Sabbath and the First Day (Athanasius)

 Athanasius (4th C. AD) has some great words about the 7th-to-1st-day change from the old covenant to the new covenant.  This is one great reason why Christians worship on the first day of the week instead of the last day of the week.

“In the time of the old covenant, the sabbath was highly revered.  Now under the gospel the sabbath has been recast, now viewed as the Lord’s resurrection day.  The sabbath formerly had pertained to the pedagogy and rudiments of the law.  When the great master himself came and fulfilled them all for us, all that had prefigured his coming was transformed.  The old sabbath was like a candle lit in the night before the rising and appearing of the sun.”

This quote was taken from page 240 of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture NT Volume II.

shane lems

2 thoughts on “Sabbath and the First Day (Athanasius)”

  1. Great quote. I really need to read some Athanasius. I’ve been meaning to for years, but have never gotten around to it.


    1. You’d like it! Be patient though. By the way, see you in the Tri-C’s in a few weeks on Sunday AM.


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