenant was instituted.
Answer. It was started at Mount Sinai. (Exodus 19:11; 31:18).

Question. And how was it ratified?
Answer. By the sprinkling of the blood of oxen (Exodus 24:5-8).

Question. Very good. And how was the New Covenant ratified?
Answer. By the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross (Hebrews 12:14; 13:12, 20).

I commended you for your knowledge of the Scriptures. I'd like to ask you to read me two verses out of your Bibles; Hebrews 9:16-17 and Galatians 3:15.

Hebrews 9:16-17, "For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth."

Galatians 3:15, "Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto."

Question. Are we in agreement that the New Covenant did not go into effect until the moment Christ died? (Hebrews 9:16-17)
Answer. Yes.

Question. And that nothing can be added or taken away from this Covenant after Jesus ratified it on the cross? (Galatians 3:15)
Answer. Yes.

Question. Now you must answer two more questions for me. Here's the first one, and you must think carefully to give me the correct answer: When did Sunday keeping begin?
Answer. (Shocked silence).

Question. Surely you can tell me the answer to this question. You have known all the others, and have answered correctly. When and why do you think people began keeping Sunday?
Answer. We keep Sunday in honor of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Question. Then I must ask you my last question. How could Sundaykeeping be a part of the New Covenant? You just stated that nothing could be added after the death of Christ. He died on Friday and was resurrected on Sunday. If Sunday was added after Jesus died, it could never be a part of the New Covenant, could it?
Answer. We'll study into that and talk to you later.

The scripture states that the testator (Jesus Christ) died to confirm the New Testament (Hebrews 9:16). And that nothing could be added to this New Covenant once it was confirmed, when Jesus died (Galatians 3:15). Jesus died on Friday, so the New Testament went in force on Friday (Hebrews 9:17). Jesus was resurrected on Sunday. Sunday keeping did not exist before the New Testament was confirmed. So if Sunday was added to the New Testament after Jesus died, that means it was added after the New Testament was confirmed. So, according to the scripture, it is not part of the New Testament, because this is something that was added after the New Testament was confirmed!

The fact is that Sundaykeeping, even if it had started on the day of the resurrection, would have been three days too late to get into the New Covenant. Both Bible and history prove that Sunday was never observed by the apostolic church. It was added much, much later as a result of the gradual apostasy which developed in the early centuries of the church and which culminated in the pagan accommodation of Constantine in 330 A.D.

Millions of modern church members regard Sunday as a sacred day which memorializes the resurrection of Christ. It is certainly true that Christ arose on the first day of the week, but nowhere in the Bible are we commanded to keep that day holy. Events such as the crucifixion and resurrection should mean much to every bondman of Christ, but not one intimation is given in the Bible for observing either Friday or Sunday. The only day ever commanded for weekly worship is the seventh day of the week - the same Sabbath Jesus kept during creation week and the one He will keep with His people throughout all eternity (Genesis 2:1-3, Isaiah 66:22, 23).

The very strongest reason for rejecting Sunday worship is that it was not included in the New Covenant requirements which were ratified by the death of Jesus. If Christ had desired His resurrection to be memorialized by Sundaykeeping, He could have introduced it on that same Thursday night of the Last Supper. Then it would have become a part of the New Covenant, along with the Communion service and the observance of His death, even though it had not taken place yet. Just as easily He could have commanded the observance of His resurrection, which was still future, in order that it might become a New Covenant requirement. But He did not!

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