IT IS an accepted fact that the Holy Scriptures belong to the whole of the human family. But does each tribe, nation, and continent cherish a sense of belonging to the Word of God? Africans came in direct contact with the Bible in the days of colonization, when Western powers imported the Sacred Book to their lands as a stabilizing factor. It should not therefore surprise any Westerner to meet honest persons in this vast continent who, in their subconscious, regard the Bible as the Book of the white man. . .
What does Colossians teach was nailed to the cross? What (lshadow of things to come" does Paul write of there? Do Galatians 4:8-10 and Romans 14:5 indicate the Sabbath is no longer to be kept? The answers to these questions conclude our series on the New Testament evidence regarding the seventh-day Sabbath.
Paul's apparently contradictory statements about the law can be explained by distinguishing between his moral and soteriological usages of the law in his writings. He rejected the law as a method of salvation but upheld it as, a moral standard of Christian conduct.
In the Old Testament the Sabbath signified rest, liberation, and future Messianic redemption. The New Testament portrays Jesus' claim to bring to fruition these meanings. And it gives evidence of the importance of Sabbathkeeping in the early Christian churches.
With this article we begin a four-part series on the Sabbath in the New Testament. Seventh-day Adventists consider the Sabbath an important part of New Testament teaching. The series reviews prevailing viewpoints, looks at evidence for the permanence of the Sabbath, and delves into Paul's attitude toward the law in general and the Sabbath in particular. We're presenting our views here. We'd like to know yours, too. Write and tell us what you think.