Did Jesus abolish the Sabbath Commandment?  Many Christians believe that Jesus did away with the Sabbath Commandment, and here we will go through the verses they quote.

Did Jesus Abolish the Sabbath?


Many Christians today believe that Jesus abolished the Sabbath.  Let's look at the Bible verses that Christians quote to say that the Sabbath Commandment is no longer binding.


Colossians 2:16-17 ….'Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.'…… When we look at the context of this verse, we will see that it is talking about feast days and yearly Sabbaths, not the weekly seventh day Sabbath. If you notice, this verse starts with 'let no man THEREFORE'.  That word 'therefore' connects this verse to the previous verses, which say…… verses 14-15 …..'Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it' …….'The handwriting of ordinances' are NOT the Ten Commandments.  These were the ordinances written by Moses himself in the 'book of the law' and placed in a pocket beside the ark.  Look what it says in ……Deuteronomy 31:26 ….' Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.' ……What law was against us?  Was it the Ten Commandments?  No, it was the law of Moses, which contained sacrifices, 'ordinances' of feast days; offering days; new moon days; yearly Sabbath days.  The seventh day weekly Sabbath was written by God Himself on the stone tablets and placed inside the ark.  The Ten Commandments are not against us or contrary to us.  How could the Ten Commandments be against us?  Read them, it's impossible!  How could Commandments saying to 'Love the LORD with all your heart and mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself' be against us?  It wasn't the Ten Commandments that were against us, but the ceremonial laws written in the book of the law by Moses.  So Paul in the above verse in Colossians is talking about the yearly Sabbath days, NOT the weekly seventh day Sabbath.  Please meditate on this next point as it is very important to understand, and is connected with Colossians 2:16-17.  Note how it says that the Sabbath days were a 'shadow of things to come.'  Think about it, how can the seventh day Sabbath, that God instituted at creation BEFORE sin and set it apart and made it holy, be a shadow of anything?  Friend, it's impossible!  A shadow would be something that was instituted AFTER sin and pointed to Christ, ie. the ceremonial laws written by Moses.  The weekly seventh day Sabbath was instituted BEFORE sin and was included in God's great moral law, the Ten Commandments.  Please let that point sink in, it's a vital point to understand.


See THIS IMPORTANT STUDY for more information on the controversy that Jesus did away with any of God's moral law found in the ten commandments.


Have a good look at this comparison of Colossians 2:16 and a verse in the Old Testament describing the ceremonial law:


Colossians 2:16 .....'Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.'


Ezekiel 45:17 ....'And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.'


The text in Colossians 2:16 is in no way walking about the Ten Commandments, which includes the weekly seventh day Sabbath that was started BEFORE sin entered this world.  And here's another reason:  Do you see the connection with the two verses above?  The context of Colossians is discussing the ceremonial laws that were written by Moses, which brought reconciliation for the sins of the people.  These ceremonial laws pointed to Christ and at the cross, the great veil was torn in two, and the ceremonial requirements of the law ended.  You see, it was those 'ordinances' in the ceremonial laws of Moses that were contrary to us and nailed to the cross and taken out of the way, and that is why Paul was saying in Colossians not to judge anyone who no longer kept these 'ordinances', because they were no longer needed. 


Methodist founder John Wesley declared the truth when he wrote: "This 'handwriting of ordinances' our Lord did blot out, take away, and nail to His cross (Colossians 2:14). But the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments, and enforced by the prophets, He did not take away... The moral law stands on an entirely different foundation from the ceremonial or ritual law… Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind and in all ages." John Wesley, Sermons on Several Occasions, 2-Vol. Edition, Vol. I, pages 221-222. ………. Is John Wesley talking about just 9 Commandments?  No, He is including all Ten of them, including the Sabbath Commandment.


Another verse that Christians use is the one in Romans where it says that one man regards one day above another ..... Romans 14:5 ….' One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.' …… Many Christians like to apply this to keeping either the Sabbath or Sunday, but there is a major flaw in that thinking, neither Sabbath or Sunday is found in the entire chapter. The chapter begins, "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations." Romans 14:1.  The NKJV Bible reads, "disputes over doubtful things."  So the initial context of Romans 14 is "doubtful things".  Please understand that the Ten Commandments of God are not "doubtful", but exceedingly clear, written with the finger of God.  Therefore this passage cannot be talking about the Ten Commandments.  Paul does NOT say….'one man esteemeth the sabbath day above another day.' He says 'one man esteemeth ONE DAY above another.' The Sabbath day is still Sabbath in the new testament as it is called that many times. So if Paul was talking about the Sabbath day, then he would have said that.  The days Paul is talking about must again be the ceremonial feast days, not the Seventh day weekly Sabbath.


Don't forget, the Sabbath Day was instituted at creation, BEFORE sin.  It was included in God's eternal plan for man BEFORE sin entered the world.  The Sabbath Day isn't a 'doubtful thing.'


"God does NOT regard the seventh day Sabbath as a doubtful thing."


Galatians 4:10-11 …..' Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you……' …… Why is it that Christians apply Paul's words here to the Sabbath day, but never to Sunday?  As with Romans 14, if you take a closer look, it reveals that Paul wasn't talking about the Sabbath or Sunday. The context refers to those who believed that they had to continue in the ceremonial laws that pointed to Christ and also ended with Christ: 'Then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now ... how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage. Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years."……Verses 8-10.'……Paul rebuked them because they believed they had to continue keeping the ceremonial laws and kept putting themselves again under bondage, by observing the days, months and years of those ceremonial laws.  Also, we can tell one hundred percent that Paul was NOT talking about the seventh day Sabbath above, because of what it says in verses 8-10 …..' how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements..' ….Is the Sabbath Day that God instituted BEFORE sin at creation and included in the Ten Commandments written on Stone by the finger of God a 'weak and beggarly element'?  NOT A CHANCE!  How could Paul be 'afraid' for those who continued to keep the true seventh day Sabbath that God instituted and set apart and made holy at creation?  If you are willing to put aside the tradition of man and let God teach you His truth from the Bible, then that truth will jump out from the pages of the Bible and your eyes will be opened to God's amazing love for us.


How is it that the seventh Day Sabbath is still called the 'Sabbath Day' right throughout the New Testament and yet be replaced with the first day of the week?  The first day is given no significance whatsoever in the New Testament, it's called just that ...The first day of the week!


"The covenant CANNOT be changed after Jesus' death."


Think about this AMAZING truth from God.  Christians who keep Sunday as the Sabbath say that the Sabbath Commandment was changed AFTER Jesus death and resurrection. They claim that keeping Sunday as Sabbath is part of the new covenant. This is impossible and here's why: ..... 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." …… According to Scripture, the testament / covenant actually goes in force after the death of the Testator, which is Jesus.  So in order to change ANYTHING in the Covenant, the Testator (Jesus) MUST DO SO BEFORE DEATH!  Ask a lawyer and they will tell you that you can change your last will and testament before you die, but after you die it is impossible! That which the Testator placed in writing before death, becomes rock solid after his death and CANNOT be changed, and Scripture verifies that fact.  Jesus SEALED it with His blood.  Jesus' will and testament (The new covenant) COULD NOT be changed after His death.  The Sabbath Commandment was not changed by Jesus before His death, therefore it still remains the same today.  If the Sabbath Day was changed after Jesus' death, then it was done by man and does NOT have God's approval.


Why do Christians worship on Sunday, and who changed the Seventh day Sabbath to Sunday?  See HERE for the truth about this.


Friend, this is the truth of God's Word in the Bible.  Lay aside the tradition of man, and start searching for the truth of God's Word for yourself. Prophecy in the book of Revelation reveals that there is coming a time soon when we will have to make a choice to obey and worship God, or obey and worship man.  Please seek to obey God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.  Keep the Sabbath day that He set aside at creation for you to spend with Him, and your relationship with Him will take on a whole new meaning.


To continue with this study, see The Spirit and the Letter