1. Was the sabbath appointed from the beginning of the world? Yes: God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it when the heavens and the earth were finished, Gen. 2:1-3. Was it in remembrance of the work of creation? Yes: because that in it he rested from all his work, Gen. 2:3. Was it observed before the giving of the law upon mount Sinai? Yes: for before that it was said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath to the Lord, Exod. 16:23. Was that appointed to be kept on the seventh day of the week? Yes: For he spake of the seventh day on this wise, Heb. 4:4.
2. Was the law of the sabbath given more particularly to Israel? Yes: I gave them my sabbath to be a sign between me and them, Ezek. 20:12. Was it religiously observed among them? Yes: for their enemies did mock at their sabbaths, Lam. 1:7. Did they sanctify the sabbath in solemn assemblies? Yes: Moses of old time is read in the synagogues every sabbath day, Acts 15:21. Was the blessing confined to the seventh day? No: For the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it, Exod. 20:11.
3. Was the sabbath to continue in gospel times? Yes: For there remaineth the keeping of a sabbath to the people of God, Heb. 4:9 marg. Did Christ intend it should continue? Yes: for he said, Pray that your flight be not on the sabbath day, Matt. 24:20. Did he in order to that expound the fourth commandment? Yes: for he allowed that it is lawful to do well upon the sabbath day, Matt. 12:12. Is there the same need of sabbaths now that ever there was? Yes: for I gave them my sabbaths that they might know that I am the Lord, Ezek. 20:12.
4. Is the sabbath changed now to the first day of the week? Yes: for on the first day of the week the disciples came together to break bread, Acts 20:7. Was it because on that day of the week our Lord Jesus rose from the dead? Yes: for he rose as it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, Matt. 28:1. And because on that day the Spirit was poured out? Yes: for that was when the day of Pentecost was fully come, Acts. 2:1. Was it fit there should be an alteration? Yes: For it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but the Lord liveth that brought them up from the land of the north, Jer. 16:14, 15.
5. Did the apostles observe the first day of the week? Yes: On the first day of the week let everyone lay by, 1 Cor. 16:2. Did the primitive church call it the Lord's day? Yes: I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, Rev. 1:10. In a thing of this nature ought we to acquiesce? Yes: For if any man will be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God, 1 Cor. 11:16.